Cloth Works! Win a Diaper Package Worth Over $200

Nissa from Cloth Diaper Guru blog is celebrating her new job!  If you’re a busy parent, you know that Cloth WORKS! Cloth diapers save money and they are great for the environment.  Cloth diapers can even be used in daycare centers.  Visit Cloth Diaper Guru blog for lots of tips on being a cloth diapering and working parent, and read Celeste’s recent post for great how-to advice about cloth diapers and daycare.

Cloth Diaper Guru is inviting you to celebrate with us.  But, this isn’t just any celebration: this is
a huge, $200+ Giveaway to celebrate cloth diapering and the work that mothers do. Let’s learn more about our sponsors:

Johnette’s Jams: Two Jamberry Wrap Sheets and a Manicure Set ($42) You might think you don’t have time to look fabulous, but every mom can have perfectly manicured nails, with Jamberry!  These nail wraps stay on for two weeks (up to 6 weeks on toes) and they do not chip. Tip: host a party and receive free products!



Ella Bella Bum: Custom Cloth Diaper ($30+) Do you want a one-of-a-kind cloth diaper that is impressively photo worthy?  Sam from Ella Bella Bum has done it again with this gorgeous cloth diaper.  Ella Bella Bum diapers are so sought after, you might need to stalk their Facebook page to have the opportunity to purchase one.

The Parenting Patch and Give it Love: $50 Gift Card to Nicki’s Diapers: Two of our favorite sites are teaming up to give you the opportunity to have your own shopping spree at Nicki’s Diapers. If you aren’t already following The Parenting Patch and Give it Love on Facebook, you should head over and return the love.

Green Team Distribution: EcoNuts, Diaper Dawgs Spray Collar, and Changing Diapers Book ($38) Cloth Diaper odors? Be gone!  EcoNuts are a must-have for cloth diapers and clothing and Agnes recently fell in love with this new laundry solution (read her review). Make cloth diapering more fun and less messy with a Diaper Dawgs Spray collar.

Smart Bottoms: Cloth Diaper Wet bag and Stay Dry Fleece Liners ($23) Keep your baby dry and comfortable with these fleece diaper liners, and store soiled diapers in style.  Smart Bottoms diapers and accessories are made in the USA!

Cloth Diaper Guru and Kelly’s Closet: BumGenius 4.0 ($17) You can never have enough cloth diapers!  We love our affiliate partners at Kelly’s Closet and are excited to have the chance to give away a top-rated cloth diaper–especially one that worked well for our kids.

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This giveaway is open to US and Canada, ages 18 years of age and older. Falsified entries will be removed and entries from sweepers using “dummy” social media accounts will be disqualified (play fair and have fun!).

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Newborn Cloth Diaper Reviews, and a BIG Giveaway!

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A new baby at Zephyr Hill means more newborn diaper reviews AND a giveaway! When Ingrid arrived, I was able to try some brands we didn’t have when Erik was born.

Here are the updated posts, grouped according to style:

Newborn Diaper Covers
Newborn Fitted Diapers
Newborn AIO Diapers
Newborn Pocket Diapers
Newborn Prefolds and Flats

For the giveaway, there will be two winners!

Grand Prize winner receives a package worth $130!

  • JuJuBe “Super Be” diaper bag: choose between the Shadow Waltz and Royal Envy prints
  • Sweet Pea Newborn AIO (gender neutral), courtesy of our friends at Sweet Pea Diapers!
  • Imagine Stay Dry AIO (Indigo)
  • Imagine Newborn Diaper Cover (Emerald)
  • Rumparooz Newborn Diaper Cover (Peacock)
  • Thirsties Duo AIO, Size 1 (Honeydew)
  • Thirties Duo Wrap, Size 1 (Aqua)
  • 3 Pairs of Snap-EZ Nursing Pads in Assorted Colors

Runner Up receives a $20 gift card to Nicki’s Diapers! It starts August 28th and ends at midnight on September 8th. Open to both US and Canada.

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Good luck and thanks so much for helping me celebrate Ingrid’s arrival!

