Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Posh Pumpkins OS Diaper and Turtle Bag Review and Giveaway

Fits – One-Size fits 7-35 pounds

Price Per Diaper:  ★★☆☆☆  The Posh Pumpkins OS diaper retails for $27.95 per diaper.  Since this is an All-in-One diaper (AIO) this is about average for this type of diaper.  You do get a bang for your buck since this is an AIO diaper and it is made of absorbent and soft bamboo and organic cotton.  Also, the outer of this diaper is made from waterproof bamboo jersey; no PUL here!

Leaks:  ★★★☆☆  This diaper is comprised of two attached three layer bamboo inserts.  One is attached at the front and one at the back.  Simply overlap both inserts into the diaper and you have 6 layers of absorbency!  There are also elastic leg gussets and elastic back waist to provide a great fit and contain messes and leaks.  This diaper performed very well with no leaks during the day.  For nap time, I found that about half of the time, this diaper would leak with my super soaker child.  With a simple booster (of another brand) this diaper did very well for nap time use, but the diaper just did not work alone to contain leaks for nap time.  For this reason, I did not use this diaper at night.  I do feel that if you found a booster that fit this diaper well, you could have a great overnight option!

Fit:  ★★★★★  This diaper has a 3 snap down rise to adjust the rise as your baby grows.  Also, this diaper has two rows of snaps across the front of the diaper to adjust the waist as well as a crossover snap for infants.  Due to the stretchy back waist, the ample snap options, and the small innate stretch ability of the bamboo fabric of the diaper, you can find a perfect fit every time!  I had no trouble fitting this diaper to my daughter and loved that the fabric gave enough stretch if she was between snaps to fix the “between snap debacle” from being a problem!  I feel that this diaper will fit a small baby such as a newborn earlier than other OS diapers and may actually fit most children from birth.  However, on the other end of that, I feel that this diaper fits smaller than many OS diapers.  If you have a chunky baby or if your child is in diapers for a long while before potty training; your child may grow out of this diaper before other diapers.  My two year old daughter is about 25 pounds and is 36 inches tall (very tall and very skinny).  Most of her OS diapers fit perfectly, this one is out further on snaps and seemed a little smaller on her.

Ease of Use:  ★★★★★  It almost cannot get easier!  The snaps and stretchy of this diaper made it easy as pie to get on.  There are no removable parts, just toss in the wash and take out.  No stuffing or fussing.  It washes well.  It is made of natural fibers so there is no stink issues.  Easy peasey!

Washing:  ★★★★★  As I said above, this diaper is a cinch to wash.  It washes well, poop comes out easily and without staining.  There are no stink issues.  There are no inserts or other parts to fuss with.  Just toss it in the wash then tumble dry or hang to dry.  And simply lay the inserts back in place when ready to use!  Also, because the inserts are only attached at one end of the diaper, they are free to dangle in the wash and drying, this negates the age old battle of AIOs and the long drying time.  This diaper dries in no time!

Overall Performance:  ★★★★☆  I really enjoyed this diaper!  I love how soft the diaper is inside and out!  It has a one of a kind design between the bamboo inner and outer fabric as well as the insert design.  I love that it washes easily and is quite easy to use and I LOVE the bright and adorable colors (see colors here)!  My only concerns with this diaper are that it may not fit as long as other OS diapers and that it was not absorbent enough on it’s own for nap and night time.  I would recommend this diaper, however I suggest buying some additional boosters to go with it!

Total Stars:  24/30

Posh Pumpkins Turtle Bag – Small

This is a very nice wet bag and the adorable bright prints are just amazing!  The inner is made of  ProCare antibacterial waterproof material that is extremely waterproof and stink resistant.  The zipper is a nice big size which is a huge improvement from the teeny tiny zipper on many wet bags.  This wet bag seems to be a little smaller than many other small wet bags measuring at just 12in x 12in.  There is enough room for 4-5 PP diapers since they are so trim.  But I would say there is only room for 3-4 typical one size diapers.  There is a strap on one side to hook the wet bag to a diaper bag, door handle, etc.  This strap is wonderful because there are so many different uses for it!  This bag is quality construction and seems as though it will last the test of time.  My only complaint (which isn’t a big deal) is that after washing, the cotton outer seems smaller than the ProCare inner.  This may be due to drying the wet bag in the dryer.  It is no biggie, but my wet bag will not lay or fold flat.  Instead it bunches a little bit at one end where the inner fits into the corners and is a little too big.  I did not notice this until after washing, and I assume that the cotton outer shrunk a little in the dryer causing this glitch.  It does not affect the function or beauty of the wet bag.

