25 February 2015

Review: BabaLoo OS Hybrid Fitted Diaper

Description: The BabaLoo OS Hybrid Fitted consists of a printed outer layer of 100% woven cotton, a layer of hidden fleece and an interior fleece lining. Each fitted comes with two snap-in inserts. Both are contoured to fit the diaper, with one snake-style that snaps into the back of the diaper and another single insert that snaps onto the back of the bigger insert.  The inserts are made of bamboo and topped with fleece on one side for a stay-dry layer against baby's skin. The rise is adjusted by folding it down in the front to fit smaller babies. BabaLoo Hybrid Fitteds fasten with snaps around the waist and has three snaps on each wing to prevent wing droopage. It also comes with hip snap protectors to protect bigger waisted babies from exposed snaps when on the bigger waist settings (ie when the last waist snap on the tab is no longer used).

First impressions:  I love that their aren't any exposed snaps on the inside front of the diaper - the back of the snaps is hidden between the inside and outside layers of the diaper which a) gives it a polished look and b) looks like it would be more comfortable for baby for extended wear (such as for overnight). I also love the added touch of hip snap protectors, which helps to avoid exposed snaps against baby's skin once your baby gets to the bigger waist settings. The prints vary according to availability and I love that there are usually also quite a few boyish prints to choose from too. The diaper seems a little bulkier than other hybrid fitteds I've tried, due in part to the extra inserts and the thicker fleece used for the interior lining.  [Rating: 4.5/5] 

**EDIT Aug 2015: BabaLoo has changed the type of fleece used in their nappies - the interior lining is now micro-fleece which is trimmer than the previous fleece used, making it less bulky than the one pictured here. The hip snap protectors are no longer included.**

Ease of use: I would say these are average in terms of ease of use - it does require a two-step approach (diaper plus cover) to be fully waterproof, but this is true of all fitteds. It's fairly user friendly in terms of snapping the inserts in place to assemble the diaper.  If you have not used a fold-down rise before, it might some getting used to, but is quite easy to get the hang of. While I love the concept of the hip snap protectors, I do feel it would be nicer if they were attached to the diaper instead of being loose as I can see them getting lost easily. When you take the diaper off, you can simply pop it directly into the diaper pail - no need to unsnap the inserts. I usually unsnap the inserts when I take it out of the washing machine to speed up drying time though. Like most fitteds, this diaper takes a fair amount of time to dry. [Rating: 4/5] 

Fit: We get a really nice fit with this diaper. At a year old and 9+ kg we are still using the fold-down rise to get a snug fit around J's waist and legs. There is still plenty of room to grow in this diaper, both in the rise and in the waist, so I feel like these will fit well on bigger babies/toddlers too. These are a little bulkier than other hybrid fitteds, but not overly so. And since we mostly use these for overnight, I don't really mind bulk. For daytime use we use just the one insert for a trimmer fit and that provides more than enough absorbency for J.  As with other wovens, the fact that it doesn't stretch does mean the fit is slighly less customisable vs a stretchy knit outer, however it does stay looking nicer for longer (no pilling). [Rating: 3.5/5] 

**EDIT Aug 2015: BabaLoo has changed the type of fleece used in their nappies - the interior lining is now micro-fleece which is trimmer than the previous fleece used, making it less bulky than the one pictured here.**

Value for money: BabaLoo Hybrid Fitteds are priced on par with other WAHM hybrid fitteds and I do think the pricing is fair considering the time that goes into making them. You also get quite a lot of bang for your buck in terms of inserts - a snake style insert plus extra insert, which together is the equivalent of three regular inserts. [Rating: 4/5] 

**EDIT Aug 2015: BabaLoo now uses a snap-in petal shaped insert configuration with an additional hemp booster than can be laid in the diaper.**

Performance: We use these mostly at night and they work very well for J who has turned into a fairly heavy wetter at night. I don't need to add any extra inserts either - the inserts that it comes with is enough to handle his output. For daytime we can easily just use one of the inserts as J is a fairly light wetter during the day. He can also go coverless during the day to show off the awesome print. For nighttime we do use a wool soaker over the diaper though, but this is true for all the other night solutions we have. For a light-medium wetter at night you could even get away coverless (eg with A we only had to start using a cover over hybrid fitteds closer to two years old).  [Rating: 4.5/5] 

Overall impression: I love that there are so many WAHM options to choose from locally at the moment. BabaLoo is a great addition to our stash and an excellent night time solution.  It's also lovely for daytime use when you don't want to use PUL and/or to show off the print. It's well-priced and excellent value for money in terms of absorbency. A great diaper to fit a range of sizes, though might be a bit bulky on smaller/younger babies.

**EDIT Aug 2015: The changes to the fabrics used (thinner micro fleece instead of regular fleece) and a hemp booster makes this diaper trimmer and more absorbent and it stays nicer-looking for longer (no pilling on the fleece inside). **

You can buy BabaLoo Hybrid Fitteds diapers directly from their website. Like their Facebook page too where you will be notified of new products, prints and offers.

Disclaimer: All image credits belong to Hippie Safari. Please do not use or distribute without my permission. 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. J was just shy of one year old and weighed around 9.3kg when these photos were taken.

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