The first thing that stood out to me before I got to know Envibum’s product a little better was their dedication to working with charities. I noticed this right away, because each of their diaper colors represent a specific charity in which a potion of the proceeds is contributed (read more about this here). And who can resist M-I-N-K-Y! Envibum believes in using top quality textiles for long lasting diapers that can be used with multiple kids and to ensure that they are soft and comfortable for your little sprout. The colors are vibrant and the different shapes each crossover tab has makes them irresistible!
The second feature that sets them apart from other one size diapers is that they use a different one size system than I had previously seen. These diapers can be used on multiple kids simultaneously without the need to adjust the rise with snaps or buttons, because of the sewn-down elastic strips in the front of the pocket diapers. A little pull is necessary when securing the diaper on and although I thought it would pull down as my daughter wore it; it seemed to stay in place nicely. I am sure there may be a body type where this elastic system may not stay as secure, but it was fairly easy to use and had good adjustability.
I love how soft the minky fabric is to touch and that it is also what goes against their thighs. The leg elastic is not channeled so it does not rub on little thighs and the inner waffled cotton fabric is a first for me. I love the concept of a natural fabric that keeps less of the saturated fabric against baby’s bottom and although it has a neat texture, it may not be every child’s preference. My daughter is over 30 lbs. now and is on the widest Velcro setting, so the 40 lbs. size range will really depend on the body type of your child. If they are tall and skinny or even an average 35-40 lbs., I think that this diaper would work to that max weight range, but as always, be sure to check the rise, waist and leg measurements and ranges of a diaper.
We only received one insert to review so I cannot comment on how the stacking system works with the Velcro on the inserts or added absorption, but the insert was fairly absorbent and got my toddler through an hour or so. This brings me to the T-shaped liner which is made out of the same unbleached cotton flannel as the inserts previously mentioned, which is soft and moderately absorbent. The long section of the liner can be folded like an accordion to put additional layers where they are needed in your child’s wet-zone.
The cover is made out of 2 layers of 1 mil Fabrite PUL and also lacks the topstitching like the pocket diaper to prevent seams and crevices where urine and stools can get trapped. This allows it to truly be a “rinse or wipe clean between uses” diaper, and the shiny (or laminated) side of the PUL is the only side exposed on this cover for that same reason. The only real criticism of the diaper and cover are that they lack laundry tabs (which is a personal preference, but can be more convenient), although they can be secured to the front of the diaper and turned inside out, I find that they get tangled with the other diapers in the washer or dryer more easily.
These are a great choice if you are looking for natural fibers against your little one’s skin, want to help support fantastic organizations, WAHMs and if you are diapering multiple children simultaneously. Although they are a one size diaper with a large size range, this range will also depend on the number of inserts used and the body type of your child (no insert is necessary for newborns as the waffle cotton lining serves as a newborn soaker). It may not be a true one size diaper for a taller, heavier-set toddler, but should get most petite to average kids through until potty training.
Overall Fit: 8 (diaper), 8 (cover)
Closure Style: Velcro with crossover (diaper), Velcro with no crossover (cover) and no laundry tabs on either the diaper or the cover.
The T-shaped liner is designed to be used with their cover and is soft and decently absorbent. The long portion of the liner can be accordion-folded to put more absorbency where it is needed.