Lanibaby Cloth Diapers

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Lanibaby cloth diapers are still new to the cloth diaper scene. But let me tell you…. they’re gonna go far.

A little background info. Andrea was a cloth diapering mama that had a slim baby and couldn’t find many options for her son. He was also a heavy wetter- so much so, that she was eventually changing him every 45 minutes. And who has the time for that??? After trying different options for her inserts, different brands, and even triple stuffing her pocket diapers…. she was almost ready to just throw in the towel on cloth diapers. After talking to other cloth diapering moms, she found out that bamboo and hemp were a good combination, but the dry time just wasn’t ideal. The other obstacle was just his size- he was slim with skinny little legs. There needed to be a diaper that offered the natural materials but that fit around his little legs and fit with little to no bulk. Andrea decided that she needed to create the perfect cloth diaper system for her child. Thus, Lanibaby cloth diapers were born! 🙂

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Today. Hello Lanibaby, Heavenly Cloth Diapers! These cloth diapers are pockets with an opening in both the front and back. This makes life SO much easier when it comes to laundry. Because of the two openings, I don’t have to unstuff the pocket- my washing machine does it automatically when it’s agitating.

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Now… let’s talk about these inserts. You can see me freak out about them a little bit here. It was a live Facebook video and there’s a reason why I don’t do them often. #HotMessMom all the way!

 

The inserts are both bamboo and hemp, but they’re constructed in a way that the ends are sewn together, but the middle is open. This allows the smaller inserts to be tucked into the bigger inserts as an AWESOME overnight option but so that they also have a lesser dry time. No more two or three cycles for the dryer! 😉 The top layer is 70% rayon from bamboo, 30% cotton. And the bottoms layer is 55% hemp and 45% organic cotton. Talk about absorbency! Jackson can use the smaller insert through a nap guys- that’s amazing!

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Lanibaby diapers are manufactured in China, in a warehouse that does not employ children, workers get vacation time and sick leave, and have normal work day hours. They do high-quality work and it really stands out with these diapers. These diapers are CPSIA compliant so they meet all USA standards for being used on children.

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Now for my experience. Oh. My. Goodness. I could really relate to Andrea’s struggle with a tiny baby. Jackson is a peanut so having a diaper specifically made for slender babies has been life changing. With the smaller insert, I’m confident that he won’t have any leaks during nap time. And it passed my overnight test when using the smaller insert tucked inside the medium insert! Lanibaby just came out with a larger insert as well, but it was a little too big for me to use with Jackson right now. I do believe that it will come in handy as he grows; it’s a great option for bigger babies! Now… for the cute pictures! You can really tell that the diaper fits him well and that it’s not too bulky on his tiny body. This diaper really felt like it was made for MY baby!

 

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GIVEAWAY TIME!

Who wants to win a Lanibaby cloth diaper? Trust me… You should want to! 😉 Enter in the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win!
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MommyCon Review, Promo Code, and GIVEAWAY 

*Edit- Looking for the 2017 coupon code? Use the code FLUFFBUM17 for $5 off!*
For the third year in a row- I have the pleasure of being in MommyCon’s media team as a blogger. And last year, I experienced MommyCon in real life- instead of just thru the windows of the Internet! 😉 I was 34 weeks pregnant so I was hormonal but I loved having a da away from my kids and husband! I had a day for me, doing what I love! Here’s what I think about the MommyCon events…

MommyCon is freaking awesome! Where else are you going to find a bunch of parents with a mindset like you?! Cloth diapering, baby wearing, breastfeeding, co-sleeping, essential oils… The list could go on and on. Everybody is accepted. There’s no shaming or words being thrown around the mother openly breastfeeding her child. It’s like everyone is on the same team. MommyCon brings that community together and it’s literally one of the coolest things I’ve experienced.

So other than meeting people- what else is MommyCon about? Well… There are some really neat speakers. I had the pleasure of listening to Jessica from the Leaky Boob last year. And maybe it was the pregnancy hormones- but she seriously made me cry. Her words were so powerful that I just couldn’t hold them back.

