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Bumpadum Fitted Cloth Diaper Review & Giveaway

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One mini human is ready to take on the Chennai summer,  flashing his airy, breathable  Bumpadum fitted dipe OTB. Many thanks, Bumpadum for sending us this for review. For those of you who don’t know my MCD spending patterns, I must mention that, this is THE brand that has a big share of my wallet section for cloth diapers. Such is the awesomeness of this Indian company that manufactures a wide range of products that are all eco-friendly options for the cloth diapering folks —  from wipes to wetbags to different types of CDs. Not to forget, the prints are really unique and very cute. Check out my  ‘London’ fitted from their ‘Around the world’ series. ❤

Fitted diapers, commonly referred to as Fitteds, are brilliant cloth diapers (CDs) which combine ease of use and flexibility. They closely resemble the size and shape of disposable diapers. Though, with the variety of super absorbent and breathable fabrics to choose from these are hands-down one of the best cloth diapering options available to suit your little one’s individual needs. They are considered a breathable option especially suited for babies with sensitive skin and are prone to rashes. Although Fitted Diapers are not waterproof and do require the use of a diaper cover, herein lies one of their advantages! You decide: wool, fleece, or PUL covers; some parents even opt to go coverless (usually when indoors or when trying to clear up a diaper rash).

Packaging: I like that they have a zero plastic packaging. The dipe comes packed in a lovely velour cloth that can be used as a baby wipe.

Bumpadum’s fitteds look similar to the duet range they have recently release, but the only difference is that the outer shell is non-laminated making it breathable. That also means the shell isn’t waterproof and has to be used with a cover on top when used for longer periods such as night time.

Shell: Oh so soft microfleece. It has 2 snaps to put in the insert of your choice.

The insert: The signature ‘buttery soft’ tongue like insert if you have chosen the night time insert, else the 2 part one, if you bought the day time one. These are lined with micro fleece on the side that touches baby’s bottom to provide stay dry effect. Both the inserts have two layers of hemp fleece and two layers of cotton terry, providing 8 layers of absorbency together. The inserts need 8-9 washes to be fully prepped.

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Because I couldn’t wait to try it on the little, this went OTB after 2 washes, and it functioned really well because for someone in a heavy wetter category, it held up for almost 5 hours. 😮 I can not imagine how long this will hold when it is fully prepped.

We also tested once for night time so far and it is working brilliantly. My LO sleeps about 9-10 hours straight and this worked well. There was only a slight dampness in the early morn. i used without the cover – maybe I will use a cover for night time.

This has been tested on my 19 month old son who is a heavy heavy wetter.

Final Say:

  • Most absorbent and leak-proof diapering option
  • Excellent solution for a heavy-wetter (particularly when combined with a wool cover)
  • Extremely Trim
  • The extra snaps in the front, allow it to be used for newborns as well, I would say.

Overall, a must have CD for a summer stash.

To enter the giveaway:

  • Follow  the hosts on Instagram
  • Leave a comment tagging your friends. One tag per comment. Multiple entries allowed.
  • Repost the giveaway post for additional entry, tagging both hosts.

T&C:

  • This giveaway is open for anyone with an Indian shipping address.
  • Ends on April 29th, 11:00 PM. Winner will receive a Bumpadum fitted of their choice. Now isn’t that a cool deal?

Happy Earth Day, fellas!

Hope you do your bit for the environment. My baby’s done his. 🙂

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D is for …

Doctors!

Well, not the regular kind.. you know, the ones who check on your health. We are talking baby brands and these are the 3 doctors who have my vote:

Dr. Browns : Cannot imagine life without it. The most used product in the little one’s life so far… It helped my colicky baby get his milk. I was an EP-er, iykwtm.

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Dr. Seuss: Children’s books that adults can enjoy too. Deep stuff. Here are a few of my favorite ones. ‘ Oh the places you’ll go’ tops my list.

