Tuesday, July 3, 2012

WAHM Wednesday: Kalypso Twist

WAHM Wednesday is back ladies and gentlemen, after a brief one-week hiatus, I'm back with a new mama made cloth diaper, and ONE for a lucky reader too! 


This next business, Kalypso Twist is a new favorite of mine for a few reasons:
  • She's local. The lady behind this business is just around the corner, so to speak, from me, and I always love working with and supporting local business. 
  • She has a great product. There's way more than just the "cute" factor going into these lovely diapers
  • She is an absolute gem to work with! Ms. Kalypso Twist, or Amber to her friends, is always quick to answer an email about her diapers and products, and is even able to do repairs on other diapers! (Like certain sized diapers that seem to have elastic that loosens up too quickly :) ) 
 WAHM's never cease to amaze me with their talent and ability to multi-task, but when I started learning more about Amber and her business, I was shocked to find out she had never sewn before making diapers! This is coming from someone who struggles with making napkins, to meet someone who never sewed a stitch and now makes a fantastic diaper, call me awe-struck! And diapers aren't her only interest! She's also working on developing another new product in her "free-time"! I love her entrepreneurial spirit!

Ok, ok, I get it, enough with the "behind the scenes", let's get to the diaper! When you place an order from Kalypso Twist, you can do it directly from Hyena cart. She has some ready to go diapers, but she also conducts a lot of her business through custom orders. She starts her custom orders by having you choose your fabric, any fabric you want through Fabric.com. She will make your choice of a pocket or an AI2 diaper. Each diaper has your fabric on the outer, a hidden PUL, and a stay-dry inner. Each diaper also comes with a handmade bamboo fleece insert. Super absorbent and super versatile!! Since there are so many options for customization, pricing is based on what you choose! What a great way to make sure you stay in budget!

Amber graciously offered up my choice of a pocket or AI2 diaper for review. I chose to review the pocket and giveaway the AI2. Although, when I saw the two diapers side by side, I almost had to rethink my choice! Both diapers were so stunning to look at, it was so hard to pick just one! That's saying a lot for someone who has yet to find an AI2 that I like! 

So let's chat about the pocket diaper. The guitar fabric is one I've been lusting over for a while now, and I was so glad to see how Amber put it together on this diaper. The colors are great and really stand out! (On a side note, I posted a picture of my "stash" to a local CD meetup group and a couple people picked out the guitar diaper right away as a favorite, and I like to think I have a very colorful/pattern heavy stash!). The diaper came with the insert laid out and wash/care instructions. This is always the worst part for me, the waiting to have this puppy washed and ready to wear! 

Can you see the "ruffle"?
Alas, the day came and I got to try this on my little man! I was surprised at how easily I was able to stuff the tri-fold insert into the back of the pocket. There was no maneuvering, special folding, or tucking. Just a simple tri-fold and it popped right in. Once I got B all locked and loaded, I noticed the leg holes almost seemed to "ruffle" . I really don't have any other word to describe it and since he was such a wiggle-worm when taking pictures the one I managed to get is still a little blurry, but anyway. The "ruffle" actually worked to my advantage--as I believe it's supposed to. It gave him room to move his chunky thighs without seeing those redmarks we've all come to notice on cloth babies!

What's even better is that there were no leaks at all with this diaper, ruffles and all, everything stayed right in place! I loved it because it made me feel like he was more comfortable in this diaper, since his legs had a bit more breathing room, and I didn't have to worry about outfit changes! :) The overlapping waist snaps gave him a great fit up top and still plenty of room to grow! This has also proven to be a new go-to for Polish Prince. He loves the print and likes that there are only one row of snaps to worry about when getting him changed. I think I'm going to have to make a stamp or something that says "Daddy approved" because let's face it, sometimes what daddy wants in a diaper and what mommy wants can be two very different things!! :) Overall, I'm very impressed with the quality of this diaper/insert combo. I may even have to give the AI2 a whirl since I may be falling in love over here and it just looks so pretty. I can only imagine the quality and fit are just as amazing as this pocket!
Fits like a glove!

No pants necessary!















