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Fuzzibunz Sweet Beginnings One Size Pocket Diaper Review

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With her birthday right around the corner, I am trying very hard these days to remind Harper to clean up her toys when she is done. We have begun a tedious but effective routine, after she removes a toy and plays with it, I repeatedly remind her to put it away before taking out another toy or moving on to some other game. Sometimes she gets as exasperated as I secretly feel, but it is worth it to not spend an hour on her room each night. My favorite part is when I give her simple, clear, and attainable instructions and she follows through. When she finishes, I jump up and down like a lunatic and sing a made up song about how happy I am her room is clean and there’s enough space to dance. We dance in circles on the rug and she laughs and claps. I don’t mind embarrassing myself if it makes her happy and encourages her to be tidy. How do you handle toddler tasks like cleaning up?

Fuzzibunz One Size Sweet Beginnings


Fuzzibunz holds a special place in my heart. When I was expecting my second child, my stash of cloth diapers suddenly seemed less impressive. I remembered going through dozens of diapers a day in those early weeks, and adding to that a toddler and less time to do laundry as often as I prefer, and I felt a bit overwhelmed. It was around that time that a new friend I’d met at the bookstore mentioned she had some Fuzzibunz from her daughters’ diaper days and would be happy to bring them to me. I got SO much pleasure out of washing and assembling rows of perfect matching diapers, tugging the adjustable elastic to the smallest number slots and lining the folded diapers in baskets like rows of candy. Fuzzibunz now has a new Sweet Beginnings collection, and I’m reviewing a one size option for you today.

Ease of Use ✩✩✩✩ The first time I attended a cloth diaper class at a local boutique, the shop owner demonstrated how the buttonhole elastic in a Fuzzibunz diaper could be reached by slipping a hand into the pocket lining, and how the elastic could easily be loosened or tightened for a perfect fit. I had a few other pocket diapers at the time, and was still learning, and I recall thinking ALL cloth diapers had this ingenious feature. I was quite disappointed when I inspected my meager stash to find no adjustable buttonhole elastic in sight. While this feature may require a brief explanation for parents who have never experienced this style, it is quick and intuitive to learn and allows for a far more custom fit than a more traditional snap down rise.

Bang for the Buck ✩✩✩✩ For $19.95 you receive a pocket style diaper as well as a contoured organic cotton/hemp insert. If you require additional absorbency, you can purchase a two pack of the inserts for $13-13.75 for a small or large set. The price of the diaper with a single insert is quite fair, though if you have a heavy wetter and need an additional insert it can seem a little high, you’re better off purchasing a two pack of inserts and two of the diapers, or one of their popular starter kits. I do think the price is acceptable considering how incredibly adjustable these diapers are if you have a larger baby. The footprint of the diaper when the elastic is at the loosest setting is HUGE and would easily fit an older child as well, even a school age child who may need to wear diapers. Having the option to easily adjust the size to last as long as you need them makes this diaper a terrific choice for parents with babies who are in a high percentile for height and weight, or older children who wear diapers.

Performance ✩✩✩ The insert provided with this diaper is a natural fiber which requires several washes to become prepped and fully absorbent. Once you reach this sweet spot of laundering, the insert is extremely powerful, and it is not subject to some of the flaws associated with other types of soaker. You don’t need to worry about compression leaks with this tightly woven trim insert, and it does not seem to carry odor the way some synthetic materials do. I did find for my girls that this diaper worked best for us with additional absorbency, especially if going for a long drive. The footprint of the pocket is giant, even with the elastic adjusted for a trim fit there is still a lot of room for added soakers, prefolds, tee shirts, whatever you fancy. Whereas the included medium/large insert is actually an entire inch smaller in width than the soaker channel of the pocket. My personal wish is that a larger soaker that fills the central channel of the wet zone would be offered with the diaper, considering it is marketed towards babies and children who are generally larger and it is not absurd to think they may need a bit more absorbency.

Fit ✩✩✩✩✩ This diaper is perfect for parents who are raising their eyebrows at each doctor visit, watching the graph recording their baby’s growth climb higher and higher, and dubiously attempting to snap those final exterior snaps on their existing cloth diapers. For any parent who has ever wondered “Will my baby outgrow his one size diapers?” this is the one size diaper for you. Rated for 10-40 lbs without breaking a sweat, this Fuzzibunz one size has your back. While it’s true some babies will slim down once they start crawling, or “grow into” their bodies, some of us simply have loveable chunky babies, or perhaps older tykes in need of that extra security. This diaper is not great for tiny babies, as the sheer size may seem overwhelming, but the adjustable elastic will help to ensure there are no blowouts, and the crossover snap and hip snaps can help to secure a snug fit at the waist. Regardless, this diaper will impress you with its strength and size.

Overall: This diaper is available in a variety of fun new design choices, and it is a great option for parents looking for a generously sized yet still adjustable option. The wide opening allows plenty of space to add additional soakers if needed, but when using the included insert the fit is surprisingly trim (though with a smaller elastic adjustment at the back you may notice the interior lining can bunch up a bit which can cause some fluffiness)(but seriously, who doesn’t love a fluffy bum?). These diapers are a great choice for anyone who is ready for a diaper that will last until potty training (no matter when that day comes) as well as a fun choice for a gift.

Where to Buy: Kelly’s Closet


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Maritime Lux from Funky Fluff

Funky Fluff LUX 3-in-1 Review

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Fall marks the beginning of cooler temperatures for most of the country, as folks dig out their boots and scarves. For me it was only weeks ago that I bothered taking the cover off the pool as it is finally a reasonable temperature for my baby to be out in the sun every day. I wish I had the cash to spring for one of those fancy outdoor patios made of compressed rubber pavers, our backyard is mostly concrete and with Autumn learning to walk I get very nervous letting her play and explore. Harper doesn’t know it yet, but my husband is planning to build her a wooden deck/sunporch/platform for her playhouse to keep it from collecting rain water on her outdoor rug and to provide a sense of structure in a large yard. I have my own plans to update her house, and on her birthday there will be a special breakfast cupcake waiting for her inside. What do you do to make your backyard fun for your littles? How do you deal with crawlers/walkers/daredevils in a less than ideal environment?

