Monthly Archives: Jan 2011

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

Winner of the GroVia AI2 from Bippy Diapers


grovia diaper winner

183 people entered this giveaway, with 301 enties total.

The winning entry is #8, which is Keely Anderson.  Congratulations Keely, I’m sending you an email now!

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Cloth Diapers Diaper Covers Giveaway Made in the USA One Size Diapers PUL Review

Smartipants Smart-Fit Cover Review and Giveaway (CLOSED 2/1)


smartipants cover

I ended up really liking my Smartipants diaper.  I initially didn’t think it was anything special, but my opinion changed, and after using it for 8 months, it landed in my favorite things.
rear smartipants diapersmartipants cover smallest setting

Though fitteds/covers or prefolds/covers aren’t my favorite, I was very interested to try the Smartipants Smart-Fit Cover, which retails for $13.95.

smartipants cover waist adjustment

One thing that’s pretty unique about the Smartipants cover is the waist adjustment.  There are snaps at the rear on each side, allowing additional sizing customization.
smallest smartipants cover waist setting smartipants cover largest waist setting

The covers are available with Aplix closures, while the one-size diapers are not (newborn diapers are).

smartipants cover laundry tabs

The cover has a wipeable inner, so it can be reused for multiple diaper changes.

inside smartipants cover

The diaper cover has 5 rise settings.  That combined with the waist snap adjustment and overlapping tabs, gives you a lot of options to find just the right fit.

5 rise settings

That said, the cover is quite large overall, considerably larger than the smart sleeve diaper.

smartipants cover vs smart sleeve diapersmartipants cover vs smart sleeve diaper

I do not think this cover would fit newborns or small babies.  The smallest setting seems similar to the medium setting on one-size diapers.  For simplicity, I’m labeling the size settings 1/smallest through 5/largest.

Here is the smallest setting (first snap) folded and stretched:

smallest setting foldedsmallest setting stretched

Setting two:

second setting folded second setting stretched

Setting three:

third setting foldedthird setting stretched

Setting four:

fourth setting foldedfourth setting stretched

Setting five/largest setting/fully unsnapped:

largest setting folded largest setting stretched

While the cover can be used with inserts, it seems to be sized to better fit over bulkier systems like fitted diapers.

smartipants cover with flip stay dry insertsmartipants cover

Here is my 21ish pound son in the Smartipants cover, smallest setting (waist and rise) with a Flip stay dry insert:

smartipants cover smallest setting 21 lb babysmartipants cover over flip insert

rear smartipants cover over flip stay dry insert side over flip insert

It also fit over my fluffiest fitted, my Heartland Dreams.

smartipants cover over fluffy fittedsmartipants cover over heartland dreams fitted side

smartpants over heartland dreams fitted diaper

If you are looking for a highly adjustable cover, that will fit your larger baby for a long time, this is it!

Giveaway: Smartipants is offering one winner their own smart fit cover, in their choice of color!  The covers are available in Clever Clover, Aqua Breeze, Think Pink and Bright White; the diapers have even more color options!

Here’s how to enter: All entries go in the form below.  I love your comments (leaving a comment is a good way to remind yourself you entered), but comments don’t count as entries!  Mandatory entries include name, email address and what other Smartipants product you’d like to try (or what you’d like to see them add!).  You can receive a bonus entry if you “like” Smartipants on Facebook.

I will accept entries until Tuesday, February 1st, 2011 at 9:00 P.M. Eastern. I will select a winner using’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. only. 

# of entries received as of Giveaway close: 181

FTC compliance: I received the pictured item at no cost in order to write my review.  Smartipants is also offering an item to a giveaway winner.  I was not otherwise compensated for this post and all opinions are my own.

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Mailbox Mondays

Mailbox Mondays 1/24/11 – Discolored inserts

discolored #clothdiapers inserts via @chgdiapers

Every Monday, if I’ve received a submission, I will answer reader submitted questions.  Questions don’t have to be cloth diaper related, just email maria at with “Mailbox Mondays” in the subject!

Rachell says:

Hi Maria

I have a question about inserts.
Some of my Microfiber inserts have discolored to a light brown with darker brown streaks. Is this ok? And what can cause this?


