Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Blossoms & Bugs: Adorable appliques on comfy fleece longies

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Naomi:
My new love for fitteds means that I need something to put over these fitteds. And why not cover them with some cute fleece longies?
I've always been a fan of sunflowers. So I decided that my daughter must have a sunflower on her bum. ;-)
I met Desiree of Blossoms & Blugs on the WAHM Shop on facebook. She is super nice and aims to please. She made my daughter the most adorable fleece longies with a sunflower applique on the bottom. The fleece is a nice thick, soft fleece. They not only look great, but they have an amazing fit. We have received lots of compliments on these longies while out and about.
I really don't have a single complaint or suggestion. Desiree did a great job! They look so comfortable, that I am a little jealous. I want some comfy fleece pants for myself. ;-)

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Don't they look comfy?

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I absolutely LOVE the applique. So cute!
Jodi:
I keep hearing people all over the internet in the cloth diaper world calling fleece "the poor man's wool." It's true that its much more affordable than wool, but I don't find that it is any less effective as a cover for fitted diapers. I love love love love using fleece. I am so happy with the longies that I received from Blossom & Bugs. They are constructed to withstand the wear and tear of my 2-year-old, and that is something I can appreciate! They are adorable on her, and they look so comfortable.. I wish they were mine!
How cute!!

Mushroom appliqued on the back. ADORABLE!


GIVEAWAY!!
Blossoms & Bugs is offering a custom pair of fleece longies with the applique of your choice!

Monday, December 5, 2011
I love awesome, prize filled giveaways...if you do then you have to check out Baby Gizmo's 12 Days of Christmas giveaway! This year the giveaway is sponsored by Gilt.com. If you have not checked out Gilt.com, you should. They offer deals up to 60% off of retail on great items for mom, babies and the kiddos. You can also expect flash sales from Gilt.com on awesome items so keep your eyes open.
While you are at it, you should also go check out Gimzo.com, you can find just about any baby item your little heart desires.
Now on to the winning, go check Baby Gizmo's giveaway, don't forget to tell them we sent you. Good luck and Merry Christmas!

Bloggers if you would like a chance at special prizes just for bloggers.


ATTENTION BLOGGERS!
Do you like free stuff? I mean, of course you like free stuff. You are bloggers, after all. If it’s one thing I know, it’s that bloggers don’t like to work for free.
Baby Gizmo is hosting its Second Annual Holiday Blogger Contest and there is $500 worth of prizes up for grabs!
Spread the word about the Baby Gizmo 12 Days of Christmas with your readers and you’ll be entered to win either a $300 Gilt credit or $200 Gilt credit. FYI- This exclusive giveaway is just for our blogger friends. Do you have a blog? Then you’re our friend! Like, our total bestie, BFF forever and ever, blood sister, scratch someone’s eyes out in your honor kind of friend. That’s how much we love our blogger buddies.
This year, our Holiday Blogger Contest is sponsored by our friends at Gilt.com!  Gilt Kids offers the very best for moms, babies and kids at up to 60% off! In addition to offering high quality flash sales daily Gilt also has shops like “For Mom”, “Baby Boutique, and “Top 10 Toy Shop” that stay on the site for a longer period of time. So whether you need a gift for a new baby, the hottest toy for the holiday, or a maternity dress for your growing bump Gilt Kids has something for you! The experts do the work for you and offer only the best. You can learn more about sales, new collections and get tips from Gilt experts and featured designers by checking out their new blog, Little Inspirations!
Here’s how it will work:
1st Prize ($300 Gilt.com credit) goes to the blogger who sends the most people over to enter the 12 Days of Christmas!
2nd Prize (#200 Gilt.com credit) will be awarded to one blogger chosen at random (with random.org) from all who participated.
*Plus, we will be posting a link (shout out!) to the Facebook page of the blog in the lead each day on our Baby Gizmo Facebook page to give that blog a little more exposure! :)

2 prizes = 2 ways to win!


