Thursday, November 26, 2009

Shop Review - Giggle Britches

Physical Location:  Troy, Illinois
Phone Number:  618-795-8301

Store Basics:
Giggle Britches was started by LeAnn Kitchen because she 
noticed a need for a "cloth diapering and natural parenting
store in the St. Louis Metro-East area."

She has a great Cloth 101 section that gives a quick rundown 
of how she does her cloth diaper laundry and what you would 
need to get started which can be handy when you are looking 
at a shop and just getting started in the cloth diapering world.  

What Giggle Britches carries:  Prefolds, Fitteds, Covers, 
Pockets, AIOs, AI2s, Package Deals, Inserts/Liners, and 
Accessories (i.e. wipes, Snappies, Charlie's Soap, wetbags, 
and pail liners).  

Selection:  The selection is small but 
seems to be growing with more and 
more quality products over time.  
They do carry some of the major tried 
and true brands such as bumGenius, Thirsties, Happy Heinys, 
Fuzzi Bunz, Haute Pockets, Tiny Tush, etc. so it's definitely 
worth checking here and comparing prices with other stores 
before buying.I only give this category a three because 
compared to larger stores this store is small in comparison.  
But, I think you'll see in the next few categories that LeAnn 
is in a leagueof her own in customer service.

Level of Service:  LeAnn is friendly 
and helpful.  She's great about 
keeping in touch with her customers 
and has a great fan page for her store 
on Facebook which you should join to hear about the latest
sales, discontinued products, or new items that will be added 
to the store.  

I also want to say that she has the FASTEST delivery of a store 
I've ever experienced.  My order was at my house within a 3 
days of purchase.  I was majorly impressed and it is one of the 
many reasons I check her store often when hunting for diapers.  
After all...when you're addicted don't you want to get your fix 
fast?  I know I do!  

Package Deals:  Giggle Britches has 
some of the best small diaper packages 
I've seen.  If you know what you're 
looking for in a diaper this is a great 
place to buy a package to try different versions of one type.  
For example...if you know you're a pocket diaper person then 
you could try her One Size Pocket Sampler.  She has them for 
several different categories including nighttime diapering so 
check those out for sure.

My favorite feature:  Some of the 
diapers come with a 15 day Risk Free 
Trial.  This gives you an opportunity to 
buy 1 diaper (only 1), try it for 15 days, 
and return it for a full refund.  All you are out is the cost of 
return shipping!!!  (Don't forget to wash and dry it before you 
return it!)  I don't know about you, but that sounds like a great 
deal to me.  

Definitely check Giggle Britches out and see what they have to 
offer.  Quick shipping, packages, and Risk Free Trials?  I think 
you'll be impressed too!

Review: Tiny Tush Elite Pocket Diapers One-Size

Type:  One-Size, Pocket
Materials:  PUL outer layer, snaps or Aplix, micro-fleece inner fabric, 1 regular microfiber insert and 1 microfiber doubler
Fit:  7 - 35 lbs.
How it works:  Tiny Tush Elites are a OS Pocket diaper which allow you to adjust the rise of the diaper to accommodate a growing child and to stuff the diaper with inserts to adjust absorbency.  They can come in either snaps or Aplix tabs.  I have Snaps.

Thoughts from Amanda:

Aesthetics -  A good quality diaper.  It reminds me of a Haute Pocket Diaper in the rise in that the rise is higher than, say, a bumGenius 3.0.  The snaps are white which contrasts with non-white diapers, but that doesn't bother me.  It comes in a decent variety of colors.  I wish they had an orange diaper.  That seems to be the only color they're missing.  There are no patterns available though.  The logo tag on this diaper is fairly large and old fashioned but that doesn't bother me.  I give this a 4 because of the limited color choices and lack of patterns.
Functionality - This is one of my favorite diapers, and I would happily have a whole stash of these if I wasn't so intruiged by variety.  :)  Then snaps are spaced out nicely so as to give a nice fit.  My only qualm with the snaps on this diaper is that they do not overlap on the front wings which will make it difficult to use on a small baby.  The 4 snap rise setting is great as it gives you some more flexibility.  And while my son is on the highest rise setting in some other diapers.  In these he is on the Medium-Large setting (or the last row of snaps before having it open all of the way).  The legs have some good stretch to them, but stay tight around the thigh, and the inner micro-fleece is sooooooooo soft.  And unlike my Fuzzi Bunz OS diapers this micro-fleece does a good job of staying dry to the touch.  The inserts are also nice and fluffy.  They are soft to the touch and absorb well.

