Nicki’s Overnight Bamboo Fitted Review

Life has been pretty busy for us this last month.  We found our dream house, moved, listed our old house, and sold it all in a month’s time!  At seven months pregnant with two toddlers three and under, this was no easy feat.  But we are finally settled (thanks to grandparents watching the kids so I could unpack), and I thought I was way overdue for another blog post!

If you’ve read my other cloth diaper reviews, you already know I’m a huge fan of Nicki’s Diapers.  So when they came out with an overnight bamboo fitted a few months ago, I HAD to give it a try!  Evelyn is a heavier wetter than Jeremiah was, so I needed a new night time solution.  She will even soak through disposable diapers at night on occasion.  This girl is well-hydrated!

Fit:

The One Size Overnight Bamboo Fitted Diaper by Nicki’s Diapers comes is made completely out of soft and squishy bamboo and comes with a snap-in bamboo insert (the insert unsnaps for more efficient washing/drying).  I’d say the size is generous and will fit larger babies into the toddler years.  If you need a fitted for newborns/smaller babies, Nicki’s also has a newborn version of this style.  Evelyn is over 22 lbs at 18 months, and I still have her on the smallest rise setting for the one size version.  Compared to using prefolds and doublers at night, this diaper is less bulky under pj’s.  That’s definitely a huge bonus!

 

Absorbency:

This diaper is the most absorbent night time cloth solution I’ve tried (although I haven’t tried the popular sustainablebabyish fitteds)!  While Evelyn will still occasionally leak out of it, I’d say it’s at least as absorbent as a disposable diaper.  She drinks a TON of water throughout the day, and sleeps a solid 13+ hours at night.  It out performs the econobum prefold/bamboo or the flip organic night/bamboo combos I used with both Jeremiah and Evelyn.  I’m definitely a fan.  I can also add an extra insert under the snap in bamboo insert if extra absorbency is needed.

What Cover/Fitted Combo Works Best?

img_0432I tried a BUNCH of different covers over the Nicki’s Overnight Fitted.  Because it has the ruffled legs and is generously sized, it doesn’t fit nicely under every kind of cover.  I tried Buttons, Imagine AI2, and Blueberry Coveralls, but my favorite cover over the Nicki’s Fitted is the Nicki’s One Size Cover.  It is large enough to cover the entire fitted and doesn’t add much extra bulk.  I’d guess the Imagine covers would work nicely as well…especially since they don’t have the interior flaps, but I haven’t been able to give those a try personally.  As you can see in the picture below, the Nicki’s One Size Cover and Overnight Fitted make a perfect pair!

 

Where Can I Get One?

The Nicki’s Overnight Bamboo Fitted is one of the best quality diapers for the price you can find (as is true with all Nicki’s products).  You can buy yours from Nicki’s Diapers website.  The overnight fitteds are very popular diapers, so they may not always be in stock.   I’d recommend joining the Official Nicki’s Cloth Diaper Chatter Facebook group and liking Nicki’s Diapers to stay updated on when they get diapers in stock.

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I received a Nicki’s Overnight Fitted diaper free of charge for the purposes of this review.  All opinions expressed are 100% my own and not influenced by the company.  This post may contain affiliate links.

 

 

Hospital/Birth Packing List

With my brother and sister-in-law expecting their first baby this October, I figured it was appropriate to share my hospital packing list.  I’ve used and refined it two times already, and will use it again this December when Anders Baby #3 makes his appearance!

If it was up to my husband, we would have our bags packed a good month before the baby’s due date…for me, I’m a packing procrastinator and wait until a week or two before.  But, in this case, he usually gets his way, and honestly, it’s probably for the best!

*Disclaimer: I am a minimalist when it comes to packing.  There are a lot more things expecting moms can bring, but these are my tried-and-true essentials. 

