Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Glow Bug cloth diaper review and giveaway!

Glow Bug Cloth Diapers (GBCD) is a company started by two moms (Sarah and Neta) who met one day during a prenatal yoga class. They grew frustrated searching for the perfect cloth diaper brand because they couldn't seem to find the product they needed for their babies. The solution they came up with was to start their own cloth diaper company and so Glow Bug Cloth Diapers was born! GBCD's diapers are sold in packages of 12 one size pocket diapers with a total of 18 absorbent snap-in inserts. GBCD believes in saving their customers money, which is why they only offer their diapers in packages instead of selling them individually. When washing your GBCD diaper, there is no need to remove the insert. You only need to make sure it's unsnapped from the diaper to prevent any damage and the insert will agitate out!
Also, GBCD is one of the few companies I've heard of that actually like to participate in co-op orders. They oftentimes post on their Facebook page letting you know who is offering their diapers in a co-op. This is a great way to get your hands on one of their diapers (or a few) if you aren't in need of an entire package.

I've been curious about Glow Bug Cloth Diapers for quite some time now. However, having a full stash of diapers already, I just wasn't in need of an entire package. So I though what better way than to bring my readers a review of this wonderful diaper. GBCD sent me their very awesome Dragon print diaper to review. All of their diapers have double leg gussets, which is one of my favorite features in a diaper. The gussets do a great job of keeping everything in so you don't have to deal with messes. They also have a snap-in insert that has a pretty unique feature. Not only does the insert snap into the pocket itself, it also has a snap on top of the insert where you can add another for absorbency. I love this feature because you can add another insert without having it move all around in the diaper. It's really easy to stuff this diaper unlike some other diapers I have encountered that have two openings. I really love the fit of the diaper and that it's not very bulky. With just one insert, C had no leaking issues. I would probably add absorbency for a nap and definitely bedtime, just because he wets so heavily.
 This diaper is truly a one size diaper. C is at 30lbs right now and is starting to grow out of some of his "one size" diapers. The Glow Bug diaper fits him very well with room to grow. Each diaper has color coordinated snaps, which I think is a great idea and will help me when I want to pair it with an adorable pair of leg warmers.  Some more great features of Glow Bug diapers:

  • Two sets of crossover snaps for a perfect fit around newborn tummies.
  • Waterproof flaps in the front and back to prevent leaks.
  • Two openings in the pocket makes it easier to get the insert in and out.
  • Each set of 12 diapers are packaged in a FREE wet bag!
  • Four size setting fitting from birth through potty training (7-35 lbs).
  • NEW SlimDry fabric keeps baby's skin dry without the bulk.

Overall, I have to say I love this diaper! The inside is extremely soft, so you know it feels nice and comfortable on your baby's skin. It's absorbent without all the bulk and has a great fit. I love all of the adorable prints GBCD offers.
 If I were in the beginning stages of building my stash, I would definitely add their diapers to my list. Like I said, I have no need for that many diapers with my stash already at a large number and I highly doubt I could convince my husband for the need of 12 more diapers. However, I would easily recommend them to anyone looking for a great brand to purchase. They truly are great quality diapers.

 Now for the part you've all been waiting for... Let's have a giveaway, shall we? Glow Bug Cloth Diapers has generously offered to give one of my readers one of their amazing diapers! This giveaway is opened to the US and Canada. You have the choice between a boy, girl or gender neutral diaper.

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I was given a Glow Bug diaper for reviewing purposes and was not compensated in any way. All opinions are my own. Winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to reply before I draw a new winner.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

I love fitted diapers!

