Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Mother-ease and their AIO Review!

At the very end of June, I was approached by Mother-ease Cloth Diapers, about doing a review on one of their products. They'd seen me on the boards at Diaperswappers.com and saw that I had a blog, would I be interested?

Um, ya think??

As you may have noticed, Mother-ease Cloth Diapers is my very favorite fitted. They are almost indestructible. I call them prefolds on steroids. They are made of natural fibers (cotton using a polyester base to boost their staying power) and they can be washed in any detergent, and have a "hearty" factor that has yet to be rivalled by any other diaper I have used. They can be "boosted" to increase absorbency, but even alone, they hold quite a bit. As a matter of fact, they are the only diaper company that I have looked at that actually tell the absorbency amount of their diapers and doublers in ounces. When I've asked other companies about absorbency, I get vague "I don't know"s.

Mother-ease is a Canada-based company, that has very green standards they have placed on themselves and they don't farm their products at any stage to China. To me, that alone speaks to quality.

I will say, I was a slow convert to Mother-ease. I was initially convinced by another company's products to cloth diaper. They were "just like" disposables, they had velcro tabs and were put on the same. They came in bright colors, and were ever so cute! As I continued cloth diapering, I found myself reaching for the less violently colored diapers because they didn't show through the baby clothes as much. And I started questioning my "stash" because the velcro started pilling and rolling, and I knew that they would not last through Charlotte's diapering career...then I started having the dreaded micro-fiber stink. If you have ever used micro-fiber in cloth diapers, you know exactly what I mean. They smell pretty good out of the wash but once your child messes it, there is an un-holy and inappropriate stink to the mess. In the morning, it could just about knock you down! So I started lurking on trading boards and reading reviews...and I saw an advertisement in a natural parenting magazine for Mother-ease...and started considering what a friend had mentioned almost a year ago about the diapers that she used. She had said that she used them on 5 kids. FIVE!! Same ones!!!

Well, the dipes I was using were not going to make it through one! And then summer hit, and Charlotte, being the sensitive thing she was started having issues with heat and allergy rashes.

Between the stink and the heat, I jumped at some "bald" Mother-ease second hand. Bald means there are actually spots where the cotton has fallen out of the polyester netting...but the elastic was still great...as was the absorbency. The covers have slits in the sides that allow for airflow as the child moves. The name on one of their covers is AirFlow covers...and they live up to their name. And there was NO stink. NONE! So I got a few more...and a few more...and then traded and sold almost all my "starter" diapers.

I fell in love the retro fluffy butt look. I loved not having to worry about the bright colors coming through the fabric of whatever they wore. (Although, there are some super cute colors and prints!) The one size diaper and the size large Sandy's and AIO will still fit Amelia at age 4 and just over 36 pounds.

Now. I said I was reviewing the AIO. AIO stands for All-In-One, there is no need for a cover...you put on the whole thing and take the whole thing off as a unit. It just doesn't get any easier. (Even easier than disposables, because there are no midnight diaper runs or make-shift towel diapers...yeah, I'm talking to you, 'Sposie Users! ;) ) Mother-ease uses a side snap closure system which, at first glance may be more intimidating that velcro, but it is GREAT for toddlers who strip and is genuinely nice for "wigglers". (Those kids who squirm the entire diaper change!) This is because you know what snap is the perfect fit, and it doesn't matter whether you have the diaper lined up right, you just have to get the snaps in the right places! They can squirm themselves silly...no problem.

The large is supposed to fit 20-35 pounds. This claim is certainly true. Charlotte was 20.7lbs when I got the AIO...Amelia is 36lbs, and both can wear it. It's a little snug on Amelia, but in a pinch, it certainly can be used. I have found in comparison, that the AIO runs a tiny bit smaller than the Sandy's, which are cut very similarly. Amelia wears the large Sandy's very comfortably (and probably will be able to for several pounds longer).

I have used the AIO for 4 weeks now and have nothing to say that isn't good. They tend to take a little longer to dry, but that is the same for all AIO diapers. I'd have to say, I even think the elastic is even more forgiving to fat little legs than almost any cover or diaper I have used, I have not gotten ANY red marks, even when they were twisted and put more pressure on her than they should.

I got out without an extra diaper yesterday, and Charlotte wore her Mother-ease AIO with a bamboo liner for more than 7 hours...between being out and about (car-line for the older kids) and nap time. Now, I wouldn't recommend this, they need to be changed FAR more frequently, but it held up! NO LEAKS!!!! Wow! If I wasn't impressed before, that would make me buy more!!

My only criticism is that I have a friend that won't buy white...won't. And so refuses to try the Mother-ease AIO, I hope, that perhaps Mother-ease will decide to make them in some of their colors and prints for people like her! :)

I admit, I was so in love with the All-in-One diaper from Mother-ease that I probably would have done my own giveaway...However, Mother-ease Cloth Diapers will be providing a gift-certificate that you can use to purchase your own All-in-One or you can choose to use it on a cover, Sandy's, One Size, or you can put it toward a Wet Bag, Diaper Pail, or Swim Diaper. They have so many GREAT choices!!

