Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Rumpkinz Charm Pads: A Bloody Good Pad!

Alright, so you made the switch to cloth diapers. What was the reason you decided against using disposables? Was it money, the environment or keeping those chemicals away from your precious baby's bottom? Have you also made the switch to reusable cloth menstrual pads? If not, you should think about switching. You deserve the same comfort from cloth while on your period as your baby has while in diapers! I tried the menstrual cup without success. So my next step was to check out cloth pads. If you have a love for cloth diapers, you might know the brand Rumpkinz. Did you know they also make Charm Pads (reusable menstrual pads) and they're 100% Work-At-Mom-Home-made in the US?

Rumpkinz Charm Pads sent me one to test and review, but by the time it had arrived in the mail my cycle had just ended and I was so disappointed that I would have to wait another month to test it out. They sent me the heavy flow Charm Pad. I first noticed how pretty it was! It has a nice pink feminine design and purple snaps. When I opened it, I couldn't believe how incredibly soft it was. When my cycle came back I couldn't wait to use the Rumpkinz Charm Pad. I decided to use a disposable pad first, then the Charm Pad so I could note the differences.

The first big difference is how much more comfortable the Charm Pad is than the disposable pad. I'm sure you all know how annoying those things feel. I always feel like I'm wearing a diaper while using a disposable pad. With the Charm Pad, I didn't have that feeling. I really like how the Charm Pads snap on instead of just sticking on (like a disposable). That sticky feeling is always the worst; they always end up moving around and just become way too uncomfortable and messy. The Charm Pad stays in place nicely. 

The biggest thing I was worried about was the clean up. With a cup, you just empty, rinse and reinsert. Clean up for the Charm Pad was even easier than that! I haven't decided on a wetbag to dedicate to my cloth pads yet, so I wasn't sure where I was going to put it. So I unsnapped it, folded one end up half way, folded the other end up over that, then snapped the snaps together and set it on top of my wet bag with my diapers. Since this was my first experience with cloth pads, I wasn't sure what to do about washing it. I decided to toss it in with my diapers. It came clean easily and was ready to use again. Rumpkinz Charm Pads can be washed either by hand or machine, and either dry on the line or in the dryer on tumble dry. It's not recommended to use bleach or fabric softeners.

I must say, I was a bit reluctant to try them at first. I didn't know if I could make that switch for myself just yet. Especially after my bad luck with the cup, I figured it just wasn't going to work for me. Now that I've tried the Charm Pads, I will definitely be getting a stash so that I can stay away from disposable pads from now on. Why not make the switch and enjoy a green period?! I can honestly say I would recommend Rumpkinz Charm Pads to all of my female friends. They're amazing quality and work much better than disposables. The cup isn't for everyone, which makes these Charm Pads great! 

You can purchase your very own Rumpkinz Charm Pads on their site. They have five super cute prints to choose from! Each set includes one light flow, one regular flow and one heavy flow pad for $36. Make sure you "like" their Facebook page and keep up on all the updates from them. They are also doing a giveaway once they reach 200 Facebook likes. All you have to do is like their page then like and share the photo. Once you've done that, comment on the photo that you have done so and you are entered to win. Easy enough, right?

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Looking back...

 I know I haven't posted anything in a while and I don't want to write a post just to write one. I'd rather not bore you all with a post of me just going on and on. So I just want to let you all know that I wrote a GroVia Prefold review for The Green Nursery (TGN). This is my favorite review so far. I feel like I've finally found my voice and I'm shining through in this review. I joke around a bit and even leave you in suspense. What can I say, I like to make things fun. Make sure you head over, read my review and enter their giveaway.
GroVia Prefold review and giveaway- The Green Nursery
(TGN happens to be my all time favorite store!)


