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Designs by Cace AIO Diaper Review & Giveaway (CLOSED 10/30)

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Designs By Cace AIO Diaper

Designs by Cace is another WAHM brand, making sized fitteds, all-in-ones (AIOs) and covers, as well as nursing covers and slings.

Rear of Diaper front of diaper

I received a size medium AIO, which is estimated to fit 10-22 pounds.  Small fits about 5-10 pounds, and large about 20-35 pounds.

diaper innerlaundry tabs

front velcro back

The diaper has a soft minky inner, a 3 layer sewn in soaker (very trim, but probably best just for daytime) and velcro closures with laundry tabs.  I really like the black velcro closures, it’s a nice contrast and it’s different than other diapers.  I did notice a few areas where the stitching could have been a little tighter/neater, but it didn’t affect the function of the diaper at all.

The diaper is a smidge smaller than some other mediums I have; here it is compared to a one-size diaper on the medium setting:

Med designs by cace vs medium one size diaper

Here it is measured folded and stretched:

folded stretched

It fit my 18.5 pound guy just fine with plenty of room to grow.

diaper on 18.5 lb baby back of diaper

We didn’t have any leak or fit issues, and though it looks like it was digging into his belly, it’s just the way he was sitting.

front of diaper diaper on baby

A solid color medium AIO like I received, is just $10!  Wow!  Medium prints are $10-12.   A large AIO is $12, with prints ranging from $12-$15.  Smalls are a little less at $9 each.  Fleece covers are just $5-8!  These are very Daddy friendly and affordable enough to buy several and support a WAHM.

Giveaway: Designs by Cace is offering a winner any one in-stock item!


Here’s how to enter: All entries go in the form below.  Mandatory entries include name, email address, and your favorite Designs by Cace item.  Please feel free to leave a comment, but comments will not count as entries.  Post will be updated daily with the # of entries received.


I will accept entries until Saturday, October 30th 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 30th, 2010 at 9:00 P.M.: 97

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FTC Compliance: I received the above diaper at no charge in order to review it.  I was not compensated for this post, and all opinions are my own.

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PLUMP Diapers AI2 Review & Giveaway (CLOSED 10/28)

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Plump O/S AI2

PLUMP Diapers are made by WAHM Kassi.  Now that I’ve gotten my hands on a PLUMP, you’re going to have to listen to me gush about another amazing WAHM.

plump mailplump packaging

we love it already

My son has never shown interest in a diaper before.  He snatched this from me as soon as I got it out of the package!

ooga booga snaps ooga booga cotton velour

I know Ooga Booga fabric seems to be “love it” or “hate it.  I love the monsters, but I’ve never cared for any of the fabrics.  When they were supposed to be printing a turquoise on brown ooga fabric, I was poised to buy some from a fabric co-op so I could have a custom diaper made.  Unfortunately, they didn’t end up printing the brown.  When Kassi agreed to allow me to review for her, I was just happy to get to try a PLUMP.  I was really excited when she said she wanted to make me a custom!  So, I chose the Turquoise ooga Cotton Velour (CV) with a minky inner.  I asked for gender neutral snaps and I was so surprised to see adorable OOGA snaps!!

craftsmanship

The craftsmanship is just incredible.

snapswing snaps

PLUMPs do have 10 jillion snaps (OK so 4 on each wing) which makes me feel a little short of breath (LOL).  In the end, I cheated and only closed the outer and inner most snaps on each wing and it worked just fine.  The good thing about having so many snaps, is that it gives you so many options; you’ll never find yourself needing a snap where there isn’t one.  Kassi will include hip snap covers upon request (50 cents per pair), so soft fabric (rather than a snap) will touch your baby’s skin once the outer most snaps (hip snaps) are no longer needed.

snap down rise

This PLUMP all-in two (AI2) is one-size via a “fold down” rise.  What makes it unique is that it actually snaps into place.  So, you don’t have to try to hold it down on a wiggly baby while simultaneously trying to snap the wings.

