Friday, March 28, 2014

Best Reusable Swim Diapers

I know it may not feel like it for most of us (endless winter, anyone?) but summer really is just right around the corner.  Of course that means you are going to need a couple of swim diapers for you little ones, because the pool will be calling your name before you know it.  Even if you don't cloth diaper, reusable swim diapers are a great thing to have.  Who wants to deal with a soggy, waterlogged, mushy disposable swim diaper?

Not me!

So let's cover some of the adorable options we have available, because we've got just about everything you need.

If you don't want to mess with a separate swim diaper and swim suit, you will probably love Imse Vimse's 2 Part Swimsuit.  It's an adorable little tankini for the little girls in your life, and you don't have to peel an entire wet swimsuit off to change your baby's diaper.  The swim diaper itself is nice and snug fitting so no "floaters" clear the pool.  It also has side snaps for easy changing and no mess.  These swimsuits give a good amount of sun coverage, are affordable, and are super cute.  It's an all-in-one option that makes swim time easy and hassle-free.

For the little men out there, i Play's Ultimate Swim Diaper Board Shorts are a slam dunk.  Your little guy will look stylish and adorable, and you have a cute suit with a built in swim diaper.  They feature sun protection and a layer of material in the diaper that will help wick moisture away from your baby's skin.  Pair them with a Planet Wise My Swim Baby UV Shirt, and you've got amazing sun protection, and a little guy that looks like a pint-sized surfer.  Really, it doesn't get much better than that.

If you've already got a swimsuit that you love and all you need is a swim diaper, check out our Bambino Mio Swim Diaper.  Crazy cute, and extra trim, these diapers will fit under any swimsuit.  These pull-up swim diapers have soft and elasticized leg openings and a draw-string waist so you don't need to worry about messes.  They are made to trap any solids, but let liquids flow out.  They are also cute enough to use as a standalone swim bottom if you ever forget your baby's suit.  They're also trim enough to store on in your diaper bag for those impromptu pool parties.

We have lots and lots of fantastic options.  This post could be pages long with all of the great swim suits and swim diapers that we offer at Thanks Mama, but I'm pretty sure you don't have all day to read it.  So go check out our Swim Diaper page, I know we will have something that fits your needs, and make you want to take your little sweeties to the pool all of the time.  I know I'm itching for some summer fun.  Maybe if we all start swim-diaper shopping it will bring on the sun.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Balancing Cloth Diaper Performance and Affordability {Kawaii}

Are you looking for an affordable cloth diaper brand that is cute, Oeko-Tex certified, and loved by many? You might be thinking that finding those qualities in one cloth diaper brand is impossible.  An insurmountable task.  The Mount Everest of cloth diapering conundrums.  But it's not. You can find all of those qualities in KaWaii Baby diapers. Intrigued?

KaWaii Baby is a canadian company that was born out of frustration with how long disposable diapers take to break down in landfills. KaWaii diapers are made with only safe and high quality materials, and their Oeko-Tex certification means that you can feel good about putting KaWaii diapers on your baby.  Don't let the price tag on these diapers fool you. These are not "China cheapies." They're ethically manufactured, and Canadian owned.

KaWaii makes covers, swim diapers, training pants, wetbags, pocket diapers, and inserts. Basically everything you need to successfully cloth diaper your baby, you can find from KaWaii. Today let's talk about your pocket diaper options from KaWaii.

First up is their Bamboo Minky Mom Label Diaper. With a Minky outer, waterproof TPU lining, and a soft bamboo inner, this is a super luxurious diaper.  It has a pocket opening, so it's customizable.  You can put whatever inserts, prefolds, or flats in it you prefer. The Minky Mom Label diaper also has three rows of rise snaps so it will fit tiny newborns from about 8 lbs all the way up to toddlerhood and 36 lbs.  It has crossover tabs for tiny bellies, and a front panel of TPU material to prevent wicking out of the top of the diaper. That is a lot of really amazing features in a diaper that costs only $12.99.

Goodnight Heavy Wetters are basically the holy grail of affordable night-time cloth diapers.  They've got a 3 layer outer cover and come with two XL microfiber inserts.  These feature a lot of the same perks as the Minky diapers- three rows of rise snaps, fit babies from 8-36 lbs, and a back pocket opening.  The inner of the Goodnight Heavy Wetters is made from moisture-wicking microfleece, making it ideal for night time.  If your baby doesn't feel wet, they are probably less likely to wake up, especially on colder nights.  They come in a variety of really cute prints, and are only $10.95 each.  Which is a little crazy, but who are we to argue with an amazing value like that, right?

