Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Thirsties One-Size All In One (AIO) Cloth Diaper Review and Comparison to the Natural All In One (NAIO)

I've done a review on Thirsties' Natural All-In-One (NAIO), but I also am now the owner of the all-in-one (AIO), so I wanted to share/compare the two.

I received this exclusive diaper print from Lil' Tulips to photograph for their release/website listing.
I get to do things like that sometimes, and I kind of love it ;)
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The AIO inner, unlike the NAIO, is made with microfiber terry, lined with microfleece (to keep baby feeling dry).
It has a single tongue instead of the two in the NAIO.

It is available in both a snap and hook and loop closure option.

The one-size fits from approximately 8-40 pounds.
It is basically the same, trim fit as the NAIO.

Fit on my 18-month-old (21 lbs):

In Defense of the AIO:
The benefit of the AIO over the NAIO comes down to price and dry time.
The AIO rings in at $20, versus the higher price point of the NAIO at $25.
It also dries quickly, like microfiber does, which was my one complaint about the NAIO.

Though the microfiber is more prone to stink issues down the road, it will hold up better over time than the NAIO.
The stay-dry liner is a bonus for babies with wetness sensitivity.

In Defense of the NAIO:
The NAIO takes the cake for absorbency.
There's no competition, actually.
The NAIO will get my kids through naptime and beyond, while the AIO will be soaked in two hours (or often less).

Natural fibers also wash more easily, and work for babies who are sensitive to synthetics.

The Verdict:
If I was going to recommend one over the other, it would be the NAIO.
I am biased toward natural fibers in general, but when it comes to these two diapers, the extra absorbency of the NAIO is worth the price difference.

To Buy:
You can buy BOTH diapers (with free shipping) from:
Diaper Junction
Nicki's Diapers
Kelly's Closet (orders over $25)
Amazon (orders over $25)

Have you tried both of Thirsties all in one diapers?
Which is your favorite?

See all my reviews here!

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

The Truth About Cloth Diapers and Diaper Cream: What Is REALLY Safe?

There is so much fear around using rash creams with cloth diapers.

It all stems from the old myths of people believing you had to wash your cloth diapers in baking soda and the tears of your baby.

When cloth diapers weren't being properly washed, with real detergent, diaper creams also weren't being washed away.

But have no fear!

The truth is, when it comes to using rash creams with cloth diapers, it's really simple to maneuver what is "safe" and what isn't.

If you use a synthetic-fiber diaper, like microfiber or charcoal bamboo, or one with a "stay dry" fleece layer, there are two ingredients you need to look out for:

1. Petroleum: used in heavy-duty, synthetic diaper creams, this ingredient can coat the fibers of synthetic fabrics and cause repelling.

2. Zinc oxide: a common ingredient in both synthetic and natural diaper creams, zinc may cause staining, if that is something you are concerned about. Most stains will wash out over time.

And now, the best news:

If you use natural-fiber diapers, like cotton, hemp, or even bamboo (though I do have a whole soap box about how "natural" bamboo actually is), you can use anything with your diapers.
Even petroleum-based products.

You just need to make sure you have a good wash routine, with real, strong detergent, and wash on hot.

See my wash routine post here.

Zinc oxide staining is also an issue with natural fibers. Perhaps even more so, because natural fibers in general are more prone to stains. Again, stains aren't permanent.

But you know what the best bet is when it comes to cloth diaper- safe creams?
Choosing natural!

Natural creams and balms will be petroleum-free and safe for every cloth diaper.

I've had some experience with some awesome natural diaper creams out there.
Unfortunately, we discovered my oldest son had coconut allergy on his first birthday.

I had to resort to experimenting with making my own safe and effective diaper cream that was coconut-oil free.
And guess what? Shameless plug- it is now for sale in my very own shop!

