When I first started cloth diapering many moons ago, I suffered from the dreaded night time leaks; lets face it we’ve all been there. I am willing to admit, I often found myself second guessing if I was doing something wrong. I also found myself reaching for disposables on more than one occasion when it came to long periods of times where I knew my kid’s would be in their diaper for longer than 3 hours, like nap time and bed time. Then I found wool. Two mom friends of mine had gifted me wool covers, and I was in absolute love. After almost 2 years of battling, night time leaks were finally at a halt, and I could see clean, dry sheets in my future. I dreaded ‘wool wash days’ due to long dry times and the pricey, sticky, hassle of Lanolin. But my wool seems never dry in time for bed, meaning either: (A) Buying more pricey wool covers for in between dry times, which funds at the time just didn’t allow; or (B) I was going to have leaks, wet sheets, and a grumpy mommy; it was just a fact.
I kept hearing about fleece and let’s be honest, I was skeptical. It sounded to good to be true. Really? You mean to tell me, I can wash it with my regular clothes and fabric softener is even a bonus? It dries like wool, but faster and it works just as well? I don’t have to worry about shrinking if it ends up in the dryer, or finding Lanolin at the stores? Its cheaper than wool and includes cute prints? Fleece is virtually indestructible? I think I’m not only sold, but in love. I was an avid wool advocate prior to using fleece, I would scream from the mountain tops about how great wool was (I’ve even taught wool classes online), but you will not get the same reaction from me today. You have found a full fleece convert, and I may not go back! Fleece I have found you, and it’s true love…
I have helped Sherry in the past with hosting a few giveaways, but this was my first real experience with fleece and her products first hand, and this own honest opinion of the products I have received from her shop, MonkeeBumz.
At first, opening her products look amazing right out of the packaging. I received two products, one being a pair of large sized fleece ‘shorties’, and her latest line of fleece inspired products a one sized fleece cover. Both are simply adorable!!
Lets talk about the different products Sherry, the owner of MonkeeBumz offers and more about her shop.
Sherry has worked her tail off to be come 100% US complaint before opening her doors October of 2014. She offers custom embroidery on any of her fleece designs at an additional $3 for a name, date or initials, full custom embroidery pricing is all based on the size and difficulty of each design. Sherry will work with you to find exactly what you are looking for, whether a fleece design print or any custom embroidery to make sure each item is just to your liking and taste. Sherry also has ready to ship items stocked in her shop twice a month, and surprise stockings that only her Facebook group, Twitter, Instagram get’s to hear about first.
What sets MonkeeBumz apart from the rest, is her unique design I haven’t seen anywhere else. Sherry offers snap in soakers as opposed to them always being sewn in, the benefit of this is even shorter dry time and you can adjust the absorbency from child to child or use to use. This also makes for a trim, and sleek design, especially in her one sized fleece covers.
Overall benefits of switching to fleece:
- Cheaper than wool.
- Fleece is soft and repellent, not harsh and scratchy.
- Fleece is breathable.
- Fleece can be worn in lieu of pants, shorts or skirts.
- Fleece is less likely to cause a skin irritation.
- It can be used over a prefold’s or fitted’s for an even cheaper cloth diaper option.
- Fleece is easy to clean, care for and dry.
- You don’t have to worry about shrinking fleece.
- Fleece is lightweight, so your baby isn’t weighed down by bulk.
- Fleece has more fabric options and prints than typical wool.
To give you an idea, Baby E is 22 months (where is the time going, wasn’t he just a itty bitty?!) he’s 33” tall, with a waist of 19.5”. Miss A, is 3 & 1/2 years old, 38.5” tall with a waist of 20” Here is some examples of how they fit my kids. The “one sized fleece cover” is the same one photographed in each picture to give you an idea of the range they fit, Baby E is shorter but stalkly, Miss A is long and thin.
I tried the one sized cover on both Baby E and Miss A both woke up with dry sheets! I’m sure you can understand my excitement as a cloth diapering Mommy waking up to dry sheets. Its like a mini victory! Fleece is also a great alternative to training pants, because they can slip on over panties or underwear during the potty training process. Mommy and kid approved!
**Remember like any cover, you must have the underneath or ‘inner’ diaper tucked it pretty well before bed, make sure there is nothing poking out or you will get some minor leaking**
Miss A’s Fit:
The first O/S (one size) cover in with the embroidered “What does the FOX say?” on the bum fits, both my 22 month old son and my 3.5 year old daughter both perfectly.
Same cover pictured above. The same cover fits both of the kids perfect!
This is Baby E in his size large shorties (24m-2t):
Sorry for the poor lighting in the first photo, it was before bed in our household!
When sizing fleece here’s a good rule of thumb: Clothing sizes. Everything except the OS (one sized covers) will range like this 0-3m, 3-6/9m, 9-18/24m, 24-2T and 3T/4T . All based on the actual clothing size (pants size) the child is currently wearing due to body build. I do NOT recommend going larger in size thinking they will last longer, fleece has a bit of stretch to it. When you size up the waist will not fit your child correctly, and instead of being able to last longer, they will not be able to be worn until the child is closer to the size ordered. So when you place an order please make sure you size your child correctly, I’d hate for your item to be to large for your child, this will also likely cause leaks. When dealing with fleece or wool you want your item to fit as snug and close to your child as possible to avoid all leaking.
What MonkeeBumz Offers:
- Newborn Soaker Covers: Starting at $16.00
Fits 0-12lbs and offers a 3×2 snap down rise with snap in inserts.
- Shorties: Range in price starting from $10.95-$16.95
with standard 2 layer extra wetzone sewn inside or snap in inserts.
add $4 to make it side snapping.
- Skirties: Range in price starting from $16.95-$22.95
skirtes have shorites underneath and standard 2 layer extra wetzone sewn inside or snap in inserts.
- Longies: Range in price starting from $15.95-$20.95
snug fitting pants with ankle cuffs with standard 2 layer extra wetzone sewn inside or snap in inserts.
- RuffleBumz: Range in price starting from $13.95-19.95
add $4 to make it side snapping with snap in or sewn in inserts.
- One Sized Fleece Covers: Range in price starting from $16.00-$23.00
fits 10/12-35 lbs and offers a 3×2 snap down rise.
- Custom Embrodered O/S Cover: Range in price starting from $35.00
fits 10/12-35 lbs and offers a 3×2 snap down rise.
- Side Snapping Soaker: Range in price starting from $14.95-$20.95
Great for those babies & toddlers learning to potty train.
- Ponchos: Range in price starting from $22.50-$32.50
- Custom Orders:
Please message Sherry for pricing on custom orders: Monkeebumz14@gmail.com
Are you already a MonkeeBumz fan? Have you tried her products before? Tell us what you think in the comments! We’d love for you to tell us your thoughts on her amazing products!