Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Winter Cover Favorites

With colder temperatures coming around in the last few weeks, I've started putting my daughter in her fleece longies as covers. In general, I feel that fleece is under rated (read about it here) but I still love fleece covers anyway. It's so easy to put her in a fleece pair of pants and long sleeve shirt. I think the prints are super cute too.

Sometimes if we're going on a car trip, I'll put a PUL cover over her diaper and then her fleece pants over top but then ditch the PUL once we get home again. Some people only use fleece for one or two changes but I tend to let her wear them for the whole day. Occasionally if her diaper is soaking wet, I will need to change the longies as well.

I have been using the fleece soakers for nighttime as well. They work great for boosting the absorbency of a 'sposie diaper when travelling. They keep her dry all night with an absorbent fitted as well, especially if her pjs are fleece too.

I have seen some CUTE wool longies around as well. I wish wool didn't give my daughter eczema!

What is your favorite winter cover?

3 month Sustainablebabyish Flat Review

My Sustainablebabyish flats are two diapers in my regular rotation. They are several layers of bamboo double loop terry. You can read my initial review here. After several months of use, they are just as absorbent as ever. However, they have lost some of their softness. They are not hard or crunchy yet, but I imagine they will be after a few more months of use.

I take good care of our diapers, so I was surprised that these stained so easily. I've had to sun them several times in the last few months.

Overall, I'm impressed with its continued absorbency. They would make great inserts for pocket diapers as well. I am definitely not impressed with the durability of the fabric. I loved how soft they were out of the package and would have loved to say they are still that soft. They are pretty expensive too but I imagine you're paying for the large brand name.

3 month Bumkins Prefold Review

Bumkins indian cotton prefolds are some of my favorite diapers. Read my initial review here. They are very reasonably priced. One pack of 6 diapers costs about $28. That's a full day of changes. They are absorbent and easy to care for. You can machine wash on hot and tumble dry on high heat. They dry up really quickly too. If there are stains, lemon juice and direct sun get them out.

I was hesitant to try prefolds but it really is easier than you think it is. I tend to use the basic angel fold with a snappi. I use all kinds of covers over them; fleece, PUL, soakers, and longies. While these aren't absorbent enough to last all night, they do get a good 3 hours on my heavy wetter. I have enjoyed using these prefolds over the last few months. They are still super soft and absorbent. While my daughter has outgrown her large size fitteds, she still fits comfortably in the toddler/premium sized Bumkins. Overall, I give these diapers 5 stars for durability and affordability.

Friday, November 2, 2012

WAHM Wares Norrie's Nappies Mama Cloth

For those that don't know what "mama cloth" means, it's a term for washable feminine pads. While it is not specifically cloth diaper related, the idea is the same. Women use them for a week a month and then wash for the next month. The care is the same as cloth diapers and some women even wash them in a cloth diaper load. While washing pads may seem gross to some, for me, the benefits way outweigh the gross factor. The pads are usually diamond, oval, or contour shaped. The wings wrap around the panty and snap closed.

 I was introduced to mama cloth by Debbie of Norrie's Nappies. She's a friend of mine who has a really nice work-at-home-mom (WAHM) business. She makes pocket diapers and mama cloth. She was nice enough to send me a great stash of mama cloth for my postpartum period for my youngest child. I've since purchased more and have more than 20 pieces in my stash. Her selection of materials is great. The pads can be topped with minky, velour, athletic mesh, or flannel. The body of the pad is usually layers of flannel that trifold to the center. The backing is usually one layer of flannel and one layer of PUL.

These pads are my absolute favorite. The PUL makes it leak proof. I mostly chose athletic mesh on top which wicks away the moisture. Some of my liners have velour or minky which is super soft. Overall, the absorbency is excellent and they wash up super clean too. When I was postpartum with my youngest child, I used the hospital provided pads for the first three days. When I switched to these pads, it was heaven. I healed more quickly and was more comfortable doing it. After 18 months of use, they are still in pristine condition with no fraying, no tears, and no stains. Awesome, right?

Now I don't spend money on pads or tampons every month. Plus, the prints are so cute that it brightens that time of month, which I love. Try mama cloth but try not to get addicted to shopping and buying new prints!  I highly recommend mama cloth to all women, but especially mama cloth from Norrie's Nappies. Thanks, mama!