Diaper Dawgs- Woman’s Best Friend in Diaper Laundry

I often leave these little monsters in my bathroom until my husband gets home from work. I dread dealing with them. Stinky dirty little things. We have two bathrooms, so I can avoid them for a while. But I always know they’re lurking, just waiting for me.

Yeah, okay, that sounds like the beginning to a really bad scary movie. What are these little monsters? Poopy pocket diapers. Yeah, those are my least favorite part of cloth diapering.  These Diaper Dawgs I received to review are great not only for diapers, but puppet shows too. The kids and I had a great time playing with them when they came in the mail.

Diaper Dawgs are your friendly neighborhood watch dogs.

These are great. They’re little silicon mitts that cover your fingertips to protect them from that icky stuff that you find lurking in your diapers. They’re shaped like a dog’s head, complete with little ears. The inside of the mouth is textured, so it holds the diaper more easily without slipping. Which is great, because I hate having to fish diapers out of the toilet.  And you can use these to fish diapers out of the toilet too. Well, as long as they’re floating.

 

You can use these to hold diapers while you’re spraying them out, or you can use them to pull the inserts out of pocket diapers or to pull apart all in twos.

Even if you aren’t using cloth diapers, these can be used to handle a nasty disposable blowout, taking the poopy clothes off, and taking the diaper to the trash. Yes, you should still wash your hands, but at least you won’t be washing poop off your hands.

 

Request these at your favorite cloth diaper store so they’ll start carrying them. You can purchase them at Kelly’s Closet (affiliate link). Check them out on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Loving Little Bums- Lovey’s

Who doesn’t want their baby’s bottom to stay soft, smooth, and rash free?  No one, that’s who.  Lovey’s sent me their stick and spray, and let me tell you.  These two products are a great way to keep baby’s butt soft and rash free.  I could go on and on about these two products, but I’ll try and keep it short. 😉

Lovey’s Tushi Stick

I really prefer stick diaper ointments.  They’re just so much easier and less messy than having to stick your fingers in a tub or squeeze a glob on your fingers.  Seriously, I have a bunch of ointments, and I reach for a stick before I reach for anything else.  I do prefer to have separate sticks for each child though.

My Lovey’s Tushi Stick gets used on my girl’s rump.  I love it!  It’s got all natural ingredients, has a very light and nice smell, and works great.  It lasts a good bit too.  Sister is very prone to diaper rashes, but since we started using this with every diaper change, she hasn’t gotten any (except the one time I left her diaper on too long… that can only be blamed on me).

I’ve also been using it on her arms and legs (she has this rash that doesn’t go away and doesn’t bother her- her doctor says it’s from some virus she had when she was a baby or something like that), and it seems to be helping. We use it about twice a day.

Flat out, the Tushi Stick is great.  I highly recommend it.  I would get two, one for bums and the other for boo boos and things like that.

Lovey’s Tushi Wash

Now this stuff I really really really love.  I would love a lifetime supply of this stuff.  I was so sad when I used up the bottle they sent me.  I tried to make it last as long as I could, but it wasn’t as long as I would have liked.  Maybe it’s because I love it so much, but it seems like the bottle got used up pretty quick, and I was just using it for butt cleaning duty.

Why do I love this stuff so much?  For one, the squirt bottle is great, easy to use.  For the other, wiping my babies’ butts off after spraying this stuff on them was so easy.  It got that sticky toddler poo off no problem.  It made their butts feel like silk.  The spray made the washcloth glide across their skin, rather than drag.  Niiiiice.  I would love to clean my butt with something like that.

Was that weird? That might have been a little weird.  But seriously, I want more Tushi Wash.  I love the Tushi Stick too, and I’ll want more when that’s gone, but I really want more Tushi Wash.  Awesome stuff.  Both of them smell great and work great.  I can think of so many more ways to use both of them.  Boo boos, chafing, irritation, cleaning up faces and hands… the list goes on.  And yes, they are safe for cloth diapers.

Where to buy?

Tushi Wash is readily available in Canada at various stores.  If you’re in the US, you’ll have to order from Amazon at the moment.  You can order the Tushi stick here and the Tushi Wash here (affiliate links).  They are a little pricey ($14.99-16.99), but I think they’re worth it, especially if you’re looking for something to really soothe your or baby’s skin or that’s all natural.  You’re definitely paying for quality.

Follow them on Twitter and Facebook to keep in the know when their products go on sell or you might have a chance to win some free.

