Thursday, December 17, 2009

another great jjb giveaway!

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

give away from JJB! a daddy bag :)

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Monday, December 14, 2009

Check out giveaway on the jjb blog!!

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Sunday, July 5, 2009

My Royal Heinie Day Pack & Wallet

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Wallet=Camo, Day pack=Black Yellow.

I have to start out by saying I love both of these products! The wipes dispenser is awesome and I wish every diaper bag in the world had one! In my fantasy of diaper bags MRH and Ju-ju-be would merge haha. I tested the MRH products with cloth diapers and disposables, and regular wipes and cloth wipes. I could comfortable fit 2 regular one sized cloth diapers in the wallet and the day pack. and approx. 6 diapers in them w/a tiny amount of space for another little item like a BG wetbag. I pretty much did a photo review because I like to see things in picutures..but feel free to email me any questions!!

my slideshow

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Snugs Boutique Medium-Large adjustable Bamboo AI2 Cloth Diaper

Snugs Boutique Med-Large Bamboo AI2's are the MOST TRIM diaper I have ever tried! And after prepping just once it lasted over 5 hours w/out any leaks! I was AMAZED! My son is a super soaker so when I realized I hadnt changed him in hours...I was prepared for a pee stain on my brand new $2,000 couch! (yay tax-return!)..but there was no leak...no wicking...nothing!!! I changed him and the diaper was heavy like it was full of pee...but it hadn't wicked at all! I was so impressed! This diaper is so trim like I said before..it is the same as a regular disposable diaper..but so soft on the inside like a brand new towel! I have washed it dozens of times and dried it and hand dried it and it still stays super soft! The top of the snap in soaker (snaps in on the front) is like a bamboo terry (natural colored) and the bottom is a microfiber layer). Im not sure how they do it but somehow this diaper is the trimmest Ive seen but can stand up to my son for daytime use! My son is super skinny for his years (or year hehe- hes 22m and 24ish lbs) and this diaper could use an extra set of snaps to get the waist tighter for him but it still works just fine..so im putting off adding snaps as they wont be hidden like the others..and I like the diaper too much to play DR on it! For overnights I just add in the usual hemp doubler for the whole length of the diaper and the smaller zorb insert for the wet zone and Im good to go for at least 10-12 hours! This diaper is trim enough u can add whatever insert doubler you baby may need! My son is 24ish lbs and I need to use it on the smallest rise setting and smallest waist setting to avoid this:
after 2 hours wings are drooping
But if u make sure you have the diaper on the correct rise setting that wont happen!!
Here are some more pics of my son in the diaper on the correct settings!:
fit right after put on BACK
SB right after put on ;)
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Sweet Pea One Size Pocket Diapers

www.sweetpeadiaper.com
for me this link is not working but if u want her email address for an order feel free to contact me if the link is not working for you!

I was so excited for these diapers to come in the mail! On first glance when they showed up they looked wonderfully made (and the blue color on one was sooo pretty! and different from BG colors so I was glad) and all the snaps worked perfect! I was pleasantly surprised to have my first pocket diaper w/an opening in the front, and an opening in the back! This was really helpful for adding just a small doubler for my sons "wet zone". The inserts that came with these diapers look about identical to the newborn and one-size microfiber inserts that come w/BG diapers, but the one size insert has yellowish snaps, so at least I can tell them apart, and the sweet pea insert is 2" shorter than the BG so its perfect because I always feel the BG are a bit too long. These diapers have a GREAT fit for my 24ish lb 22m old DS. The snaps are easy to use. I dont need to use the rise adjustment but I played around with it and the diaper gets nice and small for a young baby and still looks trim enough to use under clothes! I did have some leaking around the legs when I first started testing but that resolved with washing the inserts in hot water a few more times. The inner fabric of these diapers are fleece and I love that my sons bottom is dryer when I take off the diaper compared to some other brands. I have used these diapers overnight w/a joey bunz hemp insert on top of the regular, and a zorb doubler in his wet zone (use this combo for all overnights in any diaper)..my son is a SUPER soaker and in the morning he will only have a tad bit of wetness on the outside of the diaper on the side he was laying on...but this happens with ANY diaper because my son could put the fire department out of buisness with his super soaker self! And he is a boy so it dosnt help that he pees in only on direction! This diaper also dosnt leave red marks on his thighs so I love that! And I have never had a BM blowout either! All in All i would reccomend these diapers because they work great and the price is just as great!!! I tested 2 versions of this diaper and from my testing I cant find any difference in them so whatever except for the snap locations.. Any version you order/have you should be happy! From an e-mail from the creator:
The black one is the newer one except it now has the tabs and snaps of the blue. And she told me in another email that the newer ones have sandwich PUL :)
***I have also used this diaper w/out an insert or just w/the infant insert as a trainer for my 40lb 3 year old DD and it works great!
***The only thing that I had an issue w/this diaper was that it takes a couple seconds to get the inserts to lay flat in the pocket because the crotch is a bit more narrow than what Im used to..so this is a great diaper for skinny babies as well! (also works fine on my fatty of a 3 year old!)

