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Chances are you have heard of an all in two, which is generally a cover with a pad/insert that is often snapped into place or laid into place. The Sweet Pea AI3 is denoted such because it’s pad is actually a two part system in itself. But in reality, I use it like an AI2 when I use it on Braden.
A customer recommended the Sweet Pea AI3 to me, so I decided to try out their diapers, and I like them. They are a Canadian made diaper, one that to me is better that some of the better marketed brands out there.
It is one size. We did find it a little big on newborn Rylan (we tried it at around 6-7 pounds), so I don’t suggest it for a tinier newborn. But then most one size diapers are not the best choice for tinier newborns. It does have a great rise on it so that it is good for larger babies, and should do well up to the suggested 35 pounds. Braden is wearing it on the medium setting in the photo below. Braden is nearly 30 pounds at time of writing. If I use it at night with an extra insert in there, then I put it up to the larger setting. Braden is kind of in between the two settings right now. It is really nice that there is room to grow in this diaper.
It is snap closing, which means no hook and loop diaper trains in the wash, and snaps are more durable. But it is one that my husband the snap phobe will not use. However, if you are comfortable with using snaps, this diaper is no different or harder to use than any other snap closing diaper.
The cover is made of PUL and as such can be easily wiped out if lightly soiled. The cover is designed to be re-used with just the pad being washed most of the time. The pad doesn’t snap directly on to the cover like most AI2 diapers, but rather on to a flap that is sewn into the seam of the diaper. It does snap directly at the front where there is extra PUL for the sizing snaps anyway. This minimizes the risk of snaps pulling through the PUL.
I love that there is a hook on the back of the diaper for easy line drying, and even storage.
The pad is a good one too. I know my inserts, and I know what fabric combination’s work well together as the maker of the G-Flapper. I did a lot of testing with Braden when I was trying to make good inserts to work for him as he is a heavy wetter. I like this insert because it uses the magic hemp and microfiber and microfleece combination. There is three layers of hemp on the bottom layer of the pad. The pad is sewn so it is curved. There is a microfiber pad topped with microfleece pad that snaps on to the hemp pad, so if you didn’t want to use either of the pads, you do not have to.
I have tested this pad system at nap time with Braden and it passes. It passed the night time test too, but Braden is not as heavy at night as he once was, so it might not work for a super heavy wetter. But that being said, you could always add in a G-Flapper insert to the combination at night. The pad did shrink a little over time, and I found that it makes the diaper pucker a little when both ends are snapped up. I solved this by just snapping it in at the front. It doesn’t shift of anything inside the cover once it is done up. The pad just gets more absorbent with washing too.
This diaper is pretty trim, of course that comes down to what you put in it. Add more padding, and you will get more bulk. But when using the pad it comes with, it is nice and trim.
The diaper retails for $18.95 and it comes with the cover and one pad. You can buy more pads separately. The cover will also work with gDiaper flushables, Gro-Via biopads, G-Flappers and flip inserts. I have even put a Thirsties Hemp Pre-fold in it. Oh and it will work over a fitted too :)
The Thirsties DUO diaper features two sizes, 1 and 2. And within those two sizes is alot of adjustability, covering babies from newborn to 40 pounds. There are not many diapers in Braden’s stash that I expect to last him well beyond the 30 pound mark if he is slow to train, but this one certainly will.
It features two size adjustments within each size. Size 1 will cover from 6 – 18 pounds, and size 2 from 18 – 40 pounds. The style is very similar to the Thirsties DUO cover, but it is a pocket with ultra soft microfleece on the inside. This microfleece stays soft and plush for a very long time too (better than some microfleece inners I have in Braden’s stash). The pocket is a good size, so I was able to stuff it with three inserts for night time use.
One of the best features, is that the pocket has openings at both the front and the back. This means you can stuff the diaper from either end, but better yet, you do not have to take out the wet insert before putting the diaper in the pail to be washed. The insert will work its way out in the wash. Skeptical about that? I was. But it really does work … everytime! So poop got on the pocket opening? Doesn’t matter. Just shake the poop into the loo, and then throw the diaper into the pail with insert still in it. Let your washing machine do the dirty work!
