I received this product free for review, courtesy of BabyKicks. All opinions remain my own.
I accepted the opportunity to review BabyKicks’s Premium Pocket Diaper fully convinced that I wouldn’t like it. A side snapping diaper? No way will I like that!
Luckily I didn’t place any bets… turns out, I really like the side snaps! At this point in his toddlerhood, (and really, for at least the past six months) Cub has been loathe to let me change his diaper. I often change him while he is standing at the computer desk, hypnotized by some absolutely bizarre YouTube video where a grown man demonstrates a Thomas the Train toy. (What’s the DEAL with those videos?!) Turns out, it’s way easier to secure a side-snapping diaper on a standing child than a diaper with the more common front closures.
Besides its side snapping closures, the BabyKicks diaper has a lot of other features that I haven’t seen on other brands I’ve reviewed (and I’ve reviewed a lot of diapers). For example, it’s the first diaper to come with an insert made of my absolute favourite absorbent fibre: hemp. All the diapers I use that came with microfibre inserts (for example, BumGenius) are stuffed with hemp trifolds from Öko. I love that this diaper comes exactly as I want to use it! Another feature I’ve never seen are the soft, fleece gussets. Usually the gussets of cloth diapers are just PUL. My BabyKicks is also the only one in my stash with a bamboo velour inner.
Things I love about my BabyKicks Premium Pocket Diaper:
- Shockingly, the side snap closure!
- Nice, tall rise for my tall boy;
- Hemp/cotton blend insert that is super absorbent;
- Narrow crotch (as narrow as Funky Fluff and Charlie Banana);
- With the insert at its largest, the fit is trim (would be a bit bulky when folded for the lower rises);
- The fact that BabyKicks owns the domain “OurDiapersAreThe*hit.com” (*=S).
I’m neutral on the fleece gussets. I think it’s a feature that definitely makes the BabyKicks design different, but I don’t know that I like it any more or any less than regular, PUL gussets.
Things I Like Less About my BabyKicks Premium Pocket Diaper:
- Although it’s cool that there’s a stay-dry fleece liner included with the diaper, it is way. too. small. It’s the tiniest, narrowest fleece liner I’ve ever seen!
- The package instructions on how to adjust the diaper for a newborn made me feel like an idiot, because I didn’t understand them at all. They should just say “See our YouTube video for how to adjust for a newborn,” or at least provide some diagrams. I was baffled.
- I’d like for the front waistband to be slightly contoured, rather than perfectly straight across. But I know nothing about the technicalities of cloth diaper construction, so I am not even sure this is a possibility, or if you even know what i mean.
- I have a great dislike for pocket openings at the front of diapers. Always have to touch so much pee!
All in all, I was very pleasantly surprised by this diaper that I thought I’d hate! At different stages, I’m not sure if I’d still love the side snaps, but I sure think they’re the (as BabyKicks would say) sh*t right now! The JoeyBunz hemp/cotton insert needs no boosting: it’s awesome. (Plus, hemp/cotton blends are way easier to launder than microfiber, and you can use the insert on top of the diaper if you want to rock it “All-in-two” style.)
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