Blog requirements to be entered to win (don’t worry- it’s super easy):
Write a blog post about the Baby Gizmo 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway Extravaganza.
The blog post would have to include:
1) A link to the Babygizmo.com homepage
2) A link to the 12 Days of Giveaways
3) Not to be totally bossy, but you HAVE to instruct your peeps to tell us that your blog referred them to the giveaway. There will be a space for them to include your blog name each time they enter. (Did I mention they can enter once a day? That means more entries for you! Woot!) Each day a person enters and includes your blog as the referral counts as another entry. For example, one person enters all 12 days and each day tells us that YOU referred them = 12 referrals!
4) Last one! You must link to www.Gilt.com/holiday and invite other bloggers to participate in the contest, which would also include a mention of the grand prize blogging challenge. I know, I know, it’s going to be hard for you to let your fellow competition in on this awesome contest, but hopefully by now you’ve learned to play nicely with others. Or at least take it to a dark alley or something.
*Additional Entry Options: Because winning is awesome.
WIDGETS: If you post one of our giveaway widgets, you will get 5 additional entries into the blogger giveaway for the random prize drawing.
TWITTER: Tweet about the giveaway using hashtag #BabyGizmoBlogger (EVERY tweet counts as another entry for the blogger random prize drawing!)
We will keep track of all the blog referrals so that we know who to award the $300 credit to at the end. If you would like to participate, e-mail us a link to your blog post about the giveaway or widget atcontact@babygizmo.com to be entered. The two winners will be announced on December 13, 2011.
Good luck, friends!






Jodi's review:
AnayaBaby’s WAHM’s mission is to offer affordable fitted options by using flannel and recycled (we like to say UPcycled) materials. They are sized, so you can get a better fit with each size. We reviewed a size medium on my 26lbs girl. If first impression means anything, then I was sold on the first impression alone when I opened the package of fitteds that arrived from AnayaBaby. The three fitteds arrived with two flannel soakers, a terry soaker AND a fleece stay-dry liner EACH. Initial inspection revealed impeccable construction and really cute fabric for each.

I prepped the fitted immediately and put it on my girl that same night with a fleece soaker. It fit her build perfectly, and worked fantastically overnight. After the next washing, Baby Girl wore the diaper around the house with no cover for THREE HOURS, no leaks... the diaper contained every bit of moisture. I have a few higher-end (and priced) fitteds that I use overnight, but I find myself reaching immediately for my AnayaBaby fitted if its clean! I’ve also found myself washing it everyday so I can use it again at night.

I am seriously in love with her fitteds, and the fact that she has them priced so reasonably. AnayaBaby’s creator Angelique Mimms told me that she does not have a set list of prices because really it depends on the fabrics that she uses. She charges according to the cost that is put into the diapers plus time put into making them. Her fitteds are from $8-$20. Flannel fitteds are never run more than $12, her organic or natural fiber diapers are the ones that will normally cost more than $15. AnayaBaby AI2 diapers are $16-$22 (again depending on the fabrics used), Wraps are $13-$15 for Medium and Large and Small wraps are $11-$13.

Bottom line: if you are searching for an affordable fitted option, check out Angelique’s diapers. You won’t be disappointed, only impressed.




Naomi's review:
I am new to the fitted love. So I've been enjoying every opportunity to try a new WAHM fitted.
I was impressed the first time I saw the AnayaBaby fitted diaper. It is very well made, and looks great. You can tell Angelique really put the time and effort into perfecting the fitted. 
As Jodi said, the diaper comes with options to customize absorbency. I'm convinced that when you use them all, this diaper is waterproof.
Whatever absorbency I choose, this diaper fits great.

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Great fit around the legs.

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Even with all of the absorbency, it's pretty trim. 


