I am thrilled to announce my latest review and giveaway partnership, this time with another terrific diaper vendor and manufacturer from right here in my hometown. For me, there is nothing better than finding a local product that I can ensure is made with quality, according to Canadian standards. Having an item manufactured right here on Canadian soil also ensures that the workers are paid a quality, regulated wage, and provided with the same government-regulated holidays, benefits, and rights that the rest of us enjoy as citizens. I don't know about you, but although I do still buy my fair share of products from overseas, I am always a little leery about what might be happening in regards to workplace conditions or workers' rights. So, in that regard alone, you can feel great about purchasing from Edmonton's Driline Baby.
Driline Baby is a subdivision of other local company, Dri-Line Products, Ltd, which supplies a variety of incontinence and other supplies to everyone from regional parents to hospitals to homecare services. I worked in direct contact with Yasmin, the owner of the business, and had a terrific experience dealing with her. Her customer service was amazing, and she replied very quickly to emails. By working with her, you can tell that she really has a passion for helping peoples' families and helping out the environment by spreading the good word about cloth diapering! It's great to see business owners who are still so passionate about what they do, even after many years in the business.
Yasmin gave me an extremely generous stash of goodies to review for you. So, please read through the entire run-down, because I guarantee that Driline Baby will have something for everybody. Cruise over to their website to see their terrific selection of prefolds, fitteds, covers, all-in-ones, accessories, and even mama cloth!
The first two items that I tried out with baby Aurelia are a very popular item that Yasmin is working on possibly expanding on. I tried out the Driline Baby Dri-Wrap (diaper cover) in two different sizes and colors (small & medium; lime & aqua). These covers are so cute, and I loved the vibrant colors! The inside is lined with a mesh layer to help improve the air-flow between the diaper/liner and PUL cover. These covers are also hook & loop closure, which at first I was not thrilled about. In the past, I have used hook & loop diaper covers, and they have always either rubbed up against Baby's skin and scratched it, or started to curl, or come undone in the laundry and stuck to everything else, or got coated with fuzz in the laundry because the laundry tabs didn't work well. I am thrilled to report, though, that I can say, without a shadow of a doubt, that Driline Baby products have THE BEST hook & loop closures of anything I've ever used (baby clothes or otherwise!). Honestly, this velcro seems to be army strength or something! The tabs are nothing fancy, but I think that is part of the reason why they stick so well (to the main waist closure and to the laundry tabs). The convenience of hook & loop is really nice, and are easily just as convenient to put on baby as a disposable diaper.
Yasmin is also currently working on a revamp of this shell to include a snap-in liner to make this an all-in-two diaper system. She sent me a few to privately report back to her on, and I'm excited to see where they decide to go with this concept, as it is a very convenient, trim, easy-to-launder system that they are dreaming up! Very exciting!
|The Dri-Wraps have mesh lining, excellent laundry tabs & fit nice and trim!|
The other thing I ought to mention is that laundering bamboo had me go through a bit of a learning curve. Normally I hang all my diaper covers and shells to dry (on a bar in my laundry room closet) and only toss the inserts and wipes in the dryer. However, I found that solely line-drying the bamboo does not have pleasant results. After much Googling and message board lurking, I found another user's description to be the most accurate: "the bamboo, after being line-dried, feels like a dingy, crispy old towel". That's true. After much trial and error, I found it most helpful to toss the bamboo diapers in the dryer (with wool dryer balls) for about 15-20 minutes and then remove them to finish hang drying. This restored much of their softness.
|The all-in-one Bamboo Baby diapers have a bamboo insert (sewn in at one end) as well as a bamboo inner lining|
|The fold back hook & loop laundry tabs performed impressively|
The final item that Yasmin included for me to try is a very well-designed diaper changing pad. Now, I have a change pad that came with the diaper bag I got, and the edges of it are are already shredded and unraveling. Getting a new changing pad right now was perfect timing, and I have to say, this one has a much superior design!
Overall, I was very impressed with all that Driline Baby had to offer. They have an amazing selection of products, all made from my own neck of the woods! I really hope you stop by and pay their their website a visit! Plus, one of our readers is going to be lucky enough to win an amazing prize pack from Yasmin as well!
Head over to Driline Baby to purchase a new diaper or accessory! Check their site for a list of online or local retailers!
Driline Baby is generously offering one lucky reader a terrific prize pack featuring: a Bamboo Baby AIO diaper, a crib pad, and a plush hooded baby towel!
GIVEAWAY ENDS 3/7/11 at 11:59 PM MST
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