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March 22, 2014

Padded Patootie

Today's WAHM I am so excited to introduce. After receiving a super cute diaper for review and using it for a while, I fell in love and actually ordered a custom diaper for my Micah man! With out further adieu, welcome Padded Patooties!

Here is a little bit about Michelle, the talented WAHM behind Padded Patooties:

When I started cloth diapering my son, I was having a horrible time find diapers that didn't leak during naps and nighttime. We used GroVia's during awake time (and liked them very much), but they just didn't have enough coverage in the front for him. We tried some brand-name pockets, but found he would manage to pee out the side of them (while amazingly keeping the diaper dry) during our nighttime nursing sessions. Since I'd sewn for years, I started looking into sewing our own nap-worthy diapers. By this time, we'd already fallen in love with fitteds and wool for nighttime. My husband commented on how professional the diapers I'd made looked (and he was used to the GroVia's). Soon other family members, friends, our pediatrician, and our kids' photographer were noticing and impressed by our diapers. That was when thoughts of starting a small business began.
-What inspired you to start sewing?
My mom taught me to sew. She did it out of necessity, making and repairing our clothes. I've been sewing (using a sewing machine) since I was a teenager (and I'm 40 now, ugh!). I'm a detail-oriented person, so love taking the time to pay attention to the "little things" that are required for good sewing. I love the process of making flat pieces of fabric turn into something beautiful that you can use. It must be a similar feeling to when a person builds a house--enjoying the process, but also the pride that comes with seeing and using the final product.
-Where did you come up with your unique style for your diapers with all the fun colors inside?
The PUL surround started as a way to help prevent leaking at the legs and waist. I generally tried to match the color for the PUL surround to the diaper outer, so it wouldn't be noticeable at the leg elastics. I started out using bamboo velour as the lining because it was so soft, but observed it became quite sherpa-ish after a few washes. Then I discovered cotton velour. It retained is original look and feel with many washes AND it was available in so many beautiful colors! Sometimes I tried to be humorous (like trying to make the inside of a bacon and eggs diaper look like a fried egg), and sometimes I just chose colors that coordinated nicely with the outer and snaps. I soon fell in love with the fact that brightly colored color velour did not tend to show stains and thought "why shouldn't the inner be nearly as cute and fun (poo excepted) as the outer?"

Padded Pattoie can be found online through their websiteFacebook or their Etsy Shop

"The name "Padded Patootie" and slogan "Natural Fiber Padding for you Baby's Bum" came about when our son was learning to crawl, walk, and climb. He did not seemed phased by the many falls, and we joked that it must be because of all the padding on his bum! It reminded us of an episode of "Olivia" (the pig) where she teaches her friend Julian how to ice skate by strapping an "Olivia Patootie Pillow" to his bum to protect him from falls.
I feel so blessed that I am able to do something I love to do, and that it is actually benefitting other people."

I was able to choose a diaper from Padded Patooties and while they had a couple of nice boy prints in stock my eyes kept darting back to this green grassy daisy print diaper. I had to have it. I would (and have multiple times) put it on my boys. Grass is so boyish right? and I have this thing for daisy's so this diaper just rocks all the way!
 The diaper features cross over snaps and a 4 rise snap adjustment. It has a single row of snaps across the waist.

 The diaper open all the way.
 Here is a close up of the snaps. I love how the snaps are set up to look like daisy's with the white on the outside and the yellow middle. So pretty. The colors in the pictures do no justice to the real colors of this diaper.
 Cross over snaps for the tiny babies.
 Now this is where I get really happy! Look at how pretty the inside of this diaper is! Isn't it amazing! I love how Padded Patootie uses different colors inside of their diapers to make even the inside great and enjoyable.
 The Padded Patootie diapers are AIO diapers. The feature PUL around the outside of the diaper (that is the green part). Then the white on the back is made of one layer of bamboo fleece topped with white velour. The tounge part of the diaper (yellow section) is made of one layer heavy bamboo fleece and one layer of regular bamboo fleece, topped by black cotton velour. The diaper also comes with a snap in booster which is made with one layer of heavy bamboo fleece sandwiched between two layers of regular bamboo fleece.

