01 February 2013

Review (+ Giveaway!): Fuzzibunz One Size Elite Pocket Diaper




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.

First impressions: I had been wanting to test a Fuzzibunz ever since I started researching cloth diapers. Together with Bumgenius it is one of the most recommended brands, so I was eager to see whether this diaper lived up to expectations. What struck me first was the cut of the diaper - very narrow through the crotch making it look almost more like underwear than a diaper. The diaper seems very well made and I love the wide selection of colours available - I think the chocotruffle (dark brown) would look so cute on a boy! The colour sent to me to review is spearmint - a great unisex option that is different from the usual gender neutral suspects (yellow, green, white). [Rating: 4.5/5] 



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] 

Overall impression: I love the cut and trimness of this diaper as well as the fact that the fit is so super customisable. I did find it tricky to stuff the diaper (even more so when using both inserts) and it took me a while to adjust the button elastics to get the perfect fit. The performance of this diaper was absolutely brilliant, however I do feel that it is priced out of reach of the average parent. [Rating: 4/5] 



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. 

[GIVEAWAY] And now for even better news - YOU, yes YOU, can win a Fuzzibunz One Size Elite Pocket Diaper in the colour of your choice! Simply submit your entry/entries via rafflecopter (see below) on or before the 14th of February 2013. There will be one winner and he/she will be announced on the 15th of February 2013. Entries open to South African residents only. All decisions made regarding the winner is final. 

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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27 comments:

  1. Great review Marisa! I am really looking forward to trying out these awesome nappies on my babies. I would love to get the ChocoTruffle for my son :)

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  2. Great review. Tried a perfect size and quite keen to try a one-size

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  3. I would love that same blue Alyssa is wearing

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  4. Lovely site - has the info that you would need if you were looking at nappy options

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  5. We already use a few different kinds of cloth nappies but these look great. I love the look of the Crushed Berries colour.

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  6. Stunning giveaway and review.. would love to win this for my sister!! x they come in gorgeous colours and look really great, sad i didnt know about them sooner.. would have been nice to try on my two little ones

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  7. ooops forgot to say which colour i liked.. liked the blue one.. looks really great!

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  8. My posts are coming up unknown :/
    Ok my previous post was
    ''Lovely site - has the info that you would need if you were looking at nappy options''
    and the nappy I would choose is the Kumquat :)
    Fiona Crowley

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  9. The site is lovely, love the earthy colours, and everything is so easy to find! Really wanting to try the cloth nappy route!
    Thank you
    Adele

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  10. Love the Mint colour!! So pretty
    Adele

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  11. Jeanique Pretorius04 February, 2013 11:47

    Excited to get my hands on a pair for Jayden!! Well Done*

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  12. Ahh I made a long comment about the Earth Sisters website to gain another entry and it's not here :/

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    1. That's so weird Laura - I saw the notification for your comment in my inbox but now it's not here... Very odd.

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  13. Comment by Laura: Love the look of the Earth Sisters website where the Fuzzibunz nappies are sold. It's so user friendly, easy to navigate. Great logo that really suits the name of the website. I love that the pictures of the nappies are so big, so that you can really get a good look at the design of them, also with a great description of the nappy below the picture. I would just like to see washing instructions for the Fuzzibunz nappies on the Earth Sisters website, other than that, it's perfect :)

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    1. Aww, thanks for reposting it for me, really appreciate it :) Yay!

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  14. Hey. I've been reading your blog for a while now...thought I would finally post something. Love how honest you are in your reviews :) keep it up! The fuzzibunz looks so cute. Love both earthy and bright colours depending on my mood :)

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    1. Thanks for the lovely comment - I've got some more reviews up my sleeve - watch this space. :-)

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  15. the earth sisters site looks lovely, and I'm super excited to see what they have coming next :)

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  16. Great review! I like the Watermelon. :)

    The Earth Sisters site is looking great. I particularly love the logo.

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  17. Love the Earth Sister website and love the tootiefrootie colour!

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  18. I found the web site clear and easy navigate. Not "too busy" :)

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  19. I love the grape and the berries colors!

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  20. The Earth Sisters website is great, cool product, great info...I learnt a few things I never knew lol :)

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  21. Although I Love White, an usual gender neutral suspect lol, I'm going wild & saying Spearment

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  22. Really cute! They look so nice and trim. Thanks for linking up with the Tuesday Baby Link Up! I hope you'll join us again this week!

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