   

Another person I got to see speak was Jennifer Labit, the founder and CEO of Cotton Babies. She spoke about cloth diapering- mostly how and why to start. She was a very good speaker and I was excited to meet her!

   

I had a total “fan-girl” moment when I met Jamie, the BabyGearGuy. I love following his posts on Facebook and Instagram. He’s just a really down to earth, funny guy. And he knows his stuff! He spoke on car seat safety and answered questions. My sister in law convinced me to go up to him for a picture, which I would have anyways… But I was nervous. 😂 Again, probably my pregnancy hormones.

 

 

Along with bloggers and speakers, you also get to shop. And I like shopping! There were many venders there and they were all right up my alley. Smart bottoms, Pink Lemonade Shop, Applecheeks, Tekhni- and that’s just the beginning! I was really excited to meet Sue, the owner of Pink Lemonade Shop. She also is in Ohio but is still about two hours away from me. I’m happy MommyCon allowed us to actually meet!

 

Now, the swag bag. I wouldn’t recommend going to MommyCon if you’re only going for the goodie bag. There’s so much information and other amazingness to get from this experience than just the goodie bag. But, it is an awesome perk. MommyCon has some awesome sponsors! Because I’m in the media team, some of my items are a little different  than the general admission bags, but here’s what I received:

  

And then here is what I purchased. I could have (and wanted) to purchase some additional things, but I was overwhelmed and couldn’t make a decision on what I wanted. So although I didn’t get everything I had my eye on, I’m still really happy with what I did purchase! And I LOVE my MommyCon shirt! As a matter of fact, I’ve gotten some awesome compliments on it! 😉

   

MommyCon 2015 was really neat and I’m happy that I got to experience it! But now, they’re gearing up for MommyCon 2016! Here is the schedule for this year:

  • MommyCon Atlanta- February 6th
  • MommyCon Chicago- March 5th
  • MommyCon Seattle- April 2nd
  • WEAR: Babywearing Conference (Chicago)- May 27th-May 29th
  • MommyCon Austin- June 25th
  • MommyCon DC: July 23rd
  • MommyCon OC: August 20th
  • MommyCon Orlando: September 3rd
  • MommyCon San Jose: October 29th
  • MILK: Infant Feeding Conference (Orange County)- November 11th- November 12th

 

Can’t wait to buy your ticket??? I have a coupon code for you! Use the code FLUFFBUM16 at checkout to receive $6 off your general admission ticket- not valid on VIP upgrades. This code is good for ALL MommyCon events, including WEAR and MILK!!! 🙂

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Now- enter to WIN a pair of MommyCon general admission tickets! Pick the city you would attend. Please be aware that this covers the ticket ONLY and does not include travel or hotel stay.

 

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Diaper Dawgs Cloth Wipes

Have you heard about Diaper Dawgs Cloth Wipes?

Diaper Dawgs were created by a cloth diapering mama that wanted to get rid of the ick factor (or at least cut it back some) when taking care of the poop messes that comes with cloth diaper territory. You can see my review for these handy little guys here. After the success of Diaper Dawgs was apparent, the makers of Diaper Dawgs decided to come out with a new product- cloth wipes. But what makes these wipes so special from the hundreds of other brands you can try?

These wipes are like gloves. Yes! There is an opening that you can stick your hand in to wipe the bum. No more crossing your fingers that your wipe doesn’t slip up and hope poop aren’t under your nails or on your finger! Or you can use it like my husband does and flip it inside out after the outside is all dirty from a massive poop explosion and use the inside too. This means you could use half the amount of wipes!

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Now isn’t that a neat idea? My husband LOVES these wipes. He actually requested that I replace all of our wipes with them! Now of course, I have many, many wipes so I can exactly do that. But I do like using these a lot.

