Giveaway Alert! Bamboo Bums is giving away $25 Bum Bucks (e-gift certificate) to one lucky reader! All readers win with a coupon code good until Dec. 15th! Details at the end of post!
I’m quickly learning that in the world of cloth diapers the possibilities are endless! You can have your prefolds, flat folds, pockets, all in ones, all in twos, one size, sized, velcro, aplix, snaps, loopy doos, microsuede, bamboo, hemp, organic, cotton….well you get the picture! It can be a little overwhelming for the newbies but it’s actually quite exciting for the seasoned cloth diapering mamma (or pappa!). I was just reading an article today about using receiving blankets and t-shirts as diapers!
I have also come to realize that cloth diapering parents can differ in what they prefer. Some parents are really after the most economical cloth diapers that are out there while others are looking for the easiest options available. If there is one thing I’ve learned it’s that there is no perfect diaper and no perfect system…you really have to do what’s best for you…and only you know what that is!
Our newest fluff is a deep red Bamboo Bum! I decided on red because it was fall, which means football, and that’s our team colors. When our new fluff arrived I had two initial thoughts…1) OMG this is soft, and 2) what the hell am I suppose to do with all these snaps! Every Saturday this fall Lil B has been sporting her red Bamboo Bum Utility Diaper under her UGA attire! During the week I’ve tried it for day and for night. Laura (the genius behind Bamboo Bums) told me I should also try it as a swim diaper and for a potty trainer too…but I haven’t gotten around to either of those yet! (Mostly because it’s fall and the water is too cold…and Lil’ B is only 10mo!!) But rest assured we’ve tried our Bamboo Bum solid for 2 months.
Let’s start with my first impression…bamboo is SOFT! It seriously feels like a really nice stuffed animal. I absolutely love putting the bamboo next to Lil B’s bum. The material is actually a blend of viscose made from organically grown bamboo, organic cotton, and polyester. It also has the traditional PUL waterproof outer layer to keep your little bear dry. Bamboo is one of the most environmentally friendly fabrics because it replenishes itself rapidly…growing at a rate of up to 4 feet per day!
And my second impression…since the majority of my stash is made up of velcro I struggle with snaps. I have a few other snap diapers and I’ve learned to love them…so I wasn’t too scared….but there are A LOT of snaps! I’m counting 34 snaps right now and that can be a little intimidating for a velcro mamma! But I haven’t let this one beat me. The first time I used it I was ready to send it back to Laura and admit my defeat…but she was very supportive and linked me to her tutorials. She also gave me some tips on making sure I had the best fit for Lil B. The first time we had some leaks but that was because I didn’t have the snaps adjusted properly. I am happy to announce that we have had no more leaks since that first day!
Unfortunately for me…I tried Bamboo Bums at THE worst time…Lil B is 10 months old and is EXTREMELY WIGGLY! She never sits still and I can barely put a velcro diaper on her…let alone a snap!
I like the fact that the soaker pad snaps into the diaper cover. It saves so much time from having to stuff my pocket diapers. The Bamboo Bum is said to fit babies from 8-40lbs and with the amount of snaps I can see how this would be possible. This diaper comes with one infant soaker and one large soaker. For nighttime I use both soakers for the maximum absorbency! It may be a little bulky but it works.
Miscellaneous Facts About Bamboo:
1. Bamboo is 60% more absorbent than cotton.
2. Bamboo is naturally anti-microbial.
3. Bamboo is naturally anti-fungal.
4. Bamboo is naturally anti-bacterial.
5. Bamboo is biodegradable.
Buy It Now! Want to try a Bamboo Bum at a discounted price? Use the coupon code ecochic for a 15% off savings from now until Dec. 15, 2009.
Win It! One lucky reader will win $25 Bum Bucks (like an e-gift certificate). In addition to their Utility Diaper Bamboo Bums also sells bum cloths (bamboo wipes), wet bags, and prefolds. To enter you must visit Bamboo Bums and tell me one reason why Laura prefers snaps over velcro! Leave your comments below and then you can enter the bonus entries!
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Contest ends on November 23, 2009 at noon (EST). I will announce the winner around 8pm EST during the cloth diaper chat on Twitter!
Bamboo Bums is also an Extreme Sponsor in the Great Cloth Diaper Hunt! During the month of November you too can search for little pink owl/diaper icons on sponsor sites for a chance to win some amazing prizes! I’ve actually enjoyed visiting the sponsor pages and learning about all of the fun products that are available online. I now know what Hyena Cart is! LOL!
This post is sponsored by Bamboo Bums who sent us a Utility Diaper for review. Bamboo Bums is providing the giveaway. The opinions in this post are my own and were not influenced in any way.