Thursday, August 29, 2013

Cloth Diapers: Happy Heinys

Happy Heinys were another brand of one-size pocket diaper I tried, and overall I put them in the "solid, middle-of-the-road, not-bad-but-not-extraordinary" diaper category.  We used them regularly, knew we could depend on them . . . just another pocket diaper.

    
Photo from Amazon, which BTW has a ridiculously high price for some reason
Photo from Amazon, ditto high price, shop elsewhere!










 
     
Photo from Tinkletinkletoot

Now, according to their website, the One For All (their one-size) has a new design, so my experience is based on the old design.  I bought the purple one (discounted!) and the Peace Bears print because it was just so cute!  The pink "aplix" (velcro) version was sent to me as a freebie from Kelly's Closet.  I didn't really want another Happy Heinys at the time, nor aplix, nor pink, so it wasn't that great a surprise and it got relegated to the diaper bag (read: hardly ever used).

I found them to be just fine, although FOUR snaps was overkill and a tad annoying when you're trying to diaper in a hurry!  The inside microfleece got pilly, but that didn't affect performance.  They did get "the sticky factor" on the back of the PUL (where you put your hand in to stuff them) more than/quicker than other brands.  The inserts would stick and tug on the PUL and it was difficult to maneuver them in there.  It got really annoying, and we had plenty of diapers by that time, so we put them in seldom-used retirement.


Photo from Diaper Lab, which incidentally is a local store in Somerville, MA! 

Ooh, also!  To build my stash in the very beginning, I bought a Peace Bears print diaper cover, too, but it didn't get much use.  This was because 1) it was huge (even snapped down to the smaller size); and 2) my other Thirsties and Bummis covers were working out just fine, and I kind of had too many covers!  My heyday of covers was mostly in the beginning, before she fit into the pockets.

Anyway, as I'm trying out some new options for overnight NOW (more on this in another post), I think my big Happy Heinys cover is going to come in very handy. :)

Overall? This pocket diaper doesn't do anything a Bum Genius doesn't do.  I'd go with BG instead . . . although those peace bears are super cute!!







Cloth Diapers: Fuzzibunz


Fuzzibunz was another pocket I tried.  I got their original one-size design, so I can't speak to their new "Elite" version. (Also, sorry all these photos aren't aligned/positioned very well . . . Blogger is very wonky with things like that and I am no web designer!)

Photo from Fuzzibunz site

Photo from Fuzzibunz site
First I got the "apple green" one-size, and my first complaint was that it was really narrow.  This meant that all the other (wider) inserts didn't fit in it, so you had to match it up with Fuzzibunz inserts.  (Or I could use a prefold in there, but that limited its absorbancy to a "light-duty" diaper.) Also, the Fuzzibunz adjustable elastic system was super hard to use!!  Hopefully they've redesigned that by now.  I could not imagine having a full stash of these and adjusting all those buttons as baby grew.

Anyway, being narrower and just overall smaller-seeming, the Fuzzibunz did fit her well in the beginning.  Then it just started leaking like crazy as she grew and I tried to adjust it, so I abandoned it.

The aqua-color diaper was a Perfect Size, Size Large, which I got later on.  This was actually a really nice diaper!  It really was the perfect size for her at the time, with nothing to adjust.  Also, it was wider than the one-size so other brands of inserts fit into it.
This color, called Spearmint, is a lot darker and really lovely in real life.  I found a blog post that has many pictures of the "real" color.



Photo from Fuzzibunzstore.com 
The other Fuzzibunz product I tried later on was their minky inserts.  Minky is a super-soft and furry fabric, and Fuzzibunz claimed that it absorbed as well as microfiber, and was trimmer.  I would have to say that that is true -- they did great for a while!  But then, just like the Mommy's Touch boat diaper outer, E. nabbed all three minky inserts for her lovies/fuzzies at night.  I was only able to get maybe 4 uses out of them before she took them to cuddle with.  Oh, well!  They are super cuddly, I must say.  If I were to do it again and my old microfiber inserts got worn out, I'd consider purchasing more of these minky inserts to replace them.



Thursday, August 22, 2013

ALSO . . .

I just inked the first story of Issue #1 of my as-yet-unnamed NEW COMIC BOOK!