If you want a chance to win a certificate with this great company, then here are your options for entry. Canadian friends you are absolutely welcome to enter! (Be sure to include your email address in each entry!) I will close the giveaway on September 30. I will alert the winner as soon as possible. This is my first one, so bear with me as I learn!

1) Go check out the Mother-ease Cloth Diapers website, come back here and comment with which of their products YOU would like to try!

2) Fan Mother-ease Cloth Diapers on Facebook. They often do sales, links to giveaways, and new product information! Come back here and comment that you did so!

3) Blog about this giveaway, and come back here and comment with a link to your blog entry.

4) Follow my blog! :) I am hoping to do more reviews and hopefully giveaways...but mostly, I'm just a mom in the trenches with you!

*These are my own thoughts, Mother-ease did give me an All in One diaper for review purposes, but I was in no way compensated for this review.

96 comments:

  1. Okay, I looked around...I'm not a cloth convert yet, haven't ever tried it. However, I'd definitely give it a try if it were handed to me! The All-In-One would have to be the way i'd go, I'm all for convenience! Pick me, pick me!!

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  2. I would love to try the bamboo diapers. I love Mother-ease! They make the absolute best diapers! And I do not have enough.

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  3. I blogged it! http://growinglittlewomen.blogspot.com/2010/08/mother-ease-giveaway.html

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  4. I know I already love the Sandy's so I would buy the AIO to try it. I too am getting rid of all my microfiber and pockets and looking for a more absorbent dipe for my super-soaker. So glad you are doing give-aways!

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  5. Have used and loved ME for years and recommend them to ALL. I love to brag about a product that actually IS amazing. I would love a new large sized deluxe wet bag (any colour). I have "liked" ME on Facebook for a long time now!

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  6. I'd love to try their trainers

    libby dot bloom dot hunt at gmail dot com

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  7. ME FB fan

    libby dot bloom dot hunt at gmail dot com

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  8. GFC follower

    libby dot bloom dot hunt at gmail dot com

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  9. After that glowing and thorough review, the AIO sounds pretty awesome! The cute prints on the Air-Flow covers are sweet, too!
    ebickell at hotmail dot com

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  10. I liked Mother-Ease on Facebook!
    ebickell at hotmail dot com

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  11. I'm a new follower of your blog! Hi! Looking forward to reading more :)
    ebickell at hotmail dot com

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  12. I would probably try the Motherease AIO's as I have heard great reviews about them.

    andbjr at gmail dot com

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  13. Fan of Mother-ease on Facebook as Andrea Reb

    andbjr at gmail dot com

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  14. I am a new follower though I really enjoyed reading your blog especially the post about babywearing and eating fresh produce. Way to go!

    andbjr at gmail dot com

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  15. I would probably try the sandy's one size bamboo diaper.

    thechattycathy@gmail.com

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  16. I became a fan of Mother-ease on Facebook!

    theamicks77@comcast.net

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  17. I don't think I need to tell you that I'd love one of their diaper covers! ;)

    theamicks77@comcast.net

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  18. I'd love to try their baby wipes (we currently use cloth diapers but I'm having a had time convincing my husband to use cloth wipes)

    cubryn(at)gmail(dot)com

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  19. I like Mother Ease on Facebook

    cubryn(at)gmail(dot)com

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  20. I follow you with GFC

    cubryn(at)gmail(dot)com

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  21. I would like to try the motherease airflow cover.
    heidikittelson at gmail dot com

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  22. I would love to try the diaper sprayer! I've never seen one!

    lmerritt49903@gmail.com

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  23. Fan motherease on facebook.
    heidikittelson at gmail dot com

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  24. I follow you with google friend connect!

    lmerritt49903@gmail.com

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  25. Follow your blog.
    heidikittelson at gmail dot com

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  26. i would love to try any of their items, i've been thinking about them for a while. MEOS, aio, air flow cove,r i'm game for anything!!

    hancoci_s at msn dot com

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  27. i am a facebook fan of motherease

    hancoci_s at msn dot com

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  28. i follow your blog in GFC
    hancoci_s at msn dot com

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  29. I would love to try their one-size diaper!
    tara_lundgren|at\hotmail|dot|com

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  30. I like mother-ease on fb
    tara_lundgren|at|hotmail|dot|com

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  31. I follow your blog :)
    tara_lundgren|at|hotmail|dot\com

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  32. Follow your Blog via Google Friends Connect!
    rasmith0506 at gmail dot com

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  33. I'd like to try a Sandy's Bamboo Fitted
    rasmith0506 at gmail dot com

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  34. Like Mother-Ease Cloth Diapers on Facebook!
    Rebecca Smith
    rasmith0506 at gmail dot com

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  35. I've been wanting to try a Sandy's™ Cloth Diaper. This is a fun chance!

