Glow Bug Cloth Diaper Review

Shortly after the Merry Fluffy Christmas Giveaway hop, I got my Glow Bug cloth diaper in for review.  Now that I’ve had my Glow Bug cloth diaper for enough time to truly put it through its paces, I can give it a pretty thorough review.

Glow Bug Cloth Diaper Construction

The Glow Bug cloth diaper that I’d received for review is a solid orange diaper from the Spectrum collection, which is a twelve pack of gender neutral solid color diapers.  I’ve also received some Glow Bug cloth diapers from a co-op recently out of both of their gender specific packs.  The Glow Bug cloth diaper is waterproofed with a PUL outer.  It’s a very thin, lightweight PUL.  The inner material is also a very thin polyester.  Additionally, the double gussets are great at containing mess.  The inserts snap into place at the front, and the diaper has an opening in the front and the back of the pocket.  The rise can be adjusted with three rows of snaps, giving four sizes.  The waist is a snap closure with the ability to overlap the waist tabs, and there’s a hip snap to prevent wing droop on some diapers.  Aside from the hip snap, I find the quality and construction of the diapers to be very consistant.

Glow Bug Cloth Diaper Review

What’s in a Glow Bug Cloth Diaper Order

Glow Bug Cloth Diaper Review (Cloth Diaper Addicts)

Eudora is modeling a Glow Bug cloth diaper in Houndstooth (Girl package)

Your typical Glow Bug cloth diaper order is in packs.  You may choose between the Spectrum package, which is a gender neutral array of solid colors, a Girl package, or a Boy package.  If you order directly from the Glow Bug cloth diaper site, there are different packages, including some packs of basic white.  The typical package is a pack of twelve.  The cloth diaper packages are uniform: all girl packs have exactly the same array of prints, etc.  You also receive twenty-four inserts and a coordinating wetbag.  The reason for the uniformity is it keeps costs low: there’s no “undesirable” prints left on the shelves, there’s no popular print that goes faster than they can keep up.  It all just goes together.

What’s Awesome About the Glow Bug Cloth Diaper

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Close up shot of Eudora in the Houndstooth pattern. It’s a beautiful print & looks gorgeous with that red shirt!

The thinness of the materials makes for a very trim diaper.  I think the Glow Bug cloth diaper might actually be among the trimmest of one size pocket diapers when used with one insert.  The snap in front insert keeps the insert right in the front, which is handy for your bigger toddlers.  The opening at both ends means that there’s no need to unstuff your diaper.  Your insert(s) will just agitate out in the wash.  Plus, I can get a good fit on both Norton and Eudora.  I had no leak issues with either of my littles.  I also found the double gussets to be relatively easy to clean poo, and they do a rather nice job of containing the ick.

 

 

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Woolzies Dryer Balls Review & Give Away!

Woolzies Dryer Balls Review and Giveaway (Cloth Diaper Addicts)Yesterday, I announced on my Facebook and on Cloth for a Cause that if I got up to 900 fans, I’d give away a diaper and do a cash donation to the Prince George chapter of Cloth for a Cause.  I didn’t get there.  But I got really, really close.  So let’s do another giveaway that I’ve been meaning to get started: let’s do some Woozlies dryer balls!

Last month, I got a package of Woolzies dryer balls for a review.  I’ve been using them faithfully with my cloth diapers and I love them.

Woolzies Dryer Balls are environmentally friendly

Woolzies Dryer Balls are made of pure wool.  That means that they are a renewable resource and are all natural.  Unlike other products or tennis, they don’t contain any sort of chemicals to break down.  There’s no off-gassing onto your laundry.  There is nothing to throw in the landfill.  At a thousand loads, they last pretty much forever.  Plus, Woolzies do an amazing job of shortening drying time.  According to their website, Woolzies dryer balls can reduce drying time by 25% in large loads and up to 40% in smaller loads.  I didn’t do the math, but I can tell you that my cloth diaper inserts are drying much faster with Woolzies dryer balls in the mix!

Woolzies Dryer Balls are a Small Family Business

I really like to support small businesses, particularly family owned ones in the US and Canada.  When you support a small business, you are directly supporting individuals rather than large and faceless shareholders.  The family that owns Woolzies dryer balls lives in the Hudson Valley region of New York State.  As an environmentally conscious family business, they are a group that I can feel good about giving my money.

