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Opulent Monsters Diaper Video and Review

Harper loves animals so much, I really lucked out in how gentle she is with them. We’ve practiced since she was a baby, teaching her to softly touch toys and blankets long before she could really comprehend what “gentle” means. Our dog and cat are a tremendous joy to her, and she gets so happy to see them and to touch their soft coats. She’s recently become obsessed with playing fetch, throwing one of Valentine’s small plush toys and squealing with delight when he picks it up and returns it to her. I love that we can have a pet friendly household that is also baby friendly.

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This week I’m reviewing an Opulent Monsters Magnum Opus. The design is different than any of the other diapers we use. The designer/creator was asked to produce an all-in-one diaper, but she was dissatisfied with the options currently being produced. She wanted something that could easily be sprayed off, but still separate in the wash so it would wash and dry quickly and thoroughly. I’m very pleased to say this is indeed her magnum opus as she has accomplished exactly that in a well made and aesthetically pleasing diaper.

Ease of Use✩✩✩✩✩ If you’re familiar with the style of a bumGenius Freetime, you’ll see some similarities in the design of a petal sewn to either end which can be folded to cover the diaper area but will open freely in the wash. The magnificence of this diaper, however, is that it takes the design a step further, providing a sleeve of lining that the petals can be tucked into, securing them for wearing and for rinsing. One issue I have every time I use the more traditional style of dual petal all-in-one is that I dread the idea of Harper soiling it because they are so messy to rinse off with the sprayer. Inevitably both soakers will have solids on them that need to be sprayed but it is nearly impossible to get each side of the soaker without overspraying and having a mess to clean up after. By tucking the petals into the sleeve they remain in place and you have just one small and easily reachable surface to clean. I then am happy to manually withdraw the now wet but unsoiled soakers from the sleeve before throwing them in the wash (my machine is an HE front loader and is not reliable enough to always agitate soakers free on its own, but it’s probable your washer may do this for you).

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Bang for the Buck ✩✩✩✩ Priced at 30.95, you can choose snaps or hook & loop, and the lining is available in either natural bamboo fleece or “dry” which offers an athletic wicking jersey to keep moisture away from baby’s skin. The price point is a little higher than some of the big name companies with similar styles, but the design is so unique and convenient I find it to be a good value. Also, this diaper is made here in the USA.

Performance ✩✩✩✩✩ The materials are an excellent quality, and I found the three layers of heavyweight bamboo fleece that make up the petals to be absorbent enough to stay leak free for hours when an unplanned errand resulted in some car trouble without any backup diapers on hand.

Fit ✩✩✩✩ Opulent Monsters offers a three step rise snap system, with a generous cut to cover larger babies. It doesn’t get as small as some one-size diapers we use, so very small babies may have a while to wait before they can try them. Having a petite child, I’m more aware of that possibility than most, and you may not find it to be a concern at all.

Overall: I love the design of this diaper so much, to the point I actually try to plan on Harper wearing it when I can expect she may soil it, because it is so very easy to rinse off. There are no annoying small crevices or unwieldy attachments to wrestle with, and it makes my laundry day so much easier. The prints offered are colorful and fun, and the material is soft and absorbent. This is an excellent diaper for anyone looking for an easy to use all-in-one style who has concerns about the wash/dry time associated with many AIO styles. I would recommend everyone have at least one or two of these in their stash if they have a babysitter or caregiver who is less comfortable with cloth diapers, as it is so user friendly and foolproof.

Where to Buy: OpulentMonsters.com

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Bugga Bugga One Size All in One Diaper Video and Review

Matt joined a gym this year and the membership includes access to a highly visible child care center while you work out. He loves the layout because he is able to do a set, then stop at the water fountain next to the glass doors and observe Harper playing before moving on to the next machine. Last week they held a member appreciation day where he was allowed to bring a guest so I was able to see firsthand Harper’s experience with the gym’s facilities. I love that they always have two caregivers on hand and that they know Harper by name and look forward to encouraging her play. I found a treadmill on the second level that allowed me to see the play area clearly, and while I listened to my music I watched her play with the pretend kitchen, ride around on a little push toy, and color with a flock of pre-k age girls who all seemed to love and dote on her. When our workout was complete I walked into the room and she gushed “Mommy!” and rushed towards me, but I know how much she enjoyed her play time with the other children and it made me feel so much better about the hour or so of “me-time” it grants me each week day to catch up on chores, take a shower, and eat something. I never realized before becoming a mom how important it is to have a little time to yourself. Seeing how much good it does Harper as well just makes me feel that much better about it.  

