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Chunky Cheeks Hybrid Fitted One Size Diaper Video and Review

Harper loves playing pretend. Pushing her “babies” around in the wagon and taking sips from her little tea cup so she can pretend to refill it from her teapot are two of her favorite games. It’s amazing to me how imaginative she is, and how she picks up on these things so quickly. We’ve used our stroller maybe three times and I don’t think she’s ever been awake while I’m having tea (that’s a naptime joy) so she’s learned these things purely from the playing we’ve done together. My mom once told me the best and most important gift you can give when you are choosing presents for birthdays and holidays is to sit down and show your child what they can do with their new toy. It seems simple, but it’s true. I remember my mom asking me all kinds of questions about a toy I had asked for after I received it, and having me point out all the things I could do with it and why I loved it so much. As an older child, I was excited to share my knowledge and didn’t even realize she was (in her own way) teaching me how to play with it by discussing every feature and possibility. What is your favorite way to play with your little ones? Do you like to show them what to do? Or ask them questions? Or observe and use positive reinforcement when you see them figure something out? I have many years of playing ahead of me, and I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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Today I’m going to share a hybrid fitted diaper from Chunky Cheeks with you, it’s made with a hidden layer of poly fleece inside. This means while you’ll want a waterproof cover (like wool or pul) on top for long term use, this diaper can be worn without a cover for quite some time. The fleece helps to keep the moisture from soaking the outer layer for a while.

Ease of Use✩✩✩✩ Chunky Cheeks comes with two inserts which snap together and snap to the diaper. You can use one or both inserts to meet your needs. Both inserts are generously oversized, so you’ll want to do a bit of folding to make sure they tuck nicely within the diaper. This can require a little extra prep work if you’re ocd about the folds being even the way I am, but it is possible to just put the diaper on and then tuck the excess in, it’s all about what works best for you.

Bang for the Buck ✩✩✩✩ Chunky Cheeks generally sells hybrid fitteds for about 30 dollars. This is about average for a hybrid fitted diaper, a little on the high side, but nothing compared to some of the brands I’ve seen. You’re paying for quality materials and a very well constructed diaper.

Performance ✩✩✩✩✩ Those generously sized inserts are fantastic for soaking up moisture, they make this diaper perfect for overnights. I also love keeping Harper in a hybrid fitted without a cover while she’s playing because they tend to be more breathable then many diapers. Harper has very sensitive skin, so having a breathable diaper for her to wear is an excellent opportunity to allow her skin to recover from being diapered all the time (without the potential mess of diaper-free time, which I don’t often have the opportunity to do these days).

Fit ✩✩✩✩ These diapers are accented with a long row of snaps and a fold over rise, so they can probably fit a teeny tiny baby up to a chunky toddler. Chunky Cheeks lives up to its name, with a very thick and fluffy silhouette. There will be no question that your baby is wearing a cloth diaper, and some pants may not fit with these. I take that as an opportunity to show off the diaper, and skip the pants every now and then. If you can’t have a no-pants party when you’re a baby, when can you? Wait, don’t answer that, we don’t know if our bosses will read this…

Overall: I really like how absorbent Chunky Cheeks diapers are, and the prints and designs are so much fun, check out the Cars themed diaper on their Facebook page! If the thick appearance of the diaper bothers you, you can remove one of the inserts and the diaper should still hold up for a couple hours without issue. My heavy wetter definitely does better with both, and I love showing off our love of cloth.

Where to Buy: Chunky Cheeks

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Lalabye Baby One Size Diaper Video and Review

One of my favorite things about having a little girl is sewing dresses for her. I have such vivid memories of standing impatiently for my mother while she poked and prodded me to pin pattern pieces together for a good fit. The fittings were frustrating for an adventurous little girl, but I did love having pretty new dresses to play in. I especially loved when I was allowed to help her choose buttons or colors, and really make my dress my own. I’ve been sewing dresses for Harper using existing dresses as a pattern. It’s a lot of fun to find a garment in a yard sale or a thrift shop that may not be loved on its own but is a bright color or print in a soft material I know Harper will love. When I do get an occasional hour to myself it can be so relaxing to sit down at my machine and create, even if she’ll out grow it in a month I still get that thrill of doing something special for her.

