[05/03/2012: Updated post] These were some of the first South African designed (note: the manufacturing process takes place in China) diapers I tried. I was impressed with their modern-looking design, very similar to styles you would find overseas.
Description: The Bam+Boo diaper consists of a waterproof TPU shell, lined with a stay-dry inner. The inner is made of coolmax, the same fabric used in sports clothing to wick away sweat and keep the wearer feeling cool and dry. The diaper comes with two inserts, made from a bamboo viscose/cotton mixture which can either be stuffed into the pocket, keeping the stay-dry coolmax against baby's bottom or snapped on top of the coolmax fabric, so that the natural fibres are against baby's bottom. This diaper is one-size and features a snap down rise and velcro closures around the waist. It also features double leg gussets and a snap down rise with four settings instead of the usual three.
First impressions: This is a very good looking, well made diaper. The velcro seems strong and durable at first glance and I love the soft cottony feel of the outer fabric - it feels like flannel pajamas. I like that it has double gussets - gives me peace of mind when it comes to containing exclusively breastfed poo! These diapers come in a range of pretty pastel colours and the matching colours of the outer, inserts and linings are a nice touch. The bamboo inserts are deliciously soft when new. [Rating: 5/5]
Fit: Bam+Boo is cut on the larger side and very roomy. It fits snugly around A's waist and legs, and the inserts are fairly trim, but in my opinion the roomy cut is not a good fit on A. The diaper provides full coverage at the back and comes a bit further down on A's legs in comparison to other slimmer fit diapers. The crotch area and smallest waist settings are fairly wide in comparison to other OS diapers. I think these would fit very well on a chunky baby or big toddler. On the smallest rise settings, it was a bit tricky to get the double leg gussets to fit properly around A's legs, but not impossible. She is on the lean side, so the waist did gape a bit on her initially (at three months and 5.5kg) - this did not affect performance at all though. [Rating: 3.5/5]
Value for money: This diaper is on the pricier side, but for what you get - good quality velcro, double leg gussets, versatility to use as a pocket or AI2, natural fibres, four snap down rise, colour matching outers, inserts and lining - I think it's good value for money. It also comes with two inserts - a regular insert as well as a booster for use overnight or with a heavy wetter during the day, vs the single insert that comes with most other pocket diapers. [Rating: 5/5]
Performance: The bamboo inserts are very absorbent and we have never had any leaks with this diaper during the day. They also work well for overnight for a younger baby, though you might find you have to add more absorbency with an older baby or toddler. At sixteen months old we use both inserts during the day. The coolmax interior makes it very easy to spray poo off and the colourful inserts do a good job of hiding poo stains until you can sun them out. [Rating: 4.5/5]
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Disclaimer: All image credits belong to Hippie Safari. Please do not use or distribute without my permission. 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 A, might not necessarily work well for you and your baby. A the time that these photos were taken, A was 16 months old and weighed 9.6kg.