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Diaper Safari One Size Pocket Diaper Video and Review

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Where to Buy: DiaperSafari.com

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Buttons Cloth Diapers AI2 Video and Review

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Winning Colors Baby All in One Diaper Video and Review

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Mornings are always the most peaceful for us. We have a routine with milk and oatmeal and coloring and quiet time that seems to work pretty well for us. When Autumn arrived that routine definitely took a hit. I still try to make sure Harper’s oatmeal is cooked around the same time, but there are days I’ll wait for her to request it, which may not be until nearly noon. Coloring becomes more of an independent activity then a shared one. And quiet hasn’t been a member of this household for a few months, we just have to address each issue as it comes up as best we can. Still, Harper adores Autumn so much and is so eager to help whenever she can. I’m so glad she has been incredibly accepting of these changes and while she’s on a nap strike she doesn’t ever take out her frustrations on her sister (not yet, at least). Seeing the two of them together is the sweetest thing.

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Winning Colors Baby is a WAHM located in Fayetteville, North Carolina. She offers semi custom diapers with super quick turn around time, so you can submit a request and anticipate receiving your new diaper in two weeks or less. For a one woman operation, that is some serious dedication, I love it!

Ease of Use✩✩✩✩✩ The best thing about custom options is that you can choose the style that works best for you. Each buyer is given a choice of All In One, All In Two, or Cover. You select whether you prefer side snaps or front snaps. You can decide on an interior lining made from suedecloth, microfleece, or bamboo jersey. Even the snap colors can be influenced based on gender if desired. I was sent an all in one style diaper with side snaps in medium for Harper, and as a bonus she sent me a polka dot newborn diaper with front snaps for Autumn with the tiniest sweetest little neon booster to increase absorbency. Being an all in one style, it’s easy enough to wash and wear, no assembly required.

Bang for the Buck✩✩✩✩ Prices vary based on what you request, the diaper I am reviewing ranges from $25 to $33 based on materials used. This is a little high based on the overall cloth diaper market, but considering you are supporting a working mother who is purchasing her own supplies on a smaller scale and providing all her own labor rather than outsourcing, when I consider how much work goes into making a diaper (remember when I made diapers for the girls with my supplies from Babyville Boutique? That was no quick task!) as well as the fun PUL prints and appliqués you can request, I think the value is on target. She recently posted a “gamer” themed custom on her Facebook page featuring Nintendo controllers and retro game icons that I’m obsessed with, and she’s always on the hunt for great new PUL prints for her fans.

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Performance ✩✩✩ I did find this diaper needed to be changed a little more frequently than other all in one style diapers we use. It’s possible the absorbency may not have reached its maximum potential yet, but after about 90 days of use I still find this diaper is best changed after one hour of use. I will admit my toddler is still breastfed on demand throughout the day and also always has a cup of water kept available, so she tends to be a heavy wetter and can go through a bulkier leading brand all in one diaper within just under two hours without breaking a sweat. For most babies you may not notice absorbency being an issue at all.

Fit ✩✩✩✩✩ These are mostly sized diapers, available in newborn (7-12 lbs), small (10-18 lbs), medium (15-28 lbs), and large (25-40 lbs), though a one size option is listed in the front snap category (10-30 lbs). The snaps are arranged at a slight angle which allows you to choose snap placement based on your baby’s body type. Having one baby who has always been very skinny and petite and another baby who is all round tummy and chunky thighs I have a vast appreciation for this style, it allows a looser fit at the tummy for my little chunk, and a tighter trimmer fit for my tiny toddler. The fit on this sized diaper is quite trim and with the even trimmer side snapping feature I am able to dig out pants that are too tight for my 15 month old in her other cloth diapers. The newborn diaper is a tiny bit smaller and trimmer than our other newborn diapers, perfect for a brand new baby, and comes with a snap down rise at the center just right to allow room for the umbilical stump.