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Below: he is hanging off my arm..thats why his tummy looks funny :)
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Below: I have the diaper one snap too tight to try to keep his hands out of his diaper...
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The Fansy Pansy Cloth Trainer w/Stuffable Pocket!

This is a tester I got off diaperswappers! or u can go to her site http://hyenacart.com/thefancypansy/

1. What was your first impression of this item? Likes/dislikes?

* I thought it was HUGE!! But its just because I picked the wrong size for my 3 year old, but luckily I was in need of an overnight trainer for my 6 year old so it worked out perfectly!

2. How have you used this item

o as a soaker over a fitted, day use

o As a soaker over a fitted, overnight

o stuffed as an AIO

o stuffed for beginning PLing

o super stuffed for bed wetting

o slightly stuffed for advanced PLing

o unstuffed as undies with a bit of leak protection

X Other- I used it stuffed w/the included zorb insert for overnights for a 6 year old who dosnt always (or hardly ever haha) get up to use the bathroom at night.

3. How would you describe your child’s needs for this item? Beginning pl-ing? Occasional accidents? Bed wetting? Other?

*Bed wetting

4. What did you stuff the pocket with? (purchased insert, your own insert, etc)

* Puchased a Zorb insert to be included.

5. How was the fit, and how did the stuffing affect the fit? (Please include your child’s weight)

* It fit pretty well, Hes in the 50lbs range somewhere. I never tried it w/out stuffing it for him because we only need it for night time.

6. What did you like about this item in the function/s you used it for?

* It caught any overnight accidents/leaking and I didnt have to wash the sheets!!!

7. What would you like to see changed about this item?

* I think the product is perfect as it is but next time i might pick one w/a little bit shorter rise because he didnt like it.

8. How much would you be willing to pay for this item once it is out of the testing phase?

* around $20

9. How likely would you be to purchase this item again at regular retail price?

*Depending on cost, and how well it holds up through multiple washes :)

10. Any other comments or thoughts?

* I think its a super cute product and very well thought out! Now I just need to buy one for my daugter! (planning to do so asap! had one custom made!!!)

Thanks!

Here are pics of the trainer on Sage my 6 year old.

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Sunday, May 24, 2009

Detergents, Diaper Rash Creams, and Your Cloth Diapers...

Want to know what diaper rash creams are safe to use on your cloth diapers and what one are not? check out Pinstripes and Polkadots for Diaper Creams that are safe and others to avoid they also have a section on detergents as well. My favorite cream so far is Method Baby Squeaky Green Diaper Cream (love their whole line of natural baby products @target, safeway, etc) but its not on the list last time i checked..but I did a lot of research on diaperswappers and its safe, no stains or repelling! It dosnt get rid of a diaper rash IMO but it does protect it from getting worse. Im going to try some california baby brand next. For a detergent I use Country Save on my diapers and all my clothing and it works AWESOME!!!

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Bum-Ware Extreme BWX AIO diapers

Ok so the BWXis the 1st diaper that I have disliked a lot. But I seem to be the only mama who has issues with this diaper! I bought a new one (the snap version) and prepped it. It was SUPER trim like a disposable almost but every time my son pee'ed in it the smell of urin was SO STRONG for some reason! He also leaked everytime he wore it (maybe I had one size too big??) around the legs. I havent seen any one with the same problems as me so it might be worth it for you to try out this diaper if your looking for a super trim AIO, but unfortanantly it didnt work out for me :( I did love the brown inner on the diaper that I had so that was a plus! I just wish the pee smell didnt get amplified by the diaper :(
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overall I would say go ahead and test this diaper out..maybe get an EUC one on diaperswappers to see if it will work for you! there are some mamas in the Pink Room who swear by these :)

Want to save even more?? Make your own diapers!!

