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Maria is an aspiring "fit mom" of 3 children, writing about cloth diapers, going green, and her life as a single mom. Maria works with many companies within the cloth diaper industry and beyond, providing social media management, product development, and other services.
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Smartipants

>Smartipants is the only company that did not respond to my request to use their images in my “wish list” post.

Still, I was intrigued by the claim that the insert would agitate out in the wash, and it was also the least expensive one size diaper I’ve seen so far.

smartipants
It’s also the first one I’ve seen that doesn’t come with a doubler.

It has only a single row of snaps, and the insert agitates out because it has more of a “patch” than a pocket.  Annoying to stuff for sure.

It was fine, but nothing to write home about.  Even the ability to wash without removing the insert doesn’t entice me.  If they were all you had, you could just change them & wash them.  No tabs to fold over & no insert to pull out.  For me, I don’t care.  I usually grab the insert with the wipe, then lay it inside the diaper & fold it up.  I have to use hand sanitizer after changing a diaper anyway, so who cares.
They’re also only about $3 cheaper than the Bumgenius, but appear to be much cheaper.  Don’t forget that they don’t come with a doubler either.
I am realizing how economical the BG 3.0s really are, I just wish they came in more colors and some prints too!
Edit August 2010: This has been in our regular rotation for 8 months and is a favorite.  It has held up well, is easy to use and doesn’t leak.  It looked basic initially but looks can be deceiving!
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Blueberry bamboo

>When I had all of my new diapers hanging to dry, my husband picked this one out as the most expensive immediately.  I didn’t ask him to choose one, he did it on his own.  He said it definitely looked the nicest & felt the softest.  It was sooooooo soft inside, I wanted to put my face on it!  It wasn’t quite as soft after washing though.

The diaper came with the same cardboard sleeve that the minky diaper with the hemp/microfiber insert had, but it had an outer plastic bag with a “bamboo” sticker.  It had a loose doubler like the minky one did.

When I opened it up, the inserts were a really soft material, not at all like the microfiber/hemp ones I received with the minky diaper.  The sleeve’s fabric content listing was clearly not accurate, since these were NOT microfiber/hemp.

I couldn’t tell what they were, so I wasn’t sure if they would need to be prepped like hemp.  To be on the safe side, I washed them separately 3 times, to ensure any oils were removed, and no oils (if any) were transferred to other diapers or inserts.

I finally found on their website that the inserts are bamboo/cotton velour.  Still not sure how to prep them but oh well.

The diaper is really cute.  I think it’s actually quite gender neutral, despite being blue.
The other Blueberry diaper I have has velcro closures, which I despise.  They stick to every-freaking-thing and it takes super human strength to get them off the dang laundry tabs.  Even my husband was surprised by that.  So this diaper has snaps.
The inner and outer material, closure and inserts are different, but the two diapers I have are otherwise the same (ha, that sounds ridiculous).
Anyway, same good fit, I didn’t have any trouble with the snaps.  I liked that there were two rows of snaps.  The Fuzzibunz have a total of 6 snaps to do each time and it’s irritating and confusing.

I can’t imagine anyone who wouldn’t prefer this soft, squishy diaper against their skin instead of paper!

