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Glow Bug Cloth Diaper Review&Giveaway 5/1 US and Can

The Gemini mamaGlow Bug Diaper review

 

In the spirit of our cloth diaper series, I took the chance to work with Glow Bug Diapers to bring you this diaper review.

 

Glow Bug Cloth Diapers

 

Let me start by saying this is the most adjustable diaper we have ever tried. Most cloth diapers that intend to take you from newborn to toddler (7-35lbs) only have three rows of snaps adjustments, but Glow Bug Diapers have four. That would have come in very handy when K2 was newborn. He had that tiniest legs and everything leaked out all the time, because nothing would adjust small enough. These would be great for all those kiddos that seem like they are an “in between” size in diapers.

 

They also have crossover snaps to adjust to an even smaller waist size. There are also snaps on the wings, so that they do not droop or slide while in use.

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Next what struck me was the inside 360 gusset. This is genius! Made to prevent leaking and those horrible, up the back, blowouts. I love this, and have never seen anything like it on another diaper. This is great because some materials absorb less quickly than others (think bamboo), this 360 gusset would give extra time for absorption.

 

There are also waterproof flaps at the front and back of the diaper, which help to prevent moisture wicking through to your child’s clothing.

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Instead of having a pocket, this diaper is open on both ends. That means that you don’t have to sick your hands into a scary messy pocket to remove an insert. Yay! The insert can just stay in place for washing, if that’s what you want to do.

 

There is also another view of one of the water proof flaps. It folded right over the insert easily, and worked well.

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The front of the sleeve has a snap to help your insert stay in place. This is great for pre-stuffing your diapers, or wiggly babies. It also means that I rate this diaper babysitter, grandparent, and day care friendly. The less complicated your diapers are, the easier it is for others to use them without a cloth diaper 101 class. That can be an important consideration if others will be helping in the care of your children. Lets be serious, every mama, and daddy, deserves a break at some point.

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The diaper that I received came with one insert which worked out perfectly for daytime needs. I also could easily add an insert for additional absorption, if needed. No an additional insert would not snap in place, it would lay on top of the included insert, by would easily stay in place.

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If you were thought that they would do without leg gussets because of the 360 gusset inside you were wrong. They really have gone to great lengths to ensure there will not be any leaking. That is a great thing pregnant friends, trust me.

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On my live model, they fit really well.

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No pinching or pulling and a really trim fit. Some cloth diapers can be bulky and hard to fit pants over them. That is not an issue with this diaper.

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This diaper has held up to all the crazy that this guy has to offer.

 

Over all, I know these are very functional diapers, but my favorite thing about them is that they are so stinking cute! They select great prints, and fun colors and styles. These gears are perfect for my little guy, he was enamored with his new diaper. Most of his diapers are hand-me-downs from sister, so this was fun for him.

 

The Gemini Mama cloth diaper series

 

Are you in love and now you …

 

Want them?

 

Feel free to check out Glow Bug Diapers shop.They offer very affordable packages!

 

Now here is the exciting part. Glow Bug Cloth Diapers has agreed to send one boy, girl, or gender neutral diaper to one winner! That means one of you!

 

If you would like to win a Glow Bug cloth diaper please enter with the Giveaway Tool below! This giveaway is open to all US and Canada (void in Quebec) residents, ages 18 and older. Canadian residents must answer the skill question on the Giveaway Tools form in order to participate. The giveaway will run from April 17, 2014 through May 1, 2014 at 11:59 PM PST. Entries will be verified. Winner will be notified via email, and will have 48 hours to respond and claim their prize or another winner will be selected.

 

Gwen from The Gemini Mama received a diaper cover and insert from Glow Bug Cloth Diapers to facilitate her review, no other compensation was received.  The Gemini Mama is not responsible for prize fulfillment. This giveaway is in no way associated with social media sites including Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Cloth Diaper Apartment Washing

The Gemini Mama cloth diaper series

This post is a part of the cloth diaper series that I have created in an effort to generate awareness for cloth diapering today.

 

For a large group of parents it is hard to say “yes” to cloth because of the necessary laundering. Lot’s of apartments do not have washers and dryers in the unit, which leaves you heading to a laundry mat, or on site facility. All those people telling you to do extra rinse this, and soak that, leave you scratching your head. Your likely thinking that they all own their own home, and don’t go to a laundry facility. You could be right, but that doesn’t mean you can’t cloth diaper. It also doesn’t mean you have to turn your bathroom into a washing station either.

