Can I Mix & Match Cloth Diaper Inserts? (Diaper Advice)

Can I mix and match my cloth diaper inserts?

Cloth diaper inserts can make or break a diapering experience.  With that in mind, people frequently want to know if it’s okay to mix and match your cloth diaper inserts.

Like most bits of cloth diaper advice, it depends.Can I Mix & Match Cloth Diaper Inserts (Cloth Diaper Addicts)

Cloth Diaper Inserts Size

It’s important to use cloth diaper inserts that fit.  I would never use an original FuzziBunz minky insert in a BumGenius diaper.  The minky inserts are just far too narrow.  The size difference is so great that it would be like throwing a hot dog down a hallway.  Because of the gap, the diaper would leak.  Badly.  Likewise, I wouldn’t try stuffing a BumGenius insert in an original FuzziBunz Elite, either.  The BumGenius diaper is so very wide that there’s no way it would fit comfortably.  You’d be forcing it in and your baby would end up with a weird, probably uncomfortable wrinkle under the bum.

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Daily Cute Fluffy Bum – Blueberry Capri

Daily Cute Fluffy Bum - Blueberry Capri (Cloth Diaper Addicts)Today’s cute fluffy bum is wearing a Blueberry Capri in Giraffe!  The Capri is an all-in-two diaper with a wipeable inner.  And like all Blueberry diapers, it’s made in the USA!

Where to buy the Blueberry Capri: CozyBums (Canada), Diaper Junction (US/Canada), Lagoon Baby (Canada) , Nicki’s Diapers (US/Canada)

Daily Cute Fluffy Bum – Blueberry Mini Coverall

Daily Cute Fluffy Bum - Blueberry Mini Coverall (Cloth Diaper Addicts)Today’s cute little fluffy bum is little Kay.  She’s wearing a Blueberry Mini Coveralls diaper cover in the ever popular Monkeys print.  The Mini Coverall is a newborn cover designed to fit little tiny ones from 6-18 pounds, and it comes in all the great Blueberry patterns.  While little Kay is wearing snaps, hook and loop closure is also an option!

Where to buy: Kissed by the Moon (US/Can), Nickis’ Diapers (US/Canada)

Daily Cute Fluffy Bum – Swirls Capri

Swirls Capri The Parenting Patch

Today’s fluffy model is Heather’s daughter Poppy over at The Parenting Patch. Poppy is wearing a Capri diaper cover from Blueberry in Swirls, which is a gorgeous white diaper with a blue and brown swirl pattern.

Where to buy: Cozy Bums (Canada), Lagoon Baby (US/Canada), Nicki’s Diapers(US/Canada), Amazon (US)

Daily Cute Fluffy Bum – Blueberry

Daily Cute Fluffy Bum - Blueberry (Cloth Diaper Addicts)Today’s cute fluffy bum is a throwback pic of Eudora.  She’s modeling a Blueberry diaper in Butterflies.  I bought this shirt on sale at The Children’s Place for no other reason than how beautifully is went with this diaper.  Now I buy shirts to match this diaper pretty much whenever I’m at the Children’s Place!

Where to buy Blueberry cloth diapers: Diaper Junction (US/Canada), Lagoon Baby (US/Canada), Kelly’s Closet (US), Kissed by the Moon (US/Canada), Nicki’s Diapers (US/Canada)

Daily Cute Fluffy Bum – Blueberry

IMG_4912This cute little model is Norton!  He’s enjoying the best part of when Mommy makes cake: licking the beaters.  Our fluff of choice is the Blueberry diaper in Lemon Lime.

Where to buy Blueberry cloth diapers: Diaper Junction (US/Canada), Lagoon Baby (US/Canada), Kelly’s Closet (US), Kissed by the Moon (US/Canada), Nicki’s Diapers (US/Canada)

Daily Cute Fluffy Bum – Blueberry Basix

Daily Cute Fluffy Bum - Blueberry Basix (Cloth Diaper Addicts)Today’s cute fluffy bum is modeling the Blueberry Basix, size medium, in Bloom.

Where to buy: Lagoon Baby (US/Canada), Kissed by the Moon (US/Canada), Nicki’s Diapers (US/Canada)

Favorite Cloth Diaper Ever?

It seems like a lot of people out there really can name a favorite cloth diaper if asked.  Heather over at The Parenting Patch is a Best Bottom fanatic.  K, a local friend, was all about the BumGenius with her daughter.  And my good friend Nikki is all about the AMPs.  Sure, K and Nikki will play with other brands and really enjoy some of them, but at the end of the day, they know what their favorite cloth diaper is.

When I see a question like this one:

Have you ever found a diaper you love so much you want to sell your whole stash and buy only them?” [Read more…]

Signs of a Cloth Diaper Addict

For quite some time now, I’ve been the cloth diaper addict of my local community.  It’s kind of a running joke, but it’s all good.  I’ve embraced the label of cloth diaper addict… hence this website.

You might be a cloth diaper addict if:

1.) If your kids don’t wear pants because it hides the fluff.

