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.}

Little Monsters Cloth Diapers Review {Sponsor Spotlight}

I want to welcome a wonderful sponsor, Little Monsters Cloth Diapers, who has generously offered up a prize for a giveaway starting in July 2013!

I’m apparently a big deal in the cloth diapering world, because I was recently contacted to review a Little Monsters Cloth Diaper! They sent me the cutest yellow diaper to test out (love that frog on the bum!)

Little Monsters offers one-size pocket diapers (each includes a large microfiber insert) embroidered with different appliques. Now, y’all know I don’t exactly have the pocket love anymore.  But as soon as I put this on little man, I had a bit of nostalgia for our early CDing days.  ADORABLE!  So trim!  (Remember, I’m used to super fluffy hybrid fitteds here!)

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I tested this one out for a few weeks, and even after several wearings and washings – it looks and performs great!  I love that the snap-down rise system has three rows instead of two (allowing it to fit smaller babies than a typical “one-size”).  The hip snaps keep the wings from drooping, even if you have a small-waisted child and can still cross the front snaps over.

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I am very impressed with this diaper, and I can’t get over the cuteness.  I may need one in every design (especially the penguins)!

{Little Monsters Cloth Diapers provided me with a sample product to review. I received no other compensation for this review, and all opinions are 100% my own. Please read my disclosure policy for more information.}

Kelly’s Closet $50 Cloth Diaper Gift Card Giveaway

Want to win $50 to Kelly’s Closet (my favorite online CD retailer)? Keep reading!
Special thanks to Kelly’s Closet and Bellyhood.com for letting me share this giveaway on my blog! (I received no compensation for doing so – I just wanted to make someone’s day!)

If you haven’t heard of Bellyhood.com yet, it is a social forum for moms and moms to be. It provides a friendly and supportive community for moms to ask questions, discuss and share.
It is a great way to have fun, learn new things and make life long friendships.

To encourage participation in the community and to give back to its members, Bellyhood.com is sponsoring this awesome giveaway for a $50 Kelly’s Closet Gift Certificate!

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Enter the giveaway in the Rafflecopter Form below.
The giveaway will end at 11:59 pm EST on May 12, 2013.
It is open to US residents, 18+ only.

THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED!
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{I received no form of compensation for this post. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook and/or Kelly’s Closet.
The Practically Green Mom and other participating bloggers are not responsible for the fulfillment of this prize. For more information regarding giveaway terms and conditions, please read my disclosure policy.}

The Anchors & Bows Boutique Giveaway {Showered With Love Giveaway Hop} #showeredlove

Are you ready to win some great prizes for mom and baby? Check out all of the giveaways below! Special thanks to The Anchors & Bows Boutique for providing the giveaway prize for this event on my blog. I’m happy to spread the word about your new business venture! (I did not receive any compensation for sharing this info.)

Welcome to the Showered With Love Event hosted by the Blogging Mamas Network!  We all know that April Showers bring May Flowers, but did you know that over 50 bloggers have come together throw a huge Shower of our own – a virtual Baby Shower!  The Showered  with Love Event will run from April 1-15, giving you plenty of chances and time to enter all of the great giveaways!

Be sure to hop around to each blogger in the linky under my giveaway, as well as check out the fabulous Baby Shower Grand Prize, including a Boba Wrap, Red Charlotte Doll Carrier, a $50 GC to Walls Need Love, AND 6 pocket cloth diapers from Little Monsters – worth over $300!

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The Anchors & Bows Boutique is sponsoring this giveaway for The Practically Green Mom. One winner will receive a New Baby Prize Pack – which includes one set of cloth wipes (your choice of pink anchors/white OR sea life/red), a 6-pack of cloth nursing pads, and 5 fitted cloth diapers (size small: 7-16 lbs.) This prize pack is valued at $50.

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Fine-ish print: Giveaway runs from 12:01 am EST on Monday, April 1 – 12:01 am EST on Tuesday, April 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. only. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Winner has 48 hours after initial contact to claim prize.

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{According to Jenny, So Easy Being Green, the Blogging Mamas Network, and the Showered with Love 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.}

Glow Bug Cloth Diapers Giveaway!

Thank you Glow Bug Cloth Diapers for providing a diaper to give away to one of my lucky readers! (I also received a diaper to review, which you can read here!)

If you haven’t checked out Glow Bug Cloth Diapers lately, they have some really cute prints in their new collections! There are 12 girl patterns, 12 boy patterns, and 6 gender neutral solid colors with multi-colored snaps.

