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All About Blueberry Simplex Cloth Diapers – Features & Review

Have you ever considered adding a Blueberry Simplex cloth diaper to your stash?  Wondering if that higher price tag is really worth it and what’s so great about them anyway?  Let’s explore the features of the Simplex so you will know whether it’s right for you.

First let us say that there are two kinds of Blueberry Simplex diapers.  The Newborn Simplex (6-16lbs) and the One Size Simplex (12-35lbs).

Newborn Blueberry Simplex
The Newborn Simplex is by far our most popular and best selling newborn diaper for a reason.  A tongue style all-in-one, it goes on easily, washes well and dries fast. 8200-S-peri  Complete with umbilical cord snap down it fits tiny babies very well.  It features cotton on the inside and natural fabrics against the bum are an excellent choice when it comes to newborns.  Why?  Because it absorbs very quickly preventing leaks.  Since newborns are often on their backs, sometimes they can’t pee with enough force to make it through a synthetic stay-dry layer like micro-suede or fleece.  The Simplex prevents that problem with the natural cotton interior. The Newborn Simplex also tends to fit babies for longer as far as newborn diapers go.  This means you can get more bang for your buck so to speak and your baby will be able to wear them longer for the investment you put in.  We often have clients that can wear these diapers for up to 3months or more where other newborn diapers will top out around baby’s 8th week (roughly 10lbs).  Certainly the highlight of all the newborn diapers we carry, you will be very pleased to have at least a few of these in your collection.  They are perfect for days out on the town and newborn photo shoots too.  Browse them all here.

But, who should not consider a Newborn Blueberry Simplex?  If you have a history of big babies 10lbs or over, then just jump right to one size diapers.  Or only get a few newborn diapers for photo shoots.  Micro-preemies will also not benefit from these diapers until they are bigger.  Preemie prefolds or LilJoeys are a better option in this circumstance.

One Size Blueberry Simplex
First of all, Blueberry’s products get a thumbs up and gold star for being a mom-invented product, a mom-run company and a high quality diaper made domestically right in the USA.  Right there are three fantastic reasons to choose this brand in general.  But feature wise there’s a lot of reasons to add a One Size Blueberry Simplex to your diaper stash.  Personally, I’m non committal with whether I prefer natural fabric on my kids’ bums or whether I like a stay dry layer.  This diaper calms my bi-polar mania.  A tongue style all-in-one, it is almost identical to it’s tiny Newborn Simplex twin – BUT, one panel of the cotton insert is stay-dry fleece.  So, since the insert is free on one end and attached at the other, you can have cotton on the bum if you stuff the insert in the pocket, or you can have stay-dry fleece on the bum if you simply lay the insert on top.  Two options in one diaper and you can change your mind on a whim.  Here’s a video so you can see what I mean:

Now what else is different about this diaper?  Well it’s called a ‘one size’.  Most one size diapers say they fit from 7 or 8lbs until potty learning.  In reality your average one size diaper begins to fit a baby well around 10lbs regardless of what the tag says.  With Blueberry however, the one size Simplex won’t begin fitting until a full 12lbs.  That’s a big baby right?  Yes it is.  Blueberry One Size Simplex won’t begin to fit your little until about 3 months of age. Why?  Because they want you to buy the Newborn Simplex first of course lol.  So really in all seriousness, this diaper is a great option if you are starting to cloth diaper an older baby.  If you’re intent on beginning with a newborn, look for other options to fill that newborn-3month gap or invest in the Newborn Simplex to start cloth diapering straight from the hospital.  925541_1438549829746435_1942357903_n

Let’s take a minute now to talk poop containment.  See how the legs are sewn on a Blueberry Simplex?  They are turned, but not top-stitched if you want to use the seamstress lingo, so the material lays like this against the leg (see pic on the side).  Hello containment!  This design holds in the messes second only to double gussets such as those found on Rumparooz and Nuggles. Nothing gets by the Simplex, not even the runny stuff.  Seriously, test it out, they’re bullet proof.

The One Size Blueberry Simplex is also trim fitting and fast to dry with a snap down rise for easy size adjustment and snap closures to keep it on your little tyke.  Snaps by the way are better than velcro in my opinion.  Way harder for baby to rip off than velcro if you have a baby who’d rather be a nudist.  The snap down rise is easy to adjust.  Just set it and leave it.  It stays snapped to the setting where you put it even in the wash, so no re-snapping each time you use it.  But yet easy to change on the fly if you’re using the same set of diapers for a smaller baby and a toddler simultaneously (think less packing for the diaper bag with two kids).

8899-monkeys_flat72dpiAnd fit?  Here’s one of my favorite features.  Blueberry prides themselves on having one of the most anatomically-correct diapers available on the market. No sagging, bunching or stuff sticking out. It’s narrow through the crotch.  Great for movers, crawlers and toddlers with quick little legs for less chaffing potential.  And come on tell me that Blueberry does not have some of the best prints in the entire cloth diaper industry.  So cute.  Why wouldn’t you want to color coordinate an outfit with any of these beauties.  Check them all out here.

