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Kawaii Diaper Comparison and Review

Posted by on Mar 20, 2014 in Kid Stuff | 0 comments

I’m using four different types of Kawaii cloth diapers on my 2 year old. Before I ordered them, I had a hard time finding a comparison of the different types of Kawaii diapers. The reviews that I found were mostly by people who have younger babies, and I’m using these on a 2 year old. She’s long and skinny, with skinny thighs. I can’t speak to any long-term use of these diapers, since I haven’t had them very long. We switched over to cloth diapers for potty-training, so I’m not dealing with newborn poop or anything like that. This is the “stash” of 17 Kawaii Diapers that I ordered:   There are  12″OS Heavy Duty in Velcro Closure (HD2)” with Aplix/Velcro, plus 1 “New Improved Original Cross-Over Squared Tab Snap (Square Tab Snap)”, 1 “One Size Snazzy Minky (Minky),” and 3 “April Baby Dual Closure One Size Cloth Diaper (April Baby).” So, all of them are One Size diapers. Here is the One Size Square Tab Snap diaper compared to a size Medium Happy Heiny (the pink diaper on top is the Happy Heiny): Here are the Kawaii diaper varieties all stacked on top of each other, lined up flush on one side and set as large as they will go. I don’t think there is really much of any real size difference. The April Baby seems like it will adjust t to the largest in actual use, and the Square Tab Snap seems to not go as big. HD2 is on top, April Baby is in the middle, the Square Tab Snap is on the bottom: General Quality of Kawaii Diapers: The initial quality seems fine compared to the Happy Heiny that I have, and I like them better than the Fuzzibunz trainers I have. Out of the 17 diapers I ordered, I think that 3 of them have some sort of flaw that another more expensive brand would have deemed a “second quality diaper.” I have heard other people complain that Kawaii diapers have flaws, but I have not seen details. Here are the details of the flaws on the diapers that I received: This diaper has elastic that is not gathered quite evenly along the leg: This diaper has elastic that is not gathered evenly along the back:     This diaper has unevenly sized double leg gussets. One side’s double gusset is about an inch, the other side is almost 2 inches.     I don’t think that any of these flaws will affect how the diaper performs. They’re just flaws that I noted because I am pretty sure that a more expensive diaper brand would not have let these go through Quality Control. If I had paid $25 for a diaper with these flaws, I would not be happy. I think the flaws reflect the very low price of the diaper. I paid just around $5 per diaper, including two inserts with each diaper. Some more expensive brands sell their seconds quality diapers at a discount, but I have never seen them for $5 each.  For the price, I’m fine with the flaws, especially considering that most of the diapers do not seem to have any flaws. Comparison Shape: The HD2, the Square Tab Snap, and the Minky diapers all seem to be the same shape. The Velcro closure on the HD2 is asymmetrical at this point for my 2 year old since she is too big to use the cross-over tab. I have to be careful to get the diaper tabs lined up completely straight or else the tab corners poke my daughter’s thighs and she complains. She...

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Babywearing at Disney World

Posted by on Feb 25, 2014 in Blog, blog2, Kid Stuff | 0 comments

We recently got back from a trip to Disney World. My littlest is almost 2, so she was “down” more than “up” this trip, but there was still a lot of times when she wanted up. When she was little, I carried her all the time, mostly in a wrap. When I took her to work  with me in my old office she would nap in the wrap, wake up and play in the wrap, then fall asleep in the wrap again. Those days are long gone. It’s kind of nice to work from home and be able to put her in her crib for a nap, but I also miss her being so little sometimes. She doesn’t fall asleep on my back very often any more, so this was probably the last time. She was worn out from a huge day and passed out at her usual bedtime, but we were still in Epcot. It doesn’t hurt that I love everything about this baby wrap. It’s Didymos Pink Wool India. I have it in Turquoise,...

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Babywearing, and how it has improved our lives

