Monday, December 26, 2011

BABY by danish review

I would like to introduce you to a new brand of wet bags.  First I will give you some product details:

  • Thick cotton duck exterior fabric.
  • Extremely durable barrier cloth lining. The waterproof lining does not contain DEHP, Phlalates, or BPA Plasticizers.  FDA approved food safe
  • Waterproof lining seams are heat bonded (no chemicals or solvents used) to create a 100% waterproof seal.
  • Top quality water-resistant YKK zippers.
  • Resin snap handle for hanging.
  • Manufactured in the U.S.A.
Now that you can see just how amazing these things seem just by reading the product details, I would like to introduce you to BABY by danish.

These wet bags are ridiculously cute!!!!   They have many different designs available.  I, personally, am in love.  I used this bag a few times now for all day outings and this was enough of a wet bag for both of my kids for a whole day out!!!  Can you believe that!?!?!?  It easily holds 5-6 diapers and if you squish them in, I am sure they can hold even more (I have gotten 10 in there before!).  When I don't have a whole day outing, I use this in my room for an overnight bag for my 2 month old.  Because it has a handle that unsnaps and resnaps easily (see picture below), I can just hang it on my dresser and have it there for the night time diapers instead of having to run downstairs to put the diaper in the pail.  Then when I get up in the morning, it's not stinky in my room because (of course) I fell asleep with a dirty diaper on my floor I always do without a wet bag in my room (whoops!).  Another great thing with this wet bag is that you can fold it up and use the snap handle as a way to keep it folded up when it is not in use.  Makes it fit in the diaper bag easier and keeps things neat and tidy when it is not in use (even though mine is usually folded up for half a day at the longest...yes, I love it that much).

I HIGHLY recommend this bag to all that cloth diaper.  But not only those who cloth diaper can use it.  It would also be great for pool outings and many other things where you may have wet cloths (ops, leaky diaper) or anything to through in it.  Check them out at BABY at danish's website and get yours today!!!!  It is WELL worth spending the few dollars to get it!!!!!!

Econobum Giveaway

So, this is a self sponsored giveaway for an Econobum with ribbit trim and one prefold.  I just figured I would add even more fluff into the month :-) So here ya go!!!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Fuzzi Bunz Giveaway sponsored by Kelly Wels

Please make sure that you read my review for Kelly Wels book, Changing Diapers, on the previous post. You will need to have read it to be able to enter this giveaway because you have to tell me something you learned :-)

Changing Diapers by Kelly Wels Review

When I received an email about reviewing this book, I was SO excited.  I have been wanting this book for a while now just to read and have on hand in case anyone had any questions.  I was provided an online copy, but you better believe that I am ordering it in a hard copy to have in my home.  

This is a wonderful addition to any cloth diapering family.  I know many cloth diapering mamas try to help spread the cloth diapering love.  In order to do that, you have to know a lot of information.  Wouldn't it be nice to sent a friend home with a book to read that is written in plain English and makes cloth diapering sound fun and exciting after your mini cloth diapering class?  I have done the mini cloth diapering class a few times for friends.  I just pull out one of everything and change my kid with them and then let them change my kid with all of them to see how easy it is. I never thought to tell them everything in this book.  So, needless to say, I am totally purchasing it now!

The book is broken down so that it is SO easy to follow.  It starts with reasons to start cloth diapering, which is extremely detailed on the whole disposable vs. cloth debate.  Then it goes over all the different types of cloth diapers with pictures and a how to use part.  The third chapter is all about how to pick the right cloth diaper for you (which is something that is REALLY hard to do and can be a huge, costly mistake).  Then it goes through how to cloth diaper from newborn-potty training, how to try to get day cares to join in on the cloth diapering, a little bit on multiples and special needs babies, how to fix leaking problems (even at night!) and diaper rashes, dads and cloth diapering (stories on how some dads feel about cloth diapering), how to wash cloth diapers, and even a bit on cloth diapering accessories! :-)  

If you ask me, there is nothing this book left out!  Not only that, it would save a lot of needed time for the new mamas thinking about cloth diapering.  No more having to research everything online and coming up with 20 million opinions on how many diapers do you need.  Kelly does a great job giving it to you straight without putting any personal preferences in it, which I think is great!  Also, I thought it would take me FOREVER to read this book because it has a lot of pages to it, however this was a pretty fast and easy read.  I read the whole thing in a day and a half...which is saying something with my two kids!!!

