A lot of diaper makers get started because there is some need that is not being met by other diapers. If she decides to sell to others, she needs to see how her diapers fit on babies of other sizes and shapes, how they hold up to wigglers and heavy wetters, and what other moms think of her design.
Other times, an experienced diaper seller is trying a new design, or even branching out to new products, and she needs feedback.
What a seller usually does is offer her product for the cost of shipping and materials, in exchange for brutally honest feedback, and typically also photos of the product in use.
This can be a great chance to try a new design for a great price, though most sellers would prefer a mom who has been cloth diapering for a little while vs someone brand new to cloth. Of course, that means that you may get a product with a few flaws or bugs that need to be worked out, or something that just doesn’t work for your child.
She is also working on a nighttime diaper and also plans to offer custom diaper bags and combo sets!
Her regular prices will vary between $10 and $25 depending on style. She charged her testers for materials and shipping (I paid the same as all other testers and my review was not influenced in any way!)
I got a size Medium (10-22 lbs) all in two for my 15.5 lb boy. She also offers Small (NB/6 lb-12 lb) and Large (20-34 lb).
She uses cottons, cotton knit, jersey knit, interlocks, wool interlocks and more.
She ran out of the fabric I requested (you don’t get to be too picky when you’re a tester and that’s OK!) so she used some purple polyester on mine.
The inside is lined with fleece or cotton velour.
The soaker is thick, soft and squishy. Her standard soaker has microfiber sandwiched between fleece x2 and suedecloth next to babies skin. Her special soaker is the same, but has a hidden layer of PUL in the soaker.
Prior to this round of testing she made the AI2s without PUL and used fleece only but wanted to test and see if PUL makes any difference. She, herself, never used covers with her diapers, even to go out. The fleece of the cover is considered pretty water proof.
She will also offer a custom soaker with 5 layers of OBF sandwiched between fleece x2 and suedecloth next to babies skin, or hidden PUL.
I’ve actually only ever seen diapers with PUL through the whole diaper. Her method makes a lot of sense since the PUL would only be where needed, and the rest of the diaper area could breathe more.
The wings are quite wide (“extended tabs”), but she plans to also offer “minimal tabs” as an option. Her diapers are purposely cut with more of a “boy short” shape for more booty coverage, making pants optional!
I did have a little trouble selecting the right snap settings to get a good fit around his waist and rolly thighs, but I usually have a learning curve getting used to any new diaper! There is tons of adjustability, and the tabs even have the ability to overlap.
So far, so good! He wore the diaper for about 2 hours and we had no leaks. The soaker didn’t even feel wet (though I know it was!) The only thing was that his hiney & the area around his leg were very red, which is rare for him since switching to cloth. I’m not sure what to make of that.
I wondered how he’d do with the polyester, but it wasn’t touching his skin, and he doesn’t have trouble with diapers lined with PUL. I’ll have to see if it does the same thing next time we use it. It was probably just a coincidence!
Edit August 2010: I did not care for the cut of this diaper/how it fit on my son, so I ended up passing it along.
>Well, cloth diapering is addictive enough. Throw in Lil Outlaws‘ great products and delicious scents, and the case is closed. I’m addicted.
I had been spending an unhealthy amount of time looking at all the fragrance descriptions already, and when I found out that there was a Buy 4, Get 4 Free Sale on the detergent, I really wanted to buy. The sale ran only through December 31st, and she warned that her prices would go up in 2010. So, I bit.
I have a really hard time choosing scents, but I’m loving everything that I’ve chosen. I prefer powdery florals or light, clean scents.
Here’s what I chose:
2 Baby Bee A fragrance cocktail of luscious fruits such as peaches, mandarin oranges, coconut pulp, bergamot, grapefruit, tropical guava, and tangy lemons. I like baby clothes to smell baby-ish and this was the only baby scent she had available at the time. Butt Naked is my favorite.
Biolage Matrix top notes of forest fresh green leaves and lemon zests, and well rounded with fruity notes of peaches, apples, and pineapples. A very fresh fragrance that will entice and energize your day. (similar to the shampoo)
Quince A duplicate of the Henri Bendel* fragrance, this fragrance is a light amber woody accord with a splash of fruit and nuance of green.
Yacht Club Want to go yacht sailing on the ocean on a mid summer morning? A fragrance reminiscent of upscale living with salty marine notes and fresh rain, with just a hint of fresh strawberry and kiwi to provide this scent with a well-rounded presentation.
Lotus Blossom The lotus flower is a symbol of beauty, purity, and fertility. Lotus flowers are water-fresh, clean, and slightly powdery in nature. Not too sweet, absolutely perfect! Even people who do not like florals will love this aroma!
Rice Flower & Shea A very light scent. This duplicate of the BBW* fragrance is a rich bouquet of fruits and flowers on an intense, alluring base of musk and creamy vanilla notes.
I actually didn’t get the Rice Flower & Shea but I contacted Jacklen and she is sending a replacement out to make up for the mix-up.
The scents I’ve tried previously are Baby Bee, Baby Powder, Butt Naked, Giggles, Midsummer’s Night and Laundromat.
All the scents are fabulous, but I found myself sniffing the Quince, Lotus Blossom and Yacht club over and over. Lotus Blossom and Yacht Club are definitely my new favorites. My typical M.O. is to “save the best for last” but I went ahead and cracked open the Yacht Club so I wouldn’t be tempted to use too much to zip through it and get to my favorites. LOL!
I had an empty 4 quart oxo pop container, and I stuck 4 bags in it to contain the smell and keep the bags neat. The detergent is typically sent in a heat sealed bag with a printed label, but this time it came in ziploc bags with the scent written in sharpie. She was really busy with the big sale of course!
