Tuesday, April 29, 2014

{review} Naturals R Dino-mite Mama Cloth

Lana started Naturals R Dino-mite in 2013, after being inspired by another WAHM. Her favorite things to make and sell are wool diaper covers, mama cloth pads, and bum circle pants. But she also hand makes  pull up style soakers/covers (both fleece and wool), longies, one size covers (both fleece and wool), AI2 diapers, hybrid fitted diapers, pocket diapers, kids underwear, potty training underwear, cloth wipes, doggie diapers, and more.

She sells her products through her Facebook page , her Facebook store, and her StoreEnvy site


Lana lives in Pennsylvania with her husband of 22 years and her five children that range in age from 22 to 3.  She enjoys watching her kids play sports (her son loves T-ball and her daughter does cheer and gymnastics).

 About the Pads
I received two mama cloth pads to review; one regular flow pad and one overnight flow pad. Both are minky topped, fleece backed, have a zorb absorbent layer, and are super cute!


Lana gives her customers a lot of options. Pads can either be flannel, cotton woven, or minky topped (the layer that will go against your skin), and PUL or fleece backed. PUL is waterproof; fleece is water resistant and breathable. She uses resin KAM snaps and serges the edges to finish them.

Are you wondering what Zorb is? Zorb is a specialty fabric designed specifically for cloth diapers. It is made from a combination of wicking fibers and highly absorbent fibers which reduce compression wicking and increase absorption rate.  It was designed to trap moisture and absorb 10 times its weight in moisture in half a second. It absorbs more and faster than cotton, bamboo, or hemp knits. I love using Zorb in my cloth diapers and I think it works great for mama cloth. I am very happy that Naturals R’ Dino-mite uses Zorb in their mama cloth.


My Review and Star Ratings

Absorbency
 I am currently pregnant so I didn’t get a chance to test these while having a period (I’ll update this review once I have tested during a period), but I have been using them for incontinence (one of the great side effects of having a baby sit on my bladder!) and so far I have not had any leaks. I was kind of skeptical that these pads would work very well since they don’t contain any PUL or water proofing layer, but the fleece seems to do its job, and I haven’t had any leaks.

I did a water test on the day pad and I got it to absorb about a whole ounce of water before the water leaked through the fleece. That was a lot more water than I expected.

Thickness/Bulkiness
One of my first thoughts when I received these pads (other than how cute and soft they are) is that they are definitely thicker than the cloth pads that I am used to (the thickness is due to the thick fabrics - minky and fleece are both pretty thick) I was worried that they would be too thick, but when wearing them I haven’t even noticed the thickeness. I wore the daytime pad all day and I even forgot that I was wearing a pad at all because it was so comfortable.

Comfort
These minky topped pads are seriously so soft they feel better against my skin than my normal underwear!

Size
The pads are a great length and provide adequate coverage. 

Price
Naturals R Dino-mite has great prices. Right now as a beginning business a starter set of 2 light day pads, 2 normal flow pads, and 2 heavy flow pads are around $42. Add a 2 overnight minky pads to the set and the retail value is about $68. That's 8 pads for less than $70 - less than $10 per pad! (prices are subject to change and may be different depending on options chosen).

Overall
I really like these pads; how comfortable they are makes up for the fact that they are pretty thick and not waterproof. I love how affordable they are and that they are made by a WAHM!

Check out Naturals R Dino-mite


Disclaimer: I received a free product as described above to facilitate this review. No other compensation was received.




64 comments :

  1. Sounds like a really great product. Wish I had this when my daughter was young.

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  2. Looks like a great pad, for those who need one.

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  3. Those look so cute and i love the different prints and colors you can get them in!

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  4. I have some handmade pads. I bought some off Etsy, then made my own. I use them from time to time. Its eco-friendly!

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  5. I always wonder how the cloth diaper works and how one can absorb wetness without leaking. I learned a lot from your review. I have never tried cloth diaper for any of my kids.She is so smart WAHM for creating these pads and cloth diaper.

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  6. I used disposables with my kids, so I am kind of unfamiliar with cloth diapering, but the material she uses is super cute ;)

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  7. I love that these are ecofriendly and handmade. I am always looking for ways to be greener!

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    1. Reusable pads are a great way to be greener! Not only do they help the environment, but they also don't put our bodies in contact with all the nasty irritating chemicals that disposables do!

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  8. Great idea for mama pads, I found cloth diapers and pads are pretty expensive when shopping at our local hand made shows. But Naturals R Dino-mite have reasonable prices, thanks for sharing!

    Fan R @TeddyOutReady

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    1. She does have very reasonable prices. When I was first looking at switching to cloth pads I was looking at the bigger name brand ones and I just couldn't afford them. Naturals R Dino-mite has really good prices!

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  9. I'd really love to be more eco-friendly in this area. . . but I just really like my tampons.

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    1. Have you ever thought of using a reusable cup? They are made from silicone and are washable. They are so much more comfortable (and eco friendly) than tampons. After I had my first baby and tried using a tampon again, I thought my insides were being ripped out! Then I tried a cup and I couldn't even feel it!

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  10. Since you said "they feel better against my skin than my normal underwear!" I may have to try them!