Funky Fluff Lux new prints
Today I’m sharing a new review for Funky Fluff, they’ve come up with an amazing updated series called LUX (and, spoiler alert, it IS luxurious!) and I have been so impatient to show you their new prints, Chantilly and Maritime! They released the prints without a name and let the fans choose, I think that is so cool and the names are perfect.

Ease of Use ✩✩✩ These diapers have the capability of being relatively easy or complicated, based on your preference and your child’s needs. The diaper system includes a pocket with openings at either end and snaps to secure the soakers. You also receive two crazy thick soakers, one larger and one smaller, but both generously sized. You can snap the soakers together and stuff them then snap them in place (which is what I do for Autumn since she tends to need a lot of absorbency and I like the way it is all held neatly in place) or you can use just one of the soakers, you can stuff the pocket without snapping, or you can snap without stuffing (to use as an all-in-two). The soakers are contoured which helps with absorbency and is great for even the biggest messes but can make stuffing a bit intensive, I found it a struggle to get both soakers into the pocket each time, it usually required quite a bit of smoothing out on either side. I’m really glad there are openings at the front and the back to make adjustments easy. I found that I preferred to remove the inserts before washing to help them wash and dry easily, but it’s possible, especially with just one insert, to leave them snapped in place. If you prefer something simpler, stick with one insert or use the all-in-two option. I love that this diaper is so easy to customize for your needs.
Bang for the Buck ✩✩✩✩✩ At $24.45 for a full system from Canada, I think this price is very reasonable considering the quality of the materials. You can choose either a bamboo terry option or a stay dry option (which is a dollar cheaper, too!) if your baby is sensitive to wetness. I found both to be equally absorbent and can’t pick a favorite.

Old Funky fluff and New Funky Fluff Lux insides

Performance ✩✩✩✩ With Autumn, I use this diaper with both inserts and I can trust it to last for naps and even overnight without issue. I was initially concerned there would be compression leaks since the pair of inserts seems to fill the diaper pocket snugly, but I have not experienced any leaks with this diaper at all! One of the updates in design includes a waterproof band at the interior front which is probably a big help with this. Harper is using diapers part time now, usually just when we are out of the house or at night, and with her I use one insert snapped in place and even one can manage a well hydrated toddler for several hours of running errands without issue. That is something I cannot say about some of the other “thicker” all in one or all in two styles she’s been wearing. I will say the bamboo terry takes a longer time to dry, I generally start with drying it on the line with my other diapers and inserts and if it is not dry when I collect the laundry I will toss it in the dryer with some wool dryer balls and whatever laundry I happen to be drying (usually towels or my husband’s clothes) to make sure the super absorbent material is completely ready to be used again.

Fit ✩✩✩✩ This diaper comes with four rise snap options and two rows of waist snaps as well as hip snaps and crossover snaps for trim tummies. I much prefer diapers with hip snaps for Harper, as a skinny toddler she will inevitably suffer from “wing droopage” if she does not have a hip snap to keep the sides of the diaper up and in place. With my baby Autumn this is less of an issue, she’s a bit of a chunker and doesn’t have the same issues as her sister. I am happy to report that this diaper fits her quite nicely as well, and there is definitely plenty of room to grow. If both inserts are used there is more of a fluffy profile and I’d suggest roomier clothes but it is still very cute and if you need something trimmer just use one insert, it is very absorbent on it’s own.

Overall: These diapers are very soft and absorbent as well as adorable! I love the updated features, the fun prints, and the high quality materials and craftsmanship. These diapers make a great gift, since even one or two would help any parent know that they have a “bulletproof” option available, and they would also be a great stash diaper since they can be customized to be easier for daycare or babysitters, more absorbent for night, trimmer for day, or just how you like them all the time! If you know someone who is struggling with their diaper routine and needs something to help them love cloth diapers again, this might be a great gift for them, because no matter how you use them they seem to do their job really well!

Where to Buy: Kelly’s Closet 


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Toucan from Nuggles

Nuggles All In Two Diaper Video and Review

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Every morning I am woken by tiny cries demanding my attention. I drag myself out of bed and begin our morning routine to ensure both babies have milk and clean diapers and are comfortable and happy. Harper will often follow me around as I get the day started, asking questions one after the other like an automatic weapon. My sleepy mind cannot keep up and the soft roar of my coffee addiction muffles clear thoughts. It can be difficult to respond to her patiently, and I often resign to silence as I prepare a cup of brew and her bowl of oatmeal with almond milk and bananas. As she sits with her bowl and I sip my drink the questions stop and the buzzing melts away. By the time her breakfast is done I’m ready to answer her queries, whether they make sense or not. I know I should break my dependency on caffeine but in this stage of my life I find it hard to imagine. How do you cope with the morning slump?

Simplee Nuggles AIO on Harper

Today I’m reviewing an all in two style diaper from a Canadian company called Nuggles. The diaper was designed in Kamloops, B.C. where they house their quality control and packaging center to ensure every diaper that is sold meets their standards. I love that the factory where these diapers are sewn uses certified organic bamboo and cotton yarns.
Ease of Use ✩✩✩✩ With this diaper you receive what looks like a pocket but there is a snap just inside the envelope flap on the back, and the bamboo terry inserts are safe to lay against your baby’s skin so you can snap the insert(s) in place and leave them laying on top of the diaper or you can stuff it inside the diaper like a classic pocket. While it isn’t necessary to use the snap option when stuffing this diaper, I find it a wonderful feature to help inserts stay in place no matter how much my girls scoot, crawl, roll, or flip. With a smaller and larger insert that can be used individually or snapped together you can customize absorbency and ensure a good fit.

