Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Plumber Issues?

So, my son is in the 99th percentile.
For weight.
For height.
35+lbs and 31 inches at only 9 1/2 months old.
He wears 24 month and 2T clothing and is nearly the height and over the weight of your average 2 year old.
He takes a couple steps here and there and stands by himself.

Most of you already know we cloth diaper. The above stats can make finding a good quality, great fitting cloth diaper a challenge. It has been a great experience overall and we are very happy with our choice. However, if you cloth diaper you know you are always working on some part of your system. For us, we found the type of diapers that work (you can read more about that here), but now we occasionally have fit issues. We do buy used cloth diapers sometimes and the best brands for our big boy are Heidi Oh and Little Fancy Pants in a size 2. They work well and fit well, but at $25-40 a piece new, they stay kind of out of reach for us.

So, how do I find a diaper that covers my son's, er, crack adorable bum, and not pay a lot of money for it? While purchasing used diapers I bought some Work At Home Mom (WAHM) brand diapers for only $5 a piece, and fell in LOVE! They are cute, soft, they hold his pee, and they fit!!!

Snuggly Baby Boutique is the shop name. Check out how adorable my baby is these are.
I ordered some new ones with some money I made selling off our pocket diaper stash, and I am so impressed!
I might just have to buy 10 more and use only her diapers! Anyone feel like donating $150 to our cause?

Since we are so pleased with her diapers, I thought I would do a review of them so others can get an understanding of just what I love about them and why they work so well for us. I was not asked to do this review, nor did I receive anything in return for doing it. Although I am hoping she might let me host a giveaway one day!

I am going to cover several categories that I find important when choosing diapers for our son, and rate each on a scale of 1 to 5.

5 - Go buy these diapers, NOW!
4 - Reliable, should definitely own a few.
3 - Good diaper, not perfect.
2 - Eh, it is okay, get one used?
1 - I really want to like them, but....no.

Absorbency - 4 out of 5

I own 10 different brands of hybrid and fitted diapers. These are up there with the best of them when it comes to absorbency. It took us a few months to find diapers that he does not pee through right after he is changed. Last night, Blaze wore one of our used Snuggly Baby diapers with an added bamboo soaker and NO WOOL or cover over it, just his pajamas. He went to bed at 10pm and woke at 8:30am.....his diaper was soaked all the way around, but his clothes, the bed, and I were not! The diaper held all the moisture and did not leak. I consider this a HUGE selling point. The only reason I do not give this category a 5 is that I do have some hybrids that do not get as damp on the exterior when used overnight. All in all, this diaper is very absorbent. 

Customer Service - 5 out of 5

Hands down, Kim was easy to communicate with, listened to my requests, and created a product that I like. She kept me updated every few days by asking me questions about specific details I wanted (snap colors, interior fabric options, etc.), and let me know when she shipped the diapers. She even let me make two separate payments! Also, she makes more than one type of diaper, you can order AI2s, pockets, covers, and fitteds from the same place!

Dad Appeal - 4 out of 5

This is kind of specific to my baby's dad. He has big hands. Diapers with snaps are a challenge for him. He also is not so great with figuring out the best way to position soakers. Velcro/Aplix is the way to go for my husband, That said, this diaper is pretty straight forward. Snaps, a soaker, bam! We like it.

Cost - 5 out of 5

Folks, you just can't complain when you get to choose your sizing, fabric, colors, and type of diaper for only $15 plus shipping. Seriously, I have purchased used diapers for what I paid to get these custom made for my son. Enough said.

Drying Time - 4 out of 5

I think this really depends on what the out fabric is made of. My two used Snuggly Baby diapers dry differently. One is a knit and the other is a woven. The woven dries pretty quickly (35 minutes because we use 8 wool dryer balls), but the knit often comes out of the dryer and the exterior is slightly damp. I usually just hang it to finish drying. The snap in soakers actually dry faster than my Heidi Oh and Little Fancy Pants soakers.

The Fit - 4 out of 5

As I said before, this is a big deal for us. We buy diapers and they fit his waist but show his crack, or they cover his bum but are too tight in the waist. Half the time I am not sure if it is a rise issue or a waist issue. Our first two Snuggly Baby diapers fit Blaze pretty well, although he occasionally had that plumber's crack bottom going on. They were cut as a One Size (os), to fit 8-35lbs and he was pushing 35lbs when we purchased them. He actually had quite a bit of room to spare in the waist.

Our most recent purchase from Snuggly Baby Boutique were custom made larges with a little extra added to the rise. They are a great fit for Blaze. He actually has room to grow in the waist and rise! 

Another note about these diapers and fit: they are not bulky. Compared to other hybrids in our collection, I would consider these pretty thin actually. He still has a darling fluffy butt, but it is not overwhelming. I could slip pants over these diapers quite easily.

Cuteness - 5 out of 5

This one is easy! Snuggly Baby Boutique has lots of fabrics to choose from, a variety of snap colors, and plenty of interior choices. These diapers are pretty much designed to your taste exactly and then she makes them for you! Adorable, adorable, adorable!

So, there you have it! I found a great diaper for a great price at Snuggly Baby Boutique and so can you!

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