Wednesday, October 31, 2012

3 Sweet Peas PUL and Fleece Cover Review

[Please know that I am a cloth diaper blogger but I own my diaper business, 3 Sweet Peas. This is a biased review of one of my products.]

PUL and fleece covers are a wonderful mix of materials. The PUL offers the liquid barrier of plastic laminated fabric. The fleece trims creates a soft, stretchy fabric against baby's skin. These covers can be laundered with your other cloth diapers. They are mostly stocked in size large for babies who have outgrown one size covers, but can be custom made in any size.

These covers are side snapping and can be used as trainers over potty training underwear. These are my favorite covers for travel as the compression of the car seat can sometimes cause leaks for wool or fleece covers.

3 Sweet Peas Fleece Covers Review

[Please know that I am a cloth diaper blogger but I own my diaper business, 3 Sweet Peas. This is a biased review of one of my products.]

Fleece covers are underrated in the cloth diaper world. Polyester fleece is a liquid repelling synthetic fiber. Similarly to wool covers, fleece covers are breathable alternatives to plastic laminated PUL. Fleece is machine washable and can be tumble dried. They can be washed with normal clothing laundry or with cloth diaper loads. They are not completely waterproof the way PUL is, but they are effective, soft, breathable, and easy to care for. It's a great, cheap alternative to wool.

My daughter is sensitive to lanolin, so we can't use wool covers. It gives her eczema. Fleece covers are my favorite covers for her. I even use fleece soakers over disposables overnight when we're travelling. It helps the 'sposie absorb to it's potential and keeps her pjs dry. When using cloth diapers, we use soakers in warm weather and longies in cool weather.

6 month Glowbug Pocket Review

Glow Bug Pocket Diapers are one of my favorite pocket diapers. You can read my other reviews here and here. While the diaper comes with microfiber inserts, it works well with any inserts you want to use.

For several months, I used BumbleBunz overnight bamboo inserts as our nighttime solution. It was bulky but it worked to keep my heavy wetter dry all night. I then switched to using SBish bamboo fitteds for overnight but continued to use the GlowBug pockets as covers. The PUL is good quality and the largest rise setting still fits on my big girl who now is into XL size diapers.

The microsuede interior pilled slightly, but that is expected. The snaps and elastic held up beautifully. The prints on the outside haven't faded a bit. Overall, the quality is excellent. I highly recommend these diapers for people who love pockets, although I do also recommend switching to bamboo inserts.

Monday, October 15, 2012

6 month Sustainablebabyish Fitted Review

I own several Sustainablebabyish (SBish) snap fitteds. They are some of our favorite diapers. You can read my initial review here for the features and beginning impressions. This review is after 6 months of use.

These SBish bamboo fleece fitted diapers are our overnight diaper of choice. My heavy wetting daughter wets out of disposables at night. With both boosters in the SBish fitted and covered with PUL, she soaks the diaper but stays dry where she's supposed to; her clothes and sheets. Even without the extra booster, these diapers are bulky, which is why I reserve them exclusively for night time.

We have a set of 5 in large. When she outgrew the fold down rise diapers, this large was generous and she used the cross over snap on the wings. Now that she is in XLs for most brands and even outgrown the premium size Bummis prefolds, she still has one snap to go on these larges.

Over time, I have found that the OBF (organic bamboo fleece) has gotten a bit stiff. I am going to try soaking in Ecover to see if that helps soften them up. I wouldn't consider the stiffness to be such an issue that I would stop using them, but it's something to consider when pursuing an overnight solution.

Overall, I still give SBish fitteds a big thumbs up for durability, absorbency, and quality.