13 September 2018

Review: Doodlebooty Reusable Microwave Popcorn Bag

I was super excited when Doodlebooty launched their new microwaveable (and reusable) popcorn bag and even more stoked when they contacted me to try it out and review it. We love popcorn, we love reusables, so bring it on!

28 August 2018

Review: Little Lamb Bamboo Fitted

Photo credit: Nappy Ever After

Description: The Little Lamb Bamboo fitted is a sized nappy*. The fitted cover consists of an outer bamboo layer with a microfibre core layer. Sewn-in on the back of the fitted cover is a 2 layer bamboo booster. The fabric for the Little Lamb fitteds are shrink proof due to the way the fabric is constructed, they use a yarn that is knitted onto a mesh base hence these fitteds keep their shape very well. The fitted has very soft rolled leg elastics and a soft back elastic to prevent poop explosions. The fitted has a velcro closure with laundry tabs and a cross-over design for extended size adjustments. Each fitted comes with a super soft fleece liner as stay-dry layer.

* Size chart according to Little Lamb nappies: 
Size 1:3-9kg, 
Size 2: 9-17kg, 
Size 3: 16+kg.

First impression: I was quite excited to finally try a Little Lamb fitted, it's been on my to-try list for a few years. The different look to the fabric caught my eye, very interesting the weave on the mesh lining. I also noticed the super soft fleece liner, it's magic fleece somehow, so soft!
Little Lamb Bamboo fitted

Ease of use: I'm a big fan of snapless fitteds due to it being so much quicker to fasten than snaps, but I must say that the Little Lamb fitted convinced me of velcro for fitteds as well, easy to use, efficient and quick. Being a fitted and a shaped nappy it's one of the easier night nappies to use, it does take a bit more time and effort than one-step night nappies as it's a two-step solution (so you need to add a cover to make it waterproof)*. Size is adjusted just by the waist velcro fasteners, so no rise snaps or FDR to confuse new users. If using at night, rinse in warm water in the morning and then add to your nappy pail for wash day. 

On wash day, make sure to secure the velcro on to the laundry tabs then wash as normal and line dry or tumble dry on low. Due to being a fitted it does take a bit longer to dry, but drying time is slightly shortened due to the microfibre core in the fitted cover and only having a 2 layer booster, I therefore found the drying time to be quite fair for a fitted. An added bonus is the sewn-in insert, so no need to search for matching inserts after wash day.

* Tip: I used mine with the LittleLamb bombproof cover which also has velcro fastening, making the two-step solution quick to fit. (Just keep in mind, velcro is easier for toddlers to open than snaps)

Fit: I tested the size 2 Little Lamb fitted on my 1 year old (12kg) LO and it fits really well, it's gentle around chubby legs and it has quite a big rise, so sits a bit higher on the tummy and back, therefore it still has lots of room for her to grow. I can see that it'll easily fit until she potty learns. It is a bit bulky which is expected from a fitted, but it's quite trim between the legs, meaning more comfort. It's also not overly bulky, so can be used as a day nappy for heavy day wetters. (Bulk is comparable to a microfibre AIO). I find the elastics super soft against chubby legs and the rolled elastics are one of my favourite features in this nappy.
Photo credit: Nappy Ever After. On the bum a Little Lamb fitted

Value for money: The Bamboo fitteds are priced on average comparing it to other fitteds with the same absorbency capabilities (you can extend savings by buying a bulk night pack). Taking into account the additional luxury quality add-ons like the rolled elastics and specific mesh type fabric (no-shrinking guaranteed), this nappy is good value for money.

Performance: I used the Little Lamb bamboo fitted over the last 2 months and it's been a fail-proof and easy solution for my light to medium wetter. With my absorbency tests the fitted held about  257ml** meaning this nappy will hold up for medium night wetters and heavy day wetters, and can be boosted to fit a wider range of medium wetters or heavy night wetters. The fitted has held it's shape brilliantly and the velcro is still super sticky, the fabric still feels soft.

** The tested value is very conservative and only taken after all possible moisture has been wrung out of the inserts by hand so the nappy can still absorb more to reach a soaked value.

Overall impression: This is a good option as a night nappy or for long naps, quick to put on and easy to use. The rolled elastics ensures a comfortable fit for your LO. It's been a delight to use this nappy!

You can buy Little Lamb Fitteds directly from the Nappy Ever After webpage. Make sure to follow their Facebook page as well and join their Facebook community.
Disclaimer: All image credits belong to Hippie Safari.  Please do not use or distribute without my permission. I received this diaper free of charge and was not compensated in any way for this review. While I aim to provide detailed, objective reviews of all the diapers that I've used, please bear in mind that this is my opinion and that every mom has her own preferences and every baby is built differently. So what works well for me and my children, might not necessarily work well for you and your baby.

02 July 2018

Day 1: Night nappy challenge, why?

So why am I doing the SACNU night nappy challenge? I'm part of the SACNU (South African Cloth Nappy Users) team and we're passionate about helping parents cloth diaper successfully and showing that cloth nappies are accessible to everyone. Cloth nappies for night time can sometimes seem very daunting, especially for parents with heavy wetters. That's why we decided to do this challenge so we can help and encourage parents to try night time cloth in a fun way. 

