06 October 2013

Review: Hippie Safari Hybrid Fitted Diaper

Update: The WAHM who makes this diaper has since changed her brandname to Ubuntu Baby. I have not tried a recent Ubuntu Baby diaper, this review might not be applicable to their current range of products.

Description: The Hippie Safari Fitted Diaper (not a product of this blogger, just the same name!) is a OS hybrid fitted, consisting of a 100% cotton knit exterior with an interior lining made of cotton velour. There is a hidden layer of poly fleece sandwiched in between the two layers. The snap-in two-layer bamboo fleece soaker is in a fold-over style, making for four layers of absorbency. The diaper also comes with an seperate booster.  The diaper closes with snaps around the waist and features overlapping snaps on the waist tabs. The length of the diaper is adjustable via a fold-over rise.

First impressions: The Hippie Sari Hybrid Fitted is beautifully made by a local WAHM. The diapers are available in a limited selection of awesome prints (these change with each stocking) and is super plush and soft to the touch. The vintage flower print I bagged during the first stocking is just gorgeous on A. The fabrics used inside and out are of a high quality and the workmanship is on par with that. The cotton knit exterior is super stretchy, which along with the fold-over rise and cross over tabs should allow it to fit a variety of body sizes and shapes.
[Rating: 4.5/5] 

Ease of use: This diaper is pretty easy to use, simply snap in the soaker and put it on your baby/toddler. Since it is a hybrid fitted you might not even need to add a cover on top - for A I use the diaper without a cover (with the booster insert laid in) and she lasts the whole night in it with no leaks. Of course, if you have a heavy wetter, you might want to add a fleece soaker or PUL cover on top just to be safe. This diaper does require you to fold the soaker in order to customise absorbency where your baby needs it most, but this is fairly simple if you go by the simple rule of extra absorbency in back for a girl, while for a boy you would fold the long soaker to have more layers in the front. When you take the diaper off your baby, no dis-assembly is required, you can simply throw the diaper as is into the pail. I found that this diaper dries faster than most other fitteds I've tried, which is a nice bonus.  [Rating: 4/5]  

Fit: These fit A well and the stretchy outer coupled with the fold over rise means we can get a nice customised fit around both the legs and waist. It is a bit bulky on, but then that is what I expect from a diaper that is designed to last 10 - 12 hours. If you are using it for daytime you can reduce some of the bulk by leaving out the booster. The sizing is fairly generous and I think that the Hippie Safari Fitted would fit even a big toddler quite well. Having said that, the fold-over rise and cross-over waist tabs means that it would also work well on a smaller baby.  [Rating: 4/5]  

Value for money: These are more expensive than regular daytime diapers, but for the peace of mind that a bullet-proof overnight diaper affords you, plus considering these are handmade with quality fabrics, I think they are excellent value for money.  Bear in mind you will also only need about 3 - 4 overnight diapers in order to wash every second or third day.  [Rating: 4.5/5] 

Performance: I tested this diaper as is for overnight use to see how well it would hold up - that is with just the soaker that it comes with (no booster) inside and without any cover. We did not experience any leaks using this diaper and the outside was still bone dry in the morning - and this is for a 10 - 12 hour period of time. A wakes up maximum two times overnight for a quick breastfeed, so you might find you need a cover on top if your baby still drinks a lot at night. Because the diaper contains no PUL and we don't need to use a PUL cover either, A's skin is never red in the morning, something which I do find happens from time to time if she spends the whole night in PUL. [Rating: 5/5] 
Overall impression: I really like this diaper, not only for the cute prints, but also for how dependable it is, kind to A's skin and relatively fast drying. This diaper has remained soft and fluffy even after a few month's usage and seems like it would be super comfy on. I love the fact that I don't need to use a cover with this diaper - it is so much more breathable and we never struggle with redness in the morning after she's had this diaper on overnight. I highly recommend the Hippie Safari Hybrid Fitted if you are looking for an overnight solution for your baby/toddler - the fact that it is locally made is also a big added bonus!  [Rating: 4.5/5] 

The Hippie Safari Homemade brand was renamed to Ubuntu Baby a while ago. They are available via their Facebook page and group.

Hippie Safari Hybrid Fitteds are available exclusively via Doodlebums. Do note, that since they are handmade they might not always have stock available. Keep an eye on the Doodlebums Facebook page to be the first to know when a new stocking goes up and see the lovely new selection of prints. 

Disclaimer: All image credits belong to Hippie Safari. Please do not use or distribute without my permission.  I bough this diaper at normal retail price for purposes of this review, was not compensated in any way for the review and all opinions expressed above 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. At the time that these photos were taken, A was 23 months old and weighed 11.5 kg.

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