New Diaper Review

Now that I have the really super late reviews out of the way, I’ll be posting some reviews of the latest diapers we’ve been trying out and considering for the shop.  Again, if you love/hate these diapers, to each their own.  Cloth diapers are not a catch all (haha), different diapers work for different babies and different families.  I also apologize for the lack of photos on this one, I thought I had some, but can’t seem to find them right now.  If I do find them, I’ll add them 🙂

Blueberry Diapers

I’ve heard a lot of good things about this brand, so I decided to try them out.  The buy in as a retailer is significant, and there are quotas to meet, so I knew I would have to LOVE them in order to bring them in.  I ordered a variety to try, some pre-folds, covers, and AIO, wet bags and pail liners, so I this is more than just a diaper review.  Pricing on all items are in-line with other top brands.

I’ll start with the Simplex AIO:  I ordered the snap closure to try since that is my preference.  Quality on the diaper is good, nice PUL and snaps.  They design is similar to the Tots Bots Easy fit where it is an AIO with a tongue and pocket to help with drying time.  The inner is organic cotton and the tongue has a layer of stay dry fleece so you can lay it on top and have a stay dry layer instead of tucking it in the pocket and having the natural cotton touching baby.  Baby K has been the tester for this one, she has a tiny waist and chunky thighs, so we’ve had issues with fit on a lot of diapers.  This one worked better than some, but because there are only 2 vertical snaps for closure, we ended up with wing droop.  I am also not a fan of the absorbent cotton going to the edge of the leg opening.  We had a few wicking issues with that.  Even with the tongue out for better drying, I found this diaper was damp at the end of our usual routine and needed to hang a bit afterward.  This diaper made its way to the bottom of the pile after about a month. Pros: good quality, average price, decent fit, absorbent, natural fibres.  Cons: Longer drying time, wing droop, wicking

Cotton Pre-folds + Coveralls cover: Baby K tested both of these, D uses the cover for night time.  It’s no secret, we are a pocket diaper family, but pre-folds are always a good investment because they have so many uses beyond just being a diaper.  These cotton twill prefolds are good quailty, 4x8x4 layers make them nice and absorbent.  They fluffed up really nicely after being prepped and when we use them, they are more than enough absorbency.  Paired with the coverall (in hook & loop), no leaks were the result.  K pulls off any H&L diaper that goes on her, so not a great option there.  So, the cover made its way to D’s night time stash to be used over fitted diapers.  We are still using this cover after 6+ months.  The hook & loop is getting a bit stiff, but I’m still happy with its performance. Pros: average price, good quality. Cons: stiffening of H&L over time

Wetbag & diaper pail liner: We use a cloth diaper pail and line it with a liner on a regular basis, so this is our usual set up.  I was not impressed by this liner, the PUL is thinner than I’m used to, it didn’t function as well as I expected.  The bag frequently ended up wet on the bottom outside, and smells were not contained as well as our usual set up.  Same goes for the wetbag.  Smells are just not contained as well as other brands we use.  I also am not a fan of the strap not opening to hang somewhere.  We stopped using the pail liner after about 2 weeks, but we still use the wetbag if we are out of our other ones.  Pros: average price.  Cons: poor order control, poor wetness control.

Overall, it was kind of a hit or miss with the group of products we tried.  In the end, I decided to hold off on investing in this brand right now.  They are still on my list for future consideration.

Super Late Diaper Reviews

I really meant to do these ages ago.  I mean, almost 2 years ago!  Kids keep a mama busy!

Here are a few reviews of diapers that I decided NOT to carry or use for my family.  If you love these diapers, that’s great!  They didn’t work for us, and I can’t sell something that I don’t believe in wholeheartedly.  My reviews come from my personal use of the diaper as well as a business point of view, as both a mom and business owner, both factors come into play when I try out a diaper.  Therefore, both views are presented here.

Sunbaby OS

A friend gave us one to try out when D was smaller.  This is a “China Cheapie” brand, there are a few re-labels out there as well (a re-label means the exact same diaper is slapped with a different label and sold as a different brand).  They retail for around $8, and lots of co-ops open up so you can buy them for $4.  They are a pocket diaper with microfibre insert. My first thought, is “how can you sell a diaper for $4 and make money without cutting corners?”, but I guess other people aren’t so worry about those parts.  Just by touching the diaper, I can feel the difference in materials used, the PUL is very thin compared to the top brands.  Trying to use that diaper confirmed for me why I invested in quality diapers.  It wouldn’t even stay snapped long enough to get both sides snapped closed.  So, that is where the review ends.  We couldn’t get it to stay on.

Pros: Cheap

Cons: Wouldn’t stay on, low quality, re-label, possibilities of immoral and possibly illegal business practices to keep the price so low while still making a profit (this is not confirmed, just my own personal worry).