Bang for the Buck ✩✩✩✩✩ At $25.95 for an all in two diaper, the price is quite reasonable for a well-made diaper, especially considering that both inserts are included. The bamboo terry is four layers thick, and incredibly strong. The colors and prints are incredibly cute, I just love the “Give a Hoot, Don’t Pollute” pattern my girls are testing.

Performance ✩✩✩✩ This diaper worked very well for my girls, the bamboo terry does require more prep than less natural materials but I don’t mind being patient as it pays off with a highly absorbent result. The strong and silky TPU cover appears very durable, even after my baby army crawled across the concrete patio and scuffed up her tee the diaper still looks perfect.

This is my favorite print in their current line-up!

This is my favorite print in their current line-up!

Fit ✩✩✩✩ With the option to use just one of the thin bamboo terry inserts for moderate absorbency these diapers are incredibly trim! Adding the second soaker adds only a little bulk and allows me to know I can run errands without having to stare at the clock every ten minutes worrying about an outfit change. I have tried this diaper overnight and while I need to put it on right before our evening nursing session and change it as soon as she wakes, this diaper will last all night for us without leaking or leaving marks. The diaper fits well on both my girls and the crossover snaps help secure a snug fit on my toddler’s tiny frame.

Overall: I love that the wide opening at the back of the diaper allows the soakers to agitate out on their own. After rinsing I unsnap them to allow maximum movement and toss them in the wash knowing they will be cleaned. These diapers are convenient and adorable, be sure and check out the mermaid and pirate prints as well!

Where to Buy: My Blossom Bottom (they are one of the very few US retailers for Nuggles and provided a diaper for this review)

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How to use the 6r soaker from Rumparooz

Rumparooz G2 One Size Pocket Diaper Review

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My girls love their baby dolls so much. While they exhibit traditional curiosity and test the limits with many of their toys, they have always been so gentle and sweet with their “babies”. I love watching them hug and kiss the little dolls and Harper loves to change their diapers and pajamas, I often find tiny clothes scattered along the hallway outside her room. I think their empathy towards the fragility of the dolls helps them to be cautious with our friend’s younger babies, too. How do your littles care for their favorite toys?


Today I’m reviewing Rumparooz pocket diapers, and yes those are tiny Rumparooz doll diapers on the baby dolls. I received one at this year’s Great Cloth Diaper Change and the other from a local diaper shop as part of a prize package. The girls LOVE these tiny cloth diapers, and Harper begs for her “kangaroo” diaper almost daily.

Editor’s Note- DDL reviewed this same diaper in 2010 but we decided to preform an updated review because that video is old, low quality, and RAR has discontinued aplix versions of this diaper.  

How to use the 6r soaker from Rumparooz

This color, spice, is Kim’s favorite.

Ease of Use ✩✩✩✩ Rumparooz pocket diapers have a wide opening in the stay dry chamois lining to easily slip the insert(s) into place. The design is intuitive, but if you are delegating diaper changes to someone unfamiliar with pockets I would suggest making sure the diaper is stuffed in advance to be certain the microfiber insert doesn’t lay against the baby’s skin. I do wish the opening had some kind of additional coverage to prevent it from gapping open, as I often notice it trying to expose the microfiber and while I have never seen an ammonia burn on either of my girls, I am always wary of ensuring their skin is protected. The strong elastic and snaps help to make sure this diaper is easy to fit at any size. The customizable soaker option offers SIX different configurations to help you get the absorbency and trimness you need.

Bang for the Buck ✩✩✩✩ At $23.95 for a pocket diaper with the 6r soaker (which is actually TWO soakers that can snap together or be used individually) you will pay a little more than with some brands. However, Rumparooz are designed in the USA, in Colorado, and these award winning diapers are reliable and constructed to last through many washings. Considering the two soakers you receive and the quality of design, I think this price is reasonable, and the wide variety of colors and prints will have you dreaming of an entire stash of RAR (Rump-A-Rooz).


Performance ✩✩✩✩ This diaper can be worn in four different rise settings with six different soaker choices. I found that both soakers in the “girl doubler” configuration worked best for my girls at nap time, and I could use just the med/large option if I needed something trim to fit under tiny baby leggings while out playing. The microfiber inserts have held up very well, they do not seem to compress or lose absorbency like some cheaper microfiber inserts we’ve used. I love that the snaps on the inserts and the contouring help everything to stay in place so I don’t have the shifting and bunching that many pocket users dread. I haven’t been able to use these overnight with my girls, they tend to be heavy wetters and I notice a slight wicking at the tag if we try to go all night with this diaper. But for day they are wonderful! I especially love the built in gussets within the body of the diaper lining, these diapers are perfect for breastfed babies and extreme messes alike, the soft gussets are gentle against the skin but help to contain any mess. And the velvety material rinses clean and spotless with my diaper sprayer.

Fit ✩✩✩✩ This diaper can be as trim or as absorbent as you need it to be, thanks to the various fit options provided. While the most absorbent option does tend to be quite fluffy, and is too bulky for toddler jeans, it is still absolutely adorable and a great excuse to rock out with your cloth out. I love the rich colors and am happy to show off these amazing diapers when I’m in a position to. I also love the footprint of these diapers, the design means I don’t have to stress about wing droop and the coverage is great on both my skinny little toddler as well as my fluffier younger baby.

Overall: This pocket diaper is a great absorbent choice that I love for daytime and naps, it is stylish and modern and fun and it looks as new today as it did 50 wears ago. I can easily imagine this diaper lasting through multiple kids without wearing out. The wide selection of colors and patterns offer something for everyone.

Where to Buy: Kelly’s Closet

DDL purchased a G2 to facilitate this review.