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Bugga Bugga sent us one of their brand new improved all in ones to test, and after having stalked their page several times in the past for some of the adorable one of a kind diapers they’ve offered, I’m really excited to talk about this one!

Ease of Use✩✩✩✩This diaper is a one size all in one, which is what most parents consider to be the easiest and most convenient choice for their stash. There is no stuffing, wrapping, folding, or sorting to worry about. When the diaper is dirty you wash it, then you dry it, then you put it away. Just like that. Everything is attached and there is no guesswork involved.

Bang for the Buck ✩✩✩ This ooga booga print all in one diaper is listed at 27.95. This is a higher price than many all in one diapers using bamboo fleece, however it is very well made, and the designs offered are often custom and unique. I don’t know about you, but I’d happily pay several times as much for a diaper with, say, a Tardis, or Serenity on it, then for a generic solid color diaper.

Performance ✩✩✩✩ The interior of this diaper is lined with bamboo fleece, there is a large piece sewn directly to the pul to ensure baby’s skin only touches soft material, and there are two thick soakers sewn on top, affixed at both ends for ease of use. I did notice after several washings that the edges of the inner piece and the soakers did fray up along the stitched edges, but the fraying does not go past the stitches and does not affect the utility of the diaper at all, it is just the expected reaction of this type of fiber. Bamboo is extremely absorbent, and it wicks moisture away quickly, perfect for babies like mine with sensitive skin. I also love how breathable the material is. Harper can go two or three hours in this diaper without fretting, and when I change her she is still quite calm and patient, since she is comfortable. The hook and loop tape is extremely strong, which is great for an older child who may try to remove his/her own diaper, but was at times a little frustrating for us, because the seal is SO strong it was difficult for even an adult to remove. I’m sure over time and many repeated washings this will wear in more and become easier to use. As with any hook and loop tape, little bits of fuzz will find their way to the tape and need to be removed if their appearance bothers you. On the bright side, while many parents complain about some brands of hook and loop diapers which lose their hold and need to be replaced often, I have a feeling that will not be an issue with this diaper, at least not for a year or two.

Fit ✩✩✩✩✩ These one size diapers are made with four rows of rise snaps and a generous nine inch band of hook and loop tape. The hook and loop tabs are also quite large at two inches, and paired with equally sized laundry tabs to prevent them from snagging your other diapers in the wash. The layout and size of the hook and loop tape combined with strong rise snaps offers an extensive range of fit options, we’ve been lucky enough to test this diaper during a growth spurt, and while we’ve adjusted the snap rise and where we fasten the hook and loop tabs, it has still provided a perfect fit every time. I find this especially exciting as I plan my newborn stash for Harper’s soon-to-be sibling, this diaper can be sized down extremely small and it appears as though it would fit even a very small baby, while that same layout of hook and loop allows for a generous fit on a much older and bigger child.

Overall: I love the convenience of this all in one so much. Some days I’ll get a chance to wash and dry the laundry but the thought of sitting down and making stacks of covers, pockets, fitteds and soakers and pairing them all together and stuffing and snapping everything just seems too daunting (especially while Harper is awake, she is fond of ripping my carefully arranged stacks down into a pile on the rug). On days like that I am so thankful to be able to pull my all in one out of the pile and be done. It’s very strong and absorbent and I think it will probably last a lot longer than some of my other diapers. The price is higher but the adage “you get what you pay for” rings true to me as this fun ooga booga print makes me grin every time I see it, and I know I can trust it even when out running errands.