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Tiny Love 3-in-1 Rocker Napper Review & Giveaway

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The Tiny Love 3-in-1 Rocker Napper is a versatile piece of baby gear which converts easily from a seat to a napper and grows with your baby. I received a Rocker Napper in the brown and red design to review, and it came just in time for newborn Ingrid!

Here are the specs:

  • Three options: napper, tilted seat and inclined seat (pictured below) – a red lever on the back is used to adjust positions, and bars on the front and back of the legs allow you to switch from stationary to rocking.
  • Gentle vibrations (requires C battery)
  • Nine different tunes and lights (requires three AAA batteries)
  • Curved legs that allow you (or an older infant) to manually rock the seat
  • Two hanging toys
  • Washable bassinet and sleeping pad
  • Recommended from birth to 40 pounds
  • Measurements: the sleeping area is about 27 inches long and 13 inches at its widest; when in the completely flat (napper) position it’s about 10 inches off the floor
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It took about 30 minutes to assemble and was pretty straightforward with the exception of two small white plastic clips (“Part L”) that were pictured in the manual but no instructions were given as to their function. A call to Tiny Love revealed that they are anchors which go under the bottom of the seat to keep it from sliding. Tiny Love’s service department was very prompt and helpful and also sent me a set of complete instructions via email which explained exactly how to install and use the clips.

Ingrid sleeps very soundly in the Rocker Napper, and judging by its size I would say she’ll fit comfortably in it for a few more months.

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What I like:

  • If your baby falls asleep while in the seated position, you can gently and quietly adjust it down to the napper position without disturbance using the red lever on the back.
  • The seat and pad are very soft and cozy.
  • The music is appealing, not annoying at all, and the volume can be adjusted.
  • Even at the young age of just 3 weeks, Ingrid is already very captivated by the hanging toys, music and lights. I often find her gazing quietly up at them.
  • You can adjust the height of the toys by means of a velcro strip.
  • The arm which holds the toys swivels so you can move it out of the way.
  • The Rocker Napper is easy to pick up and move around the house.
  • Ingrid loves taking naps in it, and that’s just what I was hoping for!

What I would improve:

  • Young infants might need added support to sit comfortably; Ingrid is almost a month old but starts to slump to one side unless I anchor her with rolled blankets.
  • It’s low to the ground so it didn’t work bedside as I had planned because of having to reach way down. Young children will need to be closely watched when the baby is napping, since the Rocker Napper is well within their reach.
  • Hopefully, the next edition of the manual will have complete instructions and usage guidelines (not just pictures).
  • The rocking feature works better on hardwood floors than it does on carpet.
  • The size range for the rocker seat (up to 40 pounds) might be too broad; Erik is 18 months old and 24 pounds and has maxed it out (see photo below). But if you invest in the Rocker Napper right after birth, you’ll still get a lot of use out of it.

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Tiny Love is giving away a Rocker Napper, just like I reviewed, to one lucky reader in the US! Enter the giveaway below, and good luck!

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New Swaddles from Summer Infant, plus a Giveaway!

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It’s so wonderful to see more babies being swaddled these days, because it’s such a simple and time-tested way to help them feel cozy and safe. Summer Infant recently added two more products to their swaddling line-up, and sent an assortment of wraps for us to try on newborn Ingrid: the SwaddlePod, the SwaddleMe, the SwaddleMe WrapSack and the Wearable Blanket:

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With the new product additions, Summer Infant now offers 4 stages of swaddling options since a baby’s needs change over time. Here are the specs on each, plus my thoughts:

Stage 1: SwaddlePod [5-10 lbs] Mimics the womb and helps keep your baby safely on his or her back.

Made of soft cotton with a touch of spandex, this wrap fits very closely to my tiny little girl and makes her feel very secure. I like the zipper protector near the neck and the fact that the zipper goes both ways to make changes easier. I use SwaddlePod only when it’s time for a good long stretch of sleep because it works amazingly well; like many newborns, Ingrid needs regular waking for nursing, so I don’t want her sleeping too long!

Stage 2: SwaddleMe [7-20 lbs] Wraps your infant safely and securely for sleep until he or she starts rolling over.