 The extra booster can be snaped onto the yellow part of the diaper or if you are not using the extra booster you can snap the yellow part to the shell of the diaper to help hold it in place, although it works fine if its not snapped in place as well. But having it snapped in place makes the diaper a little more daddy friendly.
 Isn't the colors and fabric of this diaper fantastic? In the picture above you can also notice her sewing. I was so impressed with her quality of the diaper. You can tell she puts a lot of hard work into the diapers she makes making sure everything is sewn just right. To me, the quality of her diapers is amazing.

  Above you can see the snap in soaker that comes with the diaper.

Here is the diaper on Micah. The wings look a little stretched out. I usually put it on him with one or two snaps open in the middle. We use the middle rise snap on him and get a great fit. I love how it is not bulky between the legs.

From the side you can see how trim it is on his back side.

And a back view. I just love the daisy's! The diaper is also trim side to side as well if that makes sense.

I am so please with this Padded Patootie diaper. The quality and workmanship of it is fantastic. We haven't had any leaks or issues with it. We are able to get a great fit on both my boys and the diaper is so incredibly trim. One thing that I like on diapers that these do now have are a double row of snaps across the waist but its not a huge issue on this diaper. Michelle, the WAHM behind the diapers has been so awesome to work with and for the custom diaper I am getting made she has been very great to work with as well. She is very detailed and you can tell she really enjoys making these diapers.

March 21, 2014

Chunky Cheeks Diapers

 Night time is such a dreaded time in my house hold. Not because children scream and throw fits because they don't want to go to bed but because I never know if what I am putting on my 2 1/2 year old will hold up though the night...will we be washing bedding in the morning or will we have clean sheets?

That's where Chunky Cheeks Diapers come in to play. After a year of night time diaper struggles and trying so many different things (even nasty disposables {BARF}) we have  found a couple of diapers that will hold up to my son's ability to pee like a horse.  Our Chunky Cheeks diaper has worked wonders for us. Chandra, the WAHM behind this awesome diaper sent me this cute Monster Rock print fitted diaper to try out on my boys.

This is a new style diaper for Chunky Cheeks Diapers, it is a hybrid fitted. It consists of an outer cotton fabric, a hidden layer of ply fleece and a cotton velour inner.

 The hybrid fitted comes with two snap in soakers so you can easily adjust how absorbent you need the diaper to be for your child. They are topped with the soft velour fabric to help keep your little one comfortable. The soakers can snap individually onto the shell of the fitted or they can snap onto each other and then onto the shell. Pretty neat!

 This hybrid fitted is a one size (OS) diaper, featuring a fold down rise. You can see the snaps lined up across the front of the diaper as well as the inside in the picture below.
 This is the diaper on the smallest size setting using the cross over snaps on the wings. How cute is that?
 Such a fun diaper!
 Here is the diaper set to the larger rise setting and the wings snapped as close as they go with out crossing over.
 I have used this diaper on both of my boys. Here below, if Micah my 19 pounds 7 month old. The diaper had a great fit on him. I used the rise folded down on him.
 The wings crossed over just a tad because he is still smaller.
 Here is the rise folded down.
 Because Micah is a smaller guy and this is a fitted there was a little extra bulk on his behind but he didn't care. :)
 I love the fit around the legs that we got on Micah.
I would love to share pictures of Zeke (2 1/2 yrs) wearing this diaper but lets just say ...that it is pretty much impossible to get a picture of that boy holding still or where there isn't a hand grabbing the diaper. So I will just share about his fit.

We use the rise up on him and the wings are opened up just a little bit. He has a fairly narrow hip width so there is a lot of room for growing in this for him yet...however I really hope he potty trains soon...

