Sunday, January 6, 2013

Liners.....Disposable/ Flushable vs. Reusable

     I have tried 6 different brands of liners, 3 disposable/ flushable and 3 reusable. As you are reading this, some of you are thinking these aren't even needed at all. In theory you're right, but for me to even consider cloth diapering at all, these are needed. I will compare the liners I have tried under either disposable or reusable.
 Disposable/ Flushable Liners
      The three brands of disposable liners I have tried are Bumkins liners, Osocozy liners, and Bummis (size large). I tried the Bumkins first because I was a newbie to cloth diapering and these came highly recommended by Amazon users. The main problem I had with these was that they came trifolded in a box. Each time I needed a new one I had to unfold them and refold them in half so that they actually fit the diaper. When I ran out of the Bumkins liners, I decided I would try liners on a roll instead because that seemed easier to use. They are much easier to use! I chose the Osocozy brand because they came highly recommended by Amazon users as well. At the end of that roll I chose to go with another brand to continue my research and experimenting into the world of cloth diaper accessories. I decided to go with Bummis because they were highly rated and another blog recommended them (if I remember correctly). It wasn't until I tried the Bummis that I realized I wasn't truly happy with the quality of the other 2 brands. The first 2 brands stuck to my son's skin more and also had more trouble staying in place (bunched up). Especially the Ocosozy brand seamed to fall a part. For now, I plan to stay with the Bummis brand.
 Reusable Liners
     The three brands of reusable liners I have tried are Bummis fleece liners, Kushies fleece liners, and Kinckernappies fleece liners. I tried the Kushies liners first because they were available through Amazon Prime. I can see why these are poorly rated. First of all, they are cut strangely and are short. I have to use 2 in my son's diaper (on the rare occasion I actually use them). They don't stay in place well at all. If I had to do it all over again I would never have purchased the Kushies liners, but that purchase was before I found a local cloth diaper store ;). The next liners I bought were the Knickernappies. I found them at my local cloth diaper store and bought only 4 at first to try them out (then quickly ordered 10 more ;). These by far are my favorite reusable liners to date. I hope to get more of them soon. What's nice about these liners is that they are a nice length, which means they stay in place. They're also made of a sturdy, but soft material (so nice next to baby's bottom). Having tried 2 fleece liners and the Bummis disposable liners, I decided to try a 3rd reusable liner, made by Bummis. These are my 2nd place reusable liners, because they are shorter than the Knickernappies and the material is more flimsy than the Knickernappies.
    In each of my son's diapers I like to use 1 reusable and 1 disposable liner. The reusable liner helps to protect the diaper from stains so that I can use them possibly for a second child in the future or donate them. The disposable liner make cleaning up poopy messes oh so MUCH easier ;). I'm so thankful for liners!

Friday, January 4, 2013

Woolzies Dryer Balls Review

   I don't normally write a review as a post, but I am going to this time because I plan on running a giveaway for free Woolzies Dryer Balls in mid-January.
   I received a set of 6 Woolzies Dryer Balls as an offer for bloggers to review this product and then have a giveaway for this product. I was so excited when they came! I have been wanting to try wool dry balls as part of my adventure into cloth diapering.
   I read the instructions on the package and also suggestions for use. My husband was also a willing participant. We (really me ;) tried them out on a variety of laundry loads, not just cloth diapers. I tried them with towels, our clothes, sheets, and of course, cloth diapers. With each load I put all 6 balls in the dryer as instructed.
    My results were mixed. I feel I should tell you that the type of dryer and size of dryer could have an effect on results. So, I'll tell you I live in an apartment with a Kenmore dryer that is stacked on top of my washer. Also, in the past I have noticed that if the washer is running, it affects how quickly my laundry gets dry (don't know why, but it does). So for this testing I decided to test laundry with and without the washer being full.
    I did not notice any change in drying times for any of the laundry BUT I did notice a change in the softness of the laundry (and so did m husband, amazingly ;). We only use softener in our washer for our clothes, towels, and sheets, but don't use anything in the dryer because of the cloth diapers. Our laundry was softer before cloth diapering because we used to put a dryer bar in the dryer. I missed the softness (especially in the towels). I like how the Woolzies Dryer Balls gave us back some softness (and has a bonus of no chemicals, because of my asthma, I have to be careful with perfumes). The cloth diapers were softer (always a good thing ;), the towels and our unmentionables (LOL :) were also noticeably softer.
     So all in all, I would recommend the Woolzies Dryer Balls as an alternative to dryer sheets for softness, especially if you have someone with sensitive skin or sensitive to perfumes/ chemicals.  Each situation/ dryer is different, in someone else's dryer they may help improve drying time, but it mine they did not. Please take the time to like them on Facebook and visit their website, Woolzies. Thanks!