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Bambino MioSolo All In One Diaper Review

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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?

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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)

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Sweet Pea All In One Diaper Review

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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.

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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

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Bummis Flannel Fitted Diaper Review

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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?

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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

 

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Happy Heiny ONEderful Stay Dry Review

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Now that Daylight Savings Time has taken effect, Harper is having a harder time falling asleep. Her once predictable bedtime routine has been tried and tested and there have been a few nights where my dear sweet husband has been left to walk with her in her carrier two or three times in a single evening while I work and Autumn dozes or rides in the stroller. I’m glad Harper falls asleep thanks to babywearing, but I know multiple walks in the Florida heat can be tiring for my husband, and hearing her pop awake back at home is stressful for everyone. Lately I’ve been trying to tire her out by playing outside in the evenings until I catch her yawning. I’d love to hear how you handle the time change and night owl toddlers. 

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Happy Heiny sent me one of their ONEderful diapers with a stay dry layer over a cotton interior. Last year we reviewed their ONEderful with organic cotton and hemp, so I was excited to try this version as well!

Ease of Use✩✩✩✩✩ This all in one diaper features rise snaps in the front as well as the back, allowing it to be sized down considerably and extending the potential life of the diaper. The soakers have two snaps that attach to the back of the diaper but can be released when washing for a more thorough wash and faster dry time. While the snaps in the back of the diaper may seem confusing to someone encountering them for the first time, you don’t have to use them, and if you’re concerned about a caretaker encountering them, you can just have the diaper set to the correct size ahead of time.

Left: Organic ONEderful, Right: Stay Dry ONEderful

Left: Organic ONEderful, Right: Stay Dry ONEderful

Bang for the Buck✩✩✩✩ Happy Heiny offers this snap closure stay dry diaper for $21.95 in their fun and eye catching prints or $19.95 for solid colors. The organic cotton/hemp version currently retails for $24.95 or $26.95 for solid colors or prints, respectively. These diapers are made in the USA by seamstresses who are allowed to work from home or bring their children with them, whichever works best for their family. As a mom who works from home five nights a week and stays up late so that I can nurse my infant immediately before and after my shift and on my breaks, and stays home with my girls during the day so we can escape the cost and concerns of daycare, I have an enormous gratitude for this company and their policies. I love shopping with companies that I believe in, and Happy Heiny is definitely one of those companies.

Performance ✩✩✩✩ The cotton/stay dry version of this diaper is a formidable diaper, but I have been spoiled by the cotton/hemp version. I wouldn’t personally use this stay dry version for nighttime, as both my girls are heavy wetters and in our experience this diaper needs to be changed after two hours. This is reasonable for a cloth diaper, and if all my diapers were so easy to use and wash I doubt I would mind changing diapers more frequently. For long naps and bed time I’ll stick with my organic cotton/hemp ONEderful, but this stay dry version is ideal for errands and visiting family since it is so trim and looks so nice under even the most unforgivingly snug pants.

Fit ✩✩✩✩✩ I am extremely impressed with the generously sized crossover tabs and the multitude of snaps. One of life’s quirky jokes; my five month old (as of today!) and my nearly two and a half year old are on practically the same size setting on their diapers. I did utilize the enclosure snaps on the back of the diaper for Autumn, to ensure the diaper perfectly hugs her little baby curves. With Harper, I was able to leave it unsnapped, as the additional length up her back is perfect for her longer torso. And on both girls, I was able to snap the tabs so they met in the center. That means they can grow a considerable amount and I can still expect a good fit with this diaper, the sizing is extremely flexible for larger babies.

Overall:This stay dry diaper is a great choice for any child needing a larger diaper, a trimmer diaper, or a simpler diaper with quick dry time. For those reasons this would be especially perfect for an older child still in diapers who may be self conscious about it, the slim silhouette is almost unnoticeable in an older tot, especially in regular jeans or loose fitting pants. On Autumn it is more noticeable as the silhouette doesn’t blend as much against her rolls of baby fat but it is still quite trim and generously cut to allow for a good fit no matter how she grows. Also, Harper is more than a little obsessed with this fire dogs print, she runs around the house begging for “Puppy diaper? Mommy, need puppy diaper please!” and is quite disappointed if I tell her it’s in the laundry.

