Buttons Diapers Review

I received product to facilitate this review. I give my honest opinions regardless.

Buttons has been around a few years now and has quickly become a very popular all-in-2 system. They offer inserts, covers, wipes, wet bags, pail liners, and disposable liners. You can check out their line-up here. I received a cover in Ahoy (which is a lovely dark blue) and microfiber and hemp daytime inserts. It’s very easy to see why these are so popular. They are of excellent quality and have enough absorbency even for heavy wetters.

Buttons Diapers Review- Cloth Diaper Addicts

Cover

Their covers have two layers of PUL and are currently only offered in snaps. The snaps for the inserts are on the inner layer of PUL, so they’re not visible on the outside. There are three rise settings and a single row of snaps with two snaps lined up on the wings and one cross-over snap. The cover has gussets, which I feel help get a good fit around the legs. Did I mention how lovely Ahoy is? It’s a really nice dark blue. My favorite color is the new Sea Breeze. Marina is a close second tied with Ahoy. There is elastic in the back and at the tummy, which helps with fit when you use the day and night inserts together. I do find that the covers seem to run small. Little Man is of average build and a little above 25 pounds and he’s on the highest rise setting with four snaps exposed. The fit of the microfiber and hemp inserts in the covers are very similar. In the pictures, Little Man has a hemp insert. These are also some of the most inexpensive covers I know of, selling for $11 for solids and $12.50 for prints. That is an excellent price for the quality.

Inserts

There are two insert options: hemp/cotton (which is a recent addition) and microfiber. They both are contoured and come in a small and large size. You can buy both the day and night inserts. For nighttime, you simply snap the day insert onto the night one and then snap both in the cover. The inserts are very afforable as well. Daytime inserts $3.50 for the microfiber and $7.75 for the hemp. Nighttime doublers are a little more, $5.oo for microfiber and $9.75 for hemp. The prices are the same for the small and large inserts.

Buttons Diapers Review- Cloth Diaper Addicts

Overall

Buttons Diapers are excellent diapers. My ONLY concern is that they run small. Other than that, I really like them and definitely recommend them. I think the best thing is that you can purchase a deluxe package with almost everything that you would need to cloth diaper your baby from birth to potty training (or until they outgrow the covers) for $215 for a microfiber package and $331 for a hemp package. I would add a pail liner and another pack of flannel wipes to have everything you would need, but it’s still a great price. Overall Buttons Diapers are very high quality and extremely affordable. You have to check them out. You can follow them on Facebook.

Thirsties AIO

Thirsties redesigned their all-in-one a little bit ago. Here’s a list of the new AIO’s features:

  • Tongue style insert- four layers of microfiber total- three in tongue, one sewn in
  • Insert topped and shell lined with microfleece
  • Available in hook and loop (nice and strong) and snaps (two rows instead of one)
  • Easier to wash than the old tunnel style
  • Dries quickly
  • Pretty absorbent
  • Can add booster under tongue
  • Makes for a fluffy bottom (I had to bribe Little Man with chocolate to get him to hold still for pictures 🙂 )
  • One size to fit from 8 to 40 pounds
  • Three rise settings

Thirsties Redesigned All-in-one- Cloth Diaper Addicts

The changes to the all-in-one design are a great improvement, but I miss the two sizes. I feel like you get a better fit with the two different sizes, especially when you have a bitty newborn or a big toddler.  That being said, this does fit to 40 pounds. I was able to use it on Sister up to that weight, then sadly she outgrew it. I think the snaps fit a little smaller, as the hook and loop adds a little width around the waist. Thirsties products have always been of great quality, and they still are. There’s a reason they’re one of the more popular brands.

Thirsties Redesigned All-in-One Review- Cloth Diaper Addicts

If you’re looking to buy one, you can go to Thirsties’ website and find a store local to you. This diaper was provided to me by my local cloth diaper dealer, Kristin of Northern Natural Baby and Mom. As of the time of this writing, she does not carry Thirsties’ products and is working on opening a home show floor. Check her out, she offers free shipping in Michigan.

DivaCup- Real Reasons to Ditch Tampons

I was not paid for this review, though I did receive a DivaCup to facilitate this review. This is my personal and honest experience and opinion.

