Thursday, December 29, 2011

Genius Series by bumGenius!

bg-freetime-snap thumbnailThe first of the new Genius prints by bumGenius! have arrived!  This series will feature designs created by the Cotton Babies design staff, and named after famous geniuses.  I have been waiting a while for these to get here – I fell in love with them at first sight!  These prints are available in the 4.0 One Size Diaper and include a newborn insert, an adjustable insert, and feature a snap-down rise.

The Albert diaper is named after Albert Einstein.  It’s chalkboard doodlings design is a great tribute to the man most well known for his theory of relativity.


The Lovelace diaper is a whimsical design perfect for a little girl. Countess Ada Lovelace was known for writing a paper that looked ahead towards what we know today as a computer and computer programs... over 100 years ago.


Elaine is now potty trained so I didn’t have a model for the Lovelace print.  However, Nolan was more than happy to pose in the Albert diaper.  He has just started sitting up and crawling (army style) at almost-six months.  Take a peek at these great new prints!

Nolan in Albert Genius diaper

Nolan in Albert Genius diaper

Nolan in Albert Genius diaper

You can order your own Genius print by clicking here.  It’s not visible in the pictures, so I also wanted to point out that the Lovelace diaper has four different colored snaps on the butterfly tabs – one in each of the four colors in the design print.  It really stands out nicely!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Win-It Wednesday

Today you can enter to win a bumGenius! Tiny Socialite Artist Series diaper in your choice of in-stock print!
Chelsea Perry Diapers
Please use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter.  It is easy!  Giveaway will close at 11:59 p.m. EST on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012.  Prize may only be shipped to a USA address.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas!

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We wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!  Thank you for supporting and following Doable Diapers in 2011.  We look forward to continuing to serve you in 2012!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Kanga Care 15% Off Sale


Save 15% off All Rumparooz, Kanga Care,
and Eco-Posh Items
December 17 through December 22
Use Code SLEIGHBELLS at checkout

*In-Stock items.  Packages excluded.  Orders received will ship via USPS First Class Mail, Parcel Post, and Priority Mail.  Delivery by Christmas cannot be guaranteed.  Kanga Care items may not be shipped outside of the USA.  Non-Kanga Care items should be purchased in a separate transaction, or your order may be cancelled or refunded.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Just a Little Update…

Tomorrow Nolan and I are jumping on a plane for Orlando, FL.  My best friend Danielle is getting married, and I wouldn’t miss her special day for anything!  I haven’t seen her since she came to visit me in NYC over a year ago, so I’m even more excited to be with her for a couple of days before the wedding.

Danielle Visits NYC - Statue of Liberty and NYC Skyline

I have a series on Potty Training/Learning and some reviews on Potty Training products.  Rather than have them get lost in the holidays, I decided to wait until January.  We’ll probably do a couple of giveaways too.  So enjoy your holidays, but be sure to come back and check in on Elaine’s potty training journey!

Until next week… enjoy you holiday preparations and cherish what is most meaningful!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Hump Day

This is Wednesday…the middle of the week…hump day.  Sometimes I feel like Wednesday is the toughest day of my week, but if I can make it through Wednesday, then I can make it through the rest of the week! 

I know that even when we try to keep things simple, somehow it always gets hectic at this time of year.  So here is a coupon code to brighten your day, just in case you are having a rough “hump day.”


Use code FLUFFYCHRISTMAS to get a FREE one size diaper with your order of $40 or more. 

Doable Diapers will select the brand of diaper.  The free diaper will not display in your cart.  If you enter the coupon code then we will include your free diaper with your order.  You may make a color request in the comments box at checkout, and we will do our best to comply!  And shipping is always FREE at Doable Diapers!*

*to the United States

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Product Spotlight: Planet Wise Nursing Covers

If you have been here long, you know that I support breastfeeding.  I have nursed my babies everywhere I go – from the baseball game, to the NY subway, to the airplane, and many restaurants.  But I also believe in being modest while nursing.  Now Doable Diapers has a new product that supports both of these ideas: the Planet Wise Nursing Cover.


