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My Favorite Cloth Diapers

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Hello friends!

I’m so excited about the product I’m reviewing today. I approached Alva baby myself to make this sponsored post happen. They sent me a free sample product for the purpose of my review, but all opinions are my own (and I’ve been in love with this brand for longer than I’ve been blogging)

So, I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while now, but my time has been limited, and I wanted to give this topic the attention it deserves. I feel like the timing for this recommendation couldn’t be any better. With Amazon prime day just around the corner (5 days away, but who’s counting?) I think it’s a great time to discuss my favorite brand of cloth diapers. While this brand does have it’s own website that’s full of awesome bundle deals, they are also available on Amazon in single, and bundle options, and at a fraction of the cost of most other note worthy cloth diapers.

Alva baby cloth diapers have been a family favorite for well over a year now. I started out fully using disposables, but as a stay at home mom I felt like I should give cloth diapers a chance, at least part time. When I started my search I found a lot of really expensive options on the market. At $29.99 per diaper I was worried about spending too much up front, maybe this wouldn’t have been a huge deal if I planned to use them full time, and knew the investment would be worth it, but I had never tried cloth before, and I knew I didn’t plan to completely cut out disposables. While searching and comparing options on Amazon I discovered the “Alva baby” brand. They had so many cute prints, a lot of really great reviews, and the best part? I could order one diaper, with two inserts for $8.99-$10.99, use my free two day shipping and have it by the end of the week.

This price was fully within my comfort zone so I ordered an adorable diaper and was so excited when it arrived. I followed the instructions and advice I had found in reviews on Amazon, washed the whole diaper, including liners one time, and then washed the liners a second time in my next load of laundry (This is supposed to help with the absorbancy)

The next morning I put one insert into the built in pocket and securely fastened the diaper to my daughter (at the time a wiggly, crawling, adventurous 7 month old. We went about our morning as usual, enjoying plenty of active play and floor time, and when I went to change her I was truly surprised at what I had found. The diaper itself felt dry, but the liner inside the pocket was very wet. Because I had only ordered one cloth diaper I replaced it with a disposable, quickly hand washed the diaper and the insert and tossed it in the dryer. I repeated the same thing after naptime and after about two hours of wear my daughter had again soaked the liner, but the diaper didn’t leak, and in fact, the inside felt dry to the touch.

Since that first diaper, I have purchased about 6 additional Alva baby cloth diapers. My daughter is now a few weeks away from turning two, is in the early stages of potty training, and we have never had a leak using these cloth diapers. Not only that, but my daughter loves them, they are extremely soft, they aren’t bulky, and her favorite part is the bright and fun patterns(arrows, foxes, dragons, unicorns). They even have a wide variety of special holiday patterns. I can’t say I am a cloth diaper expert. I haven’t tried a dozen different brands to compare for you, but because of Alva baby, I haven’t needed to. The quality of the design speaks for itself every day that goes by without any leaks or issues. I got really lucky picking a brand I hadn’t heard of on Amazon, and I’m glad I took the chance on a smaller company. If your thinking about making the switch, or incorporating cloth diapers into your routine check out Alva baby on Amazon. You can start the way I did, ordering one at a time, or you can order one of their larger bundle packs and really commit. Either way you’ll be saving a lot of money, and your littles are sure to love the patterns.

Cloth Diaper Review: ALVABABY

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I received this diaper complimentary from Alvababy. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

I started my cloth diapering journey in 2016 with Luna. It was a complete fail!

I had no idea what I was doing.

Cloth diapering was frustrating. It was a love/ hate relationship. More so on the hate side.
Only because we kept experiencing leaks and I was just fedup!

Fast forward to now:

I’ve been using cloth on Liam since day 1 and I absolutely love it!

Majority of my stash is compiled of Alvababy diapers. So I’ve been using them for months now and can provide you with indepth review!

This is a review for Alvababy pocket style diaper!



I love the fit of this diaper.

Personally, I like diapers with rounded tabs better than the square tabs. I feel like they fit Liam’s chunky legs better!

