Lanibaby Cloth Diapers

15153011_10154715701214282_1102723915_o

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! 🙂

15145168_10154715701299282_1014716492_o 15127415_10154715701284282_953019581_o

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.

 15134203_10154715701269282_2029423085_o 15102118_10154715701279282_2104197037_o

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!

15134088_10154716008964282_1838093350_o

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.

15145155_10154715700924282_557682986_o

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!

 

15145128_10154715701154282_103535869_o

15102289_10154715700839282_2037692632_o

 

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!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestEmail to someone
Share this post!

You Know You’re a Cloth Diaper Addict When…..

 you-know-youre-a-cloth-diaper-addcit

  • You have more than one package arrive in one week containing Fluff Mail.
  • You have placed more than one order from your favorite store within a few days.
  • You started out using cloth as a way to save money. You still tell your partner you’re saving money.
  • A cloth diaper resource page tells you that you’ll need 20 diapers. You’re stash consists of at least twice that amount.
  • You have Rainbow Syndrome: you must complete a full rainbow of your favorite brand(s) and when that’s finished, you start a double rainbow.
  • You match baby’s outfit with their diapers.
  • The only laundry that gets folded and put away are the diapers.
  • You can’t stop talking about fluff bums!
  • Seeing a disposable diaper on a baby takes a minute to register… What are they wearing?!
  • You see colors and instead of green, blue, pink…. You see:
  • You have enough BG detergent samples to do diaper laundry until the end of time, or at least the end of potty training days.
  • You highly believe that “Stashified” doesn’t exist.
  • You’re always looking for a new way to store your stash.
  • Your partner may think you’ve got something going on with the mailman since seeing him is the best part of your day.
  • You dream about diapers.
  • You think about diapers.
  • Stalking, and eventually breaking, websites at stocking time is the highlight of your month.
  • You understand, and sometimes take this phrase literally: BUY ALL THE DIAPERS!!

 

If you have read this nodding your head, giggling to yourself (even in your head), and thought, “Oh my gosh… How does this woman know me so well?!” You’re welcome. You are officially a cloth diaper addict. And I am right there with ya, sister!! Just remember, buy all the diapers and cloth diaper addicts unite!! 😉

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestEmail to someone
Share this post!

Cloth Pads, aka Mama Cloth 

It’s something every woman goes through in her life… Her period. Most women use disposable products- tampons or disposable pads. The problem is, these products can be expensive. You’re buying these things on a month to month basis and they get used and thrown in the trash. That’s like putting money in the trash can every day for a week! 

Intro to cloth pads, aka mama cloth! Like some people, I wasn’t into the whole reusable menstrual product idea. I mean… Washing something I bled on? That sounds gross. And I don’t want to deal with extra stuff while I’m on my period anyways! But then I started calculating how much money I was spending at the store every month and decided to give it a try. I started using Pink Lemonade Shop cloth pads and haven’t gone back. With different sizes, different fabric materials, and different colors/patterns- there’s something there for everyone! It also makes it a lot of fun to buy them since they aren’t so plain. I used them for a handful of periods before I got pregnant with Jackson and then decided to purchase some postpartum pads throughout my pregnancy. Let me tell you- when you’re hurting and healing after childbirth…. There is no better feeling than having a soft cloud to sit on! And PLS postpartum pads were just that for me!!

But how do they save money? They look so expensive! Well- they last for YEARS. As long as you wash them properly and take care of them, they can last you for years without needing replaced. They also could help you not purchase other items- like midol. Some research shows (and I’ve lived this!) that disposable products make your period symptoms worse. The chemicals in the disposable products are part of what is causing them. Your headaches, cramping, moodiness and bleeding level can all change by switching to reusable cloth pads! 

And just because…. Here’s a picture of my postpartum bathroom set up: 

  

So what are you waiting for??? Make the switch to reusable cloth pads! Want more information or have questions??? You’re in luck- I’ll be having a Facebook chat with Pink Lemonade Shop on Wednesday, February 3 on Fluff Bum Babies! Join the event! There will be some giveaways! 😉 
RSVP to the event here and enter below. You must participate in the chat to win! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestEmail to someone
Share this post!