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  11. These could be fantastic for when my daughter reaches "that stage". We all have skin sensitivities and manufactured pads are a no go for us. I have other methods that are ecofriendly but for my daughter just starting out; these could be fabulous for her.

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    1. I can't wear disposable pads very well. They make me itch and burn; it feels worse than having a yeast infection. But cloth doesn't irritate me at all. They are great for those with sensitivities.

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  12. It must be so satisfying to make a great product and see that consumers respond with favor to it.
    I know quite a few moms who'd love this.

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  13. I'm not sure how I feel about these. They're cute and seem comfy...but I think I'd rather dispose of my things than have to wash them and use them again. It's a neat product, though!

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    1. Washing really isn't bad. All you do is put them in a plastic bowl with a lid to keep them wet, change the water once a day, and throw them in with your regular laundry. It is totally worth the little bit of extra work to have a non-irritating, money saving, comfy pad!

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  14. When my Daughter was young, I used the old diapers that you had to fold. These are so much nicer.

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  15. I love the pattern on these and like the fact that they have absorbency. I know this is very good for the environment too.

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  16. I can see why the minky would feel so nice. I never used cloth diapers, but those look like great options.

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  17. I love all the cloth reusable products that are coming out. The cloth diapers have certainly become a lot cuter since my kids were little.

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  18. I wish I would have used these when I had my last baby. A couple of my friends recently had a baby so I will have to tell them about these pads.

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  19. Super amazing product and is very affordable too.

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  20. I have never seen or hear of anything like this! I guess it would be an eco-friendly substitute to a pad you through away?

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    1. Yes mam! Eco friendly and a lot healthier for our bodies too!

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  21. I've never tried anything like this but I think it's a great alternative to traditional products.

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  22. I've always been curious about mama cloth, but was never brave enough to try it out. Thanks for the great review!

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  23. This looks like it would be fantastic for those with little ones. So many people are using cloth now too!

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  24. So these are washable pads?? I never knew there was such a thing.. seems like a much better choice than the one-use pads.

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  25. I had never heard of this before. I love that it gives a little extra "safety" against leaks

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  26. This is such a great option for those who want to go more eco-friendly or those, like Amber said, with sensitivities. Love the cute designs too. Even if no one else sees them, they're still fun!

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  27. Interesting product. I bet they really help save money . Great "green" option

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  28. Cloth diapers are really trending now. I wish they had become as easy to use as they are at this time. Great review. I may get them for baby shower gifts.

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  29. I've been very interested in trying cloth pads. I need to take the plunge!!

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  30. These are the cutest ever. Makes me want to have another baby

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  31. These are so cute! I love these adorable products for babies

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  32. I'm looking into cloth diapering when I have kids later. This would be great :)

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  33. ooh i would love one of her wool diaper covers!!!

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  34. Looks like a great product. I love the designs!

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  35. I had no idea they made products like this. Interesting.

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  36. I never thought to use reusable menstrual pads, thank you for the review I have something to consider now.

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  37. I love her wool shorties. I also love the prints that she uses on the pads.

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  38. Boxer trainers and mama cloth both sound awesome!

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  39. Did you see she make one size wool diaper covers that snap?! Awesome possum!

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  40. I love that she uses Zorb for her pads! This is one of my favorite materials for diapers and pads. I have been using reusable pads for a while and I love them!

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  41. Wow love the patterns for the pads! Too cool! So much greener, as well.

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  42. Sounds like a great product. What a way to be green.

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  43. I like that she makes woolies!! I might buy the merino wool longies from her store for my son.

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  44. I love the Malden Mills fleece soaker that's cream with the POP of color on the trim. Very cute!

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  45. The clothes are so cute and the diapers are great too. Everything is going more natural again like it should.

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  46. I love that she makes wool diaper covers, mama cloth pads, and bum circle pants! I love all of those things!!

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  47. I really like the 2 10.5 minky mama cloth pads. I only have two cloth pads (that are amungst the missing atm) But I have my period, sometimes for months at a time, so I really need something that is rather comfy!

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  48. I am loving the idea of mama cloth. I don't currently use them, but am planning on cloth diapering. Since I use a throw away liner most days (ugh, pregnancy!) why did that never occur to me to get some mama cloths?

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  49. I think the mama cloth looks really fun. Cute prints - who knew your period could be fun? I'd love to try them.

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  50. I've never thought to make the jump to disposable pads. Poop grosses me out much less than blood and tissue does. We will see though. But for pregnancy I definitely could use these. I bought some cloth diapers for baby and I've thought about using them on myself! (i'm too big :-)

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  51. I really like the wool diaper covers...especially argyle print!

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  52. Her sales going on now seem very reasonable. The thought of a minky pad sounds wonderful!

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  53. I would love to try her cloth pads. I've been wanting to make the change to cloth and her products look well made, comfortable and with cute fabrics.

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  54. I like the pink paisley mama cloth pads!

    -Hannah Avery
    hannahavery85@yahoo.com

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  55. I like that she offers a choice on her top fabrics and protective layers as well.

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  56. I like the minky mama cloth pads the fact that mom can now wear cloth and be protected as well is a plus.

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  57. I cloth diapered my son when he was a baby, but I've never tried mama cloth. Now I'm curious about it!

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  58. I think these are wonderful and if more women out there started using them, how great would that be for our planet...

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