Description: The Milovia cover is a one-size cover designed to be used with their lay-in inserts (or any other inserts) or as a cover over flats or prefolds. It is made of a single layer of PUL with a wipe-able interior. Inside there are flaps at the front and back to keep an insert, trifolded prefold or padfolded flat in place. The flaps are topped with microfleece that lays against baby's skin. It fastens with one row of snaps around the waist and has a 3 x 3 snap down rise to adjust the size as baby grows.
Ease of use: As far as covers go and bearing in mind it is a two-step system, Milovia is probably one of the easiest covers to use with it's single row of snaps and flaps to hold the insert in place vs simply laying it in. I like that the flaps are elasticated too - it holds the insert in place when trying to put the diaper on a wriggly toddler. When the insert is wet, simply remove and use another insert. If the cover is soiled, it goes in the bucket for wash day. These covers wash up well and dries pretty fast due to the single layer of PUL. This makes them a great option for handwashing should you need to do that. [Rating: 5/5]
Fit: I really like the gentle fit around the legs - these covers never leave marks on J. The cover fits nice and snug and looks really good on the bum. At 18 months and 10.9kg J is on the smallest rise setting with two snaps showing at the waist, so there is still room to grow. Even though there is no hip snap, we didn't have any issues with wing droopage. I found the cover to fit best paired with inserts (Buttons, Best Bottoms, Snappy Nappy or Flip inserts) or padfolded flats. When using snappi'd flats, I couldn't get a nice seal at the top of J's legs as the diaper has quite a high cut leg. We didn't try it over snappi'd prefolds or fitteds, however I'm pretty sure the same problem would present itself. The cover is not roomy enough to fit over bulky flats or night time fitteds either. I think this high cut would be an awesome fit for chubbier legged babies though. [Rating: 3.5/5]
Value for money: Milovia falls into the high end of the price range as far as covers go and while the cover is good quality I was a little disappointed that it wasn't more versatile (in terms of being able to fit over snappi'd flats and prefolds as well) to make up for the price. With the gorgeous array of prints you might feel that the high price is justified though. [Rating: 3/5]
Performance: This cover does its job - all messes are contained. As far as leaks, we have not had any, however that would obviously depend on the level of absorbency of the insert you use with this cover. Milovia has inserts specifically for use with their covers, however I did not test those, so cannot comment on how thirsty they are. [Rating: 5/5]
Overall impression: I absolutely adore the prints that Milovia offers and if I were to judge this cover based on looks alone it would be a resounding YES from me. The fact that I couldn't get a great fit over snappi'd flats did bother me though as I more often than not snappy flats vs padfolding them which leaves me not reaching for this cover as often as I would've wanted to. The design of the flaps is very clever with the elasticated bottom edge keeping the insert in place and the soft fleece against baby to minimise exposed PUL - great for babies with sensitive skins. As a cover I feel it is limited though, it works best as an AI2 system (ie shell plus inserts). If you're keen to try out a new AI2 system and looking for something with gentle leg elastics and super-cute prints, give Milovia a try.
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