I’ve said before how I wish I were wealthy, so I could send each of my readers a package with one of each of my favorite diapers. Unfortunately for all of you (and me too), I’m not. I have however, gotten lots of great stuff because of this blog, and I just earned my first little bit of money. None of that would be possible without you.
So, I decided to pay it forward and offer one blog reader a “mini stash” of three of my favorite diapers. Here’s the deal: This is just three of the diapers I like a lot. I have other favorites too. I don’t want my other diapers to be sad that these three were getting special attention!
You’ll notice they are all snap closure diapers. That may seem strange since you probably know that I prefer aplix/Velcro for ease of use and adjustability. Unfortunately, I don’t have a single Velcro diaper that hasn’t given me some kind of trouble, usually from the aplix itself. It either immediately won’t stick to the laundry tabs, sticks too much and is difficult to remove, or is good initially but poops out over time. Also, my son has discovered the Velcro, so now as soon as I close a diaper, I hear “rrriiiipppppp.” Hee hee.
Here’s how it’s going to work: Follow the “rules” at the bottom of the post as usual to get your entries. I’ve taken photos of my own diapers for this post, but the winner will choose their own. I buy them and have them shipped to you. The winner will give me a first and second color choice for each item!
As of now, I’m planning to buy from Diaper Junction, but I reserve the right to change my place of purchase based on availability, price, or my whim. Diaper Junction is one of a few online stores I like to buy from; they’re usually the second place I look, if my first choice is out of stock or doesn’t sell the item I’m looking for. They have a good selection and are usually well stocked. You have to spend $75 to get free shipping, but their shipping rates are very reasonable. You don’t have to pay $5 or $10 flat rate shipping charges for one item.
The winner will get one Kissaluvs Marvels AIO, one Flip Diaper with stay dry insert, and one Smartipants diaper (insert included).
My Kissaluvs diaper was one I was blessed to receive as a review diaper. Click that link to read my full review. I haven’t quite been using my diaper for two months, but it quickly became a favorite.
It’s an all in one diaper, but the insert is only sewn at one end. When I wash it, it turns completely inside out for thorough washing and faster drying. I haven’t had any stink issues, but the design would make it easy to remove the insert if you had to, and use it as a pocket diaper, or replace the insert.
The Marvels AIO is one size by way of a snap down rise (my favorite) has the microfleece inner I prefer and has an easy snap setup. It fits wonderfully and doesn’t leak. It’s one of a few that I would grab if we were going out or if my son was getting ready to nap. It’s a little pricier than some others, but definitely not the most expensive.
I bought my Flip when the Bumgenius spend $10 get a free AIO coupon was out. Again, you can click that link to read my full review.
The flip is a hybrid or an all-in-two, depending on who you talk to. You can get stay dry, organic, or disposable inserts for it. Pairing the flip with inserts (changing the cover only when soiled, wiping between uses) or prefolds can be a very affordable way to get started in cloth.
Again, it has a snap down rise to make it one size, and an easy snap closure. I only have the one insert, so after I’ve used it, I use the cover with my fitteds. It’s trimmer than a true cover would be, but it still works fine. It fits great, doesn’t leak and again, it’s one I reach for if my son may be in it for a while.
I’ve been using my Smartipants diaper for over six months now. Initially, I wasn’t that impressed. It’s not that I didn’t like it, I just thought that it wasn’t that great. It didn’t seem like anything special, and it was only $3 cheaper than the Bumgenius 3.0, but didn’t include a doubler.
The Smartipants is the perfect example of why I give things a good use, trying not to make a judgment based on initial impressions. I also think it’s smart to try different things, rather than put all your “eggs” in one basket. You never really know what you will like, or how your feelings will change over time!
The common theme here of course is that it’s one size via a snap down rise, has a simple snap layout, fits well and seems to be leak proof. In fact, I keep this diaper upstairs, and if it’s clean, it’s the first one I put on my son in the morning.
I just took this photo, so this is what it looks like after 6 months of nearly daily use! What’s unique about this diaper is that the insert goes under more of a patch of fabric than a pocket. It has openings at the front and back, and the insert agitates out in the wash. With my other pocket diapers, I pull the inserts out before I put them in my wet bag, so I can just dump it in the washer on wash day (don’t want to touch them again, ick!) This one, I can put directly in the wet bag.
So, there you have it. A few of the diapers I reach for first, just don’t tell the others they’re my “favorites!”
Here’s how to enter to win one of each, in your choice of color (subject to availability, I reserve the right to make substitutions):
Do any or all of the below. Leave a comment for each entry. Be sure to leave your email address in at least one of your comments, if it isn’t visible in your profile. This giveaway may seem swayed toward my followers since I’m offering some extra entries for using my button, adding me to your blogroll etc. That’s because it is. I want everyone to enter (hence the easy peasy entry as always) but hey, I want to encourage people to keep coming back and give my loyal readers a good chance to win!
1. Leave me a comment. Anything you’d like to say. What’s your favorite diaper? What’s the first cloth diaper you used? Have your likes changed over time? What would you like to see me review or give away? Do you like how I run my giveaways? Any other entry options you’d like to see? Are there too many? You don’t have to answer all that, just some ideas of what to talk to me about!
2. Follow my blog. Your choice of Google friend connect, RSS feed or email.
5. Tweet about this giveaway and include a link. One tweet per day please. I go back and forth on whether to allow tweeting more often, but I don’t want people to associate my “name” with annoying giveaway tweets, nor do I want to make it too confusing! You may use this tweet if you like: kissaluvs, flip and smartipants #clothdiaper #giveaway from @chgdiapers. Build your stash! Ends 7/8 http://bit.ly/aC6UYz
6. Blog about this giveaway and link back here.
7. Grab my button and tell me where to find it. (Put it in a highly visible area somewhere on the main page of your blog for this entry. Sidebar etc. If it’s on a harder to find page, you qualify for the blog roll entry only.)
8. List me on your blog roll, leave me a link to it.
I will accept entries until Thursday, July 8th, 2010 at 9 P.M., Eastern. I’ll select a winner with random.org’s true random number generator and notify the winner by email. The winner has 48 hours to respond before the prize is forfeited and a new winner is chosen.
Please note that this giveaway is not approved by, endorsed by or affiliated with the above diaper companies, or any diaper retailer.
Quick reminders to please send me a message if you’d like to be listed on my blogroll or if you have a link that should be included on my link page, or if you know of an affiliate program you think I may like to add to the bottom of that link page. Also if you have any questions or have suggestions for reviews or giveaways!