05 August 2014

Review: Friendly Africa Posh Cloth Nappy

Description: The Friendly Africa pocket diaper consists of a waterproof PUL outer and microsuede inner with a three layer microfibre insert.  The diaper has a pocket opening at the back to stuff the insert into and features a snap-down rise with three different size settings. The diaper fastens around the waist with a single row of snaps.

First impressions: At first glance, these diapers look very similar to those sold by Alva, however there are a few key differences. The Friendly Africa diaper is cut a bit bigger (longer in the rise and  slightly wider in the crotch and through the bum) than the Alva pocket diaper. While the Alva pocket features cross-over snaps on the waist tabs and hip snaps, the Friendly Africa pocket diaper just has a single row of snaps at the waist. Quality wise it is on par with Alva. [Rating: 3.5/5] 

Ease of use: These are fairly easy to use - simply stuff the insert into the pocket opening and fasten on baby. The lack of hip snaps make these slightly easier to put on, especially for those unfamiliar to cloth (and daycare who seems to have a strange boycott against hip snaps in any case). When you remove the diaper, simply take the insert out and place entire diaper in your diaper pail. As is the case with other synthetic pockets and inserts, these dry pretty fast, which is awesome for rainy winters. [Rating: 4/5]  

Fit:  In terms of fit, these diapers are pretty average - not spectacular, but certainly not awful. They do look a bit fluffy on J, who is still on the smallest settings at 6.8kg and 5 months old. Since they are cut more generously than other one-size diapers and considering the lack of crossover waist snaps, I wonder about how well they would fit a smaller baby. Not speaking from experience, but I think they will be an excellent fit on chunkier older babies and toddlers. I did try them briefly on A (she is currently potty training, so not that into diaper testing anymore) and they fit her with room to grow at 2 years 9 months and 13.5kg. We did not experience any wing droopage issues, however this is usually more of an issue on a mobile baby which I don't have at this point. [Rating: 3/5] 

Value for money: These are well priced and would be great as stash builders and workhorse diapers for daycare etc where you might not want to send your more expensive diapers. [Rating: 4/5] 

Performance: These work well for J, however bear in mind that at 5 months his pee volume is still quite manageable in most diapers. For a toddler they will most certainly require additional stuffing. They do sell charcoal bamboo inserts seperately, so that is an option for additional stuffing. We had no issues with containment of ebf poop.  I did not test this diaper for overnight, I doubt that it would've passed the test though as J is a fairly heavy wetter at night.  [Rating: 3/5] 

Overall impression: These are good workhorse or starter stash diapers. Nothing fancy, but they work well at doing what you expect of them - absorbing pee and containing poop. If you have a bigger chunkier baby or toddler, these will probably be a good fit for you, however do bear in mind that you will probably need to add additional inserts to cope with toddler pee. 

You can buy the Friendly Africa Posh Cloth Nappy directly from their website. 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 received a Friendly  Africa diaper free of charge for purposes of this review, but I was not compensated for the 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 J, might not necessarily work well for you and your baby. A the time that these photos were taken, J was 5 months old and weighed 6.8kg.

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