Tag Archive | "one size"

Bummis All In One Diaper Review

This post may contain affiliate links.

I hope everyone had a lovely Easter weekend. We enjoyed spending the holiday with family, talking and catching up on the latest news. Sometimes life gets so hectic we don’t visit each other like we should, I’m glad celebrations give us a reason to hit pause and get together. We visited my husband’s parents on Saturday since his dad had to work on Sunday morning, and Autumn impressed us all with her egg hunting skills. Harper loved coloring the eggs and choosing which dye cup to put them in, and they loved getting to chase their cousin around with bunny ears on. On Sunday we went to my brother’s house, he always has a big get together with the whole family as well as some special friends who may as well be family. The egg hunt in his garden is a blast, but I like his special gourmet Easter Egg pancakes best. This year he did bright green for mint, blue for raspberry, yellow for banana, red for strawberry, and purple for Madagascar vanilla. What are your favorite Easter traditions?

A photo posted by @dirtydiaperlaundry on

This week I’m thrilled to share the new Bummis All In One style diaper with you. We all know I’ve been a fangirl for Bummis since my firstborn’s first cloth diapers, their Whisper Wraps rocked my world. I use the Duo-Brite AI2 and the Simply Lite diaper cover on a regular basis, loving how dependable the construction and fit are. When I got my hands on this all in one style diaper, you can bet I was excited.

Ease of Use ✩✩✩✩ All in ones are generally considered the easiest diaper since they require the least amount of guesswork, even if you have never even seen a cloth diaper. The tongue style and lining on this diaper are a little different, they offer an innovative option to choose whether the soft natural fibers lay against baby’s skin (by tucking the tongue style insert inside the pocket-like-sleeve) or the stay-dry material (by laying the insert across, and not tucking it in). If you are sending this diaper along with a grandparent or caregiver, they should be able to figure out what to do without any additional explanation, but I ended up tucking the insert in just to ensure my mother in law wouldn’t call me during my night class pretending not to understand. Autumn is at an age where she lets me know when she needs a diaper, so having the nice organic cotton against her skin works well for us anyway, she recognizes when she’s ready for a change and I don’t need to worry about the clock knowing she will remind me.

Bummis AIO Details

Bang for the Buck ✩✩✩✩ Retailing at $27.95, Bummis seems to have found a nice middle ground for pricing, compared to their all in one counterparts, and I think the clever dual inserts probably help to keep costs down while giving us the best of both worlds in regards to absorbency and comfort. I also love that Bummis recognizes the importance of sourcing locally whenever possible, and they are made sustainably and affordably in North America.

Performance ✩✩✩✩✩ Bummis comes ready to go thanks to the ultra absorbent material, and after a few washes the organic cotton shrinks and tightens up just a bit, which forms a sort of natural gusset to help keep messes in and clothes clean. This adorable diaper has become my go-to lately for errands since I know I can depend on it not to leak, and I’ve even used it overnight by tucking an additional insert within the sleeve of the diaper.

Fit ✩✩✩✩✩ Sized as an all in one, this diaper is suggested for weight ranges of 8-35 lbs, and with soft stretchy elastic and surprisingly strong snaps, I consider this one especially comfortable for my curious 1 ½ year old. She can remove some of her diapers on her own, but this one stays put. I don’t know if it’s because the snaps are too strong for her, or if it’s because she is comfortable and doesn’t want to take it off, but I know it works.

Overall: Bummis has delighted us with a wonderful all in one option that is well made, stylish, and easy to use. I’m in love with their designs, I can’t decide which I like best, the fairy tale design Autumn is wearing, the vinyl records design Kim shows off in the video review (I collect records, too!) or the circus print (the nursery is circus inspired, down to every detail, I’m a bit obsessed). And that’s just three of their whimsical and bright prints and colors. I recommend this diaper for folks looking to start a stash of easy, hassle free, long lasting diapers. They’ll be able to choose between the organic cotton or the stay dry against baby’s skin to see what works best in their family, so they can feel confident stocking up. This is also a great individual gift with all the fun designs, and I love that it can transition so easily for heavy wetters or overnight with the addition of a booster tucked neatly inside. It washes and dries quickly and easily, and isn’t prone to hard water issues the way some of my other organic all in ones have been (probably because of the open ended design and the way the material is “dimpled”). I’m very happy with the all in one, and I think you will be, too!

Where to Buy: Kelly’s Closet

disclosure

 

Posted in Cloth Diaper Video ReviewComments (1)

Snuggy Baby Diaper Cover Video and Review

This post may contain affiliate links.

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.

A photo posted by @dirtydiaperlaundry on

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.

snuggybaby

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
disclosure

Posted in Cloth Diaper Video ReviewComments (0)

Tushmate All in One Video and Review

This post may contain affiliate links.

Autumn has picked up on language very quickly, partially thanks to her big sister speaking to her so frequently in the high pitched, short phrase sentences she understands so well. A side effect of learning the vocabulary of a headstrong three year old is that my one year old now responds to nearly every question with “No way.” It is hilarious in her squeaky baby voice and she has other words that are much less jarring to a wary parent (she also says please and thank you constantly, and has learned the words to request her most common desires rather than just wailing or whining… I think she actually whines far less than her older sibling) but it still leads me to think about how much our environment affects us. My experience is limited since my girls are not in a daycare and we haven’t found a playgroup that we are especially interested in just yet. Have you noticed a distinct influence on your child from the people who surround him or her each day? What is the most obvious difference you can attribute to a peer?