Posh Pumpkin wet bags are available in Small (12inx12in), Medium (13inx20in), and large (16inx25in).

Total Stars:  ★★★★★

You can purchase Posh Pumpkins products here or Giveaway below!


Thursday, August 25, 2011

Survey and Beta Test for a new App!

How many of you remember the Pregnancy Organizer and Planner by Pam Socolow that I reviewed a while back?  Well, she is now in development of an app and would like your help!  If you could please take this short survey, it would help her tremendously.  Also, at the bottom of the survey, you can sign up to be in the beta test!

Survey here!

More about the app:  In two easy steps a busy mom jots down what she wants to remember and links related to emails, pictures, contacts, and more.  All the related information is saved together and searched for quick and easy reference.  Information regarding the future can be saved, so searches reveal the past, present, and future with all related information.  It's better than a big filing cabinet in the sky, it relates your information so when you search it, all the related information is saved together.  It's a no brainer for health, home, and care information, but can be used for anything that is important to you!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Wahmies OS Diaper Review and Giveaway

Fits: 7-30 pounds

Price Per Diaper: ★★★☆☆ This Wahmies OS diaper retails for $17.95 generally, but can be found at many retailers on sale right now for $14.35-$14.95 (4 stars!). This is right on par for many OS diapers and this diaper features an innovative soaker design and a plush comfy pocket next to baby.

Leaks: ★★★☆☆ This diaper comes with a fold to fit viscose of bamboo and cotton insert which you trifold to fit into the pocket (much like a prefold or flat). Also, the inner side of the pocket (the side that touches baby) is lined with a super soft and luxurious viscose of bamboo and cotton velour fabric that wicks moisture away from baby, keeps baby dry, and is super comfy. What does this all add up to? A very absorbent diaper! I found that this diaper was extremely absorbent for day time and nap time use. However, it was not absorbent enough for night time use and we did have some leaks. With one simple additional insert, it was perfect for night time use! But the diaper as it comes from the store was not absorbent enough, it needs another insert for night time use. The outer layer is made of waterproof PUL and Wahmies smartly brought the PUL around to the inside edges of the pocket to contain mess and prevent leaks/ wicking.

Fit: ★★★★★ This diaper has a snap waist with two snaps side by side and a single row of snaps on the front of the diaper to adjust the waist. There is also a cross over snap on the right tab to make the waist smaller for newborns and skinny babies. In addition to the waist snaps, there is also a four snap rise to adjust the rise of the diaper smaller or bigger depending on height/age. This is a nice fitting diaper with lots of snap options, also, due to the stretchy back waist, you can easily find the perfect snap setting. Additionally, due to the smart trifold insert, this diaper is extremely trim, even if double folding for the newborn size.

Ease of Use: ★★★★☆ This diaper is extremely easy to stuff, wash, and care for. However, the snaps can be a bit of a challenge at times. Also I found that I had more problems with drop tabs on this diaper than I do with other similar diapers.

Washing: ★★★★★ This diaper washes beautifully! When I pulled this diaper from the package, I was amazed at the softness of the velour. Many many washes later, and it is still luxuriously soft! My daughter likes to wear this diaper because it is nice and soft against her bum and she calls it “fluffy.” The velour has retained no stains, the fabric has no wear, and the diaper looks brand new!

Overall Performance: ★★★★★ The scores do not reflect just how much I enjoyed this diaper and my daughter would give it a 5 star rating. However, we did have some leaking at nights without another insert. Overall, I really loved this diaper and I would highly recommend it. Best part…made in the USA!

Total Stars: 25/30

For a list of retailers that sell Wahmies products, look here.  Or giveaway below!

PLEASE follow Wahmies on Facebook and Thank them for the giveaway!!!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Wahmies Pail Liner Review and Giveaway

After doing the Wahmies Wet Bag review a while back and loving that product, I was thrilled when Wahmies contacted me to review two more of their procucts!!!  (stay tuned tomorrow for another one!)  I am always looking for new products and new cloth diapering accessories to try, so I was excited when they sent me a Wahmies Pail liner to review.

When looking at this pail liner, it seems so simple, but the construction of this pail liner is perfect!  The overall fabric of the liner is Waterproof Polyurethane Laminated Polyester (PUL) so it is waterproof, wipe able, and machine washable with the rest of your diaper laundry.  It is so convenient that you can just toss the diapers into the washer and toss the pail liner in along with them!

