08 June 2018

Bam+Boo Baby Hemp AIO


Description: The Bam+Boo Baby Hemp AIO is a OS nappy that has a waterproof PUL outer layer with a micro-suede lining and two hemp inserts sewn onto the cover (At the back and front of the nappy). Each insert consists of 3 layers of hemp cotton blend. The Hemp AIO has 4 rise settings, single leg gussets and double waist snaps to adjust the fit around the waist and legs.

First impression: I received a grey Bam+Boo Baby Hemp AIO. With the white edging it is a striking solid colour and matches so many of my toddler's clothes. I was excited to test a new trim AIO!

Ease of use: Being an AIO it's one of the easiest types of cloth nappies to use as no assembly is required before putting it on the bum, very similar to a disposable. This should be a good nappy option for daycare or family members not used to cloth nappies. You can adjust the size by using the snap down rise (SDR) as well as the hip snap to ensure a better fit around the waist and legs. The inserts can be folded to optimise absorbency in the wetzone. Once soiled you can place the nappy straight in a dry pail for wash day. Wash as normal and hang to dry. Drying time is fairly quickly since the inserts can flap out to dry, very good drying time for an AIO.

Fit: The Bam+Boo hemp AIO fits beautifully! It is very gentle around my toddler's chubby legs, contours nicely around her body and provides enough settings to get a perfect fit. It is super trim! We wore this nappy under her skinny jeans with no problems. We used it with one rise snap setting closed on my 12kg one year old and I also fit it on my potty-learned 4 year old (tall and 19kg) and it fits great with all rise snaps open, a very comfortable and neat fit. The 4 rise settings means this nappy can fit well for a broader weight range. Unfortunately I couldn't fit it on a smaller baby.

Comparison of the Bam+Boo hemp AIO OS on it's smallest setting next to a Blueberry AIO Newborn nappy. Most OS nappies only start fitting well after 5+ kg
Value for money: This is good value for money, the price is on the lower end for an AIO. Usually you have to compromise and get some bulk in order to get an affordable AIO, but there is definitely no compromise with this AIO, it's very trim.

Performance: The Bam+Boo hemp AIO performed really well on my light to medium day wetter. With my absorbency tests the inserts held about 165ml*, meaning this nappy will hold up for medium day wetters and since it's such a trim nappy there is still lots of space to boost so it can work for heavy day wetters. Even after being fully prepped the inserts did not bunch or distort and kept their shape well. Hemp can get a bit hard, especially if line dried (nature of the fabric) so rubbing the inserts against each other will soften them up again before putting it on the bum. If you want a stay-dry layer against baby's bum, you will need to use a fleece liner.

* 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. The Bam+Boo AIO also has a suede lining which was not included in the absorbency test and will also hold a bit of moisture
How to optimise absorbency with the Bam+Boo hemp AIO

Overall impression: This is a great nappy, trim and affordable, I had it on the bum as soon as it was washed and dry and ready to go again. I love how trim it is and that it can easily be boosted for longer car trips (or naps). Definitely worth adding one (or more!) to your stash.

You can buy Bamboo Baby products directly from their webpage. Make sure to follow their Facebook page as well.
  
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.





05 June 2018

Mini Matters Night Fitted Review

Photo credit: Mini Matters
Description: The Mini Matters fitted night nappy consists of a shell with a cotton terry outer layer and a 100% cotton inner lining and 2 loose inserts: One snake-style insert that can be folded to maximise absorbency in the wetzone and one booster, both consist of 100% cotton layers. This is a snapless fitted and a Snappi can be used to fasten the nappy. A fold down rise (FDR) is used to adjust the rise of the nappy. The Mini Matters Night Fitted was designed and is manufactured locally with fabrics sourced locally too.

First impression: I was very impressed with the Mini Matters night fitted. I could see how much thought was put into the design! A very practical nappy.

Ease of use: This is a snapless fitted, meaning you will need a fastener like a Snappi, Boingo or pin to fasten the nappy as well as a cover to make it waterproof. You can adjust the size by using the fold down rise (FDR). Using a fastener and the FDR might have a small learning curve, but can be mastered quite quickly and will give a better fit than a fitted with snaps as there is no "in-between" size settings. I also find that snapless fitteds are quicker to put on than fitteds with snaps. This nappy was expertly designed to have a terry cotton outer layer which means Snappies grab onto the fabric very easily! Anyone that has struggled to get a Snappi to grip will understand what a nice design feature this is.