These wipes are made of 70% viscose bamboo, 28% organic cotton, and 2% polyester with 100% polyester thread. They are 8×6 rectangles that are perfect for big or small hands. They are some heavy duty wipes but are still soft enough for baby’s bum. These wipes are sold in 6 pack bundles. I really like the thread colors that can match your set of Diaper Dawgs! Best of all, these wipes are made in the USA by a group of stay at home moms.

These wipes have gotten me through some messy situations and I’ve been thankful to have them every single time. Want to purchase them yourself? Click on the “What Do You Do With Poop” banner on the right hand side —–> and you’ll be directed to Diaper Dawgs’ website. These wipes retail at $9.95 but at the end of the week, you have a chance to win them! Make sure you are subscribed to the blog by entering your email over there too —-> so you’ll be the first to know about the giveaway! 🙂

Please Note: I received these wipes for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was made. All opinions are my own and 100% honest!!

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A Big Cloth Diaper Giveaway!

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Welcome to The My Lucky Little One Giveaway Event!

Hosted by : Conservamom

Where one “Lucky Little One” Will win a grand prize valued over $695.72!!

With 13 cloth diapers as well as some great accessories this prize pack will be someone’s pot of Gold!

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I have gotten some of the Best Cloth diapering Companies & Stores to Sponsor this fantastic event. Not only will this prize pack include some great cloth diapers but I also have some fantastic Baby/Kid Companies sponsoring some wonderful products that will thrill any little one.

The Prize Pack includes

1 Thirsties Pocket Diaper $16.50
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1 bumGenius Freetime Cloth Diaper (sponsored by Diva Diapers) $19.99
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1 Blueberry Diaper (sponsored by Kissed By The Moon) $23.95
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1 $25 Gift Certificate to Lalabye Baby Cloth Diapers
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1 $25 Gift Certificate to Rozy Bunz Cloth Diapers
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1 Green Smart Bottom Cloth diaper $23.00
 
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1 Imagine Pocket Diaper (print may vary)(sponsored by Cloth Diaper Geek) ($12.95)
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1 Kushies Cloth diaper pack Retail: $39.99 (includes:2 Ultra-Lite Diapers, 2 Washcloths, 2 Washable Cotton Diaper Liners,10 Flushable, Biodegradable Diaper Liners)
To find out more about Kushies head over here
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1 Funky Fluff Cloth diaper $20.63
Bamboo 2.0 Diaper (color may vary)
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1 Buttons Diaper Gift Pack $39.00
(Includes:2 diaper covers, 2 diaper inserts, and 1 small wet bag)
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BumGenius 4.0 in Hummingbird $17.95
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YES! That’s a total of Lucky #13 diapers for one winner!
 
Other Great products int this gift pack:
 
2 Pairs of Pediped Shoes total value $35 each (tota $70)
Winner’s choice of boy or girl and size 0-6, 6-12, 12-18 or 18-24 months
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Vans Gift Pack $39.00

3 free coupons for dry snacks ($4.49 ea.),3 free coupons for the frozen line ($3.99 each)Van’s shopping tote ($5)Van’s water bottle ($7)
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Pugo Cloth Diaper Safe Rash & Thrush Salver
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Wooden Toy Coyote made of wood sealed with beeswax for hours of imagination fun! $9.00 imagineiff
Grandma El’s Rash Cream $8.99
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Changing Diapers A Hip Mom’s Guide to Modern Cloth Diapers $17.95
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Gen-Y Tag Along Wet Bag $8.99
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Molly’s Suds Cloth Diaper Powder$14.99mollyssuds
 
Diaper Dawgs $7.95
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Zookatoosh Pants from Zookaboo Rv$22
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$50 in MAM Baby Products($50 gift package of MAM Anti-Colic bottles and pacifiers)
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2 Tortle Hats $19.99 each (total $40)
Find out more about Tortle Hats here
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$25 Katazoom Gift Card Giveaway
 
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Piggy Paint Mini Gift Set $14.95

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Oilo Play blanket retail is: $64
 
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Balm! Baby Juice those Wipes $13.95
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For a Grand Total Prize pack of: $695.72

Can you imagine winning this pack? Well head over below to the Rafflecopter to enter.

