Buying Cloth Diapers – Co-Op Or Retail?

I’m no stranger to buying cloth diapers.  While I usually stick to buying cloth diapers from my local cloth diaper store, I’ve been known to shop from a co-op.

Buying Cloth Diapers from a Co-Op

When you’re buying cloth diapers from a co-op, you’re getting some diapers at some absolutely amazingly low prices.  Really, the price is the single biggest draw to going through a co-op.  There’s also the sense of community that can be built through a co-op.  Some diapers (like my absolutely gorgeous purple paisley Sunbaby diaper) are beautiful and not readily available from other sources.  Letting the co-op head deal with ordering from overseas instead of having to deal with that headache yourself is fantastic.  If you’re out for a beautiful diaper to wear with an outfit but have no illusions of it holding up for more than a season, then co-ops are a great source for that.  And I’m really fond of RLR, but it’s not locally available.  And I can buy it from a co-op for half the price. [Read more…]

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?

Cloth Diapers – Best and Worst for Poo (Part III)

Here’s the third and final installment of the best and worst cloth diapers for poo!  (Here’s the first and second installments.)

Swaddlebees Simplex One Size cloth diapersSwaddlebees Simplex All-in-One

Swaddlebees Simplex All-in-One one size cloth diapers will contain an average poop.  It sprays off well enough, but it’s more prone to get stuck in the elastics than some other diapers.  Depending on how you’ve got the all-in-one tongue folded, you would have to be careful not to drop the length in the toilet.  The birdseye cotton is also very prone to staining.  Meh.

Where to buy: Lagoon Baby (Canada), Nicki’s Diapers (US/Canada), Kelly’s Closet (US)

GroVia hybrid cloth diapersGroVia Hybrid

The shell is a fantastic thing to clean for poops.  I love how the mesh in the shell works with the sprayer.  No splash back like I find in other all-in-two diapers.  However, I hate the insert for poop.  There’s that two layer structure on the insert that just sucks for poop.  Invariably, poo get stuck in the gusset on the pad.  Poo gets between the layers.  And the organic insert stains horrendously.  It’s much easier to spray the poo off of the GroVia prefolds.

Where to buy: Cozy Bums (Canada), Lagoon Baby (Canada), Nicki’s Diapers (US/Canada), Kelly’s Closet (US), Cloth Diaper Addicts Amazon Store (US)

BumGenius Elemental

This is a great diaper if you like organic fibers and all-in-one diapers.  However, I hate cleaning poop.  The design of the Elemental leaves me with some of the same issues that I have with the inserts on the GroVia hybrid.  Poo gets caught between the layers.  It’s more prone to staining than microfiber and microfleece.  Don’t get me wrong; I love BumGenius Elemental cloth diapers.  I just don’t love when poop happens in that diaper.

Where to buy: Cozy Bums (Canada), Cloth Diaper Addicts Amazon Store (US), Nicki’s Diapers (US/Canada), Kelly’s Closet (US)

AppleCheeks cloth diapersAppleCheeks

These are part of my “best diaper for overnights ever” collection.  I love them and wouldn’t trade them for anything.  With that in mind, they suck for messy poops.  The insert is stuffed through the middle, which means that you’ve got three poop options.  You can hope that it just falls off.  You can spray it with the insert inside.  Or you can touch poop to get the insert out without saturating it.  Ugh.  So far, I’ve been lucky and only had one poo in my AppleCheeks cloth diapers.  Fortunately, it fell off.

Where to buy: Cozy Bums (Canada), Cloth Diaper Addicts Amazon Store (US), Lagoon Baby (Canada), Kelly’s Closet (US), Nicki’s Diapers (US/Canada)

Sunbaby Cloth Diapers

Sunbaby cloth diapers come in the most adorable, gorgeous patterns imaginable.  I have a purple paisley one that is just beautiful.  That being said… it’s a cheap diaper.  Changing poops in them suck because of the placement of the insert opening.  My husband has actually asked me point blank to never buy those diapers again.  After the poo I changed yesterday afternoon, I’m inclined to agree with him.  Ugh.  And it wasn’t even that awful of a poop.  The Sunbaby contained it, but the clean up was dreadful.

Where to buy: Sunbaby.com, various co-ops

So that’s my complete list of the best and worst of cloth diapers for poo.  What are your best and worst?

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?

Swaddlebees Simplex One Size All In One Review

Norton modeling a Swaddlebees Simplex All-in-One (one size)

Last month, I got an order of fluff mail.  I was thrilled.  I had finally gotten a Swaddlebees diaper in the monkey print.  I had been wanting a diaper, any of the Swaddlebees diapers, in that print since it came out.  However, my local diaper shop doesn’t carry them (hint, hint, KW!), and I am far too impatient to order things online much.  I wanted the monkey print, and the store that I ordered it from only had it in the Swaddlebees Simplex One Size All-in-One.

I’d used Blueberry diapers in the past (and LOVE them), so I had no problems with buying the Swaddlebees Simplex.  After all, they’re a company that makes good products.

Things I love about Swaddlebees Simplex diapers: They have a lot of the features that I love about the Blueberry one size pocket diaper.  You can get the same gorgeous patterns and colors.  You’ve got the same quality of manufacturing.  The snaps are slightly angled and fantastic.  The rise is easily adjusted.  They’re a stuffable all-in-one (similar to Tots Bots Easy Fit), but both ends are open.  So that means that if I put another insert in to double, I don’t have to fish it out.  As long as it’s not too tightly stuffed, it will agitate out in the wash.  It’s also quite effective; I’ve never had a leak in any of my experiments.

