Category Archives: Cloth Diapering

Alva Baby Cloth Diapers: A Deal or a Dud?

Have you ever been shopping on Amazon when something in the “Related to Items You’ve Viewed” section catches your eye? Well, that’s exactly what happened to me this morning, and I happened upon a fantastic cloth diapering deal that was just too good not to share.  

Now I’ve never purchased or used any Alva Baby cloth diapers, but I have heard good things about them. This bundle of 6 pocket diapers costs only $37.99, and that includes 6 microfiber inserts. When you do the math, each diapers comes to about $6.33 which is absolutely unheard of!  Like I said, I’ve never actually used Alva Baby diapers before, but they get pretty good reviews. (Is it weird that I spend way too much time reading reviews on Amazon?) I’m tempted to buy this bundle of diapers just to try them out.  

Now since I’m not a fan of microfiber inserts (read more about that here), I would probably go ahead and purchase these 12 Alva Baby Bamboo Inserts for $29.36. Each insert costs about $2.44, which is a really good price for bamboo inserts. Again, the reviews are pretty positive, so I feel like it would be a risk I’d be willing to take. 

What do you think? Have any of you tried Alva Baby diapers? Does this seem too good to be true? I have two pregnant friends who are both planning to cloth diaper, and I plan on sharing this deal with both of them. This bundle would be an excellent baby shower or Christmas gift!

 Thanks, Amazon for stalking me so well. 

 

Happy Endings Night Night Cloth Diaper

I used to be a cloth diaper brand snob, but over the past year I have tried out some other types and brands and I no longer am loyal to just one brand of diaper. In fact, I love being introduced to new types and brands of cloth diapers, so when Happy Endings offered to send me one of their Night Night diapers, I couldn’t say no!  Cloth diapering at night can be tricky, so I knew I wanted to give their Night Night diaper a try, and I wasn’t disappointed. 

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First of all, the Night Night diaper features double leg gussets to help prevent leaks. No other diaper I own has this feature, so I was really interested in trying it out. 

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It also has a built in insert, as well as a pocket for an extra insert. I turned the diaper inside out so you could see the built in insert.  I hang dry all my diaper covers and shells, and I will say that this diaper takes a long time to dry. This is due to the built in insert, so if you hang all your diapers to dry, don’t count on using this diaper again for several days. I was also sent an additional charcoal bamboo insert to try out. 

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So how does the Night Night diaper measure up? I am happy to say that Porter has worn this diaper for many nights and naps, and he has never leaked once. So as far as I’m concerned, the Night Night diaper lives up to its name! These diapers are really affordable, too. Even with the extra 5 layer charcoal bamboo insert, this diaper runs for $12.99, so if you’re looking for night time solution, I would give Happy Endings a try! 

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Make sure to check out the Happy Endings website and like the Happy Endings Facebook page

 

Royal Fluff Cloth Diaper Review and Giveaway

When Royal Fluff contacted me and asked if I wanted to review one of their cloth diapers, I checked out their website and immediately accepted! 

Royal Fluff was started by a work-at-home-mom and the company aims for ultra soft, comfortable, 100% waterproof durable cloth diapers with original designs. They have multiple designs for both boys and girls, and they also carry plenty of gender neutral designs. Their one-size diapers  are designed to fit a baby anywhere from 9-35lbs+. 

Royal Fluff sent me this diaper several weeks ago, but I wanted to use it a number of times before I felt like I give it an honest review, and I have to say, I kind of love it!  

Royal Fluff Cloth Diaper Review and Giveaway!

Royal Fluff Cloth Diaper Review and Giveaway!

The print is bright, and since most of my diapers are solid colors, I love that it is different from most of the diapers I have. The exterior of the diaper is made of a 100% polyester knit with a thin, flexible water-proof polyurethane laminate on the inside (PUL). 

Royal Fluff Cloth Diaper Review and Giveaway!

All those snaps means that this is a one-size diaper. Sometimes I am a little wary of “one-size” diapers as I’ve had a difficult time getting a good fit with some brands who claim to be one-size before; however, I can get such a snug and trim fit with this diaper. I do wonder if I would have been able to get such a snug fit when Porter was a lot smaller, but at almost 22 months, I can get a perfect fit! 