Just to get you all even more excited, I've taken pictures of the lovely diaper that one of you lucky ducks will get to win! It's an AI2, complete with snapping insert, in a bright, fun, gender-neutral gecko print. The only request I will make to the winner is that you let me know how much you love it when you get it! Deal? Ok, enter on the Rafflecopter below!! 




Look at those great colors!

Behind this insert is a snap at the top to keep it in place!







a Rafflecopter giveaway

76 comments:

  1. Because I love that momma's get to stay at home with their children by their sides and still help financialy with the family :-)plus, we are supporting USA :-) they usually take their time with their products as well, therefore they are wonderfuly made. I have heard great things about Kalypso :-)

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  2. Because most are made in the US or Canada! So it supports them.
    I also love that I'm helping to feed their family instead of buying some CEOs vacation home!

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  3. I love being able to support US mamas!

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  4. I love being able to choose fun and funky prints. I like to be different!

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  5. I like knowing who my money is going to.

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  6. I love them because most WAHM diaper retailers let you customize the diaper to your wants and needs while supporting their family

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  7. I like that WAHM diapers are one-of-a-kind! Anne Sweden

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  8. I like that they are in the US, so I am supporting local businesses, and I like that you can customize your order.

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  9. I love WAHM diapers b/c I like that I'm supporting a mom like myself. Plus I like unique products and with a WAHM product I know that it's unique.

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  10. I love supporting WAHM! I like that they are actually with their children and know what works and what doesnt when it comes to the cloth diaper industry. Many factories, do not know how to get a good fit because they use a prototype. I also love how you get to work with them and truly get to know them.

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  11. Just like everyone else said, they are usually made in the US/Canada. I also like how a lot of WAHMs will make custom diapers :)

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  12. I've never had a WAHM diaper before, but I like that they're designed and sold by women who use them themselves, so they know their product well and have no doubt tried many revisions before coming up with just the right design!

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  13. I love the close detail that WAHM's pay to their products. Everything is made with care by hand. I like that WAHM's take pride in their products and stand behind their work. Plus I like knowing where the money I pay is going!

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  14. They're usually better quality, have cuter prints, and what's better than supporting someone who is in the same situation as me?

    YAY STAY AT HOME MOMS! :)

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  15. Im trying to build a stash, we are a low income family and are doing our best right now but any diaper would really help us as there are no diaper banks or stores in our area

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  16. My first WAHM diaper was by Made with Love - I was a tester for her and love to see how she's grown in her business!

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  17. I love that WAHMs are willing to customize diapers and work with me. Yes, I spend more for them than other diapers, but WAHMs need to be able to support themselves. I sometimes think they already make more cuts than necessary.

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  18. I love that they have such cute prints and that I am supporting other moms!

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  19. I love supporting other mamas!

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  20. I want to be a WAHM so I love to support them :)

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  21. Definitely love the originality of the prints. I already have the cutest baby on the block and having the cutest baby bum is just a bonus!

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  22. One of our best diapers is a WAHM diaper. It works great for my 40 lb son for overnight and is super soft. We've had it for over 2 years and it still works great!

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  23. I love supporting moms and also they are well made.

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  24. I REALLY want to try a WAHM diaper! I've only heard good things about the quality and I want to be able to customize my own diaper :)

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  25. I'd love to support a WAHM!

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  26. I love that each diaper is a unique piece of art and supporting other mamas out there!

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  27. Because I know the money is staying here in the US being spent in the US and some mama gets to stay home with her babies

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  28. Love knowing that I'm supporting mamas and their families!

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  29. I like them because you can customize them, there's greater attention to detail, and its ALWAYS made with love :)

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  30. I love the thought that goes into a WAHM diaper. Usually they were trying to solve a problem for their own children, so it's neat to find a connection when you had the same issue. Also the quality is usually so good!

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  31. I want to support a mama!

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  32. I like to support women who work at home.

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  33. I love them because they come in all different designs and colors! Plus if you have a special need or want something added to it, you can get it done. (Plus, you can just feel the love put into them) ;)

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  34. I love the idea of supporting such a hard working woman!

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  35. I love knowing I am helping a mom be able to stay home with their babies and still bring in some money to help with financial issues.

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  36. Would love to try a few! Lo e that they are made by mommas staying at home with babaiss!