TUSHMATEAUTUMN

Today I’m sharing one of the most unique and easy to use all in one diapers I’ve had the pleasure of using. It has some features I think any cloth diapering parent can appreciate, and I can’t hide how much I love it. I could go on with a laundry list, but the more organized format of these reviews helps me avoid gushing so I’ll get right to it.

Ease of Use ✩✩✩✩ This diaper is an all in one style, yet it is enhanced with two trim snaps that allow the stay dry fleece liner and the inner core of a tongue style hemp/cotton 100% natural insert to be released for more efficient washing and drying. The pieces are all sewn together so there is never a part to be misplaced, but the ability to open it up so quickly and easily does make my laundry routine much simpler. I’ve even experimented with hand washing this diaper during a recent power outage, and I was delighted by how quickly it scrubbed clean and bubbles rinsed away. I prefer to line dry when weather allows but found unsnapping the diaper made both line drying and machine drying go faster, which is often a concern with parents using thick inserts with all natural fibers. I will mention I have occasionally had an issue if machine drying where the insert will twist a bit and not want to lay perfectly smooth afterwards. This is purely cosmetic and I’ve tucked it in regardless and used it many times but when I had a moment to spare I ran a hot iron over the hemp/cotton material and it flattened out just like new.

Bang for the Buck ✩✩✩✩ Tushmate offers the one size version of their all in one at a price of twenty three fifty eight for a solid color, or twenty five ninety eight for a pattern. Their new patterns are unlike any I’ve seen before, in that each diaper has the same pattern placement (no crossing your fingers or digging through a basket at a cloth diaper boutique trying to find perfect “bum placement”) AND they’ve perfected a design that allows for the art to be right side up on BOTH sides of the diaper! I can’t tell you how much I appreciate this, upside down patterns have always been a pet peeve of mine and these designs are so lovely, you’ll want to show them off. Currently there are two patterns available, the Deep Sea Wonders you see Autumn wearing here and Vintage Winter Love, as well as solid colors in yellow, light blue, orange, and brown. I really like that all of these options are pretty gender neutral and a bit unexpected.

12141559_942313679148535_6799923137339606928_n

Performance ✩✩✩✩✩ With a strong TPU shell and several layers of cotton and hemp absorbency, this diaper gets better and better over time. After about eight washes I’d say it reached full capacity and is still going strong. I love that the liner has gently encased elastic on the legs as well as the strong elastic on the shell, I can see this being especially helpful for younger babies who are EBF (exclusively breast fed) to prevent any leaks which may be more common with softer more liquid messes. The construction of this diaper also allows you to easily add additional absorbency without having to lay it on top of the diaper which can be confusing for caregivers who may not be as familiar with your routine. I love that I can add an additional insert (usually hemp or bamboo) underneath the original materials, and snap the liner shut, and to a babysitter or grandparent it is still exceptionally simple to put on but now has the strength to last all night (no more waking up the baby after a night out to change her before you go to sleep or waking up to change the sheets).

VINTAGE-WINTER

Fit ✩✩✩✩ The Tushmate all in one is suggested for babies eight to thirty five pounds. My girls are currently at about twenty four pounds and thirty pounds, respectively, and are both able to wear this diaper (though my elder daughter no longer needs diapers she tried it on for me so I could check fit) comfortably with room to grow. I will say with the generous absorbency of this diaper you will find it can be a bit bulky, especially on a smaller child. If you have a new baby I highly recommend the Tushmate newborn (DDL has a video review available in the archives) which will fit comfortably from five to fourteen pounds, perfect for those early months and tiny baby thighs. You can then upgrade to the one size diaper when your little is ready and while you may need to size up on pants you will have the peace of mind an effective and economical diaper can bring.

Overall:

Tushmate diapers are a high quality diaper that really is perfect for every occasion. Many of the diapers in my daughter’s stash are categorized as “overnight”, “play at home”, “babysitter approved”, “durable for outdoor play”, or “pretty but bring extra changes”. This diaper effectively works every time, without hauling extra back-up changes or needing fancy special treatment. An extra insert for overnight for long roadtrips is all I’ve ever added to this diaper, it is truly exceptional. While it may not be the cheapest cloth diaper, it is a great value that lasts a long time and is easy and convenient for a vast variety of families. This is one of the diapers I recommend to families who are nervous about trying cloth because it is so simple and works so very well.

Where to Buy: Tushmate

disclosure

Posted in Cloth Diaper Video ReviewComments (1)

Bottombumpers One Size diagram

Bottombumpers Diaper Video and Review

This post may contain affiliate links.


My girls love drawing together, or I guess I could clarify Harper loves to draw and Autumn loves to scribble, but she’s getting there. I adore seeing the spark of joy on their faces when crayon touches paper and a new idea is expressed. Now that Autumn is less inclined to put everything in her mouth, they can spend a lot more time playing and creating together, and I love seeing what they come up with.