I like this wrap even better than the SwaddlePod because of the adjustable wings. You make it as snug as you need to. The hook and loop attachments are secure without being scratchy at all. For diaper changes you simply unwrap the wings and open the pouch up.

Stage 3: SwaddleMe WrapSack [7-20 lbs] A traditional swaddling sack that allows you to place your baby’s arms in or out of the wrap.

Being able to keep Ingrid’s arms inside or outside the sack makes this the wrap that I reach for most often. Even though she’s just a week old, she already likes to suck her fingers. And when I’m nursing her, I don’t want her to get too warm or cozy or she’ll fall asleep on me. Being able to wrap her with arms out is such a handy thing. This is a very versatile swaddler and definitely is the one I’d buy for a friend if I had to pick just one. Oh, and I LOVE the bumble bee print!!

Stage 4: ComfortMe Wearable Blanket [12-24 lbs] A wearable blanket that will keep your older infant warm and cozy without the need for loose blankets in the sleeping area.

Because of Ingrid’s size/age, I wasn’t able to test the wearable blanket, so I’ve put it aside for later.

You can click the photo for a larger image

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Here’s a quick recap of the Summer Infant swaddling system so you can see how they grow with your child. In addition, you can find plenty of helpful swaddling resources, at the Summer Infant website. Swaddles can be purchased on their website or at a variety of Summer Infant retailers – both online (like Amazon) and in stores.

Summer Infant is giving away a 4-pack of swaddles to one lucky reader, just like I reviewed! Giveaway is open to US residents only and ends Monday, August 25th. Good luck!

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Imagine Cloth Diaper Giveaway

 

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I’m giving away a cute gender-neutral Imagine Baby diaper set as part of the 3rd annual “Accessorize Your Stash in August” Giveaway Hop, hosted by the Blogging Mamas Network. All of the giveaways listed below follow this theme, so hop around for chances to win things like wipes, wet bags and more (including diapers). Be sure to enter the Grand Prize Giveaway which includes a QD Diaper Sprayer and a Planet Wise wet bag.

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My Imagine Baby prize package includes:

  • Waterproof one-size Imagine diaper cover in the “Trumpet” print
  • Matching Imagine “Trumpet” leggings – one size, fits most, cotton/nylon/spandex
  • Imagine washable fleece “stay dry” diaper liners

I like shopping for Imagine Baby over at Nicki’s Diapers because the covers always ship free, and there are SO many choices in this product line – diapers, wipes, leggings, prefolds, flats, AIO’s and even newborn diapers! Prices are super affordable, too.

This giveaway is open to readers in both the US and Canada and there are lots of FREE daily entries you can come back and claim. Good luck!

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Let’s Celebrate the New Baby with a bumGenius Chaplin Giveaway!

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Since we didn’t know our baby’s gender, I bought the Limited Edition “Chaplin” Flip cover when it was released last month.

We were blessed with a sweet baby girl. So I’m giving the Flip cover away!

Enter using the Rafflecopter form below. Giveaway ends in 6 days and is open to both my US and Canadian readers…good luck!

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Bloggiversary Giveaway: Win 4 Diapers Plus Inserts!

 

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I’m helping Lindsay at Maman Loup’s Den celebrate her 1-year “Bloggiversary” and her 5,000 Facebook fans milestone! To celebrate, she is giving away her four favourite diapers (that are readily available in stores, since she really loves Jules, but doesn’t have a spare kidney to score an extra one.)

The giveaway prize will be:

For even more chances to win prizes and take advantage of limited-time coupon codes, make sure you RSVP to the #MamanLoupThanksYou Facebook Event!

That’s all – easy as pie. Good luck to everyone and please stop by Lindsay’s Facebook page to say hello or congratulations!

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Diaper Junction One-Size Cover and Unbleached Flats Review & Giveaway

What’s colorful, trim-fitting, versatile and only $7.95? The Diaper Junction (aff) one-size cover! I’ve been really impressed with my purchase of a few months ago and wanted to share a review with you, just in case you’re on the fence about this product.

