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DypesByDixon Sweet Slumber Night Time Pocket Diaper

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Finding a night diapering solution seems to be a pretty common dilemma, and I always read and respond to questions about it.
I repeatedly heard people talk about DypesByDixon Sweet Slumber pocket diapers.  Since one size pocket diapers are my diaper of choice, I was intrigued.  Especially since they are fleece.  My son is not sensitive to PUL (knock wood!!) but I’ve heard of children developing a sensitivity, so I’m always interested in non-PUL options.
The diaper maker stocks in her own Hyena Cart store, as well as the Whimsical Fluff Congo and the Cuties With Cloth Booties Congo
Her diapers are pretty popular and sell out quickly, but I contacted her and she agreed to make me a custom!
I was really pleased with the charcoal fleece/black snap combo I chose, and the diaper came really quickly.

I think it’s a nice touch when diapers are packaged professionally.  I know the packaging has nothing to do with the diaper, but to me, the maker taking care to package it like this shows me they probably took the same care when making the diaper.

I always appreciate care instructions.  I don’t like having to hunt them down, and not every diaper has the same instructions.  I never thought about waiting until the diapers had cooled before stuffing them, but it makes sense.

The sleeve also had weight guidelines.  There are 4 size settings, similar to the Happy Heiny’s, they seem to be about a small, medium, large and extra-large/toddler.  My 16ish pound son fits well into the medium.  I definitely think this diaper will fit for a long time!

In the interest of full disclosure, when I scrutinized the diaper, I did notice that the snaps are not perfectly straight.  They’re not totally out of whack and don’t affect the function or closure of the diaper in any way at all, and I am not saying this as a dig at the maker.  Just that they don’t look as though they were factory applied like a mass produced diaper.  The snaps only look weird in this picture because it’s not completely flat.  You have to look pretty closely to see that the snaps aren’t in line like little snap soldiers.

I don’t know if anyone else has ever watched How It’s Made, but I’ve been surprised by how much is done by hand.  For example, in an episode about rain boots, a seamstress sewed the same part of the boot over and over, and over again.  She did it so quickly, it was practically in the blink of an eye.  I would have guessed that was done by a machine.  That said, she sews the same part day in and day out, hundreds of times.  What she did so precisely in just seconds, would take even an experienced seamstress several minutes to accomplish.  In any case, this digression was just to say that I’m not picking on the maker since she has probably applied snaps hundreds of times, ever, not per day.  I think the longer a diaper maker has been in business, the more precise she becomes.

The inside is super soft suede cloth.  One thing I love about pocket diapers is their stay dry inner.  This one is particularly soft!
DypesByDixon come with a microfiber towel to use as an insert.  I chose to pay an extra $1.50 for an additional towel.  Even with that, I think this diaper was an absolute bargain at $19.50 shipped.

Ideally, I prefer to buy a diaper that comes with a sewn insert.  Not only so I can use the diaper without making an additional purchase, but because the insert is usually sized just right to fit in the diaper, and has usually been tested for function in the diaper as well.  However, I’m glad it came with something!

We got a great fit!

The two microfiber towels got us through the whole night with no leaks, but they did add a bit of extra bulk between the legs.  It didn’t cause any problem at night, but I did end up with a leg gap while I was holding him on my hip before bed one night, leading to a wet Mommy!  I also don’t love having to fold them (the feeling on my hands bugs me for some reason); I could probably get a trimmer fit if I folded them differently, but I also had to make sure the end wasn’t too close to the top of the pocket.  If the inserts sticks out, you can end up with wicking.

Since then, I’ve tried the diaper with a superdo insert, two microfiber inserts + a hemp doubler, and a loopydo insert + microfiber insert + hemp doubler.  All got us through the night with no leaks!

DypesByDixon minky pocket diapers are also very popular.  Right now you can win one for the cost of shipping ($3.50).  You have to have an account on Hyena Cart to enter.  Become a fan of DypesByDixon on Facebook, then enter the giveaway on Hyena Cart.  Do it quickly, the Drawing ends April 1, 2010, 12:00 pm EDT.

All in all, this is a great diaper and a great value.  The 4 sizes along with the ability to overlap the snaps means that the diaper will fit a huge range of sizes and last a long time!

Edit August 2010: This is still in our regular night-time rotation, stuffed with a Knickernappies Superdo!

