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A Binky D Giveaway for Two!

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Already the feedback on our Binky D Hybrid Fitted review has been outstanding!  It’s so great to know there are brands with such loyal fans and that the products are making so many people happy to be using cloth diapers.

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It’s time to reward TWO people for their patronage of DDL and Binky D!  Binky D Diapers is providing two prizes, one in stock item of the winner’s choice and one custom embroidered diaper with their choice of 1 design on the bum!  This giveaway is for two winners, first pulled gets the in-stock choice and the second pulled gets the custom!  If you’re already a fan of Binky D Diapers you know how hard it can be to get a diaper sometimes so this is even better than a golden ticket!

If you didn’t get a chance to see the review Lara did on their Hybrid Fitted here is a bit more about what that is: “A hybrid is a fitted cloth diaper that is designed to be worn coverless made with a hidden layer of poly fleece, to push moisture back into the soaker system and keep the outer shell dry.”

Since Binky D Diapers are often so gorgeous it can be hard to want to cover them up.  That’s why the hidden fleece layer is so fabulous!  You can have them on longer without needing a cover before wetness makes it to the front of the diaper!  They’re also good for daytime diapers when you need a rash to air out since they will be more breathable than a diaper with a PUL cover.

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Binky D Hybrid Fitted Diaper Review

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Winning Colors Baby All in One Diaper Review

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Mornings are always the most peaceful for us. We have a routine with milk and oatmeal and coloring and quiet time that seems to work pretty well for us. When Autumn arrived that routine definitely took a hit. I still try to make sure Harper’s oatmeal is cooked around the same time, but there are days I’ll wait for her to request it, which may not be until nearly noon. Coloring becomes more of an independent activity then a shared one. And quiet hasn’t been a member of this household for a few months, we just have to address each issue as it comes up as best we can. Still, Harper adores Autumn so much and is so eager to help whenever she can. I’m so glad she has been incredibly accepting of these changes and while she’s on a nap strike she doesn’t ever take out her frustrations on her sister (not yet, at least). Seeing the two of them together is the sweetest thing.

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Winning Colors Baby is a WAHM located in Fayetteville, North Carolina. She offers semi custom diapers with super quick turn around time, so you can submit a request and anticipate receiving your new diaper in two weeks or less. For a one woman operation, that is some serious dedication, I love it!

Ease of Use✩✩✩✩✩ The best thing about custom options is that you can choose the style that works best for you. Each buyer is given a choice of All In One, All In Two, or Cover. You select whether you prefer side snaps or front snaps. You can decide on an interior lining made from suedecloth, microfleece, or bamboo jersey. Even the snap colors can be influenced based on gender if desired. I was sent an all in one style diaper with side snaps in medium for Harper, and as a bonus she sent me a polka dot newborn diaper with front snaps for Autumn with the tiniest sweetest little neon booster to increase absorbency. Being an all in one style, it’s easy enough to wash and wear, no assembly required.

Bang for the Buck✩✩✩✩ Prices vary based on what you request, the diaper I am reviewing ranges from $25 to $33 based on materials used. This is a little high based on the overall cloth diaper market, but considering you are supporting a working mother who is purchasing her own supplies on a smaller scale and providing all her own labor rather than outsourcing, when I consider how much work goes into making a diaper (remember when I made diapers for the girls with my supplies from Babyville Boutique? That was no quick task!) as well as the fun PUL prints and appliqués you can request, I think the value is on target. She recently posted a “gamer” themed custom on her Facebook page featuring Nintendo controllers and retro game icons that I’m obsessed with, and she’s always on the hunt for great new PUL prints for her fans.

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Performance ✩✩✩ I did find this diaper needed to be changed a little more frequently than other all in one style diapers we use. It’s possible the absorbency may not have reached its maximum potential yet, but after about 90 days of use I still find this diaper is best changed after one hour of use. I will admit my toddler is still breastfed on demand throughout the day and also always has a cup of water kept available, so she tends to be a heavy wetter and can go through a bulkier leading brand all in one diaper within just under two hours without breaking a sweat. For most babies you may not notice absorbency being an issue at all.