Here it is on the small setting:

small settingsmall setting front

small setting rear

Here is the small setting, measured folded and stretched:

small folded small stretched

Large folded and stretched:

large folded large stretched

My diaper has a minky inner, and petal style soakers that snap together.  The layers are (deep breath!): Minky/Organic Bamboo Fleece (OBF)/ZORB/OBF and OBF/ZORB/OBF/Cotton Velour (CV).  Minky touches baby’s skin, with 8 layers of absorbency in the soakers!

bubble minky inner 

minky and cv soakerssoakers snap together

It also has this spiffy laundry snap, which allows you to hang the diaper with no clothes pins!

laundry snaplaundry snap closed

laundry snap in use

If you’re new around these-here parts, you don’t already know that my son is a little peanut.  He’s 17 months old (or he will be on Saturday) and he’s about 18.5 pounds and 30 inches.  Here he is wearing the large (unfolded rise) setting:

large on baby-rear large on baby side

side of large on seated babylarge on baby front seated

large on baby front

 I was able to put the diaper on him, on the small setting, while he was wiggling around on my lap, upside down.  So much for my fear of all the snaps, huh?  I win, snaps, I win!
 

putting the small setting on

One thing that I love about this diaper is that I don’t have to fold the soakers!  Even on the small setting, just pull them up over baby, close the diaper, and you’re done.  They don’t hang out of the diaper!  When I was looking over the diaper when I first got it, the soakers seemed thick, and I wondered how it would work.  It wasn’t until I put it on him that I realized they are sized such that they don’t need to be folded.  So, you get all the absorbency without all the folding, and the diaper is no more “plump” (hee hee) than others!

small setting 18.5 lb baby small setting rear

small setting side small setting front

We have used this diaper several times and we’ve never had a leak, including fruit/fruit juice induced (and gag-inducing) messes.  The one-size diapers are estimated to fit 10-35 pounds.

small frontsmall back

All-in-twos retail for about $18-$21; fitteds about $16-$19.  You can find PLUMP Diapers on Hyenacart, as well as the Cuties With Cloth Booties Congo and the Bliss Congo.  Kassi also makes incredible, one-of-a-kind diapers like this Sun/moon Minky AI2 and this Oh Christmas Tree Diaper (which kind of makes me want M&Ms).  She also makes embellished diapers, like this Bat AI2, this blue snowflake diaper and this red snowflake diaper.

Giveaway: PLUMP Diapers is offering some lucky stiff a custom PLUMP. You can choose an AI2, Fitted or Pocket tester in your choice of fabric.  (Does not include pieced or one of a kind diapers, hard to find or premium fabric.)  Please notice PLUMP’s note: “Ours is a non-smoking home.  We do have pets.  They don’t smoke either.”


Here’s how to enter: All entries go in the form.  Feel free to express your fluff envy in the comments, but comments don’t count as entries.  Mandatory entries include name, email address and your favorite PLUMP item (available or sold) from the PLUMP store, the Cuties With Cloth Booties Congo or the Bliss Congo.  You may take advantage of the bonus entry for “liking” PLUMP on Facebook.  I highly recommend it, especially since she has a 10% discount code just for Facebook fans right now, and offers discounts to her fans from time to time!


I will accept entries until Thursday, October 28th 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 28th, 2010 at 9:00 P.M.: 284

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FTC Compliance: I received the pictured diaper at no charge, in order to write this review.  I was not compensated for this post, I was not requested or required to write a positive review, and all opinions are my own.

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The Eli Monster AIO Review & Giveaway (CLOSED 10/27)

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eli monster aio

I bought my first diaper from The Eli Monster about 6 months ago; a size medium creme speedypants AIO.  When it started to seem kind of small on him, I got a little panicky, because I love it so much!!

eli monsterdiapereli monster large diaper

I had “spotted” it on The Eli Monster Hyenacart store seemingly forever, and I was really surprised when it was still in stock when I had the money to buy finally.  Learn from my fail here…”in stock” doesn’t mean ready to ship.  It simply means she has the materials to make the item; all items are made to order!  Her about me page is kept updated with current turnaround times.  Since I have impeccable timing (ha!) I placed my order just as her daughter arrived.  Despite just having had a baby, Steph gave me excellent service and an amazing diaper.  She doesn’t send out a diaper that she doesn’t think is her best work!

velcro closures

What I love about The Eli Monster is that they are totally unlike any other diaper I have ever seen.  They have hand sewn appliqués and hand applied screenprinting.

screenprinted diaper hand screenprinted diaper

The screenprinting isn’t “perfect,” but it’s not supposed to be.  It’s an incredible, hand made diaper, and no two will be exactly alike, unlike if a commercial company tried to copy this with a factory made diaper!