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Cloth Diapers Fitted Diapers Made in the USA One Size Diapers Review WAHM made

Heartland Dreams Fitted

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I’m really not a huge fan of fitteds because they aren’t waterproof, but the prints are just so cute, they keep sucking me in.  I had heard good things about Heartland Dreams, and I wanted one even more after I got the doll diapers her daughter made.
I saw a few prints I liked in her store, but I wasn’t quick enough to snap them up.  When I saw this fitted, I grabbed it!
Something unique I didn’t even notice until the third or so wash, is that Tina seams her fabric in the middle.  This way, the print is right side up in both the front and the back.  Just another little touch, but it does bug me when the print is upside down!
The shape of the diaper and soakers, as well as the fold down rise, remind me of Goodmamas.  She also sells one size snappiable/pinnable fitteds, All-in-twos and a 2 stage fitted diapers.  I’m currently drooling over this one and this one.  Well, the second one is sold but I’m still drooling over it!  She also stocks on several congos.  She regularly posts when and where she is stocking on the Facebook fan page for Heartland Dreams.  In the past, she has also stocked sized pockets (I’d love to try one of those since pockets are my favorite!), sized fitteds, and other things I’m sure I’m neglecting to mention!
This diaper is the first HD I fell in love with but didn’t pounce on.  I love that print.  *sigh*  Poor me.
I received my order really quickly after buying.  It was packaged really nicely.  I always think it’s a nice touch!
She included a card with care instructions.
And business card…
with a hand written thank you on the reverse.
It’s a small thing, but it’s nice.
She also included a free wipe!
Very cute!
Heartland Dreams diapers are incredibly well made.  They simply don’t look like a diaper that a Mom made on her sewing machine at home.  I didn’t go over it with a magnifying glass or anything, but wow.  The stitching…everything is very professional.
The legs are turned & top stitched to avoid chafing baby’s legs, and the front and wings are serged for less bulk.
The outside of the diaper is cotton knit, there is a hidden layer of OBF (rayon from organic bamboo fleece)and the inner and soakers are topped with OBV (rayon from organic bamboo velour).  They are so soft, and there is a signature heart on the reverse of the soaker that is so cute.
Each of the two petals of the snap in soaker has 2 layers of OBF topped with the OBV.  Also included is a booster made of two layers of OBF.
I think you can see how well made the diaper in in this photo.
She includes a set of hip snap covers for when you no longer need the wing cross over, and the third snap is no longer snapped into the diaper.
The first time I used the diaper, I just pulled the soakers up, I didn’t fold them at all.  All the red spots on my son’s tummy are from the snaps inside our Goodmama One, which he was wearing before this HD.  I really do prefer hidden snaps on the inside.
The rise folds down, my son is in that in between height and weight where he can really wear it either way.
All done!
Right side up on the booty too!
Too cute.
He had it on (coverless) for about an hour and a half before I noticed any dampness on the outside.  On subsequent uses, I folded the soakers and tri-folded the doubler, to get more coverage in the wet zone.  Doing that, I was able to use it coverless for 2+ hours.
I would definitely use a cover for any situation where there might be compression of course!
All in all, I love this diaper.  I am really anxious to try one of her all-in-two diapers, since I really prefer diapers that don’t require a cover.  (I’m lazy, what can I say?)  Heartland Dreams are by far, my favorite WAHM diapers to date.  The diaper has been in my rotation for a month now and I’ve had no issues at all!
Edit August 2010: This diaper is adorable, incredibly absorbent and very well made.  It’s not in my regular daytime rotation anymore just because I  don’t love fitteds in general.  I really want to try a HD AI2!
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Cloth Diapers Diaper Covers Made in the USA Review Wool