Where to Buy: Happy Heiny

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Chelory Organic All in One Diaper Review

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I am having such a hard time transitioning Harper to her toddler bed. My mother finished a beautiful quilt for it using some of her baby clothes and some of my old clothing, even some patches from my father’s baby rompers from 1950 that his mother had saved for her. I did everything I could to make it special for her, painting the frame her favorite shade of blue and sewing a tulle ballet inspired bedskirt, letting her pick out special bed sheets with little birds on them, and sewing toddler size pillows for her to cuddle. She shows no interest whatsoever. Autumn is off the charts growth-wise, and will be too heavy for her Hushamok hammock soon. When that time comes I hope to transition her to the crib for at least part of the night (I’m pro co-sleeping but work in our bedroom till 1 am most nights so she’ll need a place to sleep while I’m working). I’ve tried laying on the toddler bed with Harper and nursing her in hopes she’ll fall asleep, and I’ve tried asking her to lay down but she then immediately hops back up. The one time I tried getting her to sleep by babywearing then laying her on the bed she panicked. How did you transition your toddler from their crib? What advice would you suggest to help her get excited about the idea?

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Chelory is a household name when it comes to WAHM diapers, Rachel has consistently produced a quality diaper for years and it’s easy to understand why anyone who is familiar with WAHM diapers usually recognizes her company. When she sent me a diaper to review I immediately messaged Kim and asked if she’d sent me a present, I was so excited when she told me I would get to do a review!

Ease of Use✩✩✩✩✩ This all in one diaper is sewn in place on either side, so there’s nothing to snap or fold and it’s pretty much impossible to put on incorrectly which makes this diaper fantastic for babysitters or other caregivers who may be hesitant to use cloth. One unique trait of Chelory diapers is that they arrive prepped and ready to wear, most diapers require washing at least once and sometimes several times before wearing. While bamboo will become more absorbent after additional washes, I was able to use this diaper right away (which is so fun when such a pretty diaper arrives)! You can choose snaps or hook and loop tape, and the trim little strips of h&l fit neatly on the laundry tabs to ensure they won’t snag laundry, imperative considering how strong this tape is.

Bang for the Buck✩✩✩ This diaper is created by a parent, a person just like you or me (although more talented, at least more than I am), so she can’t offer the same crazy low prices some mass produced factories offer, but she does offer a fair price for the materials used and consistent excellent construction. The diaper I am reviewing is listed for 32.95, some are listed as low as 28.95. Having viewed Chelory diapers at local cloth diaper groups before (yes, I meet with other local cloth diapering mamas, and I love it!) I have always been impressed by the quality of the stitching and the wear of the diaper over time. Of course, your water hardness and wash routine will vary but the diapers I’ve seen have held up better than similar leading brand all in one diapers and at a negligible price difference. If you can only afford to add one or two Chelory diapers to your stash, I still say go for it, you’ll reach for them again and again.

Performance ✩✩✩✩ These diapers are constructed with several layers of a bamboo and Zorb composite, and topped with either organic bamboo/cotton fleece or stay-dry wicking jersey. I use the organic version since my older daughter has always had very sensitive skin and natural fibers seem to fare better against her skin for a longer length of time. And you can definitely test these for a longer length of time, they are the most absorbent non-fitted diaper I own right now. I normally go to fitteds with wool for naps and bedtime, but in a pinch these will last the night without leaks. They do take a longer time to dry, much like other all in one organic diapers I use, but I find the level of absorbency with two heavy wetters to be worth the dry time. Rachel suggests turning your diapers inside out (flipping the sewn insert around) before hanging dry for about 24 hours. I live in an area frequented by sudden showers so I like to line dry in the regular manner with all my other diapers which helps to sun out staining, then when I come out to collect my other diapers I flip it and toss it in the dryer with some other laundry and my wool dryer balls to finish the job.