Eco Nuts- Zero Waste Laundry

Eco Nuts:  Zero Waste Laundry- ClothDiaperingAgain.com

You don’t have to go out and buy a new high efficiency washer and dryer in order to make your laundry routine more eco-friendly.  If you’re really looking to save some money, I’ve got some tips and a product you will love. [Read more…]

Selestial Soap- Committed to Community

Selestial Soap Review- ClothDiaperingAgain.com

Selestial Soap is an American company based right here in my home state of Michigan.  They have a wide range of products for the home, babies, and outdoors.  The company is committed to producing quality products that are safe for the environment and non-toxic to people, as well as to giving back to the community.   [Read more…]

Econobum- A Great Intro to Cloth Diapering

My decision to Start Cloth Diapering Using Econobum

I wanted to cloth  diaper my first born son, but I didn’t have access to the internet, so I didn’t know how awesome cloth diapers had become.  I had internet access with my girl, so I jumped in feet first, researching and comparing.  I wanted to get something inexpensive, so I decided to go with Econobum.  Looking back, I think Econobum was the best brand for me to buy as a newbie to cloth diapering.  Here’s why I chose them and why I would recommend them to anyone who is on a tight budget.

Affordable and Good Quality

Yes, my husband probably would have let me buy more expensive diapers if I had asked, but I was trying to be frugal.  These were inexpensive, and by most reports, they were good quality.  For less than $100, I had enough cloth diapers to cloth diaper my girl full time.  I do think they are good quality.  They took the beating I gave them the first six months I cloth diapered and kept on ticking. I still have my covers, though I passed on the prefolds on to a friend. Except one that I just found hiding in my laundry room. lol

One Sized!

This was what I was most excited about.  The fact that my girl would be able to use them from 8 to 35 pounds was awesome!  Admittedly, the one sized prefolds are pretty bulky on a little baby, but in the interest of saving money and not using disposables, they work.  I started using them when Sister’s umbilical cord fell off, and since she gained weight pretty quickly, they did fit her.  Considering that she weighed 8 lbs 2 oz when she was born, I think they probably would have fit her.  Well, maybe after her legs had filled out a little more.

Ease of Use

Econobums are pretty easy to use.  Just fold the insert (short way for small babies, long way for bigger babies), lay it in the cover, and snap it on the baby.  You could wrap them around baby if you wanted and if they fit.  For a first timer at cloth diapering, there aren’t many diapers that are easier to use.  Six covers and about 18 to 24 inserts were plenty for us.  That time was such a blur, I don’t remember how often we were washing. lol It seems like I was constantly washing or stripping diapers though.  18 to 24 should be more than enough to wash every other day.

Have I convinced you to try Econobum?

Yes, they’re not the prettiest diapers, but if you can scrape together $100, you can cloth diaper full time until your baby weighs 35 pounds.  Even if you end up buying other diapers, these are still great to have on hand for longer trips and nighttime.  You can buy them at Diaper Junction (affiliate link).  You can purchase the covers only, a cover and three prefolds, or a kit with three covers and a dozen inserts.  If you purchase the cover alone or with the three prefolds, you can pick the trim color, while the kit only comes with white. They have a lot more colors than when I bought mine!  They only had three colors, plus white, when I bought mine.  Econobum is a good quality, affordable brand, perfect for those on a budget, or just starting out cloth diapering, whether they’re starting with a young baby or a toddler.

Diaper Rite All in One Review

I was delighted to get the opportunity to review the Diaper Rite all-in-one. I actually did my first (and probably only) video review on it, which you can see down below. Here’s a quick rundown of why this is a great diaper. [Read more…]

The Ultimate Calendar for Blogging Organization: CoSchedule

The Ultimate Calendar for Blogging Organization: CoSchedule- ClothDiaperingAgain.comI’ve written a post about different ways you can record ideas for blogging.  What I’ve been searching for recently has been a better way to keep track of my posts and social media, particularly something that works well with WordPress.  Now I’ve found this awesome premium plug-in that I absolutely love called CoSchedule.  It is pretty much everything that I wanted. [Read more…]

BabyKicks Nursing Pads

 

BabyKicks makes some pretty good cloth diapers, but I bet you didn’t know that they also make nursing pads!  Yep.  If you are a heavy leaker, just had your baby and started nursing (ouch, the engorgement!), or are just looking for something to last you all night, BabyKicks nursing pads might be just what you are looking for. [Read more…]

Cloth Friendly Diaper Creams & Little Twig

 

