Little Ocean’s Fluff Cloth Diaper Review

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I had the pleasure of working with Little Ocean’s Fluff to provide you with this post and quick review. In case you’re unfortunately out of the loop, Little Ocean’s Fluff is a small Etsy shop that specializes in affordable cloth diapers. They also sell T-shirts, totes, stickers, and buttons. All to represent a little bit of cloth diaper love. They also work with a few other Work At Home Moms to create and design some of their accessory products, so shopping with them means support for a few hard working Mompreneurs (Which I am ALL for) and helping them to support their families.

It was such a pleasure working with Mala. She’s friendly, she responds to questions quickly, and she definitely delivers. These are all things that I normally look for when I’m shopping small, because I love the feeling of a personable purchase. It’s nice to feel like the owner is really working to provide you with a positive experience and a quality product. Something that can often get lost with larger companies.

 

My Honest Review

The Print

I received their I Pump Love Diaper. They also have a few other prints listed in their shop, but I chose this one specifically, because I exclusively pumped with my twins, and that’s something near and dear to me. I spent the first 2 ½ months away from my preemie babies, so initially nursing wasn’t an option, and eventually latching was a struggle. They were able to get breastmilk for a solid 8 months without nursing, so I’m all for the support of pumping liquid gold for your babies. Much like nursing, pumping is hard work, and some bodies don’t respond as well to a pump as it naturally would to your baby. So yay for pumping, and yay to Little Ocean’s Fluff for selling this print!

The Cut

It’s a one-size pocket diaper with snaps for both the rise and the waist. I cloth diaper 3 little ones, so this is the type of cover that we prefer to stick to for flexibility. It really provides the opportunity for a custom fit for each one of our children. For example, one of my twins has slightly chunkier thighs, and definitely a larger waist than my other son, and my daughter. I’ve used this cover on him, and also on my daughter to test out the fit.

Durability/ Quality

At this point I’ve washed the cover (two times from after use, one initial wash). I unfortunately also got to test out how the cover takes both pee, and poop. Nothing like breaking in a new cloth diaper like doing it with a diaper full of poop, right? I obviously haven’t had a ton of uses out of it, but the cover held up great during the few washes it did endure. There was no staining on the cover, which I always have to jump for joy for when trying out a new cloth diaper brand. Apartment living isn’t always conducive to sunning your diapers, so it’s great that everything came out with a simple wash. I didn’t notice any fading from the cover. In fact, it essentially looks the same as the day that I got it.

The overall quality of the diaper is a 10 in my book. I see no issues with the snaps, or the lining of the cover. I often see more affordable diapers get a bad rep for quality, but affordable DOES NOT mean cheap. Especially when it comes to this diaper.

The Price

Little Oceans Fluff specializes in cloth diapers of a more affordable price point, so this diaper is listed for only $8.50 along with their other prints. That’s a price that I can’t complain about. When I do cloth diaper purchases, that’s the price point that I try to stay in. Diapering of any kind can get pretty expensive when you’re covering 3 booties.

Overall, Little Ocean’s Fluff gets 5 snaps from me. I love supporting family business, shopping small, and finding a new quality diaper to add to my stash is just icing on the cake.

 

Please feel free to use my coupon code CHICDOMESTIC10 for 10% off your purchase with Little Ocean’s Fluff.

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What’s In My Diaper Bag (Cloth Edition)

What's In My Diaper Bag (Cloth Edition) - Chic and Domestic

What’s in my diaper bag, Cloth diapering on the go, and Momming like a BOSS.

Whether you’re a prospective mom, first time mom, or a mama with experience, you know that what’s in your diaper bag is the holy grail to a successful day out. Diaper bags contain everything under the sun, and anything that you could ever think to need for your littles. You would like to think that as time goes on the load gets lighter (literally speaking) but the truth is, the contents of your bag just slowly adjust.

The greatest way to mom like a boss, is to be prepared for any hiccups and mishaps your sporadic little person decides to throw your way, but you also don’t want your arms falling off from a heavy bag. Pack to be prepared, but don’t pack for the apocalypse. Diaper bags will give you a bad back or aching shoulders well before your time, and what mom wants that!?

It took me a few months to find my balance of what I needed and didn’t need, and my husband still thinks I have some searching to do. After three kids however, I would like to think I’m a pro at this diaper bag thing. I’ve decided to share with you which items are truly needed to pack the perfect diaper bag, and how to cloth diaper on the go.