If used as a night nappy you should rinse it in warm water in the morning before storing in the dry pail for wash day. Drying time is surprisingly quick for a fitted as the snake-style insert and separate items mean a quicker drying time (For us it was dry within a day indoors). Keep in mind the nappy will shrink a bit length wise after the first wash, but we did not get any distortion of inserts, just slight wing curl on the shell.
Photo credit: Mini Matters
Fit: I love the fit of this nappy and thanks to the outer terry layer it means I can get a very snug fit with a Snappi. The elastics are super gentle on chubby legs and the cotton interior is soft against baby's skin. I don't find them overly bulky (About the same amount of bulkiness as a pocket with 2 microfibre inserts). That means it's trim enough to be used as a day nappy as well. It's nice and slim between the legs ensuring a very comfortable fit. I used it without a FDR on my 1 year old (12kg) and for curiosity's sake also fit it on my potty-learned 4 year old (tall and 19kg) and I was pleasantly surprised to see it fits both beautifully.

Value for money: This nappy is well-priced and should fit into any budget. You can also save a bit more per nappy by buying a pack of 3 nappies.

Performance: It performed really well for us on my light to medium wetter. With my absorbency tests the fitted held about 270ml*. That means this nappy will hold up for medium night wetters, it can be boosted to suit a wider range of medium and heavy night wetters. (Boosting between the night nappy and a cover will mean the least bulk and best fit). It will also perform well for heavy day wetters or for long naps.

* 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 can still absorb more to reach a soaked value. 

Overall impression: I really enjoy snapless fitteds, especially for newborn cloth and/or as night nappies, and Mini Matters night time fitted did not disappoint! It is clear that they thought of everything when designing and making this nappy, fabrics were chosen wisely to optimise comfort of use, to be comfortable on the bum and to be absorbent enough for medium night wetters. This nappy is locally made and local fabrics are used whilst being affordable, what more can you ask for? If this is the innovation we can expect from our local retailers, I'm really excited to see how the industry will grow. It was a pleasure to test this nappy.

You can buy Mini Matters products directly from their webpage. Make sure to join their Facebook group.

Mini Matters is offering a 10% discount on a single or three-pack night nappy pack! Just enter the code "mmgoodnight10" when you check out. Valid until 31/06/2018.
  
Disclaimer: All image credits belong to Hippie Safari. Thanks to Mini Matters for the OTB pics. 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.





20 May 2018

Day 7: Flats challenge 2018, What did I learn?

 
Making Sunlight Gel

It's the last day of the flats challenge, and it looks like I wanted to keep it interesting! After being away for work (and a bit of leisure in between too) for 3 days and arriving back home. I realised my detergent wash finished. Oops! Living on a farm and a small farming community, even if I was keen to drive all the way to town to get detergent, no shop would be open. I did have a Sunlight bar at home, so my son and hubby joined in to help me make Sunlight Gel* for my last bit of hand washing. I'm very relieved I kept a bigger stash of flats for this week now, otherwise I would have run out today. After the Sunlight gel sets I have about 18 flats to wash and hang up.

So what did I learn?
Ease of use/convenience: Using just flats and covers whilst handwashing is definitely possible, but it does mean you need to plan a little better to ensure you always have clean nappies. It's definitely not just easy, you will have to want to do it and be dedicated to using only cloth in order to work around any challenges that comes up and with busy work schedules and multiple kids, even more so. I think in the end it will depend a lot on the person's motivation whether handwashing and flats would work as it can be quite a challenge.

The nappies: Flats will always be a good choice for nappies. They are trim, absorbent, quick to wash and dry quickly (even in humid areas), so definitely a bonus in any cloth stash regardless of your budget. I however did miss my variety, especially for my diaper bag when out and about (it's just easier changing baby into an AIO or AI2). I also found when I needed to change my daughter after she fell asleep (which happens sometimes), it would've been easier to just put on a one-step night nappy than having to struggle to snappy on flats and a cover without waking her.

The washing: I found the anticipation of needing to wash nappies were worse than actually doing it, once I got into hand washing it was easier and quicker than I anticipated. Would I be able to do this long term? Yes, I think so, I think once washing is part of your daily routine it will just become part of the habit, but if I'm honest, I would really miss my variety cloth stash and I would miss my washing machine for the convenience factor. It does add extra stress needing to plan when you can hand wash opposed to just being able to throw a load of nappies in the washing machine. Today was the first time I've made Sunlight Gel and it's very easy to do! Having hard water I won't be able to use it for every wash (unless I add some form of water softener to it), but I can definitely see the appeal in using it.