Overall: These diapers are well made, bright, colorful, and charming. They are trim and it is clear a lot of thought and love goes into each design; these are definitely diapers that are made individually and with careful consideration. I adore the option to customize your choice at every level, it allows parents a wonderful opportunity to express themselves far beyond just picking a color or a pattern. This is an excellent choice for a parent with particular tastes who may be unsatisfied with the ready-made choices in the market. It could also make a wonderful gift if you know the taste of the recipient, you could customize the diaper with their favorite colors and features!

Where to Buy: You can find Winning Colors on HyenaCart

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Tushmate All In One Newborn Diaper Video and Review

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Autumn is such a sweet and happy baby, so easy going and communicative. Harper was by comparison a much more quiet and serious infant, wanting to be held every second but not interested in eye contact or talking/singing until many long and frustrating months later. I don’t know if their births are responsible for their demeanors (Harper arrived via an emergency c section, Autumn was delivered with a drug free vbac) or if they just have very strong personalities that revealed early on. Harper is very loving but still will not accept cuddles or kisses unless they are her idea, and she will whine and wail if I dare to sing (I swear my voice isn’t that bad). I’m so curious to see how their personalities develop as they get older, especially as they spend more time with other children.

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I was so very lucky to receive Tushmate’s brand new all in one newborn diaper to try, just in time for Autumn’s arrival. The design of this diaper is so unique and practical, and aesthetically pleasing as well with sweet (but not cloying) gender neutral shades of orange, yellow, light blue, and chocolate brown to choose from.

Ease of Use✩✩✩✩✩ Tushmate’s all in one style diaper can be worn and washed as assembled with no issues in most cases. The stay dry liner has two tiny snaps that can be opened to release the tongue style insert for a more thorough wash and faster dry, but with my exclusively breastfed baby I found I was able to leave it assembled more often than not. This diaper has the most amazing hook and loop tape I’ve ever encountered, it is so thin and soft yet strong, and if you open the hook side and run your finger across it, it feels smooth and will not scratch like many other styles can. The tape allows for a perfect fit on your newborn, even when that fit changes by the day (and sometimes the hour, they grow so fast!) so you always have a secure yet comfortable diaper on your baby.

Bang for the Buck✩✩✩✩✩ At only 15.98 for an all in one diaper made with quality materials and an excellent design, this is truly a bargain. Most all in one style newborn diapers are closer to twenty dollars, and when you are trying to build a stash (I believe twenty four is the magic number with newborns who need to be changed every hour or so and tired parents who can’t do laundry every second) that difference adds up quickly.

Performance ✩✩✩ Tushmate believes in using natural fibers when possible, so the insert that folds and tucks under the liner is made of forty percent hemp and sixty percent organic cotton. This will require some prep to reach maximum absorbency, and can sometimes be considered to be a bit slower to absorb. Autumn tends to let it all out and seems to be a heavy wetter, so if your baby tends to go a lot all at once it can overwhelm the diaper and cause leaks. Tushmate has anticipated this issue, however, and left plenty of room under that snap down liner for you to add an additional insert. I found that layering a small microfiber insert (which is included in the TushMate Newborn AIO Package) between the stay dry liner and the hemp/cotton insert allowed the microfiber to quickly absorb liquids, and while microfiber doesn’t hold as much it then would more slowly absorb into the natural fiber insert underneath. If you have a newborn who wets a little at a time throughout the day you will find this unnecessary, but for us this simple addition was a lifesaver.

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Fit ✩✩✩✩✩ The Tushmate newborn is equipped with a pair of itty bitty rise snaps to help stretch the wear on this sweet little diaper even longer. My daughter surprised me by coming into this world nearly eight pounds and growing every day since. Still, her Tushmate diaper fit her all the way up to fourteen pounds as suggested, with the tape just reaching the sides of her round little tummy. This diaper is surprisingly trim for something so adjustable in size, and fit nicely under all Autumn’s tiny newborn clothes without issue.

