What Da Fluff? Monthly Cloth Diaper Subscription Box {Product Review}

There seems to be a subscription box for darn near everything nowadays. I was pleasantly surprised when I ran across a monthly subscription box for DIAPERS! Not just any diapers though- cloth diapers. What Da Fluff is a family owned and operated company (which I love) who does a monthly subscription box (which I love) which includes cloth diapers and related products (which I love). For just $15/ month or $165/year, you will receive a package with:

Screen Shot 2017-08-08 at 4.22.02 PMNow, this says “one male themed diaper” and thats only because I chose the “Boy Box”. However, you can chose from boy, girl, or gender neutral.

What makes receiving the “box” even more exciting, is the packaging. It is so much prettier than a plain cardboard box with a label slapped on it.
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So, what was inside?
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1- Kijani Swim Diaper
1- Reusable Cold Pack
3- TEViVE Tea Bags
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2- Sweet treats!

 

 

 

What else I love about this whole thing? Everything is affordable -AND- if you fall in love with whats in your package, if available, you can buy the extra inventory off the website’s shop at the end of the month!

My star rating for What Da Fluff? is definitely at a 5 out of 5! The subscription itself is super affordable, the diaper product is of good quality and affordable, the packaging is decorative and not just plain jane AND its a family owned and operated company!

Don’t worry about the need to #buyallthediapers, subscribe for some #fluffmail and you’ll be equally as happy!

Kirstyn

**Burrito Buzz received this product at low or no cost for the purpose of review or testing. No compensation for a positive review was provided. All product reviews are based 100% off of our personal experiences with a product and we never guarantee a positive review.**

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ergoPouch Summer Baby Sleeping Bag {Review}

My little ones never stay covered at night, especially my youngest! He is constantly tossing, turning, and throwing things out of his crib. In the winter, we used a Halo Sleepsack. But for summer, I could not find one that would keep him at the right temperature. More times than I would like, he would wake up soaked in sweat. It was such a struggle.

ergoPouch recently sent me their summer sleeping bag to try out this summer. We have been using it for a few weeks now and I absolutely love it! It’s best for 24C (75f) degrees, making it great for hot summer days and nights.bamboo_sheeting_stripes_900x900_2.jpg

  • Super soft 400+ thread count Organic Cotton sheeting.
  • Stretch inserts in top and side panels allow babies to move freely and sleep in comfort.
  • Double ended zipper for easy nappy access.
  •   Skin-friendly, eco-friendly – no pesticides or chemicals
  •   Highly breathable and antibacterial

This is a very soft sleep bag, it is a super soft sheet-like material giving the perfect layer to cover your baby, but so breathable and luxurious. If your baby still wakes during the night for feedings, then you know how annoying it is to take clothes off to change a diaper. The two way zipper is awesome for diaper changes or just to let your little one have their feet out of they like. Their infant swaddles also have this and makes it awesome for transferring to bouncer or seat safely.

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I found the sizing a little larger than other sleep sacks that I have used. We have the 12-36 month and it was a good 6 inches taller than my 2T little man. It was a little awkward at first, but didn’t really bother him and was still super cute. I have machine washed and dried the sleeping back multiple times and it still looks just like new. It definitely holds up really well as there are no signs of wear and tear.

EPSleepSuitBagDetail.jpgergoPouch offers many products and I will definitely be looking into more of them for my children for this coming winter. Swaddles, sleeping bags, sleep suit bags, sleep accessories, pajamas, and even PJs for mommy!  You can check out all of their awesome products here! Currently, there are some on sale. I know I will definitely will be taking advantage of this sale!

Prices of the sleep sack varies, but is typical for a blanket or sleep sack. The summer sleeping bag is $39.99.twosie_side.jpg

Keep a lookout on Instagram and their Facebook page for regular updates. Right now they are looking for people to try out their new sleeping bag!

I can’t wait for this product to be available in more stores in the US because it is definitely a must for a baby registry!

– Amanda

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Seventh Generation Coconut Care Diaper Cream {Review}

I have always used coconut oil when my babies have gotten a diaper rash. I don’t always start with it, but if I can’t kick a rash with other creams, then I always slather it on before calling the doctor. Both my littles have always had really sensitive skin and they get a rash anytime they have a dirty diaper for any length of time. BK#2 is much worse than BK#1 ever was. The poor guy always seems to have some sort of rash starting or going. I will have it cleared up for a day or so and he will start teething, or take an extra long nap and it’s back full force! Coconut oil just about always clears it up in a day or two, it is that awesome. The only negative about it is it’s an oil. You have change diapers more often because it soaks into the side of the diaper and causes leaks.

WHY I USE COCONUT OIL FOR DIAPER RASHES:

  • It has natural antimicrobial, antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties to help the healing and prevention of a rash.
  • It also contains lauric acids and caprylic acids that are natural yeast fighting agents.

So it basically gets rid of any type of rash your child (or even yourself) has!

Seventh Generation just came out with a diaper cream with coconut oil in it! When I saw it at Target, I was so excited! I have never found anything made for little bums with coconut oil in it. I have just been working around the diaper leaks because it is what works best for my little ones!

Other awesome ingredients: Sunflower seed oil, zinc oxide, palm oil, and rosemary extract. Seventh Generation special formulated it to protect sensitive skin with a non toxic formula that is pediatrician tested!untitled.png

  • GLUTEN FREE
  • NO MINERAL OIL
  • NO PETROLATUM
  • NO PARABENS AND DYES
  • NO FORMALDEHYDE

It is a thick cream that you have to spread around pretty well but when it warms up to your fingers, it spreads easily. There’s absolutely no scent either! So even though you have to spread it on, you won’t be smelling it all day!

The price point is pretty average at $9.99 for a 4 oz tube. The only downfall I have for this product is that you can only find it at Target. Now, I don’t have a problem with that because I have a target problem like most 20-something moms, but I know Target isn’t located everywhere! But it is available on their website. Seventh Generation also released a Coconut Care moisture lotion (7.6oz for $8.99) and a Coconut Care foaming shampoo and wash (9oz for 9.99), both available online as well as in store!

Cute packaging, awesome ingredients, superb quality and most importantly, it’s effective!

