Oko Creations Mama Cloth (And Giveaway!)

I have, as of late, been on a quest to have a greener period.  And a more comfortable period.  Sure, some of my attempts have been a momentous fail… but using Oko Creations mama cloth has been the closest I’ve ever been to having a happy period.

I’m going to blame Maman Loup for this one.  She’s been talking about how amazing Oko Creations is for a variety of reasons, and she convinced me to give them a try.  So Oko Creations sent me some samples to try them out so I could give you guys my complete, honest, and unbiased opinion.  Before I’d even received them, I was pretty darned stoked.

Oko Creations is Canadian

I have an infinite preference for products made in Canada and the US.  It guarantees that I will be spending my money on products that are ethically made in a country where workers are protected from unfair labor practices.  I know that the products will be well made in a safe environment. [Read more…]

Daily Cute Fluffy Bum – AMP

Daily Cute Fluffy Bum - AMP (Cloth Diaper Addicts)Check out one half of my favorite set of fraternal twins!  He’s as happy as can be in the grass in an Elephants AMP Duo diaper.  AMP products are proudly made in Canada.

Where to find AMP: Cozy Bums (Canada)

Daily Cute Fluffy Bum – AppleCheeks Swim Diaper

Daily Cute Fluffy Bum - AppleCheeks Swim Diaper (Cloth Diaper Addicts)Someone is enjoying the warmth of summer!  Our little model (who is properly wearing a hat and suncreen) is wearing an AppleCheeks Swim Diaper in Pickled Pink.

Where to find AppleCheeks Swim Diapers: Cozy Bums (Canada), Nicki’s Diapers (US)

 

AMP Diapers – 5 Reasons to <3 Them

I have a wide variety of diapers in my cloth diaper stash.  AMP diapers are among them.  Recently, I saw a mom ask which is “better,” AMP or Ella Bella Bum.  I have and love both, and there’s no comparing the two of them.  Really, it’s like apples and oranges.

I can easily itemize why I love my AMP diapers.

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Daily Cute Fluffy Bum – AMP

Daily Cute Fluffy Bum - AMP (Cloth Diaper Addicts)Check out these cute little darlings!  They’re enjoying the summer warmth in AMP Duo diapers.  Our little guy in the basket is wearing an Elephants while his twin sister is wearing the lovely Paris.  AMP is proudly made in Canada.

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

Daily Cute Fluffy Bum – BB Butts

Daily Cute Fluffy Bum - BB Butts (Cloth Diaper Addicts)Today’s cute fluffy bum is a throw back pick of the cutest little model ever.  Eudora is wearing a BB Butts one size all-in-one diaper.  BB Butts is a Canadian WAHM located in the little town of Vanderhoof, BC.

Daily Cute Fluffy Bum – Tadpole Jones

Daily Cute Fluffy Bum - Tadpole Jones (Cloth Diaper Addicts)Little Westin looked GORGEOUS for his cake smash photos!  He’s wearing a custom made The Hungry Caterpillar diaper from Tadpole Jones Diaper Supply.  Tadpole Jones is an awesome Canadian WAHM diaper that only does custom diapers to order.  (Not only are her diapers awesome; she’s personally awesome.  She’s my neighbor and puts up with my shenanigans.  Everyone should have a Tadpole Jones Diaper Supply fluff just so they can have a diaper as awesome as she is.  Yes, I’m biased.)  The photography was done by Richard Bruce, a local cloth diapering dad!

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 – Diapers by Chris

Daily Cute Fluffy Bum - Diapers by Chris (Cloth Diaper Addicts)Today’s cute fluffy bum is my own little Eudora!  She’s wearing a custom made purple paisley diaper by Diapers by Chris (stuffed with an AMP hemp insert).  She’s all smiles as she turns her Fisher-Price Little People Disney Princess Klip Klop Stable into a playground for her monkeys.

Diapers by Chris are available through her Facebook page.  The AMP hemp inserts are available at Cozy Bums.

Bummis Super Brite and Newborn Prefolds

When my friend Nikki had her tiny, tiny little girl, she found that a lot of newborn diapers were just plain too big.  That meant I got to problem solve: I came over to help her get the right fit.  Nikki had plenty of newborn size Bummis prefolds to work with, and she’d already decided that she really loved the bikini twist fold for containment.  However, her covers (which were mainly Blueberry Capri newborn size) were far too big for Small Fry.  I came over to experiment with some diapers and we started with the Bummis Super Brite.

About the Bummis Super Brite

The Bummis Super Brite newborn cover is smaller than other Bummis covers.  The Super Whisper Wrap, Super Whisper Snap Wrap, and Super Lite newborn covers fit newborns starting at six pounds.  The Bummis Super Brite starts at four pounds.  It was the perfect size for Small Fry.  Even better?  Bummis covers are made in Canada.

Bummis Super Brite - Cloth Diaper Addicts

As you can see, the Bummis Super Brite fit Small Fry without any weird tugging or adjusting.  It simply went on and fit.  Granted, because the Super Brite newborn size cover is so small, it will be one of the first things that Small Fry outgrows.  However, during this time, it’s perfect.  Even better?  It has double gussets to contain the messy of runny newborn poo.

Would I Recommend It?

If you’ve got a tiny newborn and you really want to start cloth right away, Bummis Super Brite is your best shot.  It’s absolutely worth it in the newborn stage, and when you’re in the bigger sizes, you’ll get more longevity out of those covers as their growth slows.

Pros: Perfect fit, reasonable price.

Cons: Shorter life span, doesn’t have great resale value.

Where to buy: Cozy Bums (Canada), Nicki’s Diapers (US)