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Bummis Flannel Fitted Diaper Review

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As the weather heats up I find our trips outside get shorter and shorter. Instead of an hour in the morning we tend to do three or four fifteen to twenty minute visits, so my girls have plenty of time to cool off and hydrate. It’s possible I’m oversensitive to the sunshine as Autumn is still rather young and I worry about her keeping cool, but I’ve been lucky enough that neither girl has ever experienced a sunburn and I hope to keep that up. My husband is considering creating a sunshade for the backyard, either something cheap like a plastic tarp rigged up that can be removed after playtime or something more permanent like a wooden structure that will also keep the rain away since summer showers are almost daily this time of year. How you keep your cool in the summer? What do you consider too much time in the sun?

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Today I’m reviewing a Bummis fitted diaper. I’m a huge fan of the Bummis Whisper Wrap (an affordable yet quality cover I have in newborn and one-size and tend to call “old reliable”) so I was psyched when I received this super cute flannel fitted with a charming “Green Faeries” design on the exterior. It is very soft and pretty, and so compact it fits in even the smallest pocket on my diaper bag.

Ease of Use ✩✩✩✩✩ With a single piece that fastens with strong snaps and doesn’t require any assembly this diaper is very easy to use on it’s own. You will want to add a waterproof cover, such as PUL, TPU, wool, or fleece. You may also find you’ll need to customize absorbency by adding additional soakers within the fitted, based on the habits of your child.

Bang for the Buck ✩✩✩ At $24.95 per diaper, you are looking at a very affordable fitted option, however without any soakers included you sacrifice a lot of the expected absorbency, and by adding the suggested Bummis Deluxe Booster for $6.75 you’re bringing the price up to $31.70 for a fitted with a single soaker. While these diapers are very cute and certainly have their uses I would not consider this price to be comparable based on absorbency and longevity. My girls are what the cloth diaper community likes to call “super soakers” meaning they breastfeed on demand and tend to need a lot of absorbency in their diapers, especially since they both tend to release a lot at once as opposed to a smaller amount over an extended period of time. It’s possible for a light wetter these diapers may be a perfect and trim solution, it just wasn’t the experience I had.

Performance ✩✩ This fitted diaper is a layer of flannel on the exterior, a layer of Sherpa on the interior, and additional absorbency sewn into the “wet zone” or main channel of the diaper. There are no soakers included, although the website does suggest the Bummis Deluxe Booster as a great way to extend the absorbency of this diaper. I had a very hard time with this diaper without a booster, it tends to get soaked in just one spot and immediately leak through the cover even when the back of the diaper is dry. I’ve tried washing it repeatedly in case it was a prep issue, which causes the decorative flannel to pill up quite a bit, but the issue is recurring. I can add a booster as suggested and it does help, though I can’t say the flannel adds to the absorbency at all, it seems about on par with using just a booster in a cover. What I DO find this cover to be fantastic for is with flats or prefolds. One issue I run into when using flats or prefolds with my breastfed girls is that the legs can lose their tightness after my very active girls have been playing for a while. The result can be quite messy, but by using the trim Bummis fitted over a flat or prefold, then adding the PUL cover on top, I’m able to keep everything contained within soft and snug elastics no matter how much my babies roll, crawl, run, or jump.

Fit ✩✩✩✩✩ This diaper is extremely trim, easily the thinnest fitted I’ve come across. It offers three rise options thanks to strong rise snaps and also offers cross over snaps so this diaper can be made to fit an extremely small baby, it would have fit quite well on Autumn when she was a newborn if we had owned it then. It also expands fairly well, transforming into a trim toddler option.

Overall: I like the materials of this diaper, the flannel is adorable and Sherpa is a great cotton solution for anyone with a sensitivity to polyester, it is fluffy while still laying quite flat, and soft against the skin. I do think this diaper is best with increased absorbency and wish that a soaker was sold with the diaper instead of suggested as an additional purchase. This fitted is a wonderful trim option that still fits neatly under even snug clothing, even when a booster is added. The leg elastics are perfect for ebf leak protection, and I love using these over flats as a way to secure everything for play time. I also like this diaper without a cover for outside play for my toddler, since she can run around in the backyard in a breathable option that protects her from bug bites and dirt in sensitive places.

