Third Time’s a Charm: Maternity and Newborn Giveaways!

Third Times a Charm Maternity and Baby Giveaways

Hello and thanks for checking out the Third Time’s a Charm event hosted by First Time Mom and Zephyr Hill! We’ve come together as veteran moms who have been there and done that to bring you what we feel are some of the best maternity and baby products out there. Each participating blog has a maternity and/or baby themed prize that’s at least worth $25. Hop around from blog to blog by using the linky in this post and see what must-have maternity and baby product each blogger thinks you should have!

Our grand prize packages are ones that Bert has tested and approved during her pregnancy with baby #3, Keira, as well as on Keira now that she’s on the outside world. We can’t wait for you to get to know our sponsors and their sometimes sanity saving products.


3TC maternity PackageMaternity Prize Package – These products can be used during pregnancy and some can be used after you’ve given birth to your new little one. Take a moment to check them out for yourself.

Spark of Amber - I reviewed the Raw Amber necklace in Campfire. I don’t have chronic pain so I didn’t really see a difference so my stepmother-in-law, who suffers from migraines at night, tested the necklace out. She definitely saw results and my father-in-law has said he’s noticed that she’s no longer in visible pain like she had been. You’ll be able to win an adult amber necklace in your choice of color!

Dr. Brown’s Gia Angled Breastfeeding Pillow – I first met this wonderful breastfeeding support last year at the Baby Ladies Baby Shower in Chicago. I loved how the pillow was shaped and the support it offered. Now that I’m using it in action I’m even more impressed. It’s ten times more supportive than the Boppy and both myself and my sister (who’s still currently nursing her 11-month-old son) like it a lot.

Mod Mum hospital gowns – There is nothing worse in my opinion than wearing the hospital provided gown during your entire hospital stay. They just look so bleh and let’s be honest, you’ve put in a lot of work the past months plus the labor and delivery. I love Lisa’s, the owner of Mod Mum, sense of style and the fabrics that she uses for her gowns. You’ll read my full review later but this is definitely a product you have to check out.

Chewbeads – Chewbeads are necklaces that mom wears that are safe for baby to chew on. I love wearing jewelry. Once my children turned four months I could pretty much guarantee I wouldn’t see another necklace around my neck for the next six months. That’s all changed with Chewbeads, they’re super cute and on trend too!

Maxwell Designs – If you’re not in the cloth diaper community using cloth diapers there’s a pretty good chance that haven’t heard about Canada-made Maxwell Designs. Maxwell Designs uses the best fabrics and their totes are so cute. Every bag, whether it’s a tote or a wet bag, is made with care which is one of the reasons this newer (to the US) company is really on the rise. I had the opportunity to review their cosmetic bag and I loved the shape of the bag. I also really liked the lining of the bag and how easily I could wipe away some of the loose powder that escaped in transit.

Pink Lemonade Mama Cloth – One time as I was folding Kendall, my oldest daughter’s, diapers and I touched the inside of the diaper and thought, “It would be nice to have underwear made out of this.” Well, you can! It’s called mama cloth and Pink Lemonade is the place to get it. For the event, I reviewed their Post Partum Pads. I was so impressed with how comfortable they were and how much they were able to hold without leaking.

Dana Decals – Wall decals are all the rage now and what makes Dana Decals stand out in my opinion are the designs they offer. You can walk into any big box store and buy some wall decal that’s in every home in your neighborhood. Or you could check out a shop like Dana Decals and find an original wall decal that will set your room apart from the rest. This is a must for nursery decorating.

3TC The Newborn PackageThe Newborn Package – What do newborns do? Eat, sleep and poop! Naturally the prizes in this package go right along with their basic needs.

Smart Bottoms – I love Smart Bottoms’ products and their commitment to provide organic fibers in their diapers. Plus, everything is made and sourced in the US. Their Born Smart diaper is the perfect fit on a little tush with skinny legs.

Thirsties – I’ve been so impressed with Thirsties’ hemp prefolds and of course their covers. In a jam and when I’m tired I just trifold the prefold and lay it in the cover. There’s a fold on the inside of the diaper that helps keep the prefold in place.

Nommy’s Nappies - Sarah and I go way back, okay only a year, but her Nighttime Nappy is my go to overnight fitted. The Newbie Nappy is just as high quality and efficient as the Nighttime Nappy.

Zookaboo!I just about go into credit card overload whenever I look at Zookaboo!’s website so when I had my very own newborn t-shirt with a diaper cover and match hat for Keira to wear I just couldn’t stand how cute she looked! I’m so excited for you to win one of your own too!

aden + anais – I adore these blankets!! I’m sure you’ve seen them everywhere. What sets Hayden’s Heart swaddler apart is the message behind the blanket. It’s to raise awareness for Congenital Heart Defect as well as to help the families with medical bills.

Crafting TreeYou have to check out this breastfeeding infinity scarf. I can’t wait to tell you more about it so keep your eyes peeled for the review.

Black Wolf Designs – Michelle, the creator of Black Wolf’s jewelry, is truly talented. I love the washer necklace that she made for me.

Honey Pot Herbals - Laura has been using a salve for the past few months on BabyCakes that’s from Honey Pot Herbals. She’s really liking how nicely it goes on BabyCakes’ skin.

Farm to Front Porch – Farm to Front Porch does all things burlap! I love her burlap wreaths and banners and I can’t wait to show you the banner she made for Keira.

The event runs from today until midnight on July 7th. Good luck! Simply enter by completing the Giveaway Tools form(s) below. You may enter to both packages, however, you can only win one of the packages. Open to US and Canada. Don’t forget to hop around from blog to blog!

