Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Epibi Diaper Liner review- Guest review!!

This is a  review of the Epibi Diaper Liner by Dr. Elly Hann {Website here}
Colleen Fox from Basic Baby Shop in Syracuse NY is my VERY special Guest Reviewer!

The Epibi Diaper Liner was sent to us by Dr. Elly Hann of Persimmon Scientific to test and review. The product is a white, thin hourglass shaped liner with one smooth, silky side and the opposite side, a soft fabric weave. The liners come in size small and large. Size small is for babies under 15 lbs and the large size is for babies 15lbs+. I used a large sized diaper liner on my 17month old daughter for this review
Lately I have been having problems with diaper rash on my daughter’s bum. Because she is a heavy wetter, the only thing absorbent enough to make it through the night is a prefold or fitted diaper with a cover. Because the prefolds and fitted are not fleece lined, they do not wick away moisture and thus, my daughter has ended up with a rash from laying in her urine overnight. I have used fleece liners in her diaper and have even used zinc oxide products trying to clear her rash. I have tried using the Epibi liner for a number of applications.
The first night, I placed the liner in my daughter’s fitted diaper (silky side up) and used a wool cover. The next morning, I noticed that her rash was not any worse, but there was no noticeable improvement. However, after the 3rd night of using the liners, I noticed that my daughter’s rash was actually clearing up without the use of diaper creams.
As many of us cloth diaperers know, diaper cream is the enemy of micro fleece, causing it to repel. I have actually used our Epibi liner as a liner on my pocket diapers to protect my diapers from diaper cream after my daughter had a food-induced yeast infection diaper rash and I used medicated diaper cream. The Epibi liner effectively protected my diaper from the diaper cream and, even though it was coated in diaper cream, the liner did not repel and seemed to still wick away the urine from my daughter’s bottom. I did wash the liner with a bit of unscented dish soap afterwards to strip the cream off the liner.
The only downside I found with the liners, is that when my daughter poops while wearing the liner, it isn’t always easy to clean of the liner. I have come to keeping one finger holding the liner to the diaper while holding over the toilet and using a diaper sprayer to clean the diaper and the liner at the same time. Aside from this, I have really liked this product. The cost of the liners is worth the reduction of diaper rash I have seen since I started using these on my daughter.. Also note, in the product description on Epibi’s website, it states that these can be used both in disposable and cloth diapers. Honestly, I don’t see parents using disposable diapers using a reusable liner and washing the poop off them and throwing the diaper away, but perhaps I am so far detached from the disposable diapering community, I am mistaken. I see this product with a target market of cloth diapering parents using prefolds, flat or fitted diapers on babies with occasional diaper rash or chronic skin conditions (i.e. sensitive skin, eczema, allergies). Even at $12.99 for a 3 pack, I feel the ability to make my absorbent fitted diapers into a skin friendly, all-night diapering option is well worth the money.  

Please check back soon for a post from another guest reviewer for the Epibi Washable Nursing Pads! I was sent these as well and was unable to review them due to milk production. 
If you're interested in being a guest reviewer for this product, please send me an email 

A special thank you to Colleen Fox for helping to write this review! 
Epibi Diaper Liners and Nursing pads can be purchased at Basic Baby as well!
For ALL your cloth diaper & smart parenting needs... Check out Basic Baby!

KAEL&KAED trendy handmade (Baby) things


Wetbag, snack bags & toy leash! 

The long awaited review for KAEL & KAED handmade (Baby) Things has arrived. I received a snack bag and leash as review products and purchased a wetbag and larger (or smaller..I don't remember) snack bag also. I am in l.o.v.e. with her stuff. Not only are all of her prints so freaking adorable, but she has so many to choose from. She also offers deep discounts frequently when you choose a mystery print. 

