Bummis Flannel Fitted Review

When Bummis introduced their new line of fitted diapers, I was intrigued.  I’m not a huge fan of fitteds as a rule… but I am a huge fan of Bummis.  So when Bear Bums contacted me to review the Bummis Flannel Fitted diaper, I jumped at the chance.

Bummis Flannel Fitted Review & Giveaway!

About the Bummis Flannel Fitted Diaper

Like all other Bummis products, the Bummis Flannel Fitted diaper is made in Montreal.  It’s a one size fitted diaper that comes in a variety of prints.  The inner is an organic cotton sherpa inner that is made in the United States.  It’s also designed to have a snap rise and cross over snaps.

Bummis Flannel Fitted Diaper Review

What’s Awesome about the Bummis Flannel Fitted Diaper

Generally, one of the reasons that I hate fitted diapers because I find them to be too bulky on my tiny, tiny daughter.  The Bummis Flannel Fitted Diaper is actually exceptionally trim, even under a cover.  It’s one of the most trim options that I’d ever used.  Since stay dry is also crucial for my Princesa, I also added the Bummis Deluxe Booster (which I got when I bought my Bummis Duo-Brite) with the stay dry side up.

Even with that additional absorbency added, it was still exceptionally trim.

The elastics are quite wide.  The width of the elastic is a good thing for a few reasons.  Wider elastic tends to hold up longer because it has more surface area to give.  And that increased width also means that it’s more surface area against your baby’s skin, so there won’t be the red lines from elastic pressure.  It also means that the diaper is going to be more comfortable.

It’s absorbent, too.  I kept Eudora in the diaper for three hours in effort to really test the diaper out.  She had two sippy cups of milk.  Generally, I change her after each sippy cup.  The Bummis Flannel Fitted diaper managed to cope with her flood.

Then there’s the washing.  There’s nothing synthetic about the absorbent materials in this diaper, which means that it’s super simple to care for.  There’s no risk of microfiber stink.  And it actually dries pretty quickly.  It’s easily the fastest drying fitted diaper I’ve ever used.

Bummis Flannel Fitted Diaper (Cloth Diaper Addicts)

What’s Not Awesome about the Bummis Flannel Fitted Diaper

There’s honestly only one thing that I have less love for about the Bummis Flannel Fitted diaper.  There’s a plethora of beautiful prints out there… and while it should be a bonus that there’s so much adorable out there, you don’t actually get to pick.  Bummis Flannel Fitted diaper are sold in girl, boy, and gender neutral.  I get that the logistics are so they don’t have to do a stock image for each print, it means more variety and change, etc… but it also makes them harder to know what’s out there.

The Bottom Line

I love this diaper.  It’s the first time that a fitted has been trim enough to go under jeans.  It’s made in Canada.  It doesn’t take all day to dry.  At $25.95 Canadian, it’s a little on the expensive side, but it’s a Bummis product.  That means that it’s totally worth it.

How to Get Yours

My diaper was given to me to facilitate this honest review, but you can buy one for yourself at Bear Bums or enter to win one!

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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

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And one last picture. Just to convince you.

 

Blueberry Deluxe Cloth Diaper Review

Are you ready to #tryallthediapers?!  I’m thrilled to be writing this long overdue Blueberry Deluxe cloth diaper review!  I’ve been a fan of Blueberry for a long time, but I’ve yet to write about why it’s a diaper you need in your stash.

Blueberry Deluxe Pocket Cloth Diaper Review (Cloth Diaper Addicts) [Read more…]

Bummis Duo-Brite ai2 Review

Since Eudora is approaching potty training readiness, I’m really feeling the pressure to try all the diapers before I run out of time. The Bummis Duo-Brite ai2 has been in my stash since they were released. As soon as I saw them, I knew I had to give it a shot.

About the Bummis Duo-Brite

Like all Bummis products, the Bummis Duo-Brite is made in Canada from materials made in the US. The Duo-Brite cover is essentially the replacement for the Super Brite cover. However, the Duo-Brite has two sizes instead of 5 and snap closures instead of Velcro. The double gussets that made the Super Brite fabulous are also included in the Duo-Brite design. Unlike previous Bummis creations, the Bummis Duo-Brite is a true all-in-two diaper with a snap in insert. The Bummis Duo-Brite is a two sided insert: one side is a wicking material so that your baby’s bottom will stay dry; the other is organic cotton so that only natural fibers touch the skin.