Fit ✩✩✩✩✩ These are mostly sized diapers, available in newborn (7-12 lbs), small (10-18 lbs), medium (15-28 lbs), and large (25-40 lbs), though a one size option is listed in the front snap category (10-30 lbs). The snaps are arranged at a slight angle which allows you to choose snap placement based on your baby’s body type. Having one baby who has always been very skinny and petite and another baby who is all round tummy and chunky thighs I have a vast appreciation for this style, it allows a looser fit at the tummy for my little chunk, and a tighter trimmer fit for my tiny toddler. The fit on this sized diaper is quite trim and with the even trimmer side snapping feature I am able to dig out pants that are too tight for my 15 month old in her other cloth diapers. The newborn diaper is a tiny bit smaller and trimmer than our other newborn diapers, perfect for a brand new baby, and comes with a snap down rise at the center just right to allow room for the umbilical stump.

Overall: These diapers are well made, bright, colorful, and charming. They are trim and it is clear a lot of thought and love goes into each design; these are definitely diapers that are made individually and with careful consideration. I adore the option to customize your choice at every level, it allows parents a wonderful opportunity to express themselves far beyond just picking a color or a pattern. This is an excellent choice for a parent with particular tastes who may be unsatisfied with the ready-made choices in the market. It could also make a wonderful gift if you know the taste of the recipient, you could customize the diaper with their favorite colors and features!

Where to Buy: You can find Winning Colors on HyenaCart

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Kissing Blake Hybrid Fitted Giveaway!

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Like a lot of you, Lara has a heavy wetter so hybrid fitteds like the Kissing Blake we just posted a review for are a great option!  The hidden fleece hold in more wetness and the super heavy bamboo fleece soakers will hold it all!

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If you’re dying to try one you definitely want to try your luck on winning!  Kissing Blake posts often on their  Facebook page about stockings, new fabric choices, embroidery options, and more so you’ll WANT to follow their Facebook page to keep track.  When entering the giveaway please visit the page and hit the like button!  I was perusing their photos section (something I really love doing on WAHM pages because I get a great idea for their style and options since so many post their diapers as they come off the sewing machine) and above you can find many examples- my favorite print would have to be the one on the bottom left.  Several have a Lisa Frank feel to them- it’s bringing me back!

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Enter to win below- the winner will get to choose the fabric used for their diaper from in-stock fabric and they’ll also get 2 free wipes.  This one is open Worldwide (but if you win outside of the US or Canada you may be responsible for shipping fee).

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Kissing Blake Hybrid Fitted One Size Diaper Review

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Harper loves playing outside, it’s my perfect cure for any day when she’s being especially moody or disinterested in her usual toys and activities. It’s a bit trickier to manage supervision now that her baby sister has arrived, but thanks to babywearing and a little planning ahead, I’ve been able to make our backyard adventures really special and exciting even if I do have to stay in the shade and take lots of breaks to nurse.

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Today I’m sharing a review on Kissing Blake, they offer a wide variety of quality and hard to find prints as well as custom embroidered diapers at a variety of price points. I tried out a diaper called Mermaid, a one size hybrid fitted with a shimmery swimsuit fabric outer that sparkles in the sun.  For the video the diaper shown for the first portion is their Extended Wear Overnight but my review reflects the Daytime Hybrid Fitted option I was sent.

Ease of Use✩✩✩✩ With a fold over rise and cross over snaps, it’s easy to get this diaper on just right. I love that the soakers snap together then snap to the diaper so nothing shifts on the baby. The materials used in each Kissing Blake diaper are washed prior to arrival, so you can start using it right away (no lengthy prepping to get through), though they don’t reach their full absorbency until they’ve been washed about four times. If you’re looking for extended wear or have a heavy wetter, you’ll want to add a cover over this diaper (any kind will work, but I especially love wool as it is so breathable). Keep in mind if you have a grandparent or babysitter over who may not be familiar with fitteds you’ll want to clue them in or you may receive a frenzied phone call that your diapers are leaking (not that I’d have any experience with that).