Hospital/Birth Packing List

For Mom:

  • Going Home Outfit (make it comfy…especially in the tummy area in case of a C-Section.  No skirts…trust me.  You’ll still need maternity clothes for the trip home.)
  • be Band (to hold in that post baby belly)
  • Nursing Cami (I LIVED in these the first few months as a new mom!)
  • Nursing Bra – the Bravado Body Silk is my absolute favorite!  I have four.  🙂
  • Robe – Get something lightweight made with cotton or bamboo like this one.  It’s SO nice to wear after the baby is born, easy to nurse in, and keeps you modest for visitors.  🙂
  • Nursing Cover
  • Slippers/warm socks
  • Pillow
  • Toiletries for overnight (most hospitals don’t provide shampoo, etc.)
  • Chapstick
  • Hairdryer
  • Makeup (minimal)
  • Nursing Pillow (I love the Boppy and My Brest Friend pillows)
  • Disposable Nursing Pads (I like reusable ones, but disposables are great the first few weeks when you don’t want to do a ton of laundry.  Johnson’s is the most comfortable brand I’ve tried…others are really scratchy.)
  • Lanolin Cream for nursing.  Trust me, you need this!  If you are allergic to wool, you may want to try this cream instead.
  • Cell Phone & Charger
  • ID, Insurance Card, Power of Attorney, Birth Plan (I found a simple birth plan to edit online like this one)
    *Leave jewelry at home!

For Dad:

  • Cell Phone & Charger, Camera & Charger
  • iPad & Charger (great for watching TV shows during labor and afterwards)
  • Cash (for vending machine)
  • Snacks & Water Bottle
  • Comfortable Shoes
  • Hoodie/Clothes (3 days) PJ’s
  • Slippers
  • Pillow
  • Air Mattress (our hospital has terribly uncomfortable pull-out beds.  The air mattress is a much more comfortable option!)
  • Toiletries for overnight
  • List of people to call/text when you go to the hospital & when baby arrives (trust me…you won’t remember everyone when you’re in the moment, and you may forget to tell someone really important.  Just make the list!)

For Baby:

  • Baby Swaddling Blanket (The Nicki’s or Imagine Bamboo blankets are my favorites!  You can order one or more here.)
  • Carseat
  • Going Home Outfit (I don’t bring other outfits and use the hospital onesies/hats while we are there)
  • Umbilical Cord Blood Donation Kit from http://www.cordforlife.com.  This is a great way to provide life-giving stem cells!  You have to apply to donate cord blood before you are 34 weeks pregnant.

At the Hospital/Birth Center, Ask to Take Home: 

Anything you (or the baby) use while you’re there!

  • Newborn Diapers
  • Extra Mesh Underwear
  • Ice packs
  • Nipple shields 
  • Extra Pads
  • Hemorrhoid Cream
  • Tucks Hemorrhoidal Pads
  • Baby Comb

Leave me a comment, what hospital/birth essential would you add to the list?  Download this list and more with my Baby Registry List.

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Nicki’s Diapers Training Pants Review

Potty training: bringing excitement, fear, joy, frustration, and some unexpected messes to families of toddlers near you.  Jeremiah’s potty training happened sooner than I expected.  Four months after turning two, he just gradually starting going on the potty more and more frequently until he would go entire days with dry diapers.  Not quite your typical toddler potty training experience, but I’m ok with that!  I’m not going to share methods or tricks I used (because I don’t really have any), but I do want to share something that really helped my Type A personality deal with the potential messes of potty training and kept it stress free for me!

Today, I want to share the new Nicki’s Diapers Training Pants with you.  These were SO helpful while Jeremiah was potty training!  We never used Pull-Ups with Jeremiah, because these were so much nicer and more affordable.

 

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Features:

  • Stretchy sides that make it easy to pull them up and down.
  • Waterproof outside layer to catch any leaks.
  • Cotton-lined interior that can catch an accident and feels wet.

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Fit: 

Jeremiah is just at 30 lbs, and fits in the large training pants well.  I haven’t tried the other corresponding sizes, but from my experience, they are true to size!