As you all know, the GCDC is coming up this Saturday. This will be my first time attending! I'm so excited and will be attending at TGN. Last year we had just started our journey into cloth diapering when the GCDC was happening. I could have participated because I bought a Flip cover and 3 stay dry inserts, but I just wasn't comfortable with it yet. Looking back, I wish I had. I could have met so many moms who had the same interests as me and I'm sure I would have more mommy friends to show for it. I think I have finally decided on which diaper to use. It was a tough decision because I have so many diapers I love. Thinking about the GCDC has gotten me to thinking about when I first started cloth diapering and why. We didn't start at birth like a lot of cloth diapering moms I know did. We started when Monkey was a few months old. I have a photo of Monkey hanging above his changing table.

The photo I have hanging is black and white and was taken when he was roughly three weeks old. His jaundice levels were higher than his pediatrician wanted so we was "sunbathing" laying on the bed taking a nap with the blinds open. This turned out to be one of my favorite photos I've taken of him. Every time I look at it, I can't help but think about how silly I was. I used to think those Pampers diapers (you know, the ones with the cars and the argyle prints) were the cutest things I had ever seen! It's funny how different things are now. Cloth diapers are much more adorable and I can use them over and over again.

I do wish we had cloth diapered Monkey from the start. However, this is still (and always will be) one of my favorite photos of him. Needless to say, we will definitely be using cloth diaper from the start for any future babies. My reason for cloth diapering is still what it's been from the beginning. I just cannot stand the thought of the chemicals from disposables on my precious little baby. Money was also a huge factor and I love that we aren't spending so much money on disposable diapers anymore. We've even switched to cloth wipes which is also saving us money. Using cloth is also fun for me, which is an added bonus!
When did you start cloth diapering? Was it from the beginning or did you join the fluffy world late, like we did?

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Rumparooz review!

I was given the Rumparooz one size pocket diaper to test out on Monkey in the Kangarooz print. Rumparooz diapers fit from 6lbs to 35+lbs. They have leg gussets, great for keeping messes contained. The inside of the diaper is extremely soft and fluff! They have such adorable prints and bright colors and recently released a new print and two new colors. (Peacock, Phantom and Preppy.)

Prepping the diaper was easy since Rumparooz diapers are microfiber. I just had to was once (with my other diapers) and it was good to go! Washing is pretty simple, you don't have to do anything special with your washing routine. When hang drying the shell, it doesn't take very long to dry and the lining will still be soft and fluff so it doesn't need to go in the dryer like bamboo to fluff it up. I put the inserts in the dryer on low heat, they dry pretty quickly this way.

The Rumparooz has a nice fit, however, I think it would fit a smaller baby better than a chunky baby like Monkey. We use it on the largest rise setting, it fits, but a larger rise would be helpful for bigger babies. That being said, it still fit Monkey without having any leaking issues. They are a bit bulky so it's difficult to fit under snug fitting jeans. This isn't always a problem though, because (weather permitting) we like to pair his diapers with a pair of cute BabyLegs!  Rumparooz has great quality diapers with excellent features like the leg gussets and the great customizable absorbency. There are a few things about the diaper I'm not fond of. It's a little difficult to unsnap the diaper when it's time to change him. I think this could be fixed if the tabs were a bit larger.

I keep talking about the customizable absorbancy so let me go into detail. Rumparooz diapers come with a "6r soaker" which has 6 absorbency and size settings. This helps to change where you need your diaper more absorbent. Since Monkey is on the largest rise setting the larger soaker is unsnapped with the smaller one snapped to the top. This puts the most absorbent part of the soaker in the front of the diaper since boys wet towards the front of the diaper. For girls (on the largest rise setting) you would want the most absorbency in the back. You can customize it for whatever rise setting you need. The Rumparooz held up really well during nap time and worked great while we were out shopping. This is definitely my "go to" diaper when we need to leave the house to do errands. If you're little one isn't a super soaker at night, I think this diaper would work. If you do have a heavy wetter (like Monkey), I think you could use this for nighttime if you upgraded to the 6r Hemp or Bamboo soakers.

I have to say, I really love Rumparooz diapers. The leg gussets do a great job of containing messes and the customizable absorbency is such a great feature. They are such great quality and worth the price! If someone were to ask if they should purchase a Rumparooz, I would definitely say yes, as long as a bit of bulk doesn't bother you. The Kangarooz print is just too adorable to pass up.