Overall: While I did need to supplement this diaper to make it work for us, it is possible that with more washes the absorbency may have increased, and if I’d had a smaller newborn (this diaper is rated to fit a baby as small as five pounds) it may have also resolved the issue I dealt with. Regardless, this design is built to accommodate an additional insert, and Tushmate found a way to do so that is still pretty and practical. I am so impressed with the construction of this diaper and the fit (and the hook and loop tape!) that I think any new parent should try it. This cloth diaper also makes a perfect baby shower gift, and at that low price point, I’m dying to see someone put together a little cloth diaper cake with these babies. How sweet would that be?

Tushmate’s Newborn AIO was named DDL’s Favorite Newborn of 2014!

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Where to Buy: You can find the Newborn Tushmate from Tushmate.com

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Smart Bottoms Born Smart Organic Newborn Diaper Video and Review

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Autumn is so different from her sister, it’s hard not to compare. She was born over a pound heavier and while Harper has always remained rather petite, Autumn already seems to be gaining steadily and rapidly. Clothes Harper was wearing at six months are already a good fit on her sister, and I’ve had to retire most of her newborn size clothing. It’s possible this may just be a very long growth spurt, but I am very curious to see if her rate of growth continues.

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Smart Bottoms sent me an organic cotton diaper for newborns called Born Smart to review for you, and Autumn was all too happy to help. These diapers are a wonderful option when one size choices are generally too big or too bulky for your new addition.

Ease of Use✩✩✩✩✩ The Born Smart newborn diaper appears to be an all in one diaper at first glance, until you notice that the tongue style insert (made with four layers of organic cotton) is not actually sewn to the interior (made of three layers of organic cotton) but has a pair of snaps so the insert can be washed and dried more quickly and easily. Upon further investigation, there is an opening under the lining where additional inserts can be hidden. I like that the assembled diaper is so easy to put on, the snaps are tightly spaced to ensure a good fit and the umbilical cut out leaves plenty of space for a new baby’s healing cord stump.

Bang for the Buck✩✩✩✩✩ The Born Smart retails for $18 which is middle of the road pricing for newborn all in one or all in two diapers, but with the added features of a snap in insert and hidden pocket along with rise snaps that help you get the most out of your diaper, which makes this a very good value.

Performance ✩✩✩✩ The interior of this diaper is lined with organic cotton and requires multiple prep washes to reach maximum absorbency. The first time I put this diaper on Autumn I had evidently not prepped it enough yet and she peed right through it in seconds. A few washes later and the issue was resolved. Of course with any newborn diaper it is not going to last as long as a one size diaper, the cut is much smaller so there is less material to absorb wetness, and newborns tend to emulate Niagara Falls so be prepared to step up your changing game if you’ve become used to the more relaxed routine of cloth diapering a toddler. One nice bonus is that this diaper contains a hidden pocket, so you have the option to add a booster to it if you anticipate needing a little more time between changes.

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Fit ✩✩✩✩ This diaper is made for babies about 6-16 lbs, and includes an umbilical cut out as well as a single row of rise snaps to help get a secure fit during this slightly awkward (but oh so cute) diapering stage. I think this diaper will fit smaller newborns exceptionally well (I wish I’d had it when Harper was born, she was teeny!) and it still fits Autumn (now nearly two months, I’ll learn her current weight on Tuesday, but I believe she is over 12 lbs) although she is on the outermost snap settings at this time.

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For anyone uncertain about cloth diapering with a newborn, this is an exceptional organic option in a stylish and trim cut, with options that allow you to create the level of absorbency you need. While creating a diaper to fit a rapidly growing baby is a very specific niche and every newborn grows and is proportioned differently, Smart Bottoms has done a fantastic job of anticipating key issues and resolving them so you don’t have to think about it. They offer super cute colors and patterns, and are a great choice for cloth diapering a newborn.

Where to Buy: You can find the Born Smart at most cloth diaper retailers including DDL affiliate Kelly’s Closet!

