Monday, December 26, 2011

Haute Bottoms - GIVEAWAY Ends Jan 3rd

Haute Bottoms is an online cloth diaper store located in Canada that is owned and operated by SAHM (stay at home mom) Neisha. Haute Bottoms diapers are very affordable and adorable! 

Monday, December 12, 2011

Thirsties Duo Diaper - Review & Giveaway Ends 12/20

Thirsties cloth diapers are a favorite among the cloth diapering parents! They are made in the USA and with USA sourced components. I know that this is something that many parents look for in a cloth diaper company! I had heard so many good things about Thirsties from my friend Meagan that first turned me on to cloth diapering and also from many members of the local Cloth Diaper Utah group that I am a part of. So, you would imagine that I was beyond elated when I was sent a Thirsties Duo Diaper to review. Most of the Thirsties diapers that I had seen were prefolds and covers. I was so pleasantly surprised to be sent a Thirsties pocket diaper to review.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Glow Bug Cloth Diaper Review & Giveaway Ends 12/6

Glow Bug Cloth Diapers were created by 2 moms who met in a prenatal yoga class and became fast friends. Each of them has cloth diapered 2 children. When they were looking to invest in cloth diapers for their second children, they were looking for a diaper that would be quality, at an affordable price. They decided to start their own cloth diapering company that would sell amazing cloth diapers that parents could afford. Many parents are afraid to make the initial investment into cloth diapering, and it stops them from making the switch (even though they will save thousands in the long run, the initial investment can be daunting). Glow Bug offers a solution! Glow Bug cloth diapers are very affordable! You can get 12 diapers, 24 inserts, and a wet bag for only $150! For those looking to start a new stash for a very affordable price (with ADORABLE prints), you have found your diaper!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Bummas Cloth Wipes Review & Giveaway Ends 11/17

"Bummas are small soft, luxurious baby-sized cloths made especially for drying baby bottoms, as well as blocking those surprise squirts. And with a little douse of water, they can also replace commercial wipes for clean up of sensitive bums. They are small enough to conveniently carry on the go and durable enough to wash over and over again and won’t pill shrink or fade. You can virtually eliminate irritating diaper rash without the use of powders, talcs, and ointments by using Bummas cloth wipes."

I was sent a pack of Bummas "Wild Ones" cloth wipes to review, and could not be more stoked about it! I have been wanting to make the switch to cloth wipes for a while now. I have always known that it would be easier with cloth diapering to use cloth wipes as well. I could just throw them in with the diapers in the diaper laundry instead of having to separate them from the cloth diapers and throw them away. Also, as I have mentioned in other posts, baby M has VERY sensitive skin! The disposable wipes have all sorts of chemicals in them, are a waste of money, and can irritate M's skin. I really have no idea why I didn't switch sooner. By using cloth wipes I will be saving money, helping the environment, and making cloth diapering easier on myself. 

Bummas were the perfect choice for my first try at cloth wipes! They come in many fun colors, they are 100% cotton - woven velour terry cloth that is milled in the USA, they are a rectangle 5"x7" size, & won't pill shrink or fade! They were very soft on M's skin, easily cleaned up any messes that we had and have been durable in the wash. I will use them again and again with my cloth diapers in place of disposable wipes. They also can be used as burp rags and to clean up really any mess that a baby creates!

Buy it: 10 packs of Bummas Wipes can be purchased for $16.99 on their website

Win it: Bummas is generously offering my readers at 
Brookie's Baby Bargains a chance to win 
10 pack of cloth wipes! 