The fit around the legs was great, we never had marks left around his legs from using this all night which is great. The only thing I did notice with this is because it has the fold down rise when the rise is not folded over the snaps on the inside of the diaper were up against his skin (which isn't a huge deal) but he did have some snap in prints on his outer hips from where they were up against him all night. But he wasn't bothered by them at all. This diaper is able to hold a lot of pee, It is now, as I said earlier, one of two night time diapers that I have that actually last though the night on Zeke which is great. I was really getting frustrated with him peeing though all the time and HATED HATED putting him in disposables at night but it was the only thing that worked. So this Chunky Cheeks hybrid fitted diaper was a huge night time life savor for me...Zeke...

While trying out awesome diapers I am always curious about the mama behind them. So here is a little big about Chunky Cheeks Diapers and their maker, Chandra!
Chandra started making diapers and covers for her daughter and some friends around 9 months ago. She then opened her etsy shop to start selling her diapers in November.
Chandra and her family are located in Oklahoma. You can find her online at her etsy shop or her facebook page to see all her great products.

 Chandra started making diapers for her daughter because she has really sensitive skin. She couldn't have any kind of synthetic fabric against her skin, no microfleece, no minky etc. Her skin also really needed something more breathable then PUL but Chandra needed something that was going to keep her couch dry as well. Being pretty oblivious to the WAHM world at the time, it was really hard for her to find diapers for her daughter that didn't cause her to blister and still let her skin breath. Eventually Chandra discovered fleece covers and bamboo fitteds and that's where it all really started. She started making fleece covers for her an then kind of combined the idea of the bamboo fitted with the fleece cover to make the two's which is what she started out selling. After being introduced to the WAHM world of hybrid fitted, she fell in love with them.
Chandra currently only makes the hybrid fitteds and fleece in two's. The main reason for that is she only likes to make things that her daughter would be able to wear. It was hard to find something that would work for her and she knows her little girl isn't the only one out there with sensitive skin issues. You can also find other diapering accessories like fleece covers, wipes and wool longies at Chunky Cheek Diapers.

Chunky Cheeks diapers has offered up a great giveaway for our readers. The diaper pictured below you will have the opportunity to win! Isn't it great? All you need to do is enter  via the Rafflecopter form below.

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March 20, 2014

Moraki Cloth Diapers AI2/Pocket

Recently I was contacted by a company called Moraki. I was asked to review their AI2/Pocket diaper. Typically when I hear a diaper being called different things  like and AI2 and a pocket diaper I tend to be leery because, well, lets face it do they every really work that great as both? I checked the Moraki diaper out online and thought they looked pretty nice and decided to give them a try. I received this super cute Christmas Elephant print for my boys to use.

This Moraki diaper should fit 7-40 pounds.
 The diaper features two rows of snaps across the waist as well as 4 diaperdifferent rows of snaps for rise adjustment. It also has extra hip snaps to help keep it  from getting wing  droop.

 So why is this diaper considered an AI2/pocket diaper?  When you open the diaper you notice nice soft fleece and a flap across the front of the diaper. In the middle of the diaper the fleece is split open. In order to use this diaper as an AI2 all you need to do it lay the insert on top of the fleece and you can tuck the insert under the flap on the front of the diaper to help keep the insert for getting the babys clothes wet. If you would like to use the diaper as a pocket diaper you just take the insert and stuff it down into the  front, turn the diaper and then stuff in the back then close up the fleece pocket.
 The inserts are made in a loop form to help keep drying time down to a minimum.
There are three different sizes of inserts. Which you can use according to what size rise setting you have the diaper set to. However I use them all for the same baby. :)
 Here is the diaper on Micah, my 6 month old who weighs 18 pounds. I have it on the second rise setting and have to snaps open across the waist. The fit is great on him. I have also used this diaper on my 2 1/2 year old who is around 35  pounds and had the rise open all the way with about 4 of the waist snaps open. There is still plenty of room for him to grow, I probably could have had the rise snapped down just one for him to and that would have worked as well.
 The diaper is trim as are the inserts.
How did I like this diaper? Over all I really liked it. My son really isn't fond of having wet diaper against him so using this as and AI2 on him wasn't the most fun for him but we didn't have any leaking issues while using it as an AI2. I did three AI2 uses in a row and the cover stayed nice and clean and did not get smelly at all from being used over and over which is great. While using the diaper as a pocket we also had success. Micah was much happier using it as a pocket diaper rather than an AI2 because it offered him is favorite stay dry feel with the  soft fleece it has lining the inside of the diaper.

