Sunday, March 27, 2011

Undercover Month - Closure

Hey guys, sorry I missed the past few days of undercover week. It's been an interesting week here to say the least. I've been keeping up with the other participating blogs (even entering some giveaways :) and have learned a whole lot about fitteds, prefolds, and covers. I hope you have too. My giveaways are both open until 3/31, so keep the entries coming!

Take care all and thanks for following!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Spring (and allergy season) has sprung!

Hello! Has anyone else noticed layers of green/yellow pollen on their windshields? Can we say allergy season?!

You may or may not know how horrible my allergies are. I often forget how bad they are until allergy season hits and then I feel like I'm DYING! No joke. Itchy eyes, runny/stuffy nose, headache, nausea. Blech! I recently stumbled across this allergy testimony and I wanted to share it with you.

I had been told by allergists that it was easier to tell me what I was NOT allergic to than what I was. So I resigned to a life of taking prescription medications, allergy shots that would make me sick, and nasal sprays that were awful. Then, I decided to get cats. Now .. I know what you’re thinking, "He's allergic to everything ... surely cats are on the list!", and you'd be right. But this time I remembered the Shaklee Alfalfa from my youth and I remembered reading info about Shaklee’s NutriFeron. I went online and ordered these two products. I got the cats. I got my product and started taking it. Then I waited to see what would happen. And here's the best part -
Nothing happened!
No sneezing, No runny nose, No feeling miserable, and No more prescription medications with nasty side effects. NOTHING! I can actually live in a house with cats and not have an allergic reaction. It's amazing, to say the least. I don't get that lethargic feeling the medications would cause. I have more energy. I sleep better. Get this.. the only times I feel my allergies kick back up is when I forget to take my Alfalfa and NutriFeron! I also wanted to let you know I have chosen to build a Shaklee business. After years of working crazy schedules and stressful jobs I decided to take control of my life. I know in my soul that I made the right choice. Just as Dr. Shaklee said years ago, "Your future will be exactly what you decide to make it", I have decided to make a different future for myself. One that includes helping people live better lives. One that allows me to be with my family and friends. One that lets me be myself.

-Tim Bowden

I realized that last time I was being treated for my allergies by an allergist, I was spending $100/month on allergy shots and roughly $50/month on prescription meds. Having no interest in spending that much money pumping my body with chemicals, I immediately ordered both Alfalfa and Nutriferon. David and I both started taking it about a week ago. So far, I've noticed a significant decrease in my itchy, runny eyes and fewer headaches. I'm very hopeful that this will be the cure for my allergies. Maybe we can get a cat!

FYI - While typing this message, David turned to me and said that he feels better than he ever felt when taking his allergy meds. Sweet!

Order your allergy magic today!

AND!!...If you order both and become a Shaklee member before the end of March, you will get a Cinch Sample Pack (a $101 value) for free! Isn't that awesome!


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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Forty41 - Repurposed Wool Diaper Cover Soaker Review Only

It's still covers week! Are you guys learning stuff? I hope so. Covers really are a great way to go. Today I'm going to chat a little about WOOL. Have you ever tried or wanted to try wool? I really encourage you to give it a go if you haven't already. I'm not going to go into great detail about the amazing features of wool in my posts this week, but if you're interested in learning more, I HIGHLY recommend that you check out my friend Lindsey's blog, So Easy Being Green. She's got a wool event going on right now and I'm learning all kinds of great things (not to mention loving the giveaways over there!). Thanks Lindsey

So, you've read about my experience with fitteds to weeks ago. I actually got the fitteds first and then realized that I needed something to go over them, preferably that would offer a good nighttime solution. I found Forty41 on ETSY through another blogger and convo-ed Melissa and asked her what she thought would work well. She got me set up with this adorable Repurposed GAP Wool Sweater made from 98% Lambswool. She lanolizes her covers prior to shipping which was a HUGE plus for me as I hadn't actually braved lanolizing anything yet and was still pretty intimidated by the process! I ordered it immediately and it arrived in the mail 2 days later. Seriously, two days! I was amazed! The packaging was to die for - of course I tore right into it before I thought to take a picture! Melissa also included a sample package of grapefruit Eucalan wool wash.