I came across an awesome blog the other day on how to make your own diapers!! The pattern is free too!!! Click Here to see the blog on how to get started! Im in the middle of making my own fleece AIO using the pattern! yay! below is a picture i borrowed from her blog so you can see!
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My review on a leahandmike one-sized tester fitted on diaperswappers.com :)

www.littlefancypants.com or hyenacart.com/littlefancypants

1. What weight range was your little one(s) while wearing this fitted? **My Son was 22-23lbs

2. Did you use this fitted on multiple children?
**no

3. Did you have a print outter, or a velour outter?
**PrintFit1.

On a scale of 1-10 how well would you say this tester fit? (10 being the highest)
**a 10..it fit perfect, better than any other fitted I own!

2. Did you like the snap placements for the one size? Or would you rather have sized? (small medium large etc.)
**it was fine as is! but I dont have a tiny baby so I dont know how it would fit on a newborn. ETA: but it gets so tiny I think it would be perfect from birth and up!

3. Do you think the third hip snap is necessary to avoid wing droop?
**Yes

4. Did you like that the insert snapped in? Or would you have prefered that it just laid in?
**Loved the snap in!

5. Do you think I should offer a hip snap cover, or front snap cover as an option when buying a fitted?
**yes and snap covers for the rise adjustments.

6. How did it fit around your little ones legs? Was it too tight or just right?**PerfectQuality

1. What were your impressions of the sewing quality?
**Looked Proffesional to me

2. What were your impressions of the snap quality?
**Great!

3. Did any of the snaps fall off or not work?
**No all were fine.

4. Do you think the sherpa fleece inside was sufficient enough, or would you have prefered another type of fabric?
**I think it needs to have something more absorbant.

Washing
1. What detergent did you wash your tester in?
**Country Save

2. How many times have you washed it?
**Prepped it and then probably 10x after.

3. How did you dry your fitted?
**Hang dry or dryer. (on high if w/regular laundry or on low heat if with other diapers -BG)

4. How many dry cycles did it take for it to dry? Or how long in the sun?1 dryer cycle
**2 if on LOW with a large load

5. How did your tester hold up after a few washings?
**Looks great! the inside is a little dingy but all my velour gets that way.

6. Did you see a difference in absorbancy after a few washings?
**It got a little better but the pee still goes directly thru even if its only a tiny bit. *think i needed a different outer..this one spread the pee around.

Misc
1. What other types of fitteds have you used, and what brand would you compare your tester to, if any?
**I have a motherease's, a joyful baby and thats it. I wouldnt really compare it to the joyful baby because that one is a lot thicker (blulkyer) and holds more, and the motherease I've only used 2x...so sorry on that one haha..but i reached for yours the most because of the fit.

2. How absorbant was your tester on a scale of 1-10, 10 being the best?
**Im really sorry but i would have to say a 4? if my son even peed a little bit the whole front got really wet and even my pul covers had trouble because the pee wouldnt stay in the fitted it would drip down into the cover into a little pool. like i said before i think its because of the material i picked for the outer.

3. Did you use this fitted during naptime or night time? How well did it work?
**it worked ok but couldnt also hold his pee from right after he woke up.

4. Did you ever use this on your little one with out a cover? If so, how well did it work without a cover?
**I did but i would have to change him after about 15min because the outside would get so wet even from just a tiny amount of pee.

5. What kind of cover did you use while using this tester? (Wool, PUL, Pocket, etc.)
**PUL and fleece. (worked best w/fleece)

6. What other types of one-size diapers have you used in the past if any?**BumGenius, another tester, 2 that i dont have a brand tag on any more, and i think thats it...

7. How much do you think would be a fair retail price for these fitteds?**10-12 dollars more if u add another layer in the front for boys!

