Buying Cloth Diapers Made in USA/Canada

Buying Cloth Diapers Made in USA/CanadaI really love buying cloth diapers.  Every time I get something new, it’s just more fun than is really reasonable.  I’ve been known to experiment with buying cloth diapers in all price ranges and in all makes and manufacturers.  I get a certain little thrill when something new comes in.

Lately, though, I’ve been experiencing a little shift in my preferences for buying cloth diapers.  I think that the big wake up for me was when I noticed that a premium cloth diaper in my stash said “Made with love in China” on the tag.  Another premium cloth diaper that I absolutely love (and don’t buy many of because my local dealer doesn’t sell them and they’re a little pricey) at a slightly lower but very nearly equal price point is proud of being American made.

Then I had a lightbulb moment.

Usually, when people choose merchandise that is made in China or other huge manufacturing sectors, it’s because of a lower price point.  Or at least, that’s my philosophy.  But if I’m going to be spending the exact same amount or more for something that’s made overseas, I think I’d rather buy an American or Canadian made product.

I’m not making this decision out of some sort of silly nationalism.

Why I’m Buying Cloth Diapers Made in the USA/Canada

When I buy diapers made in the US or Canada, I can be sure of a few things:

1.) The manufacturing facilities are required by law to meet certain safety guidelines.

2.) The employees are paid at least minimum wage.

3.) I’m keeping manufacturing jobs in my countries, which is better for my national economy.

4.) There are product manufacturing guidelines that keep harmful chemicals away from my kids, which is a huge bonus to using cloth diapers in the first place.

Brands Made in the USA/Canada

AppleCheeks (Canada)

AMP (Canada)

Best Bottom (USA)

Blueberry (USA)

Bummis (Canada)

Thirsties (USA)

There are, I’m sure, other brands made in the US and Canada that I’ve left out!  What’s your favorite Made in North America diaper?

Cloth Diaper Covers – What Are They For?

Recently, I saw a post on my local cloth diapering group.  A mom had just bought some cloth diaper covers and realized that they were not like her beloved pocket diapers.  She didn’t know what they were actually for, so she asked the group.

I was about to answer… and then I realized that there’s no way that I could write a short answer about the wonders of cloth diaper covers.  Rather than post something that’s tl;dr (too long; didn’t read or “teal deer”) on a Facebook wall, I figured that making a nice blog post with visual aids made more sense.

Cloth diaper covers are pretty versatile things.  You can get cloth diaper covers in a variety of formats: basic, yoked, doubled gussets, or a snap in insert.

Basic Cloth Diaper Covers

Cloth Diaper Covers - What Are They For? (Cloth Diaper Addicts)

A very tiny Eudora modeling her Bummis Super Whisper Snap Wrap.

Your basic cloth diaper covers are a single piece of PUL or TPU with a closure of either Velcro or snaps.  You just lay whatever you put inside the diaper down over the cover, put your baby down on top, and close it up.  These are often a part of a lower price cloth diapering system with flats, prefolds, or contour diapers.

Examples include: Bummis (available at Cozy Bums, Cloth Diaper Addicts Amazon Store, and Nicki’s Diapers) and Econobums (available at Cozy Bums)

Double Gusset Cloth Diaper Covers

Cloth Diaper Covers - What Are They For? (Cloth Diaper Addicts)

The interior of a Thirsties cover.

Double gusset diaper covers are just what they sound like: a cover that is very similar to your basic cloth diaper covers, except they include a double gusset to contain potentially explosive and oozy newborn or breastfed baby poo.

Examples include: Blueberry Coveralls (available at Cloth Diaper Addicts Amazon Store and Nicki’s Diapers) and Thirsties (available at Cloth Diaper Addicts Amazon Store and Nicki’s Diapers)

All-in-Two/Hybrid Cloth Diaper Covers

All-in-Two and hybrid systems are your basic cloth diaper cover with a twist.  Some have a yoke style to them in order to keep the insert in place.  Others have a snap-in method for their inserts.  You can use the designed inserts with the hybrid cloth diaper covers, or you can mix and match your inserts for a fun experiment.  (Here’s a handy dandy chart to compare some all-in-two cloth diaper covers.)

Advantages of Cloth Diaper Covers

Cloth diaper covers are often lower priced and exceptional versatile.  You can use multiple types of diapers inside the covers (whether it’s a hybrid or all-in-two system or a basic cover).   Cloth diaper covers will also dry significantly faster than all-in-one diapers.  In fact, a Best Bottom diaper shell can dry in just a couple of hours on my drying rack.

Have you ever used cloth diaper covers?  Which did you prefer?