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Mother-Ease Cloth Diaper Review & Giveaway Ends 11/16 (US & Canada)

Mother-ease Cloth Diapers is unlike any cloth diapering company I have ever heard of! There are so many cool things about them that I can't wait to share with you. I know that a lot of you cloth diapering parents are very "green". Mother-ease is as green as it gets! They have been manufacturing cloth diaper systems using 100% green power in their Canadian production facility since 1991. They also offer very high quality leak free diapers. Their fabrics and designs are very innovative and patent protected! They can't be found anywhere else.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Lotus Bums Review and Giveaway! Ends 11/9

I am thrilled to present Lotus Bumz to all of you. Lotus Bumz is a new cloth diapering company that just launched last month! It was started by a work at home mom, Lorain (read more about Lorain and how she started Lotus Bumz HERE). She makes "the adorable affordable"! With cloth diapers available in an assortment of fun colors and prints for between $10-11, that couldn't be more true!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Sweetbottoms: Motherlove Diaper Rash & Thrush Salve Review & Giveaway Ends 10/31

This may very well be the most excited I have been to post a giveaway and review since starting this blog!!! "Why?" you ask.... because it is sponsored by my FAVORITE cloth diaper store Sweet Bottoms Baby Boutique! Oh how I love Sweet Bottoms, let me count the ways!

The Top Ten Reasons Why I Love Sweetbottoms Baby Boutique:
  1. They offer FREE SHIPPING on all US orders ALL THE TIME!!!
  2. They have a rewards program in which you earn points toward gift certificates with each purchase!!! I have already earned and redeemed a gift certificate, it was a very exciting day. 
  3. I have never waited more then 2 business days to receive an order. They ship with lightning speed!
  4. Every package I get from them looks and feels like a present. They are gift wrapped and have a personal note in them thanking me for my order!
  5. They send FREE SAMPLES with all orders over $20! (You have to choose your sample and add it to your cart). This has been a great way to try out different detergents. 
  6. They support WAHMs (Work At Home Moms). They have a WAHM feature section in which you can add the WAHM's product (they change it every month) to your cart after you have spent a certain amount (it varies) and you will receive the item for FREE!!!
  7. They offer a 30 day no risk diaper trail package that is perfect for someone who is new to CD! You can purchase different types and brands of diapers and then return the ones that you don't want for 95% of your money back (with store credit) or 90% of your money back (refund). If only I knew about this when I started CD!
  8. They have amazing customer service! I received a diaper once that I was not pleased with after washing and they took it back (and paid the shipping for me to send it back) & refunded me my money - no questions asked! I needed the replacement item right away, so they gave me the credit to my account before they even received the item back!
  9. They carry all of the most popular brands. They bring in new items every month and keep up with what their customers want. They are very on top of staying in stock and allow pre-ordering for items that they will be receiving soon. 
  10. They offer a 5% discount on all orders over $15 for the facebook fans! Check out their facebook page for details!
Now on to the REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY!!! 
Motherlove Diaper Rash & Thrush Salve

Sweetbottoms sent me a 1 oz jar of Motherlove Diaper Rash and Thrush Salve to try out on baby M's VERY sensitive skin! I was very anxious to try it since I had tried 2 other cloth diaper safe creams that I was less than impressed with. Oh how I wish I knew about this when M had thrush! It would have worked wonders for the both of us! It is effective for diaper rash and can be used on nursing nipples that have been affected by thrush. I will keep this on hand in case there is another bout of thrush or a yeast related diaper rash and rears it's UGLY head! This salve can also be used on day to day diaper rash, persistent diaper rash,  and eczema (which baby M deals with on a daily basis)! It is all natural and certified organic! Ingredients include extra virgin olive oil, beeswax, oregon grape root, myrrh, yarrow, calendula. My favorite part about this product is that it is cloth diaper safe! There are times that M's diaper rash has been so bad that I have had to put her in disposables for a few days while it cleared up so that I could use my preferred diaper rash cream. I have tried other cloth safe creams, and still preferred my other cream that was not cloth safe.

I tried Motherlove Diaper Rash and Thrush Salve for 2 days on M's eczema and diaper rash and was pretty impressed. I am usually pretty weary to try anything new on M's skin because 90% of the things I try end up giving her an adverse reaction. She has the most sensitive skin! But, no new irritations occurred and some of the red spots were gone within 1-2 diaper changes! It was very nice to use it with her cloth diapers and not have to fear that I had ruined them. I had yet to find anything that worked very well on M's eczema. I am not a big fan of using something with steroids on her skin like her pediatrician had recommended. So, I was excited to try something on her eczema that was all natural. I noticed in just the 2 days that her dry and red skin patches were looking much better! I am looking forward to using this on a long term basis to see if it makes the difference with her sensitive skin & eczema that I have been looking for. It also smells really good. 

