Lalabye Baby $20 Gift Certificate Code WINNER!

And the winner of the Lalabye Baby $20 gift certificate code is…

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Ashley Tolliver!!!

Congrats, Ashley! You’ll be contacted by email shortly. You will have 48 HOURS to claim or another winner will be drawn. So please… CHECK YOUR EMAIL!!!!! 🙂

Don’t miss your chance to win Chaplin and Audrey in bumGenius 4.0 today on the TGN Blog!! (affiliated link) Ends 7/30

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Lalabye Baby Cloth Diaper Review and Giveaway!

Do you have a favorite cloth diaper? Have you ever thought, “This diaper would be perfect if only…” I know I have. Many times! So had Melissa, the mama behind Lalabye Baby cloth diapers. Before making her own diapers, Melissa dreamed of finding THE perfect diaper. She tried different brands and styles, but couldn’t find one diaper with all of her desired features. Since the diaper she was dreaming of didn’t exist, she decided to create her own! Melissa put pen to paper, and the Lalabye Baby cloth diaper was born.

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I have heard only great things about Lalabye Baby diapers. Whenever I’ve seen someone mention the brand on social media, mama after mama would comment on how wonderful these diaper are. It got me curious. I wanted to see what made these diapers so special. I reached out to Melissa and she graciously offered to sponsor this review. She sent me Itsy Bitsy Spider II to review and I was immediately impressed. Besides being totally adorable, the outer TPU fabric just looked and felt like such high quality. Was this the diaper I’d been wishing for??

Have you ever thought…

“I wish I could find a diaper that will fit my baby from infant to potty-learning…”

The Lalabye Baby cloth diaper is a one size diaper, meaning it should fit your little one all the the way through potty-learning, with a weight range of 8-35 lbs. My little guy is 23 months and a little over 25 lbs. I love the fit of this diaper on him! He is on the third rise setting and still has quite a bit of room to grow.

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Whenever I’m reviewing a diaper, I always wonder how it would fit at different weight ranges. Luckily, I have a newborn up my sleeve 😉 My friend recently gave birth to the sweetest little guy and she let me test out the Lalabye Baby diaper on him…

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It did fit her 8lb 9oz little squish. The cross over snaps help to make it really tiny around the waist. We had to do a little adjusting to get it to fit around his scrawny little legs. However, he’s a breastfed baby and when he put the diaper to the ultimate test, it passed! I personally would prefer newborn diapers until he put on a couple of pounds, but it did do the job and did it very well.

I’ve thought many times about other cloth diapers…

“I wish this diaper came with something other than microfiber inserts…”

More often than not, you’ll find that many cloth diapers come with microfibers inserts (at least the ones that come with inserts). The reason microfiber is often chosen is because it is very absorbent, plus it’s inexpensive so it doesn’t increase the price of diaper too much. But there are some issues with microfiber… because of the structure of its fibers, it can be prone to compression leaks and build up. Caring for microfiber can be especially tricky for those with really hard water and with HE washers.

With the Lalabye Baby diaper, you don’t have to worry dealing with microfiber. This diaper comes with not one, but TWO, rayon from bamboo inserts! Rayon from bamboo inserts are very absorbent, yet trim at the same time. Plus, they’re less likely to hold onto stink. These inserts have a terry cloth texture, like that of a towel, and are nice and soft.

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This diaper comes with a smaller, lightweight insert and a larger, one-size insert. Once baby has outgrown the newborn insert, it can be snapped to the one-size insert for extra absorbency overnight or for heavy wetters. I found the one-size insert alone worked perfect for day-time use. At night I snapped them both together and even with my son nursing through the night, we still woke up to dry sheets!

Have you ever thought…

“I wish these pockets were easier to stuff…”

Some pockets are easier to stuff than others, and this diaper is definitely one of the easy ones! It has an opening at each end, making it a sleeve style. You can easily stick your hand in one end and pull the insert through to the other side. You can also stick your hand in both ends to smooth the insert down if needed. I find the openings to be nice and wide, so I’m not struggling to get my hand inside.

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The diaper is lined with a super soft micro-suede fabric, which helps to protect baby from wetness. The lining doesn’t absorb, only lets wetness pass through. It acts as a barrier between baby and the absorbent inserts underneath, giving him or her that stay-dry feeling.

When I used pocket diapers exclusively, sometimes MANY times, I found myself saying…

“I wish I didn’t have to stuff these diapers…”

Although it only takes me about five minutes to stuff an entire load of pockets, sometimes I just don’t feel like stuffing them. One of the many great features of the Lalabye Baby diaper is if you don’t want to stuff it, you don’t have to! This diaper is also an all-in-two style! There are two snaps, one on each end of the diaper, where you can snap the insert in place.

