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Envibum Cloth Diaper Review & Giveaway!

I talked previously about my experience with cloth diapers, but just to refresh everyone I’ll talk a little more on it. I first got interested in cloth diapers when my daughter was two or three months old. I made up these flannel diapers, and they were just AWFUL. I remember I was so proud of them, but now that I’ve delved into cloth diapers even further, I can see just how atrocious they really were… My daughter now uses them as doll diapers… But, we ended up not even using them on her because we moved somewhere that had very poor/inconsistent plumbing for a while. I gave up on cloth diapering and didn’t even consider it with my next baby. After he was born, he kept developing rashes, and we tried diaper after diaper and I finally decided, enough was enough and started using prefolds inside of a cover I made out of this ugly tablecloth material. It worked for a while, but eventually, I decided that if I was going to cloth diaper… I needed REAL diapers. The ones I had were makeshift and they simply would not cut it for very long. I made a few of my own diapers, and decided to search for some I could buy since I didn’t have the time (nor the skill then) to make them… That’s when I discovered Envibum.

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Envibum is probably the only cloth diaper brand I’ve seen that takes such an extensive approach to charitable giving and has amazing products all at the same time!

I was really impressed with the diaper when I received the EnviAqua diaper. We all love minky fleece! It’s so soft and comfortable! We can’t help but adore it, and you couldn’t find anything softer to put on your baby! It was so soft and smooth… I could have taken a nap on it and used it like a pillow! It just felt so nice!

The inside was made with unbleached cotton with absorbency channels. I was really surprised with the inside fabric! It was really absorbent, and it felt nice! I don’t think I’ve ever seen any kind of fabric like it before… And on the inside there’s a hidden layer of PUL (polyurethane laminate) which makes the diaper waterproof! Always great for when you’re going out!

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The EnviAqua diaper looked a little bit small when I first got it, but I put it on my son and it fit perfectly… Out of curiosity, I put it on my daughter and it fit her too, even though she’s bigger! The way that the diaper is sewn, allows for it to stretch and accommodate bigger babies, as well as smaller babies!

The second thing I tried was a T-shaped liner with a mom4mom cover! These are great, especially for people want to be able to pin and snap their diapers. The liner was incredibly customizable, and depending on how you folded it, it could absorb more in certain areas. These can be used with a snappi, or good old fashioned diaper pins!

The really interesting part about the cover, was that it was sewn with two layers of PUL with the shiny side facing out! I had never seen a cover like that before! I almost always saw the fabric side facing out and the shiny side hidden. It was a little strange at first, but I found that it works better than most of the other covers I have tried!

There’s actually a reason behind the color of the velcro too! I found it kind of interesting… Because of the way the diaper is made, it can be wiped, rinsed, or washed in whatever way is available… Including in rivers that might be brown. That is why the velcro is brown… So that it dosen’t appear dingy or stained if it’s washed in a brown river…. Which is the case in many less fortunate countries!

The diapers and covers Envibum makes are AMAZING. But do you want to know whats even more amazing about envibum? Their sense of giving!

“Every time you purchase an envigreen diaper, we donate $2 to Food for the Hungry!
Every time you purchase an enviaqua diaper, we donate $2 to Living Water International!
Every time you purchase an enviyellow diaper, we donate $2 to Helping Hands in Africa!
Every time you purchase an envired diaper, we donate $2 to Salvation Army!
Every time you purchase an envipink diaper, we donate $2 to Crisis Pregnancy Center!
Every time you purchase an mom4mom diaper cover, we give another cover to a mom in need!”

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I don’t know about you, but to me, I really place a great value in companies who give back. I tend to think more highly of companies that do than those that don’t. It shows that they care and they truly are dedicated to what they are doing. You can read more about their charitable efforts by CLICKING HERE.

Fulfills Purpose Well
Design & Visual Appeal
Ease of use
Affordability
Earth-Friendliness

Overall Rating: 4.2 Stars!