– Amanda

 

Leaky Diaper? There’s a Solution!

Diapers. They’re so frustrating, but so very necessary.

As new parents, my husband and I found ourselves constantly switching brands and sizes. One would be too big, not absorbent enough, irritated our baby’s skin, etc. When we finally found a diaper combo we liked, it seemed like our son was still sometimes wetting throug81X9FmaiKzL._SL1500_h his nighttime diaper. We use Huggies Snug and Dry during the day and Huggies Overnights at night, one size larger than he wears during the day.

Our son sleeps through the night now, but sometimes we wake up to find him soaking wet. We had tried everything – bigger diapers, different diapers, double diapers. Nothing was working. We were so tired of our guy being uncomfortable, whether he slept through it or not, and even more tired of all of the laundry, especially because we both work and were often scrambling to get sheets off the crib mattress and into the wash. So much laundry. So much pee.

I felt like I tried everything, until recently when I did another search for a solution. I stumbled upon diaper booster pads, and thought why the hell not? I ordered them, and thanks to Amazon Prime, they were at my doorstep 91kddZ5ECiL._SX522_two days later. The booster pads run $10 for a pack of 30. Essentially, they are just an extra layer of cotton that you’re placing in your baby or toddler’s diaper for extra absorption.

The cotton is great for babies with even the most sensitive skin. Amazon reviews on them show consistent 4 and 5 star ratings.

I’m thrilled to say that we haven’t had one single diaper leak since starting to use these at bed time. We change our son’s diaper right before bed, ensure that he hasn’t drank anything for about an hour before and we place the booster pad in his Huggies Overnight diaper. The pad doesn’t move.

We did not have to fold our booster pad in half, but I’ve seen that many parents recommend folding it in half. For us, the single layer of extra padding has worked wonderfully. My only true regret is not finding these sooner, because I seriously loathe laundry.

These are a one-size-fits-all and are highly recommended for any parent dealing with leaky diapers. We aren’t potty training yet, but I’ve seen that many parents use these while potty training, too!

Want to try them out for yourself? Grab yours here:
Sposie Booster Pads Diaper Doublers, 30 Pads

– Katie

 

Boingo Fasteners for Cloth Diapers {Guest Review}

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Boingo Fasteners for Cloth Diapers Review
Mallory Menegay
Boingo Baby

We have been successfully cloth diapering since our little guy was one month old. Now, 14 months in, my time in researching this topic seems to be a close second to our switch to organic and clean eating. I did some digging into the best closure tools for cloth diapers that use a cover (basically anything other than the pocket 319479363and all-in-one style diapers). We mostly use pre-folds and flour sack towels with covers and pocket diapers. I settled on the Snappi, but the Boingo was a close second.

I was given the opportunity to use the Boingo fasteners from Katie here at BurritoBuzz and was excited to try them! In all honesty, the first few times using them, I hated it. I was used to the convenience of the little tabs on the Snappi, and really fought with the Boingo to get it off of the diaper. I do not like to touch a pee soaked diaper if I don’t have to, and the Boingo fasteners definitely make me do that. Yuck. There may be some trick to getting them off, but if there is, I haven’t found it.

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I kept using them to see if I could find a good technique that worked for us, and they began to grow on me.

The fasteners come in a wide range of colors and are very stable and sturdy. Being so thick, they are harder to maneuver, and I prefer the Snappi over them for this reason. They are one size and come in a pack of two, so you can use one fastener for smaller babies and two for bigger areas. This is nice, because comparing this to my use of the Snappi, the convenience factor is greater (Snappi’s come in sizes, so you have to buy more as baby grows). The prongs on the Boingo seem to grip better than the Snappi, and hold on great. The non-toxic, medical grade silicone covers the BPA-free hard plastic parts well, so there hasn’t been any rubbing or poking on baby’s skin for us.

Overall, I’ll continue to use them, and I do like them more now than when I first gave them a try, but would recommend them hands down if they were adjusted a little to make them easier to get off of the cloth!

Boingo Baby Cloth Diaper Fastener – Solid Gold

-Mallory

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Burt’s Bees {Skin Care Review}

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Anyone that’s walked through the baby skin care aisle at a store knows that there is an ample selection, so much so that the options are overwhelming. And, if you’re anything like me, you like to do your research before purchasing a product. As a frugal person, I hate wasting my hard earned money on products that I end up hating.

We’ve written several skin care reviews, but I was exceptionally excited to collaborate with Burt’s Bees since they’re a top name in the industry. Their products are naturally sourced and cruelty free. I was most interested in their ointments and lotion, all of which Burt’s Bees sent my way.

So here’s the rundown:

BB10008Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Lotion: LOVED

Their lotion is minimally fragrant, thick, and incredibly moisturizing. A little bit really went a long way. I used this on my son’s skin as well as my own, and thought it was a fantastic product.

 • Moisturizes with Buttermilk, Shea Butter and Sunflower Seed Oil
• No phthalates, parabens, petrolatum, or SLS
• Pediatrician-tested and hypo-allergenic

Overall, I have preferred this to many other lotions that I’ve bought for my son so far.

Buy it here: Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Nourishing Lotion Original — 6 oz

BB10004Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Multipurpose Ointment: LOVED

A pretty typical ointment, great for forming a protective layer over skin. I personally use a light ointment every diaper change to prevent diaper rash and keep my son comfortable. This was perfect for that. Light, not super disgustingly gooey like many are. Also, the smell was much better than many other ointments.

• Petroleum-free and non-irritating
• Forms barrier against dryness
• No phthalates, parabens, petrolatum, or SLS
• Pediatrician-tested and hypo-allergenic
• Safe, effective and natural

Buy it here: Burt’s Bees Baby Bee 100% Natural Multipurpose Ointment, 7.5 Ounces (Packaging May Vary)

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The idea behind the cream to powder is great. I’ve never been a huge fan of baby powder, because I think that ointment works better for protecting skin from rash. However, I was fascinated by this idea. At first I liked the consistency of the product. Yet, I found a few things I wasn’t so fond of: this did nothing for even the most minimal of rashes, and the oil separates from the cream, making for a huge mess at times (even after shaking this product, I found that the oil still came out first– not a good idea when you’re already wrestling a toddler for a diaper change.) Outside of that, I also found the thick tube difficult and thought a thin tube would work better. Overall, I think this product needs modifications.

