This post is sponsored by Over the Moon Diapers.
Have you ever found a product that’s so great it makes you want to stop everyone you meet and tell them about it? When I find something that makes my role as a mom easier, I just feel so thankful someone invented it! That’s what the “Innovation Appreciation” giveaway is all about. That and a chance for you to win over $450 in fabulous prizes – YES!!!
Here at Diaper Wrecker we’re going to give away one of my favorite brands of cloth diapers – SoftBums. Their “Slide2Size” toggle system is truly awesome!
With traditional “rise snap” grids on the front of one-size diapers, you’re limited to just two, three, or perhaps four different settings, usually about an inch apart. I love the SoftBums’ toggle system because it allows me to adjust the leg elastic in my boys’ diapers in exactly the increments I want. It truly fits from newborn to toddler:
An added bonus with SoftBums is that if someone else is changing my child’s diaper, they really don’t have to be a cloth diaper pro. I find that the rise snap grid on most cloth diapers tends to confuse people.
If you’re ready to get started with SoftBums, Over the Moon Diapers is giving away a “DryPod Starter Bundle” with three shells, twelve stay-dry inserts (“pods”), and a wet bag. Purchased separately, these items cost over $125, so the starter bundle is an amazing prize!! Enter to win between now and July 11.
Don’t hate me, but I’ve never had much of a problem with leaking cloth diapers. I like to attribute this to the following factors: (1) My baby has the perfect body type, (2) My impeccable instincts lead me to only the very best cloth diapers, (3) I’ve devised a fool-proof laundry routine, and (4) I always know precisely which insert or combination of inserts to use for every occasion.
I kid, I kid. I’m sure it’s mostly just dumb luck.
For parents who are having trouble with leaks, though, it can be a huge hassle. You’re dealing with a baby who should be sleeping but instead is awake, crying, and wet. You’re making frequent clothing changes for the baby (and possibly having to change your own clothes and the sheets as well). While doing all that extra laundry, you find yourself wondering, “Is the diaper repelling? Is it not fitting properly? Is my baby just an unusually heavy or fast wetter?”
I’ve always heard microfiber described as a “fast-absorbing” material, but wasn’t inclined to believe it. It’s a synthetic material, and if you’ve ever thrown a microfiber insert in a bowl of water, you might have noticed that it will float happily on the surface of the water for quite some time before succumbing to the fathoms below. (Wait, what?! You mean to tell me that no one else does this for fun?!)
I decided it was high time I test the speed of absorbency of various cloth diaper materials for myself and then spread the word. You know, for the edification of cloth diapering parents everywhere. And to satisfy my own curiosity.
The testing method involved emptying a syringe of 50 mL of water into a tube that is anchored and weighted where it touches the insert (to simulate a good, snug fit on baby). I simply timed how long it took each insert to absorb the full 50 mL of water.
The lineup of test subjects from my own personal stash included two synthetic-fiber inserts and two natural-fiber inserts. The results? Yeah, totally proved my “slow-absorbing microfiber” theory wrong. Both microfiber inserts absorbed the water significantly faster than the natural-fiber inserts:
- 19.1 seconds – bumGenius microfiber
- 21.0 seconds – Rumparooz microfiber
- 27.7 seconds – SoftBums bamboo
- 30.0 seconds – Thirsties hemp
Now don’t go hating on the natural fibers just because they’re slower on the uptake. Natural fibers are more breathable, less prone to build-up problems, and often better for babies with sensitive skin. And for lucky folks like me who don’t have leak problems, speed of absorption doesn’t really matter. I just wanted to know!
What is your favorite type of insert and why?