30 May 2014

{Newborn fluff} Review: Sunshine Cloth Newborn AIO

Sunshine Cloth newborn AIO on J at 3.5kg & 56cm

Description: The Sunshine Cloth newborn AIO/pocket diaper functions as an AIO in that it has an attached soaker, but also features a pocket opening in which you can stuff extra inserts for added absorbency. It consists of a waterproof PUL outer and a microsuede interior lining. The soaker is attached at the back and consists of two double layer hemp/cotton inserts. The attached soaker can be stuffed inside the pocket for stay-dry effect on baby's bum, or simply laid on top if you prefer natural fibres to touch their bum. As this is a sized diaper, there is no rise adjustment. The diaper closes with Velcro tabs around the waist. 

First impressions: I love that this diaper is made by a WAHM and have to say it's very well made. The PUL prints on offer are awesome and I couldn't resist buying both the pirate and watercolour prints. They are just as gorgeous in real life and the PUL feels nice and silky to boot. The Velcro seems nice and sticky (remember I'm not a fan of Velcro) and I like that there are laundry tabs. I thought the colour co-ordinating Velcro strip (you can see this on the watercolour print) was a nice touch too. [Rating: 4/5] 
Sunshine Cloth newborn AIO on J at 3.5kg & 56cm
Ease of use: These are pretty straightforward to use - either lay the attached soakers on top or stuff it inside the pocket, then fasten it around your baby. The soakers are a little longer than the diaper in order to allow the user to customise absorbency, so you do need to fold them down before putting the diaper on. The velcro makes for quick and easy diaper changes and is very daddy-friendly. I had no trouble stuffing the inserts in the pocket opening, though tended to mostly use these with the inserts laid on top. The inserts agitate out in the wash, so there is no need to unstuff when taking the diaper off. Drying time was average - while the shell dried fast, the cotton/hemp inserts took a bit longer to dry. [Rating: 4/5]  

Fit: These fit J from the start of our cloth diapering journey at 2.2kg. Initially I had to fold the rise down as he was so tiny, luckily the velcro closures made that possible. What I really loved about this diaper is that it was trim on J right from the start - no mean feat on such a skinny baby! J outgrew these around 5kg; along with the Bumgenius newborn diaper it was one of the first he outgrew. All-in-all a really nice fit on him throughout the newborn period though. [Rating: 4/5]  

Sunshine Cloth newborn AIO on J at 3.5kg & 56cm
Value for money: These were $10 each when I bought them, and considering we were able to use them for two months, I'd say it was money well spent. The materials used are very good quality, which really surprised me given the price point. I will say that the Velcro on the pirate print started looking ratty pretty quickly, something that I didn't notice with the watercolour print diaper. But this could be ascribed to me reaching for that adorable pirate print more often. [Rating: 4/5] 

Performance: For some reason we experienced leaks whenever I stuffed the inserts inside the pocket vs laying them on top. I have no idea why, initially thought it was just a fluke, but it happened every time, so eventually I just ended up using them laid on top. In that configuration we had no issues with leaks for either pee or poop. J started outpeeing these around 10 weeks old. While the pocket opening does allow you to add extra absorbency, I didn't have an extra insert short enough, so I would have to fold over a longer insert, making the diaper pretty bulky. With J already almost outgrowing the rise, the extra stuffing just didn't work for us, so sadly I retired these diapers around 2.5 months.  [Rating: 3.5/5] 

Sunshine Cloth newborn AIO on J at 2.2kg & 47cm
Overall impression:  I absolutely loved the look of these and the super cute prints and thought they were great value for money. I love how versatile this diaper is - you can choose to have either natural fibres or stay-dry fabric against baby's bottom and can use it as either a pocket or all-in-one (though note my issues with use as a pocket under performance). I reached for these quite often and would say they were definitely one of my show-off diapers during the newborn stage. 

Sunshine Cloth Diapers are available on Hyenacart. 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 paid regular retail price for this diaper, received no compensation for my 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 J, might not necessarily work well for you and your baby. At the time that these photos were taken, J was between 1.5 and 10 weeks old and his weight ranged between 2.2kg and 5kg. 

Sunshine Cloth newborn AIO on J at 5kg & 58cm

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