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Lalabye Baby sent us a bright colorful diaper to review, with different wearing options and soft natural bamboo inserts. I’m excited to tell you all about it!
Ease of Use✩✩✩✩✩  The Lalabye Baby system includes a pocket style cover made of waterproof TPU as well as two bamboo inserts which snap together and to the diaper. You can snap the inserts over the cover to use it as an all-in-two, and switch them out (additional inserts are available for sale separately) while reusing the cover. Or you can stuff the diaper like a traditional pocket, while enjoying the stability the snaps provide and knowing the inserts won’t shift. I prefer using it as a pocket because Harper’s sensitive skin appreciates the stay dry lining. The wide openings in the front and back make it very easy to unsnap and remove the insert when it’s time to wash. And I love that the color coded snaps make it simple to tell which snap to go to when fastening the diaper, this is a great benefit for babysitters and grandparents who may need an extra clue to get that perfect fit.

Bang for the Buck ✩✩✩✩✩ At just 17.95-18.95 (depending on the pattern) for a full diaper system and just 3.95/4.95 for additional inserts (you can choose a newborn or full size insert) these diapers are an excellent value. I love how soft and quiet the TPU is, there is a large variety of fun colors and prints (seriously, go check out Traveling Circus before I buy them all!) and the bamboo is very absorbent and doesn’t retain odors the way my microfiber inserts can.

Performance ✩✩✩✩ We’ve never had an accident in these, despite wearing them on a drive to Orlando with moderate traffic and a fixation on her sippy cup. These bamboo inserts are natural fibers so it is very important to prep them with 4-6 hot washes and make sure you only wash them with other natural materials since the oils released can cause wicking on any microfiber you have if you wash them together. No one wants to celebrate new fluff mail by stripping their old diapers.

Fit ✩✩✩✩ Lalabye Baby will send two inserts with your diaper. The smaller insert can be used by itself for a newborn, with the smaller settings on the diaper, and you can use the larger insert by itself when your baby is older. My favorite option, of course, is using both inserts stacked. I love that they snap together so there is no issue with shifting or bunching. This makes for a fluffier diaper, of course, but is perfect for long errands or bed time. I love how the legs fit on this diaper, the hip snaps are well placed to create a nice snug fit even on Harper’s thin little thighs without ever leaving marks. Sometimes we have a hard time getting a good fit on Harper, she’s so petite, but these diapers fit her very well.

Overall: I really love Lalabye Baby’s one size diaper, it is a very easy diaper that allows you to play around with how you use it to make it work for your family so you can make sure it works for you. Because the diaper that is too much work is the diaper in the back of the stash that gets pulled out grudgingly on laundry day. I enjoy having the option to snap the inserts either inside or on top of the diaper, and using a sustainable natural resource like bamboo makes me feel good. These diapers are a great addition to any stash, the fun prints make perfect baby shower gifts for new parents (especially those intimidated by cloth but curious since these can be so user friendly), and they’re a great workhorse for parents of heavy wetters.

Where to Buy: Dream Diapers

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Funky Fluff All-In-Three Diaper Video and Review

One of Harper’s favorite games these days is dancing. If she hears music, whether it is a theme song on a tv show, a ringtone on my phone, or a tune from the radio, she immediately starts wiggling back and forth. If we hold her hands, she’ll do a little two step. If she’s seated, she’ll rock back and forth and wave her hands around. We didn’t teach her this, it came to her naturally. It’s amazing how instinctual dancing is. Does your little one love to dance?

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Funky Fluff has sent Harper one of their adorable three in one diapers to try out. They are available in fun yet modern color combinations as well as a couple prints for the pattern fans out there. The crossover tabs can be snapped together to roll up and secure dirty diapers to contain messes until wash day. We’ve really enjoyed testing this one and reach for it again and again.
Ease of Use ✩✩✩✩✩ This diaper is extremely versatile, it can be used as a pocket, an all-in-one (by snapping the insert inside the pocket of the diaper), or an all-in-two (by snapping the insert over the interior of the diaper to lay against baby’s skin). This is a great way to test the waters if you’re new to cloth diapering and haven’t decided what style diaper you prefer, or if you’ve been using one kind but are curious about how another would work for you and your child. I love using this diaper as a pocket, since the inserts easily agitate out on their own due to openings on either side. I know the diaper is getting fully cleaned and I don’t have to handle any additional mess.

Bang for the Buck ✩✩✩✩✩ You can order a Stay Dry diaper system for 19.09 or a Bamboo version for 20.91. This is a fantastically low price for a set like this, the women behind Funky Fluff did a lot of research to figure out how to bring the price down while making sure the diapers are made under fair conditions by skilled workers. I’m also pretty in love with their Double Pocket Wet Bag for 13.63, I put clothes that Harper spilled food on in the outer pocket and diapers on the inner pocket, so I can wash them separately when I get home. It’s crazy convenient, and very spacious as well.