Where to Buy: In stock at Kelly’s Closet

 

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Binky D Hybrid Fitted Diaper Review

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Harper loves playing in her “big girl” room now that we’ve updated it with colors that appeal to her, a blackboard wall with chalk and lots of easy to open boxes and bins to keep her toys organized in. She still seems nervous about being in it by herself though, even with the door open while I fold laundry just steps away. Lately she’s taken to raiding her play kitchen, and hauling her doll quilt and a collection of “foods” and dishes out into the hall to have picnic tea parties with our dog, Valentine. I don’t allow our dog into the girls’ rooms (too many memories of cherished toys destroyed by my childhood dog who assumed they were for her), so it’s possible she just really wants to hang with her pup, but if I’m in the room with her she’s happy to stay and draw or do creative play. I’ve taken to bringing Autumn in there with us (I can’t bring the laundry in, Harper wants to help fold and I end up with more work than ever) and trying to have a designated amount of time there each day to help her get used to it, but part of me wants to go be productive. How do you relax and enjoy the tea parties?

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Today I’m sharing a review on a hybrid fitted diaper from Binky D, made by a wonderful WAHM right here in sunny Florida. The diaper I received is made from the most lovely and plush cotton velour, a soft sky blue exterior and a cheery light green interior. The back of this diaper is embroidered feathers, meticulously placed and crafted from the richest glossy luxe threads in shades of blue, green, silver, orange, and coral. One glance at her website gallery will show you the amazing variety of one of a kind or limited edition diapers she has crafted in the past, and while I think I’d be happy with any diaper I’ve seen from her I am absolutely in love with this design.

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Ease of Use ✩✩✩✩✩ Hybrid fitteds are constructed with a hidden layer of water resistant poly fleece inside the lining of the diaper so it offers greater leak protection without the use of an additional cover. These best-of-both-worlds diapers are breathable and soft, and packed with tons of absorbency. My diaper came with two inserts which snap together and to the diaper so it is easy to use, and quick to put on. The top soaker is generously over sized so you can fold some excess material to add additional absorbency where needed.

Bang for the Buck ✩✩✩ Prices range from $36 to $45 for a hybrid fitted diaper with two soakers. While this can be an investment if you are buying an entire stash of hybrid fitted diapers, you will find that the materials are luxe, the quality is high, and the stitching is impeccable. I’ll always pay more for an item that is made by an individual, especially someone local to me, knowing my money is going to help their family directly and not trickle through hundreds of cogs in a machine. If you can’t afford to purchase a full stash of 12-20 diapers I highly recommend you put at least one or two of these on your wish list. This diaper is so plush and breathable, a few hours in this style each day can really help if your baby has sensitive skin or is prone to rashes. I like to follow her Facebook page for updates on stockings to see when specific designs will be available, since she is a WAHM there is limited stock and demand is quite high.

Performance ✩✩✩✩✩ Along with that hidden layer of poly fleece within the diaper shell, there is also a layer of heavy bamboo fleece inside each of the soakers. These premium materials result in a ton of absorbency so my girls are able to wear this diaper for hours even without a cover and have no leaks. At bedtime I will top the diaper with a wool cover and know that we can wake up to dry bed sheets.

Fit ✩✩✩✩ This plush fitted offers a fold over rise to allow a greater range of sizes for every child, rated from about 10-12 lbs to 40 or more. A thick and strong elastic cinches the leg holes into a rich set of ruffles (I’m using a serged version, she does also offer turned versions), helping to keep everything where it belongs. One wing on this diaper offers cross over snaps so it will fit even a tiny child (although he or she will have a very fluffy bum). Harper is 2 years 8 months and can wear this diaper with the outside snap on the outermost setting, if she were to still need it when she is bigger I could pick up a couple snap covers and this diaper would easily fit her another year without issue, it has tons of room to grow. The rise on this diaper comes up fairly high, adding to the absorbency and blow out protection. Binky D rises used to be lower so if you have an older version your rise may be about an inch lower. Most fitted diapers are generally less trim than a diaper made with a PUL or TPU cover, so if you’re putting pants over these you’ll need to size up, but with a design this lovely I try to avoid that as much as possible. My girls love wearing this diaper at home with just a shirt, or out and about in a little sundress.

