I can’t tell you how excited I am to write about a business that is run by ONE woman IN HER HOME.
It’s a breath of fresh air.
You may not be aware but the cloth diaper industry is being flooded with one made in China clone after another. It’s becoming nauseating and saddening.
When I began cloth diapering in 2005, the majority of cloth diapers were either made by one of the major cloth diaper companies or made at a kitchen table. You knew who you were buying from and what you were paying for.
I have not taken any “Handmade Only” pledges but it is refreshing and a bit humbling when you buy a product from someone knowing that they actually HANDmade that item. I can barely make a meal some days! To hold and use a cloth diaper that a WAHM carefully pieced together makes the journey a bit more purposeful.
Recently, I have been trying out a handmade diaper sent to my courtesy of Ozark Mountain Mama.
I’d like for you to get to know Heather a bit more before I tell you about the organic one sized fitted diaper I tried out.
Hi! I’m Heather, WAHM to 5 beautiful kids and wife to my best friend :) We live in the Ozark Mountains in a small cabin we’ve built (and are still building!) ourselves. We moved here 5 years ago in an attempt to live a more simple life, where our days revolve around our children and doing the things we find important/fullfilling in life :) We homeschool, and both my husband and myself work part time from home.
Heather, tell us about when you began using cloth diapers and how they turned into a business.
I started using cloth diapers 6 years ago, with my third daughter. Well, my business started with selling cloth friendly clothing. I was frustrated with the lack of affordable cloth diaper friendly clothing, however as evolution goes, I’m now launching a 100% organic clothing line that includes cloth diapers.
What makes Ozark Mountain Mama products unique?
My diapers are 100% organic. That alone may not make them unique, I know there are some other companies that sell organic diapers, however, I think mine are the most affordable organic diaper your going to find, and they’re made by hand by me. Not over seas, or in a factory by machines or underpaid workers. I started making diapers for my own kids, when I realized how expensive a lot of the “good” brands are. I’m not here to bash anyone, I just figured if the good stuff was out of my price range, there were bound to be some other mamas who could appreciate having a nice plush organic diaper that’s in a much more affordable price range.
As a designer I’m sure you are always coming up with new products to add to the store. Any new items rolling off the sewing machine?
I hate to call myself a designer, it sounds way to hot to trot for my tastes! I did however debute my organic clothing line on April 3rd, and was sold out of everything in a matter of a few hours. It thrills me that the pieces were so widely accepted! The line includes simple summer pieces for children ranging from infant to teen, also 100% organic.
What is the one piece of advice you would give to a parent new to cloth diapers?
When you introduce solid food, and the poop turns wicked, buy a diaper sprayer!! It beats the pants off dunking dirty diapers by hand in the toilet.
Where can we find you online?
Did you see that? She has 5 kids and she homeschools!! She must be crazy! ;) (for those who don’t know, I have 5 kids and homeschool)
As I mentioned, I received an Organic one-sized fitted from Heather to test out.
I love the comfy fit that the Ozark Mountain Mama fitted provides for Camden. The stretchiness of cotton just can’t be beat by the PUL I usually reach for.
When I snap on the OMM fitted I feel like all sides are covered allowing for full containment- another benefit to fitted diapers.
Have you used fitted cloth diapers before?
If you haven’t, let me explain something about wetness.
When you use a pocket diaper or an AIO the absorbent fabric is the core or insert. Once that is filled you get wicking or leaks.
However, with a fitted cloth diaper you have the advantage of having the whole diaper as your absorbent area. You aren’t looking to see when just the middle is wet.
For long car rides or overnight, using an Ozark Mountain Mama fitted cloth diaper is advantageous because you have 100% natural fibers on your baby, excellent containment (that you may not be able to achieve with a prefold), less stink issues because of the lack of microfiber and the price is amazing for an organic cloth diaper.
Ozark Mountain Mama Organic One Sized fitted diapers range from $14-$18 (snaps + extra lay in soaker).
You aren’t going to find the exquisite prints you will find in other fitted diapers. You’ll find simple, organic hues.
For my personal preference I like snaps to be hidden. The OMM fitted has exposed snaps. This is not a problem for the smooth backs of snaps but the exposed male parts can leave marks on baby. Unless your baby is very round the front panel wings will cover all male part snaps.
For covers I used a WCW wool soaker or a Sweetpea diaper cover. Both worked fantastic and provided full coverage of the OMM fitted.
Yes, I received this diaper at no charge to myself but I genuinely recommend this product for many reasons.
Every big company started somewhere- at the kitchen table. Ozark Mountain Mama is supporting her family while pursuing a passion and that is something I can cheer for.
Heather would like to offer a discount code for 20% off your purchase! Use the code AUTUMN at checkout.