Kawaii Newborn Pocket Diapers Review

Kawaii Newborn Pocket Diapers Review ~ Maman Loup's Den

I received these items at no cost to facilitate my review. All opinions remain my own.

If you are looking for a very affordable newborn diaper to bridge the gap until your one-size stash fits, in theory, Kawaii’s newborn options, retailing for about $8, would seem ideal. The funny thing, however, is that by the time Little Miss Cub fit into her Kawaii newborn diapers, she also fit into many of our one-size diapers!

Sherbrooke, Quebec’s Boutique Le Chaton Vert sent me Kawaii’s three newborn designs:

The Little Green Baby Bamboo:

Kawaii Newborn Pocket Diapers Review ~ Maman Loup's Den 

Kawaii Newborn Pocket Diapers Review ~ Maman Loup's Den 

Here’s a look inside the Little Green Baby:

Kawaii Newborn Pocket Diapers Review ~ Maman Loup's Den 

Because of its stretch, this newborn diaper took the longest to give us a decent fit. And, even at 10 or so pounds, I found we would still get leg leaks because the diaper was loose. In this pictures she’s probably about 8 lbs. It’s all matchy matchy, but it is leaky leaky at the legs.  I found I had to really pull up on the wings to get the right fit around her legs even as she grew: 

  The fit did improve once she chubbed out:

The Pure & Natural

Kawaii Newborn Pocket Diapers Review ~ Maman Loup's Den 

Kawaii Newborn Pocket Diapers Review ~ Maman Loup's Den 

Here’s a look inside the Pure & Natural:

Kawaii Newborn Pocket Diapers Review ~ Maman Loup's Den We started to get a good, snug fit by about the 10 lb mark, as seen below. Before that, there were major leg gaps.

Kawaii Newborn Pocket Diapers Review ~ Maman Loup's Den In terms of absorption, I rarely am satisfied using microfiber all by itself. But the addition of a hemp booster behind the microfiber insert makes for an awesome, thirsty combo that lasts us three hours.


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The “New” Pure & Natural

Kawaii Newborn Pocket Diapers Review ~ Maman Loup's Den 

Kawaii Newborn Pocket Diapers Review ~ Maman Loup's Den 

And a peak inside, note the double gussets that are the main difference from its predecessor:

Kawaii Newborn Pocket Diapers Review ~ Maman Loup's Den 

The main difference between this design and its predecessor would be the addition of the internal double gussets, and different hook & loop closures. Both designs come with the same two microfiber inserts.

Kawaii Newborn Pocket Diapers Review ~ Maman Loup's Den 

To get a good fit, I really had to pull up on the wings to get some semblance of snugness around her legs when she was this small.

If you have a big newborn…

So, my main issue with the Kawaii newborn selection is not that they don’t perform well, it’s that they were too big. Take a look at the Kawaii design compared to a “true” newborn diaper and a one-size diaper snapped to its smallest:

Kawaii Newborn Pocket Diapers Review ~ Maman Loup's Den Since you generally purchase newborn models so that they fit from birth, and you use them until your one-size models fit well, I guess I don’t see the point of having newborn diapers that fit up to 22 lbs. (Or, for that matter, newborn models that don’t fit on an actual newborn.) That said, if you generally have larger babies, these would totally work for you, except, so would most one-size models. I suppose that if you are planning to diaper exclusively with Kawaii’s designs, then, considering that their one-size model is also very large, maybe you would need their newborn version, too.

I checked in with other Moms who have used Kawaii newborns, and the opinions are divided. I’ve got some who say they fit them great even at 6 lbs, and others who, like me, had to wait til baby grew quite a bit to get a good fit. 

Main differences between the three models:

So, obviously, there’s the difference of bamboo versus microfiber, but there’s also a difference in hook & loop closures and overall cut:

Kawaii Newborn Pocket Diapers Review ~ Maman Loup's Den 

I prefer the wider waistband of the “new” Pure & Natural (far right), but the wider hook & loop of the “old style” (middle). I’m not much a fan of the closure on the bamboo version at all.

Both our Bamboo and our “old style” Pure & Natural have less sticky laundry tabs that tend to not keep the velcro secure during washing.Kawaii Newborn Pocket Diapers Review ~ Maman Loup's Den 

Bottom Line:

If you birth big babies and are choosing a brand of one-size diapers that start to fit only when baby is quite a bit bigger (off the top of my head, I’d include Kawaii, and Blueberry and Sweet Pea AIOs in that list, as their one-size models don’t fit well yet and she is now 12 lbs), then I can see the utility of some Kawaii Newborn Pockets for your stash. But if you need a tiny newborn diaper to bridge the gap until your BumGenius or similarly-size one-size diapers fit, then these would not be the best option.

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6 responses to “Kawaii Newborn Pocket Diapers Review”

  1. Mariane L-L

    My son was born at 9.2lb and 21.5″. I decided to use cloth at the end of my pregnancy, so I had already bought a bunch of sposies. After a week in sposies, he started having a huge rash that eventually went away when I put him in cloth. Although he was a big newborn, I found it hard to get a good fit with my OS snaps diapers.I found them bulky at the waist and I had a hard time doing the snaps on his squirmy body and mostly remembering the right adjustment. And forget the idea of dad changing a diaper! I decided to order 12 Kawaii Pure and natural, knowing they were cheap and would fit now and for a couple months. I was happy when I received them, although it’s clearly not the same quality as my other diapers (Funky Fluff, AC, EBB, BG). I also experience the tabs getting undone in the wash and it’s the reason why I don’t reach to them often now that my son is 3 months old (now 16lb!). I disliked the MF inserts and wish I had buy covers only. They are to thick and 1 has never been enough for my heavy wetter.

  2. The Pure and Natural definitely fit Emily for the recommended weight range (from tiny to huge – I think we got close to 2 years of use out of it because she was so petite!) but I’m wondering if this is a diaper that (like Alvas) aren’t always consistent in their sizing. I wonder if we put YOUR PN2 next to my PN2 from 3 years ago next to each other if we’d see a big difference.

    1. Lindsay

      So, that’s an awesome point, and would go a long way to explain the fact that I had comments from Moms in one of my gropus, when I asked about the fit of the Kawaii NB, that ranged from “fit perfectly at birth” to “it was way too big!”

  3. Kathleen P

    Adorable little diaper buns

  4. Marie Cole

    I was looking into getting some of these for the next baby but since my babies tend to be small and these run big I’m thinking I might pass on them.

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