Using cloth nappies tends to take you down a few rabbit holes - from other eco friendly products to cloth diapering accessories and of course cloth nappy friendly clothing for those times when you have to cover up the pretty prints. Cloth nappy friendly bottoms are typically cut a bit more generously and/or using stretchy fabric to accomodate a squishy cloth bum.
Enter Hana Banana Britches.
Description: These are cloth diaper friendly pants that can grow with baby. They are made by a Cape-Town based WAHM. The grow-with me effect is achieved through cuffing the pants legs to expose a coordinating fabric inside. The waist is also adjustable using three snaps on each hip which enables you to make the waist bigger or smaller as you require. They are available in sizes small (0 -6 months), medium (6 months - 2 years), large (2 - 4 years) and extra-large (4 - 7 years). For purposes of review, we tried both the size medium and large.
|Adjusting the waist and leg length of the Hana Banana Britches|
Fit, quality and service: Hana Banana Britches are available in a variety of solids, coordinating prints and coordinating snaps - these change from time to time depending on availability. They are well-made with neat finishes and good attention to detail, even up to the thoughtful packaging.
They are generously cut through the waist and hip area and fit well over even the bulkiest fitted nappies that you may not be able to fit regular jeans over. My two year old toddler is on the leaner side and he can still fit both the medium (stone colour pictured here) and the size large (pictured here in denim). The size large still has LOTS of room to grow in both the waist (he is on the smallest setting) and the legs, so should easily fit him until age four as per the product guidelines. In fact, my 4.5 year old tried the medium on as a joke and the medium fit perfectly around her waist and the length was like shorts. So they are pretty versatile in that sense. ;-) The generous cut should make for a great fit on chubbier babies and toddlers too.
|Size medium with cuffs rolled up to fit as shorts on my two year old|
The WAHM is very accomodating and super friendly to deal with. One of the snaps came off and she was prepared to drive out to my house to fix it. Depending on the fabrics you choose for your pants, you may find that it tends to pill, but this is related to the specific fabric and not a product flaw.
Value for money: Considering these are handmade and that your baby/toddler will get a LOT of wear out of them, I think these are priced fairly, ranging from R300 to R350 depending on size. I like that they can continue to be used as shorts even after my son has outgrown the length, so we'll probably end up using them for a few more years!
Overall impression: Grow-with-baby clothing is very trendy in cloth circles and really great if you're on a budget or simply don't have time to buy an entire new wardrobe each season. Based on the friendly service and quality of the product, I would definitely recommend you check out Hana Banana Britches.
If you would like to buy a pair (or more) for your child(ren), join the Hana Banana Britches Facebook group.
Disclaimer: All image credits belong to Hippie Safari. Please do not use or distribute without my permission. I received this product free of charge for purposes of review, however all opinions expressed above are my own. While I aim to provide detailed, objective reviews of all the products 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 29 months old and weighed approximately 11.8 kg.