Description: Bio-Baba is a one-size AIO diaper featuring a two-snap rise adjustment and Velcro closures. The outer is a peachy soft fabric, backed with TPU which acts as a waterproof layer. The diaper has a hidden microfiber insert sandwiched in between the cover and the interior cotton flannel lining. It comes with an additional hemp booster pad for extra absorbency as well as a flip 'n flush flap which according to their website make it easier to dispose of solids.
Ease of use: I found the extra-long velcro tabs at the waist quite awkward to use and the whole flip 'n flush flap confused me at first - I initially thought you should stuff the hemp booster in there, but according to their website you have to lay the hemp booster inside the diaper seperately and with a v-fold - a lot to remember for a first time cloth user! Since there are only two rise snaps it is either snapped or unsnapped, so no confusion there. [Rating: 3/5]
Fit: There is no elastic around the waist which made it impossible for us to get a good fit - even after repeated tries and overlapping the skinny velcro tabs. The fact that the diaper is also quite stiff contributed to this problem. The diaper comes up quite high in the back and seems droopy between the legs and baggy around the waist - not the best look. Now granted A's waist is quite small, but she is over a year old and the diaper is marketed as a birth-to-potty solution - I cannot see the waist fitting on a small baby and the back will come up even higher on a young baby (A is average height for her age). [Rating: 1/5]
Value for money: This diaper is one of the more expensive SA brands and given our fit and leak issues I don't think it is good value for money at all. There are many other locally available brands that are more affordable, fits better and effectively prevents leaks. Yes, it is designed and made in South Africa (unlike other brands where at least some of the design/manufacturing/sourcing is imported), but in my opinion that is not a good enough reason to buy what is essentially a sub-standard diaper. [Rating: 1/5]
Performance: This diaper either leaked or wicked on more than one occasion - and this was even *with* using the hemp booster and during daytime use where I usually change every two hours or more frequently. I didn't even try it for overnight as I simply did not trust it to keep A dry. [Rating: 1/5]
Overall impression: I love that this diaper is locally designed and made (though... I have to say, the design looks a *lot* like the US brand Kushies), in fact it is one of the oldest brands in South Africa. Unfortunately with a wonky fit and hit-and-miss leak protection, I just cannot justify supporting a brand simply based on the fact that it is a local one, even though I would love to do it. [Rating: 2/5]
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Disclaimer: All image credits belong to Hippie Safari. Please do not use or distribute without my permission. I was not compensated for this review and while I did not pay for this diaper, I won it in a competition open to all South African residents. 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 15 months old and weighed 9.5 kg.