Bummis Duo Brite All-in-Two Review

What I like About the Bummis Duo-Brite

Have I mentioned that it’s made in Canada with materials from the United States? Seriously, just buying Bummis Duo-Brite diapers makes me feel all virtuous: I’m creating jobs in both the country of my birth and the country I call home. I also like that you can have your choice of organic and stay dry fibers in the same insert. The insert’s method of snapping in only at one end guarantees that the same insert will fit regardless of which rise setting you use for getting the best fit to your child.  The seam down the middle to hold the two sides of the inserts together means faster drying time.  The inserts are quite thirsty and super trim. At first, I had a hard time telling which side was the stay dry and which side is the organic… so I asked Shirley of Bummis how to tell the difference.  It turns out that you can tell them apart by looking: the darker side is the organic side and the lighter side is stay dry.

Bummis Duo Brite All-in-Two Review

The double gussets do a fabulous job of containing any mess your child can produce (even the ones that make you wonder if you’ll need an old priest and a young priest). The inner is exposed PUL for an easy to wipe surface. And because it’s a two size system, you will be able to get a fabulous fit on your newborn at the small end and your toddler at the larger end.

Bummis Duo-Brite All-In-One Review

What I Don’t Love About the Bummis Duo-BriteBummis Duo-Brite All-In-Two Review

The Bummis Duo-Brite is the replacement for the Super Brite… And it came with the same prints that the Super Brite used. To put it simply, the Duo-Brite prints are not anything new or exciting, and cute prints and simple solids are an important consideration for me. (However, I do have hope that they will bring more of the beautiful limited Super Lite prints over to the Duo-Brite as time goes on.) I also find that the inserts can sort of rumple along the edges as they shrink a tiny bit in the dryer. Also, because it’s a two size system, it will mean buying two complete sets for the difference in size for both the inserts and the covers.

The Bottom Line

The Duo-Brite is a definite improvement over the Super Brite. At $56.95 US/$59.95 Canadian, it is a bit of a pricey diaper, but you should have at least one in your cloth diaper stash.

Have you used the Bummis Duo Brite?

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Oko Creations Mama Cloth (And Giveaway!)

I have, as of late, been on a quest to have a greener period.  And a more comfortable period.  Sure, some of my attempts have been a momentous fail… but using Oko Creations mama cloth has been the closest I’ve ever been to having a happy period.

I’m going to blame Maman Loup for this one.  She’s been talking about how amazing Oko Creations is for a variety of reasons, and she convinced me to give them a try.  So Oko Creations sent me some samples to try them out so I could give you guys my complete, honest, and unbiased opinion.  Before I’d even received them, I was pretty darned stoked.

Oko Creations is Canadian

I have an infinite preference for products made in Canada and the US.  It guarantees that I will be spending my money on products that are ethically made in a country where workers are protected from unfair labor practices.  I know that the products will be well made in a safe environment. [Read more…]

Mini Kiwi Pocket Diaper Review

I thought that I was running out of cloth diapers to try, particularly from bigger companies that sold their product in cloth diaper boutiques.  Then my friend Lindsay put Mini Kiwi Diapers and I together for a review.  Simone of Mini Kiwi graciously sent me a package diapers and accessories, including this Mini Kiwi pocket diaper, to try out so that I could write a review.  As always, my opinions are completely mine because I’m far too opinionated to keep them to myself.

Mini Kiwi Pocket Diaper Review [Read more…]

Funky Fluff 2.0 Review

For the sake of disclosure, I received this Funky Fluff Stay Dry 2.0 cloth diaper to review. I’m far too opinionated to let something like that influence my opinion!

When Maman Loup let me know that the new Funky Fluff Stay Dry 2.0 was in need of reviewers, I jumped on the chance.  I really loved the original incarnation of the Funky Fluff Stay Dry (which I used primarily as a pocket diaper), so I was excited to see what would come next.

About Funky Fluff

Funky Fluff is a Canadian home-based business started by two moms and friends in the Toronto area. Kathy and Tricia spent many a night after their kids were in bed designing a diaper. Their versatile designs and contrasting colors made Funky Fluff happen. These ladies are also exceptionally giving. They’ve been known to help Cloth for a Cause, my personal favorite charity, on more than one occasion.

What’s Changed in the Funky Fluff Stay Dry 2.0?