Performance ✩✩✩✩ The Funky Fluff bamboo system comes with the diaper itself, and two soakers. There is a small soaker made with two layers perfect on its own for newborns, and a larger soaker containing four layers that is just right for daytime use when you want a slimmer silhouette. Snap them together, though, and it’s like those kids from Captain Planet with their rings, the six combined layers are unbeatable. Harper hydrates a LOT in the Florida heat, and is a heavy wetter, so having a diaper made of natural fibers that is consistently accident free is fantastic. I also love the double gussets on the interior, they do a great job at holding in any messes. This isn’t an issue for us now as much as it was in Harper’s younger days, but trust me when I say this is a fantastic gift for new parents, those gussets can be a sanity saver. I did find the cloth seems to stain very easily, and so far my line dry/sunning routine hasn’t worked, but it may just be a result of the food consumed more than the diaper itself.

Fit ✩✩✩✩ Since you have the flexibility of snapping or folding or stuffing your soakers in any manner you fancy, this diaper seems to hold up very well at any size setting. I love the crossover tabs for my tiny girl, and the hip snaps keep everything in place no matter how much she dances and climbs. If she’s wearing both soakers (like she is in this picture) it can be pretty fluffy looking, but you do have the option to use just one for a slimmer look if that is important to you. You’ll just need to change it sooner.

Overall: I really like this diaper as a way to try out different options and see what works best for either parent and for the baby. The snaps are a happy medium between easy enough for me to snap when Harper does not want to sit still and strong enough to stand up to curious toddler hands. The diaper is well constructed, bright, modern, and stylish. It makes a great gift for a baby shower since the design can be as simple as the parent desires, often an issue with some more intimidating complex styles.

Where to Buy: Funky Fluff

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Happy Heiny ONEderful Diaper Video and Review

Harper loves to talk at home. She’ll chat away about her interest in Mama, Dada, Puppy, Kitty, Banana, Cookie, etc, till the cows come home. But the moment you put her on the spot, and a stranger tries to charm a “hello” out of her, she acts as though she’s never spoken a word in her life. In fact, she puts on her most serious poker face, like the smiling stranger is not to be trusted. I don’t give her a hard time about this, I think having boundaries and knowing who you can really trust is important, but it does make me feel awkward. The stranger will usually ask if she’s tired, of she’s sick, if she had a long day. I usual just go with tired, it seems to make them feel better about the less then stellar reception of their overture. How do your littles react to new people? And how do you handle their responses?

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This year Happy Heiny debuted a new diaper, named by fans the “ONEderful” diaper, and for good reason. I’m very excited to tell you all about it, and the reasons we like it so much.

Ease of Use ✩✩✩✩✩ This diaper is an all-in-one style, so there’s no pockets to stuff or matching games to play on laundry day. The soakers are sewn in to the diaper at one end and will never be lost. They have snaps on the other end which makes it easy to release the inserts to remove solids more easily and it also seems to help with drying time compared to our other all-in-ones. This is so simple to use, I would recommend it to parents who are interested in trying cloth but nervous about all the options and prep work.

Bang for the Buck ✩✩✩✩ Happy Heiny offers this organic hemp/cotton diaper for $24.95, in hook and loop or snap. Or you can choose regular cotton for 19.95 to 21.95 depending on the color/print. This is for diapers sewn individually on regular (not automated) sewing machines by local moms here in the USA. The moms that own Happy Heiny are very passionate about the families they employ and each mom is allowed to sew from home or bring her kids to work with her. I think this is incredible and well worth the price for such a well made diaper.

Performance ✩✩✩✩✩ The organic hemp/cotton blend is extremely absorbent, moreso then the organic cotton all-in-ones we usually use. I’m actually able to leave Harper in one of these overnight which is a huge win for us! Her grandparents occasionally take her for the night and aren’t really up to speed on the whole fitted diaper/wool cover routine, so having something so simple and babysitter friendly is really key. I love that I can trust this diaper to hold up well without leaks. Being constructed with natural fibers, you’ll want to make sure to wash it about eight times to fully prep the fibers first, but the benefits are well worth the prep work. I’m also relieved the aplix is strong enough to deter Harper’s curious little hands, she’s very interested in the way hook and loop tape works these days and if she helps me with sorting and folding the laundry I will often notice her fastening and unfastening diapers. It’s only a matter of time before she starts trying to remove the one she’s wearing. Strong aplix like this in a nice wide band should prove a helpful deterrent.