Reusable Snack Bags from ReUseIt

If you’re a crunchy mama, you’re probably looking at new things to try all the time that will help reduce waste in your home, save money, or will eliminate chemicals in your life. We switched to reusable baggies to mostly save money. Yes, plastic sandwich bags don’t cost a whole lot. But that price eventually adds up. Currently, my husband uses between 15 and 20 sandwich/snack baggies per week. When my kids start school, they’ll be doubling or tripling that number. I would have to buy a new box of bags every two weeks or so. And that’s ridiculous if you ask me. So after some discussion, we decided that reusable snack and sandwich bags would be the best option for our family… especially if we decide to expand our family at some point in the future. So I went to ReUseIt and looked at the different options. They have a ton of different options for a waste-free lunch. They have lunch boxes, lunch bags, snack and sandwich bags, food containers, bento boxes, napkins, utensils, cold packs and more. There are so many “steps” you can take to reduce the cost of packing lunches in your home. And ReUseIt is a great place to start. They have all these different options in a bunch of different brands. Here are the ones I chose to review:

itzy ritzy lunch bags planet wise lunch bag

I tried the Itzy Ritzy Snack Happens Mini Reusable Snack Bags (2 Pack), the Itzy Ritzy Snack Happens Reusable Snack Bag (not pictured), and the Planet Wise Reusable Sandwich Bag with Zipper. These a GREAT, QUALITY, bags. I like these bags because they come in a variety of fun prints, making it more difficult for a child to forget about them on the lunch table or accidentally throw them away. That makes these bags perfect for a kid-friendly, waste-free lunch! The zippers make it super easy for any age to open and close them without a hassle. No more pinching the ends of a plastic baggie to *hopefully* close them and pray for no leaks! These bags are leak free! I wouldn’t recommend putting an actual liquid snack or food in them… Let’s be honest here! But you can put in some fresh fruit or fresh veggies without any issues! 🙂

Are you interested in winning the ones that I received for this review?? Click HERE for a chance to win these awesome reusable bags AND a Glow Bug Cloth Diaper!!! 🙂

Please Note: I received the reusable bags mentioned from ReUseIt for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was made. All opinions are my own and 100% honest!!

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestEmail to someone
Share this post!

The First Big Giveaway!!

The first giveaway with more than one item is finally here!! 🙂 I’m so excited to be able to do this for all of my readers, both old and new! 🙂 First of all, I want to say thank you to the companies providing the giveaway products: Dinkledooz, CJ’s BUTTer, Ufill Reusable Pouches, The New Clothesline Company, and Plum Organics! 🙂 I know everyone is wondering what the actual prizes are… so here you go:

  • 1 Dinkledooz diaper
  • CJ’s BUTTer sample pack
  • 10 pack of Ufill Reusable food pouches and a 5 pack of replacement caps
  • 8 Coupons for discounted Plum Organics snacks & pouches
  • The New Clothesline Company’s DUO and Sparrow Clips

 

And I may throw in a little surprise! 😉 You never know!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestEmail to someone
Share this post!

Ufill Reusable Pouch Review

ufill6

I’m not going to lie… I was a little nervous about these ones. In my mind, I thought they were once use pouches since they had the tamper proof seals. I looked on their website and they are reusable! You can easily wash these like you would the other reusable pouches I have looked at. They are top rack dishwasher safe, freezer safe, and kid proof. I love that the spout is on the top and Baileigh appreciated that too! 🙂 She knew how to use it without any help from sissy or mommy.

ufill4 ufill3

Aubrey didn’t mind where the spout was because she was fine with the spout on the side or wherever it was. But I’m sure these were easier to hold anyways.

ufill2 ufill ufill5

These pouches are reasonably priced and they come in a ton of different sets. You can buy a 3 pack if you prefer a small amount to try or you can buy a pack of 100 if you use them regularly. I like that they come in bigger packs because you could always use them for parties for toddlers, preschools, daycares, etc. I think it would be awesome to get some unsweetened applesauce, put some in these, and have daycares use them in the infant/toddler rooms. (I used to work in an infant room at a daycare. This would have been very handy come snacktime instead of spoon feeding 5 babies applesauce!!) Just sayin… 😉

Yesterday, I saw a horrible video going around on Facebook with some bugs inside the store bought pouches. I was a little grossed out, especially since I was planning on reviewing a few of those pouches as well. I still intend to do a few reviews of those pouches, but I will wait to do that specific company until I have heard more about that situation. It did, however, make me feel like I’ve been doing a better thing with making my kids’ pouches and using the reusable ones. You just don’t know what is in the food unless you make it yourself. Its sad that we have to think that way these days. I know my parents didn’t have to worry about all the stuff that we’re finding in food now. And now for the scaling system:

Rating Scale for Reusable and Grocery Bought Pouches 1-5 (1 being low and 5 being high)

Ease of Use: For me, 5. Aubrey, 5. Baileigh, 5.