For fit we were able to get it nice and snug with the snaps on it. We have yet to leak though this diaper. I don't think I have used it as a night time option but I think it would work great because the inserts are really nice and absorbent plus you can stuff what ever you need absorbancy wise inside the pocket or if your child doesn't get bothered with the wet feeling you can just place inside what you need and use it as an AI2.

My hesitancy to try out a diaper that is considered an AI2/Pocket diaper has now gone away as this diaper really worked great for us while being used as both styles. If your looking for this style diaper Moraki is a great option plus they have different cute prints to choose from as well.

March 19, 2014

Newborn Series: Ragababe Newborn

Ragababe Newborn

A little about the Ragababe Newborn:
-Fits 6-15 pounds
-AIO (sewn in soaker)
-Cross over stars
-Suede cloth stay dry inside diaper

Retails for $25.95

The Ragababe AIO diapers are pretty neat. They come in aplix only and are sized. I have two newborn Ragababes and love their prints. I honestly wasn't sure these diapers would fit our baby but they actually have a great fit on him. The front of this diaper has a hidden pocket opening so if you want to stuff extra inserts into it that option is available. Other than that this is a pretty simple and easy to use diaper.

 Here is the Ragababe Newborn diaper on Micah at around 9 pounds. It was a great fit and we slightly use the star cross over aplix tabs.
 The legs also have a great fit with no gaps around his skinny thighs.
 And just because I love this picture here is Micah wearing our Newborn Ragababe in the cute Star Candy print.
How did this diaper work for us?
Great! I was really happy with how the diaper fits on Micah because I really didn't think it would fit him at all! I had heard that the newborns run small and most people typically skip the newborn size and go to smalls but I am glad I have a couple of the newborn ones. I do have a size small and it does gap around his legs causing leaks. This diaper can hold a good amount of pee. We have used it at night for a 4 hour stretch with no issues. Its nice and trim and I like that with the waist strip of aplix we don't have rubbing issues. Sometimes diapers with aplix will roll down and rub on the babys tummy leaving a red irritation from it but this diaper doesn't do that. It also fit great under his cord stump which was nice because the was able to wear it sooner.

LaLaBye Baby

 I recently was contacted by Melissa, the mama behind LaLaBye Baby cloth diapers. She asked if I would be interested in reviewing one of her diapers for her. After checking out her website I agreed to a review. While browsing her site and checking out her products I realized that not only is her name a nursery song but all the names of her diapers are as well which is really cute! I was able to pick out which color and I chose Three Blind Mice (because I don't have any grey diapers!).

Here is the 'Three Blind Mice' diaper I received in the mail. I love the color and its uniqueness to my stash. So cute!
The diaper is a one size cloth diaper with 4 rise options, newborn, small, medium and large. It also features cross over snaps for the tiny newborns as well as hip snaps to prevent wing drooping. All of which are great features to have on a diaper.
 The diaper comes with two inserts, a small and large. The inserts are compatible and can snap together, or be used separate, depending on the needs of your child. The inserts are made out of bamboo and are very soft and really trim.
 Above you can see how they snap together and below shows the size differences.
 When I first opened my fluffy mail I loved the color and though it was great. Very simple and plan but I really liked it. Then I opened up the waist snaps and was blown away by the rainbow of colors across the front of the diaper. They were beautiful! My husband thought I was a little  crazy with my reaction. :) The colors are not your typical rainbow colors but nice unique colors. I am not sure if the snaps are different on other colored diapers or not but this is so much fun!
 Well what kind of diaper is this anyways? This is a cool diaper because its a two in one kind of deal. You can use the diaper as a pocket diaper and stuff the insert in either end because it has two openings, also known as a 'sleeve' style diaper where the insert will agitate out on its own in the wash so no un-stuffing wet inserts. SCORE! I hate touching wet inserts. If your not a pocket fan then you can...
 ...use this diaper as an AI2 diaper! There is a flap over the front of the diaper to tuck the insert under to help hold it in place and you can also snap it into the front of the diaper with the snap on the insert into a snap that is inside the opening of the pocket.