Bang for the Buck✩✩✩✩ Prices for a Kissing Blake diaper vary based on the materials used. This particular diaper was listed at only 26 dollars, which is a fantastic deal for a quality hybrid fitted like this one. Many of the diapers offered feature fabrics which are hard to find prints and some have even been customized with intricate and beautiful embroidery. Some of these designs can run up to 50 dollars, which is on the high end for fitted diapers but understandable given the market and the options being offered. I love that a variety of price points are offered so any family can try Kissing Blake.

Performance ✩✩✩✩✩This diaper is a hybrid fitted, which means it contains a hidden layer of polyester fleece behind the decorative outer layer and is somewhat waterproof, but not entirely. You’ll still want a cover for any prolonged wear or maximum protection. I love letting Harper play in our backyard while wearing a hybrid, though, as they are so breathable and if she’s outside and her diaper becomes damp, it isn’t a hassle to take care of. This Kissing Blake diaper is so beautiful I love seeing it on her and only use a cover if we’re running errands or if it’s nap time. The organic bamboo fleece used on the soakers is 500 gsm (SHOBF) which means it is super heavy weight, perfect for absorbing a lot of liquid. Kissing Blake also offers some diapers specifically meant for overnight and heavy wetters, these diapers have three soakers included instead of two.

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Fit ✩✩✩ I did find that the outer most snaps on the wings of this diaper were really far out, so while Harper has plenty of room to grow in this diaper, she will need snap covers to prevent the snaps from cutting into her skin as she is already on the very last setting despite being very petite. A snap cover will provide a barrier so the male snap doesn’t press into and hurt her skin.

With this fitted diaper you can expect some bulk, the diaper itself includes a layer of decorative fabric, a hidden layer of polyester fleece, and a layer of cotton velour on the interior. You then have two generously sized soakers, each is made with two layers of super heavy organic bamboo fleece, that can be folded over if you need additional absorbency in a specific wet zone. Based on how you fold the soakers, you can have up to 12 layers of absorbency, which can lead to a bit of bulk. Not that I’ve EVER minded a fluffy butt. It can be a bit tricky if you like dressing your little one in pants with a traditional cut to them (this is the time to pull out the Project Pomona Pants or the baby leggings!) but you can always remove one of the soakers if you don’t need full absorbency and the cut really matters to you (ie for a birthday photo shoot). Oh, have I mentioned how perfect these diapers are for a special photo shoot? There are such great prints available! I have my eye on that Dalek diaper.

Overall: I think these diapers are so cute and very absorbent for a hybrid fitted. I love them for playing outside, or for bed time with a cover. They are great for special photo shoots if you choose a special print you love (many of my cloth diapering friends like featuring a favorite diaper in their baby’s birthday or milestone photo shoots). These would also make a wonderful gift, either for a baby shower or if you have a pocket obsessed friend struggling with absorbency on bedtime diapers who you’d love to try fitteds. I love following Kissing Blake’s page to see what new prints they’ve come out with, they have something for everyone.

Where to Buy: You can find diapers listed on the Kissing Blake Hyena Cart.

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Bugga Bugga One Size All in One Diaper Review

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Matt joined a gym this year and the membership includes access to a highly visible child care center while you work out. He loves the layout because he is able to do a set, then stop at the water fountain next to the glass doors and observe Harper playing before moving on to the next machine. Last week they held a member appreciation day where he was allowed to bring a guest so I was able to see firsthand Harper’s experience with the gym’s facilities. I love that they always have two caregivers on hand and that they know Harper by name and look forward to encouraging her play. I found a treadmill on the second level that allowed me to see the play area clearly, and while I listened to my music I watched her play with the pretend kitchen, ride around on a little push toy, and color with a flock of pre-k age girls who all seemed to love and dote on her. When our workout was complete I walked into the room and she gushed “Mommy!” and rushed towards me, but I know how much she enjoyed her play time with the other children and it made me feel so much better about the hour or so of “me-time” it grants me each week day to catch up on chores, take a shower, and eat something. I never realized before becoming a mom how important it is to have a little time to yourself. Seeing how much good it does Harper as well just makes me feel that much better about it.  

