January 19, 2011

Babies...the documentary


Last night hubby and I watched the Babies documentary after our kids were in bed.  First, this is a seriously cute movie.  I giggled all the way through, especially at the antics that remind me of my own baby.  Second, there are a lot of differences in how we raise kids across the globe! 

If you haven't seen the movie yet, filmographers followed four babies from birth until 1 year.  One baby is in the US, one in Africa, one in Japan, and one in Mongolia.  There's no dialog, just film footage of these kids, sorted loosely by what they're doing at each stage (eating, playing, sleeping, etc).  It's about an hour long.  I definitely recommend it!

One thing I keep thinking about...the African baby never wears a diaper.  I wonder if diapers ever touch their bottoms?  The movie didn't go too much into how diapering / pottying is handled, but you get glimpses here and there.  For instance, the African mom let the poo dry, then wiped it clean on her knee.  (Ew, I know, but things are different there)  Then she wiped her knee clean.  You see the Mongolian baby getting a lot of naked time, too, especially once he was old enough to sit up.  The US baby wore cloth but she was always dressed.  The Japanese baby I never could tell what she was wearing for a diaper, but she was always dressed, too.  I suppose naked baby girls aren't appropriate for tv these days. 

Another thing I noticed was a clear difference in the toys and activities between the developed countries (US, Japan) and the undeveloped (Namibia, Mongolia).  The Japanese and US babies had lots of toys and books.  Their moms put them in baby carriers or strollers and went to play dates, music class, and the park.  The Mongolian baby spent most of his time at home with goats and cows.  He played with toilet paper in one scene, with simple Duplo-type blocks in another.  No other baby toys were seen.  The African baby played with rocks, sticks, and bones.  Oh, and an empty water bottle and a tin can.  Yet I swear the African baby looked like he had the most fun! 

There were things that were the same across all 4 as well.  All were breastfed at least for a while.  And all 4 were clearly loved by their mothers and a network of people.  Lovely movie. 

January 18, 2011

Trophy Tuesday: Great Deal on Flip Diapers!

Today's Trophy is a Deal...select Flip Diapers and Flip Day Packs are 15% off and include free shipping!

We did inventory yesterday of our entire warehouse and found we have TOO MANY FLIPS!  So we're offering this great sale for 1 week only, today through Sunday, Jan 23.  Enjoy 15% off and free shipping!

Flip Diapers 15% off and Free Shipping!

Includes Flip Cover with Organic Insert, Flip Cover with StayDry insert, Flip Organic Day Packs, and Flip Stay-Dry Day Packs


My review:
(I am not paid or compensated by Flip in any way for this review.)

We've been using Flip on our son since he was born.  He's 7 months now.  The cover we have has held up beautifully, showing hardly any signs of wear despite being washed about twice a week since birth.  The cover works well over prefolds, most fitted diapers, and flats.  We have both the stay-dry insert and the organic insert.

The stay-dry insert works well but is a little bit "loosey goosey" in the cover.  It seems to slide around more, but it's a very trim option.  A cover and stay-dry insert will fit under practically any of his clothing.

The organic insert is the one we usually use.  It's basically a prefold custom-made for Flip covers, so it's just the right length and it has convenient fold lines sewn right into the prefold so you can quickly get the perfect fit every time.  The organic insert is very absorbent and we use it overnight with a doubler.  The organic insert holds all kinds of poo with no problem. 

Overall, I love the fit of the Flip cover and since I prefer snaps, this is one of the first covers I reach for.