Woolzies Dryer Balls supports women

Woolzies Dryer Balls are handmade by women in Nepal.  That means that they are giving women a way to support themselves and their families.  You’re also supporting a developing economy in a democratic country.  How awesome is that?

How Can You Get Woolzies Dryer Balls?

You can order them from authorized resellers, directly from Woolzies, and you can fill out the Rafflecopter form below to win a set!

 
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Best iPhone Case EVER

Best iPhone Case EVER (Motherhood Looms)I love my iPhone.  Prior to having my iPhone, I had a Blackberry.  I thought it was the best thing in the world until I dropped it in a puddle and killed it.  When I got my iPhone, it was given to me in a very popular case: the Otterbox Defender.  A lot of people out there thought that the Otterbox Defender was the best iPhone case out there.

It’s a fairly sturdy case.  I have to say that the Otterbox Defender did its job.  It kept my iPhone safe in spite of my toddler’s repeated drops and throws.  However, it had a couple of flaws that kept me from being positive that it really was the best iPhone case for me.  One is that the Otterbox Defender is not waterproof.  (I was so bummed to learn that.  It kind of made the name Otterbox a little misleading in my opinion.)  The other is that the ports were way too easily accessable to my gooey fingered little toddler. [Read more…]

Bumkins All-In-One Cloth Diaper Review

A couple of months ago, I received a Bumkins all-in-one cloth diaper for review.  I have to admit, I was looking forward to it.  After all, fluff mail is always fun, and Bumkins isn’t a common diaper in my area.  Different fluff is even more fun.  It’s taken me a while to write up the review because I wanted to put it through the paces on both Norton (a toddler) and Eudora (an infant)… and I wanted to get adorable pictures of my testers to go along with the cloth diaper review.

Bumkins All-in-One Cloth Diaper Design

The Bumkins all-in-one cloth diaper is a tongue style all-in-one.  You can either tuck the tongue in the pocket and snap it into place or you can leave the tongue on top of the pocket.  If you leave the tongue on top, then it makes it easy to add some extra protection by stuffing an insert in the pocket.  Or if you’re just not into stuffing anything and want to put a diaper on quickly, then just flip the tongue over the top of the diaper and away you go.

Bumkins All-in-One Cloth Diaper Construction

The Bumkins all-in-one cloth diaper shell is an extremely light and flexible TPU.  The TPU is covered by a polyester microfleece.  The absorbant bit in the middle is made of a super light and super thirsty bamboo cotton blend.  The microfleece pills, of course, but the bamboo cotton blend is still soft and doesn’t have that weird lumpy bunching thing that lower quality blends often experience.  It’s just as smooth now after multiple uses as it was when I took it out of the package.

Bumkins Care

Bumkins care is pretty darned basic and simple.  They actually provide all the information you need to know to care for their diapers… and they also provide some useful cloth diaper laundry tips in general.

Bumkins All-in-One Cloth Diaper Review

Click the image and you’ll see it in full scale. Then you’ll know all you need to know about caring for your Bumkins!

Bumkins Fit

Bumkins All-In-One Cloth Diaper Review (Cloth Diaper Addicts)I got a great fit on Eudora, who is a tiny little peanut at nine months.  Due to the lightness of materials, it’s a really trim fit.  It’s trim enough for her to wear under jeans, but really, the prints are so cute that I wouldn’t want to hide them.  She’s got plenty of room to grow.  Norton, however, is two years and nine months old.  I could just get the diaper on him on the largest sizing.  It was a very low rise on him, but still functional.  (For the record, he’s thirty-two pounds.)

Ease of Use

The all-in-one aspect of Bumkins makes it quite simple.  Bumkins All-in-One Cloth Diaper Review (Cloth Diaper Addicts)However, there are five snaps per tab on each side, so ten different attachment points.  That many points of attachment confused my husband, so he refuses to use it.  (For the record, though, there are a lot of different diapers that confuse him in my stash, so he prefers to stick with only one.)  I found that five snaps per side are way too many to use with my squirmy daughter (who has recently decided that she hates diaper changes), so I don’t.  I use three snaps per side and call it a day.  On the downside, that is exactly why it confuses my husband.  It also makes it a little harder to get an equal fit on a squirmy child.  But having those five snaps and the overlap option also means that it’s really easy to get that diaper to fit even the tiniest of babies.