Bottombumpers sized

Today I’m posting an updated review on Bottombumpers, these were reviewed by Kim in 2010 when they first released, but five years later we are ready to post a new video for each (1 video of the One Size and 1 video of the sized) and share a few updates as well as my own personal experience with them.  The review reflects using both the sized and one size- the function much the same.

Ease of Use ✩✩✩✩ This diaper is technically a snap-in-one, as the insert and soaker snap into place and can be removed for more efficient washing and faster drying. I found it washed quite well without unsnapping, though, and have used it most often as an all in one.  When I do unsnap the insert and soaker I find it very easy to locate the correct pieces as both are unique and easily identifiable thanks to their size, shape, and charming tags (which remain hidden when in use but are perfect for playing “match that diaper” during laundry sorting). The roll in elastic is incredible for avoiding red marks, especially with Harper’s sensitive skin, but if you are bothered by the way the inner material can peek out when folding your diaper for storage, I found it helpful to gently stretch the diaper over my knee before snapping, just to quickly and easily tuck in the lining. If you have a caregiver changing diapers, just mention to them to roll in any lining when putting a new diaper on the baby, to keep leaks contained. I did find this roll in elastic to be nice and strong, and it doesn’t come unrolled while in use like some other brands I’ve tried (none I’ve reviewed on this blog, but others I’ve purchased over time).

Bang for the Buck ✩✩✩ You can purchase a sized diaper (there are two options) for just twenty dollars and ninety five cents, or upgrade to a one size with adjustable rise snaps for only twenty four ninety five. I find both these prices to be reasonable, considering the materials used, the “Made in the USA” aspect, and the strength and quality of these diapers. This is a diaper I can use with multiple children over an extended period of time and find very little wear and tear, based on my experience with some previously loved diapers I had purchased and sanitized when Harper was an infant. While replacing elastic on these would be more labor intensive than other styles, the elastic in my older diapers has held up very well and not yet required replacement. If they ever do I will be happy to share a tutorial on how to do it (you can search the blog for my previous elastic replacement tutorials).

Performance ✩✩✩✩✩ These diapers are extremely absorbent thanks to an organic cotton lining, an eight layer organic cotton double long soaker topped with plush bamboo blend velour, and a snap in soaker tucked inside. I love how soft this diaper is against my baby’s skin, it is especially comforting to use this on my youngest daughter as she is off the charts in terms of height/weight and her more-to-love bum (which is finally slimming down thanks to an extreme crawl-all-day exercise regime) has lots of gentle support in this soft and squishy diaper, with nothing pinching or rubbing against her skin.
bbosfrontsnaprisegraphiclarge

Fit ✩✩✩✩ These diapers are surprisingly trim, so much so that I worried whether they would offer adequate coverage the first time I used them. When I store them in a media basket with my other diapers they are a good inch or so narrower than most of my other cloth diapers. However, thanks to that absorbent lining and generous soaker and doubler I had no need to worry as both my girls can rock these diapers for hours if needed and I can remain confident we won’t have any leaks or problems. If I am planning an outfit with teeny tiny toddler jeans which can be stiff and unforgiving of fluffy diapers I will always make sure I have a Bottombumpers washed and ready to use. And while the size two works very well on both my girls right now (suggested for babies 15-30+ lbs, my girls are 23 lbs and 30 lbs, respectively) the one size with it’s clever hidden rise snaps tucked under the soaker layers within the lining of the diaper allows for a more flexible fit without the visual clutter of an assortment of snaps on the exterior of the diaper. I love how clean and neat this looks, especially for folks who aren’t used to the look of rise snaps (I’ve actually seen someone ask if a Cheerio slipped into a child’s pants at one point, they were so flummoxed by an exposed snap which was visible through a thin pair of leggings).

Overall: Bottombumpers diapers are easy, intuitive, colorful, and strong. They are reasonably priced and made in the USA. These diapers are so simple to use and quick to wash they make cloth diapering a pleasure, and the hidden one size snap design is genius. I would recommend these to anyone as a wonderful solution for naps, errands, and play. The beautiful embroidered versions I see in a local boutique shop are a sight to behold and would make the best and most personal gift for a baby shower or first birthday. I love these diapers and I think you will, too.

Where to Buy: One Size Front-Bottombumpers and One Size Side-Bottombumpers.  Sized Bottombumpers

Posted in Cloth Diaper Video ReviewComments (0)

Smart Bottoms Too Smart Cover Review

This post may contain affiliate links.

Now that Autumn is a year old, she is incredibly mobile and more curious than ever. She wants to do everything her big sister does, and is determined to keep up. Any hint of inequality or unfairness is cause for a howl of indignation, and she pushes herself every day. I wonder how much of this is her personality, how much correlates to her relationship with her sister, and how much she will retain as she grows older. Do you notice similar traits in your younger children? How do you help them to feel that where they are now developmentally is okay and they don’t have to keep pace with older siblings?
Autumn Too Smart

Today I’m excited to share the Too Smart cover from Smart Bottoms. When I’m approached by families interested in learning to use cloth diapers, I always encourage them to include a few quality covers for a strong starter stash, since they are so versatile and affordable.