Durability - So far this diaper has held up well.  It's nice that you don't have to contend with diaper chain in the washer/dryer due to the snaps, but I love that you  have the option to buy this diapers with either snaps or Aplix (velcro).  That will help it to appeal to a lot more customers.  I don't have any piling on the inner micro-fleece so it lives up to it's "anti-piling" claim.  As always I hang my diapers to dry so I have no comment on how it is in the dryer.  But, I'm sure it will do fine.  There has never been a stray thread.  Ever!  This is my favorite diaper to pull out of the drawer.  I save it for a time of day when I know my son is going to get to spend a good 2 hours in it because I know he'll be comfortable.  I HIGHLY recommend the Tiny Tush Elite Pocket Diaper OS.  I have another one on the way as I type!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Review: Haute Pockets

Diaper:  Haute Pockets  -  $17.95 (Nicki's Diapers - $12.95)
Type:  One-Size, Pocket
Materials:  PUL outer layer, snaps or Aplix, microfiber inner fabric, 1 regular microfiber insert and 1 snap-on microfiber doubler
Fit:  8 - 35 lbs.
How it works:  Haute Pockets are a OS diaper which allows you to adjust the rise of the diaper to accommodate a growing child.  They can come in either snaps or Aplix tabs.  I have Aplix.

Thoughts from Amanda:

Aesthetics -  A decent quality diaper.  I would say it's comparable to the bumGenius in appearance.  The Aplix (velcro) tabs on this diaper are a little longer which I find makes it easier to undo the velcro.  The snaps are white which contrasts with non-white diapers, but that doesn't bother me.  It comes in a decent variety of colors.  There are no patterns available though.  The only issue I've had with the appearance of the diaper is the logo tag tends to have thread pulls giving the tag a sloppy appearance.  This does not affect the way the diaper performs though.  I give this a 4 because of the limited color choices and the fraying tag.

Functionality - This diaper works well for me.  It has a nice high rise which I love.  I know this will grow with my son for a long time.  The inserts are wider at the back to help absorb more from newborn or watery bowel movements.  And I LOVE that the doubler snaps on to the regular insert.  That makes stuffing this diaper so easy.  This feature also keeps the doubler from bunching.  The Aplix tabs work nicely when putting the diaper on or taking it off.  They do cause a problem in the washer though (probably the dryer too, but I hang dry my diapers).  Unfortunately the laundry tabs on the inside of the diaper are too small and sewn too close to the tab itself.  The tabs stick to the laundry tabs fine, but in the washer/dryer they come undone and create a diaper chain in your wash, sticking to anything and everything they can.  This hasn't caused a problem for me with the quality of any of the inserts or other diapers it comes in contact with.  It's more of a pain then anything.  I have tried attaching the tabs to themselves by turning them backwards, but they still come undone.

Durability - I have 5 Haute Pockets.  So far the Aplix is holding up really well.  And even though it is attaching to other diapers, inserts, and fleece liners, I haven't had a problem with the tabs becoming bogged down with fuzz.  Also I believe that hang drying them helps the velcro to last longer.  Out of my 5 diapers the elastic came away from the diaper itself in one of them on one leg.  I'm so sad.  It just happened on Friday!  :(  I'm a little disappointed that this happened so quickly, but things happen.  I have contacted both the company and the store I bought them from to see if they can get this resolved for me.  Haute Pockets have a warranty of 6 months and they will replace diapers that have defects based on their discretion.  I will update my review to let you know how well they handle this situation.  So, stay tuned....