Kissaluvs Kissa’s Wool LOVER Diaper Cover

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I am, I admit it.  I’m a wool lover!  I can hardly believe it.  I’m having a hard time remembering all of the reasons for my paralyzing fear of wool, but they were definitely there.
Why wool?  Wool is breathable and will keep baby’s hiney warm in the winter and cool in the summer.  Wool is obviously a natural fiber, and has built in anti-bacterial properties.  It absorbs moisture, does not retain odors, and does not have to be washed often.
Seriously, if you use wool covers all day long, you can have a rotation of 3 or 4 going.  Change the cover when you change the diaper, just flip the damp one inside out and set aside to dry and you don’t have to wash every 2 or 3 weeks!  If it is “soiled” you have to wash it of course!
So, on to the Kissaluvs cover I bought.  (or “butt sweater” if you’re my hubby!)
I chose this one in particular because it is made with ultra-fine merino wool.  I wish you could feel this because it is heaven; I would love a sweater made out of this wool!  I chose it also because of the leg gussets, which aren’t as funny looking in person as they looked on their site.
According to the size chart, I should have gotten a medium, which fits 15-25 lbs.  The large says 20-35 lbs.  My son is only around 16 lbs, but I figured it would be better to buy a large, have it be too large, go back and buy the medium (saving the large for later), rather than ending up with one that is too small.  I was worried about fitting it over the overstuffed, fluffy nighttime behind.
It is definitely big!
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It still worked wonderfully though!  The first night with this wool cover was the first night in a while that he woke up with dry jammies, sleep sack and sheet.  I was so anxious to use it that I used it right away and washed and lanolized it the following day.
I’ve been using it for 2 1/2 weeks and aside from the initial wash, I’ve only washed it once.  My biggest hang up about wool (the washing) has turned out to be one of the most awesome things about it; it’s so simple.
When I take the cover off of him and it’s a bit damp inside, it will initially have a slight urine odor.  As it dries, the smell disappears.  If it starts to retain the smell, it’s time to wash.
Washing is ridiculously easy.  I put maybe two or so inches of tepid water in my utility sink, along with a dab of  Eucalan wool wash and swished it around a bit.  I placed the cover in and squeezed it a teeny bit, then let it soak for 15 minutes.  After that, drain the water.  No need to rinse.
Click here to request a free sample of Eucalan (SASE required).

To dry, I had ready two sets of two kitchen towels laid out on the counter (one towel on top of the other).  I gently pressed out as much of the water as I could, then I laid it flat on top of one set of towels.  I rolled the towels and cover up and gently squeezed, unrolled it and repeated in the dry towels.  Then I laid it flat on the counter to dry (out of the sunlight).

Next time I wash, I will take photos of the washing routine.

I’m not sure how often to lanolize, so I went ahead and did it with both the initial and the second wash.  I know it’s one of those “do it when it needs it” kinds of things, but you know how that goes when you’re learning!  Since Eucalan is a lanolin containing wool wash, I shouldn’t need to lanolize too often.

edit: I did quickly find one good tip.  When you’re washing, if the water beads up on the wool, you’re good.  If it forms some “pools” where the water soaks in, you might want to lanolize soon.  If it becomes saturated with water, you definitely need to lanolize.  I mean when you first place it in the water.  Obviously it will eventually become saturated if you are washing it, LOL

I got a bottle of liquid lanolin in the health and beauty section of my local organic market.

I’ll talk more about lanolin, what it does and what else it’s used for, later.  I’ve heard some people say they just use Lansinoh Lanolin to lanolize their wool. 
The routine was pretty much the same as the washing (I didn’t let the cover dry between washing & lanolizing).  However, I did initially add hot water along with the pea size amount of lanolin, in order to “melt” the lanolin.  Then I added tepid water, swished and added the cover.
It took a full day for the cover to dry, I wasn’t able to use it the next night.  I’d really like to have a second one, and this time I think I’ll get a medium!
An interesting tidbit on storage, from Kissaluv’s site:
Before storing away, wash the cover thoroughly without lanolizing. Do not fold and put between clothes. Hang it or spread it on the top of other clothes. If WL is pressed for a long time, it may get a bit stiffer like other finer wools.
I wish I had known this.  I have a sweater that I loved packed away, since it had not fit me since the winter before I got pregnant with my son.  While shuffling clothing around, I handled it, and it felt really strange.  Brittle almost.  I wonder if there is a way to save it?
P.S. Don’t forget to enter this week’s giveaway here!
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DryBees Fleece Night Diapers

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I’ve been hunting for a night diapering solution that won’t leave clothing and sheet soaked in the morning.

I had been using a Bumgenius 3.0 on the large setting (we use medium during the day) with an insert and 3 doublers.  It was working OK I suppose, though usually my son’s pajamas were wet on the back right above the diaper.

Since it’s winter, he’s also been using a fleece sleep sack.  That has helped somewhat, since it at least keeps the sheet dry.

Lately however, he’s woken up even wetter.  All the stuffing also sometimes causes a gap at his leg.  He often rolls onto his side to sleep, which caused him to pee right out of the leg gap, soaking everything and waking himself up!

I’ve been looking for something else to try.  Enter DryBees.

I bought a DryBees Fleece Night Time diaper from Abby’s Lane.  I found a coupon code for 5% off, got free shipping, had $3 in my Paypal account from a survey, and Abby’s Lane included a free microfiber insert. not bad for $15.52!

I really liked the charcoal color, but they didn’t have the size I needed, so I bought sage.  I chose a medium, which should fit 14-22 lbs.

The outer is heavy weight Malden Mills Windpro fleece and the inner is suede cloth.

The inner is definitely stiffer and rougher than the micro fleece inner most of my other diapers have.