The Wahmies Pail liner is designed with an elastic top to the liner that will stretch and hug any size pail.  The Pail Liner measures 29 inches tall and fits most diaper pails or standard Kitchen trash cans up to 53 quarts/ 13 gallons.

Also at the top of the Pail Liner is a stretchy elastic band.  This is the Wahmies “custom closure” device.  When you are removing the pail for wash day, simply pull the elastic around the top of the pail liner to close the bag!  The elastic is long enough to get around the bag but not long enough to pose a strangulation hazard for your little one.

If you are having stink issues with your pail or if you just want your pail to smell nice, there is a fabric pad sewn into the inside seam of the pail liner that you can put tea tree oil or other fragrances on to keep your pail smelling fresh.  I did not have any stink issues with this liner, but this is a nice feature if you like to smell something nice when you lift the pail lid!

I love this pail liner!  It works well in my diaper pail, it washes up nicely with no wear or tear, and it is a cinch to use!  I have found that it fits my pail better, is constructed better, and is more resistant to smells than my other washable pail liners! A+

Total Stars:  ★★★★★

I use a simple 10 gallon kitchen garbage can with a step to open the lid as my diaper pail.  I highly recommend this as it works perfectly, is a ton cheaper than a diaper pail, and is readily available at local stores.  It is available from Walmart here for $14.94.

You may Purchase this pail liner from my affiliates Kelly’s Closet and Happy Baby Company, affiliate links to right.  Or Giveaway below!


Wahmies on Facebook

Friday, August 19, 2011

Wooly Rounds Extra Entry Answer.

Sadly...I must have made this too hard, no one go it right. :(  But I completely understand why.  Many of you put that the diaper in the back left corner was an Applecheeks....I have to agree, it does look like one!  But it is an AMP diaper.  So I decided to give anyone who got 3/5 right the bonus point!  Thanks for playing!  I will make it easier next time!!!  What do you think about the photo bonus entry?  Like or not?

Monday, August 15, 2011

Birthday Bash Giveaways!

In honor of TMG's first Birthday and as a way to thank all of you FABULOUS fans for supporting me and this blog, I have rounded up a HUGE giveaway spectacular event!  Below you will find information on each giveaway, links to sponsor pages, and finally, the giveaways!  It is simple to enter, just fill in the one and only mandatory entry for each item.  If you do not wish to enter for a specific item, you may leave that one blank.

Also, with the ever changing Facebook laws, I will no longer be using Facebook as an entry in the giveaways.  So below with the item and sponsor information is also their Facebook and Twitter links.  Please follow them and thank them for this amazing giveaway, but of course, this is not mandatory nor is it an entry.  It is just a nice thing to do for these amazing sponsors who are giving away free items!

Giveaway ends August 22nd at midnight and winners will be announced on the blog and emailed on August 23rd.  All winners will be drawn using

Everything Birth - Garden Dreams Baby Bum Butter 2 oz.
Everything Birth on Facebook
Everything Birth on Twitter

A gentle cream formulated to heal rash and protect baby's tender bum from irritating moisture.  Works great on overworked hands as well!

Fuzzibunz - Hanging Diaper Pail and One-Size Diaper
Fuzzibunz on Facebook
Fuzzibunz on Twitter

Winner's choice of colors.

Rockin Green Laundry Detergent - 90/180 Bag of Detergent
Rockin Green on Facebook
Rockin Green on Twitter

Winner's choice of formula and scent.

Miss Lily's Washing Powder - Full Bag of Detergent
Miss Lily's on Facebook

Winner's choice of scent, unscented, or oils.

EcoMcBaby - Customized Reusable Sandwich and Snack Bags
EcoMcBaby on Facebook

Winner's choice of fabric.

Reusable sandwich and snack bags made of decorative cotton outer layer and a waterproof PUL inner layer. To clean, simply turn inside out and rinse!

Sandwich bag: 7 x 6.5
Snack bag: 3.5 x 6.5

You may search through the EcoMcBaby ready to sell items to see what fabric choices are in stock, but she is also willing to work with the winner to find a fabric choice or theme that you like.

GoGreen Pocket Diapers - Champ Diaper
GoGreen Pocket Diapers on Facebook
GoGreen Pocket Diapers on Twitter

Winner's choice of color/print.

