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June 14, 2014

Nursing Bra Express - cotton nursing bra

I am assuming most of you are like me and absolutely hate the time when you need to buy a new bra. It is such a pain to find a bra that will do the job well, be comfortable and easy to care for(when it comes to washing vs dry cleaning). I find it even harder to shop for a nursing bra. Most likely you are going to be shopping for one while you are pregnant and after that your body changes so much anyway that you can't even fit into the ones you just got! That happened to me. I had bought 4 new bras and after Corbin was born-none of them fit!

When Kristina told me about Nursing Bra Express, I thought we should try them out immediately! They sent me a cotton nursing bra by QT Intimates and a sleep nursing bra by La Leche League International (to be reviewed next week). My first impression of them was "Yay! New clean bras!" Haha. I instantly loved the color of the soft pink sleep bra. Since I had a boy, it was nice to have the little bit of girly for myself. The cotton bra made me really nervous at first because A. It has no underwire. Every bra I have ever owned has had the underwire-even my old nursing bras and B. It was not padded. I prefer a little padding just in case there is a little leakage and the nursing pads don't quite cut it. It turned out ok!

A little about Nursing Bra Express:

"Our mission at Nursing Bra Express is not only to provide nursing moms with the best breastfeeding products on the planet, but also to keep our nursing (or soon-to-be nursing) moms happy and satisfied with her purchases! We greatly appreciate your business and our customers always come first!"

What I love about them is that they have a large selection of brands and sizes-including plus size as well as great customer service. They have a generous return/exchange policy and their prices are great. If you aren't sure what size you need, they have tips on how to measure yourself to get an appropriate fit. They also offer breastfeeding tips, advice and anything else you would need for nursing your little one. Along with the great advice and nursing bras, they also sell nursing tanks, sleepwear, postpartum shapewear and accessories for breastfeeding.

Did you know you should wait until after your baby is born before buying a nursing bra? Here is why!

The Molded Cotton Nursing Bra by QT Intimates is a nude color but also comes in black, pink and white. It is a cotton material making it breathable and comfortable. 

The larger sizes come with a slightly wider strap making it much more comfortable for your back. 

I was nervous at first because I normally wear an underwire bra that is lightly padded. This one had neither but was none the less very comfortable. Since it is molded it didn't need the underwire because it was supportive enough without one. 

There is a light padding along the underside of the cup which also helped with the lack of underwire for me.

 As for the nursing clasps-they were easy to undo and reclasp with one hand. They also had a nice quiet click-seems silly unless that click wakes your sleeping babe up who knows that noise to mean dinner! I do like how this bra has a full "arch" over the breast once the clasp is undone. I found that with my other bras that didn't have this, they tended to stretch out quickly and caused drooping with the material. I have had no issues with that with this bra. 

 The only issue I had with the bra was the back where you hook it. There is a small section that has a different type of stitching and that did cause me to have some redness where it rubbed against my back. I just adjusted the c-hooks and that seems to help. 

Another odd thing for me was when I wear reusable nursing pads-the outline shows through the bra and my shirt if I am not also wearing a nursing tank. Not a big deal but kind of awkward if you are out in public and your 3 year old comments on it because you forgot to throw on your nursing tank. :)

Overall I found this bra extremely comfortable and easy to use. It does say to hand wash in warm water-however I have thrown it in the wash with some other delicates on a light cycle and hung it up to dry with no issues. I liked that this bra was so comfortable and light weight. It is nice to wear on a warm day! 

This bra retails for 22.00 and you can buy it HERE.

Be on the look out next week for our review of the Sleep bra and a little giveaway as well!

June 10, 2014

Bum Rarpz Cloth Nappy Review

In having started my Cloth Diapering journey totally clueless as to what the different style diapers were, what the terms meant and how "All things Cloth Diapering" worked, I have been blessed to start off well by being able to review some pretty awesome diapers and get a feel for what worked best for my little one and for me as a Mommy!  One of these awesome diapers I get to test out is a Bum Rarpz Cloth Nappy!

I was sent this OS Character Pocket Diaper in a "Surfer" print.  There are quite a few different diapers to choose from in the Character collection, each of which represents a different personality.  This diaper has such a fun bright yellow soft minky fabric along with the printed designer cotton on the outer, and the inner is a soft microfleece lining with the hidden waterproof layer.  The back opening allows for inserting almost any type of soaker.  I received a Bamboo+Microfiber trifold soaker for the review.

A little bit about Bum Rarpz!  The Rarpz Label was started about 8 years ago by a work-at-home-mom and qualified fashion designer, Emma. Bum Rarpz nappies were launched in 2009 and have grown steadily in the cloth diapering industry. They are based out of Tauranga, New Zealand, and you can find their products stocked in stores across New Zealand, Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States.  We have enjoyed working with Emma and I am excited to share one of her awesome diapers with you!

I am all about convenience and ease of use when putting a Cloth Diaper on!  After all, I am still quite new to this and can use all the help I can get!  These diapers offer just that because they have one set of snaps on each side, and it's so easy to wrap around baby's waist and snap!  For all those Mommas out there who have wiggly babies, I know you can appreciate this in a diaper!  What is also nice is that the shape of the diaper on the wings is more of a triangle so as you are bringing the wings forward around baby's waist, it just flows nicely right into place.  (Sorry, not sure how to better word this! But just trust me, and the pictures, that this is a fun and easy diaper to use!)

I love how this diaper fit my little one!  Overall it is a very trim fit and even with chunky legs, we still managed just fine!  The only thing I might change would be the style of soaker because the trifold did make it a bit bulkier that I like.  That however is just my preference, I had no problems with how the soaker itself worked!

I was also sent a set of Rainbow Slice Wipes to try out!  Oh my goodness!  They are so soft and well made!  I didn't want to get them dirty they were so nice!  I just love the rainbow colored edging and also how the corners are rounded.  Another plus is that they are about the size of my hand which is awesome because I can usually clean up with just one wipe, all while not getting anything on myself!  Laugh but you've all had that happen at least once!  If not, you will, trust me!

Here is a description from Emma for this diaper:

SIZE – One size fits most, birth to potty (3.5-17kg+) 

STYLE – Pocket nappy with a back opening to insert almost any type of soaker 

FIT – Slim fit (a trimmer, newer version of Bum Rarpz nappies, for a better all-round fit on all babies big and small) FEATURES – Inserts stopper (for tummy sleepers), snap closures, elasticated leg gussets. 

Overall we love this diaper from top to bottom. The super softness of the minky, the trimness, the cute print! This Bum Rarpz worked great for us. 

You can find your own Bum Rarpz Nappy at www.rarpz.com as well as quite a few other items.Check it out today!

Most of our readers are in the US and you can get your Rarpz at Jack Be Natural!
Shark Pups! (You have to check these out!)

Bum Rarpz is also so generous to give away a diaper in the same print- SURFER!!!
Just fill out the rafflecopter! Winner will be picked on June 20th. 
*Winner must pay for shipping.*

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