Tag Archives: cloth diapers

Kawaii Baby Diapers Review & Giveaway (Now Closed)

10 Jan

               When I first started cloth diapering I was pretty sure that I wanted to use either AIO’s (all-in-ones) or pocket diapers, but when it came to what brand, I was at a loss. Since I have three (yes THREE) in diapers the start up cost was overwhelming and I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on a ton of diapers that I was going to end up hating. I spent a ridiculous amount of time researching and tried a handful of diapers that I thought I might like (BumGenius, FuzziBunz, Gdiapers, and a few no name diapers that I ordered off of Ebay). None of these really really “wowed” me, or at least none of them wowed me enough to win out over the staggering amount of money required to outfit three kids under three years old with enough cloth diapers to not have to do laundry every day.

               One day while searching  for used diapers on Craigslist I came across an ad for someone selling a bunch of Kawaii Baby diapers. I was intrigued. I had never heard of them but they looked expensive. I did a bit of Googling to try and find out if buying them would be a bargain or not and I found the website www.theluvyourbaby.com never did end up buying those dipes off of Craigslist. Turns out they were so reasonably priced that I could afford to just buy them new. I was elated – these diapers were CUTE!

               I started off with about six of the minky dipes in ½ snap closure and ½ hook and loop (Velcro).

Loved.

Them.

               Soon after I placed a huge order for a variety of other diapers off the site. By this time I had decided that I preferred the snap closures to the hook and loop kind because my children are older and think it’s hilarious to strip naked at any given moment. Velcro just facilitates their nudist tendencies. I also found that I do not care for the extra snaps at the hip that some of the diapers come with. I know that that is actually a very popular option for most people, but it seems to make the diapers cut in to my children’s hips and leaves marks. On the few diapers that I have with the hip snaps I usually just leave them unsnapped. That said, my favorite diapers are the minkies and the regular round tab dipes.

               When I first started researching Kawaii Baby diapers I couldn’t find any reviews on them so placing an order made me a little bit nervous (remember those no-name diapers I said I ordered on Ebay? Yea. NOT the best quality!). I am thrilled to say that the Kawaii Baby diapers are soft, absorbent and very well made. My diapers get used A LOT between my three and I have hardly ever seen a leak. I have seen a few others mention that the inserts are kind of thin (each diaper comes with two, by the way) but I have never had a problem. I use one insert during the day and two at night, works great for us. I’ve also never seen a thicker insert with any of the other diapers I own so…*shrug*

               My one and only “issue” with these diapers is that I do have a  few where the stitching is starting to come loose around the top of the diaper. I don’t mean that the diaper is coming apart in any way, it is just, basically a loose thread. It doesn’t in any way affect how well they work and it is something that could be easily fixed if I felt like bothering. I’m also pretty sure it has much more to do with the fact that I usually dry my diapers in the dryer (not recommended) rather than line drying.

               Overall I highly recommend Kawaii Baby diapers if you want a high quality cloth diaper but don’t have a ton of cash to shell out (like me). I am planning on ordering a few of the bamboo and I’ve had my eye on the “Unicorn Kid” fun print for quite some time now.

               Now for the good part: How would you like to try a Kawaii Baby diaper yourself for FREE!?

              When I contacted April at Kawaii Baby to let her know that I was in love with her diapers and that I wanted to write a review, she generously offered one Heavy Wetter Hook & Loop diaper for a giveaway. The winner gets to choose which ever color they like (white, lime green, apple green or yellow) and it will be shipped directly from Kawaii Baby once I let her know who the lucky winner is. Horray!

                                         (I had the wrong image up of the diaper to be given away, THESE are the correct diaper – they have a                                                             differnet velcro closure than the first picture I had up. SO sorry for any confusion!!)     “Overlap Velcro Closure fit smaller babies. 3 Rows of rise snap buttons to transform the diaper to fit newborn thru potty”

              How to enter (one entry for each of the following):

  • *Mandatory Entry* Visit www.theluvyourbaby.com and tell me which diaper you would be most interested in trying. (****YOU MUST LEAVE ME YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS IN THIS COMMENT**** If I cannot reach you to let you know that you have won I will pick another winner!)
  • Follow me on Twitter (link is to your right) & leave a comment here letting me know that you did (also leave your Twitter name.)
  • Tweet about this giveaway & leave me a comment here letting me know.
  • Blog about this giveaway & leave me a comment here and a link.

            Details:

  • The contest will run from the time this post goes live until midnight on 01/25/11
  • Winner will be chosen by http://www.random.org
  • I was not solicited or offered any compensation for writing this review or hosting this giveaway – my opinions are all my own.  

******************************************

Congratulations Rachel R. !!! Please contact me as soon as possible and we will get your diaper out to you.

Thank you so very much to everyone who entered, I wish everyone could have won. Please check back, I will have a new giveaway up very soon.