The original Funky Fluff diaper had double gussets, but the new Funky Fluff Stay Dry 2.0 has done away with the double gusset system.  The middle of the diaper is a bit narrower for a trimmer fit.  The inserts are just a tiny bit narrower to accommodate the slimmer design.  The back elastics are a bit wider.

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What’s Awesome About These Changes?

When you’ve got a newborn, double gussets are king. It’s pretty much a necessity for containing runny breastfed newborn baby poo, especially if you’ve got a once a week pooper. However, once you get past that stage, the double gussets are less convenient, particularly in the “peanut butter poo” stage. Getting rid of the double gussets has made it far more convenient to use the shell as an all-in-two; the microsuede-topped insert can just lie on top instead of on top of double gussets. This also gives a trimmer fit when taking advantage of the all-in-two option.

The narrower middle and the narrower inserts? That means that you’ll have no problems tucking your Funky Fluff Stay Dry 2.0 diaper under a pair of jeans. Plus, less bulk overall makes for a much better looking fit.

The widening of the back elastics is a comfort measure. You know how sometimes you get that sock line on your legs after you take the socks off? That’s from the pressure of the elastics. Not a crucial issue, but it’s not particularly attractive. We like to see it even less on our babies who can’t verbalize if it’s too much pressure or whatnot. That wider elastic means that the pressure point is distributed over a wider area, which means red “sock line” reduction and more comfortable fit.

Funky Fluff 2.0 Stay Dry Review and GiveawayWhat’s Awesome about the Funky Fluff Stay Dry 2.0?

I’m seriously in love with all of the changes. They’re little things, but those little things added up to make one really, seriously cool diaper. I’ve always been a fan of the contrasting snaps on the PUL, and this hasn’t changed. It’s an awesome little diaper… and I think I should add more to my already excessive stash just for the color combos!

I also love the fact that it’s a diaper that comes with options. I love versatile diapers that can be used in a number of ways, and the pocket/all-in-two option of Funky Fluff never disappoints.

About Those Options…

Now there are even more options available. Once upon a time, when you bought a Funky Fluff diaper, you got the inserts that you got and that was it. Now, for those who love to use the Funky Fluff as an all-in-two, you can order additional inserts so that you can get two changes out of your Funky Fluff shell instead of one. Or (and this is one of my FAVORITE new options with the Funky Fluff a la carte ordering) if you like the stay dry shell and bamboo inserts, you can just order the bamboo inserts separately to use in your Funky Fluff Stay Dry 2.0 as a pocket.

What Would I Change?

There’s really only one area that I would change on the Funky Fluff Stay Dry 2.0. It’s a really minor, petty thing, but it’s worth mentioning… otherwise it would just be a perfect review. The hip snap? It’s awesome for preventing wing droop issues, and I love it. But it snaps into the bottom row and I’d prefer it to snap into the top, just because the hip snap is usually the last snap that I use. That, however, is such a minor issue that’s just a personal preference that it doesn’t impact the overall awesomeness of the diaper.

Bottom Line?

I thought that the original Funky Fluff Fusion was a great pocket diaper. Thanks to these changes, the Funky Fluff Stay Dry 2.0 is now an awesome all-in-two diaper, too. So if you aren’t the lucky winner, you should most definitely go out and buy a few to add to your stash!

 

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Nuggles Tuck-Wrap-Go Cover Review

I frequently receive products for testing so that I can share the results with you.  Even though I receive product for free, it does not impact my opinion.  Every now and again, though, someone asks me if I’d like to review a diaper meant for a newborn baby.  Since my youngest is now two, I’m a little past the newborn stage.  Fortunately, our local cloth diapering community is filled with awesome moms who don’t think it’s the slightest bit strange for me to ask to borrow a child as a test subject.  For the Nuggles Tuck-Wrap-Go cover and Nuggles Naturals organic bamboo prefold, I borrowed my friend Nikki’s daughter Small Fry. [Read more…]

Ella Bella Bum Trainers Review

Just before Christmas, I got something pretty awesome from Sam at Ella Bella Bum.  She sent out some Ella Bella Bum Trainers for testers… and we tested like you wouldn’t believe with Norton.  I’ve been meaning to write a post to extoll the virtues of the new Ella Bella Bum trainers, but I have to admit that I’ve been a little reluctant.  (And not because of the quality.)