It’s not my perfect diaper, though.  As much as I really, really wanted to love the diaper since it’s in that beautiful monkey print that I’d been wanting for Norton’s bottom, I’m not feeling it.  The diaper takes an eternity to dry.  It’s definitely one of my slower drying diapers.  I suspect the reason that it takes so long is because of the Birdseye cotton.  Natural fibers do take longer to dry than synthetics like microfiber and minky.  Birdseye cotton doesn’t wick moisture away like microfleece, either.  On the plus side, though, one side of the “tongue” that you can tuck in the diaper is microfleece, so you can lay that on the top of the diaper instead of tucking it in.  The other thing that I’m not loving is that the cut of the diaper is slightly different than my Blueberry diapers.  It’s a bit longer and narrower in the crotch.  For a taller, skinnier baby, this might work well, but it just leaves Norton looking like he’s got a saggy bum.

All of the things that I don’t like about the diaper, though, are personal preference.  If you like natural fibers against your baby’s bottom, then you’ll be pleased with the diaper.  If you’ve got a skinnier baby, you may find the lower fit of the crotch to be a benefit.  And really, the diaper does work, and it is quality workmanship with quality materials.

The Swaddlebees Simplex All-in-One One Size diaper may be perfect for you.  It’s just not perfect for us.

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The All-in-Two Diaper Comparison

I love my all-in-two diapers.  They’re wonderfully versatile and can make packing a cinch.  The problem that comes into play is… well, where do you start?  Is there a better or worse one?  Are there different features?  How are the various all-in-two diaper brands the same and how do they differ? [Read more…]

New Cloth Diaper Designs at the ABC Expo!

For the last two years, I’ve watched the news of cloth diaper designs come out from the ABC Expo with baited breath.  I’d really, really love to go to the next one and see the fun and excitement (and blog about it on the spot from my iPhone) in person.  Now that we’re a few days into the release of the new cloth diaper patterns, I’ve seen new release announcements from GroVia, Best Bottom, Rumparooz, Charlie Banana, Apple Cheeks, Bottombumpers, and Blueberry/Swaddlebees.

GroVia: GroVia isn’t just releasing patterns this year.  They’re releasing a host of new products, including the Bamboo prefold.  (I was lucky enough to be one of the testers, so you can see the prefold and my review.)

Left: GroVia’s new hanging wet pail.
Right: GroVia Trainers in new colors!

Left: GroVia fitted diapers
Right: GroVia wool covers

 

Best Bottoms: Best Bottoms has released three new prints.

Three new Best Bottom Diaper covers to add to your stash!
From left to right: Hedgehog, Huckleberry Cobbler, Plum Pie

Rumparooz: Rumparooz has released three new prints.  Permission to use those images was not obtained at the time of post.

Charlie Banana: Charlie Banana has released a new camo collection.  It will be available in the six pack with a brown, black, and white diaper to round out the package.

AppleCheeks: AppleCheeks has released one new print and also announced the discontinuation of another.

The new AppleCheeks print, “Tweet”

Bottombumpers: Look for three new polka dot diapers on your retailer’s shelves!

Polka dots to round out your cloth diaper stash

Blueberry/Swaddlebees: Swaddlebees has released three new prints that will be available across all Blueberry and Swaddlebees product lines.  Permission to use those images was not obtained at the time of post.

What new arrival are you most excited about?

Wordless Wednesday – Monkeying Around

Here’s Norton modeling his Swaddlebees Simplex one size all-in-one diaper in Monkeys.

Fish lips!

Climbing!

Monkeying around is thirsty work!

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Other Wordless Wednesday posts to visit:
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Mama T and Baby E
Mom Caboodle
Mom vs. the Boys
Yee Wittle Things

 

Perhaps I Need a Custom Cloth Diaper

I’ve never bought a custom cloth diaper before.  I’ve never had anything made to order for… well, pretty much anything, really.  Lately I’ve been thinking that it might be time for me to go the custom cloth diaper route.

Why?  Well, maybe it’s just because I’m in “a mood,” but I was feeling blue and decided to browse cloth diapers online.  At my favorite store, I was just “Got that, some of those, tons of those, meh, yeah, got it, tried it, ad nauseum.”  The more I looked around, the more it seemed like I just plain had about one of every type of something that I saw… unless I wanted to start ordering from the States again, of course.  I got the Rumparooz diaper print that I was crazy about.  I’ve got the Blueberry Butterflies diaper, and now the rest of the Swaddlebees prints I was crazy about are on the way.  I felt like I was running out of diapers to buy.  And, really, while that might make my husband thrilled to tears, it frustrated me.  I was feeling experimental.  I wanted something different to try.

And I started thinking about fun.  How awesome would it be to find a Bad Badtz Maru diaper?  Someone should make one, right?  After all, Hello Kitty cloth diapers exist.  Why wouldn’t Bad Badtz Maru or Keroppi have diapers, too?

Would you believe that I couldn’t find that on Etsy?  *sigh*

One created Cookie Monster Poppy Cloth diaper by my friend Heather. Maybe she could make my Bad Badtz Maru?

It dawned on me that there were a few options that I had for something different.  I could visit Heather at the Parenting Patch and get her to hook me up with something cute through her Poppy Cloth creations.  I’ve been threatening to order a bunch of diapers and have them sent to Heather to do cute things with, anyway.

Or I could get really experimental.  I could just get a custom diaper made through Etsy.  Now that would be something different that the rest of the world wouldn’t have.

Or, hey, maybe I should just take a break on buying cloth diapers.

Psh, yeah, right.  That’s so not going to happen.

What kind of diapers do you look for when you’re feeling diaper adventurous?

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