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Smartipants Cloth Diapers

Review Summary
Keeness Rating: 
4
Cute cloth diapers, need an extra insert
Greenness Rating: 
5
Cloth diapers that you can reuse indefinitely
Value: 
4
Cheaper option than most one-size cloth diapers
Overall Rating: 
4

Updated review!

As my son has gotten older, I've found that with an extra insert SmartiPants diapers work extremely well.    I initially had a lot of problems with these diapers leaking (see first review below) when my son was small.  Now that he's 2, after I put in an extra insert they work a lot better than BumGenius.  Especially now that my son can rip open the velcro cloth diapers!

I don't know why these leaked so much when my son was small.  But these are excellent toddler diapers and I'm bumping up my review to 4 stars.    ... read more

Everyday Shea - Shea Butter Bubble Bath

Review Summary
Keeness Rating: 
5
Lots of bubbly fun!
Greenness Rating: 
5
Natural ingredients
Value: 
5
The most inexpensive bubble bath I found at Whole Foods
Overall Rating: 
5

I use this for almost all of my son's baths now and we absolutely love it.  It gets super bubbly without having to use too much, it smells great (we have been using the calming lemon-lavender scent), and it keeps my son's sensitive skin nice and soft.  

I stumbled upon this after looking for a less expensive green alternative to California Baby's Bubble Bath, which I really like but it's just so expensive.  I noticed this huge bottle ($13.99 for 32 oz vs. California Baby's $10.99 for 13 oz.) and grabbed it immediately.  I was already a fan of Everyday Shea's shampoos, so I couldn't wait to use this.... read more

Tots Bots Easy Fit Cloth Diapers

Review Summary
Keeness Rating: 
4
Great diaper after double stuffing with an extra insert
Greenness Rating: 
5
Eco-friendly fabrics, including bamboo
Value: 
3
Runs at about $24 and you'll probably need to buy extra soakers
Overall Rating: 
4

tots bots easy fit

We recently got our first Easy Fit Diaper by Tots Bots from ThanksMama.com.  I loved the cute star pattern and how trim it was compared to most of our other cloth diapers.  I also thought that it was very cool that the liner was attached to the diaper, so you just need to stuff it right in.

Unfortunately, within a half hour, my son was absolutely drenched.  It had leaked like crazy.  I thought maybe it was a fluke, but it happened a few more times.  Then I started stuffing it with an extra soaker...and it now works great.   Leaks less than our old BumGeniuses (which are not holding up so well after a year and a half of use, btw) and Smartipants, too.  Even with the extra soaker, it's far less bulky than most cloth diapers.  ... read more

Organic Stuffed Animal Review: Fair Indigo Joobles

Review Summary
Keeness Rating: 
5
It is super cute, super soft, and super durable
Greenness Rating: 
5
It is 100% organic and fair trade
Value: 
4
It's a bit pricey, but makes a great gift
Overall Rating: 
5

 

Organic Stuffed Animal REview

FairIndigo.com is a clothing and gift company dedicated to fair-trade and eco-conscious production. Their Joobles organic stuffed animal collection is an absolutely adorable line of critters (the giraffe is pictured; there are 8 in total).

I was surprised by the high quality craftsmanship and durability of this toy. My rambunctious 2 year old and well-meaning golden retriever can destroy most anything in a matter of minutes. But this organic stuffed toy can be tugged and tossed around and holds up much better than an average stuffed animal. The Jooble is also incredibly soft and cuddly.... read more

Full Circle Chlorine-Free Diapers

Review Summary
Keeness Rating: 
5
Great, reliable diapers
Greenness Rating: 
4
Chlorine-free, made with corn and wheat products
Value: 
5
Comparable to other disposable diapers
Overall Rating: 
5

full circle organics - diapers

Much like the other chlorine-free diapers I've reviewed (such as 365 Whole Foods and Seventh Generation), these are not an equally green alternative to cloth diapers.  They're just a slightly greener alternative to your average Pampers.  That said, these diapers were a combination of things I like:  chlorine-free, reliable, and inexpensive.