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Snuggly Owl Boutique AIO

Snuggly Owl Boutique All In One Diaper Review

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As August crawls past and the summer heat becomes more and more stifling I find myself so thankful for our pool. My husband balks about the maintenance required and all the yard space it takes up but when I can take a fussy baby and cranky toddler (and a tired and overheated mama) and slip everyone into the water for a refreshing escape, it is so worth it. Not to mention the naps it inspires. My girls never nap as long and as hard as they do after splashing around in the pool for an hour. Living in Florida, it is important to me that they become comfortable in the pool, and can tread water and learn to swim as early as possible. The fact that they see it as frivolous play just makes it so much better. How do you cool off your kiddos in the summer?

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Today is the day I tell you about that adorable kissy fish print diaper you spotted on Instagram three weeks ago. It’s been hard to keep quiet about this one, but today I finally get to share! Mandi is a WAHM who makes all of the diapers she sells (so you know quality control is never a concern) here in the United States, out of her own home. The materials she uses are excellent quality, and the prints she sources are a constant surprise and delight, I subscribe to her stockings just for the thrill of seeing such fun and lovely diapers.

Ease of Use ✩✩✩✩ This all in one style diaper is a snap to fit (heh, snap, see what I did there?) with dual cross over snaps that allow an easy trim fit for thinner babies whether you are right handed, left handed, one handed, or just completely new to cloth diapers and trying to figure it all out. While the super long soaker could seem a little confusing to first timers, I’m pretty sure any caregiver could figure out to fold it under (in whatever way you see fit as long as it tucks within the shell) and the diaper will hold up well. If you’re leaving your tot with a loved one and you think it will be an easy, you can fold the insert in the manner you prefer and close up the diaper, making it self-explanatory to any adult.

Snuggly Owl Boutique AIO

Bang for the Buck ✩✩✩✩ At $28 for an all in one diaper, the price is a little higher than you may be used to from larger corporations. I ask you to remember that this is an individual, producing at a human rate, and making these beauties right here in the states. Considering the quality of construction and the amazing selection of materials, I would happily pay a bit extra to support a mother and help pay for her beautiful babies’ future piano lessons or soccer uniforms. Since I’m mentioning construction, I think it is important to tell you that it is rare for me to see such impeccable stitching from a WAHM, I expect to see a little extra thread here or a skipped stitch that doesn’t affect use there, but this diaper is absolutely perfect. I appreciate that the print is a “one side up” style and the seamstress actually took the care to properly trim and sew the PUL so that the front and back are both “right side up” with a flawlessly finished seam subtly blending in to the most hidden area of the diaper.

Snuggly Owl Boutique inside

Performance ✩✩✩✩✩ This diaper is amazingly absorbent. The shell itself has a generously thick layer of bamboo fleece in the wet zone surrounded by PUL on all sides, including the tummy, which is great for preventing leaks (especially with tummy sleepers). The snake style soaker is the longest I’ve ever… Ok, get your mind out of the gutter. This soaker is 30” long, with a wide flared base to create absolute coverage over the bum area. With all that length you can fold in half and tuck under if you are on the largest rise setting, or you can get creative and fold additional absorbency in the zone where your child needs the most coverage. This is perfect for my babies who are “heavy wetters” and tend to go through some brands of all in one style diaper in under an hour. With this diaper I can trust that our errand at Target, followed by the post office, then the drive thru, and lastly the thrift store, will not be interrupted no matter how many treasures catch my eye. I have even tried this diaper on my 34 month old (is she really going to be THREE in October? Where does the time go?) overnight (not planned, my husband had the girls while I was working and he wore her out and she slept in her play clothes that night) and she went all night long with no leaks at all. She came to bed to nurse around six am and her shorts were dry and she was content.

Snuggly Owl Boutique

Fit ✩✩✩✩ The footprint of this diaper is trimmer than some styles and brands we are used to, and it took a little adjustment to remember that Autumn’s adorable chunky thigh rolls are not covered by this diaper, but with a proper fit they have no need to be, everything is contained within the encased elastic without leaving any marks. The back elastic is super strong and stitched tight to avoid the dreaded plumber’s crack and poo-splosion, and the soaker is stitched with a slight rim flaring out which makes rinsing messy diapers far easier (nothing is likely to get caught in the seams this way). I do think this diaper is best for a thin or small baby or child considering the trim cut, snug elastic, and crossover hip snaps, but I was pleasantly surprised to see that on the highest rise setting my Buddha baby still has room and is comfortable.

Overall: This diaper is incredible quality, with impressive absorbency, a wide range of fit, and a surprising variety of prints. Snuggly Owl Boutique also offers All In Two style diapers as well as Fitteds, and she tends to sell out quickly so if you’re interested in scoring one of these treasures you may want to follow her on social media to keep tabs on her next stocking. These diapers make an excellent gift, they are what I consider heirloom quality (perfect for passing on to younger siblings or saving for the future). Many of the diapers I test are great at first but may show wear after a few months, this diaper has been put through the ringer since the day I received it and apart from some light staining on the soaker (which may sun out if I ever have the patience to give it more than a few hours to dry) it still looks brand new.

Where to Buy: Snuggly Owl Boutique


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Applecheeks Two- Size System Review

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As Autumn grows more aware of her universe, she has become more and more specific about what she wants to hold and touch and see. Harper has been pretty game about sharing her toys these last nine months, probably because it was often a suggestion or her own idea to present her toys to her baby sister. Now that it is not a choice she is making and she sees Autumn reaching out and taking what she wants, you can see doubt flicker in her eyes as she decides how she feels about this sharing business. She is still relatively patient, especially considering her age, but I can see it is a behavior (for both of them) worth keeping an eye on. When I was little I was the baby sister and I became so used to joining my big brother’s games or playing with his toys that I was painfully offended when he tried to dissuade me and couldn’t even fathom that maybe he deserved to keep them to himself sometimes. I’m going to try not to let that kind of dynamic develop here, though it’s difficult when so many toys are not “Harper’s” or “Autumn’s” but just toys in their own right, taking up residence in whichever bedroom has the space.