Go Green Champ 2.0

007This company approached me to carry their diapers, I wanted to try them first of course, so I requested a sample.  They gladly sent me one, actually, a week or so later another person from their company also sent me one.  Let’s just say, a little red flag went up in my mind when that happened.  So, we now had two, which meant I could compare th006em for quality!  These retail for about $16 and are a one-size pocket diaper with both ends open and the microfibre insert snaps in so it won’t get lost in the wash.  The colourful snaps are supposed to help with babysitters or other people who don’t normally change your baby, so you can say “hey, put them on the red snaps for the right size”, which is a neat idea!  From what I understand, they are also a brand that gets re-labeled, but I didn’t know that at the time.  The PUL on these diapers is thicker than the “China Cheapies”, but not as thick as the top brands.  It fit D nicely as you can see in the picture.  The snap in insert was a huge pain in my rear!  It never seemed to come out the right side, it always pulled the whole diaper inside out!  I would rather “search” for the insert than have to turn the diaper right side out again after every wash.  After about 3 weeks, these diapers landed at the bottom of our pile and didn’t get used.

Pros: Nice fit, rainbow snaps to help with fit, mid-range price

Cons: Turns inside out in the wash, re-label, 4 snaps for closure was too many for me

Ones & Twos

IMAG0107IMAG0108At the time, this was a new brand, so I gave them a try.  An All-in-one with a booster and a hook & loop type closure.  Retails for around $24.95.   The materials were nice, the laundry tabs were the soft “velcro” that’s used on kids toys and dolls so it wouldn’t scratch, the “hook” part was the kind that doesn’t get caught on random things.  This was both good and bad, the adhesion was so strong on the laundry tabs, that I couldn’t get them apart sometimes and it became a frustration.  I am a snap lover to begin with, but I had high hopes for this closure since it wasn’t the usual hook & loop.  The fit was ok, and I liked the idea of it being an AIO but including the additional absorbancy if you needed the extra soaker.  However, the built in absorbancy doesn’t come up very far in the front, with a boy, I didn’t feel that we could use the diaper without the booster to compensate.

Pros: good quality, average price

Cons: Adhesion to laundry tabs too strong, no absorbancy up front for boys

I’m Geeky and I know it!

Just in case you haven’t figured it out yet, I’m a geek.  I always have been, and I always will be.  I get really excited over Ghostbusters, Star Trek, Star Wars, My Little Pony, Disney anything, 80s stuff in general, video games, etc.  D knows who “The Doctor” is, and his closet is full of super hero clothes and star wars t-shirts.  He also has a “life size” TARDIS play tent.  You can find Stay Puft, a Chocobo, a moogle, and a couple of Totoro’s in his room.  So, no surprise, I recently brought in some geeky baby and kid items into the shop!You can find these geeky goodies, plus some from my crochet hook, here.

Shipping Promo to beat the Winter Blahs!

 

At this point in Winter, I am always feeling pretty down.  It’s dark, it’s cold, and I’m stuck in the house!  The family is always battling some sort of cold that won’t end, and I just can’t wait for Spring!

 

Product shipments always cheer me up though 🙂  Who doesn’t love fluff mail?!  So, I’m offering a shipping promotion until Spring! (March 20) 

Orders up to $99 receive half price shipping (that’s $7.50 flat rate), and orders over $99 get FREE shipping! YAY!

 

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New products and pre-orders

Thank you to everyone who took the new product survey, it was a huge help!  I had been thinking about nursing covers (even though they’re not my thing personally), and they were bottom of the list!  Everyone should check their email for their $5 off coupon 🙂

The winner of the 1 year membership was Percilla M.  Congratulations again!

Imagine Baby Rawr diaper and rawrgle leggings

Imagine Baby Rawr diaper and rawrgle leggings

 

So, what did we learn?  Everyone wants more diapers!  I hear you loud and clear!  Sadly, I have been rejected by my top choices for some of the brands you all requested, my little home based and web store do not qualify for some of these brands at this time.  BUT, through Planet Wise Inc.  we do have access to Best Bottoms diapers and Imagine Baby products (same inventor from Nicki’s Diapers).  I have been testing these out on Baby K and on D for a few months, and I am VERY happy with them!  So, you can look forward to a new selection of prefolds, bamboo fitteds, covers, and eventually AIOs and Pockets.  You can place pre-orders for these items on the website right now to ensure that we bring in the size and design that you want.  No need to pre-pay!  Imagine Baby also offers matching baby leggings (further on the list, but still in the top set of answers in the survey), and muslin swaddling blankets.

My Swim Baby Wilma the Whale

My Swim Baby Wilma the Whale

 

In second place, swim diapers and other swim accessories.  Also through Planet Wise Inc. we have access to My Swim Baby’s line of swim diapers, UV tops and hats for your baby (or toddler).  These are also up on the website for pre-order.  There are some fantastic designs and lots of size options, too!

Next up was Crochet baby blankets made by yours truly.  I am absolutely working on this!  I have a lot of fun geeky ideas in my head just waiting to bust out!  Including some 8-bit blankets designs, and My Little Pony inspired designs.  Keep your eye on our Facebook Page and the website for these to be announced later this year.

After that there were ties for baby leggings (see above), baby clothing, and toys.  We have some geeky baby onesies and toys on the way!  Check out what’s coming in our Geeky Goodies section!