Giveaway ends on 3/18 at 11:59. Open to US residents only.

Winner will be verified and must be a fan of all the Sponsors to win.

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Disclosure: This blog, nor Conservamom are responsible for the fulfillment of prize. This blog was not financially compensated for giveaway. This giveaway is in no way associated with, sponsored, administered, or endorsed by Facebook, Twitter, Google, Pinterest or any other social media network.All opinions and experiences are my own. Open to the US , must be 18+. Confirmed Winner(s) will be contacted by email and have 48 hours to respond before a new winner will be drawn. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of the giveaway. Sponsor will be responsible for prize fulfillment. The disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. For questions or to see your product featured in the next Big Event you can contact Elia At Conservamom

 

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Meal Planning

Once upon a time, I started planning my family’s meals every week. We started saving money at the grocery store from not buying extras and there was no questioning what was for dinner because it was listed on the fridge. For some odd reason, I just stopped doing it. I found we were starting to waste food, spent more money at the grocery store, and we would eat late at night. On a mission to eat better, go to sleep earlier, and save money, we I decided to start meal planning again! Here’s this week’s menu:

Monday

  • Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs, Toast & Yogurt
  • Lunch: PB&J with Carrots
  • Dinner: Hamburger Soup from The Pioneer Woman

Tuesday

  • Breakfast: Oatmeal
  • Lunch: Leftover Soup
  • Dinner: Chicken with Mustard Cream Sauce (also The Pioneer Woman), Baked Potatoes & Salad

Wednesday

  • Breakfast: Sausage Sandwich and Bananas
  • Lunch: PB&J with Grapes
  • Dinner: Roast, Potatoes & Carrots in the Crockpot

Thursday

  • Breakfast: Eggs, Toast, and Apples
  • Lunch: Mac n Cheese with Peas
  • Dinner: Lasagna, Garlic Bread, & Salad

Friday

  • Breakfast: Pancakes and Yogurt
  • Lunch: PB&J with Celery
  • Dinner: Sausage, Potato, & Kale Soup (The Pioneer Woman) with French Bread

The weekend is usually our free days. We never really know what we’re going to be doing or if we’re even going to be home. So I usually make sure we at least have the essentials in our house for weekend meals. And some weekends, we find ourselves at a family member’s house or out running errands so it’s easier to pick up dinner. We also do our weekly grocery shopping on Sunday, so we typically decide that day what we want to eat that evening. This has really worked for us as far as eating better and saving money!

Do you plan out your meals weekly?

 

 

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Our Cloth Diaper Wash Routine

Cloth Diapers can be complicated, but I believe it’s only as complicated as you make them! I will totally admit that I was super overwhelmed when we decided to make the switch from disposables. There was so much information to read, to take in, and to just learn. A lot of things are just trial and error and you can’t really read enough to just figure that stuff out. You don’t know what inserts you’ll like, what type of diaper will work for you, what cloth diaper wash routine will work, so on and so forth. Some people make the wash routine complicated. Me… I make it as simple as can be:

  • Warm Rinse, no detergent.
  • Heavy Duty Wash, with detergent
  • Cold Rinse and Spin

And then you’re done! Bahda-bing. Bahda-boom. I throw everything in the dryer with wool dryer balls for 20 minutes, take out the covers and AIO diapers, and then finish drying the inserts, prefolds, and cloth wipes. The detergent needs to be what works for you. In our house, we use Gain. We’ve tried cloth diaper detergent and it didn’t take out our ammonia issues. We tried ALL free and clear, also didn’t take out our ammonia issues. We switched to Gain and have had no problems. It canceled out the warranty in our bumGenius diapers, but most of them were bought used anyways. We use a small amount of bleach about once a month to really clean them and use RLR Laundry Treatment as needed. The dirty diapers are in a hanging “rubbish bag” that was bought from Alva Baby. I spray off any poopy diapers and then just throw them in the bag. I usually wash every other to every two days. It honestly depends on the stink from the bag, how many diapers have been used, and if I really want her to wear a diaper that day that was in the bag dirty. I have so many things going on that I just can’t handle complicated.

