Thursday, March 24, 2011

I can't keep up...

Well, it's been a while huh?

I can't keep up.  Lets I ended up liking prefolds better than the fitteds I had.  The fitteds were just a little too tight in the legs for my chunky monkey.  We quickly moved into pockets (bumGenius 3.0 & 4.0, Rocky Mountain, Rump-a-Rooz, and Haute Pockets.  But, I found that there was waaaay too much bulk between my 2 kids for even a short outing in my diaper bag let alone a long one.  And I don't like to carry 600 bags with me, or keep stuff in the car and have to keep going back and forth.  So I sold everything.  Yup, everything.

We moved entirely, for both kids to Thirsties Stay Dry Duo inserts (microfiber topped with microfleece that snaps to a jersey hemp insert) with either Thirsties Duo covers, Flip covers, and a couple of Bummis covers.  And I am LOVING it.  Those inserts are work horses for both of my kids and soooo much trimmer.  I can fit more into the diaper bag, and fit actual correct sizing of pants onto my kids.  :D  Color me happy.

We did have a brief hiatus as we have moved to another state and I don't cloth diaper without my sprayer hooked up.  But, we are back to it and loving it.

Now on to my sad news.  As I have found my favorite diaper I no longer have diapers to review.  And while I could go back and review all of the ones I've used....sooooo many manufacturers have changed their diapers in the last year, that I can't possibly keep up.  And this baby making shop is closed.  lol  I'm still happy to help people.  So you can hit my up at my other blog:

And I will soon be opening an Etsy store with art and products for kids rooms/playrooms under the same The Cozy Pumpkin name so be on the lookout for that.  But, for now...I guess it's peace out.  Although most of you have probably stopped checking this site anyway.  Thanks for looking, and who knows.  Maybe I'll be back someday to write about some diapering challenge I've faced and conquered.  (Or maybe I'll be back when we're potty training to vent.  lol)

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Just popping in...

to say that I am NOT a fan of prefolds and covers.  lol  They aren't hard just really bulky.

I am finding that my pocket diapers (mainly the Rocky Mountain Diapers and bumGenius 3.0s) are as good of a fit and less bulky on her.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

She's Here!

My daughter made her debut on August 26!!!  We are finally home and everyone is doing well.  She is beautiful and a very calm newborn.  We just love her to pieces.  Big brother is coping amazingly.  He loves to watch her and is fascinated by her mouth.  There will be a little blogging hiatus from me as I get used to being a mommy of two.  But, I promise to be back with more diaper reviews, videos, and some discussions on newborn diapering.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Review: Tweedle Bugs OS Pocket - CHEAP Diapering Solution

Tweedle Bugs OS Pocket Diaper - $12.95 for a plain color, $16.95 for the cow print

Materials:  The outer material is PUL (the cow print is minky), the inner of the diaper is microfleece (the cow print is suede cloth).  The rise and closure are snaps.  Microfiber insert and doubler.
Fit:  7 - 35 lbs.
How it works:  This Tweedle Bugs Diaper is a One Size Pocket Diaper.  The Tweedle Bugs OS Pocket has openings at the front and back of the diaper for easy stuffing (or removal of insert).  The rise is adjustable through a series of snaps on the front of the diaper and the waist closure is a two snap adjustment on each side.
Thoughts from Amanda:
Aesthetics -  It is so unfortunate that this diaper comes in so few colors.  While having the one cow print available is nice, I wish they would focus on having more solids available first.  There are only 6 solids available: black, white, blue, light blue, green (pale), and yellow (pale).  While they may have chosen these colors for their "gender neutral" friendliness I actually find them to be more geared towards boys.  (Now my oldest is a boy so I don't mind that, but it is unfortunate for moms who would like a cheaper diaper with more variety of colors.)  I find it odd that the snaps on the black diaper are also black, but on the other colors are all white.  

Functionality -  For what the Tweedle Bugs OS Pocket lacks in aesthetics it makes up for in function.  I love the PUL on this diaper as the inside isn't "sticky" like so many PUL diapers are.  It makes sliding the insert into the pocket a breeze!  I also like the pocket opening in the front and the back.  This makes the Tweedle Bugs OS Pocket easy to un-stuff if you have a messy blow out poop at the back.  If I had a qualm with the front opening it would be that you need to tuck the microfleece over the insert.  Otherwise it sticks out of the top.  The microfleece is supposed to stick out the top of the back (although you can tuck it if you prefer).  I love a diaper that has two snaps on each wing.  That makes the adjusting at the waist and thighs so much easier, gives a tighter fit all around, and stops wing droop-age.  The rise on this diaper is should accommodate the weight limits they give from what I can tell.

