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EcoPosh OBV One Size Fitted Diaper Review

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Autumn loves playing in the dirt, there’s no avoiding it, she’s fascinated by the texture and the richness, and probably enjoys the expressions on my face when she gets really dirty, too. Today she’s helping me plant flowers in our raised beds, and she could not be more excited. This is the perfect time to wear a fitted sans cover since we’re outdoors and the incredible breathability of a fitted with no cover gives her skin a refreshing break from diaper jail. I’ve been waiting to share this review for so long and I can’t believe the day is finally here.

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You guys. I just can’t even. Okay, okay, putting my teenage niece’s vocabulary back in the closet now, but this diaper… I just… I’m so excited to share this one. Talk about a tough secret to keep, especially when local mamas ask me about great natural options and I had to keep this one under wraps… Until now.

Fitted diapers are a great natural option with amazing absorbency and longevity, and are generally the diaper of choice for overnights and any other occasion when you need to go the extra mile. They usually come sized, meaning they’ll fit a very specific targeted weight range for a limited amount of time, or have are One Size with a fold over rise. And in general you have a shell with an absorbent core, with an insert (often two layers of soaker, like a tongue style snapped at the halfway mark, and sometimes an additional booster laid on top). All this absorbency gets wrapped around the baby, a cover (wool, pul, or anything water resistant) is put on over it, and even Rip Van Winkle’s sheets are safe. But peeling those layers off in the morning can be… Not fun… if your baby ate a late dinner or the diaper is especially saturated. And rinsing them before the wash can be tedious. And finding a color or pattern you adore only to find they’ve outgrown it in a month, well, that’s not fun either. Enter Kangacare, the genius behind Rumparooz, with the new EcoPosh OBV…

Ease of Use ✩✩✩✩✩ EcoPosh OBV is the first fitted POCKET on the market. All that absorbent goodness is tucked within a super soft absorbent shell lined with dreamy organic bamboo velour that I can’t stop petting. When the diaper is ready to be changed, the obv helps make clean up a breeze, and the now heavy inserts are safely guarded within the pocket, while you hold it by the less damp exterior edge. And with many caregivers who are used to a pocket but may be confused or overwhelmed by a traditional fitted, this diaper should be a hit with any babysitter or relative. Just leave the rise snaps in place and they can put it on just like any of your most convenient cloth diapers, without adjusting extra pieces or trying to understand what a fold over rise is for (even I was confused the first time I saw one…). EcoPosh OBVs are as easy as fitteds can get.

Bang for the Buck ✩✩✩✩ At $32.99, you’re paying an average price for a fitted diaper, but with all the bells and whistles attached. One size, organic bamboo velour lining, and get this, the outer layer (which feels super soft) is made from recycled water bottles! How cool is that? I think it is safe to say the majority of folks who cloth diaper are already at least somewhat eco conscious (though I know some do it solely for the financial savings or because their babies have sensitive skin) so going the extra mile and coming up with this innovative way to go even greener makes me giddy with excitement.

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Performance ✩✩✩✩✩ When you remove the inserts from the pocket, you’re greeted by the familiar Rumparooz silhouette, one insert is larger with a rectangular shape, the other insert is smaller with a contour in the center, allowing it to adjust perfectly to the center channel of the diaper. This system works really well for us, we used just the contoured soaker (in our traditional pocket RAR) when Autumn was very young which allowed for a more customized fit while still offering a great deal of absorbency, then moved on to the larger soaker when she was ready for it, and finally find that the two soakers snapped together work exceptionally well for long car rides, active play dates, and other occasions when it is less convenient to attempt a diaper change. I’ve found these EcoPosh inserts live up to the same standards, and I love the mix of bamboo and cotton within the absorbent fibers. And while I’ve used many fitted with inserts lined with OBV, something about the layer being separate seems to allow less dampness to press against baby’s skin, and Autumn seems comfortable to remain in this diaper until it is almost sagging with weight and I must run to catch her for a change. I also love the soft OBV gussets sewn into the lining, they don’t leave red marks and they help to contain messes so I can comfortably pair this diaper with even our loosest WAHM wool covers.

Fit ✩✩✩✩✩ A one size fitted opens the door to a smaller stash you can use far longer, increasing the bang for your buck and allowing a customizable fit. A four step rise means this fitted can likely be used from newborn to potty training (though Kangacare does offer specific newborn and trainer sizes as well) by simply selecting the inserts that work best for each configuration. When I read that the fitted was a one size, I assumed it would be bulkier than our sized fitted, but I found the opposite to be true. Thanks to the unique construction and blend of materials, I actually find this fitted is more trim than many of our sized fitteds, and with a PUL cover I can fit some of Autumn’s pants over it with no issue. And while the diaper appears a bit on the smaller side when on the shelf, it is surprisingly stretchy and will likely fit Autumn for some time despite being on the last snap setting for many of her diapers.

Overall: The EcoPosh OBV is a whole new world of fitted diapers, perfect for families looking for a natural choice, trying to save by avoiding needing a stash for each size range, and so soft and easy they are an excellent way to convert parents who are “afraid” or intimidated by fitted diapers. Even after dozens of washes this diaper is still as soft as a favorite blanket and the lovely rich orange we got to try is just perfect, so bright and modern with that rich grey interior. If you have a local cloth diaper retailer, I highly recommend asking them to stock these so you can feel how incredibly soft they are, or better yet just order your own and you’ll see what a perfect go-the-extra-mile diaper they are!