So tell me, what’s your wash routine with your cloth diapers? And what detergent have you found works in your house??

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BB-Cloth Diaper Review

BB-Cloth makes one-size pocket cloth diapers in a variety of fun prints, solids, and football team logos! They’re affordable and adorable. So what more could you really need?!

A little bit of background of BB-Cloth: This company was created November 1, 2013 after noticing the lack of football team cloth diapers on the market printed on PUL fabric. The company has since taken requests for new teams and other prints. Each design is their own and is made in a limited quantity.

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Chevron is super popular in our house so this diaper is more than just a pretty design! This diaper also came with a bamboo blend insert. Their insert worked so well that I didn’t have to double up on inserts like I usually have to do with any other diapers. This made the diaper super trim and not bulky. I was very surprised that the one insert worked so well for Baileigh! I usually have a horrible time with new diapers because she’s a heavy wetter and it takes a lot of trial and error to figure out how much pee that particular diaper will hold and if it can withstand a long car ride or her 2 hour naptime.

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I was very impressed with this diaper. It is similar to an Alva diaper, but with higher quality. Since it does compare to an Alva, you could also use it as a newborn diaper folded like this.

BB-Cloth also has a variety of fun prints that have JUST been released! And aren’t they adorable???

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Want to win a BB-Cloth diaper for your baby? Enter in the Rafflecoptor below!! 🙂

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Please Note: I received this BB-Cloth diaper for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was made. All opinions are my own and 100% honest!!

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10 Things Only Cloth Diapering Mamas Understand

10 things a cloth diapering mama will understand

Here are the top 10 things only cloth diapering mamas understand! Be sure to leave a comment at the bottom with something you think needs to be added!!

1. Stalking B/S/T sites for the limited edition prints.

2. Letting baby run around in a t-shirt (and baby legwarmers if its cold) so you can just stare at that pretty diaper on the bum.

3. One load of laundry being washed continuously all day long.

4. Needing to buy a size up in baby’s pants- waist doesn’t fit, length too long, fits tight in the bum.

5. Being up close and personal with poop… sometimes multiple times a day. Thank God for a Spray-Pal and a diaper sprayer!

6. Talking about cloth diapers. Dreaming of diapers. Thinking of diapers. All. Day. Long.

7. Shaking your head when someone doesn’t get your obsession.

8. You’re constantly looking for a new way to store your stash.

9. You enjoy folding diapers and diapers are always folded while the rest of the clean laundry sits in a basket. Unfolded.

10. Stalking your mailman when you are expecting fluff mail. And the day seems to go by so slooooooow until he/she shows up!

 

Bonus: Building your paypal account by transferring just a few dollars at a time to buy a new diaper… and hope the husband doesn’t notice!! 😉

 

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Crunchy Moms Website Review

Babies don’t come with an instruction booklet…. although it would be pretty rad if it just came out with the placenta or something. Some moms go with the flow, while others spend day and night researching how often to feed a baby, what color poop is normal, and if those noises really did come out of that tiny baby. Luckily for us, all the useful junk stuff for babies do come with instructions. A small instruction booklet sometimes isn’t enough though. Sometimes you need to actually see whats happening on a person and not a drawing. That’s where Crunchy Moms comes in! Crunchy Moms is the kind of website that I hope Fluff Bum Babies will be someday…. (ahhh the dream!)

If you’re on the lookout for a “crunchy” product review, then you need to head over to the Crunchy Moms website. They have just about any natural parenting topic you would want to read about. Today, I went on their website and read about how to buy raw milk. Where can you find an article about that?! I’ve found a lot of other information on the site helpful as well. From pregnancy to parenting, they cover everything! Something I really like about their site: they aren’t just informative. Crunchy Moms also has a forum that members can post in and relate to each other. Yeah, you could get on Facebook but you may end up involved in a Mommy War with people disagreeing on your natural views on parenting. At Crunchy Moms, you’re all there because you are all like minded- wanting to research and go about this journey of parenthood with as much knowledge on the natural ways of living as possible.