• Dries to a powdery, soft finish
• Talc free
• Hypoallergenic
• Pediatrician Tested
• Safe, effective and natural

Buy it here: Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Cream To Powder, 4 Ounces

All of Burt’s Bees’ products are easily available online and in store. For a product that is 99% natural, the price is definitely right and under the price point of many other comparable lines.

-Katie

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“The best ‘rash’ decision you’ll ever make”

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Now that my son is 15 months old, I’ve tried a good number of diaper rash creams/ointments. He’s been pretty fortunate, in that he doesn’t get diaper rash often and when he does, it’s usually fairly minor. That being said, I use some kind of ointment every diaper change as a preventative measure. Keeping him comfortable means less chaos in the long run for me.

I had heard of Pinxav (pronounced “pink salve”) several times, especially since I’m so immersed in baby culture because of my involvement with this blog. I hadn’t seen it on a shelf anywhere, which is why I hadn’t purchased it. Thankfully, after reaching out to their awesome team, they sent me some samples to try.

Better yet, I didn’t realize that Pinxav is operated from Cleveland, OH, just about an hour north of where I live. I really love promoting products that are both great quality and also run locally. And an essential to me, Pinxav is NOT tested on animals.

The packaging is great, a typical tube container with a cute design and old-world feel. To say that it’s old world isn’t untrue, Pinxav was developed in 1927 by a group of doctors and pharmacists. Their rash treatment contains 30% zinc oxide, which is considered to be the most effective ingredient in healing diaper rash. They have a solid list of ingredients, all thoughtfully explained on their website for the interested parent. IMG_1153

So my test: I was apprehensive about the cream being pink, thinking that it would stain. However, I found the opposite to be true. The use of the very light pink ointment blended into my baby’s skin better than the stark white ointment I typically use. While it leaves pink on the diaper, I’ve found that it isn’t ending up anywhere else and it’s not staining.

I was pleased with how quickly this cream healed the irritated sections of skin. My toddler had some very mild rash/redness and within 3 uses the redness had dissipated almost entirely.

My favorite aspect of this product? It smells great. I’d say a good 80% of diaper rash creams smell absolutely rancid. This is not the case with Pinxav.

IMG_1157This product is slightly more expensive than what I like to spend on a diaper rash cream, but it works, smells great, and is an ethical product. Those items make it worth the cost, but I’d love to see the price lowered by $2-3 a tube. 

Uses for Pinxav include:

Babies (Diaper Rash) – Pinxav provides a protective coating for a baby’s bottom. Daily application to clean, dry skin will guard against and help relieve diaper rash.

Active Adults (Rashes and Chapped Skin) – Pinxav provides protection, prevents rashes and chapped skin caused by rubbing and perspiration. Apply before biking and other athletic activities.

Seniors (Protection) – Pinxav provides relief and helps prevent against dry, cracked skin. Use over sun-block for extra protection from sunburn. Use to prevent rashes and to soothe minor skin irritations.

Homebound (Rashes) – Pinxav helps provides comfort to those who are less active and will help protect areas exposed to dampness caused by possible incontinence.

Everyday Uses – Pinxav can also be used for everyday first aid to protect skin from minor scrapes, burns, sunburn, acne and other skin irritations.

Caution: If prolonged skin irritation occurs, consult a physician. Avoid contact with the eyes and do not apply to open wounds. Avoid getting on clothing. The adhesive quality of Pinxav will cause stains on fabric.

Want to purchase your own? Ask for it at your local pharmacy or click the link and add some to your cart!
PINXAV DIAPER RASH CREAM 4 OZ

 

-Katie

Photos copyright of Kuceyeski Photography.

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La Petite Crème {Product Review}

Until recently, I didn’t know that French moms don’t use baby wipes. Instead, they use a diaper lotion that cleanses and also protects tiny bottoms. I found La Petite Crème on Instagram a few months ago and I couldn’t wait to imagetry their product when my baby was born. Founded by 2 French natives and mothers, Franny and Cecile, La Petite Crème aims to fight diaper rash naturally. Free of parabens, talc, petrolatum, fragrances and hypoallergenic makes it a safe choice for babies with even the most sensitive skin.

It’s so easy to apply, too. After shaking well, apply to a cotton pad or wash cloth and cleanse diaper area and you’re done! No need to imagerinse off. La Petite Crème keeps harmful chemicals away from your baby’s delicate skin while also keeping baby wipes out of the landfill. Since I started using it on my 5 week old, she has yet to have any type of diaper rash or even the slightest redness. A little goes a long way as well so the bottle can last a good amount of time which will save you money. And it’s completely safe to use on cloth diapers! All in all, this imageproduct is fantastic. I am so glad I found them, I’m so happy to share them with our readers! Check out their website here to learn more and to order!

– Casey

 

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Reese & Luke – Organic Skin care {Product Review}

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Last month in BK#1’s Bluum box there was a small glass jar of organic “balm”.IMG_20160201_154800378.jpg

I have tried a million and one creams and lotions for my babies, and  I finally found a combo of coconut oil and A&D that works for them. Most of the time. If you have sensitive skin, and/or your children do, you know what I am talking about! It really is a nightmare finding something that works for everything that doesn’t break the bank and that also isn’t filled with chemicals and steroids.

I am constantly battling my eczema, and haven’t really found anything that works as well as the steroid cream that you get from the doc.

I also find myself constantly trying new things on my babies, because I feel like their skin is always dry and flakey, and/ or they always have some sort of rash. Their pediatrician said that they just have sensitive skin, and baby acne. Sorry kids.

Nothing besides coconut oil has really soothed AND eliminated irritation/dry skin/ rash/ acne/ etc. But,coconut oil makes me crazy sometimes, because of the mess it causes! It makes diapers fall apart, its oily for hours, makes their hair greasy, and I have to constantly re- apply for it to work.

 

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Reese and Luke makes a Shea Butter Baby Balm (I received the  Tea Tree & Lavender) that is miracle cream! Magic in a cute little glass jar!

The product description is pretty amazing really….

