29 January 2015

Review: Itti Bitti Tutto

Description: The Itti Bitti Tutto consists of a shell with minky exterior, hidden PUL waterproofing and microsuede interior lining. Inside there are colour coded snaps which correspond to the coloured snaps on the inserts. The shell has attached hip snap covers to prevent the last snap around the waist leaving marks on your bigger baby/toddler. The shell has what they refer to as a 'poo fence' -  interior double gussets, forming an oval shape around the wetzone area. This diaper has four rows of rise snaps on the front to adjust the sizing and  a single row of waist snaps to adjust the fit around the waist. It also has cross-over snaps on the waist tabs to allow for an even smaller waist adjustment. 

Inserts are sold seperately and available in either bamboo/cotton or microfibre. Both versions are topped with a stay-dry microsuede fabric. Each insert pack consists of three inserts - two large ones designed to snap in either the front or the back of the diaper and a smaller booster, designed to snap into one of the large inserts. For purposes of this review I tested the  bamboo/cotton inserts.   

First impressions: The minky outside feels super soft and luxurious and the diaper seems really well made with high quality fabrics being used. The crotch is nice and narrow (a personal preference based on my kids' body shape) and the inserts are nice and trim. The colour-coordinating snaps is a nice touch and makes the diaper seem just a little bit more polished vs other diapers which use all white snaps. The Itti Bitti Tutto looks like it can size down really small. [Rating: 4.5/5] 

Ease of use: The various snap configurations on the inserts and the shell can be quite confusing, however you just need to remember to match up the colours - ie blue always snaps into blue. Even so, I do feel that it can be quite intimidating for those new to cloth, especially since you have the option of using just one insert or all three inserts, depending on how heavy a wetter you have and using all three requires even more snapping to take place. Once the inserts are snapped into place, the diaper is easy enough to put on though and there is only one row of snaps to worry about around the waist, which is usually easy for daycares to manage. When you take the diaper off, you can unsnap the insert and replace it with another insert, or simply put the entire diaper in your diaper pail to be washed. Technically you don't have to unsnap the inserts to wash the diaper, however I prefer to unsnap them, especially when using the small booster that snaps onto the big insert, as I just feels it's easier to clean that way and obviously it reduces drying time as well. The shell itself dries in a reasonable amount of time, but the minky exterior means that it takes a little longer than a simple PUL cover. The inserts take a fair amount of time to dry, but this is par for the course with natural fibre inserts. [Rating: 3/5]  

Fit: At 10 months and almost 9kg, we get a really good fit on J. He is currently on the second last rise setting and with one snap exposed around the waist. We typically use one of the large inserts plus the snap-on small booster and it makes for a fairly trim diaper that fits very well underneath clothes. The crotch is nice and narrow, yet the diaper has nice bum coverage too, so it should fit quite well on babies with more meat on their bones too. One thing that does stand out is that the diaper has a fairly low rise. I tried it on A just before she potty trained - she was 2.5 years old at the time and around 12.5kg (so on the leaner side) and the rise was too short on her even fully unsnapped. So unless your baby is on the shorter end of the spectrum, these might not fit until potty training. They do fit really well even on small  babies though. I tried them on J around 3 months old (he was about 5.5kg at the time) and we got a really good fit on the second rise settings, with no snaps open at the waist. The diaper could still go smaller on the rise and waist using the cross-over waist tabs, so it might even fit a average-sized newborn.  [Rating: 4/5] 

Value for money: These are in the average to higher end of the price range for AI2 diapers. They are technically an AI2 system, which means you are able to re-use the cover and just replace the wet insert to give you more mileage out of the shell, however I prefer to use it as an AIO, since the shell isn't wipeable. If you compare the price of the shell plus inserts to other natural fibre AIOs it is quite comparable and for a well made diaper that can fit from really early on, I think the price is reasonable. [Rating: 4/5] 

Performance: The inserts are really absorbent, and if you have a light wetter or a younger baby you might be able to use this as night diaper with all three the inserts. As it is we use two inserts (large and booster) for daytime, which is sufficient for J's output. We could probably get away with just one insert, since J isn't a heavy wetter, though we have had a few instances of wicking around the leg elastics, so I rather add extra absorbency. This diaper also does a great job at containing poop with those internal gussets.  [Rating: 4/5] 

Overall impression: I absolutely adore the soft minky exterior and the lovely bright colours and prints that the Itti Bitti line has. The fit through the legs and crotch area is really nice, though I do wish that the rise was just a little bit higher so that we could use this diaper for longer - I don't think it will last us until potty training sadly. If you have a younger/petite baby and are looking for an AIO diaper that has both a stay-dry lining to keep baby's bum dry and the absorbency/trimness of natural fibres, look no further than the Itti Bitti Tutto. 

Itti Bitti Tutto diapers are available from Little Sam's locally or alternatively from various international resellers (the brand is from Australia). Like Itti Bitti 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 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 10 months old and weighed approximated 8.9 kg.

1 comment:

  1. love the pics! I like the newer colors with the color-coordinated snaps.


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