20 July 2016

Review: Biddykins AIO

Description: The Biddykins AIO consists of a waterproof PUL outer, microsuede interior and two absorbent inserts attached at the front and back of the diaper respectively, ie the inserts can flap out.  The insert attached to the front of the diaper consists of two layers of bamboo and two layers of microfibre, topped with a layer of microsuede for stay-dry effect. The other attached insert consists of 4 layers of bamboo. This is a one size fits most diaper which adjusts in size using three rows of rise snaps on the front. It fastens around the waist using two snaps on each wing plus a hip snap to prevent wing droopage. 

First impressions: The interior design of this diaper reminds me of the Bumgenius Freetime and the Bam+Boo AIO with the flap out inserts and strip of PUL on the inside across the waist. What makes this one different to the Bam+Boo AIO is the single gussets and the inserts are thicker than both of the brands mentioned above. I like the fact that one insert is topped with stay-dry fabric which gives you the option of layering that one on top if baby is sensitive to wetness or alternatively having the bamboo insert on top if baby is sensitive to synthetics. The diaper seems well made and I appreciate the small touches like the colour coded snaps and the strip of PUL across the tummy.  The AIO is available in a limited range of prints. [Rating: 3.5/5] 

Ease of use: As far as ease of use goes, this diaper is as simple as they come. Everything is already attached, simply put the diaper onto baby. There is no snapping and no stuffing; simply arrange the flaps inside to have either the stay-dry or bamboo on top (depending on your preference) before putting it on your baby. The ease of use makes it a very beginner friendly diaper. Similarly when you take it off, simply pop it in your dry bucket  as is (after disposing of any poop of course). Drying time is roughly average compared to other AIOs, and is a little on the longer side as expected of natural fibres [Rating: 4/5]  

Fit: The fit of this AIO is bulkier than most other AIOs and I find it a bit bulgy in the crotch area especially, regardless of the rise setting I choose. We settled on the middle rise setting on two year old 11.8ish kg J with hip snap snapped on the second last one and four snaps exposed on the waist. So in terms of waist room this diaper does not have as much room to grow as other brands we've tried and this might be an issue if your baby or toddler is on the chubbier side. [Rating: 3/5] 

Value for money: These AIOs are priced to suit tight budgets and on the lower end of the price range compared to other AIOs. The quality is pretty good in terms of what you're paying, which makes them great stash fillers. [Rating: 5/5] 

Performance: This AIO held up pretty well for us (bearing in mind J varies between light and medium wetter at the moment) and it is probably one of the more absorbent AIOs in its price range. My absorbency tests (I used this method) indicate that the inserts can absorb approximately 320ml, which is roughly the equivalent of a pocket insert with 3 x microfibre inserts, however less than say a hemp flat. If you have a heavy wetter you will need to add some boosting, but this is par for the course with most AIOs. We did not try this diaper for overnight as J has issues when in PUL the whole night, but it could probably work for light wetters. [Rating: 4/5] 

Overall impression: The Biddykins AIO is very well priced which makes it a great stash filler and a great option for those new to cloth and wanting to try it out without a big investment. Absorbency wise it may fall short for heavy wetters or older toddlers, but to be fair, most diapers will require boosting for heavy wetters. The ease of use is a big pro - nothing beats simply being able to grab a diaper from the pile of freshly dried nappies and being able to put it directly on the bum without any further prepping. All in all, a good value-for-money buy! 

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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 review, however 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 28 months old and weighed approximately 11.8 kg.

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