Friday, October 7, 2016

Newborn Diapers! Grovia & Sweetpea vs SoftBums

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COMPARE FOR YOURSELF!

Are you considering cloth diapering your newborn?  SoftBums Echo shells are a one size system, however I do not feel they should be overlooked as a newborn diaper. In this post I'm going to compare GroVia's and Sweetpea's Newborn diapers to SoftBums Echo.



Weight Range


GroVia Newborn AIO fits 5-12+ pounds, however at about 11 pounds these just did not fit my baby well, she was a little chunky.

Sweetpea Newborn AIO fits 6-12+ pounds. I found these fit better around 8 pounds, I would get gaps in the legs before then, which caused leaks. And they did fit to around 12.5 pounds.

SoftBums Echo fits 5-35+ pounds. When you receive a new SoftBums Shell in the mail they arrive in the smallest elastic setting, I love seeing just how TINY they get. Actually the SoftBums Echo Shell in the smallest setting was to small for my newborn. My toddler is about 29 pounds, mostly potty trained, and the SoftBums Echo Shell still fits her with room to spare!

Absorbency

Grovia
Newborn AIOs are made from a cotton and hemp blend. I found them to be absorbent for the first couple weeks, however my baby outgrew the absorbency long before outgrowing the actual diaper.  I did try adding a small insert to them but that caused fit issues and leaking. Wished they would have had more absorbency options.

Sweetpea
Newborn AIOS are Microfiber, the absorbency is sewn into the cover.  The Sweetpea Newborn has a pocket which does allow for extra absorbency to be added, which I appreciated because my daughter quickly outgrew the standard absorbency and it allowed us to use them a little longer. However, I found stuffing the pocket to be a pain as it is very small.

SoftBums
 All-in-2, which means it is a 2 part system.  The outer waterproof Shell, Plus the Absorbent Snap-in POD.  SoftBums Echo Shells have a super soft fleece lining,  PODS come separately. The thing I loved and continue to love about SoftBums is how easy the absorbency is to customize, even for a newborn. I used a SoftBums Small DryTouch PODs in the beginning and simply added a second when one was no longer enough.
Now (at 9 months) I use those small pods as boosters for nights or car rides. I love having the option of Dry-Touch, Bamboo OR BOTH! I love being able to customize the absorbency levels to my baby, and my preferences that day, or week depending on what I was into. It is so handy to be able to swap out PODS and reuse the Shell as well.

Quality

SoftBums quality is through the roof!  Being made one at a time right here in USA with super high quality materials really makes me proud to use this diaper on my daughter, and I can trust that is won't leak on her either, which is so reassuring!  The Hook & Loop (velcro) is beyond my expectations and really lasts and does not curl like other brands we have tried.  It's so nice to find a brand that cares about quality, and does such a good job make a decent Hook & Loop diaper!




Conclusion

SoftBums Echo is a OS AI2 Shell(or cover), you can reuse the Shell which makes them a good value in comparison to an AIO. Newborns pee ALOT!  Being able to customize the absorbency my baby needs means that this system will continue to work in any situation. It was so nice being able to swap out the insert and reuse the Shells instead of having to get a whole new diaper. 

Comparing the value of any newborn diaper against a SoftBums Shell is a no-brainer because you can keep using the Shells until potty training.  The Slide2Size special internal sizing allows you to adjust the leg elastics so they fit a tiny newborn as well as a potty training toddler.  With other brands like GroVia and Sweetpea you would need a newborn diaper and OS to achieve the same weight range that SoftBums covers. 

We started cloth diapering our first daughter late in the game, but started with our youngest the day we got home from the hospital. I found having cloth wipes prepped and PODs snapped into shells, ready to go, extremely helpful. 

In the comments, tell me when you started cloth diapering. If you cloth diapered through the newborn phase, what did you find helpful? 

-Jessica
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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

SoftBums NEW Print Release!!!

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NEW SOFTBUMS PRINT RELEASE!!!

So many of our fans and customers have requested a NEW gender neutral print.  And now, we have finally done it! We have been waiting months to come out with the perfect print for you!
SoftBums has come together with Kelly's Closet to bring you a beautiful print that is simple, yet elegant. Perfect for baby girls and boys, and even better for babies not yet born!

Kelly's Closet is an online cloth diaper store based out of Maine. They carry a range of Eco friendly products for moms and children! Check them out at kellyscloset.com


So, without further ado, we are  excited to announce the NEW Kelly's Closet exclusive print "Continuation"!



BE SURE TO JOIN THE GIVEAWAY, GAMES AND MORE!  



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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Diapers for Dollars!

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Help us raise money for Down Syndrome!



DIAPERS FOR DOLLARS IS TO RAISE FUNDS, AND ALL PROCEEDS GO IMMEDIATELY TO THE NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION: DOWN SYNDROME ASSOCIATION OF MINNESOTA




HERE'S HOW YOU CAN ENTER AND GET A CHANCE TO WIN DIAPERS:




ENTER YOUR DONATION AT GIVEMN.ORG
COMMENT BELOW WITH YOUR NAME AND DONATION DATE
WHEN THE DONATION IS DONE RUNNING, CHECK BACK TO SEE IF YOUR NAME IS UP AT THE TOP AS A WINNER!
ALL DONATIONS GO TO A GREAT CAUSE, SO NOTHING IS LOST!


HERE'S WHAT YOU COULD WIN! TONS OF PRIZES!