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Foray into Solids

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My son has started a little bit of solid food so far.  I bid a fond farewell to exclusively breastfed poop, which washes right out and does not need to be rinsed.
When babies are older, you can just flip solids into the potty and wash the diaper as usual.
However, if you have been through solids, whether your baby was cloth or disposable diapered, you will feel my pain here.  Sweet potatoes go in and, well, sweet potatoes come out.  Only with an even less pleasant consistency.
So what the heck do you do in that gross, in between stage?  Well, I’ve heard of quite a few methods.  Some people keep a scraper handy and scrape solids into the toilet and/or “dunk and swish” the diaper in the toilet.  This makes me shudder for many reasons.  One is because of the tablets I use in our toilet tanks to prevent the lovely stain at the water line that reappears hours after I’ve scrubbed the toilet.  I don’t want that junk on my toilet!  Not to mention putting my hand and his diaper in a cesspool of germs.  YUCK!  No offense to those who use this method, it’s not for me.
Some people use a diaper sprayer.  It’s like a hand held bidet, looks like a hand held shower head kind of.  You have to have a flexible hose on your toilet’s water line to attach it.  You then hold the diaper in/over the toilet bowl and use the sprayer to blast the poo off.
This works for lots of people.  They’re a little spendy, but if you google you can find instructions to make one with parts from a hardware store for about half as much.
I have a lot of concerns about this though.  I believe it takes some practice to be able to spray without making a big mess.  There is an interesting invention to get around this, but it wouldn’t fit in our tiny half bath.
Which brings me to my next concern.  Whatever solution I use, it needs to be on the first floor, since that’s where I change most of my diapers.  Our half bath is the bathroom we (including my 4-year old) use most, and the bathroom our guests use.  So I am concerned about there being anything smelly, weird looking, or too tempting in there.  By that I mean, I don’t want a curious preschool-age guest flooding my house in a “what’s this do” moment.  Then there’s always the concern of it failing, since sprayers we have in sinks are not usually under constant pressure.
Which now leads me to my current arrangement.  I have a utility sink in my laundry room.
The sink has a pull out sprayer.
It has normal water flow
That turns into a spray when you push the button on top.
We have kind of lame water pressure overall, but it seems to do OK.
Is spraying my dirties off in here gross?  It’s not like we’ll be preparing food in here or anything, and doesn’t it all end up in the same place?  *shrug* For now, It’s working!  Of course this is with my son eating a tablespoon or two of food, when it gets even grosser, I’m sure I’ll have to do some pre-scraping, even if I continue to spray in here!
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Rumparooz

>I was so excited to get the Rumparooz in the lil monster print!!

rumparooz
I was expecting white/silver from the photos online, but it’s actually yellow.
I was much anticipating the inner gussets, which I haven’t seen on another diaper.
The pocket was easy to stuff with the two included inserts, but also contained the inserts much more easily and nicely than other diapers.  With this one, I don’t have to worry about the insert hanging out or touching his skin.  The newborn insert is very nicely contoured, for a great fit on a tiny baby.
I was a little worried because the diaper seemed really tiny.  However, I quickly discovered that the elastic is just gathered much more tightly inside than other diapers. It stretched to the same size as a BG 3.0.
Aside from the inner gussets, the other thing that makes Rumparooz stand out is the Extra Small setting.  They say it will fit at 6 lbs and it is very tiny!

I’ve had no problems with this diaper.  The “6r soaker” snaps together with the newborn insert/doubler to get a custom absorbency where you need it, but I’ve kept it simple so far!

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Sized or One Size

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One of the big questions when looking for diapers is, do I buy sized diapers or one size?
It was pretty easy for me to choose one size.  They do tend to be a bit bulkier because of the snap down rise, but that is worth the convenience to me.  I thought fuzzibunz were annoyingly bulky on the sides in a medium setting, so I would definitely be interested in trying a medium FB.
I stress over clothing sizes as it is.  Sizing isn’t consistent from brand to brand, sometimes you need a different size top and bottom, trying to pack up one size & get another out.  It makes me crazy!
Sized diapers tend to be a few dollars cheaper than their one size counterparts, since there is less material used.  I’ve heard many people say they were able to make due with just small and medium sizes, skipping newborn and going to trainers in lieu of larges.  Still, you’re looking at a larger expenditure for sized diapers.
With one size diapers, you can easily switch sizes on the fly, making for simpler diapering of multiple children.  It’s also nice to be able to go up a size & add extra inserts for nighttime.
I’ve also heard people say their size went down as they became more mobile/their body shape changed a bit.  O/S diapers make this more manageable.
Now, one size diapers often say they will fit at 7 or 8 pounds, but do not really fit well until 9 or 10.  If you have a really tiny baby, this can be a problem.  Happy Heinys and Rumparooz have an extra small setting, and a few companies even have a mini one size diaper that will go from birth to 15 pounds or so.  You still have the issue of steering clear of the umbilical cord stump though.  Some people just do disposables for a few weeks.  Rumparooz has a tiny all in one that fits preemie-12 lbs and has a snap down for umbilical cord care.  They have the inner gussets and they are just soooo little and cute.  I don’t think I could justify the expense, but I sure do love them!
If you have a very large baby, or a late potty trainer (learner), one size diapers may not take you all the way through either, so keep that in mind!
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