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Bummis All In One Diaper Review

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I hope everyone had a lovely Easter weekend. We enjoyed spending the holiday with family, talking and catching up on the latest news. Sometimes life gets so hectic we don’t visit each other like we should, I’m glad celebrations give us a reason to hit pause and get together. We visited my husband’s parents on Saturday since his dad had to work on Sunday morning, and Autumn impressed us all with her egg hunting skills. Harper loved coloring the eggs and choosing which dye cup to put them in, and they loved getting to chase their cousin around with bunny ears on. On Sunday we went to my brother’s house, he always has a big get together with the whole family as well as some special friends who may as well be family. The egg hunt in his garden is a blast, but I like his special gourmet Easter Egg pancakes best. This year he did bright green for mint, blue for raspberry, yellow for banana, red for strawberry, and purple for Madagascar vanilla. What are your favorite Easter traditions?

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This week I’m thrilled to share the new Bummis All In One style diaper with you. We all know I’ve been a fangirl for Bummis since my firstborn’s first cloth diapers, their Whisper Wraps rocked my world. I use the Duo-Brite AI2 and the Simply Lite diaper cover on a regular basis, loving how dependable the construction and fit are. When I got my hands on this all in one style diaper, you can bet I was excited.

Ease of Use ✩✩✩✩ All in ones are generally considered the easiest diaper since they require the least amount of guesswork, even if you have never even seen a cloth diaper. The tongue style and lining on this diaper are a little different, they offer an innovative option to choose whether the soft natural fibers lay against baby’s skin (by tucking the tongue style insert inside the pocket-like-sleeve) or the stay-dry material (by laying the insert across, and not tucking it in). If you are sending this diaper along with a grandparent or caregiver, they should be able to figure out what to do without any additional explanation, but I ended up tucking the insert in just to ensure my mother in law wouldn’t call me during my night class pretending not to understand. Autumn is at an age where she lets me know when she needs a diaper, so having the nice organic cotton against her skin works well for us anyway, she recognizes when she’s ready for a change and I don’t need to worry about the clock knowing she will remind me.

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Bang for the Buck ✩✩✩✩ Retailing at $27.95, Bummis seems to have found a nice middle ground for pricing, compared to their all in one counterparts, and I think the clever dual inserts probably help to keep costs down while giving us the best of both worlds in regards to absorbency and comfort. I also love that Bummis recognizes the importance of sourcing locally whenever possible, and they are made sustainably and affordably in North America.

Performance ✩✩✩✩✩ Bummis comes ready to go thanks to the ultra absorbent material, and after a few washes the organic cotton shrinks and tightens up just a bit, which forms a sort of natural gusset to help keep messes in and clothes clean. This adorable diaper has become my go-to lately for errands since I know I can depend on it not to leak, and I’ve even used it overnight by tucking an additional insert within the sleeve of the diaper.

Fit ✩✩✩✩✩ Sized as an all in one, this diaper is suggested for weight ranges of 8-35 lbs, and with soft stretchy elastic and surprisingly strong snaps, I consider this one especially comfortable for my curious 1 ½ year old. She can remove some of her diapers on her own, but this one stays put. I don’t know if it’s because the snaps are too strong for her, or if it’s because she is comfortable and doesn’t want to take it off, but I know it works.

Overall: Bummis has delighted us with a wonderful all in one option that is well made, stylish, and easy to use. I’m in love with their designs, I can’t decide which I like best, the fairy tale design Autumn is wearing, the vinyl records design Kim shows off in the video review (I collect records, too!) or the circus print (the nursery is circus inspired, down to every detail, I’m a bit obsessed). And that’s just three of their whimsical and bright prints and colors. I recommend this diaper for folks looking to start a stash of easy, hassle free, long lasting diapers. They’ll be able to choose between the organic cotton or the stay dry against baby’s skin to see what works best in their family, so they can feel confident stocking up. This is also a great individual gift with all the fun designs, and I love that it can transition so easily for heavy wetters or overnight with the addition of a booster tucked neatly inside. It washes and dries quickly and easily, and isn’t prone to hard water issues the way some of my other organic all in ones have been (probably because of the open ended design and the way the material is “dimpled”). I’m very happy with the all in one, and I think you will be, too!

Where to Buy: Kelly’s Closet

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Snuggy Baby Diaper Cover Video and Review

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Now that Instagram has opened the option to maintain multiple accounts from a single device with a simple toggle button, I am thrilled to announce an official Dirty Diaper Laundry Instagram account! https://www.instagram.com/dirtydiaperlaundry/ or @dirtydiaperlaundry is just getting started with just over a dozen posts at the moment, but this extension will be another fun way to connect with Kim and Lara, see previews of upcoming reviews, updates on your favorite brands, and candids and outtakes from years past. I’m especially excited about this new medium of presenting information with you for my readers who comment on reviews from years past, wondering how a diaper or carrier has held up after three years. What better way to respond than to share a picture of it being worn by Autumn now, still in use and going strong? You’ll see which brands still look nearly new and which brands appear more well loved (Velveteen Rabbit style, some of our favorite diapers look worse for wear but are still quite effective). Follow along and tag us in pictures you’d like us to share.

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This week I’m sharing an innovative cover from Snuggy Baby (a company you may recognize after their popular line of ring slings) with an extremely strong and easily wipeable interior and a fit feature you won’t want to miss. I always recommend covers as a great way to cloth diaper on a budget since they can be reused with multiple inserts before washing and dry so quickly you can create a much smaller stash and still diaper conveniently and effectively.

