bumGenius Elemental 3.0 Review!

I really, really wanted to review the new bumGenius Elemental 3.0 myself. Since my children have outgrown diapers, I’ve had to pass along cloth diaper reviews to awesome mom friends of mine. Bailey of Simply Mom Bailey has been provided the bumGenius Elemental 3.0 for review so that she could share her honest opinions.

There is nothing more exciting the release of a new cloth diaper, especially for the addict in all of us. The reveal of a redesign of the bumGenius Elemental at ABC Kids Expo 2016 was no exception to the excitement. Lucky for me, Cozy Bums was just the destination to pick up a new and improved BumGenius Elemental!

Our handsome model demonstrates the bumGenius Elemental 3.0

Personally, I have been a long time enthusiast for the first generation of the Elemental and I’m giddy with excitement to see the return of the rolled elastic.  Let’s see how this redesign holds up.

About bumGenius

bumGenius is a diaper manufactured by Cotton Babies, who also make Flip.  The company is based out of St. Louis, Missouri and run by the fearless CEO, Jenn Labit.  bumGenius has been a mainstay of the modern cloth diaper industry. The first bumGenius pocket diaper was created 2005.  From there, they have refined and developed their designs into the bumGenius 5.0, the bumGenius Elemental 3.0, the bumGenius Freetime, and the Flip.

bumGenius Elemental 3.0 Diaper Design

The Elemental 3.0 embraces many of the familiar design elements of its earlier predecessors, and continues to be an All-in-One Diaper. It’s the same shape and size, making it suitable for babies 8-35lbs. It still offers patented stretchy tabs. And inside the diaper, you’ll still find organic cotton and a loop design absorbency.

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With the 3.0, we find the return of rolled elastics. The 3.0 features an organic cotton inner that backs the PUL (no more exposed PUL!) and is complimented with a SINGLE LOOP of luxurious organic cotton. Both the loop and backing consist of three layers of organic cotton, providing you with a total of 6 layers of absorbency.

What I Love about the bumGenius Elemental 3.0

Who doesn’t love an All-in-One? Aside from the classic reasons to love a simple, easy to wash diaper, here’s what I love about the Elemental 3.0.

  • Organic Cotton! One of my first priorities when choosing a diaper is natural fibres. I love keeping synthetics at bay. Natural fibres give me an easy care diaper that washes out beautifully.
  • Longer & Skinner Loop. The loop in the 3.0 is slightly longer and skinnier than previous versions. This extra bit of length and narrowness of the loop make it easier to fold up on the shorter rises. This simple change reduces the overall bulk at the front of the diaper.

Inner of the new bumGenius Elemental 3.0

  • Seriously Trim. The Elemental has always been a trim diaper, and the 3.0 is no exception! A few changes in the shape of the loop, give a cleaner fit both in the front and back. And my little man’s tush couldn’t get any trimmer if it was a disposable.

An amazingly trim fit with the bumGenius Elemental 3.0!

  • Single Loop. Unlike the previous double loop, the single loop means easier clean up at the end of the day (*ahem* Poop doesn’t get squished between the layers and result in many an irritated mama trying to spray it clean).

Improvements & Concerns

My husband and I have one major area of concern with the bumGenius Elemental 3.0. As the Chief Poop Sprayer, he was the first to address the issue with me.

The Loop. That darn Loop. When it comes to spraying a diaper clean that lovely, darling loop of cotton absorbency becomes a poop catcher. My husband wished to provide visual demonstration, but we held back. This was a constant complaint of mine with earlier versions, and continues to be my biggest concern. I *just wish* they had decided to cut the end of the loop to allow it to flap freely for the removal of solid waste (and to allow me to fold it up to maximize absorbency where I need it most).

If you use any sort of cloth diaper liner, whether it be fleece or disposable, this is probably a moot point.

A few other concerns I have…

  • Absorbency isn’t great. It’s about average compared to other major natural fibre All-in-One’s, and on par with the previous Elemental.
  • It would be LOVELY if the Elemental 3.0 offered the option for stay dry. Personally, a stay dry diaper isn’t make or break for my little guy, but I understand that many families value this.

Recommendations

The bumGenius Elemental 3.0 ranks highly on my list of recommendations and I strongly encourage you to give it a try. You’ll fall in love, and soon be collecting a rainbow of Elemental 3.0’s to complete your stash. Choosing an organic cotton all-in-one will not let you down.

The new bumGenius Elemental 3.0 is beginning to arrive at Cozy Bums Diapers.  All colours are available for pre-order and will be shipped out as they arrive.   Cozy Bums expects to have all colours (except for Fearless) in stock by the end of the month.  Fearless should arrive in mid to late December.

Funky Fluff DeLUX Hemp/Bamboo Soakers

Every time Funky Fluff comes up with something new, I’m impressed.  So when Funky Fluff asked me about sending one of their new products for review, I jumped at the chance.  The Funky Fluff DeLUX hemp/bamboo soakers have exceeded their usual standards of awesome!