Is the Bumkins All-in-One Cloth Diaper Worth it?

Oh, yeah.  It’s a fun, nifty little diaper that’s light weight, effective, and well-made.  It’s also the only North American, non-work at home mom company where you can get Dr. Seuss prints.  And because they are licensed instead of knock-offs, you won’t have to worry about them getting seized by customs.

Where to buy?

You can get the Bumkins all-in-one diaper at Bumkins Finer Baby Products, Nicki’s Diapers, and The Cloth Diaper Addicts Amazon Store.

All-in-Two Insert Absorbency Test

One of the questions that people have when they realize that “which diaper is the best” is outrageously subjective is “well, then which diaper holds the most?”  I’ve been going through and testing insert absorbency on some of my diapers.  This time, I’m going to do some all-in-two insert absorbency tests.  I’ll test the all-in-two insert absorbency of Flip Organic, Flip Stay Dry, and Swaddlebees Capri. [Read more…]

FuzziBunz – One Size vs. Elite

I’ve been a FuzziBunz user for as long as I’ve been using cloth diapers.  When Norton was born, I had a stash of 18 FuzziBunz one size pocket diapers waiting for us.  In the last two years and nine months, my cloth diaper collection has grown to excessive amounts.  Still, though, I have a love for my FuzziBunz diapers.  FuzziBunz are my husband’s favorite diaper and the first thing that he reaches for.

Still, though, the FuzziBunz Elite is definitely an upgrade to the One Size.  Here’s how they’ve changed.

FuzziBunz One Size vs Elite (Cloth Diaper Addicts)

Elastics

FuzziBunz One Size vs Elite Elastic (Cloth Diaper Addicts)The Elite and the One Size elastics are both adjustable in the front and back.  Both diapers come with a spare set of elastics.  They can both be repaired without any knowledge of sewing whatsoever, but a safety pin will make the job easier.  The only difference is that the elastics on the Elite are adjusted on the inside of the diaper in the pocket, while the One Size diapers are adjusted on the microfleece layer.  While it’s easier to adjust the One Size on the fly (like when you put on the diaper and notice then that your baby’s legs have gotten a bit chunkier), the new design has a definite bonus.  You’ll never find a red mark from the buttons against your baby’s skin with the Elite.

Snaps

FuzziBunz One Size vs Elite (ClothDiaperAddicts)The snap configuration on the One Size features four buttons per side on the top and four on the bottom per side.  There are three snaps per tab.  The configuration for the closure is the same on the Elites, but it’s missing the most interior snap on the bottom.  I haven’t found it to be a big deal.  Another interesting thing is that the snaps on the top row are a bit different.  On the One Size, the snaps are equally spaced across the top.  On the Elite, the snaps are closer together with a bit more of a space in the center.

FuzziBunz Inserts

Both diapers come with a newborn size insert and a one size insert.  However, the One Size insert is made of microfiber and is a bit wider.  The Elite inserts are minky and a bit narrower.

Sizing

The FuzziBunz Elites are a bit smaller and narrower than the older One Size.  On the positive side, that means that I get a much trimmer fit on my daughter.  The downside is that it’s a tight fit on my toddler.  However, it does still fit him.  He’s two years and nine months old and roughly 33 pounds.

At the end of the day, though, both diapers are great to have in your stash.  I have both, and I use both on my nine month old daughter and my toddler (who is two years and nine months).  Do you have the One Size or the Elite?  Do you have a preference?

 

Where to Buy: CozyBums (Canada), Nicki’s Diapers (US/Canada), Kelly’s Closet (US), FuzziBunz (most countries, just not Canada), Cloth Diaper Addicts Amazon Store.

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BumGenius Freetime vs. BumGenius Elemental – What’s the Difference?

BumGenius Freetime vs. BumGenius Elemental (Cloth Diaper Addicts)Not too long ago, I was on a local cloth diapering Facebook group.  I saw a mom ask about the difference between BumGenius Freetime cloth diapers and the BumGenius Elemental.  An answer was “I think one is Velcro only and the other is snaps.”  I politely explained the difference.