Diva Diapers - $25 Gift Certificate
Diva Diapers on Facebook
Diva Diapers on Twitter

MammaMichal's Freshly Made Natural Body Care Products - Gift Vouchers 
MammaMichal's on Facebook

For this Giveaway, there are four vouchers and will be four different winners.  I will email the first winner for their choice of voucher, than the second, and so on.

The vouchers are:

1.  35% off aromatherapy lotions.  Chose from:
*8 oz Aromatherapy Rose Lotion
*8 oz Aromatherapy English Garden Lotion
*8 oz Aromatherapy Lavender Lotion
*8 ox Aromatherapy Rustic Touch Lotion

2.  50% of our hot lava muscle rub
3.  Spa for all Package - Buy any of our 8 oz aromatherapy lotions at regular price and receive 25% off our hot lava muscle rub, 50% off our herbal healing salve, a free lipbalm and free shipping to USA.

4.  50% off our Aromatherapy Floral Bath Salts.

ShinyHineys - Nursery Tub and Travel Wipes case in Pink Picnic.
ShinyHineys on Facebook

Bebe Au Lait - Nursing Cover
Bebe Au Lait on Facebook
Bebe Au Lait on Twitter

Winner's choice of print.

Thirsties - Duo Wrap and Duo Hemp Prefold
Thirsties on Facebook
Thirsties on Twitter

Winner's choice of size, print/color, and closure.

Again, Please Please Please follow these sponsors on Facebook and Twitter.  And Please thank them as well!!!  Giveaways below!  Good luck!!!

Thirsties Duo Wrap and Duo Hemp Prefold Review

Thirsties Website

Thirsties Duo Wrap Cover (Aplix only)

Size 1 – Fits 6-18 pounds
Size 2 – Fits 18-40 pounds

Price Per Cover:  ★★★★☆  This cover retails for $12.25 - $13.25 making it one of the more affordable covers.  The price varies depending on size and print.  This cover is not a OS cover, therefore you will need 2 different sized covers to get your child from birth to potty.  While needing two different sizes may not be optimal for some parents, some of the other features of this cover may warrant the extra money for the two different sizes.  This cover is available from both of my affiliates, links to right.

Leaks:  ★★★★★  This cover is made from a very soft and stretchy polyester with urethane laminated inner.  This fabric combination is bullet proof at leaks getting through the fabric itself.  This cover also features elastic in the back waist and front waist to hug baby and hold in leaks from these areas as well as elastic leg gussets to hug baby and hold in messes around the legs.  This cover also has a flap at the front of the diaper but Thirsties does not recommend using this to hold the insert in place, the insert should sit on top of the cover, not in the flap.

Fit:  ★★★★★  This cover comes in two different sizes, size 1 and size 2.  While many parents love the longevity of the OS covers and diapers, Thirsties has broken down their diapers and covers into two sizes giving them a supreme fit over the OS counterparts.  In actuality, most OS diapers will not fit at birth and will not last until potty training, meaning many parents have to buy three sizes of diapers.  This cover features a three snap down rise (just like OS) in order to customize the fit for your baby.  I was shocked when I got this cover that my daughter needed it snapped down one rise.  My 20 month old is generally on the largest setting of most OS diapers that claim to fit to 35 pounds.  This cover fits to 40 pounds and I had to snap down the rise one snap.  Also, I have only tried this cover in aplix closure.  The aplix is very strong and well made.  After many washes and wear, I can see no signs of breakdown on the aplix.  Also, the aplix gives you the ability to fit the cover specifically to your baby.

Ease of Use:  ★★★★★  It cannot get any easier than this cover.  This cover is a breeze to put on, fits well, and can be simply wiped between uses.

Washing:  ★★★★★  This cover looks brand new.  The polyester material does not hold stains and shows no wear or tear.  The inner is laminated, so dirt and grime just comes right off.  The aplix shows no wear and appears to be very well made to withstand many years of use.  The best part is, this cover can simply be wiped between uses and only washed when it is soiled or has been used a few times.  This means less laundry for you!

Overall Performance:  ★★★★★  I am in LOVE with this cover!  It does not get any easier than this!  Combine this cover with a Thirsties Duo Fab Fitted for a bullet proof diaper!  Also, Thirsties are made in the USA.  This cover gets a score of 29/30 and it deserves every star!!!