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Orange Diaper Co Loops Fitted Diaper Review

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Adjusting to life with two babies is such a wake up call. Life becomes a carefully balanced dance of responsibilities, and “nap when the baby naps” becomes even more impossible with a two year old asking you to color or make oatmeal or push her on the swing. For the first six weeks we settled into a haphazard routine with my husband spending more time with Harper as I nursed Autumn nearly every waking moment. Now that my painfully short maternity leave has come to an end, I’m back to work five nights a week, and my husband is left to manage both girls. If he can get Harper to sleep and she doesn’t wake up, he only has Autumn to soothe, but that’s a big “if” and even one baby is no walk in the park when you have a limited supply of milk to offer and are tired from a long day of working yourself. I’m hopeful that we will find a rhythm in this new routine, but right now it’s very hard. I envy mothers who can afford to stay at home so much and miss my daughter every moment I’m away from her.  

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Today I’m reviewing an organic bamboo terry fitted diaper known as Loops from the Orange Diaper Co. This diaper has oodles of charm with the rich loops of soft terry accented by brightly colored thread finishing the edges and fun modern snaps on the sides.
Ease of Use✩✩✩✩✩These fitted feature side snaps which can make diaper changes blissfully quick, even on the wiggliest of babies. Since they are sized diapers there are no rise snaps to contend with, you just select the hip snap setting that works best and you are ready to go. The included soaker does not attach to the diaper in any way, which I’ve had problems with in the past, but in this richly textured terry the soaker tends to grip the interior of the diaper in such a way it does not shift out of place.

Bang for the Buck✩✩✩ Prices range from 18 to 27 dollars depending on the size you select. While this price is higher than many fitted bamboo terry diapers, it is still significantly lower than some and the quality is through the roof. The material consists of certified organic & Oeko-Tex standard 100 certified double sided bamboo terry. The stitching is impeccable and so cute in bright happy shades of pink, blue, or green. The diaper consists of three layers of bamboo terry throughout the entire footprint of the diaper, with an additional soaker layer sewn into the wet zone, and of course the lay in style soaker that is included with your diaper.

Performance ✩✩✩✩ Since this is a fitted diaper you will need a cover to make it water proof. Once your cover is in place, this diaper can hold quite a bit. With my six week old I have had a difficult time with some of our newborn diapers, if she falls asleep her diaper is soaked through and leaking by the time her nap is over, which means I would have to wake her for a change (and if baby isn’t happy, no one is). The Orange Co newborn sized diaper became my go to for nap time, it is so wonderfully squishy and absorbent it was able to handle my healthy eater without giving in. If you need a diaper that can go all night, they also offer a booster or even a super doubler set to really enhance the absorbency, but I found that for day time this fitted worked very well.

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Fit ✩✩✩✩ The side snapping design means the front of the diaper is less adjustable, so I found there was a gap at my thin two year old’s tummy, however this gap was small and purely an aesthetic issue, it did not affect function and we experienced no leaking (especially since the cover she wore would fix this issue by creating a barrier). I adore the snap down on the newborn size for when she had an umbilical stump, you can purchase the newborn diaper with or without this feature but if you plan on cloth diapering from day one I highly recommend the snap down so the diaper does not irritate your baby’s skin. While this diaper is made of a very fluffy terry, it is still quite trim in fit, and looks so adorable.

Overall: I love the style of this diaper, simple yet bright and modern, and the rich terry is wonderfully absorbent for my super soakers. I wish I had more of these beautiful diapers, they are so simple to use and the sun clears away any staining like magic. These diapers are wonderful as a baby shower gift, they are also an excellent way to experiment with fitteds if you are used to another style diaper and are looking for increased absorbency.

Where to Buy: You can find stocking dates on the Orange Diaper Co. Facebook Page

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Thirsties New One Size All in One Diaper Video and Review

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It’s hard to believe my tiny girl is two years old. She’s so independent now, running around and climbing everything in sight. She loves helping with anything she sees the grown-ups do, whether it’s attempting to use a screwdriver or sweeping the floor on cleaning day. She has her mood swings like any toddler but for the most part she is thrilled just to be a part of the adventure and I count myself so lucky that she’s along for the ride.

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Thirsties debuted a new one size all in one diaper last month that is sleeker and more absorbent than ever. While I adore Thirsties and am a huge fan of their covers especially, I have a particular fondness for the ease and design of all in ones. These are available with either a snap closure or hook and loop tape so you can select the style closure that works best for your family.