Diaper Bag Needs

1. Diaper Bag
So obviously the need for a diaper bag is number one. Not necessarily an inside essential item, but for obvious reasons, you need to choose a good bag to start with. Now, any diaper bag will do, and if you simply can’t afford it there’s no need to splurge, BUT I would recommend investing in your diaper bag. I’ve always found a need for having two bags on hand at a time in case of spills, and normal mommy wear and tear, and there are numerous styles like the over the shoulder, (One of my favorites) tote style, and the backpack style diaper bag. As my kids get older, I’m starting to love the backpack style. It’s so much easier to be hands free, and not have to worry about my bag falling from my shoulders while I’m holding little hands. I love my over the shoulder bags and everything, and there are so many options now that look more purse like (Making me feel more like a woman, and not just mommy) but at times they can be a hassle to hold while wrangling the kids. I’m currently using my Carter’s Diaper Bag, but I also have backpack options as well.

2. Changing Pad and Wet bag
Most of the diaper bags today come with a matching changing pad. If not, you can always invest in one for a decent price. Changing pads are great for public changings, and containing a mess. I use the detachable changing pad that came with my Carter’s Diaper bag, and I also have a Skip Hop portable changing pad that’s incredibly useful for a quick on the go. A wet bag is essential for a cloth diaper mom on the move. A mom using disposables would just throw her diapers in the trash, or opt for disposable baggies, but because your cloth diapers have to return home with you, you need to make sure to have a spare wet bag. I like to bring two (When I remember lol) one for #1 and a bag for #2. I have some pretty cute Alva and Planet wise bags that I alternate.

3. Diapers and Inserts
Of course diapers are on the diaper bag essentials list. With cloth diapers, they take up a bit more space in the diaper bag, so I normally pack 1 or 2 prepped diapers, and a few extra inserts and covers. I normally pack at least 1 diaper for a 2 or 3 hour trip, 2 diapers just in case. I like to be prepared for blow outs.

*Mom Tip!* Depending on what bag I’m using, and how long we’ll be out, I find that rolling my covers and inserts saves me a ton of space.

4. Baby wipes, Cloth Wipes, Cloth Wipe Solution
Where there are diapers, there are wipes. I’m a cloth diaper mom, but when it comes to wipes, I like to stick to my Pampers Naturals or Water Wipes. Plenty of cloth moms, along with their diapers, also use cloth wipes however so there are a few extra things needed for that. For after use disposal they would also be coming home with you, so this is also a great reason to bring along 2 separate wet bags. Diapers and wipes together can eventually take up a lot of space. If you currently use cloth wipes, it’s possible that you already know all about cloth wipe solution. I’ve seen moms that emerge their wipes in a solution for moisture (much like disposable wipes) and others that just prefer to spray them before use. Either way, a bottle of backup solution would be great to have on hand.

5. Change of Clothes
For obvious reasons a change of clothes is ALWAYS necessary to keep handy in your diaper bag. Kids are just messy! They can’t help it. They spill things, they drool, they pee, they poop. A change of clothes quite frankly is an inevitable need for your little’s diaper bag. I normally pack neutral clothing that can be thrown together with whatever they’re already wearing when needed.

6. Rash cream, Toiletries, Medications
I always make sure to keep a plastic ziplock bag full of these items. This is where I always feel extra prepared for the unthinkable. I keep things like:
• Honest Company Diaper Rash Cream
• Vaseline for Baby or Aquaphor
• Lotion
• Gas drops
• Hand Sanitizer
• Nipple Cream (from my breastfeeding days)
• Zarbee’s Cold Medicine (Seasonal)
• Sunscreen (Seasonal)

7. Snacks, Sippies, and Bottled Water
Snacks for the littles, snacks for a breastfeeding mama, sippies, and bottled water has come in handy on several occasions. When breastfeeding, it’s important to stay hydrated, if you’re formula feeding, water could come in handy for mixing bottles, and I’ve also had bottled water come in handy for sticky clean ups while we’re out and about. Invest in a reusable water bottle to save a few long term coins. My littles are all done with bottles now, so we drag along their sippy cups for their hydrating.

8. Receiving Blankets
Receiving blankets can be used for multiple uses and I ALWAYS pack at least 2 in my diaper bag. When my children were babies, I would keep spare receiving blankets for swaddling, or covering their carseat. As they started to get older, I used them for things like play or tummy time while we were visiting family, burp cloths, or a makeshift changing pad at times. It’s a great idea to have a few on hand, and get innovative with their uses.

