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BabyKicks 3G Bumboo Pocket Diaper Giveaway (2 winners) Sponsored by CSN Stores (CLOSED 10/5)

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I reviewed the BabyKicks Bumboo Pocket Diaper in May, but now BabyKicks has a 3G Bumboo Pocket Diaper.

Improvements to the 3G include: colors (now available in Poppy, Meadow & Azure as well as white), a new one-size insert, unique newborn snap closure, wider front panel, wider pocket opening, trimmer design and thinner wings to fit chunky thighs.  All the great things about the 2G but even better!

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CSN Stores is not only sponsoring a prize package during the A Merry Fluffy Christmas Event, but they have also agreed to allow me to send a BabyKicks 3G Bumboo Pocket Diaper to two of my readers! 

CSN Stores is a collection of over 200 stores that sells everything from furniture to luggage and everything in between.  They have a selection of diapers as well as an environmentally friendly product category.

Here’s how to enter: All entries go in the form below.  Feel free to leave a comment about the post, or simply to remind yourself that you entered however, comments will not be counted as entries.  Mandatory entries include name, email address and visiting CSN Stores, then telling me what cloth diaper products you think should be in the December Prize Pack.  You may follow this blog (RSS, GFC or email, you choose) for a bonus entry and/or “like” me on Facebook for a bonus entry.  This post will be updated daily (or so) with the # of entries received, for those of you who like to know your odds.

I will accept entries until Tuesday, October 5th, 2010 at 9 P.M. Eastern.  I will select 2 winners using random.org’s true random number generator and notify them by email.  Winners have 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 onlyWinners, please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery to you.

# of entries as of October 5th, 2010 at 9:00 P.M.: 258

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FTC Compliance: CSN Stores is providing me with the product, which I will ship to the winners.  I was not compensated for this post; I was not required or requested to write a positive review, and all opinions are my own.

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Econobum Giveaway (CLOSED 8/13)

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I received an econobum free with a coupon code last year, and I didn’t really give it a fair shake.  I wasn’t terribly impressed, I was happy with my pocket diapers, and I figured I might as well sell it before I fully prepped it and used it a bunch.
The econobum consists of a really nice, quality prefold and a cover.
Like the flip, it is “one size” via a snap down rise, and has snap closures.  It’s like an economy version of the flip.  Thinner and doesn’t have the flaps to tuck the insert under.
It’s definitely pretty basic.  It comes in white only and its pretty thin.
It’s not called the “luxurobum,” it’s called the econobum, and for good reason.  The cover and prefold are just $9.95. 
The prefold that’s included is very nice, and you could really supplement the system with some cheaper prefolds to really stretch the budget.
For myself, I figured as long as I was spending less on cloth than I would be on disposables, I was doing all right.

As I’ve said before, I built my stash gradually, washing twice a day for a while, but something like the econobum would get you in cloth in no time flat!

So, I got sucked in by my favorite 4 letter f-word (free!) and bought something I could have paid less for, just to use a “spend $xx get a free one-size diaper” coupon.  I had read comments of what others had received and I was hopeful that I’d get something new.  Doncha know I ended up with another econobum.

So, I thought I’d give it to one of my readers, and I’m making this quick and easy (insert off color joke here.)

If you win, you will get the brand new, in it’s package, econobum pictured here.

Here’s how to enter:

Comment on this post.  That’s it.  Told you it would be quick and easy.  Say anything you like, but I’d really love some feedback.  Things you’d like me to review or give away, what you think of my usual giveaway entry methods and so forth.  Please do make sure to leave your email address in your comment if it isn’t visible in your profile.

I’ll accept entries until Friday, August 13th, 2010 (oohh Friday the 13th!) at 9 P.M., Eastern.  I’ll draw a winner using random.org’s true random number generator and notify him/her by email.  S/he will have 48 hours to respond before the prize is forfeited and other winner chosen.

This is open to the U.S. only.  Sorry Canadians, I don’t really understand the rules up North, and I don’t look good in orange.  ‘Cause, you know…they put people in orange jumpsuits when they throw ’em in the pokey.  Bah-dum-ching.  I’m here all night folks.

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SoftBums Echo Slide to Size Diaper Review

 

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One of my readers (darn, can’t remember who now!) told me about SoftBums.  When I looked into them, I was really intrigued, since I’ve never seen anything quite like them!
The SoftBums system consists of a waterproof outer shell, and snap in inserts (pods).
I received a chocolate color shell (adorable!) with a dry touch pod, an organic bamboo pod and a stay dry newborn insert/doubler (mini pod).

 

That isn’t what makes it so unique though!  SoftBums doesn’t have a snap down rise or adjustable elastic with 3 or 4 sizes.  It doesn’t have a fold down rise with 2 sizes.  It has infinitely adjustable elastic with a drawstring system.
 