The Maternity Package

The Newborn Package

Check out the other blogs!!

First Time Mom, Zephyr Hill and participating Third Time’s a Charm bloggers are not responsible for fulfilling prizes. Prize fulfillment is the sponsor’s responsibility and obligation.

Made in Canada Annual Cloth Diaper Giveaway

Welcome to the Made in Canada Baby (#madeincanadababy) Event, hosted by Canadian cloth diaper bloggers Thinking About Cloth Diapers and Maman Loup’s Den. This event runs from June 22th to July 6th, with daily entries and a special bonus for Canada Day (July 1st)!

Made in Canada Baby Gear Giveaway 2014 #madeincanadababy

Oh, Canada!

This event will showcase the wonderful works of many cloth diaper makers and other family-owned Canadian businesses from right across Canada. Discover brand new brands and revisit old favorites as you scroll through our list of wonderful sponsors.

More than 35 sponsors have come together in this massive giveaway to help us bring you close to $1,500 in prizes! We will be offering 3 wonderful truly Canadian prize packages, each with a value just under $500, as shown below. Each package contains a beautiful array of Canadian-made baby products for the little one(s) in your life! Many of the items are from brands that seldom participate in giveaways, so you definitely don’t want to miss this rare chance to win them!

Prize 1

Prize 1 #madeincanadababy 2014

Bummis was founded in 1988 and is still operating out of Montreal, Quebec. When it comes to fun in the sun, Bummis has you covered from the bottom up! They will be offering one lucky winner a sun package including one sun cap, one UV tee, and one Swimmi in the size, print and color the winner chooses – all made right here in Canada! Retail value $55.

From Abbotsford, BC, Mally Designs Ltd. makes stylish leather bibs, luggage tags, passport holders and more! One lucky winner will receive a beautiful baby or toddler bib in their choice of color and design. Retail value $45.

Gamine & Cie is a Canadian company based in Boucherville, QU that offers a collection of charming hand-made dolls, waiting patiently to be adopted and cuddled by the little ones in your life. They are offering one beautiful rag doll to the winner. Retail value $55.

Whether you have little ones headed to the swimming pool, day care, or summer camp this summer, you’ll love the prize from Lovable Labels Inc. Keep your kids’ things out of the lost and found bin with the Ultimate Camp Pack, which includes waterproof, UV resistant peel-and-stick labels and bag tags! Retail value $44.95

Flip Size offers the highest quality brand-name used children’s clothing at prices that can’t be beat! Here is a chance to try out Flipsize with a $30 gift certificate.

From dryerballs to laundry soda, and everything in between Nellie’s All Natural, from Vancouver BC, will provide an exceptional clean and help your family go green. They are offering one lucky winner a 100-load tin of Nellie’s All Natural Laundry Soda. Retail value $21.

Little Miss Bows and Bands makes headbands, clips, ties, and bow ties for you and your little one! One lucky winner will receive a gift certificate toward any Little Miss Bows and Bands product from this business in Ajax, ON. Retail value $25.

Pixie and Me Diapers, from Brockville, ON, sells handmade hybrid fitted and all-in-two diapers in newborn and one-size options, plus hazelwood jewellry. They are offering a beautiful “mom and tot” hazelwood hecklace set for you and your little one. Retail value $29.50.

From their home studio in Woodstock, ON, Janine’s Place, uses upcycled wool to make wool diaper covers, teething toys, slippers, and more. One lucky winner will receive a pair of Size 12-18 month handwoven wool slippers with an organic liner and anti-slip suede sole. Retail value $32.

Ellie & Sabrina, from Edmonton, AB, makes products including car seat covers, wool dryer balls, wet bags, and reusable snack bags. They are offering a Hide and Peek Nursing Cover made of machine-washable cotton, featuring a stiff top edge to allow airflow and eye contact between mother and baby. Fabric may not be as pictured. Retail value $24.

From Summerland, BC,LalaBaby Designs makes adorable hand-made diapers to keep your little ones snug and dry, plus snack bags, wet bags, diaper pants, cloth wipes, and suck pads for baby carriers! One lucky winner will receive an all-in-two diaper with a 4-layer organic bamboo fleece snap-in petal insert, and a wipeable PUL cover. Retail value $23.

Création Folie Plastic is a fun Etsy shop from St-Gilles, Québec. From bibs and super hero capes to teethers and pacifier clips and more, owner and designer Audrey Caron brings fashion to fuctional items. She is offering a pair of hand-made baby leggings and a matching teething/babywearing necklace (made of Canadian wood beads with a bamboo string) for mama! Retail value $40.

Cloth diaper retailer Cozy Bums is based out of Prince George, BC. They offer free shipping on orders over $99, and sell a wide variety of products including Canadian brands Bummis, AMP, Applecheeks, and more! They are offering one lucky winner an AMP Duo One-Size diaper and a 2-layer AMP hemp insert. Retail value $25.50

Green Bumkin is based out of Kemptville, Ontario. Owner and designer Amy Lanctot sews all-in-ones, all-in-twos, and the most amazing one-of-a-kind diapers featuring her intricate appliques. Her diapers sell out of her Hyena Cart store quickly, and so we’re excited to offer a custom embroidery slot (you choose the design!) for either a one-size all-in-one or all-in-two with insert. Retail value $32.

Harp Diapers are made by single work at home mom, Deborah Plett, who specializes in cloth diapers and accessories. If you’re looking for a custom diaper, Deborah’s up for the challenge! Her unique diapers, which often feature vintage cartoon prints, stock on Hyena Cart. For the Made in Canada event, Harp Diapers is offering a $35 store credit!

