Feb 14, 2011

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Diapers Etc. Review, Giveaway, Etc.!!

Diapers Etc. Blog Party!

For the Love of Fluff!!

It’s exciting!  It’s fluff!  It’s more than that!  What is it?

Diapers Etc., a wonderful cloth diaper retailer that also sells great eco-friendly products, is undergoing a big change!  Starting today, they will now have a new logo, better site navigation, and best of all….New Cloth Diapering Products!!!

Over the next few days they will reveal to you their new features and products, along with some AMAZING giveaways at multiple blogs!!  It’s a Blog Party!!!

SAPsMaMa Thinks

For this big blog party I was able to pick out an item from their store to review and share with my wonderful fans!  Do you know how hard that was to do?  Hard!  They have one of the best organic and hemp diaper and cover selections I have seen!!  Plus cute organic toys I know SAP would love, a great selection of BPA free sippy cups, and adorable swim suits and swim diapers for the upcoming summer!!

Eventually I settled on an item that I felt I NEEDED…the Organic Caboose Merino Wool Changing Pad!

Now, SAP is 2 years old, and over the past two years, I have went through many changing pads.  I had the cheapies that came with the diaper bag, the wipe off ones , and even some super cool ones that are a mat and a diaper bag in one!  I was never satisfied with any of them, and honestly, only one has lasted me these two years, the rest ripped, fell apart, were too bulky to be efficient, or they were left “forgotten” under SAP’s crib.

I was hoping that the Organic Caboose Wool Changing Pad would be the changing pad for me.  Looking at the description on the Diapers Etc. Store I wanted it so much!  Described as a “wonderful alternative to any conventional changing pad”, I very much had high hopes that this non-conventional changing pad would be the changing pad for me!

First off, I am a wool lover when it comes to diapering my child.  With it’s anti-bacterial properties, ability to basically turn urine into salt water (a process called salinization), and breathability it is the ideal choice for a diaper cover…it is these properties that also attracted me to it for use as a changing pad!  You can learn all about these properties at Nifty Nappy HERE and Sunshine Diapers HERE!

The Wool Changing pad on the floor where we currently change SAP at home!  We could leave it out since it was not an eye sore at all, but actually looked appealing!

I figured I would test out this changing pad EVERYWHERE!  And so that is what I did over the last couple weeks!  I used it at home changing SAP on the floor, on her bed, at Nana’s house on the bed and floor, and in different restaurant and rest stop bathrooms while we traveled!  I carried it folded up in my diaper bag, in my purse, or just in a reusable shopping bag !  It was the adventures of the traveling wool changing pad!

What did I think of it after using it everywhere doing everything I could think of?  I thought “why aren’t these changing pads more common?!”  It was overall the best changing pad I have ever used.

When using a changing pad, I want my child to be comfortable.  Would you be comfortable laying on plastic?  I wouldn’t.  Yet those “plush” changing pads are just that!  Plush!  You have a hard time folding them up to fit anywhere let alone a diaper bag!  And the foam pads?  Who likes that crinkle sound, not to mention they slip off those changing tables in the restrooms or blow away at the drop of a hat if you’re changing your baby outside (which I do do on nice days!).  I thought about a quilted flannel or cotton changing pad, but once again you have the bulk issue…plus, if you’re going for a fabric that would need to be washed when it’s dirty, why not go for something that will provide you with other amazing benefits than just a clean place to change your baby?  That’s where wool comes in!

SAP getting her diaper changed at home!  And having a blast playing peek-a-boo with the diaper ointment caps!  Believe me, she isn’t smilie if she’s laying on a plastic changing mat, and I like a happy baby when I’m diaper changing!

With the Organic Caboose Merino Wool Changing pad SAP lay in comfort while her diaper was changed, not only is merino wool super soft, but the thickness of the pad thick enough to be cushy for hard surfaces like plastic or granite changing table surfaces, yet thin enough to fold and easily fit in  my diaper bag or even my purse!  I was satisfied I was protecting my child from the gross bacteria-laden changing areas provided since wool has antibacterial properties and this wool mat in particular was organic, so I did not even have to worry about the fibers that she was coming into contact with!  The mat stayed in one place and did not easily bunch, slide off the change table when SAP wiggled around, or become more of a nuisance than a help…a mat that actually does it’s job instead of becoming a job!

The Wool Mat being used while traveling!  Here it is at SAPsNaNa’s house on a bed, making a make-shift changing area for SAP!  It worked great!  Definitely protected that bedspread!

