I have been putting off this post for soooo long, since it has just been so difficult to choose a favourite diaper from my varied stash. It's kind of like asking a mom to pick her favourite child! ;-)
So I've settled on picking my favourites (for after the newborn stage) across a few different categories. I will also go into a little detail about why I picked those as my favourites.
Ready? Let's go!
1. Bottombumpers (sized and one-size)
2. Grovia (one-size)
3. Bumgenius Elemental (one-size)
AIOs are my overall favourite style of diaper at the moment (although that might change in a few months; a couple of months ago it was pockets). I find myself reaching for the AIOs in our stash first - I love how low maintenance and generally pretty trim they are. Our AIO stash consists mainly of natural fibres and my top three favourites are all 100% organic cotton. Two of my picks feature side-snaps (my latest obsession) and fairly narrow crotch areas - both features which make for a super awesome fit on A.
|A wearing a size medium Bottombumpers AIO|
Grovia - Love love love the side-snaps and stretchy side panels of the Grovia diaper - it certainly makes putting the diaper on a wriggly toddler a whole lot easier and as an added bonus they can also pull up/down because of this feature. The cotton interior remains soft even after line drying and I love the adorable prints these come in - the owl print has to be one of my ultimate gender neutral favourites. The downside is that these are not available in South Africa, though if you're lucky you can pick up barely used ones off Spots Corner (on Hyenacart). These are super absorbent and I just love how well they fit A. What I don't love are the somewhat stiff leg elastics, though I must add that they've never left red marks nor has A complained.
Bumgenius Elemental - The AIO version of one of the first brands I loved, Bumgenius. I love the stretchy tabs on the wings that makes it easy to get a good fit on a wriggly toddler and how super trim this diaper is. I love that the interior fabric remains soft even after repeated washing and line drying. What I don't love - the fact that these aren't available in South Africa anymore and what a pain they are to spray (all those layers) when A has a dirty diaper. I also must add that I much prefer the previous version to their new version that was released early 2013.
1. Bumgenius 3.0
2. Cherub Tree
|A wearing a Bumgenius 3.0 pocket diaper (converted to snaps by me)|
Cherub Tree is the brand I recommend most often to South African moms as they are affordable, locally available, great quality and great fit. As far as fit goes they are very comparable to the Bumgenius pockets, with the exception of the stretchy tabs. I do think they have a leg up on Bumgenius though when it comes to their inserts - each diaper comes with both a microfiber and hemp insert and I have to say their hemp insert is amazing as it can hold a *lot* of liquid while still giving a pretty trim fit. The downside is that the hemp inserts take a while to dry and gets quite stiff when line dried.
Alva are available either directly from their website (order direct from China) or via local resellers (Snugglybum). Now granted these aren't fancy or even exceptional quality, but you can't beat the price and the selection of prints is absolutely amazing. For the price I was also surprised at how well they have held up over more than a year of use - no issues with elastics, snaps or PUL. For a cheap stash builder or even just a way to get a few pretty prints without paying a ton of money, these are perfect. I do wish they were cut slightly smaller though as we had to wait close to a year before the legs fit A.
|A wearing a S'Bish fitted diaper.|
1. Sustainable Babyish (sized)
2. Hippie Safari (one-size)
Sustainable Babyish (S'Bish) are on the pricey side but oh so worth it. They are the perfect solution for a heavy wetter or all-night-nurser and the best part is that they're not super bulky either. The diapers are quite plain - all white with coloured serging around the edges, but the quality is exceptional and the absorbency amazing. They take a fair amount of time to dry, but that is par for the course for fitted diapers. Perhaps because they are sized, they offer a great fit on A.
Hippie Safari* is a recently launched local WAHM made hybrid fitted and is the first of its kind in South Africa. The diaper is super squishy, stretchy and just seems like it would be super comfortable to wear. I love the prints that these come in (it changes with each stocking) and they also make an excellent solution for overnight diapering, with non-heavy wetters even able to wear these for 10 - 12 hours without a cover and zero leaks.
*Not affiliated to this blogger.
1. Best Bottoms (one-size)
2. Econobum (one-size)
|A wearing Best Bottoms|
Econobum is a great affordable cover and one of my favourites to use over fitted diapers because of its generous fit and stretchy PUL. The covers are plain white with a contrasting trim in one of three colours, so it won't win any awards for looks but for getting the job done they are amazing. I wish you could buy the covers seperately though as I really wasn't a fan of their prefolds.