3.18.2015

Reusable Swim Diapers - Everything you need to know!


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Swim season is on the way! Skip the disposable swim diapers and switch to cloth! There are many brands, some are even sold at stores like Target, but if you have a favorite cloth diaper retailer, I encourage you to give them your business! You may have heard that you can use a cloth diaper as a swim diaper. I'll break down all the things you should consider when deciding which route to go.


Swim diapers are made to hold in the solids only. This is true for both cloth and disposable. If your baby pees, the liquid will pass straight through the diaper.

Tip! Wait until you are ready to get in the pool or at the beach before putting the swim diaper on your baby. If you do it at home and then drive to your destination, you could end up with a car seat full of pee!

I suggest a minimum of two swim diapers for each visit. If you plan on being at the pool longer than a few hours or if you swim frequently, you may need more. For each visit, you'll need one for your baby to wear and then a back-up in case your baby poops.

Tip! Don't forget a wet bag to store your dirty swim diapers. Wet bags are also great for wet swim suits too! 

Swim diapers that have some kind of closure, either snaps or aplix, will make diaper changes easy if your baby poops! Having a diaper that pulls on and off without any snaps can make a mess.

Repurposing a cloth diaper
Some brands says you can use their cloth diapers without the absorbent layer as a swim diaper. GroVia suggest using their shells (without the soaker) and bumGenius suggests using a 4.0 without the insert. Both of these options will work! However, you should consider that concrete, sand, shells, and all potentially damage the PUL layer of your diaper. Cloth diapers are also made to hold in liquids, unlike swim diapers. Even without an absorbent layer, the PUL will pool some of the water in the diaper in between your baby's legs.

Delaminated diaper
The only real use left for a diaper that has delaminated is as a swim diaper. Once the diaper delaminates, it loses it's ability to be waterproof. Since the diaper is no longer usable in your stash, you shouldn't be concerned about the concrete or the shells and this would be a great way to use that diaper!

We have used both Bummis and AppleCheeks and were able to use both for more than one swim season without my son outgrowing them. We found the investment to be worth it! For more info on these two brands, see this comparison post.


3.15.2015

#miniSPbdaybash Day 6! Prizes from Kelly's Closet, Baby Mushroom, Sticky Bellies, and Rock-a-bums!


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Mini Spray Pal 2.0 is turning 3! What better way to celebrate Ryan than with a giant giveaway every day! The Spray Pal family has won the hearts of the cloth diaper community (and beyond!) with their incredible story of Ryan hearing for the first time. If you haven't seen the below, it's a must watch!


This giveaway is open worldwide and the prizes for today are amazing! Be sure to check out the Spray Pal blog so you don't miss one of the many birthday giveaways!

Day 6 Prizes:
$50 gift card to Kelly's Closet
$50 gift card to Sticky Bellies
Rock-a-bums prize pack ($50 value)
Baby Bello organic play mat from Baby Mushroom ($200+ value)

Enter below! Good luck!

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3.12.2015

Super Undies and why I fell in love

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So I always wondered why people would need potty training pants anyway, then I had a boy. I tried to potty train naked, but he peed on the couch one too many times! EWW! Are you kidding?? On the COUCH?! How do you even clean out all the nooks and crannies there!!

Well, I never wanted to use potty training pants, I thought I could just use my cloth diapers. But I wasn't fooling anyone. Not having that of psychological shift into a different phase of life may have been hindering us. See, my son really liked the idea of growing up! He wanted to be a big kid, but that peeing on the couch thing was still getting me. So I broke down. I got a few pairs of Super Undies. I did my homework and there are a few different kids out there, but since I was buying training pants anyways, I put myself in my sons shoes. These were the ones he could embrace the easiest! He could have a cape, some big boy undies, and he could be empowered! Children speak and learn though play, and if it isn't fun, they quit. Super Undies helped us get into that place of making potty training a game! Sometimes super heroes take a blow, but they get back up and keep on going! Sometimes potty training it tough, but throwing on a colorful pair of super undies, a cape, mama’s rubber gloves and grabbing a turkey baster was all we needed to get back on the band wagon!

Turns out these Hybrid Undies are the real deal! They turned out to be more waterproof than I expected! And if we had a small accident, it really was no big deal to whip out that dampish insert and stuff a new one in there. We even started folding the insert in half and just shoving down the front of the undies! More absorbency where he needs it, quick and changeable, easy peasy. Its been a good fight, but we finally won. Potty training is over and my son is my hero! Now if only we could tackle the bedwetting. I know that’s not a conscious thing my son can learn. It will just happen one day. But until then, I found out that the owner of Super Undies had the same problem as me and made bedwetting pants too. Really good ones :)

For a full review on the Super Undies Hybrid --> click here

For tips on potty training --> click here

2.26.2015

Eco Nuts is more than just soap nuts!

This post contains sponsored links from Eco Nuts. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

If you've heard of Eco Nuts, you probably know them for their incredible soap nuts. Fans of Shark Tank watched the owners talk about their amazing soap berries and what made them different from other brands. But did you know that Eco Nuts is more than just nuts? They have so many more products! 

From soap nuts in traditional berry form to liquids, Eco Nuts also manufactures other laundry products. They have baby detergent in both liquid and powder form that's USDA organic and made with organic soap berry extract! There's also an oxygen booster and wool dryer balls! To see the complete line of laundry products, go here


It doesn't stop with just laundry! Eco Nuts also makes green cleaning products for your home! You can wash your veggies with their organic vegetable wash, ditch paper towels with their reusable bamboo paper towels, or keep your counters clean with their multi-purpose cleaner. There's more cleaning products available too! 



Eco Nuts isn't just in the business of keeping your home and laundry clean! They also have products for personal use! Their artisan bar soaps don't contain any harsh ingredients. And if you have a hard time sleeping, spritz a little lavender linen spray on your pillow before bed! 



Eco Nuts is a great company that I love! I love to think about knowing the owners versus some giant corporation with thousands of employees. The owners are so fun and really stand behind their products. Eco Nuts is giving one of you the chance to win two bottles of their organic liquid baby detergent in this year's Favorite Things Giveaway! Enter to win HERE!



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