Ease of Use ✩✩✩✩ This cover has generously sized flaps in the front and back of the diaper with PUL binding to help keep your insert of choice in place with a water tight bond. The cover itself is very simple to use, with the great fit and rise spacing Smart Bottoms fans know and love. You can choose the Too Smart inserts, which are very similar to the sewn in soaker in the all in one version of this diaper, and fold it in the manner you prefer (a simple tri-fold or with additional absorbency at the back or front), or you can choose your own insert. The beauty of a strong cover like this one is that anything absorbent will work, from old cotton tee shirts to flour sack towels to your favorite soaker of choice. Just remember if you are going to use something with microfiber it is important to wrap it with cotton, fleece, or some other material so the microfiber never touches your baby’s skin. I found the Too Smart insert to be an excellent soaker, it is organic cotton, it washes easily and dries quickly, and doesn’t wrinkle up or pucker the way I’ve noticed some long inserts can.

Bang for the Buck ✩✩✩✩ You can bring home one of these eye catching covers for twenty two dollars, and if you need soakers a three pack of inserts is just fifteen dollars. While it is possible to find cheaper covers and inserts, the quality and longevity of this set is very hard to beat. It is apparent when you run your hands over the material, when you pull on the snaps to test their strength, and when you tug on the elastic to ensure a snug fit around your little one’s thighs. Smart Bottoms is made in the USA and the cost is minimal when you consider you can reuse the cover without needing to wash until it becomes soiled or once a day. My water bill is always appreciative when I reuse covers and reduce my laundry load.

Smart Bottoms Too Smart Cover

Performance ✩✩✩✩✩ This cover is exceptionally strong, and while it is important to consider the level of absorbency you require and plan accordingly, I do find that the generously sized double walled gussets to offer a great deal of forgiveness when it comes to keeping your little one’s clothes dry. The extra wide elastic at the back also keeps messes away and prevents the dreaded blow out, combined with the aforementioned PUL flaps.

Fit ✩✩✩✩ If you’re lucky enough to have tried the Smart Bottoms all in one style, you’ll be excited to know that these covers offer the same exceedingly popular footprint. The snaps cinch down to a snug fit cozy enough for a new baby, combined with tightly gathered elastic. When your little one grows the elastic will stretch to accommodate and the strong snaps will stand up to even the most determined toddler hands (so if you’re struggling with an overeager “helper” who likes to remove their diaper at inopportune times, this cover may be your golden ticket!) making this one size diaper very flexible.

Overall: Smart Bottoms is known for exceptional diapers in stylish choices and their versatile new cover is the perfect addition to their collection. I adore the color choices with the contrasting snaps which are playful but never too juvenile. The Too Smart has all the features I look for in a good cover, and makes an excellent choice for a stash whether you’re on a budget, you love the diverse options a cover can allow in regards to absorbency, or you would just like something lovely and well made. I’ll even let you know I’ve suggested this cover to some friends of mine who choose to use disposable diapers, as the cover is so good at containing messes and preventing blowouts it can offer a trim and yet durable layer of protection for families who are looking for a neater solution.

Where to Buy: Kelly’s Closet or any Smart Bottoms retailer will have them now!

Posted in Cloth Diaper Video ReviewComments (0)

Fuzzibunz Sweet Beginnings One Size Pocket Diaper Review

This post may contain affiliate links.

With her birthday right around the corner, I am trying very hard these days to remind Harper to clean up her toys when she is done. We have begun a tedious but effective routine, after she removes a toy and plays with it, I repeatedly remind her to put it away before taking out another toy or moving on to some other game. Sometimes she gets as exasperated as I secretly feel, but it is worth it to not spend an hour on her room each night. My favorite part is when I give her simple, clear, and attainable instructions and she follows through. When she finishes, I jump up and down like a lunatic and sing a made up song about how happy I am her room is clean and there’s enough space to dance. We dance in circles on the rug and she laughs and claps. I don’t mind embarrassing myself if it makes her happy and encourages her to be tidy. How do you handle toddler tasks like cleaning up?

Fuzzibunz One Size Sweet Beginnings

 

Fuzzibunz holds a special place in my heart. When I was expecting my second child, my stash of cloth diapers suddenly seemed less impressive. I remembered going through dozens of diapers a day in those early weeks, and adding to that a toddler and less time to do laundry as often as I prefer, and I felt a bit overwhelmed. It was around that time that a new friend I’d met at the bookstore mentioned she had some Fuzzibunz from her daughters’ diaper days and would be happy to bring them to me. I got SO much pleasure out of washing and assembling rows of perfect matching diapers, tugging the adjustable elastic to the smallest number slots and lining the folded diapers in baskets like rows of candy. Fuzzibunz now has a new Sweet Beginnings collection, and I’m reviewing a one size option for you today.