” Our Shea butter organic baby balm is formulated to be the best product to naturally protect and soothe baby’s delicate skin. Our blend of certified organic ingredients combines raw Shea butter, olive & Jojoba oil and a mix of herbs and pure essential oils to create an everyday skin care balm that protects and serves as a natural barrier against excess moisture. Our organic baby balm formula can be used for soothing dry skin and does not damage or stain cloth diapers allowing your cloth diapers to be fully absorbent. It also works great for Moms too!” – Reese and Luke {reeseandluke.com}

All pure ingredients, no parebens, no dyes, no animal testing, etc. ! It seriously can NOT get better!

Now, its marketed for the baby bum, and their dry skin, but I have been using it for EVERYTHING!

I have used it on……

  • Diaper rash
  • Baby’s rug burned knees
  • Scrapes and scratches (I’m not kidding, the next day it was gone)
  • Dry skin
  • Chapped lips/ cheeks
  • Cracked nose
  • Unmanagable curly hair (DH is Greek and our kids have WILD hair 100% of the time)

Did you see that little blip about “works great for moms too”?  – My eczema is pretty much gone, no cracked hands from washing them a million times a day, tames my fly aways, and is a fabulous lip balm!

“Our formulas work for all skin types and on everything “from bum to thumb” and for those in hot areas (we’re all super jealous!), our balms work perfectly as an after sun “- Reese and Luke on Facebook.

The smell is divine!

It lasts forever! We have had our 3.5fl oz jar for about a month now,  I have barely made a dent, and I use it daily for everything! That being said, it is priced fabulously! A 3.5 fl oz. jar will cost you around $20. I am hoping that my local boutique starts stocking it, so I don’t have to order from Amazon or other boutiques. Check your area out first though, your local cloth diaper shop might have it!

The ONLY negative thing I have to say is that its slightly oily. SLIGHTLY! It doesn’t bother me one bit, but it does leave you a little sticky and shiny until it soaks in.

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Reese and Luke is a MUST for your baby registry, and your home even if you don’t have babies!

5 stars!!!

~Amanda

 

The Registry Items BurritoBuzz Moms Can’t Live Without!

 

I don’t know about you, but I loved doing my baby registry! I was so excited to plan and prepare for my baby! Well, as months passed after BK#1 arrived, I realized I had forgotten a few items! Even worse, seeing a friend have one item that does what 10 of yours does!

The BurritoBuzz moms got together and compiled a list of “must have” items that we just couldn’t live without!

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Rock N Play – A sleeper that is inclined to help with reflux, rocks to soothe back to sleep, portable to move from room to room, vibrates, and the cover is machine washable! All of our moms have used this and would purchase it again! MUST for those first few months.

Pack n play with a bassinet – Like a Graco Play yard. It’s great alternative instead of a typical bassinet in your room. You have changing table, storage, and bed all right there.

Aden and Anais Swaddles – Get them from a Boutique near you so you get the high quality. {Boutiques get the ones that are bigger and thicker than the ones in a chain store.}

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A&D Diaper cream It works for everything! Prevents and soothes diaper rash!

Boppy changing pad linersThese are AMAZING! It’s a waterproof liner to put on top of your pretty pad cover! Pee or poo mess? Just toss it in the wash! So much nicer than having to buy multiple covers.

Diapers – Buy more than you think you need, and put every size on your registry!

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Diaper Bag– We all have our favorites, but be sure to get one with a lot of space and pockets. Back pack style is a life saver if you have more than one child!

SwingThe Fisher Price Swing is great! Its mobile, small, entertaining, and keeps a fussy baby happy! By far my favorite swing on the market, and it’s much cheaper than most!

Infant to Toddler Chair– One like this is a must. Your baby will love sitting in anything that is not theirs, and having something that is safe for them is important! The swings and newborn items are essential, but aren’t safe after 20 or so pounds.

Good Monitor – This is not an item you want to cheap out on. The cheap ones are just that- CHEAP! They don’t last, and you will be kicking yourself when it dies in 6 months. I have tired multiple simple radio monitors, video “baby” monitors, and we have finally found our favorite! It’s the GE wireless Monitor. We have cameras in two rooms, it’s still a radio frequency (no creeps hacking in this house), and its works great!

Infant Carrier Car Seat -30 + lbs.! When you have a 3 month old that is 20 lbs. chances are you don’t feel comfortable putting them in a convertible car seat, and if the weather if cold and gross you don’t want them exposed to the elements. Finding a higher end seat that will last,  is well worth your money.

Car mirrorThese have been a life saver! Neither of my kids like the car! If they start getting fussy I can click the garage door-like button and start some music and lights to distract them! We bought one two years ago, and another when BK#2 was born and I seriously can’t live without!

Stroller – You will want one that is sturdy and that has varying levels of height for your baby! A click and connect stroller is nice, because it lasts from birth to 50 lbs!

Soft structured Carrier. – Baby wearing has saved our lives! Skin to skin soothes any baby! it helps with reflux, lets you get things done….The list goes on for days. Tula is one of our favorites!

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Gas drops – alcohol free gas drops! Little remedies works wonders!

Natural body wash and lotion –The more you read the more you will hate buying the popular lines of things for your child! I promise! Check out this post to find out more!

Teethers – Teething is a nightmare. Put a dozen different types on your registry, and literally have dozens, because you will want them everywhere, and you will want to wash them daily!

Taggy – Taggy’s soothe my babies so easily! They are cute, easy to pop in the wash, and make the baby happy! Taggies Pal and Taggies lovey are our favorites!

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Lanolin – Lansinoh brand is the best you can get! If you are planning on nursing be sure to stock up. You can read more why here.

Nursing Pillow– Even if you are not nursing, a “nursing” pillow is great for feeding, propping and play!

Bottles –MAM seem to be the unanimous favorite! They are a little bit pricey, but start there to alleviate/ prevent any type of reflux.

PacifierSoothie or MAM (These MAM ones glow in the dark! If your baby will take them try them first!)  are the favorites around here! I said I never wanted my babies to have them….I quickly changed my mind at 3 am day 4 of my first baby. I promise they wont go to college with them, and with some tough love in a year you can break them of it!

Burp clothsGerber diapers! If you have a baby that spits up at all the “burp clothes” are more like wash cloths,  and don’t do ANYTHING! Save yourself time and money, and just buy the diapers. They are white, so if you need to you can bleach them, and they are super absorbent!

