I was first drawn to bamboo fabrics for diapers, because I was fascinated that bamboo could be made into fabric and because it is found throughout Japan where I grew up (call it sentimentality). I fell deeper in love as I learned that bamboo has naturally antimicrobial properties and that they flourish without the use of pesticides and chemicals, are biodegradable and typically organic. Bamboo is also more absorbent than cotton and for a heavy wetter like mine this is key in trying to keep diapers as trim as possible without sacrificing absorption (See more characteristics of bamboo on the Bamboo Bums website here).
The bamboo velour on these diapers is luxuriously soft and I feel great having it against my DD’s little bottom. She is already on the last snaps of some of her one size diapers, but she still has room to grow in her Bamboo Bums. The size range for Bamboo Bums is larger than many one size diapers on the market and will get almost any child through to potty training. The rise can be quickly adjusted by folding the front of the diaper down, which is the perfect solution for diapering multiple kids. No keeping separate sizes or rise settings snapped for each child. The only downside to a fold down rise adjustment is that it may cause some extra bulk resulting in discomfort for tummy time with younger infants. I have tried folding it down even on my toddler and it doesn’t seem to bother her in the least, but you know your own kiddos best.
The snap in soakers were absorbent and got us through daytime, naptime and (drum roll) even overnight with an added doubler. The snap-in soakers are long and need some folding and adjusting, which is great to customize where you need the most absorption, but may shift when you are trying to put it on a wiggly baby. Additional soakers may be purchased so you can switch the soaker out and reuse the outer cover if it is not soiled, saving you some more money. BMs can be messier to clean up with all-in-two diapers in general (snap-in or lay-in soakers), but this is not as much of an issue once stools are formed or with newborn (particularly breastfed) stools.
All in all this diaper holds up to its name and is a utility diaper to get multiple kiddos from birth through to their potty training days. This diaper is in our regular rotation and a great option for anytime we need a reliable diaper without the need of extra covers or pockets to stuff. Oh, and lastly, I have to mention that I love their labels they have sewn on the inside of the diaper. It includes both the logo AND information on the fabrics used, like you would find on clothing. This is the most detailed label I have seen on a cloth diaper, it’s soft and it looks great.
Overall Rating: 9
Overall Fit: 8.5
One Size, All-in-Two
Snaps, horizontal, with crossover.
Ease of Use: 8
Each utility diaper comes with two snap-in inserts that can be folded to put added absorption where needed, and the newborn insert can be used as a doubler for overnight, toddlers and heavy wetters.
PUL, organic bamboo velour, organic bamboo fleece, and/or organic bamboo terry.
Pocket Opening: None
Can be adjusted by folding over for smaller infants and heightened for taller and older toddlers.
Highly adjustable and good leak protection.
There are two hip snap adjustments to further customize the fit around the thighs for smaller infants and skinnier thighs.
Additional snap-in inserts may be purchased as well, to switch them out and reuse the outer cover/shell when not soiled.
Care and Use:
Craftmanship is guaranteed for 60 days from the date of purchase.
Bumwear One Size
A utility diaper was provided by Bamboo Bums for this review.