Fit ✩✩✩✩ We tested this diaper in aplix, which offers a crossover tab for a tighter fit. It appears the snap version offers this option as well. Crossover tabs go a long way towards a comfortable fit for my tiny one year old. There is also a four step rise to accommodate your infant until he or she is a toddler. It does seem like it will be fairly bulky on a very young baby, you may need to let your newborn grow into it and have a few of their minis on hand for that tricky early stage. On the other end of the spectrum, the waist is very wide and looks like it is perfect for parents looking for a diaper for a larger child or baby while still providing a comfortable and flattering fit. There are also multiple snap options on the back of the inserts so you can snap and fold to adjust for the size you need.

Overall: I love the way this diaper fits, feels, and works. Happy Heiny did a great job putting together something really simple to operate but genius in design. This diaper has become one of my go-to pieces that I always try to have ready in the diaper bag and never gets lost under inserts and loose liners. I love the company policy and back story, and I love that Harper seems happy and comfortable wearing this diaper, even if we’re out running errands and it’s been a while since her last change. Having an easy diaper you can trust is crucial for any parent, and this is truly a great one.

Where to Buy: Happy Heiny

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Don’t Sew Angry One Size Hybrid Fitted Diaper Video and Review

Does cold weather make you feel claustrophobic? I’m pretty lucky to live in a place where it’s nearly always warm, but I think just about everybody was hit pretty hard last week. I really count on being able to go outside when Harper gets fussy, sometimes a little fresh air and sunshine is the only thing that can make her happy. What do you do when it’s too cold to go out? Do you explore the house, looking for uncharted territory? Do you make forts out of couch cushions or tents out of bed sheets? What is your favorite way to change things up when you can’t leave the house?

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Today I’m thrilled to show off an adorable hybrid fitted diaper from Don’t Sew Angry. Fitted diapers are made with layers of absorbent material, and are known for being really cute, but since they aren’t waterproof you have to put a cover over them and often don’t get to show off the charming prints. This hybrid fitted contains a hidden layer of fleece inside to help keep moisture inside longer. While it’s not completely waterproof, you can often get away with not using a cover for a while, so your baby is in a more breathable diaper and you get to revel in how sweet they look.

Ease of Use ✩✩✩✩ This diaper features a fold over rise, which means there are two rows of female snaps along the front rim, facing opposite directions, and you fold over the diaper to expose the interior row if you need a tighter fit. Fold over rise is an excellent option for my smaller baby, but with some fitteds it can be trying to get the fold to stay in place while I adjust the snaps. Don’t Sew Angry has presented an excellent solution for this. There are two snaps in the center front of the diaper to hold the fold down when putting the diaper on, no more struggling and wishing for more hands required. Putting on this diaper really is a snap. (if the baby needs an even shorter rise, as shown in the video, you can leave those unsnapped as well) I also like that the two soakers inside nestle together with snaps on one end and a band of fabric at the other, Harper can move around as much as she wants and I know the soakers will remain in place ready for anything. You will have to make sure to unsnap the soakers and separate them when washing and drying, but this step is minimal and takes little thought or effort.

Bang for the Buck ✩✩✩✩✩ Prices tend to range from 26 to 32 dollars depending on the fabric and features offered. I’ve seen fitted diapers going for twice that much that are the same impeccable quality as these, we have some at home (not acquired through the blog) that we’ve used many times so I can attest this diaper is just as good if not better than some of those pricey “collector’s items”. I know a lot of parents can’t or won’t use exclusively fitteds in their stash, they do add up. But if you are having issues with your overnight diaper and need something that won’t leave your baby soaked I cannot suggest fitteds highly enough. Even if you just have a few for night time. They saved me with my heavy wetter and many frustrating nights spent washing sheets and calming a miserable uncomfortable baby. Don’t Sew Angry offers very reasonable prices for a high quality well made diaper.

Performance ✩✩✩✩ Harper has worn this diaper in very heavy rotation since we received it (if you stare really hard you can see very minimal pilling from the dozens of washings it has been through with us). I do use a cover on her at night for added security but don’t bother with one during the day when I’m changing her every two hours-ish and she has yet to need one. This diaper does a fantastic job holding up to a very active baby, and I feel like the fold over rise is especially beneficial for babies who crawl or spend time on their tummies, since it creates added thickness at the waist that is similar to a dam. The soaker matches the interior, which is a pale violet, and stains tend to cling to it and show up vividly, despite sunning. I plan on trying the lemon juice trick for stains at some point, but since no one sees the interior but me, and I know it’s perfectly clean, I’m not worried.