Where to Buy: Bugga Bugga Boutique on Hyena Cart

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Sweet Iris Diaper Flat Video and Review

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

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

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

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

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

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

Where to Buy: SweetIrisDesigns on Etsy

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Chunky Cheeks Hybrid Fitted One Size Diaper Video and Review

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 Video and Review

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 Video and Review

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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Happy Heiny ONEderful Diaper Video and Review

Harper loves to talk at home. She’ll chat away about her interest in Mama, Dada, Puppy, Kitty, Banana, Cookie, etc, till the cows come home. But the moment you put her on the spot, and a stranger tries to charm a “hello” out of her, she acts as though she’s never spoken a word in her life. In fact, she puts on her most serious poker face, like the smiling stranger is not to be trusted. I don’t give her a hard time about this, I think having boundaries and knowing who you can really trust is important, but it does make me feel awkward. The stranger will usually ask if she’s tired, of she’s sick, if she had a long day. I usual just go with tired, it seems to make them feel better about the less then stellar reception of their overture. How do your littles react to new people? And how do you handle their responses?

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This year Happy Heiny debuted a new diaper, named by fans the “ONEderful” diaper, and for good reason. I’m very excited to tell you all about it, and the reasons we like it so much.

Ease of Use ✩✩✩✩✩ This diaper is an all-in-one style, so there’s no pockets to stuff or matching games to play on laundry day. The soakers are sewn in to the diaper at one end and will never be lost. They have snaps on the other end which makes it easy to release the inserts to remove solids more easily and it also seems to help with drying time compared to our other all-in-ones. This is so simple to use, I would recommend it to parents who are interested in trying cloth but nervous about all the options and prep work.

Bang for the Buck ✩✩✩✩ Happy Heiny offers this organic hemp/cotton diaper for $24.95, in hook and loop or snap. Or you can choose regular cotton for 19.95 to 21.95 depending on the color/print. This is for diapers sewn individually on regular (not automated) sewing machines by local moms here in the USA. The moms that own Happy Heiny are very passionate about the families they employ and each mom is allowed to sew from home or bring her kids to work with her. I think this is incredible and well worth the price for such a well made diaper.

Performance ✩✩✩✩✩ The organic hemp/cotton blend is extremely absorbent, moreso then the organic cotton all-in-ones we usually use. I’m actually able to leave Harper in one of these overnight which is a huge win for us! Her grandparents occasionally take her for the night and aren’t really up to speed on the whole fitted diaper/wool cover routine, so having something so simple and babysitter friendly is really key. I love that I can trust this diaper to hold up well without leaks. Being constructed with natural fibers, you’ll want to make sure to wash it about eight times to fully prep the fibers first, but the benefits are well worth the prep work. I’m also relieved the aplix is strong enough to deter Harper’s curious little hands, she’s very interested in the way hook and loop tape works these days and if she helps me with sorting and folding the laundry I will often notice her fastening and unfastening diapers. It’s only a matter of time before she starts trying to remove the one she’s wearing. Strong aplix like this in a nice wide band should prove a helpful deterrent.

Fit ✩✩✩✩ We tested this diaper in aplix, which offers a crossover tab for a tighter fit. It appears the snap version offers this option as well. Crossover tabs go a long way towards a comfortable fit for my tiny one year old. There is also a four step rise to accommodate your infant until he or she is a toddler. It does seem like it will be fairly bulky on a very young baby, you may need to let your newborn grow into it and have a few of their minis on hand for that tricky early stage. On the other end of the spectrum, the waist is very wide and looks like it is perfect for parents looking for a diaper for a larger child or baby while still providing a comfortable and flattering fit. There are also multiple snap options on the back of the inserts so you can snap and fold to adjust for the size you need.

Overall: I love the way this diaper fits, feels, and works. Happy Heiny did a great job putting together something really simple to operate but genius in design. This diaper has become one of my go-to pieces that I always try to have ready in the diaper bag and never gets lost under inserts and loose liners. I love the company policy and back story, and I love that Harper seems happy and comfortable wearing this diaper, even if we’re out running errands and it’s been a while since her last change. Having an easy diaper you can trust is crucial for any parent, and this is truly a great one.

Where to Buy: Happy Heiny

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Don’t Sew Angry One Size Hybrid Fitted Diaper Video and Review

Does cold weather make you feel claustrophobic? I’m pretty lucky to live in a place where it’s nearly always warm, but I think just about everybody was hit pretty hard last week. I really count on being able to go outside when Harper gets fussy, sometimes a little fresh air and sunshine is the only thing that can make her happy. What do you do when it’s too cold to go out? Do you explore the house, looking for uncharted territory? Do you make forts out of couch cushions or tents out of bed sheets? What is your favorite way to change things up when you can’t leave the house?

