>Cloth Diaper Advice – Mailbox Mondays 3/21/11

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cloth diaper advice

Every Monday, I will answer reader submitted questions, and ask you to add your opinions.

Questions don’t have to be cloth diaper related, just email maria at change-diapers.com with “Mailbox Mondays” in the subject, or Fill out my contact form for readers, which you will always be able to find on my Contact Page.

I didn’t receive any submissions this week, but as you all know, I will always answer questions via email.  I thought I’d summarize two emails I received this week, since others may be having the same issues, and see what you all think!

M. has a 6 month old, 22 lb baby who has a pretty high rise.  She was looking for one-size pockets with a high enough rise to cover his crack!  She doesn’t have too many commercial diapers, but did recently win a Best Bottom diaper in a giveaway.

The highest rise diapers I have are the Bumgenius 4.0, Flip, Fuzzibunz Perfect Size Medium and Thirsties Duo Diaper Size 2.

I grabbed a few of my diapers to compare and found that the Bumgenius 4.0 unsnapped is a smidge bigger than the Best Bottom unsnapped, by about an inch.  The BG 4.0 and FB medium are about the same size when stretched, but the FB is actually a smidge bigger when folded.  The Thirsties size 2 is very similar to the Bumgenius.

How about you guys?  Have you found a diaper with a nice, high rise?

A. received a few used diaper covers, but they smelled like smoke.  She did a soak and triple rinsed, but they still smelled smoky.  She was looking for a way to get the smell out without damaging the diapers.

That is definitely something to remember to ask, whether you’re buying used dipes, or from a WAHM.  Is this a smoke free home and do you have any pets (if you have pet allergies.)  That said, it’s something I always forget to ask!!

The two things I thought to try were baking soda or vinegar.  Soak the covers in a tub with water and a generous helping of baking soda, then rinse rinse rinse or do the same with vinegar.  I’ve heard about people using “oxyvin,” or oxyclean and vinegar, to strip really icky diapers.  The oxy clean and vinegar create a chemical reaction (use caution!!) to clean the diapers.

How about you all, have you had to get smoke smell out of diapers?  What worked?

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>You Can Vote For Me For The Circle Of Moms Top 25 Review Parents

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If you enjoy the site, I would so appreciate your vote for me for the Circle of Moms Top 25 Product Review Parents!  Please click here and click vote.

Thank you in advance if you decide to vote!!  It looks like you can vote once per day until 3/30.

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>3/18/11 – Cloth Diaper Giveaway Roundup (Plus Linky For All Giveaways)

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cloth diaper giveaways

Want to win some cloth diaper giveaways?  Here are the cloth diaper/accessory/baby wearing giveaways I’ve found this week!

If you’d like me to feature your cloth diaper, accessory, baby wearing (etc.) giveaway next week, send a link and description to maria at change-diapers.com, or Fill out my contact form for readers.
 

The Cloth Diaper Whisperer
*Baby Bond Nursing Cover from Tales from the Nursery Mandatory GFC follow (ends 3/18) Open worldwide

*Planet Wise Large Wet Bag from A Mommy’s Blessings Mandatory GFC follow (ends 3/18)

Planet Wise Wet/Dry Bag from The Eco Friendly Family Mandatory GFC follow (ends 3/18)

Planet Wise Pail Liner from Bum Covered Diapers & Cloth Diaper Contests & Giveaways Mandatory GFC follow (ends 3/18) Open to the U.S. and Canada

Blissful Booty AIO from The Cloth Crusader (ends 3/18)

*Softbums Omni from The B Keeps us Honest (ends 3/19)

Applecheeks Diaper from Diaper Style (ends 3/19)

*$25 Bright Star Baby GC from The Small Town Mom Mandatory GFC follow (ends 3/20)

*Oh Katy Diaper from So Easy Being Green Mandatory GFC follow (ends 3/20)

FuzziBunz Diaper & Bummis Wet Bag from Diaper Supply and Cloth Diaper Contests & Giveaways Mandatory GFC follow (ends 3/20) Open to Canada only

Moby Wrap from The Other Baby Blog (ends 3/20)