If you love natural fibers, then you’ve had times of waffling between bamboo or hemp.  Which one do you want to use?  There’s the super softness and trimness of bamboo, but the cost effectiveness and lack of processing required to make hemp fabric….  How does one ever choose?  The Funky Fluff DeLUX hemp/bamboo soakers mean that you don’t have to choose!  You can have both.

About the Funky Fluff deLUX Hemp/Bamboo Soakers

Funky Fluff deLUX Hemp/Bamboo soakers are designed with a two layer hemp pad and a two layer bamboo pad stitched together down the middle.  As always, this soaker has snaps so that you can snap it to the shell or snap two soaker shells together.  These soakers can be used on their own to replace an insert in any Funky Fluff system or as an additional soaker to help with overnight absorbency.

What’s Awesome about the Funky Fluff deLUX Hemp/Bamboo?

These inserts are, in a word, designed to be superior in every possible way.  The inserts are sewn together with two lines down the middle so that they’ll dry faster.  They’re quite trim.  In fact, the 2.0 bamboo inserts are just over 1 cm thick… while these new, super awesome hemp/bamboo inserts are less than 1 cm thick.  I actually took a picture of a diaper stuffed with the old bamboo and the new LUX hemp/bamboo.  There was a full centimeter of difference between the two.

What’s Not Awesome about the Funky Fluff deLUX Hemp/Bamboo?

While these inserts do dry faster than the old 2.0 bamboo inserts, they still take longer than some to dry.  They also can get a bit rumpled in the dryer.  (If you’re bothered by your inserts not being perfectly flat, this may be a source of irritation for you.)  And at $15.95 Canadian, they are a bit pricey (though you do get two inserts for that price: a small and a large).

In a Nutshell?

If you have a heavy wetter, this is a great option for you.  If you like your baby to wear skinny jeans, then this is a MUST for you!  I’m so crazy about this insert that I’m going to just buy Lux covers and get the new Funky Fluff deLUX inserts to stuff!

You’ll be able to stock up on these tomorrow at Cozy Bums and other Funky Fluff retailers!  But because Funky Fluff is awesome and loves their customers, you can enter to win THIS amazing package!

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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?

Simplee by Nuggles – A Canadian Delight

When Bethany from The Little Sprout asked me if I wanted to review the Simplee by Nuggles all-in-two, I was interested.  I’d heard of Nuggles and knew that it was Canadian.  Last year, I borrowed a cloth diapering friend with a newborn to review the Nuggles newborn diapers, so why not?  After all, it’s an opportunity to try something new and give an unbiased opinion!

I received the Simplee by Nuggles in Sirinity with a bamboo inner.  That suited me because lately, I’ve been all about making sure that Eudora feels the wet since we’re at that point where she’s ready to housebreak physically, even if she has no inclination to do so at this time.

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About The Little Sprout

The Little Sprout is a small cloth diaper shop in Petawawa, Ontario run by the ever charming Bethany.  The Little Sprout carries a growing selection of cloth diapers, cloth diaper accessories, baby carriers, mama cloth, and more!  And for the discerning Canadian who wants to support Canadian companies, a large portion of her stock is either made in Canada or made by a Canadian owned business.

About Nuggles

Nuggles is a Canadian owned cloth diaper manufacturer who has their diapers made overseas.  The diapers were designed at a kitchen table in Canada by a mom who wanted the best solution for her baby.  Now the diapers are ethically made in China and are 100% CPSIA compliant.

About the Simplee by Nuggles

The Simplee by Nuggles all-in-two is designed to be used either as an all-in-two or as a pocket diaper.  The inner fabric is a bamboo and it includes two bamboo inserts that can be used individually or as a pair.  These inserts are designed to snap into the interior of the diaper as well.  If you stuff, snapping in the insert is optional and the inserts are designed to agitate out in the wash.  Additionally, there’s a strip of PUL in the front of the diaper to prevent wicking in the front. The Simplee also has a double gusset and a hip snap to prevent wing droop.  The rise is adjusted in in front with four levels of snap rise, giving five levels of height adjustment.  The Simplee by Nuggles is designed to fit from 8-40 pounds.

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What I like about the Simplee by Nuggles

There’s really only one word that I have to describe the Simplee by Nuggles: trim.  I use both inserts on Eudora because she decides when she’d like a diaper change these days instead of me.  Even with both inserts, it’s still exceptionally trim.  Eudora is at the stage of having blessedly ploppable poo, but the double gussets would be fabulous at the runny poo stage.  If, however, you’re in the peanut butter poop stage, the double gussets aren’t of the obnoxious variety that are difficult to spray out since the second gusset is PUL.  Since I want Eudora to feel wetness, I love the bamboo interior of the Simplee.  I can realistically see the diaper fit up to 4o pounds, as Eudora is on the fourth row of rise snaps.  There’s still another rise for her to go, and she’s twenty-eight pounds.

While I use the Simplee by Nuggles as a pocket, the diaper is designed so that you may stuff it as a pocket or snap the inserts on top like an all-in-two.  The benefit to snapping, of course, is that it stays put.  Even better?  Nuggles has some gorgeous prints, some of which I’ve only seen on high end European diapers that are not readily available in North America.

