Goodbye, Cloth Diapers!

After 2+ years, it’s time to say goodbye to our cloth diapers. 🙁

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DS is doing pretty well with potty training, and is in underwear full-time during the day now. I considered keeping most of our stash for another baby, but I don’t know if/when that will happen, so it seems silly to hoard all of them for the unforeseen future.

For the record, potty training is a huge pain in the butt, but I’m probably doing it wrong. Luckily, most of our new house has tile floors! lol

I have held on to a lot of our wool stash, though, because we do use them over undies fairly often. (More on that in an upcoming post.) I guess I need to find a new hobby to spend my time and money on. Perhaps this blog?? 😉

Woolzies Wool Dryer Balls Review {Sponsor Spotlight}

I’ve been curious about wool dryer balls for a while now, but I just hadn’t gotten around to trying them out. So, when Woolzies contacted me about sending me a set for free to review, I was all Heck yeah, I finally get to see what all the fuss is about!! 🙂

But, let’s back up. What ARE wool dryer balls? In a nutshell, they are a natural alternative to fabric softener sheets with a lot of perks! Think about the chemicals that are in traditional dryer sheets (like the ones that give them that “fresh linen scent”). They’re probably not good to have on the clothes that you and your children wear all day. And even if the “greener” brands are less “chemically”, they’re way expensive! Wool dryer balls do the same job (softening/de-wrinkling/unstatic-ing) your clothes in LESS time for LESS money!

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    In summary – Woolzies Wool Dryer Balls:

  • are made with 100% pure wool.
  • help eliminate wrinkles and static.
  • can reduce drying time by 25%.
  • are guaranteed to last for over 1,000 loads.

I waited impatiently for the washer to finish. I hung up the AI2 covers to air dry, and threw the inserts in the dryer with 4 dryer balls. (I didn’t think it was necessary to use all 6 with such a small load, but I guess you could if you wanted!) You should not use regular fabric softener sheets when drying cloth diapers, because the oils and chemicals on the sheet will cause build-up on your diapers and affect absorbency. Wool dryer balls don’t have these oils/chemicals, so they are cloth diaper approved!

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Usually, it takes two cycles on high to get these inserts dry, because they’re made to be super absorbent. (Obviously…they ARE diapers!) But, after just one cycle on high heat with the wool dryer balls, the inserts were completely dry! They aren’t kidding when they say these will reduce drying time. (Obviously, it will take longer with a larger load, but I’m still super impressed!) Those old dryer sheets are going in the trash, and I’ll use Woolzies on all of my laundry from now on!

Interested in trying some for yourself? Be sure to check out the giveaway starting Tuesday, October 29th for a chance to win your own set of Woolzies Wool Dryer Balls!

{Woolzies provided me with a 6 pack of wool dryer balls in exchange for this review. All opinions are 100% my own. Please read my disclosure policy for more information.}

The World of Wool – Part 2: Washing Your Wool Diaper Covers

A couple of days ago, I posted about my new-found love of wool diaper covers.  We’ve had our covers for a couple of weeks now, and I just washed them for the first time using several products you can find at my favorite cloth diaper store, Kelly’s Closet! (Links to products in this post are affiliate links, which help support the blog!)

I prefer to hand wash mine, but Kelly’s Closet has some wonderful instructions on washing wool in the washer! *Remember- you only have to wash and lanolize again once it starts to smell like pee (you know the smell – ammonia, like a cat litter box…ugh!) or if it gets soiled (ie: pooped on). You can go weeks without washing and lanolizing!*

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  • Bucket or Bowl
  • Small plastic container with lid
  • Lanolin
  • Wool Wash (bar or soap)
  • Baby Wash Soap (any brand will do)
  • Wool Cover(s)

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  • Fill your bucket/bowl with lukewarm water just enough so it will cover the Wool.
  • Take your Wool Cover and swish it around in the bucket/bowl.
  • Grab your wool wash (bar or soap). If using a bar, apply in areas that need most attention. (I have a tummy sleeper, so I focus on the front and legs of the cover.) If you are using a wool soap, add a small amount (depending on water amount and how many wools you are washing) prior to adding your wool cover(s) to the bucket/bowl.
  • Swish your wool around in the bucket/bowl, and let it sit and soak for 30 minutes or more.
  • Come back after the time has passed, and drain out the water. Most wool washes don’t require you to rinse!
  • Refill bucket/bowl back up with fresh lukewarm water.
  • Grab the small plastic container and lid and fill it with VERY HOT water.
  • Add 1 peasize of lanolin (1 per cover) and 1 squirt of baby soap to the plastic container, then put the lid on and shake it really well, so it dissolves. (Note – I recommend using a small spoon or other utensil to do this, rather than your hands. I had lanolin all over my fingers that I could not get off!)
  • Add this mixture to your bowl/bucket that is filled with lukewarm water.
  • Put your wool back in the bowl/bucket and squish around, then let sit for an hour or more.
  • Come back after the time has passed, and drain out water and remove wool.
  • Lay flat to dry
  • By the next day, your wool will be ready to use again!