Ease of Use✩✩✩✩✩ This all in one diaper couldn’t get any easier, really. There is nothing to stuff or wrap or fold, just a single piece sewn on one end that rests comfortable within the diaper until wash time, when it can shift away from the diaper to wash efficiently and dry quickly. I love how simple this diaper is for anyone who is nervous about cloth diapering as well as for caregivers who may not want to learn any additional steps. Just select the snap rise that is appropriate for your baby and this diaper is as easy as any disposable (and far cuter).

Bang for the Buck✩✩✩✩ You’ll pay 19.75 for this diaper which is a comparable and fair price for an all in one. Many all in ones are available these days as they are so simple to use and convenient when folding and stuffing laundry is the last thing we want to think about. However, I haven’t seen any other all in one that combines this level of absorbency with this easy rinse (have you ever tried to use a diaper sprayer on some kinds of all in ones? Depending on construction it can be a challenge) and this relatively slim silhouette.

Performance ✩✩✩✩ The diaper itself is lined with soft microfleece on the interior and has a hidden layer of absorbent terry in the wet zone for anything that might slip past the soaker. The soaker itself is a powerhouse with three layers of polyester terry that is still surprisingly trim. This diaper is great for daytime use, but has held its own during naps and extended errands as well. I was also impressed with how quickly it dries, I can hang this on the line in the morning and by nap time it’s ready to go. I did find the soaker got a bit stiff (we have really bad hard water, and hanging on the line can result in stiff diapers depending on their material) but all it took was some worrying by hand (just pretend it’s pizza dough) or a quick toss in the dryer on low with my favorite wool dryer balls to soften it up again.

Fit ✩✩✩✩✩ The fit of this diaper is extremely trim, much sleeker than many all in one style diapers we’ve tried. The design is extremely well thought out to allow for a very reliable diaper without any added bulk.  It comes in snaps or their new and improved velcro depending on your preference.

Overall: I love this diaper for daytime use specifically because it is so trim and comes in those wonderful Thirsties colors and patterns. I haven’t tried this one overnight yet, but it has done well during a long nap and on a few long outings. If you have a very heavy wetter and are worried about overnight use, Thirsties does have a great hemp insert (or a cotton velour doubler if you prefer) available for purchase separately that can be tucked inside any diaper for added protection. I haven’t bothered with a booster with this diaper yet, as the four total layers of microfiber has worked very well for us so far.

These all in ones are an excellent choice for new parents who may be intimidated by the idea of needing to assemble or fold other types of diapers. It’s also great to have on hand for daycares and babysitters because the design is so foolproof, there’s no confusion as to how the diaper goes on. And they are so trim they easily fit in the diaper bag so they are great for running errands, too.

Where to Buy: You can find diapers at almost every major cloth diaper retailer including Kelly’s Closet and Diaper Junction.

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Kissing Blake Hybrid Fitted One Size Diaper Video and Review

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Harper loves playing outside, it’s my perfect cure for any day when she’s being especially moody or disinterested in her usual toys and activities. It’s a bit trickier to manage supervision now that her baby sister has arrived, but thanks to babywearing and a little planning ahead, I’ve been able to make our backyard adventures really special and exciting even if I do have to stay in the shade and take lots of breaks to nurse.

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Today I’m sharing a review on Kissing Blake, they offer a wide variety of quality and hard to find prints as well as custom embroidered diapers at a variety of price points. I tried out a diaper called Mermaid, a one size hybrid fitted with a shimmery swimsuit fabric outer that sparkles in the sun.  For the video the diaper shown for the first portion is their Extended Wear Overnight but my review reflects the Daytime Hybrid Fitted option I was sent.