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When it’s time for a change, simply removed the insert and snap in a new one! The cover can be used multiple times before having to be switched out. You can purchase additional inserts separately. Because they are made from rayon from bamboo, they’re perfectly safe to go against baby’s skin.

I also like using this cover with my flat cloth diapers. It has a generous cut, so I don’t just have to pad-fold. I can do my fancy folds and don’t have any trouble with coverage. I also like using it with a tri-folded prefold. There is a waterproof insert stopper at the front of the diaper so you can tuck the insert underneath it to prevent leaks at the tummy. This comes especially in handy for those tummy sleepers!

Another issue I have with pockets is that I hate when I have to remove a dirty insert by hand. Whenever I’m doing this task, I often find myself thinking…

“I wish the insert agitated out in the wash…”

Because the Lalabye Baby diaper is a sleeve style, when used as a pocket the insert should agitate out on its own. I mainly use it as an All-In-Two, but the times I have used it as a pocket, the inserts agitated out for me every time.

Something that bothers me about using cloth diapers with snap closures is trying to remember which snap row to secure it on. Once you get a good fit on your baby, it’s good to remember exactly where you’ve snapped it, so you can use the same row for the next change. Sometimes that’s easier said than done. This is especially a problem if my husband is putting a diaper on him. Many times I find myself thinking…

“I wish there were an easy way to remember where to snap the waist snaps…”

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I love that the Lalabye Baby diaper has color coded waist snaps! It really makes for an easier, quicker change. I found it great to be able to tell my husband, “He’s on green! No adjusting and readjusting until you find the perfect fit. Plus it looks super cute!

You may be thinking…

“I wish I had all these features in a diaper, but didn’t have to pay an exorbitant amount…”

Looking at this diaper, I’m pretty surprised at the quality compared to the price tag. Compared to other diapers I’ve tried and their price points, I would expect the Lalabye Baby to go for much higher! You get all these great features, high quality materials, AND rayon from bamboo inserts for less than $20! Lalabye Baby is definitely a name I would take note of. Although it may be new to some, I have a feeling, as word gets out, it will soon become a household name among many cloth diapering families!

Want to try one for yourself? Lalabye Baby is giving away a $20 gift certificate code to one lucky reader! Enter for you chance to WIN via the Rafflecopter. Click here to check out their website and see all the great colors and prints they have available!

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DISCLOSURE: Although I received this product free of charge for this review, I have not received any other monetary compensation. All opinions expressed are genuine and 100% my own. The winner will receive the prize directly from the sponsor of this giveaway, as they are responsible for the fulfillment of the prize. I cannot be held reliable for prizes that are not fulfilled. This giveaway is not associated, sponsored, administrated, or endorsed by Facebook, Twitter, Google, Pinterest, or any other social media network. Open to US and Canada only and entrants must be 18 years of age or older. The winner will be contacted via email and has 48 hours to respond before a new winner will be drawn. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law.

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Spray Pal WINNER!!!!

The lucky winner of the Spray Pal Splatter Shield is….

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JESSICA MILLER!!!!!

Congrats, Jessica! You’ll be contacted by email shortly. You will have 48 HOURS to claim or another winner will be drawn. So please… CHECK YOUR EMAIL!!!!! 🙂

Didn’t win? You can purchase your very own Spray Pal here! This is an affiliated link. If you purchase through my link I earn a small portion of the sale. All purchases through my links are greatly appreciated ❤

Stay tuned for another great giveaway coming soon!

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Spray Pal Review and GIVEAWAY!!!

WARNING: You’re going to hear the word poop in the post… A LOT.

The diaper sprayer. It is a cloth diapering family’s best friend! If you don’t know what a diaper sprayer is, I’ll fill you in… You know your the handheld sprayer you use in the kitchen every day to spray off your dishes? Instead of being attached to your sink, the diaper sprayer is attached to your toilet. And instead of spraying off dishes, the diaper sprayer (affiliated link) is like a little handheld power washer used to address those poopy diapers. It honestly makes dealing with the poop so much easier!

As awesome as the diaper sprayer is, I admit, it’s not flawless. One thing I don’t love about my sprayer is “spray back”. Spray back is when the stream of water from your sprayer hits the diaper just right (or should I say hits it just wrong!) and instead of going down into the toilet, droplets of water and even tiny pieces of poo shoot out, most times landing on the rim of the toilet bowl. If you aren’t careful, splatter can also end up on your floor, shower curtain, feet, child standing nearby… YUCK!