I knew about cloth diapering long before I knew about reusable options for menses. I really wish I would have known about them sooner! You’ve got sponges, cloth pads, cups, and probably others that I have not heard of yet. I used cloth pads part-time right after I had Little Man, but I’m really not a pad girl. I really hate the feel of something bulky in my undies (yeah, go ahead and make jokes). I had to wait to get my period again (over a year, thank goodness!) before I could try a cup. I was so excited to try one! I bought another brand the day after I started again and struggled with it for several months before Diva sent me a cup to review. The other brand is a good brand, it just did not work for me (yes, sometimes a cup will not work for you, so you might have to try another one). DivaCup really saved my period! It was such a relief to not have leaks. I did use tampons for one day and was vividly reminded of why I wanted to ditch them.

DivaCup- Real Reasons to Ditch Tampons- Cloth Diaper Addicts

No strings.

Menstrual cups don’t have strings that hang out of your underwear, get lost in your crevices, or pulled on when you wipe (if you leave it in while you potty). I hated digging for that string. Talk about a gross scavenger hunt. The DivaCup does have a little stem that you can trim as short as you need. You might want to, because it can poke you and be uncomfortable if you leave it long.

Easy to get out.

Just reach in and pull out, keeping it upright so you don’t spill it all over your hand. And you don’t have to worry about using the right absorbency! You can pull the cup out easily whether there’s a little blood or lots of it. I don’t have to worry about the joys of thinking I need a super tampon and only needing a pantiliner or not needing one at all. Oh my gosh, that is torture to pull out a dry or mostly dry tampon! I actually ripped one in half trying to get the darn thing out. Twice! Oh yeah, had to go fishing. Cups don’t mess with your natural lube, unlike a tampon which absorbs everything. It does take a little getting used to, but after I ripped that tampon in half, I was not complaining. Definitely not. Cups simply collect the blood. It did take me a little bit to get used to still feeling a little damp (not from leaking, from my normal vaginal secretions).

No worry about having the right absorbency.

This kind of ties in with the easy to get out part. Like I mentioned, I thought I needed a super plus or super tampon and it turned out I only needed a light in one instance and had stopped in the other. Yes, no buying variety boxes or multiple boxes! One cup through your whole cycle. During your heavy days, you just empty it more often. On your light day/s, you might be able to leave it in up to 12 hours. Personally, most of my period I have to change every two to three hours. And use a  nighttime pad at night or get up in the middle of the night to empty it. I’ll admit, I just slap an overnight pad in my underwear to catch any leaks until I wake up in the morning. I love not having to worry about using the right absorbency, especially since sometimes my period will stop for the night or a whole 24 hours before resuming again (this usually happens at the end).

No budgeting for tampons each month and having your fingers crossed that you have them when you need them.

Cups are a one time (well, you might want to replace it eventually) purchase. DivaCups come with a little fabric pouch to store it in. Just toss it in your purse when it’s around that time of the month. And since menstrual cups are reusable, you’ll always have one. Keep it in your purse or the bathroom and it’ll be there when you need it.

The DivaCup

What’s the DivaCup like? It’s pretty awesome. I’ll admit, it’s not been perfectly smooth sailing, but it’s been so much better than using tampons. You can read DivaCup’s instructions on their site.

The DivaCup is made out of healthcare grade silicon. It’s a softer silicon, so it’s very easy to fold and molds to your vagina’s shape. Sometimes I’ve had a hard time getting it to open, but I just take it out, refold, and reinsert. I use the pushdown fold, as you can see on DivaCup’s How it Works page. I don’t push the rim all the way down, just to about halfway. The DivaCup comes with a little cotton bag to store it in. Of course instructions also come in the box. And all you need to clean it is either the DivaWash or a mild, unscented, oil-free soap.

Why not switch?

Seriously, I can’t think of a good reason not to switch. Unless you’re someone who prefers pads. In that case, I recommend checking out cloth pads. The DivaCup truly is awesome! You can check out DivaCup’s website by clicking on their logo below and follow them on Facebook and Twitter. You can look for the nearest store to purchase one here or you can buy one online here. Here’s the sizing guide to help you find the right DivaCup for you.

DivaCup

 

Have you tried a menstrual cup? If you haven’t, would you?

Homeschooling Multiple Ages with Help from SPARKBOX Toys

I received compensation for this review. I only share what I really think. All opinions are my own.

