Tiny Booties – Tiny Fluff
Newborn diapers – the cutest gosh darn things there is in the diaper world! Number one newborn cloth diapering question is whether or not it’s worth it to cloth from birth. Does it really save any money since newborn diapers are only used for a short time? I can’t answer as to whether it will save your family any money, but I can say it will benefit the earth and be a lot of fun!
Covers and prefolds are the most economical option so why bother with newborn all-in- ones? Convenience! Our family used a hybrid system. We used covers and prefolds at home, but we used newborn AIOs for when we were out and about. The AIO option meant there was no need to make sure we’d packed enough covers, prefolds and snappis for our outing. We could just grab a few newborn AIOs and go!
Along with making outings easier, newborn all-in-ones are as close to a disposable diaper as you can get. This means babysitters and caregivers will have a higher success rate with cloth if given AIOs as an option. As a full-time Working Mom, newborn AIOs were a daycare must have.
Before you head to Abbyslane.com and fill your cart with adorable newborn fluff, read below for all you need to know about the 3 most popular newborn AIOs sold.
Fit is always going to be the number one thing in the cloth diapering world that determines whether or not something will work for your needs. It’s like location, location, location when home buying. Fit, fit, fit matters a lot. We stashed up on covers and prefolds with 16 all-in-ones of a certain brand before my youngest was born just to find out the fit of this type of AIO didn’t work for his body shape. The absorbency was there, but this didn’t mean much if there were legs gaps and pee leaking onto my shirt while nursing.
We learned this lesson the hard way. Don’t be like us. Solution…buy some prefolds and then one of each kind of newborn AIO to try out. Once you fall in love with one (or more) styles, you can hurry and order more from Abby’s Lane. They’re known for their lightning fast shipping! They are like Amazon Prime of the baby world!
I’ve tested a lot of one-size diapers for absorbency and I have to say, I’m really impressed with these tiny little things. Each held at least 7oz. There are some one-size all-in-ones out there that hold what one of these newborn AIOs holds. What I’m guessing you all want to know is which one holds what so here it is:
Lalabye holds 7oz
Thirsties holds 8oz
Grovia holds 7.5oz
But wait! There’s more! The number one thing I’ve read over the years when it comes to newborn diapers is “they still fit but my LO out pees them.” So let’s fix this. You can customize the absorbency of these tiny diapers.
Have a boy? Thirsties has you covered! Since little guys tend to pee upwards, simply fold the tongue inserts in half and up towards the front and you’re good to go. Thirsties also have pocket openings on the backside of each tongue allowing you to add in some absorbency. It’s a small opening so something like a cloth wipe folded up would be perfect for a little extra oomph.
Then there’s the pocket on the Lalabye newborn diaper. How brilliant is this?! This pocket opening is wide enough to allow for Geffen newborn inserts.
The Grovia isn’t designed with a feature specifically for adding absorbency, but you could tuck an insert under the tongue to add absorbency.
Worried about the cost of buying boosters for a newborn diaper they’ll only wear a couple to a few months? Worry no more. All these boosters will be the best thing you’ve ever come across when your toddler starts to flood their diapers. Holding their pee and waiting to go all at once is great for potty training, but not so great for a diaper. When this time comes, remember these newborn boosters you once used and fight the toddler flood.
Materials and Features:
All 3 diapering options are backed by TPU as their waterproof layer, all 3 use natural fibers as their absorbing layers, and all 3 have encased elastic that don’t require rolling
- Velcro only closure option
- 4 layers of bamboo
- Stay-dry option with a micro suede material
- 3 rise settings
- 5-12lb weight range
- Velcro and Snap closure options
- 2 organic cotton and 6 hemp and cotton layers
- No stay-dry option
- 2 rise settings
- 5-14lb weight range
*has snap down option for umbilical stump
- Snap only closure option
- 2 layers of hemp/cotton
- Stay-dry from a microfleece layer sewn over soaker
- 2 rise settings
- 5-12lb weight range
While the weight ranges say from 5 to 12-14 pounds, keep in mind these are estimates only. The Lalabye newborn diaper is by far the largest of the 3, but Thirsties estimates 2 more pounds of weight range.