9. Toys
Always always always keep at least a toy or two handy for your littles. You never know when your child might need some extra entertaining. I try to bring things along like blocks (My daughter’s favorite), puzzles, and color books or loose paper, and a few crayons to color.

10. Mommy stuff
A diaper bag is obviously there to serve the needs for your baby’s essentials, but it’s such a hassle to bring along both a diaper bag and your purse at times. Don’t forget to pack little things for yourself. Your cell, keys, and wallet are hard to forget, and are normally the only things that I bring along for myself. Breast pads, lotion, or a small makeup bag could also be of use. Also, depending on where we plan to go, I always try to double check what’s already in there and adjust.

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Cloth Cleanup. Where Does The Poop Go?!

Cloth Clean Up. Where Does The Poop Go? - Chic and Domestic

In the second part of my cloth diapering series, it’s time to talk about the good bad and the smelly of the cloth diapering life. How to get babies out of the different systems, cleanup for the different systems, diaper sprayers, and diaper pails.

My biggest question before I started cloth diapering was one that was pretty obvious. “How do I clean up the poop!?” “Where does the mess go?” and even better, “Do I have to touch it?” These are some of the things that initially had me squishing up my face at the thought of trying to cloth diaper. Who really wants a bunch of diapers with smelly surprises sitting around until wash day, right?

Well, let me tell you, it’s not like any of the things that I thought. You’re first going to need to choose a preference for your dirty diaper storage. You should look into wet bags of various sizes for in the house, and on the go, diaper pails, which actually don’t need to be very fancy, or buying a simple trashcan, and diaper pail liners.

For diaper changes, NO, you don’t have to touch the poop. Not more than you would changing a disposable diaper. No matter what diaper system you’re using, you always want to make sure that you dispose of the “surprises” before washing. Now, if you’ve been a mom before, you know that there are stages to those surprises. If you’re a first time mom, then you’ll soon learn all there is to know about baby poop (Congratulations!)

Newborn poop is actually water soluble, so other than wiping your baby, you can just throw that diaper right into dirty storage until you’re ready to wash. Pretty simple. If you’re slightly OCD like I am, there are other things you can do for extra cleaning as well. Just to ease your mind. As your baby starts to grow, and eat different things, all of that begins to change and you’ll have to start disposing of things another way.

When it’s time for changing, you’ll need to wipe your baby as usual, disregard any used wipes, and toss the poop into the toilet. That’s right, the toilet. Who would have thought that the poop would be going exactly where the poop should be going! For messier diapers, it could be useful to look into a diaper sprayer. It’s by no means a requirement for cloth diapering, and I personally didn’t start out with one, but when I finally did make that purchase, I couldn’t imagine life without one! It made things so much easier.

Normal wet diapers can just be tossed into your dirty storage for washing. Based on your cloth diapering system, (For more information on diapering systems click here) this just consists of you separating the liners from the covers and tossing it in, or removing your inserts from the pocket and tossing it in. I’ve seen many moms say that you could actually skip that step with pocket diapers, and that they will agitate out during their wash, but I like to go ahead and separate them ahead of time, just as a personal preference.

After clean up, your diapers are all good to go, patiently waiting for wash day when you can get them smelling nice and fresh again. Cloth diaper wet bags, and pail liners will save your home from odor, and on wash day, all you have to do is flip them inside out and throw them into the wash with the rest of the laundry. I would also recommend keeping at least 2 bags or liners handy for interchangeable use.

Being a cloth diaper mama has been as experience! I’ve had a lot of trial and error, but as scary as it was initially for me when I started, I am still going strong, and poop is no longer a match for me.

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Cloth How? Cloth Where? Cloth Why?

Cloth How? Cloth Where? Cloth Why? - Chic and Domestic

How To

If you’ve been a part of the gang for a while now, you already know that I am a cloth diaper mom. Now, I’m no expert, but I’ve definitely gone through my share of trial and error. Here are your answers to some frequently asked cloth questions. HOW do you cloth diaper? You would think it wouldn’t be as simple as the process of picking out disposables in a store, but in every way, it is. Imagine, it’s time for your first baby to be on its way. You don’t know anything about diapering a baby, because you’ve never had to know anything about diapering a baby. So, you would start from scratch, with collecting some quick research. You could check out online reviews, get opinions from other people on what brands and types to use, opinions on the average amount of diapers a child goes through in a day, or many other things.

