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Snuggy Baby Diaper Cover Video and Review

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Now that Instagram has opened the option to maintain multiple accounts from a single device with a simple toggle button, I am thrilled to announce an official Dirty Diaper Laundry Instagram account! https://www.instagram.com/dirtydiaperlaundry/ or @dirtydiaperlaundry is just getting started with just over a dozen posts at the moment, but this extension will be another fun way to connect with Kim and Lara, see previews of upcoming reviews, updates on your favorite brands, and candids and outtakes from years past. I’m especially excited about this new medium of presenting information with you for my readers who comment on reviews from years past, wondering how a diaper or carrier has held up after three years. What better way to respond than to share a picture of it being worn by Autumn now, still in use and going strong? You’ll see which brands still look nearly new and which brands appear more well loved (Velveteen Rabbit style, some of our favorite diapers look worse for wear but are still quite effective). Follow along and tag us in pictures you’d like us to share.

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This week I’m sharing an innovative cover from Snuggy Baby (a company you may recognize after their popular line of ring slings) with an extremely strong and easily wipeable interior and a fit feature you won’t want to miss. I always recommend covers as a great way to cloth diaper on a budget since they can be reused with multiple inserts before washing and dry so quickly you can create a much smaller stash and still diaper conveniently and effectively.

Ease of Use ✩✩✩✩ This diaper cover is fairly simple to use, some of the extra snaps might confuse a first timer but if you have the diaper preset to the appropriate sizing it shouldn’t present any issue for any caretakers unfamiliar with the design. As with any cover you will add absorbency inside, you can purchase Snuggy Baby inserts which fit neatly into place and secure with a back snap (converting this diaper into an all in two) or you can use your own inserts with a single back snap, prefolds, or (my favorite) flats.

Bang for the Buck ✩✩✩ At twenty dollars for a cover, you’re paying more than I would normally expect. But with the strong wipeable cover, soft and durable cotton exterior, and unique snap design which allows for a greater range of fit and better cost-per-wear, I’d still say this cover is a worthy investment. I believe it will hold up better than some bargain basement competitors based on the materials used and how well it has held up comparatively over the testing period I’ve washed and used this diaper (on Autumn) in heavy rotation.


Performance ✩✩✩✩ While the performance of the diaper as a whole will depend largely on your choice of insert (I especially love wrapping a flat around a bamboo or hemp insert as it seems most comfortable for Autumn and extremely effective with minimal bulk) it is extremely important that the cover remain a solid barrier to prevent leaks. This cover is practically bullet proof which is exceptional considering covers with soft cotton exteriors are not typically as strong as PUL or TPU versions, the interior PUL is thick and strong, with a noticeable difference in weave, and the edges are bound with a waterproof binding to keep everything in place. There is also thick gentle encased elastic and generously sized PUL flaps sewn into the front and back of the diaper to help keep inserts tucked in place and prevent blowouts.

Fit ✩✩✩✩✩ This diaper truly shines in the fit department. While many “one size” diapers rated to fit eight to thirty five pounds can be extremely bulky in the lower range of weight, this diaper offers a four step rise on snaps at the front and a unique two snap fit in the central channel or crotch area. This means you can essentially snap the channel into a narrow fit bringing the width from seven inches (measured centered between the two fit snaps) to a petite three and a half inches! I do suggest if you utilize these snaps you do so before adding your inserts and baby, so you can smooth down the fold for a trim and leak free fit. The crossover snaps and generous wings mean this diaper will fit long before and after other “one size” covers have been put away in storage.

Overall: This cover is very cute, I love the rich cotton designs available like this “Foxy” print as well as the hilarious “Mustaches” design on their website. Take a look and tell me your favorite print in the comments, I love hearing from you. I have to say, I’m especially excited to try out this cover in the Flats & Handwashing Challenge this year, it is so strong and yet pliable that I suspect it will last through more diaper changes in a day than a more economical single layer cover, and I’m interested to see how well it fares when hand washed in my makeshift mobile washer. I recommend this diaper for folks looking for a system that allows for less washing and more wearing, and for families expecting to use a single diaper on multiple littles (either over the years as babies need them or within the same time period with differently aged/sized siblings in diapers).

