Harem Pants by Cherry Brick Road Review

Harem Pants Review – Cherry Brick Road

This is a sponsored post in which I received free product in exchange for a review. All opinions are 100% my own.

Do You Use Cloth Diapers?

If you do, now that Winter is near, you either will understand the struggle, or you already do. Finding the perfect fit with pants and cloth, can be a little difficult. Usually, the clothes you buy have to be at least a size larger than normal, and while pants may fit around the diaper, they can be long in the legs (or too big in the waist).  But, never fear – you have options! One of those options; enter, Harem Pants.

Harem Pants made by Cherry Brick Road

What are Harem Pants?

In case you don’t know, harem pants are these nifty leggings, kinda like “baby yoga pants” that are designed to be worn with cloth diapers. Specially designed to allow room in all the right places, to accommodate the diaper, but still be comfortable!
I recently connected with Cherry Brick Road and had the opportunity to give a special friend a few pairs of their harem pants to try, and we are in Love!

Harem Pants by Cherry Brick Road

About the pants…

All of Cherry Brick Road’s harem pants are made with 100% Cotton. The material has been pre-shrunk (so no worries with the laundry!). The fold-over waist band and cuffs allow the pants to grow with your baby for the months to come.  They are nice and warm in cooler weather, perfect for wearing during fall and winter.Harem pants by Cherry Brick Road

The prints and available colors are so trendy right now, and I love the flair they exude! The stitching is high-quality. Compared to other brands, you really can’t beat the price, as far as cloth-compatible baby pants go.harem pants by Cherry Brick Road

Sizes for certain prints go from Newborn to 24 months! And the great thing is, even if you are a little off with size, they will grow with the baby for quite a while!Coop is wearing the Tribal Print Harem Pants by Cherry Brick Road

Our model loves his!

Our Model Cooper here, is only a few weeks old in these shots, but these 3 month size pants will last him the majority of the winter with his cloth. Cooper’s mother says he loves getting dressed and had no problem putting these on!!Harem pants by Cherry Brick Road

Cherry Brick Road also has a lot of other great products; Single/Reversible Bibdanas, and Top-knot Headbands!

Harem pants by Cherry Brick Road

Visit Cherry Brick Road!

Be sure to check out their site, Instagram, and Facebook page!  These harem pants are highly recommended for keeping your little warm while he wears his cloth diapers!

Handmade Harem pants by Cherry brick Road, perfect for cloth diapers!

5 Cloth Diapering Stereotypes, As Told By A Cloth Diapering Mom

I have really enjoyed reading this guest post from Shannon, at Traditional Mom, Modern World. I have definitely been at least one, if not several at the same time, of these Mom’s at one time or another. It’s a funny look at the Mother’s who live in the cloth world! Be sure to check out Shannon’s awesome blog, and thank you Shannon, for sharing with us today! This is hilarious!

 
By Shannon Walters | Traditional Mom, Modern World

Cloth Diapering is all the rage.

You see parents from all walks of life showing their support for reusable, eco-friendly diapers. Personally, I’m fascinated with the variety of mothers I’ve seen in the cloth diapering community. Just for fun here’s my list of 5 mothers you’ll probably meet at some point in your cloth diapering career.

The Non-Committed Mom

These mothers can’t decide what kind of diapers they like. One day it’s all-in-ones the next it’s pockets. You can spot these moms by how many different brands and styles they have. Testing all your options is great, but do you really need to have 11 different brands that are interchangeable? On the other hand…

All In

The All-In mom, she has read all the reviews online and is absolutely sure of what she wants. So, She buys a complete stash right away. Whether it’s BumGenius, Thirsties, or Grovia, this momma knows what she likes. Beware! Buying all of your stash without knowing how well they will fit your baby can be dangerous! I myself have two different styles because I have two different kids. Each baby is different- don’t be afraid to diversify.