This diaper closes with Aplix. This Aplix has held up well. It seems to be the same as what is on the AIO, so I expect it to continue to hold up well. Laundry tabs are well placed (there are some diapers I had to wonder why they placed the laundry tabs so far into the diaper …). So for casual caregivers, this diaper is very easy to use.
So this brings me to the “Daddy test”. My husband only likes a few diapers in my stash. I have to put Daddy friendly diapers on a seperate shelf for him, because he will grump most of the day if he gets a diaper he can’t figure out (ie The bum genius flip that fell to pieces on him as he tried to get it to the change table). He declared this one a favourite because it was easy to put on and take off, and he didn’t have to do anything more than throw it in the pail.
The insert that comes included in this diaper is a good one. Many diapers only come with microfiber inserts. Microfiber alone is no good for heavy wetters for my son. I have to add in a hemp insert to get anything more than half an hour out of a diaper for Braden. The Thirsties DUO insert is a two part insert. One part is a thick hemp jersey, and the other microfiber. The two parts snap together. So you can take it apart if you have a light wetter and want a trimmer diaper. And they will wash and dry better for being able to be snapped apart. When I put this insert in the diaper, I place it so that the microfiber is closer to the baby, to catch the pee quicker, and the hemp will hold more, but will do so more slowly.
And then came the night time test. I waited until the insert had been washed a few times, so it was close to peak absorbency. And then I paired the insert the diaper came with, with two of my hemp and microfiber G-flappers (in this case they were size small, because they were left over from when Braden was smaller). The pocket handled the extra inserts easily. Braden obligingly slept through the night, and filled the inserts up, and the diaper held up beautifully.
So this diaper is now one that we reach for as soon as it comes through the wash. I have several of it in Braden’s stash. When Braden has more than one of a diaper in his stash, it means I like it as we have alot of diapers thanks to testing for the store. I give this diaper a 11 out of 10. I just wish we had this diaper from the beginning.
Bum Genius brought out a new system in the last month or so that is to be compared to systems like gDiapers and Gro Baby. It consists of a cover, cloth insert (3 layers of microfiber and 1 layer of staydry suedecloth) and a disposable insert. There is an organic insert you can get, I didn’t try this out though. It does cost more. The idea is you use cloth at home, and the disposable biodegradable pad while out and about. So I bought the system to try out on Braden (and as you will see further down, my friend’s little girl Natalie tried it out for me too).
I must confess while I am a fan of Bum Genius 3.0′s, Organics, AIO’s sized and fitteds, I cannot say the same for the Flip system. I think with a few improvements, I would be on board, but as the design stands now, I am not liking it enough to stock it.
- * One size. It is actually sized bigger than other bum genius products. And while Braden is on the highest setting for other one sized products, I found I had to put him on the medium setting for the flip. Braden is 25 pounds at 20 months when we tried this out. Little Natalie is 19 pounds at 17 months, and she had to wear the flip on the smallest setting. So I do have to wonder if it really does fit the 8 pound minimum it says it fits. Perhaps someone with a smaller baby can post a comment letting me know! So anyway, this is a diapering system that should fit to the top range it says it will of 35 pounds.
- * Trim fit. This is one of the more trim fitting diapers I have tried. Because there is not alot of padding going into this diaper it is very trim, especially using the disposable pad.
- * Fits over regular fitted diapers and you can use a G-Flapper in it.
- * There is nothing that really holds the pads in place, cloth or disposable. There is flaps at each end of the diaper but they are loose, and the pads slip around despite these flaps. So when I was trying to put this diaper on Braden the pad kept shifting. And I kept having to put it back into place. gDiapers the pads are held in place by the white liner, and with Gro Baby they are held in place by snaps for the cloth and adhesive for the disposable pads. Even when Braden held perfectly still for a friend to change him (novelty of someone else changing him had him lying there like an angel), the pad still shifted. It was a real pain when Braden was being his usual squirmy self at change time.
- * The pad will shift while on. At one point Braden was peeing directly on PUL as the pad slips down in the cover.
- * The disposable pad gets rather fluffy and sheds little hairy things.