2 Econobum Diapers & $10 Abby’s Lane GC from Tales of the Nursery (ends 3/20) Open to the U.S and Canada

Boba Baby Carrier from Dirty Truth Reviews Mandatory GFC follow and Facebook “like” (ends 3/20)

Eco Nuts from Sophie and Momma Mandatory GFC follow (ends 3/20) Open to the U.S and Canada

*Smart Bottoms Diaper from Minnesota Mama’s Must Haves (ends 3/21)

*Mo Dia Diaper from Dirty Diaper Laundry Mandatory Facebook “like” (ends 3/21)

*Boba Baby Carrier from The B Keeps Us Honest (ends 3/21)

*Thirsties Duo Wrap & Prefold from Your World Healthy and Natural Mandatory GFC follow (ends 3/21) Open to the U.S. and Canada

*Softbums Diaper from The Nurse Mommy (ends 3/21)

*Diapeze Diaper from Crunchy Beach Mama (ends 3/21) Open to the U.S. and Canada

GoGreen Champ Diaper, Wipes, Wet Bag & Pail Liner from This Mama Loves her Bargains (ends 3/21)

Wool Soaker from Adventures of Mommy S (ends 3/21)

Sprout Change Diaper from Dibs (ends 3/21)

*Thirsties Duo Wrap & Prefold from Marni’s Organized Mess Mandatory GFC follow (ends 3/22)

*Best Bottom Diaper from Your World Healthy and Natural Mandatory GFC follow (ends 3/22)

*FuzziBunz Diaper from Wee Little Changes and Crunchy Beach Mama (ends 3/22)

*Thirsties Duo Wrap & Prefold from Not Just Baby Brain (ends 3/22) Open to the U.S. and Canada

Itti Bitti Diapers & Wet Bag from Diary of a Devil Dog Wife Mandatory GFC follow (ends 3/22)

Thirsties Duo Fab Fitted from Cloth Diaper Geek (ends 3/22)

*Grovia Shell from Rockpretty Baby and Glimpse Reviews (ends 3/23) Open to Canada only

*Cutiepoops Diaper from Crunchy Beach Mama (ends 3/23) Open worldwide

Bum Covered Diapers Fitted from Becca’s Cloth Diaper Blog (ends 3/23)

*Planet Wise Wet/Dry Bag from Children Teaching Mama (ends 3/24)

*Smartipants Diaper from Real Mom Reviews Mandatory Facebook “like” and comment (ends 3/24)

*Smartipants Diaper from Your World Healthy and Natural Mandatory GFC follow (ends 3/24)

*Rumparooz Diaper from Go Baby Go and Fabulous Family Reviews & Giveaways (ends 3/24)

*Holden’s Landing Diaper from Crunchy Beach Mama (ends 3/24) Open Worldwide

Moby Wrap from Cherry Blossoms Blog Mandatory GFC follow (ends 3/24)

XL Blissful Booty Diaper from Between The Kids (ends 3/24)

*Best Bottom Diapering System from A Heart 4 Home (ends 3/25)

Best Bottom Diapering System from Crunchy Beach Mama (ends 3/25) Open to the U.S. and Canada

Go Green Pocket Diaper from Sugar Pop Ribbons Mandatory GFC follow (ends 3/25)

Ergo Baby Carrier form Jewels and Treasures Mandatory GFC follow (ends 3/25)

GreenChild Creations Fitted from Crazy4Fluff Mandatory GFC follow (ends 3/25)

Ergo Baby Carrier from  Princes and a Princess 2 (ends 3/26)

Bamboo AIO from LC Diaper Parties and Crunchy Beach Mama Mandatory Facebook “like” (ends 3/26) Open to the U.S. and Canada

*Knickernappies Diaper from Wee Little Changes (ends 3/27)

Itti Bitti Diapers from Your World Healthy and Natural Mandatory GFC follow (ends 3/27)

Real Nappies Starter Package from Take Time To Smell The Rose Mandatory GFC follow (ends 3/27)

Thirsties Duo Wrap & Preold from Crum’s This n That (ends 3/27) Open to the U.S. and Canada