Fit ✩✩✩✩ Fitted diapers tend to have a larger footprint then their sleeker waterproof counterparts. If fluffy butt is a dirty word at your house, you may shy away. Fitteds are generally made with lots of layers of natural fibers, which adds up to a lot of bulk. Don’t Sew Angry is no exception, all that cotton, bamboo, and hemp creates a nice soft little fluffy silhouette which may require going up a pants size or two. But that bulk translates to a happy dry baby, and since the fit around the legs and waist are excellent, aesthetics is the only issue. I love the way these fit, and will gladly add more to my stash.

Overall: Don’t Sew Angry offers a lot of interesting and fun prints in a diaper that is strong and well made. They make an excellent gift, especially if you choose a custom and have one made with a print you know the recipient will love (I’m kind of obsessed with the ombre pink/purple stripes Harper received, it is so beautiful). I also recommend having at least a few of these in your overnight arsenal, they are so absorbent and soft.

Where to Buy: Don’t Sew Angry on Hyena Cart

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Tidy Tots Diaper Video and Review

Harper and I have had a very busy month with baby showers to attend, birthday parties, and visits from out of town guests. Our most anticipated visitor, Harper’s godmother, is such a fixture in her life (even from afar) that she reached out with both arms for a hug when she arrived. I find it amazing that although some people fall out of your life even when they live just down the street, others will always be a huge part of it no matter where they are. Harper’s godmother is that kind of person, they already have such a special bond, and I’m so happy she’ll have a wonderful and intelligent woman she can turn to for advice and guidance when she’s older if she is nervous asking me. Do you have someone in your child’s life (and yours) that you depend on and trust whole heartedly? I’m lucky to have a lot of family living close to us, but I still feel like Harper’s godmother is someone we couldn’t live without, and I consider her a part of our family, too.

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Today I’m reviewing the Tidy Tots one size set and cover you likely saw a preview of during Kim’s visit to the ABC Expo in Vegas. It consists of a waterproof cover with highly elasticized gussets, a hemp insert, a hemp booster, and a flushable liner made from cornstarch to ease the cleaning of those really messy diapers.

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Ease of Use ✩✩✩ This diaper set does require more prep work then most of the diapers we use. You have the option of leaving the hemp booster out if you prefer, but Harper likes to stay extremely hydrated in our Florida heat so I enjoy the added confidence of including it.  So, as part of my laundry routine, I prep the diapers. I stuff a booster into the insert first. This is easy, the insert has a slit down the length of it so anyone can do it, regardless of the size of their hands. It also means the booster will agitate out of the insert on its own in the wash, so you don’t have to touch it until it’s clean again. Next, you wrap a disposable liner over the insert, making sure the snaps on the back of each corner are covered as well. There are some small pieces of hook and loop tape on the back to help with correct alignment. Finally, you can snap the liner covered snaps into place on the cover. At this point I fold and store my diaper like normal and it is just as easy to use (if not easier) than any other diaper, but with the added convenience of the liner and the reusable cover. I think the extra prep work is worthwhile if there is a likelihood that the diaper will be soiled, it does make laundering much simpler.

Bang for the Buck ✩✩✩ An Essential Set will run you 99.95 for 2 covers, 4 inserts, 4 boosters, and a roll of 100 disposable liners. 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.

(Note from Kim- If you like the covers you can use pad folded flats so save costs on the whole system. The entire line is Made in the USA and they employ people with disabilities which can take longer.  To me, the covers are the star of the system since they are so well made using the highest quality PUL and stitching.  Ev loves the dino print and wears it at night sometimes.)

Performance ✩✩✩✩✩ These diapers are practically bullet proof. I would easily recommend these to any parents who are having issues with leaky diapers and don’t want to use wool covers or fitted diapers. Tidy Tots diapers provide the most absorbency I have ever experienced with a cover system. The gussets do a great job holding in any potential compression leaks and I love that I’m putting 100% natural and anti-microbial hemp against my daughter’s skin. Even the disposable liners are made from cornstarch, which helps keep her delicate skin dry between changes.

Fit ✩✩✩✩ The Tidy Tots covers are available in three sizes. You can choose from newborn, one size, or extra large. The one size is made for babies approximately 10-40 lbs, and it features a “no fold” style that is very different. All the size adjustment is based on the fit of the hook and loop tape and in the extremely stretchy elastic gussets. I was dubious when I heard about this, but I can’t deny it fits Harper very well despite her slight frame. I do think the rise would be too high for an infant, which is why I’m so glad they offer a newborn size for bitty babies. I also love that the standard inserts work with the extra large (40 lbs and up) covers so you aren’t stuck buying a whole new system if your toddler outgrows his diapers before he potty trains.

