Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Bummis: Affordable Cloth Diaper Covers

Last week we chatted about cloth diapering with prefolds, so it only makes sense to tell you about some great covers to go over those prefolds this week!  There are a lot of choices when it comes to covers, but if price is a factor, but you still want really reliable covers, Bummis may be just the choice for you.

First of all, I want to tell you that you have options when you choose to diaper with Bummis.  Seven options, in fact, and that's not including their cute little swim diapers.  So, let's talk about a few of these babies in order of affordability.

Bummi's Original Diaper Covers are well loved by a lot of parents.  They are super trim, gentle, and available in four sizes to make sure that your baby gets the coverage they need without all the bulk of a one-sized cover.  This cover is made of Nylon, and has Lycra bindings around the legs.  The nylon is soft and thin, but it's still nice and water-proof.  It's not quite as breathable as PUL, but Bummis has made that less of an issue by adding a lining of mesh inside to help keep air flowing.  This particular cover is available only in white and with aplix.  Coming in at just $9 a cover, these really are a steal.

Just a bit more expensive (but with a much higher cute factor) are Bummis Super Lite Wraps.  These are super cute, and come in five bright colors.  Super Lite wraps also feature an aplix closure, four sizes to ensure a great fit, and really soft breathable fabric.  One feature that I believe makes this cover stand above many other covers is that there is no binding!  The leg elastic is encased in their soft PUL, so you won't have an issue with wicking or leaking around your baby's legs (one of my biggest cloth diaper pet-peeves!) so you can feel confident that your baby will stay dry.  These covers are trim, but they are generously wide, so you should have no problem covering even a super fluffy fitted.  Coming in at just $11 a cover, you just can't go wrong with Super Lite Wraps.

If prints are a must for you, Bummis Super Whisper Wraps or Super Brite Covers might just tickle your fancy.  Both of these covers feature bright and cheery prints, four sizes, and quality aplix.  The main difference between these two covers is that the Super Brite covers have a gusseted leg, which is perfect for those little skinny-legged babes in your life.  Both of these covers also feature cross-over aplix tabs so that you can get a really customized fit for every baby.  Coming in at $12.50 a piece, both the Super Whisper Wraps and the Super Brite Covers are fun, affordable options for covering those prefolds and fitteds.

The last Bummis cover I want to highlight for you is a bit different.  Polar Bummi Diaper Covers are actually made of two layers of high-density micro-fleece with a layer of laminate in between.  These covers are soft, breathable, and have leg gussets.  It's trim enough to fit under your child's clothes without adding tons of bulk, and they are cream colored, so it's nice and neutral.  Coming in at $17 a cover, these are the highest end of the Bummis covers, but still not a bad deal!

A couple of things that I want to tell you about Bummis, because they are awesome - all of their products are made in Canada, and the materials are sourced in North America.  You don't have to worry about lax standards in safety and materials when you purchase Bummis products.  So go order a couple, and cover your baby in comfort and style!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Prefold Cloth Diapers 101

Have you ever considered cloth diapering with Prefold Diapers?  It's a little bit old-school, and it has a little bit of a learning curve, but it's also one of the most affordable ways to diaper your babies.  Prefolds are actually having a bit of a revival in the cloth diapering world, and there are many reasons why.  So. Let's chat about prefolds, shall we?

Prefold Diapers are made of natural fibers, and are sewn into rectangular pads with three sections, the most layers found in the center section.  These diapers are inexpensive, last a really long time, and have many uses.  They can be tri-folded and stuffed in pocket diapers, tri-folded and laid into a cover, or you can use one of many folding techniques to wrap the prefold around your baby and secure it with a pin or a Snappi then cover it with a PUL or Wool cover.

Flat diapers are similar to Prefolds, but there is a bit more of a learning curve.  Flat diapers are one big rectangle of fabric, no layers sewn in, and it must be folded quite a few times then folded around your baby. Lots of people really love flats, but prefolds may be a bit easier to start out with.

