Fitted Diapers – Pros and Cons

I’ve never been a huge user of fitted diapers.  For the longest time, I thought that the negatives outweighed the positives.  Lately, though, I’ve been rethinking my anti-fitted bias.

Why Fitted Diapers Are Awesome

Fitted diapers have an amazing ability to absorb.  Because the entire diaper is made of absorbent materials (often bamboo, organic cotton, or hemp), they have a remarkable ability to hold moisture.  When you’re dealing with a child who pees through everything, a diaper that can hold very nearly two cups of liquid is a good thing.

Why Fitted Diapers Are Not Awesome

Fitted Diapers - Pros and Cons (Cloth Diaper Addicts)So, fitted diapers can absorb like nobody’s business.  While it’s true that they can hold a lot, they don’t wick moisture away from the skin.  That’s far from awesome to me, as it doesn’t take much for Eudora to get a rash or for Norton to smell like he’s been marinating in his own urine.  I’m also not keen on diapers that require a cover: it’s like diapering twice.  When they’re small or when they’re nearly ready for housebreaking, it’s not too bad… but then there’s that awful, wrestling phase that often ends up with one or both participants crying or experiencing some sort of physical pain.  At that point, the last thing I want to do is have to do the diapering process twice.

Cute fitted diapers really make me sad because there’s the gorgeousness… and then it gets hidden.

Working Around the Not Awesome

As much as there are those “not awesome” aspects of fitted diapers (which, really, put me off of using them for a very long time), there are ways to get around it.  Don’t like the non-wicking part?  I put a Best Bottom stay dry insert layer between my baby and the fitted.  This makes it possible for me to get some extra absorption to go along with the wicking quality, too.  Another friend of mine likes to do the same thing, except she puts a Funky Fluff insert between her baby and the fitted.  More reasonable people would just put a stay dry microfleece liner in between.

Are you a fan of fitted diapers?  How many are in your stash?

All-In-Two Cloth Diaper – Looking for Perfection

All-In-Two Cloth Diaper - Looking for Perfection (Cloth Diaper Addicts)Everyone has a different idea of what makes the perfect cloth diaper. If you’re lucky, your perfect cloth diaper is one that you found right away with very little trial and error. For Heather at The Parenting Patch, Best Bottom diapers are perfection. It’s a great all-in-two cloth diaper, and really it’s kind of collectible. However, C, an expecting mom in a Facebook group is still looking for her perfect cloth diaper. [Read more…]

Merry #FluffyXmas Spotlight – Lagoon Baby

Merry Fluffy XMas - Lagoon BabyWhen it comes to buying cloth diapers, I love to experiment.  I love to try different brands and different styles.  When it comes to where I buy cloth diapers, I don’t do much experimenting.  I have a few trusted stores that I shop with and very rarely shop anywhere else.  Lagoon Baby is making it onto that “trusted store” list.  There are a few reasons that I love Lagoon Baby and encourage others to shop there.

Lagoon Baby is Proudly Canadian

I like to keep my Canadian dollars in Canada as much as possible.  Buying from a Canadian business that stocks a lot of Canadian brands is just awesome.  What better way to improve the national economy than to stick to Canadian stuff as much as possible?  (Plus, I know that stuff that’s made in Canada is made in humane conditions due to the labor laws that this country has, and I know that workers are generally paid a liveable wage because of those same laws.)  Since Lagoon Baby is located in Maple Ridge, BC, I know that I’m doing just that.  Plus, shipping is pretty quick for me since I’m still in British Columbia.

Lagoon Baby is a WAHM Business

I’ve done my time as a work at home mom.  I love being able to support other moms who work from home and stay with their babies.  More to the point, I love being able to support work at home mom businesses that are truly ethical businesses instead of a rebranding business.

Lagoon Baby is Friendly

Natalie is pretty friendly to interact with over Facebook and Twitter.  She’s quick to answer and is always willing to look for answers if she doesn’t have one.