Another thing, SAP does not “pee” when her diaper comes off like she used to during changing time, but it is always something to take into consideration with a changing mat.  With a plastic or foam mat it would go all over and roll right off…what a mess!  Other mats would absorb it and we would not be able to use them again until they were washed on laundry day… a burden.  With the wool changing mat if she does happen to decide to use that opportunity to pee while her diaper is off without any protection under her bum, not only will the wool changing mat absorb the urine, but it will use it’s salinization properties to turn the urine into a type of salt water!  Just hang it up and it will dry, and you can use it again..perfect for traveling when you don’t have a washer nearby!  There is no smell with wool either when this happens, unlike if other fabrics absorb urine.  Then when you get a chance you can wash it.  What I find amazing is you can actually wash this changing mat in the washer as well!  Most wool I hand wash so this is a luxury for me.  gentle cycle, lay flat to dry, and you have a clean changing mat.  With wool you only need to wash every 3-4 weeks depending on usage, so the time your mat is in the laundry is very much minimized compared to mats of other fabrics!

Can you see why I love this changing mat?!  The only place I’ve found it too is at Diapers Etc.!!  Once you try it out and fall in love with it as I have, you’ll go back for their other wool and organic diapering products in their awesome selection!

One other thing about this wool changing pad…I believe we will get use out of it even after SAP is out of diapers!  SAP is already using the mat for play when it’s not in use as a changing pad, and I am happy to let her do so knowing it’s made out of non-toxic and natural fibers!  How can I object!  🙂

What SAPsMaMa LOVES about the Organic Caboose Merino Wool Changing Mat

  • Super soft merino wool!!
  • Antibacterial properties from the fact it’s wool…so no worry of germs from the changing surface it’s laid on and no worries from it hosting germs from being used for diaper changes and coming into contact with baby’s not-always-so-clean bum!
  • Good thickness!  Perfect for baby’s comfort
  • Not too thick, so you can fold it up and put it in purse/diaper bag as you wish!
  • Looks very neat and modern, not babyish
  • Does not have to be washed very often as it is made of wool and not other fibers
  • Perfect for traveling since if it does get dirty or peed on it will not hold odors or bacteria and you can continue to use it once it is dry until you can wash it!
  • Does not move around or easily slip off changing area so is useful and not a burden during diaper changing!
  • Durable, will last a long time, not fall apart or get torn like other cheap changing pads
  • You can wash it in your washer on gentle cycle, so no special washing needed for this wool!

Suggestions For Improvement: There’s Always Room For Improvement!

  • SAPsDaDa would like to see the changing mat just a little bit bigger, just 2 in wider and 4 in longer so it works better for a toddler (SAP isn’t so little anymore!)
  • For Diapers Etc., I would love to see this changing mat listed under a sidebar link such as “Wool items” or “Organic products” instead of under “Changing mats” as parents that are looking for these qualities in the products they buy will want to know about this changing pad!  It might help connect shopper to product better if this option is available!

About Diapers Etc.!!

We carry all the most popular brands of cloth diapers, as well as organic cotton baby clothing and many BPA free baby accessories like bottles, cups and more!

We feel cloth diapers benefit your baby as well as the environment. Cloth diapers pamper babies’ delicate skin and do not clog landfills like disposables. Cloth diapers also save money in the long run, as they can be laundered and reused for many years. If you’re shopping online for high quality organic baby products, we definitely have what you’re looking for on our website. We are committed to offering you the finest organic baby products at great prices while providing exceptional customer service.

We carry only the best brands and models of organic baby products on the market. Founded in 1998, our company is committed to bringing high quality diapering products into environmentally friendly households. We pride ourselves on our customer service and aim to be a trustworthy name in baby products.

Some of my favorite products from Diapers Etc. include:

Cloth For Your Angel Organic Interlock Knit Wool Wrap

Planet Wise Wet/Dry Bags…a must have for any family, cloth diapering or not!

Berry Plush All-in-One Diaper!  These are some super soft diapers with organic inserts!


Buy It!!

You can purchase the Organic Caboose Merino Wool Changing Pad at Diapers Etc. HERE!!

Win It!

Diapers Etc. is giving one (1) SAPsMaMa fan a $25 Gift Certificate to purchase ANYTHING from their wonderful store!

Rules!

  • You must be a SAPsMaMa Google Friend Connect follower PUBLICLY to enter this giveaway!
  • You must leave your email in each comment/entry! You may leave your email in the ” email at host dot com ” format if you would like to deter spam bots, but your email MUST be included for your entry to count!
  • Mandatory entry must be completed before any other entries!
  • Leave a separate comment for each entry in order for all entries to be counted (i.e. if something is worth 2 entries, please leave two comments, and please label #1 and #2, etc.)
  • If you need clarification on how to complete one of the entries, feel free to contact me and I’ll be happy to help!
  • I will check each comment entry! So please be fair and only enter for entries you qualify for!

