Monday, January 26, 2009

Special Edition Spring 2009 Bottombumpers - Win a FREE Diaper!

Preorder your Spring 2009 Special Edition Bottombumpers All-in-One today!

Sage PUL Outer

With Special Edition "Budding Tree 09" Embroidery on the Bum

Retail $24.95 (Special Price! Regular retail would have been $26.95)

Taking Preorders until February 12, 2009.

All preorders will be shipped to me from Bottombumpers by March 1, 2009.

I will mail your order within one business day of receipt.

See previous blog post for the great features of these diapers!

FREE Diaper Giveaway!

More Bottombumpers Info & Ordering

CONGRATS to Carrie T.!
Your little guy's Special Edition diaper will be arriving in early March!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Bottombumpers All In Ones - Trim Fitting, Organic, Quick Drying!

Bottombumpers All In Ones are a high quality, trim fitting, easy to use cloth diaper.

This is an awesome diaper for those looking for natural fibers on a baby's bottom without compromising convenience!

They are made with a waterproof outer of 2 mil PUL, an inner layer of organic cotton and a 4 layer organic cotton snap in soaker topped with Organic Bamboo Velour.

The side snaps (everyone knows I LOVE LOVE LOVE side snapping diapers) make them very adjustable to fit a wide side range. Allie is in larges right now, but can also fit into mediums (at 22lbs/2 years old).

This is often the diaper I recommend for babies with chunky thighs because the fit is so gentle, but they also fit Allie's little thighs.

Customer Reviews
"This is without a doubt the trimmest-fitting diaper I've ever tried, and I have tried a LOT of diapers on my daughter! She is tall and skinny and fits well into both the medium and large sizes. I did try this diaper on her when she was 9 months old and liked it but at the time decided to go in the pocket direction instead. That was a size medium at 9 months, and she STILL fits into the medium now at 20 months!

My first impression when I saw the BB was how well-made it is. This is very high-quality and looks good wash after wash. I have had people comment on just how nice it looks.

My daughter has crazy fabric issues and gets rashes easily with fleece and other man-made materials, and this diaper has been a lifesaver for us. Because of the natural cotton on the inside, this is THE diaper that we use for car trips and errands because my daughter is comfortable in them. And another bonus with all-natural fabrics to absorb all the yuckiness is that they don't harbor any smells like fleece sometimes does.

The snap-in insert is very absorbent and if I know we'll be out for awhile I'll slip in a kissaluvs booster, which fits perfectly between the layers of the insert, but I do know that Bottombumpers makes their own doublers as well. Even with the kissaluvs booster, they are still really trim.

This is a REALLY nice diaper - oh yes, and it dries quickly too! I am hard-pressed to come up with any cons for Bottombumpers because they are so well-made and fit for so long! These are an investment worth making, and I shopped around and Two Little Whales had the best price and awesome customer service! Thanks, Rachel!" ~Marlene

"I just recently tried Bottombumpers and I only have a few, but I have to say that I can't come up with a single bad thing to say about them! Recently, my daughter ended up in the same Bottombumper diaper for about 4 hours because she fell asleep in the car before I had a chance to change her. I transferred her to her crib and was so worried she'd have a leak. I was amazed - she woke up without a single leak!!! If this amazingly trim diaper can hold up to all that, I have something to say about it! I keep thinking that maybe I'll get a leak because they are so trim - or perhaps a blowout - but neither have occurred and they have been tested with both potential scenarios. Also, these are the ONLY diapers I own that literally barely leave marks of any kind on her skin. Now that's good. These are my diapers of choice whenever I want a nice, trim fit. They fit about as trim as a disposable. Amazing diaper!" ~Sarah
[Reviews posted with customer's permission. Thanks Marlene and Sarah !]

I'm now accepting custom preorders for Bottombumpers All In One diapers! Choose from over 200 embroidery designs to get your little one fun and functional diaper!

If you want to particular sizes/colors from the regular line, I would be glad to order those for you as well.

Bottombumpers are made by WAHMs in the USA upon placement of my order so you can expect me to receive any special requests within 2-4 weeks of my order date.

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Sunday, January 11, 2009

Cloth Diapering at Daycare or Preschool

At least once a week I read about others struggling to convince their day care provider to use cloth diapers on various diaper forums. When I wanted to enroll Allie in Connor's school two mornings this school year a BIG concern was that she would be able to wear her cloth diapers.

