I did not forget about my cloth diaper series. After my last post, my husband started a new job and sprained his ankle, so I’ve been on duty 24/7. Then we needed to move to a new server, but we’re back in action now!
I’ve been really excited for the mail to come all week. Nicki’s Diapers put out their new Imagine products this week. Among them is an all natural fibers inner, one size, All-in-One! That alone was really exciting to me since we’ve been discussing switching to pockets or AIOs (diapers that have the absorbent part and waterproof layer as one diaper – or, all “in one”) as Olivia gets squirmier on the changing table, but it’s not all that excited me. In addition to the all natural fibers, the introductory price is a very low $12.95. No, that’s not a typo. It really is $13!
We received ours in the mail yesterday: a beautiful Raspberry one size AIO in snaps. It is gorgeous. I actually had opened it outside in the sun and the color was so vivid and rich that I immediately wanted to like this diaper. I was a little worried I wouldn’t like the color because the stock photos on Nicki’s Diapers aren’t as vibrant but that’s not the case at all. My pictures are not really true to life either as far as shade goes, but I hope they show some of the vividness of the diaper:
(Small, medium and large rise snap settings.)
The PUL is very soft and the entire diaper is very stretchy. The bamboo inner isn’t as soft as others I’ve felt but it’s not really rough, either. Probably about the same roughness as your baby’s washcloth on the terry side. The elastic is also not the most gentle that I’ve felt, especially compared to diapers/covers with more relaxed elastic (like Thirsties or Flips), but it’s still gentle enough for me to be willing to put it on Olivia’s skin with her chunky thighs.
I prepped it (by washing and drying multiple times) and tried it on Olivia to see what the fit was like. As with all natural fibers, there was some shrinkage for the soaker and, actually, the diaper over all. The dry time was pretty rough: for the first prep round it took just under two hours in the dryer with a full load of towels and then being set out overnight to finish air drying, and it was still damp in the morning. I’m hoping this is something that will improve over time but for me, it’s a very big drawback. I already have to run my prefolds through the dryer twice; anything that takes longer than that is not my best friend. Electricity is finite and expensive!
Moving on. The fit isn’t super trim but it’s not something that can truly be considered bulky, considering it’s an AIO. Initially, I put it on Olivia using the medium rise snap and I found that it seemed a bit short for her long rise. She is in the ballpark of 14-15 pounds and she is 5 months old but her rise is about 16″ or so. Since it seemed small, I put it on the largest rise snap (or rather, left it unsnapped).
Since the largest rise setting was simply too large, I went ahead and tried the medium setting again:
I can’t really speak to the absorbency yet. I don’t exactly have a super soaker, though she is no light urinating machine, but bamboo isn’t really prepped until quite a few washes. The absorbency will get better and better with each subsequent wash. I will comment on the fact that the soaker seems somewhat small but it’s working for us so far, even with my tummy sleeper. You don’t have to snap the soaker in, either, which is part of what makes the back flap so great (because it’ll cover the snap sockets). You can slide it up to go more between the legs, in the middle of the diaper.
I haven’t decided yet whether or not we’ll keep this diaper. I’d like to give it a couple more tries, of course, because I think it could be a great diaper bag diaper with some more prepping and adjustments.
If we do keep it, I’ll try to update in the future about how the quality of the diaper holds up over time. Honestly though, at a $13 introductory price (plus shipping unless your order is over $75), it’s an inexpensive way to try out an all natural fibers inner AIO, considering that some alternatives are over $20 each. (Bumgenius Elementals and Swaddlebees Simplex come to mind.)
- All natural bamboo inner
- Gorgeous color combos; very vivid
- Soft, stretchy PUL that accomodates some for the smaller rise
- Low introductory price!
- Long dry time (took just under 2 hours in the dryer and the rest of the night to air dry)
- Smaller rise than some other diapers
- Short soaker (though this can be remedied)
Did you buy one? Do you think you will after reading this review? Let me know what you think!
This is not a sponsored review. Nicki’s Diapers has never heard of me, other than to answer my inquiries as a regular customer. All opinions are mine and I have not been compensated in any way.