Overall, our week went without any major problems and I really enjoyed it! How did flats week go for you? and what did you learn?

* To learn more about Sunlight Gel have a look here
Short clip of my son enjoying the process of making gel <3 :'D


This is part of a 7-day series of blogposts for the 2018 Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge. Learn more about this initiative on the Cloth Diaper Revival page. This is my first year taking part in the challenge and blogging about my experience. However, check out Marisa's experience from previous years doing the flats challenge - Flats Challenge.

19 May 2018

Day 6: What is working for me and what not?


It's day 6 of the flats challenge and it's been quite a busy week this side! I find that the week was a lot easier than I anticipated (I was quite nervous on the timing of the challenge due to my busier work schedule this week and being away from home for half of the week)

What worked for us
- The bucket and plunger method for washing is brilliant! It's efficient, quick and mostly painless
- Probably stating the obvious, but flats! They are so versatile! Trim nappies, absorbent, quick to dry and easy to wash. You can also still bring in a bit of versatility by using different covers.
- The simplicity of my stash (believe it or not), no stuffing after washing or needing to match inserts to specific covers. It's just covers and flats and you can mix and match as you like without having the wrong parts together.
- I ended up not needing all of my stash, 16 flats will be more than enough when washing every day, but more is definitely beneficial for those days that you just can't get to the washing or for rainy days where it takes longer to dry.
- Padfolding flats for caregivers and for the nappy bag is far easier than needing to fold on the go. 

What did not work?
- Postponing washing did not work. It's quicker and more efficient if you wash every day. I tried to wash either after the kids went to bed, or just as I woke up in the morning. The times I couldn't I found that it took more effort to get the nappies clean (or I needed to run two "cycles" and only hand wash 6-8 at a time, instead of all together)
- I miss my variety stash, it is sometimes more convenient to have an AIO or AI2 for example, when my toddler is especially wriggly or when she is sleeping and I need to change her (a one-step night nappy is easier than needing to snappy a flat on and add the cover)
- Wringing out nappies are not fun :'P

 What did you find worked and did not work this week? 

This is part of a 7-day series of blogposts for the 2018 Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge. Learn more about this initiative on the Cloth Diaper Revival page. This is my first year taking part in the challenge and blogging about my experience. However, check out Marisa's experience from previous years doing the flats challenge - Flats Challenge.

18 May 2018

Flat challenge 2018: Day 5, Your favourite fabric for a flat?


It's day 5 of the flat challenge, I'm away from home but armed with my bucket and plunger so we're going strong. Bonus: flats and covers take less space in a suitcase so it's the ideal cloth to use when traveling.

I used 4 different fabric types in this challenge, and although hemp jersey has always been my go-to. I've learned I like each fabric for a different reason.

A bit more about each type of flat I used:

Hemp Jersey: I really like hemp jersey flats, which is evident in the stash I have for this challenge, they have an excellent absorbency vs trimness ratio. The stretchiness of the fabric always ensures I get a good fit. With our hard water they can get quite scratchy so I give them a good rub and shake after drying to soften them up.

Terry toweling: There is just something about the fluffy old school terry flats, they really look so cute! They're very easy to use since snappies grab well onto the fabric, absorbent and affordable. They are a bit more bulky than other fabric options though, but don't let that scare you, they might be old school, but they're very effective.

Flannel (Receiving blankets): One of the easiest fabric types to get! Nice and trim. Some might struggle to get a snappy to grab onto the fabric (Have a nail file close by, rubbing the fabric a bit will make the snappy grab better) or get Boingo's, they have sharper teeth to grab onto the fabric.

Cotton Fleece: These are one of the most absorbent fabric types (although more bulky), so for me it's a nice option for my light to medium wetter at night, I'm boosting them with a newborn hemp jersey flat as a night solution.

What fabric are you using in this challenge?

For more on fabrics have a look here.

This is part of a 7-day series of blogposts for the 2018 Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge. Learn more about this initiative on the Cloth Diaper Revival page. This is my first year taking part in the challenge and blogging about my experience. However, check out Marisa's experience from previous years doing the flats challenge - Flats Challenge.