There are a lot of diaper creams out there.  A LOT.  You go to the baby section at a store, it can be overwhelming seeing all the choices you have.  Chances are though that if you’re cloth diapering, you might be aware that a lot of those creams contain ingredients that aren’t considered that safe for your baby.  So I’m going to share some of what I have found out about ingredients you should avoid in diaper creams (whether you use cloth diapers or not), a couple of tips on using diaper creams with cloth diapers, how to clean diaper cream out of your diapers in case you use too much (been there, done that), and finally, a review of one of my absolute favorite diaper creams, that is not only free of possibly harmful ingredients, it is also great for use with cloth diapers. [Read more…]

Buttons Cloth Diapers Review

Buttons Cloth Diapers Review- ClothDiaperingAgain.comFirst, my confession.

I have to confess.  I used to be prejudiced against microfiber.  Here’s why:  My girl used to get terrible rashes when we used it and I didn’t think that they were that absorbent.  I used to think that they were just a way for companies to make cloth diapers cheap and that the inserts were cheap.  Yeah, I did not think too highly of microfiber.  I’ll admit, I still prefer natural fibers, but I think much more highly of microfiber now.  It took me finding the best way to wash it (for us) for me to start liking it (here’s my post about microfiber).  Now I am much more happy about using our microfiber inserts, instead of suggesting to my husband that he keep them in the car for cleaning.

About the System

So Buttons sent me a cover and two inserts to review and I really like them.  Buttons Cloth Diapers are a snap in two system, with a cover and snap in inserts.  They only offer microfiber.  The covers are one size, from about 9 to 35 pounds (they didn’t fit my over 35 pound two year old girl, but she’s outgrowing almost all of our one size diapers).  The inserts come in two sizes, small and large, and two types, daytime and nighttime.

The Cover

Like I said, the covers are one sized, fitting from about 9 to 35 pounds.  They have a three step rise and two snaps on each wing.  They have double gussets and elastic at the waist and back.  Like Best Bottoms, these have two layers of PUL, with the insert snaps on the inner layer.  There are nine different solid colors (I got blueberry, a pretty soft blue, and I’m eyeing Tangerine) and no prints.  There’s a cute embroidered red button on the back of the diapers.  The PUL feels soft but sturdy.  Going by feel, these feel like they’ll last a long time.  The picture of the cover on Little Man above is with a trifolded prefold (I think I took the picture before I got the small inserts).  Here are some pictures of the cover, inside and out, and with a small insert snapped in.

Buttons Cloth Diapers Cover- ClothDiaperingAgain.com

Buttons Cloth Diapers Inserts-  ClothDiaperingAgain.comThe Inserts

Daytime

The daytime inserts are four layers of microfiber topped with a layer of microfleece.  It’s hourglass shaped, which I really like as it covers more, so there’s a greater chance that you can reuse the cover.  There are two snaps, one at each end to attach it to the cover.  The small insert fits from about 9 to 20 pounds, while the large fits from  about 20 to 35.  I was able to use the large daytime insert on Little Man by folding down the front a little, but it did make it pretty bulky.  These aren’t the trimmest of inserts, but they’re not humongous either.  They’re pretty darn absorbent.

Nighttime

The nighttime inserts are six layers of microfiber with no microfleece topping.  They’re designed to be used underneath the daytime insert.  They’re the same hourglass shape as the daytime inserts, but are slightly larger all around.  Snapped together, the inserts are pretty big.

My Thoughts on Buttons Cloth Diapers

This is a diaper that goes in my diaper bag.  It’s easy to use and the colors are pretty.  I’m sad that it doesn’t fit my girl, but I do use the large inserts in another cover that fits her and it works pretty well.  The daytime inserts are plenty absorbent enough for the day, and the nighttime combination is bulletproof at night for both my kids.  Sister is not a heavy wetter, a large prefold lasts her all night.  Little Man, on the other hand, is a super soaker.  The nighttime combo works great for him!  I love that these are so affordably priced.  The quality is great!  Buttons is a great system.  One little thing that I really like about the inserts is that they are color coded.  The small inserts have white serging, while the large ones have a golden brown serging.  I do think that the covers run a little small though.  I think they would fit smaller than 9 pounds.  Overall, Buttons Cloth Diapers are great cloth diapers.  Having a whole stash of these would be a pretty affordable way to cloth diaper.

Check Buttons out!

The covers sell for $11.00 and the inserts sell for $3.50 a piece.  They also have flushable bamboo liners and flannel wipes.  Now if they would come out with wet bags and pail liners, they could be a one stop shop. 🙂  You can follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Youtube.