09 May 2017

Review: Poopsy Daisy AI3

Description: The Poopsy Daisy AI3 consists of a cotton lycra exterior*, cotton velour (or athletic wicking jersey) interior and a hidden layer of absorbency in the shell. It comes standard with a snap-in double petal cotton/hemp insert topped with a matching cotton velour (or athletic wicking jersey) and a small booster that snaps onto the bottom petal insert. The booster is topped in the same fabric as the outer shell.  This diaper has four rows of rise snaps on the front to adjust the sizing and three staggered snaps on each wing which corresponds to three rows of waist/hip snaps. The front waist has a small elasticated section as well. The edges are either serged (overlocked) or turned and top stitched. 

For purposes of review I tried the serged, cotton lycra outer, cotton velour interior version. Fit and function may vary with different combinations.

*Fabrics may vary depending on availability. 

First impressions: This shape intrigued me as it was the first of this style I've seen locally. And let's be honest, this print didn't hurt one bit. The Good Dinosaur for my dinosaur obsessed toddler! The quality of fabrics and workmanship from this WAHM just keeps on getting better.  The cut of this particular style makes it seem as if it would be a smaller fit, so I was curious to see how it would fit on my three-year old.  

Ease of use:  While this nappy is easy to assemble - simply snap in the double petal insert and booster - putting it on your baby can be a little tricky if you're not used to the style. The WAHM has a fit video on her group, so that would be a good place to start. In short though - don't be afraid of a snug fit! The nice thing about the little booster is that you can turn it to lay in the front (wide side towards the waist) for boys or you can flip it around and have it lie more towards the back for girls. When taking the nappy off, simply put it in your pail, you don't need to unsnap the insert. Because of the absorbent layer in the shell and the particular combination of fabrics in the version I have (cotton lycra exterior, velour interior), this shell does take a fair amount of time to dry. If you have an AI3 with athletic wicking jersey that would cut down on drying time quite a bit. [Rating: 3.5/5]

Fit: The fit of this nappy is fantastic on my toddler. He is 3 years old, weighing 15+ kg, average length and there is still room to grow on the waist/hips, though he is on the biggest rise setting. For reference he is on middle rise on our Alva rebrand pockets. We do not need to snap the middle snap on the waist tabs. For how absorbent it is, it's quite a trim solution. [Rating: 5/5]

Value for money: This is not a budget nappy. It is a splurge nappy and a great one at that. In terms of function, you could probably get cheaper nappies to do the job, but in this case you pay for more than function.  [Rating: 4/5]

Performance: This nappy offers excellent absorbency - about 325ml from absorbency tests I did.  To give you an idea that's a bit more than three bamboo pocket inserts. Pretty good going for an AIO and according to average daytime output results this nappy should hold up even for heavy wetters during the day. It should also work unboosted for light to medium wetters overnight. [Rating: 5/5]

Overall impression: The Poopsy Daisy AI3 is one of my favourites in our stash at the moment. I am just sad I discovered it so late in our diapering journey. A great buy if you have some money saved up for a special treat.

You can buy Poopsy Daisy nappies via their website. Join their Facebook group to be the first to hear of new products and prints. 

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 3 years old and weighed approximately 15 kg.

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