Where to Buy: Snuggy Baby

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Sweet Iris Diaper Flat Review

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The weather has been really gorgeous lately, so we’ve been spending more and more time outside. My husband has managed to bump half a dozen woodworking projects to the top of his list so he can work in the backyard and enjoy the day, and we even picked up some fresh plants to add to our raised beds in the driveway. I’m looking forward to planting them later this week. It’s amazing how good I feel after spending a few hours outside, and Harper loves it, too. There’s just so much to see and do, and it makes me so grateful to have a home with a yard after many years of apartment living. sweetiris
Today I’m reviewing a luxe flat from Sweet Iris, it is called the Snug Bug bamboo viscose stretch terry flat.  {Learn more about why flats are awesome with this video and infographic}

Ease of Use✩✩✩✩ Flats are a wonderful choice for cloth diapering, they tend to be what most people think of when they are not familiar with modern cloth options, but they are still around with good reason. Flats can be folded in a variety of ways to accommodate any size/shape baby and any situation, yet they can be washed and dried faster than any other diaper. The learning curve can be a bit higher if you have never experimented with different flat folds before, but once you find a fold you love it becomes second nature. Some parents will prep the flats after removing them from the line/dryer by folding them and tucking them into a diaper cover or stacking them in a basket so they are ready to be placed on the baby without extra prep work while the baby is wiggling and waiting. Many parents will just use a simple pad fold which is certainly as easy as using a regular insert, it just requires that moment of folding which is negligible. {Editor’s note:  In the video the folding is shown on their flat with rounded corners, but it seems they have updated to square corners which can make folding easier}

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Bang for the Buck ✩✩✩ At 13.95 for the style I am reviewing here, this flat will cost more than the flour sack towels you might buy at a local big box store or the cotton flats you can find on cloth diaper websites. The cost is for quality, however, in material as well as construction. Bamboo is very strong and absorbent, and it naturally prevents the growth of bacteria (any mom who has rescued a cloth diaper that went missing for a few days before being washed knows how terrible mildew and mold can be, and using bamboo is a great way to guard against the inevitable). It is also very breathable and doesn’t get too warm like some fabrics can, which is ideal for our Florida heat, and Harper’s sensitive skin.

Performance ✩✩✩✩✩ The most noticeable difference between this flat and others I’ve tried is the absorbency. This flat can easily hold at least three times as much as our cotton flats, and yet Harper’s skin does not appear irritated after an extended time between changes as it would with our other flats. This is the only flat I like to use if I have a few errands to run and don’t know how long it will be before I can change her. I wish I had a second to keep in my purse since it is so lightweight and compact, it would be easy to keep on hand for emergencies (while doubling as a bib/towel/blanket if needed).

Fit ✩✩✩✩✩ These flats are very trim and soft, so it’s easy to get a good fit (even when Harper would rather do anything else but have her diaper changed, and is being very wiggly). The bamboo viscose is extraordinarily soft and squishable even after many washes in our wretched hard water and line drying, and it has a nice bit of stretch to ensure a comfortable fit on Harper. If we’re playing in the yard or at home I love putting her in her Sweet Iris flat without a cover, it’s a great chance to let her skin breathe while still protecting her.

Overall: I love how luxurious this flat feels. I’ve heard some parents make comments about diapering with flats, because they have only ever used all in ones and haven’t experienced how absorbent and versatile flats are. They also tend to think of them as the economical option (and they are, comparatively) but flats like these are so nice I can easily imagine them being used by royalty (didn’t I hear a rumor Kate Middleton is cloth diapering?) {editor’s note: YES!  And they only use terry nappies} and celebrities since they are so well made and tactilely pleasing. If I were putting together a baby shower gift for someone I really really loved, I’d buy a half dozen of these (you can choose which color thread you would like the edges serged with, it’s a non-wicking thread so the absorbency isn’t channeled to the edges like with some other brands) along with a beautiful wool cover and tuck them in a sweet little basket.