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  37. WAHM diapers are so cute and USA made. would love to try these.

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  38. I love supporting more moms so they have more flexibility to be with their families. And I love supporting things made in the USA (or Canada or Europe)

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  39. Love supporting small/local businesses and have yet had the opportunity to get any fluff from a WHAM! Love all the colors and options and that they would be made just for my lil man ;)

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  40. I'm looking forward to trying WAHM diapers as I love the variety of prints available!

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  41. I've never used cloth diapers before with any of my 5 children. Now that I'll be helping my young daughter raise her baby boy (due in Nov), we would like to use cloth diapers.
    We realize that there is an initial investment vs buying disposable diapers on demand, but we really care about our environment and want to do our part too.

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  42. I like things that are made in America!

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  43. I love that they actually care how their products are made. They care about the details and most of the time customer service

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  44. I love being able to customize my diapers, not just for me, but for the baby too! Our little one is allergic to certain materials, and a WAHM can work around those allergies :)

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  45. I love supporting them, and the quality is way better.

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  46. I love the quality workmanship that goes into every piece. Most WAHM aren't doing it to get rich, but because they genuinely like doing it and care about making quality diapers. This is almost always evident in the finished product.

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  47. I love supporting Moms so they can stay at home with their kiddos! And I love the cute prints!

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  48. I love that they can make items and still be with their children. I love buying their products because usually it's higher quality.

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  49. I love how they are custom made with the tings I like in a diaper :)

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  50. I love that you can customize WAHM dipes!

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  51. I have no WAHM dipes and want some so badly--they are the cutest and I love that you can have diapers that are so unique and creative!

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  52. I don't have very many WAHM diapers but the few that I do have are high quality and love that that is the case with WAHM diapers.

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  53. I love that I'm supporting moms who stay at home

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  54. I love supporting WAHM! ANd love using products that are made in America!

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  55. I love that WAHM diapers are created in homes, and help support the moms who create them. They are also nice because a WAHM can add customizations for a particular child. :-)

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    1. Very true! Individual customization is not only fun but a necessity for babies with skin issues or ones that don't fit a "stock" size!

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  56. I love WAHMs because I'm friends with a few and I tend to feel more special when I order from them.

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  57. I want to try it because of the tri fold insert

    stewartmonroe (at) aol (dot) com

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  58. I've made some of my own diapers and love to see what other people have come up with.

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  59. Love being able to support wahms and love the variety that is available. Thanks! cokelush at gmail

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  60. I love the prints, they are super cute and maybe my husband would like the guitar one too!!

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  61. I like buying WAHM diapers because they are so much more customizable than manufactured diapers. Plus, I like the idea of supporting a mom like me.

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  62. I would like to try a wham diaper because they are made by moms who know what works for them. I am fairly new to cding, but I think that getting diapers from women who have tried different things and made a business out of what works for them, seams sensible.

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  63. I love that these moms are creative in finding a way to earn an income while watching and raising their LOs, plus they are spreading the word about cloth!
    Stephanie Spencer

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  64. I like supporting moms that stay at home.

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  65. Melissa StefanekJuly 10, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    I'm happy to support a local mom buisness owner! Thanks for reviewing this product Kristen! Can't wait to give her diapers a try! Also, can you tell me what WHAM stands for? Thanks!

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    1. Hi Melissa! WAHM stands for "Work At Home Mom". Great question! :)

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  66. I want to try a WHAM Diaper because I have all pocket dipers and All in ones and would like to try an all in 2. I am due in Sept and am trying to get a nice different array of dipes to try:)

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    1. That is the best way to start and always the advice I give other newbies. Try tons of brands and styles to find what works for you! Also, be open to continuing to try new styles as your baby grows and changes, their diapering needs may change as well!

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  67. I love trying new WAHM diaper brands!

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  68. I love that they are all different and handmade!

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  69. I love WAHM diapers because I am supporting another mommy and they are unique and made with care!

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  70. I like that each WAHM-madw diaper is handmade with love.

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  71. WAHM diapers can be customized to your tastes, and they really put a lot of love into their products!!!

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  72. Wow-that's great! I want to try this for my niece . :-)

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