Wetbag- I love this bag because it keeps the stink inside! If your a cloth user, this is a big deal when choosing the right wetbag. I also love that I can wash AND dry it and when it comes inside out, the fabric is smoothe and doesn't stick, making it super easy to put back together and put away. :) 

Snack bags- I love these because of the adorable prints (seriously...there's SO many!) The inside is the same as the wetbag, making it easy to clean! They keep food fresh!! My husband found one that had slipped under the seat and was probably there a week or so... but he tried the goldfish and they were still GOOD! :) These snack bags also feature something I haven't seen on any other snack bags. A loop! For the leashes! GENIUS! This is one of those things I bang my head on the table thinking..durr! Why didn't I think of that? I use the leashes for cups and toys, but not the snck bags?! It's been awesome! You want these! 

Toy,cup,snack bag & sophie leash- These leashes are awesome! Made out of the same fabric the outside of the snack bag and wetbags are made from giving you total control over print! Snaps are well made and not flimsy! The only thing I would have liked to see would have been another snap for bigger cups! 

Overall, I love all the products that KAEL & KAED has to offer. She has many more neat products other than what I have been able to try. 

Check her out on facebook {here} for codes and steals!
Check her out on Etsy {here} for amazing products you NEED!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Little Hoppers Hammock Ring Sling review & giveaway!

Alright, I'm about 1 bazillion reviews and giveaways behind. I just had so much going on with my health lately and am on an emotional roller coaster ride. Now winter...yay! :( lol 

Anyway, back in August I co-hosted the Big Latch on and met one of the sweetest mom's ever, the owner of Little Hoppers on Etsy, Kelly Delaney. She was beyond generous and offered me one of her gorgeous hammock ring slings to review.  <3 

I love this ring sling & that's a shocker because when Layla was about 3 months old I ordered one from another etsy seller and just couldn't quite grasp the concept. It had an extra long tail which I thought I would love for nursing but since I'm more worried about smothering my baby with all the extra fabric, it more so just got in my way. 

By the way, most of these are just user error and it was more difficult with a smaller baby, for me anyway! 

So anyway, back to the sling! As soon as Kelly handed over the beautiful sling, she helped me get it on correctly and I fell in love! There wasn't an extra mile of fabric, the rings were strong and secure, there was plenty of butt room for my 20 month old, and it was so so comfy. Something unique about little hoppers slings, there's a pocket on the shoulder for keys, cellphone or money! :) 

Ring slings are great because they're so customizable. From fabric and print to length of the tail and any care giver can wear it because of the adjustablilty! 

"Littler Hoppers hammocks are made of 100% breathable cotton fabric for mommy and babies comfort. They are not too hot to use during the summer months, nor too thin to use when the weather is less than perfect.
The design not pleated for a comfier fit, which allows for more fabric to be fanned across the shoulder and back to displace the babies weight. Also there is a small pocket that is a great space for storing your key, wallet or cell phone."

 If a ring sling is in your future, check out Kelly at Little Hoppers! She also sells Taggy Blankets (Layla has this one & l.o.v.e.s. it) & baby leg warmers!

How about a giveaway? 

Layla's not one to sit still anymore and with our fertility troubles we have decided to put baby #2 on hold till after my husband graduates in July. So, I'm going to giveaway my sling and a taggy blanket to one lucky MMR reader! :) 

To enter you already know the mandatory entry. Must be a MMR follower & leave a comment saying so! :)

Then go toLittle Hoppers and add her to your favorites! +1 entry
Stop by her facebook and thank her for the review at MMR! +2 entries
Tweet and share on facebook this giveaway up to 3x a day! 2entries each *3 hours apart* Make sure to leave your permalink!

Goodluck! I'll choose a winner on November 14 at 11:59pm est.

UPDATE!! Adding an addition week to this giveaway due to this update having an error and not posting. If you use code "MODERN" at little hoppers etsy shop you'll get 20% off! Also, place an order (great gift idea!!) leave the order number for an additional 5 entries!! 
Contest ends Wednesday Nov. 23rd at 11:59 pm est.