Fulfills Purpose Well:
Definitely does the job! It fits babies small and large, and keeps them dry and contained. They’re soft, comfortable, non-irritating and launder well!

Design & Visual Appeal:
The diapers are ADORABLE! I absolutely love the way they look and the materials they’re made with! They’re so soft and nice! Definitely great!

Ease of Use:
These diapers are very easy to use… I had some difficulty the first time because I didn’t realize that they were waterproof, so I tried to put the cover over it… But I figured out out soon enough and it’s been a breeze since then.

Affordability:
These diapers run a little bit pricier than normal, at $21.99, however, $2 is donated to a charity for each diaper, and the diapers are incredibly high quality and are great for outings. Definitely worth the money.

Earth Friendliness:
Cloth diapers are obviously earth-friendly, but these ones are especially so. When I recieved them, they were packed without the use of plastic bags and wrapping that would just be thrown away! So many earth friendly companies forget that this is a step they can take to increase their earth friendliness! Great job, Envibum!

Onto the giveaway…

Would you like a chance to win your very own Envibum diaper so you can see for yourself, firsthand, just what I’m talking about? Well, you can! Envibum is offering one of my lucky winners their very own Envibum diaper!

The giveaway is only opent to residents of the United States and ends at 11:59pm on July 7th. Continue reading “Envibum Cloth Diaper Review & Giveaway!”

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Tutorial: How to Make Cloth Pocket Diapers out of Old T-Shirts!

Okay, so I’ve had a few people ask me how I made my diapers out of old t-shirts… It might be easy enough for a cloth diaper vet to figure out how to make them, but for a lot of women, especially people who are new to cloth diapers, it can be really… elusive? So, I’ve broken down the steps in this video with directions on how to make your own cloth diapers out of old t-shirts. Alternately, if you don’t want to watch the video, you can read the tutorial below.

Okay, so you already watched the video, rated, commented and subscribed to show you love me? He he he. Just kidding… You don’t have to. But, I really enjoy it when people do!

Onto the Tutorial

**Note: I use 1/4 inch seam allowance. You can use whatever you like for yours, or whatever your pattern calls for. Just make sure you backstitch at the beginning and end of EVERY seam!!!!

This set of instructions can be used, and reproduced as long as you give me credit and link back to this blog post.

1. You need an old t-shirt.

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Now, preferably, your shirt should be a size Large or bigger. But, depending on what size of diaper you’re making, you may be able to get away with using a small or medium shirt.

2. Pin and cut your pattern.

Now, I don’t know what pattern you’re using. I’m using one I made myself… But, for obvious reasons, you have to pin your pattern. You can lay you’re shirt out a few different ways, but if you want to use the design or logo that’s on the shirt, you should fold the design part of the shirt in half and cut the two peices for your diaper separately. If you don’t care about the design, you can just fold the shirt in half (both layers) and cut both peices out at once.

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I laid mine out in a way so I could get the design on the body of the pattern. Like I said, you don’t have to do it this way, but when there is a design on the shirt, I prefer to. After all, who doesn’t like having cool designs on their diapers?

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Pin your pattern down. Depending on what pattern you’re using and how big it is, will determine how much you can get out of a shirt. I’m using a size large pattern that I designed myself, and I can get enough for both peices out of a men’s size large t-shirt. With smaller shirts, you may only be able to get one piece, depending on your pattern size. In that case, use two shirts, and mix and match the pieces.

3. Cut your pattern out.

Might seem obvious, okay, it is… But you’re going to need to cut your pattern out!

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If you’re only cutting one peice at a time, be careful not to cut the other layer of the shirt while cutting out your pattern. Make sure you smooth it out really well, and check it every few cuts!

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So, now you have one (or both, depending how you cut it) pieces for your diaper!

If you cut out one piece, continue on to step 4. If you cut out both pieces, skip to step five.