But anyhoo, the medium diaper I bought before is the speedypants, which was $19.50.  This time, I bought the “special edition miracle diaper” for $25.50.  For each one she sells, she donates a diaper to The Cloth Diaper Foundation (formerly Miracle Diapers.)  The other items I am just dying to have are: the Punk Rock AIO, Anchor’s Aweigh AIO, Tattooed Baby Longies, and the Nautical Star Tattoo diaper.  I also need one of her camera wrist straps and a Large Speedypants!  She makes nursing pads, covers and embellished prefolds too.

It sounds ridiculous but OMG.  For realz, yo.  I want one of everything.  I love, love, love Eli Monster stuff.  Totally my style and so different than everything else.

eli monster large vs bumgenius mediumeli monster large vs bumgenius medium front

In my opinion, you may want to consider sizing up in The Eli Monster.  Above is the large Eli Monster, compared to a medium Bumgenius.  My son still has lots of room in the medium Bumgenius, but has pretty much outgrown the medium Eli Monster.  The Eli Monster’s Size Chart gives weight estimates of 10-22 pounds for the medium, but I would probably suggest going with her more general guidelines of medium=baby and large=toddler.  My guy is only 18.5 pounds now, and the medium seemed smallish when we got it when he was a year old.  Since my guy isn’t even on the CDC’s growth charts, a larger baby would probably grow out of it even sooner.

Yappity yappity, here it is measured folded and stretched:

foldedstretched

Here is The Eli Monster large compared to the medium:
 
eli monster med vs largeeli monster med vs large rear
 
The most noticeable difference to me between the medium and large, was the soaker thickness.  I’ve tried to photograph it, but it’s tough to show.  I wasn’t sure if anyone would be interested in me pinching diapers with calipers.    😉
 
med vs large soaker thickness foldedmed vs large soaker thickness

After using the large, it is definitely a better fit for my son.  It makes sense to me.  The smaller diapers have trimmer soakers, since you’re likely to change more often and/or have lighter wetters.  The older babies tend to wet more at once, so you need more absorbency even if you change diapers as soon as they’re wet!

The first photo is him in the medium, taken the same day as the other photos.
 
eli monster medium on 18.5 lb baby eli monster large on 18.5 lb baby
large front on baby leg opening

I love Eli Monster diapers, and so does my husband.  They are one I reach for if I know that my son’s diaper might be hanging out of his pants.  They are such cool and unique diapers, I’m always hoping someone will notice it, and I’ll be able to bring them over to the dark side get them interested in cloth!

diaper rear diaper from side

Giveaway: The Eli Monster is offering a $20 gift certificate towards anything in her shop!  Most items are under $20 so, woo hoo!
 
Here’s how to enter: All comments go in the form below.  Feel free to leave a comment, but comments do not count as entries.  Mandatory entries include name, email address and your favorite Eli Monster item from The Eli Monster Hyenacart Store or The Eli Monster Etsy Shop.  You may “like” The Eli Monster on Facebook for a bonus entry.
 
I will accept entries until Wednesday, October 27th 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 27th, 2010 at 9:00 P.M.: 213

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FTC Compliance: I paid normal retail prices for items reviewed.  I was not compensated for this post, and all opinions are my own.

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Rumpsack Pocket Diaper Review & Giveaway (CLOSED 10/13)

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rumpsack

I’ve asked readers to make suggestions for diapers they’d like to see me review/give away, and Rumpsack has been mentioned several times!  WAHMs don’t have deep pockets for advertising or reviews/giveaways, so it meant a lot to me when Rumpsack agreed to participate in my “Year of Fluff” event!

Rumpsack diapers are made by work-at-home-mom Janelle. Right now, she makes sized pocket diapers and inserts, though she is branching out!  When I took the diaper out of the package, I noticed not only how soft it was, but how well made it was.  The stitching was neat and even!

rumpsack pocket diaper rumpsack diaper back

I received a size medium pocket diaper, with a minky outer and microchamois inner.

rumpsack diaper snap closure

Rumpsack diapers are front snap diapers, but the diaper closes closer to the hip to prevent wing droop.  Janelle is a La-Di-Da approved seamstress, and Rumpsacks are designed to scoop below the belly.  Size Newborn fits 6-12 pounds, Small 10-20 pounds, Medium 15-30 pounds, and Large 25-40 pounds.  Prices vary between $14.50 and $17.00 depending on the materials used.

rumpsack pocket opening

The pocket is easy to stuff.  Inserts are not included with Rumpsacks, but Janelle makes a great insert that’s available as an optional purchase.

rumpsack pocket diaper insert

The insert is 2 layers of organic hemp fleece, which makes 6 layers of absorbency when tri-folded.  The inserts are available in 4 sizes to match the diaper sizes, and retail for $5.00 each.  Janelle included one with my diaper, and I’m grateful!  I much prefer to use a diaper with an insert that has been designed for and tested with the diaper, and this was far easier to fold than a microfiber towel!

