In my year and a half of cloth-diapering, one thing that has always driven me nuts is the fact that I could not buy cloth diapers locally. They simply didn't exist here. Due to the lack of availability of cloth in my area, I have always had to resort to online ordering. This is okay, but then you have shipping charges to deal with as well as waiting for packages to arrive, which can take weeks.
Did you know that now you can get a complete cloth-diapering system at Walmart or Target.com? Well, you can! There's a brand new cloth-diapering option on the block, and it's making people stop and take notice. Mabu Baby Eco-Diaper System is not only available at big box retailers, making them accessible to pretty much everyone, they're also an ingenious hybrid between cloth and disposables.
Not only can you have the benefits of cloth, you can also enjoy the convenience of disposable inserts if you choose. Mabu Baby diapers come in great starter packs. Each package contains:
2 diaper outers
2 snap-in pad holders,
2 washable diaper pads
2 disposable diaper pads and
Another very neat thing about Mabu Baby is that their products are made from eco-friendly materials. It's actually pretty amazing, because Mabu Baby doesn't use the traditional PUL in their diaper shells. Instead, they use a revolutionary, polyester made from recycled bottles. How cool is that?! They also use a fabric known as EcoWix. EcoWix™ fabric is made with natural white bamboo charcoal and green, high-tech recycled polyester. EcoWix™ fabrics are used for the soft lining inside the diaper outer and on the washable diaper pad.
EcoWix™ is designed to work as a wicking layer that keeps moisture away from baby’s skin. Its porous structure absorbs and even helps break down odor causing substances. EcoWix™ has a much better absorption and ventilation rate compared to other conventional fabrics. And a dry baby is a happy baby!
The awesome folks at Mabu Baby sent me a huge sampling of their products to review. I was so excited when I opened the package to find not one, but TWO starter kits, one for each baby! Also included were their Duzi Cloths, an Odor Gator, and a box of Bio-Liners, too! Take a look!
And here is the inside of the diaper with the snap-in pad holder. Notice it is perfectly shaped to hold either the washable or disposable inserts! They are also rather deep, ensuring that the insert doesn't work its way out of the pad-holder or shift around, even on the most active of babies.
Other features of the Mabu Baby Eco Diaper System include sturdy hook and loop closure, elasticized legs and waist to ensure a great fit, and color coded sizing tabs. This is very convenient when diapering more than one child. You can simply note the size with a glance before grabbing your diaper. No guesswork involved!
Another thing I absolutely love about Mabu Baby is that there are handy laundry tabs that keep your diapers from getting all tangled up in the washer. I don't generally use hook and loop diapers because the resulting diaper chain is annoying to me, so I appreciate the laundry tabs on these diapers more than I can say.
As you can see, Mabu Baby Eco Diaper System offers a very new approach in cloth-diapering. It's an incredibly versatile system that is easy for anyone to use. I love the fact that you can seamlessly switch between reusable and washable inserts, too. I don't usually use disposable inserts, but these have come in very handy with cloth-resistant caregivers, as well as while on the go. It seems that the disposable insert option takes the "ick" factor out of diapering for those who don't care to handle and wash a cloth insert.
You can also use the bio-liners with the washable inserts to minimize mess and act as a barrier between the inserts and baby's delicate skin. While the instructions suggest that you stuff the liner into the pocket along with the insert of your choice, I prefer to simply lay it on top. This helps to effectively keep any messes from seeping into the pocket area and soiling the inserts. The bio liners also act as a wonderful barrier to keep any diaper rash creams off of the inserts. When using cloth inserts, this is absolutely essential if using creams that contain zinc oxide.
I know you're probably wondering how such an economical diapering solution holds up to the messes that 2 active toddlers make. Well, I tested Mabu Baby eco diapers on both of my babies during the daytime as well as overnight. I have used both the washable and reusable inserts several times and in several situations, like playtime, naps, and even overnight.
I was surprised to find that in all cases with both of my babies, these diapers performed amazingly well. The shell stayed dry at all times and so did my babies' skin. I have not had any rash issues or irritation using Mabu Baby, and they also seemed very comfortable for my toddlers to wear.
