Description: The Bush Bums Mopani Hybrid Fitted is the budget offering from this WAHM and features the same inserts as the organic (Baobab) range - that is two lay-in inserts made of organic cotton and hemp. The outer fabric is a printed polycotton, with a hidden layer of fleece and an interior fleece lining. This diaper also has an extra fleece liner which can be used either as stay-dry layer against baby's skin or underneath the inserts to provide an extra barrier to repel liquid back into the inserts. The diaper features a 3 x 3 snap-down rise which enables you to adjust the fit to your baby and it fastens with snaps around the waist. There are two snaps on each wing as well as two crossover snap settings to make the waist smaller for a younger baby.
First impressions: The print on this diaper is really unique and I especially love the perfect bum cut on the one I received. It seems to run a little smaller than the Baobab hybrid fitted of the same brand and because of the fabrics used isn't as squishy. The inserts are the same ones used in the Baobab diaper though. The extra fleece liner is a nice touch. [Rating: 4/5]
Ease of use: These are fairly simple to use - simply snap the rise to the correct setting, lay in your inserts and put the diaper on your baby. It is a two-part diapering system in that it requires a cover to be fully waterproof. The polycotton outer doesn't stretch, which makes this diaper a little more difficult to put on vs diapers with a stretchy outer fabric. The snap-down rise on the front will be very familiar to pocket users and makes the transition to fitteds easier for newbies. The inserts also fit into the diaper as is, no need to fold anything down, again making it very user friendly. When taking the diaper off, you can simply pop the entire thing into your diaper pail, no need to unsnap or unstuff anything. It dries faster than the average hybrid fitted, which is a plus point. [Rating: 4.5/5]
Fit: I struggled with the fit of this diaper around J's legs. It is a high cut leg and we did get slight leg gaps on the smallest and middle rise with various waist settings. Due to the non-stretchy nature of the fabric I have to make it almost too tight around the waist to try and compensate for the legs. If your baby has chubby thighs, you might not have this issue though. My preference is also for a fold-over rise as it creates less bulk up front in my opinion and obviously also provides you with the ability to fine-tune the fit around the legs and rise. In terms of overall bulkiness, Bush Bums is on par with other hybrid fitteds, ie on the bulkier side. At 18 months old and almost 11kg, J is on the middle rise setting with the waist tabs touching at the centre. [Rating: 2.5/5]
Value for money: The Mopani Hybrid Fitted is one of the least expensive hybrid fitteds on the market at the moment and I think a very fair price in terms of fabrics used. It is aimed at those who want to try out hybrid fitteds without spending a lot of money on one diaper and I think it succeeds very well in that. [Rating: 4/5]
Performance: We tried this diaper during the day and for overnight use. J is still what I would consider to be a light wetter and we did experience some wicking at the legs around the two hour mark, however no leaks. Poops were contained, although I'm not sure if runny ebf poop would've been contained given our struggles with fit around the legs. For overnight this diaper required boosting, but held up pretty well once boosted.* J is currently a medium wetter at night. In terms of drying time, this fitted dries fairly fast in comparison to other fitteds we have tried. [Rating: 3.5/5]
* As is, this fitted is intended for day use, as per the creator of Bush Bums
Overall impression: This print puts a smile on my face whenever J wears it. I love the intention behind this range which is to give parents on a budget a chance to try out a hybrid fitted. In terms of fabrics used and overall look I think this diaper is spot-on, though I would love to see a fold-down rise as option and perhaps a slightly bigger cut to compensate for the lack of stretch in the outer fabric used. Absorbency-wise it is on the lower end of the scale in comparison to other WAHM hybrids I've tried, however it is not intended as a night diaper. If you are new to cloth and would like to try a hybrid fitted without busting your budget, give Bush Bums a go.
Keep an eye out for the Bush Bums Baobab range of Hybrid Fitteds if you prefer organic fabrics against your baby's skin and are prepared to pay a little bit more.
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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 this review, however 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. J was 18 months old and 10.9kg when these photos were taken.