15 June 2015

Review: Imagine Birdseye Cotton Flats

Description: The Imagine Birdseye Cotton flat consists of a single layer of 100% cotton fabric. The edges are hemmed (not overlocked) and the flat measures 67.5 x 67.5 cm before prepping.  They are available in bleached (plain white), unbleached (beige) as well as a few different prints. Imagine flats are available in packs of six. Pictured here is Rawr. 

First impressions: These flats are super trim and the weave is unlike anything I've seen available in local fabric shops. The birdseye weave looks like small diamonds. The bleached and unbleached versions have an old-school charm about them, while the printed versions are just a little bit more special than your average flat, with a print to brighten up the expanse of fabric. They are smaller than most standard sized flats that I've tried. [Rating: 4/5] 

Ease of use: Flats can be as easy or as complicated to use as you make them. The simplest way to use them would be padfolded in a cover, though I prefer to fold and snappy them on. The thin fabric makes these flats easy to fold around your baby even though the fabric doesn't have any stretch. It is also easy to tuck/fold/jellyroll the fabric around the leg without too munch bunching and excess fabric forming a thick ridge. These flats wash up very easily and as the fabric is so thin they dry super fast! Of the flats I've tried they are the second quickest to dry, the only ones that dry faster are muslin flats. This makes them a great choice as stash filler for wet winters or if you are handwashing. [Rating: 4/5]  

Fit: These flats are super duper trim! Because they are smaller than other flats they fit well padfolded in covers on the smallest setting. They still work on J in origami fold, though the rise is getting a little short on him now. We are still able to do other folds though with plenty of room to grow (eg Neat Fold, Jo Fold, Kite Fold). For reference he is 15 months old and weighs roughly 10kg, average height [Rating: 5/5] 

Value for money: I find these to be a good price in terms of quality of fabric and the fact that it is an imported brand. Flats are an economical way to build a stash and since they are smaller than other flats and so trim you could even use them from birth, which saves you from having to buy a seperate newborn stash. However you might find that your baby outgrows the size and level of absorbency before they potty train. [Rating: 4/5] 

Performance: J is a light to medium wetter during the day and these hold up just fine for us during the day (changing every 2 hours). Most toddlers would require boosting with these though. We haven't tried these for overnight, but they would require some serious boosting to work.  [Rating: 3/5] 

Overall impression: Imagine Birdseye cotton flats are great quality, super trim and the printed options available, though limited, are super cute. They are well priced and ideal for smaller babies and light wetters. If trimness is a big priority for you, you will love these. 

You can buy Imagine Flats from local retailer Mulberry Moon. Like Imagine 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 14 months old and weighed 9.8 kg.

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