The Planet Wise Nursing Cover has several great features:

  • This simple and discreet, yet stylish nursing cover helps Mama feel at ease breastfeeding in any environment
  • Rigid neckline allows easy baby viewing while the extended fabric sides give additional privacy
  • Easily adjusted neck straps taking it on and off is a breeze
  • Side pocket to keep items handy
  • Small, matching, zippered storage bag included
  • 100% cotton

I especially like the rigid neckline.  I use a similar style nursing cape when I breastfeed Nolan in public.  It allows Nolan to have some light and air, and we can maintain eye contact at the same time as we maintain modesty.  It makes me feel more comfortable without sacrificing Nolan’s relaxation and comfort.  I also like the matching storage bag.  This would definitely keep my diaper bag much neater! 

As can be expected from any Planet Wise item, there are many varied and attractive fabric patterns to choose from.  There is something for everyone!

This would make a great gift for any expectant mom also.  I plan to give it as a shower gift to those moms I know who have decided not to use cloth diapers.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Mailbox Mondays: Wet Bags and Pail Liners

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Today’s question comes from Tosha:

“We are still trying for a bun, but I have been stockpiling.  My question is one average how many wet bags and pail liners does it take to cloth diaper??”

The number of wet bags and pail liners you need will vary based on your wash routine, but I would definitely suggest two of each size that you use.  This will allow you to have one set in the wash, and one set in use at all times.  I tried to do it with one pail liner for a while, but I would always get the really poopy diaper when my liner was in the wash.  Then I had no place to put it!

I use a small wet bag for wipes in my diaper bag, a medium bag for dirty diapers on-the-go, and a hanging wet bag in the bathroom for poopy diapers that have been sprayed out with the diaper sprayer.  Then I have a pail next to my changing table.  I would suggest a Planet Wise pail liner for smaller pails, and a Kanga Care pail liner for larger pails, or those who have to transport dirty diapers to the laundry facility.  The Kanga Care liner has a draw string, while the Planet Wise bag does not.

In my stash I have two of the wet bags for my wipes, three medium bags for the diaper bag, and two each of the hanging wet bags and pail liners.  I wash every 2-3 days, and this has been sufficient to meet our needs.

Good luck Tosha – I hope that God adds a little one to your family soon!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Mailbox Mondays: Newborn Cloth Diapering

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I had several people ask questions regarding newborn cloth diapers.  Here is what they said:

Angela asked: "Which cloth diapers are best for newborn babies and preemie's?”

Sarah asked: “I am new to cloth and would love to use cloth diapers on our baby that is due in November.  My main concern is What Size & Type of Cloth Diaper works the best on a breastfeed newborn?”

Hannah asked: “I'm expecting our first in April and really want to cloth diaper.  I've purchased a few newborn cloth diapers to use before one size diapers (which I've yet to decide on).  Any advice for setting up a newborn cloth diaper stash?  How many diapers do I need?  I was thinking of doing mainly prefolds and covers along with a few AIOs.  I don't want to spend to much because I know it won't be used for long.  Any advice?”

Lulu asked, "We are new to cloth diapering and just starting out our stash, what would experienced CD mamas suggest for the newborn stage?”

Great questions!  I had many of the same questions, and learned by trial and error.  I have now cloth diapered two newborns, but I started using cloth earlier with my second than I did with my first baby.  With Elaine I waited until her cord stump fell off, and we started using cloth full time around 2 weeks old.  Nolan went straight into cloth as soon as he came home from the hospital.

I have a few suggestions regarding newborn cloth diapers. 

1.  Consider the size of your baby.  My babies have both been around 7 pounds, and skinny.  Just a bit too small for those one size diapers from day one.  If you tend toward larger babies, you can likely skip the newborn diaper stage.

2.  Consider your budget.  Most newborns will wear their newborn diapers for as long as two weeks, and up to a month or a little longer.  Elaine wore her small sized FuzziBunz diapers for nearly a year!  Nolan was done with newborn diapers in under 2 weeks.  Every baby is different.  I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on a big stash of newborn diapers that would barely be worn.

