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Cloth Diaper Reviews at 6 Months

It took me awhile to get this up because I wanted to use these diapers for at least a month to really feel a significant difference. It also took awhile for them to be at its best absorbency level, after many washes. I am so glad to have these reviews up now!

This time, I am reviewing Hybrid diapers. These diapers are not fully waterproof but they have some sort of repelling material either fleece, hidden PUL or windpro. Hidden PUL and windpro is very bulletproof and you wont even feel any wetness on the outside. Hybrids are very soft and handmade with natural materials and it is often more premium compared to normal pocket/AIO diapers.

Evangeline was about 3 months old when I tried on Hybrids for her. Some were too bulky, some were ok – especially the sized ones.  One size hybrids were way too bukly even without the additional layers/boosters. I think it would be safe to start using OS/sized (except newborn) hybrids at around 4 months and about 5kg onwards.

In these reviews, EV is between 3-5 months old, weighing about 5.5-6.5kgs and a light-moderate wetter.

1. Twinkie Tush Little Fusion

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Fit – Little Fusion worked really well for EV from 3 months onwards, with the fold down rise. It fit great around the legs and the hips, leaving no gaps. The elastics are very soft and comfortable. She is still using this at 6 months now – without fold down rise, and I think it will still fit her for a long time.

Absorbency – I had no blowouts. I have this TT in swim material so the outer rarely feels wet as compared to the one in euro knit. I find that she wets the other one in a serged euro knit more. In my opinion, TT wins for the comfort but not the absorbency. The soakers are thinner than other brands but I guess in order to fit comfortably, the layers cannot be too thick or it will be bulky.

2. Binky D OS Hybrid

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Fit – This diaper is still too big for EV. I could fit her into the OS but even with fold down rise, it is too large. I am not a fan of soakers that are not even (one long/one short/3/4 length). It is because I cannot seem to fold them in a way that it will fit nicely without bulging in one area or another – if you know what I mean. There are no gaps on her thighs but turned BinkyDs are too thick and big. Sadly BinkyD does not have a size between newborn and OS. I will probably have to re-review this one in the next few months.6

Absorbency – I had no leaks. Not sure if it was because they were so thick and bulky, the absorbency is more than enough for EV. I do believe BinkyD will work well for moderate to heavy wetters as it has a great absorbency level.

3. Little Oshka OS Hybrid

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Fit – I absolutely love Oshka’s diapers. They fit really well and I was very excited to try this on her. I loved their newborn AI2, this is no different. The legs were perfect and I had no gaps. The elastics are soft and the hips fit well with the fold down rise. I did not use the additional soaker and this diaper is not bulky at all. It felt really comfortable for EV and I will definitely recommend Oshka’s diaper for those wanting to try hybrids and also support our local WAHM.

Absorbency – I had no leaks or blowouts on this diaper. Being a hybrid, it held very well and I have the confidence to use this even when we go out for long hours. The soakers did curl and shrink a little after a few washes – could be due to material, but it did not affect function.

p/s: Sasha, if you are reading this. Keep up the good work! I love your diapers. They have improved a whole lot and I can see longevity in them.

4. Little Boppers AI2

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Fit – Little Boppers is my favorite brand among all the Hybrids. They fit really well and are super soft. I also personally prefer serged diapers because they have a more generous cut. The serged tabs are really soft and not scratchy. This was a size M that EV is wearing and it is perfect. No gaps and no blowouts. The nature of this AI2 is that it has a petal soaker so it is a little bulky on her.

Absorbency – This is an AI2 with hidden windpro so it is almost bulletproof. I had no leaks and the petal soakers can really absorb a lot. I bought this as a seconds diaper – not sure what the flaw is, but it worked really well for us. I even tried it for nighttime and it worked too. No leaks will morning – but remember, EV is a moderate to light wetter.

5. SoCo Hybrid

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Fit – This is a size 1 that EV was wearing, and it does run bigger and slightly bulky. I do like SoCo and its performance, but fit – not so much. Their newborn was a little too tiny and Size 1 is too big. Despite having said that, when adjusted properly, there are no gaps and it is a pretty soft diaper. This is a diaper that will truly last longer than the average because of its generous sizing. I like SoCo but will review it again when she is older.

Absorbency – I use all the layers in this diaper because I personally like the stay dry wicking jersey material touching her bum. Maybe without that additional layer, it may not be as bulk after all. I had no leaks with SoCo and I believe they are made to last for moderate to heavy wetters.

6. Gone Green Mama Hybrid

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Fit – This is the Petite that EV is wearing and it is bulky. GGM does run big and even though I had the fold down rise and smallest setting, the bum and waist area is just too big. There are no gaps on the legs, but she does look like shes drowning in the diaper, haha! GGM has really nice prints and bum placement though. This is also another diaper that will truly last longer than the average because of its generous sizing.

Absorbency – Again, no leaks and worked very well. I really like the windpro backing layer as it helps repel the liquid back into the diaper so instead of being a sewn in windro, you have the option of not using that layer.I like the fact that I can customize it the way I want – similar to SoCo. This is also one that I will use for outings and not worry about leaks.

 

More hybrid reviews coming your way very soon!!!

 

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Newborn Cloth Diaper Review

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Hi there mamas!

Finally, I have done all the reviews as promised! EV turns 40 days old tomorrow and she is growing out of these diapers so quickly! This time, my reviews are very different from what I did with QB back in 2013. Those I liked, I may not like now, and it all depends on the size of baby and also gender. AND experience. This time I am cloth diapering for the second time, so MANY things has changed too. In my opinion, there is no one way or one system. Try everything!  – Zootopia LOL.

If you wish to read my previous reviews on my son, QB, you can find them here:-

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Toddler Cloth Diapering

NOTE: EV was born at 3.01kgs and she is now 4.5kgs at 1 month+. She has pretty long and skinny legs for the first 2-3 weeks. The fit of these diapers are tested when she was below 3 weeks old, with long skinny legs. When I mention absorbency, it is how much the diaper can hold (before it feels wet/leaks – for fitteds and hybrids ONLY), and not how fast it can absorb liquid.

FITTEDS/HYBRIDS

1. Thumbkin Pinky Newborn (WAHM Malaysia)

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Fit – Runs a little small (also because it is this the WAHM first trial of newborn diapers. It has improved now for the later batches). Fits well around the legs, but a little tight around the waist.

Absorbency – It felt wet after 1-2 hours. Also because it is tiny, it could only hold as much. Using a booster might help.

Comfort – Super soft! The soakers are made from minky dots and it is very soft.

You can purchase Thumbkin diapers here or follow their Instagram Page at @thumbkinmy.

2. Oshka Newborn AI2 – Hidden PUL (WAHM Malaysia)

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Top pic – Before adding snap down rise, a little leg gap.
Bottom pic – After adding snap down rise, a better fit.

