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AMP Duo Diaper Review & Giveaway (10/12)


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My first sponsored review/giveaway for my “A Year of Fluff” Event is the AMP duo Pocket DiaperAMP Diapers is a Canadian company that makes sized pocket, AIO and AI2 diapers, inserts, boosters and the great one-size duo diaper I reviewed.
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The Duo Diaper is a one-size diaper (via a snap down rise).  It has a PUL outer and stay dry fleece inner.
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The inserts come in two layer hemp, three layer hemp (for naps and bedtime), as well as bamboo and cotton fleece.
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The Duo Diaper has a nice, wide, easy to stuff pocket.
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and snap closure.
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The One-Size diaper is estimated to fit babies from 7-35 pounds.
Here it is on the small setting, as well as stretched:
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Medium and stretched:
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Large and stretched:
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I received a bamboo insert, and a two layer hemp insert.  The inserts are color coded by their stitching so it’s easy to remember which is which.
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What makes this a “Duo Diaper” is that you can use it with the insert stuffed inside the pocket, or lay it on top and use it as an all-in-two.  As long as the fleece isn’t damp or soiled, re-use the shell with a fresh insert.
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It’s no secret that pocket diapers with a stay dry inner are my favorite, so that’s how I used it.  I prepped the inserts just a few times before the first use, and they have continued to gain absorbency as I use them.  The AMP is neither the trimmest nor the bulkiest diaper I have, but the diaper fits well and absorbs like crazy; no leaks!  The diaper retails for $18.95 from Snooty Booty Diapers.  A 2-layer hemp insert in lieu of microfiber adds about $4.50 to the cost, $5.95 if purchased separately.
Giveaway: Amp diapers is sending a Duo Diaper and hemp insert to one lucky blog reader!

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 your favorite AMP Diaper color (there are tons!)  You may “like” AMP Diapers on Facebook and/or follow AMP Diapers on Twitter for bonus entries.  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 12th 2010 at 9 P.M. Eastern.  I will select a winner using random.org’s true random number generator and notify him/her by email.  Winner has 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 only.
Entries as of October 12th, 2010 at 9:00 P.M.: 315


FTC Compliance: I was provided with a review product at no charge; I was not compensated for this post.  All opinions are my own.

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Mailbox Mondays 10/4/10


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Make sure you check out the “Year of Fluff” post for all of the upcoming giveaways.  There are two active giveaways right now, and three more coming this week!

Every Monday I will answer user submitted questions. They don’t have to be about cloth diapering! I’ll always answer questions via email, but if you would like your question to be answered in a Mailbox Mondays post, send an email with the subject “Mailbox Mondays” to Maria at change-diapers dot com.

I am looking for submissions for late October and beyond!

Heidi says:

What’s the best natural fiber doubler that is inexpensive and effective?

For natural fibers, I like hemp. Very absorbent and naturally anti-bacterial. Bamboo/cotton blends are also great!
Unfortunately, natural fiber products are also more expensive than their microfiber counterparts, and natural fiber doublers aren’t as easy to find as full-size natural fiber inserts..
A small Baby Kicks Joey Bunz Hemparoo (13.5″ long and 6″ wide at it’s widest) retails for about $5.00. I really like the organic cotton/bamboo doubler that came with my Blueberry Bamboo diaper, but I don’t think the doubler is sold separately. The one size insert and doubler sell for $8.00.
Bethany says:

How many scoops of Tiny bubbles do you have to literally use on dirty diapers with an older washing machine?


Tiny Bubbles is designed for cloth diapers, so I would suggest using the recommended amount (not 1/4 or 1/2 like you would with a standard detergent.) I believe that would be two scoops in a top load washer with normal water (use less if you have soft water.) If you don’t already, I’d suggest doing a cold wash (without detergent) first to rinse the diapers, then a hot wash with the detergent.

So how about you guys?  Have you used Tiny Bubbles?  How much do you use?  Do you have a favorite natural fiber doubler?

My post on The Village of Moms today is about my experience with baby wearing.  I’d love for you to check it out!