The Penny Pincher

To be honest- this was me when I first started my cloth diaper journey. Penny pinchers look for the cheapest solution with the greatest value. Sacrificing convenience for savings; prefolds and flats are the diapers of choice for this category. Meticulously folding each and every diaper. It gets a little old, but that’s the price you pay to save a little extra cash.

Hardcore Hippies

Let me start by saying, I have a lot of hippy friends. Hippy moms tend to lean toward the organic and sustainably sourced diapers. Organic fitteds and wool soakers are what comes to mind. Wool soakers? Yes, it’s sounds absurd but believe me these things work. I am not however going to talk about people who harvest moss to use for diapering, so forget I mentioned it all together.

The Mailman Stalkers

These moms have an obsession. They literally stalk the mail couriers waiting for their fluff mail to arrive. Fluff mail? It’s what they call cloth diapers. If you’ve been waiting for a new print to become available, get in line because these moms will do almost anything to get their hands on the brand new Thirsties or BumGenius prints. Really, I think someone needs to host a fluffy bums anonymous for these ladies…

Before you get all defensive…

Remember, I’m just describing the moms I’ve seen and myself for pure fun. There’s no right or wrong way to cloth diaper. Everyone is different. What matters is we love our babies enough to put cloth diapers on their fluffy bums and set ourselves apart from the mainstream. So go on mommas, keep diapering those babies.

How do you cloth?

If you enjoyed reading this little list of stereotypes, be sure to share it with your friends. A little laughter can make all the difference in someone’s day!

 
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Bum Genius Cloth Diaper Review

This post contains affiliate links but all views and opinions are 100% mine. I do not endorse products unless I use them myself and absolutely love them!

Bum Genius Cloth Diapers

Today I want to do a review of one of the more popular cloth diapers on the market, and one I have quite a bit of in my stash: Bum Genius!

Bum Genius was actually the very first cloth diaper I had ever heard of. I marveled at the simplicity of the system: A simple pocket with snaps, or aplix (velcro), with an absorbent insert inside. Now, there are dozens of brands out there, but this name stuck with me, so when I had the opportunity to try them, I did, and here’s what I like about the brand….

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Bruce, showing off his “Jules” 4.0 print

Multiple styles to choose from

Bum Genius isn’t just limited to simple pockets (which are their 4.0 Pocket which are still on the market, and the new updated 5.0). They also have two different styles of their AiO (All In One) diapers: The BumGenius Freetime and BumGenius Elemental . What’s the difference between these?

The Pockets are lined with a stay dry fabric, and a inner pocket for the inserts. The Freetime however, has two over-lapping microfiber inserts that are sewn to the insides of the diaper, No stuffing! And they are incredibly trim, unlike pocket diapers (which tend to be a little bulky). The Elemental is made with all organic cotton materials, and the insert itself is part of the diaper. Both materials have their own unique absorption abilities-microfiber can absorb quickly (but not a lot of water after a point). Cotton hold’s more water, but can take longer to absorb. The Elemental is also very trim for an AiO diaper. We use Elementals and Freetimes during the day, and 4.0/5.0 pockets at night (so we can double stuff them!)

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A “Mirror” solid color Freetime
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The inside of the “Freetime” diaper with the mircofiber flaps
unfolded
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inside of Freetime, properly folded and
ready for baby

The colors and prints are to die for!
Bum genius has a very unique color palette, and their shades do not disappoint! And their prints are super cute, and fun! Bruce has quite the little collection, and with so many to choose from, it makes coordinating outfits so easy!

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He has gotten a little harder to manage for photo shoots – wearing this
limited edition Chelsea Perry print, “Eiffel Tower” 4.0
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“Spencer” 4.0
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At the Great cloth Diaper Change wearing a
White Elemental solid

 

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He hates having onesies snapped – but it
matches this “Sassy” solid Elemental!

 

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A “Grasshopper” 4.0
(that’s Mommy’s lipstick on his forehead, promise!)