 Here is the diaper in use on my 5 month old. He is around 17 pounds when this picture was taken. I have it set on the small snap setting for him and on the waist I leave just the white snaps open.
 Here is the diaper all secure and ready to be used.
 The diaper looks puffy in the picture but it is really a nice trim diaper. (the elastic marks on his leg were from a different brand of diaper)
 A back view shows the rump.
Now the fun part: My thoughts on this diaper...

There are a lot of things I really enjoy about this diaper. The snaps are all great, I always like having the hip snaps on diapers as well as cross over snaps for tiny babies. The 4 rise snaps make this diaper  fit a wider range of babies as well. The fit on Micah was great every time. We actually had to use this diaper for the first time as a night time diaper which I tend to avoid with new diapers not knowing how they will preform. I placed both inserts in the pocket and used the diaper for about 12 hours over night with out a single leak. However I would never be able to do that with our 2 1/2 year old because he pees though EVERYTHING which is getting  old real quick. For daytime use I have also been very please. No leak issues with the diaper being used as an ai2 or a pocket diaper which is nice.

Micah seems to really like having a stay dry diaper on him so using this as an AI2 isn't the greatest option for him because as soon as he pees, he fusses and wants to be changed so using the diaper as a pocket is much more our style. We have used it a few times in a row with the AI2 and it did work with out any leaks.

One thing that I would change about this diaper is the pocket opening in the back of the diaper. It is really small and I have bigger hands (thanks to my lovely dutch heritage) so I don't like stuffing it though that  hole but the hole in the front of the diaper is nice and big and very easy to stuff inserts into.

I would recommend this diaper to people. Why? Because I  really think this is a great diaper. We have had total success with this diaper, no issues at all. I think the price is great for a pocket, the quality is great as well.

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March 18, 2014

Newborn Series: Oeko PoPo

Special Features of the OekoPoPo diaper:
-Cord Snap down
-Fits babies 5-18 pounds
-AI2 diaper so you can reuse the cover and just put in a new insert

The Oeko PoPo comes in 2 sizes. This is the size 1 which is great for newborns. It has a snap for the cord and also has rise snaps.
The Oeko PoPo comes in 2 sizes. This is the size 1 which is great for newborns. It has a snap for the cord and also has rise snaps.

When I first got it I was pretty blown away by the number of snaps on this cover. They are everywhere. It took me some looking and playing around to figure out what everything all goes to but it all makes sense. This cover features a adjustable rise, an umbilical cord snap down, and a snap in liner.The snap in liner is so soft. It has a nice fleece on the top that goes against baby's bottom and the bottom of the insert has what I believe is a layer of PUL for extra waterproof protection!

Here is the size 1 Oeko PoPo diaper on Micah around 9 pounds. I have the rise set to the smallest setting and you can see there is one set of snaps on the waist snaps that we left open. So this diaper can close pretty tight. You can also purchase it with optional cross over snaps.

The legs have a great fit on Micah with no gaps or openings in it to allow leaks. 

 How did this diaper work for us?
This AI2 system works great for us. I love the fit and that you can use the cover over again. The whale print is very cute. The legs are really neat how they are made with an extra piece of material to help prevent leaks. We haven't had leak issues with this diaper at all. The insert that came with the cover can hold quite a bit of pee and I love that the back of the insert has a backing of PUL for extra protection against leaks.