Mandatory Entry! (Must be completed BEFORE any extra entries!)

You MUST follow SAPsMaMa publicly on Google Friend Connect AND

Head on over to Diapers Etc.’s Store and tell me what you would use your $25 Gift Certificate on if you won!  Please leave a URL to the product in your entry comment! (1 Entry)

Extra Entries!

  • One extra entry for following SAPsMaMa publicly on GFC! (1 Entry)
  • Comment on any of my Non-Giveaway Blog posts!  Tell me where you left a comment! (1 Entry per comment up to two entries.  Entries must be on different blog posts)
  • What product would you like to see carried at Diapers Etc.? (1 Entry)
  • Read my Diapers Etc. Review above and give me one comment about their store or the Wool Changing Pad I reviewed. Must be a relevant comment, not just “I like the store” type of comment, something that will help Diapers Etc.  know what you as a customer appreciate, like, or look for and would like to see improved. (1 Entry)
  • Subscribe to SAPsMaMa through Email! (2 Entries)
  • Subscribe to the Diapers Etc. Blog via Email! (1 Entry)
  • “like” SAPsMaMa on Facebook!  Leave a comment on my wall that you are entering this giveaway!  🙂 (1 Entry)
  • “Like” Diapers Etc. on Facebook!  It is nice to thank them for sponsoring if you would like but you don’t have to! (1 Entry)
  • Subscribe to SAPsMaMa via RSS Feedburner (1 Entry)
  • Follow the Diapers Etc. Blog via RSS Feedburner (1 Entry)
  • Enter any of my other CURRENT giveaways! (1 Entry Each!)
  • Make a purchase from Diapers Etc.!! Email order number to sapsmama at yahoo dot com (12 Entries).
  • Follow @SAPsMaMa on Twitter! (1 Entry)
  • Follow @DiapersEtc on Twitter! (1 Entry)
  • Tweet about the giveaway! You may tweet once per day, 1 entry each day! You may use this tweet if you would like:For the <3 of #ClothDiapers Blog Party w/ @Diapersetc + @EcoChicParties! #Win a $25 GC now on @SAPsMaMa Blog! http://tinyurl.com/5t2wase
  • If your blog is Carbon Neutral, you get an extra entry! Please leave your link to your blog! You can learn how to do this on my blog post My Blog is Carbon Neutral, Is YOURS?! (1 Entry)
  • Any other extra entries please put in also, I will check and approve them, so be sure I know what you’re referring to in your entry!

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Thank you to Diapers Etc. for providing a wonderful review item!  Congrats on the new features and products in your store, I’m very excited for you!  🙂  Also thank you to Eco Chic Parties for putting this all together, I appreciate the opportunity to participate in this first Blog Party!

Disclosure:

The product(s) provided for the review (1 Organic Caboose Wool Changing Mat) was sent to me free of charge from the company or the PR agency. The opinions expressed are 100% my own. Text in italics except under images is taken from the sponsor’s website or otherwise cited.  This giveaway is not affiliated, sponsored or endorsed by Facebook in any way.

Giveaway is open to U.S. only. Giveaway will begin Feb. 14th, 2011 as part of the For the Love of Fluff Blog Party event and end March 1st,2011 at midnight CST. Winner will be chosen using random.org. Winner will have 48 hours to respond after I contact via email. If winner does not respond, a new winner will be chosen. Good Luck and thank you for supporting SAPsMaMa!

  1. I follow you and if I were to win I would probably get: http://www.diapersetc.com/products/fab-fitted-melon-diaper.html

    jill dot shoemaker at gmail dot com

  2. extra entry for following on GFC? jill dot shoemaker at gmail dot com

  3. I would like to see Oh Katy! carried there!

  4. I think the wool changing pad is a great idea, but my kid always seems to get poo all over everything, so I’d be bummed at having to specially wash the changing pad so much.

  5. I like diapers etc on facebook — I just realized that I didn’t put my email address specifically in the above entries, but it IS listed in my reply blank and it’s listed on my blog which is also linked. I hope that’s okay.

    jill dot shoemaker at gmail dot com

  6. I follow diapers etc on twitter @teamshoemaker

    jill dot shoemaker at gmail dot com

  7. I follow you publicly on GFC and would use the giftcard for a bumGenius Artist Series Diaper (Free Spirit with Snaps) http://www.diapersetc.com/product.php?productid=16723&cat=291&page=1

    gorlewskifamily at gmail dot com

  8. I “Like” Diapers Etc. on Facebook – Debbie S. G.

  9. I follow @SAPsMaMa on Twitter @MSUMOMTO2

  10. I follow @DiapersEtc on Twitter @MSUMOMTO2

  11. I follow via GFC.

    I would buy the Thirsties all in one diaper in blue.

    http://www.diapersetc.com/products/thirsties-blue-pocket-all-in-one-diaper.html

  12. I love that mention there’s no need to worry about germs when you lay it on a surface. I worry about that so much with my little guy.

