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It’s no big secret that I love my TotsBots. The EasyFit V4 diaper has been a staple in our stash ever since it was released in 2013. I wrote a glowing review back in the day! Cub outgrew the rise before he potty trained, but when he was two, we were able to use the EasyFit V4 overnight with its included booster. I started using the EasyFit V4 on Little Miss Cub when she was a newborn: it was one of our earliest fitting one-size diapers.
Being one of my all-time favourites, I was pretty surprised when Jennifer at Lollypop Kids told me TotsBots was already coming out with a new EasyFit design. Realistically, a new design after just three years isn’t out of the ordinary for cloth diaper brands. I just can’t believe it’s already been three years since I was getting hyped up about the V4 and its super-absorbent binky! The funny thing is, I found our V4s to be pretty bulletproof on Cub. I even weighed one to see how much it had absorbed overnight on Cub, who was still nursing during the night. But on Little Miss Cub, who’s only ten months old, and much smaller than her big brother was at this age, I sometimes find leg leaks with our Tots V4s, particularly if it’s the first diaper of the morning and I don’t include the booster. It’s like she floods it with her first pee o’ the day and it leaks through at the legs …
Enter the TotsBots EasyFit Star. It shares many similarities with its predecessor, the V4:
Same super sturdy hook & loop closure. Same sewn-in soaker that tucks into the back pocket. Unlike the V4, the Star does not come with an additional booster. It is also cut slightly larger:
The larger cut means Little Miss Cub wears her EasyFit Star on its smallest rise, but is on the middle rise on our EasyFit V4s. Likely, the Star would’ve lasted a bit longer on my tall, tall big boy Cub. The absorbent inner of the EasyFit Star is bamboo. (The EasyFit V4 is a bamboo/minky blend.)
he biggest difference in the V4 and the Star is the way the leg elastics are sewn:
The EasyFit V4 has leg elastics sewn in a casing, much like the vast majority of cloth diapers I’ve tried. The EasyFit Star is described by TotsBots as having “clever stitch-free seams,” created in response to customer comments that moisture leaks through the tiny holes caused by the stitching at the leg casings (I’ve experienced this in many brands of diapers). So far, we have had zero leg leaks with our EasyFit Star, so I’m thinking this was an awesome improvement!
If you’ve never used a TotsBots before, this entire discussion of how the new Star compares to the V4 is pretty moo. (A cow’s opinion, it doesn’t matter.) Therefore, I shall now carry on with a review of the EasyFit Star on its own!
The EasyFit Star is an all-in-one diaper designed to fit from 8 – 35 lbs. With just two sets of rise snaps, it doesn’t adjust as much in the rise as the other diapers we’ve used. It is only available in hook & loop closure. (The TotsBots V3 was the last Tots to be available in what the Brits call “poppers,” aka snaps.)
Fully assembled—soaker tucked into the pocket and ready to put on the bum—the Easyfit Star looks like this:
Inside, you’ve got the nice, wide strip of PUL at both the front and back of the diaper. Why does this matter? Well, this eliminates the issue of wicking. The moisture from the diaper can’t creep out onto baby’s clothes because there’s that great buffer zone between the absorbent core and the front and back waist.
The stay-dry zones alongside the soaker serve the same purpose. When a diaper doesn’t have a casing on its leg elastics, the inner material can roll outwards, causing moisture to wick onto pants. If the inner material is the absorbent portion (cotton, bamboo, hemp) and it rolls outwards, then pee transfers onto baby’s clothing. The EasyFit’s polyester borders prevent this from happening. The lack of elastic casing also creates a really nice seal around baby’s thighs, with no gaping.
I really love the fit of the EasyFit Star on Little Miss, especially since it is slightly larger than the V4. It truly is an easy fit diaper. It goes on like a disposable, making it simple for caregivers who aren’t cloth aficionados. The hook and loop closure is durable (considering Little Miss is wearing her brother’s V4s, I can attest to that), and I find there’s enough of a border between the hook and loop and her tummy that I have never had an issue with chafing. (This probably depends on how much of a muffin-top your baby has!)
In terms of absorbency, I was surprised that the Star didn’t come with a snap-in booster like the V4 did. However, so far, during daytime use she has worn it for five hours with no leaks. I add a Geffen hemp booster to the pocket to use overnight. NO LEAKS. She wears it for at least 13 hours.
I have two Stars, and they’re now my favourite overnight option.
What I love about the TotsBots EasyFit Star:
- Larger cut compared to the V4
- Sturdy hook & loop closure
- Waterproof buffer zones at front and back waist and at the legs
- Super roomy pocket means you can add tons of absorbency for overnight
- Lack of leg casing creates a gap-free fit at the legs
- My favourite all-in-one design, where the soaker is attached and tucked into a pocket which makes it easy to add a booster and fast to dry
What I love less about the TotsBots EasyFit Star:
- No booster included for overnight (although I find it amply absorbent without one for daytime use)
The EasyFit Star is most definitely an improvement on the V4: I love the bamboo soaker, the slightly larger cut and the redesigned leg elastics. It’s unusual for me to review a diaper and feel like I can justify buying more for my already ample stash. But given its stellar overnight performance (with a booster), I’m honestly tempted to buy at least two more!
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