Overall: I’ve seen Binky D diapers before, many of the girls in my October baby online parenting group use them, but this was my first chance to try one in person and I was so impressed with the quality and absorbency. The gorgeous design and color choices make it easy to reach for this diaper as often as my laundry schedule permits, and I love that the breathable fleece contributes to healthy skin, especially in the summer heat.

 Where to Buy: Join the Chatter Group for Binky D to find out stocking times

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Fruit Of The Womb Flat Review

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This morning I checked the calendar to review my work schedule for the week and my breath caught as I realized we’re into June already! I feel like the past month has just flown by. I spent a week washing flats and covers for two babies by hand and blogging about it here with you. I attended MommyCon with my friends and got to meet some amazing retailers, educators, and speakers. I also received and started testing some amazing products for you guys and was lucky enough to participate in photo shoots for some friends showcasing a babywearing ballet class and trying on a new carrier (just for the day, but I will say I’m a fan). Add to that my regular work schedule, caring for my girls each day, troubleshooting car issues (Kim’s husband is a genius, just saying…) and managing to do some sewing (did you catch my elastic repair video yet?) to repair some items and create some new ones as well. It’s a wonder I had time to sleep! Oh wait, I’m a mom, so I didn’t. I’ll have to work on that. Today’s review is for a flat from a work at home mom of nine, I think it’s safe to say she knows a thing or two about cloth diapers!

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Fruit of the Womb sent me one of their most popular flats to try during the Flats and Handwashing Challenge this year. It is an organic bamboo french terry flat and I’m so glad I have this in my stash. The soft terry style is reminiscent of the flats you see used on programs like “Call The Midwife” and this particular fabric is especially thick and soft with a nice stretch to it.

Ease of Use ✩✩✩✩ Flats work their best magic when folded into a diaper fold that you are comfortable with and fits your baby snugly. While a specific fold can take a little more effort, this flat is so thick and stretchy that you can really play around with folds a bit more. Even if you aren’t a master of perfect corners you can just tuck a little fabric here, pull a little there, then fasten with a pin, Snappi, or other closure and fit a cover on top for waterproof protection.

Bang for the Buck ✩✩✩✩ At $10.50 for the largest size, and $6 for the smallest or $9.50 for the medium, this flat carries a slightly higher price than some larger companies may offer. But it is still significantly cheaper than many other diaper styles, especially if paired with an economical diaper cover that can be reused through multiple changes. With a purchase of this flat you are supporting a work at home mom, or WAHM, who has nine beautiful children, her youngest girl is Autumn’s age. The rich material and vibrant colored thread along the serged edges makes this flat something to reach for, and I find myself using it more often than other flats in my stash, especially on more complicated folds that require a more generously sized flat.

Performance ✩✩✩✩✩ This plush terry flat is made of a bamboo cotton blend that is incredibly absorbent and doesn’t seem to suffer from compression leaks as easily as some terry flats can. I love the variety of fold styles listed on the company website and since the material doesn’t shrink down you have plenty of room to fold in extra absorbency where you need it. When Harper is playing in the back yard I let her wear just this diaper with no cover so she can play at her water table without soaking her clothes. She’s able to spend an hour or two playing in the morning and come inside with a diaper that is still dry on the outside, and if I put a cover on her she can last even longer. The organic material is so gentle against her skin, she is able to go longer between changes with this flat than she can with many of her other diaper flats.

