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Almost 2 years ago to this very day, I found out that I was going to become a mother for the very first time. My heart was instantly overwhelmed with joy and excitement, but it wasn’t long before reality really started to sink in and a flood of all sorts of emotions started creeping in. I could go from thrilled, to scared, to optimistic, to doubtful about anything or everything in 2 seconds flat! Those pregnancy hormones are really something else, y’all.
Although planning for a baby is so much fun, it’s also equally overwhelming. What kind of car seat will we buy? Are these crib sheets the best on the market? What’s the safety rating on this stroller? Will I breast feed or should I consider formula? Should I choose disposable diapers or is cloth a good option? How am I going to pay for all of this? What about child care? What’s the deal with all of this natural and organic stuff? FOR REAL you guys. It seems like the choices and options are never ending! And sometimes parents can really feel the pressure when it comes to making these choices. When it’s all said and done, we all want to do what’s best for our babies. One choice in particular that we made for our daughter has been a source of so much pride and joy for us.
I knew before my pregnancy came about that I wanted to cloth diaper my child. I watched my sister cloth diaper her girls and was so intrigued by all of it. I researched cloth diapering for well over a year before a baby became part of our reality, and I’ve learned quite a bit in our journey so far. One thing I’ve learned to be very true is that not all cloth diapers are created equally. There’s so many different styles and fits, and finding the right one to fit your needs can be challenging.
When I’m shopping for cloth diapers, I’m looking for high quality materials, affordable pricing and fun prints. I recently stumbled across a fabulous little baby store called Lil’ Eco that sells some of the cutest cloth diapers and baby accessories that I’ve ever seen! Lil’ Eco is owned and operated by a wonderful WAHM that lives in Hawaii who left her teaching job to peruse her dreams and passions while being at home with her children. The Aloha spirit runs rampant through her and her business, and her passion to help make cloth mainstream is undeniable!
Most of our cloth diaper “stash” consists of pocket diapers and AI2’s. These are the styles that I prefer most because of their ease of use. Because I follow Lil’ Eco on Instagram, I was recently notified of an awesome sale she was having on her standard pocket diapers. I picked up this really adorable puppy dog print (seen below) and have fallen in love with it. The quality was amazing, the price was perfect, and the cuteness factor was out of this world!
And look at what I found in the tag of this diaper! I just love supporting other working mama’s businesses, and knowing that her diapers are responsibly made makes me feel even more confident about my purchase.
The standard pocket diapers (you can choose from prints or solid colors) come with a free microfiber insert pictured below. You can also choose to upgrade to a bamboo insert which is more absorbent and more trim than the microfiber. Both of these inserts have been great for us! I recommend ordering an extra insert with each diaper. I personally double stuff all of my pocket diapers for extra absorbency. Unless you’re cloth diapering a newborn, I don’t think just one insert is going to provide the absorbency that you’ll need.
Since my original purchase from Lil’ Eco, I’ve had the great fortune to review one of her All In Two diapers that she had in stock. I already loved the pocket diaper I owned, so I was over the moon to try the AI2. I received the Rainbow Chevron All In Two Cloth Pocket Diaper pictured earlier in this post, and it’s really been an awesome diaper for us!
One of the first major differences I noticed between the AI2 and the pocket style diapers was the double gusset feature. If you look at most regular disposable diapers, you’ll notice a double gusset, or a second elastic lining in the diaper designed to help keep everything inside the diaper. Hear me when I say this, y’all… If you’ve never tried a cloth diaper with double gussets, you don’t know what you’re missing! I feel much more confident that a leak won’t occur if the diaper has that second elastic lining in it.
In addition to the double gusset feature, Lil’ Eco’s AI2 diapers have a large pocket opening at both ends of the diaper and a flap in the front to help keep the insert from working it’s way out. I really appreciate the size of the pocket openings. They make for super easy stuffing and removing of the inserts!
The only slight issue that I have with this AI2 diaper is the fact that I don’t really feel that it’s actually a true AI2. Every other AI2 diaper that I own does not have a pocket feature, but instead had a snap and removable insert that attaches. The snap feature in those diapers prevents the insert from moving around. The product description states that these diapers are AI2 because the insert is removable, but by that definition, basically any other sort of diaper other than an all-in-one would be considered an AI2. Personally, I feel that this diaper is more of a luxury pocket diaper than a true all in two. Do I still think it’s an awesome diaper? ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY! And the price is out of this world! (They’re only $6.50 when you buy from their website. Holler!)
In addition to the amazing selection of diapers, Lil’ Eco has also branched out into offering all sorts of amazing and adorable accessories for littles on Etsy! Check out this beautiful headband they sent our way. Isn’t it just beautiful? There’s even a section of items that are made in Hawaii. I’m totally digging those mermaid tails!
And have you ever heard of “Chewelry” before? Lil’ Eco offers a line of high quality food-grade chew teethers that come with a break away necklace so they can be worn safely as a necklace. It’s jewelry babies can chew on! Get it? Chewelry! Hah, I think that name is so clever!
We were sent one that looks just like an Oreo cookie. My child LOVES this thing! It came at a really good time, too, because my sweet little peach just cut 3 teeth at one time last week. It was rough, y’all! I’m glad we had this little gem for her to gnaw on through all of it. She doesn’t ever wear it as a necklace, but she does love to swing it around and hit me in the head with it from time to time! 😉
If you’re shopping around for cloth diapers and other baby accessories, I highly encourage you to check out Lil’ Eco’s shop! The prices are really hard to beat, and the quality is exceptional. Plus, you’ll be supporting a work at home mom while you shop!
1 SUPER lucky winner will win a diaper AND teether of their choice! Plus, the owner of Lil’ Eco will be throwing in a surprise matching headband! Woo hoo!! Just enter using the widget below. Must be 18 years or older to enter. Giveaway ends 9/6/16