Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Trying out new diapers - White Cloud

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of White Cloud Diapers.

Do you remember when I complained about the cost of diapering? I try not to think about it. Spending money on diapers is as necessary as spending money on rent. But when I saw a SITS Girls opportunity to work with a diaper brand and try out their diapers for free, I thought “Good deal! Maybe I could save some money,” even if it was only on one package of diapers.

I had never heard of White Cloud Diapers. When I found out that it was the Walmart brand I became a little skeptical. The Humboldt Hippie in me was a bit appalled. But the Practical Mommy in me decided to give them a chance.

So 2Flowers, Baby O, and I went to a play date sponsored by White Cloud. I was pretty excited about the play date because I've never been to a real live event for bloggers and this one was local! I only had to drive for fifteen minutes to get there! We met at Francesca's house and she made us feel welcome and relaxed. It took 2Flowers less than a minute to say hi to a few of the other girls and get into the toys. That was great because I had my hands full with getting Baby O settled and figuring out what I was supposed to be doing.

There were tasty snacks to eat, diapers to look at, blogger moms to talk to, and a game to test our mommy skills. We tried to guess what flavor of baby food was scooped into several different diapers. I got three out of eight. They all smelled the same to me except one! I tried color matching, but half of the baby foods were the same color as the other half...

I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the White Cloud diapers don't have licensed characters on them. They sport super cute safari animals, with a different animal on each size. Baby O is wearing the elephants this week, and 2Flowers has alligators.

I was also thrilled to realize that the diapers are hypo-allergenic and fragrance free! I am always looking for gentle products because I'm afraid my babies will have inherited my super-sensitive skin.

If those two positive attributes weren't enough, sizes 1 and 2 have a wetness indicator stripe to help you know when the diaper needs to be changed. I've been wishing that the brand I like had them, but hey, White Cloud diapers are looking better and better.

We are currently testing White Cloud's leakage protection. The diapers have an absorbent inner core that wicks away moisture, and while that sounds like the claims that just about every diaper brand makes, I've noticed that 2Flowers skin is dryer when I change her out of a White Cloud diaper. Also, the diapers are much softer than other brands. They are kind of cuddly.

The diapers have stretchy cotton sides to keep messes in, and Baby O's sizes (NB, 1, and 2) have an extra quilted layer to keep messes under control. We're still testing this one. Baby O had a GINORMOUS diaper explosion a few days ago. He was wearing a too small size of a different brand, so the subsequent leaks wearing the White Cloud diapers have not seemed very significant in comparison. However, he did have a few squishy diaper leaks in White Cloud diapers. I think that some diaper blowouts are inevitable.

One of the brand's most often repeated claims is that the White Cloud diapers are affordable and available at low prices. I've been buying diapers in a range of $0.14 to $0.27 per diaper. So, how do White Cloud diapers compare?

I calculated the price per diaper by dividing the price of each package of diapers by the number of diapers in the package. I compared the unit price to the unit prices of other diapers brands. What I found is that the price per diaper varies widely depending on 1) the diaper size, 2) the brand, 3) the store you shop at, and 4) the quantity of diapers in the package you buy. When you are buying in bulk (~200 diapers per box), it doesn't matter where you shop or what brand you buy, the unit price is the same. But when you are buying less than 100 diapers per box the brand and store can influence the unit price. White Cloud diapers are definitely at the less expensive end of the spectrum, even when you aren't buying them in bulk.

White Cloud Diapers, price per unit
Size NB$0.15-$0.17
Size 1$0.14
Size 2$0.17
Size 3$0.17-$0.19
Size 4$0.19-$0.22
Size 5$0.23-$0.26
Size 6$0.27-$0.30

White Cloud diapers are a less expensive option than some of the other brands on the market, and provide many of the features parents look for. We will probably be using them a lot in the next few years!

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Diapering can be one of the biggest expenses in a family’s weekly budget and a great performing diaper is a must-have for parents. In order to make this affordable, Wal-Mart has reintroduced their premium line of White Cloud diapers to address the needs of today’s busy parents.
White Cloud Diapers provide your baby the highest quality diaper with superior leakage protection, exceptional softness and great fit. White Cloud Diapers are available exclusively at Walmart, where you can find low prices everyday on all your family’s needs. Check them out today!
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of #WhiteCloudDiapers.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

More myself

After months of barely being able to focus on the absolutely necessary actions of life (changing diapers, prayers, brushing teeth, and eating peanut butter sandwiches), I am finally finding myself again:

I am thinking about making homemade yogurt!