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Bottombumpers One Size diagram

Bottombumpers Diaper Video and Review

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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.

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

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Smart Bottoms Too Smart Cover Review

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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!

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Fuzzibunz Sweet Beginnings One Size Pocket Diaper Review

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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


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How to use the 6r soaker from Rumparooz

Rumparooz G2 One Size Pocket Diaper Review

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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?


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).


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.

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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?


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.


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?

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


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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. 


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?


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.


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.


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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