  • All natural and certified organic
  • Cloth diaper safe
  • Natural alternative for thrush and yeast diaper rash - including Mom's nursing nipples
  • Did not cause any irritation on M's sensitive skin
  • Cleared up diaper rash redness in 1-2 diaper changes
  • Seems to be working on M's eczema
  • Smells good
  • Small packaging! 1 oz might not be enough for my needs considering M's eczema and sensitive skin. I need to use at least a pea size per use, and it seems to be made to be more of a balm/finger swipe use. 
  • The fact that I didn't know about it sooner!!! (Can that count as a con?) I really wish I had this through our bout with thrush. 
Buy it: Check out Sweetbottoms Baby Boutique to purchase Motherlove Diaper Rash and Thrush Salve (and all of your favorite cloth diapering and natural parenting items). 

Win it: Sweetbottoms has been generous enough to offer my lucky readers at Brookies Baby Bargains chance to win a 1 oz jar of Motherlove Diaper Rash & Thrush Salve ($9.95 Value). There will be 1 winner.  

Enter the giveaway HERE!

Friday, October 21, 2011

GoGreen Review and Introduction

Hello everyone! My name is Whit and I will be helping Brooke out with a few reviews for the blog. I'm really excited to be able to provide some help when choosing diapers. I have an 8 months old baby girl. Mine and Brooke's girls were born 4 days apart. I have been cloth diapering C since she was in between 3-4 months old. I, like many other moms, went and am still going cloth diapering crazy! I love it!

GoGreen Champ 2.0 Diaper Review

I recently purchased 6 GoGreen Champs and I absolutely love them. Go Green Champs are a one size pocket diaper with a microfiber insert. The outer is either 100% polyester knit or micro velour with a hidden layer of PUL.
C is at an awkward sizing in some other diapers we have so I needed to get more diapers that would fit her. She's about 17 lbs now, average on the waist sizing with some chunky legs. These diapers fit her amazingly well. I don't have to tug on the waist tabs to get them tight enough to have a secure fit and the snaps are quick and easy to get secure. The fabric is soft and the minky isn't too fluffy to cause extra bulk. There is a double gusset on the inside that helps keep in really crazy messes. There is a double ended opening which is great for Dads who want to help stuff diapers. The insert snaps in to the front allowing the insert to fit just right. When you have a messy diaper just simply unsnap the insert in the front and it will agitate out in the wash! The double row of snaps provide a better fit when you have a skinnier waist but chunky legs. The hip snaps help eliminate wing droop when on a smaller setting and the cross over snaps allow the diaper to fit smaller babies and are great to roll up and secure the diaper for when you forget your wetbag. They come in great colors (some I have yet to see in other brands) and some fun prints! Some of the solid colors come with rainbow snaps. Again, a great help for dads when they aren't sure what setting to put the diaper on. Just follow the colors.

Double Gusset inner- keeps in the messiest diapers.
Hips Snaps- Help to prevent wing droop when on smaller settings
Double row of snaps- Allows for a customized fit
Double opening-Allows insert to agitate out in the wash! No touching wet inserts
Snap in insert- Keeps the insert right where it should be
Colored Snaps- Helps dads putting on diapers, and they are cute!
PUL front pocket- the wet stays in the diaper
Cross over tabs- smaller size settings and the diaper can be folded up and snapped for storage
Various colors and prints- Some I haven't seen other brands use

Double Gusset inner- I haven't had any issues with it but I have heard that the messes can get stuck in between the gussets causing difficulty in spraying.
non sizable insert- With other brands the insert will grow with the diaper. This insert isn't adjustable.
Colored snaps- If you have a boy you may not want purple snaps.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Buns Up Baby Cloth Diapers - Review & Giveaway Ends 10/7