Why on earth would I ever want to put pants on my babies?  They have such adorable diapers.  I love my paisley Diapers by Chris diaper.  The Blueberry Butterflies diaper is also gorgeous.  And on Norton, we had several combinations that I was just completely in love with.  Hiding that with plain old boring pants just seems like a crime.

2.) Your local cloth diaper store suggests that you don’t need to buy more diapers.

After a while, you build relationships with the people in your cloth diapering community.  They are not blind to community members.  They know who has become a cloth diaper addict and who is just a casual user.  After a while, your local store owner (and primary dealer) realizes that you’ve got so many diapers that she suggests that maybe, just maybe, it’s time to stop.  (And I’m eternally grateful to Kerri of CozyBums for not cutting me off!)
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3.) You buy outfits to match diapers and diapers to match outfits.

At one point, I thought everyone did this.  What’s the point of buying cute diapers if you’re going to put them with the most hideous combination possible?  It turns out, though, that most people don’t shop for coordination.  Sure, they pay attention, but they don’t run out and buy a new diaper because it goes with this adorable dress.  And they don’t run out to The Children’s Place for a new top because it looks beautiful with the BumGenius Lovelace.

4.) You sell diapers because you have nothing to match them.

When I bought my Blueberry diaper in the Bloom print, I was elated.  It’s a beautiful, gorgeous diaper.  It should be shown off as often as possible.  After six months, though, the diaper just wasn’t getting enough use because I didn’t have anything that really matched it like things should.

5.) Your local cloth diaper store calls you when she orders a line of product.

I think a lot of us who embrace the label of cloth diaper addict fall under what The Inquisitive Mom calls The Adventurous Collector.  I love to try everything.  I may not need to own every single pattern of every single diaper out there, but I do feel compelled to TRY ALL THE DIAPERS!!!  My local store knows that I love to experiment… so when new stuff comes in, I hear about it… even though she does freely tell me that I really don’t need to buy any more diapers.  (But that doesn’t mean I’m willing to buy any less.)  She also lets you know if something has been discontinued so that you can get it before it’s gone.

6.) Your local cloth diaper store asks you for suggestions.

When you’re all about experimenting and you chat with the local retailers, doesn’t it make sense to ask you what you like that they don’t have before they start carrying it?

7.) You have a cloth diaper blog.

There are over 150 articles about cloth diapers on this website.  Need I say more?

8.) You volunteer with a cloth diaper charity.

At first, my getting involved with Cloth for a Cause was a little thing.  You know, strip a load of diapers here, write a blog post there.  Now I’m the President of the Prince George chapter, I do the web stuff, I do the social media stuff, and I help with fundraising stuff.  On some level, it’s because I know that I will eventually have no babies in fluff… so I’ll need to get my fluffy love out somehow.  Converting each new recipient to a cloth diaper addict over time will have to do.

9.) You get sent product to review.

You’re a known experimentalist, so when a WAHM that you’ve checked out in the past sends you things to review so that you can blog about it (and possibly do a giveaway), you just might be a cloth diaper addict.

10.) You ask to borrow babies for diapering.

Recently, I put out a notice on my local cloth diapering community that I wanted to borrow babies for fluff sessions.  Eudora is my last child, and there are lots of new babies on the way in my local community.  The amazing part is that no one thought it was odd that I wanted to borrow their babies’ bums.

What are some other signs of being a cloth diaper addict?

Buying Cloth Diapers Made in USA/Canada

Buying Cloth Diapers Made in USA/CanadaI really love buying cloth diapers.  Every time I get something new, it’s just more fun than is really reasonable.  I’ve been known to experiment with buying cloth diapers in all price ranges and in all makes and manufacturers.  I get a certain little thrill when something new comes in.

Lately, though, I’ve been experiencing a little shift in my preferences for buying cloth diapers.  I think that the big wake up for me was when I noticed that a premium cloth diaper in my stash said “Made with love in China” on the tag.  Another premium cloth diaper that I absolutely love (and don’t buy many of because my local dealer doesn’t sell them and they’re a little pricey) at a slightly lower but very nearly equal price point is proud of being American made.

Then I had a lightbulb moment.

Usually, when people choose merchandise that is made in China or other huge manufacturing sectors, it’s because of a lower price point.  Or at least, that’s my philosophy.  But if I’m going to be spending the exact same amount or more for something that’s made overseas, I think I’d rather buy an American or Canadian made product.

I’m not making this decision out of some sort of silly nationalism.

Why I’m Buying Cloth Diapers Made in the USA/Canada

When I buy diapers made in the US or Canada, I can be sure of a few things:

1.) The manufacturing facilities are required by law to meet certain safety guidelines.

2.) The employees are paid at least minimum wage.

3.) I’m keeping manufacturing jobs in my countries, which is better for my national economy.

4.) There are product manufacturing guidelines that keep harmful chemicals away from my kids, which is a huge bonus to using cloth diapers in the first place.

Brands Made in the USA/Canada

AppleCheeks (Canada)

AMP (Canada)

Best Bottom (USA)

Blueberry (USA)

Bummis (Canada)

Thirsties (USA)

There are, I’m sure, other brands made in the US and Canada that I’ve left out!  What’s your favorite Made in North America diaper?