 

A few things that you should know before I get started on easy apartment washing. We chose to use prefolds as our diaper style of choice. They are affordable, and easy to clean. Prefolds also happen to be made from natural fibers like cotton, bamboo, and hemp so they tend to not hold onto anything and wash clean. Synthetic fibers like microfiber my not be as easy to clean and it is possible that these washing instructions might need to be modified some to suit your diapers. We did have a few pocket diapers and a few all in ones in our stash, but there were either overnight or on the go diapers, not all day use. I did not have a problem with those diapers coming clean.

 

How to wash cloth diapers in a laundry mat

 

Living on the second floor in an apartment complex with a new baby meant that I had to carry her up and down the stairs in addition to everything else to do laundry. We kept our dirty diapers in a wet bag, and never used a wet pail. I am very thankful for this now, because I would never have been able to carry that up and down stairs to do laundry. Just something you might want to consider.

 

This is very simple you might be surprised. These instructions are for top load washing machines only.

 

  • Load all dirty diapers into the washer
  • Do one large cold water wash with no detergent
  • After wash is complete do a second wash with hot water and use 1/4 amount of detergent for large load
  • Remove clean diapers from the washer
  • Dry diapers

 

Seriously that is it. That is all I did for 15 months while living in an apartment where I used a laundry facility. I had to put quarters into a machine and all.

 

A few notes, if your laundry mat is fancy and you have the option you can choose hot wash/cold rinse for your second wash. My facility did not have that option, so don’t worry.

 

About drying. Our apartment had a 5’x5′ sunroom where we stuffed everything we weren’t using, from bikes to snorkel equipment. When a diaper looked “stained” after washing I would hang it from something in that room so that it could “sun” which bleaches out the stains. I bought a rack like this Folding Clothes Drying Rack, White after we moved, and I wish I had it sooner. It is compact enough that it would have fit out on our door step, and holds a full load of diapers for one child. I would have saved a lot of dollars spent on dryer diapers if I had this sooner.

 

You can put prefold diapers into the dryer. Actually sometimes I prefer the way they come out of the diaper because they are softer and fluffier. When you hang them to dry they are a bit crunchier, but this makes them easier to fold. Anyhow, when I used the laundry facility dryer I found that it took about two cycles for the prefold to be fully dry. I always hung up my covers to dry. The PUL of your covers does not want to go into the dryer as often as your prefolds, just an FYI.

 

Lastly, I am not an expert. This is what I did and what worked for me. You can always check with a Real Diaper Circle near you to see what their recommended washing instructions are. Also water is different from location to location, so what works here might not work there. Keep that in mind as you are reading suggestions from different people around the web.

 

Do you have experience washing diapers in a laundry mat? Did it work out well for you, or were there challenges? 

What is the Great Cloth Diaper Change?

The Gemini Mama cloth diaper series

If you started reading this blog in the last year, then you may or may not know that we cloth diaper in our house. Just a short bit to bring you up to speed; We, like most Americans (certainly not all), started out using disposable diapers on my daughter when she was born. I didn’t know cloth diapers were an option. When she was 8 months old we tried a few out, and ultimately made the switch. We have used cloth diapers on both of our children, and my son is still using the diapers his sister used today.

 

We went 8 months into my daughters life without even knowing there was an option other than disposable diapers. For this reason I like to do what I can here and there to be sure that people know that there are options. I try to do what I can to teach and advocate cloth diapering. For a bit of education mixed with fun, I will have a series on cloth diapers, and cloth diapering here on the blog for the next several weeks. It will include tips, washing advice, reviews, and a few giveaways! I’m excited, I hope you are too.

 

So by now if you don’t know already I imagine you are wondering what is the GCDC?

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The Great Cloth Diaper Change is an event where everyone is challenged to beat the previous Guinness world record for number of simultaneous cloth diapers changed.

 

The real focus behind this is to create awareness about cloth diapering. It is also nice for people who already use cloth diapers to meet others who do also. Occasionally with cloth diapering there are questions that arise that not just anyone can answer, and having a friend in cloth is handy.

 

Are you a parent who is 18 or older? Do you have a child in diapers under 39″ tall? If you said yes and yes then you should plan to attend an event near you! You can use this page to find an even near you, and be available April 26th at 11 AM local time.