Breast PumpsManual single (for on the go) and Double electric –Medela. The BurritoBuzz mommas have tried multiple brands and we will just save you time and money and tell you ITS NOT WORTH IT buying the cheaper ones! And 99.9% of the time your insurance will cover one!

Medela hands free pump bra – If you are a working mother this is crucial! You tend to only get a 15 minute break to pump in, and that tends not to be enough! This is a time saver! You can hook up, eat, check your email, or even just sit at your desk and pump if you have your own office! (When I worked when BK#1 was little,  I made a sign like this to hang on my office door, so I didn’t even have to think about someone walking in!)BurritoBuzzClothing.jpg

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Halo sleep sack – IF your baby is like mine, he hated being swaddled, but also hated being cold! This is a life saver!

Zip up nighties – I am not sure why they even make button ones. Don’t buy them, and ask people NOT to buy them. GET THE ZIP UP ones! In the middle of the night you wont want to fumble with the buttons, and when you see that you missed one you wont care, but then you will go fix your sleeping baby in fear they will get a draft and be cold. These for example!

Socks– There are simply never enough! They get lost so much easier than adult socks.

Onsies – I put them under most outfits to keep the baby warm and cozy!

Mitts– I hated the way these looked, but the first time your baby scratches themselves in the face you will never go without a baby mitt!

untitled (13)*More clothes than you think you will need* <<< And take a look at sizing before you start buying clothes. Its super frustrating, and if you know before hand it will make it a little easier to shop for your LO. 

 

I can almost guarantee we forgot something, but we went over this list multiple times and between the 5 of us you should be covered!!

Be sure to use a good checklist when making your first registry, so you don’t forget the basics that we might not have mentioned!

What was your favorite baby item? What did you have to go buy that you didn’t get?

~Amanda and the BurritoBuzz Momma’s

 

 

“Pee Pee in The Potty, Pee Pee in The Potty”….My not so silent chant.

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I am a mom who likes to do a lot of reading. Pinterest is my best friend during naptime. (So. Many. Resources!) But, I have yet to find a fool-proof way to potty train. I have gotten advice from family and friends (both welcomed and not-so-welcomed), and have read way too many blog posts with step-by-step ways to get it done. I had it in my head that it would be easy! Just a few days and Brava, she would get it!

WRONG!!!!

I read a post titled “Potty Train in 3 Days” HA! I will link it here  if you would like to try it. But my very advanced 18 month old just wasn’t having it! She literally would scream and shake when she had an accident. The poor thing was so scared. 3 days of my precious baby scared and screaming all day. I couldn’t take it anymore. She obviously was not ready despite all the readiness signs { < great article about what doctors want you to know about potty training} she was showing. BK#1 was literally hiding and squatting every time she went in her diaper, and then coming to me and saying “poop”. Like, really kid?!?!? Just go sit on that green froggy potty over there!

Thankfully one of our fellow bloggers has babies just about the same age as me and posted this!  I no longer felt like I was crazy, and alone! I am not the only one shaking my head, and cleaning up pee off of my hardwood floors! Seriously someone, just tell me how you did it! Tell me your secret!

I will tell you their secret!

THERE IS NONE!

Every single child is different! Some kids get it, and some don’t!

There is a fine line of discipline and “I am the parent and we need to do this, whether you like it or not”, and breaking their spirit. I think as a parent that is my greatest fear! We decided to stop potty training, because she obviously wasn’t ready, and I didn’t want to scar her!  photo2.jpg

Discipline is so hard! Every parent has come from different homes, and inevitably has different views and stances, whether you know it or not. You may think you are on the same page about parenting, until you realize that you really might not be. One parent might be a little more patient with scrubbing poopy carpet than the other! THAT IS OK! Just because one of you deal with certain situations better than the other, doesn’t mean that you’re a bad parent, or not doing something right.

So, before you start potty training, sit down with your SO and talk about your expectations for EACH OTHER. I promise, that this will be the best piece of advice you can find when it comes to potty training! If there is more than one adult in the home, you have to agree on what is going to happen, and how you will handle certain situations.

We are now really facing potty training head on now! BK#1 will be 2 next month, and we want her well on her way to no more diapers! And, for the love of God I am sick of changing her tush!

I thought I would share some tips and advice that I have found along the way that seem to be helping us. She is not potty trained yet, and for those of you who did it with your kids in 3 days: I applaud you! It simply has not been that easy with our stubborn one. It is taking a lot of TIME and WORK!

I hope my late night binging on The Mindy Project for sanity and comic relief, and searching for answers helps you, too…

***Except for the first, none of these are in a specific order! Just a list of what we are doing!***

  • First,read   up on your toddler. Know the facts! Know what is going on in their tiny bodies and learn how they work. It will help you, if you completely understand bowl control capabilities, attitude, etc.
  • Demonstrate. From the time that BK#1 could walk she followed me to the bathroom. Annoying as it may be, I let her. They have to see what is going on. It’s even more fun now, because she narrates everything…..

 

  • Gerber Training Pants. photo3 I have found that BK#1 responds to these the best. They are padded and have a plastic layer, so she can wear pants and feels when she goes a little, and then tries to rush to the bathroom. She absolutely hates getting her panties wet! (Still screams and cries when that happens.) I use that to my advantage though! During nap time she tends keep her pull up dry, because I put her panties over top of them. “No pee pee on the panties”

 

  • Panties and Pull ups.  You will see a lot of different opinions on if you should use pull ups or not. We do both. During the day she is just in undies and at nap and bed she has a pull up on. It’s for my sanity really. Am I making it worse? Or am I helping her? Not quite sure of the answer, but it is what works for us. Make a big deal of the panties! Let them pick them, and or pick ones that you know they will be excited about! We don’t do a lot of cartoons/ characters in our house, so shopping for them was kinda hard. But BK#1 is really into shapes lately and we found some pink stars and just simple designs, and she likes those. They make them with every on them lately, seriously! You name the cartoon, there are underwear with the character on it. 

