29 April 2013

Review: Cherub Tree Night Nappy

Description: The Cherub Tree Night Nappy is a OS AIO, consisting of a a minky exterior, backed with PUL and lined with bamboo fleece. The diaper comes with two soakers, one sewn to the diaper on one end, while the other one snaps in on the other end. Each soaker is made of two layers of bamboo fleece with a layer of microfibre sandwiched inbetween. The diaper closes with snaps around the waist and features overlapping snaps on the waist tabs. The length of the diaper is adjustable via a snap-down rise which has three rise settings.

First impressions: The Cherub Tree Night Nappy is very soft to the touch, both inside and out, with a soft, plush appearance. The light blue colour of the diaper I received to review is just gorgeous for either a boy or a girl, while the rainbow coloured overlocked edges add just the right amount of detail to the diaper. The interior seems to be a good quality bamboo fleece and the soakers have some extra length, allowing you to customise absorbency where you need it - a great feature especially in an overnight diaper.
[Rating: 4/5] 

Ease of use: This diaper is fairly easy to use, simply snap in the soaker and put it on your baby/toddler. The only part that might stump you is having to fold the soaker to increase absorbency in the part that your baby requires it most, but this is fairly simple if you go by the simple rule of extra absorbency in back for a girl, while for a boy you would fold the long soaker to have more layers in the front. When you take the diaper off your baby, no dis-assembly is required, you can simply throw the diaper as is into the pail. Note - for overnight use I recommend rinsing the diaper out in the morning, especially if you are dealing with toddler pee. I just find that it's easier to get clean that way. The soakers dry in a reasonable amount of time, however I did find that the rest of the diaper took a fair bit longer to dry - however this time can be sped up by unsnapping the rise snaps. Long drying times are not unusual for AIOs though, so it's not specific to this diaper. [Rating: 3.5/5]  

Fit: The fit of these is okay on A - not excellent, but not bad either. We get a good fit around the waist, but some gaping around the legs. The sizing is more generous than other diapers in the Cherub Tree range, which makes them more likely to fit chubbier babies and toddlers. I love the look of the ruffled edges on the legs and around the waist - I think it looks really cute on! These diapers are bulkier than other AIO diapers we have tried and is closer to the bulk you would expect from a fitted diaper. However, since it is marketed as a night-time diaper, the bulk is not something that bothers me and is comparable to other night-time solutions we have tried.  [Rating: 3.5/5]  

Value for money: These are more expensive than other AIO diapers, but for a night-time diaper I think they are fairly priced and cheaper than what you would pay for a quality fitted diaper. Unless you have a very heavy wetter you probably won't need to add any extra absorbency in the diaper, so with that in mind, I think they are pretty good value for money.  [Rating: 4.5/5] 

Performance: I tested this diaper as is for overnight use to see how well it would hold up - that is no additional soakers inside and no additional covers on top. We did not experience any pee leaks using this diaper - and this is for up to 12 hours and waking up anywhere from one to five times to breastfeed during that time. We have had a few mornings where the fabric around the leg openings was slightly damp, but it did not wick through to her clothes or bedding. A had an upset tummy recently and we did unfortunately experience a poo leak using this diaper - this was with *very* runny poo though and most likely due to the fact that we can't quite get a snug enough fit around her legs. Keep in mind A's legs are fairly lean, so if your baby has more leg chub you more than likely won't run into this problem. It is a factor to consider for smaller babies though and especially exclusive breastfed babies for those runny poos of the first few months.  [Rating: 3.5/5] 

Overall impression: I think this is a great night time option and certainly one of the best locally available options for overnight. With the exception of when A has an upset tummy, this is a fairly dependable diaper for overnight use and I love how fluffy her bum looks and feels in it - it seems like it would be very comfortable to wear. I love the fact that only natural fibres touches her skin when she's wearing this diaper - I find that her skin is less prone to redness with natural fibres overnight than with synthetic fibres. If you are looking for an overnight solution for your baby, you should definitely try the Cherub Tree Night Nappy. [Rating: 4/5] 

Cherub Tree Night Nappies are available directly from the Cherub Tree website as well as various resellers. Like them on Facebook 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 received this diaper free of charge for purposes of this review, but was not compensated in any way for the review 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 A, might not necessarily work well for you and your baby. At the time that these photos were taken, A was 18 months old and weighed 10 kg.

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