Cotton Booty Box Subscription – It’s Like Christmas!

I love getting fluff mail.  Getting surprise fluff mail?  Well, that’s even better.  Since people don’t typically send unexpected fluff mail, I’ve found the next best thing: a Cotton Booty Box subscription.  Cotton Booty sent me a Cotton Booty Box to facilitate this review.

So, what’s a Cotton Booty Box?  It depends.  It always has a cloth diaper, something for fun, and a sample.  You never actually know what’s going to be in your Cotton Booty Box until it makes it to your door every month!   My box contained a Dr. Seuss wetbag by Bumkins, a Bumkins stuff it diaper, and a sample bottle of Milky supplement for breastfeeding moms.

Cotton Booty Box (Cloth Diaper Addicts)

Lately, it seems like subscription boxes have been the rage.  You get something fun.  You get a surprise.  If you’re super busy and forget that you have things coming in the mail (like I do from time to time), then it’s like Christmas when you open the door and find that fun little unassuming package on your doorstep.  I have to say that to have a subscription box designed for the cloth diapering mom is just a stroke of genius!  For months, I’ve been looking at these subscription boxes and thinking, “I’d love to do one of these, but only if it’s cloth diaper related.”  Cotton Booty is definitely a stroke of genius!  For $24.99 a month, you can subscribe to get your very own Christmas surprise in a box each month.

Plus, it’s a super great deal!  The Bumkins Stuff It diaper retails at $15.95.  The Bumkins wet bag retails at $10.95.  Milky is $34.99 for a six day supply.  (The sample is a half a day supply.)    That’s a total retail value of $29.82.

Even better?  A lot of the time, we folks in Canada tend to get the short end of the stick.  Seriously.  There are so many giveaways that completely exclude Canada.  Even our online shopping is subpar compared to what our neighbors to the south get, and if we can get it up here, the shipping is often prohibitive.  With the Cotton Booty box, we aren’t getting the short end of the stick!  We can actually partake in the surprise fun goodness of the Cotton Booty box for an extra $7 (which is the additional cost of shipping).  How cool is that?

So, where do you score your Cotton Booty Box?  You can order from the Cotton Booty website or keep up with them on Facebook!

What would you like to find in your subscription box?

Knickernappies Stay Dry Nursing Pads Review

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Funky Fluff Review (Giveaway Closed)

I’m pretty biased, but I think I’ve got an amazing prize.  Funky Fluff kindly provided me with a Funky Fluff Bamboo 3-in-1 Fusion diaper and a double pocket wet bag for review.

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.

Funky Fluff Fusion Design

The Funky Fluff Fusion diaper is called a 3-in-1 system because you can use the diaper in three different ways: snap the soaker in the pocket for an all-in-one, snap the soaker on top for an all-in-two, or just stuff the soaker in for a pocket diaper.  It comes in a stay dry system and a bamboo system.  The stay dry gets you a microfiber soaker topped with a stay dry fabric.  (I think it’s microsuede.  It’s not prone to pilling at all.)  The bamboo style gets you four layered bamboo soakers and a super soft bamboo inner.  I’ll be reviewing the bamboo style.

3in1

The Funky Fluff Fusion is a snap closure diaper designed with a hip snap in a three snap configuration.  There are two rows of snaps across the diaper to allow for ease of hip and waist adjustment.  The snaps also cross over.  Funky Fluff is a one size diaper designed to adjust with snap rise, and comes with a double gusset inner.

What’s Awesome about the Funky Fluff Fusion

I love that the Funky Fluff Fusion gives you options.  Even if I don’t actually use the options (as I prefer to use it as a pocket), I like that I can choose how I use it.  The hip snaps prevent that gross and awful wing droop.  The crossover snaps make it fit smaller, and the snap configuration makes it possible to fold a dirty diaper up on itself.  That’s fantastic if you forget your wetbag.  (And I totally love that because I am really bad about forgetting a wetbag.)  Instead of the standard two rows of snap rise, the Funky Fluff Fusion has three rows.  Sure, Eudora is big enough to be on the last row of rise snaps, but this is awesome for getting babies in that diaper earlier.  The double gusset design is great for keeping in poo (even the runny exclusive breastfed stuff) and the waterproofing strip in the front helps keep in the wet.

What’s Not Awesome about the Funky Fluff Fusion

There’s only one minor thing with the design on Funky Fluff Fusion that I would change: the hip snap.  I love that it exists, but the placement is in the wrong spot for my taste.  It snaps onto the bottom row.  I would prefer it to snap on the top, just because of the order that I use for snapping diapers.  I know, it’s weird.  It’s super minor, but it works.