Homeschooling can be really fun. At other times, it can be really exhausting trying to come up with ways to entertain the kids while hopefully entertaining them at the same time. And buying entertaining, educational toys can suck your budget dry, not to mention clutter your house. A friend introduced me to SPARKBOX Toys, a monthly toy subscription box. They kindly sent me a free box to review. My first impression on opening the box was wow! The toys are pretty darn good quality! For my kids, they sent a variety of toys covering their age range (from 1 to 7). Here are my reasons for why you should consider a monthly subscription to SPARKBOX Toys:

They are educational.

These toys have been curated by a group of extremely varied experts. These ladies have experience ranging from education to health and wellness. They are purposely selected for your child’s developmental stage.

The toys are only there temporarily, so you do not have to worry about what to do with them when your kids lose interest.

Have you bought a toy that you thought your child would love, only to have it end up collecting dust or sitting at the bottom of the toy box? Yeah, me too. Whether your kids play with these or not, you just send them back with the prepaid shipping labels (can I mention that shipping is free?). They inspect, clean, and sanitize each toy before sending it out.

They can be saved for special occasions.

If you homeschool like I do, you can save these toys for when you need to distract your little one. Uninterrupted time to work with your student on math? Yes, please! Want to pee or poop alone? Here you go, kids! I’m not so sure that these would distract long enough for a shower though.

Something new every month.

Each time you get a box (either every four weeks or eight weeks, they have two plans, you can check those out along with pricing here), it’s like Christmas. I had to fend my kids off to get this picture of what we got in our box. They were very excited that I finally got a package with something for them to play with.

Able to cancel when you need to, keep the toys as long as you want.

If you (I mean, your kids) really end up loving a particular toy, you have the option to buy it at a discounted price from retail. Yay! If you happen to lose a piece (guilty! Puzzle pieces end up strewn all over the place around here), you might have to pay a couple of dollars to replace it. They do include a mesh bag to keep all the pieces together.

You can check out their FAQ page for any other questions you might have.

 

What is our experience with SPARKBOX Toys?

If you have the  money in your budget for a monthly or bi-monthly subscription, I really recommend it, based off the box I received. Since I have kids ranging in ages from one year old to eight years old, our box shows that. We received a rolly caterpillar, a wood puzzle, electronic book, and the Jammin’ Gym. The kids have enjoyed playing with all of them, though Little Man (my one year old) has really enjoyed chasing the caterpillar around the longest. The puzzle and the book don’t get much playtime. Big Brother (eight year old) enjoys going nuts with the Jammin’ Gym. I really should record him playing with it, it’s pretty funny and cute. They have been nice to hand to my two younger kids while I’m working with Big Brother on lessons. As you can see in the picture, I had to fight them off in order to get a picture. lol Little Man loves chasing the caterpillar. It’s very easy for him to push it down and get it going. Sister enjoys the puzzle. She’s my puzzle lover. Like I mentioned, Big Brother jams with the Jammin’ Gym. The Leap Frog book doesn’t get much love, though the kids really love regular books. If we have the money for this in our budget, I would love to get a subscription, even just for a couple of months, just to have some new toys to distract the kids with when I need to.

You can follow them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Pinterest.

Fun Funky Fluff

I received a Funky Fluff bamboo diaper in exchange for my opinion. What follows is my opinion. This post does contain an affiliate link.
 

I have to admit, whenever I hear Funky Fluff, this is what goes through my head:

Yeah, I’m grooving in my chair listening to that. Little Man likes it too. With a name like Funky Fluff, you gotta get funky!

 

The Specs of Funky Fluff’s Bamboo Diaper

  • Can be used as an all-in-2 (by snapping in the inserts outside the pocket), pocket (stuffing the pocket), and an all-in-one (stuffing and snapping)
  • Liner made of bamboo viscose
  • PUL flap in front to help contain wetness (great for belly sleepers)
  • Double row of waist snaps in contrasting colors
  • Cross over snaps
  • Hip snap on bottom
  • Four rise settings
  • Fits newborn to over 35 pounds (it fits my 42 pound three year old with snap covers on the hip snaps)
  • Narrow crotch, so difficult to fit larger inserts in pocket
  • Includes two inserts: light soaker with three layers, heavy duty soaker with four layers and a fold line, both with snaps on one side at each end
  • Wide elastics on legs and back, which I feel cuts down on the red marks (not usually a big deal as this post by Kim from Dirty Diaper Laundry says, but still)
  • Made in China, while the company is based in Canada (Funky Fluff talks a little about their process of choosing a responsible manufacturer here)