Buns Up Baby is a cloth diaper company based out of Canada. Amber, is a cloth diapering mother herself who started Buns Up Baby as a way for parents to find quality cloth diapers at an affordable price
(ONLY $9-$10 EACH!!!!). Those of you that cloth diaper your babies know that some of the brand name diapers are $20+ a piece! Buns Up Baby provides a cloth diaper that is well made and affordable (and in my personal opinion, very cute). Amber hopes to help people see that cloth diapering isn't as complicated and time consuming as they may think. Buns Up Baby diapers are eco-friendly, wallet friendly, and also mom (and dad too) friendly!
After seeing Buns Up Baby featured on another blog, I contacted Amber to see if I could review her diapers as well and host a giveaway for my readers. I was ELATED when she said yes. I jumped for joy when I received my Buns Up Baby diaper in the mail. Fluffy mail is one of my favorite things in the world. I also got to pick the print that I wanted for the diaper. There were SO MANY color and print choices that it was very hard to decide. The diaper that I chose to review is the adorable "Zainey Zebra" print in the "Minkee Buns Pocket Diaper". Baby M just looks adorable in animal prints, so I couldn't wait to get it prepped and in action!

Buns Up Baby diapers are a one size pocket diaper. They have snaps to adjust the size to fit from 8-35 pounds! Their diapers are available in minkee (a soft fuzzy material lined with PUL) and silky (polyester knit lined with PUL) materials. The outer layer lined with PUL replaces the need for the plastic diaper covers of the past (that your grandma hated), however, this material still allows for airflow. The inside of the diaper is lined with a soft microfleece that wicks moisture away from your baby's bottom. Between the outside layer and the microfleece lining is an insert pad. Each diaper comes with one insert. Simply slide the insert into in an opening in the back of the diaper between the two layers (the pocket). The insert pad is comprised of three layers of microterry and is 33cm x 13.5cm. You can add more inserts if you would like more absorbency (such as for a night diaper).

The first thing I loved about this diaper when putting it on was how it looked on my baby. It has a soft minkee fabric in a very fun print. It also has a trim fit, so her clothes still fit over it, yet it was still absorbent. I have found that some of my trimmer fitting diapers look great, but leak. This diaper looks great and also holds it all in. I used this diaper on my baby for over 4 hours the first time we used it (she took a VERY long nap while wearing it). We had no leaks, no red marks, no rash, NO PROBLEMS. I have washed and re-used this diaper several times and have had no issues at all. I was a bit worried with an amazing price of only $10 each, that I would run into the same problem that I have run into with other affordable diapers, that it would eventually leak. But, so far so good! The diaper seems to withstand through washing and use without any problems.

One of the reasons that this diaper is so resistant to leaks and also doesn't leave red marks on baby's skin is that it has many snap options to ensure a perfect fit. It has adjustable rise snaps so that it will fit baby as they grow in length, hip snaps for a great fit around baby without gaps near the legs, and a double row of snaps across the top. The double row across the top is great for a skinny baby! For someone who is new to cloth, this may seem like too many snaps and may seem intimidating, but - once you get the fit right once, you will know how it fits baby and it will be a breeze. I would much rather have a diaper that fits perfectly and has a lot of snaps! The amount of snaps also allows for the diaper to continue to fit perfectly as baby grows and changes. 

Another great feature that I found in this diaper was the placement of the pocket opening. On ALL of my other pocket diapers, the pocket is located more on the inside and doesn't keep the insert in place as well and has annoying fabric that bunches up in the back. With the back placement of the pocket, I almost couldn't even find where to place the insert, I thought to myself for a moment "Is this an all in one diaper? I thought it was a pocket diaper?". That is how hard to see the pocket opening is, and that is a good thing. The opening is large enough to slide the insert in with no problems, but is small enough that it is hard to see and doesn't cause the insert to move or cause bunching in the back of the diaper.

  • Affordable price
  • Made by a mom who uses cloth and understands a parent's needs
  • CUTE design and prints
  • Trim fit
  • No leaks
  • Pocket placement
  • Ability to add more into the pocket to reach desired absorbency
  • Perfect fit because of the amount of snaps
  • Many color and print choices

  • Amount of snaps may seem overwhelming to someone new to CD
  • No option for hook and loop if snaps are not preferred

Want a Buns Up Baby diaper of your own? 