Hi Rachell.  The first thing that comes to mind is discoloration from mineral deposits in your water.  Do you have hard water?  Do you notice buildup/stains in your sinks, bathtubs/showers or toilets?

Is your other white laundry (non-diaper laundry) discolored too?  Are you having stink issues?  Was the discoloration gradual or sudden?  What is your wash routine?

I know that’s a lot of questions!  If you have hard water, you will most likely be having buildup issues in your sinks etc. and be having stink issues with your diapers.  If that’s the case, you may need a detergent designed for washing cloth diapers hard water, like Rockin’ Green’s hard rock.

If you’re not having any of the other typical hard water issues, you may need to switch up your wash/rinse routine a little bit.  I do get a little bit of streaking staining when a messier BM seeps into the insert.  The best treatment for stains seems to be some good, old fashioned sun!

Another thing to try (if you don’t have an issue with bleach) is to wash the inserts only with about 1/4 cup of bleach.  Then, continue to rinse the inserts until there are no suds and no residue in the water, and you no longer smell the bleach.

I do think the cause of the discoloration is most likely to be deposits from your water, but if you aren’t having any issues with stink or repelling, it’s really just a cosmetic issue!

How about the rest of you, have you had this type of discoloration?  Did you discover what was causing it?

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Friday Giveaway Linky Giveaways Linky

Weekly Friday Giveaway Roundup for January 21st, 2011



Giveaway roundup time!  Every Friday, I link to cloth diaper giveaways (plus accessories, baby wearing stuff etc.) I’ve found. Each post is also accompanied by a linky where you can enter any giveaway, as long as it’s family friendly.

If you’d like your cloth diaper, baby wearing (etc.) giveaway featured, send a link, description and photo (if you have one) to maria at

The Cloth Diaper Whisperer
Little Squirts Diaper, Wipe & Soaker from Simply Stacie (ends 1/28) Open to the U.S. and Canada
Sprout Change Diaper from The Willow Store and Fabulous Family Revies & Giveaways (ends 1/28)

Rumparooz Diaper from Kelly Wels (ends tomorrow, 1/22)

Happy Heinys Diaper from Luv My Two Girls (ends 1/27)

Sprout Change Diaper from The Willow Store and One Little Mister (ends 2/4)

Cloth by Tel Pocket Diaper from Simply Stacie (ends 1/30) Open to the U.S. and Canada

Maxwell Designs Wet Bag from Toots n Tots and Simply Stacie (ends 1/30) Open to the U.S. and Canada

Bummis Easy Fit Diaper from Chubby Cheeks Thinks (ends 1/29) Open to the U.S. and Canada

Bummis Easy Fit Diaper from Mama to 4 Blessings Mandatory GFC follow (ends 2/9)

Happy Heinys Diaper from Bippy Diapers and Bottom of the Sixth Mandatory GFC Follow (ends 2/3)

Mother-Ease Diaper and Cover from Alternative Housewife Mandatory GFC follow or Feedburner subscribe (ends 1/31) open to the U.S. and Canada

Tiny Tush Diaper from Mommy of 1 and Counting (ends 1/29)

Tiny Tush Diaper from All Aboard the Review & Giveaway Train (ends 2/2)

Baby BeeHinds Wrap from Dirty Diaper Laundry (ends 1/31) Open to the U.S. and Canada

Doodle Dypes Diaper from Dibs (ends 1/24)

Planet Wise Hanging Wet/Dry Bag from Your World: Healthy and Natural Mandatory GFC follow (ends 2/1)

Cloth Diaper/Baby wearing prize package from Diary of a Devil Dog Wife Mandatory GFC follow (ends tomorrow, 1/22)

Kawaii Baby Heavy Wetter Diaper from Empty Uterus Syndrome (ends 1/24)

Organic Caboose Diaper from Makobi Scribe Mandatory GFC follow (ends 1/23)

Bum Essentials Diaper from Bottom of the Sixth Mandatory GFC follow (ends 1/26)

Gift Certificates to Cozy Kids from Thrifty Wifey Mandatory Facebook “like” (ends 1/25)

$15 Credit to Bootyful Baby Boutique from The Rabbitt Hutch Mandatory GFC follow (ends 1/29)

Zookies Diaper Cover from Love Lives Here (ends 2/1)

FuzziBunz One Size Diapers from Kelly Wels (ends 1/28)

Kissaluvs Marvels AIO from Cloth Diaper Addiction (ends ?)