Thoughts from Natalie: 

Aesthetics - Looks like many of the Bum Genius style pocket diapers out there. It also has a similar look to wonderoos . From what I understand they don't sell prints and come in all the common colors out there that PUL comes in. The diaper looks just fine, cute and fluffy.. I give it four pins simply because I like prints.  

Functionality - I really like this diaper, it is very soft and fluffy. The aplix is as strong as 50 oxen. After washing the diaper I had a hard time pulling the tabs off the laundry tabs. The diaper is trim and fit very well around Ella's legs. She is almost 9 months old, 21 pounds and has chunky legs. So the diaper really wrapped around her legs perfectly. 

Durability - After a few washes, the diaper looks like I just took it out of the package! The aplix is strong and not curling and the PUL fabric is not looking broken down yet. The insert cleans and dries perfectly. I really like how the inserts snap together so after getting totally soaked at night, it did not bunch or move around. 
I have tried the Haute for naps, play time and night time and NO leaks!

Trials of a Dum Dum: Overnight Part 2

Well, we tried our indian prefolds in the diapers overnight (and during the day).  Remember, my son is 8 months old, about 21 lbs..  We've only used it at night twice because we only have one and I do laundry every other day.  So here is a run down of our last 2 nights:

Night 1:  bumGenius 3.0 on highest rise setting.  The pocket was so full with the premium indian prefold and the microfiber insert that it was really difficult to even get it on my son.  I find that the BGs seem to have a lower rise compared to some other pocket diapers.  But, after some work I got it on.  My son had the biggest bum I'd ever seen.

We made it through the night without any leaks on the highest rise setting (which is what he is on normally anyway)!  Woo!!!  The prefold did a great job of absorbing all of the way down.  Microfiber always seems to just absorb in one spot.  He woke up as dry as could be.

Lesson learned:  The bumGenius is a good way to go because the PUL layer overlaps on the top locking in moisture.  You'll see why that is important in a second.

Night 2:  This time we tried the same setup, premium indian prefold topped with microfiber insert.  We attempted a different diaper this time though and used a Haute Pocket.  Normally my son is on the medium rise setting in this diaper during the day so I used the same setting for the night.  MAJOR LEAKAGE!  He was soaked down to his feet in the a.m.  (Yeah, my son doesn't wake up when he pees in his bed.)

I have a couple of theories:
1)  The Haute Pocket does not have the protective PUL at the top of the diaper like the BG and that's where his diaper was wet in the morning.  So, I believe compression caused the diaper to leak out of the top (my son is a tummy sleeper of his own accord).  This got his pajama pants wet and then caused the pants to wick the moisture all of the way down to his toes.

I will attempt this diaper again as it was much easier to get it on him being a slightly larger diaper compared to the BG.  Next time I will open the snaps to the largest setting to see if that gives the top a more snug fit so as to trap any moisture.

I know that this can work since it happened once so I just have to figure out what diaper it is going to work best in.  Also, I guess it will depend on how much he pees each night.

The trials continue...

Daytime:  The regular indian prefold alone did help my son to last to the 2 hour mark each time it was used.  Woo!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Trials of a Dum Dum: Overnight

I thought I'd do some posts for all of the newbies like me out there.  Or shall I say Dum Dums?  Yep, I'm the first to admit that I am one of those people.  Although CDing off and on since Gabriel was born there is still much I have to learn.  Isn't that the case with anything you take on though?  Such as being a mom?  And look how many of us are jumping on that band wagon?  :)  For good reason!  So, no fear....  Right?

Not much about cloth diapering scares me.  But, there is that one itty bitty part of our day called nighttime.  Yep.  Nighttime.  Sure, all day long you're moseying along.  Maybe you have a leak to deal with, but nothing like you will experience in the middle of the night or the next morning.  Finding the right nighttime diaper is like looking for a needle in a haystack from some.  Others get lucky on the first go 'round.

