I received this diaper free for review, courtesy of Bummis. All opinions remain my own.
In planning the #CDLocal2Me Giveaway Hop, I couldn’t help but feel lucky to be a cloth diapering blogger in the home of an industry pillar such as Bummis. As I mentioned in my recent Dimple Diaper review, I’ve had the pleasure of collaborating with Bummis on various levels, far beyond just reviewing their products.
It seems appropriate to be reviewing a Bummis diaper while promoting #CDLocal2Me, because Bummis is focusing a lot of its communication strategies on a very simple motto:
Where’s here? Well, pretty much in my backyard. And while many brands can boast about being locally manufactured, Bummis can also take pride in using fabric and components that are sourced in Canada and the US rather than overseas.
Bummis Flannel Fitted Review
Let me begin this review with a disclaimer: I am not a regular user of fitted diapers. In fact, I’ve even written about how this diaper style doesn’t really have a place in my stash. Being the intrepid and eager cloth diaper industry explorer that I am, however, I couldn’t just ignore a new product from my most localest, dearest-to-my-heart manufacturer!
My first impression of the diaper when it arrived was two-fold:
1- This is the tiniest one-size fitted I’ve ever seen;
2- Crap, better not let Papa Wolf see this…
I have pink diapers and purple diapers and diapers that say “Nature Girl” on them, but it’s the “Hockey” diaper I’m worried about. I’m married to the only man in Montréal who hates hockey.
Luckily, the people whose opinions actually matter take no issue with the NHL, so I was left to wonder if this cuddly little diaper would actually fit on my cuddly but not-so-little Cub!
About the Flannel Fitted
Why so cuddly, you ask? See that soft looking inner fabric? That’s organic cotton sherpa… it’s as comfy cozy as it sounds! I have only every had one other diaper in my stash that used this fibre, and I’m definitely a fan. It reminds me of the texture of my Öko Creations hemp inserts, but stays softer after washing than hemp.
You’ll notice that unlike a lot of the fitteds I’ve seen and tried, the Flannel Fitted comes in one uniform piece. There are no sewn-in inserts nor additional boosters. It has two sets of rise snaps and a single row of waist snaps.
Much to my surprise, even though he’s 30 lbs, the Flannel Fitted was a perfect fit on Cub! Having been a tester on Bummis’ one-size Simply Lite cover, I knew that this trim cover did not fit well over bulky fitteds. It fits over the Simply Lite like a glove.
On a 30 lbs + 2-year-old:
Here’s Adrienne’s 10-week-old Chubster:
What I love about the Flannel Fitted:
- It is so trim on Cub that it almost looks like he’s just wearing a pair of training pants. I love the big ol’ junk-in-the-trunk look of a baby in a fitted diaper, but only for pants-free parties at home. This is a fitted diaper that you can put under jeans!
- It will fit well with any cover, and it fits under my trimmest cover (the Simply Lite).
- Without any microfibre terry, it comes clean easily in the wash. (I talk more about what Bummis VP, Shirley, told me about why Bummis has designed diapers free of microfibre in my Dimple Diaper post.)
- The big, sturdy snaps are durable and less delicate than the KAM snaps on most brands.
- Did I already tell you about how they’re made here?
What I like less about the Flannel Fitted:
- I think it needs to come with a lay-in booster. While Cub isn’t normally a super heavy wetter, I still found the diaper to be saturated after a short-period of time. Suzi from Cloth Diaper Addicts loved the combination of the Flannel Fitted and Bummis new Deluxe Booster, and I think for a couple dollars more, I’d like to see a booster come standard with the Flannel Fitted. When we tried the Flannel Fitted on Adrienne’s heavy-wetting 10-week-old, we found it leaked after 2 hours. For him, a booster would be a necessity.
- Most definitely needs a cover. This is not like a hybrid fitted where you can let your kid hang out at home without a cover. If they’re sitting on the couch in the fitted and no cover, the couch is going to get wet.
- Flannel is a fabric that will fade and pill a lot over time. I love flannel so much that until Cub was born (seriously, I was 28), I still slept with a faded piece of flannel that was once a pair of my pajamas. However, it is not a fabric that stays nice and bright over time, as you can see in the image below.
So while I am admittedly not someone who would be happy with a stash comprised of only fitteds and covers, I suspect I’ll be wanting a few more of these diapers to use on an eventual Cub 2.0. I love using fitteds and covers during the exclusively-breastfed-poop phase since they contain the biggest messes, and I like that this is a fitted that will grow with baby but that still actually fits almost from birth.
You can buy Bummis Flannel Fitteds at Lagoon Baby! (affiliate link)
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