Welcome to the Fluffy Butts Cloth Diapering Giveaway Hop hosted by Fabulous Finds and Mama Chocolate. This giveaway hop features all cloth diaper themed giveaways with a value of $25 or more at each of the participating blogs! Be sure to visit each blog from the linky below and enter for your chance to win some really amazing prizes! The Fluffy Butts Cloth Diapering Giveaway Hop ends on June 15, 2012 at 11: 59 pm EST.
Are you looking for cloth diapers in adorable prints and colors that do not cost an arm and a leg? Then I have discovered the online cloth diaper retailer for you! Alva Baby offers a variety of cloth diapers and cloth diaper accessories at reasonable prices.
After our first trip to the cloth diaper store, I immediately began looking for more cloth diapers to buy for my daughter. I was extremely happy with our Best Bottoms and Blueberry, but I was hoping to find some additional cloth diapers at a more reasonable price. After doing a little research online, I discovered Alva Baby. Most of these pocket diapers are priced at $5.59 but run no more than $9.99. Extra inserts cost between $1.88 and $3.00 depending on the material used. Wet bags run between $4.59 and $5.59. Shipping is free worldwide.
Because of the inexpensive prices of Alva Baby cloth diapers, I wanted to get one to try before investing in a bundle. I did not want to buy a bunch only to discover that the quality is low. I decided to order an adorable blue diaper with a monkey print from the E Series. I also ordered an extra microfiber insert and a four-layer microfiber and bamboo insert. My entire purchase cost me only $10.47.
The Alva Baby cloth diaper that I bought is a pocket diaper that fits babies who weigh between three and fifteen kilograms (or six to thirty-three pounds). The diaper consists of an inner polyester soaker and an outer waterproof PUL. This cloth diaper has two layers of snaps that adjust the size around the waist including extra cross-over snaps for an extra small fitting around the waist as well as three torso snaps that allow the diaper to grow with the child from small to medium to large. My diaper also came with one microfiber insert.
Because Alva Baby cloth diapers ship directly from the factory in China, shipping times run a bit longer than from diaper retailers here in the United States. I received my order in two and a half weeks. However, the inexpensive price tag on these cloth diapers absolutely makes up for the longer shipping time. Furthermore, I am more than willing to wait a little longer for free shipping.
When I received my Alva Baby cloth diaper, my initial reaction was that I was impressed by the packaging. Unlike some products that I have bought from companies in this country, my Alva Baby cloth diaper was packaged very efficiently. My diaper and inserts were wrapped tightly in plastic and then in a shipping envelope. This minimalistic packaging is very green, something that I am deeply concerned about. I hate when I order something and then my order arrives in plastic bag upon plastic bag. The shipping materials that Alva Baby uses get two enthusiastic thumbs up from me.
After I opened my package, I immediately washed my Alva Baby cloth diaper and extra inserts. I rinsed everything in cold water with the rest of my load, then washed everything in warm water on a regular wash cycle with just a tablespoon of Dreft laundry soap. I finally threw everything in the dryer and dried the load on low for ninety minutes. I was extremely pleased with how well this diaper held up to this initial washing. In terms of initial quality, Alva Baby is just as good as more expensive brands.
After prepping my Alva Baby cloth diaper, I stuffed the pocket with two microfiber inserts and one four-layer microfiber and bamboo insert. During the day, I use only one microfiber insert. However, because my daughter sleeps up to thirteen hours at night without a diaper change, I need a little more absorbancy at night. With the three inserts, the diaper ended up a little bulky. I was also worried about potential leaking from a slight gapping around the legs because I had stuffed so many inserts inside. However, when my daughter woke up the next morning, no wetness had leaked out from the legs. I was incredibly pleased with how well this cloth diaper held up over twelve hours.
Stuffing the Alva Baby cloth diaper with only one insert worked just as well during the day. With just one insert, this cloth diaper fits my daughter perfectly. The snaps in the torso and the extra snaps around the waist allowed me to get the diaper to the perfect size and fit for her body. I also like that the snaps are easy to snap and unsnap but stay securely together when snapped. I do not have to struggle to get this diaper on and off but also do not have to worry about my daughter pulling it off of herself too easily.
Finally, I love the material used in my Alva Baby cloth diaper. The inside layer is super soft against my baby’s skin. I do not have to worry about a rough material irritating her sensitive diaper area. I also like the outside layer of material, which is waterproof but still soft and not at all plasticky. I really love the print as well and have already purchased a few more Alva Baby cloth diapers in other prints and colors.
Final Verdict: I love my Alva Baby cloth diaper! Although shipping times run a little longer than products bought stateside, I am more than willing to wait a little longer for such a high quality cloth diaper that is so inexpensively priced. I will definitely (and already have) be buying more cloth diapers from Alva Baby in the future.
As part of the Fluffy Butts Cloth Diapering Giveaway Hop from Mama Chocolate and Fabulous Finds, I am giving away a fabulous Alva Baby cloth diaper prize pack. One lucky reader of The Parenting Patch will win two (2) cloth diapers with inserts valued at $5.59 or less in their choice of print or color, one (1) cloth diaper with insert valued at $6.99 or less in their choice of print or color, one (1) four-layer microfiber and bamboo insert valued at $3.00, and one (1) wet bag valued at $4.59 in their choice of solid color. The entire cloth diaper prize pack is valued at $25.76. To enter to win, simply use the following Rafflecopter form. Also be sure to enter the other fabulous cloth diaper giveaways participating in the Fluffy Butts Cloth Diapering Giveaway Hop.
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The Parenting Patch Alva Baby Cloth Diaper Giveaway is restricted to legal residents of the United States of America. The Alva Baby Cloth Diaper Giveaway ends at midnight EST on June 15, 2012. One winner will be chosen at random via Rafflecopter. The winner will be sent an email and will have forty-eight hours to respond. If no response is received within forty-eight hours, another winner will be chosen. Please allow two to four weeks for delivery.
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Alva Baby Cloth Diaper and Inserts © 2012 Heather Johnson
Alva Baby Cloth Diaper © 2012 Heather Johnson
Snaps on Alva Baby Cloth Diaper © 2012 Heather Johnson
Hip Snaps on Alva Baby Cloth Diaper © 2012 Heather Johnson
Front of Alva Baby Cloth Diaper © 2012 Heather Johnson
Back of Alva Baby Cloth Diaper © 2012 Heather Johnson
Leg Gap in Overstuffed Alva Baby Cloth Diaper © 2012 Heather Johnson
Alva Baby Cloth Pocket Diaper © 2012 Heather Johnson