 

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We bought this one and BK#1 loved it! Get the potty well in advance, and let your toddler get all the playing out of their system. Let them play with it, carry it around, put toys in it etc., before you are ready to potty train. That way you wont have a potty full of pee being carried across the house, because they want the potty in the living room….. When you get a seat to go on the actual toilet, get the ones that are one piece! The ones that are a cushion in between plastic get GROSS! This one smells, and you just can’t clean it well, unless you dunk it in bleach. 

  • Flash cards.ABC’s, 123’s, shapes, and colors! It’s a great time to bond and teach! They have to sit still! Take advantage of that one on one time! Again, it’s another distraction so they relax
  • Drinks.I have been doubling her water intake She probably feels a little crazy, but I am trying to keep her bladder full and teaching her what that feeling means!
  • Gate in an easy to clean area.  A lot of accidents happen. A LOT. Just know thaphoto6t going into it. Thankfully we have a bathroom right off the kitchen, so we have been spending a lot of time in there!
  • Use a timer.Pick a small amount of time and set the timer to take your toddler to the bathroom. Whether they go or not. We set one for every 30 min. They have a ton of great apps but we use the Pull Ups app  There is a game to play when they go.

UPDATE: While this app is great, it does freeze and close without any notice, leaving you without a timer! It’s a really nice app, with alot of great features, but they have yet to fix the problem. So, I have just been using it as a potty time game reward.

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  • Lots of apples and fiber. Trying to encourage the need to poo! That takes a lot more time to do on the potty, but I am hoping that if we increase the frequency then it will be easier!
  • Nakey!  If she doesn’t want to put her undies back on, I don’t make her! She tends to just hang out on the potty.
  • Distractions for SiblingsTry and focus as much attention on your training toddler as you can. BK#2 just turned 6 months old and is loving his new walker, and I tend to put him in that if we have to spend more than a few seconds in the bathroom. Know your littles are safe. Older kids? Maybe get some new craft supplies, let them help you potty train, grandparents’ house for a few days? Try not to let them feel forgotten, even though a lot of their time will be taken away.
  • Stop training if they get a rash. This piece of advice is straight from our pediatrician. You don’t want them to associate pain with going potty. Unfortunately BK#1 was allergic to the pull ups we were using at nap time, and had a HORRIBLE reaction! We had to switch brands, but until her diaper area cleared up we had to put a halt to the potty. There is no way to keep on cream and keep it clean while naked or in undies.
  • Consistency! No matter what you do, stay consistent. Communicate the plan to your toddler, your spouse, grandparents, sitters etc. Don’t deviate! I feel like BK#1 is getting it, but has accidents when we wait too long, or go somewhere etc.

We are still working hard at it, but hope that this plan will lead to success. Don’t lose faith! You have a smart and adorable toddler and they won’t be going to college in their diaper.

~Amanda

 

 

 

 

ABCs of Parenthood

Alcohol – Now that you’ve experienced your near 10 months of sobriety and been your hubby’s DD, it’s your turn! If you’re breastfeeding, it’s okay to take advantage as well, to an extent. Beer can even help boost your milk supply. After those long days and nights the first few weeks, you’re going to want to indulge a little, believe me! Even if alcohol isn’t your thing, I’m sure there is something that can help you unwind – exercise, ice cream, a good book, etc.

 

Breastfeeding – If you are able and want to breastfeed, this is going to be a big part of your life now that your baby is here. At the end of the day, do what is best for you and your new baby. Seek out support from friends, support groups, blogs, or a lactation consultant if you have questions or concerns. YOU can do it! The first few weeks can be the roughest, but don’t let that stop you. You’ll be glad you did it in the end. Plus, it’s totally convenient, saves money, and is super healthy for you and your baby.

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Coffee – If you’re like me, you will find that there will NEVER be enough coffee some days. Drink up! If you avoided caffeine while you were pregnant, good for you. Now it’s time to welcome it back! I look forward to my morning cup of coffee, whether I’m drinking hurriedly on my way to work or sipping on it cold after several hours of chasing my kiddos around the house, it still tastes good. Enjoy!

 

Diapers – Whether cloth or disposable, these will be a part of your life for quite some time, especially if you have multiple little ones. You’ll change a bazillion (thats an understatement) of them and get quite good at it! Sometimes I think of it as a game – how fast can I get the dirty one off and the new one on – especially with my newest little guy. I have to get him changed before he decides he’s going to pee all over us both.

 

Eating – Make sure you’re not only feeding your baby and your family, but you’re not forgetting to feed yourself. Mommy needs food for fuel. You might think you’ve eaten enough by eating your toddlers’ leftovers or grabbing a quick bite on your way out the door in the morning, but more than likely it’s not enough. Try to eat 5-6 small meals throughout the day if it’s too hard to sit down for 3 meals. Your kids keep you busy, but you need to make sure your eating so you have the energy to keep up!

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Fights – Pick your battles with your kiddos. Don’t argue over things that at the end of the day are unimportant. I know I haven’t even reached the peak of this because my kiddos are still little, but even with my almost 3 year old it has started. I’ve learned to not argue over the shirt she picked out or whether she has her shoes on the right feet but instead about brushing her teeth or holding my hand in a busy parking lot.

 

Giggles – There is nothing better than hearing our little babies giggle. Even though my oldest is going on 3, I still can’t get enough of her little belly laughs and the way her face lights up when she is happy and giggly. My youngest is 6 months old and in the phase where we can make him laugh now. I love hearing him and trying new ways to make him giggle at me.

 

Hero – I hope that someday my kids can say that I am their hero (or one of them). It’s actually something that I think about a lot and something that I strive to be for them. As their Mommy, I try to always keep in mind their best interest and to do things I would want them to be proud of me for. I want them to be able to look up to me as their role model. I need to be a positive influence and make good decisions in my life for them.

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Inseparable – I didn’t leave my almost 3 year old overnight until right before her 2nd birthday. Am I crazy? Maybe just a little. I never had a reason to spend a night away from her so I just never did it. I’m inseparable from my kids, but at the same time I know and need to remember that someday I will have to let them go. I have to let my kids become their own individuals but that doesn’t mean I never, ever want to leave them!