The fit is great…
but my son has always been chunky. But with the snap rise adjusted, most babies 8-35 lbs can wear any style. The only thing I have noticed about Bum Genius brands, are that the elastics tend to wear out easier with my chunky butt, but replacing them are super-easy and they actually have refresher kits for them (as well as aplix if you have those!).

I have a wide variety of brands within my stash, but I’ll admit, I do like my Bum Genius when I need a trimmer option for going out, or a nice fit for nighttime solutions. And some outfits, just need that certain color or theme!
What’s some of your favorites? Have you tried Bum Genius yet?
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Don’t Let Them Steal Your Joy

Motherhood is full of Joy, and Doubt…

One thing no one ever tells you, when becoming a first time mother, is the amount of criticism you will undoubtedly face on a day to day basis.

Like every new mom, I thought by doing my research, and making careful decisions on how I decided to raise my child, I would find the answers for every choice I decided upon. And I did-from breastfeeding, to diapering, to which rash cream to use, whether or not to make my own baby food or buy it from the store…but then once my little bundle of joy came into the world, I encountered something surprisingly more annoying than morning sickness and labor pains combined…

The Sanctimommy.

Much like the fabled “Dementors” of Harry Potter, only much harder to detect, they are everywhere. Sucking the pure joy from any mother’s soul with snide comments on how they are such the better parent than you are…on any topic!

You can’t ever win…

I decided to breastfeed because I thought it was the healthiest choice for my child; on a bonding level, nutritional level, and even developmental. I bought a few bottles, just in case something were to happen and Daddy needed to feed him, or maybe something happened with my supply. But we actually didn’t have any trouble with nursing-I have a very strong milk supply, my son was a natural breast-feeder, and when we attempted the bottle he flat out refused.
Enter the Sanctimommy; “Well, why don’t you give him formula so you don’t have to feed him as much?” or, “If you gave him formula you wouldn’t have to get up in the middle of the night as much, because it’s thicker…” and, “You SHOULD give him formula, he will sleep through the night.”

Now, I’m not shaming formula feeding my any means – and if you feel that’s the best choice for your child, go for it! But I sometimes can’t help but feel when comments like such are made, it’s more challenging of my decisions as a parent, than helpful advice. Especially after I explain my reasoning…and the comments are just repeated.

I experienced the same when it came to deciding whether or not to use cloth diapers- I chose to use them for economical reasons, possible sensitivity issues, and for the environment (you can find my top 5 reasons for choosing cloth here). But the backlash I received from some of my mommy friends…
“Disposables are so much easier, don’t bother, you won’t have time.”
“Do you really want to be washing sh*t?”
Now, these are personal opinion, not that’s there’s anything wrong with it-and for us, not entirely true. I do one extra load of laundry every few days, depending on how much I want to stretch time between washes. And when you properly dispose of baby poo (which you’re supposed to do with disposables anyway), it’s not like you have turds floating around your washing machine. In the end, it’s my choice which diapers I use for my baby, just as it’s anyone else’s for their child. Among my personal friends, I received no support for my decision on this.

And that’s probably the hardest thing for a first time mom; you’re going to have other parents ask you how you do things, and even question it, all the while “trying” to give you advice on how they managed with their kids. But these comments, be it with good intentions or just plain smugness, can really upset someone who honestly just wants the best for their child-and can make them question everything. Parent’s question themselves enough…I really doubt anyone needs help with that part.

Now, if it’s something potentially dangerous, that’s one thing-but if it’s something as silly as whether to use store bought baby food, or homemade, is the challenge really that necessary? Is even any more necessary to argue that one mother’s opinion on certain ways of doing things, is any better than another?

No one is safe…

And that’s what I’ve noticed, not just within our first year as a family, but everywhere! Someone can’t hardly post a picture on Instagram without smug comments on how they should be parenting better. “You should try this…you need to be doing that…”
And maybe it is only out of trying to offer “helpful” advice-but where’s the line between “helpful”, and “sanctimonious shaming?”