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We do like a lot of other children’s books as well. Highlighting this because I think Dr.Seuss is awesome. My son isn’t too into all of the Dr.Seuss books yet, but knowing him, I’m sure the day is coming.

Dr. Morepen: A digital thermometer is an absolute necessity in any household, more so in one with a tiny baby. Highly recommend this.

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Apart from these doctors the pediatricians are awesome too.

 

Image courtesy: Google search images.

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C is for…

Cloth Diapering for Mummies & Daddies! Who likes to be labelled a dummy anyway… 😛

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Throwback to one of the earliest pics from our CD-ing journey.

I’ve been a cloth diapering parent even before I learnt about modern cloth diapers – I guess most of us Indian parents are, thanks to the langots culture and the ‘PAMPERS or HUGGIES’ taboo, especially for newborn stage. It is all great – but I really wish I’d known about the various options that were available, ahead of time, so I didn’t have to sacrifice convenience or comfort (read: better sleep for the two of us.) If only someone had told me I could cloth diaper without having to have a water absorbent sheet underneath all the time, [these rubbery / fluffy sheets are a pain and keep the baby warmer than I’d like, so yeah, not a big fan of those] I’d have been over the moon.

Fast forward to 40 days later I was signed up on a facebook group by a lovely friend,  who was as much a noob as I was and we were quite determined to make this work for us. Modern cloth diapers are as easy to use as disposable diapers, offers the same dry feeling to the baby, are leak-proof but with no rash causing chemicals. I signed up for a starter pack from Tushions.in – this came with one of each kind. I liked pockets better and bought more of those from a ton of vendors** in India and a couple from Aliexpress. At that point we were using CDs throughout the day and needed a night time solution. There were various options available in the market – since each baby is different, and for different age groups and pee patterns, different diapers work well. For us, bumpadum was a clear winner. Superbottoms, Happyflute AIO were other options that worked well too.

There’s a ton of info on Cloth Diapering India community – so much info, that you may get overwhelmed. Remember, just take the plunge. Here are some off-the-top of my mind tips:

  • Invest in a couple of good quality diapers.
  • Invest also in a good number of diapers since you get more to use in rotation and hence lesser wear. Not to mention, lesser stress during winters waiting for the drying line to get dry quick. (unless ofcourse, you have a dryer)
  • For newborn diapering, get a couple of prefolds and snappis / boingos – these work better than any nappy pins, which I think are a hazard.
  • Have a good wash routine. CDs cannot handle detergent bars, fabric softeners etc.,. You need to invest in washing powders without fragrances and softeners. I use Tide original which is easily available. I’ve used Rustic art too – this one’s great and if you are part of the Bumpadum circle you get a discount code for 10% off. *thrifty* 😀

 

** Some of the vendors/brands I have bought from and recommend:

Alva

Cozybub

Bumapdum

Beetle diapers

Tushions 

Happy flute

Pororo

Smartbottoms

Superbottoms

CDS – Marvy

Training Pants from Kiddos & Aliexpress

Snappi

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This is probably 25% of my CD stash – all Bumpadum AIOs in this shot, cos I don’t have the time and energy to put together a great shot of the stash at this point. Will update laters 🙂

 

 

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B is for…

I am back again with my A to Z challenge, penning down best finds / brands (parenting support) I love.

B is for Bella Terra, Big Basket, Bril India, BSIM & BLW groups.

Bella Terra: I consider this one of my super finds – Cotton Fabric stuffed toys handcrafted to perfection and at really great prices! My personal favorite is the babywearing bears. So unique! The elephant doll at 200 odd bucks is such a sweet deal. All the soft toys from here are babysafe, eco-friendly, sustainable and come with the option to choose 100% natural stuffing.