As if reading all this awesome information and talking to other like minded mamas wasn’t enough, they also run giveaways regularly. They currently have a giveaway for a mini carrier- a carrier for your child to baby wear like you! And who doesn’t like to try and win free stuff? Entering a giveaway at Crunchy Moms means you’re also entering a giveaway for something you know you will end up using! 😉

Make sure you visit Crunchy Moms on their website HERE, their Facebook HERE, and their Twitter HERE and tell them Fluff Bum Babies sent ya!! 🙂

 

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BabySteps Electric Food Mill F900 by KidCo- Product Review

When I started using the reusable pouches, like Yummi Pouch, Ufill, and the Little Green Pouch, I wanted to put more than just applesauce or yogurt in them. Afterall, when Plum Organics hid a veggie in their pouches, my girls ate that up!! So why couldn’t I do it too??

My problem was that I did not own a food processor or a baby food maker. I would have to get out my blender (which we don’t use often) to make anything for the pouches. I just didn’t feel like my big blender was right to make small batches of something. It was nice when I’d make smoothies for the whole family… but 2 little pouches for the girls? This is where the Electric Food Mill comes in! I feel like it saved the day! Here are the features, direct from their website:

Features
  • 2 cup bowl
  • Non-skid bottom
  • Turbo button for pulsating rotations
  • Blending attachment for more thorough mixing
  • Dishwasher safe; except for motor/housing

– See more at: http://www.kidco.com/products-page/preparation/f900/#sthash.HuqgWOId.dpuf

Features
  • 2 cup bowl
  • Non-skid bottom
  • Turbo button for pulsating rotations
  • Blending attachment for more thorough mixing
  • Dishwasher safe; except for motor/housing

– See more at: http://www.kidco.com/products-page/preparation/f900/#sthash.HuqgWOId.dpuf

Features
  • 2 cup bowl
  • Non-skid bottom
  • Turbo button for pulsating rotations
  • Blending attachment for more thorough mixing
  • Dishwasher safe; except for motor/housing

– See more at: http://www.kidco.com/products-page/preparation/f900/#sthash.HuqgWOId.dpuf2 cup bowl

  • 2 cup bowl
  • Non-skid bottom
  • Turbo button for pulsating rotations
  • Blending attachment for more thorough mixing
  • Dishwasher safe; except for motor/housing

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Here’s pictures of me blending some carrots and applesauce- Bree and Bai’s favorite snack!!

This food mill is so easy to use and so easy to clean! It has just a few parts that get dirty. It can go in the dishwasher for an easy, quick clean up or you can hand wash it with no problems at all! The only thing that I think would make this even better: if it could also steam foods. When I make they’re Carrot and Applesauce pouches, I have to cook the carrots either on the stove-top or in the microwave. It would be so much easier for the food mill to steam them too! But for now, this works out so much better! I feel like because its smaller, I won’t over make any batches. It takes just seconds to puree which also makes it convenient when you have screaming kids at your feet. I highly recommended this purchase to make baby food, toddler snacks, or just to use as a mini food processor! I actually used it to grind up some oats in this muffin recipe!

Here’s my “recipe” for the Carrots and Applesauce Puree:

  • a few handfuls of baby carrots, steamed or boiled
  • 1/2 cup of applesauce, more or less depending on taste

I just combined them all together in the food mill and let it whip around a few times. And here was my tasty result:

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If you are interested in purchasing this item, click the Amazon link below! (affiliate link) For $26.84, that’s an awesome price!!

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Fluff Bum Babies Exclusive Coupon Code!