Price: Set of 6, $18.99 -4

Convenience: 3. It is reusable so you do have to fill it before using.

Pros: Reusable, Recyclable, Easy to Clean, Freezer Safe, Holds a lot -5

Cons: One Color Selection -1

Overall Rating (1-5): 4.4

***Hint Hint: This may be apart of the Big Giveaway coming later this week! Follow the page with your email so you don’t forget to enter!***

Please Note: I received a pack of Ufill Reusable Pouches for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was made. All opinions are my own and 100% honest!!

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestEmail to someone
Share this post!

Why Cloth Diapers?

I feel like we started using cloth diapers a little late in the game. We had gone through Aubrey’s whole diapering lifetime using disposables and Baileigh was already around 14 months old. If I was lucky, we’d start potty training her in 9-10 months. I started to compare cloth and disposables in my own time without really talking to my husband about it. I just wanted to learn more about it. To me, knowledge is power. And not having a knowledge about my different options when it came to raising my children was just unacceptable in my book. Here are the top reasons why families make the switch or choose to cloth diaper full time:

  • Saves money.

I started looking at the difference of disposables and cloth financially and it just made sense. It was much easier to buy a few diapers and just keep using them instead of paying for diapers every week. We buy a little bit more detergent, use a little bit more electricity and water, but it still saves us money. Most of our stash consists of China Cheapies (Alvas) and prefolds and covers. CHEAP! But it works!! Another plus on saving money with cloth- you can use them with multiple babies. After Baileigh is potty trained, our diaper stash will be packed up and save for any future babies.

  • Better for the Earth.

When using a disposable diaper, you’re supposed to take out any waste before throwing it away. Did I do that when I use(d) disposables? Nope. And I’m sure not many people do. Just think of the amount of human waste that is in our landfills. Disease can easily spread through fecal matter and yet we’re putting it into our soil? The average disposable diaper will take hundreds to thousands of years to decompose. Each disposable diapered child will contribute about 2,000 diapers to your landfill over the course of their diapering lifetime (about 2 years).

  • No nasty chemicals on baby’s bum.

There are so many chemicals in disposable diapers that it sickens me. I did a lot of research on this in particular because it was really interesting on how this world works with these products. Dioxin, which is listed by the EPA as the most toxic of cancer related chemicals, is in our disposable diapers. Sodium polycarbonate is the gel that can sometimes leak out and end up on baby’s bum. It is also known as SAP. SAP was removed from tampons in the 1980s because of the risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome and because it was considered a breeding ground for bacteria. Please tell me why we won’t use these chemicals on ourselves but we have no issue putting them on our babies!

  • Babies in cloth usually potty train sooner.

Most babies potty train much sooner in cloth. It is believed that it is because they can feel the wetness much better in cloth verses today’s disposable diaper or pull up training pants. Most babies are potty trained by age

  • They’re adorable!!

Cloth diapers come in many colors, many designs, and even different textures! There is nothing cuter than a baby running around (or crawling around) with a little fluff bum and a shirt. (Maybe even some legwarmers if its chilly!) They may have a big bum from all the padding but it sure is cute!!

  • Convenient- no more late night diaper runs!

Have you ever ran out of diapers just before bedtime and had to make a run to Target, Walmart or the local grocery store?? I know we have!! With cloth diapers, you always see how many you have left and if you’re starting to run out…. you just go wash them! Simple. Easy. And you don’t have to put a bra on and get of your sweatpants to leave your house.

After looking at all the information I had crammed into my head, we decided together that cloth would be a better option for our family. Even if we don’t plan on having another baby, we’ve saved money from buying a smaller and cheaper stash instead of 5 or 6 boxes of disposable diapers. This was a great switch for us and we refuse to use up an entire box of disposables again. Will we buy and use them occasionally when she’s sick or we’re out and about? Yes. But we’ll spend a little more money and get safer disposables than Huggies or Pampers.

Tell me, why did you switch to cloth diapers or decide to cloth diaper from the start???

If you are in Central Ohio like me, you can visit Sprout Soup! It is our local store for carriers, cloth diapers, and other crunchy mama items!! 🙂

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestEmail to someone
Share this post!

