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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.

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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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Gifts Ideas for Baby & Mama

Usually, people give you gifts when you just had a baby here in Malaysia; or some during the “full moon” celebration of baby when they are a month old. Those who come and visit you will bring you something for the baby and often, they are things which you really don’t need. I am not writing this because I am ungrateful or anything. I just wanted to share my experience and give some ideas on things that baby and mama will surely appreciate.

Again, these gifts are what people will bring when they visit you at the hospital or at home. I am not referring to large items (cot, bouncer, pillow, thermometer, etc) that are requested/given during baby showers. These are small things that friends/family want to bless you with when they come see baby for the first time.

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The most common gifts people will give are newborn hampers. Consisting of a set of clothes, mittens, booties, and maybe some baby bath/feeding related items. I personally find these really expensive and have not much use for them – except the bath items. Reason is because baby may have already outgrow newborn size clothes and maybe the baby has certain skin sensitivity to certain brands of bath items or feeding bottles. Not to mention, if the mother is breastfeeding, it will be a while before those bottles are put to good use.

When QB was born, I am thankful that I have friends/family and other mama friends that asked what I needed as a gift. I was happy to tell them what we need. Of course, cash gifts are always great. Because there are hospital fees/bills to clear. Baby’s medical follow ups. And whatever the parents need to use it for. If you aren’t sure what they need, ask the Mama what she needs and I can guarantee a 100% she will tell you 😉

Here’s my list of items for baby that I personally find very useful and will definitely be put to use.

1. Disposable Diapers

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Baby goes through so many diapers a day for the next 2-3 years! Diapers are always a necessity. I am a cloth diapering mama, but having some disposables will always come in handy. I would recommend getting larger sized diapers too as baby outgrows them quickly.

2. Baby Wipes

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I remember when a friend asked me what I needed when QB was born and I said wipes – LOTS AND LOTS OF WIPES! She was shocked at my request but proceeded anyway. She got me about 10-20 packs of wipes and boy, did that last me a long time! Wipes are great for diaper changes, cleaning spit ups, wiping the counters, wiping baby’s mouth when they’re on solids, cleaning cutlery – you name it! I even use wipes for myself sometimes.

3. Receiving blankets/swaddles/muslin blankets/burp cloths/hankies/cloth wipes

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Whatever you call it, I am referring to cloth items that will soak baby spit ups, spilled milk, and crazy breastfeeding letdowns. New babies up to about 3 months will spit up a lot and you will be using a few pieces each day. At least for me, I did. The blankets can be used to lay on the bed too, just to protect it from pee/poop explosions. Or what my hubs would say – “SPRAY POOP”. Swaddling blankets are not just used for swaddles but also to keep baby warm as a blanket, nursing cover, laying it on the changing mat, or wherever you need to lay baby down. I find many uses for them and could never have enough!

4. Bath items (good ones)

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I know some may be particular on brands or types of bath items used for baby. This also depends on baby’s condition like skin sensitivity or if baby has eczema. Its always good to ask first before purchasing.

 

For baby, I really think those are the only necessary essentials. Here’s my list of items for Mama that may be helpful. Especially breastfeeding mamas! But these items are not needed in huge amounts like diapers and wipes. Just a couple will be sufficient for Mama.

1. Nipple cream

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During the first month or first few months, breastfeeding is a challenge. Especially for first time moms. You will have sore nipples and even bleeding ones if your baby is not latching correctly. Of course with help, it will be fixed. But having a nipple cream is very helpful to ease the soreness not just from a bad latch, but from feeding your baby every 30 mins, around the clock! If there is no need for Mama to use it, these creams can also be applied to baby’s bum to prevent rashes.

2. Breast pads

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Again, you will leak milk during the first few months of breastfeeding. Having a good quality breast pad to soak up all the milk is very important. Not only does it prevent itch and rash, it keeps the area clean and dry.

3. Food

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Be it a home cooked meal, herbs from the store, or anything to help out in supplying meals for the family will help a ton. I am a mom that cooks for the family at least 4 times a week and do not have a maid/confinement lady. So not having to worry about cooking will take the stress out of me. Or at least preparing/bringing some groceries will ease the burden of restocking the pantry. Again, this is subjective – unless there is a hired confinement lady or maid at home, this may not be essential after all.