I put the cover over my newly prepped Thirsties Fab-Fitted and put the Bug to bed for the night. No leaks!! I was in love.

Just quickly, here's what I love about wool:
* all natural fibers that are breathable!
* self-cleaning - WHAT?! How does this even make sense? I don't know and I don't really care. All I know is that I don't have to wash it all the time. Just every month or so.
* Green option - many wool soakers are made from repurposed wool - think old sweater. Actually I have a sweater - my absolute fav. that I shrunk in the wash - that I want to have made into a soaker. Isn't that a good idea!
* Super absorbent - holds 3x its weight it liquid

When it came time to wash my cover (you only have to wash wool every 3-4 weeks or when stinky - SWEET!) I was so paranoid about the lanolizing process and actually didn't do it right the first 2 times creating some leaking. Then I happened across this video from Nifty Nappy that made lanolizing make oh so much more sense. My soaker works like a dream now. Thank you!

Covers her Thirsties really well!

If you are thinking about trying wool, I highly recommend that you contact Melissa at Forty41 and let her know what you're looking for or what you're fears are!

Good luck!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Weehugger Diaper Cover Review

The first cover I ever purchased (when the Bug was about 4 months old) was this cute little number from Weehugger

Thank you blogger, for auto rotating my picture!

I was looking for something that I could stuff with my current stash of microfiber that went with a hybrid system that I was beginning to dislike. I chose the Weehugger for a few reasons:
1. The cute factor - naturally!
2. I read good reviews
3. All natural fibers touching baby's skin
4. Made in the USA - Knoxville, TN to be exact!

When I received the Weehugger, I was enamored with the vibrant print which incidentally matches my diaper/wet bag! I nearly instantly put one of my microfibers into it and got it on the Bug's bum. It leaked. I tried it again. It leaked again. Now let me tell you, this was quite early in my cloth diapering days and I was far from a CDing expert. I was sure that the leaking was operator error and not diaper error! After a few more tries and more leaks, I emailed Lisa Versaci, founder of Weehuggers to see what tips she had to offer. Within minutes (seriously - minutes!) she had emailed back with some very good tips one of which being the suggestion that the microfiber was either not enough stuffing or possibly repelling.

We conversed back and forth through a few more emails (did I emphasize enough how delightful and resposive Lisa is!) and finally determined that it was the stuffing option and she recommended that I try something else to stuff. That was the deciding moment for me to try prefolds! I ordered a 6 pack of unbleached Indian prefolds. And, let me tell you - we haven't had a leak in the Weehugger since then. Not only was I a Weehugger convert, but I became a prefold convert!

So what do I like about my Weehugger now that I know a little bit about what I like and don't like in a CD/cover:
* I love the angled snaps. The Bug has chunky thighs and needs that space in the leg. The angle allows for that as well as is  easier to snap in my opinion.

If you look closely, you can see the angle snaps.

* The leg gussets - I'm sure this is what prevents leaking.

Nice for chunky thighs!

* The flaps at the front and back to tuck the diaper in and the fact that it is made from all natural fibers

* The ability to use it over and over without washing
* That it is OS - it will fit the Bug until potty training time. Now that's economical!
* LISA!! - I have become so disenchanted with shotty customer service recently. What a testimony to womankind to have someone so committed to good customer service and superior products.

Here is what  the Weehugger website has to say about their covers:

Our new weehuggers™ diaper covers are simple, reusable and waterproof with true leg gussets and adjustable snaps that allow them to grow with your baby.

This easy to use cover comes in your choice of snap closures or our unique, adorable mitten-shaped hook and loop closures. Both offer an adjustable, secure fit. The all new weehuggers™ covers are available in durable waterproof polyester solids and designer cotton prints in both baby and toddler sizes.

Pair the new covers with our absorbent bamboo inserts, cotton pre-folds, fitteds, or even biodegradable gDiaper inserts for a complete diapering solution.

Our covers feature stay-put bamboo/organic cotton flaps that insure your insert stays in place. The natural fibers gently wick moisture away from your babies' delicate skin. 

