I’ve been a cloth diapering mama for about 16 months now, and in that time I have amassed quite a stash. Much like the ducks in the tub, the diapers seem to multiply in the night. I like to stick with what I know, and because of that, I haven’t strayed from the two or three brands I’ve come to love. (I also do this at restaurants. I spend 10 minutes painstakingly poring over the menu, only to end up ordering the same thing I ordered last time. And I’ll leave it to you to guess what I’d ordered the time before that.) When I see new diapers advertised, I drool and covet, but I can’t justify the expense in adding to an already ample stash.
However, that does not stop me from entering as many cloth diaper giveaways as possible. When I saw one several months ago for a MiniTest from the brand-spanking new AppleCheeks system, I was super excited to enter. I may have jumped up and down a little when I won. I can’t tell you how awesome I think it is that there was a mix-up giving me an extra diaper, because that means I can pass that excitement on to the next mama (or dad!)
AppleCheeks diapers are a two-size pocket diapering system. Size 1 fits a baby up to 20 lbs., and size 2 is for 18 lbs. and up. Since Roo was already 6 months old at the time I won the contest, I went with the larger size. The MiniTest comes with a choice of envelope cover and three one-size inserts in bamboo or hemp. I already had some hemp in my stash, so I decided to give the bamboo a try.
How the system works:
You can either lay the tri-folded insert in the cover or stuff it into the pocket. The first option allows you to reuse the cover several times, while the second will keep baby from feeling wetness.
Diapering baby goes a little something like this:
Things I love about the system:
- Snap enclosures. While personally I find touch tape to give a much better fit, Roo figured out how to undo those diapers months ago. The two rows of snaps allowed for a better fit than I expected. This is my go-to when I want her to be able to crawl around in just a diaper. (Since I live in FL, that happens fairly often in the summer. Or any other season.)
- Ease of wash. You don’t have to remove the inserts before throwing them in the wash. For all you pocket diaper veterans out there, let me repeat that: You do not have to remove the inserts before throwing them in the wash. The wide envelope enclosure allows them to agitate out on their own.
- Ease of stuffing. My only other experience with pocket diapers is the bumGenius 3.0. They can be a bit cumbersome to stuff, especially when wanting to add extra inserts. This isn’t an issue with the AppleCheeks envelope cover. Even my large-handed husband had no problems.
- Versatility. I love that the cover is designed to be used like either a regular diaper cover or a pocket diaper. I’ve even used it over a pre-fold, and it was perfect.
- Softness. Both the bamboo insert and the micro-fleece lining are great against my daughters’ sensitive skin. Neither has had a rash or redness associated with these diapers.
Things I don’t love about the system:
- Snaps. Ha ha. I know. While I feel the snaps do an excellent job of holding in messes around the legs and waist, the bottom still felt a bit saggy and droopy. (In all fairness, Roo is at the bottom of the weight recommendations for the size 2 diaper. It was less saggy on Vio, but still not as snug as some of my other diapers.)
- Two-size system. While this is far better than the three- or four-size systems of some of the other cloth diaper companies, I very much prefer the one-size systems. I can fit both my girls (17 lbs. and 28 lbs.) in an AppleCheeks size 2, but that only became possible recently. They’ve been sharing one-size diapers since Roo hit 9 lbs. or so. (Of course, a plus to using a two-size system is that the diapers will be less worn and probably last much longer. I’ll admit this one is a toss up, but I personally prefer one-size systems.)
I encourage you all to give AppleCheeks a visit to learn more about this awesome system. They offer a lot of different inserts and doublers for better customization, none of which I’m familiar enough with to do justice here. I have had no leaks and no wicking with this system. This has opened my eyes to be less afraid to try new diapers. Heck, maybe next time I’m out to dinner, I’ll order me some fried shrimp heads. Or my usual with the soup instead of the salad. Either way, I have been INSPIRED, folks.
Now for the good part!
The prize: Roo, show them what they’re playing for!
One MiniTest, which includes a size 2 envelope cover in Sailor’s Blue and 3 bamboo one-size inserts. (This is a duplicate of my prize. We can be prize buddies!)
The rules: Anyone who has previously won or received a free promotional AppleCheeks diaper is ineligible to win this contest.
To enter: Leave a comment on this post describing in one sentence what you would say to convince a friend to switch to cloth diapers. (If you don’t currently use cloth diapers, explain in one sentence why you want to make the change.) One comment per person. Please leave a valid email address, or I will be unable to contact you.
The contest will run until 11:59PM, EDT, on 09/16/2009. A winner will be selected using a random number generator and will be contacted via email. Prize must be claimed within one week, or a new winner will be selected.