Prize 2

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Petit Velours is based out of Val-David, QC, and makes custom diapers, and also sells diaper-making fabrics and gives classes for mamas who wish to sew their own diapers. She is fluent in English and French and ships worldwide. Petit Velours is offering one lucky winner 2 diapers – a one-size pocket diaper (8-15 lbs) with insert, and a night-time fitted diaper in size medium-long (18-35 lbs). Retail value $50.

Rainbows & Lollipops offers unique and special hand-made prints to decorate your baby’s nursery, bathroom, and playroom! Based in Nicolet, QU, Marie works with customers to custom-design art to fit their decorating vision. One lucky winner will receive a $35 gift card and free shipping. Retail value $50.

Au Fait Mama provides breastfeeding apparel that helps you feel and look good. Their nursing shirts and dresses, made in Vancouver, BC, grow with you from maternity to nursing and beyond! A very lucky winner will receive an Au Fait Mama Nurture T-Shirt, made of luxuriously soft and stretchy bamboo fabric. Retail value $72.00

From their Toronto studio, Cate and Levi makes stuffed animals, puppets, and other beautiful products from reclaimed wool whose colors and textures are individually selected. Your little one will love to adopt one of their beautiful one-of-a-kind creations! In honor of Canada Day, they are offering a Moose stuffed animal made from 100% reclaimed materials. Retail value $60.

Cold Lipstick’s Garden is based in Morinville, AB, and crafts custom accessories including hats, headbands, ties, baltic amber teething necklaces, leggings, and more! One lucky winner will receive a made-to-order teething distraction necklace. Retail value $20.

Lil Squishy Bums, from Guelph, ON, sells hand-made cloth diapers and accessories. The winner will be able to select an in-stock product of their choice – a fitted diaper, pocket diaper, or squishy butt pants! Retail value $25.

From Sault Ste. Marie, ON, Canadian Cloth Shop makes diapers, wipes, children’s clothing, nursing pads, and much more! They are offering a Foxy Set, consisting of a 3-4T tank top and matching 2-4t capris in a very foxy print. Retail value $35.

My Little Lion Designs is owned by work at home mom Christina Kubik of East Gwillimbury, Ontario. She offers cute and durable waterproof items you will love, including wet bags, pail liners, diaper covers, and bibs. She also welcomes custom orders, so please feel free to contact her with special requests! She will work with one lucky winner to design and sew a custom one-size PUL diaper cover or swim diaper from her in-stock fabrics. Retail value $17.

Bottoms Up Cloth Diapers is a new cloth diaper boutique based in Aldergrove, BC. They offer free shipping on orders over $50, and carry brands including Funky Fluff, Lil Helper, and Mother Ease. The winner will receive a Mother-Ease cloth diaper product of their choice, with a value up to $24.

Nature Bumz is a Canadian family-run cloth diaper retailer based in Ontario. They carry a large selection of Canadian and US-made cloth diapers, including AMP, Applecheeks, Bummis, and more! They offer free shipping on all Canadian orders over $75. They are offering 2 lucky winners a $50 Gift Card for any purchase from their on-line store!

Natur-ELLE Cloth Pads are made in Moncton New Brunswick by Genevieve Losier. For our Made in Canada celebration, The Cloth Canoe Natur-ELLE Cloth Pads is giving away a gorgeous assortment of minky and organic bamboo velour cloth pads! The set of cloth pads includes one 11 inch heavy pad, one 9.5 inch regular pad and one 7.5 inch pantyliner. Retail value $38.50.

Ella Bella Bum cloth diapers are made by Sam Campbell and her team of production assistants and local seamstresses in Welland, ON. With their creative and unique designs and exclusive fabrics, this popular Canadian brand has quickly attracted a North American audience. One lucky winner will receive a one-size (15-35+ lbs) Ella Bella Bum embroidered pocket diaper with an aqua PUL outer, and a spring green athletic wicking jersey inner. Ella Bella Bum inserts are sold separately. Retail value $30.

Butt Ons Cloth Diapers is owned and operated by Hollee Tilma from Alexandria, ON. She sews fun and unique cloth diapers, including her popular fleece RONO over-night diapers. Inspired by their chunky-thighed heavy wetters, every Butt-On uses hidden layers of heavy poly fleece and/or bamboo fleece to contain leaks. One lucky winner can work with Hollee to choose a custom hybrid fitted diaper! Retail value $30.

Prize 3

Prize 3 #madeincanadababy 2014

The sisters behind Öko Creations began designing and manufacturing environmentally-friendly textile products in 2009, and their products are now sold by more than 50 retailers across Canada. One lucky winner will receive an Öko Creations Bath Poncho made of organic cotton. Retail value $46

From Niagara Falls, Ontario, Cotton Candy Eco Cloth is offering a cloth pad sampler kit including a light, moderate, and heavy cloth pad in nautical themed prints. Retail value $27.50.

Buncha Farmers is based in Stoufville, ON, and makes stain sticks, laundry detergents, and personal care products. One lucky winner will receive a prize pack including 3 stain remover sticks, 3 soaps, laundry detergent, laundry additive, 2 hand sanitizers, Manuka Honey moisturizing cream, +550 Manuka Honey facial cream, and a 30 SPF sunscreen with Manuka honey! Retail value $150.

Miss Molly Bowtique makes hair accessories for girls of all ages and is based in Comox, BC. They are offering a pack of 6 beautiful headbands to one lucky winner. Retail value $24.