Advertisements

How to Wash Cloth Diapers in Hard Water

14 Dec

When I first decided to cloth diaper I was told that I had to use special, gentle detergent on the diapers or they would irritate my baby’s skin.

Okay. Fine. I’ll use Dreft, I thought.

BIG mistake.

My daughter Evelynn immediately broke out in a NASTY diaper rash.

And so began my several month long quest to find something that worked for us on our diapers. I had no idea what I was in store for.

First, you should know, most of our diapers are Kawaii baby (or very similar).

The first thing I did was strip my diapers. The liquid Dawn and then rinse, rinse, rinse in HOT water works well for us as far as stripping goes.

Then we tried every different detergent under the mutha-fracking sun and nothing seemed to work.

I tried fancy cloth diaper detergents, I tried pure & free detergents, I tried Rockin Green…no matter what I did we had problems.

Either the diapers would stink coming out of the wash (when I used cloth diaper detergents) or they would have to be rinsed 7 or 8 times to get all of the soap out (free & pure detergents) or they would smell like ammonia when my kids peed in them (no matter what I tried).

After a whole lot of trial and error and a whole lot of research on the internet I finally found out that our problem is hard water. And then after a whole lot more research and a whole lot more trial and error I finally found a system that WORKS!

I did finally get the Rockin Green to work for me and I like it, but I like Country Save even better only because I can buy it locally in a health food store and I’m not so great at planning ahead to order the Rockin Green off the internet before I run out. Plus, I think Country Save works just a TEEEEENY bit better.

If you have hard water you *must* use a detergent made for hard water (Country Save, Hard Rock by Rockin Green, etc) on your cloth diapers OR you must add a water softener such as Calgon or Borax.

This is what I finally found that worked for us.

(I have a top loading machine. If you have a front loading HE machine you’ll have to adapt this.)

1) Put the diapers in the machine, crank it up to the setting with the MOST amount of water and rinse

2) Make sure your water is set to HOT. And I mean HOT. (I turn my water heater up as high as it will go before I wash my cloth diapers.)

3) Change the setting to the lowest amount needed to just barely cover the diapers and add soap (if you have hard water you need to use EXTRA soap. I know everyone says go easy on the soap with cloth diapers but if you have hard water, use about 1/4 more than you normally would with cloth diapers.)

3) Allow it to agitate for a few minutes and then stop the machine.

4) Allow the diapers to sit in the soapy water for a few hours. Yes. HOURS. It takes the soap at leat 30 minutes to start to work and even longer the harder your water is. I usually try to wash my cloth diapers at night so they can just sit overnight.

5) Switch the machine back to the highest water setting and fill it up with HOT water.

6) Rinse.

7) Rinse again.

8 ) It is usually better to line dry your covers and dry the inserts in the dryer on high. I’m not going to lie though, I usually dry all of mine together on low. Your diapers will last longer the more you can avoid the dryer, however.

So that’s it. After months of tearing my hair out trying to find something that would work for us and the solution turned out to be pretty simple. My diapers look and smell awesome now and I am one happy momma!

Unsolicited Review of Rockin Green Soap

26 Aug

I finally, FINALLY figured out a washing routine that worked for our cloth diapers.

We have hard water and I have pocket diapers (Kawaii Baby, to be exact).

And, for some reason, I was tearing my hair out trying to figure out a routine that a) got my diapers clean and fresh smelling (and I have a really sensitive sense of smell) and b) didn’t require rinsing them 8+ times as I was having to do with the Sun Free & Clear I was using.

After a debacle trying to order from Rockin Green and several angry Tweets by your’s truly (they finally made it right BTW) * I received my Rockin Green soap in Lavender Mint Revival and Motley Clean – both “Hard Rock” formula.

I also picked up some Country Save which I think will work just as well, but I have yet to really give it a try.

I have only tried the Lavender Mint scent so far but really does smell fantastic.

The first thing I did when my Rockin Green arrived was to “rock a soak” (aka REALLY hot water + soap overnight).

I also changed my wash routine from cold water rise, hot wash with soap, and then two more cold water risnses to a HOT water rinse, hot wash with soap and then two cold rinses.

My diapers have never been better. Stink free and no rinsing a bazillion times!

The hot water rinse first makes a huge difference and, if you are having stink issues, I highly recommend it.

I think I could probably even start skipping the second cold water rinse but I’m scared to try it due to my kids sensitive skin.

*I was having a hard time ordering from the Rockin Green site because, for some reason, it requires you to enter your telephone number twice when you only need to enter your other information once (it says to only fill out the second section if the mailing and billing addresses differ. This is apparently a bug in their system AND it also blocks you from sending requests for assistance). So, I tried to Tweet them and they took weeks to respond. It was actually another customer (and fellow Tweeter) who helped me out. Rockin Green did finally contact me and credited my account for having missed out on their coupon code for that month as well. And, to be fair, there is a telephone number listed on their site that I did not try calling.

** Neither Kawaii Baby (diapers) or Rockin Green (soap) endorsed this review in any way. It’s 100% me.