Are you wanting to try one, but not sure about buying a whole package right off the bat?

Well, you’re in luck, because now you have a chance to win one!

Fine-ish print: One winner will receive their choice of a girl, boy, or gender neutral cloth diaper (note: you don’t get to pick a specific pattern…only the gender!) Giveaway runs 12:01 AM EST March 11 – 12:01 AM EST March 25. 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 (excluding Quebec and Puerto Rico). 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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{Glow Bug Cloth Diapers provided me with a sample to review, and a product to giveaway. All opinions are 100% my own. Please read my disclosure policy for more information.}

Fresh Start for Spring – Cloth Diaper Organization

** I am an affiliate blogger for my favorite online CD store, Kelly’s Closet. If you order products via the links below, this blog will get a portion of the sale. Thank you for your support!

Lately, I’ve seen a lot of moms asking, “What’s the best way to organize my cloth diapers?” Obviously, the answer is different for everyone, but here’s what works for us…and you get to see pictures of my (rarely) organized stash!

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My setup consists of two dressers. Back when {Hunter} was teeny tiny, the top of the large dresser was our changing station. Now, we just use the floor.

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The small dresser is where the diapers are stored. The intention was that I would keep my stash minimalized enough that if I had more diapers than fit in these three drawers, I had too many. But let’s be honest…that’s not happening here. The overflow usually ends up in a laundry basket. 😛

The top drawer holds diaper covers, Flip inserts, wet bags, and pocket diapers. I keep these in the top drawer because they have the most pieces that can be scattered all over the room, and little man can’t quite reach them yet. So, they are safe…for now.

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The middle drawer is my Swaddlebees AIOs and some hybrid fitteds, and the bottom drawer is more hybrids and overnight diapers. (Which provides easy access should we need to do a change in middle of the night.)

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  • Tip #1: Organize your stash by type, so you’re not digging around trying to find something to put inside that cover while your baby is wandering around bottomless (unless you feel like cleaning up a mess).
  • Tip #2: Make sure your diapers are ready to “grab and go”. Put baby down. Dirty diaper off, clean diaper on, done. Diaper changes are hard enough with an older baby/toddler. Don’t complicate things by having to hold him down while you try to snap in an insert, stuff a pocket, etc.

So…now, that you’re all organized, do you have empty spaces in your dresser/cart/laundry basket that need to be filled? Join the fun in the Kelly’s Closet Easter Egg Hunt for your chance to win more diapers!

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{Disclosure: I am an affiliate blogger for Kelly’s Closet and I’m participating in the Egg Hunt promotion. No compensation was received. Affiliate links may be present in this post. Prizes are sponsored by Kelly’s Closet. To learn more about becoming an affiliate or about Kelly’s Closet: https://www.kellyscloset.com/affiliateinfo.asp. Please read my disclosure policy for more information.}

Review of Glow Bug Cloth Diapers {Sponsor Spotlight}

I want to welcome a wonderful sponsor, Glow Bug Cloth Diapers, who has generously offered up a prize for a giveaway starting March 11th! (This contest is now closed)

When Glow Bug Cloth Diapers came out with their new product line recently, I was itching to try one, so they sent me one to review! Glow Bug diapers come in some really cute designs (even my husband liked this one!), and have several unique features that make them a great addition to any stash.

At first, we had some trouble getting a good fit. We had major wing droop in the front. This was definitely user error. As it turns out, the diaper has a second snap on each wing to keep the flaps in place, AND we had the rise completely unsnapped and we didn’t need to! That means my toddler who is 33 inches tall, and over 25 lbs, still has a TON of growing room in these!

My favorite features of Glow Bug:

If you would like to purchase a pack of Glow Bug Cloth Diapers, you can shop directly from this blog! They are available in 6 packs (white or gender neutral colors) and 12 packs (featuring boy patterns, girl patterns, or gender neutral colors). “We offer our diapers in bulk to save our customers time and money.” – Glow Bug FAQ

 

 

(Please note: Glow Bug has provided the opportunity for readers of The Practically Green Mom to purchase diapers directly from this site, but Glow Bug Cloth Diapers is responsible for pricing and delivery of products.)

 
{Glow Bug Cloth Diapers provided me with sample products to review. I received no other compensation for this review, and all opinions are 100% my own. This post may also contain affiliate links, which help support this blog. Please read my disclosure policy for more information.}

Your child, your CHOICE!