Fit – Fits perfectly around the legs and waist. There are also rise snaps to adjust for a taller/shorter baby and it will fit for a longer time too.

Absorbency – As a hybrid fitted with hidden PUL, it took a long time before it would feel wet around the legs. It is pretty absorbent and will last through nap time.

Comfort – Very soft from the minky outer and minky soakers.

You can purchase Oshka diapers here.

3. Mutaqqin Newborn Fitted

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Fit – One of the best fitting newborn diaper. Fits really well around the legs and belly.

Absorbency – As a true fitted, it felt wet pretty fast so absorbency wise, it could be boosted with an additional booster or maybe wear a cover over it.

Comfort – Soft and gentle to baby’s newborn skin.

4. Southern Comfort Newborn Hybrid Fitted (SoCo)

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Fit – Fits well around the hips but tight around the legs especially after she chunks up on the thighs.  A little bulky on the crotch and bum. Runs slightly smaller.

Absorbency – Many layers of absorbency and can last through nap time.

Comfort – Somewhat soft, depending on material used.

5. Twinkie Tush Teenie Fusion

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Top pic – At less than a week old, the leg gaps are too big.
Bottom pic – At 1.5 weeks, lesser leg gap due to chunkier thighs.

Fit – Runs bigger and only fit her around 1.5 weeks old onwards. There were gaps around the legs even then. Suitable for a chunky baby and will last longer than newborn days.

Absorbency – Somewhat absorbent, but could be boosted for nap time.

Comfort – Very soft and squishy. The elastics are gentle around the legs too.

6. Bumstoppers Newborn Fitted

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Fit – Fits really well around the legs and belly but bulky at the crotch area.

Absorbency – As a true fitted, you can definitely feel the wetness when its full. Using a cover over will help.

Comfort – Overall very soft.

7. Binky D Newborn Hybrid Fitted

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Fit – Perfect fit, just the right size.

Absorbency – Could hold a lot and can last through nap time.

Comfort – Very soft and gentle on the elastics.

8. Chloe’s Cloth Newborn Fitted

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Fit – Runs a little smaller. Fits well on the hips but tighter on the legs.

Absorbency – Somewhat absorbent, but could be boosted for nap time.

Comfort – Overall quite soft but depending on material used.

9. Gray Star Boutique Newborn

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Fit – Perfect fit and runs slightly bigger, but not as big as Twinkie Tush.

Absorbency – Very absorbent and can last through nap time.

Comfort – Very soft inners and gentle elastics.

10. Jenna Bug Baby Boutique Newborn

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Fit – Runs slightly small, similar to Chloe’s Cloth but very trim.

Absorbency – Very absorbent (suspecting maybe hidden windpro), can last through nap time.

Comfort – Elastics are gentle but not as squishy.

11. Patty Pants AI2 Newborn

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Fit – Runs small but fits very well. It also has fold down rise for even smaller babies.

Absorbency – This diaper is like a shell + soaker style. The soaker is thick and super absorbent. The shell is also repelling (suspecting maybe hidden windpro). Can last through nap time and longer.

Comfort – Overall very soft and  comfortable.

12. Baby Hoo’s Newborn Fitted

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Fit – Runs really big and quite bulky. But it will last longer than newborn days.

Absorbency – Quite absorbent because there are many layers on the petal soaker.

Comfort – Overall soft but the elastics are tight.

PUL/TPU DIAPERS

13. Lil Joeys by Rumparooz

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Fit – Generally a good fit but may run slightly small.

Absorbency – OK absorbency but I had leaks during nap time.

Comfort – Inners are soft but the while diaper in general is a bit stiff.

14. THX Newborn

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Fit – Generally a good fit but may run slightly small (similar to Lil Joeys).

Absorbency – OK absorbency but also had leaks during nap time. Absorbency on Lil Joeys are better than THX.

Comfort – Very soft. The minky version is very soft and the outer material is much softer than Lil Joeys. The leg elastics are also soft therefore very gentle to newborn baby’s skin.

There is a Malaysian mama who brings in THX diapers. You can buy them here.

15. Thirsties X-Small

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Fit – Great fit and easy to adjust because of the velcro closure. The crotch is wide but not bulky.

Absorbency – Absorbency is not much. Need add a booster in the pocket for nap time or just to have it last longer.

Comfort – Overall pretty soft, and the double leg gussets are useful to prevent newborn blowouts.

16. Simplex Newborn

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Fit – Fits perfectly and very trim. Will fit a skinny or chunky baby well.

Absorbency – Good amount of absorbency. It lasted through nap time and can easily be boosted as it has pocket openings.

Comfort – Not super soft, but not stiff as well. Very similar to using prefolds and covers as the inners are cotton.

17. Grovia Newborn

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Top pic – Older version but stay dry inner, no leg gaps.
Bottom pic – Newer version with stay dry inner, but gaps at the legs.

There are 2 styles of the Grovia Newborn, older version (leg ruffles turns outwards) and newer version (no ruffles). Both are stay dry topped.

Fit – Older version fit better. Newer version had leg gaps. Both had snap down rise so that helps with smaller babies and it makes the diaper last longer past newborn days too.

Absorbency – Absorbency of both is good. Lasted through nap time with no issues.

Comfort – Not very soft, as the inners are made from a cotton/hemp bend.

18. Tots Bots Teeny

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Fit – Runs big and has no umbilical snap down (to be used after the umbilical cord stump has dropped). EV could only wear them after 2 weeks from birth. Once she could fit, the velcro closure makes the diaper fit really well but can leave some gaps at the legs (because she had skinny legs), but no leaks. Works great for chunky babies.

Absorbency – Great absorbency! It lasted longer hours and nap time with no issues.

Comfort – Overall soft and pretty comfortable.

19. Applecheeks Size 1

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I did not use Applecheeks until this week, which makes her 5 weeks old. They are pocket diapers which I stuff them with newborn prefolds or the Applecheeks 2ply bamboo inserts. As you can see, she has put on quite a bit of weight now compared to the first few weeks in the pictures above.

Fit – Fits perfectly, and a lot of room to grow or even make smaller.Can be a little bulky, depending on what you stuff them with.

Absorbency – Great absorbency! It lasted long and could last through nap times.

Comfort – Overall soft and very comfortable.

Cloth Diapering Newborn Edition

So far she can still fit into all of these diapers (except Thumbkin) at almost 1.5 months but may be growing out of SoCo, Chloe’s Cloth, Lil Joeys, and THX is the next few days because her legs are getting chunky.

I foresee she will still be able to fit into Twinkie Tush, Gray Star Boutique, Baby Hoo’s, Simplex, Tots Bots and Grovia in the next coming month.

Do remember that every baby is different. This is based on my experience with EV and what works for us may or may not work for you. Try all brands and types to see which is best for your baby. I hope you find these reviews useful and help you decide what you will use for your baby!