So why should you use prefolds?  Let's talk about some of many pros associated with prefold diapers.

*They're inexpensive.  Prefold and flat diapers start as low as $1.50.  That means that you can buy a stash of 36 prefolds or flats for as little as $54.00.  That is the cost of two or tree pockets or all in ones.  That's pretty amazing.

*They're made of natural fibers.  I'm a big fan of natural fibers.  They don't hold stink, they're easy to clean, and they're absorbent.  Natural fibers such as cotton are also much easier to clean and sanitize if your baby ever develops a problem with yeast, which can be a huge ordeal if you're trying to clean microfiber.

*They have so many uses.  Use your prefolds alone in a cover, tri-folded and stuffed in a pocket diaper,  and then once your baby is done with diapers, you can use your prefolds as cleaning towels!

If you are wondering just how to fold a pre-fold diaper, of course you can google it, but a lot of the brands that we offer also have illustrated tutorials that can teach you how to do the basic folds.

OsoCozy has some basic instructions-

And Bummis has a couple of pages of folding instructions Here.

I think it's pretty easy to see why prefold diapers are making such a huge comeback.  They're affordable, reliable, easy to clean, and natural.  What's not to love?  Now what are you waiting for?  Go pick up some prefolds and catch the love!

Friday, December 6, 2013

Brio Wooden Toys {Gift Idea}

The Holidays are upon us!  If you are like me, you probably aren't completely done with your shopping. Maybe you're looking for classic, simple, and high quality toys to give your kids, grandkids, nieces, nephews... heck any cute little kid on your list.  Last year I learned my lesson.  I bought my daughter a bunch of plastic toys with little pieces and thought that she would have a blast and learn so much!  (Can you tell she is my first child?)  Well, fast forward all of a week, and we couldn't find most of those little plastic pieces. Scattered in the wind, my daughter's Christmas presents were a total bust.

This year I have made the decision to buy only quality, well-designed toys that are simple, don't have a million pieces, and will be toys that will inspire my daughter's imagination for years to come.  Hopefully you can learn from my mistakes last Christmas, and put some simple wooden toys on your shopping list.  One suggestion I will make is that you check out Brio Toys. These toys are made with such great care, and they are made to last.  They will never go out of style, they will never look dated, and they will never lose their magic.

From their elaborate and amazingly detailed Deluxe Railway Set, to their sleek and retro looking Dachsund Pull Toy, Brio toys will be a favorite with both you and your little ones.  Made with high quality wood and painted in bright primary colors, Brio's toys are great for both girls and boys.  Their simple designs allow your child to use their imagination.  They won't be distracted by little pieces, sparkly paint designs, and cheap craft-manship.

Brio's train sets are amazing. Any little one would be thrilled to wake up one morning to one of these beautiful toys.  The Brio Metro Railway set, like the Deluxe Railway Set, lights up and makes train noises when your little one pushes the cars along the tracks.  The cars have doors that open, and little figures that can board the train.  With tunnels, bridges, and railway stations, these sets are beautiful.  You can also buy additional train cars and tracks to continue to add to your set.  It really is very customizable, and you can build it up as elaborately as you'd like.

If you're looking for some toys that are a little more appropriate for little ones, the Stacking Clown has eight colorful rings that are brightly colored and will help your baby learn some basic sorting and stacking skills. The Pull Along Bumblebee is adorable, and will have your little one giggling as it's wings whirl around when it's pulled.  Great for little ones who've just learned how to walk, this pull along toy will encourage them to makes strides all over the house while they pull their sweet little bumblebee.

There are so many adorable toys available from Brio, it would take forever to tell you about them all, but to see the full list of what is available just take a look at all the Brio wooden toys.  So this holiday season, when you're out looking for something that will stand the test of time and will capture your child's imagination, this might be just what you are looking for.

Happy Holidays, and happy shopping!

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