On the outside, BumGenius Freetime and the BumGenius Elemental are nearly the same.  They both have the same shell that Cotton Babies uses across all of their lines.  Both are available as a snap closure and a hook and loop closure.  Either diaper can be purchased in the full rainbow of Cotton Babies colors.  The only difference is in the leg elastics.  You hardly tell them apart on the outside at all, and even then you’ll only know if you’re looking for it.  The real difference is on the inside.

BumGenius Freetime vs. Elemental (Cloth Diaper Addicts)BumGenius Freetime has two flaps for their absorbency.  The great thing about this flap system is that they are quick to dry.  The Freetime dries faster than a lot of my all-in-one diapers.  The absorbent pads are microfiber topped with a wicking micro suede, which is great for keeping baby’s bottom dry.

The BumGenius Elemental is the organic diaper.  Of course, the outer is synthetic with PUL, which keeps it leak proof, but the organic aspects come from the inside.  If you love the BumGenius design but don’t love synthetics, this is the diaper for you.  The fabric inside is organic cotton.  The layout of the diaper is similar to that of the GroVia hybrid organic inserts: you’ve got two sheets of organic cotton to do the absorbing.  The downside of the Elemental is that it does not wick moisture away.  Because both ends of the absorbent cotton are sewn into the diaper, it takes far longer to dry than the Freetime.

There’s your differences in the Freetime and the Elemental in a nutshell.  Both are great diapers in my stash and are backed by the Cotton Babies warranty.  Do you have a preference?

Where to buy: Cozy Bums (Canada), Kelly’s Closet (US), Nicki’s Diapers (US/Canada), Cloth Diaper Addicts Amazon Store (US)

Best Bottom Diaper – A Surprising Overnight Cloth Diapering Solution

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Nothing contains poopsplosions quite like Best Bottom cloth diapers

I love my Best Bottom diapers.  I’ve waxed poetic about the Best Bottom diaper and its ability to contain prune poopsplosions.  In fact, the Best Bottom diaper was number one on my best and worst diapers for poo list.  For all of the things that I loved about it, though, I never really considered it to be a viable option for an overnight cloth diapering solution.

Last month, I ordered a Best Bottom diaper overnight insert in microfiber.  As soon as I ordered it, I kicked myself in the backside.  The Best Bottom overnight insert is actually a doubler designed to be snapped under a standard Best Bottom insert (either in hemp or microfiber topped with microfleece).  I prefer the stay-dry microfiber top inserts for their ability to quickly wick away moisture.  I prefer my extra stuffing for overnight cloth diapering solutions, as a rule, to be a natural fiber like bamboo or hemp.

Still, though, I decided to bite the bullet and give it a shot.  If Eudora had a compression leak, then whatever.  I was due to change her sheets anyway.

In the morning, I was amazed.  Not only was the bed dry, but so were Eudora’s pajamas.  When I changed her, I found that there were still a couple of dry inches of insert in the diaper.  I seriously expected the Best Bottom diaper to fail me this time around.

I think I’m going to have to order a hemp overnight insert and see how that works.  The hemp overnight insert might just make it so that Norton could sleep in his Best Bottom trainers.  We’ll have to see!

Have you used the Best Bottom diaper with an overnight insert?  How did it work for you?

Kawaii Goodnight Heavy Wetter Cloth Diaper Review

One of the diapers on my diaper wish list was the Kawaii Goodnight Heavy Wetter cloth diaper.  I haven’t bought one, but my friend Megan got a few.  She hooked me up with one of her brand new, still wrapped Kawaii Goodnight Heavy Wetter diapers so that I could prep it from the beginning and get the “full experience” with a brand new diaper. [Read more…]

Diapers by Chris – #FluffyXmas Spotlight

Diapers by Chris is a small WAHM business.  Chris started out making diapers for her daughter, but so many people loved her creations that she started making them for others as well.  While I’ve become addicted to collecting cloth diapers, Chris has the more functional and practical addiction to making them.  She sent me this beautiful skull cloth diaper to try out. [Read more…]