The last pocket diaper I want to tell you about from KaWaii is their Pure and Natural line.  These are their most affordable pocket diaper option.  They have a stay-dry inner and a waterproof TPU outer.  The closure is make with hook and loop tape, so it's super grandma, daycare, and babysitter friendly.  They have three rows of snaps for size adjustment, and fit babies from 6 to 22 lbs, so it does fit better on smaller babies.  This is probably not the only diaper you want in your stash, as it won't fit bigger babies well, but for $7.50 a diaper, it is a really great diaper to fill in your stash with.

KaWaii diapers are the total package.  They are reliable, customizable, and crazy affordable.  Oh, and cute. Did I mention cute?  I know that's a prerequisite for just about all of us.  So if you've never checked out KaWaii diapers, you should!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Thanks Mama now ships FREE! Plus $5 bonus...

Have you heard? We now offer free shipping to all U.S. states! That's right, free shipping on cloth diapers and anything else you're eyeing in our online store. Yes, it's free even to Alaska and Hawaii! Of course it's best to consolidate everything you would like to buy into one order to minimize the emissions associated with shipping good around the country and be eco-friendly. 

Moreover, we have another incentive for you. Please help us and your fellow parents. Spread the word about Thanks Mama and receive your personal $5 Gift Code. All you need to do is leave a review of either Thanks Mama as a store or a product you have purchased through Then send an email to with the link to your review along with the name used on the review. Feel free to use any of the following review sites:

Free shipping and $5 toward your purchase! What are you waiting for?

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Flip Cloth Diaper System

Have you heard of Flip diapers?  They're a really versatile hybrid diapering system that lets you use both disposable and cloth inserts.  You can use just about anything in them, actually!  It's an innovative system that is perfect for traveling, day care, and every day use as Flips can be adjusted to meet the individual needs of the moment.  Sound like something you'd be interested in?  I thought so!

The main component of the Flip system is the One Size Diaper Cover.  Available in both aplix and snaps, this cover has flaps inside the front and back of the diaper so that you can just tuck the inserts inside.  It's a super simple cover that keeps the insert in place.  The outside is the soft fabric you know and love from bumGenius diapers, and the inside is waterproof PUL that is easy to wipe clean after use, so you don't need to change the cover after every use.  All you've got to do is tuck in a new insert, and your baby is good to go again!  Flip covers fit from 8 to 35 lbs, so they should fit your baby all the way through potty training.

Now, inserts- you've got some options.  Organic, stay dry, disposable, even newborn inserts, there is something for every situation.  If your baby doesn't like the feel of wetness, then try a stay dry insert.  Three layers of microfiber covered with a layer of suedecloth make these inserts a soft, absorbent, and moisture-wicking option that will help your baby feel nice and dry.  They come in single and three-packs, so if you're not sure your baby will love them, you can always purchase a single insert to try out, which I love.  It's nice to experiment without investing a whole lot of money.

Flip Organic Inserts are made of 100% Oeko-Tex certified organic cotton.  They're a lot like a prefold in their shape, which makes these inserts really versatile and customizable.  The Organic Inserts have lines sewn in so that you can easily fold the inserts evenly.  The organic cotton of these inserts is really absorbent, natural, and resists smells.  They're easy to clean, and the foldable design allows for faster drying times. These also come as singles or three packs, so once again you've got the option to try one before you invest in an entire stash. These are also a good night-time option for babes who aren't crazy heavy wetters. Cotton is able to hold a substantial amount of liquid.

Flip Disposable Inserts are great for trips, day care, and even just normal use.  They give you a mix between cloth and disposable diapers.  Disposable inserts are dye and fragrance free, fit right into your covers just like the cloth inserts, and are actually Oeko-Tex certified!  They are super trim, yet absorbent, and you can just toss them after use.  This is a great option for when cloth simply isn't practical for whatever reason. Disposable inserts come in a pack of 18 for only $4.95, so they're also a good price.

I love that the Flip system is so versatile, not to mention easy to use.  It's a perfect shower-gift for new parents who are curious about cloth, and an affordable option to keep a couple of covers and inserts at Grandma's house for when you visit.  They're extremely customizable, and the fit is great.  They are definitely something to consider adding to your cloth diaper stash!

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