Ease of Use ✩✩✩✩ This diaper cover is fairly simple to use, some of the extra snaps might confuse a first timer but if you have the diaper preset to the appropriate sizing it shouldn’t present any issue for any caretakers unfamiliar with the design. As with any cover you will add absorbency inside, you can purchase Snuggy Baby inserts which fit neatly into place and secure with a back snap (converting this diaper into an all in two) or you can use your own inserts with a single back snap, prefolds, or (my favorite) flats.

Bang for the Buck ✩✩✩ At twenty dollars for a cover, you’re paying more than I would normally expect. But with the strong wipeable cover, soft and durable cotton exterior, and unique snap design which allows for a greater range of fit and better cost-per-wear, I’d still say this cover is a worthy investment. I believe it will hold up better than some bargain basement competitors based on the materials used and how well it has held up comparatively over the testing period I’ve washed and used this diaper (on Autumn) in heavy rotation.

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Performance ✩✩✩✩ While the performance of the diaper as a whole will depend largely on your choice of insert (I especially love wrapping a flat around a bamboo or hemp insert as it seems most comfortable for Autumn and extremely effective with minimal bulk) it is extremely important that the cover remain a solid barrier to prevent leaks. This cover is practically bullet proof which is exceptional considering covers with soft cotton exteriors are not typically as strong as PUL or TPU versions, the interior PUL is thick and strong, with a noticeable difference in weave, and the edges are bound with a waterproof binding to keep everything in place. There is also thick gentle encased elastic and generously sized PUL flaps sewn into the front and back of the diaper to help keep inserts tucked in place and prevent blowouts.

Fit ✩✩✩✩✩ This diaper truly shines in the fit department. While many “one size” diapers rated to fit eight to thirty five pounds can be extremely bulky in the lower range of weight, this diaper offers a four step rise on snaps at the front and a unique two snap fit in the central channel or crotch area. This means you can essentially snap the channel into a narrow fit bringing the width from seven inches (measured centered between the two fit snaps) to a petite three and a half inches! I do suggest if you utilize these snaps you do so before adding your inserts and baby, so you can smooth down the fold for a trim and leak free fit. The crossover snaps and generous wings mean this diaper will fit long before and after other “one size” covers have been put away in storage.

Overall: This cover is very cute, I love the rich cotton designs available like this “Foxy” print as well as the hilarious “Mustaches” design on their website. Take a look and tell me your favorite print in the comments, I love hearing from you. I have to say, I’m especially excited to try out this cover in the Flats & Handwashing Challenge this year, it is so strong and yet pliable that I suspect it will last through more diaper changes in a day than a more economical single layer cover, and I’m interested to see how well it fares when hand washed in my makeshift mobile washer. I recommend this diaper for folks looking for a system that allows for less washing and more wearing, and for families expecting to use a single diaper on multiple littles (either over the years as babies need them or within the same time period with differently aged/sized siblings in diapers).

Where to Buy: Snuggy Baby
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Little Owl All In Two Diaper Video and Review

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I hope everyone had a fun and happy Valentine’s Day. Harper’s nana came over and we worked on homemade valentines together while Autumn napped, then on the big day Harper helped me bake Valentine M&M cookies while Autumn supervised and taste tested. I also managed to sneak in a canoe date with my hubby in the morning in between school work and my shift at my “day job”. I have to admit, I miss the years when my mom and I would turn this holiday into a big to-do, driving home the reminder that valentines can be for anyone you love and not just a romantic interest. My favorite year we transformed her sister-in-law’s outdoor gazebo into an exotic tea tent with elegant tapestries, silks, glass lanterns, and our most whimsical china. She was so surprised when we beckoned her outside with fresh baked cookies, tea, and music. I look forward to the days when my babies are older and I feel less overwhelmed, I’d love to come up with surprises like that again. What special traditions or adventures did you enjoy this year? Do you have a favorite Valentine’s Day memory?

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This week I have a review for you on an innovative all in two diaper, with some clever features and a very simple and useful concept. These bright and colorful modern diapers are made in the USA, in Los Angeles, California.

Ease of Use ✩✩✩✩ This diaper is a very easy to use diaper with intuitive construction. The shell of this PUL diaper is lined with soft fleece on the interior and features two snaps in the front and one in the back to connect with the soaker you use. The soaker is my favorite part of this diaper, unlike many ai2 systems this soaker comes with its own waterproof gussets and backing, meaning the PUL on the shell is almost unnecessary (though knowing it’s there as backup is priceless). This means the shell does not need to be wiped down in between uses, there is no sticky PUL against baby’s skin, and the mess stays put, especially with those snaps I mentioned that keep the soaker perfectly in place. No baby wedgies, no shifting or leaking, just a simple and smart diaper.

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Bang for the Buck ✩✩✩ At $13.95 for a shell and $11.95 for a soaker, you definitely save more by purchasing at least a partial stash of this system. Little Owl estimates you may need two shells per day, but you can swap out just the soaker and trade off on which shell you reach for so the first shell can air out between wearings. Little Owl also offers a booster for nine ninety five which can help you make it through those long commutes or unstructured naps. If you buy just one shell and soaker you may not consider this a bargain but by putting together a few pieces to get you through at least a day of laundry you’ll quickly see how easy and economical this system can be, especially for a quality product made in California.

Performance ✩✩✩✩✩ Thanks to the waterproof backing on both the soaker and the shell, and the generous gussets backed with waterproof lining on those soakers, I felt completely at ease using this diaper on my one year old no matter what our plans were for the day. I knew I could trust it, and that changing time would be a breeze. The fleece lining on the soaker wicked moisture away from delicate skin, and with the included snaps I knew the insert wouldn’t shift out of place. No blow outs, no leaking, and no discomfort for my baby meant I reached for this diaper again and again.