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Bigbasket: A boon for all the tired parents. While some say that grocery shopping is like a fun trip for them, most of the parent folks that are raising a child without much support from outside, can seek modern technology’s help to make our lives simpler. E-commerce FTW. And big basket , more so, because with their sleek app, I could order groceries in the middle of the night from the comfort of my bed and have them delivered when I wake up. I consider this good use of wake up time, thanks to a baby that kept having a sleep regression every once in a while during his first year.

BSIM: A group that is primarily for mothers and expectant mothers. They also include their support system (irrespective of gender). If you are expecting or have a tiny human, JOIN. If you know a friend who falls under the aforementioned category, DO urge them to join. I really wish someone had added me earlier. I’d have been better informed and at peace with myself, knowing the baby better and saving on trips to the hospital, that was 25 kms away. Can’t stress this enough…JOIN. It helps set expectations right, about life after a baby. Trust me on this one. 🙂

Bril India: They make kickass balance bikes, the one that is highly recommended for kids starting to learn riding a cycle. Balance bikes are a fairly new concept in India, and this is the only Indian industrial manufacturer I think there is. The bikes are awesome!

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Fixing the wheels. We have a fix-it-upper

BLW: A way of life, to teach kids as young as 6 months old (which, btw, is the appropriate age to include solid food) to feed themselves. And did I say, only practice helps here and helping them understand and develop a great relationship with food by letting them explore textures and taste. There are a few basics you need to know – the right size and cuts of food (Did you know, a grape is a choking hazard and should always be halved before offered?) and other things, which will help you in your journey.

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What are your favorite ‘B’ brands / parenting tools?

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Charlie Banana #FTW – A pool lover’s review

If you know me or follow my Instagram posts, you’d know by now that we almost exclusively cloth diaper Baby AZ and how much I love modern day cloth diapers and can’t get enough of it!  Yep, cloth diapering is addictive and is a really great way to save on baby diapering costs, save the environment and much more [More on that some other day]. It is, therefore, a no-brainer that I was super thrilled to receive a Charlie Banana swim diaper for review from Chicbum.com.

Look how cute the packaging is…almost as if they were thinking ” D’oh! A baby’s bottom is exactly where it should be. So we should put it there – paper or for real” I digress.

According to me the nicest thing about this diaper is that it can be used as a swim diaper AND training pants when you’re potty training the baby. Talk about value for money!

PROS:

  • Let me start with the fit – it’s PERFECT.  Just follow the weight guide on Charlie Banana’s website and order the corresponding size. I have a 11 kg baby and size L was, like Goldilocks would say, JUST RIGHT.
  • Really soft organic cotton and elastics that don’t leave marks – what’s not to love there.
  • A drawstring that helps secure the diaper so it is leak-proof in case of poopxplosions. I’m grateful that there has been none of this poop business in the pool so far. *hitting wood hard*
  • Really cute, stunning  prints – Not just mine, but the entire range is so pwetty! Head turner for sure! ❤
  • The dual purpose – Unlike my other swim diapers (which don’t have an insert, and therefore will definitely not absorb as well) this one can be used for both potty training and as swim diapers. Good investment hence.

CONS:

  • Owing to the insert being there, there would be a bit of diaper heaviness, but it dint hamper movement in any way. IMHO the insert being there is a good thing and meant I didn’t have to worry much that the poopxplosions may fall out. I had hope it would absorb enough, until I could quickly pull him out of the pool. Not much of a ‘con’ bullet, no? I know – It’s really a well thought of diaper design!

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Can you see how trim it is after being in water for quite long?