Stacy's take on Anyababy fitteds
I love they way the diaper looks, the way it fits and the way it performs. I am very impressed with this fitted, to say the least. You will definitely get a great diaper for a fair price.
Fit:
My skinny boy can wear this diaper with no gaps, no sagging. I could not ask for more in the fit department. I love that the diaper hugs his little hips and stays up even though the boy is lacking in the hip/bum areas. The diaper has just enough bulk in the inserts without being bulky.
Performance:
Lets say that I will let the boy run around my house wearing his Anyababy fitted and no cover. I trusted this fitted to hold in the bad virus dirties that he had recently, and wool stayed clean. That made me a huge fan of Anyababy fitteds!

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Want to buy?
Go check out her facebook page http://www.facebook.com/AnayaBaby
Friday, December 2, 2011
BoogaButt Diapers - Putting cute butts in cute prints, one diaper at a time..

Jodi review:
I have had the pleasure of owning two diapers from Marie of BoogaButts. The first was a newborn tester diaper that was beautifully constructed. It was a very thirsty AI2, complete with a snap in soaker and a hidden layer of MF. I was able to use the newborn diaper from birth to approximately 13 lbs. The fabric the tester was made from was awesome enough for me to order a custom "Little Boogie" One Sized pocket from Marie with the same print. Marie's diapers are nearly flawless, this mama can sew! She has a great option of offering two different one sized pockets.. the Big Boogie having a more generously cut pattern for bigger babies. Her pockets have a nice deep opening, reinforced with a flap to ensure that the insert stays in the pocket, and never touches the baby's skin. My little boogie had suede cloth inside, but she does offer minky as an option, which I would love to try!


My girls in a newborn AI2, and a Little Boogie OS Pocket

In this era of cloth diapering, there are so many talented mamas out there offering their hand-made diapers. Lots of them offer the same options, the same prints, sometimes even the same pricing! That makes choosing one over the other pretty difficult when searching for a WAHM diaper.. so to me, a lot of it will come down to customer service, and the willingness of the WAHM to make sure their customer is happy. I have to say, I would give Marie AND her diapers and A++. She's so sweet, she stands behind her product and she strives for excellent customer service. If you are looking for an affordable and well-made, hardworking diaper.. try a BoogaButt!


Stacy's take on BoogaButt
I think that Marie may be on to something! I really do! I love this addition to my little guy's stash. It is soft, trim, great fitting and work really well.

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I think that BoogaButt's diaper is the trimmest minky inner diaper I have ever put on my baby's butt. I love the fit on him. The leg elastics are just right for a perfect fit on his skinny legs but relaxed enough to never leave any marks. The snap placement is great on the diaper. I love to have a diaper that he can get a great fit on. The snap placement make for no "in between fits." I love that BoogaButts offers 2 different sized OS diapers. I really have a hard time finding a great diaper that is not bulky to snap down to my guy's size. I love that I can put him in this little diaper with just a t-shirt on and go out and about. Her fabric choices are so cute! I have not seen a BoogaButt diaper that I have not feel in love with. I give BoogaButts two thumbs up!


GIVEAWAY DIAPER!!!!!


This is a one size pocket diaper, it has a cute cotton print on the outside, a hidden layer of PUL on the inside so no cover is needed, and a layer of minky on the inside. It has three settings of rise snaps and a number of settings across the tummy with overlapping tabs.
Size range for this AWESOME diaper is 10-35 lbs approximately.

http://www.facebook.com/boogabuttdiapers
http://hyenacart.com/stores/boogabuttdipes/



Wednesday, November 30, 2011
A review by Naomi:  
I love wool longies, especially now that the temperature is starting to drop. So I asked my good friend, Kathy from Cuddle Monkey, to make my daughter a pair. She has had some really awesome appliques on display on her facebook page, so I challenged her to create a sunflower applique for my daughter. She went above and beyond my expectations.
The longies are a soft cashmere, which a comfy high rise waistband. They look like they are soo comfortable.
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The majority of the longies are made of a super soft
Cashmere. They look like they are sooo comfortable.

Let's talk looks. I mean, check out this applique. It is AMAZING. I couldn't be happier. I am a sunflower lover, so I love that these wool longies have a superior sunflower on the bum.
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The applique is AMAZING!