- * Fails the daddy test miserably. I left the baby with Daddy for the morning. And I made a point to leave out “easy” diapers next to his change mat. I had a couple of thirsties AIOs for him as he likes those. For some reason he didn’t look for the diaper next to the change mat, but rather on the shelf behind where I keep the rest of the diapers, and pulled down the flip off the top of the stack. It fell apart on him, despite being pre-stuffed. I found it thrown on top of the diaper I had left out for him, and he had grabbed the next diaper down off the shelf. (An Otter Blotter which he admires the reason for the hidden closure but is a bit intimidated by, but he went for that over the easier closing flip!)
- * As I mentioned above, I don’t see it fitting smaller babies when a 19 pound baby needs to wear it on the smallest setting.
- * The disposable pad does not appear to be as absorbent as Gro Baby and gDiaper pads. It is longer and narrower.
- * Also be careful of the bottom side of the cloth pad, I did it, and so did my friend, we put it in upside down microfiber side up! And this is not good for baby’s skin. Thankfully we both realised our error soon enough.
So in conclusion, while it has a trim fit and will fit Braden in the larger sizes, I didn’t like the way the pad shifted etc.
On a side note, the flip system I have here., I will be using the pads in Braden’s gDiapers (yes they do fit a medium/large just fine, with the end folded down) and using the covers over his fitteds.
Possible improvements for me. A cloth insert that has a mix of hemp and microfiber. Though a G-flapper works fine and there is the organic pad that I didn’t try. A better method for securing the pad into place, snaps or elastic on the flaps to better hold it. Another row of sizing snaps perhaps so it better fits smaller babies.
So the burning question, which biodegradable insert/pad is better? To be honest I like both so this is a tough one to say either way. There are advantages to both, so let me lay out my observations from having used both on my son.
gDiapers were my first system, and I am very loyal to them as a product line. But I am going to try and be very objective here.
* Larger Pad so takes up more space in your bag.
* Simple rectangular shape (which is one of the reasons why it is so easy to find cloth inserts to fit the gDiaper system).
* ALL of the unit is flushable, not just parts of it. (Though our cheap builders grade toilet never coped with flushing).
* Compostable (as is the Gro Baby)
* I have to use half a flushie or a small flushie folded in half under the main flushie to get good absorbency for my heavy wetter. I only had to use one of the Gro Baby.
* No adhesive which is both an advantage and disadvantage. The advantage is it doesn’t need it to do its job in a gDiaper pair of pants, but it is nice to have the adhesive on the Gro Baby when sticking it in other covers. That being said I have successfully used gDiaper flushies in other covers. I just have to be careful when putting them on the baby as nothing is really holding it in place.
*48 cents each for medium/large size. That being said you can get some good deals on them when on sale and you can buy them in bulk that will bring down that cost.
* Shaped into a U with built in gussets. This means poop was caught by the insert rather than the cover itself, though not always.
* Smaller when folded up so fit in your diaper bag better.
* Adhesive holds the insert in place in the Gro Baby shell and other covers. That being said, the gDiaper inserts do not NEED any adhesive for them to work in gPants. The adhesive is actually a bit too strong as sometimes it sticks so well the plastic pulls away when trying to remove it from a cover. The paper that covers the adhesive is a little annoying though. They seem to manage to avoid getting thrown in the rubbish and I found them tucked in funny places in the bathroom. It is another part to dispose of.
* Very absorbent, but I have not done any measured tests.
* Only the paper core is flushable, which means you have to pull it away from the plasticy part and discard the plasticy part in the rubbish.
* Fully compostable just like gDiaper flushables.
* 40 cents each — so cheaper unless you get a good deal for by the case of gDiaper brand.
Size 2 Gro Baby on the left and medium large gDiaper on the right. The Gro Baby is folded into three and the gDiaper folded in half.
On top is the gDiaper pad opened out, and below is the Gro Baby pad. The Gro Baby will keep trying to curl back out. The gDiaper relies on the white liner component of the gPant to form the U shape.
Edit: I was asked if a Gro Baby pad will work in a G-Diaper. Well it would go in there, but would be more effort with the adhesive etc than what it is worth. The white liner already does the curving part and you would be applying another curving pad into it. I personally wouldn’t run with that unless there was nothing else to put in Braden’s diaper. ie I was stuck out and about and everything was dirty bar a pair of gPants and a Gro Baby bio pad :)
So end result, which ones will I use on Braden? To be honest I will have a packet of both on hand. I have both brands of diapers in his stash so it makes sense to have them both for me. I like both brands.