Ease of Use ✩✩✩✩ The first time I attended a cloth diaper class at a local boutique, the shop owner demonstrated how the buttonhole elastic in a Fuzzibunz diaper could be reached by slipping a hand into the pocket lining, and how the elastic could easily be loosened or tightened for a perfect fit. I had a few other pocket diapers at the time, and was still learning, and I recall thinking ALL cloth diapers had this ingenious feature. I was quite disappointed when I inspected my meager stash to find no adjustable buttonhole elastic in sight. While this feature may require a brief explanation for parents who have never experienced this style, it is quick and intuitive to learn and allows for a far more custom fit than a more traditional snap down rise.

Bang for the Buck ✩✩✩✩ For $19.95 you receive a pocket style diaper as well as a contoured organic cotton/hemp insert. If you require additional absorbency, you can purchase a two pack of the inserts for $13-13.75 for a small or large set. The price of the diaper with a single insert is quite fair, though if you have a heavy wetter and need an additional insert it can seem a little high, you’re better off purchasing a two pack of inserts and two of the diapers, or one of their popular starter kits. I do think the price is acceptable considering how incredibly adjustable these diapers are if you have a larger baby. The footprint of the diaper when the elastic is at the loosest setting is HUGE and would easily fit an older child as well, even a school age child who may need to wear diapers. Having the option to easily adjust the size to last as long as you need them makes this diaper a terrific choice for parents with babies who are in a high percentile for height and weight, or older children who wear diapers.

Performance ✩✩✩ The insert provided with this diaper is a natural fiber which requires several washes to become prepped and fully absorbent. Once you reach this sweet spot of laundering, the insert is extremely powerful, and it is not subject to some of the flaws associated with other types of soaker. You don’t need to worry about compression leaks with this tightly woven trim insert, and it does not seem to carry odor the way some synthetic materials do. I did find for my girls that this diaper worked best for us with additional absorbency, especially if going for a long drive. The footprint of the pocket is giant, even with the elastic adjusted for a trim fit there is still a lot of room for added soakers, prefolds, tee shirts, whatever you fancy. Whereas the included medium/large insert is actually an entire inch smaller in width than the soaker channel of the pocket. My personal wish is that a larger soaker that fills the central channel of the wet zone would be offered with the diaper, considering it is marketed towards babies and children who are generally larger and it is not absurd to think they may need a bit more absorbency.

Fit ✩✩✩✩✩ This diaper is perfect for parents who are raising their eyebrows at each doctor visit, watching the graph recording their baby’s growth climb higher and higher, and dubiously attempting to snap those final exterior snaps on their existing cloth diapers. For any parent who has ever wondered “Will my baby outgrow his one size diapers?” this is the one size diaper for you. Rated for 10-40 lbs without breaking a sweat, this Fuzzibunz one size has your back. While it’s true some babies will slim down once they start crawling, or “grow into” their bodies, some of us simply have loveable chunky babies, or perhaps older tykes in need of that extra security. This diaper is not great for tiny babies, as the sheer size may seem overwhelming, but the adjustable elastic will help to ensure there are no blowouts, and the crossover snap and hip snaps can help to secure a snug fit at the waist. Regardless, this diaper will impress you with its strength and size.

Overall: This diaper is available in a variety of fun new design choices, and it is a great option for parents looking for a generously sized yet still adjustable option. The wide opening allows plenty of space to add additional soakers if needed, but when using the included insert the fit is surprisingly trim (though with a smaller elastic adjustment at the back you may notice the interior lining can bunch up a bit which can cause some fluffiness)(but seriously, who doesn’t love a fluffy bum?). These diapers are a great choice for anyone who is ready for a diaper that will last until potty training (no matter when that day comes) as well as a fun choice for a gift.

Where to Buy: Kelly’s Closet

disclosure

Posted in Cloth Diaper Video ReviewComments (1)

How to use the 6r soaker from Rumparooz

Rumparooz G2 One Size Pocket Diaper Review

This post may contain affiliate links.

My girls love their baby dolls so much. While they exhibit traditional curiosity and test the limits with many of their toys, they have always been so gentle and sweet with their “babies”. I love watching them hug and kiss the little dolls and Harper loves to change their diapers and pajamas, I often find tiny clothes scattered along the hallway outside her room. I think their empathy towards the fragility of the dolls helps them to be cautious with our friend’s younger babies, too. How do your littles care for their favorite toys?

autumnRAR

Today I’m reviewing Rumparooz pocket diapers, and yes those are tiny Rumparooz doll diapers on the baby dolls. I received one at this year’s Great Cloth Diaper Change and the other from a local diaper shop as part of a prize package. The girls LOVE these tiny cloth diapers, and Harper begs for her “kangaroo” diaper almost daily.

Editor’s Note- DDL reviewed this same diaper in 2010 but we decided to preform an updated review because that video is old, low quality, and RAR has discontinued aplix versions of this diaper.  

How to use the 6r soaker from Rumparooz

This color, spice, is Kim’s favorite.

Ease of Use ✩✩✩✩ Rumparooz pocket diapers have a wide opening in the stay dry chamois lining to easily slip the insert(s) into place. The design is intuitive, but if you are delegating diaper changes to someone unfamiliar with pockets I would suggest making sure the diaper is stuffed in advance to be certain the microfiber insert doesn’t lay against the baby’s skin. I do wish the opening had some kind of additional coverage to prevent it from gapping open, as I often notice it trying to expose the microfiber and while I have never seen an ammonia burn on either of my girls, I am always wary of ensuring their skin is protected. The strong elastic and snaps help to make sure this diaper is easy to fit at any size. The customizable soaker option offers SIX different configurations to help you get the absorbency and trimness you need.