So, to sum it all up, I am going to quote Kelly because I believe this is so true:
"The cloth diaper choice is yours to make.  If you're going to be a cloth diapering mama, you need to know the facts.  And you're holding in your hands the most comprehensive, easy-to-read, how-to book on the subject of cloth diapering" (pg7).

Monday, December 12, 2011

Howler Monkey Bums Review and Giveaway

Howler Monkey Bums is an Etsy shop owned by the wonderful Callie.  This mama was a great mama to work with.  She wonderful in keeping in contact with me to let me know the status of the review diaper.  She also has really fast shipping!  Her diapers are so cute and work wonderfully.

The diaper that I am reviewing is an AI2 OS diaper.  Her soakers are a snake style soaker made out of Zorb II which is amazing in absorbency.  If you have ever used Zorb before, you know that they can soak up an amazing amount of liquid.  It is also lined with cotton velour which keeps your baby dry!

I was almost immediately hooked on this diaper when it came in the mail that I couldn't wait to try it out.  I tried it out on my two year old first.  This diaper fit him perfectly, which is still a little bit hard to find a great fit with OS diapers because he is just so tall!  He is a whopping 38 inches tall at 28 months old!  Yeah, try to find a diaper to fit haha.  Not only that, he is skinny for his height...weighing in at only 30 lbs.  So, for a diaper to fit him perfectly is bliss because I think we have a while until potty learning time (we are trying, just going a lot slower than I would have thought).  Anyways, my son was able to wear this diaper for a total of 4 hours before I changed it, and I think it could have easily lasted longer!  I was very impressed with this!

Now, to try on the whole other spectrum on my newbie.  My one month old is 8 lbs 6 oz and this diaper fit great for my little one.  When I spoke with Callie, she said that most people were finding that this diaper was not fitting until around 10 lbs...but I think these pictures will show you differently.  This diaper was amazing on my little man!  I have to admit, that it was a bit bulky on him BUT this would be GREAT for overnight!  I used it and changed my son at about 2 hours (I still change him about every 2 hours right now, except at night) and the bottom two layers were still completely dry!  When I folded up the snake style insert to fit into the diaper with my little one, there was four layers in the pee zone (front area).  So, for the 2 hours and not even getting into the bottom two layers, it would last the perfect 4 hours (if not longer) that I change him at night!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

1,000 Followers Flip Giveaway

When the blog reaches 1,000 GFC followers this giveaway will close.  You could win a Flip Sweet cover with a stay dry insert with a velcro closure!  Make sure you spread the word! :-D

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Mabu Baby Review and Giveaway

Mabu Baby is the new cloth diaper that will be shortly (or is already) coming to many Wal Marts across the US.  I think that this is a great thing and will help more people get their foot into the door on cloth diapering.  This system is actually very neat also because it is another hybrid diaper choice and with only three major ones in the market right now, I think this is wonderful.  This is not the only thing that Mabu makes though.  They also sent me an Odor Gator and also two Duzis to review (their bacteria fighting cloth).

I am going to start by reviewing the Duzi.  I was a bit apprehensive about these cloths when I first opened them up because they were just so stiff.  I then read on the back that you have to rinse out the vegetable starch stiffener to get them to be soft and absorbent.  I was amazed after I got the vegetable starch out of them (which only takes just a few seconds).  These really do work as wonderfully as the package says they would.  What is also great is that it rinses 99.99% free of bacteria under warm tap water!   That means no more stinky cloths laying around and you don't have to be spreading that bacteria around anymore!!  It just goes away!  That makes me a happy mama!!!!

Next I will review the Odor Gator.  This thing was also a welcomed enjoyment.  All you do is put it into a stinky confined area.  I put it in my diaper pail and it completely works!  It takes all the odor out of the air so that when I opened the pail it didn't stink like crazy!  It works by deodorizing the odors and breaks them down to salt and water.  Then to refresh the pack you just put it out in the sunlight and then either shake the pack or wipe it with a cloth.  

Mabu also sent me their Mabu Baby eco-diaper system starter kit.  This starter kit comes with two diaper outers, two snap-in pad holders, two washable pads, two disposable pads, and five liners!  That is a lot if you ask me.  The diapers come already put together for you, so you don't have to figure out how to make them work, it is all set up for you.  But basically they work kind of like a gDiaper.  The outside shell is waterproof, however, which actually makes me feel a bit more confident using these over the gDiaper.  Then there is the snap-in pad holder that has three snaps in the front and three in the back to hold it into place.  Then you put the washable pad or the disposable pad in the holder.  Then, if you would like to use a liner, you put the liner on top of that to catch the poops.  The liner is flushable too!  Here are some pictures to kind of show you the different aspects of this diaper.