Where to Buy: SweetIrisDesigns on Etsy


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Win a cloth diaper art poster from Sandhill Press

I love my Cloth Diaper Art by Sandhill Press {Giveaway}

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I’m not a patron of the fine arts and most of the things on my walls are from thrift shops or estate sales.   I do, however, love to hang art on the walls that actually means something to me beyond just being pretty when I find it. When I was approached by Erin, the artist behind SandHill Press, about her screen-printed cloth diaper posters I fell in love! In case you didn’t already know, I collect vintage cloth diaper related ephemera (photos, advertisements, articles, even vintage cloth diapers and accessories) and I have some in my laundry room. I was already picturing these hanging in the same room, even though my diaper washing days are just about done for forever.  Erin sent me one of each for a review.

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Image credit SandHill Press

There are three different posters available, shown above.

Professionally screen-printed on 100% recycled paper with water-based inks. These prints are sized at 11×14 for easy framing!

My favorites were the two blue versions because I loved the message and also the coloring, very soothing. They all would look darling together over a changing station in a nursery framed and matted! Because these are screenprinted onto a nice, thick paper they look like quality pieces of art rather than something downloaded as a free printable. There is depth and richness to them that wouldn’t be possible from a printer.


I found tiny little hangers by Umbra from Target to hang mine from since I don’t have a lot of real estate for frames in the laundry room, plus I don’t want to add any more holes to my walls because they took forever to paint. The posters do come shipped in a roll so if you want to hang them up without framing you might have to let them sit under some books to flatten them out. I did that but was too impatient so I used a tiny bit of double sided tape on the bottom for now, and will release in a while to see if it is straight. I like it either way, even taped.


If you need these in your life (you do, you need them in your life) SandHill Press has an etsy shop and the posters are on sale for $10.00 each plus shipping!!! If I had a nursery I would do just as she did and hang a pretty cord and have all three pinned up over the changing table for an even cheaper way of displaying them without adding the cost of frames. Or if you have a retail cloth diaper store this is about as perfect as it gets for decorating your space!  You might want to decide soon because these are limited and she only has what has been printed.  After this she will do a new set of prints, yet to be determined.

There are car decals, fridge magnets, t-shirts, and buttons, but I’ve yet to see cloth diaper art. It makes me a little giddy to see that someone with this much talent used her powers for my favorite cause.
Win a cloth diaper art poster from Sandhill Press

Oh, did I forget to mention I have one to giveaway?! The winner can choose the print of their choice from the three! I would have a very hard time deciding but for a nursery I’d pick “Same Diaper, Different Day” or for a laundry room the “Wash, Dry, Fold.”  Enter using the Rafflecopter below, open to US only and ends 3/14.  Make sure you read the rules of entering and leave a comment.

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Baby Bum Balm by Soapbox Holistics

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Harper has always had very sensitive skin. Like, I’ve given up dairy (not easy for a vegetarian, cheese is my favorite protein source) to help us manage her eczema. We’ve tried every cream, oil, balm, and prescription we’ve been offered and still struggle with keeping her skin clear. So when Christine of Soapbox Holistics suggested I try her Baby Bum Balm on Harper, I was cautiously optimistic. After just a day of use, I fell in love with it. My husband saw the results and is ready to order it by the bathtub full.

soapboxBaby Bum Balm is a diaper rash ointment that can also be used for eczema, dry skin, insect bites, and skin irritations. It’s made of jojoba and olive oil solar infused with calendula flowers, as well as extra virgin coconut oil and shea butter. I’ve tried evco on Harper many times, it’s our go to preventative as cloth diaper users, but blended with these other ingredients seems to give it super powers. I’ve never seen it so effective!

Many of the natural eczema treatments I’ve tried have a very gritty texture, like a sugar scrub, which can be irritating to Harper’s skin and make her scratch more. Soapbox Holistics’ product is smooth and rich and spreads easily, and a little bit goes a long way.

The scent of the balm is intoxicating, pleasant and refreshing, not overwhelming. It reminds me of my uncle’s greenhouses, full of life. I love the smell so much, I may start using it as an aftershave balm for my legs, too.

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After applying some of the balm to my daughter’s skin I wrapped her up in some soft cotton pjs and set her down for a nap. By the time she woke up her skin was already looking better, smooth, moisturized, and less pink. I reapplied at each change just to be sure and by the next day her skin looked healed and sweet. We continue to use the balm at least once a day now, generally in the evening when we change her into an overnight diaper. I am so impressed by the dramatic results we’ve observed.

