Nuggles Bittee Stay Dry All-in-One Newborn Cloth Diaper Review

It’s been a while since I’ve had a newborn baby, and I’ve never had a newborn baby small enough to start with a newborn cloth diaper.  When Nuggles contacted me about doing a review on their newborn cloth diaper, I knew that I’d have to do something a little different.  I had to borrow a baby.

Nuggles Itty Bitty Stay Dry AIO Newborn Cloth Diaper Review (Cloth Diaper Addicts)Fortunately, the local moms in our cloth diapering community did not find it remotely odd that I asked to borrow a baby for newborn cloth diaper testing.

About the Tester

Small Fry is an extremely tiny little newb.  When she came home from the hospital, I ended up making a field trip to visit so that we could try a variety of newborn cloth diaper options on her and fix the leaking issue.  Small Fry is also a very heavy wetter, able to saturate a newborn prefold diaper in a single wee.  (My frie

nd somehow manages to produce freakishly heavy wetters.  I’m not sure how something so tiny can wet so much in one go.)  While her bladder makes Small Fry less of a perfect tiny tester, her wee size makes her perfect for testing the fit of a newborn cloth diaper.

About Nuggles

Nuggles is a Canadian cloth diaper company with original designs from a Canadian mom.  Her product is ethically made in China by a reputable manufacturing facility, using 100% certified OEKO materials.  The products are tested in Canada.

About the Nuggles Bittee Stay Dry AIO Newborn Cloth Diaper

The Nuggles Bittee Stay Dry All-in-One Newborn Cloth diaper is an all-in-one diaper with a sewn in soaker.  There are no flaps to adjust, tuck, or line up.  This means that there’s no stress for the sleep-deprived mom; the Nuggles Bittee Stay Dry goes on just as easy as a disposable.  It is a snap closure diaper with a color-coded snap down umbilical notch.  There are also functional double gussets.

What’s Good About the Nuggles Bittee Stay Dry

It is truly itty bitty.  Like most newborn diapers, it’s designed to fit littles.  The Nuggles Bittee Stay Dry says that it fits babies from 5-15 pounds.  I have no doubt that it will absolutely fit babies in the five pound range; Small Fry was certainly that small, and she had little chicken legs to boot.  It fit Small Fry beautifully, and it managed to contain her massive weekly EBF baby poosplosion without an issue.

Nuggles Itty Bitty Stay Dry AIO Newborn Cloth Diaper Review (Cloth Diaper Addicts)

What’s Not?

Small Fry is such a heavy wetter that the Nuggles Bittee could not keep up with her output.  However, when I tested the diaper (by pouring water on the AIO and pressing it to simulate the pressure of baby’s weight), the unboosted diaper was able to hold 167 mL of water… which is just under 3/4 of a cup.  With the added bamboo charcoal booster, it was able to hold another 70mL.  Combined, the Nuggles Bittee Stay Dry and booster can hold about a cup of water.  What that tells me is that the Nuggles Bittee diaper will be amazing for a reasonably wetting newborn… but it’s insufficient for an extreme heavy wetter.

Also, because the Nuggles Bittee AIO doesn’t have any flaps to adjust, it means that the diaper take a long time to dry.

In a Nutshell?

At $15 per diaper, the Nuggles Bittee AIO is a reasonably priced newborn cloth diaper.  It’s functional and effective, plus pretty darned cute.  I’d say it’s a worthwhile addition to any newborn cloth diaper package.

Have you tried the Nuggles Bittee Stay Dry AIO newborn cloth diaper?  How did it work for you?

You can find the Nuggles Bittee at Cozy Bums Diapers!

 

 

The Laundry Tarts Strip It! Review

Disclosure: The Laundry Tarts Strip It! review was not at all compensated.  I paid for the product myself and decided to write about it.

I generally pride myself on the state of my diapers.  They are clean, non-smelling, and rarely stripped.  I’ve been using Rockin’ Green for three and a half years, and only changed once to a different detergent… and hated it so badly that I didn’t even use up all of the other detergent before going back to my beloved Rockin’ Green.  And as much as I say that if your cloth diaper laundry routine isn’t broken, you shouldn’t fix it… I’ve been kind of going into sticker shock every time I’ve needed to get a new pack of Funk Rock.

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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?

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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Buttons Cloth Diaper Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.   All opinions regarding the Buttons Cloth Diaper are mine and 100% truthful.

The Buttons cloth diaper is a newer, low cost all-in-two diaper on the market.  Like most all-in-two diapers, it works with a reusable shell and inserts that you can change out.  The inside of the diaper is an exposed PUL with double gussets.  The inserts are purchased separately and come in two sizes, small and large, in order to get you a good fit and good absorbency for the size of your baby.  Buttons diapers are a one size diaper with a snap down rise to allow you to get the best fit.

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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.

GroVia Magic Stick Z – Give Zinc a Chance!

I did not receive the GroVia Magic Stick Z for free.  I bought it when it first came out and am glad I did.  Since Eudora has eczema that flares up on her tush, I have to be super careful with her.  If you sneeze at her, she’ll end up with a dry, raw patch somewhere.  Sometimes it’s on her leg or her back.  Other times, it’s on her rump.

When dealing with eczema, it seems counter intuitive to want to keep the area dry…  After all, it’s basically really, really dry and itchy skin.  However, the wetness on the skin (especially in the diaper area) is most definitely not a moisturizing agent.  That’s where the GroVia Magic Stick Z comes into play. [Read more…]

Ethical, Fair Trade Coffee? Yes, Please!

I was fortunate enough to receive a bag of Ten Thousand Villages Tanzanian Medium Roast Coffee… but I’m not a coffee drinker, so I brought it to a friend to review.  Even though I don’t drink coffee, I have a lot of coffee drinkers in my life.  I like to bring them “the good stuff” because I find that caffeinated people are nicer to work with.  At the same time, though, it’s also important to me that whatever coffee I bring also be ethical.

 

This is what Jo, one of my coffee drinkers, had to say:

Suzi knows the way to a new mum’s heart. She came over the other day with a bag of coffee and abandoned it at my house. It was a Tanzanian medium roast, fair trade coffee from Ten Thousand Villages.

Disclaimer: I am recent to being a coffee connoisseur. In the last year, I have warmed to the idea that coffee is delicious, as well as being an avenue to put caffeine into my body. Prior to that, I would mask the taste with as much sugar as I could safely use without my teeth dropping out.

Back to this coffee: It was nice. It was smooth, with a full bodied flavour. Most importantly, it didn’t leave a nasty aftertaste. After my first cup, I read the packaging. It is supposed to leave ‘impressions of orange and dark chocolate’. I went back for another cup. The orange and chocolate notes are there, but they are subtle. What was obvious, though, was that this was an enjoyable cup of coffee, and I’ve gone back to it a number of times. It’s definitely one I would buy again.

That being said, I realize that not everyone likes a medium roast.  Some people like dark roast coffees, and that’s where Level Ground Trading comes into play.  Level Ground Trading trades directly with small scale coffee farmers and roasts the coffee for Ten Thousand Villages.  It’s also fair trade coffee, which is important for a guilt free caffeine dose.

Have you tried fair trade coffee?  What’s your favorite country for coffee harvest?

 

Level Ground Trading is offering Gift Bundles on their webstore.  Prices include shipping in Canada & the USA.