Fit ✩✩✩✩✩ The shells are sold in three distinct sizes to help ensure a comfortable and trim fit at any stage. A third snap on the wing helps prevent “wing droop” so your baby doesn’t wrestle with excess material sneaking out (an easy way to entice a babe to try to remove said diaper, wing droop should be avoided whenever possible). The size chart on the Little Owl website suggests a size small for babies newborn to six months old or seven to sixteen pounds, a medium is appropriate for a baby six to eighteen months or thirteen to twenty six pounds, and a large is expected to accommodate a tot over eighteen months, with a proposed fit of twenty four to thirty four pounds. I tested a large on Autumn (and had Harper try it on for size) and it fit beautifully on both girls, despite Autumn being 23 lbs 15 oz at her check up last month (one ounce under the range listed) she appears to be very comfortable and the fit is so trim she can wear some clothing that is otherwise too tight on her at this age. At 29 ½ pounds Harper is no longer wearing diapers but could easily wear this one for a long time to come if she needed to.

Overall: This diaper is clever and strong, and I love that it is made locally. The all in two design is so simple and clear that even a partner or caretaker who may be wary of some more complicated diaper systems will likely agree that this system is almost as easy as an all in one, while a stash of these containing more soakers and boosters with just a few shells will add up to far less than a stash composed entirely of brand new USA made all in ones. As an added bonus, ai2 components wash faster and better since the individual pieces are more easily agitated and dried. I highly recommend these for any family looking to build a stash who is looking for something easy and quick, with no special folding or tucking to learn. These are also amazing to bring along in the diaper bag since you can carry a single shell and several inserts in even a very small bag. I love the crisp modern solid color options and the quality of these diapers made in the USA.

Where to Buy: Little Owl Cloth Diapers

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Z Creationz Hybrid Fitted Review

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My girls have always loved taking baths. There was a time the only way I could count on a good mood for Harper was to run her a lukewarm bath with toys and soft music while I sat down nearby to supervise while doing my homework (going back to school to get a college degree with babies in the house in no joke, you find time wherever you can). When Autumn was born, she got her baths solo for a while, or rather with me, until she could confidently sit up on her own. Then the two of them began bathing together, which I loved because they would entertain each other and soak in the tub far longer with less fussing and more playtime. Recently Harper has begun demanding showers instead. At three. She insists on a warm shower, than plays in the water, darting in and out of the stream like a puppy. She still lets me wash her hair, so I can’t complain too much, but I think Autumn misses her bath buddy. I wonder if this is a phase or is she too “grown up” for the tub?

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This week I have a review for you on a WAHM worth watching, with the Z Creationz hybrid fitted diaper. Currently based in Long Beach, California, Reina has been sewing cloth diapers since her daughter Zyah was born in 2012. She wanted to see if she could make cloth diapers out of t-shirts to help save money, and with her sewing experience she found she had a talent for it and business took off. Her newly launched website has been up for about a month now and makes ordering her latest creations (or should I say creationz) easier than ever.

Ease of Use ✩✩✩✩ This diaper is a fitted that features a hidden layer of polyester fleece to help repel moisture while allowing airflow for a more comfortable diaper and less chance of rashes or irritation. For long term use such as overnight you’ll likely pair it with a cover (wool if you have it, or any waterproof shell will do in a pinch) but for day time use I find this diaper works very well for a hybrid, allowing me to give my daughter freedom and mobility while showing off her beautiful fluffy diaper. The diaper comes with a snap in tongue style insert that can be folded over for absorption where you need it most, and a newborn insert which can be used alone for a light wetter or as a doubler for a heavy wetter or for overnights. The inserts can be left in place for laundry or easily unsnapped then reassembled, the colorful assortment ensures you’ll have no trouble remembering which pieces go together. The fdr or fold down rise snaps on this diaper may require an explanation for new parents or caregivers who have not encountered them before, they offer a snugger fit for smaller babies by giving you the option to fold down the diaper front and snap it snugger and lower on the baby’s body. As long as the person changing diapers knows this there should be no concerns using this smart and beautiful hybrid.

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Bang for the Buck ✩✩✩✩ At prices ranging from $28-35 for a one size hybrid fitted or $17-21 for a newborn diaper, these diapers are priced at the same rate as some of the top rated “mass produced” fitted diapers. However, these have the added advantage of the hidden layer of moisture resistance to allow for more flexibility in your diaper routine. And you also have the comfort of knowing you are supporting a fellow parent, who makes her diapers right here in the USA and has excellent quality stitching and amazing fun fabric choices. I love that her diapers are all so unique and individual, a reflection of her personality and yours.

Performance ✩✩✩✩✩ The absorbency of this diaper is amazing, so far I have never experienced a leak with it, and one time I tried to test its limits by putting it on my daughter in the morning before breakfast and seeing how long I could leave it on. I gave up after lunch, I started to feel like a bad parent leaving her in one diaper so long. Thanks to the breathability of the material, her skin wasn’t the least bit irritated or damp. This diaper is definitely what I consider to be a power player.

Fit ✩✩✩✩✩ The one size hybrid fitted is suggested for a weight range of eight to forty pounds. When my firstborn was learning to sleep through the night without accidents, I would often put this diaper on her with just the newborn insert. She loved how trim and soft it is, and I loved knowing I wouldn’t be doing laundry at four am. My one year old also requests this diaper, and though she wears it with both inserts most of the time (she also nurses on demand and tends to be a heavy wetter) she still has complete mobility and seems very comfortable. I find I reach for this diaper even more often during the day since she is in that awkward stage of learning to balance and falling down all the time, the soft padding lets her get right back up without hesitation.