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Little Butt Diapers- Geek Chic {$35 GC Giveaway}

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Where were Little Butt Diapers when I was still cloth diapering?! I’m sure we would have owned several of these diapers because they offer embroidered pocket diapers featuring many of our favorite geeky logos and characters.

Yesterday, Lara reviewed these diapers and had great things to say about Little Butt Diapers, you can read that and watch the video demo here.

Little Butt Diapers loves creating cloth diapers with more boy themes (though girls are not excluded from wearing them!) and she makes a lot of custom diapers.  Designs include Minions, super hero logos, famous movie characters, and even sports teams.

You’ve been drooling over them ever since you saw them…. now is your chance to get your hands on one!

Little Butt Diapers will be giving a $35 Gift Certificate to a lucky DDL reader, and this giveaway is open Worldwide!  See the rules on the Rafflecopter form.  Ends October 3.

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Little Butt Diapers One Size Pocket Review

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Harper is crawling all over the house like she owns the place, and experimenting with walking and climbing. She’s figured out how to open the latch on our dog’s crate and set him free, and the two of them love creating chaos all over the house. As she tests her limits and has minor tumbles, I see yet another reason I’m thankful for cloth diapers. That extra padding sure does help cushion the fall! She rarely even pauses when she tumbles now, just gets right back up with renewed resolve. I love seeing the world through her eyes, and knowing how excited she is to have her newfound control and freedom.

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Little Butt Diapers is a WAHM made diaper with a shop on Etsy. They feature amazing fun diapers in great pop culture influenced prints. A few of my favorites were Iron Man, Batman, My Little Pony, and Lord of the Rings. Oh, yeah, and the one I was lucky enough to receive, which is Harry Potter! Forgive me while I dance around like a goofy fan-girl. I read the books when they first came out (I remember reading the third one in a single sitting at the library, I didn’t pause even once until I was done, it took over my senses) and they will always hold a special place in my heart.

Ease of Use ✩✩✩✩✩This pocket diaper comes with an insert made of a long piece of unbleached birdseye cotton you can fold and tuck inside for a perfect fit. Mine came with beautifully done rainbow thread serging and I found myself pulling it out of the diaper bag repeatedly to show off to friends. I love it when something is as lovely as it is effective. The micro fleece interior is soft and stretchy, and it is easy to stuff the insert, even for my husband with his larger hands.

Bang for the Buck ✩✩✩Prices range from 25 to 30 dollars depending on the diaper you select. Custom diapers are also available, which I love. Getting creative and coming up with ideas to make something really special is one of my favorite things about cloth diapering. While you can find embroidered cloth diapers cheaper than this, I think it’s important to note the quality of this specific diaper. The designs are meticulous and a second layer of PUL under the embroidered layer creates a well constructed water tight work of art.


Performance ✩✩✩✩✩ The birdseye insert allows for a lot of flexibility in how you use this diaper. At night I leave a bit more material in the front since my eleven month old has taken to sleeping on her stomach, this has worked well for us and we haven’t had any leaks yet. During the day I simply fold it in half and stuff it in, for even coverage on all sides for my crawler/practice walker. I was worried that the insert might not hold as much as her microfiber or charcoal inserts but I didn’t really notice any difference, it’s extremely absorbent.

Fit ✩✩✩✩Little Butts offers three rise settings to help you get that perfect fit. The snaps on this diaper are strong and secure, and I love the way they are laid out at an angle. It provides a much better fit for my sweet little girl’s narrow hips and tiny round tummy. This diaper is not as trim as some pockets we’ve loved, probably due to all those layers of material, but it’s not unreasonable and the leg fit is amazing on my baby’s skinny little thighs.


Little Butts has some incredible designs to choose from. They’ll make a great gift and a perfect special occasion diaper (who doesn’t want a Superman diaper and a little red cape for their baby for Halloween?) as well as a really fun addition to your laundry/diaper routine (I smile whenever I see that lightning bolt). The fact that they are well made, expertly constructed, and extremely absorbent is just the icing on the cake.