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I’ve known about Spray Pal for a while, but I’ve held out because I didn’t think it was something I really needed. The Spray Pal (affiliated link) is a splatter shield that keeps any potential yucky spray off right where it belongs… in the toilet. I’ve worked on perfecting my technique, keeping the diaper low in the toilet, folding it in half, spraying at a particular angle… but more often than not, I still end up with some splatter. On a few occasions while spraying off a particularly messy diaper, I’ve thought to myself out loud, “I wish I had a Spray Pal…” Well folks, my wish came true!

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I have to say, when I received my Spray Pal, I’ve never been so excited for my child to poop! 😉 Here’s how you use it:

  • Clip the dirty diaper onto the Spray Pal
  • Snap the doors shut
  • Stick it in your toilet
  • Turn you sprayer up full blast and spray the sh… um, I mean, spray the contents into the toilet. 😉
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Spraying with one hand… taking a photo with the other… still no splatter!

Another nifty thing about Spray Pal is that you can also wring the diapers out with it! Just unsnap the doors and squeeze the water into the toilet! Then hold the Spray Pal horizontally, like you would a serving tray, walk over and unclip the diaper into your wet bag or pail without having to worry about drips on your floor!

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Now that I own a Spray Pal, I see how beneficial it is to have a flat surface for the diaper to lay on while you’re spraying. The clip holds it securely in place, and I don’t have to worry about folding it a certain way, or keeping it low in the toilet. I can spray away full blast with no worries of spray back or the mess going anywhere other than in the toilet. During the entire process, my hands stay clean. More importantly, so does the curious toddler who likes to stand right next to the toilet when I spray! In fact, he actually likes to take over spraying for me!

So easy, even a toddler can do it!

So easy, even a toddler can do it!

When you’re finished, the Spray Pal folds flat and can easily be stored in a wet bag between uses (although some prefer to leave their’s assembled sitting next to the toilet). I have a large Planet Wise WET/DRY bag  (affiliated link) that I hang from the handle of my bathroom closet. I simply unclip the diaper into the main wet storage compartment at the top of the bag, then slide the Spray Pal into the front dry compartment. Unlike the wet compartment, the dry portion of the bag is not waterproof, but I haven’t had any trouble with dripping. I find it works great for storing my Pal in between uses!

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When your little one is ready to potty learn, the Spray Pal can still come in handy! For little boys learning to use the potty standing up, the doors can be left open and it can sit in the toilet to help with aim and keeping little dribbles off your bathroom floor. You can even add a bullseye with a Sharpie so your kiddo knows just where to point and shoot! 😉 My little guy is slowly warming up to the potty, but without lots of encouragement from me, he’s still perfectly content to go in his diaper. I decided to try it out, and was disappointed that since my toilet is pretty rounded the doors wouldn’t stay open. I figured out though, when I folded the doors the opposite way, it stayed open and worked perfectly! I even got the cutest photo of my little guy using it, but I think I’ll keep that one for the baby book. 😉

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Some like to set it up before going to bed, so that when their potty-learning kiddo uses the bathroom throughout the night, there’s no worry about bad aim and wet floors in the morning.

Although I’ve been a Spray Pal hold out (which I’m kicking myself for now!!), I’ve followed the Spray Pal family and their story on Facebook and Instagram for a while now. When you purchase a Spray Pal, your money is not going to some big business, it’s going to a small, family run business. Mr. and Mrs. Spray Pal are elementary school teachers who operate their business right out of their garage. They created their product once their daughter, Mini Spray Pal 1.0, started solids and they couldn’t find the perfect spraying technique to prevent splatter. Then along came their son, Mini Spray Pal 2.0, many weeks earlier than expected. The proceeds from their sales go directly toward his medical expenses. During his entire seven month stay in the NICU, they were able to cloth diaper Mini Spray Pal 2.0 full-time! If that doesn’t inspire you to want to #giveclothachance, I don’t know what will.

FUN FACT: Have you ever seen or used the hashtag, #makeclothmainstream? In case you’re wondering, Spray Pal originated it! Whenever you use #makeclothmainstream on any social media platform, you can connect with others who want to do the same… make cloth mainstream!

My little guy in his #makeclothmainstream t-shirt <3

My little guy in his #makeclothmainstream t-shirt ❤

THE GIVEAWAY

I want to thank Spray Pal for sponsoring this review and giveaway! I’m also very excited to announce that my favorite retailer, The Green Nursery (affiliated link) now carries Spray Pal! If you are looking for super fast shipping, an awesome rewards program, and excellent customer service, look no further!

Want a Spray Pal of your own?? Enter to win via the Rafflecopter below. This giveaway will ship anywhere in the United States.

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*This post contains affiliated links. If you make a purchase through one of my links, I earn a small portion of the sale. All purchases made through my links are greatly appreciated. Thank you! 