My favorite nighttime solution is to use fitted diapers! Fitted diapers fit close to your baby and require a cover. There are several great brands of fitted diapers and I have 2 brands and 3 different kinds I'm going to talk about. First, I have the GroVia Kiwi Pie fitted diaper. I really love my GroVia products so I was excited when I saw they were coming out with the fitted diapers! They have some really adorable prints and fit babies up to 30 lbs. This is kind of an issue, because my little guy is roughly 30 lbs now! So he won't be using this diaper too much longer. They come with two inserts that snap together. I really like that the inserts snap together even thought they don't snap to the diaper itself. I don't mind this though, because for my little guy, I put the larger part in the front of the diaper since that's where he wets the heaviest. The inserts have the print from the outside of the diaper on them and I love this detail about them. These fitteds are extremely trim and fit under my Flip cover really well.
C in his GroVia Kiwi Pie, Yellow Submarine print.
I also have two Sbish (Sustainablebabyish) Happy Little Cloud fitted diapers. These work really well for us as long as I add in a booster to help with absorbency. I'm sure I've said this several times before, but our little guy is such a heavy wetter. The HLC has a 3 layer OBF snap-in insert. I'm currently using one of the inserts from my snapless Sbish as a booster in this diaper. (I'm not using my snapless diaper right now.) We pair our HLC with our Thirsties cover and this usually works well for us. On occasion we'll have a leak issue, it just depends how much he nurses throughout the night. Next up is the Sbish Organic Bamboo Fleece (OBF) fitted diaper. This diaper I received from The Green Nursery to review. (You can see the review here!) I'm not a huge fan of sized diapers because one size are more convenient. However, I was extremely pleased with the OBF diaper! It's so absorbent and the first time I used it, the back of the diaper was still dry. I was pretty surprised since he usually wets an entire diaper before he wakes up. I'm planning on adding at least one more of these to my nighttime solution stash. I'm quite curious about the Velour Happy Little Clouds. I saw them at TGN when I went today to get detergent and cloth wipes. I'm thinking about trying one out, so if anyone has tried velour, or maybe even the velour HLC, let me know how you like it!
I really like using fitted diapers. Before we started using fitted diapers, we were using pockets for nighttime. We would end up with wet sheets and have to wash them constantly. I didn't have the best inserts for nighttime and I really didn't want to get even more inserts. I think that would have confused my husband even more, he would probably have to ask over and over which ones the nighttime diapers were. I really only have a few complaints about fitted diapers. It take quite a while for them to dry, since we're always hanging them to dry. After their dry, they're pretty stiff, so I have to toss them in the dryer on the fluff cycle so they're soft enough to use on C. Another thing that's pretty frustrating is trying to change a squirmy one year old. I have to put the fitted on, then put the cover on, then finally put his pajama pants on. All he wants to do is either, run the rest of his energy off for the night (usually chasing the dogs and babbling as he does it) or lay down and snuggle with me so he can nurse. He's at the point that he's hating diaper changes. I still love my fitted diapers though and they work best for nighttime, so those things aren't deal breakers for me. What is your go to nighttime solution? Have you tried fitted diapers yet? If so, what is your favorite brand?

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

AI2s and Hybrids

In this post, I'm going to take a look at AI2s (all in two) and Hybrid diapers. When we first started cloth diapering, we bought two GroVia starter packs from The Green Nursery. This gave us 8 GroVia shells, 16 of the snap in soakers and 8 of the boosters. I really love the idea of the Hybrid diapers. We can take one or two of the shells with us in the diaper bag and just a few of the snap in soakers. This cuts down on the bulk inside the diaper bag.
However, since C has gotten older and wets much more than he did when we first got our GroVia diapers, we don't take him out in them. They only last on his bottom for about and hour and a half before needing to be change or he'll leak onto the shell. If he takes a nap in a GroVia I try to make sure it has one of the boosters in it so he doesn't wake up wet. Another down side to the AI2 or Hybrid diapers is that whenever he poops it gets all over the shell and they can be a bit annoying to clean. I love that with the GroVia diapers the soaker snaps in, this helps keep the soakers in place. This is one of the reasons I haven't used my Flip in quite a while. I like using my Flip cover over my fitted diapers at nighttime and the Flip inserts in my bumGenius 4.0 diapers. My husband really likes our GroVia diapers because they're really easy to use. I think they would be good for a first time cloth diapering mom or husband. I don't usually send them with C when he goes to his Grandmother's house or elsewhere because they usually don't unsnap the soakers. We also have a Softbums Echo. We don't have the pods for the Softbums yet, so I've just been using a different insert for it. I have been wanting to try a Best Bottoms diaper. They have the snap in inserts, which I love and have the cutest green giraffe print. I'd have to say that in general, I like the idea of having AI2/Hybrid diapers. They work really well for me when I'm overwhelmed with stuffing my pockets. I like taking a break from them and use up all my GroVia diapers so I have much less to stuff on diaper laundry day!
What are some of your favorite AI2 or Hybrid diapers? What are your least favorites?