Where to Buy Little Butt Diapers on Etsy.  She also takes customs and will make other diaper styles too.

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Little Beasties One Size Pocket Review

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Little Beasties is a WAHM made diaper with a shop on Etsy. They carry beautiful and unique diapers with hidden PUL and fun embroidered designs. The diapers are available with either snaps or touchtape. I’ll be reviewing a snap diaper.

Ease of Use ✩✩✩✩ The snaps on this diaper are strong and secure, it makes changing my wiggly infant so much easier. This pocket diaper comes with a generously sized insert made of three layers of microfiber sandwiched within soft flannel. They come in really fun prints which makes my nightly routine of stuffing diapers more interesting and brings a smile to my baby’s face. The inserts feature a snap down design that bumGenius users will be familiar with, it allows a perfect fit on any rise. The diaper also boasts a very wide opening in the back where you can stuff the insert. I was initially wary when I noted the opening is just a slice in the alova material with a short zig zag stitch at either end, I was concerned the cut might expand from washings and general wear and tear. However, I’ve used this diaper for several weeks in heavy rotation and had no issues whatsoever.

Bang for the Buck ✩✩✩✩ Prices range from 14.50 to 29.99 depending on the diaper you select. Custom diapers are also a favorite for this WAHM, she says she loves letting customers create their own design. The diaper I’m reviewing sells for 20.99. When I consider the amount of work that goes into embroidering a design, and the added comfort of having a cotton outer over hidden PUL, I’d say this price is more than fair. I’d be especially keen to pay a little more for a diaper with one of my favorite tv shows or video games referenced, so having the custom request option available makes it that much sweeter.

Performance ✩✩✩ I’ll admit, the first two times I used this diaper were a mess. Within minutes of changing her, Harper was soaked and so were her clothes. I checked the insert in case it was human error, but it seemed to be in place correctly (it may have been the insert placement, but I haven’t had this issue since). I considered what I could do differently and realized that while I’d prepped the diaper I had only line dried it. I usually use my clothesline as it saves energy and helps zap bacteria. But as I thought about it, I realized the layer of PUL may need to be heated in the dryer to help seal it. One cycle later and it worked perfectly, no leaks, and no wicking.

littlebeastiesonbabyFit ✩✩✩✩✩ Little Beasties has two sets of snaps at the waist and four rise options (three rows of snaps to choose from or you can leave the rise unsnapped for the largest size).  It also has generous leg gussets (a lifesaver for any breastfed baby, I could write a love letter to quality gussets) to help protect your baby from leaks at the thigh. But the best thing about this diaper is the elastic. Not only does it have a wide stretch of elastic across the back to prevent blowouts, the leg elastic is adjustable! The first time I saw this feature I was in awe, having heard complaints from cloth diapering mamas about their little ones having skinny legs or chunky legs and never getting a good fit. The elastic snaps in place on either end, with three size options available. Because it isn’t sewn in, it will be easy to repair if needed.

Overall:  Little Beasties has some really fun designs and are very well made. They are a little bulkier under clothes than some pocket diapers, but with something this cute you don’t want to cover it up anyway. I feel like this diaper will easily last multiple children and is something special I will reach for again and again.

Where to Buy: Little Beasties on Etsy


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Seams Geeky Pocket Protector One Size Review

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The moment I saw Seams Geeky diapers I knew one would be mine.  The choices almost all called to me- Mario and Zelda especially.  I went with a Zelda themed diaper because it has the biggest chunk of my game loving heart.  I’ve been working on Skyward Sword ever since I got the game on my birthday.  Gaming with kids…. well….. it is a long process.  Now that I have had the diaper for a while I can give you the review.  There are positives and negatives, just like any diaper.  Sadly, the WAHM behind the diaper is not taking orders currently due to a family emergency and a backlog of orders she is catching up on.  If you must own one you will have to keep an eye out for her shop to open up again for diaper orders.  Her diaper recently won the “Geeky” themed competition on Diaper Wars for her R2D2 diaper.