Bang for the Buck ✩✩✩✩ At $23.95 for a pocket diaper with the 6r soaker (which is actually TWO soakers that can snap together or be used individually) you will pay a little more than with some brands. However, Rumparooz are designed in the USA, in Colorado, and these award winning diapers are reliable and constructed to last through many washings. Considering the two soakers you receive and the quality of design, I think this price is reasonable, and the wide variety of colors and prints will have you dreaming of an entire stash of RAR (Rump-A-Rooz).

how_6r

Performance ✩✩✩✩ This diaper can be worn in four different rise settings with six different soaker choices. I found that both soakers in the “girl doubler” configuration worked best for my girls at nap time, and I could use just the med/large option if I needed something trim to fit under tiny baby leggings while out playing. The microfiber inserts have held up very well, they do not seem to compress or lose absorbency like some cheaper microfiber inserts we’ve used. I love that the snaps on the inserts and the contouring help everything to stay in place so I don’t have the shifting and bunching that many pocket users dread. I haven’t been able to use these overnight with my girls, they tend to be heavy wetters and I notice a slight wicking at the tag if we try to go all night with this diaper. But for day they are wonderful! I especially love the built in gussets within the body of the diaper lining, these diapers are perfect for breastfed babies and extreme messes alike, the soft gussets are gentle against the skin but help to contain any mess. And the velvety material rinses clean and spotless with my diaper sprayer.

Fit ✩✩✩✩ This diaper can be as trim or as absorbent as you need it to be, thanks to the various fit options provided. While the most absorbent option does tend to be quite fluffy, and is too bulky for toddler jeans, it is still absolutely adorable and a great excuse to rock out with your cloth out. I love the rich colors and am happy to show off these amazing diapers when I’m in a position to. I also love the footprint of these diapers, the design means I don’t have to stress about wing droop and the coverage is great on both my skinny little toddler as well as my fluffier younger baby.

Overall: This pocket diaper is a great absorbent choice that I love for daytime and naps, it is stylish and modern and fun and it looks as new today as it did 50 wears ago. I can easily imagine this diaper lasting through multiple kids without wearing out. The wide selection of colors and patterns offer something for everyone.

Where to Buy: Kelly’s Closet

DDL purchased a G2 to facilitate this review.

Posted in Cloth Diaper Video ReviewComments (3)

Bambino MioSolo All In One Diaper Review

This post may contain affiliate links.

How do you decide how many toys are too many? I am exceptionally lucky to have my husband’s parents as well as my dad and stepmom and my own mom all living just a few minutes away, which can lead to some very sweet gifts as the years pass. I have also received quite a few hand me downs from friends with older babies as well as the treasures we’ve chosen ourselves for special occasions or because we were just so taken with a particular design or idea. But at some point you realize you’re spending more time picking up forgotten toys than actually playing, and start to wonder if it’s time to go through them and find new homes for some of them. It’s always tricky as any toy that ends up in the donate bin instantly becomes a beloved favorite that your little one can’t get enough of, and if you’re anticipating adding another baby to the mix at some point you don’t want to dismiss all your infant appropriate options. How do you decide what stays and what goes? At what point are you comfortable with chaos?

harpermio-1

Today I’m reviewing a rather unique and adorable all in one style diaper or “nappy” which has won several awards. Bambino Mio is a UK based company, you may have read Kim’s review on their covers and prefolds a few years back, and today I’ll be reviewing one of their adorable and award winning nappies.

Ease of Use ✩✩✩✩ One of the most notable differences of this nappy is the unique features on the insert. There is a flap of material on the end that creates a pocket or mitten, and there are several loops of binding sewn the length of the insert, straight down the middle. These features make it easier than ever to stuff and remove the insert from the stay dry lined chamber. To stuff, you tuck your palm within the pocket at the end of the insert like a mitten and slide your hand into the sleeve of the diaper. To remove, you can delicately seek the first available loop with a single finger (you can wear gloves if you like but this is on the back of the diaper insert and made of a slick material that does not seem to absorb much) and use the tether to withdraw the insert. This diaper allows has a flap to cover the opening, ensuring no microfiber touches baby’s skin which is a huge draw for someone with a chunkier baby who can strain the back interior of her diapers.

Bang for the Buck ✩✩✩✩✩ At $21.99 for an all in one diaper, the price is only slightly higher than most big name all in ones. The additional unique features make this well constructed diaper a cinch to use and the charming prints make this diaper a temptation for any cloth user.

Performance ✩✩✩✩ This diaper, or nappy, held up very well with my girls. The insert appears to be thicker than many comparable styles, and while it can take a bit longer to dry (make sure you fully remove the insert before drying) it is very absorbent. For extended use (car trips, naps, and other times where it may not be possible to change as often as you’d like) I do recommend adding a booster, but for everyday use this worked great.