EXCITEMENT!
EXCITEMENT!
EXCITEMENT!
EXCITEMENT!
EXCITEMENT! 
EXCITEMENT! 
EXCITEMENT!

Are you telling me that when I set the font to "Largest", this is the biggest it gets?  What the hell?  I will just have to express more excitement with a rainbow!

Dhadak Dhadak!

My 2.5-year-old is obsessed with this song!! Meaning we have to play it on a constant loop in the car, and every now and then watch the video together on my computer. Luckily, I really like it!  I mean, that's why I have it on a CD of Bollywood music to play in the car in the first place. (I've really got to read/memorize the lyrics, because E. is asking me what they're saying and all I can say is, "it's Hindi!"  So far, she grasps the concept and knows that it's "not English" and "not Spanish".  Side note: she will speak a bunch of gibberish and say she's "speaking in Spanish".  Crazy!  I don't know any Spanish; where is she getting that?!)

I predict this will be in your head until the end of time . . . or maybe that's just me, with the constant play!

Bunty Aur Babli is a great movie.  I heart Abhishek Bachchan, and Rani Mukherjee, too. :)

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Sci fi? Funny? Canadian? I'm crushing.

Nerd alert! I've been watching Atlantis again and stumbled upon* this silly video.  Hee hee! Despite his character being the most abrasive person ever, I'm kind of starting to *heart* McKay.  I know!!  But it's true.  Welcome to my pile of sci-fi crushes, David Hewlett. :)

* because I was looking at David Hewlett's Youtube channel, eh heh heh  . . . he is a funny, geeky guy!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Cloth Diapers: Rump-a-Rooz

Ah, Rumparooz!  These diapers (the "G2" with snaps) were great, but a factor in their success became a reason we stopped using them.  Read on!
Photos from Rumparooz website













I got the yellow and kangaroo print in the beginning. The kangaroo print is SUPER cute on a baby!  (The yellow was ultimately too reminiscent of peepee!  Bright yellow diapers = not a good choice.  Sorry, but it's true!)  Later on, I don't know what possessed me to get the green one, but I did.  I really liked Rumparooz despite the price, so apparently I thought it was worth getting another.  (But the green one?  I should have gotten the cute Eco Owls one!  Why green??)

Anyway, Rumparooz are very soft and cozy-cuddly.  They have "pilly" fleece on the inside, but it manages to stay soft, and always feels like you're making your baby very comfy. :)  They have my preferred vertical snaps for a better, longer-lasting fit.  They hold up really well; even the outer white on the kangaroo one never looked dingy or anything.

Rumparooz are one-size pockets, but they are on the small side.  They fit E. first of all her pockets (close to the time of Bum Genius as well).  We got lots of use out of them in the beginning!  But later on, we sadly had to retire them early when she got too big.  Rumparooz definitely don't last until the advertised "35+ pounds".  Again, if I had gone with all Rumparooz in my stash, I'd have been stranded!  Luckily, larger pockets had already come into play when she got bigger and I had her covered (pun fully intended)!

Now, unique to Rumparooz is the DUAL INNER GUSSETS!  That's right, they have two extra gussets on the inside -- a feature that they recently got a patent on.  Anyway, these gussets work FANTASTICALLY.  Keeps everything in where it belongs.  We never had leaks with these.  We happily used them and washed them (though I must mention, some stubborn inside staining is possible around all the folds of the gussets -- hard to sun them out completely). She was exclusively breast fed for a really long time (7-8 months) so #2 was not too bad.  Great for out and about; we didn't have to worry.


But then . . .




came . . .




THE CURSE.

THE CURSE OF THE RUMPAROOZ.

She started eating solid foods.  OK, fine.  We got out the diaper sprayer and our cloth diapering world was still easy and fun.

BUT.

The curse began.

Every time we put her in a Rumparooz, she pooped in it.  I'm not even making this up.

And you know what?  I will admit, that super-duper double gusset was a pain in the rear to clean with the sprayer!!  The gussets certainly helped the diaper be "bulletproof" while on the go, but then -- then -- you were confronted with 78 new nooks and crannies -- not present in other cloth diapers -- that you had to try and get the you-know-what out of.

The CURSE!!