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Bugga Bugga sent us one of their brand new improved all in ones to test, and after having stalked their page several times in the past for some of the adorable one of a kind diapers they’ve offered, I’m really excited to talk about this one!

Ease of Use✩✩✩✩This diaper is a one size all in one, which is what most parents consider to be the easiest and most convenient choice for their stash. There is no stuffing, wrapping, folding, or sorting to worry about. When the diaper is dirty you wash it, then you dry it, then you put it away. Just like that. Everything is attached and there is no guesswork involved.

Bang for the Buck ✩✩✩ This ooga booga print all in one diaper is listed at 27.95. This is a higher price than many all in one diapers using bamboo fleece, however it is very well made, and the designs offered are often custom and unique. I don’t know about you, but I’d happily pay several times as much for a diaper with, say, a Tardis, or Serenity on it, then for a generic solid color diaper.

Performance ✩✩✩✩ The interior of this diaper is lined with bamboo fleece, there is a large piece sewn directly to the pul to ensure baby’s skin only touches soft material, and there are two thick soakers sewn on top, affixed at both ends for ease of use. I did notice after several washings that the edges of the inner piece and the soakers did fray up along the stitched edges, but the fraying does not go past the stitches and does not affect the utility of the diaper at all, it is just the expected reaction of this type of fiber. Bamboo is extremely absorbent, and it wicks moisture away quickly, perfect for babies like mine with sensitive skin. I also love how breathable the material is. Harper can go two or three hours in this diaper without fretting, and when I change her she is still quite calm and patient, since she is comfortable. The hook and loop tape is extremely strong, which is great for an older child who may try to remove his/her own diaper, but was at times a little frustrating for us, because the seal is SO strong it was difficult for even an adult to remove. I’m sure over time and many repeated washings this will wear in more and become easier to use. As with any hook and loop tape, little bits of fuzz will find their way to the tape and need to be removed if their appearance bothers you. On the bright side, while many parents complain about some brands of hook and loop diapers which lose their hold and need to be replaced often, I have a feeling that will not be an issue with this diaper, at least not for a year or two.

Fit ✩✩✩✩✩ These one size diapers are made with four rows of rise snaps and a generous nine inch band of hook and loop tape. The hook and loop tabs are also quite large at two inches, and paired with equally sized laundry tabs to prevent them from snagging your other diapers in the wash. The layout and size of the hook and loop tape combined with strong rise snaps offers an extensive range of fit options, we’ve been lucky enough to test this diaper during a growth spurt, and while we’ve adjusted the snap rise and where we fasten the hook and loop tabs, it has still provided a perfect fit every time. I find this especially exciting as I plan my newborn stash for Harper’s soon-to-be sibling, this diaper can be sized down extremely small and it appears as though it would fit even a very small baby, while that same layout of hook and loop allows for a generous fit on a much older and bigger child.

Overall: I love the convenience of this all in one so much. Some days I’ll get a chance to wash and dry the laundry but the thought of sitting down and making stacks of covers, pockets, fitteds and soakers and pairing them all together and stuffing and snapping everything just seems too daunting (especially while Harper is awake, she is fond of ripping my carefully arranged stacks down into a pile on the rug). On days like that I am so thankful to be able to pull my all in one out of the pile and be done. It’s very strong and absorbent and I think it will probably last a lot longer than some of my other diapers. The price is higher but the adage “you get what you pay for” rings true to me as this fun ooga booga print makes me grin every time I see it, and I know I can trust it even when out running errands.