  13. I liked Diapers Etc. on Facebook. Ashleigh Walls

  14. I liked you on Facebook and left a comment on your wall.

    Ashleigh Walls

  15. Knocked Up and Nursing says:

    i would get the sugar peas wool diaper cover.
    blog follower- sarah brown
    knockedupandnursing at gmail dot com

  16. Knocked Up and Nursing says:

    blog follower
    sarah brown
    knockedupandnursing at gmail dot com

  17. Knocked Up and Nursing says:

    i agree that there should be a “wool items” tab on the Diapers Etc website. I love wool products and i think its a great idea to have a tab for them.
    knockedupandnursing at gmail dot com

  18. Knocked Up and Nursing says:

    i like you on fb and commented
    sarah brown
    knockedupandnursing at gmail dot com

  19. Knocked Up and Nursing says:

    i like Diapers Et on fb
    sarah brown
    knockedupandnursing at gmail dot com

  20. Knocked Up and Nursing says:

    i follow you on twitter
    knockedupnursin
    knockedupandnursing at gmail dot com

  21. Knocked Up and Nursing says:

    i follow Diapers Etc on twitter
    knockedupnursin
    knockedupandnursing at gmail dot com

  22. Knocked Up and Nursing says:

    tweeted:
    http://twitter.com/#!/knockedupnursin/status/37208049584312320
    knockedupandnursing at gmail dot com

  23. GFC follower… I’d get RaR in Platinum http://www.diapersetc.com/product.php?productid=16724&cat=291&page=1

    Thanks for the great giveaway!
    osggiveaways at gmail dot com

  24. GFC follower!
    osggiveaways at gmail dot com

  25. I’d like to see Sprout Change carried at Diapers Etc.

    osggiveaways at gmail dot com

  26. SAPSMaMa email subscriber
    osggiveaways at gmail dot com
    #1

  27. SAPsMaMa email subscriber #2
    osggiveaways at gmail dot com

  28. subscribed to Diapers Etc. blog via email
    osggiveaways at gmail dot com

  29. following you on twitter; @HappyReviews
    osggiveaways at gmail dot com

  30. following Diapers Etc. on twitter: @HappyReviews
    osggiveaways at gmail dot com

  31. liked SAPsMaMa on facebook: Happily Southern
    osggiveaways at gmail dot com

  32. like Diapers Etc. on facebook; Happily Southern
    osggiveaways at gmail dot com

  33. Kristen Huss says:

    I follow you via GFC as husskl
    I would buy Lil Joeys! http://www.diapersetc.com/product.php?productid=16721&cat=252&page=1
    husskl at comcast dot net

  34. Kristen Huss says:

    I follow SAPsMaMa publicly on GFC! (husskl)
    husskl at comcast dot net

  35. Kristen Huss says:

    I would love to see antsy Pants training pants
    husskl at comcast dot net

  36. Kristen Huss says:

    I Subscribe to SAPsMaMa through Email!
    husskl at comcast dot net
    entry 1

  37. Kristen Huss says:

    I Subscribe to SAPsMaMa through Email!
    husskl at comcast dot net
    entry 2

  38. Kristen Huss says:

    I subscribe to diapers etc blog
    husskl at comcast dot net

  39. Kristen Huss says:

    I like you on FB
    husskl at comcast dot net

  40. Kristen Huss says:

    I like diapers etc on fb
    husskl at comcast dot net

  41. Kristen Huss says:

    I Subscribe to SAPsMaMa via RSS Feedburner
    husskl at comcast dot net

  42. Kristen Huss says:

    I Follow the Diapers Etc. Blog via RSS Feedburner
    husskl at comcast dot net

  43. Kristen Huss says:

    I follow you on twitter
    @husskl
    husskl at comcast dot net

  44. Kristen Huss says:

    I follow diapers etc on twitter
    @husskl
    husskl at comcast dot net

  45. Kristen Huss says:
  46. I follow you via gfc and I would get two super brite covers
    mk_mitchell90 at hotmail dot com

  47. I follow you via gfc
    mk_mitchell90 at hotmail dot com

  48. I wish they carried AMP pocket diapers
    mk_mitchell90 at hotmail dot com

  49. I subscribe via email
    mk_mitchell90 at hotmail dot com