Glow Bug Cloth Diaper- Bitty Booty Coverage

I recently had the privilege of trying out Glow Bug’s updated cloth diaper for review, courtesy of the company, and I have to say that the improved design made a significant difference for me.
Here is my mosquito-bitten, little “Chicky” in her Glow Bug cloth diaper;
As you can see, she looks adorable- and the diaper isn’t half bad either! Having two tiny ladies in the house, I can never get enough of the beautiful patterns, colours and character prints that Glow Bug offers because they launch a new collection yearly. However, as I will teach my daughters; Appearances matter less than what is on the inside.
And here is what counts for me;

Now, although it is not exactly new, I had not previously known about the 360° gusset because it was a design change put in the year after my oldest daughter was born. Being a cloth user, I rarely need to replace my diapers (huzzah!) and was basically living under a frugal rock when it came to what was new on the market. Great for my purse strings, not so awesome for convenience because I used to deal with leaks. It happens. It also happens with disposables, only landfills and baby skin also deal with the repercussions of soiled diapers in that case. (Did you know that it can take 500 years for a disposable diaper to decompose?! Google it!) Since peaking out from my hidey hole, I have come across some really fantastic changes to the cloth diaper scene and this gusset is one of them. All mess is contained within the little enclosure and it makes clean up far easier.
Glow Bug offers what you call a “pocket” version, with microfibre inserts, and they are one of the cheapest cloth diapers that you can purchase. This does not mean that you suffer where quality is concerned, as they go above and beyond many competitors with waterproof flaps in the front and back to help prevent leaks, on top of the gusset and the snap in inserts-so things stay put.

What else do you need to know, do you wonder?

The above pictured, little puppies are the many, snaps on it and this sizing capability means that your baby uses the same diaper from birth through to 35 pounds. Translation = even more money saved.
Chicky and Peanut, for example, can both wear this and there is nearly a year and a half age difference between them. Of course, Peanut’s potty-trained and has been for quite a while now so that worry is not on my list. If it was, however, that fact would be awesome!
There, I managed to pin my rolly-polly lady for a second and get a picture of her laying down.

She gave me quite a struggle getting this diaper on, as she’s fiesty today and wanting to dance to 102.1 the Edge right now. That is the soundtrack for our afternoon and Mama’s interrupting her busting a move for these pictures! As you can see, the fit is quite nice, even if she prevented me from doing things exactly how I like them done by wiggling and kicking out, like a frantic frog that is air-swimming.

The below picture gives you a side view of her big, cushioned bum;

Now, this was poofed out a bit more than they typically sit on her because Chicky shoved it down a bit. Like I said, she is a bit high-strung today due to her need to dance…and nobody puts baby in a corner!

As you can see, she is dancing up a storm and quite pleased in her Glow Bug cloth diaper. I most definitely recommend them for the beautiful craftsmanship, the fun patterns, the handy gusset and the money-saving size options. If you are interested in putting your own little wiggle wart in one, you can contact the company here.

Icebreaker Review; Hot Clothing from Chilly Company;

I had never heard of Icebreaker before and couldn’t believe it when I found them while looking for an eco-friendly, organic clothing company. To stumble upon their line, then discover that they’ve been around since the ’90s made me feel like I have lived under a rock for at least a decade. I should have been more socially conscious. The brand is sold in over 3000 stores all over the globe and offers some really fantastic options for daily apparel, all while running a sustainable company that has strong values in respect to animal welfare, the environment, as well as social and manufacturing ethics. More than just that, this is a clothing line designed for the athletes of the world who are concerned with temperature, durability and performance of their garments.
I was sent their Tech T Lite Short Sleeve to review, as well as pair of Multisport Ultra Lite Micro socks.

Everything is made from Merino wool, which I thought would be itchy. We have all experienced that horror story of the sweater you had to wear when you were a kid, with the prickly neckline and the body reminiscent of mini nettles. I know right? Not the case in the slightest! In fact, I’ve never owned something of this texture before and it’s hard to describe; the fabric offers the stretch of a spandex blend, the lightness of polyester, is more breathable than cotton and it’s a natural material! What I found really neat about Merino wool is that it will keep you cool when required but the same garment will offer thermal protection, similar to the actual animal’s coat; If it didn’t cool in the summer, they would die from overheating and it’s imperative to be kept warm in the winter time. The sleeve caps on the shirt are completely undetectable on the skin and, honestly, this popped into my head numerous times while I was trying it out;

(Image not my own, sourced from site in top, left corner of picture)

The shirt itself was not very clingy and I do believe it would be better suited to the gym than to lunch with friends, as there was nothing that screamed to be worn and shown off. Very similar to the Bench Active Top, which is in a similar price-range, only you’re wearing a polyester and spandex blend there and Icebreaker does not use synthetics. Their garments are biodegradable. The company does have an excellent array of designs, as well as some very sexy tank tops and matching underwear that I am going to have to request from the hubby, but I was sent the basic black, loose-fitting one.

Tech T Lite Short Sleeve
photo from www.icebreaker.com

{I took a picture of myself in the shirt, then realized upon uploading that the lense was filmy and I have had to delete it from this space. Thank you, oh toddler of mine, with the sticky fingers and the need to touch everything! As such, this is a stock photo, but the woman is easier on the eyes anyway. ;)}

I am quite happy with it, as the Icebreaker line is full of athletic attire and I wanted to see how I would feel in it post-workout. After nearly killing myself with Billy Blanks’ Boot Camp and vowing to eat better (I won’t), rather than need to do that torturous routine, I was relieved to note that I wasn’t clammy, sweaty or gross. The shirt wicks sweat but also dries incredibly fast, which I did not expect from something made of wool. I also didn’t feel as warm as I normally do, which is probably caused by my yoga wear holding body heat in.

I washed the shirt as per label instructions, which means you get to throw this into the laundry like you would anything else. However, do not use fabric softener (which you shouldn’t be anyway, that stuff is horrible!) and its best to line dry. My hubby changed the loads over and ended up throwing my shirt in the dryer on medium heat, which caused me to panic and nearly have a stroke. Luckily (for him), it didn’t shrink, pile or lose it’s shape. Of course, always check the tag for how you should care for yours.
Which brings me to my next topic- the tag! When you purchase from the company, they have invested in a “baacode” system, which actually allows you to trace your garment back to where it came from. You can see the farmers and check out the living conditions of the animals so don’t rip the price tag off until you check into that, if you’re curious. Very cool.

These are the socks;

There is not a heck of a lot you can say about a pair of socks, only that I was thrilled to receive ones that actually fit my little feet. I wear anything from a 4 1/2 sometimes, up to a 6 and these sat properly on my foot. Like with the shirt, there was no stifling warmth or itching and I’m quite fond of them. They’re thinner than they look in the picture.
I am completely in awe of the steps taken by this company to ensure that quality is not sacrificed, while maintaining complete dedication to the environment, the livestock from which the clothing is derived and the workers involved in all processes. The factory that cleans the fibre will then clean it’s own water, recycle it and sell the lanolin produced as part of the process to the beauty industry in order to eliminate waste. The other factories do things like reuse heat, conserve energy by way of large volume dyeing and all growers have long-term price security so they have certain futures. For all of the animal lovers out there, the company also protects each sheep from a form of mutilation called mulesing in their contracts. The Icebreaker website is loaded with information about every step along the way or how their company worries about “a sustainable business model that doesn’t put profits ahead of the environment”, which I find worth paying for.
How sad that this is so rare and utterly refreshing?