26 November 2015

Review: Fuzzibunz Sweet Beginnings OS Pocket Diaper


Description: The Fuzzibunz Sweet Beginnings OS pocket diaper consists of a PUL outer and a microfleece interior. It has a pocket opening at the back and comes with a hemp/cotton insert. Fit is adjusted using the buttonhole elastic in the waist (at the back) as well as on both legs. The diaper fastens around the waist with snaps and features hip snaps to prevent wing droopage as well as cross-over snaps to get a smaller fit around the waist.

First impressions: The Sweet Beginnings range is available in some super cute prints as well as bright solids. The PUL outer is nice and silky and reminds me of the feel of Rumparooz and TotsBots. The microfleece interior is the same soft quality fabric used in their previous pocket diapes Two things immediately struck me as different from the Fuzzibunz OS Elite: the roomy cut of this diaper as well as the elastic on the back edge of the pocket opening. The gathered pocket is definitely an improvement on the previous version in my opinion as you won't have to worry about tucking the lining in as with the Elite. Other smaller differences are the rounded tabs on this version vs the angular tabs of the OS Elite, the roomier waist of Sweet Beginnings and the tag has also been redesigned and moved it to the back of the diaper. [Rating: 4/5]  


Ease of use: On the plus side, there are no rise snaps to adjust, but you do have to adjust three sets of elastics (waist and two legs) before using this diaper. If you are unsure of which settings to use, there are guidelines on the packaging which will give you a rough indication. Of course you don't need to adjust with every use, only when baby outgrows the current settings. If you have more than one cloth bum and they use different settings, the constant adjusting might be a bit tedious. Or you could simply assign different diapers for each child. Once the size is adjusted, simply place the insert in the pocket and put it on your baby. I will say that the Sweet Beginnings pocket is a LOT easier to stuff than the OS Elite was due to the fact that the crotch is wider and the PUL inside is not sticky at all. Taking it off is pretty simple too - simply remove from your baby, remove the insert and place in your diaper pail. The fleece-y interior makes it very easy to spray poop off of. In terms of drying time, the pocket shell dries very fast, while the insert takes a bit longer (which is normal with natural fibres). [Rating:3.5/5]  

Fit: I absolutely loved the fit of the OS Elite, so had high hopes for this diaper, however the fit was not great for us. J is on the leaner side and while we did get a snug fit around his legs and waist, the diaper itself was quite roomy on him. The diaper is rated to fit from 3 months+, however I personally don't think you will get a good fit on a 3 month old. I do feel that this pocket is more geared towards bigger babies/toddlers and I think if you have one of those, you will really enjoy the generous cut of the diaper. At 21 months and just over 11kg, J still has a LOT of room for growth in the Sweet Beginnings [Rating: 2.5/5] 


Value for money: When compared to other US brandname pockets, Fuzzibunz is average price-wise, but it is more expensive than many other pockets available locally. The hemp/cotton insert does provide better absorbency than the typical microfibre inserts used in other pockets though, so that is something to take into account. While quality is good, I do feel that you also pay for the brand name. [Rating: 3/5] 

Performance: I consider J to be a light-medium wetter during the day at this point and the absorbency was more than sufficient for us. The insert could still absorb more, however I prefer to change around the two hour mark for hygiene reasons. Heavy wetters will probably need to add another insert and you should have no trouble adding extra inserts in the pocket as there is lots of space to accomodate extra layers. Smaller inserts are also available from Fuzzibunz should you need to boost. We had no issues with poop containment. [Rating: 5/5] 


Overall impression: Performance wise this diaper did well and I found it average in terms of ease of use. In terms of fit, this is not our favourite diaper, but if J was chunky I'm sure I would feel very differently about this! I would definitely recommend the Sweet Beginnings OS Pocket Diaper if you have a bigger toddler who is pushing the size boundaries with other OS diapers. 

You can buy Fuzzibunz locally from Little Monkeys Clinic. Like their Facebook page, where you will also be able to stay on top of new products and prints.

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, but did not receive any compensation for it 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 20 months old and weighed 11kg.

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