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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?

Z Creationz

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?

TUSHMATEAUTUMN

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?
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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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Tidy Tots One Size (improved) Video and Review

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This month has gone by in a flash, with birthday preparations for both girls and a number of Halloween costumes to sew for friends and neighbors. I’d say this has been my busiest month of the year, but I know it will get more hectic as the weeks progress and I won’t be able to slow down again until January. The girls had an amazing birthday, celebrating their individual days (just two days apart) with special activities followed by a party of our closest friends and family that weekend. It was a lot of fun to see how involved Harper was with the birthday aspect, saying thank you for gifts and beaming with excitement as their tiny cakes were presented. Autumn observed more passively, but loved being passed from lap to lap and reveled in the admiration she received. The tokens we chose for them and those received from loved ones have been extremely helpful in diverting their attention so I could steal away a bit of time to sew and pin. How do you find moments to create with the holidays quickly approaching?

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Today I’m reviewing the new improved Tidy Tots diaper system, introducing some of the features which have been updated since my last review with this diaper.

Ease of Use ✩✩✩✩ This all in two style system involves a diaper cover, prefold like inserts dubbed cleverly the “No-fold diaper” as they are already stitched into thirds to make changes quicker and more convenient, and a booster which can be neatly tucked within the insert for added absorbency. The cover and insert come equipped with a set of four strong snaps to keep the “No fold” neatly in place no matter how much your tot wiggles and crawls. There is also a disposable liner available, though I did not receive any to review, the Flushies liners can be wrapped around the insert prior to snapping to ensure it remains in place and completely encompasses the pad to make clean up simple and tidy. The snap in system does take a bit longer than many all in twos due to the number of snaps, the adjustment of the booster, and the positioning of the disposable liner if used, but the system is quick to wash and a cinch to put on, with no rise snaps to adjust or elastic to tuck, which makes up for the difference.

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

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Performance ✩✩✩✩✩ These diapers are more absorbent than ever thanks to a major boost in terms of the number of layers sewn. With the new design, the “No fold” diaper inserts now boast TWO layers of organic hemp, while the ever useful boosters offer an eyebrow raising FOUR layers. Hemp can take a bit longer to prep, as it becomes more absorbent once the natural oils have been washed away, but is known as a workhorse and is an excellent choice for heavy wetters or parents dealing with leak issues.

Fit ✩✩✩✩ The Tidy Tots covers are a unique one size style, offering a suggested fit of ten to forty pounds without bulky rise snaps or adjustable elastic. The diaper depends solely on its design, relying heavily on generously stretchy elastic, and impressively high “stand up” leg gussets which are a huge help when it comes to fitting skinny legs and keeping in messes and leaks. While I found myself skeptical of the claims of this diaper in regards to fit when I first tested it, I soon found it lives up to the hype, and now that I have two children of extremely different body types I can say with confidence that this cover really does accommodate a wide variety of babies and toddlers. I’m also excited to say that Tidy Tots now offers a SNAP closure on their covers for those of you who cannot use hook and loop covers. They have even incorporated an extra male snap at each end of the front panel, this snap can be folded inward and attached to any available female snap to help prevent the dreaded “wing droop” when utilizing a tighter fit. I put this new feature to the test and was happy to see that it really does help keep the wings up while still containing the inside lining of the diaper so leaks are not an issue. There is also now a PUL binding along the edge of the flaps on either end of the cover, which helps with durability and helps ensure any mess stays where it belongs and does not soak through the top of the diaper.

Overall: Tidy Tots kits are an excellent choice for those looking to invest in a neat and well organized system, perfect if you know you would like to use a single brand of diaper. The design is intuitive, the instructions fairly simple, and the designs are adorable. If you prefer to mix and match your diaper collection, you can pick up a starter set or add a few covers or diaper inserts and boosters to your existing stash. While the snaps would not be as functional used with any other system, you would still be able to take advantage of excellent absorbency and a polished and innovative design.

Where to Buy: Kelly’s Closet

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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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