Random Question Wednesday

Stephanie over at My new life as Mom (rapidly becoming one of my favorite blogs) is starting a “Random Question Wednesday”.

Welcome to the first edition of Random Question Wednesday, hosted by My new life as… MOM! This one is a little more word-y but just as simple. All you have to do is this, write a blog post that includes the following:

  1. Answer my Random Question for you.
  2. Ask one to your readers.
  3. Link back to My New Life as Mom and Random Question Wednesday.
  4. Add yourself to the super cool linky on this page!
  5. Voila! Done!

Ok, so her question is:

Do you cloth diaper? Would you with triplets?

Oh yes, I cloth diaper! Would I with triplets? Yeah. If it wasn’t so easy, I would have to think about it, but now that I know how easy it is, and I’m used to it, I definitely would. I don’t think I would do pockets though, imagine all the stuffing!! If money was no problem (but then, think of the cost of using sposies for three!), I would want about 50 Lil Joeys for the newborn stage, and then another 50 bumGenius organic AIOs. Lemme peek at the cost…. $1996.25. Wow. But sposies? I got it down to about $7 a week using coupons and finding the cheapest place (Alice.com, WalMart, whatnot). So $7 x 130 weeks (2.5 years) x 3 kids =  $2730. Still cheaper to do cloth, even the most luxurious/easiest way, and that is against the lowest price of sposies. Let’s not even peek at prefolds. You could get a 17″ MacBook Pro with the savings. AND an iPad.

So now my random wednesday question.

Would you WANT triplets?!

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KAMsnaps

Somehow when I first heard of KAMsnaps and glanced at their site, I thought they only offered the $80 snap press… a wonderful addition to my sewing tools, but definitely not in the budget. Then, when Becca wrote her review, she showed the pliers they have — hurrah! they can only do plastic snaps, but hey, that’s a-ok! I would love to get these. As I think about it, I see more and more I could do with snap pliers. First, I would replace all the velcro on my baby’s bibs with snaps – only one bib in the lot has snaps, sheesh! Then I would make mama cloth! Then I would foray into the world of cloth diaper making… that would be fun! I’ve sewed a lot (just finished my first wedding dress- that was QUITE the undertaking) and I am intrigued… Doubt I would sell, because there are so many many many diaper companies and WAHMs out there. Unless I come up with an innovative design. 😉

Anyhowz, there are THREE gift certificate giveaways going on right now to KAMsnaps!! One is on their blog:

http://kamsnaps.blogspot.com/2010/06/going-to-dogs-giveaway-280-philippe.html

One is on THE cloth diapering blog:

http://dirtydiaperlaundry.com/kam-snap-pliers-review-for-a-bum-genius-3-0-conversion-and-giveaway-71

And one is on a cloth-diapering mama’s blog, who is branching out into selling cloth diapers on etsy! (of course, some with snaps!)

http://beccasclothdiaperblog.blogspot.com/2010/06/kamsnaps-review-and-giveaway-25-gift.html

Cloth diapering event

Happily Southern is having a cloth diaper event, yay! This one will be unique because it is geared for those with special needs and/or those using cloth diapers in hospitals – both of which Happily Southern is doing, brave girl! Anyway, be sure to follow along, and tell anyone you know who could benefit from this kind of event!

in love

my gosh. i just got a Planet Wise wet/dry bag from Nicki’s Diapers. It was a blog win, yay and thank you!

I chose the spring green, hoping it looked what the tiny picture hinted at (on bottom right):

Oh my gosh. It is beautiful. It really is a chocolate brown on a light sage green (with a hint of lime), and the inner is a delicious rich chocolate. I need the whole set in spring green now. And a matching handbag.  The wet/dry bag is definitely high quality and I can’t wait to use it. I now see why Planet Wise is repeatedly people’s favorite.  Whoa.

(i might try to post a pic later. i am supposed to be sewing.)

ADDENDUM:

And it gets better.

Maria over at Fitteds and pockets and snappis, oh my! posted a review/giveaway of Planet Wise‘s just released swim/diaper bag. Take a look at that bag. In my favorite print. Wow.

I lost an earring…

…and then found it the next morning.

Underneath baby after I changed his overnight diaper…

My favorite cloth diapers

So I’ve been cloth diapering long enough that I have definite favorites now. My stash needed to be very user-friendly, because his aunts and uncle change him often. I also wanted durability. So I geared my stash to one-size snaps… mostly pockets and a few AIOs. I have a few AI2s because I like those better… and I’ve even been discovering the prefold love lately! Anyhow. Here are my favorites so far:

Favorites:

Rumparooz… it’s not a question of what’s to love. It’s a question of what’s not to love. It fits fantastic. I think the only time we had a leak was user-error (the diaper wasn’t closed right). When I didn’t have enough diapers, I used these for nighttime with a hemp doubler and knew I won’t have a leak. I was so happy when I was able to rescue them from the nighttime stash because they are so stinking cute! I love the suedecloth inner – i like that better than the typical microfleece. And of course the inner gussets are standing ovation.

Applecheeks… trim! bamboo! soft! fit! and COMFY! I’m sure these are the most comfortable diaper baby has… lots of other diapers look so uncomfortable around the thigh, but this one just looks right. And they are cute. I think they top Rumparooz in cuteness… which isn’t supposed to be possible.

Flip… bulletproof. My nighttime diaper. Nuff said.

Also-Favorites, aka Runners Up:

Tiny Tush Elite: This was the other pocket that got delegated to nighttime duty where I knew it won’t spring a leak. It looks like so many of the other typical pockets, but for some reason, it outperforms them.