Which would I recommend to someone starting out and wanting to choose which system?
I think it would come down to this factor. GDiapers is a more flexible system in that you can use so many different cloth inserts in them. Most of the insert brands I stock will work well and effectively in gPants without any major modifications. Gro Baby pads have snaps on them to hold them in place and they are not the standard snaps that most DIY folk have in stock — most DIY folk will have a snap press that uses size 20 KAM snaps. The Gro Baby system uses YKK snaps.
The long awaited Gro Baby Biodegradable Soaker pads finally arrived late September 2009. I only ordered a couple of boxes because I wanted to be sure that these worked before I made a big time commitment to the product for the store. I love the Gro Baby diapering system already. It is a trim one size shell that you snap organic cotton pads into. You change out just the pad after baby pees, and the put in a fresh pad. I generally only needed to wash the shell after Braden would poop. There is a choice of snap or hook and loop closure. The only beef I have had with the system was a lack of colour choices! Functionally they are a great diaper. But Gro Baby is planning prints by the end of 2009, and I cant wait for those!
So I put Braden to work testing out these biodegradable inserts. Our first “cloth” diaper with Braden was the gDiaper system using their flushable inserts. So the concept is not new. And it is great that another company is coming to the green party of offering up choices for those who do not want to do laundry, or for travel and out and about. They inserts comes in two sizes. Given that Braden is 24 pounds at time of testing and wearing his Gro Baby diapers on the largest setting, we went with the size 2.
The biodegradable insert is very small when taken out of the pack folded (about 5 inches square), so they would pack into a diaper bag nicely and take up very little space. They are folded into thirds, and you unfold them and they look alot like the inside of a high end disposable diaper. They have a plastic back (which is biodegradable) and a paper front. There is a gusset edge on the pad for poop catching.
To put into the Gro Baby shell, you have to peel away the adhesive strips on the back. There is one at each end of the back of the pad. These stick to the mesh inner of the Gro Baby shell just fine. Its quite strong. A bit too strong in fact because I found if it gets a good hold on the snap at the back, you can tear the plastic backing of the diaper when trying to pull it off. This gets a tad tricky if the insert is full of poop!
The built in gusset does its job. I have not had any leaks with this insert in the Gro Baby shell. The pad holds quite a bit of pee too. We put it on Braden at nap time, the pad was full and heavy when I took it out after his nap. No leaks. Braden is a heavy wetting baby too.
I took the test a little further and tested the insert out in some other covers I have here. I tried it out in Otter Blotter covers and Thirsties Covers, and it worked well. If I placed the adhesives on the shiny side of PUL it did however stick a little too well and it was a little tough to get the insert out.
A pack costs $19.99, and there is 50 in a pack, so they work out to 40 cents each. So this system will cost you like a disposable does. BUT here is the big difference. This insert is compostable and biodegradable. Meaning it will not clog up a landfill for the next 500 years like a disposable will. You can also flush away the paper part of the unit. You still need to throw away the plasticy outter.
So what place will this have in Braden’s cloth diaper stash? For travel, for out and about, I will keep a couple in his diaper bag. Also when he gets a teething rash, I will use these as I don’t like to put creams on my cloth diapers as it can ruin them.
Jabba??? You mean Jabba the Hut on Starwars??? No :) While this thing does look like something from outer space, its actually a very practical tool for those of us who cloth diaper.
I bought one of these things from Ikea, they call it the Jabba. It cost me all of $4.99 plus tax. So what do I use it for? I use it to dry my diapers on if they don’t quite dry on the clothes line or in the dryer, and I can see that this winter it will get alot of use as I really don’t want to use the dryer any more than I have to. There are 16 pegs on this octopus like contraption and they grab on to inserts, pocket diapers, g-diaper liners, gdiaper covers beautifully.
It has a hanger that allows you to hang it from all sorts of places, from the shower rail to a railing outside if you want. We hang ours from a piece of string from a ceiling AC vent.
Sadly they do not sell these online on the Ikea site, you need to buy them at the store.
I bought my first Rocky Mountain Diaper sometime ago, after they were added to the line-up for the same company that wholesales Wahmies and Drybees. I was really impressed with them. If you are someone who gets confused by, or hates the look of all the extra snaps on most one size diapers, then you are going to like these diapers. The one size aspect of this diaper is hidden from view, and it really does work well.
However, that uniqueness lead to a drawback to the diaper for me to add it to my store. Everyone I handed the diaper to, to figure it out, couldn’t! Even Ashley, the girl who sewed for me, and bought almost every brand of diaper I stock for her son couldn’t figure it out! There was no information card to give out with the diaper when I sold it, so I held off buying them for the store, even though I really liked the diaper.
So just how does this diaper change sizes? Well it uses the inner leg elastic. There are snaps along the inner elastic and you pull the elastic for as tight as you need it to be for your baby, and snap it at that point. You have to go into the actual pocket of the diaper to do this, so this is something you have to do before you stuff the pocket with an insert.
This diaper does not come with inserts, but it works great with my G-Flappers and pretty much any other insert that I sell in the store. The pocket is wide enough that I have used it at night sucessfully on Braden as well. It is a snap closure diaper, so there is no velcro train in your washing machine.
So I finally found out there is an information card that I can give to customers when I sell the diaper, so I wont have any confused customers asking “How on earth do I change the size?”. So now I stock some of the cute prints that Rocky Mountain Diapers come in.
This diaper has a PUL outer, and a suedecloth inner liner. I find the inner very good at “releasing poop” as well.
So if you would like a one size pocket without all the sizing snaps on the front and no velcro, be sure to check out this diaper. With cute prints, your little one’s butt will be hard to cover up!
The first cloth diaper that Braden ever wore was a G-Diaper. When we started we were using the flushable/compostable/biodegradable inserts. They are just as expensive as disposables, but they do not fill up our landfills with trash like disposable diapers do. We switched to using cloth inserts to save money, and you can read about the story of the g-Flapper in another post.
Recently the Real Diaper Association held a photo competition for baby photos of babies in cloth diapers. One of the gmums, Christina, in the G-Diapers list submitted her baby’s photo. This one here.
Her husband spent a long time getting this absolutely perfect shot of their son Garrett in his cream g-Diaper. Christina and her husband proudly use G-Diapers knowing they are doing good things for the environment. They compost their “pee” flushies for the garden, and flush the “poopie” ones. So they put NOTHING in the trash.
The photo of Garrett was rejected. The RDA told them “Unfortunately, as an organization dedicated to promoting reusable cloth diapers, we have to avoid the appearance of endorsing companies that manufacture disposable diapers.”
I would like to invite anyone from the RDA to join the g-diapers yahoo group. You will find a lot of cloth diaper users on there. G-Diaper cloth diaper users as well as other brands of cloth diapers. Please come by and learn about what G-Diapers really are.
Stripping Cloth Diapers at first brings to mind a toddler who keeps taking off his diaper. And yes each of mine have figured out how to do that at some point :)
But actually Stripping Cloth Diapers is process of cleaning them.
When do you need to strip your diapers?
- Build up of detergent. You actually should less detergent than recommended. Alot of diaper fabrics are chosen because of their ability to absorb. Not only do they absorb pee, but they will absorb detergents etc. When detergent builds up in the fibers of your diaper fabrics, you can get a chemical reaction with the pee and the detergent residue. This can cause a strong odour that many describe as amonia like. For some babies it can cause irritation to occur. I had one detergent build up within three washes (ironically it was one specifically made for diapers) and the result was my son’s little butt was essentially burned. In general build up takes much longer to happen.
- Diaper Cream Coating. Some diaper creams will leave a coating on your diapers which end up causing your diapers to REPEL pee rather than absorbing it. There are some diaper creams available that are considered ok to use with cloth diapers, but I personally never risk it. On the rare times I have to use diaper cream, I either lay an Imse Vimse flushable liner over the top of the diaper, use an old flannel liner over the top of the diaper, or use flushable inserts in my gDiapers.
How do you strip Cloth Diapers?
There are a few methods out there, and if you do a google search you are going to find quite a few suggestions that have worked for the mothers who post the method. So its just a matter of finding one that works for you, and these are ones that work well for me.
