Hello Bello Review

So as much as I wish it would hurry up and get here, we haven’t quite started potty training R yet. She’s not 2 yet, so she’s not behind, but – and I know other parents out there can commiserate with this – I’m just a little tired of diapers. Or maybe very tired. Or maybe I never want to change another diaper again. You have one poop blowout and that’s it, you’re pretty much done, am I right?

Though initially I’d planned to use cloth diapers, I let friends and family members talk me out of it and we used regular disposables (for the next baby, if there is a next baby, I do plan on being a little firmer about what I want). I can’t deny they’re much more convenient, but they’re terrible for the environment and they can be harsh on sensitive baby bums. You can’t help it sometimes, though! No shame for anyone who uses them, especially because I do, too, but I couldn’t help wonder if there were maybe some other alternatives. First, I looked for completely biodegradable options. Those can get pretty pricey, though, so while it’s definitely something I want to look at in the future, it unfortunately wasn’t in our budget right now. But, as is usually the case, I saw on ad on social media – maybe Facebook or Instagram – that was promoting Hello Bello. This is a company similar to the Honest Company, which was founded by Kristin Bell and her husband Dax Shepard. I’ll be the first to admit it – I was drawn in by the cute patterns. This was being advertised as a cute, plant-based, affordable option, so when I saw that there were Halloween patterns available, I felt like I might as well check it out! (Note: I am not receiving any form of compensation for this post and we bought the diapers with our own money to use for our baby. These are my own opinions and experiences, and I am not affiliated with the company in any way. Just wanted to write an independent review for other interested parents.)

photo by me | 4 diaper patterns we got

Overall Quality: The diapers seem well-made and very absorbent. They’re soft and they seem comfortable on baby – she hasn’t had any negative reactions to them and they fit her well (in size 4). The website advertises them as “hypoallergenic, eco-friendly, and effective” and I don’t have any reason to argue with that (not really, anyway). I like that the side tabs are sturdy. If R is wriggling around, I’ve torn a few off both Pampers and Luvs. Overall, I’ve been happy with the quality of the diapers! The bundle also includes wipes, and I would rate those a little lower. They’re not bad wipes, but they’re not very wet and I feel like they don’t get as much as other brands I’ve used. However, they are labelled as 99% water and it’s not enough of an issue for me to stop using them!

Absorbency: I’ve been very happy with how these have worked! A little disclaimer: my baby hates being dirty so she tells us when she’s pooped and a lot of times when she pees, so she gets changed pretty quickly (sometimes she tries to do it herself, which is… great that she’s got an independent streak but not great for keeping her clean and keeping her from wasting wipes). However, we’ve never had any leaks and she wears them overnight with no problems. As a note: N-2 has a wetness indicator, but the bigger sizes do not. This is not a concern for me, but I know it might matter to some parents.

Eco-Friendliness: The diapers themselves are not biodegradable (as far as I’m aware), but they are marketed as:
-no lotion, fragrance, phthalates, or latex
-plant-derived absorbent core liner
-chlorine-free processing
-sustainably harvested fluff pulp
There is not a lot of other information, but that is according to their website. However, I do have to give a lower rating for their packaging. It’s very cute, but in the bundle you can choose 7 different patterns and they are all packaged separately in a plastic pack, so there is more waste than there really needs to be. While these may be better than other brands, it’s not what I would choose if eco-friendliness is your only concern.

Affordability: A bundle costs $65 (this includes free shipping). For size 4, that’s 168 diapers (7 patterns, 24 of each) and each bundle also includes 4 packs of wipes with 60 wipes each. I would prefer more wipes, which we definitely ran out of before diapers, but we had wipes on hand already so that didn’t really cost us extra. As a comparison, on Walmart’s website a 150 box of Pampers swaddlers is $43.98. Honest Company bundles are normally $79.95 (if you’re a subscriber, it’s marked at $96.45 if you just want to buy a one-time bundle). So overall I feel like Hello Bello is quite reasonably priced! There are definitely cheaper options, so this would not be my suggestion if budget is your only concern, but for what you get (plant-based, cute trendy patterns) this is not a bad deal at all. For your first bundle, you also get a free extra product (we got shampoo), and there are codes that cuts the price to $50 for your first bundle, so if you want to try it out, I think that’s a really nice price.

Convenience: A big benefit is having a subscription service that will auto ship diapers right to your door. You can set it to send a bundle whenever you want (4 weeks, for example). We had a few diapers left so I set our shipping to five weeks and that worked out very well. The next box is on the way and I still have enough diapers left that I know we won’t run out. I think 4 weeks is the recommended time frame. It does send you a notice to let you know that they’re going to charge you, so if you need to cancel you’ll be able to. I have gotten a second box, so I haven’t cancelled yet, but according to the website it’s easy to do by phone or online! I love companies that let you cancel online, if you make me call to cancel there is 100% chance I am never subscribing again (looking at you Gwynnie Bee). The site is easy to use, as well, and all in all a good shopping experience.