And then Kathy went a step further in her amazingness. She added some leaf appliques on the legs. The leaf on the left side says "Liv," which is my daughter's nickname (her name is Alivia). I mean, how awesome does this look???
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Look at how cute these leaf appliques are. The one on the
left says "Liv," which is my daughter's nickname.

Not only does Kathy make awesomeupcycled wool longies, but she also makes cloth wipes, wool soakers, wraps, slings, water-ring slings, ring slings, mei teis, wet bags, herbal compresses, shea butter and goat's milk lavender hand soap and memory blankets (she made one for my son that we just love).
Check out her facebook. She has monthly giveaways. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cuddle-Monkey/123925554343688

Now, because Kathy is so awesome, she is giving away a Limited edition winter woolie with a snowflake design. The winner will be drawn at midnight Dec. 21. Post a comment with your child's measurements, including inseam, waist and pounds.



Friday, November 4, 2011
Naomi:

One of the things I like the most about my favorite diapers is that they are trim. I don't know why, but a trim diaper makes me soooo happy.
And the Fat Bottom Babies fitted diaper is probably the trimmest fitted diaper I've ever seen. My love for fitteds is fairly new. And this diaper made my love grow even more.
But the trimness of this diaper isn't even the best part! This diaper came with long snap-in cotton inserts. Actually, two inserts that snap together and then snap into the diaper. I mean, isn't that a cloth diapering mom's dream?? You can customize the absorbency. And even with the two inserts and the third smaller insert (yep, three inserts) in the diaper, it is still very trim.
I will have to find a creative way to come up with paypal for another Fat Bottom Babies fitted. ;-)
Expecting moms can also create their own private gift registries on the Fat Bottom Babies Web site. WAHM Tabatha Bell also sells cloth wipes, wet bags, pail liners and Booty Spray (which has an option to help fight yeast).


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This is the fitted with all of the inserts. 

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How cute is this print?
This is the diaper with all three inserts.

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The diaper came with two long cotton snap-in inserts
and another small insert with the print on the back

Jodi:

First, I just want to say what's there NOT to love about a diaper with the tag line 'Squishy Booty - Fat Bottom Babies'.... I have a chunky, shorty myself so this was a diaper destined to work well for us.

Lovely print! Fat Bottom Babies for my 2 year old.

The fitted is constructed with 5 layers cotton ,which is a snake-style soaker that folds to equal 20 layers of absorbency, 25 with doubler. An additional snap in matching doubler is also included. I will admit I was slightly concerned when prepping the fitted, that it may not be cut wide enough for MY fat bottomed baby! Oh no!.. I was surprised and delighted at how well it DID fit, and how trim it was, even with both soakers and the doubler in the fitted. Our first run with it was over night under wool longies. Success.. the fitted did its job. Because it is entirely constructed of cotton, its a diaper that washes clean with ease. I often worry that some of my fitteds will not get fully clean because of the way they are constructed, but this one passed the cleaning test with flying colors.


Awesome fit on a 3 month old!

I had zero issues using the same fitted on my youngest daughter. The 3 snap rise made it possible to adjust the diaper to the correct fit for a 2 year old and a 3 month old. Beautiful thing for a mama trying to fill her stash with diapers that can be passed on to younger siblings!

I am extremely pleased with my purchase from Fat Bottom Babies, and would love to try some of her other products, especially the chenille cloth wipes!

cut little Fat Bottom Baby fitted on a not so fat bottom
Stacy:
Price point:
Squishy Booty offers a Fat Bottom Babies fitted for $14, not too shabby! In this diaper, I found a great daytime fitted and long nap fix so I feel that it is very fairly priced for the versatility of the fat bottom fitted. The diaper comes with 2 snap in soakers and a lay in booster. I love a diaper with options! I can stuff it to the max for a long nap or only use one soaker for a super trim daytime fitted.
as daytime fitted, with one soaker in