Basically, items for mama really depends on her situation. It is always better to ask her what she needs. These are the items that I personally would use and would be grateful for them. Items for baby is pretty much straight forward. Diapers and wipes are awesome.

What are your gift ideas for new baby and mama?

 

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Toddler Play Win!

Often when it comes to entertaining Quackaboy, we’re out of ideas to keep him busy. I stumbled upon a Facebook article on toddler play ideas and thought to give it a try!

One of it was easy as we had the items in our house already.

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CARDBOARD BOX.

A huge one. We gave him markers and colored pencils to draw on it while sitting inside. And Daddy added to make it look like a mini spaceship too.

Well, it was very successful and he was playing in it for over an hour. And the next day, and the next day too…

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From a spaceship, he made it into a car, and then into a house.

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Happy toddler = Happy parents!
(Dad gets to workout, Mom gets to make dinner, and Grandpa gets to rest)

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After the Christmas season, and playing with his Xmas toys, he has forgotten about the box. But we’re okay with that because any toy, over time, will become boring or too common for him. We have been saving an even bigger box for him to play one day when he gets really bored or when he just needs new stimulation.

Maybe by then time QB2 comes, the bigger box will be useful to keep him occupied a few hours! 😀

If you haven’t tried this with your toddler, GIVE IT A GO! 

Let me know how it turned out!

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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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32 Weeks Bumpdate + Belly Belt!

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32 weeks and 8 more to go! WOW time has really flown by with this pregnancy. Honestly, it feels fast but slow at the same time. I can’t wait to meet this baby girl and have everything almost prepared for her arrival; almost. 8 weeks feels pretty fast if you look at it, but 2 months feels kinda far away still. Well, I certainly don’t want her to come early, so the Christmas season and holidays is keeping me busy and excited and not thinking about how slow February will come.

Recently I have been using the Belly Belt with my jeans.

p/s – I am not affiliated with Belly Belt or sponsored in any way for this review. All opinions remain my own.

I had bought this item when I was pregnancy with QB back in 2013, but never really used it much. I gained a lot more weight with him and my non maternity pants just didn’t fit at my thighs and legs. But this time, my pre pregnancy jeans fits perfectly with this belly belt and I am pretty happy that I don’t have to buy any maternity pants. The only maternity bottoms I bought were 2 pairs of shorts which was on sale for 50% at Ginger Snaps. And… I wear shorts more than anything else because the weather here is crazy!

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Just thought I’d share some photos of this Belly Belt an how it looks like on me and how it fits perfectly. It comes with 4 extension elastics/belts and 3 pieces of different colored fabric to match your pants. So far I’ve only used the shorter band and the black fabric.

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From the front – maybe it’s my camera angle? But I am happy to see that my thighs are not gigantic and I think I look good here :p

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Sideways – Whoaaaa, my butt doesn’t look that huge, really.

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My jeans fit below my belly button, almost near the pelvic joint.

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And nope, my belly button does not pop out. I’ve a pretty deep belly button! From the front – I just can’t zip and button as pre pregnancy would, but the belly belt helps to hold it together like an extension and your panties are covered with that piece of fabric inside.

Please note that I am never comfortable to show off my bare belly like this and in fact, I’ve never done it before! I don’t have a pretty belly to show off anyway. But I decided that I will share this great product and show you guys whats REAL. Stretch marks, fat deposits and whatnot. I have have courage now.

The only thing about using this product is that your shirts has to be long enough to cover your jeans. Or this part of your lower belly/crotch will be exposed. Thankfully, most maternity and nursing tops have a good length to them. So glad that this product has been put to good use this pregnancy. And I’m hoping that my thighs and butt will not get any bigger or else I can’t fit my jeans altogether!

Did you use any maternity products like this or specifically bought new pants during pregnancy? Do share with me what awesome buys you had!