I have a super soaker.  My son can soak through 2 microfiber inserts in 30 min. - 1 hour during the day.  We tried 2 microfibers at night, and we tried adding the wrong kind of hemp doubler at night.  I use all pockets, and I stuffed it with a Hemp Night Stay Dry Doubler from Green Mountain Diapers.  The problem was they had fleece on top...good for a fitted diaper, but not for a pocket.  As the fleece and the inner of the pocket diaper work against each other somewhat slowing absorption.  I even tried lying that on top of the pocket and yet, still didn't work.

So, I got in touch with Stephanie at Abby's Lane and explained my nighttime situation.  I told her that my son was 20ish lbs., 8 months old, and what I had already tried.  She informed me that many people have kids who outgrow the absorbency of microfiber by 6 months old.  (Some even 2-4 months old.  So, if you're having daytime leaking problems regularly this could be why.)  I told her that on his bumGenius 3.0s he was on the large setting, and a medium on his Haute Pockets.  I also told her that after buying a large number of diapers I was on a tighter budget and wanted to be economic about my purchases.  I LOVE that she completely respected that.  Thanks, Stephanie!

She suggested getting some indian cotton twill prefolds.  One in regular size for the daytime and one in premium (topped with a microfiber insert) for the nighttime.  These apparently have a lot more absorbency than the microfiber inserts or towels.  They showed up today and I can't wait to try them out.  They're going through a few wash and dry cycles as we speak so they're prepped for tomorrow!  :)  I will definitely keep all of you posted on the nighttime trials.  (And the daytime...we'll see if he can go longer than 1 hour in a CD.)

My goal (and Stephanie whole heartedly agrees) is to try everything I can to make my normal pocket diapers work for him at night.  To only buy a different diaper if nothing else works.  Fingers crossed that this will do the trick.  If not it's on to the next step.  Keep your fingers crossed for us!  I'll update you soon on our progress.  Maybe we'll find that elusive needle in the proverbial haystack.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Review: Rockin' Green Detergent

Detergent: Rockin' Green Cloth Diaper Detergent; $2.50 for sample size and $13.95 for larger bag.
Materials:  Clean rinse detergent: sodium carbonate , sodium percarbonate, sodium citrate, sodium sulfate,  surfactants, fragrance oils (if scented is chosen)
How it works:  Rockin' Green Soap is an all natural clean rinse formula detergent that is said to make your diapers sparkle and not create the residue build up like other detergents can. 
Thoughts from Natalie:
Smell -  I am not a fan of anything that smells like baby powder so many products that are dubbed for baby stuff I avoid with fear of it smelling like fake baby powdery gunk.

Rockin' Green is so much fun to buy because all of her amazing scents. It's like being in a candy store with Grape Soda and Pumpkin Crunch. I purchased the samples of Cherry Lemonade and Vanilla Lavender. I loved the the Cherry Lemonade and wanted to eat it!
Functionality - I used the Rockin' Green soap as soon as I got it. (after I stripped the diapers) I soaked my diapers for 3 hours in 2-3 tablespoons and then washed them and rinsed twice. My diapers came out smelling like wet dirty gym socks. I was so turned off. I assumed I used it wrong so then I washed my diapers without anything, then ran the diapers with 2-3 tablespoons of soap then a clean rinse cycle. They still smelled wet and gross. Kim, the creator said maybe I have too many diapers in the wash so I tried with half the amount of diapers roughly 5, and the same thing happened. I stopped using the soap for a few days then kept hearing rave reviews about the soap so I was now determined. I spent a whole day washing my diapers with this much then that much and then more rinse cycles. I never got my diapers to smell clean. They felt clean and looked super clean but never smelled clean. 

I do like how Kim lets you get scent cards and you can purchase samples that are nice sized for $2.50 so you can have fun. Maybe it is my washing machine, but no matter how much I want to love this product, I just don't.