Ease of Use✩✩✩✩ With a fold over rise and cross over snaps, it’s easy to get this diaper on just right. I love that the soakers snap together then snap to the diaper so nothing shifts on the baby. The materials used in each Kissing Blake diaper are washed prior to arrival, so you can start using it right away (no lengthy prepping to get through), though they don’t reach their full absorbency until they’ve been washed about four times. If you’re looking for extended wear or have a heavy wetter, you’ll want to add a cover over this diaper (any kind will work, but I especially love wool as it is so breathable). Keep in mind if you have a grandparent or babysitter over who may not be familiar with fitteds you’ll want to clue them in or you may receive a frenzied phone call that your diapers are leaking (not that I’d have any experience with that).

Bang for the Buck✩✩✩✩ Prices for a Kissing Blake diaper vary based on the materials used. This particular diaper was listed at only 26 dollars, which is a fantastic deal for a quality hybrid fitted like this one. Many of the diapers offered feature fabrics which are hard to find prints and some have even been customized with intricate and beautiful embroidery. Some of these designs can run up to 50 dollars, which is on the high end for fitted diapers but understandable given the market and the options being offered. I love that a variety of price points are offered so any family can try Kissing Blake.

Performance ✩✩✩✩✩This diaper is a hybrid fitted, which means it contains a hidden layer of polyester fleece behind the decorative outer layer and is somewhat waterproof, but not entirely. You’ll still want a cover for any prolonged wear or maximum protection. I love letting Harper play in our backyard while wearing a hybrid, though, as they are so breathable and if she’s outside and her diaper becomes damp, it isn’t a hassle to take care of. This Kissing Blake diaper is so beautiful I love seeing it on her and only use a cover if we’re running errands or if it’s nap time. The organic bamboo fleece used on the soakers is 500 gsm (SHOBF) which means it is super heavy weight, perfect for absorbing a lot of liquid. Kissing Blake also offers some diapers specifically meant for overnight and heavy wetters, these diapers have three soakers included instead of two.

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Fit ✩✩✩ I did find that the outer most snaps on the wings of this diaper were really far out, so while Harper has plenty of room to grow in this diaper, she will need snap covers to prevent the snaps from cutting into her skin as she is already on the very last setting despite being very petite. A snap cover will provide a barrier so the male snap doesn’t press into and hurt her skin.

With this fitted diaper you can expect some bulk, the diaper itself includes a layer of decorative fabric, a hidden layer of polyester fleece, and a layer of cotton velour on the interior. You then have two generously sized soakers, each is made with two layers of super heavy organic bamboo fleece, that can be folded over if you need additional absorbency in a specific wet zone. Based on how you fold the soakers, you can have up to 12 layers of absorbency, which can lead to a bit of bulk. Not that I’ve EVER minded a fluffy butt. It can be a bit tricky if you like dressing your little one in pants with a traditional cut to them (this is the time to pull out the Project Pomona Pants or the baby leggings!) but you can always remove one of the soakers if you don’t need full absorbency and the cut really matters to you (ie for a birthday photo shoot). Oh, have I mentioned how perfect these diapers are for a special photo shoot? There are such great prints available! I have my eye on that Dalek diaper.

Overall: I think these diapers are so cute and very absorbent for a hybrid fitted. I love them for playing outside, or for bed time with a cover. They are great for special photo shoots if you choose a special print you love (many of my cloth diapering friends like featuring a favorite diaper in their baby’s birthday or milestone photo shoots). These would also make a wonderful gift, either for a baby shower or if you have a pocket obsessed friend struggling with absorbency on bedtime diapers who you’d love to try fitteds. I love following Kissing Blake’s page to see what new prints they’ve come out with, they have something for everyone.

Where to Buy: You can find diapers listed on the Kissing Blake Hyena Cart.

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Super Undies Overnight Pull-On Review

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My youngest, who has been potty trained since last year, has occasional accidents at night. We have tried going without protection but I wind up washing sheets 3 times a week or more. For my sanity and to prevent him from waking up screaming and crying after realizing he has had an accident we went back to wearing diapers or trainers at night. Super Undies asked if I would be interested in reviewing their overnight pull-on and I said yes. It would be nice to try an actual trainer meant for holding an overnight accident versus a trainer meant as a “just in case” for potty training toddlers.