Lagoon Baby Provides Options

Lagoon Baby’s store has some fantastic options that are not common in my city.  She carries Bottombumpers, Blueberry, Peachy Green, Funky Fluff, and some other diapers that are on my wish list.  Her stock is growing and changing all the time!

Have you shopped at Lagoon Baby?  What was your experience like?

Stay tuned for the Merry Fluffy Xmas giveaway!  Lagoon Baby is sponsoring a prize.

My Cloth Diaper Wish List – Things I Haven’t Tried

I’ve used a lot of cloth diapers.  I’ve used pocket cloth diapers, all-in-one cloth diapers, all-in-two diapers, prefolds, fitteds…  I’m thinking that the only type of cloth diaper I haven’t tried yet are flats (which I’m not really interested in) and contour diapers.

Last week, the Cloth Diaper Revival published her bucket list.  This is my cloth diaper wish list.

1.) Bottombumpers.

They are a diaper that I recently learned about.  They’re an all-in-one with side snaps.  So far, I’m running 50/50 on my liking side snaps.  And the new polka dot prints that they announced at the ABC Show are really cute.

2.) Peachy Green.

They’ve got this adorable denim print all-in-two one size diaper that I’m out to try.  So far, I’ve only seen denim diapers in BumCheeks (which I hated with a fiery passion) and China Cheapies.  I’d love a Made in the USA denim diaper.

3.) Blueberry fitted cloth diaper.

Fitted diapers are super awesomely absorbent.  Blueberry diapers are completely and utterly awesome as a rule.  The snap configuration is something that my husband can actually use.  I can’t imagine a more awesome fitted diaper combination out there.

4.) Thirsties Duo with Snaps.

I gave the Thirsties Duo a shot a while back with Norton.  Unfortunately, they were Velcro, so he would not keep them on.  I really would like to give this cloth diaper a chance to perform, so I’m eyeballing the Scottish Rose print for Eudora.  With a snap closure, of course.

5.) Goodmamas.

An American made bunch of cloth diapers made by work at home moms?  And they’re beautiful?  Yes, please!

6.) Imagine diapers.

They’re a Nicki’s Diapers exclusive.  Nicki’s Diapers is the same company that brought us Planet Wise wet bags and Best Bottom diapers.  I want to see what else she’s brought us.

7.) JamTots Berry Plush AIO.

They’re covers, but they have snap in inserts.  And they’re adorable.  Besides, it’s minky, and minky is cuddly.  (And the Northern Lights fabric is beautiful.)

8.) Blueberry Minky.

I love Blueberry one size pocket diapers.  I love how snuggly a minky insert is.  Wouldn’t a minky exterior make my baby even more snuggly?

9.) Kawaii Good Night Heavy Wetters.

I’ve heard people swear by these diapers as an overnight cloth diapering solution for super soakers.  I wonder if it could stand up to Norton?

10.) Kissaluvs Wool Covers.

What better way to get the most out of your fitted diapers as an overnight solution?  Plus, I’ve never actually used wool anything on my kids.

11.) Swaddlebees Econappies.

I really want to know what the difference is between the Econappies and the Blueberry pocket diaper.

12.) Econobums.

Econobums is the only product left in the Cotton Babies line up that I haven’t tried.

13.) BumWear One Size Pocket diaper.

From what I’ve seen at Nicki’s Diapers, they look like what you’d get if a Best Bottom cloth diaper and a pocket cloth diaper made babies.

14.) Tweedle Bugs One Size Pocket diaper.

They’re cute with a variety of soft tones.

15.) Oh Katy.

I’ve had friends in the States that have sworn by their Oh Katy diapers.

16.) Funky Fluff.

There’s a very simple reason why I want to try one of these.  Have you seen the color combinations?  I love the contrasting snaps with the solid shells.  I keep trying to win one of them, but I haven’t had any luck yet!

What’s left on your “diapers to try” list?