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Mommy Monday #1.

Meet April and her sweet little girl-

I'm not really sure what initially lead me to cloth diapers. We try to live a pretty sustainable life so maybe it was the idea of filling a landfill with who knows how many disposables over my child's time in diapers. I really started researching cloth during my pregnancy. My mom and my husband's mom thought I was crazy. I knew I was going to have to find an option as close to disposable as possible to convince them. You should have seen the look on both of their faces when I showed them modern cloth diapers. They both used cloth but they were picturing flats, pins and plastic pants. I found all of the options for cloth completely overwhelming.

A friend mentioned her sister uses cloth diapers on her kids and LOVES it. Even though I pretty much settled on the type of diaper I was going to use, I wanted to get an opinion from someone actually using them. She gave some pros and cons regarding the brands I'd selected. Then she told me about SoftBums. She preferred them because of the strong velcro that really stood up to long term use. I looked up the SoftBums website and checked out some videos and figured I needed to sample one. When the one I ordered came in the mail, I was impressed. I'd ordered a sample diaper from FuzziBunz and BumGenius and I could immediately tell the quality of the SoftBums diaper was superior. When I showed them to my husband, he picked the SoftBums diaper over all three.

We were able to start Hailey in her SoftBums at two weeks once her cord stump fell off and we haven't turned back since! Okay there was a little hiccup in the beginning. I only ordered about five covers and maybe ten pods. We quickly realized we were going to need a lot more than that because every single diaper change she would poop and it soiled the cover. That's when I learned about I was able to purchase additional covers and bamboo pods at a discounted price because they were gently used. I guarantee you wouldn't be able to tell today looking at my stash which ones were used and which ones were purchased new.

We now have a stash of about twenty covers and twenty to thirty pods. I honestly thought I would use disposable diapers more. I thought for certain I'd want to use them on short outings or even on trips but I love my SoftBums too much to use anything else. We have traveled twice with our SoftBums and were able to use them our entire trip. We use Planet Wise hanging wet/dry bags and we store the covers and pods in the dry pocket and the dirties in the wet pocket. We even use cloth wipes while we're out because they are so easy.

We are having an early Mommy Monday because tomorrow will be full of news for Calendar Bums.

Mommy Monday #2 is a wonderful lady named Tara!

I originally looked into a service of cloth diapers when I was pregnant with my first son, I just didn't like how they were all plain white and bleached weekly and rotated. I don't know the whole thing just wasn't for me. So I back burnered that idea and went to disposables. Then when my son was 14 months old my friend and I were at a mom & tot show in Calgary, AB and I was attracted by the bright colors. At first I was put off by having to wash them (especially since my son was already on solids!) but I couldn't deny their cuteness and the bright colors was so fascinating to me and of course so much different then disposables, not to mention cost effective after the original investment! It was "Fuzzibunz" that originally caught my eye.

I loved them at first. It was a new experience and I took many pictures of my son toddling around in his cute bright colored diapers. It was awesome to branch out from the ordinary, and I have always wanted to be eco-friendly as well!
Over time I found that my son's PJ's started to stink of ammonia smell, and not only was I changing and washing diapers almost every day but now he couldn't even re-use the same pajamas! I bathed him every night and put him into day clothes each morning so there should have been no reason not to re-use the PJ's but the smell was repulsive. I began to get frustrated. I mean I had better things to do then strip diapers every week, I had switched laundry soap countless times and was told I would only have to strip them every couple months; I tried several different stripping techniques as well. Nothing seemed to work!

The pockets worked okay I suppose, they did their job in holding in his "stuff" but with pockets usually come microfiber which is what I am told makes them stink, the microfiber just clings to soaps. Bottom line they STANK and once used the whole diaper was used, so there was way more investing involved to make sure you had enough of a stock pile to diaper a baby.

So then I gave up on cloth. I was sad about that because not only did I invest a bunch of money but I really did enjoy the eco-friendly way of diapering and the cute colors. I just couldn't stand that smell any longer though. So back to disposables we went till my son was day trained at 19 months.

I was fortunate to be a SAHM for almost the entire time my (almost 4 year old now) son was a baby. I went back to work for 2 weeks and during that period my day home provider was more then happy to accommodate our cloth choice. It was so easy anyway, just toss it in the wet bag and I would deal with it when I got home. She also adored the cute colors! My family was supportive as my mom used to cloth all of us too!

My friend started telling me about how she discovered SoftBums diapers and how they were her favorite. I can't tell you how many times I went to the website planning to buy more for our next baby, but I had already potty trained my 1st so no need to purchase any at that time.

It took us awhile to get pregnant again, and by that time I had given up hope that I would ever conceive, so I had sold all my baby furniture - then God blessed us with a new bundle! Oops, we had no baby stuff! We were in a tight spot for money due to having to re-buy all the furniture.
So we decided to give the cloth another go.

I disliked how the pocket diapers were not easy to make small for a newborn. My son (born at 10lbs 6oz) couldn't even properly fit the Fuzzibunz until he was a month and a half old! Now after owning them only 2 years the PUL lining is falling apart, and at $22/diaper they should hold on to their quality. Again, the smell started to come back! So we needed to look into other diapers.
To be cost effective we ended up purchasing a bunch of fitted diapers too - and only purchased 3 covers for them. Which my new baby recently grew out of. We were again in a pinch and wondering if there was any cloth out there that would have the perfect combination?

Turns out we found that perfect match in SoftBums! I LOVE SoftBums because they can be used many times over without having to invest so much money, and the prints are ADORABLE and so unique. I also have the added benefit of being able to use my existing diapers by re-using the SoftBum covers.

