Monday, August 29, 2011

Sweet Bobbins Wetbag Review

About a month or so ago, I somehow stumbled upon the Sweet Bobbins store on Etsy. They currently make super cute bibs, nursing covers, crib sheets, adorable key fobs, cloth wipes, pail liners, nursing pads, and wetbags!

I ordered a wetbag in this super cute tree pattern:

And after using this wetbag for about a month, I just have to tell you all about it!

I. am. in. love.

You're probably thinking, "What's so special about this wetbag? Aren't they all pretty much the same?" Well, I used to think so. But not anymore!
Here are some of the things that make a Sweet Bobbins wetbag so great:

1. A snap handle. Planetwise wetbags only have snap handles on their large bags. Paddle & Quack have handles, but they don't snap/unsnap. This wetbag is only a medium size, but it has a handle that snaps. And the handle is long, too, so that means I can hang it virtually anywhere I want to!

2. Cute fabrics. OK - so pretty much any WAHM (work-at-home-mom) shop will have cuter fabrics than any of the mass-produced brands. And Sweet Bobbins is no exception! I especially love these ones:

Ok, so that was a lot. But there are just that many cute prints!
Oh yeah, back to my list...

3. Quality construction. This is a biggie with anything I purchase. I want to know it will last. I don't want to pay somebody for something that isn't quality work. If I wanted sub-par I'd just make it myself! (Ahahahaha!!!) My Sweet Bobbins wetbag is sewn very nicely, and looks like it will hold up for a long time.

4. The PUL. Anybody familiar with wetbags knows that the PUL is what actually makes a wetbag, a wetbag. The PUL is the waterproof factor. Otherwise you'd just have a cute little bag made out of a cute fabric, that you couldn't put dirty diapers or wet swimsuits into, without getting the whole bag (and everything touching the bag) dirty and/or wet. So obviously, the wetbag has PUL. But here's the great thing about Sweet Bobbins wetbags - they don't use the typical "PUL" that is found in most wetbags and diaper covers. Instead, they use a material called ProCare Barrier Fabric. It's basically like PUL, only better. Here's an excerpt from a blog post explaining it:
"Here’s the breakdown: 25% polyester, 75% vinyl, proprietary does not contain dehp phlalates or BPA plasticisers – that’s important to a lot of people they are looking for BPA free plastics. It’s also free of lead and cadmium... In addition to being food safe, it’s a medical grade fabric. It can stand up to 1,000 home washings." (From the Sweet Bobbins blog post - to read more for yourself, scroll to the bottom of the post, under the sub-title "Fabric choices")
Can you see how thick the ProCare material is?
ProCare is thicker, stronger, and less stretchy than PUL. So what does this mean as far as performance? AMAZING THINGS.

Since our diaper pail is in the nursery, we keep a wetbag hanging in the bathroom that can be used for any diapers that need to be sprayed off. (Don't want to carry a dripping diaper through the house.. eewww!!) The only hanging wetbag I had before my Sweet Bobbins one was the Paddle & Quack wetbag - that didn't snap. So we had to rig up a hook in order to hang it from our towel rack, but we got it to hang. And it held the wet, sprayed-off diapers OK... until the wetness from the diaper soaked through the PUL, through the cotton fabric, and started to drip on my bathroom floor. YUCK!! The P&Q wetbag held up fine when used for normal dirty diapers while out & about... but apparently it couldn't handle hanging up with extra-wet diapers inside.

So naturally, when I first tried my Sweet Bobbins wetbag hanging in the bathroom, I was hesitant. I was hopeful that it would work better, since the ProCare felt so much thicker and superior to the other PUL... but I still put a towel on the floor beneath it, just in case.

Well guess what? This thing doesn't leak. The fabric on the outside has never gotten even damp feeling. And I've put sprayed-off PREFOLD diapers in it. We're talking sopping wet, heavy, prefolds. Right in the bag. And all that wetness? It stayed in the bag. (Where it belongs!) This ProCare is amazing stuff, I'm telling you! And Sweet Bobbins is amazing because they are the only company I know of that uses ProCare in their wetbags, making them virtually leak-proof!

5. The price. Seriously. With all the great features I mentioned, and the fact that it is made by a WAHM (Work At Home Mom), you'd think it would be a lot more expensive than the mass-produced big brand ones, right? Most WAHM things typically are. Well a Planetwise medium wetbag (no handle, inferior PUL) is 13X16 inches, and costs $16.50 from most retailers. A Sweet Bobbins wetbag (snap handle, ProCare fabric) in the 14X14 inch size (almost the same size) is $18.50! That's only $2 more, for a far superior product, in my opinion. Worth it? I say YES!
I've never been more pleased with a wetbag purchase. :)

So if you're in the market for a wetbag (or nursing cover, or bib, or cloth wipes, or...) head over to the Sweet Bobbins shop and check out the great stuff!

*I was not compensated for this review in any way. In fact, I was not even asked to do this review. I simply fell in love with a product and thought I should share it with you. All opinions are strictly my own.*

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Chana Putnam said...

Hmmmm... Might just have to get one of these. Thanks for the review! I see she used my blue drops fabric and I saw that pear one at the store too. Very cute!

alethea said...

I love my giraffe one!!!

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