Friday, July 9, 2010

Cloth Diaper Reviews: Happy Heiny’s

Yet another new diaper I have tried is the Happy Heiny’s one size diaper with snap closure.


I’d heard a lot of folks say they love this diaper. From what I saw prior to buying one, it looked very comparable to most popular pocket diapers except that it is available in THE cutest prints (and lots of them!) which are quite tempting. There is just something so fun about slapping a cute print on baby’s bum. I quite enjoy it!


  • Lots of really cute prints!
  • It is a little roomier than some diapers I’ve tried. Fits both boys, but particularly Will- as he’s getting bigger. It’s nice to have a diaper with a generous enough fit to be easy to get onto Will. This diaper has a nice high rise and stretchy elastic.
  • Nice roomy pocket in the diaper which makes stuffing such a breeze! No frustration there!
  • A very fluffy and absorbent insert- good quality!
  • Snap closure (and this is a double-edged sword as you’ll hear later)- no toddler can get this diaper off and the snaps offer more durability in the long run. I also like that they don’t stick to anything else in the laundry cycles!
  • Overall good quality as far as I can tell.


  • Not an extremely great price. A little more expensive than my favorite bumGenius brand. It’s not outrageous, but not so wonderful in my mind that it justifies even that slightly higher price.
  • Snap closure! It takes me quite a bit more effort and a little frustration at times getting all the snaps lined up and snapped during diaper changes. This is no problem at all when changing Will who is very cooperative and patient and sweet during changes. It IS a problem, however, when changing Ephraim who can really put up a squirmy struggle and make life quite difficult during changes.

In the end I do think I prefer the snap closure to velcro for their durability factor and can manage to put up with the squirmy impatience of Ephraim. It has just been frustrating at times. There are more snaps on the HH diaper than other snap diapers that I have so it definitely takes a bit longer. This diaper is great for double or triple-stuffing for overnights or a long trip and holds up beautifully. No leaks! It fits well and looks super cute and I’ve enjoyed it a lot. It’s definitely a great addition to our diaper stash!

Conclusion: Would I buy more?

Well, that’s a hard question. The unique prints are tempting, but overall I found this diaper to be so similar to other pockets that there was nothing overly-special that would make me really want to buy more. If they were a super special price point or had some fancy feature that made them different, I’d be more tempted. It’s a GOOD diaper and I definitely like it. I just won’t be plopping down the money for more when there are other diapers that are a little cheaper that I like just as well. Now if this next baby is a girl- I may have to splurge on ONE super-cute girly print (but I may also have the self-control to not do that… maybe). So I guess I’m kind of neutral on the “would I buy more?” I would not mind having more as there is not much that I don’t like, but I probably won’t be buying more.


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Thursday, July 8, 2010

Cloth Diaper Reviews: Smartipants

One of the other new diapers I have tried recently is Smartipants. I'd had my eye on them for a while having seen some decent reviews and I was impressed by the low price!

So I ordered their 3-pack which (to me) is a tremendously good deal! I wasn't sure what to expect between the decent reviews and the low price.


When they came I was surprised that the diaper wasn't exactly as I expected. Instead of a pocket in the diaper in which to put the insert, it has a sock-like sleeve stitched in that is open on both sides of the diaper. The sleeve fits the insert snuggly enough that it doesn't fall out or shift while in use. "Interesting!" I thought.

Without further ado, I'll just dive right into the pros/cons.


  • Low price!
  • Snap-closures
  • Fits well
  • Trim fit. Trim under clothes.
  • No leaks if changed appropriately.
  • Insert agitates out in the wash cycle. No need to remove it before tossing dirty diaper into the pail. SO NICE!


  • Only has room for one insert. No doubling up on this diaper!
  • The insert felt a little lumpy after the first wash, but I shook it a couple of times and that smoothed it out perfectly. It feels as if there are some loose layers within the insert that may adjust during washing. Not a huge issue, but could be bothersome if it gets any worse.

Overall I am VERY pleased with this diaper! Especially considering the price! Despite only having room for using one insert (I almost always use two in all of my pocket diapers), this diaper is surprisingly absorbent while fitting nice and trimly. I absolutely LOVE that when changing the diaper I don’t have to do anything before tossing it into the pail (well, you know- providing it’s just a wet diaper). Since it is a snap diaper there are no laundry tabs to mess with and the insert just comes out on its own in the wash! It’s more like an all-in-one than most all-in-ones that I have in that respect! It washes up quite well and still looks just as good as new after several washes. It dries quickly and easily also. The only downside I’ve found so far is that I cannot use this diaper for overnight use since I can’t stuff any extra absorbency to take it those added overnight hours. But for daytime use, it is fantastic!

