Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Grandma El's Review and Coupon

I was glad to be able to try Grandma El's diaper rash remedy and prevention! Unlike coconut oil, Grandma El's creates a barrier to protect baby's skin.  

The texture of Grandma El's is similar to Vaseline. 

And now for the important part: It works and it can be used with cloth diapers!! 

There is one more thing I should mention: Whereas coconut oil doesn't have much a scent, Grandma El's  has a sweet smell that I didn't care for at first, but then it grew on me. My daughter LOVED the scent, something I learned when she managed to pull down the diaper bag (how I don't know) and began to eat the Grandma El's. Three years into motherhood before I had to call poison control. They told me to give her something to drink and then wait half an hour... she was fine, but unhappy I had taken away her snack. :)

If any of you are interested in trying Grandma El's for your own, you can get a discount of $5 by using the discount code "clay" at grandmaels.com. That's about 50% off!! 

Check out my comparison chart below!

Grandma El’s                                                   Coconut Oil

                    $9.99 for 2 oz.                                     PRICE                                    about $8.99 for 31 oz.                       

        Y                                         NICE SCENT                                                N

           Y                                     CREATES BARRIER                                       N
           N                                    CAN BE USED WITH CLOTH                          Y


          Y                         CONVENIENT, EASY APPLICATOR TUBE                  N

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Lotus Bumz vs. bumGenius

Earlier this week I posted a Lotus Bumz review and giveaway. Today I'll be comparing the Lotus Bumz with the bumGenius 4.0. 

Below you'll see the bumGenius on the left, and the Lotus Bumz on the right. These diapers are definitely shaped differently. The bumGenius is more contoured, and the Lotus Bumz is longer. 

Here are the two diapers at the largest setting. The bumGenius is wider at the top, but the Lotus Bumz is more generous in the crotch area. Also note the prints. I love the Lovelace print from bumGenius, but if you look HERE and HERE you'll see Lotus Bumz has many more prints available (bumGenius has only two; I counted 16 prints from Lotus Bumz). 

Here they are snapped to the smallest setting. The bumGenius is a bit smaller. 

But there are no hip snaps, so when it's snapped onto a very small, wiggly baby, the edges like to slip out of the diaper, like this: 

This isn't as much of a problem with the Lotus Bumz (see hip snap by my thumb). 

I also DISLIKE how the bumGenius insert snaps down (top). It annoys me and makes the diaper difficult to snap and bulky. 

Of course, if you need a longer insert the bumGenius can be unsnapped (but then I worry about the snaps chafing my child or the PUL fabric). I also like how the Lotus Bumz insert is so much softer than the bumGenius insert. 

The Lotus Bumz has a softer leg elastic.

I also love how the back flap is sewn on the Lotus Bumz. The flap is sewn down, so it can't fly up and doesn't need to be constantly tucked into the back of the diaper...

Unlike the bumGenius, which just flies up all the time, like this:

The bumGenius, however, has a nice waterproof area on the front of the diaper to help prevent leaks. 

So there's my comparison review! Be sure to check out the GIVEAWAY (ends 5/15). I also have a chart below:

Lotus Bumz                                                   bumGenius 4.0
$16.97                                     PRICE PER DIAPER                                     $17.95                   

HIP SNAPS                                                N

WATERPROOF FLAP IN FRONT                           Y

SNUG BACK FLAP                                        N

          N                      INSERT SNAPS TO DIFFERENT SIZES                     Y

          Y                         MORE THAN 2 AVAILABLE PRINTS                       N