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Play All Day Hemp Fleece Diaper Review and Giveaway from EcoMom – Plus a discount! (CLOSED 8/10) U.S. & Canada


I’ve already told you about Eco-Friendly Baby Products – EcoMom, when I reviewed the Plum/Revolution Foods products.  I’m very happy that EcoMom is expanding their cloth diaper offerings!  I was originally supposed to review the gDiapers (several readers have asked about them) but they were such a popular new item, they weren’t able to let me review them just yet.  Hopefully soon!
EcoMom has competitive pricing and offers free shipping on any $75 order every day.  However, they also offer the EcoPass.  The EcoPass is $99 for the year ($8.25/mo) and gets you free shipping plus 15% off of all orders!  At this time, there are no restrictions on that.  It’s good on both oversize and expensive items!
EcoMom has a new feature, the “daily deal.”  As an EcoPass holder, you would be entitled to buy the daily deals (plus new products!) before anyone else, and that free shipping would really make it a deal!
Also, check out their “What Does EcoMom® Mean to Me” – Video Contest and you could win a $200 shopping spree!

The diaper EcoMom sent me is an organic hemp fleece fitted diaper by Play All Day.

The diaper is 55% hemp and 45% organic cotton fleece.  I received a size medium, which fits 16-28 pounds.

The body of the diaper has 3 layers of organic hemp fleece, while the soaker has two.  Edges are all serged.

The diaper is sized pretty generously to fit a wide range, but the snap overlaps help fit smaller babies.

Like other hemp/organic cotton products, it needed to be washed and dried 3 times on hot before use, to remove the natural oils.  It will continue to gain absorbency through 8-9 washes.

After prepping, the diaper became, um, more fleece-y looking.  I am sure there is a word for that, but it escapes me!

The first time I tried the diaper on my son, I didn’t double the soaker, and used it coverless.

Even though my son is on the smaller side, at around 18 pounds, I got a good fit.

We have used the diaper several times already.  The first time, he “christened” it quickly, as he always does with new diapers.  The second time, we got about an hour and a half out of it coverless, before I noticed some dampness on the outside in the wet zone. 

With a cover, the absorbency is great.  I think this would make an excellent night time diaper with a good cover or wool soaker, possibly adding a doubler for a very heavy wetter.

Hemp is excellent in a diaper, since it is very absorbent, without being bulky!  The MSRP of the size medium is $17.50.

EcoMom is offering one reader a $15 gift certificate.  Use it on a diaper, or anything you like from their store!  This is open to the U.S. and Canada!

All of my readers may enter discount code SBBL287 at checkout and receive 15% off of your order through 8/31/10!

Here’s how to enter:  You may do any or all of the below.  Leave a separate comment for each entry.  Be sure to leave your email address in at least one comment if it isn’t visible in your profile.  If you are using the anonymous comment option, please leave it in all comments.  You may use the format email at host dot com if you like.

1. Visit EcoMom and leave me a relevant comment such as: What product would you like to see them carry that they don’t already?  What product do they carry that you would like to see me review?  What would you buy with your $15 gift certificate if you win?
2. Follow this blog
3. “Like” me on Facebook
4. “Like” EcoMom on Facebook
5. Follow me on Twitter
6. Follow EcoMom on Twitter
7. Tweet about this giveaway.  One tweet per day please.  You may use this if you like: @chgdiapers has a #giveaway for a $15 gc from @ecomomceo for #clothdiapers or other #organic products.  Ends 8/10  http://bit.ly/beJKh9
8. Sign up for EcoMom’s Newsletter

This giveaway is open to the U.S. and Canada.

I will accept entries until Tuesday August 10th, 2010 at 9 P.M. Eastern.  I’ll select a winner with random.org’s true random number generator, and contact the winner by email.  The winner will have 48 hours to respond before the prize is forfeited and a new winner chosen.  Winner’s email address will be shared with EcoMom, for prize fulfillment purposes only.  Winner will be required to provide shipping address to EcoMom.

Remember you can use discount code SBBL287 to get 15% off of your order until August 31, 2010!

