Monthly Archives: Jan 2011

Cloth Diapering Mailbox Mondays

Mailbox Mondays 1/10/11 – I’m asking you some questions!


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Another week with no Mailbox Mondays submissions!  Remember that submitted questions don’t have to be cloth diaper related.  Email maria at with “Mailbox Mondays” in the subject.

Since this makes two weeks with no submissions, I’ll put the MM posts on hold.  If I get a submission, I will publish it, otherwise I will post something else/skip etc.

Today I think I’ll ask you some questions instead.

1. People choose to cloth diaper for many reasons.  Financial, environmental or health concerns, or even because they are just so gosh darn cute!  What was your main motivator for using cloth?

2. What was your very first cloth diaper?  Do you still have it? 

3. What is your favorite brand/type of diaper?  Has your favorite changed over time?

4. Have you overcome any obstacles with cloth (eg. detergent/stink issues, yest, rash, leaks, night time solutions etc.)

5. Is there a brand of diaper you’re interested in, that you’d like to see me review?  Is there a diaper you’re just dying to win?  One you don’t see given away much, or just one you keep entering to win but don’t win?

Anything else you have to say for yourself?  🙂

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Friday Giveaway Linky Giveaways Linky

Weekly Friday Giveaway Roundup for January 7th, 2011



Wow, it’s the first giveaway roundup of 2011!  Every Friday, I link to cloth diaper/accessory and baby wearing giveaways 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

Giveaways have been a little scarce these past few weeks, as bloggers and companies have finished up holiday promotions, and as advertising budgets for 2010 were exhausted.  I expect to see more giveaways all around soon!

This week’s giveaway finds:

The Cloth Diaper Whisperer
Boba Carrier from Guessing All The Way (ends 1/18)

HootHootBaby Diaper from Dibs (ends 1/10)

Better for Babies Hemp Diaper and Doubler from Your World: Healthy and Natural Mandatory GFC follow (ends 1/17)

Thirsties Duo Wrap & Stay Dry Insert from Diary of Momma Mandatory GFC follow (ends 1/12) Open to the U.S. and Canada

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

GoGreen Champ Pocket Diaper from Go Long Go Green Mandatory GFC follow and Facebook “like” (ends 1/20)

GoGreen Pocket Diaper from Life With My Littles Mandatory GFC follow (ends 1/18)

RagaBabe Easy AIO Diaper from Kelly Wels (ends 1/14)

Giveaways still running from last week:
Babykicks 3G Pocket Diaper from Dirty Diaper Laundry (ends 1/10) Open to the U.S. and Canada
Thirsties Duo Diaper from Happenings of the Harper Household Mandatory GFC follow (ends today, 1/7)
$10 GC to Go Green Diapers from Arizona Mama Mandatory GFC follow (ends 1/15) Open to the U.S. and Canada
$10 Abby’s Lane GC from SAPsMaMa Mandatory GFC follow (ends 1/14)
Large Planet Wise Wet Bag from The Cheap and Choosy (ends 1/9) 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 is good. Please at least include the item and end date, and link directly to the giveaway.

Check out where I list my giveaways to find more great places to link up your giveaways!
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Bumkins Dr. Seuss AIO Cloth Diaper Bundle Review


Bumkins Dr. Seuss Cloth Diaper Bundle

I was lucky and won a Bumkins Dr. Seuss Cloth Diaper Bundle in size large from Knocked up and Nursing!
The bundle came with three AIO Diapers, which retail for $17.95 each (list price $24.95.)

3 Bumkins AIO Cloth Diapers

Three absorbency inserts (retail $9.95 for a pack of three)…

3 doublers

and a wet bag (retail $9.95, list price $10.95).

Bumkins Cloth Diaper Wet Bag

My first impression of the diapers were that they reminded me of Kushies diapers, and that they were huge!  Here is one (bottom) compared to some other diapers I had in the laundry room:

Bumkins Large vs One Size Cloth Diapers

They are very wide, and also had a fairly high rise.  Keep in mind that my measurements aren’t an exact science.  I noticed that I didn’t have it folded exactly in half in the second picture here:
Width of Bumkins Large AIO DiaperLarge AIO folded

The elastic isn’t very tight, so it didn’t get too much bigger when stretched:

The laundry tab is just a single flap against the right closure tab.  I assume you are to overlap the other tab for laundering.
Laundry Tabs Laundry Tabs Closed
As I said, I received the size large, which is estimated to fit 22-32 pounds, according to their size chart.  My son was 20 pounds 6 weeks ago at his 18-month checkup, so he’s definitely close to the low end of the weight range.  They also have small (6-12 lbs), medium (12-22 lbs), x-large (32-42 lbs) and youth (42+ lbs).  They have some really cute prints, but the youth size comes in white only.
Like the Kushies, the diaper is pretty simple.  The outer feels like windbreaker material (lead safe, PVC, phthlate and vinyl free) and it has 6 layers of cotton flannel (sewn in an “airflow panel” for faster drying) and simple leg elastic.  The rear elastic is closer to the sides of the diaper.  There isn’t any along the middle of the back.
Inner Rear rear of aio diapers
bumkins aio soaker and leg elastic

Since the instructions said the diapers would shrink, I decided to wash and dry one three times to give it a fair shake.  While I was doing that, I took a look at the wet bag.

It measures 13″ x 11″, has a drawstring toggle closure, and has simple construction.

Bumkins Cloth Diaper Wet Bag Length wet bag width

Inner and drawstring of bumkins wetbag

It’s not enormous, but it held three of these big diapers just fine!

3 large diapers in wet bagclosed wet bag

So after three washes (drying in the dryer between washes, to make it a little faster)…

after prepping bumkins aio

It looked exactly the same!  The blue diaper had been prepped, the other had not.  I went ahead and tried it on my little guy anyway.

large bumkins diaper on 21ish lb babyvery wide

leg gap

It was way too big!  With that leg gap, I didn’t dare leave it on him, so I took it off.  While I’d certainly use Bumkins (in a smaller size) if that were my only option other than disposables, I’m a little shocked by the price.  They do come in cute prints, but they cost as much as Bumgenius pocket diapers, even as much as the Bumgenius Organic AIO if you go based on list price!  I can think of at least a half-dozen diapers that have more bells and whistles, for the same cost or less.  I was truly surprised when I looked at their site and saw the price, I thought for sure they would be around $10 each.
I don’t want to sound ungrateful, I am very thankful to Knocked up and Nursing for the giveaway, especially getting it to me so quickly, even though she had just had a baby!  That said, I think I will be donating these to The Cloth Diaper Foundation, so another family with a bigger baby can pad their stash!
FTC compliance: The pictured items were won from a blog giveaway.  I was not compensated for this post, and all opinions are my own.

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Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

Skin MD Natural Shielding Lotion Winner


skinmd winner

78 people entered this giveaway, with 137 entries in all.

The winning entry is #52, which is Allie Wiley.  Congratulations Allie, I’m sending you an email now!

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Blog Hop Cloth Diaper Blog Hop Linky

Cloth Diaper Blog Hop for January 2011


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There were quite a few participants in last month’s cloth diaper blog hop, so I thought we should do a hop regularly.

There are lots of blog hops out there, but this one is just for cloth diaper blogs! If you always or even sometimes post about cloth diapers, feel free to participate!

There aren’t any “rules.” You don’t have to blog about the hop or grab the button (thought it would be nice of course!) You don’t have to follow anyone, or comment on anyone’s blog. I’d love if you visited the other blogs in the linky, follow if you like their content, and maybe leave them a comment if you like a particular post, but the only requirement to participate is to link up!

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