Have you heard of Snuggy Baby? If you have, you may be looking for a Snuggy Baby coupon code. If you haven’t… well, they’re a really awesome site that sells stretchy wraps, ring slings, child doll slings, wet bags, and cloth diapers! Oh yes!! Fluff Bum Babies is doing a review for them. So what does this mean for you? (Other than getting to read a review in a few weeks…) They sent us an exclusive coupon code, just for Fluff Bum Babies’ readers!! For a limited time only, use the code shown below at Snuggy Baby’s website and receive 10% off your order!! 🙂 And be on the lookout for the review in a few weeks!! 🙂

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6 Easy, Fun, Quick Things To Do With Toddlers

I have two toddlers, ages 3 and 19 months. Sometimes, its really the little things that they enjoy. Here are 6 “little things” that you can do almost any day of the week, night or day. And I can promise, your little toddlers will enjoy!

  1. Dress Up. If you have little girls, you may have an entire corner dedicated to dress up stuff- tutus, tiaras, high heels, jewelry, etc. But you really don’t need these items to play dress up. A little girl will be just as happy to dress up in Mommy’s clothes and shoes while a little boy will be so happy to try and fill Daddy’s big shoes and his favorite ball cap. Take pictures, make memories. Enjoy the 20 minutes or so that you spend doing this. Someday, you’ll enjoy looking back on how small they were compared to you or Daddy. And putting on those over-sized shoes, clothes, and accessories will show just that perfectly!!
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  2. Bake. Little kids love to make something that they can eat. And who can really blame them?! Next time you’re at the grocery store, pick up an extra thing of Peanut Butter and make those Peanut Butter Cookies that are so easy to make. Or grab one of those cake mixes, frosting tubs, and sprinkles. You can even go as simple as picking up the break and bake cookie dough! Your toddler will love helping you in the kitchen! They can do simple things like add ingredients (with help of course!), stir,  place something on the cookie sheet, or decorate!! Afterwards, enjoy those 15 minutes watching your delicious baked goods in the oven just talking, giggling, and spending some time together.
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  3. Movie Night. I love having Family Movie Night!! Rent a new kids movie at your local RedBox or on your Streaming Device. Turn off the lights, make some popcorn, have some candy… Spend time together watching a new flick and snuggling on the couch under the blankets. Start it right after dinner or have a Pizza Party and eat during the movie too. Plan accordingly and you can have the kids in bed right after the movie is over. This one may be better for more laid back evenings like a Friday or Saturday night but you can even do this during the day!
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  4. Art. This one can be as simple or as complex as you’d like to make it. Grab some paper, some crayons, and just sit at the table and color. Draw your family. Draw a superman. Draw a puppy. Whatever it is, it doesn’t have to be perfect. Your critic is only a 2 year old! You can also get out the watercolors, the play dough, or the finger paints. Make Christmas ornaments in July with Salt Dough. Get some string and macaroni and make necklaces. Just create something. Chances are, your little one will only be into this for 30 minutes or so but it will be well worth the mess!!
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  5. Have a Picnic. The neat things bout picnics, they can be indoors or outdoors. We have picnics often! Set a blanket down on the floor and everyone just take a seat on the blanket and eat. (You could also use a towel.) The best part about this: Pick up the blanket or towel and just put it in the laundry afterwards. Easy! In the spring/summer/fall, we like to take a bike ride into our local park on the bike trail. There’s a little picnic table under shelter just randomly along the trail. In the past, we’ve picked up Subway, a drink or two to share, and some chips. Simple, delicious, and we all enjoy the bike ride!!
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  6. Educate. Once again, this can be as simple or as complex as you make it. Read a book. Get out a puzzle. Put different objects into a clear water or pop bottle. Get out the sand toys but put dry rice or beans in the box. Your toddler loves to explore! And exploring is educating in their world. Get out their favorite book and make up silly stories to go along with the pictures that are different than the book and listen to your little one tell you, “That’s not what happens!” Sing songs like ABCs, The Wheels on the Bus, Apples and Bananas, B-I-N-G-O, and The Clean Up Song. Toddlers LOVE music so using music along with education is perfect!

