Harper is obsessed with the playground these days. She begs for it every hour, and since she’s still petite and big kids tend to run into her or push her down, we’ve taken to scouring the area for small, quiet, practically secret playgrounds. We’ve actually found quite a few that are not listed on the city website or other playground listings, despite the city owned sign and rules stating it is a public playground. They are usually behind or very close to churches, but not owned by the church (in fact they usually have separate playgrounds of their own) and are small (no water fountains or bathrooms) but stocked with everything Harper is looking for to stretch her legs and challenge her growing body. It’s really fun to see her learn new things, to test her limits and delight in proving herself.
Every once in a while I come across a diaper that really stands out as something special. It’s not easy to make something that is for catching human waste into something really beautiful and luxurious. Tiny Tunas has managed to do just that, by partnering with Oscha Slings (are you listening, my fellow babywearing mamas? THE Oscha! Yes, that one!) and offering a heavenly collection of sophisticated and classic fitted diapers featuring the textiles you know and love.[typography font=”Crafty Girls” size=”24″ size_format=”px”]Ease of Use✩✩✩[/typography] With a fitted, you put the cloth diaper (which is very absorbent, but not technically waterproof) on your baby, then add a waterproof cover such as wool or fleece. This fitted snaps in place with a single row of rise snaps on the exterior, or an alternate row of snaps on the interior if you need a tighter fit. The insert is comprised of two soakers which snap together, then lay in the diaper without snapping to any foundation. I wish they would snap to the diaper instead as I encountered some issues spraying down this diaper when soiled (the insert fell into the toilet several times, and handling it made my very grateful for my Diaper Dawgs) and I worry about how comfortable it is having a plastic snap top against your skin in such a sensitive area. Of course, if you’re concerned about these issues, a liner (either flushable or reusable) can serve as a helpful resolution.
[typography font=”Crafty Girls” size=”24″ size_format=”px”]Bang for the Buck✩✩✩✩[/typography] This Harmony Fitted diaper is listed at forty three dollars. For a wool soaker like the one Harper loves, you’ll pay between twenty and thirty dollars depending on the size you need. And the WUL bar Tiny Tunas recommends to help wash and lanolize your wool is just six seventy five and can be split up into sections (much like a Hershey’s bar) so you use only what you need and save the rest for later. While the price for the fitted is on the higher end, you’re purchasing a diaper of extremely high quality materials (OSCHA, people!) and these are very well made. I love little details like the flowers carved into the outer snaps on the diaper. The wool is actually very reasonably priced and comes in a rainbow of rich but sophisticated colors. And having lanolized wool before, without the addition of a WUL bar, I am very impressed at how much of a difference it makes, this inexpensive and easy to store little bar made lanolizing so quick and the wool dried soft and pliable, not at all sticky, so much better than some of my early lanolizing attempts. [typography font=”Crafty Girls” size=”24″ size_format=”px”]Performance ✩✩✩✩✩[/typography] Tiny Tunas offers an excellent tutorial video on their website to help you make your wool practically bulletproof using lanolin (I buy cosmetic grade at the health food store) and their WUL bar. The soakers inside the Harmony Fitted are each comprised of three layers of organic heavy bamboo fleece, so the diaper is extremely absorbent on its own, but with the wool soaker worn over it, this fitted has never leaked on us and is soft and breathable as well. It may seem counter intuitive in a hot climate like where I live in Florida, but wool is actually so much more comfortable in the heat than you would expect, since it is a special thin layer of soft smooth wool, nothing like the itchy holiday sweaters you may remember despising in your youth. [typography font=”Crafty Girls” size=”24″ size_format=”px”]Fit ✩✩✩✩[/typography] Harper is growing fast, and is already on the very last settings of this beautiful diaper. I’m going to miss it, and am just glad I know it won’t be too long before her sibling is able to enjoy it. Harmony Fitteds are available in a variety of sizes to ensure a snug fit for your child at each stage/age. Being that babies grow so quickly, they’ve built in a little wiggle room in these sizes by offering gentle elastic at the legs and back and a fold over rise (that’s when you fold over the top front of the diaper to reveal a hidden row of snaps, effectively tightening the waist and allowing for a lower rise, and as your baby grows you can leave the front unfolded and use the visible snaps for a larger fit). An XS-S is generally for a weight range of 6-16 lbs, a M-ML is meant for 15-28 lbs, and a L-XL is made for 25-38 lbs. By offering specific sizes Tiny Tunas is able to be sure that the fitted your child is wearing is made for him/her, and is never too bulky (no crazy giant fluffy butts here!) or heavy. [typography font=”Crafty Girls” size=”24″ size_format=”px”]Overall:[/typography] Harmony Fitteds are definitely a luxury diaper, I love how luxurious they are, and they manage to make diapers into something elite and sophisticated. These will be a real show stopper as a baby shower gift, especially if the mama-to-be has been researching baby wearing and knows a thing or two about wraps and slings. They are also a wonderful way to treat yourself if you are overwhelmed by all the neon and cartoon prints on the market and want something timeless and beautiful for your baby. I can imagine a parent choosing these diapers for a special occasion, like an important photo shoot, or a wedding party, or a baptism. And I can dream of a beautiful understated nursery fully stocked with little square willow baskets packed tight with these gems in every size (with each basket labeled by size, of course, probably on rich vanilla cardstock tags), waiting for a very lucky little baby whose parent considers taste and style to be nearly as important as using organic materials and choosing the very best. [typography font=”Crafty Girls” size=”24″ size_format=”px”]Where to Buy:[/typography]Tiny Tunas