Overall: Tidy Tots has come up with an intriguing new system that goes a long way towards making cloth diapers tidier (Hey, that must be where the name came from… I just got that…) and they offer a lot of really fun colors and designs. Getting started is a bit of an investment, but you’re paying for quality and convenience, perfect for parents who are interested in cloth diapering but nervous about touching soiled diapers. Prepping is more time consuming then what I’m used to, but still takes only a minute or so and once assembled the diaper is solid and will not need adjusting or correcting.

Where to Buy: You can order directly from Tidy Tots

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Thirsties New One Size Pocket Diaper Video and Review

Harper did so well visiting family this year, I was really concerned she wouldn’t handle the late nights, crowds of people, and swell of noise but she took everything in stride and relished the extra attention. My favorite moment was when she unwrapped a book and immediately lit up and started flipping through the pages. My little reader seems to be following in her mother’s footsteps with her love of literature, and I couldn’t be more proud.

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Today I’m so excited to review Thirsties’ brand new one size pocket diaper. Anyone familiar with Thirsties (I know most of you probably are) will remember the two sizes (better known as Duo options) to choose from. These sizes fit great and were well loved. However, there was a tricky in-between stage for some babies who couldn’t quite fit into their smaller size anymore but hadn’t yet filled out enough for the larger size. With the new one size diaper, every baby eight pounds to forty pounds is covered. And Thirsties still has that excellent cut with those life saving gussets to ensure a great fit and amazing leak/blow-out protection.

Ease of Use ✩✩✩✩✩ The one size pocket features Thirsties’ new hook and loop tape (or you can choose their snaps if you prefer) and goes on quickly and easily without shifting. One of my favorite things about the newest star of Thirsties is the inserts. You receive one microfiber newborn insert and one hemp cotton full size insert, and you can use one or both. But best of all, they snap together! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve double stuffed a pocket just to have the inserts shift or scrunch as they rub against each other. These inserts fit perfectly against each other with the snaps securing them while still remaining unattached to the cover itself. That means when it’s wash day you can toss the whole diaper into the laundry and the inserts agitate out of either side of the pocket on their own. No handling messy inserts required.

Bang for the Buck ✩✩✩✩ Thirsties one size pocket has a suggested retail price of 19.95, which includes the two inserts as well as the waterproof pocket diaper. It’s made in the USA and is clearly excellent quality, the stitching is impeccable and the microfleece lining has yet to stain despite Harper’s best efforts. I will always happily pay more for products made in the USA, and I feel Thirsties is offering a fairly good value for an excellent product.

Performance ✩✩✩ The microfiber insert offer three layers of protection, and the hemp cotton offers five layers. The two inserts provided offer excellent leak protection when stacked. If I am dressing Harper in leggings and need a trimmer silhouette I’ll stick to the hemp cotton insert alone. The first time I tried this I did have to change her outfit within thirty minutes due to a mishap. This may be based on how much Harper had to drink at the time, but I believe it is because the natural fibers of the hemp blend were not fully prepped having only been washed a few times. The insert was not able to absorb liquid as quickly as it was expressed, and a leak occurred. I went back to double stuffing and tried again several washes later and was able to go two hours between changes. I love the combination of microfiber for quick absorbency with hemp for longer term but slower absorbency; I think the two stacked is genius.

Fit ✩✩✩✩✩ Thirsties are not the trimmest diapers, but they also are not the fluffiest by a long shot. To me they seem like what a person should reasonably expect when dealing with cloth diapers, a nice soft silhouette that is more pronounced than a disposable (as it should be) and fluffy to the touch. A lot of parents who are used to the Duo options will be nervous about the fit, but with three adjustments on the rise and two rows of snaps (for the snap option) or the new and improved hook and loop tape (with bigger tabs and a tighter fit option) you can still accommodate a lot of different sizes, from a tiny infant to a rambunctious toddler.

Overall: I love Thirsties’ newest addition, I think the one size is well cut, and the snaps and hook and loop tape are very strong to stand up to curious toddler hands. The prints are adorable, and the material feels nice. Thirsties is a well made diaper manufactured in the USA and I’m so happy I was able to review them.

Where to Buy:Kelly’s Closet (affiliate) has them in stock now!

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Rock-a-bums 5-In-1 2.0 One Size Diaper Video and Review

The stockings are hung, the presents are wrapped, the dresses are ironed, and we’re just about ready for Christmas. In a few hours we’ll sit down to a big family dinner, followed by dessert and music at my aunt’s house. In the morning we look forward to a big family brunch and a visit from Santa. But the best part of all is being surrounded by all of our loved ones. What are some of your favorite holiday traditions?

