I am the sort of person who needs to “talk it out” (my to my husband’s dismay) so I am going to write up my plans for the newborn cloth diaper reviews. If there is something you want to see added that I am missing please let me know. As of now I plan on comparing newborn diapers on the following:
Weight they begin fitting well
Weight they no longer fit
Leaks, if any
Bang for the Buck
Really, the only thing I have added is the time frame that they fit. But, it will be nice to be able to compare these brands on those points for anyone considering them.
L to R in a circle: Baby Beehinds NB Cover, Sbish Wool, Sbish flat, KL0, Nifty Nappy Ooga Booga, Thirsties Duo, Smartipants NB, FB XS, BG XS. Lil Joey, Tiny Fit
To recap, I have the following newborn cloth diapers to review:
bumGenius! AIO Deluxe in XS.
Tiny Fit by Tots Bots
Nifty Nappy newborn fitted
Sustainable Babyish XS Flats
Sustainable Babyish Wool Soaker
Baby Beehinds Newborn Cover
Gro Via newborn
Thirsties Duo Size 1
What I haven’t made up my mind on is how I will film reviews. I do not believe I will film a review for each individual diaper. I may group them into categories and show the different brands in one video. Or do them all together. What do you think?
I also plan to pit a few one size diapers head to head to see which fit a newborn first and best. The biggest request has been for Softbums, so this will be done. And I will choose from the others I have as well. Most likely you will see bumGenius! 4.0, bumGenius! Elementals, Gro Via, etc. If you have a particular One Size you really want tested, let me know in the comments and I will see what I can do.
Rather than reply to all of the comments I will update here. I will try my best to address the issue of meconium, cord stump, washing/drying, etc. that were asked about. Also, I have set a lot of my one size diapers to the newborn setting. Here is a list so far:
Rocky Mountain OS
Gro Via AIO
Gro Via AI2
Smartipants Smart Fit Cover
Charlie Banana OS
Little Beetle velour fitted
and a Rumparooz and Sprout Change V2.0 is getting added soon.
I think that is all but there might be more.
While it will be difficult my plan is to either photograph or film the fit of these diapers on a newborn as well. Thanks for all of your input. I hope when all is said and done this will be a very beneficial experiment for new parents looking for newborn cloth diapers!
This post is part of “All About Wool Week” on Dirty Diaper Laundry.
Before I say this, let me state that my husband has been Phenomenal with cloth diapering thus far. Though hesitant at first, he has managed to learn almost all of the crazy terms I throw around like “AIO, Pocket, Fitted, WAHM, etc.” For some reason, he really likes the “WAHM” one and tries to throw it into conversations.
When I decided I was going to dive head first into wool he was already skeptical of how it worked. I described it to him, saying simply that wool is water resistant and the lanolizing process helps it, and he didn’t really get it. Fine. He doesn’t have to. The first morning my husband changed our son when he had a wool cover on was……. interesting. He came into the bedroom asking directions. Half asleep I tell him, “Just pull it off and let it dry. Toss is over the crib rail.” “What do I do with the diaper?” Put it in the pail, like always.” So he does.
He tells me a few mornings later that he is no longer changing our son in the morning if he had wool on the night before. Fine, I will change him. I wasn’t about to switch back since he had been completely leak free since starting using wool.
This kind of worked, but there were mornings that I begged him to change our baby so I could grab 20 minutes of extra sleep. I think it is fair since I have to wake up umpteen million times to nurse our son, something he is exempt from.
A few weeks later I wash a load of diapers. Routine. This happens 3-4 times a week. On this occasion I empty my dryer and see a very bright and familiar color: teal. I don’t have any diapers this color that should be in the WASHER or DRYER. I only have the one Sbish wool soaker in that gorgeous color. My heart skips a beat. “Please don’t be what I think it is. Please…. no…. not the Sbish soaker in the Dryer!!!” I hesitated to actually pull it out because until I did it was a theory. Once I pulled it out it was reality.
