18 December 2014

Review: Alva Classical AIO

Description: The Alva Classical AIO consists of a waterproof PUL outer and microsuede interior lining with a sewn-in bamboo insert between the two layers. It has a pocket opening at the back which enables you to add additional absorbency. This AIO is one-size and has three rows of snaps on the front to adjust the rise. It fastens with snaps around the waist, has crossover snaps to get a smaller fit on the waist and hip snaps to prevent wing droopage. 

First impressions: This AIO looks very similar to the Alva pockets - same cut, same snap configuration, same interior, pocket opening at the back. The only difference is that it has one of their bamboo inserts sewn into the pocket. They have quite a limited selection of prints available in the AIO, but the ones they do have are all very cute. [Rating: 3.5/5] 

Ease of use: These are easier to use than the Alva pockets, since it doesn't require any assembly. If you have a heavier wetter or older baby you will probably need to add an insert in the pocket opening though, so then it would be the same as a pocket. Otherwise, simply adjust the rise settings and fasten the diaper onto baby. When the diaper is soiled, simply take it off and place in your diaper pail - no unstuffing required. As is the case with most synthetic (stay-dry) linings, it is fairly easy to get poop off it and it is also not prone to staining like natural fibres are. The Alva AIO washes up easily - the pocket opening allows water to agitate over the absorbent insert to ensure proper cleaning. It does take quite a while to dry though. I turn it inside out to speed up the process, but even then it still takes a fair amount of time. This is a common 'problem' with AIOs though.  [Rating: 4/5]  

Fit: I like the fit of this AIO on J, it seems to be a trimmer fit than the pockets, though that could just be because the bamboo insert is trimmer than the microfibre we use in the pockets.  J (8.7kg & 9 months) is currently on the smallest rise setting, with one waist snap exposed and one snap on each hip. Overall the fit is pretty similar to the Alva pocket, so if that works for your baby, you will probably like the fit of the AIO as well.  [Rating: 3.5/5] 

Value for money: This is a very affordable AIO and an excellent option for those tired of stuffing pockets, but not keen on the price tag of other AIOs. They aren't the most absorbent AIO though, so you will probably need to buy additional inserts as your baby's output increases though. [Rating: 4.5/5] 

Performance: J is a light to medium wetter during the day and this AIO works very well for him - we change every two or so hours and have not had any leaks (pee or poop). The diaper could actually absorb more, so we won't need to add additional stuffing for a while. Absorbency is the same as you would get with a pocket stuffed with bamboo insert, ie a bit more absorbent than a single microfibre insert. Average - heavy wetters or older babies/toddlers will probaby need an extra insert stuffed in the pocket. We did not try this diaper for overnight.  [Rating: 4/5] 

Overall impression: This is a great AIO if you have a tight budget or need stash fillers for daycare. It isn't the best quality or my favourite by any means, but for the price I think it's a really nice diaper and does a decent job. 

You can buy the Alva Classical OS AIO directly via their website, or you can check with one of the local resellers if they would stock it. (I haven't seen any that stock it, but I might've missed one). Like Alva 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 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 9 months old and weighed approximated 8.6kg.

1 comment:

  1. So its a really nice diaper but it isn't the best quality by any means......confusing.


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