Daily Cute Fluffy Bum – Rumparooz

Eudora modeling her RumparoozThis is a definite throwback pic! My tiny little Eudora was only six months old here. She’s modeling one of my favorite Rumparooz prints ever: Lux.

Where to buy Rumparooz: Diaper Junction (US/Can), Kelly’s Closet (US), Lagoon Baby (Canada), Cloth Diaper Addicts Amazon Shoppe (US), Nicki’s Diapers (US/Can)

Daily Cute Fluffy Bum – Rumparooz

Daily Cute Fluffy Bum - Rumparooz (Cloth Diaper Addicts)Today’s cute fluffy bum is a throwback of Eudora.  She was just figuring out how to roll over!  In this pic, my princess is modeling a Rumparooz in Lux.

 

Where to buy Rumparooz – Diaper Junction (US/Canada), Lagoon Baby (Canada), Kelly’s Closet (US),  Nicki’s Diapers (US/Canada), Cloth Diaper Addicts Amazon Shoppe (US)

 

 

Daily Cute Fluffy Bum – Rumparooz

Daily Cute Fluffy Bum - Rumparooz (Cloth Diaper Addicts)Today’s cute fluffy bum is modeling a Rumparooz cloth diaper in Root Beer!

Where to buy Rumparooz – Diaper Junction (US/Canada), Lagoon Baby (US/Canada), Kelly’s Closet (US), Kissed by the Moon (US/Canada), Nicki’s Diapers (US/Canada), Cloth Diaper Addicts Amazon Shoppe (US)

 

 

 

Daily Cute Fluffy Bum – Rumparooz

Daily Cute Fluffy Bum - Rumparooz (Cloth Diaper Addicts)Today’s cute fluffy bum is a Eudora throwback.  She’s rocking the Rumparooz G2 pocket diaper in Eco Owl.

Where to buy: Diaper Junction (US/Can), Lagoon Baby (US/Can), Kelly’s Closet (US), Kissed by the Moon (US/Can), Nicki’s Diapers (US/Can), Cloth Diaper Addicts Amazon Shoppe (US)

 

New Cloth Diaper Reveals for Spring 2013

There are a few definite signs that spring is here.  One, of course, is that there’s finally no snow left in my yard and that most of the local trails are clear.  The other is that companies are announcing their new cloth diaper prints.

It seems like every time I think that it’s time to downsize and I manage to get rid of a few less used items in my cloth diaper stash, the new cloth diaper lines come out and I see things that I just have to have.  If it’s a release that have matching boy/girl diapers for Eudora and Huan, then Huan’s mom and I are all over that.

 

Fuzzi Bunz New Cloth Diaper Prints

Fuzzi Bunz New Cloth Diaper Prints

FuzziBunz new prints are limited edition.  The left one, called Swirl, reminds me of roses.  I’m completely loving it.  The right new cloth diaper print is called Puzzle, and is to represent the living puzzle of Autism.  Autism is a cause that is very near and dear to Tereson Dupuy’s heart, so it’s extremely appropriate.  That being said, I’m looking forward to adding Swirl to my stash.  Because, you know, I just don’t have enough diapers.  And I think Huan will look very handsome in the Puzzle.

GroVia New Cloth Diaper Colors

GroVia's New Cloth Diaper Line Up

So, ignoring the typo, I’m loving the vibrant colors!  The citrus is a really nice, acidic yellow.  The persimmon will add a nice pop of color.  Nice job, GroVia!

Rumparooz New Cloth Diaper Prints

Rumparooz new cloth diaper

Rumparooz has presented us with a super trendy stripy pair called Dexter (left) and Quinn (right.)  Huan’s mom suggested that these might be the new matching pair that we’ll have to get for Huan and Eudora… But I’m really just loving the Dexter.  Okay, so the name makes me think of serial killers with a code rather than diapers, but it’s just a killer cute print.

Hmm.  The more I look at the Quinn, though, the more it grows on me.

ThirstiesThirsties New Cloth Diaper

Okay, the new cloth diaper from Thirsties (called Polka Dance) is seriously cute.  I love the white piping that’s always present on the Thirsties Duo Pocket, and this print is no exception.

Which new cloth diaper prints are you most excited about?

 

 

 

 

Mostly Wordless Wednesday – Plum Crazy

This Wordless Wednesday, you can see that we’re plum crazy about purple. 🙂  Here’s Eudora modeling a purple Rumparooz and a purple paisley Sunbaby.

Mostly Wordless Wednesday - Plum Crazy

 

Mostly Wordless Wednesday - Plum Crazy

Cloth Diapers – The Best and Worst for Poo (Part I)

Poop happens.  It’s a fact of life.  Or Everyone Poops.  However you look at it, it’s something that definitely has to be handled when using cloth diapers.  That being said, no all cloth diapers are the same and not all of them handle poop equally well.  Some handle poop just fine, but are absolutely horrendous to clean.  Sometimes, though, the best diaper for poo is also the worst to clean.

Here’s my poop preference, in order from “please poop in this” to “no pooping ever, please.” [Read more…]

Romping in Rumparooz – Wordless Wednesday Linky

What’s cuter than adorable children in Rumparooz?

