02 June 2014

{Newborn fluff} Review: Alva Newborn Pocket Diaper

J in an Alva newborn pocket at 3.8kg and 54cm
Description: The Alva newborn pocket diaper consists of a waterproof PUL outer and a microsuede interior lining. There is a pocket opening at the front with one small microfibre* insert to stuff into the pocket. The diaper has three rows of snaps on the front to adjust the rise and comes in either snap or velcro waist closures. The snap waist closure features additional hip snaps. This review will be focusing on the snap version. 

First impressions: This diaper literally looks like a miniature version of the one-size Alva pocket diaper. Nothing flashy, but nothing wrong with the quality either. The crotch width (and hence the pocket area) is fairly narrow with a thin and narrow microfibre insert to match. This made me wonder how easy it would be to stuff this diaper and also how absorbent that tiny insert would be. The leg openings seem bigger than other newborn diapers I have. Alva newborn pocket diapers are available in a nice selection of fun brights as well as a few prints. [Rating: 3.5/5] 

J in an Alva newborn pocket at 2.8kg and 51cm
Ease of use: Once these are stuffed, they go on pretty easily - simply fasten around your baby. Stuffing them proved to be a bit tricky though as the crotch area is so narrow. I managed to stuff them, but if you have bigger hands you will probably struggle with this. When the diaper needs to be changed, you simply remove the insert and throw both insert and shell into the pail. Drying time was fast for both the shell and the insert, so that was a bonus. [Rating: 3.5/5]  

Fit: These diapers did not fit J initially at 2.2kg - they gaped at the legs. Now if you have the velcro version, you could fold down the rise in the front and simply velcro onto the interior lining to get a snugger fit around the legs. However, this is not possible with the snap version. By the time J reached 2.8kg, they fit perfectly though. The fit was actually pretty cute on J - nice and trim through the crotch and not at all bulky. I would hazard a guess and say that these would probably still fit him now at 6kg on the biggest rise setting. [Rating: 4/5]  

J in an Alva newborn pocket at 3.8kg and 54cm
Value for money: These are a very affordable newborn diapering option, and certainly super cheap as far as pockets or AIOs go. Given our issues with performance though (see below), I don't think that the microfibre pocket is value for money though. Apparently the bamboo insert is much better, though I wasn't able to test it on J. [Rating: 3.5/5] 

Performance: I was seriously disappointed in the performance of these diapers - they leaked all the time! (Note: I had the microfibre insert only). And it wasn't due to me leaving them on too long - once they actually fit J, they leaked within 45 minutes the first time he had this diaper on. The small microfibre insert just wasn't very absorbent at all. I consider J an average wetter, so if you have a very light wetter, these might work for you, but for us they just didn't work. I tried them a few times after that to give the diaper the benefit of the doubt, but ended up having to change his outfit every single time due to pee leaks. I did use it once or twice with a thicker insert (snappy nappy size small, just laid on top of the pocket), but this compromised fit for us, so it wasn't really a viable option either. Due to the frequent leaks, I stopped using these diapers pretty early on, it just wasn't worth it for us. 
[Rating: 1/5] 

Overall impression:  While the price is great and the fit is quite cute, the absorbency of the microfibre insert was simply not enough for this to be a viable diapering option on J. And as the pocket opening was so tiny, I wasn't able to add additional inserts either. All in all, I just wasn't a fan of the Alva newborn pocket diaper. 

*You can also opt to have a bamboo insert instead, which costs $1 or so more.

Alva diapers are available directly from their website.

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 4 and 11 weeks old and his weight ranged between 2.8kg and 5.2kg. 

J in an Alva newborn pocket at 5.2kg and 58cm

1 comment:

  1. Frankly saying, these baby pictures too cute. Nice pocket diapers these are. Parents must check every product before buying. Sometimes products are harmful to use due to their toxic manufacturing materials. Small babies skins are very soft and delicate. So if any baby product is not hygienic or safe, it could affect the baby with several diseases. Anyways, thanks for the suggestions.
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