GoGreen Cloth Wipes from One + One = Four Mandatory GFC follow (ends 2/10)

Planet Wise Hanging Wet/Dry Bag from Cars, Trucks & Teething Rings (ends 1/24)

Bumgenius 4.0 from Lindsay’s Family Reviews Mandatory GFC follow (ends 2/1)

GoGreen Pocket Diaper from Familylicious Reviews Mandatory GFC follow (ends 2/6)

Dream Makers Designs AIO from Crazy 4 Fluff Mandatory GFC follow (ends 2/4)

Thirsties Duo Diaper from A Mommy’s Blessings Mandatory GFC follow (ends 2/4)

Giveaways still running from last week:
baby balmThe Mommy Goodscloth wipes solution
bummas wipes giveaway
Bummas Wipes from The Momccupation Mandatory GFC follow and Facebook like. (ends 1/22) Open to the U.S. and Canada

Nana Pants by Betsy Diaper from Goodbye Disposable, Hello Cloth Mandatory GFC follow (ends 1/31)

Rumparooz Lil Joey from Diaper Junction and Monkey Tales Mandatory GFC follow (ends 2/1)

GoGreen Champ Pocket Diaper from Modified Momma Reviews Mandatory GFC follow and Facebook “like” (ends 1/31)

GoGreen Champ Pocket Diaper from Mommy is Green (ends 1/27)

Tiny Tush Elite Pocket Diaper from Happenings of the Harper Household Mandatory GFC follow (ends 1/24)

AMP Diaper from Adventures of the Domesticated Mama (ends 1/24)

Applecheeks Diaper from Simply Stacie (ends 1/24) Open to the U.S. and Canada

Bummis Cloth Diaper Kit from Terraloving (ends 1/31)  Entry is through a Facebook app, which requires you like the Beterra Facebook page.

Sweet Pea One Size Diaper Cover from Dirty Diaper Laundry (ends 1/24) Open to the U.S. and Canada

Nicki’s Best Bottom Diaper from Simply Stacie (ends 1/24) open to the U.S. and Canada

Bumbledoo Mama Cloth from SaPsMaMa (ends tomorrow, 1/22)

Bambino Mio Intro Kit from Childish Notions and Simply Stacie (ends 1/26) Open to Canadians only

Bumwear Training Pants from Kelly Wels (ends today, 1/21)

Homegrown Mommy wipes from Real Mom Reviews Mandatory Facebook “like” and Facebook comment (ends 1/27)

$10 Abby’s Lane GC from Fabulous Family Reviews & Giveaways (ends 1/27)

$20 Thanks Mama GC from Crazy 4 Fluff Mandatory GFC follow (ends today, 1/21)

AMP Diaper from Simply Stacie (ends 1/27) Open to the U.S. and Canada

Bummis Wet Bag from Simply Stacie (ends 1/27) Open to the U.S. and Canada

Thirsties Duo Diaper from Monkey Tales Mandatory GFC follow (ends 2/5)

Tiny Tush Elite One Size Pocket Diaper from One Little Mister (ends 1/24)

My Baby’s Green AIO from The Not So Secret Confessions of a First Time Mom (ends 1/25)

Comfy Rumps Diaper from That Mama Gretchen (ends 1/31) Open to the U.S. and Canada

You may enter any family friendly giveaway in the linky below. The form Blog name – Giveaway Item – Ending date works. Please include the item and end date, and link directly to the giveaway.

Check out where I list my giveaways to find more places to link up your giveaways!
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Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

Thirsties Duo Wrap & Duo Hemp Prefold Winner


thirsties diaper winner

Well darned if I didn’t just type “dup” instead of duo again, sheesh!

122 people entered this giveaway, with 220 entries in all.  The winning entry is #166, which is Kimberly Stephens!

Congratulations Kimberly, I’m sending you an email now!

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