Norton in Rumparooz

Reaching for the doorknob…

Eudora in Rumparooz

Promoting early reading…

The Evils of the Sanitize Cycle on Cloth Diaper Laundry

Image from Stock.xchng. Used with permission

Whenever you do cloth diaper laundry, the goal is to get your diapers clean.  Your cloth diaper stash takes a lot of abuse.  I mean, our kids pee and poop on those things… over and over again!  So with that in mind, you’d think that you want to get your cloth diaper laundry as clean as humanly possible, right?  And what can be better than sanitized or sterilized?

It turns out that when it comes to your cloth diaper laundry, just plain clean is generally good enough.  But then there are these beautiful, amazingly energy efficient front load washers.  And there’s that lovely “sanitize” button…  It seems like it should be the perfect solution, right?

It’s not.  While “sanitize” means to “render sanitary, free from elements such as filth or pathogens,” it’s not super kind to your diapers.  It can actually get far hotter than manufacturer specifications for some varieties of diapers.

I was curious about the temperatures, so I decided to start calling washing machine manufacturers after finding no hard and fast temperature information on sites with washing machine specs.  According to Maytag, their sanitize cycle renders clothes NSF safe.  NSF certified minimums for washing is 131F/55C.  But that’s just the minimum.  I couldn’t find any information regarding the actual temperature that the washing machine uses on sanitize.  The nice gentleman on the other end of the Maytag customer support line couldn’t, either.

Some sanitize through steaming.  The temperature that water turns to steam is 212F/100C.  That’s also the boiling point of water.

Here’s the thing: while boiling will most certainly kill most things, it may also kill your diapers.  Rockin’ Green says to wash your diapers at a maximum of 150F/65C, but to stick with 130F/54C for every day cloth diaper laundry… with deference to the manufacturer instructions, of course.  The instructions on BumGenius diapers says to wash at 100F/40C.  AppleCheeks diapers say to wash at 140F/60C.  Rumparooz website says explicitly (and this is a quote from their website) “Washing your pockets on the sanitize cycle will void the warranty.”

If you really do need to hard core sanitize, you most likely will only need to sanitize your inserts.  That’s where the issues are more than likely to reside with your diapers in the first place.  The only time I would ever make an exception to this rule is under the same conditions that I would actually use bleach: if dealing with MRSA, a really bad nasty fungal infection, or something else that requires a “kill or cure” approach to getting your cloth diapers back.

Have you ever used the sanitize cycle on your cloth diapers?  How did it work out for you?

Premium Cloth Diapers versus “China Cheapies” – The Warranty

I’ve already done some looking at the benefits of choosing your premium cloth diapers versus the inexpensive cloth diapers made overseas (also known as “China Cheapies”).  There are pros and cons to going in either direction, but today, a cyber buddy posted about a brand new diaper (one of the China Cheapies) having a snap break.

A brand new diaper… with a snap broken in less than two weeks. Will your diaper manufacturer cover that? Or will they give you the runaround?

I’ve had snaps break.  I’ve had elastics fail.  With the snaps that broke, the diapers were heavily used in my cloth diaper stash rotation.  Really, it was disappointing, but it’s not like they hadn’t been work horse diapers.  (And now I have friends who have snap pliers, so I can get them fixed!)  With the elastics that failed, I’ve had three outcomes.  1.) It was a FuzziBunz one size diaper, so I didn’t have to worry about it because the diaper comes with extra elastics that can be fixed without sewing.  And it had been used for a couple of years, so it’s not like it wasn’t due to get a little TLC.  2.) It was a diaper that I’d had for at least a year, so elastics wearing out wasn’t unreasonable.  There are people in my area who can fix them (like Pearl at Cloth for a Cause).  3.) It happened with a brand new GroVia shell.  Actually, it was my very first GroVia shell, and I’d used it twice before an elastic actually broke in the washing machine.  Cozy Bums, my local cloth diaper retailer, replaced the diaper for me and took care of the warranty stuff.  (Best customer service ever.)

With the vast majority of my diapers, I have a one year manufacturer’s warranty.  That’s the warranty on GroVia diapers, Swaddlebees and Blueberry, and Cotton Babies products – Flip, Econobum, and BumGenius.  Happy Heinys has a different warranty depending on what it is, but elastics have a six month warranty and they’ll send you the materials to replace the elastics after that.  (Snaps are lifetime.  Hmm.  I really should have been better about keeping my receipts for my diapers!)  Rumparooz has a variable warranty similar to that of Happy Heinys.  Fuzzi Bunz now has lifetime warranties.

I don’t mind paying twenty dollars or more for a diaper when I know that the manufacturer stands behind what they make.

Some of the China Cheapies brands don’t have that same guarantee.  Sunbaby has a thirty day guarantee.  AlvaBaby (and its rebranded diapers) don’t have a date deadline.  I haven’t heard of people having great luck with getting anything repaired or replaced by other China Cheapies brands.  In fact, I tried a China Cheapies that I bought off of a daily deal site once as an experiment.  The diaper didn’t work.  I messaged the diaper company on Twitter and was ignored.  Fortunately, it was cheap, so I shrugged it off as “no big loss.”

I like knowing that my diapers are made to last.  I don’t think it’s reasonable to expect the same quality or support from a diaper that I buy for five dollars as I would expect from a diaper that I buy for twenty-five dollars.  It’s where that old adage of one getting what one pays for comes in.

Have you ever had any warranty issues with a diaper company?  How was it resolved?