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Today I’m reviewing Rock-a-bums newest 5-in-1, the 2.0. They’re better than ever and are now offering their long anticipated prints as well as their classic rock’n’roll solid colors.
Ease of Use ✩✩✩✩✩ These diapers have always been easy to use, with so many options to adapt to your lifestyle, but now they are better than ever. They now feature on opening on both sides, which makes stuffing inserts so much easier, as well as a snap option for the insert available in the front or the back, perfect for keeping the insert exactly where you need it.

Bang for the Buck ✩✩✩✩ For 16.95 you receive a Bombshell cover and two inserts. You can double up the inserts for overnight but I’ve found these inserts to be very absorbent and when using the cover with the inserts laying in (they still have that awesome microfleece lining on one side so you can lay it against baby’s skin) I can easily make it through two diaper changes with the same cover. This is a pretty good value, and I love the versatility.

Performance ✩✩✩✩✩ The 2.0 version boasts a generous tummy panel, perfect for stopping leaks for tummy sleepers, boys, and active rollers/army crawlers. The back elastic is also wider and thicker than before, with a solid band that fits snugly against the skin without bunching for a smooth look and excellent blowout protection. It still offers great absorbency and I love the new material lining the interior, it’s so soft and sleek, and the black lining is amazing for avoiding stains, I’ve still never had to sun my Rock-a-Bums.

Fit ✩✩✩✩ Rock-a-Bums has updated their snap configuration to provide a better fit with two rows of snaps for quicker diaper changes, excellent for a wiggly toddler. They no longer offer a cross-over tab, so some very small and skinny babies may not get as good a fit, but at fourteen months my skinny little girl is able to wear hers with one rise snapped and one pair of snaps showing in the front.

Overall: I still love my Rock-a-Bums, and I think the improvements they’ve added have made a good diaper even better. I love that you can use these covers any way you want to (I recently got to try some Flip disposable inserts in them for a road trip to North Carolina, they did great!) and the modern cool designs are perfect for parents who don’t want to give up their Doc Martens for a pair of mom jeans. You can still be yourself and express yourself with an aesthetic that doesn’t scream baby kittens and rainbows. I applaud Rock-a-Bum for having such a wonderful collection for the cool kids.

Where to Buy: Rock-a-bums

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Smart Bottoms Smart One Cloth Diaper Video and Review

On Friday Harper had her very first temperature. I felt her forehead and worried, knowing her molars are coming in I assumed it was teething but she’d never had a fever before and she also had a light cough. She went up to 102 degrees, but by Saturday evening seemed right as rain again. This was about the time my husband and I began to feel deathly ill. We both had migraines, bad coughs, and felt achy and lethargic. I was so glad Harper was feeling better; I can’t imagine caring for a sick baby when both parents are sick. I was also very thankful that I’m still able to breastfeed my fourteen month old, I believe my round-the-clock nursing on Saturday was what brought her back to her old self again so quickly. What are your favorite remedies for a sick baby? And what do you do to juggle childcare when you’re under the weather?

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Today I’m reviewing a gorgeous organic cotton diaper from Smart Bottoms called the Smart One. I can’t tell you how excited I was when Kim showed me this beauty; I am completely enamored with the romantic floral print. This pattern is listed as Ella on their site, which I think is a perfect name for such a lovely diaper.
Ease of Use ✩✩✩✩✩ Arguably the easiest diaper ever, all-in-ones are babysitter, daycare, and grandparent approved. There’s no prep needed, just put it on and go. These particular all-in-ones feature a tongue style soaker, which you fold under before diapering. This tiny extra step will save you many extra dry cycles in the long run, so I am thrilled they did it. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to check my other organic all-in-ones and find they were still damp and needed to dry longer.

Bang for the Buck ✩✩✩✩ At 25.00 per diaper, the Smart One is right in line with other leading organic cotton all-in-one diapers on the market. One detail worth noting is that Smart Bottoms are made here in the USA, which will always have a big impact on where my dollars go.

Performance ✩✩✩✩ As a diaper made with one hundred percent certified organic natural fibers, this diaper definitely requires more prepping then you may be used to. I do a small load of diapers daily to keep Harper’s laundry in check, and I tossed this one in with each load for a week. The first time I put it on her, she leaked through within minutes. I checked the website and it did advise testing the diaper using a small amount of water before putting it on your baby the first time. If the water doesn’t absorb instantly, you need to prep more. A couple more washes and we were good to go, though. No more leaks, and excellent coverage for solid messes, too.