Overall: Z Creationz makes an excellent hybrid fitted diaper which is lovely and effective. While daycares and some caretakers may have prejudice against fitteds for lack of experience or knowledge, I love this diaper for its comfort and dependability. With my daughter I can pair it with a sundress or a tunic style shirt and she can have her run of the house without a care in the world. If I’m going out I do like to put a wool pant or shortie on her just for peace of mind, especially when she’s wrapped up tight in a carrier or wrap and my busy mind considers the possibility of a compression leak (I have never had one with this diaper, I just like to consider all angles) I know the wool will keep me dry while the fitted keeps her comfortable. I love these diapers for a thoughtful gift, a well curated collection of top quality cloth diapers, or a great way to try cloth part time if you’re still on the fence about taking the plunge. Be sure and follow her Facebook page for the latest updates and behind the scenes sneak peeks!

Where to Buy: Z Creationz

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Tushmate All in One Video and Review

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Autumn has picked up on language very quickly, partially thanks to her big sister speaking to her so frequently in the high pitched, short phrase sentences she understands so well. A side effect of learning the vocabulary of a headstrong three year old is that my one year old now responds to nearly every question with “No way.” It is hilarious in her squeaky baby voice and she has other words that are much less jarring to a wary parent (she also says please and thank you constantly, and has learned the words to request her most common desires rather than just wailing or whining… I think she actually whines far less than her older sibling) but it still leads me to think about how much our environment affects us. My experience is limited since my girls are not in a daycare and we haven’t found a playgroup that we are especially interested in just yet. Have you noticed a distinct influence on your child from the people who surround him or her each day? What is the most obvious difference you can attribute to a peer?

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Today I’m sharing one of the most unique and easy to use all in one diapers I’ve had the pleasure of using. It has some features I think any cloth diapering parent can appreciate, and I can’t hide how much I love it. I could go on with a laundry list, but the more organized format of these reviews helps me avoid gushing so I’ll get right to it.

Ease of Use ✩✩✩✩ This diaper is an all in one style, yet it is enhanced with two trim snaps that allow the stay dry fleece liner and the inner core of a tongue style hemp/cotton 100% natural insert to be released for more efficient washing and drying. The pieces are all sewn together so there is never a part to be misplaced, but the ability to open it up so quickly and easily does make my laundry routine much simpler. I’ve even experimented with hand washing this diaper during a recent power outage, and I was delighted by how quickly it scrubbed clean and bubbles rinsed away. I prefer to line dry when weather allows but found unsnapping the diaper made both line drying and machine drying go faster, which is often a concern with parents using thick inserts with all natural fibers. I will mention I have occasionally had an issue if machine drying where the insert will twist a bit and not want to lay perfectly smooth afterwards. This is purely cosmetic and I’ve tucked it in regardless and used it many times but when I had a moment to spare I ran a hot iron over the hemp/cotton material and it flattened out just like new.

Bang for the Buck ✩✩✩✩ Tushmate offers the one size version of their all in one at a price of twenty three fifty eight for a solid color, or twenty five ninety eight for a pattern. Their new patterns are unlike any I’ve seen before, in that each diaper has the same pattern placement (no crossing your fingers or digging through a basket at a cloth diaper boutique trying to find perfect “bum placement”) AND they’ve perfected a design that allows for the art to be right side up on BOTH sides of the diaper! I can’t tell you how much I appreciate this, upside down patterns have always been a pet peeve of mine and these designs are so lovely, you’ll want to show them off. Currently there are two patterns available, the Deep Sea Wonders you see Autumn wearing here and Vintage Winter Love, as well as solid colors in yellow, light blue, orange, and brown. I really like that all of these options are pretty gender neutral and a bit unexpected.

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Performance ✩✩✩✩✩ With a strong TPU shell and several layers of cotton and hemp absorbency, this diaper gets better and better over time. After about eight washes I’d say it reached full capacity and is still going strong. I love that the liner has gently encased elastic on the legs as well as the strong elastic on the shell, I can see this being especially helpful for younger babies who are EBF (exclusively breast fed) to prevent any leaks which may be more common with softer more liquid messes. The construction of this diaper also allows you to easily add additional absorbency without having to lay it on top of the diaper which can be confusing for caregivers who may not be as familiar with your routine. I love that I can add an additional insert (usually hemp or bamboo) underneath the original materials, and snap the liner shut, and to a babysitter or grandparent it is still exceptionally simple to put on but now has the strength to last all night (no more waking up the baby after a night out to change her before you go to sleep or waking up to change the sheets).

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Fit ✩✩✩✩ The Tushmate all in one is suggested for babies eight to thirty five pounds. My girls are currently at about twenty four pounds and thirty pounds, respectively, and are both able to wear this diaper (though my elder daughter no longer needs diapers she tried it on for me so I could check fit) comfortably with room to grow. I will say with the generous absorbency of this diaper you will find it can be a bit bulky, especially on a smaller child. If you have a new baby I highly recommend the Tushmate newborn (DDL has a video review available in the archives) which will fit comfortably from five to fourteen pounds, perfect for those early months and tiny baby thighs. You can then upgrade to the one size diaper when your little is ready and while you may need to size up on pants you will have the peace of mind an effective and economical diaper can bring.

Overall:

Tushmate diapers are a high quality diaper that really is perfect for every occasion. Many of the diapers in my daughter’s stash are categorized as “overnight”, “play at home”, “babysitter approved”, “durable for outdoor play”, or “pretty but bring extra changes”. This diaper effectively works every time, without hauling extra back-up changes or needing fancy special treatment. An extra insert for overnight for long roadtrips is all I’ve ever added to this diaper, it is truly exceptional. While it may not be the cheapest cloth diaper, it is a great value that lasts a long time and is easy and convenient for a vast variety of families. This is one of the diapers I recommend to families who are nervous about trying cloth because it is so simple and works so very well.