Fit ✩✩✩✩✩ Green Apple flats are available in three sizes, you can choose 18, 23, or 28 inches square. These flats are preshrunk which means even after repeated hot washes, in constant rotation for over a month, this toddler sized flat still measures 28 inches square without any stretching or tugging. I requested the larger flat knowing I would be diapering an active toddler, a heavy wetter who doesn’t slow down and hates being dirty. After using this flat and seeing how generously sized it is, I think I will have to repurpose it as a toddler blanket when my babies are potty trained, it’s so soft and cozy. I always keep the diaper I’m reviewing at my desk while I write so I can remember all the details I want to share with you, but this one is sitting in my lap right now so I can feel it’s softness.

Overall: I love these flats for their plush terry material and super stretch. There are package options available that allow you to purchase a dozen flats at a discount and include a free diaper cover, I think these would make an incredible baby shower gift for a parent who may be interested in cloth diapering. I love that the smaller size flat is still a generous 18 inches square, it would work on a new baby, and when the baby outgrows this size it could still be folded into other diapers (either larger flats or any other diaper style) to be used as a doubler for increased absorbency. They are so pretty and I am dying to make a diaper cake or gift basket with these beauties. Now I just have to wait for one of my friends to tell me they have good news.

Where to Buy: Fruit of the Womb

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Tots Bots Easy Fit V4 Review

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I hope everyone had a lot of fun celebrating Easter with their families this past weekend. I find it is always takes an open mind and a bit of a thick skin to navigate the perils of family politics when one parent’s family has a big celebration and the other parent’s family decides to do a celebration at the same time of day. Clearly, you want to attend as much of both events as possible, but chances are you will be leaving early or arriving late or both, and no host likes feeling like second banana. If the families on either side are too large in number to allow a single combined party, how do you negotiate your time to be fair? How do you avoid hurt feelings or stress on a day when you want so much for your babies to laugh and play and just have fun and feel loved? It’s a tricky situation, and one I am far from mastering. I’d love to hear any feedback or advice you may have.

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Tots Bots sent me an Easy Fit V4 to review. Those of you familiar with Tots Bots may have tried or read about versions 1, 2, and 3. The fourth version was released in 2014 and has more fans than ever. This nappy is made in Scotland and I’ve always wanted to try one!

Ease of Use✩✩✩✩✩ The Easy Fit V4 brings back the bamboo that was loved in its predecessor but in a whole new way, blending the bamboo and cotton into a material they call “binky” (like a bamboo minky). Many folks admire minky for its softness and how easily solids can be rinsed off of it. Bamboo is loved for its natural absorbency and eco friendly sustainability. By creating Binky, Tots Bots was able to fashion a “best of both worlds” diaper, like a mash up of your favorite songs. This nappy consists of a unique configuration, a tongue style soaker that is sewn into the lining and extends out the back, with a booster that snaps to the end. There is a wide pocket between the sewn in portion of the tongue where everything can be stuffed for ease of use which will leave the natural bamboo against your baby’s skin. Alternatively, some parents like to fold the layers on top of the interior so the softer minky is against the skin. Either way stays in place without shifting due to the sturdy construction and generous width of the soakers.

Bang for the Buck✩✩✩✩ At $24.95 this nappy is on the higher end compared to some leading brand pocket diapers but the thick absorbent soakers put the absorbency more on the level with an overnight diaper, it’s practically bulletproof. Also, it is from Scotland and yet you don’t have to pay exorbitant shipping fees.

Performance✩✩✩✩✩ This nappy is amazingly absorbent and I really put it to the test. Long car rides, nap time, marathon errands, and overnight are all times when I’ve had concerns about whether a cloth diaper will be able to hold up, especially with my nursing on demand baby who never goes thirsty and has taught me to always bring an extra outfit for each of us (just in case). Situations where some of our all in ones and pocket diapers have failed time and time again are no problem for this powerhouse.

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Fit ✩✩✩ One noticeable concern some parents may note is the bulkiness of this nappy. With or without the booster this is a fluffy nappy. I’d even say it is bulkier than many of our fitted diapers (which generally also have a doubled over tongue soaker and a booster as well as an absorbent shell but are usually lined in a much thinner minky). While this is not an issue under skirts and dresses, baggier pants as are common for boys (there is a reason you’ll usually find me prowling the toddler boy’s clearance rack at Baby Gap, their boy pants are generally more cloth diaper friendly than the girl pants) or when rocking the diaper with some baby leggings or nothing else at all, some people may find the nappy bulkier than they prefer. The extra wide booster adds to the bulk but also makes this nappy fantastic for super soakers and for older/bigger kids, too.

