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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.
Cloth Diapering

KK Designs

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KK Designs makes one of a kind designs on T-shirts, totes, cards, invitations, birth announcements and more.  (She also makes soap and wool wash bars.)

This sticker is actually another item she offers for sale.  She does custom stickers, logos, blinkies and banners for WAHMs and websites.  In fact, I want to have her design a logo for me!  Her prices are totally reasonable, I just have to wait for a little spending money in my budget.

She offers lots of cute shirt designs relating to cloth, breastfeeding and green living.  She’s incredibly creative, and I knew she would be perfect to create a first birthday shirt for my son, that would be different than what everyone else has!

Here’s just a little peek.

She sent along another WAHM’s “sample” which was a cute little baby doll hat.  Sorry, it’s not his birthday yet, you don’t get to see the design!  😉

She included care instructions as well.

I’m thrilled with my purchase, and I can’t wait to have Krista to design my logo. 

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Cloth Diapering Inserts Made in the USA Overnight Diapering Solutions Pocket Diapers

Knickernappies Superdo and Loopydo Inserts

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My quest to keep my son dry through the night led me to try several things.  Our Bumgenius 3.0s were working well for a while, but I was having to add so many doublers to the diaper that it was creating a leg gap.  Since my son recently started rolling over on his side at night, this was a problem!

I started reading reviews of inserts on diaperpin as well as many online stores.  The reviews led me to Knickernappies.

The LoopyDo 2G prewashed inserts have 2 layers of hemp french terry as well as 2 layers of microfiber.

Hemp usually requires prepping to remove the natural oils and make it absorbent, but these inserts are prewashed so you an use them right away, though they will continue to become more absorbent with subsequent washings.

Those 4 layers are sewn in a loop so they dry more quickly, saving time and energy costs.

They come in 3 sizes: Small measuring 12″x5.5″, Medium measuring 14″x5.5″ and Large measuring 16×5.5″.  I should have purchased a medium, but I bought a large instead.  I simply folded a portion of it over and stuffed it into the pocket diaper (like a bumgenius one size insert, minus the snap).  It worked wonderfully, though obviously a little bulky.  Not a big deal for me since I was using it at night only. 

It was wide enough to fill the whole pocket as well.  I have a problem with a few of my pocket diapers where the included insert is narrower than the pocket, allowing for gaps and shifting, which always leads to leaks for us.

I used the LoopyDo in a Bumgenius 3.0 pocket diaper on the medium setting, along with the BG insert and a hemp doubler.  I had no leg gap and no leaks, though all of the inserts were saturated in the morning.   I would definitely use a LoopyDo in any pocket diaper for naps, car trips and so forth, but I’d buy the appropriate size.  It’s too bulky for daytime when folded over.

I also bought a SuperDo 2G prewashed insert.  These have SIX layers of hemp terry and two layers of microfiber.  This insert is made for heavy wetters and overnight, and is more absorbent than two microfiber inserts together. 

Other than the # of layers, it is the same as the LoopyDo. 

Here it is in a Drybees Fleece night time diaper.

I bought a large in the SuperDo as well and I definitely should have bought the medium.  I am able to use it in my medium diapers but it is much, much too bulky and creates gaps.  I should buy a medium but with a $12.95 MSRP, it will have to wait.  I’ve spent way too much money on my night time diapering quest over the past month!

Here you can see how much thickness the extra 4 hemp layers in the SuperDo (bottom) add over the LoopyDo (top).

Here you can see both Knickernappies inserts compared to a Bumgenius insert.

The only thing I don’t like about these is that they are sized.  Well, I like that they are sized, it really reduces the bulk.  My wallet doesn’t like that they are sized!

In short, if you are looking to purchase an insert, buy one of these!  I bought mine from Abby’s Lane.  Good prices and fat and free shipping!

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Prefolds

Using prefolds with a snappi and cover

This is an awesome (and short) video tutorial on how to use a prefold with a snappi and cover!

If you’re looking for a snappi, Abby’s Lane has them for $3.95 ($4.55 for toddler size).  This is a dollar or so more than some other places, but the shipping is free.  I’m not a fan of paying $6 shipping for a $3 item!

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Giveaway Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

Winner of the Fuzzi Bunz Mama Cloth Giveaway!

>Random.org has a very neat service for drawings.  However, the minimum fee is $4.95, so definitely not worth it for a giveaway this small!
 
Rather than go old school by putting names in a hat, I used the “true random number generator” on their home page.  I entered 1 as the “min” and 11 as the “max” since that was the number of entries.

    The lucky winner is entry #5, or LaughterHugs
 
Congratulations!  Be sure to contact me to claim your prize!
 
Stay tuned for reviews of Loopy Do and Super Do inserts, Guerilla Fluff, Dypes By Dixon, KK Designs, Snappi, Heartland Dreams and more, as well as several giveaways in April!

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Cloth Diapers Giveaway

Five months!!

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I’ve been cloth diapering for five months now!  I’m loving it so much and I feel so dumb for hesitating before finally diving in!  That photo was one of the first 3 BumGenius 3.0 diapers I bought, “just to try.”  Little did I know I would end up addicted!

I’m really excited about my current giveaway, and I’m reading all of your comments.  I’m already looking into reviewing some of the suggested products.

Next month marks what I’m calling my six month “clothiversary;” in honor of that milestone, I’m planning more giveaways!

Please stay tuned, and invite any friends who might be interested in following my blog or facebook page.

You guys, my readers, make it possible for me to do even more reviews and giveaways!  Thank you!

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