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Today I’m thrilled to show off an adorable hybrid fitted diaper from Don’t Sew Angry. Fitted diapers are made with layers of absorbent material, and are known for being really cute, but since they aren’t waterproof you have to put a cover over them and often don’t get to show off the charming prints. This hybrid fitted contains a hidden layer of fleece inside to help keep moisture inside longer. While it’s not completely waterproof, you can often get away with not using a cover for a while, so your baby is in a more breathable diaper and you get to revel in how sweet they look.

Ease of Use ✩✩✩✩ This diaper features a fold over rise, which means there are two rows of female snaps along the front rim, facing opposite directions, and you fold over the diaper to expose the interior row if you need a tighter fit. Fold over rise is an excellent option for my smaller baby, but with some fitteds it can be trying to get the fold to stay in place while I adjust the snaps. Don’t Sew Angry has presented an excellent solution for this. There are two snaps in the center front of the diaper to hold the fold down when putting the diaper on, no more struggling and wishing for more hands required. Putting on this diaper really is a snap. (if the baby needs an even shorter rise, as shown in the video, you can leave those unsnapped as well) I also like that the two soakers inside nestle together with snaps on one end and a band of fabric at the other, Harper can move around as much as she wants and I know the soakers will remain in place ready for anything. You will have to make sure to unsnap the soakers and separate them when washing and drying, but this step is minimal and takes little thought or effort.

Bang for the Buck ✩✩✩✩✩ Prices tend to range from 26 to 32 dollars depending on the fabric and features offered. I’ve seen fitted diapers going for twice that much that are the same impeccable quality as these, we have some at home (not acquired through the blog) that we’ve used many times so I can attest this diaper is just as good if not better than some of those pricey “collector’s items”. I know a lot of parents can’t or won’t use exclusively fitteds in their stash, they do add up. But if you are having issues with your overnight diaper and need something that won’t leave your baby soaked I cannot suggest fitteds highly enough. Even if you just have a few for night time. They saved me with my heavy wetter and many frustrating nights spent washing sheets and calming a miserable uncomfortable baby. Don’t Sew Angry offers very reasonable prices for a high quality well made diaper.

Performance ✩✩✩✩ Harper has worn this diaper in very heavy rotation since we received it (if you stare really hard you can see very minimal pilling from the dozens of washings it has been through with us). I do use a cover on her at night for added security but don’t bother with one during the day when I’m changing her every two hours-ish and she has yet to need one. This diaper does a fantastic job holding up to a very active baby, and I feel like the fold over rise is especially beneficial for babies who crawl or spend time on their tummies, since it creates added thickness at the waist that is similar to a dam. The soaker matches the interior, which is a pale violet, and stains tend to cling to it and show up vividly, despite sunning. I plan on trying the lemon juice trick for stains at some point, but since no one sees the interior but me, and I know it’s perfectly clean, I’m not worried.

Fit ✩✩✩✩ Fitted diapers tend to have a larger footprint then their sleeker waterproof counterparts. If fluffy butt is a dirty word at your house, you may shy away. Fitteds are generally made with lots of layers of natural fibers, which adds up to a lot of bulk. Don’t Sew Angry is no exception, all that cotton, bamboo, and hemp creates a nice soft little fluffy silhouette which may require going up a pants size or two. But that bulk translates to a happy dry baby, and since the fit around the legs and waist are excellent, aesthetics is the only issue. I love the way these fit, and will gladly add more to my stash.

Overall: Don’t Sew Angry offers a lot of interesting and fun prints in a diaper that is strong and well made. They make an excellent gift, especially if you choose a custom and have one made with a print you know the recipient will love (I’m kind of obsessed with the ombre pink/purple stripes Harper received, it is so beautiful). I also recommend having at least a few of these in your overnight arsenal, they are so absorbent and soft.