Here’s the run down:

Ella Bella Bum Trainers Review (Cloth Diaper Addicts)About Ella Bella Bum Trainers

Like all Ella Bella Bum products, the Ella Bella Bum trainers are proudly made in Canada at the EBB shop in Welland, Ontario.  They are sized in small, medium, and large, with the intention of fitting 2T, 3T, and 4T respectively.  The Ella Bella Bum trainers have a hidden layer of PUL and adjustable side snaps.  The outer is a cotton knit for extra stretchy ability.  Like most trainers, these are intended to hold roughly one pee and will ensure that your child feels the wetness.

What’s Awesome About Ella Bella Bum Trainers

Like all EBB products, the Ella Bella Bum trainers are quite unique.  Instead of a mass produced, standard product made in a factory overseas, you’re getting a product designed by a mom with some funky, fun prints.  Norton’s Ella Bella Bum trainers has an orange stretchy knit band, yellow stretch panels with orange snaps, and astronaut puppies on a navy background.  Elements of the orange and yellow are found on the astronaut puppies.  He calls those particular undies his “Space Puppies.”Ella Bella Bum Trainers (Cloth DIaper Addicts)

I was reluctant, at first, because Norton had considered anything with snaps on them to be a diaper.  (And that’s part of why I had no love for Flip trainers.)  In this case, though, the fact that the rest of the construction resembles underwear made all the difference.  The snaps made it possible to get a better fit on Norton, while the stretchiness of the panels made it easy for Norton to pull them up and down.

As promised by Sam when she was making them, they really do hold about one pee.  The outside of the trainers may become wet if it’s enough of a pee (and not just a dribble as your little runs off to the potty), but you will not find a puddle on your floor.  This means that they are most definitely not suitable for naps or overnights if your little one will flood a diaper during those times, but they work quite well for potty training.

I have to admit, though Norton is actually potty trained, we still use trainers in his wardrobe because they are just so darned cute.  It’s how this addict is managing to wean herself off of diapers.

What’s Not Awesome About Ella Bella Bum Trainers

This one part that is not awesome is part of why I put off on writing this review for so long.

It has nothing to do with the quality.  (As always, I’m impressed with the quality that comes from the Ella Bella Bum team.)

It’s actually a little bit of selfishness on my part.  Ella Bella Bum trainers sell out so quickly at stockings that I was kind of sort of keeping it a bit of a secret so that I could have a better chance of getting some more for myself when she has them on sale!

The Bottom Line

The price point on Ella Bella Bum trainers is a bit higher than most brands: $30 a pair.  But like most EBB products, they’ll hold their resale value nicely.  There’s also the added benefit of knowing that they are ethically made in Canada by a small mom-owned business.  Functionally, they work exactly as intended.  I totally recommend them.  (But please, any size but boy friendly medium, as those are what I buy for Norton!)

You can find Ella Bella Bum trainers at the Ella Bella Bum store.  Stockings are on Thursdays and sell out in minutes!

Bummis Super Brite and Newborn Prefolds

When my friend Nikki had her tiny, tiny little girl, she found that a lot of newborn diapers were just plain too big.  That meant I got to problem solve: I came over to help her get the right fit.  Nikki had plenty of newborn size Bummis prefolds to work with, and she’d already decided that she really loved the bikini twist fold for containment.  However, her covers (which were mainly Blueberry Capri newborn size) were far too big for Small Fry.  I came over to experiment with some diapers and we started with the Bummis Super Brite.

About the Bummis Super Brite

The Bummis Super Brite newborn cover is smaller than other Bummis covers.  The Super Whisper Wrap, Super Whisper Snap Wrap, and Super Lite newborn covers fit newborns starting at six pounds.  The Bummis Super Brite starts at four pounds.  It was the perfect size for Small Fry.  Even better?  Bummis covers are made in Canada.

Bummis Super Brite - Cloth Diaper Addicts

As you can see, the Bummis Super Brite fit Small Fry without any weird tugging or adjusting.  It simply went on and fit.  Granted, because the Super Brite newborn size cover is so small, it will be one of the first things that Small Fry outgrows.  However, during this time, it’s perfect.  Even better?  It has double gussets to contain the messy of runny newborn poo.

Would I Recommend It?

If you’ve got a tiny newborn and you really want to start cloth right away, Bummis Super Brite is your best shot.  It’s absolutely worth it in the newborn stage, and when you’re in the bigger sizes, you’ll get more longevity out of those covers as their growth slows.

Pros: Perfect fit, reasonable price.

Cons: Shorter life span, doesn’t have great resale value.

Where to buy: Cozy Bums (Canada), Nicki’s Diapers (US)