The inside with a washable pad 

Showing the three snaps on the front and how they just snap into the outer part of the diaper 

A liner 

A disposable pad

I was so excited to try this diaper out that I started with the disposable pad so that I could prewash the cloth inserts.  When I put on the diaper I was so happy with how well this disposable pad soaked up the mess!  The pee didn't even get through to the snap-in pad holder so that I could reuse it.  By the time I was done using the second disposable pad, my cloth inserts were ready to go!  These were so soft (actually so was the disposable pads, unlike a disposable diaper) and VERY absorbent.  I was actually on diaper number two this time because my son had a poopy in the other disposable pad which was well contained in the diaper, just got all over the snap-in pad holder.  After using the first cloth insert, I realized that I could just change that out also and reuse the diaper again.  I love being able to do that with diapers because it dramatically decreases the laundry and also the total cost of the diapers.  The fit was pretty great too on my little one!  I have to say, I am pretty darn impressed with this diapering system.  

I have to also admit that I really like these liners!  I have not used any kind of liners with either of my children except washable ones because I thought they felt like a drier sheet and they irritated my big son's skin.  But these ones are actually incredibly soft and easy on his bottom.  I am SO happy that they sent me an extra box of 48 of them because I will definitely be using these for both children!

Mabu Baby also sent me a size two diaper.  Now, Daniel is wearing the size one I figured I would just try on the size two diaper on my 2 1/2 year old.  He is right around 30 pounds right now and this size two diaper fit him great!  To quote hubby: "They don't look like a turtle butt diaper!"  That is his way of saying that they are trim lol.  He said that I better give my props to Mabu Baby about the fit of the diaper on our children.  So, not only are they Nicki approved, but they are also hubby approved!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Fuzzi Bunz Elite Review and GC Giveaway Sponsored by The Green Baby Store

I would like to tell you a bit about this wonderful sponsor before I tell you about this diaper.  Please note that the sponsor, The Green Baby Store does not make these diapers, they are a carrier of the diapers.  This store carries many different diapers.  You can find almost all the most popular items in this shop.  Not only that, you get amazing customer service.  When I contacted The Green Baby Store I got a response back MUCH faster than I hear from a lot of other shops.  Not only that, the owner, Melissa, was extremely nice and helpful.  And to top everything off, my package was at my door about two days after I ordered!!!  Super fast shipping, great owner, and awesome customer service....what more could you really ask for in a store!?!?!?

So, on to the Fuzzi Bunz Elite...I decided that I was going to try a bunch of one sizes on both of my children to really see the span on many OS diapers.  Well, this was one of the first on my list that I wanted to try anyways, so when I was setting up things with Melissa, I was happy to know that I would be able to review one of these diapers.  I was so happy with the color of the diaper.  I got a Spearmint diaper to try on the boys.  I decided to try it out on Daniel first.  At the time of reviewing this diaper, Daniel is only 8 pounds and 6 ounces, so according to the packaging he would just be fitting into many one sized diapers.  I was very thrilled when this fit him perfectly.  I used the smaller insert with this diaper and I think it wasn't any more bulky than a newborn cloth diaper usually is.  Not only that, it lasted with no leaks, on my son for 4 hours, which for a newborn is GREAT!

Then I tried it on Lucas, who at the time is 30 pounds, so just normally out growing most one size diapers.  But this diaper fit him perfectly too.  None the less, it even lasted through nap time with both inserts!!!  I was very thrilled with this.  Maybe one day I will get some guts and try it for overnight!  lol.

Please note that this is only set at two (for the legs) in the picture and does have a larger rise, I just prefer lower rises

I have to admit, the only part about this diaper that I did not like was the hidden elastic that you have to pull through and button.  This took a while to get a good fit on both of my boys.  I started at the guideline and then worked from there for both of them because every baby is shaped differently and sometimes you have to mess with it a bit to get the right fit.  I have to say though, with this being the only thing that I didn't like, I would not mind owning more of these diapers!

Also, use coupon code CLOTHREVIEWS for 10% off (excludes bumgenius, econobum and flip) that will be valid December 5th-December 31st, 2011 valid for my wonderful followers :-).