My wool soaker was washed on HOT, rinsed, and dried on low heat. Panic set in. It looked a good bit smaller than it did before being tortured. I went upstairs and ran for my other Sbish soaker. Yes, upon comparing them there was definitely a steep difference in size. I tweeted like crazy that day about my anger and frustration. I was worried about reviewing an item that was possibly not usable anymore since it shrunk.
Then, this tweet came. I believe @Fentonlee sent it. “Did the lanolin make your diapers repel?”
Ummm.. uh oh. I didn’t even think of that. The soaker had lanolin on it, of course. Lanolin makes the soaker waterproof. Diapers that are waterproof = not good. I did the booger sucker test. I filled it with water and squirted it onto my suedecloth lined diapers. Beads of water danced around merrily. I tried pushing the water drops in, since sometimes the water beads up but technically they aren’t repelling. Rather than permeating the suedecloth the beads broke into more, tinier beads. Ruh Roh.
FUMING, I called my husband at work to B*tch/ vent. “Why on earth did you put a wool soaker in the pail?” “Because, I dunno.” The conversation turned into me crying because not only did I have a tiny soaker, I had to strip my diapers. Stripping my diapers= 12+ trips up and down 2 flights of stairs. It is a day long process when I am being efficient. 2 days if not.
That evening my husband brought home Pizza Hut for dinner. Yes, I can be bought with food. My stomach is the way to my heart. The next day I had forgotten the entire incident and life went on.
Now, my husband doesn’t really change our son in the mornings or if he is wearing wool. In fact, lately he hasn’t really changed him at all!
Ladies, if you have wool or are thinking of trying it keep my story in mind. This was not the worst case scenario. Imagine if your custom knit 100.00$ woolies were washed. Then just change the baby yourself and save your wallet and your heart.
P.S. The Sbish soaker does still fit! It is slightly felted (which means it is even more waterproof) but can be finagled onto him. They probably won’t fit for too much longer but it wasn’t the end of the world. Here he is in them A.W. (After Washing).
This post is part of “All About Wool Week” here at Dirty Diaper Laundry.
Erin from Sustainable Babyish sent a beautiful teal wool soaker from her line, Sustainable Babyish for me to review. The first thing I noticed was how brilliant and vibrant the color was. One of the fun things about Sbish are the fun colors you can choose! I set about lanolizing the cover right away so I could try it out. It was the first wool cover I had ever lanolized, or tried! I was actually pretty nervous about the whole ordeal. You can read all about my laonilizing adventures in another post.
This soaker is a “pull on” soaker, so there are no snaps or velcro. This poses a challenge for exceptionally wiggly babies like my son. But, it can also be a positive. Since my son refuses to lay down for diaper changes, once you get your fitted or prefold on, you can let the baby stand and pull the soaker on! I’ll let you figure out how to get the fitted on!
I was pretty afraid about the results of the first night in wool. Despite the amazing reviews of wool, I still had to see for myself. My son woke up at some point in the night and I felt his Sbish Soaker. It felt cool to the touch, but not wet. We fell back asleep. He awoke again in the morning and I felt underneath him for the oh so familiar wet spot that can happen in a pocket diaper. The sheets were dry, and his soaker felt the slightest bit damp. It wasn’t wet or leaking. When I removed his soaker the diaper was pretty darn wet underneath. Amazing!
I will also say that, though absolutely not recommended, the Sbish soaker held up during a stint in the washer. YIKES! You will hear all about that story later in the week!
Interlock Wool is a breathable, light, soft, and stretchy material. Sloomb uses organic wool to make their covers and longies.
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Along with their soakers Sbish makes the adorable Karate Pants and cloth diapers like the Multi Snapless, which I have already reviewed, flats, and fitteds with snaps. I love supporting responsible companies and Sbish is the definition of responsible. Their One Diaper One Tree™ ♥ program means that when you buy a cloth diaper from Sloomb they plant a tree in Southeast Asia to help offset the carbon footprint they left while producing their organic cloth diapers.