Alva sells both styles of diaper!

Another thing I noticed about the fit, Alvababy diapers tend to run on the bigger side. I tried to use them when Liam was a newborn and I wasn’t able to get a great fit on his little legs. But, that didn’t last very long. By one month, he was in the able to fit into in diapers on the first rise.

However, I do like that they run bigger! I was able to use them on Luna while we were in the process of potty training.

So if you have two in diapers, having a diaper with a bigger fit would be ideal.


Each pocket style diaper comes with one microfiber insert. For us, just one insert was not absorbent enough. I know some people are able to get away with just the one. But, one insert just wasn’t cutting it.

Simple fix: use two inserts in the diaper!


Alvababy diapers are great quality. No ifs, ands, or buts! My diapers haven’t experienced any fading, loose elastics, or broken snaps.

In comparison, to higher end diapers I would grab my Alva’s faster than those diapers any day!


As I mentioned, AlvaBaby diapers make up the majority of my stash.

I love these diapers y’all not only are the cute, but affordable!

When I initially made the decision to cloth diaper, I was only recommended expensive diapers (diapers 20$ +) . That was discouraging for me.

I didn’t want to spend money on expensive diapers, ruin them, and end up throwing them away.

Then I came across the Alvababy brand!! I was like affordable cloth diapers and they’re cute? #takeallmymoney

Alvababy diapers will run you 3$-9$ a diaper, depending on the style and where you purchase them from!

These diapers are perfect for starting out your cloth journey!


I highly recommend Alvababy Diapers! These are great quality affordable cloth diapers!
You can get yours here.

#ClothNappyMonday – Alva Baby One Size Cloth Nappies Review

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I’m back with another Cloth Nappy Monday post after a break last week due to the chesty cold that the family is fighting at the moment. Today’s post is all about a brand that’s very affordable, stylish and popular  Alva Baby.

​The first time I noticed these nappies was when I came across the Fox design that you can see above to the right. It is a great design, isn’t it? So much fun and orange is my favourite colour!

The fun designs and the price are the aspects that made me decide to give these cloth nappies a go but also the fact that they’re pocket nappies as they dry quickly  I need this in the winter!

Alva Baby One Size nappies are designed to fit both babies and toddlers (8 -33lbs approximatel) and the size can be adjusted using the rows of poppers on the front rise. We did this at first but now our youngest is 17 months old and we don’t adjust the size at all for her which is nice and easy!

There are poppers on the hip and crossover ones too to get a good fit around the waist. These nappies are easy to get a good fit with on our toddler. The wings often fold back on themselves a bit (see photo below) but that doesn’t affect performance at all.

Each Alva Baby nappy comes complete with an absorbent 3-layer microfibre insert that you stuff into the pocket. I find the inserts easy to stuff into the pocket and surprisingly good! They last 2-3 hours and hold a lot of wee. You can add extra boosters if needed but I’m happy with them on their own for every day, around the house use.

The actual nappy has an outer layer made of waterproof and breathable TPU and the inside is made of suede cloth with is quite soft and helps keep your baby dry as it wicks the moisture away into the insert. This material attracts fluff from other fabrics in the wash but it’s not too annoying and I use a fleece liner on top anyway.

​Alva Baby cloth nappies are easy to care for and wash well, other than the fluff-attraction! The covers dry very quickly and the inserts do too. Air drying is best for the covers but the inserts can be tumble dried if needed. I was at 40-60 degrees and mainly air dry.

I didn’t have very high expectations when I bought these nappies but I’m positively surprised and very impressed with how they perform. I have these three featured in this review and am planning to buy another three or so. I bought them through Fill Your Pants via eBay and am just waiting for the new designs to be available there too, then I’ll get a few more. They’re only £6.95 each which is great value. You get extra discounts if you buy many directly from Fill Your Pants too.

10 Benifits of Cloth Diapers

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7 Reasons to cloth-diaper

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Hi there friends!

I know it’s been a while; but having a baby is NO JOKE. Can you believe she is 7 months old now??