Thoughts from Amanda:
Smell -  I tried the Vanilla Lavendar, Vanilla Buttercream, and the Peppermint Cocoa.  I personally didn't find the Vanilla Lavender or the Vanilla Buttercream to be that fragrant.  To me they just smelled like laundry detergent.  The Peppermint Cocoa is the only one that I really got a good smell separate from the detergent itself, and it was a nice scent for winter.  Personally it didn't really matter to me if the detergent smelled nice because the smell won't linger on the diapers since it is a clean rinse detergent.  But, I guess it's fun to smell it as your pour it in.  I hear good things about Grape Soda, which I will have to try another time.

Functionality - I followed the directions that came with the sample packs just as Natalie did.  I too ended up with a stinky diaper.  Which is weird because I've never had a smell issue before.  But, I decided to stick with it.  (My hot water temp. is around 135 degrees.  FYI)  I'm glad I did.  After a few subsequent washes (3ish) the lingering smell has been gone ever since and I have a nice clean diaper.  Although it wasn't as fast acting as my other detergent was (Planet Ultra) I am pleased with the long term results. 

My only qualm is that I wish it came in a liquid form.  I'm not a big fan of powder detergent.  I find it messy and I like the convenience of a lid as the measuring device.  With that said at 13 cents a load you can't beat that!  

Customer Service - Natalie did comment to me on what a great help Kim was in her quest to make Rockin' Green work for her.  I contacted her regarding my hard water and she was a big help.  She recommended the Classic Version.  I also wanted to say here that their delivery is insanely speedy.  I had my detergent in 2 days!  Good thing for a procrastinator such as myself.  

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Review: smartipants OS Pocket Diapers

Diaper:  smartipants  -  $14.95 (Kelly's Closet - $13.32)
Type:  One-Size, Pocket
Materials:  PUL outer layer, snaps, suedecloth inner fabric, 1 microfiber insert
Fit:  7 - 35 lbs.
How it works:  Smartipants is a OS diaper which allows you to adjust the rise of the diaper to accommodate a growing child.  The only closure type on these diapers is snaps.  The inside of the diaper has a patented "Smart Sleeve."  This pocket differs from others in two ways:
  1. The pocket is open in both the back and the front which allows you to stuff from one end and continue pulling through from the other.
  2. The insert (or inserts if you double up) come out in the wash, so no need to pull out a wet insert before laundry day.

Thoughts from Amanda:

Aesthetics -  This is an incredibly trim diaper.  The fit is beautiful on my son (20.6 lbs. currently).  It is great as a diaper bag dipe since it doesn't take up too much room.  The snaps stand out since they are white, but that's okay with me.  My only qualm...more colors please!!!!  I love these diapers but I want more variety.  I'm not a fan of a whole drawer of pastel baby colors.  So, I give this diaper a 4 only because it needs more color variations, and maybe some designs too!

Functionality - I love everything about this diaper.  There is a good number of snaps at the waist and you can overlap the wings for a tight fit on a very small baby.  It is also very trim and sits close to the body which is great when trying to fit your child into clothes that were made to fit their actual size and not a giant diaper.  lol  Stuffing these pockets is a breeze.  I just push them through and one side about half way and then pull them through the other side of the "Smart Sleeve" pocket.  No more shoving an insert into a deep pocket and just feeling around to make sure it's in correctly.  I never mis-stuff with smartipants.  And how can you not love that the insert comes out on its own in the washer?!  Even with a doubler in place both will still come out, every time.  Love it!  It's also a great out and about diaper.  Being so trim it fits well in the diaper bag, doesn't take up too much room in a wet bag, and I don't have to worry about the insert being removed at any point.  

Durability - These have held up well to washing.  I do hang dry all of the outer parts of my pocket diapers so I can't really comment on time in the dryer.  The inserts stay soft and no shrinking.  :)
***I highly recommend smartipants diapers, especially if you are going to be out and about with your CDs.  It is definitely a "go to" diaper in my stash.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Review: Diaper Change Pocket Diapers

Diaper: Diaper Change Diapers  starting at $17.95 per diaper not including the inserts
Type:  Side-snapping Pocket Diaper ranging in sizes from small to large
Materials:  PUL outer layer with a micro-chamois inside (super soft!)
Fit:  Newborn 7lbs. to Toddler 35lbs. The designer will also create a custom sized diaper for you.
How it works: Diaper Change Diapers are side-snapping pocket diapers which require inserts. These are as easy as it gets with any diaper and this is why a lot of people go towards the pocket  cloth diapers when first starting out and stay very loyal to them. Plain and simple...they work.