If none of these three options aren’t an absolute hit with your family, remember there are other options. You could take a look at Bumgenius, Rumparooz, Smart Bottoms, Sweetpea, or Thirsties Microfleece newborn AIO.
Feel free to reach out with any questions in the amazing Abby’s Lane Facebook group, Abby’s Chatties. If you ever have questions, this is the place to ask. Fair warning, there’s a decent chance I’ll pop onto your post and comment!
Just seeing that phrase makes me anxious. Sometimes I feel as though no matter what I do, I’m not doing well enough. I work too much, I don’t spend time with my kids enough, then there is food and activities on top of that. This mom guilt concept has completely derailed my life and I am no longer letting it define me.
Lately, our life with my three-year-old has been h-e-double hockey sticks. He is hitting, kicking, and just will not go to bed. Which leads to us yelling and attempts to redirect. Once he finally goes to sleep, the mom guilt kicks in. “I wish I didn’t yell at him or get frustrated” or “He’s going to have issues sleeping later in life because we yell so much.” It never ends.
What is Mom Guilt Really?
To me, mom guilt is that feeling that my children will never forgive me. It’s that feeling that I’m doing everything wrong even though they are healthy and thriving. But that is the kicker, they are healthy and thriving.
Do you know what I mean? My kids are happy, healthy, growing, learning, and simply amazing. All the other stuff that I put on myself is just that, I put it on myself. It seems that sometimes I let this mom guilt define my life and ruin my happiness. I should be able to make a life out of these lemon moments.
Don’t Let Mom Guilt Define You
This is my mission for myself and for all of you reading this: Take a deep breath and realize that you are doing a great job!
Don’t let mom guilt define you, stand up to yourself and shut out those negative thoughts. Yes, it’s a hard thing to do and no you won’t be perfect. Who is though? None of us are perfect and we are all making our way through this thing called motherhood. We will survive this time in life and it’s ok to feel guilty every once in a while. But, don’t ever let it define you.
Welcome back to my blog series, Fit Families with Naomi. In my last post, I reviewed introducing new foods and healthy tips for feeding your littles. Another part of encouraging kids to make healthy choices is involving them in the whole process, start to finish. So lets talk about how to get your kiddos involved! It’s great if you can bring your child with you to the grocery store. I always have my girls help me make a general list of things they know or think we’re out of that are staples at our home, like eggs, milk, fruit, popcorn etc. They enjoy checking the cabinets and fridge to make sure we’re officially out. We talk about where we will find the items we need, and then organize our list in appropriate groups.
Once at the store, offer choices and let your child choose between different healthy options. If you’re out of fruit, ask your child if they’d rather have apples or grapes? Out of vegetables? Cucumbers or carrots? Whole grain spiral pasta or bow ties? And so on. If they see a healthy item they’re interested in trying, and it’s in your budget, then buy it! Talk about what main dishes you’re thinking about making for the week and ask what sides they think would be best. Let them choose a salad dressing to try. Encouraging kids to make choices themselves and involving them in this way usually ensures they’ll be less likely to reject the food when it’s presented at a meal. Also a bonus of coming and helping you shop, lots of stores offer completely free incentives for kids. Safeway offers a balloon in their floral department and a cookie in their bakery, and lots of Whole Foods and Kroger offer a free fruit of choice.
Aside from big box grocery stores, it’s also important to remember that there are so many other options for gathering healthy foods. Taking time with your family to visit local farmers markets helps your community farmers by shopping small. If you’re able, planting your own garden (even if it’s just herbs!) gives kids a sense of responsibility, as they’re able to water and care for the garden with you. Also visiting local farms and “You-Pick” fruit places are wonderful because your children get to experience working for their food. We took our girls to a You-Pick Cherry spot this past week and they really loved looking for the “just right” cherries!
Back at home, having them help in the kitchen is one of the best ways to build up excitement for healthy meals and foods. Some great age appropriate ways that kids can be helpful are:
Obviously at this young age, a lot of what they’re able to help with will still require some adult assistance/supervision. Some ideas are to have them help wash fresh produce in the sink, using clean hands to tear lettuce for salads, stirring when stirring is needed (for instance ranch seasoning in Greek yogurt for dip), kneading dough, helping dispose of peels either in trash or compost, putting silverware away in appropriate spots (assuming sharp knives are located out of reach), putting groceries away, and scooping insides from potatoes of squash (spaghetti squash is a hit at our home!)