Aside from the awesome diaper though, Margarita, founder of Blueberry Diapers and mom of four is one impressive lady.  A self proclaimed ‘leading expert in pee-and-poop management’ she has a sense of humor but also a passion for ethical business practices.  Margarita takes seriously the responsibility of making sure Blueberry Diapers are 100% safe for babies. They source their fabrics from the USA whenever possible, use latex-free elastics and ensure all materials are free from any contaminants – guaranteed to be free from lead, pthalates and BPA.  People are on their radar too.  Blueberry offers 100% coverage for all full time employees, and nobody works more than 40 hours a week.  No Chinese sweat shops making these diapers, you can count on that. Practices like these create jobs, ensure the welfare of others and contribute to thriving communities.

All these reasons are why we personally use and love Blueberry Simplex diapers and why we carry them here at Cloth Diaper Kids.  We love them and we’re confident you will too.

 

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Welcome BumGenius!

It is with MUCH enthusiasm that we announce the addition of the bumGenius line of diapers to Cloth Diaper Kids!  Manufactured by Cotton Babies, bumGenius has a number of amazing products that we have used and loved on our own kids.

What’s great about them?  Owner Jennifer Labit says it best on they’re website:

In an industry filled with abundant diversity, Cotton Babies endeavors to build bridges with people, not walls over differences. We operate our retail stores under the premise that “every mom leaves our store feeling like a good mom”. When designing new products, our goal is always to support parents at every point on the spectrum and offer a variety of customizable options to fit their unique needs.

It’s companies with philosophies like this that we like to support here at Cloth Diaper Kids.  In addition to a strong Mom-centered mission statement, Jennifer cares deeply about growth of the cloth diapering industry and was the founding chair of the Real Diaper Industry Association.

So which amazing products are we currently stocking?  Well the best ones of course!

bumGenius 4.0 Pocket Diaper
A classic one size pocket diaper that comes complete with 2 microfiber inserts (one newborn size and one larger).  A snapdown front gives you the perfect fit quickly and easily and fits many baby body types well.  Absorbent, reasonably priced and made by a company with a long-time presence in the cloth diaper world, you really can’t go wrong adding these to your stash.

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bumGenius Freetime All In One Diaper
This innovative number is one of our favorites in our own stash hands down.  It’s genius design not only dries super fast, but feels dry on the bum, resists staining and is very absorbent without a lot of bulk.  Often on the bum when we go out for an extended time running errands, we highly recommend these to our customers and they are loved by all.  With attached inserts that you fold over butterfly style it’s obvious that a lot of though went into this unique design.  Try one and you’ll be hooked.
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bumGenius Newborn All In One
A diaper we loved on our most recent newborn these newborn all in ones are the closest thing you can get to a disposable while enjoying all the benefits of cloth.  Velcro closure, snug fit and absorbency built right in.  No folding, stuffing or moving parts.  Just put in on, take it off, wash and repeat.  The stay-dry layer keeps baby feeling dry and comfortable and the trim fit will fit easily under baby clothes without lots of bulk.bumGenius-Newborn-Diaper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We also carry the Bottom Cleanser (great to use with cloth wipes), and outing wet bags.

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Baby Break Out – My Poor Little Niece

Does your baby have sensitive skin?  My niece does.  But who knew?  Sensitive skin doesn’t run in our family, she isn’t particularly fair and she doesn’t have any specific allergies that we know of.  But for some reason little Lainey Bug has had raised red itchy patches all over her body since shortly after she was born.  She was constantly wiggling and trying to scratch herself and was a poor sleeper due to discomfort.  Thinking it was eczema, her parents took her to the pediatrician who said, no, it wasn’t eczema, just ‘sensitive skin’ and to stop using all products on her skin.  Then she gave them medicated cream.

Not wanting to use medicated cream unless it proved necessary, they stopped using their highly scented commercial laundry detergent, the hypoallergenic Live Clean Baby Wash and Johnson & Johnson Baby Lotion.  But then they were unsure of how to keep Lainey’s laundry and skin clean and they asked me for help.

I suggested Charlie’s Soap for her laundry.  It’s biodegradeable, non-toxic, cloth diaper safe and great for all skin types (not to mention free of artificial fragrances).  Plus the company has been around for over 100 years.  How’s that for a track-record?  Then I switched them onto the Delish Naturals’ Skin Care Line.  Safe, effective and great for the whole family, Delish Naturals’ products are handmade in small batches right here in Canada so we know exactly what’s in it and time and time again it has shown how great it is for a baby’s skin with nourishing natural ingredients.  Lastly, we made sure she was in cloth diapers – free from carcinogens and plastics and more breathable for her bum.

And what happened you ask?  Well she’s better of course!  The red patches are completely gone, the itchiness has subsided, she no longer squirms and fusses and she started sleeping better.  How long did it take to see a change?  3 days.  Just 3 days.  Sometimes I think we take for granted how delicate the skin of a little human really is.  And even if your baby doesn’t have ‘sensitive skin’ it’s nice to know the products you’re putting on them are the gentlest there are right?

This is why we carry Charlie’s Soap and the Delish Naturals Skin Care Line.  Not because they make us lots of money, not because we get a kick-back from a big multi-national company, but because they’re safe, they’re effective, and they make my niece feel better.

Love you Lainey Bug!

Laineyc
P.S.
Baby wipes (even ‘sensitive’ or ‘hypoallergenic’ ones) are one of the biggest offenders we see for babies that have persistent bum rashes when using cloth diapers.  Delicate baby skin often can’t handle the necessary preservatives they have to put in them to keep them bacteria free.  Cloth wipes and warm water fixes that problem and will save you about $100 a year.