By asking parents to use at least 2 or more types and brands we're hoping that they can experience a variety of night time cloth and in that way find the perfect solution for them. My eldest was an extreme heavy wetter as a baby and I know the struggle in finding a perfect nappy, after lots of tweaking and trial and error, I ended up loving cloth for night time and found it was the only leak-free option. There is a type of cloth nappy to fit every family's needs and budget, sometimes it might take a bit of a learning curve, but you won't find a more comfortable and breathable option than cloth.

I love a challenge and I love all things cloth! We also exclusively use cloth nappies at night already so this is a fun event for me to share with fellow cloth parents.

I'm looking forward to reading everyone's experiences this week and seeing what works and learning from what doesn't.

Learn more about the 2018 SACNU night time challenge here

28 June 2018

Review: Slow Down Products Zero Waste Solutions

I am currently focusing on moving over to a more zero waste lifestyle, slowly but surely. While we've been reducing our eco footprint by using cloth nappies and reusable menstrual solutions over the past few years, there is a lot still to be done in other areas. It can seem overwhelming when looking at the bigger picture, but the best thing to do is just to start with what you can. Every small change is good and everything adds up. 

Over the past few months we have been taking small steps by using reusable bags when we go grocery shopping (and when we remember to take the bags with, I must add!). Recently we have expanded that with a few other reusable bits and bobs that I ordered from a local WAHM, Slow Down Products. 

So let's jump in and I'll show you what I got and how it's working for us. 

First up were these reusable produce bags. I ordered the 20 x 20 cm size, which is the smallest one I believe and I find this size very practical. It's big enough for our weekly fruit shopping hauls (and my kids go through a ton of fruit!). Something to note is that the yellow/green mesh is quite a bit sturdier than the other colours, so it's great for heavier items like potatoes, bananas, tomatoes, onions (especially when you are buying a lot in one go).  I love the drawstring closure - makes it very easy to handle when at the shop and it's easy for the cashier to open it to check when weighing the items. We usually buy fruits & veggies at Food Lovers, so don't have to worry about price stickers, however I have used them at Checkers as well and then I just stick the price directly onto the bag, no problem. The sticker comes off easily with no residue. The bags fold up quite small, so it's easy to pop in your handbag or into your reusable carry bags when going shopping. We bought 4 of these bags initially and found that to not quite be enough for our needs, so I've ordered another 4 and I think that will do the trick. The amount you need is very personal and will depend on the variety of fruit/veggies you buy as well as how often you go shopping. So I would recommend buying a few and seeing how that works and then add to that as you need. 

Secondly I got two bamboo straws along with two straw sleeves so you can pack the straws in your handbag for going to restaurants etc. The straws fit perfectly into the sleeve and there is a little attached elastic which keeps everything closed and contained so you don't have straws falling out all over your handbag. We have some bamboo straws which a friend gifted us with but they are a bit wider and so my kids are not the biggest fans of them. So I opted for the narrow bamboo straws this time and they are a great size with a comfortable mouth feel. I also got a coconut husk straw brush to clean the straws with and that makes clean up a breeze. But it will generally also work to give them a quick rinse after use. I did wonder how the bamboo would hold up over time with exposure to liquid, but I was needlessly worried as they are holding up perfectly. I have ordered another two so the whole family can join in on the bamboo straw fun when out and about (at home it's generally just the kids that use straws). 

Rewrabzz. Image credit: Slow Down Products
Lastly I picked up a Rewrabzz, which is basically the reusable alternative to cling wrap. To be fair, we didn't really use clingwrap very often before, but I was curious about these, so I figured I'd get it for those times when we do use clingwrap. I got the size small (32 x 32cm) with sweet almond oil and it comes with a string and instructions on how to tie a slipknot. The string is used to keep the wrap in place as this wrap is free from pine resin so doesn't cling to the items. The small is a good size I find for wrapping small items in the fridge - say cheese, or sandwiches to stop them drying out. You would need a bigger size to cover bigger bowls with say salad for example


In terms of quality I am very happy with all the items received and so far everything is holding up quite well (after about one and a half month's usage). I like that the items are customisable - for example you can choose the colours of your produce bags, as well as the sizes of the bags, straws, straw sleeves and Rewrabzz. The Rewrabzz are available in a few different prints too.
Bang for your buck

Prices are very reasonable in my opinion, very comparable to similar items available locally. Also bear in mind that while the initial outlay of stocking up on reusable alternatives might seem like a chunk, you end up saving money (and the environment!) in the long run. It's not all or nothing either - I like that you can buy one or two items as and when you are able to and need them. 

Final thoughts

Slow Down Products are a great go-to for your zero waste supplies - offering a good range of reusable solutions to get you started and to keep you going. I definitely recommend giving them a try. You can contact them via their Facebook page to order.

Disclaimer: I paid full retail price for these products and were in no way compensated for this review. All image credits belong to Hippie Safari, unless otherwise indicated.

08 June 2018

Review: Bam+Boo Baby Hemp AIO

Description: The Bam+Boo Baby Hemp AIO is a OS nappy that has a waterproof PUL outer layer with a micro-suede lining and two hemp inserts sewn onto the cover (At the back and front of the nappy). Each insert consists of 3 layers of hemp cotton blend. The Hemp AIO has 4 rise settings, single leg gussets and double waist snaps to adjust the fit around the waist and legs.