 

Performance

Since Little Man is a heavy wetter, I used both inserts every time that we used this diaper. Even with two inserts, this is one trim diaper! And it’s extremely absorbent. Um, I left it on Little Man for six hours one time. I don’t normally do that, honestly, but if you want to see how well a diaper performs, you have to put it through it’s paces! I’ve used it all three ways. It funktioned great each way. I’ll admit, I’m a little leary of how well the bamboo viscose will hold up wear and tear wise. I’ve been using it for a month (and it’s been one of the first diapers that I’ve reached for- ha, I had a hard time getting pictures, because every time that I had time to take pictures, I realized the diaper was already used and waiting to be washed!), and it’s holding up beautifully so far. As you can see in the pictures, I chose the purple with green snaps. It’s a lovely reddish purple. As you can tell, purple is my favorite color, and this diaper is my favorite shade of purple. The rise snaps are purple so they blend in. I really like the contrast of the lime green waist snaps with the purple. I haven’t had any wicking around the legs yet, but I tend to kind of tuck in the legs so the bamboo isn’t exposed.

 

My Opinion Overall

I’m really liking Funky Fluff’s bamboo diaper. I use it a LOT. One thing I don’t really like is that the bamboo covers the whole inside of the diaper. I don’t like touching pee when I’m taking a diaper off. lol But the diaper has only been that soaked once (the six hour trial I gave it). I want to try their stay dry diaper. And they have lots of pretty colors!

To Purchase and Get News

You can follow Funky Fluff on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter to find out the latest. Funky Fluff’s stay dry, bamboo, and wet bags are available at Kelly’s Closet.  In Canada?  Then you can get your Funky Fluff Fix at Cozy Bums.

 Update

I’ve had the diaper for over three months now, so I figured I’d update as to how it’s holding up since I mentioned how I had my doubts about that. It’s actually holding up really well. Yes, it’s gotten stained, but the bamboo is still pretty soft and the inserts still hold a lot. It’s still a diaper that I reach for almost daily. lol It’s one diaper that I have a matching outfit for, so I try to save it for when Little Man wears it. It’s really one of my favorites. The elastics are pretty much perfect, the PUL is in great shape. The lining is stained and more rough, but still pretty soft. So I’m loving Funky Fluff.

This is One Smart Diaper

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I really love to shop in local stores and buy things that have been made here in America. It’s so nice to be able to support a local family when I buy things that my family needs, and it’s doubly great when I buy a locally made product at a local business. One company that I’ve supported that is local to me is Smart Bottoms. They make a great all in one cloth diaper. What’s so great about this cloth diaper you ask? Allow me to show you. And yes, I did receive the blue George diaper free for review, but I purchased the tie dye one myself.

 

Features

  • Double row of waist snaps
  • Four rise snappings
  • Wide waist elastic
  • Un-encased leg elastic
  • PUL inner layer in front and back
  • Organic cotton fabric in middle
  • NO exposed PUL
  • Tongue style, four layer, organic cotton, attached insert

What I Think

Well, I now have two Smart Bottoms AIOs, so it can be  safely said that I love them. They are very absorbent and very trim fitting, even snapped down to the second rise setting. Their recommended weight range is 10-35 pounds, but I’ve found that it actually fits even larger than that. My 42 pound three year old can wear this diaper on the last snaps. I think that it will fit her for a few more pounds, but that might be pushing it.

Little Man wears these on the second rise setting. He is a heavy wetter, but these are way more than absorbent enough. I don’t even have to add a doubler, so that’s a big yay from me. I do recommend making sure the legs are rolled in so that the cotton is tucked in to prevent wicking.

Yes, these are one of the more pricier diapers on the market, but you really get what you pay for. In a good way. The PUL is good quality. They don’t have the largest collection of colors and prints at the moment, but what they have is nice and they’re coming out with some new ones (including a unicorn print that I am waiting oh so impatiently for). The fabric is organic, they’re made in the USA, the quality is excellent. Like I said, you really get what you paid for.

As far as washing and drying go, this diaper washes up easily. Line drying takes a while and needs a quick spin in the dryer to get out any stiffness. I’ve been drying mine in the dryer with the rest of my inserts and haven’t had any problems yet. I do wait until the load is cool before I take them out though, to prevent any possible damage to the elastics.

To Purchase

Diaper Junction has Smart Bottoms. You can follow Smart Bottoms on Facebook and Twitter.