Overall: I love this nappy’s origins, construction, and easy styling. It is clever and strong, and a wonderful addition to any stash. While the bulkiness tends to make me reach for this one most at bed or nap time and rarely during play dates with parents who don’t cloth diaper and may be put off by the fluff, it still gets a lot of use. The generous width of the soaker and length of the rise make this diaper great for bigger kids, too. I love using products I feel good about, and I definitely feel good about this Tots Bots Easy Fit.

Where to Buy: Kelly’s Closet

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Milovia Pocket Nappy Review

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Having two little girls is still such a surprise to me, I was the only little girl in my family aside from a beloved cousin living on the opposite end of the coast who would visit every few years and send refrigerator size boxes of luxe hand me downs that made up basically my entire wardrobe. Autumn is still very young, but I see Harper appraising her and choosing to be gentle and kind to her every day, watching her face for reactions and bringing her toys and blankets. I know they won’t always get along so well, but Harper has always been quite particular about who receives her affections, often refusing a request for a hug or kiss or farewell and choosing to play aloof. I don’t begrudge her this personality quirk, it makes the attention she does offer that much more meaningful. And Autumn is given it in spades. I have never witnessed a sister who is more attentive and loving and sweet towards her new playmate. Even when I tell her for the tenth time that day that I can’t nurse her that moment because it’s Autumn’s turn, she may balk but she never gets upset with Autumn, she never tries to push her away. There doesn’t seem to be a jealous bone in her body. It may not last, but I am relishing this connection they have while it exists.  

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Today you may have noticed I don’t have a diaper review for you. I have a nappy review! This is a rarity in ‘the states’ but I am so incredibly tickled I have a proper nappy from Europe to tell you about. These gorgeous cloth pocket nappies are carefully crafted and definitely an eye catcher. I’ve received more compliments and questions when my girls wear this nappy then I have with any diaper they’ve worn before.

Ease of Use✩✩✩✩✩ These pockets are designed with an envelope enclosure at the front so adding inserts is simple, and removing inserts when the nappy is soiled is tidier since with any luck the mess is not at the front of the nappy. One feature I noticed with these is that the hem is carefully finished with a neat tightly serged edge. Many pocket diapers that feature a front opening will just leave a cut microfleece edge which over time can become worn and also seems more prone to ride up, the Milovia does not have this issue thanks to the designer going the extra mile with this feature. It also boasts a PUL backing on the interior of the microfleece at the top of the diaper. This is a huge benefit as it means that your child can enjoy the softness of the microfleece against their skin all the way up (many diapers will use a strip of PUL here instead, which can be a little rough on extremely sensitive skin) while still protecting against leaks (especially compression leaks for tummy sleepers).

Bang for the Buck✩✩✩✩ For the longest time these nappies were not available in the U.S. and fans were forced to track down a UK retailer who was willing to internationally ship and the customer was left with exorbitant shipping charges. This drove the price of a single cloth diaper way up from a consumer standpoint. Despite this concern Milovia still has quite the following here, so much so that they just announced last week their first American retailer! http://www.squigglybugsllc.com/ is now offering Milovia nappies for sale. You can select a microfleece interior like I am reviewing here or a Coolmax interior if you prefer. With this new retailer, Milovia is also now offering their inserts included with the nappies! Previously fans would purchase the pocket then separately purchase a small, medium, or large insert (or sometimes a combination of two for ultimate absorbency). With this new package option you will automatically receive both a small and a medium insert. The entire package comes out to $34 which is still on the high side for a pocket diaper, however it is significantly lower than customers have paid in the past, and I think it is well worth the price to have at least one of these unique beauties in your stash.