Fit ✩✩✩✩ The Velcro style fasteners and the “poppers” or snaps on this diaper makes it easy and intuitive to get a great fit on this nappy. There are three rise snap options and while the Velcro style strip does not go across the entire front of the diaper and the footprint of the diaper is not as generous in size as some I’m used to, it does still seem to fit a wide variety of sizes. This diaper may work better for smaller or average size babies, but I am able to fasten it on both my chunky nine month old (who wears eighteen month size clothing) and my two and a half year old.

Overall: This diaper is an all in one because the insert is sewn to the diaper, but the stay dry lining is attached like that of a pocket, which will turn away some parents who really don’t like pocket diapers and the required steps to use them. Bambino Mio has done an excellent job making these steps as simple as possible with the built in mitt on the end of the insert and the pull tabs to make removal easier and neater. The stay dry lining can be a big draw for some parents as many babies tend to sleep longer or remain happier if they cannot feel that they are wet. This is a great option for parents looking for a stay dry option using parts they cannot accidentally misplace, and is also a great gift with a variety of fun and gender neutral prints to choose from.

 Where to Buy: Bambino Mio USA or My Blossom Baby (on clearance)

Posted in Cloth Diaper Video ReviewComments (0)

Sweet Pea All In One Diaper Review

This post may contain affiliate links.

Harper loves having a table just her size. I knew I wanted one for her, specifically for tea parties with her dolls, even before I was expecting a sibling for her. I looked at a variety of websites but wasn’t satisfied with what I could afford and couldn’t manage the price on the ones I liked. Eventually I let go of the dream and focused on other needs, and that was when I stumbled upon a garish painted table outfitted with an annoying yet popular cartoon character in a shocking shade of yellow. My weekly perusal of Craigslist had yielded a potential treasure. The table came with two matching chairs and was so scraped up and overwhelmed with torn stickers the owner was selling it for a song. I happily met her and then headed straight for the hardware store where I let a very young Harper select a paint color to refinish the set. She loved choosing the shade and adores having her own special spot for snacks, drawing, and (yes!) tea parties. Autumn is very interested in the table now, too, and I know she will enjoy using it for years to come. (Editor’s Note- Lara has done an amazing job with Harper’s big girl room, it’s so perfect!)

Sweet Pea Bamboo AIOToday I’m reviewing a bamboo all in one from Sweet Pea Cloth Diapers. All in ones are a fantastic choice for parents who opt for convenience or who are used to the ease of use they may have experienced with disposable. The interior is either sewn or snapped in place and can be left fully assembled to wash (though some may like to unsnap when possible to help the washer more effectively clean and to allow the diaper to dry faster). This style is easy on, easy off, and easy to spray with a diaper sprayer if you need to rinse off any solids.

Ease of Use ✩✩✩✩✩ This diaper is extremely easy to use, yet it also offers a degree of customization which is not common in all-in-one diapers. The top soaker is sewn in on one end, tongue style, and runs the length of the interior so you only need to fold it if you are snapping down the rise and even then it’s a small fold. The inner soaker is snapped in place on the opposite end, meaning you can leave it snapped at all times or you can remove it for a trimmer option or if you have specific inserts you prefer. I was extremely happy with the materials Sweet Pea has chosen; the top soaker is a bamboo/cotton blend topped with soft plush bamboo velour and the bottom (snap in) soaker is a hidden layer of microfiber sandwiched between soft layers of bamboo cotton. This mix of materials allows for a lot of long term absorbency in a very trim package without any added hassle.

Bang for the Buck ✩✩✩✩ Most retailers offer this diaper at $21.95 which is a great price for a diaper with this level of absorbency and quality materials. All in ones are generally pricier than other diaper options, but you have the added bonus of not needing to purchase anything additional to make this diaper work really well for you. The only addition I could possibly think of would be if you don’t like using microfiber you can replace the snap in insert with a material you prefer (though I find hidden microfiber like this to be very effective and far more absorbent than the thin dingy flattened out pads many of us associate with some cheap mass produced pocket diapers) or if you are needing to apply a cream to your baby or anticipate a soiled diaper you won’t want to mess with you can add a diaper liner. But when you have bamboo velour this soft it is hard to imagine wanting to put anything else on top of it.

Performance ✩✩✩✩ Thanks to the one-two-punch of the materials Sweet Pea has chosen, this diaper lasts an exceptionally long time without any leaks. A soft interior lining of bamboo/cotton combined with the inserts I describe above means this diaper is ready to handle whatever your baby can dish out. The craftsmanship is excellent and the colors and patterns are very playful and trendy. I’m more than a little in love with their black diaper, which manages to look cool in a classic LBD way as opposed to some more punk style diapers I’ve seen.

SweetPeaAIO_cdf

Fit ✩✩✩✩✩ Harper has always been a very trim baby, and while she is two now, she’s still thin and has given me a deep appreciation for cross over snaps. Sweet Pea does NOT disappoint with TWO rows of crossover snaps to choose from, this diaper can get an exceptionally snug fit. Add to that a good strong tightly strung back elastic and equally strong leg elastics and you have a diaper that will work well on even a very petite baby while still maintaining the superior absorbency of a good all-in-one. At the same time, this diaper offers enough snap options to fit a larger baby (cough*Autumn*cough) as well. Did I mention it is also a very trim fitting diaper? The fit on this one will not disappoint.