Fit:
I have a very thin baby boy, as I have said before, so we struggle from time to time with fit so I was happy that I can get a good fit on him. When the diaper is fully stuffed, there were some gaps in the legs. Since I only fully stuff for naps (when he would not poop anyway) and he wears a cover, I don't find it to be an issue (I only mention it to give full review). When I took out one of the soakers, I was able to get a gap-free fit on his skinny little thighs. The rise is very adjustable, and I know that he will be able to sport his Fat Bottom Babies fitted from Squishy Booty until the day he potty trains.
Stretch to be big like brother.
Love how adjustable rise is on this diaper.
Performance:
I trust the Fat Bottom Babies fitted for a 3 hour nap or a car trip....enough said?  I stuffed fully for 3 hour nap, one that he actually slept on my chest for and no issues. In fact, I think I could have let him wear it with no cover as the outside of the fitted was dry.

Cons:
 The only thing that is kind of a con would be that the elastics are not tight. Like I said, he has thin thighs but we are able to get a good fit on him.
 Ready to buy?
Squishy booty offers a gift registry on her site. What a great way to get the fluff and stuff that Fat bottom babies has to offer. http://www.fatbottombabies.com/
You can also go check http://hyenacart.com/stores/SquishyBooty/ to purchase her goodies!

Want to win? 
USA only
Winner will have to pay $5 shipping 
Prize will be a custom fitted!
Sunday, October 30, 2011



Naomi's review:
I've turned into a diaper snob. I was once one of those moms who said "I prefer solid color diapers. I can match them to every item of clothing." But alas, my mind has changed. I love showing people my daughter's cute fluffy printed bum. And 123 Cloth Me allows me to do just that. Although the diaper is small compared to other one-size diapers, it works great for my petite daughter. She can fit in this diaper on the medium setting. Not bad for a 22-month-old. The only not-so-great thing I can say about the diaper is that the insert is too bulky. Once I replaced it with one of the extra inserts I had, I was more than pleased with the diaper. It fits well. It's a good quality diaper. For my daughter's custom, I picked a Winnie the Pooh print, which Laura matched perfectly with a white PUL. My now 4-year-old son's lovey was a stuffed Pooh Bear, so this print was special to us. And I was glad that she made the diaper look so amazing. We may have to keep this diaper even after my daughter potty trains. She can cloth diaper her dolls. ;-) My suggestions to make this diaper better? Make the insert less bulky and add hip snaps. Besides that, I love the design of this diaper.

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I mean, look at how cute this print is!

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It fits well.

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It's a pretty trim diaper.

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I don't even know how to describe the elastic, but I like it!



Jodi:

When searching for up-and-coming WAHM diaper makers, I came across a little facebook page called “123 Cloth Me”. I perused the photo albums and really loved the fabrics I saw, so I contacted Laura Behm, the lovely lady behind 123 Cloth Me. Before I had even received a diaper, I was so impressed with how professional and how nice Laura was... this was definitely a WAHM I wanted to do business with!


The 123 Cloth Me Diaper on my 2 year old!


The Same diaper on my almost 3 month old, 13 lber!

123 Cloth Me pocket diaper fits babies approximately 10-40lbs. The outer of the diaper I received was made from the most adorable forest animal print corduroy. Corduroy! I was finally going to be able to scratch off one of my “I want a diaper made of ..” list. Who doesn’t love corduroy?! And on an adorable diaper?! I was so excited! We placed an order for our diapers, and within a week or so, we had the diapers on hand! This mama works fast! And the quality of her diapers ARE NOT compromised by the quickness of her handiwork. The diaper arrived, and my first impression was how well made it appeared. Even stitching, nice elastic, no cosmetic flaws could be found. The inner is an off white panne, which has a stay dry quality to it, which I look for when I’m choosing a diaper. The insert is made of 5 layers of microfiber. I was initially worried about how wide the insert was, but once it was stuffed in the pocket and on the hiney, I found it to be just fine for the build of my daughter.