Total Stars:  29/30

Thirsties Duo Hemp Prefold

Size 1 –  13.5in x 15in (before wash) for 6-18 pounds
Size 2 –  16.5in x 16.5in (before wash) for 18-40 pounds

Price Per Prefold:  ★★★☆☆  This prefold retails for $7 each.  This prefold is made from 55% hemp and 45% cotton as opposed to traditional 100% cotton prefolds.  The addition of hemp to this prefold makes it extraordinarily soft to the touch (Thirsties calls it “buttery” and it is!), naturally antimicrobial, and more absorbent than the 100% cotton prefolds.  For these reasons, the price may be worth it!

Absorbency:  ★★★★★  My heavy wetting daughter did not pee through this prefold.  I shouldn’t have been surprised since it is hemp, but because it is so trim, I had my doubts.   I used this prefold with the Thirsties Duo Wrap Cover for naps and at night, and had no problems with absorbency or leaking.  The Duo Hemp prefold is extremely absorbent and contained every drop of pee my daughter gave it!

Ease of Use:  ★★★★★  When this insert first arrived, I looked at it like it was a puzzle.  It is not made like traditional prefolds but rather it is sewn in a loop.  Because it is sewn in a loop, there is an additional 1 in. piece of fabric on the one end.  After a few uses, I found just how brilliant this construction was.  Because the fabric is sewn in a loop, the prefold dries extremely fast, even air drying!  It is easy to wash (even hand wash), easy to dry, and easy to simply tri-fold and place in a cover.  This prefold is also easy to size as you can simply fold to make it smaller or unfold to make it bigger depending on your child’s size.  My initial confusion was simply seeing a new item, but after use, I am amazed at how easy this prefold, how well it works, and how easy it is to care for.

Total Stars:  13/15

You may purchase Thirsties products from my affiliate links to right.  Or check out the TMG Birthday Bash Giveaways (to be posted later today) for the giveaway!  One lucky reader will win a Thirsties Duo Wrap Cover in their choice of color/print and Duo Hemp Prefold!

Additional Links:

Thirsties Catalog
Thirsties on Facebook
Thirsties Retailers

Bebe Au Lait Nursing Cover Review

Recently, I was sent a Bebe Au Lait nursing cover in Chateau Silver to review.  Even before I opened the package, I could tell how beautiful the print on this cover was.  Bebe Au Lait has their own exclusive prints and has designed them with mom in mind.  Just one look at the different prints they make, and you can see how much care they put into making lovely attractive prints.  Breastfeeding is one of the most beautiful gifts that you can give your child.  While breastfeeding is an art, it is nice to have a cover that is just as beautiful as the gift you are giving your child.

Whether you are using a cover because of your modesty or whether it is because others around you are uncomfortable with you just whipping out the breast to feed your child, this cover provides comfortable protection for both you and baby.  The cover is made of a soft 100% cotton fabric which is light and breathes easily to keep you and baby covered but cool. 

This cover also has 100% cotton terry cloth pockets on the inside bottom corners of the cover.  These are perfect for nursing pads, pacifiers, etc when you are nursing and can be a quick and easy burp cloth for those little spit ups.

The most unique part of this nursing cover is the neck line.  We have all been there…you are using both hands to get baby latched and you cannot see what you are doing because the cover is in the way.  Bebe Au Lait has brilliantly put a rigid boning around the neckline.  This makes it possible to use both hands and still see baby.  This also promotes bonding since baby can see you as well.  Also, this allows for more ventilation.  While the boning allows for you to see each other, it does not stick out far enough for others to see down your shirt.  And with the adjustable neck strap, you can raise or lower the cover depending on your stature, etc.

Looking down into the cover from the top.

The best part of this cover, its generous size.  As a plus sized mama, I am always worried that One-Size items will be too small.  This cover is generously sized and I find it roomy enough for me, a boppy, and a baby to fit under and still maintain coverage.  Perfect!

Additionally, this cover can be used for multiple other purposes such as carseat or baby carrier cover, sunshade on the stroller, as a blanket, changing pad, etc.  The possibilities are endless!

This cover washed well with no wear, tear, fading, etc.  Also, the boning in the neck, which I was concerned about, had no trouble in the wash.  It came out perfectly with no poking through the fabric, no problems, and went right back into its rounded shape.

Overall, I really love this cover.  It is simple, yet has everything you could want!  The beautiful prints, the terry pockets/burp cloth, the rigid neckline, the adjustable neck strap, and the generous size!  It all adds up to one great nursing cover that moms will ask you about!

Total Stars: ★★★★★ 

You may purchase Bebe Au Lait Covers here or check the TMG Birthday Bash Giveaways (to be posted later today) for the giveaway!!!  One lucky reader will win a Bebe Au Lait Nursing cover in their choice of color!