A nifty feature of the Rumpsack is that the snaps on the front panel are female on one side and male on the other. 

rumpsack diaper

This means the tabs actually snap to each other.  If you find yourself with a dirty diaper and no wetbag, simply roll the diaper up into a neat little package, and snap the tabs together!

rumpsack diaper tabs diaper tabs
rumpsack diaper roll uprumpsack diaper

The Rumpsack medium seemed a smidge smaller than some of the other mediums I have, but I think it may be partly because of the below the belly design.

rumpsack measured folded
Measured Folded
rumpspack measured stretched
Measured Stretched

rumpsack medium vs rumparooz medium
Compared to O/S on Medium Setting

The diaper fit my son really well, and he has plenty of room to grow into it (he’s about 18.5 lbs in these photos.)  We had no leaks, and the insert made the diaper nice and trim, as well as super absorbent (I love hemp!)  Thank you Janelle for allowing me to review a Rumpsack, I love this diaper!

rumpsack diaper back on babyrumpsack diaper side
rumpsack pocket diaper rumpsack diaper front

Giveaway: Janelle is offering one winner a Rumpsack Pocket Diaper in pink or blue, in the winner’s choice of size.


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 Rumpsack Diapers on Hyenacart and/or in the Cuties with Cloth Booties Congo on Hyenacart, and telling me which of her previous diapers you like best.  You may “like” Rumpsack 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 Wednesday, October 13th 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 13th, 2010 at 9:00 P.M.: 432

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Mailbox Mondays

Mailbox Mondays 8/30/10

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email

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!

Please note: My intent is to get a queue of questions for the next several months, so it may be some time before your submission is posted. If you would like me to email my response so you don’t have to wait until your question is posted, let me know!

 
Kelly says:
 

Detergent question- i’m sure you get tons of these, but i’ve been wondering… I was using RnG hard rock but still had stinky microfiber so i decided to save myself some $ and use tide. our local stores only have original tide in the HE formula, but I have an older top loader (def. not high efficiency!) Can i still use this on my diapers? If so, any idea how much i should use?

wahm question- I’ve started getting into buying diapers from wahm on hyenacart. Do you ever do reviews or giveaways of those kinds of diapers? I’m always hesitant to try out a new brand w/o having heard an honest review. 🙂
Love your blog, thanks! ~Kelly
 
First Question:
 
Microfiber just tends to get the stinkies!  If your Rockin’ Green is otherwise working for you, try “Rockin’ a soak” followed by lots of extra rinses.  If the stink remains, try adding 1/4 cup of bleach to a full load of inserts (not the diapers, just the inserts!)  Once I found a detergent that worked for me, I rarely had any issues.  If I start to get a whiff of the weird microfiber stink, or ammonia, I will do a dab of bleach with the inserts.  It knocks it out before it gets bad; I do this about one per month.
 
As far as Tide goes yes, you can use HE detergent in a regular machine.  Use the same amount you normally would.  You will notice less suds than usual; that’s the main difference between HE detergent and regular detergent. 
 
I have an HE machine and soft water, and even using 1/4-1/2 of the LOWEST load line (1) of powdered Tide, I have to do some additional rinses to get it all out.  If you decide to try it, be very conservative in the amount you use.  If you need a bunch of extra rinses, cut it back even more.  If you don’t think your diapers are getting clean, add a little extra!
 
Second Question:
 
I love WAHMs!  I have done some reviews of diapers sold on HyenaCart.  Check out my Review Archive Page.  I think there are at least 10+ HyenaCart sellers there however, email me any time if you have a specific seller/product in mind that you’d like me to review.  Not all WAHMs are able or willing to do free or discounted products for reviews, but I will see what I can do for you!
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