CONCLUSION: Would I buy more?

Absolutely I would buy more of these diapers! I will point out that I have not tried out this diaper on a smaller baby. (Give me a few months!) So I don’t know how it works (or doesn’t work) on a smaller baby. I have also only used these diapers for a relatively short amount of time so I have no idea of how they hold up under years or even just months of heavy usage. But if they continue to work as they do now and hold up well over time, I will definitely be highly recommending these diapers! So far I really like them!

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I found a fantastic video review of these diapers that allows you a much closer look and according to this review you CAN double stuff it! I’m gonna have to try that! Exciting!
Go here to see it:

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Environmentalism, Cloth Diapers, Composting, Packaging

I would never really call myself an environmentalist. But by most definitions, I suppose I am just a teensy bit of one. But I think of it totally differently. Here are my jumbled thoughts...

God gave us this one life, this one body, this one earth. We were told to be "good stewards." To me this means to treat the earth, our bodies, and each other with respect, dignity, and love.

I would never be so extreme as to say people should stop having children or start considering abortion/euthanasia "for the good of the planet." That's just (obviously) WRONG. I think it's a bunch of bologna that a few extremist environmentalists are saying these things. This is part of the reason I hesitate to even think of or call myself "an environmentalist" because I DO NOT want to be anywhere near in the same category as those types of “environmentalists.” I may want to save the planet, but LIFE is always the most important thing to respect and preserve.

We live in a very "disposable" society. People buy disposable products without even thinking about it. Paper goods, cleaning supplies, diapers, food packages/packaging, tons and tons of plastics... the list goes on and on. Our landfills are filling up with toxic waste that isn't going *anywhere* for a very very long time.

This is not to say that I'm not just as guilty. I buy these products too. I'm definitely not perfect. At all. I especially have a weakness for disposable cleaning supplies and I readily admit to using 2 or 3 in my cleaning supplies currently. And sometimes I just use paper plates or disposable cooking dishes to avoid doing dishes. I still have junk food on occasion (and thoroughly enjoy it ;) which usually contributes to the landfill in some way... Snickers wrappers. Little Debbie wrappers. Etc. It happens. But hey- soda cans go in the recycling! :P

But I'm trying to change how I think of the phrase "throw away" because really- we don't actually throw anything away. NOTHING GOES AWAY. It goes somewhere else. And sits on the planet in a landfill. This thought disgusts and horrifies me. Every single thing that ever goes into my trash will eventually end up in a landfill just sitting for who knows how long...

Cloth Diapers

This is part of the reason why I can no longer justify using disposable diapers. I may use them for a weekend away when I can't wash diapers. But other than those few times here and there, my conscience can't handle it. And I find it so very upsetting when I hear other parents say flippant or disrespectful things about my (or anyone's) choice to use cloth diapers.

How often do they think of the billions of toxic, chemical-laden, feces-filled, plastic diapers that are plopped into our landfills on a daily basis!? This practice is totally unnecessary!

Here are some environmental facts about disposable diapers:

In 1988, over 18 billion diapers were sold and consumed in the United States that year.4 Based on our calculations (listed below under "Cost: National Costs"), we estimate that 27.4 billion disposable diapers are consumed every year in the U.S.13

The instructions on a disposable diaper package advise that all fecal matter should be deposited in the toilet before discarding, yet less than one half of one percent of all waste from single-use diapers goes into the sewage system.4

Over 92% of all single-use diapers end up in a landfill.4

In 1988, nearly $300 million dollars were spent annually just to discard disposable diapers, whereas cotton diapers are reused 50 to 200 times before being turned into rags.

No one knows how long it takes for a disposable diaper to decompose, but it is estimated to be about 250-500 years, long after your children, grandchildren and great, great, great grandchildren will be gone.5

Disposable diapers are the third largest single consumer item in landfills, and represent about 4% of solid waste. In a house with a child in diapers, disposables make up 50% of household waste.5

Disposable diapers generate sixty times more solid waste and use twenty times more raw materials, like crude oil and wood pulp.3

The manufacture and use of disposable diapers amounts to 2.3 times more water wasted than cloth.3

Over 300 pounds of wood, 50 pounds of petroleum feedstocks and 20 pounds of chlorine are used to produce disposable diapers for one baby EACH YEAR.6

Initially, I chose cloth mostly because of the savings (We used to spend nearly $60 a month on disposables for two babies, now we spend NOTHING except for the little extra water it takes to wash our dipies) and that is a huge benefit. I also enjoyed how cute they were and how they are hands-down healthier for my babies' delicate skin. But now I have to say that the environmental impact has taken priority over those other issues.