Another thing I noticed is that the messes were very well contained in the insert and snap-in pad holder. I didn't experience any poop creeping onto the shell of the diaper itself, even with my Xander who is the king of blowouts!
Take a look at my babies wearing their Mabu Baby diapers and enjoying the spring flowers!
How cute are they?! I am loving the ease and convenience of Mabu Baby! There are a couple of minor things I would change, though. They're not overly important things and don't affect the integrity of the product, though. First, I wish these diapers were also available in more colors and/or prints. Right now, they are only available in white. Now this doesn't really make too much of a difference, but I just happen to be a fan of colors on my diapers. The other thing I would change is the closure. I am not a big fan of hook and loop diapers because I have found that the vecro tends to wear out before the diaper does, which results in time-consuming repairs. I would love to see Mabu Baby come out with a snap option for those of us who prefer snapping our diapers.
In addition to the diapering system, I also got to review the Duzi Cloths and the Odor Gator!
What is the Odor Gator? It's a small little patch that can be used in trash cans, diaper pails, or anywhere stinky and smelly. Odor Gator™ technology captures gas molecules and converts them into harmless salt and water.Independent lab tests show that ammonia and trimethylamine gases are completely eliminated after 180 minutes! I have been using my Odor Gator in my most heavily used diaper pail for over a month now, and I am amazed by how effective it is at eliminating odors. I have tried baking soda discs and essential oils in the past, but the Odor Gator literally blows these methods out of the water! Finally I don't feel like I need a gas mask when dealing with my diaper pail. Who knew something so small and inconspicuous could pack such a punch?!
I also got to try the Duzi Cloth. This is a cloth that is made from wood fibers. Don't worry, once this cloth gets wet, it's actually very soft! The coolest part about the Duzi Cloth is that it naturally rinses free of bacteria, leaving no mold, mildew, or offensive odors behind. I have been using my Duzi Cloth on pretty much every surface. I have washed dishes with it, cleaned my stove, and even scoured pots and pans with it! It doesn't leave any scratches on delicate materials, and it does its job incredibly well. While you can wash the Duzi Cloth in the washing machine, it may decrease its lifespan. Instead, I simply use plain old dish soap and hot water. Good as new!
Overall, I am thrilled with my products from Mabu Baby. The diapers are straightforward and very versatile, hold up well against messes, and they're easy enough to use that even clumsy dads can use them with confidence. I love the fact that you can choose the greener, washable inserts or use the disposables. I also adore the Odor Gator and the Duzi Cloths. I have found that these items make my life as a busy mom easier every single day. I plan on purchasing more of these amazing products soon!
You can check out the awesomeness that is Mabu Baby on their website.
Mabu Baby Eco Diaper System can be purchased at Walmart and on the Target website!
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4/17/2012 04:28:50 am
Luv that they can be used with cloth or disposable for those necessary times! Traveling? Just take it out and throw it away.
4/17/2012 07:52:16 am
I like that the polyester they use is made from recycled products.
4/17/2012 08:00:04 am
You cut her hair It looks cute! How did you get her to sit still long enough?
4/17/2012 08:03:49 am
I didn't cut her hair...Her hair just grows reallllllly slowly!
4/17/2012 11:17:05 am
I'm all over that Odor Gator! I'm going to pick one up the next time I'm at Walmart!
4/18/2012 11:49:19 am
I have been dying to try this! I love that it is in some Walmarts!
4/19/2012 05:04:46 pm
I luv the idea of Ecowix, wicking the wetness away. Also the revolutionary new material made of plastic bottles in place of regular PUL.
4/25/2012 10:54:15 am
The Duzi cloth sounds awesome. Love the fact that it rinses free of bacteria.
8/1/2013 07:25:29 am
I'm a grandma building a stash for my daughter who is expecting her third baby, as a surprise. I only remember the creepy flat fabric we had to fold ourselves and use those gross rubber pants. Wow, how things have changed. I'm having fun learning about all these amazing diapers. These sound very promising...I will give them a try.
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