Next, I will be reviewing some One Sized cloth diaper on EV and update on what my toddler, QB is using at 2.5 years old. Stay tuned and happy cloth diapering!

 

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Newborn Cloth Diaper Stash

Cloth Diapering Newborn Edition

It is without a doubt that we will cloth diaper QB2 when she arrives. We will probably start once she’s home and I will be doing reviews again; this time, mostly on newborn/Size 1 diapers which I didn’t really get to cover a lot with Leo last time. We will still use disposables as and when necessary and will bring those to the hospital too. I just don’t wanna stress about cloth while in the hospital or the first few days (from being an emotional wreck maybe).

I’ve collected enough newborn dipes for this bub and maybe even too many! I just hope I have enough time to review each one before she grows out of it.

For the most part, it is the newborn hybrids and fitteds that I will review more on as there are little information/reviews on them. These are often WAHM (Work at Home Moms) diapers from the US and they make superb quality diapers. Made from all natural materials such as bamboo, hemp, and cotton, these diapers are often more expensive then regular market brands. I will also review and re-review some market brands as well, just to see how they fit and if it makes a difference on a boy or a girl.

Here’s a list of what I have and will be reviewing.

Newborn Hybrids and Fitteds. It is hard to get the exact picture of each of these brands as they are not as widely known to all. But I will attach the brands here. And actual photos when baby arrives!

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They usually look like this; no matter which WAHM. Typically comes with an umbilical cord snapdown and fits from 5-12 lbs (2.5-5.5 kg). I have 10 brands to review.

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Other market brands worth reviewing. These are typically fully waterproof; with PUL or TPU outer and will not require a cover. Some has the umbilical cord snapdown and some doesn’t. They are also AIOs (All-in-ones), except Applecheeks which is a pocket diaper.

  1. Tots Bots TeenyFit

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2. Simplex Newborn AIO

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3. Lil Joeys by Kangacare (same company as Rumparooz)

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4. Grovia Newborn AIO

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5. Thirsties Newborn AIO (old version)

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6. Thirsties Newborn Fab Fitted

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7. Applecheeks Size 1

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That is all for now. These reviews will be for newborn/Size 1 diapers. Will probably do One-Sized diapers later on if there is a need or demand. OS diapers typically will not fit baby until they are probably 7-8kg or 6 months onwards for a better fit.

Speaking of reviews, I would like to review some of our local WAHM diapers too. YES, we have Malaysian mamas here who make diapers as well and I’ve heard good stuff about them! Let’s see if that will happen 🙂 We must support local WAHM.

If you want to read about my previous cloth diaper reviews on my son, you can find it below. But please bear in mind that those reviews were done when he was below 12 months old and some of my experiences have changed (especially on absorbency)! Do read all 5 parts for a better understanding.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Toddler Cloth Diapering

ENJOY!!!

 

 

 

 

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CLOTH DIAPER UPDATE!

Hi guys!

Finally, I have an opportunity to make an update on our current cloth diapering routine. This time, I’m talking about cloth diapering a toddler. It’s all a different story from the last update I did which was in July 2014. I would say that it has been a drastic change and my views has changed a lot. Some diapers that I loved then, I no longer love now. Those which I though would be great, turns out not great at all!

There are many types of modern cloth diapers out there, and we love pockets. They are easy to use and easy to clean. Less problems with washing and drying and very versatile. You can stuff them with anything that absorbs! (yes, even old cut up t-shirts!). I like diapers that are waterproof. To me, it defeats the purpose of wearing a diaper if is gonna leak and get wet, yes? So fitteds are out for me. I love how cute fitteds are, but not for a toddler. For a smaller baby, yes. Because you change them so often anyway. Pockets may be troublesome to stuff, but I don’t mind the process. My pros weighs more than my cons. I love that they stain less (comparing to AIOs which mostly are cotton or bamboo inners which will stain unless using a liner) and very trim too.

So after cloth diapering for almost 2 years now, we have found a diaper (or two) that we love. And “we” meaning my husband and I. And I am gonna share why we love them.

Our NUMBER 1 choice is APPLECHEEKS! This brand is 100% made in canada and can only be bought in the West. No retailers in Asia has got them (yet) and I bought them in the U.S and Canada and ship them back here to me.

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Why Applecheeks?

1. They are easy to stuff.
You will know partly why people dislike pocket diapers is because they need to be stuffed before using. Applecheeks diapers has a wide opening at the center and makes stuffing very easy, even for big daddy hands! This is a plus for me because I don’t like it when my hand gets stuck inside a diaper with sticky PUL. On another note, you can also use Applecheeks as an AI2. Just lay the soaker/insert on top without stuffing.

2. They are easy to wash and dry.
Washing and drying is very important for every cloth diapering family. It is only with easy/good wash routines that you will be able to reuse your diapers. Applecheeks covers are really easy to spray (poop!) bearing in mind that toddler poop is so different from an infant’s. The inner micro fleece does not make poop stick on it as bad and they can easily be rinsed off (unlike cotton or bamboo or other natural material). This way, your covers will be very clean and doesn’t stain so much. I’ve had some stains on and off but they clearly go away after sunning. I do not use any liners inside my Applecheeks. These covers dry very fast and can be reused quickly.

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3. They are easy to put on an fit awesome.
Be it a newborn, infant or toddler. Applecheeks diapers are very easy to wear. You do not need to follow wing snap and hop snap like other brands. You can snap it however you like depending on the size of your baby and how it fits best. These are some of the examples.

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As you can see, you don’t have to vertically match the snaps on either side, and you wont have a weird lop sided fit. The wings snap on perfectly and will not restrict baby’s movement.

4. They contain all messes.
This could be kinda subjective but in general, if you had a proper fit of this diaper, they contain all messes and does not leak. I’ve almost NEVER had a blow out on Applecheeks and even if it leaked, it was because I didn’t change Leo as often as I should. The insert you use will affect your leaky problems too. We had compression leak with microfiber and we never used it again. It is known that microfiber doesn’t work so well with toddlers because they move around a lot and compression leak is common with that material. The ruffles on Applecheeks must be turned out and on the underwear line for the best fit. it shouldn’t leak at all.

5. They are worth my money 100%.
Yes, Applecheeks may not be the cheapest diaper available (especially if you factor in shipping and cost of inserts), but they lasted very long for me and still fits great. Applecheeks come in 3 sizes now (1,2 & 3).  I have used my size 2s for more than a year and they are still in excellent condition. Not to mention also that they have been fitting Leo from 7 months until now that he’s almost 23 months. The elastics are great, fleece is bright white, no tears or leaks.

We use our Applecheeks stuffed with their 2 or 3 ply bamboo insert or prefolds. We had just enough of their inserts but because of budget, we use prefolds mostly. Prefolds are way cheaper and they absorb just as good. Of course their bamboo ply is trimmer but unless you want to save money, Grovia prefolds are great. We love the Grovia ones especially because they are made from bamboo and cotton blend too, just like Applecheeks.