And one last picture. Just to convince you.

 

Helping Barbie (and Other Dolls) Look Good

 

We are Barbie girls in my house. I played with Barbies when I was a kid and now my little girl plays with them. I will confess, my girl and I play with her Barbies now. Mostly it consists of me dressing and undressing them. Seeing the Barbies available now, I wish they could have been available when I was younger (hello, articulated joints!). Since my girl likes playing with her Barbies so much, when I got the chance to pick out something from Doll Clothes Superstore to review for free, I did jump at it.

Variety of Doll Clothes Available

The Doll Clothes Superstore has a large selection of various kinds of doll clothes for sale. They have clothes available for Barbie, Cabbage Patch Kids, American Girls, and more. And they’re all at very reasonable prices.

Barbie Dress

So I let my girl pick out which Barbie doll dress she wanted, and she picked out Midnight Stroll. Miss Mary Ann even sent a small selection of shoes that match the dress. My girl was pretty excited to receive the dress. She insisted on picking out a Barbie to dress up right away. Then she was very particular about which pair of shoes she wanted Barbie to wear. Sister can be picky like that. 🙂

Quality

I was very happy to see how nice the Barbie doll dress looked. I think it’s made from a good quality polyester satin. The Midnight Stroll outfit comes with the dress and a shawl. On the page it says it comes with a hat, but I don’t see one pictured and we didn’t receive one. I wasn’t expecting to get one, just noticed that it says that it comes with a hat.

The quality of the workmanship of the dress is pretty top notch. And as you can see, Theresa looks pretty darn good in it. Definitely ready for date night with Sister’s footless Bratz boy doll. The shoes we got are high quality too. They fit our Barbies very well. Unfortunately, Big Brother emptied out the bag I had placed the shoes in and we can’t find two of the shoes (figures that it wasn’t a matching pair). Sister liked having new shoes to match her other Barbie doll dresses.

These dresses are handmade either by Miss Mary Ann or some ladies she knows in Indonesia.

If you have a doll lover in the family, I recommend checking out Doll Clothes Superstore. Especially if you have an American Girl lover. She could get a matching outfit! You might end up having to get all your girl’s (or boy’s) dolls new outfits so they won’t be hating on each other.

Coupon Code!

Yay for coupons! Miss Mary Ann was very nice in providing a coupon code for my readers. Enter “clothdiaperingdcs” to get 10 % off your purchase, no minimum.

Tips for Getting Rid of Cradle Cap (New People Co brush)

 

No one likes seeing cradle cap on their baby’s brand new skin, but unfortunately, some babies get it. Nope, it’s not a pretty sight. But there are things you can do, and if your baby hasn’t gotten cradle cap yet (not saying that they will), there are things that you can do to help prevent it, and if baby already has it, some things to help get rid of it.

Wash your baby’s hair.

Easy peasy. Wash your baby’s hair with a gentle shampoo two or three times a week. This can help prevent cradle cap by removing excess oil and dead skin. Don’t wash more often, because you can actually make cradle cap worse, if you do that.

Brush baby’s hair.

I know, some baby’s only have peach fuzz, but brushing even that peach fuzz will give baby a gentle scalp exfoliation, especially if you do it right after a bath. A great brush (that the company sent me to review) for that is the New People Company brush. This brush is great for everyday brushing, not just for treating cradle cap. Made out of recyclable plastic and top rack dishwasher safe, it’s surprisingly gentle yet effective (unlike those soft bristle brushes you get at the store). I used it on Little Man’s cradle cap right after his baths (without oil, as he had a very mild case) and it helped clear it up quickly.

If it’s really stubborn, try a little oil and brushing.

Olive oil seems to be the most popular recommendation. I would imagine coconut oil or vegetable oil would work as well. I have heard moms complain about coconut oil or their kids cradle cap getting worse when using oil though. Here’s an article with a little bit more info about that. Apparently some kinds of cradle cap can be caused by a form of yeast, and if your kid has that kind of cradle cap, olive oil can make it worse. If you go this route, try leaving it on your baby’s head for at least a few minutes before brushing. You shouldn’t have to use a lot, just enough to moisten the scalp. You can wash after if you choose or feel like baby’s hair is too oily.