What little things have you done with your toddlers?? Let me know in the comments below!!

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How to Make a OS Diaper into a Newborn Size

Most cloth diapering mamas know (or at some point realize) that one size diapers will not fit the tiniest of little humans. One size diapers will usually fit about 8lbs to 30lbs but there are plenty of room for leaks or explosions through the rather large leg holes. Here’s how to make a OS Diaper into a newborn size for your tiny baby!

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The diaper that I used was one of my “China Cheapies.” It may take some trial and error on other diapers, but it will work on an Alva. Try this on your newborn baby and share a picture of your tiny Fluff Bum Baby!! 🙂

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The Honest Company Diapers Review

Although we use cloth diapers now 100% since we made the switch, I figured that doing a more natural brand of disposable would be nice for the mamas not ready to cloth diaper full time. Directly from their website:

  • Plant-based (PLA) inner & outer layers — gentle on your baby’s bottom
  • Sustainably harvested pulp – NO chlorine processing or harsh chemical bleaches
  • Natural citrus & chlorophyll odor-inhibitors
  • Bio-based wheat/corn blend in super-absorbent core — less sodium polyacrylate
  • Yes, diapers can be fun too! Cute, stylish designs for girls & boys — updated seasonally! Never miss out.
  • Comfy-stretch side panels & soft, refastenable tabs for perfect fit & wigglability!
  • Securely fitting moisture barrier cuffs prevent leakage & blowouts — fewer accidents, less laundry!
  • Simply pure — NO risky fragrances, lotions, or latex
  • Gentle, safe, and non-irritating for the most sensitive skin

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Honest Co. diapers pledge that they are free of chlorine processing, latex, lotions, fragrances, common allergens, phthalates, optical brighteners, PVC, heavy metals, organotins (MBT, DBT, TBT) & harsh petrochemical additives. If you have read my guest blog post on CloudMom or why we switched to cloth diapers then you already know what harmful things we put on our precious babies. (Click the links to be directed to those posts!) Having the knowledge of what is in your typical disposable diaper, you can feel better knowing that the Honest Co. keeps the diapers free of as many chemicals as they can.

There were things that I like, and things that I did not like…. They hold a lot of pee. And for us, that’s a very good thing as Baileigh is a super heavy wetter. In my opinion though, they do have a very distinct disposable diaper smell. Maybe I just never noticed them in the disposables we used to buy… but I could really smell them. They come in a variety of prints. If you don’t like the plain Jane white diapers or you don’t like Sesame Street characters on your diapers, then these will be perfect for you! They do run a little bit more expensive than the brands in your usual Target store. The Honest Co. is also a monthly subscription box. Each month, you can personalize your order with exactly what you need. If you need a little bit more, you can add more. If you need less, you can get less! If you want to “try” the different products, they do have a free trial with a sample of their essentials and of their diapers and wipes. For more information, click the affiliate banner at the bottom of the page to be taken to their website!

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I wonder when Bai will be too old to show her diapers off… She always thinks its hilarious!!

If you are interested in purchasing diapers from the Honest Company, click the banner below! 🙂 They have many more products free of other harsh chemicals for the whole family! There are vitamins, cleaning products, baby gear, and bath & body things for mama, baby and the entire family!

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A Big NO NO in Colder Weather!!

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Just a friendly reminder: please DO NOT keep a puffy winter coat on your baby/toddler/child when putting them in a car. It is so unsafe and could cause harm if in a car crash. A few good alternatives are:

  • blanket in the car
  • allow the car to warm up before bringing baby out there
  • a light weight sweatshirt or fleece jacket
  • strapping baby in the car and then putting the coat on backwards

We have a special balnket in the car for the girls and they wear light, zip up sweatshirts. We put their heavy coats on to transport them from the house to the car, the car to the store, the car to the house, etc. but they are always taken off before strapping them into their car seat. Safety first!!

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