26 May 2014

{Newborn fluff} Review: Lil Joey AIO

Lil Joey on J at 3.8kg and 54cm
Description: The lil Joey diaper is the newborn offering from the makers of Rumparooz, featuring those famous interior gussets. It features two rows of snaps on the rise to adjust the leg openings as well as an umbilical cord snap-down. It is an all-in-one, with absorbent layers of microfiber sewn in and sandwiched between the exterior PUL and interior microfleece lining. The diaper closes with a single row of snaps around the waist.  

First impressions: This is one of the tiniest newborn diapers out there, which of course makes it about ten times cuter just because of that. If this diaper doesn't make you broody, nothing will. This was my first encounter with the Rumparooz range and the quality did not disappoint. I was particularly impressed by the interior double gussets - a very nifty design. Lil Joey's come in super cute solids and prints; just check out their awesome plaid prints. [Rating: 5/5] 

Lil Joey on J at 3.8kg and 54cm
Ease of use: These are a no-brainer to use - as it's an all-in-one, you simply fasten the diaper around baby's waist. No need to stuff pockets or arrange inserts as the absorbency is fully sewn in. Unfortunately that does mean that drying time is compromised. These took a fair amount of time to dry, especially around the interior gussets. The two rows of rise snaps were a bit confusing for TheHusband initially, as they don't snap down, you simply fasten the diaper either to the bottom or top row of snaps depending on how small you need the leg opening to be, so that's something to keep in mind. At first you'll want to use the umbilical cord snap-downWhen you take the diaper off, you can throw it as is into the pail, no further fiddling required. [Rating: 4/5]  

Fit: These fit awesome right from the start. The peacock Lil Joey was the second diaper we put on J, weighing in at just 2.2kg at that point and we were using the umbilical cord snap-down feature and fastening the waist snaps to the bottom row of rise snaps. The internal gussets actually made these appear a bit bulky (though not excessively so) on him initially, though obviously this won't be an issue if your newborn is average weight. While these looked super small at first and fit him from the very start, they fit him equally well up to about 5.8kg, or three months, using the top row of snaps. I would say these and the THX newborn AIOs (see upcoming review) were my favourite diapers in terms of fit on J throughout the whole newborn period. [Rating: 4.5/5]  

Lil Joey on J at 2.2kg and 48cm
Value for money: These are within the average range for newborn AIOs, however bearing in mind you have to factor in shipping from the US, they can work out quite pricey. They can often be bought secondhand though, which is a much better deal as they are usually still in excellent condition. The one that I bought secondhand had absolutely no signs of wear and tear, so I was pretty happy with that. They were also the longest lasting newborn AIO/pocket in terms of both fit and absorbency, so I would say they're definitely worth buying. Having said that - the much cheaper THX newborn AIOs are virtually identical, work equally well and are a fraction of the price. But if your heart is set on a particular print (hello Preppy and Dexter!) or you simply prefer buying a well-known name brand then these are the diapers you'll want to buy. [Rating: 4/5] 

Performance: These performed consistently great - keeping in that runny ebf poop and absorbing pee really well too. The only pee leaks we had was when I left the diaper on too long (which can sometime happen in the newborn haze). But generally, if I changed him every 2 - 3 hours, these were good to go. They were our go-to diaper for out and about as they take up so little space in the diaper bag and are so quick and easy to use. J's pee output increased so that by 2.5 months we did start experiencing some pee leaks - not every time, but they were not bulletproof anymore. He had simply outgrown the absorbency. As they are such a trim fit and he was already almost at the limit of this diaper size-wise, it wasn't really possible for me to add extra absorbency and so we retired these a week later. 
[Rating: 4.5/5] 

Lil Joey on J at 3.8kg and 54cm
Overall impression:  These were one of my all-time favourite newborn diapers and I found myself reaching for them a lot. Great fit, great absorbency, awesome prints and colours and just so easy to use. The only thing I didn't like about them was the drying time and cost to buy them new and have them shipped here. But hey, you can't have it all, right?

Lil Joey's are available directly from Kanga Care and at this time they unfortunately have no local resellers. Like them on Facebook to be the first to hear of new products and prints. 

Disclaimer: All image credits belong to Hippie Safari. Please do not use or distribute without my permission.  I paid regular retail price for this diaper, received no compensation for my 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 J, might not necessarily work well for you and your baby. At the time that these photos were taken, J was between 2.5 and 12 weeks old and his weight ranged between 2.2kg and 5.8kg. 

Lil Joey on J at 5.8kg and 60cm

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