Buy: You can purchase them HERE.

Win: Buns Up Baby is also being generous enough to give away 1 diaper 
(in material and print of winner's choice) to one of my lucky readers at my other blog, 
Brookies Baby Bargains!!! Click HERE to enter! 
(Scroll to bottom of identical post at Brookies Baby Bargains to see Rafflecopter entry form)

Thursday, August 11, 2011

bumGenius 4.0

Here is a pic of baby M in the very first cloth diaper that she ever wore. I am in love with this pic. The print is the Eiffel Tower print from the bumGenius 4.0 Artist Series by Chelsea Perry. The bumGenius 4.0 is a microfiber pocket diaper. All of our bumGenius 4.0s are in snaps, but they are available in alpix as well. They come in a wide variety of colors and in the Artist Series prints. This diaper is one size, so it adjusts with your baby as they grow! So, you only need to buy 1 size and it will fit your baby from newborn to potty training!

I will admit, the very first time that she wore this diaper, we had a leak! I was bummed since I bought 12 of these diapers on a sale and was crossing my fingers that they would be great. Well, turns out that the leak was because I was new to cloth and didn't know how tight to put the diaper on. Since then, we have had no leaks with this diaper, and it is a good thing since we have 12 of them! We have been using this diaper for months now and it takes up over half of our stash, and that is a good thing since we love this diaper.

  • This diaper is a little bit bulky for my taste
  • I do currently have one of these in the wash right now with a pretty bad stain on it from a fun "would have been a blowout if we didn't use cloth" that won't seem to lift

  • The colors and prints are gorgeous
  • It comes in snaps which I love, it is a perfect fit for my average sized baby bum
  • It is one size and will fit until potty training
  • It rarely leaves red marks on her chubby little legs, there is no gap at the top between the diaper and her tummy
  • It is a very affordable diaper! Less than $18 for a brand name, reputable, pocket diaper. YES PLEASE! 
  • This diaper comes with a free newborn insert that can be used as a doubler as well, which makes it a great night diaper. These diapers also come with a warranty!!!

They are on sale at Sweetbottoms Baby Boutique through August 2011 for the same deal that I got when I bought mine, BUY 5 GET 1 FREE!!!! As always, Shipping in the US is FREE too!

If you are reading this after the sale, or just want to buy one, buy yours on today! 

Check out the bumGenius website for more info about this diaper.

I was not provided anything for free to write this review. I purchased this diaper.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Lights 106 Fitted Cloth Diaper - Review & Giveaway

Meagan from the Large Bummies blog and the Lights 106 Etsy site is a good friend of mine. She is actually one of two people that talked to me about cloth diapering baby M and converting me. She has been a great resource for me whenever I have had a cloth diapering question. Soon after I was done with disposables, she made me a fitted cloth diaper. I loved it so much that I asked her to be a part of my 100 Follower Giveaway at Brookies Baby Bargains. Luckily for all of you, she said yes!

I had never tried a fitted cloth diaper. The whole concept confused me. I didn't understand why it was needed if I add in an extra insert and have to use a cover. What is the point then? Well, after trying it I found that it adds a lot of extra absorbency and it prevents leaks since it fits the baby a lot better than most diapers. It is the perfect addition for night diapering. Fitted diapers can also be used without a cover (under close supervision to prevent leaks) to give baby a little more air flow on days that they have a diaper rash.

Here are a few of my favorite things about this diaper:

  • The ADORABLE print!
  • How it fits baby
  • Absorbent material
  • They come in snaps or velcro, your choice

The best thing about this diaper is that it is only $10! For a cloth diapering mom on a budget (aren't we all? After all, saving money is one of the main benefits of cloth diapering), it adds to your stash without breaking the bank.

Check out the other adorable prints for the fitted cloth diapers from Lights 106:

Or, you can get the amazing print that I got:

To purchase one of these fitted cloth diapers for only $10, click HERE

To enter the giveaway to win one for FREE, click HERE Ends 7/27