Sustainable Babyish is offering 2 items! One pair of Organic Stretch Karate Wool Pants and One Organic Stretch Wool Soaker (like the one I reviewed). There will be two winners.
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Ease of Use ✰✰✰✰✰ The Sbish Multi Snapless has one of the easiest, user friendly operations. You just fold down, pull left, pull right, and snappi or pin. If you are pinning it might take a few seconds longer unless you are a pro, but even if you pin you only need one! You really can’t screw this diaper up. You just lay the doublers in place as well. The only way you can mess this up is with your cover. If you have a cover with snaps it will add some time.
Bang for the Buck ✰✰✰✰ This diaper has a pretty good price point at 18.00. Yes, you can get an AIO or Pocket for this price. However, this diaper outperforms those at night, plus it is organic and made extremely well. The other, well known snapless nighttime diaper is also a few dollars more. AND when you buy this diaper from Sloomb they plant a tree! That is money well spent.
Performance ✰✰✰✰✰ I can’t tell you how happy I am to have this diaper in my stash. I always use these at night if they are clean. They are simpler to put on a screaming baby at night since they lack snaps and they have solved any leaking problems we used to have.
Fit ✰✰✰✰ I love the fit of this diaper on my son right now. He fits into it really well all around. I will say that I don’t think the legs are small enough for a newborn. They almost gape on my son’s chunky thighs. I cannot say this from experience since I only recently got these though. The fold over rise is very adjustable so I think this will work for smaller babies and toddlers.
Overall- This diaper gets an A+++ from me! You can’t help but love a company as awesome as Sbish. They stand behind their values and make an outstanding product. After using these I have switched over to fitteds for nighttime for good. I just love knowing that when my son wakes me in the morning there will be no leaks!
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Want to see the behind the scenes of my video reviews? This is what it looks like!
There seems to be a few different categories of cloth diapering moms. They are by no means mutually exclusive, I myself fall into a few, but in varying degrees. These are observations I have made since diving headfirst into many different cloth diapering communities.
1. The Frugal Cloth Mama: This mama cloth diapers to save some green. Her initial interest stemmed from either wanting to save money or NEEDING to save money due to financial distress. This mom may not be concerned with the cutest diapers, but with what works and that she can afford.
This mom most likely uses: prefolds, PUL covers, Fleece Covers, Wool Covers, DIY or WAHM made diapers.
2. The Environmental Mama: This mama decided to cloth diaper because she was concerned about the waste produced by disposables. She is probably worried about the chemicals in the disposables as well, and loves cloth because it keeps her baby’s bum rash free (who doesn’t?)
This mom most likely uses anything out there, though she may be more likely to pick diapers made from organic fibers like organic bamboo velour fitteds and wool covers.
3. The Fashionable Mom: This mom decided to cloth diaper because she couldn’t resist the amazing array of cute fluff! The patterns, the colors, the styles!!! Who wouldn’t want to cloth diaper with the choices out there today?
This mom most likely uses fitteds (Goodmamas) and covers or AIO‘s or Pockets in colorful colors and patterns.
4. The Underground Fluff Addict: This mama is in it for the thrill of the hunt. She probably didn’t start cloth diapering to stalk hyena cart but she is hooked now! She will stalk BSRB, Goodmama, Muttaquin, or the other “underground” cloth designers who have limited quantities and numerous fans. This mama may even pay 70.00 for a certain diaper whose print is no longer available. AND this mom probably has matching sets custom made to coordinate with her diapers. This mom is definitely not in cloth diapering to save money!
This mom most likely uses Goodmama, Muttaquin, Bagshot Row Bamboo, PB and Ellie, Cranky Pants, Sustainable Babyish, and way more than I can name!