I can’t…

Well as many of you know I am a cloth-diapering mommy; no… not the old school kind of cloth. They have an awesome, easy new kind ! They’re just like normal diapers, except… you can reuse them; which is awesome. There is so many reasons I cloth diaper… but I decided to give you my top 7 in this post!

1) Finances
To me this is the most obvious reason to cloth diaper. You get a one time stash and you’re done. No paying a monthly bill for disposables week after week. Plus, no running out of diapers. All that you have to pay for from now on is your laundry soap and your water which adds up to basically nothing compared to how expensive diapers are.
Especially with websites now; that have a the cutest and very budget friendly diapers like alva baby; you can not go wrong. Alva baby is where I get most my cloth diapers from. It doesn’t have to be expensive at all! My husband and I paid $200 to start and now all we do is get wipes. Compared to my friends who do not clothdiaper we are saving about 100 to 150 a month! Ca-ching!
2) Environmentally consious

When I finally made the decision to clothdiaper I was super proud of the fact Addie wasn’t going to be adding any mess to this world in her first years. Think about all the diapers that you’re throwing into your trashcan, all those diapers have to go somewhere and most diapers are not biodegradable.. which means that they’re going to end up in a landfill.. Knowing I can and am helping this problem makes me very happy!
3) It looks adorable 
This was the reason why I was even considering cloth diapers in the first place… Yes, it’s that easy to draw me in. I was just scrolling on Pinterest, which I did a lot pre-baby.. And I found the cutest looking baby with the cutest looking diaper. That link let me to a couple websites; which let me to a video on how to. from that video on I was seriously thinking about it. Once I was sold on the cuteness of the fluffy bottom. It wasn’t long until I was sold on all the other reasons. I now had to get my husband in on it. I convinced him it would be financially worth it and now 6 months in, he thanks me every time we’re in the grocery store!
4) Your baby is a difference maker
How many people tell their kids that they’re going to be world changers? If you want them to be world changers you got to raise him to change the world! If you want them to do good you got show them what that looks like. Taking care of the world by doing things like cloth-diapering will surely raise your kids with a mind to look at the world with different eyes. I want to teach Addie to leave the world better than she found it, that something thins might be ‘harder’ to do; but better in the long run. When your baby sees you doing those things she will follow; hopefully.
5) Faster potty training
So I don’t know this one by experience.. BUT I have heard that once your baby starts walking; they can feel when they get wet way easier when they’re in cloth-diapers. Which means that your baby can let you know that she needs to go potty once she understand the concept. Which prevents a lot of headaches.
6) No blowouts, I repeat; NO BLOWOUTS
So this might sound crazy, but I have never had a blowout in a cloth diaper.. Every single time she poops in a disposable, which I still use for traveling; it shoots straight up her badk. I don’t know why it’s different in cloth.. Maybe because of the elastic band on the top? I have to be real though, I have had leak cloth-diapers due to me being a newby and stuffing it wrong. But never a blowout! Truthfully I would way rather deal with a little bit of pee than deal with a romper full of poop..
7) No chemicals = no diaper rash
Most diapers have lots of chemicals in them: that means that you are putting your baby in chemicals every single day.. I am no scientist so I don’t know the effect that has on your baby; but I do know this… Adeline has NEVER had a diaper rash and I think that is due to the great quality of cloth diapers! 

So… Tell me what you think? What is keeping you from clocth-diapering? If you are still doubting wanted to cloth-diaper let me just show you these cute pictures of Addie that I’ll post below and you’ll be sold!

Alva Baby Reusable Diapers

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Hey there!  Hope everyone is having an AMAZING summer!  We are thoroughly enjoying the long days by going to the beach and park as much as possible.  Look at our wild garden!  Isn’t it great?!  We’ve had so many energizing, organic vegetables this year.