Thirsties Duo Cloth Diaper Review

I was really pleased when I found out that Cozy Bums, my local cloth diaper dealer, would be getting in the Thirsties Duo cloth diaper line.  I thought that the Scottish Rose diaper was just gorgeous and I really wanted to get it for my Eudora.  As soon as I got it, I was thrilled.  The Thirsties Duo cloth diaper in Scottish Rose was even more beautiful than I’d thought.

It wasn’t my first Thirsties Duo cloth diaper; I’d had one with a Velcro closure for Norton when he was smaller… but I sold it after discovering why we couldn’t have Velcro diapers in our house.  Now I might be on the verge of a full blow Thirsties Duo cloth diaper addiction.

Thirsties Duo Cloth Diaper Review (Cloth Diaper Addicts)

The Thirsties Duo cloth diaper in sizes 1 and 2, both on smallest rise settings.

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Thirsties Fab Wipes & Booty Luster Review

Thirsties Fab Wipes & Booty Luster Review (Cloth Diaper Addicts)Recently, I received some Thirsties Fab Wipes and Thirsties Booty Luster for review from Cozy Bums.  Now that I’ve had it for about a week, I’ve had time to try it out and give a review.

Thirsties Fab Wipes Construction

Thirsties Fab Wipes are a two ply 8×8 wipe.  One side is a super soft cotton velour that is wonderful for cleaning up the icky bum messes; the other is a microfleece that’s great for drying off smaller messes.  The colors are fantastic, coordinate with Thirsties diapers, and are in a “boy” and “girl” pack.  (The boy pack has two green wipes, the girl pack has two purple wipes.  They are both actually quite gender neutral.)  Plus, like other Thirsties products, the Thirsties Fab Wipes are made in the USA.

As for care, I just toss them in the wash with the rest of my cloth diaper laundry.

Using Thirsties Fab Wipes

I’ve used a lot of different cloth wipes since I made my conversion to cloth diaper wipes.  I’ve used single layered, double layered, commercially made, home made, and even baby wash cloths in my cloth diaper wipe supply.  Getting my husband on board with cloth wipes took some doing, and there are some (particularly double layered) wipes that he hates and will pick past.

The Thirsties Fab Wipes are the first cloth wipes that my husband has liked enough to tell me that they are great.  He thought they were single layered because there was no separation issues like we’ve had with other double layered wipes.  At home, I typically wet a hand full of wipes (about a day’s worth, maybe less) and then leave them in the wipe warmer.  The Thirsties Fab Wipes work great that way.

Another awesome use for my Thirsties Fab Wipes: they’re awesome on the go.  This is where the Thirsties Booty Luster comes into play.

Thirsties Booty Luster

The good news about the Thirsties Booty Luster spray is that the four ounce bottle is the perfect size to go in my diaper bag.  I can carry it with some dry Thirsties Fab Wipes and then I have a cloth wipe solution that works well on the go.  As for how it works?  Well, it’s great at freshening up bums when they’re a little… um, ripe.  Considering I don’t use a wipe solution at home (instead, I just wet with water), the Thirsties Booty Luster spray is awesome for taking care of a little bit of bum funk.  The Thirsties Booty Luster spray is the only cleaning solution that I use with my wipes.

The only downside about the Thirsties Booty Luster spray is that I’m not completely in love with the scent… but it’s still better than the smell of butt.  And even more surprising, the smell doesn’t bother me.  That’s huge since I have a lot of fragrance sensitivities.

Are They Worth It?

In a nutshell?  Absolutely!  From this point onward, if I buy any other cloth diaper wipes, they’ll be Thirsties Fab Wipes.  It’s the only ones that have actually been husband approved in my house.  The husband found the Booty Luster spray to be “non-offensive.”  (That’s high praise from my husband.)  If you haven’t used Thirsties Booty Luster spray or Thirsties Fab Wipes, start!  (And pay attention, because there will be a giveaway from Cozy Bums coming up very soon.)

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 for a Cause Vancouver Island Fundraiser! (Ending 10/28)

Support Cloth for a Cause – Vancouver Island!

I’ve stated on more than one occasion that Cloth for a Cause is my favorite cloth diaper charity.  In fact, part of my review policy is that for every diaper I receive for a review, I donate one to Cloth for a Cause.  I’m thrilled to announce that Cloth for a Cause Vancouver Island is having an auction!

You can bid on a ton of awesome diapers, like a Tots Bots Easy Fit diaper in Hansel and Gretel, Thirsties Aplix diaper covers, and some WAHM creations.  There’s even a cleaning by a diaper service on Vancouver Island!

Stop by, check out what’s available, and make a bid.  Support Cloth for a Cause and boost  your stash at the same time.

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