Uh, yeah. I may also have a little label maker addiction.
I also learned something about Lil Outlaws. I am of course a numbers gal, so I had figured out the cost per load and how long each bag would last, based on the assertion that each package contained 70 loads of 1 Tablespoon each. I was figuring there should be 4 3/8 cups, or just over 1 Qt in each bag. I was confused when I realized there was only about 3 1/2 cups in a bag.
So, I asked and found out that Jacklen does it by weight. She figured that each load weighs .45 oz, or 31.5 oz for a batch. She always puts at least 2 pounds in a bag, but sometimes puts more, therefore each bag may have a slightly different amount.
It immediately all became clear. “Product sold by weight, not volume. Contents may have settled during shipping.” Sound familiar? I think we’ve all gotten a half empty box of cereal before! I have no idea why it didn’t occur to me before. In fact, I’ll bet if I measured the same 1 Tablespoon, it would be considerably heavier for me, after being packed and shipped, than it was for Jacklen when she weighed it right after mixing. So that accounts for the difference in volume and assures me that I could use less and still get the same cleaning power. Shew.
Here is a video that’s more food related, but shows why you should weigh, not measure, your food if you’re watching your calorie intake.
Anyhoo, now that the mystery is solved, I can drool over the other Lil Outlaws scents. I really want to try the “Rump Solution” for my wipes, but I still have about half of the Booty Cubes I bought. One cube makes 1 cup of solution, and that 1 cup in a spray bottle lasts me 1-2 weeks. Argh. Cost effective, yes, but I’ll never get through it!
Here are the other scents I think sounds scrumptious (though I’m not typically into fruity stuff!)
Amazing Grace – A feminine fragrance that will make you feel pretty…oh so pretty! Italian bergamot and sparkling lemon are sweetened with freshly picked citron and neroli. A white floral jasmine, orange blossom and rose are blended with sheer musk and cedarwood.
Blackened Amethyst – A seductive fragrance created for chic, confident women who like to “live a little”. This fragrance combines aquatic top notes with Italian bergamot, rare camellias, and lime; followed by notes of exotic sandalwood and vetiver.
Pink Lime – Top notes of lime, dewfruit, peach, orange, apple, and mandarin blend with middle notes of lily, berries, jasmine, and lavender into a sandalwood, raspberry vanilla, musk, coconut base.
Pink Sugar – Lively floral with top notes of bergamot, orange, strawberry and licorice. The heart blends red fruit, lily of the valley, fig leaves and soft powder notes. The base is a cotton candy, vanilla, caramel, musk and woody blend.
When I eventually get the rump solution, I’ll probably stick to butt naked, oatmeal milk & honey and baby powder.
Other scents that aren’t in stock now, but caught my eye before are moonlight path, winter candy apple, pink watermelon, white tea & ginger, white nectarine & pink coral, and nectarine mint.
You can’t waffle around on this because if a scent is in stock now, it might be sold out when you check again in an hour. It makes it fun to try new things, but also frustrating sometimes. She is offering fragrance sniffies now, but by the time you decide, it will probably be out of stock!
The good thing is that since shipping is included, you can order one bag here and there as scents you like come in stock. I’m sure my husband would kill me if I bought any more though. Hee hee.
>It’s not that difficult to find cheap, single layer flannel doll diapers, like the ones that come with American Girl Bitty Baby.
However, I’ve been suckered into buying my daughter a Baby Alive Whoopsie Doo Doll for her birthday next month. I never intended to buy the baby alive diapers at over a buck a pop, but the preemie size disposables aren’t looking that attrative to me either. Not just because I’m sure she will go through a pack the first day she has it, but it’s environmentally irresponsible and just not something I want to do.
Anyway, there are some sellers on Hyenacart that have really cute doll diapers. They are much cuter and better made than the aforementioned American Girl diapers, but still only typically have two layers, and won’t hold up to a heavy wetting baby doll.
The maker of Heartland Dreams diapers offers doll diapers made by her 12 year old daughter, and said she could do a diaper with added material to make it a bit absorbent. At $4 each, a handful of them would be a much better investment than sposies anyway!
>I have talked about “free for shipping” drawings on hyenacart before. In stalking some FFS diapers, I came across a homemade “taggie” blanket that I loved, made by DooDooRags. I loved it so much, I contacted her right away to see if she could make another one for me. I entered the drawing, but as I expected, I didn’t win!
As it turns out, she makes diapers too! So I guess this isn’t totally of topic.
I had seen taggie blankets when my daughter was little, but she wasn’t really into that. My son loves the tags on burp cloths and such, so this will be perfect for him! The front is an adorable puppy print and the back is a bubble minky fabric, giving him another texture also.
This is too cute, and I love that I’m supporting a work-at-home-mom instead of buying a factory produced item from a big corporation.
I started working on this post last week and I got the blanket today. Um…squee!!!! It is so freaking adorable. I wish we had feel-o-vision because it is soooo soft. As I suspected, my son latched onto it (and the “tags”) right away. I LOVE this and I can’t believe it cost so little. It is beautifully made and I wouldn’t know it wasn’t a pricey, mass produced item if you didn’t tell me. Actually, that’s not true. It’s too well made to be factory made.
I am going to update this post with “action” shots soon, I’m pecking this out one-handed while nursing a sleepy boy right now. (see below!)
I wouldn’t hesitate for a second to buy anything from this seller and when I have a few bucks to spend, I am definitely trying one of her diapers!! She told me “I am better at diapers! I mostly make the taggies for gifts and for my son.” So if she is better at diapers, they sure must be great! I think a taggie blanket would be a really nice baby gift, especially if you worked with her to find a fabric that would match the nursery decor.