All of my kids have had cradle cap unfortunately. My oldest boy had the worst and longest lasting case, though trying to clear up cradle cap with my girl’s thick hair was a pain too. Little Man got lucky and his was very mild. And it did help that I had access to a good quality brush like the New People Company brush. They’re a little pricey at six bucks a brush, but I think they’re worth it for how well they work.

You can follow New People Company on Twitter and Facebook.

Have you had to deal with cradle cap? Did you do any of the above?

Tips for Preventing Diaper Rash

 

Diaper rashes seem almost inevitable when your kid is in a diaper 24/7. Some babies seem to be more disposed to them than others, while others are lucky and never get one. Sister has really sensitive skin, and she will get really bad rashes if I’m not careful. Little Man’s rear end doesn’t seem to be so sensitive. After diapering three kids, I’ve finally figured out a few tips for preventing diaper rash. It took me long enough! But here’s what I do to prevent rashes on my babies. Also I’m sharing about a diaper ointment I got to review that I love. These tips work whether you use disposables or cloth diapers.

Change frequently.

Okay, that’s a no-brainer and I figured that out with my first kid, but it needs to be said. Change diapers frequently. Change poop diapers as quickly as possible.

Clean thoroughly.

I don’t care what you use, but clean that baby’s butt thoroughly when you’re changing them, whether it’s a poop diaper or just pee! I use cloth wipes and plain water most of the time (sometimes I’ll use a gentle wipes solution). You wipe after you pee, right? Make sure to wipe your baby after they’ve peed too.

Dry their butt.

I kind of do this at the same time as I’m cleaning their butt, because I use a sprayer to wet their butts directly and wipe with a dry cloth. This way when you do the next step, you won’t trap any moisture against their skin.

Apply ointment.

This can be anything, from an over the counter cream like Balmex (not recommended for use on cloth diapers) or something homemade. The point is to have something that protects baby’s skin. The diaper cream will be a barrier between the baby’s skin and what they ‘deposit’ into the diaper. No, it does not have to contain zinc or a powder. I didn’t always do this and when I started doing it at every single diaper change, it made a HUGE difference. Sister and Little Man have only had one rash since I started doing this (and I think it was because I was testing out a new detergent and hadn’t worked out the right amount to use yet, especially since it affected both of them).

An awesome ointment that I got sent to try is Eco Sprout’s Coconut Stick. It says on the package that you might want to eat it because it smells so yummy and they’re right! I suppose it depends on whether you like the smell of coconut or not (I do). I’ve been mainly using it on Little Man (Sister was testing another ointment), and it’s kept his little tush nice and soft! Like I said, we’ve only had the one rash since we started using this. There are only three ingredients in it (coconut oil, Vitamin E, and beeswax), which I love. It comes in a stick, and if you’ve read another review of mine, you know I love stick ointments. No mess and no having to clean my fingers off after! And so easy to toss in the diaper bag for on the go. I’ve used this to get rid of rough patches on Little Man’s feet with only a couple of uses. I love the Coconut Stick. My only complaint about it is that it goes pretty quick. We’ve used up almost the whole stick in less than a month. Oh and this stuff doesn’t cause any problems with cloth diapers.

That’s  it. It’s that simple to prevent diaper rashes, whether you’re using cloth diapers or disposable diapers.

You can purchase the Coconut Stick from Diaper Junction (affiliate link). They retail for about $9.95.

Is there anything special you do to prevent diaper rashes?

Rock-A-Bums- A Rocking Diaper for Your Baby’s Rump

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If you have not heard about Rock-A-Bums, you need to read this.  They are one of my new favorite cloth diapers (I have two other favorites) and I cannot sing their praises enough.  There are a couple of things that I would like to see different, but overall, AWESOMENESS!  I was excited to get one at no charge to review of course (hello, new cloth diaper!), but after receiving it and actually using it, yeah, these are staying in the stash.  I just can’t bring myself to part with them.

Rock-A-Bums- Rocking Your Baby's Rump- Retro Modern Melissa

Does Everything

I really, really like that Rock-A-Bums markets these as a 5-in-1 diaper.  Yes, most pocket diapers can be used the same way EXCEPT as an all-in-two or one, but Rock-A-Bums is intended to be used in as many different ways as possible, not just as a pocket diaper, all-in-one, all-in-two, hybrid, or cover.

