It's definitely no secret around here that I love cloth diapers, and am very enthusiastic about debunking common stereotypes surrounding them. Yes, there are plenty of false assumptions about cloth, and before I tried them, I had these preconceptions, myself! We began cloth diapering out of necessity. When our daughter was only 3 months old, we discovered we were pregnant again. Doing the math, we realized that our babies would only be 12 months apart in age. Well, being a one income family, we had to find ways to save money. The first concern was diapering. Can you imagine what it would cost to keep two very different sized babies in disposable diapers? By our calculations, this would cost HUNDREDS of dollars every single month! And this was a cost we certainly couldn't afford without my husband getting a second job, or me finding work at night. Neither idea seemed overly appealing to us, so at the urging of a friend, we began looking into cloth diapering.
I will admit, we were very reluctant at first. I had images of big prefolds, gigantic, sharp diaper pins and squeaky rubber pants running through my mind. I also had the notion that cloth diapering would be messy, hard to get on a squirming baby, and that they would be a nightmare to clean. I imagined that I would be a veritable laundry machine, needing to wash stinky, oozing diapers day and night just to keep up with the demands of two babies. It's safe to say, I was definitely a skeptic.
And then my high school friend came to town with her family. Her two youngest daughters were in cloth at the time, and it was the first time I had actually seen modern cloth. I was amazed at the plush materials, the vibrant, fun colors and prints, and most of all, I was shocked at how EASY they were to put on a baby. Modern cloth diapers were nothing at all like I envisioned them! And this is where my love affair with all things fluff began.
I started doing more research about cloth-diapers, and even got a few to try out, and I quickly learned that everything I had assumed about cloth diapering was outdated and just plain wrong. Is cloth difficult to use? Not at all! Modern Cloth diapers look and act much like their disposable counterparts. They are easy to fasten, even on a wiggling baby, and they are not complicated for the parent to figure out. (Even clumsy husbands!) Are cloth diapers stinky? Well, this is an unfair question, because ALL diapers smell when they're soiled. But I have found that cloth diapers tend to be LESS smelly than disposables, probably due to the fact that they're not full of the chemicals found in disposable diapers that just tend to amplify odors. When switching to cloth, I noticed that my baby smelled like a baby...Not like some off concoction of artificial, perfumey substances mixed with the unmistakeable smell of urine. Yuck! Are cloth diapers hard to clean? Not at all! Sure, it takes some getting used to. Yes, you need to use a cloth-friendly detergent. But once you get a good routine in place, it becomes second nature. And it's only a couple extra loads of laundry per week!
Another important benefit of cloth is that by using cloth diapers, you're doing a big part in helping the planet. Did you know that BILLIONS of disposable diapers are thrown into our already overflowing landfills every year? It can take up to 500 years for these diapers to biodegrade. So when you think of all of the diapers sitting there in landfills, not breaking down, you can see what an impact this has on the environment! Since cloth diapers are reusable, you're doing your part in helping to keep unnecessary waste out of the Earth's landfills. If properly cared for, cloth diapers can last through several babies' diapering careers. Think of the thousands of diapers you could keep out of the landfills by using cloth!
But the thing I love the MOST about cloth is that they're stinkin' cute and my babies love them! With so many vibrant colors and prints and plush fabric options, cloth is a fashion statement in itself. Not to mention, they are much more comfortable for baby. Wouldn't you rather sit on soft, velvety cloth than on scratchy, mushy paper? Guess what? So would your baby! So really, cloth is a no-brainer in my mind. It's more economical, it's better for baby and for the environment, and it's so easy to use. The only downside? It's addicitive! But that's not really a bad thing at all, if you ask me!
I am always on the lookout for awesome cloth-diaper retailers. I recently discovered Chic Cheeks. This company was founded by Michelle, a mom who was faced with having two babies very close together in age, much like myself. She had the same diapering concerns I talked about, and discovered the wonderful world of fluff! Since then, she has been passionate about educating parents about the benefits of cloth and spreading awareness about cloth diapering. Chic Cheeks offers TONS of the best brands in cloth diapering, such as Happy Heinys, FuzziBunz, bumGenius, and more! Chic Cheeks even offers a fantastic customer rewards program where you can earn points that can be redeemed for merchandise! How cool is that?!