We take pride in the fact that everything we sell is sewn with care by our friends and partners in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Our bamboo and certified organic cotton fabric is made in the USA and processed using GOTS organic finishing techniques.

Of course cloth diapering is about more than the adorable styles and cost savings. It’s about our planet and our children’s future. Using (and reusing) cloth is a great way to reduce your contribution to landfills and deforestation.

Our choice of bamboo isn’t just because it’s super soft and ultra absorbent. It’s also one of the most sustainable fibers on the planet. Growing at an astonishing foot or more per day, bamboo thrives in virtually any condition without chemical fertilizers or pesticides. Bamboo fabrics breathe, are naturally antibacterial and non-allergenic.

So that's it! We love our Weehugger. You will love yours too!

Buy One: Weehuggers are available from many fine retailers for about $19. You can find one near you on the Weehugger site.


Thursday, March 17, 2011

Project MAHMA

Ever dream of making a difference in people's live while earning an income. I know I do! That's why I got a Master's Degree in Counseling after all. 

Join us this Saturday to learn more about how other moms and dads are helping families live healthier and more independent lives.


Sat., March 19, 20118:00 a.m. Pacific
9:00 a.m. Mountain
10:00 a.m. Central
11:00 a.m. Eastern

DIAL: 212-990-8000
PIN: 6262#

Exotic travel is just one of the many perks you can enjoy as you build your Shaklee business. This week’s Project MAHMA call is a special encore presentation of the Best of Project MAHMA featuring moms and dads who had just returned from the 2010 Shaklee Incentive Cruise to the Western Caribbean.

Our moderator is Project MAHMA co-founder Jude Peskuski (Senior Key Coordinator, TX). Jude is the proud mom of two wonderful boys, John and Jay. She began what she refers to as her "Sesame Street hobby" back in 1981, earning $500 a month. As Jude says, "Shaklee has been the vehicle for me to have more dreams come true than I ever imagined. I've traveled to Hawaii eight times and visited Australia, Hong Kong, Europe and the Western Caribbean on the Imagine 2010 incentive cruise!" Today Jude, along with her Project MAHMA co-founder husband, Jack, earns a six-figure income* and loves contributing to people's health and well-being and making their dreams come true.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The Truth

This week is supposed to include information about using flats. I am very interested in flats and their use, but the truth is - I'm terrified of them!! When I agreed to write for this event, my plan was to purchase a sample of everything - a fitted, a prefold, a cover, and a FLAT. I picked out flats and added them to various shopping carts. I received reminder emails from sites, "It looks like you added items to your cart, but did not check out. Was there a problem?" (or something to that effect). Ummm, yes, there is a problem. I have no idea what to do with a flat. Origami folding required? Have I mentioned that I am fine-motor skill challenged!

So here's the deal - I'm hoping to learn about flats this week too, right along side of you guys. By the end of the week I want to be a flat ninja and I will finally complete that transaction for the flat. How does that sound?

Feel free to leave fear-quenching comments regarding flats and their usage below.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Econobum One Size Diaper - Review and Giveaway

If you've been following my blog during Undercover Month, you may know that I purchased a smattering of new diapers and covers for 2 reasons: 1) to replace diapers in my stash that were not working for us and 2) for the sake of research! The Econobum OS cover and prefold was one such purchase. As always, I forgot to take a picture of the packaging because I was too excited to get the diaper prepped. Sigh** so much for my quest for patience!