In a Nutshell?

I’d totally recommend it.  It’s a fun diaper with fun colors to go with it.

Funky Fluff Double Pocket Wet Bag

The Funky Fluff double pocket wet bag is a convenient little creation.  It’s big enough to hold 7 diapers, which is fantastic for a day’s out and about.  It’s designed with a handy little zipper in the top and a second pouch in the front.  This is great; I’ve got a place to put the dry diapers so that they’re nice and organized and contained within the diaper bag.  There’s a little loop with a snap that makes it perfect to attach to the handle on the back of my seat in the mini van, the stroller, and the towel rod in the bathroom.  It’s fantastic.

You want one of your own?  There are a few ways to get your Funky Fluff Fusion: you can order it directly from Funky Fluff’s store, from Lagoon Baby, or you can enter to win it right here if you live in the US or Canada and are 18+.  (Giveaway closed)

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Diapers by Chris Hybrid Fitted Review

I’m pretty biased, but it just so happens that I think my prize is the best.  I’ve partnered up with Diapers by Chris to offer a hybrid fitted diaper!  Until recently, I did not understand the hype around a hybrid fitted diaper.  It’s not waterproof… so how on earth could I let my Eudora run around the house without a cover?  And what’s the point of having a beautiful diaper if you just have to cover it up anyway? [Read more…]

FuzziBunz Elite 2013 – New and Fun Fluff

Theoretically, I should stop buying diapers.  In all actuality, there is no further reason for me to buy any other cloth diapers ever.  But let’s be serious: that’s so not going to stop me.  Now that I’ve got a couple of FuzziBunz Elite 2013 diapers in my cloth diaper stash, I’m seriously considering getting more.  Granted, I’ve always been a bit partial to FuzziBunz diapers: it’s what I started my stash with.

FuzziBunz 2013 Elite Design

The FuzziBunz 2013 Elite diaper is a one size pocket diaper.  Like all FuzziBunz one size versions, the 2013 comes with a newborn and a large insert.  It also has snap closures in their traditional three snap configuration and the rise and leg sizing is adjustable through buttonhole elastic.  The leg elastics and back waist elastic are all replaceable without the need to sew.

What’s Awesome About the FuzziBunz Elite 2013

The FuzziBunz Elite 2013 has returned to some of the best features of the original one size diaper.  The microfiber insert is back.  The diaper is larger and wider to fit larger toddlers longer.  (And considering we’re still struggling with Norton and potty training, that’s a very, very good thing.)  The PUL is smoother, so it’s an easier diaper to stuff.  Additionally, it just feels like it’s better quality.  The old FuzziBunz Elite design wasn’t totally scrapped, though: the 2013 design still has that wonderful hidden adjustable elastic.  That it can be replaced in ten minutes or less with no more than a safety pin is a huge bonus for this girl who doesn’t sew.  I love that this design still has enough of the same snap configuration to be good for the husband: FuzziBunz have always been the first diapers that he’s reached for when he changes our kids.  Additionally, they’ve got one of the best guarantees in the industry with a lifetime warranty on the PUL.

Not only that, but now FuzziBunz has new colors and prints available.  I’ve already got the Swirl, but I’ve got to get Puzzle for my future son-in-law.  There’s nothing cuter than Huan and Eudora in matching bums.

FuzziBunz Elite 2013 (Cloth Diaper Addicts)

Eudora modeling the Limited Eldition

What’s Not Awesome About the FuzziBunz Elite 2013

FuzziBunz has stopped including the spare replacement elastic.  It’s understandable: people were always losing them.  I didn’t, though, and really loved the convenience of having the spare elastic on hand.  However, FuzziBunz will send replacements.  The buttonhole elastic has changed on the FuzziBunz Elite 2013, too: it’s significantly narrower and no longer numbered.  I loved the numbered holes; it made adjusting the entire stash to be a painless endeavor.

The Long and Short

If you didn’t like the previous designs because they were too narrow, then this just might be your new love.  The new designs are the same width as the Perfect Size diapers, which have been a constant favorite even among those who didn’t care for the one size.  I’m certainly enjoying them!

Have you tried the new FuzziBunz Elite 2013?

 

 

AMP Duo Diaper Review

Recently, I received an AMP Duo diaper for review for the Summer Cloth Giveaway.  The AMP Duo is a one size cloth diaper made in Canada by a Canadian cloth diaper company.  I tested the diaper out on my own little model, Eudora, and loved it so much that I bought more.

