Sloomb Velour Happy Little Cloud Review and Giveaway!
March 5, 2014 8:30:00 AM EST
Whenever mamas talk about their nighttime cloth diapering routine, more often than not, at least one mama declares her love of fitted cloth diapers. I am that mama. I love fitteds and they have been our overnight solution for many months now. Once you get us talking about fitteds, you can bet on us gushing over the Sustainablebabyish. You may have heard mamas talking about Sbish, or Sloomb… all the same brand. I have used the Sloomb Multi Snapless Fitteds and the Organic Bamboo Fleece (OBF) fitteds, but I had yet to try the Happy Little Clouds (HLC).
There are two versions of the HLC: the regular version, which is made from the same material as the Multi Snapless Fitted (heavy cotton/bamboo terry body), and the Velour version which is like a little slice of heaven!
My daughter was the one to first get her hands on this diaper when it came in the mail. The first thing she did was put it to her cheek, and say, "oooh! It's so soft! They should make a pillow out of this!" I have to agree. I admit.. I couldn't help myself... up to my cheek it went!
The overall color of diaper is ivory, but the stitching and snaps on the Velour HLC is available several different colors. I received Moxy, which I would say has a yellowy-orange stiching and snaps for this review.
The Sloomb Happy Little Cloud is available in two sizes- Size 1 fits babies from 7-15 pounds and has a snap down rise to make it small enough for tiny newborns. Size 2 fits 15-35 pounds, and has a fold down rise for those at the lower end of that weight range. My little guy is around 24 lbs so we went with the size 2.
The Velour Happy Little Cloud has a bamboo/cotton velour body with turned and topstitched leg elastic. It comes with a long snake-like, three layer soaker, which is made from 70% bamboo and 30% organic cotton. There are three snaps in the middle of the soaker. You attatch the soaker in the front of the diaper and it folds over on itself, giving you six layers of absorbency. You can fold the soaker in different ways to add more absorbency to the front for boys or more in the middle for girls. You can also add doublers (not included) for additional layers if needed.
Going against what I’ve always heard, when I checked the Sloomb website I found this little tid bit of information:
“if you would like to prep your diapers before use, there’s no need to
wash them separately – just add them in with your regular diaper load.”
Most times with natural fiber diapers, you will need to prep them 3-5 times separately from your regular diaper load to avoid getting the naturals oils from the new diapers on the ones you are currently using. Those oils can redistribute on your diapers and cause absorbency issues. This is apparently not the case with Sloomb, which is great!
Just like the prepping instructions state, it’s perfectly fine to wash you sloomb fitteds with your regular diaper laundry. Sloomb recommends line drying to prolong the life of your diapers, or dry on low heat, with dryer balls to speed up the drying process and lessen you carbon footprint. Unfortunately I don’t have any dryer balls, and since it’s Winter and I have to dry indoors, it takes my fitteds quite a while to dry… I toss this bad boy in the dryer with the rest of my inserts. If isn't completely dry when the rest of the load is done, I hang it to dry the rest of the way.
This diaper has definitely found its place in my night time cloth diapering routine. I choose to save my fitteds for night, but if I had more of them I would totally use them during the daytime too! Fitteds are typically not trim, so you have to expect that it will look a bit bulkier on the bum than other styles. Compared to the other Sloomb fitteds I have, I find this one to be the most trim.
As for overnight performance, although I am pretty pleased with it on its own paired with a wool soaker, I do prefer to use a doubler with this diaper. My son nurses throughout the night and without an additional doubler the diaper is pretty saturated. That being said, we never had any leaks with the snapped in soaker on its own. I still consider it a bullet-proof combo when paired with my little guy's sloomb wool covers.
One thing that initially bothered me about the HLC is that backs of the snaps, or snaps caps are exposed on the inside of the diaper, allowing them to come in contact with baby’s skin. This proved to be a non-issue. The backings (I don’t know if that’s what they are really called) are slick and smooth, not rough in any way. Even after wearing the HLC all night, my son did not have any sign of irritation and it didn’t seem to bother him one bit.
I really like this little diaper! Because of the the snap-in soakers and snap closure, I find it pretty convenient. With my other fitteds, I usually have to search for a soaker or a Snappi... but this diaper is pretty much always ready to go. My son’s comfort is one of the reasons I choose to cloth diaper and this diaper definitely fits the bill. It is sooo soft. It's about five bucks more than the regular HLC, and I would definitely pay the extra for this plush version.
*Although I was given this diaper free of charge to review, all opinions are 100% my own.
Stephanie Beck is a busy mama of four. She enjoys being outdoors and spending time with her family. Stephanie started her blog, Apron Strings Attached, because she wanted to share her experiences with raising kids, breastfeeding struggles and success, and cloth diapering. She now enjoys blogging about life in cloth diapers for TGN.
Want to try one for yourself?? We're giving away a Sloomb Velour Happy Little Cloud fitted cloth diaper in the color of your choice! This giveaway will ship anywhere in the United States. Enter via the Rafflecopter widget below! Winner announced Wednesday, March 12th.