DISCLOSURE: I received this product free of charge for this review, but have not received any other monetary compensation. All opinions expressed are genuine and 100% my own. The winner will receive the product shipped to them direct from the sponsor of this giveaway, as they are responsible for the fulfillment of the prize. I cannot be held reliable for prizes that are not fulfilled. This giveaway is not associated, sponsored, administrated, or endorsed by Facebook, Twitter, Google, Pinterest, or any other social media network. Open to US only and entrants must be 18 years of age or older. The winner will be contacted via email and has 48 hours to respond before a new winner will be drawn. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law.

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REDRAW!!! aden+anais WINNER!!!!!

I announced the winner of the aden+anais swaddle giveaway two days ago, but after two separate email attempts the prize is still unclaimed. To be fair to all those who entered, since 48 hours has passed (as sad as it makes me to say!) that winner is now disqualified :/

That means, WE HAVE A NEW WINNER!

The winner of a set of aden+anais swaddles is……..

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Melissa S. 

Congrats, Melissa! You will be contacted by email provided by Rafflecopter and will have  **** 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.****

 PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL IF YOUR NAME IS MELISSA S!!!!!!!!!!!! 😉

*Remember! If you are using Rafflecopter to enter giveaways and log in through Facebook, the email that is associated with your Facebook account is the one that shows up. I also check extra info for any other email addresses you may have provided.

Stay tuned! I have another great giveaway coming on Monday!!! You won’t want to miss it! 😉

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We need to support ALL breastfeeding moms… covered or not.

“If you say, “I support breastfeeding, BUT…” then you don’t support breastfeeding.”

If you follow a breastfeeding advocate Facebook page or support group, chances are you’ve heard this quote a time or two. I agree totally with it. A lot of times, you’ll hear someone use this quote about breastfeeding in public. Like, “I support breastfeeding, but I think the mom needs to do it in private or be discreet.” This infuriates breastfeeding advocates, like myself! No one should dictate how a mom feeds her baby!

We should support moms who breastfeed uncovered.

Recently I’ve read a couple of articles and seen some posts saying those individuals don’t support covering because that implies the mom is doing something inappropriate. When I first read these posts, I thought to myself, “Yeah! Right on! No one should tell a mom she needs to cover up while feeding her baby!

Then in a Facebook breastfeeding support group, during a heated debate on whether mamas should cover while breastfeeding, one mom posted, “We don’t support covering [in this group].” Wait… what?? That really struck a nerve with me…

As someone who is very shy and self conscious, I struggle with worrying about someone confronting me when I breastfeeding my son in public, especially now that he is a toddler. I do my best to try to put it out of my mind and just focus on him, but honestly, it’s hard for me. Sometimes I use a light blanket to cover myself (not him) or where layers so that I don’t feel as exposed. Given the situation we are in, sometimes that just makes me feel more comfortable.

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We should support moms who breastfeed partially covered.

But when you say, “We don’t support covering”, it sounds like you don’t support moms who cover up while breastfeeding… like they are doing something wrong. There is something really wrong with this picture… we need to support breastfeeding moms. ALL breastfeeding moms.

I support moms that breastfeed their babies without a cover in public.

I support moms that have both breasts fully exposed while feeding their babies in public.

I support moms who wear layers and have just a bit of skin showing while breastfeeding in public.

I support moms who pump or use donor milk and give their babies bottles of breast milk in public.

AND I support moms who breastfeed fully covered in public.

I understand where those advocates are coming from, and how they can feel that wearing a cover implies that they they are doing something wrong. But if wearing a cover makes that mom feel comfortable enough NOT go to the bathroom to feed her baby or make them wait until they go to the car, then that mom needs support too. In fact, that mom may need the most support of all!

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We should support moms who breastfeed fully covered.

Maybe she wants to have the confidence to breastfeed without a cover, but she’s just not there yet. She should feel like breastfeeding advocates are on her side, rather than judging her because she chooses to cover. At least she’s breastfeeding her baby, which is what we all hope for… more babies being breastfed.

I do believe that the only way to normalize breastfeeding in public is for others to see moms breastfeeding their babies in public. I am so thankful for the badasses of the world spreading the word and making great strides for breastfeeding. But I also believe we need to support ALL breastfeeding moms, whether or not the they choose to cover.

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aden+anais swaddle WINNER!!!!!

The winner of a set of aden+anais swaddles is:

WINNER DISQUALIFIED. DID NOT CLAIM PRIZE WITHIN 48 HOURS AFTER TWO SEPARATE EMAIL ATTMEPTS, AND I HAD TO REDRAW 😦

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Congrats, (WINNER DISQUALIFIED)! You will be contacted by email soon. You will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.

Stay tuned! I have another great giveaway coming on Monday!!! You won’t want to miss it! 😉

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