An AppleCheeks Size 1 and 2 in use

Today I am reviewing the AppleCheeks pocket diaper. This classic has not changed in style or features since Kim’s review in 2010, though they have introduced a new insert made with stay dry micro fleece on one side and micro terry on the other, as well as a third size option for their covers, made for children 30-65+ lbs, which fills a very important need with a lot of families. I actually have a funny story about the size three, I was at MommyCon Orlando with Kim and helping answer questions at the Cloth Diaper Resource Center when a parent asked about diapers that could address an older or larger child. We didn’t have any size three pockets at our table, so I ran over to a nearby table where a friend and local retailer had AppleCheeks for sale. I asked her if I could borrow a size three and she gave me a long stare, eyed little Autumn all wrapped up on my back, and asked finally, “To use?” I laughed and explained it was just to show and I would direct any customers to her table, but I’m still cracking up at the idea of someone asking to borrow a cloth diaper from a shop to use and then return.

Ease of Use ✩✩✩✩✩ With a very simple shape and generous opening to stuff, these pockets are pretty foolproof, even to a beginner. You can lay the insert inside or on top of the microfleece lining and after use you can rinse and wash without having to remove the insert from the pocket, the wide opening will allow the insert to agitate out on it’s own. With sized covers that eliminate the need for rise snaps, this is one of the most easy to use snap pocket diapers I’ve tried. These are also a great choice for daycares and caregivers since they are so intuitive, especially if you prestuff them before packing them.

Bang for the Buck ✩✩✩ At twenty dollars for a pocket cover (twenty five for the size three) and nine twenty five for a two layer bamboo insert like I tested (AppleCheeks insert prices range from five dollars to eleven fifty depending on your choice of material and style) this diaper is not cheap. However, it is made from quality materials, designed and manufactured in Canada, and will last a very long time. One diaper I am testing is several years older than some other big name diapers I use as frequently and yet it shows much less wear.

Performance ✩✩✩✩ I used this pocket with an AppleCheeks one size bamboo from rayon insert (try saying that three times fast). This insert is made from two layers serged together, and measures about twelve by fifteen inches so you can fold it to meet your baby’s needs. I love that this insert is so absorbent, yet still so trim, and that I have the option to lay it inside the pocket like an all in two if I want. The generous sizing of the pocket means you can also customize the absorbency if you prefer a certain material or need additional absorbency.

Fit ✩✩✩✩ With three sizes to choose from (size one is suggested for babies seven to twenty pounds, size two for babies eighteen to forty pounds, and size three as stated above) you can select a diaper to fit your child without the need for rise snaps. I can say the size suggestions for the size one are pretty accurate, Autumn was pushing twenty pounds when I received a size one diaper and it was definitely a squeeze to get that diaper on her, she had some serious tush cleavage… The size two fits her much better. I was dubious as to how one diaper with no rise snaps could fit an eighteen pound baby as well as a forty pound baby, but with strong and stretchy elastic at the tummy as well as the back and legs, and the renowned Applecheeks ruffles at the legs. I haven’t experienced any leaks with this diaper, and despite recently replacing the elastic on one that is several years old it is still holding strong and works just as well as a new one.

Overall: AppleCheeks pocket diapers are strong quality pockets that are a cinch to use and come in loads of fun colors and designs. I love their online release parties when a new limited or retailer exclusive diaper is offered. If it isn’t in your budget to load your stash with these lovelies, I still suggest you pick up at least one or two for caretakers in your baby’s life or even just for those days when you want to have a stress free experience with minimum effort and still have good results.

Where to Buy: Kelly’s Closet

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Happy Heiny One Size Pocket Diaper Review

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This week has been a whirlwind, but I couldn’t let it go without reminding you that it is World Breastfeeding week. This global initiative has sparked countless conversations and hopefully helped to educate or support some people who could use it. I am proud to be nursing my girls, Harper is just shy of 34 months (she’ll be three in October) and Autumn is nine months. When I was younger I’d proudly proclaim that I planned to breastfeed “until my baby has teeth” thinking surely that was what most people did. As friends had babies and I saw how early teeth came in and how they don’t prohibit a nursing relationship I adjusted my thinking to accommodate one solid year. It wasn’t until I had my first child I learned more about the benefits of nursing beyond a year, not only for my child but for myself as well. I could easily write a book about my thoughts on breastfeeding, the benefits, and how it has directly affected my life. But since I try to keep my personal narrative to a paragraph I’ll leave you with this: This week is not to shame parents and caregivers that use formula, it is not to pat each other on the back and feel self righteous, and it is not a ploy to sell breastfeeding accessories to new and expecting parents with special promotions. This week is about opening up a dialogue, presenting an opportunity to talk about breastfeeding, to ask questions, to seek help, to get support. I never would have made it this far if I didn’t have real life “normal” friends to inspire and guide me. Some of these friends stumbled into my life thanks to the internet, social media, and conversations like these. So if you are so inclined, consider a post on your page referencing the week and what it means to you, share some helpful tip that eased your breastfeeding experience or that you wish you had known, or post a picture that inspires you. It may inspire someone else, too. Feel free to share links in the comments, I love reading them.

Today I’m reviewing a pocket diaper from Happy Heiny. I love pockets for their customization options, if the pocket is generously sized with a solid lining (like this one) you can put just about anything inside and create a diaper that works perfectly for you at any given stage with your littles. The insert and doubler you receive with this diaper are a great foundation, but having the option to mix it up is where you will really find the love.

Ease of Use ✩✩✩✩ This One Size diaper is very easy to use, with a generously sized pocket it is quick and easy to grab your inserts in your hand, stuff them into the enclosure, and use the diaper right away. The hook and loop style I’m trying is perfect for caregivers who may be intimidated by snaps or enjoy the intuitive simplicity of perfectly customizable tape. The h&l is strong and not too sticky, and while after months of heavy use I have noticed the corners of the tape curl up a little, it has not affected their use at all, is barely noticeable unless you’re looking for issues and the strong laundry tabs have kept any wash incidents at bay.  (The snaps version would be a considerable amount harder to get used to as a new cloth diaperer- there are many snaps to affix.)