Here are some of the features of the Econobum as seen on the Cotton Babies website:
Why econobum?
Econobum™ is the cloth diapering solution for every budget! Save money while making the environmentally friendly choice to cloth diaper little one's bum. The one-size cover and prefold adjusts to grow along with your little one.
Each Econobum Single Pack includes
1 one-size cover and 1 one-size prefold.
Econobum features:
• A waterproof shell, so no extra cover is needed.
• Form fitting elastic to prevent leaks.
• Easy to use snaps.
• One-size prefold easily adjusts from small to large to grow with your baby.
• No stuffing involved just lay prefold in cover and go!
• Patent pending 3x3 adjustable snap system to fit most babies from birth to potty training.
Washing Instructions
Wash hot, line dry cover, tumble dry prefold. No laundry additives or softeners.
Prior to first use, prefolds must be washed 3-5 times in hot water with a small amount of detergent to ensure maximum absorbency.
Fabric Content
Cover: 100% Laminated Polyester
Prefold: 100% Unbleached Cotton
Package Includes:
1 one-size 100% cotton prefold
1 one-size cover

Here is my experience with the Econobum OS cover and prefold in pictures:

This is the cover. I got the zinnia trim. Very pretty!

This is the prefold.

Folded for small sizing

Folded for med/large sizing

This is what the cover looks like when stuffed. The Bug wears hers on the Medium snap setting and  the prefold folded for med/large.
A little see-through because of the thin fabric. (We lost the mates to each of those socks. You know how that is!)

Nice fit around the bum

Looks a little messy around the snaps, but totally functional.
The Verdict:
The Econobum OS prefold and cover was a pleasant surprise. I will admit, I was not expecting much for $9.95. I figured worst case scenario, I'd have a new prefold to add to the stash. I really never dreamed the cover would work. Call me skeptical! After prepping the prefold, I snapped the cover to the medium setting, folded the prefold longways, and put it on the Bug. The fit was reasonably good although a little messy around the waist. I love the option of just laying the prefold in the cover. No need to pins or snappis.The cover is much thinner than our other covers. I could see the prefold right through it. And it's certainly not the cutest diaper in our stash. But this affordable simpleton did its job. No leaks, no marks. Our Econobum is now a staple in our rotation. I actually like its thinness because it takes up less room in the diaper bag. One drawback is that the cover stained pretty easily. The Bug seems to know when she has a new diaper on and almost always obliges by pooping in it, which is great for testing out a diaper's efficacy, but annoying nonetheless! The cover did stain around the leg gussets after the first poop. But it DID NOT leak. And isn't that what we're all looking for? Another bonus of this duo is that you can use the cover with any prefold or fitted AND you can use the prefold inside other covers. Nice!

Buy It: Econobum One Size Diapers are available from many retailers such as Cotton Babies. 
A single pack which included the cover and one prefold runs about $9.95!

Win It!!: You can win your very own Econobum single pack with moonbeam trim right here on my blog! Sweet, right!! Please use the form below to enter and have fun.

The giveaway will close at 11:59 pm on Thursday, March 31. Please use the Google Form to enter. Comments on this post are appreciated, but not counted as entries. You can view all entries to this giveaway on the spreadsheet. This may be useful for you to view how many entries there are and to double check if you've already entered. 

Open to U.S. residents only. Winner will be chosen by The winner will be announced on the blog as well as emailed. The winner will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen. The opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own. I was not paid, coerced or bribed to write a glowing review.

Monday, March 14, 2011

What to do with a Prefold

I've been using infant prefolds for quite some time as stuffing for my covers. But Kristina from Cloth Diaper Addiction sent me a snappi when I won a diaper during their 12 Days of Clothmas back in December. I heard of the snappi, but I had NO IDEA how such a thing worked.

This is a snappi.

These are its teeth.

I scoured the instructions and quickly learned that it would never work on my tiny little prefolds, so I purchased this unbleached OsoCozy Indian Prefold from Mom's Milk Boutique. (Love their free shipping!)

Premium fits 15-30lbs, 4x8x4
I have tried the following steps on the Little Bug, with success, however; she was not feeling all together cooperative when I was photographing.

Now, I'm not a prefold folding expert by any stretch of the imagination (I'm hoping to learn about folding this week from the other blogs!), so I tried folding it how I remembered my mom folding my younger siblings diapers - Tri-fold

Tri-folded Indian Prefold

I thought folding the front in would be a good move for keeping leaks to a minimum, so I did that.

Front folded down about an 1"

I fanned out the bum area to accommodate the Bug's posterior. 

Then I fold the front part to the back and overlap the "wings" so that they are laying on the front of the diaper.

Isn't it starting to look like a diaper?