HARD TO FIND SOFTBUMS DIAPER
BAMBOO SOFTBUMS PODS
SOFTBUMS BALLOONS PRINT DIAPER
SOFTBUMS BAMBOO WIPES
SOFTBUMS BAMBOO LINERS
SOFTBUMS SPECIAL SWAG

We are helping to collect money for Down Syndrome Programs in our area!

You can help too!






Timber's little sister has Down Syndrome and he has always done a LOT of volunteer work already to help give his time to help her grow and develop, because people with Down Syndrome are people first and are entitled to live a happy life with the same privileges as other people!



DIAPERS FOR DOLLARS!!!

Please Donate Today and Comment Below for an Entry!

There are some wonderful organizations in Minnesota who also spend a lot of time helping those with Down Syndrome and the families that support them. Please check out our local DS orgnaization http://www.dsamn.org/

and also please go and also see the Down Syndrome Diagnosis Network if you or a friend has a diagnosis before or after birth about their baby with Down Syndrome http://www.dsdiagnosisnetwork.org/#!about2/c13na

Here are some more ways you can help raise funds in your area:
Car Wash for money
Bake Sale
Run for fun if your child is in sports
Volunteer to help in any way you can through your local charity office



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Saturday, January 2, 2016

A Twin Cloth Diaper Journey

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Meet Andrea & her husband Scott! She is a first time, cloth diapering mom and is letting us share her experience through the SoftBums Blog on cloth diapering twins. We look forward to hearing more about their journey (and of course!) meeting these little guys soon!



We are finally getting close to meeting our little guys. We are at 31 weeks now, and my next focus besides the other 100 things on my to-do list is to get our diaper stash ready. Here is a shot of what we have so far.


• 4 Echo SoftBums diapers • 4 SoftBums bamboo cloth wipes • 4 SoftBums bamboo Pods • 6 SoftBums dry touch minis • 1 pack of SoftBums H-Pods disposables • A dozen pre-folds that were gifted to us

We definitely have a good start, but with twins there is so much to think about! After doing a few months of research we are really excited to try SoftBums because they are truly a one size only diaper. When we first started thinking about cloth, the cost seemed daunting because of the newborn, size one, size two fits that you had a choice to buy. Starting them in one diaper and ending in the same diaper seems like a great system! Right now we have 2 snap Echo and 2 Velcro closures. I curious to see which we think will work better with our babies.

The wipes are so incredibly soft! A tip I received from another SoftBums twin mom is that they can be used in the front for extra absorbency when they are little, especially for boys. We do have a wipe warmer for the changing table. We are thinking we will try to make our own wipe solution or use simply water for these.

The H-Pods will be perfect for the first few changes in the Meconium stage and when we have inexperienced (with cloth) babysitters over to watch them while we are out. Or when we think it might just be easier to carry less around (like maybe a trip to the state fair).

We have quite a few things on our list of wants. For starters the Omni Fox print, it is adorable! They each need their own diaper with that print. We also want to have a mix of Omni’s to send to daycare for them. The wipes are so soft that we will be purchasing more of these. My husband liked them so much he said, “I wish I could use these for myself!”- ha.


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Thursday, October 1, 2015

How To Get Through Other People's Opinion of Cloth Diapering

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We have all had it done to us. You say you use cloth diapers and BAM! There it is.... the stink eye. Old people, young people, other moms, they all have the same reaction at first. They give you that look, and then ...
.....Then comes the comments

"Why?"
"That's disgusting"
"Why wouldn't you just use disposable?"
"You're brave"
"Your baby won't reach milestones on time"
"Don't all your clothing will smell like poop!?!?"


Some suggestions to combat the negativity:





Nope that's not the way Batman, sorry. 

First, remember they do not know what they think they know about cloth diapering, don't get angry keep your cool.

Here are 5 ways to help you get over this speed bump. 


1. Determine what motivates others

While your spouse might be motivated by the cost savings, your childcare provider might be motivated by ease of use, and your friends might be convinced with environmentally friendly. Let that motivator be your focus when explaining to them why you are choosing cloth diapers for your baby(also it never hurts to pull out some cloth diapering statistics).

It's been estimated that it takes 250-500 years for disposables to decompose in a landfill! 


2. Consider a name change

Call them reusable diapers, modern cloth diapers, or call them by brand name (i.e. Soft Bums) when introducing them to others. Sometimes just using a different word or phrase will make people forget about their previous judgments.

I love my SoftBums, they're so reliable and cute!


3. Show them off

 Having a sample diaper on hand to explain how they work can help ease most people’s fears about cloth diapers. Remember that most people still haven’t seen all the new varieties of cloth diapers that are available. When people think of cloth diapers they think of the safety pin and rubber pants! Get ready to have their mind blown away with awesomeness!

The future is now.


4. Remember to talk about how easy they are to use

They are just as easy as disposable diapers.  Debunk the common myths like having to swish them in the toilet. Show them diaper sprayers and even spray shields. Let your husband talk about how easy they are, and that he doesn't even have to ask questions when using them.

Even Grandma loves them.


5. Ask them to consider a trial period 

If you are approaching a childcare facility or caregiver about cloth diapering and you receive any hesitations have them consider a trial period. Chances are that after they see how easy they are to use they won’t object.

Just try them for a week, you'll get the hang of it.


At first when I was told by my best friend that she was cloth diapering her daughter, I gave the stink eye too. But with some simple explanation and some research it was a hook line and sinker for me.  Educate them and watch the stink eye turn into WOW!

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