 

Juggling – A great blog written by one of my fellow mommies here with Burrito Buzz. As mommies, we do all kinds of juggling! It’s an adjustment being a parent, but it’s the greatest adjustment we will ever adapt to. We aren’t perfect and being a Mommy is a lot of work, but we sure do know how to juggle it all in the end. You’re all pretty amazing!

 

Kitchen – You might be spending more time in here now that you have bottles and other baby items to wash which means your mobile little ones might be too. Make sure this area is safe. Make sure you have the cupboards and drawers kid-locked, especially those with sharp objects and harmful chemicals. We tried to keep at least one drawer and one cupboard accessible to our little ones so they could play in them with more kid friendly kitchen items. They love that!

 

 

Laundry – It is never ending, literally. The minute I feel like I’m all caught up, another load comes down the laundry chute. I’m so lucky that my husband and I share this chore, because it is time consuming. I wish I was better at doing like a load or two everyday instead of waiting and doing load after load all in one day. Maybe that way it wouldn’t seem like so much!

 

 

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse –Will this show ever go away!? I’m sure as my daughter who will be 3 in April grows out of Mickey Mouse, my 6 month old son will just be starting to like it. And the cycle will just continue – I’m stuck with it forever! We always have episodes saved in our DVR and it’s by far my daughter’s favorite cartoon. I guess there are worse things than hearing the Hot Dog song 5-6 times a day.

 

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Naked – Our little ones have super sensitive skin and much of the time they are dressed, so take advantage of the naked times and make sure their skin is still precious as ever! Check for any new skin rashes, bumps, bruises, etc. 

 

OutsideGet out when you can and when the weather allows it. I always want my kids to want to be outside playing. I never want them to be the kids that are inside glued to the TV sitting on the couch. The activities outdoors are endless. Some of our favorites at home include the swing set, sidewalk chalk, bubbles, and going for walks.

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Pack – I’ve become quite the packer. Nights before I work the next day, I always get everything packed up for me, my husband, and the kiddos. It makes it a thousand times easier getting out the door in the morning. I also always have a fully stocked and ready to go diaper bag. I try to have a small bag left in each of our cars too with the basic essentials so my husband and I both always have whatever we might need when we are out.

 

Quiet time – You will learn to value the quiet moments. Being a Mommy can be chaotic, overwhelming, and just plain busy. I feel like I’m in a constant rush, rush, rush mode; especially through the work week. That quiet time, whether it’s in the mornings when I’m pumping before everyone else in the house is up or at night when I get to get a shower by myself, uninterrupted, is precious time. Enjoy it, soak it up.

 

Responsibility – There is no greater responsibility than being a parent. Not only are you responsible for making sure the essential daily needs of your children are met, but you are responsible for being a positive role model and support system. It’s the best responsibility but also the most crucial.

 

 

Spouse – I am a firm believer in spouses working together as a team when it comes to family and their household. You have to stick together on everything – discipline, chores, good times, bad times – your kids will sense when you don’t see eye to eye. If you do have fights (because let’s face it, you will) do it behind closed doors and don’t take it out on your kiddos. But at the end of the day, stick together and love one another.

 

Toddler – Although a super fun stage of our kiddos lives, it also brings its challenges. My oldest is a toddler. It’s so rewarding to watch her constantly learn, grow, and develop into a little girl who isn’t a baby any longer. I can see her own personality more and more. With that brings opinions, arguments, and tantrums, but it’s part of who she is becoming. Even in the most trying of moments, I know some day I will look back and miss these times! Enjoy them.

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Unconditional love – There is not a better term to describe the relationship between parents and their kiddos. No matter how angry they make you or how disgusting they can be, we still love them. There will be days when they make you want to pull all of your hair out and nights where they won’t let you sleep, but we love them no matter what.

 

Versatile “able to adapt or be adapted to many different functions or activities” – This is very important as a parent with little ones running around. I have quickly learned since becoming a mother that I have to be versatile. My plans may not always go the way I envisioned and I may never be on time again, but I can’t let that get me down. What matters is that me, my husband, and my little ones are happy.

 

 

Water – It is the best beverage for you and yours kiddos. If you struggle with drinking just plain water, add some lemon or lime. My kiddos only drink juice on rare occasions because I think it’s important for them to actually like water. I didn’t grow up that way and it took me until I was pregnant with my first to really start to like water and drink it all the time. I hope my kids can be the same because water is so important!!

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XOXO – As a parent, there is NEVER enough of these!! I especially love the before bed hugs and kisses and when my toddler kisses my 6 month old. It just makes my heart smile! I also love the hugs and kisses from my husband. I think our kids need to see that lovable connection between their parents.

 

Yelling – It is so difficult as a parent sometimes to keep your composure and not go off the handle on your kiddos, especially when it is over something minuscule. Maybe you’re just having a bad day. No matter what, try to think about it first before you yell at your little ones. I think there are moments when you need to raise your voice to get your point across, but if all you’re doing is yelling; your kids aren’t going to listen.

 

ZZZZZZ Have you been missing this lately?! I’ve learned to greatly appreciate every little bit of “ZZZZZs” that I can get since becoming a Mommy, even more so the second time around. With my first kiddo, I could rest and nap when she did, but that is so not the case with baby #2. One of them usually always needs me. I find myself doing things around the house or watching my DVR on the off chance they are both napping because there is always something to catch up on!

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-Megan

Eco-Friendly Bambo Diapers {Review!}

Babies produce a TON of trash (maybe quite literally?) Between wipes, diapers, baby food jars, destroyed clothing, etc… we’re throwing a lot away. Many of us use sustainable ways to produce less trash: cloth diapers, reusable containers, resale clothing, etc.

If you’re anything like me, cloth diapers were out of the question. I’m constantly on the go. I try pretty diligently to be cautious of the trash I’m producing; my household recycles, and tries to be eco-friendly whenever and wherever possible. So eco-friendly diapers, sure! Bambo produces eco-friendly diapers: “Natural and allergen-free baby products with ingredients certified to be safe and eco-friendly by Ecocert, Asthma-Allergy Denmark, and the Nordic Swan.” You can find their diapers at some of the major retailers, as well as online.

61oPIxJyScL._SX522_Bambo was kind enough to send us some product for a review. Several of our moms product-tested the diapers, and here is what we found:

Quality: Super soft, fits the baby’s body well. More slender than some of the boxier diapers.