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Fit ✩✩✩✩ These diapers are a little bulky to wear under the thin stretchy cotton pants that are so ubiquitous in little girl fashion these days, but adorable under dresses and skirts (and Pomona Pants!) or you can size up a bit to ensure a good fit. They are still trimmer than fitteds which are the only other diaper I’ve tried that matches this absorbency level.

Overall: I am a huge fan of Chelory diapers and think any parent who is feeling the “cloth diaper blues” and may be considering giving up should buy at least one of these and give it a try, I think it’ll make you a “believer” again. Aside from dry time they are so hassle free and easy to use, and if it’s within your budget to put a few of these beauties in your rotation you’ll notice long errands and naptimes will be much less stressful. I love that these diapers are one size as I will definitely be using them as long as I possibly can with both girls.

Where to Buy: Chelory.com

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Diaper Safari One Size Pocket Diaper Review

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Autumn is four months old today. Every month when Harper was a baby I would snap a picture of her in the same glider with the same toy and a simple white onesie labeled with her current age. At her first birthday I displayed the twelve months as a banner, it was so amazing to see how she grew and her very distinct beauty emerged. I am continuing the tradition for Autumn’s first year, with the same toy in a different color, and a different style month marker. It will be even more fun when the project is complete to compare her not only to herself but to her sister at each age. I know this is a fairly common practice these days, though not always easy to keep up during those frenzied early infant months. Did you take monthly pictures in the same location or position? Did you use an object for size comparison? What was/is your favorite detail about this project? Do you have any tips to help get the best light and smile? I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments.

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Diaper Safari sent us a one size pocket diaper with hook and loop tape to review. A snap version is also available for purchase. They offer a variety of fun prints featuring sweet safari animals (currently lions or hippos on your choice color background) Harper loves naming and asking for. The pocket can be purchased without an insert, and a microfiber insert or hemp insert can be purchased separately from the same manufacturer.

Ease of Use✩✩✩✩ This pocket features an opening on the front as well as the back to allow the insert to agitate out on it’s own in the wash. Depending on what and how many inserts you use you may find that this occurs. I started out with one microfiber insert from Diaper Safari but found my girls went through it far too quickly (they are both nursing on demand and Harper also keeps her water cup nearby at all times so they tend to wet their diapers more than may be considered average, you may find one microfiber insert is enough). I added a hemp booster under the microfiber and found that the absorbency was better but the two inserts together did not agitate out in the wash every time, so I remove them manually instead. I still find the two openings to be very helpful when removing inserts from soiled diapers as it allows me to avoid any messy areas, and my husband appreciates the roomy openings for easy stuffing.

Bang for the Buck✩✩✩ The pocket is currently available for only nine dollars and ninety five cents, and the inserts can be purchased for two (microfiber) or four (hemp) dollars. This puts this diaper at the same price point as many “discount diapers” I’ve noticed on the market, but the quality of material seems to be better based on the four months I’ve been using it in heavy rotation. The suedecloth inner is stitched and finished impeccably and the PUL is not sticky like many discount diapers we’ve attempted (what can I say, I was young, the print was cute, we all make bad decisions sometimes…). I’m not saying you shouldn’t use cloth diapers that are cheap, I am just saying I found many of them to be stitched poorly and of subpar quality, with PUL delaminating and inserts losing absorbency within weeks. With this diaper I have not experienced any issues beyond my own absorbency needs as stated above. There are also discounts available if you order in bulk, so if you are ordering nine or more diapers you pay just eight fifty a diaper, which can be a great way to start a stash if you’re on a tight budget or unsure about cloth diapering. You’ll still need to buy the inserts but it is still an inexpensive way to get started cloth diapering.