About the AMP Duo

The AMP Duo is a creation by Annie Marie Padorie (or AMP).  When Annie’s children were small, she wanted to use cloth diapers.  However, none of them worked quite the way she wanted to, either with fit, finish, or effectiveness.  Like most moms, Annie was about being a problem solver.  Since she couldn’t buy the diaper that she wanted, she designed and made her own.  AMP Diapers is a Canadian company and her diapers are still made in Canada.  The reason that the AMP Duo is called the Duo is because you can either use the diaper as a pocket or as an all-in-two.  If you want to use it as a pocket (which is my preferred method), just stuff an insert inside as usual.  If you want to use it as an all-in-two, simply lay your insert on top.  (Important: do NOT use microfiber if you want to use it as an all-in-two.)

AMP Duo Diaper Review (Cloth Diaper Addicts)

Left: AMP as an AI2. Right: AMP as a pocket.

What’s Awesome About the AMP Duo

AMP Duo Diaper Review (Cloth Diaper Addicts)

There’s no cloth diaper junk in that trunk.

Whenever I get a new diaper, I pull it out of the packaging, turn it over in my hands, flip it inside out, and take a look at the stitching and the PUL quality.  The finish on the diaper is wonderfully clean.  It holds up quite well.  The snaps are firm, but not so firm that it’s a tug of war to get them on or off.

I find that when stuffed with the hemp insert, it’s very trim.  In fact, it’s so trim on Eudora under shorts that you’d think she was wearing a disposable.  Another surprise: I generally hate hemp.  I find it to be too stiff and scratchy.  While the AMP hemp inserts are not as silky smooth as bamboo, they are much softer than the average hemp insert, and quite effective for my little princess.  I think I’m actually going to go ahead and buy more of them.

It’s also a beautiful fit.  She’s currently wearing her AMP Duo on the middle snap rise, so I have a hard time imagining it not fitting her.  I can actually getnNorton into one with room to spare at 34 pounds.

The colors in the AMP Duo line up are also incredible.  You’ve got the normal array of blues and pinks and oranges… but there are also some different, deeper hues that most big name manufacturers don’t do, like burgundy and olive.

What’s Not Awesome About the AMP Duo

AMP Duo Diaper Review (Cloth Diaper Addicts)

It’s a little hard to get great bum shots when she’s preening for the camera.

I’m not really in love with the placement of the opening.  I prefer stuffing (and unstuffing) from the back.  The only changes that I’d make to the design of this diaper is that I’d have it as a rear stuffing so that I don’t have to get my fingers wet or have to make sure that the pocket opening is closed.  (When it’s in the back, the weight of the baby, even when squirming and fighting, will keep it closed.)

I don’t love that the insert is a separate purchase from the shell, but considering how much more I like the hemp than the microfiber (which is so odd for me!), I’m okay with that.

In a Nutshell?

I need to buy more of this diaper.  I’ve got a baby shower that I’m going to tomorrow, and there will be fluff.  Plus, there’s a dark purple shell that my husband will just love.

Do you have the AMP Duo?

Where to buy: Cozy Bums (Canada), Lagoon Baby (US/Canada)

 

Thirsties Stay Dry Insert Review

Recently, I got a Thirsties Stay Dry insert from Cozy Bums, my local cloth diaper store.  Kerri had just gotten them in and wanted to know what I thought.  The Thirsties Stay Dry insert is a two piece insert that snaps together.  It’s very similar to the Thirsties Duo pocket insert.  One piece is hemp/cotton blend; the other piece is microfiber topped with a wicking microfleece.  Like the rest of the Thirsties line up, it’s made in the USA. [Read more…]

Snappy Greens One Size Hybrid Fitted Diaper Review

Snappy Greens is an awesome WAHM business specializing in cloth diaper waist extenders, un-paper towels, wipes, burp cloths, fitted diapers, and many more items, with even more coming in the future!  Check out the review I did on her waist extenders here.  This review is about her new one size hybrid fitted diapers.  I purchased one at a discount to test and review. [Read more…]

Alva Baby Insert Absorbency Test

In the past, I’ve indicated that I do have a bit of a bias against “China Cheapies.”  Sure, they come in some cute prints, but they’re cheap for a reason.  Some people have sworn by the wonders of an Alva Baby insert… but I wasn’t convinced.  I decided that the best way to determine how good or not good Alva Baby inserts are is to do an absorbency test. [Read more…]

Lil Helper Charcoal Bamboo Diaper Review

I was lucky enough for Lil Helper to send me one of their charcoal bamboo to review, along with a sampling of their accessories, like their bamboo liners and cloth wipe. All opinions are one hundred per cent my own.