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Function:

These diapers were lifesavers for running errands, leaving Jeremiah with a sitter, or any time I didn’t want to have to clean up an accident!  They can hold one accident without leaking, so I didn’t have to worry about dashing to the restroom while we were out grocery shopping.

The trainers are very easy to pull up and down.  Jeremiah still believes they are underwear (he wears them at night for the occasional accident), and is happy to wear them.  I got the tree friends pattern for him, and he LOVES it!  We call it his “Ice Age” underwear because it has squirrels and acorns on it. 🙂

Want to give them a try?  Check them out here.

What do you love about the Nicki’s Diapers Training Pants?

 All opinions expressed are 100% my own and not influenced by the company.  This post may contain affiliate links.

 

 

Nicki’s Ultimate All-In-One Review

Today, I want to share a brand new Nicki’s Diapers product with you.  If you read my post comparing their cloth diaper types, you already know I’m a huge fan.  So when they came out with their Ultimate All-In-One diaper, I just had to give it a try!  I was really excited to get the new Little Dipper print.  It is beautiful!

Features: Microfiber snap-in insert (topped with stay-dry material) and a stay-dry liner.  Comes in either snap or aplix closures, and the snap option has crossover tabs.

Function: This All-In-One diaper is easy to use with the insert that can snap out before washing to speed up drying time.  This is by far the simplest diaper in the Nicki’s line up!  The stay dry liner on the insert makes it easy to clean up poops, and the encased elastics mean it’s just one step to put it on.  The only learning curve for some people is the direction you fold down the insert.  If you fold it the wrong way (microfiber up toward the baby instead of down), the microfiber will be directly in contact with the baby’s skin causing extreme dryness.  😦

Fit: The fit is very similar to the Nicki’s Bamboo AIO.  It’s still smaller than the Nicki’s pocket or cover, but can easily fit my 2.5 year old on the largest waist and rise settings.

Now, what all the Nicki’s Bamboo AIO fans are wanting to know…

How does the Ultimate compare with the Bamboo?

Features: At a glance, the two diapers look very similar.  There are two big differences: first, the snaps for the insert are exposed on the Ultimate, compared to a flap covering the snaps on the Bamboo.  It really doesn’t make much of a difference, except when poop squishes up the back.  It may be slightly easier to unsnap the insert from the Ultimate.

Ultimate: +1, Bamboo: +0

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Exposed snaps on the Nicki’s Ultimate vs. flap covering snaps on the Nicki’s Bamboo

 

The other big difference is the leg elastics.  The Ultimate has encased elastics while the bamboo has rolled elastics.  Both are gentle on my kids’ legs, but rolling in the elastics on the bamboo creates an extra step.

Ultimate: +1, Bamboo +0

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Encased elastics on Nicki’s Ultimate vs. rolled elastics on Nicki’s Bamboo

Finally, the stay dry topped microfiber insert does make cleaning up poop easier (it doesn’t stick as much), and I’ve found it doesn’t stain as easily.  The bamboo diapers are stain magnets!  A downside to the Ultimate is the possibility for a bad diaper rash if someone folds the microfiber insert the wrong way.  The bamboo doesn’t have that risk.

Ultimate: +2, Bamboo: +1

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Ultimate stay-dry topped microfiber insert (white) vs. Bamboo insert (blue)

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Ultimate stay-dry topped microfiber insert (white) vs. Bamboo insert (blue)

 

Size: The size is pretty similar for both diapers.  While there did appear to be a big difference in size when laid on top of each other, when I put both the Ultimate and Bamboo on Evelyn, the Ultimate ended up being roomier and needed to be snapped down to a smaller size.  Both fit 32 lb. Jeremiah on the largest snap settings.

 

Absorbency: To test the absorbency, I poured water in 1/4 c. increments into each diaper.  I didn’t test the speed of absorbency…just the quantity of liquid each diaper could hold.