For this reason, prefolds and covers are a great choice for newborn cloth diapering.  They are economical to purchase, and easy to care for (which is especially helpful during those early days of adjustment when you have so much more on your mind than washing diapers).  I preferred a Snappi fastener to help contain the EBF poo a little better.  Keep in mind that newborns will get their diapers changed around 12 times a day, so be sure to have enough in your stash to allow for wash/dry time.  I also found a newborn cover to be better than a one size cover.  I really liked the Rumparooz Newborn/Preemie cover because of the double leg gussets, and the gentle tummy elastic.

I purchased a few x-small FuzziBunz Perfect Size diapers for Nolan.  I enjoyed the ease of putting them on quickly, but he went through them so fast!  I used them for his newborn pictures and when we went out and about.  They did fit a little better than one size diapers, but we primarily used prefolds or one size pocket diapers. 

3.  Buy used, or share with friends.  If you can get some gently used newborn diapers, it would be a great idea.  They have been used for such a short time that you will likely get diapers in excellent condition.  Or, if you have a friend who is also expecting you could share the cost of a newborn stash and pass them on when you are done.  I was able to pass my newborn diapers to a friend for her preemie baby.  When she is done she will pass them back for me to use on our next little one.

4.  Consider style, closure, and fabric choices.  I prefer a stay-dry type diaper or pocket diaper.  They dry faster and keep the baby’s skin dry.  I found that many newborn diapers were AIO (all-in-one) and they took a very long time to dry.  I couldn’t customize the absorbency, so they were not used very often. 

You may prefer an aplix closure to get a very exact fit on a little newborn.  I prefer snaps in general, but the aplix was helpful in the beginning.

If you are starting cloth in the hospital, you may want a diaper with a snap-down option for the baby’s cord stump.  I found that with a cover and prefolds I could easily tuck the cover low enough to not bother Nolan’s cord stump.

5.  Everything will be bulky.  I really wanted to test my one size diapers on Nolan and see if they were truly one size, fitting from birth to potty training.  My FuzziBunz and Rumparooz fit Nolan just fine in the beginning, but it took a few weeks before I could get the bumGenius to fit properly.  He was average size at birth, not too skinny, and has grown quickly.  I initially hesitated to use my “big” one size diapers on a brand new baby, but I quickly realized that everything is bulky on a little baby.  The one size diapers may seem huge, but it won’t take long before baby is filling them out well.

6.  Buy a few, then wait for baby.  While I completely understand that everyone wants to be prepared for baby’s arrival and have your stash complete, it may be wise to have a few items on hand and then purchase more after your baby arrives.  You can see if he is big or small, rolly-polly, or kinda skinny.  This will help you determine if newborn diapers are needed, and for how long they may be in use.  Then you can spend more or less on your newborn stash as your baby needs, rather than being over or under prepared.

Kim Rosas from Dirty Diaper Laundry kept extensive records on many, many brands of newborn diapers and how they fit and performed on her newborn.  You may find her final report on newborn diapers helpful as you build a newborn stash.  She also wrote a report comparing various one size diapers on a newborn.

Friday, December 2, 2011

I’m Still Here…

I haven’t forgotten about this blog.  The holiday rush has hit my household this week.  We had guests last week, and we’re finishing up some church activities and projects through next week, and then I can breathe…until I fly to Florida for my best friend’s wedding on the 19th.  Whew!  I even did all of my shopping ahead of time so this wouldn’t happen, but I still find myself lagging behind.

In the midst of everything else, we have been busy potty training Elaine, and it does take quite a bit of time and focus.  So I will be here as often as I can, but it will likely be sparse until after the holidays.

I’ll leave you with a little snapshot of something that happened last week.  Nolan finally got to meet his Grandpa in person!  Nolan takes after my side of the family, and has quite a resemblance to my dad.  What do you think?

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I’ll be back later with some things I have learned about potty training, a review of the Eco-Posh Organic Trainers, and some more goodies.  I hope your holiday was as blessed and happy as mine!

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