Bang for the Buck ✩✩✩✩ For $20.95 you receive a pocket diaper with two inserts, one smaller size and one larger size. These diapers are a little on the high side but they are made in the USA with quality materials and while I’ve used this one in heavy rotation for months now it still looks brand new with no special effort aside from a little sunshine to treat staining on the fleece.

Performance ✩✩✩✩ The inserts included with this diaper are three layers each, so if you stack the inserts you have six total layers of microfiber for absorbency. The diaper is lined with a microfleece that keeps moisture away from baby’s skin, so my girls can comfortably wear this pocket at naps as well as while playing. While we prefer this diaper for running around and playing (love that comfy fit) I have found that the addition of a hemp doubler can transition this diaper into a night time solution as well, the pocket is sized generously (much more so than some of my other big name pockets) and leaves plenty of room to customize absorbency which I find to be crucial for pocket diapers.

Fit ✩✩✩✩✩ Comparing this pocket to the older style, you’ll find that Happy Heiny has updated the fit so it is less bulky and a much better fit on skinny babies like Harper. Strong elastic and newly shaped wings means no leg gaps and no leaks. It still has plenty of room to grow and Autumn has no problem fitting within this diaper either. The style I’m trying comes with hook and loop tape that offers a full width strip of tape on the tummy panel and crossover tabs to allow a snug fit on trim babies while also fitting even a very large toddler. Keep in mind if you were to receive a preloved version of this diaper you might find yourself with the original cut that did not fit smaller babies very well, this newer style is my favorite as it offers the best of both worlds.

Overall: This pocket diaper has always been a great solution for big babies or older children in diapers, and will now also work on some skinnier babies. It is intuitive and simple to use, which makes it especially helpful for daycare or babysitters. I love the fun colors and patterns, and it holds up really well over time.

Where to Buy: HappyHeiny.com


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Gerber All-in-One

Gerber All In One Diaper Review

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Harper is my diaper model this morning, since Autumn couldn’t even get the hook and loop to close today, she is nine months and just reached twenty three pounds a week after this video, still five pounds under the weight limit on this size diaper, but there is no way to make it fit. Harper is twenty five lbs and very thin and trim (partially due to genetics, partially due to a dairy allergy that requires a very specific diet) and three pounds under the limit but it is a struggle for her to keep this diaper on as well. Sizing options aside, I felt it was very important to talk about this diaper today.

Gerber all in one review

Today I’m reviewing the new Gerber all in one diaper. When Kim and I heard about these diapers and them potentially being sold at mass retailers it was very exciting considering many parents don’t have a cloth diaper retailer (not even a place like Buy Buy Baby which has a very limited selection) within a reasonable distance of their home. For a lot of parents it can be a tough decision to invest in something you have no experience with and cannot touch, hold, and feel. Bringing a simple and easy to use diaper into our local shop aisles will also have the potential to inspire people who otherwise may not know that this is an option. Compared to the low quality Gerber prefolds (which the cloth diapering community generally recommends as excellent for cleaning your car or your windows and not much else) and those terrifying plastic pants (no longer for sale on their website, I noticed), these have the potential to bring a whole new group of families into the cloth diapering world.

Ease of Use ✩✩✩✩ This diaper is labeled as an all in one, but actually reminds me more of a pocket except the lining has an insert sewn in place, then the additional insert can be laid on top or tucked inside the sleeve between the original insert and the PUL lining. It is a sized diaper so no rise snaps to fuss with, just simple hook and loop tape to allow for quick and easy changes.

Bang for the Buck ✩✩✩✩✩ At $12.99 for an all in one diaper, the price is incredible, very affordable and more likely to inspire folks who generally use disposables to consider switching, even if only part time. The sweet and simple solid colors are appealing to the eye and the design is clean and pleasing on the exterior of the diaper. Granted, the materials within the diaper reflect the price.

Gerber All in One fit

Performance ✩✩ This diaper is centered around a sixty five percent polyester/thirty five percent rayon soaker that is covered with cotton Gerber is calling “TRANSdry” which is listed as a stay dry material. I’m a little confused as to how Gerber calls it one hundred percent cotton and then in the same line says it pulls moisture away from the skin using what is woven into the lining.  (editor’s note- this could be a chemical coating on the fabric but I don’t know this for sure) I found that with the sewn in soaker and the booster I was able to make this diaper last about an hour, I could not try adding additional absorbency as the diaper was dramatically smaller than the size suggestions promised. The PUL is very thin and sticky, and is already delaminating after only a couple months of use. There are two rows of thin elastic string on either side of the soaker, presumably an attempt at gussets, but I have found this exposed elastic string irritates my girls’ skin and leaves red marks. It’s possible this won’t be an issue for you as my babies do have sensitive skin but I have taken to using a fleece liner (which covers the exposed elastic and also helps to truly wick moisture away from my baby’s skin as without the liner their skin would remain quite damp).

Fit ✩✩ The sizing options on this diaper suggest a small will fit eight to eighteen pounds, medium will fit sixteen to twenty eight pounds, and large will fit twenty two to thirty seven pounds. I’m not sure what guide Gerber used to attain these figures, but we bought the medium diaper and neither of my girls are anywhere near twenty eight pounds yet, but this diaper barely clung to their bodies for dear life. I laid it flat and found it comparable to an Apple Cheeks size one (which we love but a size one is made for seven to twenty pounds and has not fit my girls for a while). The hook and loop tape is not very strong and if I do not put snug clothing over the diaper immediately it will come loose which led to some very exciting and frenzied mornings when we first tried this brand.

