Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Kissaluvs Hybrid Diapers and Covers

Kissaluvs!  Who here loves Kissaluvs?  I want to talk about a great combination of products from them that I think you will love.  It's a fairly economical system that will keep leaks at bay, be easy to use, and offer lots of customization.  This is also a great system if you love fitteds, but not the price.

So let's talk about Kissaluvs Hybrid One Size Contour Diapers and Covers!  Hybrid One Size Contours are a fantastic option if you want a truly customized fit.  They don't have snaps or velcro, so you can size the waist exactly as you need it, then just put a cover over it as is, or use a pin, snappi, boingo- whatever you prefer to keep the Contour diaper closed.  The legs are elasticized, so you get a great fit every time.

The Contours are soft, squishy and absorbent, made of a custom knit cotton fleece, and they're even available in cute colors.  Cotton is one of my favorite diaper materials.  It's absorbent, soft, breathable, and it doesn't hold on to stink.  It gets more and more absorbent with each wash, and since it's a natural fiber, you don't typically have to worry about sensitivities to synthetic materials.

These closure-less fitteds fit babies from 7-35 lbs.  They've got a microfiber soaker that's covered with fleece.  It's sewn in at the back but not all the way around so that it can dry more easily.  When you need to adjust the size, all you have to do is fold down the front of the diaper and soaker.  It's so easy, and gives such a great fit.

Now you're going to need a fantastic cover to go over your economical and absorbent new Contour.  You can try a Kutie Printed Diaper, a unique cover that has adorable cotton prints on top of a waterproof layer.  It's a really trim fitting cover that will fit babies from 10-40 lbs.  The Kutie Covers have leg gussets with gentle elastic yo keep messes in.  The snaps and trim coordinate with the diaper to make sure that your baby is looking as cute as possible.

If prints are really your thing, check out Marvels One Size Diaper Cover.  Bright, modern colors with matching snaps make these covers really cute.  They fit babies from 8 to 40 lbs and have a snap down rise and cross over tabs so you can get an excellent fit for babies of all weights.  They're waterproof, have leg gussets, and have a life time guarantee on snaps, so you can be confident that these covers will last.

This really is a great system if you are looking to get some solid bang for your buck.  The Contours are only $11.95 a diaper, and the covers are each less than $20 a pop.  With the covers' waterproof inner material, you can wipe them down in between uses, so you don't need more than a few per day.  It's an easy system that will fit your needs, and grow with your baby.  Check them out!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

New Thirsties One-Size Pocket Diapers


I want to tell you all about something new and exciting!  If you love Thirsties products as much as I do, then I think you will be interested to hear about their new One Size Pocket Diaper.  This replaces their two-sized pocket system, but keeps all the features you love.  It's an awesome new product, so let's talk about it!

Ok- so what has changed?  Obviously this diaper fits a larger range of sizes than the two-sized system.  The One Size diaper will fit babies from 8 to 40 lbs.  It has a snap down rise, so the fit is customizable.  The hook and loop is a bit different than the old style- which is actually a change they rolled out in their All in Ones first, so you've probably seen it, but it is wider, has cross over tabs, and is a bit more grippy.

Other than those few things, this is basically the same pocket diaper that you've come to love from Thirsties. It has a unique pocket that is open in both the front, and back of the diaper.  This feature means that you can stuff the diaper easily, but more importantly, you can unstuff it from either end.  Diaper poopy?  No poblem!  Pull that insert out from the front.  Diaper just wet?  Pull it out from the back.  Your other option- don't pull the insert out at all!  Just let it agitate out in the wash!  I don't know about you, but I really love the option of letting that gross, wet insert just pull itself out in the wash.

The One Size Pocket also features Thirsties' signature leg gussets, which are perfect for keeping messes in, but they are also nice and gentle on your baby.  It has a microfleece inner that is soft, and wicks moisture away from you baby.  It also comes with both a hemp and micofleece insert.  I don't know if you've tried Thirsties hemp inserts, but they are awesome.  They are super absorbent, don't hold onto smells, and keep the diaper nice and trim, but still powerful.  Another thing to love about Thirsties is that they are made in the USA.

There are a whole lot of reasons to love Thirsties' new One Size Pocket Diaper.  If the two-sized system wasn't your thing- this One Size system might be!  There are a whole lot of gorgeous colors and cute prints to tempt you- if you haven't ever taken a look at the colors of Thirsties diapers, go do it now!  They're some of my absolute favorites, and I'm excited that they are available in a One Size Pocket now too!

Friday, February 14, 2014

How to Use Prefold Diapers

Happy Valentines day ladies and gentlemen!  Today, let's get back to the basics in our love of cloth diapering.  Prefold diapers are a little bit old school, but they're making a comeback.  Prefolds are cool again, and there's good reason for that.  They're versatile, natural, and super absorbent.  What more can you ask for?

The one thing that might make you think twice about diapering with prefolds is that they can seem a little intimidating.  There's definitely a bit more of a learning curve than there is with an all in one or a pocket diaper, but once you get the hang of them, they're really not too hard.  They're also fairly inexpensive, so they're a great way to round out your stash.  Really there's no reason not to try!

