October 2010

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97 people entered this giveaway, and the winning # is 45, which is Heather Scholten. Congratulations Heather, I’m emailing you now!

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monster fluff soaker

Long ago and far away, I asked (on Facebook) what you guys would like to see me review, and Monster Fluff was mentioned!  I had found Monster Fluff myself on Hyenacart quite a while ago when searching for monster stuff, but I hadn’t pulled the trigger on a purchase yet! So, I was excited to get to do this review!

my son and the cover

I love monsters but honest to goodness, it’s not just me!  My son grabbed it from me when I opened it, just like he did with my (err…his) ooga diaper!

monster fluff fleece soaker embroiderymonster fluff side

fleece diaper cover front

I received the Archie monster, embroidered on a size medium soaker.  The embroidered soakers retail for $22, and while the size chart doesn’t give weight estimates, the medium fit my 18.5 lb guy just fine. 
 

inside diaper cover

The soakers are made with 100% polyester anti-pill fleece and each monster averages 14,000 stitches.  The soakers have an additional layer sewn into the wet zone, which also covers the embroidery backing.

Monster Fluff products are made by mom & daughter team Debbie and Amber.  Don’t let the name fool you, they don’t just have monsters.  They have tons of embroidery options available on soakers, shorties, longies and matching sets.

neat and even seamsadditional layer in wet zone

The craftsmanship of the soaker is really amazing.  I turned it inside out and inspected it, and the fleece is cut neatly and sewn impeccably.

close up of seams

The embroidery is clearly done by an embroidery machine, rather than by hand (Can you imagine?  Yikes.  Hand cramp!)  Even so, it takes skill!

close up of embroidery very close up shot of embroidery

The monster was centered and straight on the soaker, and there were no loose threads!

trim little beetle fitted

First, I tried the soaker on over the trimmest fitted I have, the Little Beetle Little to Big Diaper.

monster fluff over little beetle diaper mf soaker over lb diaper side

My son is about 18.5 lbs here and the diaper is on the largest setting.

fleece cover over little beetle diaper back monster fluff over little beetle standing rear

I didn’t have trouble getting the soaker over the diaper, and it fit very well.  The first time I changed his diaper when I was using the soaker, the fitted was wet on the outside, but the soaker seemed clean.  Gross maybe, but I sniffed it and used it again!  If I were exclusively using fitteds, I would perhaps use 2 soakers per day and air them out between uses, of course washing them if they got smelly or soiled.  Otherwise, I’d just wash them at the end of the day!

fleece cover over trim diaper standing front

Next, I decided to try the soaker over one of my fluffiest, most absorbent fitteds, my Heartland Dreams Fitted.

fluffy heartland dreams fitted

It wasn’t difficult to get the soaker over the diaper, but I did have to work it a little, it didn’t just slide right on.  Fleece isn’t as stretchy as wool, but it fit really well over both a very trim fitted, and a fluffy one!

monster fluff soaker over heartland dreams fittedmonster fluff soaker over heartland dreams fitted rear side

The suggested care for Monster Fluff fleece is:  Turn inside out, machine wash warm, delicate cycle. Tumble dry low.  They suggest washing their fleece items with your regular laundry.  Oops.  I saw this after I washed, used and washed it again!  I didn’t turn it inside out and I washed it on the regular cycle with my diapers, so cold, then hot.  I hung it to dry with my shells/covers.  I’ll be more careful in the future!

fleece cover over fluffy fitted side fleece cover over thick diaper rear

I think the Monster Fluff soaker is awesome.  Not only is it a well made, very functional soaker, but it’s adorable too!  I’d love to have a custom with longies and a matching shirt!

Giveaway:  Monster Fluff is offering one reader a soaker in his/her choice of size, gender and monster! 


Here’s how to enter: All entries go in the form below.  I’d love for you to leave a comment (great way to remember you entered!) but comments don’t count as entries.  Mandatory entries include name, email address and your favorite Monster Fluff item.  You may receive a bonus entry if you are a new or current “liker” of Monster Fluff Studio on Facebook.  Post will be updated regularly with the # of entries received.


I will accept entries until Saturday, November 6th, 2010 at 9 P.M. Eastern.  I will select a winner using random.org’s true random number generator and notify him/her by email.  Winner has 48 hours to respond before the prize is forfeited and a new winner is chosen.  View my giveaway rules page for complete details.  This giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada. Monster Fluff Studio also offers free shipping to Canadians!

Entries as of November 6th, 2010 at Giveaway close: 205

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FTC Compliance: Monster Fluff sent me the pictured soaker at no charge, for review purposes.  I was not requested or required to write a positive review, I was not otherwise compensated for this post, and all opinions are my own.

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giveaway

Each Friday, I will post cloth diaper and babywearing giveaways that I’ve found, or that readers have submitted. The post will be accompanied by a linky where you may enter any family friendly (no “adult” products please!) giveaways, they do not need to be diaper related.