Overall: Gerber Childrenswear is a vast brand and has tremendous power. I would love to see them make some enhancements to this diaper (as well as their prefolds!) and bring it up to compare with what parents are using on their babies. We will (and do) pay more for quality materials, and I’m confident if Gerber adjusts their design and materials to something a little more forgiving on delicate baby skin that can also hold up to repeated washings they will find the response to be overwhelming. Oh, yeah, and maybe test your sizing options some more. I know my youngest baby has a big booty, but this is ridiculous.

Where to Buy: Don’t.

A Note from Kim…

Even though I wasn’t able to test this diaper on my children because they are no longer in need, I was able to handle it- I ordered one for Lara and one for me to film.  The concept of a large brand entering the cloth diaper market with a modern, easy to use option was both an exciting and scary one.  The potential Gerber has to make cloth diapers more mainstream is tremendous but would their diaper work well enough to make a positive impression on consumers?  After getting the diaper and playing with it myself plus the poor performance and sizing review from Lara I say NO.  Not with this version.  I will readily admit their brand of “cloth diapers” have enraged me in the past due to their quality and performance.  Their prefolds and flats are on shelves in thousands of stores across the US in the “cloth diaper” section.  For years this was all we had in the wild.  The prefolds have been stuffed with poly batting to appear more absorbent but surprise… they aren’t.  Why make a product that doesn’t work well and intentionally deceive customers by fluffing it with a non absorbent material?  They used to work… Gerber entered the cloth diaper market in the early 60’s with a vinyl pant.  They used to be diapers that were used as diapers and now they are at best, good burp rags and polishing cloths.  

I believe Gerber is used to making a larger profit margin (and their retailers) than the cottage cloth diaper industry.  Even the “big” brands operate on very small margins.  Most brands are bringing quality products that are designed to last years and hundreds of washes.  They feel substantial to the touch, like you can wash and reuse them as intended.  This Gerber diaper felt that it needed to be handled with kid gloves, lest it disintegrate.  Just having the velcro snag the back layer caused unsightly snagging and fraying.  As the Executive Director of a cloth diaper charity, if Gerber offered me 5,000 of these diapers I would refuse.  They wouldn’t be worth shipping them to our approved families (as desperately as we need diapers) because they aren’t going to work and they won’t be successful at cloth diapering.

Gerber- you will likely see this so I will put it out on this page- you can do better.  And if you can’t make a cloth diaper that works and lasts that will meet the profit margins your company has to see, you shouldn’t continue making this diaper.  You need to think of this garment as one that has to last at the least- 2 years of continued use (even as a sized diaper you should be expected to use this for 2 children).  Less than 3 months and your current diaper is delaminating and the velcro won’t close.  It’s criminal to release a product for $13 dollars- more than what many Americans make in 1 hour of work- and have it last for weeks, maybe a few months.  The people buying these may not know that they would be better off buying real prefolds and covers for their money.  Imagining a family buying these with the little money they have and the diaper failing to function and last brings tears to my eyes.  That shouldn’t happen.  Wasting money they work hard for on an item their family may desperately need to stop spending $60 or more on disposable diapers per month shouldn’t happen.

I’ve tested hundreds of diapers since 2009 and this has been the lowest quality of them all.  My understanding is that Gerber is working on improvements to the diaper for a new batch.  DDL will most certainly be testing those when they come out.  I will update this post to link to the new diaper review (that is hopefully a much happier, optimistic review) when that day comes.  For now this review stands as a warning to consumers- spend your money elsewhere.   On a budget?  Consider the options listed in the “budget cloth diapering” post.  

-Kim Rosas

You may be interested in other reviews of this product:

Change-Diapers (also felt the cotton was not stay dry, sizing needs work)

Zephyr Hill (a more upbeat review with an overall positive experience)

Amazon.com (has 2.5 stars with a mix of positive and negative reviews)



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Bambino MioSolo All In One Diaper Review

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How do you decide how many toys are too many? I am exceptionally lucky to have my husband’s parents as well as my dad and stepmom and my own mom all living just a few minutes away, which can lead to some very sweet gifts as the years pass. I have also received quite a few hand me downs from friends with older babies as well as the treasures we’ve chosen ourselves for special occasions or because we were just so taken with a particular design or idea. But at some point you realize you’re spending more time picking up forgotten toys than actually playing, and start to wonder if it’s time to go through them and find new homes for some of them. It’s always tricky as any toy that ends up in the donate bin instantly becomes a beloved favorite that your little one can’t get enough of, and if you’re anticipating adding another baby to the mix at some point you don’t want to dismiss all your infant appropriate options. How do you decide what stays and what goes? At what point are you comfortable with chaos?


Today I’m reviewing a rather unique and adorable all in one style diaper or “nappy” which has won several awards. Bambino Mio is a UK based company, you may have read Kim’s review on their covers and prefolds a few years back, and today I’ll be reviewing one of their adorable and award winning nappies.

Ease of Use ✩✩✩✩ One of the most notable differences of this nappy is the unique features on the insert. There is a flap of material on the end that creates a pocket or mitten, and there are several loops of binding sewn the length of the insert, straight down the middle. These features make it easier than ever to stuff and remove the insert from the stay dry lined chamber. To stuff, you tuck your palm within the pocket at the end of the insert like a mitten and slide your hand into the sleeve of the diaper. To remove, you can delicately seek the first available loop with a single finger (you can wear gloves if you like but this is on the back of the diaper insert and made of a slick material that does not seem to absorb much) and use the tether to withdraw the insert. This diaper allows has a flap to cover the opening, ensuring no microfiber touches baby’s skin which is a huge draw for someone with a chunkier baby who can strain the back interior of her diapers.

Bang for the Buck ✩✩✩✩✩ At $21.99 for an all in one diaper, the price is only slightly higher than most big name all in ones. The additional unique features make this well constructed diaper a cinch to use and the charming prints make this diaper a temptation for any cloth user.

Performance ✩✩✩✩ This diaper, or nappy, held up very well with my girls. The insert appears to be thicker than many comparable styles, and while it can take a bit longer to dry (make sure you fully remove the insert before drying) it is very absorbent. For extended use (car trips, naps, and other times where it may not be possible to change as often as you’d like) I do recommend adding a booster, but for everyday use this worked great.