Designed and manufactured in Toronto, Canada, RiNGLEY offers beautiful and safe teething toys made from 100% certified organic cotton terry cloth and untreated Maple wood from North American Maple trees that is naturally antibacterial. Their designs allow your baby to easily grip the ring and cloth, and can be used wet or dry. Your little one will love their sun-shaped teether Retail value $20.

Wee Woollies offers made-in-Canada merino wool base layers for little ones. Perfect for both winter and summer, merino provides a natural UV protection factor of 40+, while keeping your wee ones warm at their core. One lucky winner will receive a merino singlet and matching merino beanie hat in the winner’s choice of size and color, great for stylish summer wear. Retail value $52.

PeepOoie Cloth Diapers sells handmade cloth diapers from her home in Sebringville, ON. One lucky winner will receive a custom one-size pocket diaper (fits 16 to 45+ lbs) with a 3 layer microfiber insert. You can choose from over 50 outer fabrics and matching minky or microfleece inners! Retail value $28.

Prize pack #3 also includes a $50 gift card from Nature Bumz, a Canadian family-run cloth diaper retailer based in Ontario. They are offering 2 lucky winners a $50 Gift Card for any purchase from their on-line store!

Ömaiki was founded in 1997 and operates in Blainville, Quebec. They sell cloth diapers, training pants, breast feeding pads, swim diapers, and more! They have offered a 3.Ö (one-size hybrid diaper and bamboo insert) in winner’s choice of print and closure. Retail value $28.50.

Monkey Doodlez manufactures and distributes a wide range of cloth diapers and accessories, including diapers, swim diapers, wet bags, pail liners, wipes, and wipe cubes. Their products are sold by retailers across Canada and the US. One lucky winner will receive a swim diaper in their choice of print and size. Retail value $20.

From Whitby, ON, cloth diaper retailer Lil’ Monkey Cheeks sells a wide variety of brands, including AMP, Applecheeks, Funky Fluff, Omaiki, and more! One lucky winner will receive an AppleCheeks Little Bundle in winner’s choice of colour and size. Retail value $24.

Wow, that’s a lot of made-in-Canada baby prizes! We would like to thank all of the generous Canadian businesses who have supported us with the amazing prizes above! Now that you’ve seen all of the wonderful prizes, don’t forget to enter below! And be sure to support all of our Made in Canada event sponsors!

Please use the Rafflecopter form below, and good luck!

Open to Residents of Canada and US, 18+
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Giveaway runs from 12:01 AM Sunday June 22 (EST) and closes at 11:59 PM, July 5th (EST). Open to US & Canada.

Disclosure: I received no compensation for this publication.Thinking About Cloth Diapers, Maman Loup’s Den, and this blog are not responsible for prize fulfillment. Individual prizes in each prize pack are supplied by each sponsor, and the winner is responsible for communicating with sponsors for custom items and use of gift certificates. Winning entries will be verified. Winners will be notified by email and must respond within 48 hours or another winner will be chosen.

On behalf of all of the sponsors, we would like to thank the following bloggers for helping us to get the word out about the Made in Canada Baby Event.

Tiny Tush Elite 2.0 Diaper Review & Giveaway

Welcome to the 3rd annual Summer Cloth Diaper Giveaway Hop hosted by Heather from Mommy’s Favorite Things and Mama’s Baby Cupcakes. Giveaways are focused on everything that is cloth diaper-related! After reading my Tiny Tush review, and entering the giveaway, make sure to visit all the blogs below for a chance at more great cloth diaper prizes. Each has a minimum prize value of $25.
There’s also a Grand Prize giveaway where one lucky US winner will receive a package worth $375! With great sponsors like EweBGreen, Tidy Tots, Tiny Tush, and Smarti Pants, this package offers a little something for everyone or a great package for someone wanting to start cloth.

Tiny Tush is helping me to celebrate this year’s Summer Cloth Diaper Giveaway Hop! They sent an Elite 2.0 pocket diaper for review, plus two cotton pocket diaper stuffers in sizes small and medium.

I received the cute red and black “Derby” print. Here are the specs:

  • Waterproof PUL outer
  • White microfleece inner lining
  • Large back pocket for stuffing
  • Large range of sizing (4 rows of rise snaps)
  • Single row of wing snaps, including crossover snaps for skinny/small babies
  • Waterproof PUL fabric strip on inside front of diaper
  • Back elastic
  • 2 microfiber inserts (small 5.5×12 and large 5.5×16)
  • 13 colors sand 17 prints to choose from
  • Made in the USA
  • Retail price: $19.99


This is a very well-made pocket diaper with sturdy, high-quality fabrics, and evenly placed stitches and snaps. The inner fleece lining is super soft and a little thicker than many imported pockets I’ve tried in the past. All fabrics used by Tiny Tush are milled in the United States. The price tag is therefore higher than an import, but the quality really shows when you compare. Plus, you get 2 inserts instead of 1 and you can choose “fold to fit” inserts instead of standard microfiber, if you prefer.

And then you also have Tiny Tush’s fast shipping and 1-year warranty on materials, sewing and workmanship.

Having two inserts is definitely a plus. You can use one or both. When the diaper is fully opened on the largest setting, the large insert fits perfectly in the pocket. For 18-month-old Erik, who wears the diaper snapped up just once, I either use the small insert or fold down the front of the large insert a little before stuffing; it’s longer than most “standard” microfiber soakers. It’s very easy to slide inserts in and out; not only is the opening generous but the PUL is very slick (ever stuffed one of those diapers with a “sticky” PUL lining inside the pocket)?