I have been wanting to buy SoftBums for awhile but never wanted to pay for a lot of shipping. Then I found a local vendor who sells them and now I am completely addicted.

I am about to purchase a 24 pack of SoftBum covers/pods and sell the rest of my stash. I found the diaper that has it all: cover, ease of use, easily adjusted, doesn't stink, cutest prints i've ever seen, softest bamboo pods that are so easy to use (just snap in and go!) my Husband loves them as well. We can use each cover 3x before having to go to the next. We don't NEED to purchase 24 covers but with prints as irresistable as "scrambled eggs" and "blooga" and "later gator" and the bright neon colors how could we resist?

I use every opportunity I can now to show off his cute little cloth diapes. I get comments often on how cute they are and I often get asked where to purchase SoftBums.

The biggest perk from switching to such a high quality diaper is that I can also see my baby prefers the SoftBums as when we put him in the SoftBums with a bamboo pod at night he sleeps through the night, any other diaper and he will wake up 2 or 3 times. The bamboo helps to keep him feeling dry so he doesn't wake up with that icky wet diaper feeling.

A Happy baby means a Happy family!

I can't say enough how much I LOVE SOFTBUMS! Thank-you for creating such a versatile diaper!

Welcome everybody to Mommy Monday #3! Take a minute to get to know Kaylee and her beautiful family!

First of all let me introduce myself. My name is Kaylee, I am a 24 year old first time mom. My family consists of my husband Nathan, our 4 month old son Max, and of course me. We are newly married and love our little family. We are primarily using softbums diapers on our little man and absolutely love them! They are a great product and I would highly recommend them to anyone. I am constantly telling new moms that they should look into the diapers. I have converted a few people to using softbums and all of them just like me are thrilled with the product. I am writing this blog to tell you all about why softbums are the best!

When I first discovered that I was pregnant I never even considered using cloth diapers. My image of cloth diapers were those rectangular pieces of cloth and sharp pins used to do them up. I did not want to have to fiddle around with pins around my new, precious little baby. I especially did not want to have to swish out the poopy diapers in the toilet. Disposable diapers seemed like a much easier choice to me. One day I was looking around an online site for baby items and came across this item called a diaper sprayer. This was the first time I decided to look into cloth diapers. Upon lookin into it I discovered this world of easy, user friendly diapers. You no longer have to fiddle with pins and risk poking the baby. There are so many different kinds of diapers. I asked a bunch of local moms about what types of diapers they liked best. One local mom pointed me towards softbums. I look into them and was sold. They were the most genious invention. Not only were they fully adjustable, but they would fit my baby the whole time he was in diapers. I loved this fact! I didnt have to worry about having to buy different sized of diapers. I have looked into other types of diapers and have an amp diaper, some bonnibuns, and a few from a local cloth company called Rump Arounds. Softbums are my only velcro diapers, and the ones that I consistently choose. Here are a few reasons why I love my softbums:

Softbums have a leg elastic and toggle which make them fully adjustable. I have had problems with not quite getting the right fit with the snap diapers and getting leaks around the legs. Since softbums have an adjustable leg size I have not really had to worry about this. I did have a few leaks with the softbums at the start, but I just had to figure out how to properly adjust the leg. I never had any leaks when using their slightly bigger omni diaper. i think that the extra fabric covered Max's legs a little better than when I used the echos. I have a variety of both echos, and omnis. Now that I have mastered how to adjust the legs I love both styles of diapers.

- I also love the velco on my softbums. I find snaps more time consuming to put on. I like that the velcro goes on fast and easily adjusts to the right size. They are also nice at night when you are trying to change a baby in the dark! Shortly after I bought my softbums they also came out with a snap version. I have yet to try their snaps. The softbum snap diapers have fewer snaps than other snap diapers I have seen. I think this would be alot easier than having to snap the top of the diaper and the crotch area.

- Softbums are extremely soft. Compared to my other diapers they are softer to touch and I feel that they are nicer against my baby's body.

- Softbums have a variety of different inserts. I have used their dry touch, super dry touch, and bamboo inserts. I like each of them for different reasons. I like to use the dry touch during the day when I change Max more, and he doesnt need the stronger absorbancy. As a bit of a heavy wetter, I find that the super dry touch are better for him at night. The bamboo also work great at night for the higher absorbancy. One other thing I enjoy the bamboo for is when I would like the diaper to be a little trimmer. The bamboo are slightly smaller than the other pods, so they make the diaper slightly less bulky. That being said, softbums are the trimmest diaper that I have. The other styles of diapers are seem to fit bulkier.

- One other thing that I love about softbums is their all in two (AI2) style. The shells can be reused over and over before being washed. When the baby goes pee all you have to do is snap the insert out. That shell is then put aside to dry and a new one is put on. Next time you change the baby you reuse the first shell and put the second one out to dry. Being able to reuse the shells leads to alot less laundry when compared to other diaper styles. If one was to use a pocket diaper all the time, they would end up with twice as much laundry as when they are able to reuse the shell. The snap in inserts are one of the best features in my opinion. A shell needs to be washed once the baby poops in it. However, as babies get older they poop less and less in a day, therefore less shells are needed.

I truly do believe that softbums are the best diaper out there. They have fit my 4 month old great for months and will fit him until he is out of diapers. They are a well made product and I will use them for my next baby as well. Softbums have a great variety of color and pattern selection and have yet to let me down. I suggest these diapers to everyone who wants a well fitting, long lasting diaper!

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