It is very exciting for me to be working with Driline Baby yet again (see my other review of their products, if you're interested). Working with Yasmin, the owner, here in my hometown continues to be a fantastic experience. This time around, in having to drop something off, I was able to visit the actual Driline factory here in the city where I live. It was fabulous to see a clean, safe workplace making diapers according to Canadian standards. The ethical component of buying or using Driline's baby diapers and goods is sound, and that's something that I know most of you are concerned about and will feel good about if you are able to try them. The men and women working in the production rooms seemed happy, and Driline was so well-stocked with amazing products and fabrics that it looks like they are set up to be providing diapers to families and hospitals for plenty of years to come!
This time around, Yasmin wanted to have me review some of their newer products as well as some old fan favorites. She sent me their new Bamboo Baby bib, a hooded towel, a "Dri-Pad", and three Blue Dog fitted flannel diapers, with three accompanying liners.
I will start with my absolute favorite product out of the bunch--the Dri-Pad soaker pad. This pad comes in two different sizes (17"x24" changing pad, and 34"x36" crib/mattress pad). I was sent the larger of the two sizes, which would fit nicely under a crib sheet to help protect the mattress in case of leaks. I, however, loved using this for another purpose. We all know that diaper-free time is great for babies (whether in cloth or disposables) in helping to prevent rash. Aside from that, all babies also love having some good old fashioned naked time, particularly in the hot summer ;) I loved being able to set this pad in the playpen, or even on the floor itself, and allowing little Aurelia to play on it, even in carpeted areas. The top is a soft cotton good for sitting on, but this pad also has a totally leak-proof vinyl backing so that even when super saturated, the pad does not allow any leaks through it. Perfect for playtime (or sleeping naked, if trying to clear up a really nasty rash), this mat would also be perfect for Elimination Communication or potty training days. Or, for all your pregnant mamas, I was thinking this would also be terrific to slip underneath your own mattress sheet in case you're afraid of your water breaking or leaking while you sleep (I know I had a strange towel and garbage bag scenario rigged up on our bed, and this would have been much more comfortable and less noisy!). Honestly, now that I have a waterproof mat, I would say that this is a definite "must have" for all parents. I also love the cute "blue dog" print on it (and Baby loves looking at the colorful animals on it, too!).
|This waterproof mat protects carpet during diaper-free time|
|Cozy terry & flannel hooded towel by Driline Baby|
The Bamboo Baby bib that Driline Baby manufactures is very different from other bibs I have tried, so it's nice to have the versatility by having one of these bibs in your arsenal. This bib is significantly longer than other bibs I've tried, which sometimes can be too long, but in other cases provides the perfect protection I was looking for. For the past many months, I've been feeding our baby girl in a Bumboo booster seat on the countertop. This bib was perfect for that scenario as it covered her entire body and lap and would catch crumbs all the way down to the counter. At times in the high chair we have now, this bib is a little too long, but it's still great for when I have to hold Aurelia on my lap to feed her (like when we're out at my parents' or at a cafe). One side of this bib is a super soft rayon bamboo fuzzy fabric. Really it can be turned inside or out, but I like keeping this soft side against her skin, especially when she's eating shirtless (who doesn't love minimizing stained laundry? ;) I like that she has something soft against her skin rather than something plastic-y in these situations. The outside is a waterproof PUL, perfect for all the leaky sippy cups we're dealing with these days. At the bottom, a small pocket does a great job of catching crumbs & run-off. However, my favorite feature about this bib is that it fastens with snaps at the neck--the one fastener that Baby has not managed to figure out how to remove yet! ;) There are two snaps to provide some adjustability.
|The Bamboo Baby bib has one side soft rayon/bamboo & the other side waterproof PUL|
|Neck snaps prevent Baby from removing her own bib|
These flannel diapers are soft, breathable, and natural. For hot summer weather, we wear them without a cover around the house, and they do a great job of absorbing well before becoming damp to the touch (especially with the soft liners placed inside). For going out, a wrap or cover does the trick to keep them absorbing for long periods of time without leaks. These are great economy diapers, perfect for newborns (in size small) as they are perfectly natural, easy to change, and easy to launder & dry. They also typically retail for around $5 a piece, so they are extremely affordable! Though the blue dog print is most popular, there are other prints and looks available as well.
|My only wish is that I wish there were a couple extra snaps on the snap-version of this diaper|
Head over to Driline Baby right now to see which online retailers are carrying their products!
Driline Baby is also offering one lucky winner a 7-piece fitted diaper set, including 3 Blue Dog fitted diapers, 3 diaper liners, and one Dri-Wrap waterproof cover!
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