Description: The Fuzzibunz pocket diaper consists of a waterproof PUL outer and microfleece inner with two minky inserts. There is a pocket opening at the back, allowing you to add absorbency as needed. These diapers are one-size, which means they'll fit through most of your baby's diapering years.They fasten with snaps around the waist and feature hip snaps to prevent wing droopage.
Ease of use: I've used quite a few brands of cloth diapers, but this was the first one that makes use of a button-hole elastic to adjust the leg openings and waist. This negates the need for snaps, making for a very sleek appearance on the front of the diaper. A sizing chart is included to guide you with the adjustment of the elastic around the legs and waist, but it was still a bit hit and miss to get the perfect fit and it took a while for me to figure it out. You have to turn the diaper inside out to find the elastics and then adjust on both legs and around the waist. Now obviously you won't have to do this every day, but I did find the process to be much more finicky than simply using rise snaps. The pocket opening is pretty narrow, which could make it difficult to stuff for some. Once the diaper is stuffed and properly adjusted to size though, it's very easy to put on. [Rating: 3/5]
Fit: The adjustable elastic in the waist and legs means you can get a really customised fit on your baby. These fit differently from other diapers I'm used to as it's very narrow through the crotch (which I love!). On smaller settings the diaper looks a bit poofy around the bum - at first it looked odd to me, but it does have a certain charm and I think it looks kinda cute now actually! These diapers can size down incredibly small, I'm talking tiny here. I actually think this is one of the only one-size diapers that will comfortably fit a newborn's little skinny legs. Even with no overlapping tabs at the waist, the waist can also adjust down quite small owing to the adjustable elastic at the back. [Rating: 5/5]
Value for money: Let's be brutal - these are pretty pricey in South Africa so they would be out of the price league of many moms - especially if you want to build an entire stash out of them. You do get a great quality diaper though and the fact that it can size down so small to fit a newborn does make it very appealing. But in the end - yes, they're very expensive. [Rating: 3.5/5]
Performance: This was my first experience with minky inserts and I'm happy to report that we did not have a single leak. I tried it during the day with the medium/large insert and double-stuffed for overnight - it lasted 11 hours with no leaks (A still nurses during the night as well...). Impressive! [Rating: 5/5]
Fuzzibunz diapers are available exclusively in South Africa on the Earth Sisters website. The good news is that they are running an introductory special of R50 of each diaper until the 7th of February 2013 - an excellent excuse to add to your stash! Earth Sisters is a recently launched WAHM company. Like them on Facebook to be the first to hear of new products and prints. Also check out African Babies Don't Cry - a blog written by one of the mamas running Earth Sisters with some great posts on natural parenting and good nutrition.
Disclaimer: All image credits belong to Hippie Safari. Please do not use or distribute without my permission. I received a Fuzzibunz OS Elite Pocket Diaper free of charge from Earth Sisters for purposes of this review, but was not compensated for this review and all opinions are my own. 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.
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