Overall, I’ve been really pleased with the fit and performance of this diaper. It has a nice trim profile, especially through the crotch. The only thing I would change is to have double snaps on the wings, which is just a personal preference of mine. With both inserts in place, this is a really absorbent pocket diaper; I even tested it overnight on my 2.5 year old toddler, Susanna – it held her just fine until morning. Here are a few pictures so you can see the fit on my 18-month-old and 2.5-year-old:



I really appreciate that Charlene also send some of Tiny Tush’s cotton pocket diaper stuffers, since they offer the option of using a natural fiber. They are 2-ply organic cotton fleece; one side is smooth and the other is fluffy. Small measures 9×11.5 and medium is 9.5×13.5 after washing, and they retail for just $4.49 each. You can fold in half or fold in thirds (or even fourths for a tiny baby). I’ve used them to stuff in the pocket or just laid in a cover. The picture below shows the small and medium sizes, as well as the medium folded in half inside a waterproof diaper cover. I really like that Tiny Tush offers so many choices when it comes to inserts; you can have a more versatile stash with components made of different fabrics and that can serve different functions. These foldable cotton inserts can be used later on as burp cloths, clean up rags or even a small portable changing pad for your diaper bag. The cotton washes easily and dries in a normal amount of time.


Enter to win a Tiny Tush Elite 2.0, plus a Bumkins wet bag (12×14 inches). This giveaway is open to US residents and ends June 30th. Good luck!







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Mommy’s Favorite Things, Mama’s Baby Cupcakes and the Summer Cloth Diaper participating bloggers are not responsible for a sponsor who does not fulfill their prize.


Sweet Pea Bamboo AIO and Pail Liner Review & Giveaway


There’s something NEW at Sweet Pea Diapers! In fact, there are three new releases: the long-awaited Bamboo AIO one-size diaper, a large waterproof pail liner and two new prints for summer (Owls 2.0 and Chevron Purple 2.0). I confess to already having ordered two covers in the two new prints (just couldn’t resist and they are only $11 each)!




My friends at Sweet Pea sent an AIO tester and a pail liner some time ago, so we’ve had lots of time to try them out. Let’s take a look at the new bamboo AIO first. Here are the specs:

  • Waterproof PUL outer
  • Double row of snaps on waistband, plus crossover snaps for skinny/small babies
  • Three size settings via the snap-down rise (fits 8 to 35 pounds)
  • Bamboo lining
  • Sewn-in soaker with a bamboo velour top
  • Snap-in soaker with 3 layers of fabric (two bamboo and one microfiber layer on the inside)
  • PUL fabric strip on inside of the front waistband
  • Retail price of $21.95


You might be thinking that’s a lot of snaps to fasten at the waistband. It can be, but I only fasten two or three when in a hurry, and the diaper still stays put.

The photo on the left shows the AIO diaper with its partially sewn-in soaker; on the right you can see what the diaper looks like with the extra soaker snapped on top for more absorbency. You can also see the strip of PUL fabric on the inside of the diaper to help guard against potential leaks out of the front of the diaper.


Just like our Sweet Pea one-size covers, the AIO fits Erik really well. With plenty of snaps on the waistband it doesn’t shift or sag. The bamboo fleece gussets are snug and soft and the elasticized back helps keep messes in (plus it looks really cute from the back). It’s definitely a trim and super cute diaper (and it will be available in all the wonderful Sweet Pea colors and prints)!

The only thing I noticed that is a little different in the way this diaper is designed compared to my Sweet Pea covers is that the wings are lower than the front waistband, so they don’t line up evenly. You can see this in the picture below. Visually, I think it would look better if everything lined up, but this is just an aesthetic issue.


Drying time is normal, thanks to the fact that the internal soaker is only partially attached. This is a true AIO because you can literally just put it on your baby and go. The extra soaker is nice for extra absorbency and snaps in very quickly – much faster than stuffing!

And now for the pail liner.


It measures about 27.5 inches on the long side and about 22 inches along the bottom. The top is elasticized and it will fit a 14 gallon pail (as well as other similar sizes; the one I’m using is a bit smaller).This bag easily holds a couple of days worth of dirty diapers. What’s really amazing is the retail price – just $14.95! This definitely beats out several well-known competitors, and in my testing over the past few months it works just as well. Soaking wet diapers do not leak through; it is sewn and sealed very tightly.

The new Sweet Pea pail liner will be available in several colors and prints, including the two new summer releases pictured above (owls and chevron)!

You can buy Sweet Pea diapers in the United States and Canada.

And now…..Nancy told me that one of my readers is going to win TWO of these new products: a Bamboo AIO and pail liner in their choice of color (subject to availability). How exciting!! Enter to win below. This giveaway is open to US and Canada and will end on July 3.










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Estany’s Flame Teething and Nursing Jewelry Review & Giveaway


If you are a big fan of nursing and teething jewelry, then I’m pretty sure you’ll have fun reading today’s review (and giveaway)! I discovered Amber and Haze by Estanys Flame when Emmalee invited me to try one of her silicone pendant nursing necklaces. The first two things that jumped out at me in her shop were the incredible prices and eclectic selection. Her fun jewelry pieces start at just $7.00 and they are crafted from many different materials including silicone, wood, amber and hazelwood.

I picked this purple, blue and black pendant since these are colors I wear quite often:


The necklace is about 30 inches long and both pendant and beads are food-grade silicone. That means your baby or toddler can teethe on it to his heart’s content and you don’t have to worry about toxicity. The nylon cord closes with a plastic clasp which will safely pop open if pulled very hard. This style of Estanys Flame necklace retails for just $11.00, which is very competitive compared to what I see on the market.