    Thanks for the giveaway.

    ammieloris at hotmail dot com

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  36. Woohoo! I follow your blog now.

    ammieloris at hotmail dot com

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  37. I have a 25 months old and would love to try Motherease Sandy. Only if I have money to spend. Please pick me ! Thanks

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  38. I'd like to try a Mother-ease One Size Cloth Diaper with the Bamboo Terry (I like the colored ones) or a Mother ease All in One Cloth Diaper.
    rebeccaw2005 at hotmail dot com

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  39. I'm a fan of Mother-ease on Facebook @rebeccaw2005
    rebeccaw2005 at hotmail dot com

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  40. I follow your blog via google friend
    rebeccaw2005 at hotmail dot com

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  41. I'd get another Sandy's I love mine!

    loveliveshere2 at yahoo dot com

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  42. I'm already a fan of mother-ease on FB

    loveliveshere2 at yahoo dot com

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  43. I want to try the MEOS Organic Cotton Terry, in one of the pretty colors they have <3

    j.mcdilda at gmail dot com

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  44. MotherEase facebook fan Justine McD.

    j.mcdilda at gmail dot com

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  45. Following your blog (shows as JMC)

    j.mcdilda at gmail dot com

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  46. http://theloveliveshere.blogspot.com/2010/09/giveaway-alert_10.html

    Blogged there

    loveliveshere2 at yahoo dot com

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  47. Following you via GFC

    loveliveshere2 at yahoo dot com

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  50. I would love to try the AIO!'
    klove1432@yahoo.com

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  51. I would like to get newborn sandys
    mk_mitchell90 at hotmail dot com

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  52. would love to try the bamboo fitted diaper
    mcintosh dot kimberley at gmail dot com

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  53. new follower of your blog
    mcintosh dot kimberley at gmail dot com

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  54. like motherease on fb
    kim mcintosh
    mcintosh dot kimberley at gmail dot com

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  55. I think I'd like to try the Sandy's cloth diaper.
    sarah.robot at gmail dot com

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  56. I follow Mother Ease on facebook.
    sarah.robot at gmail dot com

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  57. Blog follower via GFC.
    sarah.robot at gmail dot com

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  58. I would really like to try their baby wipes as well!
    kirsten.jason.2010 at gmail dot com

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  59. I already like Mother-ease on facebook (Kirsten Thompson)
    kirsten.jason.2010 at gmail dot com

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  60. New GFC follower (Kirsten Thompson)
    kirsten.jason.2010 at gmail dot com

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  61. I'm a fan of Mother-ease on Facebook

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  62. I would try any of them! lol. Probably the AIO though :)

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  63. I want to try the AIO

    hmt90a at gmail.com

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  64. I love MotherEase! We've used them for both kids. I'd get more of the one-size diapers to add to our collection. Thanks for the giveaway!
    alissa (at) funfindsforfamilies (dot) com

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  65. I'm now following Mother-Ease on Facebook.
    alissa (at) funfindsforfamilies (dot) com

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  66. I'm also a new follower of yours on GFC.

    alissa (at) funfindsforfamilies (dot) com

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  67. I'd like to try sandy's OS in aqua

    dakotaring at yahoo dot com

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  68. I "Like" Motherease on Facebook

    dakotaring at yahoo dot com

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  69. Following your blog via GFC

    dakotaring at yahoo dot com

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  70. I love their one size fitteds I would love to try the aio or mabye some more fitted in colors :)

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  71. Following you on google friend
    apeak AT hotmail DOT com

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  72. i would like to try a bamboo fitted diaper
    csilve03 at yahoo dot com

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  73. i am following your blog via GFC
    csilve03 at yahoo dot com

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  74. I would like to try the diaper sprayer
    rastrassbur at gmail dot com

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  75. I am a fan of motherease on FB
    rastrassbur at gmail dot com

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  76. I follow your blog via GFC
    rastrassbur at gmail dot com

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  77. I would love to try an Air Flow cover in the "Asia" print—cute!

    chapstickmeg at gmail dot com

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  78. I am a fan of Mother-ease on Facebook!

    chapstickmeg at gmail dot com

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  79. I follow Sticky Elephants on Google Friend Connect and Google Reader!

    chapstickmeg at gmail dot com

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  80. I'm actually most excited to try out their AIO diaper. But I have heard great things about their diaper pail, too!
    giabao.ng @ gmail

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  81. I'm a fan of MotherEase on FB! (Bao N.)
    giabao.ng @ gmail

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  82. Posted about your giveaway here (since I don't have a personal blog...I share one with my family; but I figured this forum gets much more traffic than my family blog!):
    http://www.cafemom.com/group/95135/forums/read/12382715/Mother_Ease_AIO_diaper_giveaway
    giabao.ng @ gmail

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  83. Following your blog! I appreciate the humility I hear in your writing voice. It is refreshing!
    giabao.ng @ gmail

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  84. I've wanted to try the Sandy's diaper in green
    sahmofdq@gmail.com

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  85. Like them on FB (Karine Capobianco Traverse)
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  86. GFC follow (Karine Traverse)
    sahmofdq@gmail.com

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  87. Aaand closed! I'll do a random drawing and contact the winner before the end of the weekend!

    Thanks!!!

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