Performance ✩✩✩✩ These diapers performed very well once I adjusted my stuffing routine from one microfiber insert to the microfiber on top of the hemp. The elastic at the back and legs has a good amount of stretch to help keep any mess contained, and while I have noticed a tiny amount of pilling around the edges of the PUL it has not affected the integrity of the diaper, and the microscopic cosmetic flaws are likely just the result of a tussle with rogue hook and loop tape in the wash (there are square tabs to stick the tape to, but it doesn’t seem to hold very well).

Fit ✩✩✩ These diapers are suggested for babies ten to thirty five or more pounds. They definitely run bigger than most one size diapers, and are cut generously which makes “double stuffing” a breeze. They may not fit a smaller, thinner, more petite baby as well, but for my petite two year old and my four month old chunker they do great. The trimness of the diaper will depend on what you use to stuff it, with a single microfiber insert it is relatively trim, with my combo it definitely fills out a onesie (we have to size up on Autumn’s clothes to make it work) but this is standard for many cloth diapers and to be anticipated.

Overall: I think these diapers are a budget friendly choice for someone looking to begin a stash or try pockets for the first time. The roomier cut is also excellent for parents with bigger babies or older children who are still wearing diapers, the gentle elastic and generous space for inserts allow for a lot of leeway when it comes to absorbency. I’ll admit these are not my favorite diapers, personally, but they serve their purpose well and may be just what you are looking for.

Where to Buy: DiaperSafari.com

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Buttons Cloth Diapers AI2 Review

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For her birthday last year Harper received her own little kitchen. I knew with the baby coming it would be a good investment since it encourages independent imaginative play. Sure enough, I have spent many hours nursing Autumn while Harper makes and brings me cups of “tea” or elaborate tacos stuffed with a variety of felt vegetables and condiments. It’s so fun to see the pride on her face when she thinks of a new “recipe” and puts it together to show me.  

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Buttons Cloth Diapers sent me a one size all in two style diaper to review. They included a small daytime insert (for babies 9-20 lbs, perfect for Autumn) and a large daytime insert (for babies 20-35 lbs, perfect for Harper) made with 55% hemp and 45% cotton, and a layer of soft fleece on top to wick away moisture. There are also microfiber daytime inserts (topped with soft fleece) and nighttime doublers (available in either material) available to customize absorbency to meet your needs.

Ease of Use✩✩✩✩✩The Buttons cover includes two interior snaps so whichever Buttons insert you use will snap perfectly into place and you won’t have to worry about it shifting or bunching. This makes getting a diaper on a wiggly impatient baby and an even more wiggly and impatient toddler a breeze. When it’s time to change, you can just remove the insert and put it a new one, reusing the cover until it becomes soiled.

Bang for the Buck✩✩✩✩ For eleven dollars you can have your pick of any of their bright bold cheery solid color covers, or for twelve fifty you can pick a fun print cover. I have to say I’m a bit obsessed with the darling little four hole button embroidered on the back of the diaper, it is so unexpected and cute! Daytime inserts range in price from three fifty to seven seventy five depending on the material you choose. A nighttime doubler for added absorbency is five to nine seventy five depending on your preferred material. I love the flexibility of the two sizes insert and the doubler for over nights or heavy wetters. While a single diaper with an insert and doubler can be a bit on the pricier side (nineteen fifty for a solid color with microfiber insert and doubler, thirty for a print with a cotton/hemp insert and doubler) anyone looking to build a stash or perhaps swap out some of their less loved diapers for something simpler and more convenient can purchase multiple inserts with less covers and save a bundle by only changing the cover when needed. Buttons also offers Starter Packs and Basics Packs which allow you to save even more if you’re purchasing multiple diapers.

Performance ✩✩✩✩✩ These covers are made with two layers of quality PUL, wipeable and not at all sticky like some covers can be. It’s also quite soft which is a relief for my little ones when it comes to the edges, some diapers we’ve tried can be a bit diggy and leave marks but these are super gentle. The generous double gussets are perfect for catching anything that gets past the insert, and the hemp cotton inserts were a perfect blend for heavy absorbency without a lot of bulk. I’ve been using these for almost four months and they’ve become even more absorbent over time. Even though these are the daytime inserts, I reach for this diaper before Autumn’s morning nap time (generally her longest nap of the day) because I can trust that she will wake because she’s ready, not because she’s soaked through her clothes. And anything that cuts down on laundry (because I can wash just the insert and reuse the cover, AND because her clothes are still dry) is aces in my book.