 

Did you notice that I didn’t say you had to have your own cloth diaper? This is an exciting event, and you can borrow a diaper to change your baby or child into. You could borrow one from a friend, or I am sure you can borrow one once you arrive, but you can always contact the site host prior to arrival to be sure.

 

At the 2012 GCDC that we attended the host who put it together made the whole event lots of fun. There was a babywearing demonstration, as well as a Hot mama yoga demonstration, there were even door prizes and vendors on site.

 

If you have already checked it out, and there is no location near you become an event host! It doesn’t cost you anything to host or attend. You don’t have to put on a big production to be a host. You can simply be a place for everyone to come and participate together.

 

I hope that some of my you will mark the date on your calendar and plan to attend, or host, and spread the word!

 

Are you planning to attend the GCDC? Have you attended a GCDC previously?

Insta Friday

Yup you’ve got it. It’s that time again.

life rearranged

So this was basically our haul from the GCDC event that we attended. Mixed in there are product samples, information pamphlets, and various discount codes and coupons. Score! Oh yea and off to the right are the Fuzzibunz diapers and changing pad that we won.
Now I realize that this picture is a little dark. This was one item that I was excited about that we got two sample packets of in our goodie bag haul. It is Dr. Robin sunscreen for kids. Why am I excited to try it? It’s natural and made in CA. Which means somewhat local. I have also been looking for a natural sunscreen to try. I currently use SPF 50 on my DD, but maybe 30 will be good enough.
Q-bert anyone? Stacking blocks with DD. She is really good at stacking now. I remember four blocks on her own being hard and now she makes towers.
This is a sign that clearly spring has sprung. Baby geese. Canadian Geese to be more exact. They must be lost … haha. They were too cute to pass up.
Allegedly the Service Engine Soon light is on because we changed out the fuel filter that was leaking and did not yet reset the battery. Darling S said that he would take care of this. That was before April. Uhuh. I know.
2/3 of our recycling. Cardboard/paper, glass and steel/tin cans. It is taking up space and piling up. We do not have trash cans outside yet to put it all in. I want to take it and get it out of here, but I don’t want to go alone with the kids the first time that I go. Something like that could be bad times with two babies. I would like to go with S to see what it is like so I can figure out a game plan. So for now it piles up. *sigh*
Lastly, the devastation of this morning already at 9 AM. It’s okay as long as she is happy.
Happy Friday.

Check out some other Insta Friday Bloggers.

life rearranged
Gwen

PS I know that I have not yet posted my Tula review. I have it drafted, but it is not yet complete. Hopefuly if that babies cooperate it will be up this afternoon or tomorrow.

Just some, maybe helpful info

Morning,

I do not have a post today to go along with the topic so I thought that I would share a few things that I found.

Grovia diapers is giving away 1,000 diapers. Check it out here. It is in combination with the GCDC 2012.

Orange Diaper Co. is giving away a free fitted OS diaper, according to their recent tweet. Check it out here.
Almost time for the Great Cloth Diaper Change Saturday morning.

Have you picked out a location near you to participate or attend?

Gwen

Real Diaper Week Day 3

Wednesday: Real Simple Real Diaper Savings

Okay pretty self explanatory, right?

So let’s just get down to it.

My #1 reason to use cloth was cost.
I am going to clearly show you MY total costs thus far cloth diapering.
Starting with the cost of the diapers themselves, as they are the most expensive part.

Cloth diapering try it out kit from Cotton babies      $35
G-diapers 2 pack of covers                                        $27
Bummis diapering kit                                                 $150
Used 2 Bumgenius fitted AIO’s                                 $16
Used Bummis SZ S cover                                          $8
Used ProWrap cover SZ S                                         $7
6 used prefolds                                                           $6
2 travel wet bags                                                        $10

Used 19 Sz S Kushies AIO’s
 + 10 Used Sz L Kushies AIO’s                                  $100
Thirsties covers SZ 1 mud qty 2                                 $26
Thirsties cover SZ 1 print                                            $14
Dozen Prefold infant diapers                                      $21
Thirsties Hemp prefold qty 2                                     $13
Sbish bamboo insert qty2                                           $8
Thirsties SZ 2 solid cover                                           $13
1 random pocket diaper from ebay                             $2

The random space in the middle represents everything purchased for baby #1. We started cloth diapering her at 8 months. After the break was adding in baby #2 because we did not have the small sizes.

So, if you are calculating along ….. $259 from 8 months on with baby#1. Add in what was purchased for baby #2 and we have a total of $456.

