Win an Ella Bella Bum from Cozy Bums!

For years, I’ve been a loyal customer of Cozy Bums Diapers.  What’s not to love?  For the last five and a half years, I’ve gotten amazing customer service from Cozy Bums.  Cozy Bums is my local cloth diaper store and Kerri, the owner, is an absolute darling to shop with.

And I’ve been a big fan of Ella Bella Bum diapers.  Ella Bella Bum diapers are cute, unique, trendy, and limited.  If I want something fun, like a Hello Kitty diaper or a Doctor Who diaper to appeal to my inner geek, the first place that I go is to Ella Bella Bum.  The quality is amazing.  I love their athletic wicking jersey inners.  They’re made in Canada.  The problem, though, was that I felt like I was cheating on Cozy Bums whenever I bought an Ella Bella Bum diaper.  Now?  I can buy my Ella Bella Bum cloth diapers with no guilt.  They’re now available at Cozy Bums!

To celebrate this awesome event, Cozy Bums has decided to give away ONE in stock Ella Bella Bum diaper to a lucky winner in the United States or Canada.  Enter now to win!

Win an Ella Bella Bum from Cozy Bums Diapers!

Daily Cute Fluffy Bum – Ella Bella Bum #Christmas

ebb-team-frosty-with-ruffleSomeone is showing her Christmas spirit!  This little cutie is sporting a semi-custom Ella Bella Bum pocket diaper with detachable ruffles.  Bonus points on these detachable ruffles because they can be used on other diapers for Valentine’s Day and Canada Day!  (Or, you know, Independence Day if you’re in the States.)

Ella Bella Bum is a small Canadian cloth diaper company out of Welland, Ontario who was still considered a WAHM diaper shop until earlier this year.  You can buy Ella Bella Bum diapers at the Ella Bella Bum store or Cozy Bums Diapers!

Daily Cute Fluffy Bum – Ella Bella Bum

Daily Cute Fluffy Bum - Ella Bella Bum (Cloth Diaper Addicts)Check out this cute little model!  This little princess is a slim and trim eighteen month old.  She’s wearing a custom Ella Bella Bum diaper with a detachable bum ruffle.  As you can see, she’s getting a fabulous fit!  And there’s plenty of room to spare.

Ella Bella Bum is a small Canadian manufacturer that started out as a single WAHM sewing in her home.  You can find more gorgeous Ella Bella Bum diapers on her website and Cozy Bums Diapers!

Cloth Diaper Knock Off Sites and How They Hurt

Ever since Shop Diaper made their appearance nearly two years ago, there has been an unsettling trend: cloth diaper knock off sites are spreading like a disease.  Cloth diaper knock off sites offer nothing beneficial to the cloth diaper community and offer plenty of harm, so with that in mind?  I feel that comparing them to a disease is very, very accurate.

Cloth Diaper Knock Off Sites & How They Hurt

What Makes Cloth Diaper Knock Off Sites Appealing?

I can easily see why these cloth diaper knock off sites pop up.  China does not have the same copyright or patent laws that we have in North America and in Europe, so they don’t have any legal issues in their own countries with making knock offs.  And because they can make their product so very cheap with substandard materials and shoddy labor conditions, it’s easy for them to offer merchandise that looks the same at first glance at a fraction of the cost.

For parents who are looking to cloth diaper without breaking the budget (and often without education on the implications of shopping with cloth diaper knock off sites), the opportunity to buy a diaper for $9.95 when it looks the same as a diaper that sells for $20 seems like it’s just too good to pass up.

How Do Cloth Diaper Knock Off Sites Hurt?

Cloth diaper knock off sites hurt any legitimate business and they’ll hurt the customers, too.

Cloth Diaper Knock Off Sites Hurt Manufacturers

It’s hard to design a great product.  It’s hard to get financial backing to actually make that great product.  It’s why cloth diaper businesses often start in someone’s living room and gradually grow.  (Ella Bella Bum is my favorite manufacturer to use as an example in this regard.  The company started as a single person doing everything, then grew to a small team working in her basement, and is currently up to a full-blown commercial space for production… all while maintaining that same level of service and owner interaction that she had when it was just her working alone.)

When legitimate cloth diaper manufacturers do the leg work of designing that perfect diaper and finding the right materials and manufacturing… cloth diaper knock off sites hurt them by stealing their work and producing a substandard product.

Cloth Diaper Knock Off Sites Hurt Small Cloth Diaper Boutiques

Cozy Bums is a big name in Canada… but, really, it’s run out of the store owner’s basement.  It’s run by the owner with some help from her mom, and a little bit of social media stuff by someone else.  Kelly’s Closet has less than ten employees, and that’s one of the biggest names for buying cloth diapers in the US.  When people buy imitation products, it’s hurting legitimate businesses that create jobs for actual, real people.