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Applecheeks bamboo insert is made of 70% bamboo and 30% cotton where as the Grovia prefolds are made of 55% bamboo and 45% cotton. In case you’re wondering, the Size 1 (newborn) prefolds fit into AC Size 1 covers and Size 1 (infant) prefolds fit into AC Size 2 cover. These were perfect for my stash.

So those are the reasons to LOVE APPLECHEEKS. I only wished I had tried them sooner and used Size 1s for Leo when he was a newborn. I will definitely stock up Size 1s for the nexy baby!

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The second favorite brand that we use in our stash is Grovia! (maybe you realized the hint earlier already?). We exclusively use only these 2 brands now. I particularly like the Grovia hybrid system (shell+soaker). I also have their AIOs but they aren’t fitting as great now that he’s almost 2. The hybrids fit better and still has a lot of room to grow.

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1. They are pretty trim.

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The hybrids fit really well and are very trim at the crotch and bum area. Absorbency wise, I have to change more often because the soaker gets full pretty fast for Leo. But they still hold well for a couple of hours.

2. They are organic cotton.
I started to dislike synthetic material and had lotsa stinks with them (especially microfiber). Grovia was one of my favorites because their organic cotton soaker was absorbent and did lot leave rashes or funny smells on them. Even though the hybrid system encourages people to use the shell twice and just change the soaker, I often change the whole thing and treat them like an AIO. I also love their AIO which is made from organic cotton too.

3. They have superb quality.
Grovia is probably one of the most well made diaper I’ve ever seen. Their prints/colors do not fade and feels very sturdy. I have had new and preloved ones, and their elastics have not worn out on me even after using for almost 2 years. I actually find no flaw in this diaper at all (except of course, pilling from Velcro which is normal). Their TPU material is great and had no leaks at all.

4. Their velcro is the best.

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I do not use any other velcro diaper except Grovia. After trying numerous velcro diapers, I find Grovia the best and doesn’t irritate baby’s skin. Their soft material is very comfortable and gives a great fit for all sizes of babies. I particularly love it for my toddler because he fits very well in the velcro and I can adjust it to fit better. I am thankful though, that my son has never try to undo his diapers, not ever on Grovia, but he has tried to with disposables and other brands. How, why is that?

5. They have very nice prints and colors.
Admit it. Sometimes we only look at prints or colors of each diaper. I have to say that I do like Grovia’s prints and colors too. They don’t look fake, or repeated or used in other brands. Very exclusive and super cute. This is a point for me because I am not a fussy person when it comes to color or prints. In fact, I don’t mind having the same diaper in the same color. But for Grovia, I want very single one of them!

So there you have it, my favorite modern cloth diapers and why I chose them. They work the best for us and I am slightly OCD when it comes to these things. I will only buy what I use and I will rotate them strictly so that each diaper is used equal amount of time. All those that were mentioned in my previous cloth diapering update has been sold or given away. It really depends on your baby which diaper is best. Gender, build, weight and height matters too. I hope this helps for those who are needing a review in these 2 brands. So keep trying… find the best that works for you and does not break your wallet 😉

if you’re a cloth diapering mama, please let me know what is your favorite and share it with me!

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Cloth Diaper Update/Review Part #5

If you missed the other parts, you can read about them here:

Part #1

Part #2

Part #3

Part #4

Today, we are talking FITTEDS! What are fitted diapers? Here are some facts about fitted diapers and why people made and used them:

– They are not waterproof. They do not have PUL/TPU backing, hence it will get wet.

– Fitteds are usually VERY absorbent diapers. They are made mostly from natural fibers such as bamboo, cotton, hemp, zorb, anything but synthetic. Because they are made from these great materials, they hold more and you rarely have leaks (unless you don’t change them often enough. I would say change every 3 hours or so)

– They are great for overnight! Many people struggle to find an overnight solution and when they do, often fitteds works the best. Because they are super absorbent, they can last all night, WITH a cover over it for it to be waterproof (normal diaper covers, wool pants, fleece pants, etc)

– They give baby’s bum some “air time”. When you wear a diaper with waterproof layer, often it gets warm and baby’s bottom does not get air. This is especially important if your baby has sensitive skin. Fitteds are very good on babies with sensitive skin because their bum is “breathable” and there is no moisture trapped.

– Fitted diapers are mostly one sized. You can fold down the top to expose the smaller set of rise snaps or they have the normal rise snap settings as normal cloth diapers.

– They are more expensive than other diapers because of the material being used.

1. Baby Behinds Fitted

This diaper is made of bamboo and cotton.

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What I like: It is very absorbent. The whole diaper is literally bamboo/cotton so it is very comfortable against Leo’s skin. The cutting is pretty generous and covers a large part of his bottom. I had no leaks or blowouts in this diaper. I see this diaper fitting him for a long time. It may not fit a 1-3 month old, but will fit from 4-5 months until toddler.

What bugs me: The color. Plain white does not look attractive and seriously… it doesn’t look great even when wore with clothes. If there was some prints or something more colorful would be awesome. Sometimes bamboo may get a little stiff after a few washes so this diaper needs to be shaken/loosened after drying (if you get what I mean, haha)

2. Kissaluvs Fitted

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This diaper is 100% cotton outer and very soft bamboo inner.

What I like: This diaper does not have any soaker to snap in or additional layers. It is like an AIO and very easy to use. The inner bamboo is super soft and I wouldn’t mind having that against my skin! Leo fit in it very well and I had no leaks/blowouts too. As you can see, the leg gussets works great around the legs and it will fit Leo for a long time.

What bugs me: This diaper gets wet very quickly and I believe that the absorbency is only for medium wetters. The AIO style without any snake/tongue style soaker makes drying time longer.

 3. Graham Bear Wear Fitted

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I heard that this diaper is handmade and it is very well done. I am not quite sure what is the material used, but it is very soft and very similar to the Good Mama.

What I like: The absorbency of this diaper is great. As a fitted, I haven’t felt any wetness from it even after having it on Leo for 2-3 hours. It fits really well as a OS fitted too! It has rise snaps at the front and you can also chose to fold down the front to expose the smaller set of snap closures.

What bugs me: At the beginning, I struggle with the fit and found it kinda weird. Because there are rise snaps AND front rise adjustments, it makes the top part of the diaper really thin and exposing too much of the thighs. You really have to experiment on the GBW to really get the perfect fit.

 4. Good Mama Fitted

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A diaper that is comparable to the GBW. Very similar material and very well made. The Good Mama diaper is very well-known in the USA and it is handmade by other mamas. Most of the prints are limited edition and they are very expensive. They are also mostly fitteds.