Durability -  The Tweedle Bugs OS Pocket has held up well to many washings.  The PUL has stayed nice as well as the color, and the inside remains soft.

Availability -  I have found this diaper to be fairly easy to come across unlike the other cheap diapers I have reviewed for you.  Just type it into google and you should find a good number of stores that carry the Tweedle Bugs OS Pocket Diaper.

Of all of the "cheap" diapers I have tried the Tweedle Bugs is by far my favorite one.  I will definitely be holding onto this one.  With that said...I think they can only gain a larger customer base by adding more color and/or print options to their line.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Video: Description of AI2s and AIOs

Okay...3 things:
1)  AI2 = All In Two/Hybrid; AIO = All In One

2) I accidentally said that bumGenius AIOs have microfleece sewn inside of the pocket.  I meant to say microfiber.  Oops!  I should make myself a script first or something.

3)  Not all AIO diapers come in separate sizes.  Some of them do come in OS (One Size).  I think I said this, but I wanted to make sure.  :)

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Review: Kawaii Baby Minky One Size Pocket - CHEAP DIAPERING SOLUTION!!!

*** I want to start this off by pointing out that there are several styles of Kawaii Pocket diapers. Not all are minky.  Most are PUL.  All are OS, except for the Pure & Natural Pocket which goes from 0-15 months.  Some of a PUL barrier at the top.  Some of the minky have bamboo.  And all have different pricing.  The PUL are cheaper than the minky, and if you google them they can be found in bulk packages even cheaper.  I am linking to the site I purchased my diapers from.  I only tried the minky so that is what I am reviewing here.
If you click on the Title of this post it will take you to the Sweetbottoms Baby Boutique page with all of the Kawaii's listed.

Kawaii Baby Minky One Size Pocket - $10.95
Materials:  The outer material is layers of soft minky fabric which is waterproof and breathable.  The closure is available in snaps or velcro depending on the diaper pattern.  The inside is microfleece and it came with 2 microfiber inserts.
Fit:  8 - 44 lbs.
How it works:  Kawaii Minkys are a One Size (OS) pocket diapering system.  The absorbent inserts are placed in the pocket and can be adjusted for your absorption needs.  Snaps the front of the diaper allow the diaper to adjust in the rise for a baby as they grow.  The closure on this diaper is available in either snaps or velcro.
Thoughts from Amanda:
Aesthetics -  The minky diapers are certainly cute.  No doubt about that.  The selection of patterns is limited, but there's something for everyone which is great.  At times it is frustrating that a certain pattern is only available in Velcro or Snaps but not both.  This is the exception though.  And really...I like both types of closures so it was a non-issue for me personally.  Since the prints are really cute I wish the snap rise and closures would match in color.  Also this diaper is really soft.  I mean ridiculously soft to the touch on the outside.  Love that!
Functionality -  This diaper works just as well as any more expensive diaper out there on the market.  The minky is soft, washes well, and is breathable for sure.  It NEVER leaked.  (That was something I was worried about since it didn't have PUL in it at all.)  

I have one major qualm with this diaper, and I seem to be the only person who has noticed this issue or experienced it.  I bought two minky diapers, different prints, but the same style of diaper.  But the rises on each diaper were different.  One was significantly higher than the other. I always had to use one diaper fully unsnapped in the rise, and the other snapped down one setting.  I thought that was odd.  

I also found the waist on the Minky diaper to run smaller than some other popular diapers, so if you have a child with a larger waist I might try a different style of Kawaii.
Durability -  This diaper held up well to many washings.  The minky never looked worn or matted.  It didn't pill on the outside or look "odd" in any way!  I was very impressed by that.  I cannot comment on the Velcro closure as I did not use them.

Availability -  As with most "cheap" diapers this one has limited availability.  I liked that I could buy them in singles at Sweetbottoms Baby Boutique.  The main Kawaii site ( sells them mostly in bulk from what I know, and their website can be slow to load.  So, you'll have to do some poking around to find these, but if you're wanting to save some money then it would be worth your time.