Cloth Diaper Knock Off Sites Hurt Families Like Yours

People are often looking for a cost effective way to buy cloth diapers.  When buying from cloth diaper knock off sites, you’re running some risks.  Some cloth diaper knock off sites have been known to provide horrendous service.  Wrong things or missing things are sent.  You may encounter rapid failure rate.  If Customs searches your package, you may not get it at all, as these items are knock offs that do not meet federal standards.  Customs can and will seize packages of that nature if they catch it.

Then, of course, there’s the support.  When you buy from a small cloth diaper boutique, you’re also buying their product knowledge and their warranty.  Cloth diaper boutiques are usually owned by moms (or moms and dads as partners) who have cloth diapered and knows their product.  They are able to give you advice or walk you through how to handle a warranty claim if your compliant diaper fails for whatever reason.

It’s quite possible that shopping from cloth diaper knock off sites will cost you more in the long run: diapers that need to be replaced, diapers that aren’t working, etc.

Some Cloth Diaper Knock Off Sites

I will not directly link to any cloth diaper knock off sites, and I ban them from advertising in my Google Ads.  That being said, some of my blogger friends and I have written about various cloth diaper knock off sites.  I’ll link you to those so that you can check up on individual sites without visiting them.

ShopDiaper
Amazing Cloth Diapers
ClothDiapers.US.Com

Have you ever bought diapers from cloth diaper knock off sites?  What was your experience like?

My Cloth Diaper Stash – A Video

I have too many cloth diapers to fit in one stash shot.  So I bring you the stash video.

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!

Daily Cute Fluffy Bum – Ella Bella Bum

Daily Cute Fluffy Bum - Ella Bella BumCheck out my Eudora!  She’s modeling an Ella Bella Bum pocket diaper with athletic wicking jersey on the inner.  This Hello Kitty musical wrap around diaper with a lime green PUL is a custom mini group diaper with all elements of the diaper chosen by a small group of moms.  It’s made to our specifications.

The diaper is stuffed with a two layer AMP hemp insert.  The diaper and the insert are made with pride in Canada.

You can find an Ella Bella Bum diaper at the Ella Bella Bum store.  AMP hemp inserts (my favorite to stuff in an EBB) are available at Cozy Bums.

Daily Cute Fluffy Bum – Ella Bella Bum

Daily Cute Fluffy Bum - Ella Bella Bum (Cloth Diaper Addicts)Today’s cute fluffy cloth diaper bum features my Eudora!  (Yeah, I know, I’m biased.)  She’s wearing an Ella Bella Bum full-print PUL diaper with an athletic wicking jersey inner.  The pocket is stuffed with an AMP hemp insert.  You know what else is awesome?  Both Ella Bella Bum and AMP are Canadian companies with products proudly made in Canada.

Ella Bella Bum diapers are available at the Ella Bella Bum store.  AMP inserts are available from Cozy Bums, your Canadian cloth diaper source.

Ethical WAHMs Have Standards

I have been feeling a lot of love for WAHMs as of late.  Of course, my diaper dealer, Kerri of Cozy Bums, is a WAHM.  I’m also enjoying cloth diapers made by several WAHMs as of late: Diapers by Chris, Ella Bella Bum, and Tadpole Jones Diaper Supply (among others).  There’s one important thing about all of these ladies: They are ethical WAHMs.

One of the best things about ordering cloth diapers from ethical WAHMs is that you can often get custom diapers.  In fact, Diapers by Chris and Tadpole Jones Diaper Supply pretty much exclusively do custom cloth diapers in lieu of setting up a store with weekly stockings.  It’s pretty easy to get a unique, one of a kind diaper made to your specifications from them.  It takes longer, of course, than ordering a ready made diaper from a weekly stalking, but that’s one of the trade offs of getting a completely custom diaper.

Ethical WAHMs Have Standards (Cloth Diaper Addicts)

HK Musical Scrappy by Ella Bella Bum. Image used with permission.

Ethical WAHMs take great pride in their work and building their fan base.  [Read more…]

Daily Cute Fluffy Bum – Ella Bella Bum

Daily Cute Fluffy Bum - Ella Bella Bum (Cloth Diaper Addicts)I’m pretty sure that there’s not much cuter than Sheriff Woody saying “There’s a snake in my boot!” when someone pulls his string… unless it’s Sheriff Woody on a custom Ella Bella Bum diaper!  Ella Bella Bum is a Canadian WAHM diaper based out of Ontario.

You can find Ella Bella Bum diapers freshly stocked every Thursday!