Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Don't buy these diapers!

I hate it when I come across a diaper I don't like. Especially because I love them so much, I want all cloth diaper companies to do well. I have learned the hard way that just because you sell cloth diapers, doesn't mean you have a good product. In honor of another friend, Laetitia Knight, who is expecting a baby boy and thinking about cloth diapering, I'm bringing you the first installment of "Don't buy this..."!

Here are our culprits (one will not be pictured because it's mia) 















On the left you have the Sweet Pea pocket diaper, the right is the Bumkins pocket diaper, the bottom is the Baby Kanga pocket diaper, and the fourth which is not pictured is the bumGenius pocket with aplix, hook and loop, or velcro, for those of you who don't speak cloth diaper lingo. I hate all four of these diapers for one reason, and one reason only. Well, that's a lie, I hate some of them for several reasons. But, the point is,  they all leak! Ugh! The one job you have is to NOT leak, and that's exactly what you do. Even though you may have an innovative concept, at the end of the day, it doesn't translate into results, which at three in the morning on your third feeding of the night, is a necessity.

Sweet Pea One Size Pocket 



















I got this diaper for free after taking a class at a local cloth diaper shop. It was my first foray into the cloth diapering world, and I quickly learned that this was not only going to be possible for my family, but I was going to have a ton of fun doing it! The diaper I got was white, and while it was a one sized pocket, I didn't get to immediately try it out on my little 6lb 4oz baby girl. As soon as she grew out of her newborn diapers, I popped it out of the packaging, washed it per instructions, and began happily using it on my little girl. It wasn't until after she had started crawling around that the problems started. While she was in the relatively inactive phase of newbornhood, this diaper worked wonderfully. However, as soon as she became mobile, the fit stopped working and I had major leaking issues. The sides would typically be hanging down and her pants would be wet. Now, when I buy an one-sized diaper, I want it to last until potty training. Now, I'm stuck with three cute, albeit ineffective diapers. What makes this one great is that it has openings on both the front and back, which means you don't have to take out the soakers during a diaper change before you put them in the wetbag. Instead, the agitation of the washer makes them come out on their own, translating into a daddy friendly pocket!




















But, this innovation, while genius, does not outweigh the fact that this diaper is not a good diaper for the long haul. I also have another friend who texted me in exasperation after having similar problems on her three month old! These diapers will run you about $12-$15, which is really well priced, but in my humble opinion, not worth the headache. Shell out a couple of dollars more and go buy yourself a workhorse diaper that can last from birth to potty training.



















Bumkins One Size Pocket with Aplix 

This is the diaper I hate the most. Of all the diapers I've bought this past year and a half, this diaper has been the biggest disappointment. I was really surprised by how affordable it was, so I thought I'd buy two in a flower and butterfly print. Similarly built to the Sweet Pea diaper, this diaper has the openings on both ends to avoid taking out the soaker, effectively making it an AIO and daddy friendly.



















However, I'm not sure if  the leaking is due to the fit, or the fact that both of these diapers seem to be falling apart after minimal use. I quickly stopped using them back when Lucy was maybe five or six months. Considering she wore newborn diapers until two months, three months of use in a Very large cloth diaper rotation seems ludicrous. Every now and then her father will put her in this diaper, but because it's so flimsy and poorly constructed, she ends up with wet pants and me questioning why I don't just chunk the thing in the garbage. Maybe I'll keep them for the girls dollies, but for now, they go back in the drawer. Out of sight, out of mind, right?

Look at how awful the inside of this diaper looks and how flimsy the velcro is!
















Baby Kanga One Size Pocket 




















Another great idea, but severely lacking in execution, the Baby Kanga diaper is another unfortunate purchase. Maybe I got a defective diaper, and I hope that I did. I'm not sure why this diaper leaks. My only guess is the micro-fleece inside is to blame.



















It almost seems to repel liquid, which is curious. I don't use diaper rash creams, and if I do for any reason, I either put my daughter in disposables, or I use coconut oil. (We had one little rash in one spot that wouldn't go away, but finally has thanks to some over the counter medication!) Back to the diaper, it's got great fit, extra hip snaps to ensure that the sweet pea diaper problem of the sides coming down is not an issue, and even a zipper in front, which makes changing a pocket diaper the most convenient thing imaginable.



