Chic Cheeks is also one of the newest retailers of GoGreen Pocket Diapers! GoGreen Pocket Diapers are taking the fluff world by storm for being an effective and economical choice for cloth diapering families. I received a GoGreen Champ 2.0 for review in their bright, Poople shade. (Yes, I said Poople. Really, it is a gorgeous shade of bright, deep purple, suitable for either gender.)
The Champ 2.0 has a ton of great features that make this a goof-proof diaper. From color coded waist snaps that allow for error-proof sizing to double leg gussets that keep messes IN the diaper where they belong, this diaper is the Rolls Royce of GoGreen Pocket Diapers' line of products. The Champ is a premium one-size pocket diaper with the convenient feature that you don't have to handle soiled inserts - they come out by themselves in the wash! The Champ also boasts AI2 functionality. GoGreen has added an additional snap to both the diaper and the insert that allow the insert to be secured outside of the pocket! No slipping, no bunching. This snap also conveniently keeps the insert and diaper attached in the wash whether you choose to use the insert in or outside of the pocket - no more sorting laundry! The Champ features an extended sizing range, and truly will fit from birth to potty (and beyond!). The Champ is designed to for babies from preemie size to 45+ lbs!
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I tested the GoGreen Pocket Diaper Champ 2.0 on both of my babies. Sophie, my toddler, is 25lbs and Xander, my 7 month old, weighs about 17.5 lbs. I was able to achieve a perfect fit on both babies with very minimal effort. And the diaper allows for plenty of room to grow! I absolutely love the trim appearance of this diaper, and I also love the fun grape color. But GoGreen is known for having some of the absolute best colors and prints! They even have a monkey print, Monkey Pee, Monkey Poo, that I am in love with and just have to have!
Looks aside, (and yes, looks matter) this diaper is also very effective for both day and nighttime use. I tested the Champ on both kids during the day as well as overnight and had stellar results. Having a boy and a girl, my babies have different wetting patterns. My son tends to wet more towards the front of the diaper while my daughter wets towards the back of the diaper. I actually have noticed that some diapers in my stash are great for one baby but not the other due to this difference. This was not the case with the Champ! This diaper held up beautifully with both of my babies! Even overnight! Of course for overnight use, I double-up on the inserts, since my daughter tends to be a heavy wetter. Better safe than sorry, right? And Xander seems to always wake up poopy. There have been many occasions that I have gone to change him and found a poop explosion that exited his diaper and went down his legs and up his back. Not the most pleasant thing to deal with first thing in the morning if you ask me! The Champ definitely lives up to its name, since it contains these messes perfectly thanks to the double leg gussets. Think of it as a second "wall" that poop has to overcome to make its way outside of the diaper. With 2 barriers in place, the poo doesn't stand a chance! The mess stays inside the diaper where it belongs, and I have a happy baby! Success!
Overall, I love the GoGreen Champ 2.0. I can use this diaper on both of my babies without having to worry about leaks, and I always get a snug fit with no guesswork involved. I also love the AI2 functionality of this diaper. It's very convenient while on the go! And since this diaper is so customizable, it will last from birth to potty-training! Add to that the awesome colors and prints, and you have a premium diaper at a fraction of the cost of other diapers. At only $15.95, the Champ is an economical choice that offers superior performance. Think of it as being like a fully-loaded car for base model price! This is definitely one of my most versatile diapers in my stash, and a favorite of my husband's because he doesn't have to think too hard when putting it on our babies. If you haven't tried GoGreen Pocket Diapers Champ 2.0 diapers yet, head on over to Chic Cheeks and try one! (Or 10) I think you'll be pleasantly surprised! And for a limited time, shipping on all GoGreen Pocket Diapers is FREE! It just doesn't get much better than that!
You can purchase this and many other fabulous diapers and accessories on the Chic Cheeks website.
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***Disclosure: I received a complimentary product to facilitate my review. No other compensation was provided, and all opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***
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