Cloth Diaper Update: Marvels by Kissaluvs

I feel like it’s been forever since my last cloth diaper update!

We’re plugging right along, and I’m still committed to the cloth. It’s so much fun, and there are just SO many adorable diapers out there! I look at new diapers the way I used to look at new handbags! :lol:

It’s so funny to see the reactions I get when I mention it! Here are a few I’ve heard…

“Oh, you’re doing things the old-fashioned way?”

“Ew! What do you do with the…you knowpoop?”

“Not me. I don’t have time for that.”

“Must be nice to have that kind of time.”

Um, yeah. I switched to cloth because I didn’t have enough to do. :roll:

Anyway, in my last update, I was all about the Fuzzibunz. I just love them. They are soft, they fit well, and we’ve now used them for several full nights of sleep (which means about 8 hours in my house) with not a leak in sight. I figure, if it ain’t broke, why fix it, right?

Well, because Kelly’s Closet still has coupon codes for free diapers. :D

Is there anything more fun than this at the end of a hard day?

OK, maybe there is, but this is still pretty fun.

So, inside were my 2 new Fuzzibunz, and my surprise Marvels All-in-One One-Size Diaper from Kissaluvs, in a very appropriate blue! (Although I am really not a blue=boy believer. We’re trying to build a collection of all the brighter colors.) 

Hmmm…Kissaluvs. Heard of ‘em, but I didn’t know much. I felt the material…nice and soft. I saw lots of snaps…nice. I noticed these were blue snaps that blended in nicely. The outer layer is 100% PUL, with the inner layer and soaker made of 100% polyester.
I was surprised to see that this new diaper did not come with an extra soaker. Most of the OS diapers I’ve seen seem to come with 2: one smaller and one larger, since the point is to use them on your baby from birth to potty training. But then I looked closer and noticed something different about my new Marvel’s soaker…it’s attached to the diaper! I guess this is so you don’t have to stuff it, or go searching through your laundry pile to match up soakers with the pockets they belong in. I honestly don’t mind stuffing my FB, so this didn’t seem like a necessary feature to me, but I am thinking it might be really convenient if you have a lot of different styles of fluff in your stash, and all your soakers, stuffers and inserts are a little different. Then, it could save you some serious time.

But does it get as clean as the diapers with removable inserts? Yes! And you know why? Because the diaper turns itself inside-out in the washer, so the soaker and the outer cover both get a thorough wash! Really, it works. I don’t know how, but every time I wash mine, it’s inside out at the end of the cycle. Then I just pop it on the clothesline to dry (which does take just a tad longer than my FB, but not much), then I flip it back to outside-in and it’s ready to go! Pretty nifty, I must say.

For anyone who is annoyed by the pad-peek in the back of a FB, you’ll also find this little pocket flap that holds the soaker in…

…whereas the FB lets it pop out the back a little.

I have found, though, that the soaker seems just a bit too long for the diaper, so when I force the end into that flap so it doesn’t show, we get a very puffy bum. (Right at the top, by the waistband…see it?)

Considering how often my boy falls down on that bum, the puff may not be entirely bad…

Here is a side by side (blue Marvel and yellow Fuzzibunz) so you can see the different in width. I’ve heard from some that their FB leak because they are too narrow in the crotch, but I haven’t had a problem with leaks at all. If you do, you might want to try a Marvel, because they are a hair wider.

The elastic on the Marvel feels really strong, and it looks and feels sturdy and durable. That said, at this point, I’m liking the fit of the Fuzzibunz better (especially because they have a unique adjustable elastic system for a personalized leg fit). And I much prefer the tag location on the FB, not that the tag location really matters all that much. The tag on the Marvel just always reminds me of the way it looks when your tag on your t-shirt is sticking out. :razz:

I’m really happy to welcome this diaper into my stash.  Fit is a relative issue, but the functionality seems about equal for both of these diapers—I haven’t had a leak with either! Our new Marvel is serving us very well so far, and it’s in the regular rotation. I’m on the fence, though, for a few reasons:

  • The FB comes with an adjustable elastic system, a replacement elastic to extend the life of the diaper, and an extra soaker.
  • The FB are slightly lower in price, from what I’ve found (correct me on this if I’m wrong.)
  • The FB are available in 15 colors, while the Marvels only offer 6.
  • I really like the fit of the FB (but will it continue to fit that well as my boy grows and changes?)

But the Kissaluvs have the FB beat BY FAR in that they are made in the USA (fabrics, too) by a small, family-owned company that makes it their business to ensure a fair and pleasant work atmosphere. When you consider those points, an extra buck or two doesn’t seem like much (I’m definitely on a tight budget, but I like to feel good about where my dollars go.)  They even donate fabric scraps! Those things are pretty important in my book, so I may consider a few more of these, and I’d love to try some of the other products in the Kissaluvs family (milk pads!!)