So, starting from the top, choosing a cloth diaper that works best for you will always be trial and error based on your household needs, and also the needs of your baby. You could choose your perfect diaper system from the get go, and have a smooth sailing experience from then on out, which would ideally be great, because there’s no need to fix what isn’t broke, right?

Or, you could make a left turn down the cloth diapering yellow brick road, only thinking that you’ve found your perfect diaper. It’s affordable, from your reviews you hear that it’s easy use, only to find out that the system doesn’t agree with your baby’s needs, and then you end up dealing with leaks, mess, and diaper rash. The most basic types of diapering systems include:

• Flats and Prefolds
• Pockets
• All In Ones (AI1)
• Hybrid (AI2)

Flats and prefolds are probably the cheapest way to start a cloth diaper journey. The prefold is (You guessed it!) folded and securely placed around your baby, sometimes with a snappy if you’d prefer. Prefolds however, aren’t waterproof, and if used by itself, will for sure give you a mess that you don’t want to clean up. This is where your flat comes in. This diaper comes with no inner lining, it’s simply just a waterproof outer shell, or cover to lock in any “moisture” from your baby’s daily bathroom breaks. The flat and prefold option is also one of the sleekest methods for traveling during outings, and the fastest drying diaper system. So now you’re probably either thinking, “Wow, that’s great, and simple enough. I’ll take a dozen of those.” Or “No no no, that looks way too complicated. I need more options.”

So, moving on. I personally prefer the pocket diapering system for my littles. This has been my favorite diapering system thus far. We’ve found it to be easiest for us, no leaks, no poopslosions, pretty easy cleanup, and a simple wash routine. Badda boom, badda bang. Pocket diapers come with an inner lining built to basically wisk away a lot of the moisture from your baby, and it all gets absorbed by the inserts, or even prefolds, that are stuffed into (You guessed it!) the pocket.

An all in one diaper system, or AI1 is known to closely resemble disposable diapers. The system pretty much like the title describes, provides all of the necessary diaper elements all in one place. They have built in inserts for absorbency, and an extra stay dry liner stitched in. They do however take a bit longer to dry after washing because of the thickness of the fabric.

A hybrid or AI2 is a two part diaper system that pretty much provides a little bit of everything. They normally come with detachable inserts, with the option to snap in place, (much like a flat and prefold system), and a sewn in pocket to provide the option of tucking or stuffing your inserts or prefolds. (much like a pocket system)

Where To

Now, for WHERE you can purchase your cloth diapers, the average costs for individual diapers, and diaper start up. Let me just start by saying there are so many options for brands in the cloth diaper world. You can really always find affordable options in your price range, no matter what that price range may be. As you know, I’m a mom who likes to save her coins, so I try to look for good quality, affordably priced diapers. I also take into consideration whether I’m looking to purchase a few single diapers, or placing a larger order.

My very first cloth diaper purchase was from a woman in a local Yardsale group on Facebook. She had a brand new set of 6, Baby Goal diapers. The set came with 6 individual microfiber inserts, and a wet bag, all for $20. This was my start up into the cloth diaper world. I took them home, washed them, and tried to really get a feel for whether or not cloth was for me. (And it waaas!) DO NOT sleep on checking online sites like Facebook, and Craigslist for both new and gently used cloth diapering resells. Especially, when on a tight budget. It could possibly end up saving you a good chunk of change.

Many of my first buys after that were from Amazon, many of them just one or two diaper orders. They have free shipping with a prime membership, so that worked to my advantage. I ordered a few Alva baby cloth diapers, roughly between $7 and $10 per diaper, which arrived in 2 business days. (Highly recommend them if looking for a cheaper diaper) Alva baby also has their own direct website that you can also order from. The diapers on their direct site are usually slightly cheaper, (they range from $5 to about $8) than the listed amazon prices, but shipping usually takes longer, and the shipping cost does vary.

Another great site for shopping is Cotton Babies, or Bumgenius. They’re a huge brand in the cloth world. The individual diapers are priced a bit on the higher side, at $18.99 per diaper, but they do offer free shipping with all orders, and the option to receive a free “Flip” cover with a $100 purchase. They also offer a ton of information on cloth diapering for beginners, and info on maintaining your diapers in the future. If you’re buying brand new, with larger orders, sometimes it’s better to buy from sites like this, because they do offer customer perks like a free diaper cover, or cloth diaper accessories with large purchases. You can even sign up to be a part of mailing lists to receive first looks at sales, and access to special coupon codes.