{I am an affiliate blogger for Kelly’s Closet. This post contains affiliate links that support this blog. Please read my disclosure policy for more information.}

The World of Wool – Part 1: My New-Found Love

(Some links to products in this post are affiliate links, which help support the blog!)

For a long time, I was nervous about venturing in to the world of wool. So many cloth diapering mamas I knew would rave about it, but it just seemed like SO MUCH WORK!

Then, all of our nighttime diaper options became ineffective. Leaks everywhere, multiple sheet changes…so we resorted to using disposables at night again. The leaks were contained! And THEN…

One morning I came in to Little Man’s room to get him ready for the day, and HE WAS NOT WEARING A DIAPER! Awesome. (Luckily, the bedding was still clean and dry!)

So, I decided to give wool a try. I could always resell them if I didn’t like them, right? (Benefit 13546353 to cloth diapers!)

Let me tell you…everything I previously thought about wool is WRONG! I LOVE IT! These covers fit like a glove, we have had NO LEAKS!

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(Sorry for the dark picture – he would run away whenever he saw the flash…lol)

The wool we’re currently using is a work-at-home mom brand called Chelory. I use her wool-in-two cover, with a night-solution insert and a wool doubler underneath. It works fantastically for us overnight!

If you already have fitteds and are just looking for wool covers to try, Sustainablebabyish (aka: Sloomb) makes very popular covers, shorties, and longies in gorgeous colors!

A bonus of the shorties and longies? They are both a cover AND pants – you don’t need an extra cover in between!

Image via Kelly's Closet and Sustainablebabyish

Image via Kelly’s Closet and Sustainablebabyish

Some of you may be looking at the prices in shock, but keep in mind that you probably only need 3-4 covers, making wool a very economical choice! As long as the wool is not soiled or stinky – it doesn’t have to be washed after every wear!

Next time – how to wash your wool diapers!

{I am an affiliate blogger for Kelly’s Closet. This post contains affiliate links that support this blog. Please read my disclosure policy for more information.}

Little Monsters Cloth Diaper Giveaway {Summer Fluffing Giveaway Hop} #summerfluffing

We're Summer Fluffing and having a blast… with this Giveaway Hop, hosted by So Easy Being Green and According to Jenny.

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If you're looking to win some great cloth diaper prizes, you’re at the right spot.  Each blogger in this Event has a Fluff Prize Package worth at least $25!

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Special thanks to Little Monsters Cloth Diapers for providing the giveaway prize for this event on my blog! (I also received a Little Monsters diaper to review – click HERE!) One winner will receive a Little Monsters pocket diaper in their choice of boy or girl design with one microfiber insert, plus 2 extra inserts! This prize is valued at $35.

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Fine-ish print: Giveaway runs from 12:01 am EST on Wednesday, July 17 – 12:01 am EST on Thursday, August 1. Entering is easy! Simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below. By filling out the form, you are agreeing to the terms and conditions linked in the bottom of the Rafflecopter. Must be 18 or older, and a resident of the U.S. only. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Winner has 48 hours after initial contact to claim prize.

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Good luck on winning my fluffy prize, but why stop now?  The more you enter, the more chances to win a Summer Fluffing Prize!  So hop around on the linky and don't forget to enter to win the huge Grand Prize for this Event…

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ENTER HERE!

{According to Jenny, So Easy Being Green, the Blogging Mamas Network, and the Summer Fluffing participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations. For more information regarding giveaway terms and conditions, please read my disclosure policy.}

Gray Star Boutique Giveaway {Fluffy Mail Giveaway Hop} #fluffymail

Are you ready to win some cloth diapers? Check out all of the giveaways below! Special thanks to Gray Star Boutique for providing the giveaway prize for this event on my blog! Check out my review HERE!

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Welcome to the Fluffy Mail Giveaway Hop, hosted by the Blogging Mamas Network!

If you're a cloth diapering Mom or Dad {or plan to be}, you know that one of the most exciting things about cloth diapers is… Fluffy Mail!  There's just something special about opening up a package of adorable fluff!  I've teamed up with over 30 other bloggers to bring you LOTS of chances to get the best kind of Fluffy Mail – a Giveaway Win!  So be sure to hop around to all the other giveaways at the bottom of this post before the event ends on May 15th!

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Gray Star Boutique is sponsoring this giveaway for The Practically Green Mom. One winner will receive a CUSTOM Gray Star Boutique diaper – your choice of size and in-stock fabric (or send your own fabric!) This prize is valued at $25-30 (prices vary based on size and fabric).

