Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Review: Happy Heiny's One Size Pocket Diaper with Snaps

By: Michelle Martin - Owner, Chic Cheeks
Many of my customers have requested that I post reviews of the different cloth diapers I sell in my store www.chic-cheeks.com so today I'm going to review the Happy Heiny's One for All One Size Diaper with Snaps. I've wanted to review this diaper for a while because in my research I've found that in the past some bloggers have given Happy Heiny's poor reviews. Apparently, before some changes were made, some people had problems with the Happy Heiny's being prone to leaks. Since then the Happy Heiny's diaper has be re-designed (as you can see by the "New and Improved" logo on the packaging) and I wanted to give you guys an honest review. 

I have only had experience with the new version of this diaper and let me tell you I have been no less than extremely impressed. It makes me sad that people are untrusting of this brand because I personally use and love these diapers.

First of all (one of my favorite parts of this brand!) Happy Heiny's diapers are made in America only a few hours away from where I live. Being a proud American I love supporting companies that keep their business at home in the U.S.A. Many companies have had to move their operations overseas to keep costs down and I really appreciate that the owner of Happy Heiny's has worked hard to keep her business here. 

This is a one size diaper that is generously sized to fit babies from 8-35lbs. It comes with two micro-fleece inserts, a large and a small which are 3 layers each. I love that this diaper is able to somehow go from super tiny to super huge with just a few adjustments. With other brands my 27lb toddler is already on the largest settings with all rise snaps undone, but with this diaper we still have it snapped down once. Obviously this diaper is still going to last us a while. 

Happy Heiny's has an unbelievable number of colors and patterns to choose from. Silly Monkeys is a hit in our house. I love seeing our little guy run around in that one! There are so many colors to choose from I never have a hard time finding one that will match with whatever my son is wearing when we go out. My husband seems to always reach for the skull and crossbones print whenever it's available! 

So what's so "New and Improved" about this diaper? Well here's some info straight from Happy Heiny's

The New & Approved Happy Heinys One for ALL has had it’s rise (length) decreased by 1 inch. This helps the diaper to fit slender to average babies with less chance of gapping in the legs. Due to the large fit of the Original diapers, the New & Improved will still comfortably fit a 35 lb. baby.
The New and Improved has also been decreased by 1 inch in the width between the legs. This helps to improve the fit with less bulky material which can cause gapping and provides an overall slimmer fit.
I almost forgot to mention the snaps. Since my busy 18 month old has figured out how to take a velcro diaper off (and go running around the house peeing all over the floor) we try to use snaps whenever possible. I LOVE the snaps on this diaper. They are easy to fasten, but can't be undone by little hands. Each tab has 4 snaps, preventing wing droop and guaranteeing a perfect fit. 
We own the cow print diaper with aplix closures and it gets us a great fit every time! The only reason we don't use this diaper more often is because Reagan loves to rip it off and run around nude. It's such a cute print though! 

The inner material is made of custom milled fleece that stays soft through many washes. Poo comes right off and these diapers are very easy to get clean. I don't have any problems with staining and my son seems very comfortable when he's in his Happy Heiny's. Unlike some other diapers we own this diaper fits very well and doesn't leave red marks on our son's skin.  I especially love to use Happy Heiny's at night with a second insert as a booster. When used this way we NEVER have leaks which means Reagan sleeps through the night! I find myself avoiding other brands at bedtime just for this reason. 
These diapers are going to run approx. $18.95 each but they are well worth the money. Just for my blog readers you can use coupon code MYHEINYISHAPPY at checkout to receive 10% off the Happy Heiny's One Size Pocket Diaper with Snaps until June 30, 2011! I hope you all enjoyed my review of the Happy Heiny's One for All One Size diaper with snaps. If you'd like to purchase this diaper visit our store

Monday, June 13, 2011

Cute idea, till you do the math!