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What I don’t like about the Simplee by Nuggles

Because of the bamboo, I find that it takes longer than I’d like to dry.  Bamboo inners are quite slow to dry on any diaper because of the nature of the fabric, though, so it’s not really a surprise.  Additionally, Eudora is a really light wetter and I still need to use two inserts for it to last several hours.  I suspect that a heavy wetter would require additional boosting.

In a nutshell?  If you’re looking for a light, adjustable diaper in a myriad of prints, the Simplee by Nuggles is a great option.

How to Get Simplee by Nuggles

If you’re in Canada, pay a visit to The Little Sprout and purchase a Simplee by Nuggles for your very own!  Or you can be REALLY lucky and win one for yourself.  The Little Sprout is giving away one in-stock Simplee by Nuggles to TWO lucky Canadians!

bumGenius Elemental Diaper – Favorite Things!

Welcome to the Favorite Things Giveaway Hop, hosted by the Cloth Diaper Revival.
Each blogger participating has a great cloth diaper prize for you to win, worth at least $20, so after you enter mine, be sure to hop around to all the others in the linky!  Don’t forget to enter to win one the GRAND PRIZE for the event!
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I had a really hard time figuring out my own favorite things for this event.  I have so many great brands that I love!  With that in mind, I decided that it was time to celebrate a new favorite: the bumGenius Elemental.
Prior to now, there were multiple reasons that the Elemental was not my favorite diaper.  The biggest reason was that it was a non-stay dry fabric… and Eudora has such sensitive skin that she needed to stay dry.  I bought the new bumGenius Elemental when it first came out, hated it, and set it aside for over a year.
Now?  Eudora is approaching three years old.  She’s ready to potty train from a biological standpoint, but isn’t particularly interested.  She wants to wear her “pwetty diapers” and will absolutely freak out when I put underwear on her.  Even though she’ll sit on the potty.  Even though she’ll sometimes let me know when she has to go before she goes.  So with that in mind?  I’ve decided that there will be no more stay dry fabrics against her bottom unless it’s time for overnights.  It means that I’m no longer stuffing my pockets and am laying a natural fiber insert on top.  And it means that natural fiber all-in-one diapers like the bumGenius Elemental have become more appealing than ever before.
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Why bumGenius Elemental is a New Fave

1.) bumGenius Elemental diapers are trim.

bumGenius Elemental diapers are, like, really trim.  It’s so trim that I’m in the market for a cheap body fat calipur or similar device so that I can pinch to measure the thickness of a bumGenius Elemental versus a disposable diaper.  Now that Eudora is at the age of pants having the adjustable elastic, I no longer require a big fluffy cloth diaper bum to hold her pants up… so a trim diaper under pants is so very nice!  And if you’ve got a normal sized child that you often have to upsize pants to cover that fluffy cloth diaper bum, the trimness of the bumGenius Elemental diaper may be enough to keep your little in pants that fit without being too long.

2.) bumGenius Elemental diapers are organic.

The absorbent portion of the bumGenius Elemental diaper is organic cotton.  As much as modern synthetics surround us, sometimes it’s nice to get back to the basics of natural, organic materials when caring for our children.

3.) bumGenius Elemental diapers are soft.

It’s pretty interesting.  Over time, some interiors get scratchier or less squishy.  With the cotton inners of bumGenius Elemental diapers, they just get softer and softer every time.  I hang them for an hour while things without PUL get dried on high in my dryer, then I throw them and everything else with PUL that’s still damp in on low.  I’m pretty crazy about how soft they manage to stay while still making sure that my daughter feels the wet.

4.) bumGenius Elemental diapers are US made.

I have some definite preferences for things being made in Canada and the US whenever possible.  I’ll even spend a bit more to do so because I like the knowledge that my shopping habits are creating jobs in the country of my birth or the country of my residence.  The American manufacture of bumGenius products is a definite selling point for me!

5.) bumGenius Elemental diapers are pretty.

I love the colors of the Cotton Babies line ups.  I think the prints of the Genius Series are usually pretty awesome.  bumGenius Elemental diapers offer all of the same solids and most of the same prints that we know and love.  With bumGenius Elemental diapers, I get to have every single thing that I currently want in a cloth diaper.  That’s why they’re now one of my favorite things!

What’s your favorite thing about the bumGenius Elemental?

You can find the bumGenius Elemental at these affiliates: Cozy Bums Diapers (Canada), Diaper Junction (US/Can), Lagoon Baby (Canada), Kelly’s Closet (US), Nicki’s Diapers (US/Canada), Cloth Diaper Addicts Amazon Shoppe (US)

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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.

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Diaper Rite Premium One Size Pocket Diaper Review

I’ve been a rotten blogger.  I had been sent this wonderful diaper for review, wrote up the review… and then promptly forgot to publish it.  Diaper Junction sent me the Diaper Rite Premium one size pocket diaper to review, and Eudora was (as always) a delightful little test subject.  Though it’s late, here’s my honest, unbridled opinion on Diaper Rite Premium one size pocket diapers!

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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.