To be fair I did research online for two days on whether or not to cloth, and then what system. Both times resulted in a headache so add;

One bottle of aspirin                              $10 (what? I had a headache no time for coupons or sales)

Also I am having my Bummis size M diaper covers converted next week from Aplix (fancy term for Velcro, also known as hook and loop) to snaps. They are so much better. For that I will add an addt’l ….

Aplix to snaps for 4 diaper covers                   $24

That puts us at $490

With the G-diapers we did use the flushable liners at night because they were super absorbent. I purchased them by the case for appox $50. A case has 4 packages and each package lasted a month for me. We used them for only 7 or 8 months.

G-diaper liners                                         $100

And, lastly we did mess around with flushable liners for a little while

Flushable liners                                       $40

Product total $630

I am not here to deceive anyone. In our last apartment we had a in complex laundromat. It cost $3.50 to wash and dry our diapers. While we lived there I washed diapers (for one baby) once every 5 days. So the actually laundry cost was negligible. In our new apartment we have a washer and dryer. I think that the actual electric cost is less than the laundromat. However I can not give an exact figure.

I do know that I do not have to spend any additional money on diapers for my second child. The only cost that would be added to this is out of sheer desire for another diaper. It is a bit addicting.

With the national (US) average cost of $800 per year I am way ahead. With DD turning 2 I should already be at $1600 with just her costs alone. Which if you included the time that i used disposable diapers on her I may be, but even that is a long shot. However, when you include baby #2, there is no way that with all the disposable diapers that I bought that I have even encroached on the $2400 average.

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Yes, there is an upfront cost in purchasing cloth diapers.

That is why people have baby showers!

Why let each guest spend $10 for a pack of diapers that won’t even last a week? They could each buy 1 cover, and 1 6pack of prefolds. If you will be dealing with a daycare AIO’s or pocket diapers might work better. Then you guests could buy one of those, or go in together for a lot of diapers.

You can make your own diapers. Not the best at sewing? Buy covers and make your own prefolds. The lines in the prefolds are not super critical. You can use 1 of those 75,000 flannel receiving blankets you got. Wool covers can be upcycled from unloved sweaters. There are a few tutorials if you look online.

One final thing to consider with this is that you will likely be able to recoup a portion of your cost. Most cloth diapers sell for more than 50% of their purchase price. If you decided to do so you could resell you diapers, or just pass them on to another mother in need. I will say when I started buying cloth diapers resale value was very important to me, but now I would like to pass them on to someone. Why not?

Why do you, or do you not use cloth?
Gwen

Real Diaper Week Day 2

Tuesday: Real Simple Real Diaper Waste Reduction

For those of you who are not aware it is Real Diaper Week. April 16-21. The big finale of Real Diaper Week is the Great Cloth Diaper Change on Saturday April 21. There are several locations participating world wide to set a new Guinness Book world record. I encourage you to find a location near you and join in. I know the locations near me have extra people on hand to help out with parents who have more babies than arms.

So while I feel that the diaper waste reduction is quite obvious using cloth diapers as opposed to disposable, I will still take a brief moment to write about it anyway. I would like to help out promoting Real Diaper week. I think that awareness is key.

Clearly we all know that each disposable diaper taken off is thrown into the trash, or diaper genie, and ends up in a landfill. There are several things about this that could be cause for concern. I am just going to talk about a few.

One problem I have with this is that we as society’s have created waste treatment plants. They take the human waste from our toilets and remove the contaminants (human waste) and use it for suitable purposes (fertilizer). When you wrap up poop in a nice petroleum based disposable diaper it goes into a landfill. Where it sits, encouraged not to breakdown, (because that’s what landfills do) for an unknown period of time. Why not just put the poop where it goes for every one else? With disposable diapers being the third most popular item in landfills how much of that contains human waste which could be better disposed of and take up less space in our landfills?

The second problem I have with the disposable diapers is that they sit there. For hundreds of years. Really is there anything more to say than that?

Yes eventually a cloth diaper may end up in a landfill. Realistically how many, how often? A lot less, would be the answer to both of those questions.

I told you it would be brief. More just for thought.

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Tomorrow will be Wednesday: Real Simple Real Diaper Savings. I really love the cost savings so I am excited to post about this.

For those of you with babies in diapers I encourage you to check out a Great Cloth Diaper Change event near you. The locations near me have some prizes and goodie bags too.

Gwen

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