Emmalee’s necklace is not just eye-catching; it’s very durable. Besides the strong cord and rugged silicone that shes uses, her workmanship is great. The necklace lies flat when I wear it, and everything has stayed put despite Erik’s pulling and tugging.


When I said there’s a lot of variety at Amber & Haze, I wasn’t exaggerating. Take a look! Her amber and hazelwood designs are especially unique.


Emmalee was also kind enough to send a complimentary sample of her Rash Repair ointment, which you can choose to buy with or without zinc oxide – I chose WITH because I like how zinc helps a rash remedy stay put on the skin. It’s the gold standard ingredient when it comes to protecting and healing diaper rash and I’ve never had a problem with this ingredient rinsing out of my cotton and bamboo diapers (you may or may not notice problems with zinc oxide on fleece and microfiber).

The Rash Repair I received was packaged in a twist-up 0.7 ounce stick tube, but you can also request it in a different container to make it easy to spread with your fingers. I would definitely prefer to apply with my fingers if I had the choice because the formula is firm at room temperature and it can be uncomfortable to apply pressure from the stick onto sore/inflamed skin.


Rash Repair contains all-organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Coconut oil, infused Raw Baltic Amber, Calendula Flower, Lavender Flower, Comfrey Root, Chamomile, Lemon Balm, Neem, Self Heal, Holy Basil, Chickweed, Mango Butter, Shea Butter, Beeswax, Aloe Vera, Vitamin E oil and Tea Tree oil. As mentioned before, Zinc Oxide is optional.

There are lot of healing ingredients in this balm that I’ve used before and highly recommend, especially Calendula, Comfrey, Aloe Vera, Zinc and Chamomile, but many of them are new to me as well. I tested the balm on a typical diaper rash and it worked great to lessen redness and speed healing. A few days ago, 5-year-old Benjamin got into something outside and came in with a inflamed rash on his neck. I applied Rash Repair to it and by nightfall the inflammation was almost completely gone.

If you are curious about Estanys Flame amber jewelry and its traditional therapeutic properties, Emmalee has created a really helpful page which explains the difference between raw and unpolished amber. Estanys Flame ships worldwide from Colorado and all amber jewelry is made to order. Customers can even send special requests for nursing and teething jewelry if they don’t see exactly what they are looking for in the shop. You can follow this unique family-owned business on Facebook for news, promos and stocking updates.

Enter below for your chance to win a package of 3 goodies from Amber & Haze by Estanys Flame: 1 nursing necklace of choice, a child-size amber necklace and a tube of Rash Repair! This giveaway is open WORLDWIDE and ends July 1st.









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8 Ways to Use a Wet Bag (Besides Diapers), plus a Giveaway!


Wet bags aren’t just handy for dirty diapers. Sealed seams and zipper closure make them much more secure than your typical tote bags. Plus, they are machine-washable and so easy to sanitize.

If it’s wet, smelly, delicate or needs to be organized…..a wet bag can help. To find a great selection of top brands, starting at just $7.95, click here!

Here are a few creative ways you can put wet bags to work:

PURSE FLOATERS: Use little wet bags and even reusable snack bags to corral the small items that tend to float around in your purse, or drift to the bottom: cosmetics, sunglasses, keys, store rewards cards, lip balm, hand sanitizer, medication, etc. Planet Wise bags are just right, especially the window bags that have a see-through front. No trying to remember what’s inside!


WET SURPRISES: Did rain spoil your play date or picnic? Did someone spill a drink on their clothes or unexpectedly wet their pants? Or perhaps the baby threw up on you. Family life is full of unexpected, and often messy, surprises. You will be SO thankful to have an extra wet bag (or two) in your diaper bag or car to gather up the dirty stuff and lock in odor.

BABY GEAR: Small wet bags and snack bags also work great for holding your baby’s pacifiers, extra bottle nipples, diaper cream samples and teethers. The Bummis Mini Bag (available at Kelly’s Closet) is the perfect size for this and comes in 4 fun prints that match their famous diaper covers:  A large wet bag can protect and store almost any style of baby carrier.


CONDENSATION CONTAINMENT: Keep a large wet bag in the back of your vehicle and stow all those things from the grocery store that “sweat” on the way home: jugs of milk, frozen foods, etc. Periodically wash the bag, just like you would a reusable tote, to get rid of potential germs or bacteria. Drawstring closure wet bags, like those from Rumparooz/Kanga Care, work especially well for this purpose.

SEWING PROJECTS: You can keep all your supplies handy for whatever sewing, knitting or crochet project you might be currently working on in a wet bag. Take it with you wherever you go and everything will be handy. Blueberry makes it easy to find a cute bag to hold your sewing supplies because of their fun selection of fabrics and competitive pricing.

FIRST AID: Create a first aid kit to keep in your vehicle at all times and use a (brightly colored: easy to identify) wet bag to hold everything in. It’s easier to store than a box and is also easier to clean if a tube or bottle happens to leak.

NURSING SUPPLIES: Use a wet bag to carry your breastfeeding gear. A good-size bag can hold a pump and supplies (tubing, bottles, milk storage bags, Lanolin, etc.). A wet/dry combo bag is perfect with one pocket for clean pads and one for soiled pads and burp cloths.


TECH PROTECTION: Protect your small electronics from moisture damage by storing in small sealed wet bags. I can’t count the number of times my digital camera has been protected by an accidental splash, spray or dunk by the wet bag it was in! I like that wet bags are less bulky than padded cases.

If you have creative ideas for using wet or dry bags, I’d love to hear them!