Thoughts from Natalie:

Aesthetics -  I adore all of the prints that come with the Diaper Change  Diapers. She has so many to choose from and the fabrics are lush and of great quality.  I love the side snaps as they don't make the diaper look industrial.  It is all print on the diaper.  The one thing that I thought about the diaper was that it looks much bulkier than most of the other diapers I have for the babe.  I think it is because there is elastic on the front and the back. I am sure this makes them fit as well as they do though.                                                    

Functionality - Easy to use.  Easy to clean.  The diapers do not come with their own insert.  But, from the advice of the website, I used two tri-folded micro-fiber towels. Yep, towels that I bought in the automotive section at Target. 

Durability - two things I did to test these diapers:
  1. I left the diaper on baby one day for 3 hours. She is a major pee-er.  No leaks and her bum was bone dry, but the inserts were soaked completely.
  2. Night time!  The ultimate test on any diaper. We tried the diaper as our night time dipe and no leaks, no crunching and again her skin was dry as a bone. She wore the diaper from 7PM to 7:30AM.
- If Pockets are your favorite diaper so far, or pockets are what interest you the most, please try these. I am completely impressed.

Thoughts from Natalie:

Aesthetics -  Great great great prints!  The snaps are color coordinated which I love as well.  Cute little (slightly) ruffled legs and elastic on the front and back.  Definitely not a trim diaper though, and a rise comparable to the bumGenius 3.0.                                               

Functionality - Very easy and no problems with wicking for us.  Even in a onesie.  You do have to make sure to stuff them properly seeing that the insert meets the edges of the diapers.  If it is too small through the crotch then that leaves gaps where the insert won't absorb leading to leaks in the legs.  However, the nature of cotton covered PUL is to wick some so if it does happen to you don't be surprised.

The way this diaper snaps is unusual in that the wings go toward the front on the inside of the diaper rather than towards the back.  I have a love hate relationship with that feature.  It makes it super easy to put on even a squirmy baby.  But, on a boy baby sometimes the wings come in contact with urine and this can lead to a slight wick at the top of the diaper if the wings are positioned straight across the front.  The wings are covered in the micro-chamois on the inside so if done correctly the wicking shouldn't occur.  So, watch out for mommy error.  :)

The inside stays mostly dry.  There have been heavy wetting times where ours has felt a little damp on the micro-chamois.  If that irritates your baby's skin I recommend a simple fleece liner inside.  Voila!  Problem solved.  :)

Durability - I know my son couldn't wear these at night.  He is a super soaker...especially being a boy who sleeps on his tummy.  With that said these have made a great daytime diaper for us.  I usually change them at 1 1/2 hours just to be safe.  I hate wicking and I love onesies.  But, we've gone 2 hours without an issue before.  The instructions that come with the diaper do recommend to hang dry regularly so as not to wear the diaper out fast.  These do take a long time to air dry though, so don't count on them if you are in a rush for a diaper unless you want to throw them in the dryer.  Follow the instructions that come with the diapers to get them ready for use or you may have wicking around the snaps.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Review: Kissaluvs Contours (Unbleached)

Diaper:  Kissaluvs Contour (Unbleached)  -  $6.95 for one diaper or you can buy them in packages which brings down the price.
Type:  Contour (I bought a Medium/Large)
Materials:  Cotton Fleece
Fit:  Newborn/Small 5 - 20 lbs.; Medium/Large - 15-30 lbs. (My son is 20.6 lbs. and 28 in. long)
How it works:  A contour diaper is a cross between a prefold and a fitted diaper.  This diaper will need to be secured with a diaper pin or a Snappi for a truly good fit, and will need to be used under a cover or wrap.  The Kissaluv Contour comes in two sizes, small or medium/large, that will be friendlier for a younger baby vs. an older baby or toddler.  The Kissaluv Contour contains a sewn in doubler in the center which claims to cut down on the drying time in the dryer, and adds 4-5 layers through "wet zone."  The diaper is placed on the baby much like you would put a prefold one on, only the work of the "folding" is done for you here by have a "contoured" shape.  Hence the name.  Once fastened with a pin or Snappi a cover is placed over it.  Kissaluv says that it can be used without a fastener if closed tightly enough with a good fitting cover or wrap.