The diaper was laundered, and survived the initial wash beautifully. My 26 lbs girl is on the largest rise setting and two size snap settings in. The snaps are set at a good space, I was able to get a tight enough fit so there was no gapping across her tummy, and without leaving any red marks once the diaper was removed. The elastic around the legs was also nice and tight, but without leaving red marks. Hooray! I let the “maiden voyage” of the diaper go for a good 2.5 hour stretch. While my girl is not a heavy wetter, I will normally change her every hour to hour and a half just to keep her dry.
I have also been able to use the same diaper on my 3 month old (13lbs) and was able to achieve another beautiful fit on her as well!I was pleasantly surprised at how much the diaper held. The inner panne definitely did its job at keeping her skin dry while pulling the moisture through to the insert. The diaper has no leaked or wicked on us, and has held up in the wash. so I’m calling 123 Cloth Me diapers a WIN.





Stacy's review
123  Cloth Me really is a lovely diaper. I love her use of fabrics and how she puts them together. She was worked quickly and produced quality diapers that fit my skinny boy fabulously! 
Bang for your buck? 
YES! I can say that I would defiantly buy more diapers from 123 Cloth Me. For $16 you get a very nicely constructed diaper. You can add an insert for $1.

Nice fit on his thin little frame

Fit:
I like the fit on my little guy, the snap placement is perfect to insure a snug fit. He is 30 inches tall and the diaper is snapped down once, so I am sure he will wear this diaper until he is potty trained. I love that the legs are tight enough to ensure not leaks or blowouts but not so tight that there are any red marks on his little thighs. We do get a slight wing droop but we often do because of his super thin thighs. The droop was so minimal that I really don't see it as an issue, but felt that I do need to mention it. He wears this diaper every time it is clean, even in a large rotation this diaper is getting a workout! 

Bum shot...I really love this print!

Performance:
I trust 123 Cloth Me diaper for a three hour nap. I also used this diaper through a bout of antibiotic stomach issues with no blowouts. I have not had one leak with this diaper, which is wonderful. 
Cons:
The insert is bulky since it is turned and topstitched. I do use 123 Cloth Me insert when at home but when I want to put jeans on him, I have to put different insert in the diaper.



Love how this diaper fit him! Moves with him with no gaps.

To buy:
Laura was a dream to work with, and she’s so very accommodating.. her skills will speak for themselves as will the diapers. You can find her on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/123ClothMe, and on Hyena Cart at http://hyenacart.com/123ClothMe/, where she also offers some beautiful crocheted items.\

Sunday, October 16, 2011


I am, like most cloth diaper mamas, part of cloth diapering groups on Facebook. Many of us are there for the chit-chat and the b/s/t, but I love to discover the diaper making mamas that are also part of the groups. One such Mama that I came across was Linden Barr, of Little Rowan Tree Diapers. I saw photos she posted on the group wall, and was interested in trying them on my daughter.

I placed an order from Linden for two pocket diapers. The first diaper constructed of a vibrant striped cotton outer, a hidden layer of PUL and a buttery-soft suede cloth inner. The diaper has the cutest double row of ruffles across the bum, thrilling the hidden “girly-girl” I might be deep down. It looks SO cute on her hiney and is to die for adorable under a little jean dress. Little Rowan Tree Diapers have a PUL layer on leg gussets to prevent wicking, which i found to be a great addition.The pattern itself was OS, and is on the larger OS side, which is perfect for babies with a shorter/wider build like my daughter.

Linden has a keen eye for design. Her snap color combinations and awesome fabric choices make that apparent. She is dedicated to tweaking and reworking patterns to ensure the diapers that she creates make the mamas that order them, and the babies that wear them happy. Her turn around time is fantastic, and her diapers are fairly priced.
Please stop by and give Linden a “like” and tell her Bottom of the Sixth sent you! Referrals to her page from Bottom of the Sixth can enjoy  $2 off any of her in current stock diapers on her facebook page! 
Check out Little Rowan Tree Diapers:
Little Rowan Tree on facebook
Adorable print, even more adorable ruffles!

Snug fit around chunkier thighs!

Wide range of snaps, making it easier to fit a wider built baby!


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