Bummas Wipes from Love You Always and Forever Mandatory GFC follow and Facebook “like” (ends 3/28)

Thirsties Duo Fitted from Madison Organics and Dirty Diaper Laundry (ends 3/28)

Doopsy Insert from baby EcoMart and Oh So Savvy Mom (ends 3/28) Open to the U.S. and Canada

Thirsties Prefold & Cover from Crunchy Beach Mama (ends 3/28) Open to the U.S. and Canada

Snappi from A Mommy’s Blessings Mandatory GFC follow (ends 3/28)

Doopsy Diaper from Under the Apple Tree Mandatory GFC follow (ends 3/28)

*Bummas Wipes form Life of a Slightly Crunchy SAHM of Drama Queens Mandatory GFC follow and Facebook “like” (ends 3/29)

Kawaii Diaper from West Coast Mama (ends 3/29) Open to the U.S. and Canada

Doodle Dypes from So Easy Being Green Mandatory GFC follow (ends 3/29)

Diaper from Mommy Secrets and Crunchy Beach Mama (ends 3/29)

Best Bottom Diaper from Mama on a Green Mission Mandatory GFC follow (ends 3/29)

Best Bottom Diaper from Double Duty Mommy (ends 3/29) Open to the U.S. and Canada

GroVia AI2 from Wee Little Changes and The Not so Secret Confessions of a First Time Mom (ends 3/29)

Babee Greens Fitted from So Easy Being Green Mandatory GFC follow (ends 3/29)

*Doopsy Insert from Happenings of the Harper Household Mandatory GFC follow (ends 3/30)

*$20 Eli Monster GC from Cloth Diaper Addiction (ends 3/30)

Osocozy Fitted & Wool Cover from Cloth Diaper Addiction (ends 3/30)

Fluffy Monkey Butts Diaper from Cloth Diaper Addiction (ends 3/30)

Mother-Ease Fitteds & Cover from Cloth Diaper Addiction (ends 3/30) Open to the U.S. and Canada

*Cheeky Diapers Fitted & Cover from Cloth Diaper Addiction (ends 3/30)

Star Baby Design Fitted from Cloth Diaper Addiction (ends 3/30)

Smartipants Diaper from Sweet T Makes Three Mandatory GFC follow (ends 3/30)

Itti Bitti Diapers & Wet Bag from The Eco Chic (ends 3/30)

Bumgenius 4.0 from Happy Cotton Tails and Soleil Selene Mandatory Facebook “like” (ends 3/30)

Oh Katy Diaper from Momma in Flip Flops (ends 3/30)

Thirsties Duo Hemp Prefold from Wee Little Changes and Cloth Diaper Addiction (ends 3/30)

*$20 For The Monster GC from The Mommy Goods (ends 3/31)

*Thirsties Duo Fab Fitted from Green Pixie Baby and Little Baby Bug Mandatory GFC follow (ends 3/31)

Kissaluvs Contour Diaper from Nutured Family and The Mommy Goods (ends 3/31)

Osocozy Prefolds from All Together Diaper and The Mommy Goods (ends 3/31)

Econobum from Little Baby Bug (ends 3/31)

Econobum from The Mommy Goods Mandatory GFC follow (ends 3/31)

Hug A Monkey Baby Carrier from Coupon Queen Bee (ends 3/31)

Bummis Fleece Liners from The Mommy Goods Mandatory GFC follow (ends 3/31)

Babee Greens Fitted from Crunchy Beach Mama (ends 3/31) Open  to the U.S. and Canada

Fuzzibunz Diaper from Mommy Gaga (ends 3/31)

Mini Maestro Diaper from Mama to 4 Blessings Mandatory GFC follow (ends 4/1)

Flip Disposable Inserts from Lindsay’s Family Reviews & Giveaways Mandatory GFC follow (ends 4/1)

Econobum from Padded Tush Stats Mandatory GFC follow (ends 4/1)

*Boba or Ergo Carrier from CSN Stores and Life as a Global Mom (ends 4/3)

*Ergo Baby Carrier from Monkey Tales Mandatory GFC follow (ends 4/5)

Softbums Diaper from Monkey Tales Mandatory GFC follow (ends 4/10)

*giveaways that have been listed in a prior week’s roundup

You may enter any “PG rated” giveaway in the linky below. The form Blog name – Giveaway Item – Ending date works well. Please at least include the item and end date, and link directly to the giveaway.