8. Do you prefer knit print outter fitteds, or velour outter fitteds?
**I think if i had had the velour it would have been a lot more absorbant and not felt so wet on the outside. I would be interested in testing a velour one to test my theory

9. How many days did your fitted take to get to you in the mail?
**sorry i dont remember! but it was normal time.

10. Do you think I should offer custom slots for fitteds once I stock on my hyena cart?**Sure

11. Any other comments or suggestions?
**if you could add a few layers of something in the crotch section i think it would be a lot more absorbant for a boy!! let me know if u add more absorbancy I would love to test one again because this is the fitted that fits my son the best!

leahandmike on DS fitted
leahandmike fitted
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Its been another month or so and the more I wash this fitted it gets a bit more absorbant :) I would definantly reccomend this for newborns because it gets SO TINY!! and I think it would be highly absorbant for a small baby :) My son is just a SUPER soaker haha It still fits him the best out of all his fitteds and even better than his pockets!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Planet Wise Wet Bags!

I currently have a Planet Wise Wet/Dry Bag and I love the concept! you keep your dry un-used diapers in the front pocket and when they are taken of baby you put them in the waterproof section (never had a leak or smell come out!!) and you have a clean diaper in the same bag waiting for you! this bag is rather large to have in a diaper bag but works great to have in the car or suit case! they have regular just wetbags here in all sizes and you can get the wet/dry version in a hanging version as well!

planet wise

I have the aqua swirl print..so pretty! and it has a snapping handle to hang off a door knob or to carry it by!

BumGenius Diaper Sprayer toilet attachment VS. O'Blue Shower attachment

Some mamas love thisbumGenius diaper sprayer but for some reason I could not get this to attach to my toilet w/out it squirting a fine mist of water on my feet every time it flushed....so I took it back figuring it was defective...so I used the money to buy this for half the cost!! This shower attachment dosnt have quite the power of the BG diaper sprayer..but the hose is long enough i can use it can be used in my shower and reach the toilet! I usually just soak my dirty diapers in a bucket in my tub and then spray off on laundry day then wash. The O'Blue does leak really bad out of the part where it attached to my shower head(also comes w/sink adaptor) but I twisted the attacment to where it sprays only inside the shower and on the curtain so my celing dosnt get wet and my floor wont as long as the curtain is shut :) (gave me a full refund for product and let me keep) I would reccomend both if u can get them to not leak!!!

BG
O'blue

bumGenius Odor Remover A+++

BG odor remover gets a big A+ from me!! I spray it into the water as its filling up in my top loader washing machine and I have never had a diaper w/any odor after its been washed! it even works on my regular laundry! This method is much easier than spraying every diaper even though I will do this if I have a very soiled diaper and I know I will not be washing laundry for a few days :)
odor remover

Bummis Diaper Totes- Good for dry...not for wet!

Bummis Diaper Totes are an affordable way to store your clean diapers when traveling, they also work ok for slightly soiled diapers..but not diaper that have been sprayed off! I found this out the hard way when I tried using a large tote as a wetbag and put my freshly sprayed off diaper in the tote and came back to a sopping wet floor! *yuck!*. I now use a kitchen sized trash can w/out any liner and its working great!!! This tote bag also shows wash wear after about 2 washes but no holes or rips or seams coming loose! just the fabric around the drawstring looks pilly. bummis tote

BGOS 3.0s

The most popular diaper in my stash is the bumGenius 3.0 one size pocket diaper! I have the suede cloth inner as well as the fleece. The fleece is awesome because it seems more cozy on the baby and a bit more stay-dry for their skin..but both hold up and hardly ever leak! (I am known to forget to change their dipes for 4 hours sometimes.. oopsie!) These are the top non-WAHM diaper I would reccomend to anyone! They get really small and from what I hear fit babies great from 10lbs-40lbs! My kids have had these from 20lbs-40lbs..wish i found them sooner!!! They even have some limited edition ones right now w/different colored wings!! too cute:
limited ed. spring
The aplix on these can get funky and curl funny so a lot of mamas convert these to snaps! here is a pic of a ratty old 2.0 version that i saved by converting to snaps and replacing the Velcro:
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colorful!
made cross over for infant mode
**you can also get Velcro replacments from cottonbabies..but i just prefer snaps :) easier to wash IMO