Okay here's the tricky part. I have arguably the WORST fine motor skills. So if I can get a snappi on a prefold, you can too! Remember the picture of those snarly snappi teeth? Well, hook one side of the snappi onto the wing of the diaper. I start with the left side. Those teeth will grab the fabric and hold it.

Attach one side of snappi to the wing.

Pull the snappi firmly across the diaper and hook those teeth into the other wing.

Hooking the other side
Then pull the center hook down and let it grab the fabric in the center of the diaper. Don't worry, it won't hurt the babe. Although, those teeth DO hurt if you snag it on your finger!

Pull down the center part and let it grab fabric.

This is what it looks like all done. Now just insert wiggly baby!

Ha, or not! I'm sure your sweet babe will be much more accommodating!

This is What my Model Does in her "Off" Time

I thought these were funny enough to share with you guys. The Little Bug is really not very cooperative with her modeling position. I don't know how you other mama bloggers get such great pictures of your kids in diapers. Here is what my kid was doing while I was working hard to document how to use a snappi!

If you can't beat 'em, join 'em!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Undercover Month - week 2 Prefolds and Flats

Welcome, welcome welcome to week to of Undercover Month where we'll be discussing prefolds and flats. You may think of these little numbers as the "old school" diapers, the ones that your mothers and grandmothers used (I know mine did. I very vividly remember changing my siblings' diapers and sticking myself with pins and marveling at the ugliness of plastic pants!) You may be thinking, "Why on earth would I want to use those?" There are some very good reasons why. Here are some off the top of my head:

1. Affordability - these diapers are crazy cheap. I paid roughly $2/diaper for my unbleached Indian prefolds.
2. Versatility - I like that I can fold my prefolds up and lay them into a cover or I can use a snappi to hold the prefold on underneath wool longies or a soaker.
3. All natural fibers - I know I care about what fabrics touch the Bug's delicate skin. She's a read head afterall! I use PUL and microfiber because of its prevalence in the CD world, but I really prefer the organic cotton and wool options afforded by the prefolds.
4. Compact - Prefolds just don't take up as much room in the diaper bag. I toss a few in the bag along with an extra cover and we're good to go. They also don't take up as much room in our diaper staging area.

So stay tuned to Little Baby Bug and the other participating blogs for some good tips on prefolds and flats (and Giveaways!)

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Final Verdict on "Undercover Fitted"

I must admit, I had a good time exploring the world of fitteds and I was able to add 3 new fitteds to my stash - always a good time. But what do I think about them.

Here's how they fit into our cloth diapering lives:
I love using my fitteds underneath my wool soaker and longies. They are, by far, the easiest. I am in no way a "snappi master" so I have a hard time using prefolds under my wool. (Haha...more on the motor-skilled challenged using a snappi next week!) They are absorbent and I do not have leaking issues with the Thirsties fitted, but I need to add extra stuffing to the Kissaluvs. Fitteds are still not my preference to use with a PUL cover. Perhaps I just do not have the right cover for a bulky fitted, but I just can't get the diaper to fit underneath the cover satisfactorily. I prefer my prefolds when using PUL covers. (More on this later.)

So that's it. That's what I learned. Above all, I've learned that every cloth diapering family has different needs, wants, and expectations of their diapers. So you'll have to try fitteds out for yourself to form your own opinion. Hope you've learned something this week too.

Happy diapering and stay tuned next week for Undercover Prefolds and Flats!

Friday, March 11, 2011

When and Where To Use a Fitted?

I'm going to lump these together because the answers are really quite similar despite the stretch in getting there. Let's call it poetic license, shall we.

I can't resist the "Captain Obvious" response - "On baby's bottom." But seriously, you can use a fitted anywhere you'd like. In fact, they can be quite convenient on the go because you've already got a cover going. Might as well keep slapping a fitted underneath it.

And when?...The fitted is a great option for nighttime use. In fact, I was searching for a good nighttime solution when I decided to participate in this event (I admit, I was a 'sposie user at night and TERRIFIED to try anything else. After all, the Bug has enough trouble sleeping. I didn't want to add the problem of a wet diaper to the mix.) I was quite excited to try my new fitteds on my very heavy nighttime wetter.