Images courtesy of Gray Star Boutique

Images courtesy of Gray Star Boutique

Fine-ish print: Giveaway runs from 12:01 am EST on Wednesday, May 1 – 12:01 am EST on Thursday, May 16. Entering is easy! Simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below. By filling out the form, you are agreeing to the terms and conditions linked in the bottom of the Rafflecopter. Must be 18 or older, and a resident of the U.S. or Canada. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Winner has 48 hours after initial contact to claim prize.

THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED!
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{According to Jenny, So Easy Being Green, the Blogging Mamas Network, and the Fluffy Mail participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations. For more information regarding giveaway terms and conditions, please read my disclosure policy.}

Unimpressed with my Quest for the Trimmest AIO

I purchased the following all-in-one cloth diaper brands to try in my quest to find the trimmest AIO! Though my love of hybrid fitteds is no secret, sometimes you need a diaper that can be worn outside the home under pants!

Let’s meet our contenders:

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  • Bagshot Row Bamboo AIO (one-size)
  • Swaddlebees Simplex AIO (one-size)
  • Chelory Stay-Dry AIO (one-size)

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All diapers were tested under the same pair of 18-24 month jeans from The Children’s Place. This is his current size, not one size up like many who CD will do to accommodate a fluffy bum. I wish I had some sized diapers to add to the comparison, but I tend to gravitate towards one-size diapers because I know we’ll get more use out of them in the long run.  I have tried the sized Swaddlebees Simplex 2.0 AIO, though I don’t currently have any for a true comparison.

Bagshot Row Bamboo (BSRB) AIO has a similar design to an AI2, with a cover and a snap-in insert.  It has a hidden layer of PUL to make it leakproof, but the shell can not be wiped clean.  Therefore, when wet OR dirty, the entire diaper will need to be washed before it is reused.

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Swaddlebees Simplex AIO has an interesting AIO design.  The soaker is sewn in, and can be stuffed into the corresponding sleeve, OR laid on top of the sleeve prior to putting on baby.  No inserts to snap-in or keep up with.

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Chelory Stay-Dry AIO has two layers sewn in on each end of the diaper, which provides fantastic absorption, while allowing for a faster drying time than most AIOs.

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Unfortunately, the results for these diapers were all the same:

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An unimpressed, unhappy toddler…with unbuttoned jeans.

I think it’s safe to say that you’ll be hard pressed to find a one-size cloth diaper that fits like a disposable under clothing.  But, that’s a good thing!  Cloth is supposed to be soft and fluffy, not thin and papery, right?  🙂

Do you have any other suggestions for cloth diapers that are trim enough to wear under jeans?  Leave them in the comments!

{Disclosure: All products in this review were purchased by me, and I received no compensation.  All opinions are 100% my own.  Please read my disclosure policy for more information.}

Gray Star Boutique Review {Sponsor Spotlight}

I want to welcome a wonderful sponsor, Gray Star Boutique, who has generously offered up a prize in the Fluffy Mail giveaway event starting May 1st!

I was introduced to Gray Star Boutique recently by a couple of online mommy friends (and fellow hybrid fitted fanatics.) On a whim, I purchased one to try on my little guy. (I’m always looking for new brands and styles of diapers to add to my CD stash!)

Gray Star Boutique is relatively new on the hybrid fitted scene (their shop just opened this past January), but you wouldn’t know it by the quality of the diapers. They are very well-made, super absorbent and so SOFT! A new brand to add to my list of favorites. 🙂

Little Man checking out, and wearing, his first GSB hybrid fitted!

Little Man checking out, and wearing, his first GSB hybrid fitted!

The first thing I noticed when our GSB arrived is that cute little gray star snap on the bum. How unique! Another thing that sets GSB apart from other hybrid makers out there is that their diapers come with an extra booster and stay-dry fleece liner standard. Most hybrids only have those extras with their nighttime diapers.

Snake-style soaker with snap in doubler, and a stay-dry fleece topper

Snake-style bamboo fleece soaker with snap in bamboo fleece doubler, and a stay-dry fleece topper

With all of those extra layers, we’ve never had a leak, and the outer fabric of the diaper is never damp (even after a 2-3 hour nap!)

In addition to their diapers made with knit fabric for daytime use, Gray Star Boutique offers velour and fleece “sleepy” diapers for nighttime. My FAVORITE GSB that we own (so far!) is the blue velour sleepy. Even the soaker insert is made of matching velour!!

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GSB diapers are available in four sizes. (All sizes are approximate, of course. Every baby is different.) — Newborn (up to 12 pounds), size 1 (8-25 pounds), size 2 (12-35 pounds), and size 3 (toddler fit). My little man is currently in a size 2 at about 34 inches tall, and 26-ish lbs. (We have also tried a size 3, but it was huge on him.)

Be sure to like Gray Star Boutique on Facebook for more information, and join us in the Gray Star Boutique b/s/t Group, too!

{Disclosure: All Gray Star Boutique products in this review were purchased by me, and I received no compensation for this review. All opinions are 100% my own. Please read my disclosure policy for more information.}

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