Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Cloth Diapers: Smartipants

One of my favorite cloth diapers has been Smartipants.






 

Photos from Smartipants website

The pros:
* They are a few dollars cheaper than the average price for most pockets -- and even more so if you get a handy 3-pack!
* They are a sleeve pocket, which means the insert agitates out in the wash -- no unstuffing!  I think every pocket diaper should be a sleeve pocket diaper!
* They fit Eleanor early on, so she had more consistently good pockets (along with Bum Genius) in addition to the fitteds/covers.
* They are pretty trim as far as cloth goes: really, truly, not too bulky.
* They are GOOD.  Non-leaking, "bulletproof" good.  Always the ones we chose off the pile.
* They have the superior stay-dry "suede" lining, instead of pilly fleece.  Smartipants and Bum Genius are the only two I tried that have this.
* They have a "crossover" snap, which is just convenient for snapping them to store or wrapping them up on the go.  Our girl never needed the crossover snap in order to size a diaper down to fit!
* For being used so much, they have held up exceptionally well!

The cons:
* The pocket itself is smaller than other brands.  It's rather nice; the whole diaper is lined with suede fleece and then a narrower piece of suede fleece is sewn on top (open on both ends) to be a sleeve.  The whole thing feels nice; no exposed PUL (polyurethane laminate).  But you can't get more than two inserts in there.  Also, the pocket is shorter along the length than some, so some of the longer inserts don't fit in very well.
* It has the horizontal-snap arrangement, so once that outer snap is off the front of the diaper (and pressing into baby's leg!), in essence it is too small, even if it still fits in other ways.  It was a sad day when we had to retire our perfectly good Smartipants (all 6 of them!) because they no longer fit E.  This was maybe at . . . 18 months?


 Photo from Smartipants website
 
Smaripants inserts are SUPER!  Each diaper comes with one insert, but we ended up buying two 10-packs of extra ones for when she got bigger and we had to double stuff.  They also fit perfectly into any other pocket, and the price is right!  (I remember that these were the most cost-effective of any inserts available at the time.)

I like that they are trimmed with green thread.  In a sea of white inserts, you can always find the Smartipants ones.  We use them to triple-stuff night diapers now.

All in all, I think everyone should have at least one 3-pack of Smartipants in their stash!  Oh, and that brown diaper is a nice, dark, black-coffee brown in real life.  The monitor makes it look a little drab, but in actuality it is pretty stylin'!

PS- I think it was really . . . smart . . . of them to put their logo right on the back of the diaper.  Babies are always showing off this side (hee!), and it's clear which brand this is.  Also?  It labels your baby as being a Smartipants!  Cute!! ^_^

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

YAY SHIRTS!

Hey!  My hand-painted shirts are now up in my RevolvingDor shop!  OK, one design is, to be custom made-to-order for whoever wants one!  More are coming soon.  BUT, isn't it groovy that I finally got them up and running?



I am all busy all of a sudden, and I love it.  Got two shirts to do, an album cover, table runner on the horizon, and right now this very moment I have to bake some breaded eggplant for 2 lasagnas.  One for book club, one to donate to the Friends of Trees planting this weekend.  Oh, and February comics and additional ideas for another comic series on the horizon beyond the other horizon . . . .

. . . . Can I just say, thank goodness for nursery school?  Three mornings per week seems to have tipped me back over into truly, truly having a life (read: having time for art) again.  Dear Anyone Staying Home with a Toddler And Going Crazy: if you can swing it, grab yourself some nursery school mornings for your tot!  It will turn your life around (and your kid will LOVE it)!

Monday, February 11, 2013

NEW Nasturtium print in my shop!

You heard right!  I've actually made a NEW piece of artwork (as in, this year!) and a print of it is up in the RevolvingDor shop!  Go take a look!
The piece itself is not in the shop because it's the first one I've made (of this art technique), so it's super special to me. ^_^  But, maybe I'll have originals for sale in the future.  For now, it's prints!

I'm really excited about this style of art, and actually, fabric in general.  You'll note my shop talks about painted shirts -- I just have to assemble the listing for that one. :)  SO MUCH MORE is in store!!  Slowly but surely, I will keep making and making all these wacky ideas.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Cloth Diapers: Thirsties

I own two kinds of covers: Bummis and Thirsties.  I had heard the most about them when I was starting out.  Looking back, there were so many other varieties I could have tried, but I guess I kept it simple.  That turned out to be a good thing, because I never had a problem with either brand.  I especially liked the Thirsties; their leg gussets really are super.  Over a fitted or prefold, they keep everything in!



 

The Duo Wraps (above) come in two sizes, and I got both large (print, orange, green) and small (blue).  By the time she fit the large size, she was in pockets, too -- I didn't need so many large covers!!  I did convert the green and tree print covers into sleeve pockets later on, which were staples of night diapering for us (they fit three inserts).  The orange one I left as a cover, and we have used it on occasion now to cover training undies when I want extra peace of mind.




I have one (size two) Duo Diaper -- these used to only come in velcro "aplix" and it was nice because it was a sleeve (and a good, big night diaper, too).  But the aplix did wear over time, rendering the Duo unusable.




I think the Fab Doublers just might be Thirsties' best product!!  What are they?  Well, they are cotton velour inserts that are supposed to "double" absorbency (hence the name) when put behind another insert.  How is this different from just using two regular microfiber inserts, you ask?  Well, it's not that different!  I honestly don't know why some inserts are "inserts" and some inserts are "doublers", but I do know that the Fab Doublers are awesome for many reasons:

a) You can use them behind a regular insert in a pocket, and they are WAY thinner/trimmer than two microfiber inserts!  People talk about lessening "bulk", and these do it.

b) They hold a lot!  That is, they are quite absorbent.  I tested them against some other cotton/hemp inserts and microfiber inserts, and they beat out the hemp and held their own against microfiber.

c) They are COLORFUL -- always a plus in my book!  In a sea of white, boring inserts, here come these BRIGHT, fun ones!  Because why not make it fun??  Also they are soft and veloury.

I was so impressed that after I got two sets (one of each color, of course), I went back and ordered one more of each!

d) Now we are using the fab doublers during potty training, as a "feel-wet" liner.  That is, we stuff a pocket with one microfiber insert, then lay a fab doubler inside (next to E's bum).  This way, the cotton gives her immediate feedback on feeling wet, and she tells us she's going! (we're not quite at "getting to the potty beforehand" yet, but we're working on it!)

Caveat: the fab doublers do work best "doubling" other inserts.  What I mean to say is, I wouldn't just use two of the fab doublers in a pocket on their own.  They are absorbent, but something about how pee spreads out on them (it kind of stays in one spot) means they can be leaky if used alone.  I'm not sure why this is -- my cotton prefolds don't act like that.  Still, I highly recommend!!  Much less bulky than two big ol' regular microfiber inserts.