These diapers have snaps in the front and back where you can snap in the insert.  You can snap it in the front for an all-in-two or tuck the insert in the pocket and snap it in the back for an all-in-one.  There are openings in the front and back, with a flap of PUL across the front.  The back opening is nice and wide, so it’s really easy to stuff, even for big hands (I don’t have wide hands, just long ones).  Plenty of room to stuff it with whatever your heart desires- bamboo inserts, hemp inserts, prefolds, flats, the inserts that come with it, whatever.

Of course you can use it as a regular pocket diaper or even just as a cover.  Pretty cool, right?

Black Inside

Oooh, this is one of my favorite things.  This is the only diaper that I have seen with a black interior.  I’ve seen them with other colors, but this is the only one with black.  And it’s not the usual fleece either.  These suckers have a velour inner.  Oh yes.  They’re soft.  Very soft.  The downside to that is that they pick up all kinds of hair and loose fibers.  It sounds worse than it looks as you can see in the pictures above.

Rock-A-Bums- Rocking Your Baby's Rump- Retro Modern Melissa

Wide Elastic in the Back

I love having wide elastic in the back.  I feel like it keeps the poo contained better, with less of chance for it to wick onto clothes, blankets, car seat covers- You get the point.  The elastics around the legs are much skinnier.  I’ll admit, I would like the leg elastics to be a little wider, but that’s really a personal preference.  These do keep everything contained.

Four Rise Settings

I love having so many settings.  It makes for a better fit, I think.  Less chance for baby to be in a size in between.

Two Rows of Waist Snaps

I have to confess, I was more fond of hook and loop closures because I could get a better fit, but lately, I’ve been leaning towards snaps.  For one thing, I’m tired of passing Little Man to his papa or setting him in his swing minus his diaper.  Yeah, that’s happened.

Rock-A-Bums snaps are set close together and the two rows are offset, which allows you to get a great fit.  Also, they do not have hip snaps.  Which is great, because Sister (who’s about 37 or 38 pounds) is on the last few snaps, so she can still wear these and I don’t have to try and find some way to cover up hip snaps so they don’t dig into her skin (or just skip using the diaper completely).  I haven’t had a problem with wing droop on Little Man though, and he wears these snapped almost all the way in.

My only suggestion about the snaps would be to add some crossover snaps to one wing or both.  I know not every baby is built like Little Man, but he’s got a tiny waist and if I’d been trying to put these on him when he was a couple of months old, I probably would have needed crossover snaps.

Rock-A-Bums- Rocking Your Baby's Rump- Retro Modern Melissa

I have to admit, I love the red snaps on the black diaper.  These pictures are with one Rock-A-Bums insert.  My models would not hold still for me for their photo shoot. lol

Two Inserts Included

Most diapers include only one, or they might include a newborn and a one size.  Rock-A-Bums includes TWO full size inserts.  They’re made from several layers of microfiber topped with charcoal bamboo and have a snap on one end so you can snap them into the Bomb Shell.  They’re heavy duty enough that one will last Little Man a couple of hours (and he’s a super soaker).  Sister does not pee a lot, so these last her a good long while.  I tend to use cotton prefolds inside though (I do prefer natural fibers).  I think using both of the inserts would make a good nighttime diaper (it would be a bit bulky, but it would work), or even using one of these with a hemp doubler underneath would be great for bedtime.

It’s great that it comes with two inserts because you could use this diaper for day or night, without having to worry about getting anything extra.  They’re going to be offering a disposable option sometime in the future (hopefully soon!) and I would love to see them offer a natural fiber option like hemp.  That would rock!

The Colors

Right now, Rock-A-Bums comes in three colors.  They have red, white, and black.  All of them have the black interior.  I’ll admit, I am looking forward to seeing what prints and other colors they might come out with.  I personally would love to see a rocking purple. 🙂  The red and white have black snaps, while the black (like I mentioned) have red snaps.  I do have all three colors.  The red isn’t as orange-y looking as it seems in the pictures.  It’s a really beautiful red.

Overall

I love that these diapers come ready to use with two inserts and that they emphasize how many ways these can be used.  That might seem a little overwhelming to a cloth diaper initiate, but it’s really not.  These are one of my favorite diapers, and I really recommend them.  They also come with hook and loop closures, which I have not tried.

So if you are on the hunt for something new to add to your stash, or are looking to buy your first cloth diaper, I say you should get Rock-A-Bums.  They’re not pricey, they’re great quality, you get two inserts, and they look good on baby.  As far as I know, they’re only available through the Rock-A-Bums website right now.  These are rocking our world! 😉

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