Cuteness: Finally, the meat and potatoes of the post! Ha ha, sorry. But this is how they got me! Do I need diapers with cute little sloths on my baby’s bottom? Absolutely not. Did I get them anyway? You better believe I did. All their marketing is super cute – the ads, the website, even the packaging. In addition to that – and what I know you all want to know about! – the designs on the diapers themselves are very cute. There is not a whole lot of variety, but I liked all the designs. Right now, there are really cute winter patterns, so if you’re interested in those at all it’s a great time to sign up. You can see in the picture above what the designs look like on the diapers.

Well that’s all! I hope this review was helpful to you. Again, I was looking for a more eco-friendly option and got suckered in by cuteness, so be aware. There are lots of options out there for more sustainable disposable diapers, and I’d like to eventually use one of those brands. Or, even better, no diapers! I don’t care how hard people say potty training is, I am ready.

Has anyone else used Hello Bello? Are there other diapers you prefer? Am I completely ridiculous for letting the cuteness tempt me like that (the answer is yes, you don’t have to tell me)? Let me know what you think!

Cute Cats, Cats, Cats Everywhere!

Sleepy Cat Dewey

So, if you follow me on instagram, you’ve probably noticed that I love my cats. Yes, I love my kid – of course I do! – but she’s harder to photograph, and cats won’t ever complain about having their pictures online. We have three adorable kitties, so now it’s time to say hello! (I am not talented enough to stage photos with these ornery little guys, so these photos are all candid lol)

The Grumpy One

Cute lil blep
Nar Nar wouldn’t cooperate with my letter board lol

Nar Nar is my cat, the one who hates everyone else but absolutely adores me. She’s about seven years old, and she is fluffy and fat. I love her very much, naturally, but my husband likes to jokingly disparage her. I got her because some friends of ours found her as a kitten in the parking lot of their apartment complex, tiny and alone. They called and asked if I wanted a cat and, well… How could I say no?! We think she might be part Main Coon, because of how she looks. Her favorite activities are lumping and grumping. She is very wary of the baby – not unfriendly or mean, but she definitely doesn’t tolerate any impromptu hugs. The cutest thing is that my daughter can say “Nar Nar” so she’ll just go around going “Meow” and “Nar Nar” and pointing at the cats!

The Friendly One

Crowley on his “throne”

Crowley is a cat that my husband fell in love with one day at the pet store. We were buying food for our other cat – Nar Nar – and wandered by a display the local humane society had at PetCo. Crowley was a little kitten and as soon as he saw us he started going on and on with the cutest, most pitiful little meows. He followed us as we walked by, putting his little paws up on the glass. We hadn’t planned on another cat, but we were worried Nar Nar might be lonely, and he was just so, so cute! So we wound up taking him home and it turned out to be a great decision. He is such a sweet, handsome boy, always really friendly and loving.

The Rambunctious One

Dewey protecting my book bag

Our third kitty is named Dewey, and we definitely didn’t plan on him. One day last winter he wandered into the library where I work, trying to get out of the cold. The patron he came in behind said that he’d been following for a few blocks, so I’m not sure where he came from, but he was thin with no collar and we never found any owner, so I think he must have been a stray. They were going to call the animal shelter, but I thought well, I could certainly give him a good home! Some of the other staff suggested “Dewey” for his name, and it wound up sticking. He is a troublemaker, and so full of energy. Crowley gets along with him, but Nar Nar was not impressed. My daughter loves Dewey so much – they’ve kind of grown up together, and it’s really cute when she pets him.


We love our pets, and I’m so glad that we’re able to give them all a good home! One day my husband wants to get a dog, too, but right now with three cats, an 18 month old, and a teeny tiny yard it just isn’t the right time. I love dogs, and I grew up with dogs, but I think I’m more of a cat person. That’s just me!

Anyone else have any super cute pets to share? I love animals, and hearing other people’s adorable animals stories is so great! Leave a comment with a pic or a story of your furry friend! (And before anyone asks, we have a cat door that goes to our garage that can lock, and that’s where we keep the litter boxes. Baby can’t get in there!)

October – Welcome to Blogtober!

I’m so glad to live in a world where there are Octobers.

-Anne of Green Gables, by L.M. Montgomery

Hello, everyone, and happy October! It’s the first day of ~spooky~ season, and for the next 31 days I’m going to be posting one blog post everyday! I’ve seen this called “blogtober” before, and while I’m not participating in anything in any sort of formal way, I would like to try to build a habit of updating a little more often.

So What Can You Expect?

Well, I have a lot of great things planned here at Crafty Modern Momma (I always seem to have great things planned, with either no time or no motivation to execute them lol). You can expect a post on my favorite Newborn Essentials for baby, my October book club post (which is coming very soon! That will be the post tomorrow), Quick and Cheap Halloween Costumes, an autumn-themed playlist and more. If there’s anything you’d like to see let me know in a comment, and I’ll try to cover it!

Happy blogging, everyone!

An Update

Hello, dear readers. I’m writing today to explain my brief absence, as well as offer an explanation for why you might not see so much of me for the next little while. There’s not really a way to put this delicately or to dance around it, so:

My mother passed away.

I’m devastated. This was unexpected and I still can’t quite believe it’s real. I can’t stop hurting. I don’t know what I’m supposed to do from here.

So please understand that I’m dealing with a tragedy. I’m going to try to act like everything’s okay for the most part here, so I’ll still try to keep a cheery tone in my posts. Just know that behind that tone I may be struggling. Thanks, everyone.