I had a wonderful conversation with a good friend last weekend. She’s due with her first baby this spring, and had some questions about cloth diapering. That conversation naturally led into a number of other controversial parenting topics, some of which she didn’t even know WERE surrounded by controversy until she got pregnant and was consumed by the “internet mommy wars”.

She said she wanted to talk to me about all of this, because she knew I would give the most honest, unbiased view. That doesn’t mean I don’t have opinions on anything, because I do…(you’ll see!) But I’m a big proponent of “This worked for me, but it may NOT work for you! AND THAT’S OK!!!!!” Every mother, child, and family is different…and it shouldn’t matter WHAT anyone else says or does!  As long as you’re not abusing or abandoning your child, you teach them to respect all people and animals, and you don’t let them steal or set things on fire…you’re doing something right!

So, in our two-hour conversation, we covered every aspect of parenting from breastfeeding to vaccines…and here’s where I’m going to break it down for you. Maybe you don’t like what I have to say, and that’s fine.  We’ll just have to agree to disagree.

Breastfeeding

  • It is no secret that breastfeeding was an epic fail for us. Little man was supplemented with formula from day two of existence. Congrats to the mothers with breasts that pour liquid gold like a garden hose.  I envy you.  This was the biggest hurdle I had to cross being a new mom, and I was very upset about it. Formula was an added expense that we weren’t expecting, and even the cans say “breastmilk is best”. Not only that, but I was faced with a LOT of criticism from mommy friends in real life and online about my decision to supplement, and then ultimately, switch my son to 100% formula. Were there other alternatives I could have taken to make sure my child had “the best start possible”? Yes, probably. But, this choice was not made out of ignorance or selfishness, and for anyone to suggest such a thing is ridiculous!  Almost 18 months later, he is a happy, healthy boy who (despite attending daycare full-time) has only been REALLY sick once in his life. *knock on wood*  To those of you that say “formula is baby junk food”, do you eat 100% clean, unprocessed food when you are breastfeeding?  No??  That’s what I thought…

Circumcision

  • This was the first time I’d ever had a real-life conversation with another mom about my son’s business. I did all of the research, and then…left this decision up to his father. Maybe that’s taking the easy way out – but I am, obviously, lacking some expertise here. Seriously, though, WHY DO ALL OF THESE WOMEN I DON’T KNOW CARE ABOUT WHAT’S UNDER MY SON’S DIAPER?!?!?!

Cloth Diapers

  • If you don’t know where I stand on fluffy butts, you must be new here. 😉   I {heart} cloth diapers! I’m realizing though, that my reasons for choosing cloth may be a little misguided now. Either way – if it works with your lifestyle, you don’t mind the extra laundry, and can control your spending (like I apparently can’t)…cloth diapers are definitely something to consider, even part-time!

Vaccines

  • I had a lot of mommy guilt regarding my return to work and having to send my son to daycare. The morning before his two-month checkup, I talked to a friend of mine who is way crunchier than I, asking if she thought I should delay his shots. Even she told me that as long as he was attending a daycare and was going to be around other little germ spreaders, he should be fully vaccinated. In her opinion, in that situation, the benefits outweigh the potential risks. That being said, we have delayed a couple of vaccines recently (at least until we have to send an updated report to daycare.) I’m still on the fence about the long-term effects of vaccination, but even I get a flu shot every year, due to my asthma.

As we were nearing the end of our discussion, my friend asked if I would do anything differently with my next child. It’s looking more and more likely that I will be a stay-at-home mom once we become a family of four, which truth be told, makes a lot of these decisions easier. I will definitely attempt breastfeeding again, and it will hopefully be more successful. My decision on the circ debate still stands if we have another boy…daddy’s choice. (He has a very strong opinion about this subject, and that is fine. I know a lot of dads don’t, but it’s something that you as a couple need to agree on without outside influences. Again…why do strangers care so much about baby boy penises (peni?) Obviously, we will still be cloth diapering (maybe even full-time), and if possible, I would like to follow a delayed schedule for vaccinations (since we won’t have to worry about daycare!)

If you take anything away from this post, it’s this: These are personal decisions. You have to factor in your lifestyle, and do what works for your family. Others will try to influence you, and make you feel guilty. But, we’re all trying to do what’s best for our kids…and remember, it is your child, your CHOICE! That is all that matters.

You should probably also get this onesie for your baby, to make sure you get your point across…

 

(In case you’re wondering why I didn’t mention co-sleeping above, I did a whole separate post about that recently. You can find it here!)

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