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Performance ✩✩✩✩✩ Milovia nappies are made entirely of Polish fabrics created specifically for use on children. The PUL is strong and even after getting in a fight with some errant hook and loop tape in the washing machine (the laundry tab on one of my other cloth diapers is evidently not doing so well) the fabric is still unmarred and gorgeous. We haven’t had any accidents in this nappy as of yet, which is saying something because this is apparently the diaper that relieves any constipation my children may feel, every time I put it on them they soil it. The microfleece is very good about resisting staining and rinses easily. The inserts are labeled as microfiber but they are not like any microfiber I have ever seen before. These are very thick, pillowy, soft and ribbed, and something about them reminds me of mattresses. They come with a couple simple seams dividing the filling into sections which makes it easy to fold them when needed. The material does tend to get pilly in the wash (not losing material as far as I can tell, but I see miniscule lint balls stuck to the pad, possibly from other garments sticking to the ribbed material) but that is purely cosmetic. I haven’t used this diaper for a very long time (though it has been in very heavy rotation over the past month) so maybe some long term fans can shed some light on this, but I have a suspicion these plush inserts will not “deflate” the way microfiber inserts we are familiar with tend to thin out and lose absorbency.

Fit ✩✩✩✩ This one size nappy offers a three snap rise and includes a small and medium insert. When I first received it I was able to use just the medium insert on my younger baby, and now I find using both inserts works best for our family. Both my girls are extremely heavy wetters so you may find just one insert works fine for you. With both inserts included I find the diaper to have a bit more bulk to it, but it doesn’t bother me. If it did I would probably look into purchasing a large insert from Milovia (hopefully Squiggly Bugs will add it to their site soon). I’m very impressed by the generously sized back elastic which manages to contain my off the growth charts (five month old) infant’s messes without leaving red marks on her skin.

Overall: These nappies come in charming, unique, and attention getting prints. I’m more than a little obsessed with the incredible feather print I received, and the quality of the materials is pretty plain to see. While these are on the higher end of the spectrum price wise, I do think these are a great addition to a well rounded stash, and they are now easier than ever to order. For my friends who exclusively use covers (with flats, prefolds, fitteds, etc) be sure and check in with Milovia about finding a UK retailer as they are now offering covers on their website (maybe if you ask nicely, Squiggly Bugs may look into carrying the covers, too)! I noticed a lot of you asking about covers when Kim posted a picture of this nappy the day it arrived, so I figured it was worth mentioning. I’m really happy with this one, I’ll continue to reach for it as long as it is clean and ready to be worn.

Where to Buy: Squiggly Bugs

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Happy Heiny ONEderful Stay Dry Review

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

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

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

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Left: Organic ONEderful, Right: Stay Dry ONEderful

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

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

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

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

Where to Buy: Happy Heiny

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Sloomb OBF Diaper Review

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Mornings always seem to be the easiest time of day for my girls. It’s a cruel joke on me because I am definitely NOT a morning person. But come sunrise they are up and excited and happy and ready to play. My usual morning routine these days involves getting Harper changed and giving her a cup of water then setting up some independent play options like Eco Dough or puzzles or paper and crayons so she can entertain herself, then putting on some soft music and changing Autumn and settling in to nurse for a while and check in with my friends on my phone. By the time Harper is ready for her morning oatmeal, Autumn is content enough to play on a blanket with some toys and I can even make myself a coffee or some yogurt and fruit. By the time Harper finishes her oatmeal we get some one on one time to play and when Autumn is ready she joins us at our tea party/coloring session/dress up game/tower building. From there on out every day is different, and in general routines don’t work well for us but having this little morning habit works well for us. How are mornings at your house? Do you find having a schedule helps or do you take life as it comes?

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Today I’m reviewing a lovely Sloomb overnight bamboo fitted featuring the sweetest whimsical pink mushrooms, very Alice In Wonderland/Through The Looking Glass and very charming. This is my extremely picky husband’s favorite diaper because it is SO soft and fluffy, even after washing in our hard water and line drying it still stays soft and squishy and is the one he always reaches for if it is clean and available.