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Nicki’s Ultimate AIO on left vs. Nicki’s Bamboo AIO on right

I was very impressed with both diapers!  And in real life, both work wonderfully for Evelyn with no leaks.  However, the Bamboo did end up winning this test by successfully containing 1 3/4 c. of water!  The secret is really in the bamboo lining the cover that catches any leaks.  So while an average wetter may not tell the difference, I’d still recommend the Bamboo AIO for heavy wetters.

Ultimate: +0, Bamboo: +1

So, which would I recommend?  Honestly, it’s a matter of  preference!  Both are excellent diapers with features that stand out from each other.  If stay dry material is important to you, I’d go with the Ultimate, but if you need maximum absorbency, the Bamboo is probably a better choice for you.

What is your favorite feature of the new Nicki’s Ultimate All-In-One?

I received a Nicki’s Ultimate AIO diaper free of charge for the purposes of this review.  All opinions expressed are 100% my own and not influenced by the company.  This post may contain affiliate links.

Nicki’s Diapers: AIO, Pocket, or Cover…Which one is best for you?

I first came across Nicki’s Diapers when I was on the hunt for another cloth diaper brand they carry in their online store.  Soon after I started shopping there, they came out with a new line of diapers with their own name brand.  Not only did they have some adorable prints at great prices, but they have an awesome program to go with them.  For every Nicki’s Diaper product you buy, they will donate one to a child in need.  That is something I can support!  They even have pictures of Nicki going to an orphanage in China to donate some of their diapers to babies there.  I love it!

Nicki’s Diapers come in four different styles (AIO, pocket, cover, and pull-on cover), and I’m going to feature three of them today. Not only is the style of each diaper different, but they also have different fits and functions (as you can see in the picture below).  Hopefully you will get an idea of which diaper would work best for you, and you can give Nicki’s Diapers a try!

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From left to right: Nicki’s Pocket, Nicki’s AIO, Nicki’s Cover. All set to their largest setting.

Nicki’s AIO Bamboo

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Features: Natural terry bamboo fiber snap-in insert and liner.  The legs have roll-in elastic, which is gentle on babies’ legs.  Comes in either snap or aplix closures, and the snap option has crossover tabs.

Function: This All-In-One diaper is easy to use with the insert that can snap out before washing to speed up drying time.  You just put it on the baby, roll in the legs, and go!  The diaper is VERY absorbent – great for heavy wetters, or even night time.  It didn’t quite make it all night with Jeremiah as a two-year old, but it could work with a booster of some kind.

Fit: This fits the smallest of the three diapers.  It looks great on Evelyn (at 11 lbs), but is on the very last snap setting for Jeremiah (he is currently around 30 lbs).  With the thick bamboo insert, it does seem bulky on smaller babies.

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Nicki’s AIO on two month old, Evelyn.

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Nicki’s AIO on two month old, Evelyn.

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Nicki’s AIO on two-year-old Jeremiah.

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Nicki’s AIO on two-year-old Jeremiah.

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Nicki’s AIO on two-year-old Jeremiah.



Nicki’s Pocket Diaper

IMG_4583 Features: Stay dry liner with openings in the front and back.  These openings make stuffing the pocket easy and allow the included microfiber insert to agitate out in the wash.  No touching wet inserts!  Comes in snap (with crossover tabs) or aplix closures.

Function: Pocket diapers are a favorite of many dads and babysitters because they are so easy to put on.  With the insert already stuffed inside, you can put them on the baby just like a disposable.

Fit: The Nicki’s pocket has the largest fit of their three styles.  It did not fit Evelyn as a newborn and left large leg gaps.  Now that she’s almost three months old and over 11lbs, she can wear the pocket diaper without problems.  There is still plenty of room for two-year-old Jeremiah, and I still have the rise snapped up one setting.

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Nicki’s Pocket Diaper on two month old, Evelyn.

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Nicki’s Pocket Diaper on two month old Evelyn.

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Nicki’s Pocket Diaper on two month old Evelyn.