EcoMom graciously provided me with the pictured diaper for review purposes, and will also provide the winner with a $15 gift certificate.  I was not otherwise compensated, I was not requested or required to write a positive review and all opinions are my own!

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Thirsties Duo Diaper Review

I have heard people mention Thirsties duo-diapers when discussing night time diapering options, and a lot of people were interested in them after browsing the site for the fab wipes giveaway.  I was able to get one at my favorite online cloth diaper store for $17 and change after coupon, free shipping, and I had a few bucks in my Paypal account.
Before I forget: Check out my “Cloth 101” post at Village of Moms.  Today it’s basic cloth diaper types.
So here’s the deal with the Duo Diapers: they have the snap down rise that offers 3 sizes in 1 diaper, just like many one size pocket diapers, except Thirsties come in two sizes.  Size one is supposed to fit 6-18 pounds (or 0-9 months) and size two fits 18-40 pounds (or 9-36 months.)
Many one size diapers say they will fit birth through potty training, but most people find they don’t fit well until the baby is around 10 pounds, and some say they don’t fit quite through potty training.  That means even if you buy one size diapers, you could potentially have to buy three sets of sizes; newborn, one-size and XL/Toddler.  With Thirsties, you’d only have to buy two.
My guy is just over 17 pounds, so I chose the size two in Ocean blue.
The double leg gusset is supposed to better contain messes, but I’m not sure how I feel about PUL potentially being directly against his skin (didn’t bother him though.)
One thing I love is that the pocket is open on both sides, which means you don’t have to pull inserts out before washing, woo-hoo!
The Duo Diaper has a unique insert as well.  It has a two layer microfiber terry insert snapped to a 5 layer hemp jersey insert.  You stuff the diaper with the microfiber facing the baby side (inside the pocket of course!)
The size two duo diaper on the small setting
and stretched
vs a Bumgenius 3.0 on the small setting
and stretched
Thirsties duo diaper size 2 on the large setting
vs Bumgenius 3.0 on the large setting
Overall, the Duo Diaper size 2 is just a bit larger than a Bumgenius 3.0.  Here they are one on top of the other, rises unsnapped.
Too bad they can’t “cuddle” and make some diaper babies!  Wouldn’t that be cute, some wee little BG/Thirsties babies?  Hee hee.
The small Thirsties setting seems to fit similarly to the Bumgenius 3.0 on the medium setting.
Notice that the microfleece inner was hanging out.  I didn’t find info about this happening, so I figured it might wick if it was hanging out, and I fixed it.
It’s all good in the hood, but I prefer a diaper that doesn’t require any special instructions (make sure you do this or that, don’t let the xyz hang out!)  I like diapers that anyone (who can put a sposie on) can just pick up and put on.
There’s a close up of the leg opening.  If the PUL touched his skin, it didn’t bother him.
The first two times we used this diaper, he wore it for around two hours as usual.  The third time, I put it on him before we went to drop my daughter off at preschool.  It’s about 30 minutes round trip, but while we were out, my Mom asked if we could stop by before we headed home.  I told her we couldn’t stay long since I didn’t have any diapers with me.

By the time we left, he’d had the diaper on for over 2 hours, around 2 1/2 by the time we got home.  He fell asleep on the way, so I took him upstairs, nursed him and snuck him in bed, thinking it wouldn’t work.  Well don’t you know that my little non-napper indeed napped.  By the time I changed him, he had been wearing the diaper for over 4 hours!  Eek!  Not only did we have no leaks, but there wasn’t a hint of redness on his tush either!

Of course now I definitely want some size 1 Duo Diapers for my non-existent newborn baby!  I know that the goal of all diaper companies is to get you to buy a complete stash of just their diapers, but I’d never recommend that.  Buy one and see how it goes.  If you like it, buy a few more.  I still wouldn’t recommend putting your stash in one “basket” so to speak.  Make sure you have a variety of brand and styles.  As your baby’s shape, size and wetting habits change, things may not work quite the same for you.  Or, something you loved at first, you might not like so much alter.  Just sayin’.

See the size 1 on my newborn.

I also have to see how the velcro holds up over time.  For now, it’s great!
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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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