What a great innovation! Now you don't have to possibly get poop on your hands (even though you're going to in disposables or cloth) when you change a pocket diaper. I may call the company and tell them my dilemma. I'll keep all of you updated, because it just seems too impossible that such a great diaper could give me this problem!


bumGenius One Size Pocket with Aplix

I love bumGenius diapers. They are such a great, versatile diaper with tons of options ranging from organic cotton AIO's, to the Flip, which is a great option for those on a budget. Whatever you think about bumGenius, please don't hate me for what I am about to say. Do not, I repeat, do not buy the velcro verson of these diapers. I have had such an awful time with these, I can see why people get so passionate about the velcro vs. snaps debate in the cloth diapering community. Just get the snap version and be done with it. I can't even put my daughter in this diaper because the velcro doesn't hold at all. Ugh. It's my mistake, and I am passing on this knowledge to you. I have tons of other diapers with velcro that I've been using for the same amount of time or longer that don't have this problem.

I'd like to leave you on a cute positive note. Here is my daughter playing with her moover pram sporting a cute itti bitti d'lish size medium. Happy Tuesday y'all!





















Friday, March 22, 2013

bumGenius Freetime Diaper Review

I don't know why it's taken me so long to do a review on this diaper. A few texts last night with a friend of mine over at Oh Audrey Sue, who is cloth diapering her new little baby girl reminded me that this review is long overdue. It all started with a discussion on pocket diapers and a certain brand of diaper that is leaking on her. I have had the same problems with that same diaper, and I feel her pain. While the idea of the diaper is genius, the execution is lacking. I'll review this diaper in a later post, along with two others that I loathe. Yes, I loathe them. 

Back to the BG Freetime, which in my opinion is a great option for those of you who want an AIO, but are also leaning towards pocket diapers because you can adjust the absorbency. In walks the geniuses over at bumGenius and their new (well, not really that new anymore) diaper, the Freetime. I bought the Albert print, even though my little Lucy is not a boy. It seems like it's one of those made for boys prints, but that didn't stop me one bit! Daddy was a scientist and girls can be just as cute wrapped up in faux chalkboard print with "I'm a Genius" and E=mc2 all day long. Besides, I think it's a lovely marriage between BG and the genius of Albert Einstein. Personally, I think they should run with that idea and start issuing Limited Edition prints featuring different great minds from our past and present. Let's inspire our baby butts to dream big and push the limits of human knowledge.

Outside (I've had this diaper for over a year and it still looks brand new!)















Inside panels lay over each other and can be used alone as an AIO. You can also place a soaker underneath the stay dry panels to up the absorbency, making this diaper so versatile and great for heavy wetters!













Pros

-Hybrid between an AIO and a Pocket, which makes it daddy friendly while still offering mommy a chance to adjust absorbency according to age.

-One size, which is very economical for those of you who are not wanting to spend a fortune on diapers. This one will last you from 8-35+ pounds.

-Great BG fit

-Stay dry interior

-Sewn in flaps of absorbency that bend to pinpoint absorbency for girls and boys. (Genius!)

-A great nighttime diaper for younger babies!

-Very stain resistant and resilient! I've had this diaper for over a year and it's still bright white after repeated use.


I don't know if you can see the panels on each of the flaps, but those fold over, creating a way for you to customize the absorbency in the front for boys or the middle for girls! 











Cons

-I have never been a fan of BG hook and loop diapers. I have had a serious loss of stickiness with the ones I have bought. If you do get one of these, be sure to get these in snaps if you're planning on using them a lot.

-I am also not a big fan of their snaps. I know it's picky, but they just don't snap as well as some other brands.

Since we have another little girl on the way, I'm thinking it's time to spring for two more of these diapers in honor of her arrival!

Here are my picks:

The Lovelace print is also super cute and I love the multicolored snaps! 












Dazzle is so pretty! I love how saturated the color is. 



