Now, if I could just find a diaper that is as cute as my FB, and made like my Kissaluvs, only with natural materials, I’d be set! Until then, I’m pretty darn impressed with the stash I’m building so far. Who knew diapering could be this much fun?!

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On a different note, as much as I’m liking my cloth, I’m having a slight issue with stinkies. I have a front loader, so I’m thinking lack of water might be the issue. I also have well water that has iron, and we have a softener system on it. I am waiting for a sample of Rockin’ Green to arrive so I can rock a soak and see if that works, but I’d love any advice you CD moms can give! I hear natural fibers don’t have this problem as much…

Oh, and if you have any diaper recommendations that you think will work for me, I’d be happy to listen! You mommies (and daddies-you too!) are, by far, my best resource!

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  1. Glad to hear that you’re sticking with it! I can totally relate to the looking at new dipes the way you used to look at handbags thing. Only other CD’ing mamas can comprehend what you really mean by that :)

    Our favorite diaper by far is the BG 3.0 (haven’t tried the 4.0 yet, but the changes seem nice!). I’ve tried several different brands and for us BG is the best for quality, cost, fit, etc. We very rarely have leaks and they even work for us overnight.

    We have had trouble with stinkies (BG microfiber inserts are well known for hanging on to both liquids and smells!) and I’ve found that you just have to keep working with your wash routine to find what works best for you. It seems to be slightly different for every family! My suggestion would be to switch up your detergent as this is what worked for us. You’ll probably have good results with the RnG. I recently switched to the homemade detergent suggested on the Eco-friendly Family blog and have had great results with eliminating stinkies. I’ve also heard good things about a good stripping using RLR laundry treatment. Just keep trying new things and you’ll find your laundry routine nirvana ;)

    GL!

    • HI Stephanie! Thanks for commenting. I actually won a BG 4.0 and I am stalking my mailbox, waiting for it to arrive! I can’t wait to try it out! As for the laundry, I have heard about microfiber and it’s tendency to be stinky. I may check out your homemade detergent idea…I’m a big DIY-er whenever possible!

  2. So cool that you are doing these reviews. I’ve heard great things about the FB’s too. I still can’t decide about the whole CD thing. My goal is to use them eventually even if we start out using disposable those first few weeks.

    Here is some helpful info. I received from another blogger regarding washing the diapers:

    Save this link
    http://www.pinstripesandpolkadots.com/detergentchoices.htm

    It got me thru cd’ing without ruining my dipes!

    Use Allen’s, Mountain Green (this was my personal fave), or BioKleen. I also have friends who love Country Save. I was just meh on it.

    The other thing if you are cd’ing, pick up something called BioKleen Bac-Out. You will Need IT! It can be tricky to find but ususally WFs has it. You need to squirt this in, a couple second squirt, or your diapers will tend to stink. Pocket dipes like BGs, or happy heiny’s (HHs) tend to get stinky and this is a trick that will save you a ton of hassle. You can also use it in your laundry now as a freshener OR on pet stains on the carpet, great stuff.

    Hope this helps and thanks again for the reviews!

    • Hi Heather! Thanks for the info…from what I hear, CD is different for everyone, so I appreciate info from lots of different moms (and dads!). I do have some of the Biokleen products, and I found the Bac-Out so I may try that. My dipes only have the faintest odor, so I’m not too worried just yet…What would we do without the advice of other bloggers?!

      We started out with disposables (which helped a lot when I was a newbie!) but putting environment, cost and everything else aside, I just wasn’t comfortable with those plastics and chemicals on my baby’s bottom. At this point, I’m really loving my decision to do cloth. I would bet if you get one and feel how soft and plush they are, you’ll be hooked! Part time cloth is a good option, too (in my opinion.) Thanks for forwarding all the great laundry tips, and I have 5 more brands lined up for review in the coming weeks so feel free to visit again!

  3. I totally feel you on the diapers are as much fun as handbags! I even like doing our diaper laundry…except for the stinky issues. Because of the smelly microfibers I primarily use my indian prefolds and covers. The pf’s are cotton and so much easier to keep clean! The greatest help has been using more water and first rinsing in cold (I also line dry….lots of sunshine in fl!). I heard of putting a wet towell in a he washer to increase the water output.
    Of my pocket diaper stash (fb, bg 3.0, and monkeydoodlez) I like fb’s the best which I only use for night time. I use flip and thirsties (usa!) covers with ipf’s from cottonbabies.com for day use. btw nickisdiapers has HH’s(usa!) on sale…thank you for the diaper reviews I just love talking cloth diapers!!!!
    p.s. I grew up in PA what a great place to raise a family! Have lots of good memories at Knobels :)

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