And how cute is Ivy’s new reusable diaper from Alva Baby?!  Obsessed!  I’ve had Alva Baby diapers since Ivy was a little baby and love their cute designs.  When Alva asked to collaborate on a post, it was a no-brainer for me!  Recommend a product I already use and love?  Yes please!  When I became a mama I became even MORE health and environmentally conscious than I already was.  Plus, think about all the money you save by not using disposable diapers!  I love having reusable diapers around.  Even if you use regular disposable diapers, its nice to have a few of these on hand so you don’t need to stress out about running to the store to get more diapers when you’re almost out.  It’s also great how their designs grow as your baby grows.  They have snaps all over so you can make them tiny for a newborn or bigger for a toddler!  We also use them for swimming covers!

Alva also sent me a wet bag to throw all the diapers into when I’m out and about and I can’t wait to give it a try!  If you’re interested in trying out Alva Baby diapers check out their website at:

Thanks for reading!  Check out my other photo shoot with Alva Baby diapers HERE!

Xo, Karla

This post is sponsored by Alva Baby, but the opinions stated above are (as always) my own.

Ivy’s Baltic Amber Teething Necklace linked HERE.


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cloth diapering is a huge part of our life. we try as much as we can to be sustainable, and when i think about how much money we are saving and how much of a positive impact we are making on the planet with cloth diapering, i feel more and more secure about our decision to cloth diaper.

my journey in cloth diapering started five years ago when oliver was born. i wasn’t fully committed at first because i didn’t have much knowledge of it-and we had a ton of diapers to go through from the baby shower-but after a few months, i hopped on board and we used gdiapers and alvas exclusively. i even made diaper inserts for them! so when we found out we were pregnant with joseph, i went a little cloth diaper crazy and bought a ton of cloth diapers.

we started out with gdiapers again because they worked so well with oliver. but then i hated them. i could never get a good fit on joseph and he always peed right out the side of the diaper, no matter what. then we tried the econobum prefolds and covers and while they worked well, i didn’t like how bulky they were. i finally decided that we needed to get alvas. i really loved the few i had with oliver, but because you need a full stash, it was too expensive at the time to attain that amount. this time i was able to get what we needed, plus some bamboo fitteds for overnight use with flip covers, since joseph was a heavy wetter. we started out with 15, but since then our stash has grown to 26, not including fitteds, swim diapers, one bum genius, and two other brands.

pocket diapers, specifically alvas, are our absolute favorite. they’re incredibly easy to use, affordable, they don’t take forever to dry (like AIO’s) and come in very fun and cute prints. because they’re affordable, it’s really easy to get a good stash going, even if you’re buying just a few at a time. if you know you plan to cloth diaper, i suggest stocking up over the course of your pregnancy so when baby comes you have a real good stash. and ask for them on your registry!
​if you’re a seasoned cloth diaperer, it’s not hard to get back into the swing of things. but if you’re new to cloth diapering, there will be some trial and error as well as figuring out the best routine for you. even with all of the information out there, it can get a bit overwhelming for newbie fluffers. i am no pro at cloth diapering, but i have found a routine (and some tips) that works for me that i would love to share with you guys.
  • get a good stash going. you can do that by purchasing all at once, buying throughout your pregnancy, or registering for them for your baby shower. don’t be afraid of second-hand, either; it’s an inexpensive way to add to a stash. a good stash is between 15-24 diapers, on the higher end with a newborn. that is with a wash schedule of every other to every two days, depending on baby’s age.
  • if you’re going to do cloth wipes as well, alva has some great bamboo ones that are so soft! we also use bumkins. you can use just water in a spray bottle or peri bottle (the kind they send home with you from the hospital) or you can make a wipe solution. there are lots of diy recipes on pinterest, but we love wee essentials on etsy.
  • if you have some cloth diapering friends, ask them what their fave cloth brands and types are and why. see what their routine is and compare to what you feel might work for you (ie: how many kids are in cloth, how often they wash, etc.).
  • join your local cloth diapering group(s) on facebook. there are always great resources and info in there and even mama’s who might let you try out their cloth to see if you like it. b/s/t groups are great, too-bonus if they’re local!
  • figure out how you want to store your clean cloth, as well as the soiled cloth. we keep our cloth diapers on an ikea raskog cart in the boys’ room, but plan to move them to a wall shelf soon, since the baby loves to pull everything out of the cart! the soiled ones we keep in a huge hanging wet bag, but some people use a pail with a liner. i prefer the wet bag for aesthetics, but would definitely use a pail and liner if we had a laundry room accessible from inside the house.
  • invest in a diaper sprayer! you wont need one until baby starts solids, but my routine of taking the poopy diapers outside and hosing them off is becoming quite inconvenient. you’ll need one for all of those sticky solid food poo’s that don’t just flop off into the toilet. you will need one, i promise.
  • get cloth diaper safe diaper cream. coconut oil is what we use, but burt’s bees multi-purpose ointment (not their diaper rash cream) is safe as well as these other brands.
  • you will need cloth diaper safe laundry soap. we use tide original scent powder, but there are other brands out there that work just fine. you want to stay away from optical brighteners and fabric softeners. for a full list of detergents, go here.
  • it is suggested to have a washing machine that will get your cloth diapers clean without you having to do (hardly) any prep work to achieve that. it should have a center post agitator, a large enough tub to accommodate your stash, and fill with a lot of water. ‘he’ machines are fine, as long as you can select how much water fills the tub. we had a washer with no agitator and ‘sensed’ the load size and gave ‘just enough’ water to wash our items. we had so much build-up and had to go out and buy an old washer and then strip the heck out of the diapers to get them where they needed to be. there is nothing worse than ammonia smell in diapers, as well as ammonia burns on your baby’s sweet skin!
  • figure out a wash routine. depending on how many diapers you have in your stash, you should be washing every other day, every two days, or every three days-but definitely do not go longer than three days before washing. we wash every other day, or every two days, depending on how much time we have and what’s going on. we can go three days between washes, but i prefer not to, as we get down to the last few and i have to throw everything in the dryer to speed up the drying process. and the dryer is fine on occasion, but too much dryer use with pul can break it down sooner. hang dry is best, whether inside or out.
  • have fun! we buy fun and nerdy prints that get us excited about cloth diapering. alva has tons of prints that are incredibly adorable. our favorites are these, these, and we already have this one!
those tips should help you get started in your very own cloth diapering journey. here are some tips with washing, prepping/stripping, and the general ‘how to’ cloth diaper. keep in mind that this is my routine and what works for my family. adjust how you see fit! these instructions can work for pocket diapers or prefolds and flats with diaper covers. if you use AIO’s, there is no need to separate inserts, as the inserts are already sewn in. to see different type of cloth diapers, check out the humbled homemaker!
if you would like to print out these instructions and hang them up in your laundry room and cloth diapering station, feel free to save the image and print. i won’t be a copyright nazi or anything, but i do ask that if you share these, to please credit me and tag me wherever possible. thank you!
​if you plan to hang dry everything, or even just the covers, invest in a good drying rack and/or a clothesline. i’m saving up for an umbrella clothesline!
​i gifted these printables to my sis-in-law with some cloth diapers from alva. they look great in frames in your laundry room and diapering stations. you can easily make your own using picmonkey! now, for some cute fluff spam. from alva, of course! (they’re seriously my fave!!!)
​if you have any tips yourself, or a routine that has worked for you, please share with us below! link your blog posts, forums, or simply just write it out. happy cloth diapering!


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When I was pregnant, I received SO many strange looks when I told people I planned to cloth diaper. I got a lot of Good luck with that! and You’re crazy! remarks, and I even had a friend bet me $50 that we wouldn’t last with them… (Kate, pay up! hehe). In retrospect, I should’ve seen it coming. I guess I didn’t realize how intimidating cloth diapers are these days, when in reality they were such a mainstream thing only 50ish years ago. Why are we all so afraid of them now?

Well in this post, I’m going to give you five reasons why you should TRY cloth diapering. I’m not trying to convince you to throw away every single disposable diaper you have and never use one again. This post is geared towards making cloth a little less intimidating and a little more mainstream, as disposable diapers are. If all you get from these tips is a better understand in cloth diapers, I’m happy!

So let’s get to it! 5 reasons why you should give cloth diapers a good ole try:

You will save money.
I mean, that’s pretty obvious right? But sometimes I don’t think people understand just how MUCH money you save.  Let’s say you buy the generic Target brand (Up & Up) diapers in bulk for 190 diapers for $28.99, so about 15 cents per diaper. And let’s say you use 6 diapers a day, so that’s 90 cents a day spent on diapers. Really, that’s not too bad… but multiple that by 365 days and that’s $328.50 spent. Now, let’s say you don’t start potty training until your baby is two-years-old. So that’s $657 for two years worth of disposable diapers. And that’s with a generic store brand disposable diaper. If you go organic or name brands, the cost will go up.

My entire cloth diaper stash cost me $160. They will last until Kensington is potty trained and I can even use them on our next child. I really want to point out the financial benefit of cloth diapering, because it was our biggest motivation, and it is for a lot of families.

Yes, I know I need to factor in laundry detergent and water bills, but really we haven’t seen a spike in either, so for us it’s a really miniscule increase.

It’s not all or nothing.
This is probably my biggest point to this post… It’s not all or nothing! We use disposable diapers at night still and I’m 100% okay with that. You don’t have to buy a whole stash up front like we did. Even if you just use cloth diaper a few times a day, you will be saving money and keeping more diapers out of the landfill. I think a lot of people think you either use disposables OR you use cloth diapers, but there are tons of people out there who use both and that’s just as awesome as using one or the other!

Cloth diapers have an amazing resale value.
Yes, even after they’ve been used! Cloth diapers are very easy to strip with bleach so that they can be reused. So my diaper stash will not only be able to save me money on our daughter, but the same stash will save my money on our next child! And even after we’re done diapering babies, I can sell them at a good rate, depending on their condition.  I could end up lowering the original $160 spent on our stash. And  “gently used” cloth diapers can be resold for almost the full amount that they were bought at, so there really isn’t much of a risk to try them. 🙂

They’re so stinking cute!
Seriously though, I can’t get enough of our diapers. Majority of our stash is Alva Baby and they are not only great quality, but are also so ADORABLE. I have to believe that cloth diapering would be so much more of a nuisance if the prints weren’t so cute. I love letting Kensington lounge around in that diaper-only look because they fit her perfectly and look adorable on her. We just can’t get enough!

They’re much more modernized now.
If you had asked me two years ago what I knew about cloth diapers, I would’ve replied with safety pins and lots of folding because that’s how cloth diapers used to be (and can still be now, of course). BUT there are a ton of options for cloth diapers besides just folding and safety pinning. In fact, a lot of them are just like disposables in terms of how they go on. Some have velcro and some have buttons; some you stuff with inserts and some are all-in-ones that require zero stuffing or folding. They are made to be more convenient for cloth diapering mothers. You don’t have to spend too much time folding in between diaper changes; you just change them into a clean diaper, just as if it were a disposable!

Also, a lot of moderned diapers are one-sized. Our Alva Baby pocket diapers are one-sized, meaning that they use snaps to change the fit and size of the diaper. So Kensington will be able to fit into the same diapers at 8 lbs and at 35 lbs. This is super convenient because my stash should last me up until Kensie is potty trained, which saves us more money!

*BONUS: You have less “blowouts” in cloth diapers.
Yup! Those dreaded outfit-ruining diaper blowouts that run up your kids back are better contained. Gosh those blowouts are what nightmares are made of. But, with cloth diapers, they happen less! The elastic in the covers and diapers hold in the poo better than disposables, so it keeps it all in the diapers, where it should be. If that’s not a good enough reason to try cloth, I don’t know what is! 

So there you have it! Five reasons to TRY cloth diapering. I hope I at least intrigued you into exploring some cloth diapering options, because it really isn’t as scary or intimidating as it appears. There are a lot of options that can save you money while making your little one as adorable as ever.  Thanks for reading! Xoxo.

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