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Red Raspberry Leaf Tea

I have heard the wonders of drinking Read Raspberry leaf Tea during pregnancy, especially in the 3rd trimester to help tone the uterus and aid an easier labor when time comes. I did not try this during my pregnancy with QB, so this time, I really want to see if it works for QB2.

Well, just like many suggestions or old wives tales when it comes to labor, it all really depends on how your body reacts. Some may work, some may not. And as each pregnancy is different, surely labor and delivery will be too. As some may know, QB was overdue last time. He came at 40+2. Trust me, being overdue is NOT fun! You are already feeling super heavy, super tired, and the waiting game makes you so anxious and stressed. This time, I am really hoping that QB2 will come on time or anytime after 39 weeks. I have done all sorts of suggested ideas to bring on labor quicker with QB, but of course it didn’t work, not even after 2-3 membrane sweeps! So this time, I am very determined.

What I know about Red Raspberry Leaf Tea?

In my own research, I found out these information that helped me make the decision to try it.

  1. It tones your uterus and makes it more effective during labor. It also means that each contraction that you have will be deep and makes progress. 
  2. It makes labor pain more manageable (if you’ve done it before, you KNOW how labor feels like). From what I’ve read, many said that the contractions were painful but manageable and when they are checked, they dilated a lot and next thing you know, its time to push!
  3. It reduces labor time. I labored for 7 hours with QB (from when contraction started till he was born). I consider myself lucky because some first time mamas have it for 12-24 hours. Even then, it’ll be awesome if labor was shorter. Not too short, but a good amount of time (no one wants to have baby in the car!).
  4. It helps even in the after birth. Because your uterus is very toned and effective (it knows what to do!), delivering the placenta could be easier too, and it helps shape your uterus back to normal quicker (from the size of a watermelon, back to an orange). That means getting back in shape faster, without a pooch for too long.
  5. It is safe, pretty much proven and no risk. Research also says that it helps in milk supply and breastfeeding too after birth. Reducing the pain of uterine contraction during breastfeeding. 

Here’s a great article written on RRLT during pregnancy and how much to take it —> Red Raspberry leaf Tea in Pregnancy. Google is a great source of information too if you are deciding weather or not to take it. Bear in mind though, that RRLT may not be suitable in the first trimester (again, depends on your body).

Currently, I am taking 2 sachets/cups a day. The recommended amount would be 3-4 cups in the third trimester, but I may increase it probably around 36 weeks onwards; I don’t want to risk any signs of early labor or a premature baby at the same time. I am saying this because I am already having Braxton-Hicks contractions every now and then. My belly would tighten so hard and then get back to normal. Practice contraction is what they call it. It is not painful, just uncomfortable and makes it hard to breathe or eat. Happens to me more in the evenings.

Where can I buy Res Raspberry Leaf Tea?

There are some local retailers that carries this tea but unfortunately, they are not 100% red raspberry leaf (according to the nutritional facts and ingredients listed). They have the same info and write up on it; that it is for menstrual cramps and pregnancy), but I am not so confident. I wanted an organic one and those that had personal reviews and experiences so I chose to buy from iHerb.

If you’re not familiar with iHerb, it is an online store from the US and they specialize in health, beauty, baby and mostly organic products. Recently, they have been pretty famous in Malaysia and ships direct to us; which is super awesome! Also, now you can change the currency to MYR which makes it easier to see the prices and they have pretty good discounts and deals often. If you want to give it a try, feel free to use my DISCOUNT CODE —> or LRB354 when you checkout for USD$5 off your first purchase! A very good deal indeed. You save RM20+ and that’s the price of one box of this Red Raspberry Leaf Tea!

Here’s the RRLT that I bought. I bought 2 different brands to try because they both seem to have great reviews and they’re both organic. I wanted to try both just for fun and to satisfy curiosity.

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I will keep you updated on the results and give you guys updates too along the process. I am taking this tea religiously because I am praying that it’ll work!

Have you tried Red Raspberry Leaf Tea during pregnancy? If yes, please share with me your experiences!

 

 

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Servicing my Spectra M1 breast pump

I have a couple of things listed on my to-do list before QB2 arrives but one of the most important one was to service my breast pump. Regardless weather you direct latch all the time or you bottle feed, you will use a breast pump in some way; at least for me.