Ease of Use ✩✩✩ Being that the Seams Geeky Pocket Protector only has 2 snaps per tab it is much easier to put on than snapping diapers with many more. You can see in the video that even after wrestling my son it didn’t take long to put on. The stuffing part is the hardest for me, even though I have small hands, it is hard to get the insert in and laying flat. The material lining the diaper is stretchy which does help but being so narrow it means that their included insert has to be folded very thin and still you need to work it to make it flat.
Bang for the Buck ✩✩✩✩ I love finding new diapers to try and there are SO MANY WAHM’s that it is a never ending journey. Not all WAHM diapers are created equal. The craftsmanship on these is very good, you almost can’t believe they were sewn by hand and not mass produced by a company with expensive equipment. It looks very finished and polished. The embroidery is well done (machine of course) and stitching looks great. The insert is microfiber, nothing fancy, but the prefold like style of it is nicer than a chunkier insert with all the layers together.  They retail for $24.95 plus $4.00 shipping… yes more than a lot of diapers but they have a lot of character.
Performance ✩✩✩✩ This diaper works well during the day but if you are a parent of a heavy wetter then don’t expect to be able to stuff anything beyond the included insert inside. I can just barely get that one inside! You could try other inserts but again, some are made wider than the width of this diaper. I did get one leak while Ev napped in the diaper. I didn’t have any others during our many times using it. My older son demands that his younger brother wear this diaper when it is clean because he is a Zelda fan now too.


Middle rise setting, a little too low


Unsnapped to the largest setting… just right.

Fit ✩✩✩ When this diaper shipped to me it was TINY. Think- newborn diaper tiny. On the smallest setting with the insert perfectly folded and in place this sucker looks practically the size of a Lil’ Joey… it put fear into my heart that, once unsnapped, it would be far too small for my 2+ year old. Even after unsnapping the diaper it looked like a small. With years of experience I didn’t panic since a lot of the times the tightly bunched elastic will stretch enough to fit larger sizes. Still, Ev is working on either the middle or unsnapped size but I don’t know how long he can wear it. The other issue we have had is regarding the lack of “contouring” in the crotch. I love that it is so narrow because it gives moms looking for that style of diaper one more option (from few), however, there is an abrupt move from crotch to waist rather than a gradual curve. This has meant that there is sometimes a gap where the crotch goes to waist since it goes skinny to wide. I tried to get a photo of this in action. It also makes it appear that my son is wearing a codpiece instead of a diaper since the insert can only flatten as far as the width of the crotch so it is poofier than most inserts that have the room to lay flat. I wish I could add in some experience regarding the fit on smaller babies. If you have tried these and have that experience please leave a comment!


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Overall: As much as I love how these diapers look with the adorable design and color coordinating snaps and their quality, the fit and comfort isn’t there compared to my other diapers. The elastic is very thin and this does lead to more red marks. We have experienced this firsthand. Not all red marks are bad or uncomfortable but I tend to think that, if the diaper is too tight and the elastic is thin, it can be uncomfortable. Please read about red marks here for more. I do appreciate that this brand is catering to moms like myself who do love to outfit their children in fun and geeky diapers. As it turns out, it seems the purpose of the male and female half/half design is so that the tabs can snap to one another as a “snap and wrap” way of rolling a dirty diaper into itself.   I really want to LOVE this diaper but it is just OK. I think with some tweaks to the curve in the crotch and maybe wider leg elastic it could be an amazing diaper. I would still own every design if I could afford it if that says anything about my love for Nintendo and cloth diapers…
Where to Buy Seams Geeky on Etsy (although she is not stocking for a while, check her Facebook page for updates.)

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8 Awesomely Geeky Cloth Diapers- Star Wars, Dr. Who, and More!

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Get ready to hide your wallet because I have 8 of the geekiest and most awesome cloth diapers you have ever seen!  Click the image to visit the store or maker.


Ewok+Cloth Diaper. From Bunzuke Cloth Diapers

A GLOW in the DARK Tron Diaper. You know you want it. From Seams Geeky on Etsy.

Raising a future Redditor? This custom creation is from WeeNotions.co.uk

This one is for all of those Dr. Who fans. Tardis diaper! From ArcticRoseBoutique on Etsy.

