22 September 2016

Review: Biddykins Bamboo Flat

Description: The Biddykins Bamboo flat consists of a single layer of bamboo terry/rayon blend fabric. The edges are overlocked (serged) which makes for a trim finish. 

First impressions: I love love love how stretchy these flats are and they are deliciously soft when new. Construction is fairly simple (it is after all just a square piece of fabric), but the edges are very neatly finished off. The fabric itself is very thin/trim and drapey. [Rating: 4/5] 

Ease of use: Flats can be as complicated or easy to use as you make it. If you are intimidated by folding and snappy'ing, you can simply padfold them. Or try one of my favourite folds - after a few times, you will be able to fold it in just a few seconds. The stretchiness of the fabric helps to get a good fit if your fold is perhaps a little sloppy or if you have a toddler trying to roll away. These flats take about the same time to dry as hemp flats, perhaps a little longer due to the fabric being a bit thicker. But overall drying time is good. [Rating: 3.5/5]  

Fit: They are slightly thicker than hemp or flannel flats, so that makes them a little bit bulkier on, but not overly so. It's quite a lot trimmer than say a terry square. Padfolding will be more bulky than folding and securing with a snappy or pin.  They come in the standard 70 x 70 and we can still get a good fit using origami fold on J, who is 2.5 yo. If your baby/toddler has a bigger build you may find the rise slightly too short for origami, but kite fold should work perfectly. [Rating: 4/5] 

Value for money: In terms of absorbency and the soft stretchy fabric which makes for a great fit, I think these are great value for money.  [Rating: 5/5] 

Performance: J is still a fairly light wetter during the day, though sometimes he goes up to about medium and these flats hold up well on him both for daytime and night time (unboosted; he is a light night wetter). I did an absorbency test to get an idea of the max capacity of this flat and it came to 357ml, which is just a little bit less than a hemp flat. So it's one of the most absorbent flats out there, making it a great option for heavy wetters. Since the fabric contains natural fibres, it does go a bit stiff when line dried, but much less than hemp or flannel flats. [Rating: 5/5] 

Overall impression: This is a great addition to our flats stash and I would recommend them to anyone. They are a little bulkier than the standard size hemp flat which is most commonly available, but with a similar absorbency.  I love that they stay relatively soft and don't go super stiff when line dried and I would recommend these whether you are a die hard flats fan or just starting out.

You can buy Biddykins Bamboo flats by emailing them - information is on their website or Facebook page.  

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 29 months old and weighed approximately 13kg

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