Spreadsheet is visible now

Sorry to all of you who have been trying to see the entries on the spreadsheet. Again, I'm new at this and there is a learning curve. It should be visible to you guys now so you can keep track of your entries and how many entries there are. Have fun!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

"Who" can use a fitted?

YOU! Your husband! Your mother-in-law!  Your dog! Okay, maybe not, but you get the picture. Anyone can use a fitted. No pins, no snappi, no folding necessary. It's truly a "just add water" diaper. The key thing to remember when using a fitted is ALWAYS USE A COVER. Just because it looks like an AIO or a pocket diaper does not mean that it has the water proof layer. We'll talk more about covers later in the month.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

What? - My First Fitted

So I'm sure you're wondering which Fitted I chose for my first fitted experiment...aren't you? Come on, admit it! I went shopping at Kelly's Closet (love the store!) and found this little number on sale. I noted the reasonably good ratings (I am a review-reader and the reviews play a HUGE part in any purchase I make.) and I added one Kissaluvs Fitted size large to my shopping cart. It didn't hurt that Kelly's Closet offers free shipping with orders over $49 and they frequently have coupons for a free diaper with your purchase. In fact, right now you can get a free OS diaper (guaranteed value of $17+) with a $59 purchase. Have I mentioned how much I love FREE!

My package came in the mail very quickly - thank you Kelly's Closet - and I immediately set to prepping my new Kissaluvs, which, for me, means throwing it in my wetbag and washing it with my diaper load every time I wash diapers for the next few times. (How do you prep diapers? Comment below.) Once I had it ready to go, I slapped that puppy on my Little Bug and commenced Project Undercover - The Fitted.

Here's what I learned:

The Fit of this fitted - The large Kissaluvs fit the Bug reasonably well, especially since she is at the very low end of the weight range for this diaper. I like to buy big so there's plenty of room to grow. The waist has plenty of snaps, including snaps to overlap to get a nice seal. The leg gussets also fit well and did not leave marks on the Bug's chunky thighs. The Kissaluvs sports some extra fluff, probably a result of the diaper having "room to grow," but nothing too ridiculous. I wouldn't use this diaper under a pair of tights or anything!

My model wasn't very willing to show off the snaps, but you can see the legs gussets.

Fluffy bum - and yes, the tag goes on the outside.

The Performance - The first time I used this diaper, we had quite a bit of leaking. In trouble shooting this problem, I decided that several variables contributed to this first "failure." a) I had not adequately prepped the diaper. (Come on, hands up if you've been guilty of the inpatient prepper!) and b) I had not properly lanolized my wool cover. (More on this later.) After prepping the diaper and re-lanolizing the cover, I had much better success with the Kissaluvs Fitted. I still think that it is a little too "roomy" in the pee pee area for my little girl pee-er, so I add a little bit of extra stuffing until she fills out this diaper a little bit better. And for nighttime use, this little number definitely needs additional stuffing.

The Aesthetic - The Kissaluvs Fitted is a very simple diaper. It is a cream color (unbleached) with different colored exterior stitching to denote size. The Large has primary rainbow stitching. The Kissaluvs website describes the fabric as "beautifully textured fabrics to help contain even the runniest poop." I have to say that the textured fabric feels a little rough to the touch. It doesn't seem to bother The Bug though, especially since she gets to wear cashmere longies with it! (More on these later!)

See, she seems rather content although probably wondering why she doesn't have clothes on when it's freezing!

Overall - The Kissluvs fitted has proven a worthy addition to the fluff stash and an easy introduction to the world of Fitteds. It definitely whetted my appetite to try other brands of Fitteds and I would probably buy another one, especially with the good sales and promos out there! Thanks again Kelly's Closet!

Buy it!! - You can buy your own Kissaluvs Fitted diaper from many diaper retailers for about $12.95. 

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Thirsties Duo Fab Fitted - REVIEW & Giveaway!