Side note: if you used petroleum-based rash cream with your synthetic diapers, don't fret! Trying washing them, there's a good chance that it will come out if you have a good wash routine. If not, then scrubbing with dish soap and a toothbrush will remove it all.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Spray Pal Cloth Diaper Sprayer + Shield; A Skeptic's Review

My very second post on this site was on making fleece liners for cloth diapers.
For almost a year and a half, it was my go-to method for dealing with poop in cloth diapers.

I didn't like that I was still throwing money out (no matter how little) and creating waste by using them., especially once I had two in cloth.

I stopped using them completely, and went to dunking and swishing the poop off into the toilet instead.
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I'm all about simplicity when it comes to cloth diapering (and most things), so up until this point, I had always thought that diaper sprayers were excessive and unnecessary. And honestly, they seemed like more of a hassle to use than not.

Dunking and swishing wasn't bad, really. But one week my kids beat their all-time-high poop record and trying to swish poop out of leg gussets just wasn't cutting it for me anymore.
I realized that a diaper sprayer was probably going to make my life easier.

It happened to be during Black Friday sales, so I purchased the Spray Pal sprayer and got the shield for free.

I anxiously waited for it to arrive, and hooked it up immediately (which was a super quick and easy process).
Then I waited for someone to poop.

Of course, this didn't happen for two days, and when it did, it was a plop-able.
Sigh. For once, I actually wanted a good 'ol nasty mess to truly test it out.

Fortunately (or not), in the six months since, I have gotten plenty of them.

The Sprayer
This diaper sprayer is one of my favorite cloth diapering purchases ever.
It has a nice, powerful spray that cleans even the worst of poops these little guys can come up with.
It's easy to attach, use, and saves money and resources over diaper liners.

It retails for $40 and can be purchased through:
Nicki's Diapers
Spray Pal directly

The Shield
The spray shield keeps all the mess contained so I can spray the literal crap out of diapers without fear of a poop facial.
It has a clip to hold the diaper in place, but to be honest, this is something I never do. I just hold unto the diaper and shield with one hand, and spray with the other.

It snaps apart so that you can squeeze the water out of the diaper (I rarely do this either), fold it down for more compact storage (like in a wet bag), and open it all the way flat to clean it really well (I love to do this in my bath tub with a scrub brush weekly bi-weekly monthly sometimes).
See it in action here.

The shield retails for $25 and can be purchased through:
Nicki's Diapers
Spray Pal directly

Together, Forever
I cannot stress enough how much I need the shield for the sprayer.
Without it, spraying would take longer because I'd have to spray slowly with less pressure to prevent back-spray, and I would never be able to get them so clean.

The whole process together is quick and effective, and definitely has simplified my life.

Not a week goes by where I don't think to myself, multiple times (usually with a particularly scary poop diaper in hand), how thankful I am for this bundle.

It is now one of my most highly recommended cloth diaper accessories.

The whole bundle retails for $60. It is usually the best price on Amazon.

I REALLY wish I had bought one much, much sooner. I absolutely LOVE it and how clean my diapers get before going into the pail.

Do you use a diaper sprayer?

See all my reviews here.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Trouble- Shooting Leaks in Cloth Diapers: The 3 Main Reasons Your Baby's Diaper is Leaking, And How to Fix it

Occasionally, I come across the plea for help from the parent who is dealing with their cloth diaper leaking.
It is generally an easy issue to troubleshoot- and resolve.
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The three main reasons a cloth diaper leaks:

1. Fit Issues. 
Where is the diaper leaking? If it is out the top, or around the legs, it could be a fit issue.
Mastering a good fit in a cloth diaper can be a slight learning curve (or even when switching between brands).

Quick tips:
  • Make sure you are on the correct rise setting for your baby's size. If there's leg gaps, you likely need to go down a rise. If there is gaping at the belly, you may need to go out a rise.
  • Leg elastics should sit snugly along the "underwear line" with no gaping.
  • The waistband should be snug, but still allow you to easily slide your fingers between the diaper and baby's belly.
2. Absorbency.
If the diaper insert is completely saturated, the leaks are likely because of an absorbency issue.
Cloth (well, actually all) diapers should be changed about every two hours. If you are changing too infrequently, the diaper will likely leak.
If they are being saturated faster than this (or if you need to stretch longer between changes for any reason), you will need to change your absorbency.