Where to Buy: Bugga Bugga Boutique on Hyena Cart

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Sweet Iris Diaper Flat Review

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The weather has been really gorgeous lately, so we’ve been spending more and more time outside. My husband has managed to bump half a dozen woodworking projects to the top of his list so he can work in the backyard and enjoy the day, and we even picked up some fresh plants to add to our raised beds in the driveway. I’m looking forward to planting them later this week. It’s amazing how good I feel after spending a few hours outside, and Harper loves it, too. There’s just so much to see and do, and it makes me so grateful to have a home with a yard after many years of apartment living. sweetiris
Today I’m reviewing a luxe flat from Sweet Iris, it is called the Snug Bug bamboo viscose stretch terry flat.  {Learn more about why flats are awesome with this video and infographic}

Ease of Use✩✩✩✩ Flats are a wonderful choice for cloth diapering, they tend to be what most people think of when they are not familiar with modern cloth options, but they are still around with good reason. Flats can be folded in a variety of ways to accommodate any size/shape baby and any situation, yet they can be washed and dried faster than any other diaper. The learning curve can be a bit higher if you have never experimented with different flat folds before, but once you find a fold you love it becomes second nature. Some parents will prep the flats after removing them from the line/dryer by folding them and tucking them into a diaper cover or stacking them in a basket so they are ready to be placed on the baby without extra prep work while the baby is wiggling and waiting. Many parents will just use a simple pad fold which is certainly as easy as using a regular insert, it just requires that moment of folding which is negligible. {Editor’s note:  In the video the folding is shown on their flat with rounded corners, but it seems they have updated to square corners which can make folding easier}

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Bang for the Buck ✩✩✩ At 13.95 for the style I am reviewing here, this flat will cost more than the flour sack towels you might buy at a local big box store or the cotton flats you can find on cloth diaper websites. The cost is for quality, however, in material as well as construction. Bamboo is very strong and absorbent, and it naturally prevents the growth of bacteria (any mom who has rescued a cloth diaper that went missing for a few days before being washed knows how terrible mildew and mold can be, and using bamboo is a great way to guard against the inevitable). It is also very breathable and doesn’t get too warm like some fabrics can, which is ideal for our Florida heat, and Harper’s sensitive skin.

Performance ✩✩✩✩✩ The most noticeable difference between this flat and others I’ve tried is the absorbency. This flat can easily hold at least three times as much as our cotton flats, and yet Harper’s skin does not appear irritated after an extended time between changes as it would with our other flats. This is the only flat I like to use if I have a few errands to run and don’t know how long it will be before I can change her. I wish I had a second to keep in my purse since it is so lightweight and compact, it would be easy to keep on hand for emergencies (while doubling as a bib/towel/blanket if needed).

Fit ✩✩✩✩✩ These flats are very trim and soft, so it’s easy to get a good fit (even when Harper would rather do anything else but have her diaper changed, and is being very wiggly). The bamboo viscose is extraordinarily soft and squishable even after many washes in our wretched hard water and line drying, and it has a nice bit of stretch to ensure a comfortable fit on Harper. If we’re playing in the yard or at home I love putting her in her Sweet Iris flat without a cover, it’s a great chance to let her skin breathe while still protecting her.

Overall: I love how luxurious this flat feels. I’ve heard some parents make comments about diapering with flats, because they have only ever used all in ones and haven’t experienced how absorbent and versatile flats are. They also tend to think of them as the economical option (and they are, comparatively) but flats like these are so nice I can easily imagine them being used by royalty (didn’t I hear a rumor Kate Middleton is cloth diapering?) {editor’s note: YES!  And they only use terry nappies} and celebrities since they are so well made and tactilely pleasing. If I were putting together a baby shower gift for someone I really really loved, I’d buy a half dozen of these (you can choose which color thread you would like the edges serged with, it’s a non-wicking thread so the absorbency isn’t channeled to the edges like with some other brands) along with a beautiful wool cover and tuck them in a sweet little basket.