I am that mama who overproduces milk. Now now… don’t say I’m lucky, because when you over produce, it is just as hard as under producing. The strong let down, the baby choking on your milk, the milk that sprays everywhere; let’s just not get there. So knowing my past experience, I know that I will definitely be using my Spectra M1 and I need it to be in tip top condition.

I love my Spectra M1 breast pump, and if you haven’t read my review and comparison with the Medela Freestyle, you can read it here. This was posted back in February 2014 when I first purchased it to use, and when QB was 6 months old, and I was exclusively breastfeeding.

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p/s: Please note that I am in no way sponsored by Spectra Baby Malaysia or have any business ties with them. I purchased everything by myself and all my reviews and opinions remain my own.

I used the pump until November 2014, when QB decided to wean himself. So I had used the pump for 9 months consecutively, 2 times a day. I never serviced it ever, in that time frame. And I haven’t had any major issues besides changing the valve a couple of times. The valve is one of the most sensitive part of the pump as any slight tears or deformity will affect your pumping session and yield. Trust me, I couldn’t even see the tear and when the sales person challenged me to change it, my yield went back to normal. It is common that this will happen because when we wash the valve, we could have accidentally pushed it too hard. Don’t worry, the valve cost RM14 per piece and it wont burn a hole in your pocket!(remember that my review is also comparing quality and value for money).

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Another little issue that I had was that the battery did not last as long as before. It would be fully charged and then will only last about 30 minutes before dying. Other than these 2 minor set backs, the Spectra M1 was awesome.

Since I stopped pumping, I kept my pump back into the box,  and cleaned all the parts well before storing them for the next use. Little did I know that I am so excited to use it again in about 2 months time. I sent my pump to Histopoint at SS18 last week for servicing. When the guy tested my pump, he said it was working just fine. At the highest suction level (level 5) the pressure went to about 300. I was amazed and very happy that the pump is still performing so well, despite being in storage for 1 year! However, he mentioned that the suction could be even better after a general service. I also mentioned about the battery issue that I had so he said the technician will take a look.

2 days ago, I got a call from them telling me that they need to replace the pump battery for me as the battery was weak; hence the problem that I had (which I think happened because I dropped it a couple of times during that 9 months of usage). She also suggested me to replace the pump motor as well. I was a tad bit disappointed to hear that because initially the guy tested and said it was still ok. The reason was she said the suction may not be as good (after using it for awhile) and I can chose to replace it later, but that will mean I have to go back there all the way from KL to Subang) and wait a week before I get my pump back. I did not want to risk it, so agreed to go ahead with the replacements.

I was mentally preparing myself to pay a lot for the replacement of parts. When I serviced the Medela Freestyle that I used, it costs me RM300! I was beyond shocked and I also replaced the connectors for RM129. Well, what do you expect from a pump that costs almost RM2000? Or maybe even more now. I asked her about the price to replace my Spectra M1 parts and I was happy to hear that the battery was RM50 and the motor was RM90. I am so thankful that the total price came up to less than RM200 and not too high that I would rather buy a new pump altogether! I paid a total of RM170 including the service fee and collected it yesterday. The guy tested it again and the highest suction went up too 350.

I got to take back the old parts too. Just for fun 🙂

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They also told me that they have a 6 month warranty for the new motor, starting from the day that QB2 will be born. I asked again to make sure it was legit because I would be deeply upset if they told me it was not and if something really happened to my pump. All I have to do is to bring baby’s birth cert/MyKid and then get it fixed under warranty.

I am very happy with the service provided by Spectra Baby Malaysia so far and I hope that many mamas will experience the same too. Even though I’ve heard some not so good stories about their service, I did not experience the same. My experience was pleasant and the people I spoke to was helpful and informative.

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My Spectra M1 is really value for money. I only serviced it once and I believe I will not have to service it again maybe until baby #3, and after storing it for another year or so (if we will have QB3…). I can’t wait to use the pump again and then have another review on longevity and pump performance.

Are you a Spectra user? How is your experience so far?

 

 

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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

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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

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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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