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Archive for the 'Cloth Diapers' Category

Cloth Diaper Market – Impressive

Monday, December 24th, 2007

I recently started purchasing my natural family products from the Cloth Diaper Market located in Barrhaven, ON (South/West’ish end of Ottawa). This is a super convenient location for us since we always go by Barrhaven to get home from Ottawa. Being able to pick stuff up locally means NO shipping charges for us!!

I was impressed that Andrea (the owner) actually carries Allen’s Detergent which is the recommended laundry detergent for Fuzzi Bunz and other diapers. I went on a bit of a tour of her business and was impressed at the variety of different cloth diapers which includes the Canadian made Annie Marie Padorie (AMP) diapers which are very similar to the Fuzzi Bunz but maybe better (I am going to have to try these with our next babe). Baby Bits are also a bit cheaper here, too!

I found out about the Cloth Diaper Market while participating in the Breastfeeding Challenge in Ottawa, she very conveniently put a business card in the gift bags with a code for 10% off. Of course I like when I get a coupon. I have only ever received a coupon once before from a site I have ordered from. Very smart, Andrea!

So be sure to check it out by clicking on the links above!!

Pocket Change Diapers – Just Awful!

Saturday, November 3rd, 2007

Ok… I’ve had enough. DON’T BUY POCKET CHANGE DIAPERS!!! I’ve given them the benefits of the doubt, been nice and understanding but the quality of materials are completely awful.

Continuing on my saga…. I recieved my exchanged diapers back in August and barely used them and VOILA the green one has now lost its elastic in the back. So within 2 months of being barely used they are failing again. This is completely unacceptable. Here is a pic of the diaper…. its fleece is still nice and new and the front elastic is still plenty tight.

Failed elastic - pocket change diaper

They are cheap for a reason and the only thing I like about them is the hemp insert which had some issues at the beginning (took many washes to become absorbent). I have now purchased some medium Fuzzi Bunz to make up the slack in my diaper stash. I do plan on using the hemp inserts from my pocket change diapers as inserts for my new Fuzzi Bunz.

Here is one Disappointed Customer. Thanks Montana’s Diaper Store and The Natural Baby Company for nothing… you’re diapers are a waste of money.

To read more about my experience with these diapers.. check out more of MY BLOG!

Baby Bits make using cloth wipes easy!

Friday, August 24th, 2007

I purchased some Baby Bits from Punkinhead Kids an online retailer of natural parenting products. They were recommended to me by a friend who is also uses cloth diapers and wipes.

Here is the description of what exactly they are:

Baby Bits Description

So basically its soap that you can either pour over some cloth wipes to have them wet for later use or you can mix up the soap solution in a spray bottle for single uses. Its a neat idea. I personally find that the recommended 1 bit for 1 cup of water is a bit much so I usually cut them in half or quarters and dissolve in water. I use distilled water and heat it up in the microwave as this helps the soap dissolve very quickly. My baby has had some bouts of a yeast rash and for these times I actually add a couple drops of tea tree oil into the water to increase the antibacterial/anti-fungal properties of the solution… works great!

The price tag of $12 CAN for about 50-60 bits is pretty good considering how many cups of solution you can get especially if you cut them in half since you are only using half of the recommended amount. Best of all, its a natural product and nothing ends up in the garbage. They smell good too… if you like lavender and tree tea oils that is!

The Bits are actually made by hand in Gainesville, Florida by a company called Soaps by Denise and by the looks of a note on the site they are so popular they can no longer accept wholesale clients, good thing Punkinhead kids is already a client of theirs.

Here is a pic of the 3oz package:

Baby Bits Packaging

Replacing elastics in Pocket Change Diaper

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007

Since Kim at Montana’s Diaper Store did not replace two of my diapers with defective elastics I decided to whip out my sewing machine and fix the darn things myself. Quite frankly I should have just done this from the start and avoided the weeks without my diapers and of course the shipping costs of sending them back to Montana.

I first looked up how to replace the elastics in Fuzzi Bunz diapers since I remembered reading on the Fuzzi Bunz Corporate Site how they suggested to do it. Its pretty simple; “With a seam ripper, gently unstitch the seam that encases the elastic in the legs. Turn the Fuzzi Bunz inside out. Where the original elastic started, re-sew new elastic in with a sewing machine by pulling gently on the elastic while sewing with a zig zag stitch.”

I was surprised however that when I turned my Pocket Change Diaper inside out that the snaps were actually holding parts of the seam down making it very hard to get the whole thing out. Here is a pic of what I am taking about:

 

Snaps holding seam down

The snaps on this diaper are holding the seam down for the casing that holds the elastic I needed to replace.

It was much worst on one diaper but I managed to work around it by just taking a seam ripper to the ends of the elastic casing where the elastic is attached.

To my surprise the elastics I took out of the diapers looked like they had been around for years. They were stretched and parts of the elastic were falling off. Here is a pic of the two elastics I replaced… looks like good quality, eh? And apparently completely acceptable for 3-6 months use.

el.jpg

So now after much hassle and wasted money I now have 6 pocket change diapers with elastics that are working…. for now that is. This saga will probably continue…

More Pocket Change Diaper -Disappointment

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007

I originally ordered 6 Pocket Change Diapers from Montana’s Diaper Store after a friend ordered some and said they looked like a super deal. They are new to the market and came with 2 inserts for about $18 US which is pretty good considering we bought some Fuzzi Bunz in Canada for about $24 CAN (with hemp inserts). We had some issues with them that were posted on Jeff’s blog – check out Pocket Change Diaper Disappointment but the story continues….

After receiving the new exchanged diapers I was pleased to have the diapers back and looked forward to putting the quality issues we had with the first batch behind us. BUT, this was not the case. Within another month or so I noticed that the diapers were loosing their elastics in either the front or back, this included the new and older diapers. I contacted Kim at Montana’s Diaper Store a month or so after and she said that she would exchange the diapers as they “are always concerned anytime there is a defect in our product”. I was pleased (again) that she would make good on a bad product. I spent $8.60 CAN to send 4 diapers back to her. One had no front or back elastic left, one had no front elastic and 2 had some elastic left but were on their last days. And so we waited to get the new diapers back….

I received the diapers back about a month later and was shocked to find out that she had decided to only replace 2 of the diapers as the other two looked fine for having been used for 6 months. Funny thing about all this is that the 2 that she didn’t replace were from the first set that I sent back so they had technically only been in use for 3 months. Here is a pic of what she considered acceptable wear for 6 months of use.

 

New vs Used Pocket Change Diaper

The Diaper on the left is new (never washed or worn) and the diaper on the right had been used for 3 months. The stretched elastic on the white diaper is considered acceptable wear by the retailer.


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