Well folks, that's all I have to say about the bumGenius Freetime diaper. That's it for another diaper review. If you have any questions or just want to rave about how much you love/hate this diaper, leave a comment! I love reading comments by other fluffy butt moms or those who are just curious.



Thursday, March 14, 2013

Workout totals,15 weeks

Sunday, March 3
Walking 2.5 hours with the family

Monday, March 4
Lindsay Brin Second Tri Cardio and Toning-35 min
Turbo Jam Cardio 20 min

Tuesday, March 5
Turbo Jam Cardio Party 2-43 min

Wednesday, March 6,
Tracy Anderson Pregnancy Project 3-56  min
(Holy cow that was hard!)

Thursday, March 7
Tracy Anderson Pregnancy Project 3-56 min

Friday, March 8
Turbo Jam Cardio-20 min
Prenatal stretching-5 min

Saturday, March 9
Nothing. Lazy day with the family.

I'm still tired, but this working out is really making me feel more in control of the pregnancy. I wish I enjoyed this process more, but at least I get a beautiful baby at the end to add to our family. I'm not showing yet, just getting thicker in the stomach region. I can still wear all my own clothes, but I tend to wear my pregnancy jeans because they are more comfy.

Norah is going to be smothered with love from all three of us. I know Lucy is just dying to have someone to play with!

Cloth diaper Trainer Review Part 1: Kissa's by Kissaluvs

It's been a long time coming on the post, and I apologize Jocelyn on my tardiness! A few months back I decided to wet my feet with a few cloth diaper training pant purchases. My daughter is only 18 months, but we've been doing EC for about 7 months, and I figured it might be the next step in the journey to potty training. Just as a disclaimer, I am not very religious about putting her on the potty after transitions. I know I could be better about it, but I'm not. Sorry EC gods, I know I've let you down.

Back to the stash. Currently I have three official training pants and one unofficial pair that I think would be a fantastic training pant. Here they are, can you guess the brands? Have you been checking out all the cute options as well?














Which one of these is not like the others? Three have side snaps. One is clearly like a pair of underwear, so it can't be that one. Given up yet? If you guessed the left one, you were wrong! If you guessed the gray one on the far right you were right! Bravo you fluff addict, you spotted the impostor! You may recognize this adorable piece of poop/pee catching goodness from a previous post.

Here are the diapers from left to right: Kissa's by Kissaluvs in 2T, Blueberry trainer in small, Grovia trainer, and our beloved Bottombumpers in the limited edition christmas print with an embroidered owl on the back.

I won't review all the trainers today, but I'll split them up for the sake of brevity. I can't imagine how long this post would be if I continued to ramble on and then did a review of each of the trainers. Without further ado, here is the first installment of cloth trainers

Kissa's by Kissaluvs

This trainer is really adorable. I fell in love with the owl print inside as soon as I saw it. Here is a link to the website where you can see all the adorable colors and prints these come in.















Pros

Side snapping
This is so important if you are just starting out the potty training journey. Chances are, it's going to take awhile before your little one is pooping in the potty. If that's the case, you'll really really want a side snapping option to keep any accidents (or misses) from being smeared down their legs. Isn't that just a lovely thought?

Pocket in the back-This is genius! It's like a pocket diaper, but flannel on the inside, so your pee monster gets a little added boost during nap time, or when you're just starting out. The flannel lets them feel wet immediately, meaning they still get the message without having to clean up a big mess afterwards.















Cute designs inside-This I think is genius! Who wants to poop or pee on all the cute owls, or monsters? Telling your child not to not poop or pee on their friends is a great way to get encourage them to ask you for the potty. I think having your toddler even pick out the prints they like is genius in really getting them involved in the process. And like most of you know, it's much easier to get a toddler on board when they have some control over what they are doing!

Microfiber liner and PUL outer layer-These two combos mean you can contain one accident, providing it's not too large, without wetting clothes. I think this would be the perfect pair of trainers to take out on your first errands out of the house.















Price- These are very reasonably priced at $15 each. For the quality and function, you could easily use these on several kids, or in the alternative, get a great price back on resale.