Posted by on Jan 27, 2014 in Kid Stuff | 0 comments

Babywearing pretty much means that I really “wear” my baby. This is essentially having your baby somehow attached onto your body.  I’m pretty sure women have been doing this forever. I have to wear Sirenita because she demands it. I am so thankful that I found some babywearing tools that are comfortable all day. A lot of people have heard of Bjorn and Moby, and maybe even Ergo, but there is a whole GIANT world of babywearing options out there that goes way beyond these. My early babywearing experiences were not great. I learned a lot and wore PrincessSpitfire and Sirenita, and it has been so wonderful. My favorite are “German Style Woven Wraps.”  There are many different brands – Didymos, Storchenwiege, Vatanai, Natibaby, Neobulle, Bebina, Heartiness, Uppymama, Oscha, BBSlen, Wrapsody (used to be Gypsy Mama and is also commonly called Bali Breeze or GMBB)…it goes on and on. There are also ring sling brands, such as Maya Wrap, Comfy Joey, Psling, Sakura Bloom, and lots of wrap sling conversions made from the woven wrap makers. Sleeping Baby Productions does those in different styles and everyone has their personal preference for the shoulder style and tail length. Anyway, a stretchy wrap like a Moby (or a Sleepywrap or “Boba Wrap”) is pretty nice when you have a newborn and the weather is cool. They’re longer than most non-stretchy woven wraps, usually wider, and almost always hotter, so that turns some people off to wrapping. Woven wraps are really different and (I think) are much nicer. A woven wrap can support a heavy toddler, can be much cooler and shorter, and allows you to carry your baby on your back or hip safely. There are so many different carries. I learned most of mine on Youtube. I started out with a Moby and did what’s called “Front Wrap Cross Carry.” Then I quickly moved on to woven wraps. The “Front Cross Carry” was easiest for me because you can put the wrap on, then take the baby in and out without having to re-tie. EARLY BABYWEARING EXPERIENCES My early experiences with babywearing were pretty terrible. With TheBarbarian I had a Bjorn. When TheBarbarian hit 10 pounds, which I think was at like three weeks old, the Bjorn became SO UNCOMFORTABLE. Take two sacks of flour and dangle them from your shoulders by two narrow straps. Yeah, it felt like that. I had a horrible bag sling which got recalled, too. And a hip hammock. All of it was so uncomfortable that I gave up. I’d heard of Ergo but they seemed soooo expensive and I thought it wouldn’t be better than the Bjorn (wrong). After I had PrincessSpitfire, I decided to try babywearing again. We are busy people, and our babies are the type who like to be entertained. I was too cheap to buy a woven wrap at first, and there are no stores near me that carry them. I tried with a bedsheet, which was ridiculous and made me decide that wrapping was not going to be for me. I found a Bjorn-like contraption in a second-hand store and tried it. It was fine until the baby hit 10 pounds, and then was horrible. Then, at Target, I chanced upon a clearance pouch sling and tried it out. It was great! Who would ever have believed that a simple o-shaped piece of cloth could be so comfortable? I carried that crabby little PrincessSpitfire around with me everywhere! She wasn’t crabby! She smiled at everyone in her little Buddha-baby froggy-legged position! We made our first family-of-four-overnight-trip when we went...

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Babywearing – A DIY Mei Tai Pattern with Padded to Wrap Straps

Posted by on Jan 7, 2014 in Blog, Kid Stuff | 0 comments

I have referred to babywearing in an older post. There are lots of ways to wear a baby, and if I didn’t babywear I would never be able to finish all the things I need to do. So, I really want a “Wrap Conversion Mei Tai” (AKA WCMT) but the cost of these things….holy cow, I am way too cheap to spend $500-$1000 on one of these things. I use these carriers as part of my work and casual wardrobe – that means I like them to match my clothes and look great, and so I have had somewhere between 10 and 35 of these at any given time. There is a huge subculture of moms who basically buy, sell, and trade these carriers around with each other. I feel like there is a place for expensive carriers, if that’s what people want, but I was raised without much money and this doesn’t fit with my lifestyle. I also feel like beautiful babywearing should be financially accessible to all families. So, I’ll provide a tutorial for how to convert any fabric, or a woven wrap, into a mei tai. This is not the tutorial. This is a mei tai that I made using stretch denim and basic cotton decorative fabric. I wanted to do a basic version before chopping up my expensive wrap.  (((UPDATE: If you want the tutorial for the Wrap Conversion Mei Tai I made after this, and the free printable pattern, go here: http://barefootandpregnantesquire.com/babywearing/diy-mei-tai-pattern/))) I have never actually used a mei tai, but I’m curious and figured I’d do a wrap conversion on a size 7 Gira I have. I used a variety of sources to cobble together a pattern, and this is the mei tai I came up with (using a heavy stretch denim and a decorative fabric). I am experienced with sewing and making my own patterns, so that is what I did here, but I have never made a baby carrier before. I have excellent equipment, and I felt like I pushed it to the limit with the layers on this denim-based mei tai. The finished size is body 18″ by 18.5″ wide, not including the waist. The skinniest part of the carrier body is 16″. I have a long, skinny 22 month old, and a three year old. I thought about making the seat a little wider for my 3yo, but then it might be a bit too big for my skinny littlest one. I made padded to wrap straps that unfurl. I think I am pretty happy with the way they turned out. 1. The layers of the rear waist, 3 layers of polarfleece and two layers of denim (3 layers of polarfleece may be one too many): Half inch seams on everything except hood: The front waist ties (will make these half the width of the wrap next time, probably, but these feel comfortable: The layers of the waist with the straps tucked in: All sewn except for most of the top (I will cut the padding a bit shorter next time, I do not want as much padding where the waist attaches to the body): Turned right side out after sewing: The seat darts, put these on all three layers. I only made them one inch seat darts, but perhaps should have made them two inches and widened the pattern. I’m generally happier without seat darts in an SSC, so I’m not sure. I didn’t feel like making straps for my prototype and I had this giant rickrack lying around, so I used it. I covered the ends with ribbon...

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