Kelly’s Closet, your one-stop-shop for cloth diapers and accessories, is giving away a $100 gift card to one lucky fan; enter the giveaway using the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck! You can also hop around to the blogs listed below and find more handy cloth diapering tips and tricks.











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How to Change a Child That Fights Diaper Changes


I’ve had mothers tell me that changing diapers is a nightmare. “By the time we’re done,” said one “I’m sweating and exhausted.” Some just get frustrated and angry at having to “fight” a baby or toddler at every change.

And this could all be easily avoided. Honestly. I’ve changed 7 babies so far, and it doesn’t have to be a struggle or a fight. Here’s my approach.

Obviously, try the gentlest method first. If you can distract your baby or toddler with a toy, snack or singing songs and making faces, fine. If you want to make things go more smoothly by having all your supplies ready and by working quickly, fine. 

But suppose you HAVE tried distraction and suppose you DO work fast, and you still have a little one that’s fighting you? Then it’s time for discipline. Diaper changes are a great little teaching opportunity. You can reinforce a simple little lesson (i.e. being still for a short time).

If you want your child to comply at diaper changes, simply state your expectations, teach what that means and if your child doesn’t comply, reprimand him. It varies, of course, according to age and temperament.

But the basic method (for older babies/toddlers) is:

  • Tell them what you expect during changes. I say “Be still” in a very firm voice.
  • Hold their body down momentarily to reinforce what “Be still” means.
  • If they resist or start to squirm/kick/fuss again, repeat numbers 1 and 2. Use a sterner voice the second time around.
  • If they resist again, it’s time for discipline. (If you get to this point and GIVE UP or GIVE IN, then don’t expect diaper changes to change!).
  • You can try a very stern verbal reprimand and maybe the good old “evil eye.” This can work for more compliant or docile children. Have a Kraken? We did. Proceed to step 6……
  • Pat him firmly but swiftly on the side of the leg. This is a painless way to get the child’s attention.
  • Repeat your expectations. “Mama said be still.”
  • If the Kraken fusses or kicks in protest, pat them again, a little more firmly this time. It still won’t hurt, but the most important thing that’s going on here is that you mean what you say and will not give up until your child complies.
  • Repeat from step 4 onward until you have a compliant child that is happy to let you change him/her.
  • Enjoy diaper changes from now on. (I do!)

(NOTE: A stubborn toddler who’s been allowed to behave badly for a long time at diaper changes will probably need firmer discipline, or a more serious punishment, than I describe above.)

You may have a couple of questions.

Is it too much to expect a baby to comply with diaper changes? No. They can respond to simple requests, and this one is pretty basic. And think of all the diaper changes ahead of you…might as well go ahead and meet the challenge now.

Won’t they just grow out of it? They’ll grow out of the diapers (hopefully!) but children don’t outgrow defiance. Oh, if only! Human nature being what it is, they’ll find new and interesting ways to cross you.

Why do you keep calling this “defiance” when they are really just bored or don’t like being changed? I’m not saying that every squirm or wiggle is an act of defiance. I’m not talking about little babies who get restless or fussy. But an older baby, and certainly a toddler, can understand what Mama means when she tells him/her to stay still long enough to be changed. This is not rocket science. If they are fighting against something you are trying to do, and you tell them to stop and they don’t, then YES, that’s defiance. True, this may be a small battle, but it’s a battle of wills nonetheless. You can choose to stand your ground, or cede to your child and expect more of the same with other things.

Isn’t it easier just to hold them down instead of making a battle over it? If you can only get a chance done by holding your child down by force, this is a red flag that they are basically out of your control (not an encouraging sign for the years ahead of you…). Additionally, it’s not pleasant at all to be pinned down, so please don’t do this to your child simply to avoid using sterner measures or physical discipline.

Happy changing!


Rebecca Foundation $1000 Cloth Diaper Giveaway #cloth4all


The Rebecca Foundation is one of my top recommendations for families who would like to use cloth diapers but are in financial distress. So I’m really happy to help promote their latest “Cloth 4 All” campaign which is spreading the message that cloth diapers are a simple, safe and highly affordable option for any family. There is a HUGE giveaway in conjunction with this campaign (see below)!

You can follow the #cloth4all hashtag on Twitter to keep up with all the latest campaign news.

And now a message from TRFCDC:

Eleven years ago on June 9th, my life was changed for the better. My gorgeous, amazing and precocious daughter Rebecca was born. She has always been my inspiration, brings out the best in who I am, and without her “The Rebecca Foundation’s Cloth Diaper Closet” would have never been started.

In celebration of Rebecca we are officially launching our Cloth for All campaign (#cloth4all) designed to break the stigma surrounding cloth diapers. Its purpose is to help teach the world one family at a time that today’s cloth diapers are simple, safe, and environmentally responsible, not to mention OH SO CUTE….

We put our team to work behind the scenes reaching out to some amazing companies that we wanted to do a HUGE giveaway celebration for the launch of our campaign and our brand new website. The immediate and overwhelming response from sponsors and bloggers was more than we expected. These amazing companies believed in what we are doing and were 100% on board for celebrating this event by providing some incredible gifts that we will happily pass along to you. Now I know what you are saying, that is an awful lot on that [entry] form…now trust me when I say this: it will be well worth the few moments to complete it. You will not only be supporting TRFCDC but also each one of these companies, run by hard-working moms and dads just like you. You may even discover a company you never heard of and find that perfect product you have been looking for.

 - Amanda La Bell, Founder and Executive Director of the Rebecca Foundation’s Cloth Diaper Closet


There will be 1 grand prize winner with a total estimated retail value of $1000.00. The prize package includes brand name and WAHM diapers, accessories and even some great things for mama! The prize I have donated is a bumGenius Elemental diaper in the beautiful Mirror color.