Fit ✩✩✩✩ I love the trim fit of the Smart One. As an all-in-one, I anticipated it would be as bulky as it’s competitors, but I found the diaper to be very slim and an excellent fit on my tiny girl. My daughter is so skinny I don’t anticipate her out growing this diaper any time soon, but I did notice the website offers wing extenders to add to the lifespan of your diaper, perfect for an older baby or one that needs a little more room to grow. I also noticed the back elastic seems to leave marks on Harper’s skin, it doesn’t appear to irritate her, but it’s worth mentioning. The leg elastic seems perfect, though, a snug fit without being too tight.

Overall: I love the look and feel of this organic cotton diaper and that it is made in the USA. For parents looking for an organic AIO for their baby, these diapers are a wonderful. Perfect for sensitive skin, and a wonderful company to support.

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Editor’s Note- In our previous reviews when I (Kim) reviewed this diaper before the improvements we were concerned about how long they would fit a toddler.  The waist was already tight on my son at the time and he was nearing potty training age.  With the more generous sizing and the lack of hip snap it will fit much longer and I’m very pleased with their newest version.

Where to Buy: Diaper Junction (a DDL affiliate)

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Kissaluvs Two-Step Diaper Video and Review

Tomorrow I turn thirty years old. I definitely feel the weight of the milestone, my twenties were extremely memorable and life defining, and I can’t imagine any later decade proving as fast paced and memorable. I decided not to do a huge party, we have enough chaos to contend with just working on home improvements, raising Harper, and working long hours. I’m having a few close friends over who have known me since high school, to help make my first week as a thirty-something more fun and to give me something to really look forward to. Thirty-plus mamas, what do you look forward to most in terms of milestones from here on out? I’m not talking about for your kids, I’ll obviously count the days till Harper says her first full sentence, starts school, etc, but for yourselves as individuals, what do you eagerly anticipate?

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Today I’m reviewing the Kissaluvs Two Step. This system is simple and convenient, and I’m excited to tell you all about it.

Ease of Use ✩✩✩✩✩ The Kissaluvs Two Step is comprised of two easy pieces. You have a cover and an insert that lays inside. But this insert is a little different, the microfiber piece is lined with a soft wicking material to lay against the baby’s skin, of course. But the back of the pad features two easy snaps, one on either end, that secure the insert within the cover. Dealing with a wiggly toddler is so much simpler when you don’t have to worry about the insert falling or sliding out of place. The snaps are positioned far enough away from the edges that you can easily fold and tuck any excess length if you have the cover snapped down for a smaller baby, and you can fold front, back, or both.

Bang for the Buck ✩✩✩✩ You purchase the Step One and the Step Two separately, with a Step One (the cover) listed at 15.50 and a Step Two containing three unbleached inserts for 10.50. With this system you basically have three diapers for 26 dollars, which is pretty wonderful if you’re looking for an affordable way to cloth diaper your baby but find yourself intimidated by folding flats or prefolds or stuffing pockets.

Performance ✩✩✩✩✩ The Step One cover is very strong, with two layers of material from the front to the center of the diaper as well as a wide flap in the back and a deep gusset for runny messes and leaks. The interior is slick so if it gets damp or dirty you can easily wipe it clean with a cloth or disposable wipe and reuse it several times. We didn’t experience any leaks with this system, even during a week when it seemed like all of our pocket diapers were failing (possibly due to user error, but Harper is having a growth spurt and eating three times as often as usual). This simple two piece set was also easy to rinse off with my diaper sprayer since there were no thin folds of fabric to get bunched up or stuck together, and those dual snaps held the insert perfectly so I was able to hold the cover where it was clean and easily spray the insert before tossing it into the wash.

Fit ✩✩✩✩ The Step One cover is available in a trim newborn size or a medium/large size, and the inserts can be purchased as small, medium, or large. Harper is a very small thirteen month old and is currently using the M/L with medium inserts which I fold the back edge of slightly. I love the snap configuration, it adjusts to her tiny hips and round little tummy perfectly, and doesn’t leave any gaps that would lead to issues.

Overall: I love the colors available for the covers, they are fun and cheerful without being overwhelmingly juvenile. The system is simple and affordable, and an excellent choice for parents nervous about cloth diapering or needing a change in their stash/routine. I recently recommended these to a friend who is sick of spending her baby’s nap time stuffing pocket diapers, since the inserts can be snapped in so quickly and easily even mid diaper change if desired. I love the strength and quality of the covers, and have found the unbleached inserts to be very absorbent for microfiber, with a super soft lining that easily comes clean. Oh, and did I mention Kissaluvs is made in the USA yet? I think this is fantastic, and love supporting them.

Where to Buy: Kissaluvs.com

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