It was amusing at first, but then it became all too serious!  I got into a paranoid state where I didn't want to put them on her at, shall we say, sensitive times.  And never at night, or while going out anymore.  Cloth diapering is super easy-breezy when nursing, but when you get to solid foods and the sprayer, you want easy clean-up!

Luckily, she starting outgrowing the Rumparooz around this time, too, so I just stopped using them after a while.

In conclusion, Rumparooz are great for smaller babies and the gussets are a plus, but WATCH OUT FOR THE CURSE!!!

Oh, and it's too late for my little one, but they just came out with this awesome new print ("Preppy")!  Look at its rainbow glory!  Oh, if only it had been available way back when!


 Photos from Rumparooz website


Cloth Diapers: Mommy's Touch

I thought I had better get back to my cloth diaper reviews before E. is completely out of potty training (I'd say we're 93% there) and I forget everything!

Today's review is Mommy's Touch!  Specifically, the Easy Clean Snaps pocket diaper.  These are fantastic because they have the coveted sleeve pocket design -- no reaching in to unstuff!  They also have vertical snaps, allowing for a better fit on legs vs. tummy.


Photo from Amazon.com
Photo from NurturedFamily.com


^Round One^
Photo from GreenMountainDiapers
 

Photo from Amazon
Photo from GreenMountainDiapers



photo from Amazon
 ^Round Two^

Photo from Amazon

Photo from Amazon

 ^Round Three^




These did not fit E. for quite some time -- they are HUGE (even when snapped to the "small" setting).  But that means they are also a great night diaper (fit 3 inserts with no leaks), and they still fit her now at 32ish pounds (for night -- the only time she still needs a diaper).

I did have trouble when she was almost 19 months, when the PUL of our lone red and orange MTs de-laminated and ripped open, one right after the other!  That rendered them useless because obviously they were no longer sealed.  Here is a picture I took way back when, thinking towards the future and this very blog post!



I'm not surprised they finally failed; as the favorite night diaper, we used them substantially more than the various other diapers we rotated through the day -- more wear!  So I had to throw them out.  After this happened, I still didn't feel bad buying more, because they were THAT good for night.  So I bought Round Two, the red bandana one, dragonflies, and sailboats.

Now, a funny thing happened: E. became VERY attached to these patterned diapers!  Don't ask me why . . . toddlers are weird like that.  She would not allow us to put the boats one on her, preferring to sleep with it (unstuffed) as a fuzzy/blankie/lovie!  This happened with the bandana one for a while, too, and dragonfiles to a lesser extent.  So I bought Round Three: the light, dark, and bright blues because the others I just bought were essentially unavailable for actual use!  So funny.  She still sleeps with boats, but will let us put all the others on her.

This brings up a good point across the board: for cloth diapers, PRINTS are the best!  Fun pictures on the diaper get your kid excited about changing time -- at least on the later end of diapering when she's paying attention to stuff like that.  (I will talk about this more with potty training.)

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By the way, I had a tough time finding pictures of the ones I bought (colors/patterns seem to fluctuate over time), so the images above are from around the web -- and they're not all the Easy Clean; some are of MT covers.  I bought most of mine from NurturedFamily.com -- it looks like they were just having a huge sale of them and they're all out of stock, though.  ???  I definitely think it is worth having Mommy's Touch in your stash, so here are some other sources for the Easy Clean Snaps:

Amazon I bought my last round from Amazon (I think) and you have to dig around a bit to get various colors . . .
OnlyMommysTouch

Monday, August 12, 2013

Mood lifter!

Even if you don't know the movie, don't understand what's going on, and don't recognize all of the crazy cameos, I dare you to be in a bad mood after watching this!  Partying with Shahrukh Khan and friends: LOVE IT!! (I watch this any time I'm feeling down, and so should you.)

Also, check out my "embedding" skillz!  A video on my blog?  How 2007 of me!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Happy Thursday!

So far . . .

* Drawing a funny picture for E.
* Coffee and pastries out
* Scheming with the Hubster over lawn care, pressure-washing, stoop-painting while we're still in the season of sun
* Crazy scramble play with the dog in the hallway
* Working on art for my bro
* Being inspired by another blogger (yay) on this mini-break
* Really really wanting to move home
* Excitement over my retail-therapy packages coming from Zulily
* Time to draw comix!