One thing I’ve learned this past year? It literally doesn’t matter what you do. Someone, somewhere, is going to think they are a better parent than you are. Another thing I learned? Only you know what’s best for your child. Everyone’s parenting style is different. You use the Cry it Out method? You babywear? You let your kids watch tv? I honestly have nothing to say about how you “should,” or “need” to do anything different!

You can make your own organic baby food, and someone is going to ask you why you don’t just buy what’s in the store. You can buy what’s available, and someone will tell you homemade is better. It’s a no-win situation.

Sanctimommies are everywhere, and some people just get off on being “better than” someone else. As long as your child is taken care of, nothing else matters.

If anyone wants to share pearls of wisdom from their experiences, I’m all ears-until they use the phrase “____ is better.” Or, “…you need to do _____ instead.”
Then it’s all taken with big grains of salt….with my margaritas.

That’s my helpful advice to the first time mom questioning herself after the battle with the Dementors. Don’t let them steal your joy. Just listen, and make your own decision for what’s best for your child.

How to deal with criticism and shaming comments towards your parenting decisions

Our Participation in the Great Cloth Diaper Change

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We had the awesome opportunity to participate in this years Great Cloth Diaper Change!

Taken by Mark Durant Photography
Taken by Mark Durant Photography

The Great Cloth Diaper Change is a non-profit organization that first started as a goal to make it into the Guinness Book of World Records, for the most diapers changed simultaneously. It has since become a great resource for families to gather and learn about the benefits of cloth diapering their babies!

We were lucky enough to have a change event close to us this year, and we excitedly made our way to it this past month. Bruce is a naturally sociable baby, and he made friends with the events photographer quickly 🙂

Taken by Mark Durant Photography
Taken by Mark Durant Photography

The GCDC was sponsored by some great cloth diaper companies, including Grovia, Spraypal, Rumparounds, GlowBug, and a variety of local sponsors.

Taken by my husband, before the Change
Taken by my Husband, before the “Change”

 

 

The event starts with a photo op for the diaper to be changed, a shot of the clean diaper, and then a photo after the change of the new diaper on the baby.

Taken by my husband...the diaper to be changed
Taken by my husband…the diaper to be changed

The group contributed 15 babies to this years overall total of babies changed, towards the new goal for the year.

 

 

 

Taken by my husband...after the change!
Taken by my husband…after the change!

 

Lots of great vendors had info and products set up, and they even did a raffle, which was great of us mommies to have a chance to win something diaper related, or non-diaper related, but totally for mommy.

I didn’t win anything diaper-wise, but got away with winning three bath sets just for myself!(Ryan didn’t get my excitement however, because who has time for a bath? Showers yes, but he’s right, this mama doesn’t get much soak time. One day…)

Taken by Mark Durant Photography
Taken by Mark Durant Photography

It was a really great opportunity to connect with other moms and learn more about different products out there! I am even happier that my whole family was able to attend and go with me. I think even Ryan had fun, although he was a little lost on some of the diaper stuff. He is 100% behind cloth, so I was really happy he shows an interest and wants to learn as well.

Taken by Mark Durant Photography
Taken by Mark Durant Photography

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taken by Me
Taken my me 🙂

Some of these pictures are mine, some are the wonderful work of photographer Mark Durant (they are marked accordingly), which I have to thank for his work and collaboration with this blog-and apologize for my ham of a son for taking up so much of his time with the camera!

 

 

And I’d also like to thank the GCDC Organization for everything they do! Check out their site  where you can find more info on what they do, as well as info on next year’s change.

Taken by my Husband, after the change
Taken by husband, after the change
Taken by my husband-waiting to change
Taken by my husband, waiting to change

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Taken my Mark Durant Photography
Taken by Mark Durant Photography