What I like: This diaper is pretty trim and fits great! The soakers are very absorbent and soft to the skin. I love the prints that this diaper has to offer (which is endless!!!) and they are very high quality. I have had no blowouts or leaks and the elastics on this diaper is great.

What bugs me: The only thing that bugs me about Good Mamas is the price. New ones can range from US$40-50! Other than this, it is one of the best fitted diapers.

 5. Eli Monster Fitted

Eli Monster

Eli Monster is a WAHM (Work at home mom) made diaper. The one I have here is cotton outer and inner fabric same as GBW/GM above.

What I like: The fit of this diaper is trim and it is one of my favorite fitteds. It is absorbent and I have had no leaks/blowouts as well. I will definitely get more of this fitted if I have the chance. I think it is not as expensive as the Good Mama. They dry very quickly too.

What bugs me: I think Leo will not fit in it as long as I wanted him to. It is more to the smaller cut (just like Itti Bitti). However, as a OS, it will definitely fit a smaller baby up to 18 months maybe.

 6. Angel Bean Fitted

Angel Bean

This is a WAHM (Work at home mom) made diaper. It is sized and has side snaps.

What I like: This diaper is very well made and the material is pretty soft. The gussets work really well and I have no problems with it at all. The way it is made, I believe you can easily stuff more layers of absorbency in it to let it last longer before the next change.

What bugs me: Leo is wearing this in size M. When I first got it, the seller wasn’t sure if Leo can fit in it because he is around 9.5kg. Currently he still fits it well and still has space for more growth. This diaper has a very large cut and that is the reason it being pretty big/bulky on Leo. When he’s older he will probably fit it better.

Overall review: Fitteds are not my favorite diapers. They work really great and have its benefits. If you are looking for a more natural feel/natural material on baby’s bum, fitteds are the way to go!

So, have you tried fitteds? And what do you think of them?

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Cloth Diaper Update/Review Part #4

I didn’t realize that I haven’t posted these diapers in a while!!! I thought I had them Reviewed on Part #1 but when I checked, I had missed it. So sorry! Not a lot, but here it is.

If you need to find out more on other diapers, check out the other parts by clicking on the links.

Part #1

Part #2

Part #3

1. Bamboolite Day Premium OS

This diaper was given to me by Kendra, a local cloth diapering mama. She wanted my review on it and it was very kind of her to do this. Thank you, Kendra!

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What I like: The fact that this is a local diaper, I am amazed at the quality. It is not too bad and it really is absorbent. It has to be prepped properly before using because it is made of natural fibers. The minky material is very soft and leg gussets works very well too.

What bugs me: It could be a little bulky because its insert is pretty thick. Also, the price. New ones can range from RM50-60 a piece. You can find other local brands cheaper. However, if you manage to get them on sale then it’s worth it.

2. Bamboolite Night Premium OS

Again, thank you Mommy Kendra for this diaper! Leo looks so chunky in this photo!

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What I like: It is a AI2 system where you use a prefold/insert and a cover over it. The cover itself is high quality. It has good leg gussets to prevent leaks and easy to put on, only 2 snaps per side.

What bugs me: The premium night insert wasn’t that great. It said in their website that it can last around 10 hours! I personally don’t think so. I don’t consider Leo a heavy wetter and it was soaked in the morning. No leaks, but soaked! I would use the cover, but the night insert, not so much. Maybe if I can get some other better inserts, it can be a good night solution.

3. Bubblebubs Candies OS

This diaper was lent to me by Jasmine, another cloth diaper mama addict like me. She lent me a few diapers to try out and review. And If I liked them, I can buy them. This is such a great way to know if you really like a diaper. There are so many brands out there and if there were a way mamas can lend each other, we can truly know what works for our babies. Every baby is different eh?

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What I like: This diaper is fail proof! You wont have any leaks if you prep it properly and if worn properly. The minky outer is super soft and the trifold insert is very good. It absorbs a lot and perfect for heavy wetters. I used it at nighttime and it did not leak at all. In fact, some parts of the insert was still dry! I absolutely adore this diaper and I had bought some for myself after returning this to Mommy Jasmine. Not pink for sure, hahaha!

What bugs me: This is a side snapping diaper. To my surprise, it didn’t bug my husband he had put them on Leo like a pro! For me, it’s not really a big issue, just that it’s different. Also, this is a OS diaper. It can fit a tiny baby and a toddler, but only until 15kg or so. So if you have a chunky baby and a big baby, I’m not sure if this diaper will fit for long. But it is a good investment because you will surely use it for a year to a year and a half.

4. Pikapu OS

Thanks again Mommy Jasmine!

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What I like: The ease of use of this diaper is incredible. It is easy to put on and fits most sizes of babies. There are 4 rise adjustments settings so this diaper can really fit a tiny newborn to a big toddler. The double leg gussets makes this diaper leak proof and keeps all the mess inside. This AIO diaper has a tongue style insert which makes drying time much faster and the material is very very soft. The absorbing material is awesomely dry (the dry-est diaper I have ever felt, even when it is full). I would call this a go-to diaper when in a hurry or need a quick change.

What bugs me: Pikapu is not very well known, but it is expensive. Mostly available in Australia and New Zealand, and some parts of Asia. Next would be the Velcro closures. I am not a fan of Velcro, except Grovia. This Velcro seems sturdier than the Bum Genius and many other brands, but it isn’t my favorite. If they had come in snaps it would be awesome. Having said all these, I also went ahead and got some for Leo after returning this to Mommy Jasmine.

5. Willow & Sage OS

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What I like: This diaper is charcoal bamboo lined and comes with the charcoal bamboo insert. CB inserts are very absorbent and soft. It makes this diaper very comfortable for Leo (I believe so because he would poop in them very fast EVERY time I had it on him, haha). It’s double leg gussets keeps all the mess just like the Pikapu and because of the material, it is so easy to spray off the poop. It comes right off fast and very easy to clean. Hubby cleaned them without complaints and even told me that he was impressed at how easy it was. The price of this diaper is cheap too. Range from 25-35 a piece, made in Singapore.

What bugs me: The insert for this diaper is standard and there is no snap down like the Bum Genius or different sizes like the Charlie Banana. Leo is only on the second snap rise adjustment and the insert would stick out from the diaper. I have to fold it down slightly to make it fit. This diaper is also pretty bulky (Leo cries if its too bulky especially at night, telling me he is uncomfortable) and the snaps is not as the other brands. When I say easy, I refer to the way it would automatically fit into the cap and there is no need to count how many snaps away (if you know what I mean).