View my where I list my giveaways post, to find more places to link up your giveaways!

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>Thirsties Sized Diaper Covers Review & Comparison To Duo Wrap

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To go along with my Thirsties Fab Fitted vs Duo Fitted Review & Comparison, I decided I needed to compare the Duo Wraps to the Covers also!  As I mentioned before, I won a cover and fitted in a Dirties on Diapering backer giveaway
 
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Pictured here in green (celery), I have a Thirsties Cover in Extra-Small.  These are sized covers with XS fitting 6-12 lbs, Small 12-18 lbs, Medium 18-28 lbs and Large 28-40 lbs.  

closure & laundry tabswipeable inner and double gussets

They have hook & loop closures, laundry tabs, double leg gussets and a 1 mil wipe-able PUL inner.  They retail for $11.50 each.

Here is the XS measured folded and stretched:

xs thirsties wrap foldedstretched

Check out my full Thirsties Duo Wrap Review for all the details on that, but here are just a few photos for comparison.

thirsties xs vs duo sz 1 coversthirsties sized vs duo covers inners

The duo wraps of course have rise snaps to adjust from 6-18 lbs for size 1, and 18-40 lbs for size 2.  Here is the Extra-Small Cover vs the size 1 Duo Wrap (smallest setting on the left, largest on the right):

xz thirsties vs small sz 1 duo wrapnewborn sized vs large sz 1 duo thirsties covers

Here is a Small cover vs the size 1 duo wrap on the largest setting (size 1 seems to be XS & Small with 1 additional setting between, size 2 seems to be medium & large with 1 additional setting in between.)  

small sized vs large sz 1 duo thirsties wraps

Finally, here’s my newborn “model” again, also pictured in newborn and size 1 disposables for comparison:

newborn model Gund Manni

newborn disposablenewborn back

one frontone back

The duo wraps are a little more expensive at $12.75 for solids and $13.75 for prints vs. $11.50 for the covers.  According to Thirsties, the covers are a bit roomier to fit over fitteds, while the duo wraps are better suited for prefolds or the stay dry inserts.  I really didn’t notice this, but I’m sure it would be more apparent on an actual baby rather than a squishy “bear” bottom (har har.)
 
newborn thirsties wrap & fab fittedsmall sz 1 duo wrap
 
Which ever you choose will give you a great, versatile diapering system that’s made in the U.S.A.!
 
FTC compliance: The above products were won in a giveaway and purchased at normal retail prices.  I was not compensated for this review and all opinions are my own.

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>Babykicks 3G Diaper Winner

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babykicks winner

174 people entered this giveaway.  The winner is #4, which is Leti S.

As soon as Leti claims her prize and chooses her color, the other diapers will be off to The Cloth Diaper foundation!

Congrats Leti and thanks to everyone who entered!

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>Thirsties Duo Fab Fitted Review & Comparison To Fab Fitted Diaper

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thirsties newborn fitted vs duo sz 1 ftted

I have done a Thirsties Duo Diaper Review and a Thirsties Duo Wrap Review, so I was curious about the new Duo Fab Fitteds.  I was super lucky and I won a duo fitted and cover in a Dirties on Diapering backer giveaway!  I wanted to do a comparison to the discontinued sized fab fitted, but I didn’t have one, and I was having trouble finding one.
 
I emailed Thirsties hoping they had one stashed in a warehouse they could sell me, but no such luck.  Their customer service is so awesome that without my asking, they posted on their Facebook page asking if any of their retailers had them in stock.  I found what I was looking for at Fern Leaf Boutique thanks to their help.  I ordered on Monday, February 28th and even though FLB is in California (I’m in Maryland), the diaper was in my mailbox on Wednesday March 2nd!  Whoa!!
 

newborn fab fitted

I bought the fab fitted in the extra-small/newborn size.  Fitteds and covers aren’t my first choice, but they are fantastic for holding in the explosive newborn messes.  I don’t have a newborn but hey…don’t judge me.  I love cloth diapers!