So let's dive right in.  Start out with a prefold that will fit your babe.  There are sizes ranging from preemie to toddler, so you get the size and level of absorption that you need for each age range.  (Just a little hint- Infant sized prefolds are just about perfect for tri-folding and stuffing in your pocket diapers!)  The first thing you will want to do is prep your prefolds.  They're made of natural fibers so they will contain natural oils that need to be washed out to get to maximum absorbency.  You'll want to wash and dry your diapers five to six times before you use them.  Go through your entire normal washing routine.  Use detergent with each wash, then dry.  Your diapers will continue to become more and more absorbent with each wash over the months and years, but five or six washes will be good enough to get you started.

There are several types of folds you can use with you prefolds.  Lets talk about the easiest first- your basic tri-fold.  This is ridiculously easy, but it's not the best for newborns or runny poop.  All you do is fold your prefold into thirds and lay it inside of your diaper cover.  It will give you the same kind of absorbency as a pocket diaper- everything in the center.  That being said, it is likely that the waterproof PUL of your diaper cover will touch your babies skin.  PUL is soft, but on a hot day it could end up feeling a bit sticky, so that's just something you will want to keep in mind if you use a basic tri-fold.  You can also add some extra absorbency to the front or the back of a basic fold by simply folding the top or bottom over on itself.

Another fold that is still super simple, but will be a bit better for containing newborn poop is the fan fold.  You simply fold the prefold as you would in the simple fold, then fan out the top and bottom (or just the top or just the bottom) of the diaper and either lay it inside of the cover without a fastener, or you can secure the fan around your baby's waist with a snappi or other fastener.  This is another really easy fold to do, but it will contain everything a bit better.

The last fold I want to tell you about is the Bikini twist.  This fold is also great for more intense poop.  It is a little more complicated to just talk you through, so make sure you take a look at the diagram from Bummis so you can really get it.  Lay your open and unfolded diaper down on top of the cover.  Put your baby down on top of them, then grab the left corner with your right hand, and the right corner with your left hand.  At this point your arms will be crossed in an "X" over your baby.  Gently uncross your arms while continuing to hold onto the prefold.  As you uncross them, you will twist the diaper between your baby's legs.  Once you've got it nice and twisted (feel free to work out any bunchiness), fold down the front if you have to, then fasten it around your baby's waist and close the cover.  Your baby's first bikini!

Not too hard, right?  Then one day when your babies are all potty trained and out of diapers, you can still use those prefolds.  They make great cleaning rags!  So, are you ready to dive right in and join the prefold party?  Check out all of the different options right here, and enjoy your new skill!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Best Organic Cloth Diapers

For the eco-conscious parent, or simply the parent who is concerned about what their baby is exposed to, organic materials are often a must-have.  Organic diapers give you peace of mind that your baby isn't being exposed to harsh chemicals, pesticides, or synthetic materials that may irritate your baby's skin.  The surprising thing about organic diapers is that they won't cost you an arm and a leg more than diapers made with synthetic materials.  That's great news if you are cloth diapering on a budget (like most of us are) but want the best for your babe.

A tried and true fan favorite, BumGenius' Elemental Organic one-size diaper, has the awesomely customizable fit of the BumGenius diapers you know and love with six layers of organic cotton and their soft waterproof outer.  The cotton is sewn right into the waterproof shell, but there's plenty of room to stuff an extra insert into the diaper if you need it.  I probably don't need to go on and on about this diaper because I'm sure you've heard how much it is loved.  If you are an AIO fan, this is the organic diaper for you.

If prefolds and flats are more your thing, Bummis makes a super soft and yummy organic cotton prefold. Made from organic cotton twill, these prefolds are unbleached, thick, and really absorbent (not to mention economical).  These are perfect paired with a PUL cover, wool, or even tri-folded and stuffed inside of a pocket diaper.  I love organic cotton prefolds.  They're like a fine wine- they just get better and more absorbent with age, and each new wash.  Once you're babies are out of diapers, prefolds are also great for cleaning jobs around the house- they make perfect dust cloths.

If you've caught the fitted love, I'm sure you've heard all about Sustainablebabyish (also known as Sloomb)  and their squishy soft Organic Bamboo Fleece Fitteds.  These fitteds are made out of organic bamboo and cotton and are absorbent enough for night time use.  They have what could almost be described as a cult-following because of their cute-factor and reliability.  

They come in extra small through extra large sizes, so while you are getting an enormous amount of absorbency, you won't have the extra bulk of a one-sized diaper.  Pair these with a PUL cover or some Sloomb woolies, and not only is your babe covered in safe, natural materials, but you've got a bullet-proof diaper combination.  You also have nine pretty colors to choose from in thread and snaps.

We have quite a selection of organic diapers to choose from, and I think that you will be surprised at just how well they work, and how affordable they can be.  Not only that, but more and more manufacturers of the diapers you love are realizing that this is something more and more parents want, so your options range from prefolds, to fitteds, to all in ones, and the amount of variety available increases every year.  This is great news for the eco-conscious parent and the sensitive-skinned baby alike.

I personally am a huge fan of organic cotton in my daughter's diapers, and find them to be well worth the investment.  In fact, it's my personal experience that these diapers have fared better in the absorbency department as my daughter has gotten older, and we have less leaks than we do with microfiber and other synthetic materials.  Another thing I love about our cotton diapers is that they let your child feel wetness, which can help lead to earlier and easier potty training, which is definitely a win.  So if you don't have an organic diapers in your stash, there are a lot of reasons to try a couple.  I think you'll really like them.  Just keep in mind that organic cotton, hemp, bamboo- really any natural fiber diaper will take 5 to 10 washes to become fully absorbent.  I'd hate for you to get a really great new diaper, wash it only once, and then think it doesn't work!  Happy organic diapering!

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