4. Repeat steps 1-3 for the second piece.

Like I said, you’re going to need two pieces for your diaper, so if you only cut one piece out, then repeat steps 1-3 using the other side of the t-shirt, or a second t-shirt depending on your shirts size. When you’re done, you should have two pieces, identical in size.

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5. Pin and sew the side

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Lay your pieces right sides together and pin ONE side together, edges even. Then sew that side. Repeat for the second side, leaving the ends open.

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6. Sew the front end of the diaper shut.

You have both sides sewn. Now, you need to sew the front end of the diaper shut.

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I don’t even use pins for this. I just hold it as I’m going, make sure the edges stay even, and sew it shut. If you don’t feel comfortable doing this, you can use pins, but its not necessary.

7. Mark your pocket and sew.

This step is a tiny bit trickier. I fold my diaper in half (in order to ensure the pocket is directly in the middle and not off center), and then use a pin to mark where each side of the hole will begin.

It’s a little difficult to see in the picture, but I have two pins, about 6-8 inches apart. It really doesn’t matter how far apart they are, however, keep in mind, you want to pin it at least two inches bigger than the actual finished hole will be because the elastic will shrink it, and you need to be able to fit your hand in it.

Once you have your pins marking where the hole will be, sew from the side, to the pin on both sides, leaving the hole open.

8. Sew in your side elastic.

Now, it’s time to add your side elastic! This step is relatively easy and for the most part, you can just eye it.

Cut your elastic (I use 7-8 inches and then trim the excess). You’re going to sew it right along the side seams, starting at about the bottom of the front diaper flap, and ending at the bottom (as if it were being worn) diaper flap. You do not put elastic on the flaps at all. Just along the side body part of the diaper. I use a zigzag stitch for this step. Make sure you’re stretching it tight as you sew!!! Repeat this step for the opposite side.

**Note:If your diaper has a pattern on it, make sure you’re sewing the elastic onto the side of the diaper that does NOT have the pattern you want shown on it.

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9. Make a casing and add elastic.

Now, you’re going to fold the fabric on one side of the hole down, and sew it straight across, leaving both ends open. This will serve as a casing for your elastic.

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As you can see in the photo, I simply folded it down, and sewed from one finger, to the other, leaving the ends of my casing open.

Cut your elastic slightly larger than half the length of your pocket hole, and sew it on one end of the casing, before threading it through and sewing the other end down.Your elastic is only sewn on the ends, and is simply threaded through the casing.

Repeat this for the other side of the hole. Your entire pocket hole should have elastic in it now and should look similar to this.

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10. Turn your diaper right side out.

Your diaper has been sewn together inside out. By reaching into the pocket hole, you can turn your diaper right side out and then use a point turner, to make sure all of the corners and points come out as well.

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Congratulations, you just made a diaper out of an old t-shirt! Your diaper should look somewhat like this:

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You can leave your diaper as it is, and use diaper pins with it, like I do, or you can add velcro, snaps or buttons to help you fasten it! I prefer snaps, but unfortunately, I don’t have a snap press, and my son LOVES taking off velcro, so we use diaper pins!

11. Using your diaper.

Before you use your diaper, you’ll need to stuff some kind of soaker in it. You can make your own soaker pad out of old sweatshirts (I sense a future tutorial…) or you can simply use prefold cloth diapers, or even just a terry cloth towel.

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Stuff whatever soaker material you’d like to use into the diaper, and you’re ready to go! Put it on baby, fasten it, and you’re done!

Please keep in mind that this type of diaper, because its made out of cotton and old t-shirts, will most likely need a diaper cover, since it’s not water proof. You don’t have to use one, but a lot of people do. If you pad it well enough, and change your baby often, you might not need to, but to prevent accidents, I would recommend using one. You can buy plastic pants and just pull them up over the diaper, or use an actual velcro or snap diaper cover as well, or even a wool cover. Whatever you prefer.