The Little Green Pouch Product Review

For all of my reviews and giveaways, I always get pictures of myself or my kids using the products. However, my kids weren’t very cooperative the last few days. Hey, that’s a 17 month old and an almost 3 year old for you. So let’s talk about the second brand of reusable pouches that I’ve been looking at.

little green pouch

From their website:

  • 4-pack
  • Made of durable, BPA-free and phthalate-free plastic
  • Holds up to 6 ounces, with fill lines noted on back
  • Works with dispensing spoons on the market for those babies & mamas who prefer using spoons
  • Secure press zipper opening makes filling and closing a cinch
  • Cleans easily upside down in the top rack of the dishwasher
  • Freezer safe, so great for bulk storage
  • Did we already say cute?
  • Patent Pending

The Little Green Pouch is a reusable baby food pouch similar to the pouches you find in the grocery store from popular baby food brands. This pouch, like the Yummi Pouch, has its spout on the side. Aubrey has mastered the spout on the side, where Baileigh needs a few reminders and help from time to time. Because of this, I find that I either need to hold Baileigh’s and help her or these are just better for older toddlers. I love how much food it can hold and these don’t seem to be super sized like Yummi Pouch. They are perfect for little hands. The only thing I think I had an issue with… was filling them. I’m finding that reusable pouches aren’t so easy to fill by tipping an apple sauce jar or even using a spoon to scoop them. The Little Green Pouch is cute, however, it only comes in one color- green. While this is gender neutral, I know my pretty princesses will want something a little more pink or purple as they grow.

 

Rating Scale for Reusable and Grocery Bought Pouches 1-5 (1 being low and 5 being high)

Ease of Use: For me, 5. Aubrey, 4. Baileigh, 3.

Price: Set of 4, $14.99 -3

Convenience: 3. It is reusable so you do have to fill it before using.

Pros: Reusable, Easy to Clean, Freezer Safe, Holds a lot -4

Cons: Spout on the side, One Color Selection -2

Overall Rating (1-5): 3.5

I am using these scales to compare and contrast the different products on the market. This one is specifically for the baby food pouches, both reusable and bought prepared. This one isn’t the best on the market, although it isn’t bad! I would still recommend this pouch to people that ask me about it!!

And now… for the giveaway! 🙂 You knew it was going to happen! I love partnering up with companies to give out a product that I think my readers will like. 🙂

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestEmail to someone
Share this post!

Yummi Pouch Review and Giveaway!

My kids have always loved those food pouches that you can buy at the grocery store. The only real downfall, they can be expensive. For a while, I bought some on Amazon because they were cheaper, shipped free (I have Prime), and I could buy them in bulk. There would be days that Aubrey would beg for 2 a day, sometimes more. I decided that during the rest of October and into November, I would compare the differet pouches, both reusable and some common grocery store one.

Here’s the first brand: Yummi Pouch.

yummipouch

From their website:

  • Reusable – Yummi Pouches can be filled over and over with healthy blended snacks.
  • Freezer safe – Make a big batch of your child’s favorite blended snacks or smoothies.
  • Dishwasher safe – Simply rinse with warm water, expand the pouch and stand upside down in the dishwasher.
  • Easy to fill – Pour or spoon in food though the wide top zipper opening.
  • Holds up to 6 ounces
  • Backed by a 30-day product guarantee
  • BPA free, PVC free and phthalate free
  • Fully CPSC compliant

My kids were so excited to get these! It was a big surprise since it came while they were down for a nap. I washed them real quick, filled them with some homemade applesauce, and the kids loved them! Aubrey, being the smart little toddler she is, figured them out right away. Baileigh, however, was so used to having pouches that opened at the top, that she was a little confused and has to be reminded on how to do it from time to time. You open the top and fill with whatever you’d like: applesauce, yogurt, pureed food, smoothies, etc. The top is child proof! I was a little worried that Aubrey would open it up and make a mess, but so far… no such luck! I love how easy they are to clean too. I rinsed mine out with some warm water and just put it on the top rack of my dishwasher.

yummipouch1 yummipouch4 yummipouch3 yummipouch2

Rating Scale for Reusable and Grocery Bought Pouches 1-5 (1 being low and 5 being high)

Ease of Use: For me, 5. Aubrey, 4. Baileigh, 3.

Price: Set of 4, $14.99 -3

Convenience: 3. It is reusable so you do have to fill it before using.

Pros: Reusable, Easy to Clean, Freezer Safe, Holds a lot, Cute Designs -5

Cons: Spout on the side -1

Overall Rating (1-5): 4

Would you like to win a set of Yummi Pouch’s Brights like the set I received? Enter below!! It is also mobile-friendly! 🙂

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

Please Note: I received this set of Yummi Pouches for reviewing purposes. No other compensation was received. All opinions in this post are truthful and my own.

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestEmail to someone
Share this post!
%d bloggers like this: