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Review: Moms & Tots Cloth Diapers [Giveaway #4]

2010 February 4
by MieVee @ MummysReviews.com

It is cloth diaper Review & Giveaway time again! Moms & Tots Store offered me a sample of its cloth diaper (listed price: RM75 / S$32 / US$23) to review and even hand-delivered it. I was keen to try it out on Vee because of the unique back-fastening designed for active babies and toddlers who would rather crawl or run away than lay still for a diaper change.

Background: I found out a bit more about Moms & Tots Store via email with one of the owners:

  1. Moms & Tots Store was started in September 2009 by 3 mothers with babies in cloth diapers. They found a product gap in the cloth diaper market and decided to design their own diaper.
  2. The outer PUL layer is 2 mil breathable.
  3. The cloth diapers are manufactured in China. Moms & Tots Store requested its manufacturer to make samples accordingly to its design. Three samples were tested before production began.

First impressions: A snap button is mis-aligned and some threads are a little too near the edge. Then I touched the two uber-soft bamboo-lined microfibre inserts which almost tempted me to rub them on my face!

Bamboo-lined insert: Soft, trim & absorbent

Prewash: I hand-washed the new Moms & Tots Cloth Diaper on its own once and then machine-washed it with the usual laundry twice. (Laundry tip: Wash new garments separately for hygiene purpose and in case of colour-run and lint problems.)

Putting it on: It took a bit of learning to fasten the Velcro tabs at the back instead of front. Subsequently, it became easy to put the diaper on Vee since he could roll to his side or onto his tummy during diaper changes. This is a welcomed change because he does not like lying still on his back, even when asleep. With the Velcro tabs at the back, Vee cannot undo his diapers. Yeah!

Fit: Vee is on the maximum rise, so we did not need to use the snap buttons. Anyway, I tried snapping the buttons on and off, and they seemed fine. I LOVE the high-cut design at the thighs (now I understand the benefit of the narrow waist tabs) because they accommodate Vee’s chunky thighs very well and leave absolutely no red marks. The diaper with the bamboo-lined insert provides a very trim fit and even Vee’s Daddy complimented his “tight bums”.

Functionality: The insert is very absorbent and one was enough to last Vee four hours in the morning. Even though the insert was soaked when I changed him, there was no leak. (We tested the sample several times over the week and there was not a single leak.) Personally, I would prefer the pocket opening to be at the back instead of front, so that I can check if the insert is saturated.

What we like about it:

  • bamboo-lined microfibre insert is soft, trim & absorbent
  • high-cut design accommodates chubby thighs, leaving no red marks
  • diaper provides a trim-fit
  • no leaks even when insert is soaked
  • child cannot undo Velcro tabs at the back
  • diaper washes well

What can be improved:

  • sewing skills — one snap button mis-aligned and some sewing too near the edge (from the perspective of a sewing-perfectionist!)
  • offer more colours and prints (to fulfil Mummy’s vanity)
  • use more sturdy Aplix tabs (so that they can last through multiple babies)
  • use PUL fabric that can be washed on warm/hot instead of only cold (I washed the diaper on warm a few times and damaged the PUL. What a pity!)

Get Your Own (with Discount!)

Visit Moms & Tots Store for the promotion on its cloth diapers for the whole of February 2010!

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Win Your Own

TWO (2) lucky subscribers will win a Moms & Tots Cloth Diaper worth S$32 (or RM75) each! This is how to participate:

  • Send an email to me with the following information:
    • Your name
    • Facebook nickname
    • Choice of favourite Moms & Tots Cloth Diaper colour (Visit here)
    • Blog / Website URL, if any
  • To get EXTRA entries:
    • 1 extra entry: First 3 participants (Hurry!)
    • 1 extra entry: Become Mummy’s Reviews fan on Facebook (existing fans counted)
    • 5 extra entries: Share this Giveaway on your blog / website

Other Information

  • This Giveaway is open to subscribers with a mailing address in Singapore or West Malaysia.
  • It will run until 28 February 2010.
  • The usual Giveaway Terms apply.

Send in your entries now and good luck!

10 Responses leave one →
  1. February 5, 2010

    Hi, Listed your giveaway at ourblog.. Check it out.. Thanks :)

  2. February 25, 2010

    wow, this cloth diaper is really interesting. We tried cloth diapers for Brian before but he is too fussy and impatient to wait for a change whenever there’s wetness. he wants everything fast and furious. So in the end, we ended up using pampers.. *shake head*

    • February 25, 2010

      Hi Shiryley, thank you for commenting. Most newborns are fussy with wetness. Modern cloth diapers come with a variety of stay-dry layer, the more common ones are: suedecloth (very stay-dry), microfleece (a bit damp), and bamboo (quite damp). When using the occasional traditional cloth diapers, I would place a layer of microfleece cloth next to his bum so that he feels relatively dry.

      The feeling of wetness is actually important to help babies/toddlers achieve potty-training success earlier. Research has shown that the prevalent use of disposable diapers (which are very stay-dry) has led to delayed potty-training by about 12 to 18 months. Interestingly, Vee has started to let go in the potty from 7-8 months old (mentioned here), while it is common to hear of toddlers on disposable diapers still on diapers at 3-4 years old.

      Do give modern cloth diapers a try, more reviews here. We absolutely adore them! :)

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