Anyways, I hope you enjoyed the tutorial! If you liked it, let me know! Leave me a comment! Rate, comment and subscribe to my youtube video! Make your own diaper, show it on your blog and link back to me or even just throw me a comment with a photo! I’d love to see what you create!

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SproutBaby/EcoMom: Review & Giveaway!

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Ecomom, it may refresh your memory if I mention SproutBaby, their older name. Rest assured, it’s a different name, but the same great products and the same great service!

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Before I begin talking about how super sweet ecomom is, they have given us a special code to take 15% off our first order with them! So, check out their site, and us the following code when you’re checking out!

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Now, before I took a look at their website, and before I had really heard much of anything about them, I was only familiar with their organic baby foods, mostly because they stood out to me.  Their baby foods come in squeezable pouches, instead of awkward to empty jars and containers. I can’t say I’ve ever tried the baby  foods, because my local grocer didn’t carry them when my daughter was that age, and my son doesn’t really like baby foods, but had they been available when my daughter was eating baby food, I most likely would have tried them because they’re organic, and you can get more out of the pouch than scraping and shaking a glass jar or plastic container!

When I found their site I was pleasantly surprised to learn that they carry all sorts of healthy living products! Books, toys, cleaning agents, lotions, soaps, cloth diapers, eco-friendly disposable diapers, bowls, plates, utensils and even high chairs! I was really excited to see all of the neat stuff they have!

Also, if you hurry and get to it before April 15th, you can participate in their annual Easter egg hunt!

I try to live as healthy, green and eco-friendly as possible. However, I don’t always have the kind of money I’d like to allow myself to do so, but that’s what was so great about their site! I’ve seen so many green, eco-friendly stores online, and they’re all great, but they’re not all affordable. However, Ecomom is! Their prices aren’t astronomically high like many similar websites I’ve seen. This makes living healthier more affordable, and for many moms, more realistic. Many moms, like myself, can’t afford to fork out a small fortune in order to buy healthier products for their family and home. Ecomom provides a great source of healthy, organic and earth friendly products that won’t break your bank!

I had the oportunity to review one of their Play All Day cloth diapers made with 55% hemp and 45% organic cotton.

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I made a short video about the diaper, and you can view it below.

I will admit, although I am not a newbie to cloth diapering, I am pretty new when it comes to the various types of cloth diapers, as the majority of the diapers I have tried were either prefolds, or diapers I made myself. So, getting to try an actual diaper (not made by me!) was an awesome experience and I was pleasantly surprised!

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All of the diapers I have made and used were either cotton or bamboo. I had never tried hemp before. My first thought was that the diaper might be a little rough. Mostly because the only hemp I had ever encountered was the rough corded hemp you use to make necklaces, but I was pretty elated to discover how soft the fabric really was! It felt great! It wasn’t rough, or irritating to the skin at al! It was quite pleasant and pleasing to the touch!

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I preped the diapers as instructed on the tag that came with it, and then tried them out! They worked great! I used a diaper cover with them (I don’t like leak-throughs!) and they worked awesome! I have to say, I was shocked at how absorbant they were! My son had wet pretty heavily, but the diaper wasn’t even wet on the outside lay! I probably would have been okay even without a cover, but I still like to play it safe and use one, just in case!

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And my favorite part of all? My son couldn’t get the snaps undone! That is really the only struggle I have with cloth diapering. My son knows exactly how to get velcro undone, and he enjoys undoing it as well! So, keeping him in his diapers can be a next-to-impossible-task at times! But, he was unable to Houdini his way out of this one!

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The Giveaway

Ecomom has graciously offered to give one of our lucky readers their very own Play All Day cloth diaper, just like the one I reviewed! This is a great diaper, and one of you will be lucky enough to win your very own! This giveaway ends at 11:59pm Alaska time -09:00 on April 29th. This contest is open to  residents of the United States and Canada only.

So how to win you ask?

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That’s it! You have a ton of chances to win, so hop to it and win your very own  Play All Day cloth diaper from Ecomom!

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