05 June 2017

Review: Bumblebee Babies AIO

Description: The Bumblebee Babies AIO consists of a waterproof PUL outer, micro suede interior and two sewn-in inserts - one attached to the front of the nappy and one at the back. The nappy also has a pocket opening at the back to allow you to add extra absorbency should you need it.  The inserts are a combination of bamboo and microfibre with the front insert topped with a stay-dry microsuede layer. This nappy has three rows of rise snaps on the front to adjust the sizing and a row of waist and hip snaps to adjust the fit around the waist and hips/legs.

First impressions: This nappy seems to be well made, with thick, thirsty looking inserts and a silky PUL exterior. They are available in a variety of cute prints, including some custom ones. I like the extra details on this nappy - colour coded snaps and an extra pocket at the back to customise absorbency. Size wise, this nappy seems about average. [Rating: 3.5/5] 

Ease of use: No assembly required on this nappy - simply overlap the inserts to fit the shell and put the nappy on your baby.  When the nappy is on the smallest settings, you may need to stretch the shell a little so the inserts settle snugly inside. Drying time is about average for a AIO, the four layer inserts do take a little longer to dry, but it's not excessive. I love being able to just grab the nappy out of the clean laundry bin - no hunting for inserts! [Rating: 5/5]  

Fit: We get a good fit on J with room to grow in the rise and waist. It's not the trimmest AIO, but not super bulky either. If you are concerned about extra bulk, you can fold the inserts to concentrate layers  in the wetzone area and reduce bulk elsewhere. [Rating: 4/5] 

Value for money: These AIOs are very affordable and will fit in most budgets. They would make good stash fillers. [Rating: 5/5] 

Performance: We haven't had any issues with leaks for daytime usage. I did not try this nappy for overnight, though if you add a booster in the pocket it might work for light wetters.   I did some absorbency tests and the nappy can absorb up to 280ml which is good for a daytime nappy. This means it should hold up for medium wetters without boosting. [Rating: 4/5] 

Overall impression: The Bumblebee AIO is a great stash filler and provides good fit and absorbency. It is very user friendly making it ideal for daycare, dads or newbies to cloth. It is versatile in that you can choose to have bamboo or stay-dry microsuede against baby's skin, depending on your preferences. At that price, it's a good option for anyone to try. 

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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 3 years old and weighed approximately 15.5kg.

Bumblebee Babies AIO on smallest vs biggest setting

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