So, now I'm probably going to put up some of the other brand fitteds that I haven't even been able to use yet (too big around the thighs so they gape -- pee and poo would roll on out) onto ebay to pay for more. Meanwhile, I'm haunting and stalking Amber's store daily to see if she's either stocked small AIOs or opened for custom orders. ag
So, two for:
Wife of 1. Mom of 3. Conquering disability challenges, one achievement at a time.
And amber is an Angel.
We also use her pocket fitted diapers at night. I thought it was a strange concept at first. A pocket diaper that isn't an AIO. Why bother? Well, the adjustable absorbency is there, but we can use a wool cover at night. Because we can stuff it how we please without worrying about is the leg sticking out too much here, is the front not flat enough etc. Then we just pop a nice breathable wool cover over it and dry nights are ours. The fleece is remarkably soft and I find his bottom feels much drier than with his fuzzibunz. I think it is is miracle fleece or something.
Ah... Darling Diapers.
Mama to 13, and 10 and 4.
Two thumbs way up for Darling Diapers. These are my new favorites and I just can't say enough great things about them and Amber.
The pocket fitteds are great for daytime, naptime, or nighttime since I can customize the absorbency and use whatever cover I want. For daytime, I really like the regular front snap fitteds. She has now added an extra row of snaps for more size adjustability.
The hemp trifold soaker/stuffer is great because you get a lot of absorbency without sacrificing drying time.
The sizing has changed a bit recently, but Amber was wonderful in working with me to get the right size. I like that there are 3 sizes available now. With some 2 size systems out there, the size 1 is too small for my petite toddler but the size 2 is huge on her.
With the new front snap configuration, the small and medium should last us all of our diapering days. For larger babies, they could start out in the medium folded down and move on to the large eventually. So, it could still be a 2 size system, but it's customizable
Amber is an absolute gem to work with and won't rest until you're happy. She also makes adorable accessories (washies, baby bath sets, blankets, etc)--I want a yummy velour hooded towel for myself!
Amber is great to work with.
These are my FAVORITE night dipes.
My only complaint is that I wish custom slots were more readily available. I have browsed the site MANY times to find only one dress set, or one diaper, or one bathtime bundle in stock that I love at any given moment. If they were all in stock at the same time or if I could place a custom order, I would make the purchase, but my aversion to paying shipping for one item at a time has kept me from making a purchase so far....I'm watching though and hope that big order day will come soon.
Fit: Excellent! Snaps are placed close enough to get a good fit, the crotch area is wide enough for coverage but not excessively so, and just enough of a leg ruffle to contain leaks without adding bulk. Also, this is the only diaper company I know of that offers intermediate sizes (such as S/M and M/L). For a hard to fit baby, especially in terms of rise, this is essential!
Absorbency: My daughter is a moderately heavy wetter, and the 5 layers of hemp fleece (plus an extra 2 layer doubler) are adequate for a 2 hour period. The diaper is wet, but not soaked. This, of course, is very individual! For custom slots, you may customize to have more or less layers added.
Customer Service: Very prompt and thoughtful communication, fast turnaround time, and superb problem resolution.
2/02, 4/05, 2/07, 11/09, and EDD 12/25/11
Amber is awesome to work with, too. She is so nice!
I prefer her contoured soakers to her trifold ones for their trimness. Her diapers are quick drying, which I love.
She's so awesome!
I bought a few custom diapers from Amber and she is the sweetest, most friendly WAHM! I kept changing my mind and she was so patient and thorough!
On one of my diapers, she said there was a "serging mistake" and insisted on taking a few dollars off, but when I got the diaper I could not find it! Her sewing is immaculate!
Beautiful, well made diapers made with top notch fabrics and absorbant too! I thought they were going to be bulky, but they aren't!
I her bibs. Not only are they adorable, but they are so well made. Now they are the only bibs we use, the snaps are great, I love the micro on the back and the cute prints. We also have a few embroidered with my son's name and nicknames. They make me smile every time I put one on him. I highly recommend these, they make a perfect gift.
Today I received my first AIO from Amber, and I can tell it is going to be a favorite. I love the soaker design, and it is embroidered as well. So cute!
I have to say that Amber is one of the nicest WAHMs I have worked with. She really cares about her work, and the customer, which is so important in this business. I give Amber a HUGE
What would I do without all of Ambers cloth diapering advice??? We'd still be in sposies if it weren't for Amber
The customer service and product quality CANNOT be beat.
Wait, did I mention the WIPES?? Oh, one has not lived until they've used a darling wipe!
Cannot rave enough!!!
When open, the diaper lays flat, its wings even and the serging around the legs is symmetrical. The fabric and serging have held up well over the months that I have used this diaper, and the sewing is perfect on this diaper. The waist and leg proportions are right, and there is plenty of adjustability in both. For average or heavier build babies, I believe you would get a wonderful fit with this diaper because the front panel, when snapped on the baby, seems to have a slightly rounded shape. On my skinny toddler, this roundness translates into extra fabric around the lower belly and hips, which results in the diaper sagging down below his belly. In my subjective experience using this diaper, I have been pleased with the absorbency-even though the diaper has a tendency to slide downwards and bunch near his crotch, I've never had any leaking or wicking. The fact that the crotch of the diaper shell is much wider than the soaker allows you to either use a larger soaker (available in custom weights/layers) with this diaper, especially good for nighttime, or add additional doublers. I have used this diaper at night with a hefty doubler and a wool liner and the wetness has been contained to the soaker (not the diaper body) when my heavy wetter wakes up in the morning. In my opinion, Darling Diapers have the potential to be a reliable workhorse diaper stash, transitioning from daytime to night time with ease. These diapers are marvelously designed, well-constructed, and should last well beyond one child's cloth diapering time. I would judge the fit as excellent on average or chunkier body type babies, and I highly recommend this diaper for those body types. I have seen the adjustable rise front snap diapers in person (but not used them) and have viewed the pictures of the “Simply Darling” diapers, and I suspect that these (in size medium) would be a better fit on my son, especially the more closely spaced snap settings on the “simply” diapers. These diapers are a great value for their customizability, and are impeccably sewn by a well-established WAHM.
I placed an order for a pair of instock trainers for my DS who is day potty trained but has occasional night accidents. After placing my order, I replied to a post here on MDC's diapering forum about trainers, and mentioned my purchase and hopes for a nighttime solution.
The next morning, I had email from Amber at Darling Diapers. She had seen my post and wanted to let me know that the Potty Dance Pants I ordered were not designed for night use and probably wouldn't hold up to our needs (though she may offer some in the future that would). She offered to cancel my order and refund my money so I could find something that would work. I was floored!
That was the only item I'd ordered, so she lost the entire sale. Talk about great customer service! I have been drooling over her bibs and other diapering products, and will gladly be purchasing from Amber in the future.
HeatherB ~ mama to 3 wonderful boys: 03/02; 09/04; 09/07 - and Eliana, 11/13/10!
Founder of Houston Birth Alternatives: Be Informed, Encouraged, Supported birth support group and aspiring midwife.
I highly recommend darling diapers, Amber's stuff is great, and she's an awesome WAHM