Cons

Sizing-If you practice EC, these trainers will probably be too big for your little ECer once you are ready to transition to a trainer. They only come in 2T and 3T. My daughter is wearing 2T clothing, but at 25 lb and with a slim build, these are not really feasible at the moment. Right now, they sit in her diaper drawer, waiting for the day when she will grow into them. The website says 20-32 lb, but my little Lucy is not able to wear these yet.

Design-If you little trainer is very perceptive, he or she may not be thrilled with the idea of "graduating" to big girl or big boy pants that look very similar to his other cloth diapers.

Overall, I think these trainers are a great addition to a family with a toddler who is a little on the chunkier side. The design is a great first trainer to get your toddler transitioning out of diapers and into trainers.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Workout totals, 14 weeks

Week two of my accountability posts and I'm feeling like this pregnancy is going to be better than the last. We found out on Friday we are having another little girl, which is fantastic! I was really surprised, but the OB  here in Mexico assured us that it is very common to find out the sex in the fifteenth week. For those of you not familiar with pregnancy weeks, you may be wondering why I wrote workout totals for 14 weeks, but 15 weeks here in the post. Well, like centuries, it's @ss backwards. No, I'm joking. Seriously though, this is a family show. Sorry for the added ampersat. Say I'm 14 weeks 3 days. That actually means that I have completed 14 weeks 3 days, meaning I am in my 15th week. Confusing, right? Well, try figuring out how many months you are every time someone asks you that question. Ugh, division, why must you haunt me the rest of my life?! So, this week I will be 15 weeks, ie, in my 16th week of pregnancy. If you really want to get confused, go look up luteal phases and all the things women do to try to conceive. We have to become doctors, mathematicians, chemists, witch doctors, and pill popping fiends to try to get pregnant.

In other news, I also want to rant a little bit about my OB. He is very nice, but really made me mad on Thursday. He weighed me in as gaining 4 kilos (2.2 lb to the kilo) in between my first visit which was at 7 weeks (?) and last Thursday, around 14 weeks. He told me I was gaining too much weight and that I needed to stop eating so much. Ugh! I have been working my tail off, and only adding in one more snack! I could have lost it I was so po'ed that he didn't believe me. Anyways, y'all are my witnesses, right? Well, the news had the opposite effect that he would have liked I'm sure. For dinner, I ordered a burger with fries. I ended up not being able to eat the burger because I had such bad nausea.Thanks karma. The next night I had Mike run out to the store and get me some orange Fanta (my strange pregnancy craving) and a pack of Bilbo knockoff Ho Ho's, and I had some chips. If I'm going to gain anyways, I might as well indulge, right?

Wrong, I know.

I'm over my anger and I'm not going to eat junk just to prove him right. I'm not a really strict dieter, but I do enjoy healthier food. I've been eating homemade baked oatmeal every morning, a salad for lunch, and then whatever Mexican food gets whipped up for dinner. I've added in one snack before my afternoon workout so I am sure that I have more energy. Hopefully some of the weight gain is muscle. My goal is just to have a healthy, fit pregnancy. If that means I go over the 25 pounds that my doctor is recommending, then so be it. I'm just going to smile and nod next time he berates me for weight gain and hopefully not run and console myself in hamburgers and ho ho's.

February 24-March 2

Sunday-Jennifer Wolfe's Prenatal Vinyasa Yoga 45 minutes

Monday-Turbo Jam Punch, Kick, and Jam 50 minutes

Tuesday-Lindsay Brin Second Tri Cardio and Toning-45 minutes
Pilates-5 minutes

Wednesday-Turbo Jam, 20 minute Cardio Booty sculpt & Abs-30 minutes

Thursday-Turbo Jam Cardio Party 2

Friday-Day off!

Saturday-P90X Chest and Back with Mike-50 minutes


Saturday, March 2, 2013

It's a.....


We're having a little girl! After much debate and thanks to an awesome friend Stef who didn't mind us stealing her precious daughter's name, we are proud to announce that Lucy's new sister is going to be named Nora Rose Leach. We're both so excited and I can't wait to meet our new addition!