For my Diaper Junction review, I chose the Cobalt color, a nice deep blue that looks pretty sharp on both my guy and my gal. MENTION NEW PRINTS/COLORS

Here are the basic features of the Diaper Junction brand diaper cover:

  • It’s made of waterproof TPU. TPU is slightly softer and more pliable than PUL.
  • The inside of the cover has a flap at the front and back to help secure inserts or diapers. The back flap is elasticized for even better performance.
  • The inside is wipeable, which means you can reuse it a few times if it isn’t soiled with #2.
  • The rise features 3 rows of snaps, which translates to 4 size settings (three snapped up and one completely open).
  • The wings close with 1 snap and then have 2 additional hip snaps for further adjustment.
  • The snaps are covered on the inside with a thin white piece of fabric.

After about four months of regular use, here’s my feedback.

WHAT I LIKE:

  • The TPU fabric is silky smooth and makes for a very trim-fitting cover. It’s a little thinner than some of my other covers, and for that reason I was hesitant at first, but it has performed just as well.
  • The covers has washed and worn extremely well, with absolutely no visible wear or fading of colors.
  • The leg elastics are snug and comfortable and haven’t loosened up at all.
  • It fits well on both my 1 year old and my 2 year old, although I’ve been using almost exclusively on the younger one.
  • The wings are nice and stretchy.
  • It’s a roomy cover that fits well over fitteds, prefolds, flats or whatever else I feel like putting inside. Sizing is very comparable to a Flip diaper cover, with the only noticeable difference being the wing style and roominess in the rear (DJ cover is a bit more generous).
  • It’s performed great overnight.
  • The elastic sewn inside the back flap helps hold inserts in place better (in my opinion) than other covers with regular flaps.
  • You can choose from 12 different colors!
  • It’s only $7.95.

WHAT I WOULD CHANGE

    • Looking at the photo above, you can see how the snaps on the waistband are angled somewhat, and not straight up and down. This is the only thing I would change about the cover – to have the snaps straight up and down. Every once in a while, I feel like I can’t quite get the exact fit I want with the waist snaps.

This is the Diaper Junction cover on Erik; in this picture he is about 14 months old and 21 pounds. Scroll down to the end of the post for a picture of the cover on a toddler.

These would make an ideal cover choice if you’re working on building a budget stash. My recommendation? Pair these Diaper Junction covers with Diaper Rite flats (also a DJ product). Diaper Rite birdseye cotton flats are sold in packs of twelve; you can choose from sizes small (27×27) and large (32×32) – measurements are prior to washing and drying. I bought unbleached Diaper Rite flats, since they are softer than the standard white. Flats are just one big square layer of fabric, so they wash and rinse out fantastically and dry super quick. I have a dozen of the smalls, and typical of cotton, they do not shrink up perfectly after the initial prepping. That is, they aren’t perfect squares, but they’re close. After you fold them up it doesn’t really make a difference anyway.

Small flats are $21.95 for a dozen, so that comes to $1.83 per diaper; one dozen larges are $26.95, bringing the cost per diaper to $2.25. Super economical!

There are two very easy ways to use Diaper Rite flats with the Diaper Junction covers. Pad-fold the flat (click here for quickie tutorial) and insert into the flaps of the cover:

Or try this simple fold with a Boingo or Snappi fastener if containment of messy poo is a going concern. This flat fold is one of the easiest you’ll find (sorry, I don’t do Origami, Kite, Mini Kite or Adapted Kite – LOL). It doesn’t even have a name that I know of. I call my creation the Custom Fold because you pick the width and length that you want.

There are only 4 steps. Easy, easy, easy!

Something else I really love about my soft unbleached flats: in a pinch I can grab them for other uses – burp cloth, clean up cloth or even an emergency changing mat for our bed (folded in half). Fitted diapers, AIO’s and pocket diapers just aren’t that versatile.

If you are thinking of grabbing a few of these bargain covers for your little one, here are the vibrant colors you get to pick from!

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A closer look at the two new colors (Rainforest and Antigua) plus my favorite of the new prints – Scottie!