Fit ✩✩✩✩ The Velcro style fasteners and the “poppers” or snaps on this diaper makes it easy and intuitive to get a great fit on this nappy. There are three rise snap options and while the Velcro style strip does not go across the entire front of the diaper and the footprint of the diaper is not as generous in size as some I’m used to, it does still seem to fit a wide variety of sizes. This diaper may work better for smaller or average size babies, but I am able to fasten it on both my chunky nine month old (who wears eighteen month size clothing) and my two and a half year old.

Overall: This diaper is an all in one because the insert is sewn to the diaper, but the stay dry lining is attached like that of a pocket, which will turn away some parents who really don’t like pocket diapers and the required steps to use them. Bambino Mio has done an excellent job making these steps as simple as possible with the built in mitt on the end of the insert and the pull tabs to make removal easier and neater. The stay dry lining can be a big draw for some parents as many babies tend to sleep longer or remain happier if they cannot feel that they are wet. This is a great option for parents looking for a stay dry option using parts they cannot accidentally misplace, and is also a great gift with a variety of fun and gender neutral prints to choose from.

 Where to Buy: Bambino Mio USA or My Blossom Baby (on clearance)

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Sweet Pea All In One Diaper Review

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Harper loves having a table just her size. I knew I wanted one for her, specifically for tea parties with her dolls, even before I was expecting a sibling for her. I looked at a variety of websites but wasn’t satisfied with what I could afford and couldn’t manage the price on the ones I liked. Eventually I let go of the dream and focused on other needs, and that was when I stumbled upon a garish painted table outfitted with an annoying yet popular cartoon character in a shocking shade of yellow. My weekly perusal of Craigslist had yielded a potential treasure. The table came with two matching chairs and was so scraped up and overwhelmed with torn stickers the owner was selling it for a song. I happily met her and then headed straight for the hardware store where I let a very young Harper select a paint color to refinish the set. She loved choosing the shade and adores having her own special spot for snacks, drawing, and (yes!) tea parties. Autumn is very interested in the table now, too, and I know she will enjoy using it for years to come. (Editor’s Note- Lara has done an amazing job with Harper’s big girl room, it’s so perfect!)

Sweet Pea Bamboo AIOToday I’m reviewing a bamboo all in one from Sweet Pea Cloth Diapers. All in ones are a fantastic choice for parents who opt for convenience or who are used to the ease of use they may have experienced with disposable. The interior is either sewn or snapped in place and can be left fully assembled to wash (though some may like to unsnap when possible to help the washer more effectively clean and to allow the diaper to dry faster). This style is easy on, easy off, and easy to spray with a diaper sprayer if you need to rinse off any solids.

Ease of Use ✩✩✩✩✩ This diaper is extremely easy to use, yet it also offers a degree of customization which is not common in all-in-one diapers. The top soaker is sewn in on one end, tongue style, and runs the length of the interior so you only need to fold it if you are snapping down the rise and even then it’s a small fold. The inner soaker is snapped in place on the opposite end, meaning you can leave it snapped at all times or you can remove it for a trimmer option or if you have specific inserts you prefer. I was extremely happy with the materials Sweet Pea has chosen; the top soaker is a bamboo/cotton blend topped with soft plush bamboo velour and the bottom (snap in) soaker is a hidden layer of microfiber sandwiched between soft layers of bamboo cotton. This mix of materials allows for a lot of long term absorbency in a very trim package without any added hassle.

Bang for the Buck ✩✩✩✩ Most retailers offer this diaper at $21.95 which is a great price for a diaper with this level of absorbency and quality materials. All in ones are generally pricier than other diaper options, but you have the added bonus of not needing to purchase anything additional to make this diaper work really well for you. The only addition I could possibly think of would be if you don’t like using microfiber you can replace the snap in insert with a material you prefer (though I find hidden microfiber like this to be very effective and far more absorbent than the thin dingy flattened out pads many of us associate with some cheap mass produced pocket diapers) or if you are needing to apply a cream to your baby or anticipate a soiled diaper you won’t want to mess with you can add a diaper liner. But when you have bamboo velour this soft it is hard to imagine wanting to put anything else on top of it.

Performance ✩✩✩✩ Thanks to the one-two-punch of the materials Sweet Pea has chosen, this diaper lasts an exceptionally long time without any leaks. A soft interior lining of bamboo/cotton combined with the inserts I describe above means this diaper is ready to handle whatever your baby can dish out. The craftsmanship is excellent and the colors and patterns are very playful and trendy. I’m more than a little in love with their black diaper, which manages to look cool in a classic LBD way as opposed to some more punk style diapers I’ve seen.


Fit ✩✩✩✩✩ Harper has always been a very trim baby, and while she is two now, she’s still thin and has given me a deep appreciation for cross over snaps. Sweet Pea does NOT disappoint with TWO rows of crossover snaps to choose from, this diaper can get an exceptionally snug fit. Add to that a good strong tightly strung back elastic and equally strong leg elastics and you have a diaper that will work well on even a very petite baby while still maintaining the superior absorbency of a good all-in-one. At the same time, this diaper offers enough snap options to fit a larger baby (cough*Autumn*cough) as well. Did I mention it is also a very trim fitting diaper? The fit on this one will not disappoint.

Overall: Sweet Pea Bamboo All In Ones are a great option for parents looking for superior absorbency that is easy on the mind and budget. No special customization needed, no assembly process, no long tutorials for babysitters and daycares. These diapers are stylish, intuitive, and long lasting. This makes them an excellent gift for someone curious about cloth who may become overwhelmed with some styles of diaper, and the wide variety of sizing options and quality craftsmanship means these will last from a very young age until potty training and likely through several babies.

Where to Buy: Kelly’s Closet carries the Sweet Pea Bamboo AIO

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