I’ve joked about newborn “chicken legs” but this diaper comes pretty close to fitting an actual chicken’s legs.  As in buck-buck-bagawwww chicken legs.  It gets that tiny!
The front of the shell has a small opening. 
This is what the toggles to adjust the elastic look like.  You do have to fish them out; I am positive there is zero risk of a child getting them out of the diaper, so no choking risk.
At it’s tiniest, it gets tiny.  Above the diaper is folded, below it is stretched.
With the elastic fully expanded, it gets fairly large.  Here it is folded.
I can’t really say “stretched” for this next pic because I had the elastic fully expanded, so there wasn’t any tension, if that makes sense!
Initially, I was kind of overwhelmed about the completely customizable elastic sizing.  I’m not used to more than 4 options!  I decided to take one of my son’s size mediums, and try to get the diaper to a similar size, then tweak it from there.
It took a little playing around to figure it out, but I think I got it pretty close!
The inside of the diaper is lined with super soft material, so there’s no PUL touching baby’s skin.  The inserts snap in.
The inserts fit inside the diaper so perfectly, it really is an all-in-two; the cover can be re-used for several changes.
When you use the stay dry insert, you just have to be sure to fold it under, not toward the baby, so the soft microfleece is touching the skin, rather than the microfiber.
I washed the diaper and inserts, and hung the shell to dry.
I initially tried the stay-dry insert, since that’s my preference.  I wish I could remember what left such awful red marks on his legs.  🙁
I usually choose pocket diapers for their ease of use, but this was super easy.  Maybe it’s the Velcro closures that make it so much simpler.  Other diapers I have with this type of insert have fold down rises and snap closures, so I’m folding, holding in place, folding a rise, then trying to snap 3 snaps on each wing, all while holding everything in place on a wiggly baby.
I daresay the SoftBums system is Daddy friendly!
I found the SoftBums to be very trim as well, different than other one size diapers and different than other diapers with similar soakers.
We had no leaks and no wicking.  In fact, this has served as both a nap time and car-ride diaper, and I’d continue to grab for it for either situation.  Especially since it is so easy to take multiple “changes” on the road with a few soakers and maybe an extra shell.
I wasn’t quite as fond of the organic bamboo insert.  It was incredibly soft and absorbed very well.  However, it was a bit larger than the stay dry insert, and didn’t fit quite as well in the diaper. edit: Sarah at SoftBums let me know that the organic bamboo insert will eventually shrink to the same size as the dry-touch insert.  I’ve washed on hot and dried on high several times and haven’t noticed a difference just yet!
It seemed rather bulky on, and I had to tuck the insert in a bit.
My package also included this cute wipe.  My daughter tried to claim it to use for her babies since it is girly, but it is so soft, and stacks perfectly on top of my Thirsties wipes, so I’ve been using it.  I don’t think my son has noticed the teapots!
When I have some funds, I definitely want to buy another SoftBums Echo shell and a few stay dry pods to use on the go.  I also think adding a few of the mini pods would make a great and affordable newborn solution!  A single shell retails for $21.95, DryTouch Pods $4.95, SUPER DryTouch (extra absorbent) Pods $5.95, Organic Pods $9.95 and Mini Pods $2.95.  The shells come in 9 colors and three limited edition prints, and there are tons of packages available! See this diaper on my newborn.
Want one?  Find a retailer or win one!

One lucky reader will win a SoftBums Dry-touch Echo Solo pack in their choice of color!.  Here’s how to enter:

You may do any or all of the below.  Please be sure to leave your email address in at least one comment if it isn’t in your profile.  If you are using the “anonymous” option, please leave your email address in all comments.

1. Visit SoftBums and tell me what color shell is your favorite.
2. Follow this blog.
7. Tweet about this giveaway and link back here.  One tweet per day please.  You may use this if you like: @chgdiapers has a @softbums #slide2size #clothdiaper #giveaway until 8/6 http://bit.ly/boqwgc
8. Share this blog or giveaway somehow.  See the stack of “share the love” icons on the left of the page.  You can use the StumbleUpon, Digg, Reddit, Facebook or Delicious icons if you have account there, you can post about this in your Facebook status (@Fitteds and Pockets and Snappis, oh my! and @SoftBums if you do that and please link to this blog post.)  You can tell a friend via email, post on a cloth diapering board or group, “Favorite” my blog on Technorati or even vote for me on Top Mommy Blogs – Mom Blog Directory I’m not picky, just share with someone you think might be interested!  This is going on the honor system, just leave me a comment telling me what you did to share.

This giveaway is open to the U.S. only.

I will accept entries until Friday, August 6th at 9 P.M. Eastern.  I’ll choose a winner with random.org’s true random number generator and notify the winner by email.  Winner will have 48 hours to claim the prize before it is forfeited and a new winner is chosen.
Thank you to SoftBums for providing the review and giveaway products.  As always, all opinions are my  own, I didn’t receive any other compensation and I wasn’t requested or required to write a positive review!
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BabyKicks Bumboo Pocket Diaper Review and Giveaway CLOSED

>babykicks BabyKicks has been Family owned and based in my home state of Maryland since 2007.  I was really impressed to see on their history page that some of it’s production is done by local disabled workshops.