Where to Buy: Tushmate

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Peenut from Tots Bots Cloth Nappy System Review

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On the 10th I celebrated my 32nd birthday, and while I didn’t do anything too out of the ordinary my husband was able to take a vacation day so we could spend the entire afternoon together. Before I started my shift that evening, my husband even put together a fire in the bowl in the backyard and let Harper stay up late to make S’mores with us. It was a really fun and low key way to mark the anniversary of another year, and I’m glad we didn’t try to go too crazy considering how many other projects and deadlines I had on my plate. How do you celebrate grown up birthdays in your house? Do you like to spend time together as a family or get a little personal pampering time? What would you say was your favorite birthday?

Tots Bots Peenut

Today I’m so thrilled to share the Peenut nappy system from Tots Bots. This easy to use system helps you get the most out of your diaper stash with minimal effort and the popular cover and hook and loop design from Tots Bots we know and love.

Ease of Use ✩✩✩✩ This nappy system includes a set of covers with the generously sized super strong hook and loop tape Tots Bots is known for, and a pair of thick absorbent pads made from an ingenious blend of bamboo with a hidden layer of microterry sandwiched in the center for additional absorbency and faster drying. Tots Bots also offers fleece or disposable “spun lace” liners which can make clean up easier, protect your baby’s skin, and keep your nappies looking their best. I found Autumn was much happier during long car trips if she had a fleece liner on, it helped keep moisture completely off her skin. The beauty of this all in two system is the pair of strong resin snaps on each insert and on the interior of the cover. The snaps keep the inserts from shifting, allowing even early morning/half asleep diaper changes to go smoothly without fuss. The snaps on the underside of the insert will touch your baby’s skin, but after using this system in heavy rotation for the past month I found that they did not bother my little one at all.

Bang for the Buck ✩✩✩✩ The beauty of an all in two system is that you can purchase less covers and more inserts to maximize utility and minimize cost and laundry. While the individual prices (seventeen ninety five for a PeeNut cover and fourteen ninety five for a pair of the day to night pads) might seem a bit high if considered as a single diaper, it is best to consider the cost per wear when looking at the system and pieces as a whole. If you compare the price of eight wraps/covers and sixteen insert sets to the cost of sixteen all in one diapers, including some thicker for night time etc, the savings are there. Consider how much less water you use when you have less laundry to do and the reasoning behind an all in two system like this becomes crystal clear.

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Performance ✩✩✩✩✩ Thanks to the clever blend of natural and high tech materials in the inserts, this diaper is impressively absorbent. And while the cover may seem a little thin at first glance, it has proven to be exceptionally strong and held up to unwieldy curious tot abuse, crawling, falling, and scooting across the patio with no adverse effects. The super strong hook and loop tape holds its own, refusing to submit to my one year old’s exploratory hands and remaining in their exact position until changing time. The tape also remains stuck to its laundry tabs in the wash, avoiding the kind of terrifying laundry incidents most folks who have used other brands of hook and loop tape are familiar with.

Fit ✩✩✩✩ These birth to potty one size covers are generously sized, which means they can seem a bit bulky if you are using both inserts at once, but this is normal for a very absorbent system, and the only difference is that you may need to size up on pants a bit. I find this system incredibly convenient for fitting in the diaper bag, since you can bring just one back up cover and a few inserts it takes up very little space. On a two hour car trip I recently put this system on my three year old just to be safe since I knew she’d likely fall asleep and there would be little time to find a restroom if she needed to use the bathroom, and I was happy to see it fit her quite easily and comfortably, which means this diaper may also work for older children who wear diapers.

Overall: I am in love with how easily and efficiently this system works. While I’ve always been a fan of the Tots Bots all in one, this brilliant design makes all in twos so effective and simple it just makes sense. The liners work incredibly well, both the flushable style and the fleece, which makes my laundry routine so quick and easy my husband actually commented on it recently (thinking I was cutting corners perhaps, I was finished so quickly). It made perfect sense, with the PeeNut system there was less laundry to do, less rinsing and less time. Thanks to the wipeable covers and the absorbent inserts I was able to get the wash in and get on with my day. I also adore the bright colors and fun prints Tots Bots PeeNut offers, they are sweet and whimsical and seem to coordinate with so many of my baby’s shirts for picture perfect moments. I would recommend this system as an excellent starter stash, a great way to try the all in two set up for the first time, and an effective option for heavy wetters and overnight.

Where to Buy: The Green Nursery

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HumBird Wool Cover Review

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Autumn just loves playing outside when the weather is nice. I love that I can create a safe haven for her and let her explore while I do yardwork or sip my coffee at a table nearby. Even if she’s overtired or teething I can count on the great outdoors to pacify her when nothing else will do. I think in reaction to this a lot of the items I’ve been coveting for her lately are outdoor friendly. Harper takes great pleasure in showing her how to play with these large and usually brightly colored play structures, and I love that there is active creative and imaginative play with no screen time. How do your littles love to unwind?

Humbird wool cover

I’m often asked what we use for cloth diapering at night and on long errands or drives when it might not be easy to change a diaper as frequently as is ideal. This is especially important to parents who may have used disposables in the past and come to rely on the highly absorbent who knows what inside, the absorbency of cloth by comparison may involve a little adjustment and troubleshooting depending on your baby’s personal habits.