I read that these diapers are exactly the same as Earth's Best Chlorine-Free Diapers, possibly made by Earth's Best.  They have a cute little design on the front, which is also fun!  They haven't leaked for us at all, and my son is a heavy wetter!... read more

Rumparooz Cloth Diapers

Review Summary
Keeness Rating: 
5
Best one-size cloth diapers I've used
Greenness Rating: 
5
Reusable diaper with no harmful dyes or chemicals. The diapers will even biodegrade!
Value: 
5
More expensive than other OS cloth diapers, but better quality
Overall Rating: 
5

rumparooz diaperThese are great diapers!!  I once was Bum Genius faithful, with the economical but leaky Smartipants as our backups.  But, as my son got older and became a very heavy wetter, we began having problems with them.  Sometimes we need to use more than one liner, and they're not so reliable when it comes to overnight or outings.

Rump-a-rooz are awesome.  Just by touching them, you can feel that they are high quality.  They are very snug around my son's legs, and they have yet to leak.  While with the other cloth diapers I need to change them every 2 hours like clockwork, I can use Rump-a-rooz for overnight, nap time, car trips, and other situations where I may be unable to change him.... read more

Earth's Best Chlorine-Free Diapers

Review Summary
Keeness Rating: 
5
These diapers work really well!
Greenness Rating: 
4
Not biodegradable, but chlorine-free, dye-free, latex-free, fragrance-free...
Value: 
5
Runs for about $10 for a pack of 38. Not bad for chlorine-free!
Overall Rating: 
4

While not as green as cloth diapers and not biodegradable (Broody Chick is the only brand that I've found which is fully biodegradable), they're excellent and affordable alternatives to disposable diapers that contain dyes and bleaches.... read more

Broody Chick Compostable/Biodegradable Bibs

Review Summary
Keeness Rating: 
5
Great bibs for while on the go
Greenness Rating: 
5
100% Natural AND Fully Compostable!
Value: 
5
Not as cheap as the Pampers disposable bibs, but worth a few extra bucks
Overall Rating: 
5

Last spring, when we were about to embark on a trip with Isaac, my then-6 month old, it was suggested that we travel with disposable bibs.  I had seen Pampers disposable bibs at the store before, but it seemed so wasteful.  We brought our regular bibs, but it was sort of a nuisance having to find places to wash them and dry them.  It wasn't a huge deal, just a minor inconvenience.

And then I tried Broody Chick disposable bibs.  They are awesome.  While I still feel it's greener to reuse washable bibs, these are an excellent alternative.  They're great for traveling, and I also now stash a few in my diaper bag for when I forget to pack Isaac's regular bibs.  (Which is far more frequently than I care to admit)... read more

Broody Chick Compostable/Biodegradable Diapers

Review Summary
Keeness Rating: 
5
As absorbent as any other conventional disposable diaper
Greenness Rating: 
5
Legitimately 100% biodegradable -- toss 'em into your compost heap!
Value: 
3
VERY expensive, but I've found no other disposable diapers this green or this effective
Overall Rating: 
4

broody chick compostable and biodegradable diapers

These are awesome, awesome diapers.  A few weeks ago I wrote a review of Nature BabyCare diapers, which are only partially biodegradable and they leaked like crazy.  

Broody Chick diapers, on the other hand, are ONE HUNDRED PERCENT biodegradable.  Yes, you can actually compost the pee diapers.  (but never compost human feces...throw those diapers in the garbage!)  

The diapers are also made from annually renewable resources, are chlorine-free, fragrance-free, and hypoallergenic.   They're even packaged in a cardboard box instead of a plastic bag.... read more

Nature Babycare Diaper

Review Summary
Keeness Rating: 
2
Leaky leaky
Greenness Rating: 
5
The greenest disposable diaper I've used to date
Value: 
3
More expensive than most disposables
Overall Rating: 
3

While much greener than most disposable diapers you'll find, the Nature Babycare diapers just don't quite work for us.   Before I get into all of the icky details, I want to sing the praises of the greenness of this diaper.  

First off, they're partially biodegradable.  This is better than most disposable diapers, but unfortunately, I think their marketing lead me to believe that they were totally biodegradable and could even be thrown into my compost bin.  They're not fully biodegradable and you cannot compost them.   BUT, they still are a better option in terms of biodegradability than your average disposable -- even better than other green diapers I've reviewed.  Much of the diaper is made from non-GM corn starch, which is awesome.... read more

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