Their products are primarily natural fiber hemp products.  Here is some great info to answer the question, “why hemp?”
BabyKicks sent me a Bumboo Pocket Diaper, and they are sending one lucky blog reader the same!
The Bumboo Pocket is a one-size pocket diaper with snap down rise adjustment.
Bamboo Fleece stay dry inner.  (Oops, my mistake, bamboo fleece isn’t a stay dry material like microfleece.)
and PUL outer.
Several things make it different than any other diaper I have.
The pocket opening is in the front of the diaper.  When they’re in the back, there’s always that chance that you’ll have to stick your hand in a mess to pull the insert out!
It’s also the only side snapping diaper I have.  Instead of the wings wrapping around and snapping on the front, the front of the diaper wraps around and snaps on the side.
This makes it easier to keep diapers on streaker wannabes, and you can also use the diapers as pull up trainers. 
In the photo above, you can somewhat see that there is fleece around the leg openings, to prevent wicking.
This is also the only diaper I have with a fully hemp insert (no microfiber.)
The multi color snaps are not only cute, but make it easier to remember which snaps fit, saving time on diaper changes.
The one size diapers should fit 7-35 pounds; the small setting is quite small.
The large setting, fully stretched, is in line with other one-size pockets I’ve tried.
I tried it on my son on the next-to-smallest size.
I’ll admit, the side snapping was hard to get used to.  After several years of closing diapers in the front, it’s just different!
We got a great fit, and there were plenty more snaps to get it more snug if needed.
The hemparoo joey bunz insert was very absorbent, and it will continue to become more absorbent as I wash it more.  I just need a little more practice stuffing the diaper to get the best fold/placement of the medium insert on smaller rise settings.  The diaper retails for $18.50 and includes the insert.  I think this is a pretty good price for a one size pocket diaper made with natural fibers.
P.S. Babykicks has a Facebook Fan Page and a Twitter Account.  I feel like a real dummy, but I didn’t think they had them since I couldn’t find them.  I think I was typing Baby Kicks instead of BabyKicks on Facebook, and I have an awful time finding people on Twitter.  All that came up was bunches of people who also mistakenly typed BabyKicks instead of BabyKicksUSA.  In any case, I’m not counting those as entries since it wouldn’t be fair to change the rules in the middle of the game.  Sorry folks, I think I need some sleep!
Want one?  BabyKicks is sending a Bumboo Pocket Diaper to one lucky blog reader!

Here’s how to enter:

1. Visit the BabyKicks store and tell me what other product you’re interested in.
2. Follow my blog publicly.  Comment to get your entry.
3. Fan me on Facebook, comment to get your entry.
4. Follow me on Twitter, comment to get your entry.
5. Tweet about this giveaway.  One tweet per day please.  Be sure to include @chgdiapers in your tweet.  Comment here to get your entry.  You can use this tweet if you like.  @chgdiapers has a BabyKicks pocket diaper up for grabs. #clothdiapers #giveaway http://bit.ly/9txdUZ ends 6/7
6. Blog about this giveaway and link back to me.  Leave a comment with a link to your post to get your entry.

Open to the U.S. only, I will accept entries until Monday, June 7th, 2010 at 9:00 P.M., EST.

Please be sure to leave your email address in your comment if it isn’t visible in your profile.  If I cannot contact you, I will choose another winner.  Winner will be chosen with Random.org’s true random number generator and the winner will be contacted by email.
Thank you to BabyKicks for providing the review and giveaway diapers at no charge.  The freebies in no way affected my review, all opinions are my own.
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Econobum

>I got this free with an order by using a coupon code.  Not a fan.

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It consists of a nice prefold.  I mean a really nice prefold.  Not even in the same neighborhood (or country for that matter) as those Gerber diapers people use as burp cloths.  Really. 

and an extremely thin, cheap, one size cover.  It comes in white only.

The prefold is unbleached cotton, so it had to be “prepped” by washing 3-5 times, which I did.  Supposedly, you are able to trifold the prefold, and place it inside, rather than pinning or using a snappi, so that’s what I did.

Leaked instantly! (Probably not fully prepped)   I suppose I should give it another chance, but I really don’t care to.  I believe the intention is to re-use the cover, only changing the prefold (unless the cover gets really dirty).

At under $10 retail for a set of 1 cover and 1 prefold, this would be a very economical method of diapering, especially if you were to buy just a few, and fill in with plain old (decent) prefolds.

However, I feel that you’d be much better served to buy a few BG 3.0s (approximately 2x the cost of an econobum set), adding to your stash as you could (this is pretty much what I did).

I definitely do not see an econobum lasting through more than one child (I’d be surprised if it lasted more than a few months) nor would I expect it to have any resale value.

I’d definitely put this is the “penny wise, pound foolish” category.

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