Your baby might not be old enough to remember playing Space Invaders but you might! From The Eli Monster

The force is strong with this diaper cover! Star Wars upcycled woolies from Chickadee and Me on Etsy.

Albert print from bumGenius. Available on their trainers, Flip covers, Freetime, Elemental, newborn AIO, and 4.0. *affiliate link

Wee little Super Heros for your little super hero! From Short Rounds Diapers

Want more? See 8 Awesome Nintendo cloth diapers.

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DDL’s Holiday Gift Ideas 2012

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Looking for inspiration for gifts this year?  Lucky for you I have collected a few ideas to share with you.  If you are looking for tips on the year’s “hottest” toys (and by “hottest I mean- the toys you will get trampled for on Black Friday at Target for) then skip this post.

For your friends, family, neighbors….

Personalized Ornaments from PersonalizedFree.com have over 1,800 customizable ornaments and an easy shopping interface.  Browse by theme to match the recipient’s interests and then add their name(s).  The best part?  PersonalizedFree.com will be donating 10% of your purchases to my favorite cloth diaper charity- Giving Diapers, Giving Hope.  Use code GDGH at checkout to have your purchase count!


For the New Baby…

Really babies need very little except milk, snuggles, sleep, and clean diapers.  Considering only one of these things can be purchased you know where I’m going with this!  One of my favorite brands also makes the most adorable cloth diapers for newborns.  Orange Diaper Co. has squishy soft, gorgeously crafted newborn cloth diapers in to die for prints.  Sometimes I reconsider not having another baby when I see diapers this cute.  Fluff under the Christmas Tree?  Yes!


For the Non-Walker…

The box from whatever gift you thought was a good idea….just kidding…kind of.  But really and truly this age group is a hard one.  Not yet toddler, yet not baby enough to just sleep all day.  Crinkly paper, boxes, and noise making devices suit these little guys just fine.  But since you are going to buy them gifts regardless consider sturdy and colorful board books.  One of our favorite series is by Leslie Patricelli- author of “No No Yes Yes,” Quiet Loud” and “Yummy Yucky.”  Simple, colorful, and actually somewhat helpful, these books have been a favorite in our home for years.

For the Busy Toddler…

The Wheely Bug is a Rosas Family staple and a toy I suggest to everyone I meet.  Unlike traditional ride on toys, the wheely bug by Prince Lionheart has caster wheels that move in all directions so that the child can turn the toy.  How frustrating are ride-on’s that only go straight?!  These ride-ons aren’t hideous to look at either.  We have 3- the Cow, Bee, and Lady Bug, and they all meander through the home yet I never try to hide them like the other toys.  Fun for toddlers and preschoolers too.  Even I ride them once in a while…


For the Impossible Pre-Schooler…

It is ALL about imagination and pretend play!  For Christmas your precocious pre-schooler might love indulging in some imaginary fun dressed as a super hero, a doctor, or even a bear.  Whatever you choose there are so many stores and WAHM’s making costumes.


For the Moms…

I recently stumbled upon an artist on Etsy with some beautiful paintings depicting breastfeeding, bed sharing, and motherly love.  Perhaps the mom in your life would love to hang one of these in her home?  They are stunning.  Find her work here: Katie M. Berggren


For The Dads…

I am always clueless for gifts to buy the men in my life.  Considering time is the most precious thing in our home I like to do gifts that let my husband spend time doing things he enjoys.  Last year I took a trip to the movie theater and purchased a ticket for him and gifted it tied up with a box of theater candy (they sell them at KMart for cheap!).  It is an inexpensive gift that lets him have some alone time.  Since I never watch action movies at home I made sure he got to see the newest one that year.


I have to admit that I am pretty lost myself when it comes to Christmas Shopping!  Still, I wanted to share some personal ideas that have been popular with my family and a special way to help a cause close to my heart when you are looking to buy an ornament for your exchance or for family.  As a bonus you can enter a giveaway sponsored by PersonalizedFree.com and hosted along with other bloggers for a custom ormanent.  Enter via the Rafflecopter below.  Remember, if you order from their website they will donate 10% to Giving Diapers, Giving Hope- an organization that send cloth diapers to families who can’t afford them.  Every baby deserves a clean diaper.  

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