Two other sites that actually offer various brands, and various prices, all in one place, would be The Fluffy Penguin Company (free shipping over $75), and Diaper Junction. As time goes on, you’ll begin to develop an idea of which diaper brands work for your baby, and what you feel is really worth spending your money on.

Why To

Cloth WHY though? There are so many reasons why you should cloth diaper, but to narrow it down to the 4 most important to me, it would have to be:

• More natural on your baby’s skin
• Money SAVERRRR
• Eco-friendly
• CUTE PRINTS! (Obviously)

Who really knows exactly what’s in a disposable diaper? I don’t. Obviously some synthetic stuff, most likely manmade, even more than likely full of chemicals, because let’s face it, most things these days are. Cloth diapers give the benefit of at least knowing what you’re putting directly onto your baby’s skin, whether that be cotton, hemp, bamboo, or microfiber. There’s many options of each, to fit whatever diapering system you’re using.

Now, I wasn’t always a cloth diaper mom. I did diaper my first child for well over a year using only disposable diapers. Oops! A little bit late on the cloth train, but I can say it’s reassuring to know exactly what materials are being used. I can also for sure tell you that I’ve saved a good amount of money in my time cloth diapering. I’ve seen some people say that parents who choose cloth diapering don’t really see the saved money until at least a year of diapering, or until you’re reusing them on a second baby, but I don’t personally believe that to be true.

Yes, it is easy for the start up to get pricey, but only if you get wrapped up in all of the cute prints, (Which I’m now very guilty of) or if you’re only opting for buying the more expensive brands of diapers. However, I’ve already explained that the beauty of it is, there are cloth diapering options for every single budget, and not every $30 diaper will be your perfect fit just because it’s $30, and not every $5 diaper will do you wrong, and be poor quality. After you find your happy medium, and accumulate a stash, your diapers can be refused from newborn, up to potty training, and from baby 1 to baby 2, and you can feel the financial benefits right in your wallet.

What you guys really care about are the numbers though, right? I would estimate that I was spending about $65 to $80 on disposable diapers for my 3 kids in a month. That was using Luvs, and Pampers when I caught the Target baby sale. My estimated cloth diaper start up costs, were about $120 to $140, over the span of 2 months. (Roughly 2 months worth of diapering with disposables) Now, if you’re a super couponer, and you can manage to build your disposable diaper stash with a little bit less than nothing, then financially maybe that’s still a better route for you for obvious reasons, but not everyone is that coupon saavy.

Another financial perk for using cloth diapers is that after you’ve gotten your use out of your cloth diapers, they still hold a decent resell value if maintained properly, and there is always someone out there looking for a decent cloth diaper stash to get their hands on. Whereas, disposables are a one time use, into the trash, and into the landfill they go.

Also, speaking of landfills, do you know just how long it takes a disposable diaper to decompose? Uh, FOREVER. Well no, not really, but basically. It’s estimated to be between 250 and 500 years (So long that no one really knows) before a disposable diaper decomposes. I had never really stopped to think where my children’s dirty diapers were going once they were gone. All I cared about was the fact that they were just that, gone! Only to find out that they never really were. In a years worth of time, after having my twins I was sending about 8,760 diapers to sit and rot for another 500 years. I was creating that much waste in diapers alone. It was astronomical to even think about. That was along with the 2,920 the next mom used for her baby, and the next mom, and the next. Really crunching those numbers was enough to make me think, “Hmm, I should at least give this a try to see if it’s for us.” Full time, or part time cloth diapering can slowly change the planet, so I’ve been satisfied with my decision ever since.

Lastly, my absolute favorite reason to cloth diaper, they are so freaking ADORABLE! When I initially started, I was just slowly accumulating diapers to get a stash big enough to get me through at least a full day of diapering my littles, so that I wasn’t constantly doing diaper laundry. The cute prints were just a bonus. After reaching that comfortable number for me, I wanted diapers with little frogs, diapers with dream catchers, diapers with elephants, and Hamsas, and mermaid scales. I was throwing so much on my wishlist, and into my shopping cart during virtual window shopping trips, but I didn’t want to be right back at spending $65 to $80 a month on diapers. Especially when it realistically just wasn’t necessary. I do continue to buy new prints, but only in moderation. I believe it’s feasible to have more than the “required” amount of diapers to increase the longevity of your entire stash, but definitely not feasible to just go crazy on payday.

I do hope I’ve successfully answered a few of your cloth question with enough detail. Hopefully you stuck around from start to finish, hopefully you aren’t sleeping. WAKE UP! Just checking.

 

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