6. Applecheeks Size 2

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What I like: I LOVE this diaper. It is the only pocket diaper that is so versatile and can be adjusted so easily. The 2 snaps on each wing can easily be placed according to how your baby fits (i.e. if he has chunky thighs, you can snap it further away and tighter if he has skinny legs; you do not need to follow the exact cap for each snap). There are gussets at the back of the diaper and in the front as well, making it more fitting on the baby. This diaper has a lot of room to grow. I can see Leo wearing this pass 2 years if he still hasn’t potty trained. The envelope style pocket makes it easy to stuff (like SUPER easy) and you can stuff more than 1 insert. The pocket is big enough for you stuff more than 1 insert and maybe use for a nighttime diaper.

What bugs me: You cannot get this diaper locally, not even our neighboring countries. I got this diaper from the US and it is not cheap. It also does not come with an insert. You can stuff it with anything possible (i.e. microfiber insert, prefolds, flats, anything you can think off). The leg gussets tend to curl outwards (similar to Baby Beehinds), so sometimes if it isn’t put on properly, it may wick on baby’s clothes.

But I really like the fact that this diaper is trim and yet has so much room to fit on baby. I will definitely get more when I have the chance!

I hope you find these reviews helpful. Again, this is what works for Leo and every baby is different. If you have any questions, please let me know in the comments below or email askmama2baby@gmail.com and I will respond to you.

Stay tuned for the next part of the review: fitted diapers!

 

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Converting Aplix Diapers into Snaps!

Actually, I’ve done this about a month ago! Been wanting to post it up but haven’t got the time to. As usual… my excuse is “I am busy!” I wonder when I’ll ever stop saying that.

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I was never a fan of aplix/Velcro/hook and loop diapers.  The only reason I had bought them was I wanted to have some varieties and make it easier for Papa to handle cloth. The thought of cloth diapering at daycare was also one of it. I wanted people to know that cloth is so easy and not much of a difference putting it on/off like a disposable.

I had bought a preloved Flip cover and it was in Velcro. Often when I have a BumGenius/Flip Velcro diaper on, the front tabs seem to rub on Leo’s belly a lot (probably because my little baby has a belly!) and there was one time after daycare, his skin was all red from the chaffing. I thought to myself, I am gonna convert this Flip into snaps!

Here, I am gonna show you how I did it and how it turned out to be.

Firstly, you need the KAM snap pliers. I bought it at www.sentuhanbayu.biz and was very happy with it. The original intention to buy it was for making my own pacifier clip, which worked very well for us!

Things I used:

1. KAM pliers

2. Snaps (male/female dies)

3. Marker pen to mark where I wanted the snaps to be

4. Ruler to measure

5. Sharp needle/seam ripper

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Here is how the diaper looks like with Velcro (FYI, I did this at night so I’m sorry if the pictures look dark. I had to use the flash)

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I used a sharp needle/seam ripper to remove the thread from the Velcro. The front tabs and the side tabs. I left the laundry tabs alone because I was lazy to remove all of it and that doesn’t bother Leo at all.

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Then, I measure where I wanted the snaps accordingly with the ruler and mark it with the marker. I follow another Flip cover with snaps and made sure the measurement was correct (you can be creative and do it your own way as well).

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It came up about 1 inch apart for each of the snaps.

Then, I use the sharp seam ripper to poke a hole through the diaper and secure the snap into it (make sure you turn the diaper over and secure it on the PUL and not the inner part of the suede cloth, especially for pocket diapers. You don’t wanna ruin them!) I then use the pliers to press it down neatly and it will lock the snaps already.

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Ta-daa! This is the finished product!

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Honestly! After converting some of my Velcro diapers, I feel happy that I do not need to sell them off or stop using them. I fell in love with it again and it feels like they are new!

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On the other side, I also fixed some snaps on my Itti Bitti SIO diaper. My dog (Milo) pulled down the diaper and bit the snaps! I was so mad and thought that’s the end of my Itti Bitti. But then, KAM snap pliers rescued it!

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So after the success of this project, I converted 2 more BunGenius diapers into snaps. The original Velcro was old and yellow.

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How is the condition of your Velcro diapers? Have you ever converted them? Please share it with me!

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Cloth Diaper Update/Review Part #3

More diapers to update and review on! I love my cloth diapers, can you tell? If you missed part #1 and #2. You can read it here —> #1 —> #2

Please also know that most of these diapers are bought and in preloved conditions. I am a believer of used cloth diapers and if taken care properly, these diapers have a high resale value.

Alrightie! Let’s get right into it! Leo will be my model. He is 7 months old and weighs 9 kilograms.

1. Thirsties Duo AIO (Size 2)

Thirsties AIO

What I like: This diaper is probably the easiest to put on a Leo! Only 2 horizontal snaps per side and no flaps/inserts/booster hanging out from the diaper. As you know, putting a diaper on a 7 month old squirmy baby is a challenge. LOL. The inside of this diaper is a stay dry material on top and microfiber sewn in at the back. The stay dry feel is very soft and I would say very comfortable for Leo.

What bugs me: This diaper seems to run smaller than most diapers that I have. As you can see, the rise is pretty low. Leo is already unsnapped at the rise setting and the snap closures are only 1 away from the last! I honestly don’t think that this diaper can fit him long (maybe until he’s a year old?). The AIO is also pretty bulky, as most AIO’s are. Because this diaper does not have flaps/inserts/boosters hanging out, it does take a long time to dry.

2. Baby BeeHinds Magic-Alls (Size M)

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What I like: At first glance, this diaper looks big and bulky (probably because the snap closure flap looks so wide. But to my finding, it fits perfectly and has a very soft minky fabric. I was not a fan of minky diapers, but BBH changed my mind. I have had poop on this diaper and I was amazed to find that it didn’t leak or blowout! Looking at the leg gussets, I thought that this diaper would definitely blowout, and I was wrong. It contained all the mess and I was a happy Mama! As an AIO diaper, just like the Thirsties, it has a suede cloth lining and microfiber sewn in (no flaps, hanging inserts whatsoever). It is not as bulky as the Thirsties and does dry faster too.

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What bugs me: I had Leo in it for about 4 hours in it while we were out. I found that the side of his thighs were wet and had to change his jeans. The diaper was probably full and it wicked onto the leg gussets and his jeans. Absorbency wise, this AIO does not hold as much. I wished they have made the leg gusset go inwards rather than outwards.

3. Bum Genius Elemental

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What I like: Even though Bum Genius has a very wide crotch area, the Elemental is the trimmest. It does not bulk like the pocket diapers. It is also very absorbent and Leo can go pretty long in it before changing. This diaper is also easy to put on (with 2 snaps on each closure) and probably will be easy for babysitters too. Among all the Bum Genius brands, I would go for the Elemental.

What bugs me: For the price of an Elemental, I would rather get Grovia/Simplex/Itti Bitti. The material on made on those other 3 brands feels sturdier and long lasting. This diaper also takes a long time to dry. There are 2 layers of soakers sewn in therefore you have to lay it out nicely before hanging it to dry. Other than that, I would say there are no cons to the Elemental.