Cutting soft foods with a butter knife with supervision, measuring out liquids and dry ingredients when given proper measurement tool, crack eggs, squeeze citrus juice, set the timer, spread butter or jam on toast, help set the table, make their own trail mix bags, helping to load the dishwasher and rinse dishes in the sink with soap, and turning things over on the stove with a spatula (pancakes, grilled cheese) with very close adult supervision. My oldest daughter loves making personal pizzas; she spreads the sauce with a spoon, adds her favorite toppings and sprinkles the cheese on top. She also helps set the timer for however long the pizzas need to bake!
The great thing about school age kids is they’re learning about math and chemistry in school, and wouldn’t you know it, measuring is math and baking is chemistry! Have them use a kitchen scale to measure out serving sizes, like of lunch meat or cheeses. At this age they should be able to use a peeler, and a grater to peel or grate foods. Work on using a can opener with them (take note of the sharp edge of the can top for safety). Identify kitchen items such as whisks, measuring cups, etc by name as you go so as you continue to cook actual recipes they can find those items for you on their own.
Thanks so much for joining me again! Some things planned for upcoming posts are having an “inspiration” photo collage of healthy meals I’ve prepared for my littles that have been hits, as well as tried and true recipes our family loves, and simple healthy substitutions you can easily make. I am always open for suggestions, so if there’s anything you’d like me to cover please don’t hesitate to let me know!
I hear swim diapers are all the rage right now! Whether you’re a cloth diapering family or not, swim diapers are for everyone. They’re easy to use and come in some fun and bright prints.
A swim diaper is meant to fit more snug than your traditional cloth or disposable diaper. This is because its main purpose is to hold in solids. A swim diaper isn’t meant to absorb liquids; it should repel liquids so your baby or toddler isn’t weighed down by added weight.
Swim diapers come in numerous styles. Some have side snaps, some have rise snaps, and some only have snaps on one side. Below is a breakdown of the swim diapers made by Thirsties, Smart Bottoms, and My Swim Baby.
Thirsties comes in 2 sizes; size 1 and size 2. These two options give you a weight range of 6-40lbs.
My favorite feature of the Thirsties swim diaper series is the wide range of size options when purchasing only 2 swim diapers. The multitude of waist snaps accompanied by the 3 rise columns allows for a complete and customized fit.
The double gusset design is a nice added bonus when worrying about solids escaping into a pool. It’s nice to know this feature exists.
The design calls for snapping on both sides. This means you most likely need to lay your baby/toddler down in order to get the swim diaper on them. On the flip side, this will make for less of a mess when you have a diaper full of solids needing to be changed. You won’t need to slide the diaper down to get it off. Simply unsnap the sides and remove
Smart Bottoms comes in 3 sizes; size small, medium, and large. These 3 options give you a weight range of 8-50lbs.
The Smart Bottoms Lil’ Swimmer diapers have the softest elastics and outer material of all three styles. I feel assured my little one will be comfortable when playing in the water when wearing a Lil’ Swimmer diaper. Even though the elastics feel soft against the skin, they have a nice bounce to them. This bounce gives you the fit you need without having rise snaps. This does mean there are 3 size options instead of 2 when compared to Thirsties swim diapers, but the comfort can be worth it.
Like Thirsties, the design calls for snapping on both sides.
My Swim Baby:
My Swim baby comes in 6 sizes ranging from size small to size 3X. These 6 options give you a size range of 9-45+lbs.
Having 6 size options to choose from may seem daunting, but I found the My Swim Baby diaper to have the best fit on my little one. They do run small in my option so if in doubt, I’d size up. The best feature of this diaper is how one side is permanently in place. Putting this on my wiggly toddler was easy.
All three options are great options and all three have something the other doesn’t. Since it’s recommended to have more than 1 swim diaper, why not try out more than 1 brand. They’re all winners.
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