Willow Pad has generously sent me both the 2 Disc DVD set about "Diapering Today" and also one of their Cloth diapering Systems called Sprout change.
The set consists of two DVDs, each catagory is broken down into smaller chapters which is great if you are just starting out and have no idea what you are doing.You can watch it all, a little at a time, or only watch what interests you. Pertinent information is repeated (such as in types of cloth diapers, and the terminology section) so you won’t miss anything if you don’t watch the whole thing so therefore it was not monotonous and didn’t seem repetitive!
Throughout the DVD, you will hear genuiune, unscripted responses from actual cloth diapering parents on various subjects from the chapters. This is broken up by photo and video demonstrations, information from Catherine herself, and cloth diaper facts from the RDIA’s Heather McNamara.
Here’s what you’ll find on the DVDs and approximately how long each section is:
Intro (2 min)
Why Cloth (15 min)
How to Use (3 min)
Types (13 min)
Getting Started (10 min)
Washing (10 min)
Cloth on a Budget (4 min)
Community (4 min)
Tips & Tricks (15 min)
Accessories (5 min)
Resources (3 min)
Potty Training (10 min)
Evolution of Diapers (18 min)
Terms (13 min)
Credits (1.5 min)
Trailer (2 min)
I’m not going to go into great detail as far as what you’ll find in each chapter; I think you can gather that from their titles and it feels like you are at one of those 101 diapering classes that some locals could find in their areas or chatted with other cloth diaper mammas.
The best part of this How-to/Why DVD set is that it 1) was not an ad to sell their brand of cloth diapers. The DVD gave loads of unbiased information on ALL Types of cloth systems and that all of those types were demonstrated on a baby doll. Sure, there is a difference when trying to cloth a baby dol versus a squirmy little one, but you get the gist of it and it's quite simple.
I did feel that the DVD set was a little longer then it should have been and it's not absolutely neccessary to watch the entire thing, you can simply pick the chapter that you would like to veiw to obtain info that you may not already know. The DVD was direct and to the point on many things like not going into great details about each of the various parts of each cloth diapering ststem.
I loved that fact that the real people in this film were genuine and didn't try to "push" cloth diapering on to me. It was like talking to freinds. No one gave that speech about about cloth diapering being the only way to go instead they recommended things like build a stash, start slowly, half the time cloth and half the time use disposables because they know each family is different and unique and what works for one may not wok for another.
They also have a method for cloth washing called K.I.S.S. (keep it simple sweetie) and give a run down of how to care for your cloth diapers and said the best detergents are those with the simplist ingredients.
They did make it clear that cloth diapering is not to be compared with smelling roses and adressed the face that sometimes you do have "smelly" issues with cloth (although it'sa not normal), but that it is an easy fix.
They also adress the "poop factor" issue. You know when you have an explosion and have to change baby's enitre outfit and then your own after a quick bath for baby and a shower for you. It seems that there is less poop to be dealt with seeing as it stays where it is supposed to; in baby's undergarments not blown out. Here is a trailer for the DVD:
The Willow Store is selling the Diapering Today DVD set for $17.95, and 1% of the profits will be donated to providing cloth and education to low-income families. When you buy the DVD bundled with an Organic Super Saver Starter Kit (1 shell & 3 organic inserts), it costs you just $11.20 more than buying the starter kit alone. I think that would make an awesome gift for an expectant mom, but I do wish they had an option to purchase the DVD by itself.
The diapering sytem is intriguing in it's one size, reversable, all in two, adjustment system. I received the "Lemon Ice" edition to try with 'Liam. It's a pale green on one side and a pale yellow on the other. Sprout Change has quite a few options for the absorbent inserts and colors you can choose for the shell.
I recieved two of the organic inserts, but they offer a whole variety including organic hemp prefolds, micor fleece "soft sleeves" so you can use microfiber inserts you already have. The options are just amazing!
The packaging contains helpful information including sizing instructions and guidelines. The diaper itself is a side snap, but all of the sizing adjustments are made through hidden elastic tabs inside the diaper itself. The leg adjustment is adjusted through a small opening at the front of the diaper and the waist is adjusted through a snapped opening at the wind. Once the size has been adjusted your good to go!
The 5 sizes are newborn (5-10 lbs), infant (10-18 lbs), crawler (15-22 lbs), walker (22-34 lbs) & potty (34+ lbs). I think you could also call these XS, S, M, L & XL. The packaging has recommended settings for each size. To keep things simple, I’ve taken photos of each size measured folded and stretched, set on the same setting for waist & legs (4th, 3rd, 2nd, 1st and 0.)
When the diaper is "right side out" the front of the diaper snaps into the wings like a traditional side snap diaper. However, when it is reversed it still snaps on the side, but the back of the diaper comes around to snap on the front panel of the diaper. It sounds really complicatedm, but it wasn't that bad.
The diaper looked adorable, but also performed very well. The inserts are super absorbent, fit well with no shifting or leaking, and are very easy to use.It was very easy to remove the wet insert, and reuse the shell, reversed for a change of pace!Now I understand why people like Sprout Change so much! Shells retail for $16.95 separately, Stay Dry inserts are $4.75 and organic inserts are $5.75. You can save more by buying insert 6-packs or diaper packages/bundles!
And if you're not sure what that new Mamma would like they have Gift Certificate options too!
If you would like to learn more about Willow Pads or purchase their products please visit;
Willow Pad's Sprout Change Setion for Information
Willow Pad's Official Online Sore
In the spirit of full-disclosure Willow Pad sent samples for my family and I to try. No monetary compensations was given and as always all opinions are my own.