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Fit ✩✩✩✩ The crossover snap allows for a good snug fit on even a very trim tummy, and with elastic in the front as well as the back and legs, you can find a comfortable fit on even the chunkiest little baby. You may need snap covers for the interior male snaps on the wings if you make it to the largest setting, but the wings are cut fairly long and for my skinny toddler I don’t foresee it being an issue. These are also quite trim, and look great under even slim cut clothing.

Overall: These diapers are ideal for parents who are new to cloth and looking for a system that is easy and convenient, they are most cost effective when purchased as a bundle. They do offer each element sold individually so you can try one or two if you already have a sizeable stash, but fair warning, after trying these you may find yourself donating your old diapers and making the switch!

Where to Buy: You can find Buttons Diapers on their website

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Chunky Cheeks Hybrid Fitted One Size Diaper Review

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Harper loves playing pretend. Pushing her “babies” around in the wagon and taking sips from her little tea cup so she can pretend to refill it from her teapot are two of her favorite games. It’s amazing to me how imaginative she is, and how she picks up on these things so quickly. We’ve used our stroller maybe three times and I don’t think she’s ever been awake while I’m having tea (that’s a naptime joy) so she’s learned these things purely from the playing we’ve done together. My mom once told me the best and most important gift you can give when you are choosing presents for birthdays and holidays is to sit down and show your child what they can do with their new toy. It seems simple, but it’s true. I remember my mom asking me all kinds of questions about a toy I had asked for after I received it, and having me point out all the things I could do with it and why I loved it so much. As an older child, I was excited to share my knowledge and didn’t even realize she was (in her own way) teaching me how to play with it by discussing every feature and possibility. What is your favorite way to play with your little ones? Do you like to show them what to do? Or ask them questions? Or observe and use positive reinforcement when you see them figure something out? I have many years of playing ahead of me, and I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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Today I’m going to share a hybrid fitted diaper from Chunky Cheeks with you, it’s made with a hidden layer of poly fleece inside. This means while you’ll want a waterproof cover (like wool or pul) on top for long term use, this diaper can be worn without a cover for quite some time. The fleece helps to keep the moisture from soaking the outer layer for a while.

Ease of Use✩✩✩✩ Chunky Cheeks comes with two inserts which snap together and snap to the diaper. You can use one or both inserts to meet your needs. Both inserts are generously oversized, so you’ll want to do a bit of folding to make sure they tuck nicely within the diaper. This can require a little extra prep work if you’re ocd about the folds being even the way I am, but it is possible to just put the diaper on and then tuck the excess in, it’s all about what works best for you.

Bang for the Buck ✩✩✩✩ Chunky Cheeks generally sells hybrid fitteds for about 30 dollars. This is about average for a hybrid fitted diaper, a little on the high side, but nothing compared to some of the brands I’ve seen. You’re paying for quality materials and a very well constructed diaper.

Performance ✩✩✩✩✩ Those generously sized inserts are fantastic for soaking up moisture, they make this diaper perfect for overnights. I also love keeping Harper in a hybrid fitted without a cover while she’s playing because they tend to be more breathable then many diapers. Harper has very sensitive skin, so having a breathable diaper for her to wear is an excellent opportunity to allow her skin to recover from being diapered all the time (without the potential mess of diaper-free time, which I don’t often have the opportunity to do these days).