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The discontinued fab fitteds are sized.  X-Small fits 6-12 lbs, Small fits 12-18 lbs, Medium fits 18-28 lbs and Large fits 28-40 lbs. 

closures

They have a super soft outer, hook & loop closures and laundry tabs.

xs fittedsewn in soaker

The fab fitteds have a sewn in microfiber soaker and stay dry inner.

Here is the X-Small measured folded and stretched:

xs diaperstretched

Since I don’t have a newborn, I am using my usual “model.”  I’ve also pictured him in newborn and size 1 disposables, so you can compare.

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thirsties xs fab fittedback

The retail price of the Fab Fitted was $14.50, though I got mine for $10.95 and free shipping (yippee!!) since it was discontinued.

thirsties sz 1 duo fab fitted

The Duo Fab Fitteds have a lot of the same great features, with a few improvements.  The MSRP is a bit higher at $17.00, but they are still a great deal when you consider that you are replacing 4 sized diapers with a size 1 and size 2 duo diaper.

fab fittedside

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The duo fitted comes in easy hook & loop closures with laundry tabs, or snaps.

closures

It still has the same soft, stay dry inner lining.

inner

The microfiber soaker is sewn in a tunnel design for more thorough washing, quicker drying time and the ability to stuff it further if needed.

microfiber soakersewn through the middle

Of course, the duo fab fitted has rise snaps to adjust the size of the diaper.  Like the other duo products, the size 1 is estimated to fit 6-18 lbs and the 2 fits 18-40 lbs.

rise snaps

If you wonder about sizing, my Duo Wrap Review has a photo of my son at 21 lbs in the size 2 on the smallest setting, and the size 1 on the largest setting taken the same day.
 
Here’s the small setting of the size 1 measured folded and stretched:
 
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With the Newborn/X-Small wrap:

with newborn xs wrap

With the size 1 duo wrap:

with small sz 1 duo wrap

Middle setting:

mediummedium stretched

medium

medium on manniback

Largest setting of the size 1:

large foldedstretched

large

So to recap the differences, of course the sizing difference.

thirsties fab fitted vs duo fitted diapers

Sewn in soaker vs tunnel soaker.

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Small setting of the size 1 duo is about the same size as the x-small fab fitted.

newborn fab vs small duo 1 fittedxs vs sz 1 small duo

Here’s the largest setting of the size 1 duo compared to the XS fab fitted:

xs vs duo largenewborn fab vs duo large

So, same great features, but now with the duo rise snaps (which don’t seem to add the bulk, probably largely because the soaker doesn’t fold/bunch on smaller settings.)  It’s available with a snap closure, and has an improved soaker style, and $2.50 higher price tag.

FTC compliance: The above pictured items were won in a giveaway and purchased at normal retail price.  I was not compensated in any way for this post and all opinions are my own.
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>Cloth Diaper Advice/Mailbox Mondays 3/14/11

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 mailbox mondays

Every Monday, I will answer reader submitted questions, and ask you to add your opinions.

Questions don’t have to be cloth diaper related, just email maria at change-diapers.com with “Mailbox Mondays” in the subject, or Fill out my contact form for readers, which you will always be able to find on my Contact Page.

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Today, I just want to ask for your advice.  Are you happy with the info I provide here (the site in general?)  Are there features you’d like me to add?

I know everyone likes a good giveaway, but I want the site to be a resource for you, not just a place to get free stuff.

How about the YouTube videos, are you finding them helpful?  Are there videos you’d like me to add to the ChangeDiapers YouTube channel?

I do have a list of diapers I’d still like to review, but since I don’t really “need” any more diapers, it’s hard to justify the budget expenditure!

Are there any diapers you’d like to see me review?  You can check my archive of cloth diaper reviews of course, in case I’ve already done it.  Or, are there diapers you’ve seen reviews of, but you still want more information, close-up photos of specific features, etc.?

Let me know y’all!  (Me pretending to be southern, ha.)

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