Ease of Use✩✩✩✩✩ This fitted is pretty simple as far as assembly goes, the single extra long soaker has snaps to keep it in place, and it can be folded in a few different ways, but it’s pretty foolproof if someone is just winging it and has no idea what they are doing they will still probably manage to get the diaper on and snapped fast without issue. The only concern would be making sure a waterproof cover is put on over the diaper.  Wash time is just as simple, unsnap the soaker and you’re good to go. Cotton prints generally fade over time but over the past two months I’ve been using this in heavy rotation (to ensure an accurate review for you) and with cloth diaper safe detergent and line drying I haven’t noticed any of the fading that was apparent by this time with other cotton wrapped fitteds I own. I’m sure it will fade eventually, but I believe the print and colors Sloomb chose has contributed to the fading issue being less apparent.

Bang for the Buck✩✩✩✩ Sloomb fitteds are listed at 35 dollars, or 39 for the XL for children over 32 lbs. While this is on the higher end, I see other diapers (especially WAHMs) going for much higher and they don’t always use the same quality materials. I especially love that these are made in the USA (sewn in Denver, Colorado) and for every diaper purchased a tree is planted. How cool is that?

Performance ✩✩✩✩✩ This diaper is made of seventy percent bamboo and thirty percent cotton on the interior, with a printed cotton exterior, and it comes with a soaker that is three layers thick and double length. It snaps in place and can be folded to provide six layers of protection all over, or extra absorbency in the front or back if needed. There are extra soakers available for purchase, but I’m having a hard time imagining a scenario in which they would be necessary. Even with my almost five month old wearing this diaper all night while waking several times to nurse she still woke up happy and while the diaper was saturated it was not leaking through the cover. I usually use a wool cover but used a PUL cover with this diaper several times to make sure it wasn’t just being wicked away, and her cotton pajamas remained completely dry (aside from some drool under her chin, of course… I mean, she is a baby).

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Fit ✩✩✩✩✩ These diapers are sized, with five different size choices so if you know your child’s weight or can measure their legs or waist you can select a diaper that is just right for your little one. There is some flexibility on the sizing, of course. I tested a size medium, suggested for weights 14-22 lbs, and it fits Autumn at 19 lbs beautifully, but it also fits Harper at 24 lbs and seems like it will continue to fit for a while. With a gorgeous diaper like this, I intend to keep using it as long as I can! I like that there is a single extra female snap on the wing of the diaper that can be used as a crossover snap to help fit the diaper on especially thin babies, having a very trim two year old I always look for ways to find the best possible fit and additional sizing options are always helpful.
As is the case with any fitted, this is a rather fluffy diaper for daytime/out and about use, and the cover you’ll need will add a bit to the bulk. This is no problem if you’re rocking the fluffy bum with a dress or loose skirt, or if you size up on your baby’s pants. My favorite way to see this diaper is with Sloomb basewoolies, luxurious wool leggings (for boys or girls) that can be worn out and about and are so incredibly cute.

Overall:

I have a pretty big crush on this diaper, it’s pretty much the whole package. It has good looks and strength, comes from a good neighborhood and has incredible character. Wait, are we talking about my husband or a diaper here? Okay, so quick recap; adorable print, lasts all night, sewn in the US, and Sloomb plants a tree for every cloth diaper purchased so you’re helping the environment not only by not filling the planet with disposable diapers but also by putting your dollars behind a company that is helping to make the world a better place. Okay, I’ll stop gushing. But it’s not easy. Kim tells me when folks check out the Cloth Diaper Resource Table at MommyCon she catches them petting this diaper because of how soft and fluffy it is. Also, for you Kimya Dawson fans (most people know her from the Juno soundtrack) there is even a SustainableBabyish song! I found it on their website under their Ethos tab, like a fun little Easter Egg.

Where to Buy: Kelly’s Closet

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Chelory Organic All in One Diaper Review

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Where to Buy: Chelory.com

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Diaper Safari One Size Pocket Diaper Review

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Where to Buy: DiaperSafari.com

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Buttons Cloth Diapers AI2 Review

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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