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Nicki’s Pocket Diaper on two-year-old Jeremiah.

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Nicki’s Pocket Diaper on two-year-old Jeremiah.

Nicki’s Diaper Cover

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Features: Tuckable flaps at the front and back to keep inserts in place.  This cover has double gussets in the legs to hold in messes. Comes in either snap or aplix closures, and the snap option has crossover tabs.

Function: If you want the most for your money, the Nicki’s Cover is the way to go.  It’s the least expensive, but gives you a TON of versatility.  You can put any insert (unless it is microfiber w/o a micro fleece liner) or fitted diaper you want inside so you get a customized diaper that works best for your baby.  I use it mainly for Jeremiah’s night time diaper because I have to stuff it with a prefold AND flour sack towel combo to last him all 12 hours at night.

Fit:  This cover is in the middle between the AIO and the pocket diapers. It gets small enough to fit a newborn (see my post on OS diapers that can fit newborns here), but is also very roomy for a toddler.  Jeremiah still has the rise snapped up once for his day time diaper, but I unsnap it completely to fit his bulkier night time inserts.  It is a very trim diaper that makes it fit easily in a diaper bag and isn’t bulky under clothing.

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Nicki’s Cover (over a flour sack towel insert) on two month old Evelyn.

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Nicki’s Cover (over a flour sack towel insert) on two month old Evelyn.

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Nicki’s Cover (over a flour sack towel insert) on two-year-old Jeremiah.

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Nicki’s Cover (over a flour sack towel insert) on two-year-old Jeremiah.

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Nicki’s Cover (over a flour sack towel insert) on two-year-old Jeremiah.

Thanks to my two wonderful baby models (Jeremiah had to be bribed with fruit snacks to hold still!), I hope you have a better idea about which Nicki’s Diaper would be best for you.  Or, just get a couple of each and try them for yourself…click here to check out their website!  Let me know what you think…which diaper style would YOU choose?

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Do One-Size Cloth Diapers Really Fit a Newborn?

After Evelyn’s birth, I’m frequently asked how life is with two kids.  Honestly, it’s not as difficult a transition as the one going from no kids to one kid.  A couple years of experience under my belt has really helped everything go about as smoothly as I could wish for.  And Evelyn is a REALLY easy baby, so that helps!

Since I started cloth diapering Jeremiah when he was a month old, I was very excited to try cloth earlier with Evelyn.  Many cloth diaper companies claim their one-size diapers can fit from birth to potty trained, but which ones REALLY can fit a newborn?  While I haven’t tested out every brand (although I wish I could!), I did try some popular ones out on Evelyn to see how they worked.

Now, I know every newborn is a different size, so this won’t be true for everyone.  But, Evelyn was 7 lbs and 9 oz at birth, so she was a great average-sized baby to try these diapers on.  If you tend to have larger babies, it’s likely you will have even more success getting one-size diapers to fit from birth.

NOTE: Almost all OS diapers will be bulky on a newborn – especially if you’re putting them under a onesie.  But the diapers that “fit” could actually get small enough in the legs and waist so there were no gaps that minimized leaks.

One-Size Cloth Diapers that FIT a newborn:

Buttons Diapers – One of my favorites, see my review here!

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Bum Genius 4.0 Pockets*

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Softbums Echos* – Another one of my favorites!

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Nicki’s Diapers Cover*

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Peachy Baby

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One-Size Cloth Diapers that DIDN’T fit a newborn (but still great diapers!):

Lil Helper

Nicki’s Pocket Diapers*

Moraki AI2*

TushMate AI2

Buying one-size cloth diapers can really save you a lot of money, if you truly can use them from birth to potty training.  I did end up getting some newborn diapers to fit better under Evelyn’s outfits, but I was happy to use many one-size diapers right from the start! What other brands of one-size cloth diapers have you found that fit a newborn?

*You can get these diapers from Nicki’s Diapers, one of my favorite online cloth diaper retailers.  Their customer service is fabulous!

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