Where to Buy: SweetIrisDesigns on Etsy

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Chunky Cheeks Hybrid Fitted One Size Diaper Review

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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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Don’t Sew Angry One Size Hybrid Fitted Diaper Review

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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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Pampered Patooties Lil’ Bootie All In Two Review

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Update: This brand seems to no longer make diapers based on HC and website inactivity.
Last week Harper’s godfather married the love of his life, and we were so thrilled to attend. They made a major effort to include their guests that were children, packing age appropriate goody bags for them with special treats and setting up a table for them with coloring pages and stickers. I was so touched that my friends took the time to accommodate all their guests, even in the midst of the chaos that is planning a wedding. I hope every wedding Harper is lucky enough to attend will be as much fun. Have you brought your little ones to a wedding yet? Did they enjoy themselves? I’d love to hear about your experiences.
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Today I’m reviewing a diaper from a WAHM by the name of Pampered Patooties. My first impression of this shop is that they have a massive variety of prints to choose from, as well as the option to request customs. The style I’ll be reviewing is classified by their brand as a “Lil Bootie” and it is an all in two with a PUL outer and microchamoise lining.

Ease of Use ✩✩✩✩✩ This diaper offers a new design feature called the containment sleeve, designed to secure the insert and prevent leaks. I’ll talk about that a bit more in a moment, but I bring it up here to point out that it can be a little tricky to thread the insert through the sleeve if you have large hands. My husband had an issue with it, and while he got the insert in it was all wadded up and he passed it to me to adjust. I have smaller hands and had no problem straightening everything out, but it’s something to be aware of. In every other regard it is a classic all in two diaper, with a good cut and soft material, strong snaps, and great patterns. Having the insert held in place does make it easier to get the diaper on, especially when Harper isn’t in the mood for a diaper change. I don’t have to worry about anything falling or flopping to one side, I know she’ll be covered.

Bang for the Buck ✩✩✩ At twenty five dollars per diaper, these all in twos are moderately priced, but the seller offers a discount when buying in bulk. If you order fifteen or more you can receive a vastly discounted price. If you are building a stash or have some friends you’d like to buy with, you can get a great deal on these!

Performance ✩✩✩✩ We didn’t experience any leaks with our diaper, which may be in thanks to the special sewn in sleeve in the center channel of the interior. The sleeve helps to hold the insert in place and creates a kind of gusset to help contain leaks. When Harper dirtied this diaper the mess did stay inside the diaper (thank goodness) but I can’t say it stayed inside the sleeve area either. She is still very actively breastfeeding (along with solid foods all day long) which can affect diaper changes so it may be that a baby with more solid stools may find them well contained within the sleeve. Either way we did manage to avoid a blowout which is the point of the sleeve.
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Fit ✩✩✩✩These diapers are cut in a way that seems to fit my smaller baby very well, it has plenty of room to grow without being overwhelming on her tiny frame. I was concerned about the seams of the sleeve being up against Harper’s body, her skin is very sensitive and I was worried that the thick casing would leave marks on her and be uncomfortable. After several wears I didn’t notice any discomfort or redness, so it appears the sleeve doesn’t bother her. I love that you have two snap options so you can attach the insert to lay closer to the front or the back, depending on your child’s needs.

Overall: The Lil’ Bootie collection from Pampered Patooties offers a fascinating new design element to resolve an issue many parents struggle with. They offer great designs and a well made product. I’m still kicking myself for missing out on the 50th anniversary Doctor Who print that was available from Pampered Patootie earlier this year, it was fantastic.  The shop will work with you on sizing and customs, and it seems like they really care a lot about their customers, which is something I hold in high regard. I think these diapers are a great choice if you’re looking to try something a little different, or if you have issues with leaks and blowouts.

Where to Buy : Check their Facebook Page

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