Just thinking of contributing to the already overwhelming amount of plastic, feces-filled, chemical-laden, nastiness dumped onto our earth each day is enough to make me nauseated. Does no one else think of it that way? Because we all should! And it is such a simple thing that almost anyone can do to cut down on how much abuse the earth suffers because of us.


So much of what we dump in landfills is left-over food bits or things like egg shells, potato skins, apple cores, used coffee grounds/tea leaves, banana peels etc. A very easy way to reduce that and return it to the earth in a healthy way. Composting! It is ridiculous that we just started composting though and it embarrasses me that we kept putting it off for so long. But I'm happy to say we now are avid composters and it is so easy! We have a little compost bucket in our kitchen that has a lid that holds down any odors. Almost all scraps we create from cooking/eating go into that bucket and when it is full it goes out to our compost pile in the backyard. It is slowly just decomposing and returning into dark rich soil that we'll be able to use in our garden next year! SO SIMPLE! I love it! Again, this is such a great way to make another reduction to what goes into our over-full landfills. Remember, you can't actually "throw anything truly away."


We've started just trying to be aware of the packaging on the items we buy. Of course we still buy things sometimes totally wrapped in non-recyclable plastics and we send that off to the landfill along with all of our other trash, but it is good to be more aware of packaging options. Instead of plastic bottles of shower body wash, we buy bar soaps that at most have a little cardboard (compostable!) sleeve as packaging. That's just one example of something simple that can be changed to reduce our landfill contribution. I've also started making our own deodorant and tooth powder (used in place of tooth paste) and I use re-usable glass jars for those things so that is yet more packaging we no longer need and no longer put in the landfill. When there is something on our shopping list that can be changed simply to reduce packaging, I try to do it. This is still something I need to work a lot on as we've made a little progress, but I think could do much better.

I wish more companies would keep their packaging either recyclable or compostable. That would help so much! But until we as consumers make it clear that we won't buy the "trash," companies will continue to do just whatever makes them the most buck.

I wish every American would watch "Food Inc" and "No Impact Man" to see what our culture, greed, selfishness, and consumerism is doing to the earth, down to the very way our food companies produce our food! I feel like our planet is on the super-speed-highway to being destroyed where if we all just made a few simple changes, we could slow that waaaaay down!

I still have a weakness in many of these areas and in no way am I saying I'm "no impact women" but I am proud of the few steps we've taken and the progress we've made. The trash we send to the landfill every week has been drastically reduced in the last year or two in some very simple and easy ways.

Next I'll work on prying the disposable cleaning wipes, Swiffer accessories, paper towels, and disposable toilet wands out of my white-knuckled vise-like grip... :P

Cloth Diaper Reviews: Envibum

A few months back I saw a review for Envibum diapers and they looked so amazing I was instantly sorry they weren’t available when I first got all my diapers.

Well recently I bought two of them just to try them out and see if it would even be worth it to get anymore for the new baby. Here is my review of them after just a few weeks of use.

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  • CUTE!
  • Very high quality
  • Great company. Small, family-owned, they support good causes.
  • Super soft inside AND out! Comfiest diaper I’ve ever put on any of my babies. They seem to love it!
  • Very absorbent.
  • One-size with no adjustments necessary. Just so stretchy that it fits most babies!
  • Fit both Ephraim and Will beautifully and I love not needing to adjust any elastic or snap-downs! And they truly fit better than most diapers I’ve tried and seem very comfortable for the boys.


  • Very expensive
  • Take way way WAY too long to dry.
  • The inserts are not great. They bunch up and get all out of shape after one wash and do not recover well.
  • Claims to be an all-in-one, but for me isn’t really.
  • When not changed right on time it does tend to wick out to the outer fabric, but they last plenty long enough. Sometimes I just put off diaper changes too long. ;)
  • These diapers claim that you should leave the inserts in all the time. They advertise the inserts are “for the phase, not the day.” So for your heavy wetter, you include two inserts and just leave them in through wash/dry cycles. In theory, this sounded great to me! The problem is that I don’t think they EVER would have dried had I not finally given up and pulled out the inserts. I even went so far as to turn the diaper inside-out so it would finally get all the way dry. It was frustrating! And I found the inserts all wadded up/out-of-shape and they never really got very flat again.

Apparently you can use these diapers without the inserts, but with my boys at their ages, it wouldn’t last more than an hour without added absorbency. So it wouldn’t really work for me as an all-in-one.

CONCLUSION: Would I buy more?
I have enjoyed using them and will continue to do so, but I would not buy any more of these diapers. The bunchy inserts and drying issues are not worth it to me. And it’s too bad because I love the company, the extremely high standards of quality, and the plushiness of these diapers. They are so soft that even the girls love it when the boys are wearing them and comment on how soft the diapers are! So cute!

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