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Ease of Use✩✩✩✩ The Super Undies Overnight Pull-On has been extremely easy for us to put on before bedtime. The fact that it so easily pulls down and up means I can put it on with pajamas and he can still go potty alone right before climbing into bed at night without me having to help with any snaps like on a regular diaper. This also means he can remove it himself in the mornings. For those concerned about it being too thick for washing and drying (watch the video to see) the absorbent inner tongue pulls out of a stay-dry sleeve for washing and drying. The reason this gets 4 stars for ease of use is that it takes a bit of time to get the soaker stuffed back in nice and flat. Without the diaper laying flat like an open pocket diaper, this task can be a challenge. Because the pocket opens on each side the insert should agitate out on its own. Often the diaper comes out of the dryer inside out and just needs to be re-stuffed and turned right side in.  You can also fold the soaker in half and stuff towards the front for boys or tummy sleepers though I never needed to.

Bang for the Buck✩✩✩✩ An Overnight Pull-On will run you $30. For reference, a package of one-time-use equivalents will cost $14 for 23. I’ve been using some sort of overnight option for my son for a year now. Buying a few trainers and washing those is less expensive than buying a package of disposable pull-ons for the same time span. Plus you also feel better about not using and tossing that number of diapers.

Performance ✩✩✩✩✩ We have had a fantastic experience so far with Super Undies. No leaks at all for several months. The cotton version, which I reviewed, has 4 layers of absorbency which is pretty standard in cloth diapers. If your child is older or a heavier wetter you may require an additional booster that you would stuff into the sleeve opening.

Fit ✩✩✩✩ The wide waistbands and leg cuffs fit great around the leg and they don’t leave any red marks so I’m happy with how comfortable they must be on him. It does fit poofy, possibly if my son were a bit larger it would be less so. They have several more sizes up from where my 3 year old is in so it is a comforting thought to know that if he, like many other children, continues to have overnight bedwetting, we can size up for quite a while. Of course I’d like that not to be the case but it can be normal for children to wet the bed until 8 years old. I’d hate to think of the money spent on disposable products for that time span. These are also a good option for children with special needs. The super motifs and colors are nice for children who don’t want babyish themes.

Overall: I’m so happy there is a company that caters to this market. Having trim trainers is good for some (though we skipped trainers for the most part) but sometimes you really just need a highly absorbent pull-on for older toddlers and pre-schoolers. Mom and Dad don’t want to buy disposables forever, and even non-cloth diapering parents faced with years of buying and tossing pull-ups can find value in switching to reusable pull-ons. We have three and this is enough to work well. The biggest challenge going from full-time cloth diapering and washing a large load of diapers every 2 days is adjusting to washing a small number of trainers. It can be done, and I’ve broken a few rules by tossing them in with the kid’s clothing a load or two (we don’t use softeners). Nobody got hurt and the police didn’t show up at my doorstep… just a tip for you.

Where to Buy:Diaper Junction carries Super Undies products

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Harmony Fitteds from Tiny Tunas Diaper Video and Review

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Harper is obsessed with the playground these days. She begs for it every hour, and since she’s still petite and big kids tend to run into her or push her down, we’ve taken to scouring the area for small, quiet, practically secret playgrounds. We’ve actually found quite a few that are not listed on the city website or other playground listings, despite the city owned sign and rules stating it is a public playground. They are usually behind or very close to churches, but not owned by the church (in fact they usually have separate playgrounds of their own) and are small (no water fountains or bathrooms) but stocked with everything Harper is looking for to stretch her legs and challenge her growing body. It’s really fun to see her learn new things, to test her limits and delight in proving herself.

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Every once in a while I come across a diaper that really stands out as something special. It’s not easy to make something that is for catching human waste into something really beautiful and luxurious. Tiny Tunas has managed to do just that, by partnering with Oscha Slings (are you listening, my fellow babywearing mamas? THE Oscha! Yes, that one!) and offering a heavenly collection of sophisticated and classic fitted diapers featuring the textiles you know and love.