When I asked the Director she immediately said yes - no hesitation. WOW! Did she hear me correctly when I said cloth diapers? I didn't even mention how easy our diapers are to use! I think she was expecting prefolds with pins and covers. Of course, she would not be the one changing Allie each day she was there. ;)

When we went to the Open House in August I mentioned it to her teachers and they were on board as well! I showed them the Thirsties Pocket All In One just so they could see that they were not going to struggle with pins to diaper Allie. Thirsties are designed to go on just like a disposable diaper, but are of course better! They are trim fitting, have velcro tabs and leg gussets. The optional pocket opening allows us to add extra absorbency. I typically add Just Hemp, Thirsties Hemp, or a Fab Doubler when we need to boost the absorbency of Thirsties.

Perhaps I lucked out in that this is a small Church preschool and she is only there for 3 hours two mornings per week. If your provider says no to cloth diapers before seeing them I would recommend doing a quick intro to the new age of cloth. I have not had a single complaint from Allie's teachers on her diapers. The Director substituted in her class one day and even commented on how nice "Allie's britches were!"

The diapers I pack in Allie's preschool bag are those that fit her best, offer good absorbency and are simple for those not used to cloth diapers to use. I avoid the one size diapers, just because if you are not familiar with them you might wonder what you are doing with all the extra snaps! I want this to be easy on her teachers. Mums Bums are a super absorbent All In One diaper and those tend to end up in her school bag as well as Thirsties Pocket All In Ones and Knickernappies. I read about those who think they need to send All In Ones and only velcro diapers to daycare. As long as your pockets are stuffed, the provider will not need to do anything differently so I see now reason not to use pockets too. There is at least one Knickernappies to choose from in her bag each school day. That is often the diaper they change her into even with other options being velcro. She may end up with a different diaper in her bag on occasion, but I do tend to stick with these three. Allie has every diaper at Two Little Whales in her stash, but these three diapers are in the top 3 as far as quantity per brand.

When we leave the house I put a hemp doubler in if she is wearing a pocket and usually stuff hemp in the extras as well since the morning is her heavy wetting/power wetting time. I also pack two regular size wet bags. She really only needs to be changed once her 3 hours at school, but just in case she has a messy diaper I want them to have a separate bag to put it in because I don't think they would appreciate having to do back into a stinky wet bag with the next diaper (and it makes unloading the bag after school less of a mess).

I have often read how providers want individual wet bags for each diaper. That can get to be quite expensive, so I would try for one large wet bag and then maybe a few small ones like Wahmies Small Wet Bag (suitable for one diaper) for those diapers needing special containment. ;) For those daycares that claim this is unsanitary, I recommend bringing up the point of how this is no more unsanitary then when a child has an accident or a disposable diaper blowout or leakage. Allie has not once had to have her clothing changed due to a diaper leaking at preschool.

I started sending cloth wipes as well (premoistened in a mini or small Wahmies wet bag), but the preschool provides wipes and the teacher's seem to prefer those. I'm just glad they were open to cloth and if she has gets wiped with 4 disposable wipe a week I really can't complain.

If your day care allows cloth diapers and you have input that can help others please feel free to comment!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Thrifty Tuesday: Using Cloth Wipes

When I first researched cloth diapers for my son and saw cloth wipes online I didn't even consider buying them. I LOVED my disposable wipes. For bottoms, hands, faces and even wiping down baseboards they were great, even if I was buying an $8 box every two weeks.

Aside from the obvious savings, I started to see the reasons why cloth diapering families went to cloth wipes.
  1. Stopping off at the trash on the way to the diaper pail is a hassle and also stinks up the trash.
  2. I got tired of washing disposable wipes left in the cloth diaper.
  3. Like disposable diapers, disposable wipes have lots of chemicals in them.

According to Thirsties, the maker of Fab Wipes, the average household will spend $800 on disposable wipes from birth to potty training (based on an average of 3 boxes per week at $2.50).

For $50 you can get enough cloth wipes to last 2-3 days between washing depending on your baby's age.

I got some cute wipes (yes, they are fun just like diapers) and soon the days of buying boxes of disposable wipes were over. This also reduced my little guy's exposure to chemicals and reduced waste.

We have all had those diaper changes that required wipe after wipe...4, 5, 6 or even 7 wipes to get the job done! Cloth wipes can tackle the same job with 1-2 wipes. Rather than moving the mess around the fabric actually grabs it right off that little bottom.

Wiggly Wipes are made by another cloth diapering Mama/Army Wife who I met here at Fort Benning.

These awesome 2 layer wipes are made from cute flannel prints and coordinating sherpa. They are ready to tackle any diaper change!

I recommend having one wipe per diaper change and then an extra set for those that require a second wipe.

These also make really cute cloths for bath time!

Read Wiggly Wipes reviews on Diaper Pin!

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