Ease of Use ✩✩✩✩✩ This cover is generously sized with an exceptional amount of stretch while still reading quite thin. This means you can easily pull it over any fitted diaper or a prefold or flat which has been pinned or Snappi’d into place. The soft stretchy waist and leg bands are made of a very fine knit wool which provides great coverage against leaks and keeps everything snug and comfy.

Bang for the Buck ✩✩✩✩✩ The biggest hesitation I see with parents considering wool is the price point. Wool covers are often priced quite high which can be a deterrent for parents looking to save money by using cloth. These covers are exceptionally affordable, with lovely minimalist covers as low as fifteen dollars or beautiful one of a kind applique embroidered covers for less than forty dollars. With wool, you can reuse a cover many times before you have to wash it, just let it air out between uses and the natural antimicrobial properties act as a natural cleanser. So if you have just two or three covers you can use wool endlessly, perfect for parents whose children have allergies to PUL and other less natural materials.

Performance ✩✩✩✩✩ This cover is incredibly absorbent, and very durable as well. Autumn is very curious about her world these days, and has no qualms army crawling across a rough slate floor to rescue a lost toy, or rolling around in the grass just to make her sister laugh. I don’t mind her playing hard in this cover, because despite her best efforts it still looks brand new. I just hand wash it with room temperature water and a bit of wool wash and let it dry outside and she’s ready to wear it again. Some of our other wool covers are lovely but just cannot stand up to the abuse of an ambitious little girl. This one will last a very long time.

Fit ✩✩✩✩ Thanks to the thin European boiled wool HumBird uses, this cover fits great over bulky fitteds as well as under a child’s clothes. I do need to size up on Autumn’s pants, but I need to do that for some of her bulkier pockets and all-in-ones, too. I love using a soft bamboo flat in an origami fold with this cover, it can last for hours of play and is considered “bulletproof” for a reason. I will say the boiled wool is a little stiffer than some types of wool you may have tried, but it is still fairly soft and pliable and the waist and leg bands are extremely soft, which should be the only parts up against your baby’s skin most of the time. I think the slightly stiffer material is an easy tradeoff considering how thin yet effective the tightly knit material is.

Overall: HumBird makes beautiful and very useful wool covers, perfect for nighttime, gifts (especially the embroidered showpieces), and solutions for children with PUL sensitivities or allergies. I love how little care these need, I washed them three times with lanolin to prep and since then have barely needed to care for them except to remove food stains from my adventurous and impatient little girl. I love that these are made by a mom in the Bavarian Alps, and that she’s been doing it for about five and a half years now. Her loving attention to detail and carefully chosen materials reflect in the quality of each cover.

Where to Buy: Humbird

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Bottombumpers Diaper Video and Review

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My girls love drawing together, or I guess I could clarify Harper loves to draw and Autumn loves to scribble, but she’s getting there. I adore seeing the spark of joy on their faces when crayon touches paper and a new idea is expressed. Now that Autumn is less inclined to put everything in her mouth, they can spend a lot more time playing and creating together, and I love seeing what they come up with.

Bottombumpers sized

Today I’m posting an updated review on Bottombumpers, these were reviewed by Kim in 2010 when they first released, but five years later we are ready to post a new video for each (1 video of the One Size and 1 video of the sized) and share a few updates as well as my own personal experience with them.  The review reflects using both the sized and one size- the function much the same.

Ease of Use ✩✩✩✩ This diaper is technically a snap-in-one, as the insert and soaker snap into place and can be removed for more efficient washing and faster drying. I found it washed quite well without unsnapping, though, and have used it most often as an all in one.  When I do unsnap the insert and soaker I find it very easy to locate the correct pieces as both are unique and easily identifiable thanks to their size, shape, and charming tags (which remain hidden when in use but are perfect for playing “match that diaper” during laundry sorting). The roll in elastic is incredible for avoiding red marks, especially with Harper’s sensitive skin, but if you are bothered by the way the inner material can peek out when folding your diaper for storage, I found it helpful to gently stretch the diaper over my knee before snapping, just to quickly and easily tuck in the lining. If you have a caregiver changing diapers, just mention to them to roll in any lining when putting a new diaper on the baby, to keep leaks contained. I did find this roll in elastic to be nice and strong, and it doesn’t come unrolled while in use like some other brands I’ve tried (none I’ve reviewed on this blog, but others I’ve purchased over time).

Bang for the Buck ✩✩✩ You can purchase a sized diaper (there are two options) for just twenty dollars and ninety five cents, or upgrade to a one size with adjustable rise snaps for only twenty four ninety five. I find both these prices to be reasonable, considering the materials used, the “Made in the USA” aspect, and the strength and quality of these diapers. This is a diaper I can use with multiple children over an extended period of time and find very little wear and tear, based on my experience with some previously loved diapers I had purchased and sanitized when Harper was an infant. While replacing elastic on these would be more labor intensive than other styles, the elastic in my older diapers has held up very well and not yet required replacement. If they ever do I will be happy to share a tutorial on how to do it (you can search the blog for my previous elastic replacement tutorials).