Ease of Use✩✩✩ With a fitted, you put the cloth diaper (which is very absorbent, but not technically waterproof) on your baby, then add a waterproof cover such as wool or fleece. This fitted snaps in place with a single row of rise snaps on the exterior, or an alternate row of snaps on the interior if you need a tighter fit. The insert is comprised of two soakers which snap together, then lay in the diaper without snapping to any foundation. I wish they would snap to the diaper instead as I encountered some issues spraying down this diaper when soiled (the insert fell into the toilet several times, and handling it made my very grateful for my Diaper Dawgs) and I worry about how comfortable it is having a plastic snap top against your skin in such a sensitive area. Of course, if you’re concerned about these issues, a liner (either flushable or reusable) can serve as a helpful resolution.

Tiny Tunas Diaper, Wool Cover, and WUL bar

Bang for the Buck✩✩✩✩ This Harmony Fitted diaper is listed at forty three dollars. For a wool soaker like the one Harper loves, you’ll pay between twenty and thirty dollars depending on the size you need. And the WUL bar Tiny Tunas recommends to help wash and lanolize your wool is just six seventy five and can be split up into sections (much like a Hershey’s bar) so you use only what you need and save the rest for later. While the price for the fitted is on the higher end, you’re purchasing a diaper of extremely high quality materials (OSCHA, people!) and these are very well made. I love little details like the flowers carved into the outer snaps on the diaper. The wool is actually very reasonably priced and comes in a rainbow of rich but sophisticated colors. And having lanolized wool before, without the addition of a WUL bar, I am very impressed at how much of a difference it makes, this inexpensive and easy to store little bar made lanolizing so quick and the wool dried soft and pliable, not at all sticky, so much better than some of my early lanolizing attempts.

Performance ✩✩✩✩✩ Tiny Tunas offers an excellent tutorial video on their website to help you make your wool practically bulletproof using lanolin (I buy cosmetic grade at the health food store) and their WUL bar. The soakers inside the Harmony Fitted are each comprised of three layers of organic heavy bamboo fleece, so the diaper is extremely absorbent on its own, but with the wool soaker worn over it, this fitted has never leaked on us and is soft and breathable as well. It may seem counter intuitive in a hot climate like where I live in Florida, but wool is actually so much more comfortable in the heat than you would expect, since it is a special thin layer of soft smooth wool, nothing like the itchy holiday sweaters you may remember despising in your youth.

Fit ✩✩✩✩ Harper is growing fast, and is already on the very last settings of this beautiful diaper. I’m going to miss it, and am just glad I know it won’t be too long before her sibling is able to enjoy it. Harmony Fitteds are available in a variety of sizes to ensure a snug fit for your child at each stage/age. Being that babies grow so quickly, they’ve built in a little wiggle room in these sizes by offering gentle elastic at the legs and back and a fold over rise (that’s when you fold over the top front of the diaper to reveal a hidden row of snaps, effectively tightening the waist and allowing for a lower rise, and as your baby grows you can leave the front unfolded and use the visible snaps for a larger fit). An XS-S is generally for a weight range of 6-16 lbs, a M-ML is meant for 15-28 lbs, and a L-XL is made for 25-38 lbs. By offering specific sizes Tiny Tunas is able to be sure that the fitted your child is wearing is made for him/her, and is never too bulky (no crazy giant fluffy butts here!) or heavy.

Overall: Harmony Fitteds are definitely a luxury diaper, I love how luxurious they are, and they manage to make diapers into something elite and sophisticated. These will be a real show stopper as a baby shower gift, especially if the mama-to-be has been researching baby wearing and knows a thing or two about wraps and slings. They are also a wonderful way to treat yourself if you are overwhelmed by all the neon and cartoon prints on the market and want something timeless and beautiful for your baby. I can imagine a parent choosing these diapers for a special occasion, like an important photo shoot, or a wedding party, or a baptism. And I can dream of a beautiful understated nursery fully stocked with little square willow baskets packed tight with these gems in every size (with each basket labeled by size, of course, probably on rich vanilla cardstock tags), waiting for a very lucky little baby whose parent considers taste and style to be nearly as important as using organic materials and choosing the very best.

Where to Buy:Tiny Tunas

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