Fit ✩✩✩✩ These diapers are accented with a long row of snaps and a fold over rise, so they can probably fit a teeny tiny baby up to a chunky toddler. Chunky Cheeks lives up to its name, with a very thick and fluffy silhouette. There will be no question that your baby is wearing a cloth diaper, and some pants may not fit with these. I take that as an opportunity to show off the diaper, and skip the pants every now and then. If you can’t have a no-pants party when you’re a baby, when can you? Wait, don’t answer that, we don’t know if our bosses will read this…

Overall: I really like how absorbent Chunky Cheeks diapers are, and the prints and designs are so much fun, check out the Cars themed diaper on their Facebook page! If the thick appearance of the diaper bothers you, you can remove one of the inserts and the diaper should still hold up for a couple hours without issue. My heavy wetter definitely does better with both, and I love showing off our love of cloth.

Where to Buy: Chunky Cheeks

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Lalabye Baby One Size Diaper Review

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One of my favorite things about having a little girl is sewing dresses for her. I have such vivid memories of standing impatiently for my mother while she poked and prodded me to pin pattern pieces together for a good fit. The fittings were frustrating for an adventurous little girl, but I did love having pretty new dresses to play in. I especially loved when I was allowed to help her choose buttons or colors, and really make my dress my own. I’ve been sewing dresses for Harper using existing dresses as a pattern. It’s a lot of fun to find a garment in a yard sale or a thrift shop that may not be loved on its own but is a bright color or print in a soft material I know Harper will love. When I do get an occasional hour to myself it can be so relaxing to sit down at my machine and create, even if she’ll out grow it in a month I still get that thrill of doing something special for her.

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Lalabye Baby sent us a bright colorful diaper to review, with different wearing options and soft natural bamboo inserts. I’m excited to tell you all about it!
Ease of Use✩✩✩✩✩  The Lalabye Baby system includes a pocket style cover made of waterproof TPU as well as two bamboo inserts which snap together and to the diaper. You can snap the inserts over the cover to use it as an all-in-two, and switch them out (additional inserts are available for sale separately) while reusing the cover. Or you can stuff the diaper like a traditional pocket, while enjoying the stability the snaps provide and knowing the inserts won’t shift. I prefer using it as a pocket because Harper’s sensitive skin appreciates the stay dry lining. The wide openings in the front and back make it very easy to unsnap and remove the insert when it’s time to wash. And I love that the color coded snaps make it simple to tell which snap to go to when fastening the diaper, this is a great benefit for babysitters and grandparents who may need an extra clue to get that perfect fit.

Bang for the Buck ✩✩✩✩✩ At just 17.95-18.95 (depending on the pattern) for a full diaper system and just 3.95/4.95 for additional inserts (you can choose a newborn or full size insert) these diapers are an excellent value. I love how soft and quiet the TPU is, there is a large variety of fun colors and prints (seriously, go check out Traveling Circus before I buy them all!) and the bamboo is very absorbent and doesn’t retain odors the way my microfiber inserts can.

Performance ✩✩✩✩ We’ve never had an accident in these, despite wearing them on a drive to Orlando with moderate traffic and a fixation on her sippy cup. These bamboo inserts are natural fibers so it is very important to prep them with 4-6 hot washes and make sure you only wash them with other natural materials since the oils released can cause wicking on any microfiber you have if you wash them together. No one wants to celebrate new fluff mail by stripping their old diapers.

Fit ✩✩✩✩ Lalabye Baby will send two inserts with your diaper. The smaller insert can be used by itself for a newborn, with the smaller settings on the diaper, and you can use the larger insert by itself when your baby is older. My favorite option, of course, is using both inserts stacked. I love that they snap together so there is no issue with shifting or bunching. This makes for a fluffier diaper, of course, but is perfect for long errands or bed time. I love how the legs fit on this diaper, the hip snaps are well placed to create a nice snug fit even on Harper’s thin little thighs without ever leaving marks. Sometimes we have a hard time getting a good fit on Harper, she’s so petite, but these diapers fit her very well.