I use Dawn Classic Dishwashing Detergent. Yes for DISHES!!! When I first heard this I thought perhaps I was reading it wrong :) But there is something in the original version of Dawn that helps break down the build up. In fact, when there is an oil spill in the ocean, its what they use to clean off the affected wildlife. I have a top loading washing machine, so if you have a front loader, I suggest you find a recommendation for a front loader. (I have heard mothers say they use it in the front loader though). I use just a small squirt of dawn and I run my washing machine on hot. When I get to the final rinse of the washing machine’s cycle I take a look in the machine, and if there are suds, I run another rinse (Do not add anymore Dawn or any other detergent). Run rinses until the water runs clear. If you have a bad build up of detergent in your diapers this may take a few rinses.
The other thing that I have found to work for me is Bac Out by BioKleen. I love the products by this company. They are a green cleaning product company and I have used alot of them in my house, but one of the best products they make is the very versatile Bac Out. I had a friend tell me how she used it on a Koolaid stain in her carpet that nothing else would get out, and Bac Out did! I tend to use this method over the winter when I am stuck using the dryer. I will wash my diapers at night. I run a cold rinse to remove any traces of solids etc. And then I will fill my toploading washing machine again with cold or warm water (not hot, I read it kills the active enzymes in Bac Out). I put around half a cup or so of Bac Out into the machine, and then I leave the lid up on my machine. On my machine that stops the water from draining out. So I can now soak my diapers as long as need be. As I am doing this last thing at night, I generally soak my diapers over night in the Bac Out solution. In the morning, I put the lid down on my washing machine and let the water drain away. I then run a washing cycle to make sure that I totally rinse away the Bac Out. My diapers always smell great after this.
Incidently, I put some Bac Out in a spray bottle with some water, and that is what my 12 year old uses to clean the boys bathroom with. It is also great for spraying down diaper pails and rubbish bins with.
So if you get the diaper stinkies and need to strip your diapers, I hope you find one of these methods helpful. The Dawn method is definitely the cheaper of the two methods. I am still using the same bottle I bought over a year ago for this purpose.
Otter Blotters have been going through a revamp, so I am reviewing the covers that I started selling. I still love them. I think the only con they had was there was no one size option. To me pretty much everything else about them was fantastic. Newer versions will be one size.
Otter Blotters – Original AI2 cover are a flexible cover. I have used them over fitted diapers, with the snap in pads that are made specifically for them. I have used them with g-diaper flushables when I was on a trip and when out and about. I have also laid in a g-flapper with success.
To me Otter Blotters are one of the more elite diapers I own. If I am going somewhere and I want to “advertise” with Braden’s butt, I will in general reach for one of his Otter Blotters first. They will generally grab someones attention, and once I tell them to pat his butt, generally they come back to do that again because the minky is irresitably soft. :)
Otter blotters AI2 original covers are made with an outer of cute super soft minky fabric, and have an inner waterproof PUL layer. There are leg gussets for extra leak protection. One of the unique things about this diaper is that the closures do not have any exposed loop to snag in the wash or on clothes being worn. And the tabs tuck in under a flap to prevent little hands from undoing their diaper. Because this is an AI2 system, the covers can be reused until soiled. When wet, just unsnap the pad and put in the diaper pail and snap in a fresh one.
The orginal snap in pads are very thick, which makes them take a little to dry. In summer this is ok, as they are just drying out on the line. In the winter time, after a bout in the dryer, they get to hang on the hanging octupus I bought from Ikea over night. They have a top lining of super soft bamboo velour. The pads is one of the things Debby has been working on for new versions of the Otter Blotter.
This diaper is one of my favourites, and this is evidenced by the fact Braden has over 8 of them (2 he has since grown out of). The only con for me is the fact they are sized, which in itself can be an advantage as a sized diaper can be a better fitting one.
I have had the pleasure of becoming good online friends with the creator of Otter Blotter, Debby Reed. Both of us started our diaper businesses at the same time, and we have been communicating back and forth about this journey we have been doing at the same time. Debby is wonderful to work with, and she has made several custom otter blotters for my customers. She will do applique on the butt for my customers, so if you have something in mind, and it is a do-able design, we will do our best for you. Debby is still on the quest for the perfect Otter Blotter. To be honest, I think she was pretty close with the AI2 orignal cover….