If you have a cloth diaper/accessory/babywearing giveaway you would like to be listed in the next giveaway roundup post, please email a link, blog name, giveaway title, end date and photo (if applicable) to maria at change-diapers dot com. I want to keep the featured giveaways to cloth, accessories & babywearing only please.

This week’s giveaway finds:
Kangadu Upcycled Wool Soaker from Crunchy Beach Mama Mandatory Facebook Like, comment and GFC follow (ends 11/9)

Sage Diaper from The Bragging Mommy (ends today, 10/29)

Bummis fleece liner from Goodbye Disposable, Hello Cloth (ends 11/7)

$10 Gift Certificate to Diaperenvy.com from Natural Baby Giveaways (ends 11/10)

$25 Diaper Junction credit from Children Teaching Mama (ends 11/16)

Happy Heinys Diaper from Sugar Pop Ribbons Mandatory GFC follow (ends 11/5)

Thirsties Duo Wrap & Stay Dry Insert from Baby Dickey’s Giveaways (ends 11/6)

Thirsties Duo Wrap & Stay Dry Insert from This Mama Loves Her Bargains (ends 11/13)

Flip Diaper from It’s Me Melbie and Doable Diapers (ends 11/8)

Planet Wise Hanging Wet/Dry bag from This Mama Loves Her Bargains (ends 11/7)

Nifty Nappy Fitted from Biehl Adventures (ends 11/1)

YoYoo Diaper from Dirty Diaper Laundry and Snaps and Snails (ends 11/8)

Wool Dryer Balls from The Cheap and Choosy and Tree Huggin’ Mama (ends 11/25)

Bambino Mio Diaper Trial Pack from A Mom’s Take (ends 11/5)

Babee Greens One Size Organic Fitted from The Cloth Diaper Report (ends 11/3)

gDiapers from This Mama Loves Her Bargains (ends 11/14)

BabeeGreens Diaper from Familylicious Reviews Mandatory GFC follow (ends 11/14)

Organic Moby Wrap from Eco-Friendly and Frugal Mandatory GFC follow (ends 11/9)

GoGreen Pocket Diaper from The Small Town Mom Mandatory GFC follow (ends 11/5)

Disana Wool Cover from The Cheap and Choosy and Abby’s Lane (ends 11/25)

$10 Abby’s Lane Gift Certificate from This Mama Loves Her Bargains (ends 11/15)

Babykicks 3G Bumboo Pocket Diaper from Loves Jurn (ends 11/11)

Kissaluvs Fitted from Your World: Healthy and Natural (ends 11/12)

Bum Essentials Diaper from This Mama Loves her Bargains (ends 11/16)

Nicki’s Diapers Best Bottom Giraffe Print Mandatory GFC follow (ends 11/3)

Applecheeks Little Bundle from Chubby Cheeks Thinks (ends 11/11)

Super Undies Potty Training Pants from Chubby Cheeks Thinks (ends 11/11)

Giveaways still running from last week:
Tidbit Couture Wool AI2 Diaper Cover Set from Wishing Penny Mandatory GFC follow (ends tomorrow, 10/30)
Bummas Wipes from Your World: Healthy and Natural  (ends today, 10/29)

$20 credit to Wee Little Changes from Children Teaching Mama (ends 11/3)

$10 Gift Certificate to Abby’s Lane from Monkey Tales mandatory GFC follow (ends 11/18)

Thirsties Duo Wrap and Hemp Prefold from The Small Town Mom (ends today, 10/29)

Mother-Ease Fitted and Cover from A Mommy’s Blessings Mandatory GFC follow (ends today, 10/29)

Boba 2G Classic Carrier from Giveaways and More (ends tomorrow, 10/30)

Boba Organic Baby Carrier from A Mom’s Balancing Act (ends 11/7)

Boba Classic Baby Carrier from Jolly Mom (ends 11/2)

Ergo Baby Carrier from Homegrown Families Mandatory Facebook Like, comment and GFC follow (ends 11/10)

Ergo Baby Carrier from Familylicious Reviews Mandatory GFC Follow (ends 11/14)

Rethink Crafts Diaper Cover from Life of a Slightly Crunchy SAHM of Drama Queens (ends 11/7)

The Baby Store Plus $25 Gift Card from Children Teaching Mama (ends 11/6)

Doopsy SD Diaper from Dirty Diaper Laundry (ends 11/1)

Thirsties Duo Wrap and Hemp Prefold from Cakeblast (ends 11/5)

Planet Wise hanging wet/dry bag from Monkey Tales Mandatory GFC follow (ends 11/18)

AMP Duo Diaper from Chubby Cheeks Thinks (ends 11/4)

Mother-Ease Fitted and Cover from A Mom’s Take (ends 11/5)

Bum Essentials AI2 from Mama to 4 Blessings Mandatory GFC follow (ends 11/4)

fleece diaper covers
amber teething necklace
Kissaluvs Marvels AIO from Shining to Save (ends tomorrow, 10/30)
You may enter any family friendly giveaway in the linky below. The form Blog name – Giveaway Item – Ending date works well. At a minimum, please include the item and end date, and link directly to the giveaway.

