21 February 2019

Biddykins Hemp Fitted Night Nappy

Description: The Biddykins Night Nappy is a One-Size (OS) fitted nappy that consists of a 2-layer hemp fleece shell with 2 snap-in hemp fleece inserts (4 layers each) and a separate 5 layer pure bamboo insert with a stay-dry suede top layer. The Biddykins hemp fitted has 4 rise settings to adjust the size as well as a single waist snap. 

Note: The Biddykins hemp fitted is not waterproof and only the absorbent part of a night nappy, it will need a cover to be waterproof.

First impression: The fitted has a pretty rainbow serge. I like the fact that it's made of natural fibres, hemp fleece is great for inserts since it's very absorbent. 

Ease of use: The Biddykins fitted is a OS fitted that is adjusted with a snap down rise (SDR). I usually prefer a fold down rise (FDR) with fitteds as it creates less bulk with thick fabrics and bulky nappies like fitteds, but on the flip side the SDR will be more familiar and easier to use for inexperienced cloth users. The inserts are easy to snap-in and the separate bamboo insert is put on top of the other inserts. Being a fitted it needs a cover to be waterproof so it's a two-step system. First put the fitted on and then the cover. 

Night nappies need to be rinsed in warm water in the morning before storing in your dry pail for wash day. Wash as normal on wash day and then line dry or tumble dry on low*. The drying time of the Biddykins fitted is fair for a fitted since the nappy and inserts can be dried separately.

* Be sure to check retailer guidelines on tumble drying, some do not permit it and it can then affect your warranty.

Fit: I found the fit of this nappy a bit awkward when my daughter was younger and it took a bit more effort to get a good fit. I think this is due to the shape of the nappy, it's broad between the legs and the wings are narrow and long which doesn't give the nappy enough balance to pull it all together nicely. The wings are very stretchy, but due to them being so narrow and long it doesn't affect the elastics around the leg enough so I mostly only get pull in the waist, meaning it's more difficult to adjust the fit around the legs. The fitted did start fitting better as my toddler got older, as she got older though I preferred to add the third insert between the outside of the fitted shell and a cover (the fitted shell rise became too short if all inserts were used inside)**. If you struggle with the fit, to avoid premature leaks (due to fit issues) ensure that the waterproof cover you use is fitted well over the Biddykins fitted (make sure there's no leg gaps or tummy gaps when the cover is on the bum). Comfort level can be affected by a poor fit. As the nature of fitteds and night nappies, the nappy is bulky.

** Keep in mind that this is our fit experience, each body type will be different as fit can be affected by body shape.
Biddykins hemp night fitted shell and inserts

Value for money: This nappy is well-priced for a fitted with it's absorbency capabilities and should fit into any budget.

Performance: It performed well on my light to medium night wetter. With my absorbency tests the complete fitted held about 394ml***. That means this nappy will hold up for medium night wetters, due to it already having 3 inserts you won't be able to comfortably boost within the nappy so I suggest boosting between the night nappy and a cover for heavy wetters, which will mean the least bulk and best fit. It will also perform well for heavy day wetters or for long naps. The hemp fleece inserts did distort a bit with washing and they are quite narrow so make sure you place them in the wetzone so they absorb optimally.

*** The tested value is very conservative and only taken after all possible moisture has been wrung out of the nappy by hand so the nappy could possibly still absorb more to reach a soaked value or less depending on other factors like fit.  

Overall impression: This nappy has great absorbency for it's price, so it's a good budget night nappy. The fit does concern me though as it might discourage users from night cloth (as incorrect fit can cause premature leaking). We did not reach for this nappy often but I did try it every now and again to see if the fit improves.

You can buy Biddykins diapers via their website. Be sure to like them on Facebook to hear of new products and prints.
Disclaimer: All image credits belong to Hippie Safari.  Please do not use or distribute without my permission. I bought this nappy and was not compensated in any way for this review. While I aim to provide detailed, objective reviews of all the diapers that I've used, please bear in mind that this is my opinion and that every mom has her own preferences and every baby is built differently. So what works well for me and my children, might not necessarily work well for you and your baby.

15 February 2019

Smart Bottoms AIO (Smart One 3.1)

Smart Bottoms 3.1 Smart One AIO

Description: The Smart Bottoms AIO is a OS nappy with a waterproof PUL outer layer and a 100% organic cotton inner layer. It consists of a multi-layered snake-style organic cotton insert as well as being lined with organic cotton so that only natural fibres touch your baby/toddler's skin. The Smart Bottoms AIO has 4 rise settings, rolled elastics and double waist snaps to adjust the fit around the waist and legs.

13 September 2018

Review: Doodlebooty Reusable Microwave Popcorn Bag

I was super excited when Doodlebooty launched their new microwaveable (and reusable) popcorn bag and even more stoked when they contacted me to try it out and review it. We love popcorn, we love reusables, so bring it on!

28 August 2018

Review: Little Lamb Bamboo Fitted

Photo credit: Nappy Ever After

Description: The Little Lamb Bamboo fitted is a sized nappy*. The fitted cover consists of an outer bamboo layer with a microfibre core layer. Sewn-in on the back of the fitted cover is a 2 layer bamboo booster. The fabric for the Little Lamb fitteds are shrink proof due to the way the fabric is constructed, they use a yarn that is knitted onto a mesh base hence these fitteds keep their shape very well. The fitted has very soft rolled leg elastics and a soft back elastic to prevent poop explosions. The fitted has a velcro closure with laundry tabs and a cross-over design for extended size adjustments. Each fitted comes with a super soft fleece liner as stay-dry layer.