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Here’s your chance to try the Diaper Junction one-size cover for your baby….for FREE! Enter the giveaway using the Rafflecopter form below, and you’ll have a shot at TWO one-size covers (choice of in stock colors) – thanks to our friends over at Diaper Junction! Open to US and Canadian residents. Allow 2-4 weeks for prize fulfillment.

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Smart Bottoms Newborn AIO Giveaway

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The Smart Bottoms newborn diaper will be available in three new color combos this fall! Starting July 25, 2014 you’ll be able to buy their tiny “Born Smart” AIO’s in Lil’ Monster (purple and orange), Limelight (green and purple) and Crushin’ It (orange and green).

Here are the specs:

  • Organic cotton interior soaker plus a snap-in organic cotton doubler
  • Colorful waterproof PUL outer with an umbilical cord cutout
  • One additional set of snaps on the rise to give your newborn some extra growing room
  • Inner pocket for extra absorbency, if desired
  • Fits babies 6 to 16 pounds
  • Retails for $18

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New colors are big news and Smart Bottoms wants to celebrate by giving one of my readers a newborn diaper in her choice of the 3 new colors!

THERE’S MORE TO BE EXCITED ABOUT: I received a Born Smart in the new Limelight color to review on my newborn, so be sure to look for that in your inbox very soon. Just waiting on baby to come!!

This giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents and ends on August 4th at midnight. Good luck!

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bumGenius 3-Pack Diaper Giveaway

Welcome to the bumGenius 4.0 Cloth Diaper Giveaway!

You can enter to win a package of eco-friendly cloth diapers which fit from birth to potty training! This giveaway is being hosted and sponsored by Sam at the Crunchy Livin Mama Style Blog. Sam has been cloth diapering for over 4 years and has tried many brands, but one of her favorites is bumGenius, namely the one-size 4.0 pocket diaper. I’m happy to share this opportunity for my readers to add 3 of these top-rated diapers to their stash!

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The bumGenius 4.0 fits most babies from 7 to 35+ lbs. The diapers are well-fitting, highly absorbent and have a stay-dry lining inside. You can choose from either snap or hook & loop closure.  Each diaper comes with both a newborn and one-size insert. The newborn insert is great for the first few months when you need absorbency but not too much bulk. The larger insert is adjustable for the perfect fit.  It can be snapped over itself for more absorbency in targeted spots. Another way to use the newborn insert is for a nighttime booster if you have an older, heavy wetter. One really nice feature of the 4.0 is the overlap at the back of the diaper opening to cover the pocket area. It gives a clean look to the back of the diaper but it helps eliminates any redness from the elastic along the back of the diaper. To adjust the fit of a 4.0, use the 3 rows of rise snaps and double row of waistband snaps. Visit Crunchy Livin’ Mama Style to learn more about her experience with bumGenius!

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You can connect with bumGenius on Facebook and Twitter.

To Buy: You can purchase bumGenius! products through a handful of retailers.
To Win: One winner will be chosen to receive a 3-pk of bumGenius 4.0 Cloth Diapers valued at $54.

OPEN TO US RESIDENTS ONLY

This giveaway will begin July 25th and run through August 8th at 11:59pm. The winner will be chosen at random through Giveaway Tool. The winner E-mailed and given 48 hours to claim their prize. They will then be announced on the Giveaway Tool. The winner will receive the prize shipped to them from Crunchy Livin’ Mama Style. Any other participating blog is not responsible for prize shipment. Must be 18 years and older. Facebook, Twitter and Google are in no way affiliated with this giveaway. No Purchase Necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Open to US residents only.

Zephyr Hill Blog was not compensated for the promotion of this giveaway. All opinions are our own and were not influenced in any way. Keep in mind what works for us, our children or our family may not work for you. The sponsor will be responsible for prize shipment. Any participating blogger is not responsible for prize fulfillment. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google and any other social media are not affiliated with this giveaway in any way. This disclosure is done in accordance with the FTC. If you have any questions regarding this post, please email Sam at Samantha@Crunchylivinmamastyle.com.