08 June 2015

Review: BumChiki Snap 'n Go

Description: The BumChiki Snap 'n Go consists of a 100% cotton print exterior with colour coordinating cotton towelling around the waist, hidden PUL  and interior lining also made of cotton towelling. There are three layers of cotton towelling in the wetzone. It comes with a snap-in insert made of three layers of cotton towelling and a brushed cotton outer.  The Snap 'n Go is available in a variety of sizes ranging from medium to x-large and fastens with snaps around the waist.

First impressions: I love the unique look of this diaper! Having tried quite a few brands, it's not often that I see a totally new concept, so the design of this diaper immediately intrigued me. I can describe it best as an AIO/training pant hybrid. You have the option of putting it on and fastening it like a regular diaper, or fastening the snaps and then pulling the nappy up like underwear. The front part can also be unsnapped from the waistband part for quick trips to the potty without having to remove the entire diaper - I think this would be a great feature for those practicing elimination communication.  [Rating: 5/5] 

Ease of use: Intially the configuration of the waistband snaps could be a little confusing as it's so different from other cloth diapers you might be used to, so there is a learning curve. You would lay baby on the diaper, fasten the waistband around their waist (like a belt) and then bring up the front of the diaper and snap that onto the waistband. You could also choose to snap the diaper up and have your toddler pull it up and down like underwear, which is great for older toddlers busy with potty learning. My one year old can't pull it up himself yet, but he is also not always keen to lie still for diaper changes. My favourite way to use these at the moment is snapping the waistband to the correct size, having J step into the waistband, then I pull it up around his waist and while he is standing I bring the front part up and snap it to the waistband. Much easier than trying to wrestle him down to the floor for a diaper change. WIN! When the diaper needs to be changed, you would simply pull it down like underwear if it's just wet. I love that you  also have the option of unfastening the snaps to take the diaper off though - this makes poop cleanup much easier. The diaper can go in the bucket as is - no need to unsnap or unstuff anything. I found that it washed up well, though it does take a while to dry. This is a fairly common issue with natural fibres though. [Rating: 3.5/5]  

Fit: The medium fits from 8 - 10 kg and I would say these run fairly true to size. At 15 months old and 10kg J can still quite comfortably fit the waist settings of the medium, but the rise is getting a little short. The fit is nice and trim and really gives the feel of underwear instead of a diaper.  The Snap 'n Go fits snugly around the legs and waist, without being too tight or leaving marks. There are quite a few snap settings around the waist to allow for a great fit on both slim and chubbier babies. [Rating: 4.5/5] 

Value for money: Given that these are WAHM made and taking into account the fabrics used and design/functionality I find the price fair. When these are used for potty learning you could probably just replace the insert when your toddler has an accident, which  would make these very cost effective. [Rating: 4/5] 

Performance: J is a light to average wetter during the day and we didn't have any leaks with the Snap 'n Go (changing every two hours), though the diaper did feel wet on the outside around the legs on a few occasions. I worried that the terry towelling around the waist would wick wetness, but we didn't have any issues with that. For a heavy wetter and used as a regular diaper you would probably need to add more absorbency. But as training pants these are one of the more absorbent brands that we've tried.  Poop was also contained perfectly, though J has yet to grace this particular diaper with a super runny number. 
[Rating: 3.5/5] 

Overall impression: As mentioned above - I love love love the unique concept and design. The Snap 'n Go looks really cute on and the fit is snug and trim. I love that this can be used as a diaper as well as training pants, which makes it perfect for toddler diapering as you won't need to sell them to buy training pants in the end. I also think these would work really well for elimination communication - I'm not sure how many other options there are available locally for those doing EC, but I imagine the variety is fairly limited. All in all a big thumbs up from my side to this WAHM for creating something new. [Rating: 4/5] 

BumChiki are available via their Facebook page or the BumChiki Nappy Artz group also on Facebook. 

Disclaimer: All image credits belong to Hippie Safari. Please do not use or distribute without my permission.  I received this diaper free of charge for purposes of review, was not compensated in any way 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 14 months old and weighed around 9.8kg


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