* Size chart according to Little Lamb nappies: 
Size 1:3-9kg, 
Size 2: 9-17kg, 
Size 3: 16+kg.

First impression: I was quite excited to finally try a Little Lamb fitted, it's been on my to-try list for a few years. The different look to the fabric caught my eye, very interesting the weave on the mesh lining. I also noticed the super soft fleece liner, it's magic fleece somehow, so soft!
Little Lamb Bamboo fitted

Ease of use: I'm a big fan of snapless fitteds due to it being so much quicker to fasten than snaps, but I must say that the Little Lamb fitted convinced me of velcro for fitteds as well, easy to use, efficient and quick. Being a fitted and a shaped nappy it's one of the easier night nappies to use, it does take a bit more time and effort than one-step night nappies as it's a two-step solution (so you need to add a cover to make it waterproof)*. Size is adjusted just by the waist velcro fasteners, so no rise snaps or FDR to confuse new users. If using at night, rinse in warm water in the morning and then add to your nappy pail for wash day. 

On wash day, make sure to secure the velcro on to the laundry tabs then wash as normal and line dry or tumble dry on low. Due to being a fitted it does take a bit longer to dry, but drying time is slightly shortened due to the microfibre core in the fitted cover and only having a 2 layer booster, I therefore found the drying time to be quite fair for a fitted. An added bonus is the sewn-in insert, so no need to search for matching inserts after wash day.

* Tip: I used mine with the LittleLamb bombproof cover which also has velcro fastening, making the two-step solution quick to fit. (Just keep in mind, velcro is easier for toddlers to open than snaps)

Fit: I tested the size 2 Little Lamb fitted on my 1 year old (12kg) LO and it fits really well, it's gentle around chubby legs and it has quite a big rise, so sits a bit higher on the tummy and back, therefore it still has lots of room for her to grow. I can see that it'll easily fit until she potty learns. It is a bit bulky which is expected from a fitted, but it's quite trim between the legs, meaning more comfort. It's also not overly bulky, so can be used as a day nappy for heavy day wetters. (Bulk is comparable to a microfibre AIO). I find the elastics super soft against chubby legs and the rolled elastics are one of my favourite features in this nappy.
Photo credit: Nappy Ever After. On the bum a Little Lamb fitted

Value for money: The Bamboo fitteds are priced on average comparing it to other fitteds with the same absorbency capabilities (you can extend savings by buying a bulk night pack). Taking into account the additional luxury quality add-ons like the rolled elastics and specific mesh type fabric (no-shrinking guaranteed), this nappy is good value for money.

Performance: I used the Little Lamb bamboo fitted over the last 2 months and it's been a fail-proof and easy solution for my light to medium wetter. With my absorbency tests the fitted held about  257ml** meaning this nappy will hold up for medium night wetters and heavy day wetters, and can be boosted to fit a wider range of medium wetters or heavy night wetters. The fitted has held it's shape brilliantly and the velcro is still super sticky, the fabric still feels soft.

** The tested value is very conservative and only taken after all possible moisture has been wrung out of the inserts by hand so the nappy can still absorb more to reach a soaked value.

Overall impression: This is a good option as a night nappy or for long naps, quick to put on and easy to use. The rolled elastics ensures a comfortable fit for your LO. It's been a delight to use this nappy!

You can buy Little Lamb Fitteds directly from the Nappy Ever After webpage. Make sure to follow their Facebook page as well and join their Facebook community.
Disclaimer: All image credits belong to Hippie Safari.  Please do not use or distribute without my permission. I received this diaper free of charge and was not compensated in any way for this review. While I aim to provide detailed, objective reviews of all the diapers that I've used, please bear in mind that this is my opinion and that every mom has her own preferences and every baby is built differently. So what works well for me and my children, might not necessarily work well for you and your baby.

02 July 2018

Day 1: Night nappy challenge, why?

So why am I doing the SACNU night nappy challenge? I'm part of the SACNU (South African Cloth Nappy Users) team and we're passionate about helping parents cloth diaper successfully and showing that cloth nappies are accessible to everyone. Cloth nappies for night time can sometimes seem very daunting, especially for parents with heavy wetters. That's why we decided to do this challenge so we can help and encourage parents to try night time cloth in a fun way. 

By asking parents to use at least 2 or more types and brands we're hoping that they can experience a variety of night time cloth and in that way find the perfect solution for them. My eldest was an extreme heavy wetter as a baby and I know the struggle in finding a perfect nappy, after lots of tweaking and trial and error, I ended up loving cloth for night time and found it was the only leak-free option. There is a type of cloth nappy to fit every family's needs and budget, sometimes it might take a bit of a learning curve, but you won't find a more comfortable and breathable option than cloth.

I love a challenge and I love all things cloth! We also exclusively use cloth nappies at night already so this is a fun event for me to share with fellow cloth parents.

I'm looking forward to reading everyone's experiences this week and seeing what works and learning from what doesn't.

Learn more about the 2018 SACNU night time challenge here