Sizing: Because they are so thin, you can really stash several of them into a diaper bag pretty easily. The sizing is slightly larger than most of the diapers that I compared them too (especially Luvs,) and I thought this was a GOOD thing. I like diapers that run a big larger and come up higher on the waist, but if you have a slender baby this is probably not the diaper for you. The crotch of these diapers seemed a bit more narrow than others.

41sVXLQz6PLDurability: Daytime, good. All of our product-testing moms found that the diapers held up well through daytime changes. No leaking overall. Nighttime, a totally different story. All of our moms had leaking night time diapers. Bambo could work on the overall ability of the diapers to last through the night.

Smell: Typical to most diapers, perhaps slightly less fragrant than most.

Price: This is a game-changer for most of our moms. Families are generally on a budget, and this diaper isn’t very friendly to the typical family. Most brands of diapers that you’re used to seeing will run you between .18-.25. The Bambo diapers hover around .50 each. I’m totally willing to pay a little more for something that’s eco-friendly, but my budget can’t handle this much of a price difference.

Design: Diapers are diapers. You use them for a few hours and throw them away. However, there are a lot of diapers with better graphic design. Most of our moms weren’t a fan of the comic-looking tiger and bear.12277072_1307528145940125_2104144221_n

One of our moms utilized the size 5 diapers for review for her twin girls, who are 2.5 years old and potty training. Her girls wore the diapers overnight. Both girls loved the design of the pull-ups. However, the tape on the back side sparked too much interest, and they ended up tearing the diapers. Still, they held up well. They were easy for the girls to pull up and down on their own.

We give Bambo two thumbs up for their eco-friendly initiative, but we think that some work could be done for pricing, bedtime-leaks, and graphic design. We hope to see more from them in the future!

You can check out the features of their diapers here.

-Katie

**Burrito Buzz received this product at low or no cost for the purpose of review or testing. No compensation for a positive review was provided. All product reviews are based 100% off of our personal experiences with a product and we never guarantee a positive review.**

Seventh Generation Free & Clear Diapers {Product Review}

imageYour resident coupon queen here at Burrito Buzz recently struck gold on a diapers deal. During a Super Doubles event at my local Harris Teeter, I was able to pick up Seventh Generation Free & Clear Diapers (normally $9.99) on sale for $8.99. I then had a $2 off coupon that doubled, making the diapers $4.99. Then I received a $2 rebate from Ibotta for a final purchase price of $2.99. Um, jackpot!

We have been very fortunate that our daughter has had very minimal sensitivities both to foods and materials against her skin. I’ve used several different brands of diapers and wipes with no problems at all. I had heard of Seventh Generation before, needed diapers, and got such a killer deal that I decided to try them out.

PROS: The main thing that I really appreciated about these diapers that tend to fail me in other brands is the length, durability and stretchiness of the straps. imageThey had so much give to them that provided a snug, complete fit. There is nothing worse than crappy straps that break off, are too short or don’t stay put.

During the time that I was testing out these diapers with my 15 month old, she had the unfortunate experience of her regular check up and vaccine run. You know what that means, nastyyy diapers. And to Seventh Generation’s credit, these suckers held it all in there. I was highly impressed. I mean, these BMs were bad. Not once did she leak out the sides or up the back.

CONS: Not that it matters, but the color is dreadful. It looked like I was wrapping my baby up in a brown paper bag. I know that’s part of their thing- no dyes or coloring. But yikes, not visually appealing at all. But again, not important.

The weight of these diapers was interesting. They were naturally kind of heavy which make checking her for wetness a challenge. Several times I felt like she was very wet and needed changed, only to find out that she really wasn’t and it was just the diaper making her feel heavy. They are very sturdy and almost hard to the touch which is why when you do the bum grab to see if they’re wet, you’re mislead by the thickness of the actual diaper.

In going with the thickness of the diaper, I found them to be not soft at all. This is not a diaper I would recommend for a newborn with extra sensitive skin. I mean clearly they advertise themselves as “free and clear” so chemicals and additives are left out, so I’m assuming they wouldn’t cause a rash due to an additive. But I could see them causing some irritation due to simple lack of softness against the baby’s skin.

Overall, I’m neutral on this one. They did the job, had some nice features (especially if you’re really into all-natural products) but they didn’t wow me. They generally tend to be slightly more expensive then your basic Huggies or Pampers so I will probably only be purchasing them again if I get another “WOW” deal. Does the job, not something I’m going to go out of my way to get.

-Chelsea

Product Review: Diaper Genie Elite

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PROS– Listen, that baby poo is going to stink up any nursery no matter what. Here is one that at least does what it says it’s going to do. The Diaper Genie Elite is great because you don’t have to touch it. I hate my SILs diaper can because you have to open the lid manually and push the diaper down into it. Nasty. This can is pedal activated, you drop the diaper in, *poof* it’s sucked down. The scent is contained as best as it possibly can be.

The reason I love this particular model, the Elite, is because it comes with a mini can as well as a large one. The mini can is NOT pedal activated (you have to push the diaper down into it) but it is spring activated (so it sucks the stink down) like the large one and uses the same bags. I LOVE the mini can because it is perfect for traveling! Being a military family, we travel non-stop and this is great to throw in the car and take to the MILs house so I’m not throwing nasty diapers into their kitchen trash. I also used the mini can when my LO was sleeping in our bedroom early on. No middle of the night trash runs. No stink. Perfection.

CONS– I did break one already. But I can’t even blame the can. I used and abused that can and I overstuffed it with dirty diapers and broke the spring. My bad. So it’s not titanium, still good quality. The biggest con is definitely the bags. The refill containers for the bags are going to cost you anywhere between $4.99-$6.49 and “last” for 270 diapers. That’s a little crazy if you ask me but there is a plus side. They always have coupons available at http://www.playtex.com and there are several different generic brands that fit the unit. I’ve also seen some people use plain old trash bags.

In my opinion, I’ve seen several other units and this one gives you the most bang for your buck. It’s reasonably priced, keeps the stink out and prevents you from touching that nasty diaper any longer than you have to. The refills are pricey but coupons and generic versions are available. The mini can is a lifesaver for me. I am a believer!!

-Chelsea