Preston’s Pants: I love minky.

Fuzzibunz: The downside to one-sizes is the annoying snap-down rise. Fuzzibunz has inner adjustable elastic. This makes for a much neater fit. It took me a bit to figure out the triangular snapping, but once I learned you do the bottom snap first, it became super easy! I might have had a few leaks while learning the fit, but they are my dependable workhorse now. I’m kinda sad to see the old colors go. I only have a few of them, but I so love the butter. But I have my eye on the watermelon! Oh, and I had a dud once, and Fuzzibunz customer service was very nice and generous, even enclosing some of their gorgeously soft wipes with my replacement. These are so wonderful I use them for eating washcloths instead!

Bum Essentials: Natural fabrics, whoot! I love the way this fits and I really like this AI2 set up. I would definitely add more of these to my stash… a) once we have our own place so i’m doing most of the changing, b) once they decide to add snaps. Actually… trying this out has made me want to try out Softbums… which DOES have a snap version finally, AND has adjustable inner elastic, so Bum Essentials better watch out or they will be trounced.

Here are a few of the diapers that didn’t make the cut:

Happy Heinys – this one quickly left my stash. For all the snaps, I had trouble getting a good fit. And troubles with leaks.

Knickernappies – I had such a hard time doing side snaps, and so since this stash needs to be user-friendly, it had to go. I also had leakage, which might have been due to improper fit due to snapping issues…

Katydids – gave baby red marks on the thighs and back. It didn’t fit right for a while. The pocket flap was annoying, both for number #2s (baby still has messy liquid ones) and laundry day. The blue twilight color sure is beautiful though.

Haute Pocket – several leaks. Red marks.

Tweedlebug – leaks.

BabyKicks – I really wanted to love this diaper… natural fabrics rock. But the side-snapping was a bit challenging (better than KN) and it definitely wasn’t a one-size.

Baby Kangas – I liked the zipper pockets initially, but then they just got annoying. Red marks occasionally and the elastic didn’t look comfortable.

Smartipants – I can see why people would like the way they did pockets, but I just wasn’t a fan. Easy to use and fit, though.

Thirsties Duo Diaper – the velcro ruins this. If they came out with a snap version, I think I’d like it. Not love, but like. I do like the leg gussets, and the open pocket on both ends is nice… if the inserts weren’t so long. I liked that they include a hemp doubler… but didn’t like that the microfiber insert shrunk and so they snapped together weird. When I asked baby’s aunt if there were any diapers she didn’t like, this was the one she pointed out – she continually had trouble getting a good fit with the velcro and front elastic playing off each other.

I’m keeping on hand a Bella Bottoms Incredibella because although I can’t figure out if it’s a favorite, it stil is very dependable and very different. And I recently got a Kissaluvs Marvel AIO which so far I’m rather liking. There are a few diapers I still want to try. bumGenius organic AIO, Softbums, and Best Bottoms come to mind. And I’m holding onto my BG 3.0 AIO because there’s nothing to complain about, and it’d be perfect to hand to a babysitter because there is no learning curve between that and a disposable, besides that you don’t throw this one away. 😛 Oh, and holding onto my GroBaby because I really like the cover’s design and material, and want to try it out as a newborn cover. Oh, and my Bottombumpers, even though it’s sized AND side-snapping, I’ve never had trouble with it and somehow just love it.

Anyway… all that said, of course I have my eye on some of the giveaways out there…

Home Grown Families is running a Cover The Booty event, and there are giveaways to three of my favorites!! Rumparooz, Applecheeks, and Tiny Tush! Whoot!

Mama B is running a really fun Mama Essentials event, including cloth diapers. Of course they’re a mama essential! She has giveaways for Applecheeks, Tiny Tush, and Top To Bottom Baby Boutique gift certificate (love that diaper shop!).

Maxwell Designs, a really friendly shop that makes me want to buy just from sheer nice-ness, has recently decided to start carrying cloth diapers, and Applecheeks is their first (only?). Some lucky winners in the future, they each will give away an Applecheeks and wet bag on their respective blogs:  Maxwell Designs’ blog & Illana of Applecheeks‘ blog

Mama Lovebug is having a Blogiversary event (1 year) and she is having an Applecheeks and a Fuzzibunz giveaway!

Bum Essentials is hosting two giveaways currently (there’ve been a lot lately! tailend now). One on Dirty Diaper Laundry, one of my favorite cloth diaper blogs; and another on Familylicious Reviews. I would love to have another and see if I can win over people to AI2s. 🙂

My New Life as Mom is having a really fun Fluffy Bottoms cloth diapers event. Fluff Galore! Among her current giveaways is Fuzzibunz, a Bottombumpers pail liner (need another!), and a Green Acres Designs diaper… which is another diaper I *really* want to try. 🙂

Softbums is giving away one of their new CHOCOLATE diapers! oooohhh!

And a newly discovered blog, The Review Stew, is hosting a giveaway from one of my favorite shops… Wee Little Changes! It’s a giveaway to a $20 gift certificate, to put towards the reviewed bumGenius organic AIO, or another diaper. I think I’d go for the BG.

And there’s a new cloth diaper detergent on the block… Lulu’s in the Fluff! I want to win some! The Cloth Diaper Report (another big and favorite cloth diaper blog) is hosting a giveaway, and so is 29 Diapers, which is rapidly becoming another top favorite cloth diaper blog!

And finally, two *nursing* lingerie giveaways I would so love!

The Girl is a Mom is hosting a Passion Spice lingerie giveaway, and Hip Little One, a cool Aussie blog, is hosting a Cake Lingerie giveaway!