Performance ✩✩✩✩✩ These diapers are extremely absorbent thanks to an organic cotton lining, an eight layer organic cotton double long soaker topped with plush bamboo blend velour, and a snap in soaker tucked inside. I love how soft this diaper is against my baby’s skin, it is especially comforting to use this on my youngest daughter as she is off the charts in terms of height/weight and her more-to-love bum (which is finally slimming down thanks to an extreme crawl-all-day exercise regime) has lots of gentle support in this soft and squishy diaper, with nothing pinching or rubbing against her skin.
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Fit ✩✩✩✩ These diapers are surprisingly trim, so much so that I worried whether they would offer adequate coverage the first time I used them. When I store them in a media basket with my other diapers they are a good inch or so narrower than most of my other cloth diapers. However, thanks to that absorbent lining and generous soaker and doubler I had no need to worry as both my girls can rock these diapers for hours if needed and I can remain confident we won’t have any leaks or problems. If I am planning an outfit with teeny tiny toddler jeans which can be stiff and unforgiving of fluffy diapers I will always make sure I have a Bottombumpers washed and ready to use. And while the size two works very well on both my girls right now (suggested for babies 15-30+ lbs, my girls are 23 lbs and 30 lbs, respectively) the one size with it’s clever hidden rise snaps tucked under the soaker layers within the lining of the diaper allows for a more flexible fit without the visual clutter of an assortment of snaps on the exterior of the diaper. I love how clean and neat this looks, especially for folks who aren’t used to the look of rise snaps (I’ve actually seen someone ask if a Cheerio slipped into a child’s pants at one point, they were so flummoxed by an exposed snap which was visible through a thin pair of leggings).

Overall: Bottombumpers diapers are easy, intuitive, colorful, and strong. They are reasonably priced and made in the USA. These diapers are so simple to use and quick to wash they make cloth diapering a pleasure, and the hidden one size snap design is genius. I would recommend these to anyone as a wonderful solution for naps, errands, and play. The beautiful embroidered versions I see in a local boutique shop are a sight to behold and would make the best and most personal gift for a baby shower or first birthday. I love these diapers and I think you will, too.

Where to Buy: One Size Front-Bottombumpers and One Size Side-Bottombumpers.  Sized Bottombumpers

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Smart Bottoms Too Smart Cover Review

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Now that Autumn is a year old, she is incredibly mobile and more curious than ever. She wants to do everything her big sister does, and is determined to keep up. Any hint of inequality or unfairness is cause for a howl of indignation, and she pushes herself every day. I wonder how much of this is her personality, how much correlates to her relationship with her sister, and how much she will retain as she grows older. Do you notice similar traits in your younger children? How do you help them to feel that where they are now developmentally is okay and they don’t have to keep pace with older siblings?
Autumn Too Smart

Today I’m excited to share the Too Smart cover from Smart Bottoms. When I’m approached by families interested in learning to use cloth diapers, I always encourage them to include a few quality covers for a strong starter stash, since they are so versatile and affordable.

Ease of Use ✩✩✩✩ This cover has generously sized flaps in the front and back of the diaper with PUL binding to help keep your insert of choice in place with a water tight bond. The cover itself is very simple to use, with the great fit and rise spacing Smart Bottoms fans know and love. You can choose the Too Smart inserts, which are very similar to the sewn in soaker in the all in one version of this diaper, and fold it in the manner you prefer (a simple tri-fold or with additional absorbency at the back or front), or you can choose your own insert. The beauty of a strong cover like this one is that anything absorbent will work, from old cotton tee shirts to flour sack towels to your favorite soaker of choice. Just remember if you are going to use something with microfiber it is important to wrap it with cotton, fleece, or some other material so the microfiber never touches your baby’s skin. I found the Too Smart insert to be an excellent soaker, it is organic cotton, it washes easily and dries quickly, and doesn’t wrinkle up or pucker the way I’ve noticed some long inserts can.

Bang for the Buck ✩✩✩✩ You can bring home one of these eye catching covers for twenty two dollars, and if you need soakers a three pack of inserts is just fifteen dollars. While it is possible to find cheaper covers and inserts, the quality and longevity of this set is very hard to beat. It is apparent when you run your hands over the material, when you pull on the snaps to test their strength, and when you tug on the elastic to ensure a snug fit around your little one’s thighs. Smart Bottoms is made in the USA and the cost is minimal when you consider you can reuse the cover without needing to wash until it becomes soiled or once a day. My water bill is always appreciative when I reuse covers and reduce my laundry load.

Smart Bottoms Too Smart Cover

Performance ✩✩✩✩✩ This cover is exceptionally strong, and while it is important to consider the level of absorbency you require and plan accordingly, I do find that the generously sized double walled gussets to offer a great deal of forgiveness when it comes to keeping your little one’s clothes dry. The extra wide elastic at the back also keeps messes away and prevents the dreaded blow out, combined with the aforementioned PUL flaps.

Fit ✩✩✩✩ If you’re lucky enough to have tried the Smart Bottoms all in one style, you’ll be excited to know that these covers offer the same exceedingly popular footprint. The snaps cinch down to a snug fit cozy enough for a new baby, combined with tightly gathered elastic. When your little one grows the elastic will stretch to accommodate and the strong snaps will stand up to even the most determined toddler hands (so if you’re struggling with an overeager “helper” who likes to remove their diaper at inopportune times, this cover may be your golden ticket!) making this one size diaper very flexible.

Overall: Smart Bottoms is known for exceptional diapers in stylish choices and their versatile new cover is the perfect addition to their collection. I adore the color choices with the contrasting snaps which are playful but never too juvenile. The Too Smart has all the features I look for in a good cover, and makes an excellent choice for a stash whether you’re on a budget, you love the diverse options a cover can allow in regards to absorbency, or you would just like something lovely and well made. I’ll even let you know I’ve suggested this cover to some friends of mine who choose to use disposable diapers, as the cover is so good at containing messes and preventing blowouts it can offer a trim and yet durable layer of protection for families who are looking for a neater solution.

Where to Buy: Kelly’s Closet or any Smart Bottoms retailer will have them now!

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