I was going to wait on posting this until the end of the week, but I just can't wait. I hope you're as excited as I am about this event and the fun giveaways. This is my VERY FIRST giveaway on my blog. ENJOY!


I happened onto the world of fitteds in my search for something to put underneath wool. All of my prefolds were small because I only used them as stuffing for covers. (More on this later!) Nor was I ready to accept the challenge of the snappi! Marie at Green Pixie Baby suggested that I try a fitted and -viola!- here we are!
I chose the Ocean Blue color in a size two for my 8.5 month, 20 lb girl. 

I'm sure you're all familiar with the rush to prep a diaper for use - I was chomping at the bit to get this one prepped and on the Little Bug's bum. Not to mention I had a brand new upcycled wool soaker from Forty41 that needed a test run (stay tuned for more on the soaker). I knew I wanted to test this blue beauty out with the soaker during an overnight run. I must confess that we use one disposable diaper at nighttime because I haven't found a nighttime solution with which I am totally confident. The Bug's sleep patterns are so erratic between teething and moving, I certainly don't want her to wake up because of a wet diaper. I slapped the Thirsties Fab Fitted onto  the babe, slid her into her soaker, and prayed for the best.

I was restless, constantly feeling her bum to check for signs of leaks. Hello paranoid! The Bug slept great all night, as well as she normally does. No leaks. No signs of discomfort. So I call that a success. We use the diaper under wool longies during the day with equal success.

I like that the elastic around the legs seems comfortable and does not leave red marks around her legs and that there is lots of room in the waist to grow with the babe. I must admit that when Marie handed me the Thirsties Fab Fitted, I was in love with the "buttery softness" but was skeptical that the luxurious feel would last longer than the first wash. Oh, how wrong I was. This diaper repeatedly comes out of the wash as bright and soft as it went in. We haven't had any poop-age in this diaper, so I can't report on staining issues.

 The Fab Fitted fits my 20 lb babe quite nicely on the second snap setting with plenty of room to grow across the belly.

Fits snugly across the backside, not to mention to cute factor!

The following information is taken from the Thirsties website:

  • Irresistibly soft in a variety of fun colors
  • Tunnel design allows for stuffing additional absorbency when needed, better washing and quicker drying
  • Gentle elastic around the legs and waist provide superb protection against leaks
  • Pair with Thirsties® Diaper Cover or Duo Wrap for truly leakproof system
  • Snap or Aplix hook-and-loop closures
  • Easy to use, even for the occasional caretaker
  • Grows with your baby so you only need two sizes from birth to potty!
Size one:
6-18 lbs (3-8 kg)
0-9 months
Size two:
18-40 lbs (8-18 kg)
9-36 months

Expertly crafted from stretchy, buttery soft textiles with a stay-dry liner, these super cute fitted diapers offer superior wetness protection for your baby's delicate skin.

Care & Content:
Wash on hot with half the recommended amount additive-free detergent. It is very important to use residue free detergent. Ask us if you need brand recommendations. No fabric softeners, no bleach. Dry on low or hang to dry.

Dyed with low-impact dyes
Inner layers: 100% polyester
Outer layer: 15% polyester, 85% cotton
Made in USA

So, in a nutshell, would I buy the Thirsties Fab Fitted again? Absolutely!! I would and I have. You can too.

Buy it: You can buy the Thirsties Fab Fitted from many diaper retailers including Green Pixie Baby for about $17

Win it: Marie, owner of Green Pixie Baby, generously donated a Thirsties Duo Fab Fitted (white, size two) to give away to one lucky reader. Please complete form below.

The giveaway will close at 11:59 pm on Thursday, March 31. Please use the Google Form to enter. Comments on this post are appreciated, but not counted as entries. You can view all entries to this giveaway on the spreadsheet.  This may be useful for you to view how many entries there are and to double check if you've already entered.

Open to U.S. residents only. Winner will be chosen by The winner will be announced on the blog as well as emailed. The winner will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen. The opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own. I was not paid, coerced or bribed to write a glowing review.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Out Like a Lamb - Wool Event on SEBG

Many of you know about my love of wool and if you don't, you will by the end of Undercover Month! My fellow mama blogger and friend Lindsey at So Easy Being Green is gearing up for an AMAZING wool extravaganza. I'm really looking forward to reading all about her experiences with and information about the wonderful world of wool. She's offering extra entries prior to the beginning of the event. So go check out her blog now to get your entries in.