It starts June 9th and ends at midnight on June 14th at midnight. Be sure to follow all the sponsors and The Rebecca Foundation’s Cloth Diaper Closet Facebook page for updates.










Cuckoo for Cloth Diapers: Grand Prize Giveaway

This is the first annual Cuckoo for Cloth giveaway hop! You can enter to win some great cloth diaper prizes AND learn about some of the brands that your friends in the cloth diapering world are crazy about. Your hosts, the Zephyr Hill Blog and Irresistibly Green, and all the participating bloggers and retailers, wish you the best of luck with all the giveaways and a successful cloth diapering experience!

Here at my blog you can enter to win the Grand Prize which is valued at over $175. One lucky winner will receive:

  • 3 Incredibum Bamboo AI2 diapers
  • 3 Diaper Safari pocket diapers
  • Grandma El’s rash cream
  • Wolbybug wet bag
  • 3 assorted Planet Wise snack bags
  • EcoSprout diaper liners
  • EcoSprout Coconut Stick
  • 1 pair of “Sweet” bumGenius BabyLegs

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10 Things to Know Before Getting an Epidural

I wish medicated birth vs. unmedicated birth wasn’t such a testy subject. As Dr. Sears wrote “Birth is not a contest to see who can cross the finish line with the least medical assistance.” Personally, I love hearing any mother’s labor story, no matter what kind of a birth it was. A new baby is something to celebrate! 

Two of my labors involved epidural anesthesia. The last five have been natural. On one hand, I can dish about the relief that drugs provide. On the other, I love to encourage mothers to go natural and experience those benefits when at all possible. There are pros and cons to both approaches. I remember wanting to kiss my anesthesiologist when he made my pain melt away. But then again, I wouldn’t trade the natural high that comes immediately after an unmedicated birth.

This is the first of three posts about pain management during labor. Part two will cover natural/unmedicated birth. Part three is about the purpose behind labor pain and how it can work to your advantage.


When it comes to pain relief during labor, the modern epidural can be quite miraculous. However, an epidural is a powerful drug and a medical intervention, so I feel that it should never be administered routinely or without reasonable cause; the biological effects on both mother and baby are medically documented. Here is a brief rundown of possible side effects that it helps to be aware of: 

An epidural can slow down your labor and interfere with pushing. Epidurals numb your pelvic nerves and can result in a complete lack of feeling or sensation. When you can’t feel contractions, you must rely on the monitor and coaches for pushing instructions. Lots of ladies do this like champs and come through unscathed, but others (like me) push too hard or ineffectively, which can prolong labor and set you up for more pain after the drugs wear off. Anesthesia can also cause contractions to become sluggish, and lead to the dreaded “failure to progress.” (However, I should mention that in those cases where labor has been stalled, or the mother is in extreme pain or overly fearful, an epidural can actually help get things going again.)

An epidural can increase the risk of tearing. The loss of sensation slightly increases your odds of experiencing a 3rd or 4th degree tear.

An epidural can give you a massive headache or backache. Some unfortunate mamas experience pain in their backs, necks, shoulders and head for hours or even days after undergoing anesthesia. There’s no way to predict whether or not this will happen to you. Fortunately, I escaped this one.

An epidural can cause nausea, vomiting, itching and tremors/shaking. These are some of the more commonly reported side effects, but unfortunately, there’s no way of knowing if you will experience them. I got the shakes pretty bad after both of mine; it wore off several hours after birth. My stomach itched quite a bit, too.

An epidural hampers your mobility during and after birth. An epidural generally numbs you from the waist down, so you’ll be stuck in bed and hooked to a monitor, pump, IV and fetal monitor. After your newborn arrives, be prepared to spend many hours in recovery as the medication slowly wears off. Being confined to bed means losing the chance to use gravity to you and your baby’s advantage. (I remember being so jealous of my husband getting to be in the nursery with our firstborn while I was stuck in recovery.)

An epidural may require the use of a catheter. Without any sensation, urinary retention can result, so many hospitals routinely insert a catheter along with epidurals.

An epidural increases your chance of further interventions. Undergoing epidural anesthesia can slightly raise your risk of needing additional interventions like forceps, vacuum extraction or even a c-section, and for various reasons including a drop in maternal blood pressure, stalled or sluggish labor and increased “fetal distress” readings on the monitor.

An epidural crosses the placenta. Effects sometimes experienced by the fetus and/or newborn include changes in heart rate, breathing and respiratory issues and sluggishness. Fortunately, these are usually temporary problems that wear off as the drug leaves the baby’s system.

An epidural can lessen the effects of beneficial hormones naturally produced during and after labor. Epidurals reduce the release of oxytocin (the “love” hormone and uterotonic hormone) and beta-endorphin (the stress-response and pain management hormone) by the mother, thereby blocking or decreasing their beneficial effects. An epidural can also potentially rob you of that incredible super-mom-like “natural high” experienced just after birth, which is hormonal in origin.

An epidural can cost more than non-medicated birth. This will depend on your insurance plan (if you have one). Military plans and Medicaid may full cover it. It is billed as an additional procedure and will usually involve multiple charges for the medication and for the services of the specialist.

It’s always wise to be educated before labor and delivery, and weigh the pros and cons of every intervention with your health care provider. Whatever you and your doctor/midwife decide, I wish you a happy and healthy delivery, and a happy and healthy newborn!

Click here to proceed to part two: Things to Know Before Giving Birth Naturally