4. Flip OS Diaper System

Flip

What I like: If I want to save more money, this is the diaper system I will stick to. Just like prefolds and covers, the Flip allows you to reuse the covers and just change the inserts. I like this system a lot because it is so easy and I can reuse the covers 2-3 times before washing (unless I got poop on the cover). The Flip comes with the special stay dry insert which I only need to lay it in the diaper and use (no need to fold adjust anything). For daytime use, it is convenient, easy and economical.

What bugs me: When I lay the insert in, it is not snapped onto the cover. Often, the insert moves while I change Leo. So sometimes, the insert is “senget” inside. However, I have had no leaks or blowouts in the Flip. This is also a brand from Bum Genius, so it is wide at the crotch and a little bit bulky. It would be even more bulky if you lay 2 inserts in for more absorbency.

5. Grovia AI2 Hybrid Diaper

Grovia AI2

What I like: I love the Velcro/hook and loop on this diaper. It has the sturdiest and strong closure compared to other brand’s Velcro. No doubt the Grovia diaper is pretty expensive but you do pay for the quality. The soaker on this diaper is also very absorbent. I had Leo in it for almost 6 hours (I know it’s too long, but I wanted to test the absorbency), it did not leak or wick onto his clothes. It is also easy to manage as you only need to snap the soaker off the diaper (if I have poop, I only spray off the soaker). The shells can be reused, but most of the time, I just wash it because I don’t have extra soakers to change anyway. The soaker has a waterproof backing so it doesn’t get the shell wet. I would say this is a good swim diaper too because the shell has a layer of cloth and will feel soft on baby. The soaker has a waterproof backing so it doesn’t get the shell wet. I wouldn’t mind to have all Grovia hybrids in my stash J even if they are all Velcro!

What bugs me: The price! LOL. If it was cheaper, I would buy more new ones and enjoy the simplicity or this diaper. Having said how absorbent the soaker is, it does take a very long time to dry. Longer than the AIO’s I have.

6. Itti Bitti Tutto

Tutto

What I like: This diaper is very trim! (Probably the 2nd trimmest diaper besides the Simplex). It fits Leo very well and the minky fabric is soft. There are many layers of absorbency in Tutto and I can customize it the way I want. Leo is a boy so I normally fold more absorbency towards the front. No leaks or blowouts. This diaper is easy to put on Leo too as it only has 2 snaps on the closure (I am a fan of 2 snaps… any more than that, I think twice before purchasing).

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What bugs me: I’ve learn to love the Itti Bitti series, BUT… there are a lot of snaps inside the diaper! Literally. It allows you to customize many options but it is too overwhelming, especially for dads/babysitters/caregivers. I have not send this diaper for daycare use yet because I’m not sure if they will do it right or wondering how come there are so many flaps around the inside. I always prep my diapers before putting them away or sending to daycare, but I will not send this yet. Even though the Tutto is a OS diaper, again, I don’t think it will fit Leo until he’s 1.5 or 2 years old. It runs pretty small in sizing BUT if you have a newborn, I would suggest the Tutto as you can use it for at least a year.

7. Itti Bitti D’lish AIO (Size L)

IB AIO

What I like: As all IB diapers are, very trim. It fits Leo perfectly and I can tell he feels comfortable wearing this diaper. The AIO is less complicated than the Tutto or the SIO. Similar to Simplex, it only has one flap/tongue insert hanging. Very easy and quick to put on Leo even though he squirms around.

What bugs me: Besides a longer drying time, I have no problems with this diaper. I only hope that Leo can fit in them longer. He is already wearing the largest size and I am not sure if he can fit until he’s 2. IB diaper range does run smaller in sizing compared to most brands I have tried.

8. Itti Bitti D’lish SIO (Size L)

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What I like: I like the SIO more than the AIO because of the absorbency. The SIO can hold more and I can customize the inserts as you like. Even with all the inserts/boosters in the diaper, it is still very trim. No blowouts or leaking happened to Leo. I have also read that the SIO can be used a night time diaper. I have not personally tried it but I will after using it more often. The inserts dry quickly because you can unsnap the inserts to dry separately. And of course, if I liked minky fabric, I would get a ton of IB in my stash!

What bugs me: Again, just like the Tutto. The snaps inside can be confusing and overwhelming. If I want convenient/easy to use diapers, I won’t for go for the SIO.  I will also not use this diaper for daycare yet until the caregivers are more comfortable with cloth diapers first. This diaper is pretty expensive. If I wanted to save money, I will not get the IB brand. Maybe the Grovia would be better for its quality and versatility, but not IB.

Are you a user of any of these diapers? If yes, please let me know what you think of them! Share it with me in the comments below.

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Cloth Diapering 1:1

I know some moms have so many questions regarding cloth diapers and how to go about them. Some hesitate to start because they do not know exactly what to do. When I was pregnant with Leo, I researched a lot about it and I’ve learnt so much through other moms’ blogs and YouTube videos. We have been cloth diapering for 5 months now and I have to say, it is easier than it looks! Seriously!  So I am gonna answer these questions regarding cloth diapering in my post below:-

  1. What do you actually need?
  2. How do you wash the diapers?
  3. What about the poop?
  4. Where do you put the dirty diapers?
  5.  How do you hang them dry?

This is our cloth diaper set up and what we use for Leo.

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His diapers are ready-to-use in the first drawer. I keep them there so that it is easy to change him. He moves a lot now so I have to keep an eye for him or he might fall off the change table! I have a little more diapers now. I sold off those that I did not use and got more of the ones that I like that works best for us. I will make a cloth diaper stash update soon.

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I used to fold my cloth wipes so that they “pop-out” when I pull them out just like normal wipes, but now I don’t.

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I figured there is no need to fold them nicely because at the end, I am gonna need one fast and sometimes, they get stuck in the wipes container. This was a regular disposable wipes container, which I am no longer using. This container cannot fit as many cloth wipes too. It was only more trouble to fold them and put it in.

Now I use a normal container that I had bought from Daiso for RM5. Super cheap! And I can keep ALL my cloth wipes in it. Just throw them in and use whenever I need. I do not pre-wet my wipes because I find it yucky (bring soiled with water for a few days?) I just spray on each wipe as I use.

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What is in my spray bottle? Only water. I do not use any soap or special solution. I did, at one time wanted to make my own solution or maybe just a little baby soap but there is really no need for that. I find that wiping Leo with water alone is good enough to clean all the mess.

Again… I can use as many wipes as I need. Cloth wipes (I use regular wash cloths), are so much bigger and can clean very well compared to disposable wipes/wet tissues. If you remember my previous post on vacation —–> HERE. I mentioned that on disposables,  I had to change him a few times when his diaper was not even full because we went swimming. With so many changes, I felt bad that I threw away diapers just like that. With cloth, I do not have to worry because I will wash them anyway. I can use as many as I’d like. Same as wipes… I use 2-3- disposable wipes to clean a mess. That is a lot of money in the long run.

