Sunday, June 17, 2012

What's the real cost of a China Cheapie?

I recently read this article and decided it was time to share my thoughts. I've actually been meaning to write this article for months, but only finally got around to it today as I replied to a friend's question in a local CD board on Facebook. Her basic question: Why are some diapers $4 and others $30?
Alva and Sunbaby: Both diapers I would consider a cheap, China diaper.
Here's my response: 

You get what you pay for. :) 

Quality vs. Quantity
The materials in each diaper can vary and TPU (in GroVia and KangaCare brands) can cost more than PUL which is what the majority of diapers are made from. There is also a huge variance in PUL as many people who have used Fuzzibunz can attest to with all their factory changes. You will see many manufacturers have different water temperatures that their diapers can handle-it's because the PUL is different and some can withstand higher temperatures than others.

The fleece in many of the cheaper diapers is very thin and some don't come w/ inserts or the inserts they come w/ will need to be replaced b/c they are not as quality as the more expensive diapers. Check out the prices on quality inserts-that can be up to half the cost of buying a diaper if you get a more expensive fabric like bamboo.

You don't get a warranty with a $4 diaper. (Unless something has changed recently.) When you buy a $20 diaper, there is usually at least a 90 day if not a year or lifetime warranty. Wonder what your warranty is? Check out this chart I made recently. It includes most of the brands Bum Luxury carries, but I do need to update it with recent additions.


Honestly, a diaper that costs $4 is most likely made in a sweatshop. There is no way the materials put into the diaper and the labor can cost less than $4 to make, let alone sell retail. Look at the co-ops and you can get them even cheaper. That means the factory making them is selling them for less than that wholesale.

I understand many people like the cheaper China diapers and it's great at saving money, but I've learned a lot in the last few years and I choose to support small businesses and reputable companies. Now, that doesn't mean that all diapers made in China or other countries besides the US are made in sweat shops. Many popular ones like Kanga Care and GroVia diapers are made in China. You will see on their site the owners visiting their factories and making sure the working conditions are not sweat shop (can't think of the word right now!) I also know that just because a company is an American company, many items are outsourced to other companies and there's always a trail to where the item actually came from. (Like the big Victoria Secret scandal recently.)

Lastly, I want to add that many WAHM diapers are upwards of $30 or more. The cost of materials and their time to make each diaper needs to be considered when pricing their products. If each diaper takes one hour to make, the diaper should be at least cost plus minimum wage. A smaller WAHM will probably have higher costs because she's not buying in bulk like a larger WAHM or factory is able to.

I hope that helps answer your question a bit.

Okay-off my soap box. :) Please feel free to share your thoughts and opinions with a comment.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Not Mommy Enough Blog Hop

By now, I'm sure many of you have seen the infamous cover of the new Times Magazine. If not, here you go:

As a mom, I was very offended when I saw this first thing this morning on my Facebook news feed. While I think it's great that breastfeeding is becoming more socially acceptable and people are more aware of the benefits of nursing your children, I am sad to see that it is being used to further separate mothers and create drama between them. 

Yes, I breastfeed, but what can make something more 'mom' than another?? 

I am part of two different social circles and I don't really fit in either one. I think I've always been that way though. :) 

The first group are friends that I've known before I had Baby J, friends from high school, college, coworkers and the hubby's coworkers. The second group is my newer friends, people I've met since having Baby J who share common interests. This list includes moms who do one or more of the following: cloth diaper, breastfeed, babywear, use baby led weaning, co-sleep, delay vax or no vax, and overall strive to parent in the best way they can. 

Hopefully, all parents whether they choose to do the above list of things or not, try their best to provide a loving home for their children and raise them to be the amazing adults we all hope, pray and wish our children will one day become. 

If you are a breastfeeding mother, you can imagine how many times I've heard, "Your still breastfeeding?" or "Cloth diapers?!?" from the first group. Most people that wrinkled their nose at the latter are amazed at how they have worked for us now, but the breastfeeding questions never end, of course, unless they are weaned, and then you get questions from the second group.

My more natural/attached/hippie (whatever you want to call them) parenting friends will ask my why I'm wanting to wean my daughter. She's not even two. Some people think it's wrong that my child sleeps in a crib or that I had a csec. My first group of friends thought I was crazy for wanting a natural birth, the second will find a reason why I didn't end up with one. 

Obviously, they are two extremes, but not entirely exaggerated. Many people that I call friends are somewhere in the middle and more than that couldn't care less how I choose to parent. 

As moms, parents, grandparents and people, we need to stop judging each other on what we do and support each others decisions. Maybe a person's choice wasn't right for you, but if it works for them, so be it! 

Happy parenting! 

Hubs did not want to take this pic, but I'm glad he did. :) August 2011-Baby J was 13 months

Want to share your thoughts? Join the blog hop hosted by Attached Moms!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Mother's Day Cloth Diaper Package Giveaway! #ClothDiaperHop

Mother's Day is almost here and we are celebrating with our love for cloth diapers!

Welcome to the Mother's Day Cloth Diaper Giveaway Hop hosted by Daily Mothering! Nearly one hundred blogs have linked up to bring you over one hundred exciting cloth diaper giveaways worth thousands of dollars. 

Enter my giveaway below and then hop to the other blogs listed at the bottom of this post to enter their fluffy giveaways too! 

Each blog has a cloth diaper prize valued at $15 or more, and many blogs have prize packs worth over $100. And, don't forget to enter the GRAND PRIZE giveaway at Daily Mothering for your chance to win this amazing $1300 Cloth Diaper Prize Pack

As a stay at home mom and business owner, I can now appreciate all the trials and tribulations mothers go through every day. I must admit, I always wondered what moms who stayed at home with their kids did all day. Now, I have no question and I think I might be getting punished for being so naive! For those reasons and more, I feel that Mother's Day is one of the most important days of the year to celebrate the women in our lives that work day in and day out to raise a child in an environment that continues bring about obstacles that are new and ever changing. 

This is Bum Luxury's biggest giveaway to date, so be sure to enter to win! 

Our package includes: 
  • Rumparooz One Size Diaper-Aplix valued at $23.50
  • Grovia One Size AIO diaper valued at $23.95
  • Fuzzibunz Leggies Pack (2 Fuzzibunz OS diapers and 1 leggies set) valued at $50.00
  • Grovia wetbag valued at $6.75 
All these prizes together are worth over $100! Click the links above to learn more about each product.

Grovia will be selected from discontinued prints and Rumparooz colors will be selected by availability. Wetbag and Leggies pack are colored as shown.

To win this awesome prize, please enter with the Rafflecopter form below. If you just can't wait to get your hands on these amazing diapers, check out all the available products at Use code MOMSDAY for 10% off your next purchase.