"Why" I tried a "fitted."

Many of you may be familiar with the 5 W's of information gathering. I'm going to use that format for the duration of Undercover Month, although you may have to use your imagination in some spots!.

I wanted to kick this Undercover Week spotlighting "fitteds" off with a post on a little bit about my "why" for trying fitteds and the process.

When I decided to participate in this event a few months ago - has it been that long! - I didn't even know what a fitted was. Let's be honest - I wasn't using fitteds, prefolds, or covers. I was using a hybrid system with microfiber cloth that I really was starting to hate. I was searching for another option that worked for us, but didn't cost a fortune. I'd already spent money on our first set of diapers. I would never be able to convince the Hubs that we needed to re-buy our entire stash without a compelling and affordable argument. Incidentally, it's much easier to convince the Hubs that I need to buy new diapers if I say it's for research. I asked around, looked online, perused some of my go-to blogs for cloth, including Cloth Diaper Addiction and discovered that a fitted looked remarkably like an AIO or a pocket from the outside. Well, that means it's got to be easy - at least as far as putting the thing on a wiggly bum. In my research, I also discovered that fitteds are meant to be used WITH A COVER! Just because they resemble their diapering cousins, does not mean that they work the same way. Fortunately, I learned this through research and not through practice.

But it did pose a question. What do I put over a fitted? Well, yes a cover. I figured that out. But did I need a special one? A bigger one? One that closed a particular way? No idea. So onto more research - which meant more diaper purchases! No biggie, since I'd just finished selling off my original diapering choice which just did not work for us at all. I was in the market for new diapers and QUICK! I purchased an assortment of covers and 2 fitteds - all of which will be named later in the reviews.

So that's the beginning of my story. What would it take for you to try something new in CD-ing? What would it be? How would you go about deciding what to try?

Stick with me this week. We'll end with a giveaway!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Undercover Month Begins Today!

Can you believe it? Today is the first day of Undercover Month hosted by Cloth Diaper Addiction. The goal of this event is to share information with you, the readers, that will hopefully take the intimidation factor out of using some of these "old-er fashioned" methods of diapering, get you started with some ideas for what to try, and maybe even win something new for your stash. Hey, who doesn't love free fluff?!

What can you expect to learn from the participating blogs during this event? Well, here's the schedule:

Week One: "The Fitted" - you will learn about different styles, features, functions, and other misc. tidbits when we spotlight this user-friendly diaper.

Week Two: Prefolds and Flat - expect to learn all kinds of useful info. about these grandmothers of, albeit a little intimidating, the cloth diaper. I'm looking forward to learning new ways to fold these little jewels of diapering origami!

Week Three: Covers - because you HAVE to use a cover with the previously mentioned diapers. You'll learn about different types and brands of covers and their features.

Make sure to check out all of the participating blogs. I know their schedules are AMAZING and they have some great giveaways that will be happening.

Cloth Diaper Addiction


Saturday, March 5, 2011

30 Day Photo Challenge - Hiatus

In my poor planning, I forgot that Undercover Month with Cloth Diaper Addiction begins tomorrow! - Yikes! I need to get to writing! - I'm going to have to take a break from this challenge until April. But I will get back to it. Maybe by then I'll will have unearthed the hard drive with all the photos on it so I have a better selection from which to draw.

Until then -

Day 08 - A picture that makes you laugh

This one is doing it for me today. My family likes to do "silly" family pictures. Sure, we'll do the serious ones too, but silly just suits us better. This picture, taken circa 2000, really shows off our distinct personalities.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Day 05 - A picture of your favorite memory

There's no way I can pick a favorite. That's crazy! But I came across this picture this afternoon and it brought  back all kinds of warm fuzzies. This is my grandmother Thomas taking me to work with her one fine day in PA. Also, a part-answer for where the Bug got her red hair!