Once I remove his dirty diaper, I put it into the diaper bin/wetbag. I use a wetbag when I am away from home/daycare. At home, I just open the lid of the bin and throw it in. The bin I am using is a regular trash bin from IKEA. I think I got it at RM45 or so… it is easy to use and in actual fact, you can just use a normal trash bin. No need for anything special, really. I put a pail liner in the bin so that it keeps the mess or if I have any wet diapers in there. The liner is waterproof as well (just like the outside of a cloth diaper). When it is laundry day, I simply take off the lid, take the liner to my washing area and start laundry. That’s all. I have 2 pail liners to rotate. The liners I use is from Grovia.

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I will pour all my dirty diapers into my washing machine and start the laundry. This is what I typically do:-

  1. Run a quick wash cycle with full water capacity without detergent (to remove all the pee/poop)
  2. Run a normal/soak wash cycle with full water capacity with detergent (around 1.5-2 tablespoons per wash for 15 diapers)
  3. Take the clean diapers out and hang dry

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Sounds easy? YES, it is that simple! I use full water capacity to rinse diapers because rinsing is the most important part. It removes all the dirt and makes the diapers cleaner.

I use Rockin Green detergent as it is the best cloth diaper safe detergent. Using non cloth diaper detergent may cause your diapers to repel water… only if you do it VERY often. I bought this pack for RM55 and I am still using the same first pack that I bought. It has been 5 months and I still have more than 1/3 of detergent! They last very long and not expensive at all!

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Now that Leo is taking semi solids once a day, his poop may not be 100% water soluble (but still, they wash clean almost99%). I use a diaper liner to prevent staining or just so it is easy to dispose of the messy poop and then wash the diaper as usual. You can now get flushable liners easily too. When Leo has a supermessy poopy diaper (which only happened twice so far), I will just spray it off in my toilet with the water sprayer. It takes less than a minute and then put it in the pain as usual with the other diapers.

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I hang them on my normal clothes hanger and it will dry by the next day, unless it is raining. As you can see, I do my laundry at night because it is the only time I have besides the weekend. If there is hot sun in the weekend, I will dry them under the sun and it removes stains magically. The sun is the best bleach for your diapers 🙂

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Leo rarely develops diaper rashes. He will only get them when his diaper is not changed often enough. You can get cloth diaper safe rash cream pretty easily now. I use Thirsties Booty Love which I bought at RM25 per jar. Yes, it costs more than the normal Drapolene or Bepenthen but again, cloth diaper safe cream is made of natural ingredients. If you get some organic ointment as diaper cream, it may cost even more. Normal rash cream can work too but it may cause your cloth diapers to repel water in the long run. But if you do have to use those, just put a nappy liner on. It will protect the diaper from the cream.

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p/s: you diaper will not repel water if you use normal cream/normal detergent once. It is only if you keep using them for months!

So there you have it. I hope I answered most of your questions regarding cloth diapering and I hope that you may think about switching to cloth or at least try it out. If you have any feedback/questions do share them with me in the comments below. If you do cloth diaper, let me know your routine and how you handle them.

 

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Cloth Diapering at Daycare

I had written this post 2-3 weeks ago and I still have not posted it! Urrgghhhh… don’t ask me why! I just had to much to do and so little time! I even wanted to put some actual pictures but they are taking forever. So no actual pictures this time, but I promise one very soon! So Leo has been at daycare for slightly more than a month. This post was written last 2 weeks. Here goes:

It has been 3 weeks since Leonidas started daycare and have been fully cloth diapered there. I am so glad it turned out well and the helpers are favorable over cloth diapers. Then again… we pay them a big amount at daycare, can they say no to what we want? I know in the States there are rules/law at daycare. Some strictly note that only disposables are allowed. They even have rules for milk! (i.e. frozen ONLY or thawed ONLY or bottles must be provided WITH milk inside, etc etc) Thankfully Malaysia does not have such rules/law to state exactly what can or cannot be done.

Leonidas is the only baby in cloth diapers at daycare. The other kids are in disposables. When I first mentioned cloth, we did get a confused/black stare from the helpers. Particularly, Rita, one of the helpers. After explaining how it is done, she said ok. It was such a hectic Monday on his first day, we didn’t even have time to explain how to put it on/take off. The difference between and pocket diaper or an all-in-one diaper. We needed to explain how to use a bottle warmer (I’m quite surprised they do not have a warmer!), what time he feeds, and there was so many distractions!

Anyway, they manage to cloth him and didn’t really have much of a problem. I did mention to Rita, that if Leo poops, just throw the dirty diaper into the wetbag and I will wash them at home as usual like I always do. She was so shocked and said that she will not let me bring back yucky poopy diapers. She said that she will rinse them first. Well, I only thought that they may be busy and rinsing isn’t really necessary. Why?

1. I do not want them to think that cloth is such a hassle, because it is not! I wanted it to be easy for them. Take off dirty diaper, put on clean diaper, throw dirty diaper into a wetbag. Just like a disposable… only don’t throw it in the trash, LOL.

2. They do not know the difference between the types if diapers I bring and if they rinse a pocket diaper, the microfiber insert will be super wet! They don’t know that the pocket diaper is “stuffed” so she actually needs to remove the insert. (Yes, a few times I had found wet pocket diapers superbly soaked and heavy! It made my wetbag so heavy and almost leaked right through!)

3. DETERGENT! After a few days at daycare, I found out that they rinsed diapers smell a little like baby soap. I figured that they rinsed it in soapy water. If you cloth diaper, you will also know that CDs are sensitive to detergents. You should wash them only in CD safe detergent. It wasn’t like a big issue, but I would rather not have them rinse in soap because I don’t want my diapers to repel water.
FYI: CD’s are not to be washed in normal detergent because it can cause detergent build up after a long run and then it will start to repel water and hence, not absorbing pee/poo. Also, those detergents can be harsh on baby’s skin. But, I know of some who use regular detergents and never had a problem! 🙂

So far, we have no issues with cloth diapers at daycare and I have to say, the helpers are getting the hang of it already. Learning how to snap diapers and adjusting them to fit nicely (even when I prep Velcro diapers so it is easier for them, on some days, they come home unused! This is awesome!)

I usually pack 4 diapers for daycare a day (mixture of Simplex, Bum Genius and Charlie Banana). I will change Leo into a new diaper before sending him to daycare at 8am. He will be there until 6pm and 4 changes are usually sufficient. I put a double zippered wetbag together for soiled items to be brought home. The bigger compartment is to store dirty diapers and the smaller compartment for his dirty clothes. It looks something like this:

wetbag

Cloth diapering outside of home is so easy and doable! Let me know if you cloth diaper as well and how did you handle daycare/sitter?

Thanks!

 

 

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