Whether this is by simply adding a *booster to your current insert, or changing it all-together to a more absorbent type of insert.

*Boosters are smaller inserts that are added to your current diaper to help "boost" the absorbency. They come in all varieties, from microfiber, to cotton, to hemp, or even my favorite booster- a cloth wipe.

Note: Microfiber inserts are prone to compression leaks when wet. Think of ringing out a wet sponge. When pressure is put on the wet insert, water can be squeezed out to cause leaks. This can be remedied by wrapping it in a natural fiber (like cotton).

3. Repelling.
The very least common cause of diaper leaks is repelling.
Repelling is caused by buildup of some kind on the diaper, preventing it from absorbing.
Natural fibers, like hemp and cotton, that have have not been fully "prepped" will not absorb as well because they are still coated in their natural oils.

Washing diapers with fabric softener, too weak of detergent, in untreated hard water, or using petroleum-based diaper creams (on synthetic fibers) can also cause buildup on the diaper.

In this case, it may have to be stripped in order to remove the buildup.
I promise I will do a post on stripping diapers soon, but in the mean time, here is a post from Padded Tush Stats on stripping.
It can be done easily by washing with Grovia Mighty Bubbles or RLR.

In the very most tragic and non-remedial case, there is damage to the waterproof PUL of the diaper causing leaks.Worn, cracked, or delaminated PUL can lead it to leak once the inner is wet.

Don't be intimidated or turned away because of a leaking diaper! Beyond PUL damage, most leaks can be solved fairly easily.

Cloth diapering really is a simple process once you dive in!
See my complete guide here.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Thirsties Natural All- In- One (NAIO) Cloth Diaper Review

Thirsties Diapers is one brand that I really want to love.
They are a great North- American- based company, and really seem to care about their customers.

Unfortunately, their ever-popular Duo Wraps just don't work well for us beyond about 8 months.
(Read why here)

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I've been more drawn to natural-fiber all-in-one diapers lately, so I had to test Thirsties' out.

I don't normally do reviews on diapers that have lived with us for less a month, but I made the exception with this one. Keep in mind that it will be more of a first impressions post, only being on the bum a couple times.

The NAIO (as I will be referring to it as here on out) is a one-size, all-in-one diaper with it's inner made up of hemp and organic cotton. There are two soaker pads, sewn in at the front.
Having the soakers free like "tongues" allows for faster drying time and easier cleaning.

The NAIO is available in both hook and loop and snap closures.
It retails for $24.75.

What I like:
This will be a short section.
I like pretty much everything about this diaper.
I love the fit, I love how absorbent it is, I love that it is made up of natural fibers. I love that it doesn't require crazy prepping.
Thirsties recommends washing it three times before use, but I'm a one-and-on-the-bum type of prepper.
It held up for hours- through nap time, and and beyond- after just one wash.

Fit on my 23-lb 17-month-old:

What I don't like:
My biggest complaint about all-in-one diapers in general is dry time. The NAIO is the slowest dryer of  the all-the-ones I own. Dry time is kind of a deal for me, which is why I love flour sack towels so much.
My other issue, and the biggest reason I won't be completely filling my stash with NAIO is that I don't really like any of their print and color options.
Hopefully this summer will bring some that are more my style. And *hopefully* Thirsties releases more that are like Daffodil, with matching snaps.

I'm also skeptical that it will fit up to the stated approximate 40 lbs


I really like this diaper. It's trim, thirsty, and pretty much all you would want out of a diaper. I hope to have more in my stash in the future.

Thirsties NAIO can be purchased from:
Nicki's Diapers

Have you tried any natural-all-in-one diapers yet? What is your favorite?

See all my current reviews here.