I tried the diaper on Saturday during the day, just to see how it fit.  I used just the microfiber insert it came with, and it was great.  It fit fine and didn’t leak.

I tried it overnight on Sunday.  I stuffed it with the microfiber insert it came with, a Blueberry bamboo doubler and two hemp doublers.  It was a tight squeeze into the pocket, which is tighter than the Bumgenius pockets.

It didn’t seem any bulkier than the BG I usually over-stuff at night.

The next morning, his back was wet, but the inserts weren’t completely soaked.  I thought maybe it was user error?  I quickly washed & dried them to try again Tuesday night.  Wednesday morning, he woke up with EVERYthing soaked.  Pajamas, sleep sack, sheets, everything.  The microfiber insert was not soaking wet but the hemp was.  That made me suspect that it had something to do with the hemp being up against the fleece.

Wednesday (last night), I tried again.  First, I tried to use the microfiber insert it came with, along with 3 microfiber doublers (two from Happy Heiny’s and one from FuzziBunz).

I actually couldn’t fit all that in the pocket, so I ditched one of the HH doublers.

I fit it all in the pocket!
Fluffy and squishy, but no leg gap!

This morning, all the inserts were soaking wet, and so was he.

So, I’m trying other things!  I ordered a Heartland Dreams fitted, a Kissaluvs Wool Soaker and Eucalan Wool Wash (click that link for info on requesting a free sample.  I’ll post about wool when I get that stuff.

I also ordered Knickernappies LoopyDo and SuperDo inserts.  I’ll figure this out yet!  I’m guessing I will end up having to use multiple super inserts along with a wool cover!

November 2010 update: I gave up on this diaper; so many people love it but it just didn’t work for us.  Here’s what worked for us at night, after a lot of trial and error:

Dypes by Dixon Sweet Slumber Fleece Diaper or a Bumgenius pocket, stuffed with a Superdo insert, a loopydo with an added natural fiber doubler, or a regular microfiber insert with a natural fiber doubler.  I always put the microfiber in the pocket on the baby side and the doubler underneath (or in the middle of the loopydo.)  This allows the microfiber to quickly absorb liquid, and the doubler locks it away (yes, I feel like a paper towel commercial.)

What has also worked for us is a super absorbent fitted, like the Guerilla Fluff Utilitarian with a night-time wool interlock soaker over top.

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All In One Diapers All In Two Diapers Cloth Diapers Made in the USA One Size Diapers Review Snap Closure

Goodmama One

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Goodmama diapers are very popular.  They’re quite pricey, and some hard to find prints can go for even more, even used!

They’re most well known for their fitteds, but they also make an All-in-One.

They sell exclusive prints through different stores, and I snagged The Pebbled One from Kelly’s Closet with my gift certificate.

They call this an all in one, but it appears more like an all in two to me.  There is no absorbent material sewn into the diaper, only the snap in soaker and lay in booster.  I’ve heard some people say that a true all in two has a shell that can be wiped out and re-used with a new snap in at each change.  Because this one has velour inside, it would need to be washed after a single use, thus making it an all in one.  *shrug*

Anyhoo, because it’s organic bamboo velour A.K.A. OBV (actually usually bamboo, cotton and polyester), it had to be washed and dried at least 4-6  times before use.  It takes 6-10 uses to reach it’s full absorbency potential.

I did wash it the minimum number of times before use, and it didn’t hold much.  I’ve heard people say the “ones” wick at the legs.  Wicking would be putting it mildly.  I know he’s wet it because his clothes are wet!

This is a “one size” diaper, but it doesn’t have the snap down rise.  It has a fold down rise with an extra set of snaps.

The diaper closes with a single row of snaps, but there are 3 snaps on each wing.  I had a hard time getting it adjusted right.
I tried the regular setting.
I also tried the smaller setting.  You can overlap the wings for a smaller baby.
The diaper looks really cute all folded  up, waiting to be used, and is super soft inside.
On, it was OK.  I just couldn’t seem to get a really good fit, and of course, it started leaking the instant he “used” it.
I’ve owned this diaper for three weeks now, and we’ve used and washed it about 4 times, after the initial 4 washes.  It’s showing an awful lot of wear and I doubt it will hold any resale value if we continue to use it.
The color in these last photos is a little weird because of the reflective snow “lighting,” ha ha.

Overall, I’m disappointed and not feelin’ the Goodmama love!

Edit August 2010: I do not use this diaper anymore.  It leaks so badly I have to use it with a cover, which is annoying and bulky.  The snaps leave red marks on his tummy, and the diaper wore so quickly that I doubt it would have any resale value, even without the leaking issues.

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