Overall: I really love Lalabye Baby’s one size diaper, it is a very easy diaper that allows you to play around with how you use it to make it work for your family so you can make sure it works for you. Because the diaper that is too much work is the diaper in the back of the stash that gets pulled out grudgingly on laundry day. I enjoy having the option to snap the inserts either inside or on top of the diaper, and using a sustainable natural resource like bamboo makes me feel good. These diapers are a great addition to any stash, the fun prints make perfect baby shower gifts for new parents (especially those intimidated by cloth but curious since these can be so user friendly), and they’re a great workhorse for parents of heavy wetters.

Where to Buy: Dream Diapers

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Funky Fluff All-In-Three Diaper Review

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One of Harper’s favorite games these days is dancing. If she hears music, whether it is a theme song on a tv show, a ringtone on my phone, or a tune from the radio, she immediately starts wiggling back and forth. If we hold her hands, she’ll do a little two step. If she’s seated, she’ll rock back and forth and wave her hands around. We didn’t teach her this, it came to her naturally. It’s amazing how instinctual dancing is. Does your little one love to dance?

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Funky Fluff has sent Harper one of their adorable three in one diapers to try out. They are available in fun yet modern color combinations as well as a couple prints for the pattern fans out there. The crossover tabs can be snapped together to roll up and secure dirty diapers to contain messes until wash day. We’ve really enjoyed testing this one and reach for it again and again.
Ease of Use ✩✩✩✩✩ This diaper is extremely versatile, it can be used as a pocket, an all-in-one (by snapping the insert inside the pocket of the diaper), or an all-in-two (by snapping the insert over the interior of the diaper to lay against baby’s skin). This is a great way to test the waters if you’re new to cloth diapering and haven’t decided what style diaper you prefer, or if you’ve been using one kind but are curious about how another would work for you and your child. I love using this diaper as a pocket, since the inserts easily agitate out on their own due to openings on either side. I know the diaper is getting fully cleaned and I don’t have to handle any additional mess.

Bang for the Buck ✩✩✩✩✩ You can order a Stay Dry diaper system for 19.09 or a Bamboo version for 20.91. This is a fantastically low price for a set like this, the women behind Funky Fluff did a lot of research to figure out how to bring the price down while making sure the diapers are made under fair conditions by skilled workers. I’m also pretty in love with their Double Pocket Wet Bag for 13.63, I put clothes that Harper spilled food on in the outer pocket and diapers on the inner pocket, so I can wash them separately when I get home. It’s crazy convenient, and very spacious as well.

Performance ✩✩✩✩ The Funky Fluff bamboo system comes with the diaper itself, and two soakers. There is a small soaker made with two layers perfect on its own for newborns, and a larger soaker containing four layers that is just right for daytime use when you want a slimmer silhouette. Snap them together, though, and it’s like those kids from Captain Planet with their rings, the six combined layers are unbeatable. Harper hydrates a LOT in the Florida heat, and is a heavy wetter, so having a diaper made of natural fibers that is consistently accident free is fantastic. I also love the double gussets on the interior, they do a great job at holding in any messes. This isn’t an issue for us now as much as it was in Harper’s younger days, but trust me when I say this is a fantastic gift for new parents, those gussets can be a sanity saver. I did find the cloth seems to stain very easily, and so far my line dry/sunning routine hasn’t worked, but it may just be a result of the food consumed more than the diaper itself.

Fit ✩✩✩✩ Since you have the flexibility of snapping or folding or stuffing your soakers in any manner you fancy, this diaper seems to hold up very well at any size setting. I love the crossover tabs for my tiny girl, and the hip snaps keep everything in place no matter how much she dances and climbs. If she’s wearing both soakers (like she is in this picture) it can be pretty fluffy looking, but you do have the option to use just one for a slimmer look if that is important to you. You’ll just need to change it sooner.

Overall: I really like this diaper as a way to try out different options and see what works best for either parent and for the baby. The snaps are a happy medium between easy enough for me to snap when Harper does not want to sit still and strong enough to stand up to curious toddler hands. The diaper is well constructed, bright, modern, and stylish. It makes a great gift for a baby shower since the design can be as simple as the parent desires, often an issue with some more intimidating complex styles.

Where to Buy: Funky Fluff

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