Royal Fluff Cloth Diaper Review and Giveaway!

The inside of the diaper is lined with a soft fleece that is safe against baby’s skin. The insert (stuffed in the pocket of the diaper) is made out of three layers of microfiber terry cloth. So far I haven’t had any issues with the microfiber, but I imagine that I will eventually replace the microfiber insert with a cotton prefold (Read more about that here.)  Compared to some other pocket diapers, this diaper does seem a little more difficult to stuff with the insert. 

Royal Fluff Cloth Diaper Review and Giveaway!

Overall, I am very happy with Royal Fluff cloth diapers. I would definitely not hesitate to purchase some of their diapers in the future. So far this diaper has worn well and washed well. There are no stains (as you can see) and I love the snug fit I can achieve.  Plus, Porter has never leaked when he’s worn this diaper, though I haven’t tried it at night, only during the day. 

Royal Fluff has been kind enough to giveaway one of their diapers to one of you! The winner will have the option of a boy, girl, or gender neutral print. Please enter below! 

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8 Gifts for a Cloth Diapering Mama

When I was first creating my baby registry, I knew we were going to cloth diaper, but I had no idea what cloth diaper related items (if any) I should register for. I ended up registering for some diapers, and only ONE person purchased any of those diapers for us. I was very thankful that she did, as it decreased the amount we had to spend on the diapers ourselves, but I wish more people had. Looking back, I wish I would have registered for other cloth diapering items as well.

I put this list together for any cloth diapering mama-to-be or for anyone who is looking to purchase a gift for a cloth diapering friend.

Gifts for a Cloth Diapering MamaGift #1: I haven’t been using Spray Pal’s Splatter Shield for long, but boy, does it make a difference when it comes to poop. Let’s talk about poop for a second. I think most people think poop makes cloth diapering scary. It definitely is the worst part about it, but it’s really not that bad. Before Porter started solids, I didn’t have to do anything special to the poopy diapers. Once he started solids, I had to start spraying the diapers with a diaper sprayer. Now diaper sprayers are a wonderful invention, but there is a learning curve, and to this day, I never figured out the perfect spraying technique. Toilet water always splashed somewhere where it shouldn’t have (either on me, the wall, or the floor.) But, Spray Pal recently sent me one of their amazing splatter shields, and I tell you what: this is an amazing invention. It does exactly what it is designed to do; it shields that nasty, poopy toilet water, and it makes spraying diapers a lot easier.

Gift #2: Speaking of diaper sprayers, a diaper sprayer would make an excellent gift. This honestly makes all the difference in cloth diapering, and when I was trying to convince David to be on board to cloth diaper, he said he was on board…as long as we had a diaper sprayer. I wrapped one up for him and put it under the Christmas Tree (Porter was due on Christmas Eve.) I don’t regret that purchase for a second.

Gifts #3 & 4: Most cloth diapering moms will also be using cloth wipes. Any soft fabric or baby washcloth will work just fine or you can purchase something like Grovia Cloth Wipes. I also found some adorable cloth wipes on Etsy from LBCOrganics. To go along with the wipes, you could also gift some cloth wipe solution. I love Lusa Organics Booty Juice; it smells delicious!

Gift #5: Wet bags are a definite must for all cloth diapering moms. We have 4-5 of them. There are many brands and styles, but I like the Skip Hop or Planet Wise wet bags.

Gift #6: Not all diaper rash creams are created equal, and cloth diapering moms will need one that is safe for cloth diapers. There are many diaper rash creams that are marketed for cloth diapers, but recently I’ve been grabbing CJ’s Butter whenever Porter gets a little red.

Gift #7: Why not get that cloth diapering mama or mama-to-be an adorable diaper to add to her stash? I, of course, am a fan of bumGenius 4.0 pocket diapers, but some may prefer prints over solids. Best Bottoms has a wide variety of adorable prints. This hedge hog print is precious!

Gift #8: Diaper liners are not necessary to cloth diaper, but they do make poopy diapers easier to deal with. We use Grovia liners, and I love that they are flushable. Sometimes it eliminates the need to use the diaper sprayer, but oftentimes it just makes spraying the diaper easier and not quite as daunting.

Cloth diapering friends, what am I missing? What would you have loved to receive as a gift?