Overall: Sweet Pea Bamboo All In Ones are a great option for parents looking for superior absorbency that is easy on the mind and budget. No special customization needed, no assembly process, no long tutorials for babysitters and daycares. These diapers are stylish, intuitive, and long lasting. This makes them an excellent gift for someone curious about cloth who may become overwhelmed with some styles of diaper, and the wide variety of sizing options and quality craftsmanship means these will last from a very young age until potty training and likely through several babies.

Where to Buy: Kelly’s Closet carries the Sweet Pea Bamboo AIO

Posted in Cloth Diaper Video ReviewComments (0)

Bummis Flannel Fitted Diaper Review

This post may contain affiliate links.

As the weather heats up I find our trips outside get shorter and shorter. Instead of an hour in the morning we tend to do three or four fifteen to twenty minute visits, so my girls have plenty of time to cool off and hydrate. It’s possible I’m oversensitive to the sunshine as Autumn is still rather young and I worry about her keeping cool, but I’ve been lucky enough that neither girl has ever experienced a sunburn and I hope to keep that up. My husband is considering creating a sunshade for the backyard, either something cheap like a plastic tarp rigged up that can be removed after playtime or something more permanent like a wooden structure that will also keep the rain away since summer showers are almost daily this time of year. How you keep your cool in the summer? What do you consider too much time in the sun?

Harper in Bummis

Today I’m reviewing a Bummis fitted diaper. I’m a huge fan of the Bummis Whisper Wrap (an affordable yet quality cover I have in newborn and one-size and tend to call “old reliable”) so I was psyched when I received this super cute flannel fitted with a charming “Green Faeries” design on the exterior. It is very soft and pretty, and so compact it fits in even the smallest pocket on my diaper bag.

Ease of Use ✩✩✩✩✩ With a single piece that fastens with strong snaps and doesn’t require any assembly this diaper is very easy to use on it’s own. You will want to add a waterproof cover, such as PUL, TPU, wool, or fleece. You may also find you’ll need to customize absorbency by adding additional soakers within the fitted, based on the habits of your child.

Bang for the Buck ✩✩✩ At $24.95 per diaper, you are looking at a very affordable fitted option, however without any soakers included you sacrifice a lot of the expected absorbency, and by adding the suggested Bummis Deluxe Booster for $6.75 you’re bringing the price up to $31.70 for a fitted with a single soaker. While these diapers are very cute and certainly have their uses I would not consider this price to be comparable based on absorbency and longevity. My girls are what the cloth diaper community likes to call “super soakers” meaning they breastfeed on demand and tend to need a lot of absorbency in their diapers, especially since they both tend to release a lot at once as opposed to a smaller amount over an extended period of time. It’s possible for a light wetter these diapers may be a perfect and trim solution, it just wasn’t the experience I had.

Performance ✩✩ This fitted diaper is a layer of flannel on the exterior, a layer of Sherpa on the interior, and additional absorbency sewn into the “wet zone” or main channel of the diaper. There are no soakers included, although the website does suggest the Bummis Deluxe Booster as a great way to extend the absorbency of this diaper. I had a very hard time with this diaper without a booster, it tends to get soaked in just one spot and immediately leak through the cover even when the back of the diaper is dry. I’ve tried washing it repeatedly in case it was a prep issue, which causes the decorative flannel to pill up quite a bit, but the issue is recurring. I can add a booster as suggested and it does help, though I can’t say the flannel adds to the absorbency at all, it seems about on par with using just a booster in a cover. What I DO find this cover to be fantastic for is with flats or prefolds. One issue I run into when using flats or prefolds with my breastfed girls is that the legs can lose their tightness after my very active girls have been playing for a while. The result can be quite messy, but by using the trim Bummis fitted over a flat or prefold, then adding the PUL cover on top, I’m able to keep everything contained within soft and snug elastics no matter how much my babies roll, crawl, run, or jump.

Fit ✩✩✩✩✩ This diaper is extremely trim, easily the thinnest fitted I’ve come across. It offers three rise options thanks to strong rise snaps and also offers cross over snaps so this diaper can be made to fit an extremely small baby, it would have fit quite well on Autumn when she was a newborn if we had owned it then. It also expands fairly well, transforming into a trim toddler option.

Overall: I like the materials of this diaper, the flannel is adorable and Sherpa is a great cotton solution for anyone with a sensitivity to polyester, it is fluffy while still laying quite flat, and soft against the skin. I do think this diaper is best with increased absorbency and wish that a soaker was sold with the diaper instead of suggested as an additional purchase. This fitted is a wonderful trim option that still fits neatly under even snug clothing, even when a booster is added. The leg elastics are perfect for ebf leak protection, and I love using these over flats as a way to secure everything for play time. I also like this diaper without a cover for outside play for my toddler, since she can run around in the backyard in a breathable option that protects her from bug bites and dirt in sensitive places.

Where to Buy: In stock at Kelly’s Closet

 

Posted in Cloth Diaper Video ReviewComments (0)

RSS