Where to Buy: Don’t Sew Angry on Hyena Cart

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Tidy Tots Diaper Video and Review

Harper and I have had a very busy month with baby showers to attend, birthday parties, and visits from out of town guests. Our most anticipated visitor, Harper’s godmother, is such a fixture in her life (even from afar) that she reached out with both arms for a hug when she arrived. I find it amazing that although some people fall out of your life even when they live just down the street, others will always be a huge part of it no matter where they are. Harper’s godmother is that kind of person, they already have such a special bond, and I’m so happy she’ll have a wonderful and intelligent woman she can turn to for advice and guidance when she’s older if she is nervous asking me. Do you have someone in your child’s life (and yours) that you depend on and trust whole heartedly? I’m lucky to have a lot of family living close to us, but I still feel like Harper’s godmother is someone we couldn’t live without, and I consider her a part of our family, too.

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Today I’m reviewing the Tidy Tots one size set and cover you likely saw a preview of during Kim’s visit to the ABC Expo in Vegas. It consists of a waterproof cover with highly elasticized gussets, a hemp insert, a hemp booster, and a flushable liner made from cornstarch to ease the cleaning of those really messy diapers.

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Ease of Use ✩✩✩ This diaper set does require more prep work then most of the diapers we use. You have the option of leaving the hemp booster out if you prefer, but Harper likes to stay extremely hydrated in our Florida heat so I enjoy the added confidence of including it.  So, as part of my laundry routine, I prep the diapers. I stuff a booster into the insert first. This is easy, the insert has a slit down the length of it so anyone can do it, regardless of the size of their hands. It also means the booster will agitate out of the insert on its own in the wash, so you don’t have to touch it until it’s clean again. Next, you wrap a disposable liner over the insert, making sure the snaps on the back of each corner are covered as well. There are some small pieces of hook and loop tape on the back to help with correct alignment. Finally, you can snap the liner covered snaps into place on the cover. At this point I fold and store my diaper like normal and it is just as easy to use (if not easier) than any other diaper, but with the added convenience of the liner and the reusable cover. I think the extra prep work is worthwhile if there is a likelihood that the diaper will be soiled, it does make laundering much simpler.

Bang for the Buck ✩✩✩ An Essential Set will run you 99.95 for 2 covers, 4 inserts, 4 boosters, and a roll of 100 disposable liners. This is a great option if you’re curious about Tidy Tots but not ready to commit to a complete stash. The Great Start Kit is 269.95 and includes 6 covers, 12 inserts, 8 boosters, and 100 disposable liners. A cover can be reused several times before laundering, and the snaps at the corners of the insert make it easy to change out a soiled or damp liner without touching anything unpleasant. So theoretically, a Great Start Kit would get you through a dozen changes before you need to do laundry. Doing the math makes any sticker shock much more palatable, especially if you calculate how much your stash (or your friend’s if you’re just starting out) cost. It’s still a high upfront cost, but working with interchangeable covers means less laundry and lower utility bills. The disposable liners save you, too, since you won’t be using all that water from your diaper sprayer on those really daunting diapers. Individual covers can also be purchased for 19.95 if you’d like to boost your current stash with something new.

(Note from Kim- If you like the covers you can use pad folded flats so save costs on the whole system. The entire line is Made in the USA and they employ people with disabilities which can take longer.  To me, the covers are the star of the system since they are so well made using the highest quality PUL and stitching.  Ev loves the dino print and wears it at night sometimes.)

Performance ✩✩✩✩✩ These diapers are practically bullet proof. I would easily recommend these to any parents who are having issues with leaky diapers and don’t want to use wool covers or fitted diapers. Tidy Tots diapers provide the most absorbency I have ever experienced with a cover system. The gussets do a great job holding in any potential compression leaks and I love that I’m putting 100% natural and anti-microbial hemp against my daughter’s skin. Even the disposable liners are made from cornstarch, which helps keep her delicate skin dry between changes.

Fit ✩✩✩✩ The Tidy Tots covers are available in three sizes. You can choose from newborn, one size, or extra large. The one size is made for babies approximately 10-40 lbs, and it features a “no fold” style that is very different. All the size adjustment is based on the fit of the hook and loop tape and in the extremely stretchy elastic gussets. I was dubious when I heard about this, but I can’t deny it fits Harper very well despite her slight frame. I do think the rise would be too high for an infant, which is why I’m so glad they offer a newborn size for bitty babies. I also love that the standard inserts work with the extra large (40 lbs and up) covers so you aren’t stuck buying a whole new system if your toddler outgrows his diapers before he potty trains.