BGOS Organic AIO's

bumGenius Organic all in one...one size
available at:Cotton Babies
I bought this diaper for $12 from the cotton babies seconds sale to test it out! It came to me as an aplix diaper but since it was a seconds I saw no harm in converting it to snaps!! This diaper works great and gets the job done but takes FOREVER to hang dry and 2+ dryer cycles on high (not even supposed to dry these above medium heat). They also stain easy IMO at least much easier than the pocket BGOS 3.0s that I have (fleece and suede-cloth). If you need a trusty AIO then this is a great diaper that is just trim enough to fit under a pair of jeans, but you have to be willing to wait for it to dry..that is my only complaint on this diaper :) Once it was prepped all the way I have had no leaks!!!!!! Overall I recommend if your wanting organic or AIO that is one size :) here is my still 25lb DS in mine that i converted to snaps:
BG OS organic altered to have snaps not aplix
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Joyful Baby One-Size Bamboo Fitted

This was my very first fitted! I got this from a congo lineup called Naturally Nested (also where I found Primm n Proper!) This fitted works great and claims to be one-size but I have never used it on a baby less than 20lbs. It is a bit bulky to use out and about under clothing but I use it at home w/or w/out a cover and for overnights if my hemp diapers are all dirty. I prefer to use this fitted with a Bummis Super Brite cover or a Pro-Wrap cover This diaper fits great on my 25lb son and my 40lb daugter as well! I've been using this fitted w/my DS since 20lbs and have had no issues! spaggetti sauce did leave a few almsot bleached looking spots though so that was sad for me haha here are pics of my son at 25lbs in it!:
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I reccomend this diaper for at home use and night time use as well!!!

MotherEase Fitteds!

I was skeptical of fitteds at first..I could not see why you would want a diaper that snapped on and looked like an AIO..but wasn't water proof! But then I got a cotton Motherease and realized how much faster it was than pre-folds and safer than prefolds w/a snappi when not using a cover. I have a cotton w/cotton snap in insert, and a bamboo w/organic cotton insert (they were out of bamboo). Both seem to work great for daytime use (im too scared to use overnight-i have a super soaker!) The bamboo is a lot softer than the cotton one, but the cotton one has been used before I owned it and been bleached (not advised by manufacturer). Im not sure how well these would work on a new-born but they have one rise adjustment and claim to be one size. Here are pics of a fully pee'd bamboo one (wont drip)! hehe:
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Wonder Wraps One-Size PUL diaper covers

I got some of these really cheap off the FSOT on diaperswappers.com For the most part these diaper covers do their job. I do get some leaks in these if I leave them on overnight. One thing I have heard as an issue on these covers is that the rise snaps dont work. Mine didnt but I used my snap pliers and pushed down on all the snaps and this solved the problem! they were not pressed down hard enough when manufactured! These work the best with fitteds IMO but work over prefolds as well :) I would reccomend these for babies 15lbs and up because I have never used them on a smaller baby..but they look like they would work! *PUL is not exposed and no gussets.*
My DS at 21m and 25ish lbs!:
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Shinies Pocket Diapers

I came across some diapers on eBay that were SUPER cheap and I thought they were too good to be true..but I ordered a set out of curiosity :) They adjust the rise w/little zippers instead of snaps, the zipper can get stuck sometimes but just needs some wiggling. The fit on the largest rise with the velcro wings almost touching fits my 21m old son perfect so they would need some alteration to fit a newborn because there is no overlapping Velcro spots. I converted one diaper to snaps and its holding up wonderfully! The inserts that come with these diapers are useless so I use bumGenius one-size inserts instead because they are my favorite micro fiber inserts so far! I also use Hemp babies inserts (used in pics below) and they work great also! The PUL on these diapers is a bit stretchy than my other PUL diapers but it has not seperated after tons of washes so far! One of them has a slight BM stain in the inner fleece but im sure it will sun out just fine. The only thing that might bug you on these diapers is that the pocket opening is not elastic on the inner material so it just gaps, but folding the fleece over the insert solves this problem for me. I would overall recomend these diapers as they are a great way to expand your stash. PICS of my 20m old 24lb son in some w/a hemp bigger babies trifold not folded very smoothly haha:
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And my 40lb DD (3 years old) in the same diaper w/BG insert (i think..haha)
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shinies OS pocket
(these are the orange color)