It’s called the EXTRAORDINARY swim diaper for a reason, yo! Here’s a whole bunch of action shots of the diaper and a 18 month old enjoying his summer pool time. Let me know your comments, questions etc.,. I look forward to them. 🙂

Here’s where you can buy them, if you are in India:

ChicBum – Charlie Banana 

Care Instructions

Facebook page

If you’re elsewhere, there are so many retailers worldwide; visit Charlie Banana’s store locator

💙⚓️💙⚓️💙⚓️💙 SUMMER IS COMING! Well this is what excites us most about summer time – long pool time and beach time, summery food like nongu, tender coconuts, melons and icecreams without guilt. 🌞🏊🏄🎣🍉🍇🍍🍦🍨🍧 The morning swim, also one of AZ’s first structured #swimlesson (if I can say so myself;)) was really fun with this apartment buddy who was great company! Appa gave instructions well and AZ had fun testing the waters and moving his limbs in action. Good start, I guess! 🏊 #OTB : @CharlieBanana #swimdiaper from @ChicBum . This deserves a mention as it helped a not yet potty-trained little to ride the waves.😄 trim and absorbent, And truly a Sight to behold- a head-turner print. Had people walking up to say ‘that is one cute swimwear’. I agree 💙🏊🏊🏊🏊🏊🏊⚓️💙💙

A post shared by Gracelyne (@g33fy) on Mar 18, 2017 at 5:17am PDT

 

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Hello! Have you missed me?

Been a long while since you heard from me, hasn’t it?

I have such an exciting life now – with being a mom to an adorable 18 month old. Life couldn’t be more “happening” than it is now, or the minute after now, if you get what I mean.

Child birth has been a life-changer. I wanted to post some thoughts and tips here for FTM (First Time Moms – yes, there’s a whole lot of acronyms once you’ve familiarized yourself with mommy clubs) 😉

It’s almost 1 PM here, and a saturday night. I HAVE to go. but first let me resurrect my blog. 🙂

 

Happy reading.

PS: I’ve really taken to instagram and all this while that has been my primary micro-blog.

Follow me there if you will. instagram.com/g33fy

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Bar Camp Chennai 4 #BCC4

My very "first” *airjerk* social media meetup 😉 happened on the last sunday of June. And as usual, yours lazily has come up with a very late post of what happened in BCC4 (Part o my contribution). This time ‘round, the venue was Cognizant 😉 @ the OMR stretch.

For those of you who’re wondering whatever a “Bar”Camp is… Stop thinking 😛 Here’s what that is : user-generated conferences (or unconferences) that are open, participatory workshop-events, whose content is provided by participants themselves. (How cool is that?)  Barcamp participants are diverse, though there are specific interests that bind them together. Using the internet and new technologies is always a huge theme, but what brings BarCampers together is where that theme crosses into other areas.

Since this is a BarCamp, to participate, you will have to contribute. This can be done by:

  • Presenting on a topic of your choice
  • Demoing something (preferably something you created)
  • Volunteering and helping out
  • Suggesting a talk idea
  • Blogging/tweeting about the event (basically publicity in whatever way you can)

BarCamp Chennai 4th Edition

The knowledge Foundation were the event managers for the day. BCC4 had a whole lot of interesting speakers who led interactions on topics ranging from ‘Market Research for startups’ to ‘How to calculate taxes for startups’ that most entrepreneurs would have found useful.. to other more techie topics like the Ganesh Rajmohan’s “Synchronization And Java Memory Model,Senthil Nayagam (Founder of RailsFactory.com)’s “Hackerspace”,

Swroop Singh( PayPal X Developer Network)’s “Monetization made easy with PayPal X”, Balaji Lakshman (Geeky Inc.)’s “Robotics – The Future Life making Robots”,Karthick (pre-final year student from SSN)’s “Running OSX on Virtual Box”, UID stuff & the more societal ones like on Traffic Management where Sonal Mishra,IPS, Deputy commissioner of Police Traffic Central Chennai, got great inputs on how to technologically improve the traffic management system in Chennai.

The collaborative, easy-going atmosphere is often supported by a keg of beer or several bottles of wine (or several crates of PepsiCo & CocaCola products, as would happen in Chennai 😉 ), and participants find that attending BarCamp holds as many professional advantages, in networking and learning new technology, as social ones.I had great fun meeting with several entrepreneur speakers and participants and indulging in fun conversations. 🙂