Overall: Tidy Tots has come up with an intriguing new system that goes a long way towards making cloth diapers tidier (Hey, that must be where the name came from… I just got that…) and they offer a lot of really fun colors and designs. Getting started is a bit of an investment, but you’re paying for quality and convenience, perfect for parents who are interested in cloth diapering but nervous about touching soiled diapers. Prepping is more time consuming then what I’m used to, but still takes only a minute or so and once assembled the diaper is solid and will not need adjusting or correcting.

Where to Buy: You can order directly from Tidy Tots

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Thirsties New One Size Pocket Diaper Video and Review

Harper did so well visiting family this year, I was really concerned she wouldn’t handle the late nights, crowds of people, and swell of noise but she took everything in stride and relished the extra attention. My favorite moment was when she unwrapped a book and immediately lit up and started flipping through the pages. My little reader seems to be following in her mother’s footsteps with her love of literature, and I couldn’t be more proud.

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Today I’m so excited to review Thirsties’ brand new one size pocket diaper. Anyone familiar with Thirsties (I know most of you probably are) will remember the two sizes (better known as Duo options) to choose from. These sizes fit great and were well loved. However, there was a tricky in-between stage for some babies who couldn’t quite fit into their smaller size anymore but hadn’t yet filled out enough for the larger size. With the new one size diaper, every baby eight pounds to forty pounds is covered. And Thirsties still has that excellent cut with those life saving gussets to ensure a great fit and amazing leak/blow-out protection.

Ease of Use ✩✩✩✩✩ The one size pocket features Thirsties’ new hook and loop tape (or you can choose their snaps if you prefer) and goes on quickly and easily without shifting. One of my favorite things about the newest star of Thirsties is the inserts. You receive one microfiber newborn insert and one hemp cotton full size insert, and you can use one or both. But best of all, they snap together! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve double stuffed a pocket just to have the inserts shift or scrunch as they rub against each other. These inserts fit perfectly against each other with the snaps securing them while still remaining unattached to the cover itself. That means when it’s wash day you can toss the whole diaper into the laundry and the inserts agitate out of either side of the pocket on their own. No handling messy inserts required.

Bang for the Buck ✩✩✩✩ Thirsties one size pocket has a suggested retail price of 19.95, which includes the two inserts as well as the waterproof pocket diaper. It’s made in the USA and is clearly excellent quality, the stitching is impeccable and the microfleece lining has yet to stain despite Harper’s best efforts. I will always happily pay more for products made in the USA, and I feel Thirsties is offering a fairly good value for an excellent product.

Performance ✩✩✩ The microfiber insert offer three layers of protection, and the hemp cotton offers five layers. The two inserts provided offer excellent leak protection when stacked. If I am dressing Harper in leggings and need a trimmer silhouette I’ll stick to the hemp cotton insert alone. The first time I tried this I did have to change her outfit within thirty minutes due to a mishap. This may be based on how much Harper had to drink at the time, but I believe it is because the natural fibers of the hemp blend were not fully prepped having only been washed a few times. The insert was not able to absorb liquid as quickly as it was expressed, and a leak occurred. I went back to double stuffing and tried again several washes later and was able to go two hours between changes. I love the combination of microfiber for quick absorbency with hemp for longer term but slower absorbency; I think the two stacked is genius.

Fit ✩✩✩✩✩ Thirsties are not the trimmest diapers, but they also are not the fluffiest by a long shot. To me they seem like what a person should reasonably expect when dealing with cloth diapers, a nice soft silhouette that is more pronounced than a disposable (as it should be) and fluffy to the touch. A lot of parents who are used to the Duo options will be nervous about the fit, but with three adjustments on the rise and two rows of snaps (for the snap option) or the new and improved hook and loop tape (with bigger tabs and a tighter fit option) you can still accommodate a lot of different sizes, from a tiny infant to a rambunctious toddler.

Overall: I love Thirsties’ newest addition, I think the one size is well cut, and the snaps and hook and loop tape are very strong to stand up to curious toddler hands. The prints are adorable, and the material feels nice. Thirsties is a well made diaper manufactured in the USA and I’m so happy I was able to review them.

Where to Buy:Kelly’s Closet (affiliate) has them in stock now!

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