By: Kristen Ezmirly

Heeyyy, check it out! Pampers has caught onto a few of the appealing things about cloth diapering: the cuteness factor, and the "good old fashioned-ness" of it. They've introduced their new line of "Pampers Prints" - adorable printed diapers for those who wish for a more stylish "rear view" of their baby. The advertisement even shows what kind of prints are in the package by showing a picture of their adorable disposable diapers, hanging on a clothes line, the good old fashioned way (Awwww). I have to say, if I used disposable diapers, at a glance, I'd think this was a cute idea:) That is, until I'd look at the price tag: $20 for a package of 66 diapers. The only 'sposies I ever bought were $13 for 96 of them, so spending $7 more for 30 diapers less...?! Hmm, perhaps not. I'd much rather take my $20 and go buy a cloth diaper or two, and not have to go back and buy them again...and again...and again. See, in order to diaper your child in these diapers for ONE year, you'd have to spend about $800. If you used these from birth through potty training, that'd be $2,000. On the other hand, in order to diaper your child from birth through potty training with Happy Heiny's cloth diapers (they have the best variety of colors and prints that I've found), you'd have to spend about $300...TOTAL. Sooo, $800/year, or <does some quick math> $120/year...you pick.

As for their cute picture of the diapers on the clothes line.. In case anyone was wondering, no, you cannot safely wash and reuse disposable diapers. Those handy dandy chemicals that help absorb so much fecal matter into that decorative little package are only good for one use - then they break down and look, feel, and smell horrible. Just in case anyone considered it.

So it seems to me that these cute disposables are really just nicely packaged garbage. $7 more, for 30 fewer diapers, all of which are going to be thrown away :-p Now I'm not gonna harp on anyone about using disposables. I've used a few in my time. But if you've ever complained about the cost of diapers, consider this: even if you use the store brand diapers, and you only have another 6 months or so of diapering, you could save money by cloth diapering. In this economy... I'd recommend considering it. And in this economy, I'd also recommend ditching the big chain stores, and supporting locally owned and operated, one-stop-diaper-shop Chic Cheeks (www.chic-cheeks.com) when you decide to make the switch;) Just sayin'...;)

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

FuzziBunz Product Review

By: Kristen Ezmirly

Ever tried a FuzziBunz diaper?? I hadn't until recently! I'd been having problems with my daughter's diapers not fitting well and leaking when she went through those "between snap sizes" stages of growth. They were decent diapers, but those ill-fitting phases were driving me crazy! I went to Chic Cheeks in hopes they could tell me I was doing something wrong. I came out with information that I hadn't known before about diaper care, and a FuzziBunz diaper to try! Turns out I was doing something wrong, and perhaps there's more to a good diaper experience than the right snap combinations;) But why the FuzziBunz? I soon found out;)

FuzziBunz diapers are a standard pocket diaper, with a set of three snaps, for a good secure fit. Unlike other pocket diapers, though, FuzziBunz has also added adjustable elastic around the legs. This is a fantastic feature, especially for babies with particularly chunky or slender legs, who may have trouble getting a good fit from standard leg holes.

FuzziBunz are made entirely from polyester fabrics, and lined with polyurethane. They are easy to care for, and very durable. The microfleece used in the diaper itself is very soft and absorbent. The liners are soft, absorbent and not super thick! Even when I double-stuff my daughter's diaper for night time, both liners fit easily into the diaper, and still retain a nice trim fit.

Two areas I would say FuzziBunz could catch up with competitors on is price, and variety. FuzziBunz diapers usually go for around $20 each, which, if you're looking to buy a whole stash to start with, can get a little pricey; that said, I began cloth diapering with a much cheaper brand, and will say I can easily tell a difference in quality. So if you're cloth diapering for the long haul, it may be worth the extra few bucks. As for the style options, with only 14 solid colors to choose from (compared to Happy Heinys, with nearly 50 different colors and patterns), those with more stylish intentions for their children's behind might feel FuzziBunz is wanting in the style department. If, like me, you prefer a good set of solids that are easy to match with your childrens' clothes, 14 good, standard, easy-to-match colors is perfectly fine.

And finally, FuzziBunz's warranty: FuzziBunz offers a 1 year warranty against snap defects, sewing defects, elastic issues and any separation of the cover fabric and polyurethane lining. This is a relatively good warranty in comparison with other cloth diapering companies. They do, however, require a proof of purchase from an authorized FuzziBunz retailer, so you will want to consider nixing the idea of buying them from individual sellers or sites like eBay, and keep your receipt in case you need to make use of that warranty.

And so, my personal "grading system" (A=Great, B=Good, C=Acceptable, D=Not Good, F=Fail!):
Price: C
Adjustability: A+
Absorbency: A
Durability: A
Fit: A
Fashion: B

Over all grade: I'd give FuzziBunz an A :)

Now through June 15, 2011 FuzziBunz are buy 5 get 1 free at www.chic-cheeks.com