March 29, 2012

A BumGenius Freetime Cloth Diaper Review!

I wasn’t sure what the big deal about the bumGenius Freetime was. The fluffy butt chatter around the web was just raving about this diaper and how amazing it was. I also didn’t understand why Cotton Babies would name a diaper “Freetime.” Freetime for what? More cloth diapers? It didn’t make sense to me at all but then I won a diaper from Cotton Babies for participating in the Monday night #clothdiapers Twitter chat. I had a choice between a 4.0 or a Freetime. Naturally because of my skepticism of the Freetime I chose to get one. After all, if I hated it I could always give it away to a friend who might like it.

My Freetime came in the mail about a week from the Monday night chat. I was so excited! I couldn’t wait to get it prepped and try it out on my daughter, Lady Bug. I undid the packaging and threw it in my washing machine ready to go through the prepping process. After a few necessary cycles my Freetime was prepped and dry, ready to be worn.

I had wanted Aplix instead of snaps because, well, I’m a hook and loop kind of girl. It’s what I started out with so it’s what I’m used to. Plus, I think it’s faster to change than snaps on a wiggly baby. I used bumGenius 3.0’s when I cloth diapered my son so I was curious to see how the hook and loop has changed. I was pleasantly surprised. It does feel stronger than what hook and loops they used on the 3.0’s which was a good decision since I, along with other cloth diapering parents, had to replace our Aplix closures because of the wear and tear. That was my first real attempt at using a sewing machine. It was not a pretty picture and I had to do a Facebook plea for help. Thankfully a friend of mine came to the rescue and taught me how to do it.

After using the Freetime Cloth Diaper for three weeks I can tell you why it’s called “Freetime.” It does give you free time. If you’re a pocket diaper user you’ll understand what I’m talking about. The stuffing of pockets gets to be tedious especially if you have more than one child. With the Freetime there’s no stuffing required. Wash it, dry it and put it back to be worn by your baby. Easy peasy! What about the drying time, you ask? The Freetime’s a genius design because the inserts are attached to the diaper as flaps not sewn in like a normal all-in-one (AIO). This makes for speedy drying because it allows for the inserts to air out without having extra layers keeping the moisture in. You can also custom your absorbency by place a doubler underneath the inserts. I did this when I had Lady Bug test out the Freetime at night. I simply place a fleece doubler under both inserts and eight hours later, no leaking.

Here are my pros and cons for you list-liking people:

  • Takes the time that you would spend stuffing or folding away because it’s an AIO.
  • Faster drying time because the inserts are not sewn into the diaper like a typical AIO.
  • Adjustable absorbency similar to but not exactly like a pocket diaper; again everything’s attached so no stuffing required which = free time for you.
  • Disposable user friendly – The diaper is easy to use and not confusing at all. So the disposable using people that come into your baby’s life will be able to easily put this diaper on your child. As some would say, “It is daddy and daycare approved.”
  • Trim which is perfect for my little girl since girl baby pants seem to have smaller butts than boys. (Why is that?)
  • Works at night.
  • Updated hook and loop closures – Like I said, I chose to get the hook and loop because I prefer it to snaps. I’m sure that the snaps are a good quality too though.
  • It’s one-size so not only is it economical for your family because it will grow with your baby but the flaps are also a good fit. What I mean by that is that they don’t overlap or peek through the top of the diaper on its smaller setting.
  • Unfortunately the top corner of one of the insert flaps is starting to come undone. I think this is just a defect and not a true reflection of the diaper design or quality. You know that Thomas the Train song “Accidents Happen?” Well, it’s true… “Accidents happen every day sometimes just by chance.”
  • While the diaper does a good job at night I have to say that it’s not customizable the way a pocket diaper is. I think that’s self explanatory though since it’s an AIO.
Really the Freetime lives up to its hype and if I had to do my stash all over again I would definitely purchase more of them. They’re easy, quality and the name Freetime is a true statement!

Elizabeth (aka Bert) is a stay-at-home-mom and contributing writer for She Thinks Media. She lives in the Twin Cities with her husband, Ben, her son Buggie, and daughter Lady Bug.  When she's not trying to convince Buggie to expand his interests beyond Thomas the Train or put his pants back on she's writing about her experiences as a mom on her blog, First Time Mom (FTM). After all, Bert maintains there's a first time for everything, even if you  have more than one child! 

March 28, 2012

Trophy Tuesday: Win a Planetwise Pail Liner or Save 15% when you order one!

Yay for Trophy Tuesdays!  Sorry we're a day late but hey, a giveaway and a discount code?  Any day is a good day for announcing those!

Today's Trophy Tuesday is for Planetwise Pail Liners! Buy one this week and save 15% off when you use code TROPHY or enter to win one totally free!

Planetwise Pail Liners are a must have for cloth diapering families and they're made like no other.  You'll honestly be amazed at their quality and design.

Features of the Planetwise Pail Liner are:

  • Reusable to help further reduce waste
  • Made with sturdy no pill elastic
  • Resists most odors & stains keeping smells in
  • Made in the USA
  • Innovative leakproof construction to prevent wicking and leaks. First & ONLY in the industry!
  • Generous sizing to fit most diaper pails or waste cans. (approx. 28" tall & circumference of 54". Can be used alone as well.
  • PVC Free

They come in an awesome variety of colors and prints and regularly retail for $17.50.  This week only use code TROPHY and save 15%.

SALE:  Use code TROPHY for 15% off the purchase of a Planetwise Pail Liner this week only.
GIVEAWAY:  Enter to win a Planetwise Pail Liner via the Rafflecopter form below!

Winner of our Wolbybug Giveaway is...Melissa H!

Congrats to Melissa H!  She was our lucky random winner of last week's Trophy Tuesday!  She'll receive a Wolbybug wetbag in the color or print of her choice!

Thank you all for entering.  We hope we were able to let you know that there are adorable and affordable wetbags available.