Please view my post on where I list my giveaways to find more great places to link up!

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162 people entered, with 284 entries.  The winning entry was #73, which is Michelle Stice.  Congratulations Michelle, I’m sending you an email!

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knickernappies 2g pocket diaper

Ever since I fell in love with the Knickernappies superdo and loopydo inserts, I’ve wanted to try one of their diapers.  So, I had been entering all of the blog giveaways I saw for their diapers.  Last month, I found out I won the giveaway sponsored by Knickernappies on The Cloth Diaper Report.  I was just as excited as you might have guessed, especially since it was the first diaper I’d won!
 

my win!

The Knickernappies 2G pocket diapers do not normally come with inserts, and the giveaway clearly stated the win would not have an insert.  Knickernappies sent one anyway, which was awesome! 

knickernappies front knickernappies back

I couldn’t decide on color, so I let my husband choose.  My daughter wanted violet, but while I’d put a deep eggplant on my son, I wasn’t so sure about that color.  Her second choice was raspberry (pink)!  He (obviously, since you’re looking at the pics!) chose melon.  The color was a little brighter than I expected it to be.  I’m not sure why since looking at the pics online now, it seems fairly accurate.
 
side snapping snap closures

Both the 2G diapers and the Knickernappies one size diapers are side snapping.  I prefer front closures, only because it’s what I’m used to.  I think I have at least 3, if not 4 side snapping diapers now.  So, they’re not as confusing now that I have more practice!  

pocket opening

The “2G” pocket diapers are sized.  I chose the medium, which is estimated to fit 15-28 pounds.  The small fits about 5-15 pounds, and the large fits about 25-35 pounds.  The complete Knickernappies 2G size chart also includes waist, thigh and rise estimates.
 

knickernappies medium vs bumgenius elemental med

It seems similar to the medium settings of other one-size diapers (that’s a Bumgenius “elemental” organic AIO.) 
 
Here it is measured folded and stretched:
 
foldedstretched

The medium fit my 18.5 lb son great, and he definitely has lots of room!
 
knickernappies medium diaper on 18.5 lb baby back of knickernappies 2g pocket diaper

We didn’t have any leak issues with the microfiber insert, I’m sure it would be an even better diaper with a loopydo insert!  I didn’t try it with mine since I tried to be cheap and buy large inserts.  They get a little bulky when you try to fold them down, so I just use them at night now!  The diaper without insert retails for about $15.95.  The basic microfiber insert is $3.95, but you can save by buying the diaper with an optional loopydo or superdo insert.

side of knickernappies diaper

Amazingly, the second diaper giveaway I won was also last month, for another Knickernappies 2G pocket diaper!  Initially, I thought about asking for a new winner to be drawn, since I had just won one.  The first one I won (am I saying one/won enough?) was sponsored by Knickernappies, but the second was sponsored by Earth Angels Diaper Co. on their Diaper Discussions blog.

While I haven’t personally purchased from Earth Angels Diaper Co., they have good prices, a wide selection, and even an affiliate program.  Don’t worry, no links in this post are affiliate links!  They have risk-free “try me” cloth diaper kits and even a layaway program!  My experience with the owner was wonderful.

You can find Earth Angels Diaper Co. on Facebook, tweeting as @clothdiapergeek and on The Diaper Discussions Blog.

knickernappies giveaway diaper knickernappies giveaway diaper back

Giveaway: As my second giveaway win, I received the size medium, melon color Knickernappies 2G pocket diaper and microfiber insert pictured above, and it is sitting, new and unused, awaiting a new owner.  I have been assured that re-gifting (re-giveaway-ing?) a blog win isn’t as incredibly tacky as I’m afraid it may seem, so…at the end of this giveaway, one of you will have a diaper just like the one I reviewed (only new of course!)  While this giveaway isn’t technically sponsored by Earth Angels Diaper Co., I did get their OK to do this!


Here’s how to enter: All entries go in the form below.  I do love me some comments, but comments don’t count as entries.  Mandatory entries include name, email address, and your favorite item from Earth Angels Diaper Co.  You may select the bonus entry if you follow this blog via GFC, RSS or email.  As usual, I will update this post regularly with the # of entries received.


I will accept entries until Thursday, November 4th 2010 at 9 P.M. Eastern.  I will select a winner using random.org’s true random number generator and notify him/her by email.  Winner has 48 hours to respond before the prize is forfeited and a new winner is chosen.  View my giveaway rules page for complete details.  This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.


Entries as of November 4th, 2010 at 9:00 P.M.: 234

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FTC compliance: Both the review item and the giveaway items were random blog wins.  I was not compensated for this post and all opinions are my own.

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