Thoughts from Amanda:

Aesthetics -  The unbleached contour is not out to win any beauty contests.  It is a cream color by nature and has some purple serging around the outer edge of the diaper.  It is very fuzzy in feel which gives it a warm cuddly feel and is very soft to the touch.  The doubler itself looks slightly uncomfortable and stops in an awkward spot in the front of the diaper (more on that later).  This diaper is out to serve a purpose and probably saves you on money because it's not all cute prints that will be hidden under a cover anyway.
Functionality - Pain in the rear for me.  I found the diaper was incredibly bulky.  Not trim at all.  If I put the diaper high enough in the front it was showing some major plumbers crack in the back.  If I put it higher in the back then the rise in the front was too low.  It did have a lot of room in the waist which would have been great for my cutie pie, but the rise got in the way of that positive.  I also had to work hard to get some real stretch going on at first.  I was left with gapping holes in the leg area each time I tried to put the diaper on as I couldn't get the diaper to stretch quite enough to make a tight fit around his thighs.  Now I was using a Snappi, so it may have worked better with a pin possibly.  The Kissaluvs website does state that the diaper can be used with a Snappi, but with too much use it could pull at the fibers of the diaper.  They also say that you should be able to get a good fit without any fasteners of any kind and to just pull it tight and place a cover over it to secure.  I can tell you that there was no way this was going to happen for my squirmy guy.  Now he's crawling so I wouldn't recommend going without a fastener if you have a baby on the move.

This brings me to my biggest pet peeve of this diaper.  Yes, there is a bigger pet peeve than the rise and bulk.  The sewn in doubler sounded like a great idea as I am often doubling my sons diapers.  (He's a big wetter.)  I'm sure this doubler would be great for a girl, but due to the fact that boys wet more in the front I found that this doubler didn't rise high enough in the front of the diaper.  Now, I understand why they did this.  If they put the doubler all of the way to the top this diaper couldn't be considered a medium/large because you then wouldn't be able to fold the front end down at all to make it "medium."  However, this spells nightmare for a little boy.  The top of his diaper was soaked through in less than an hour and he had leaks every time I tried these within 30-45 min.  Not what I'm looking for in a diaper at all!  Now for a little girl who pees lower in a diaper this would not be a problem.  Also, as a crawler and a tummy sleeper my sons pee goes even more to the front, further spelling disaster for this contour dipe.  The cover contained the mess but my son was drenched inside of the cover.  Good thing I checked him often.  

Kissaluvs also claims that the diaper will dry faster due to the way the doubler is sewn in down the center.  This is not true either.  In the dryer the doubler folds over on itself leaving the area down the center seam to stay wet even after two turns in the dryer.  I ended up line drying them the rest of the way overnight.

The only reason I am giving this diaper a two is that it may work better for a girl than a boy and it is very soft.  But, it still seems like more trouble than it's worth.

Durability - I can't say too much about this as I got so fed up with my son being drenched I didn't use them very long.  I can say that my lint trap was packed through all of the preps and started slowing down after that, but a lot of fuzz came off of these diapers in both the washer and dryer. If I were you I would wash and dry these separately the first 3 preps from your other diapers.  But, if I were you, I'd skip these contours all together.  I'm giving these a 3 because I imagine the more you use them the more they will "shed" and knowing that the Snappi can cause pulls in the diaper is also a downside.

Thoughts from Natalie: 

After reading Amanda's review and many others I have chosen to not purchase or try these diapers.