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My Cloth Diaper Collection: Shell Review

By Ethel Merioles @kaxmerio

Smart Babies Fitted Diapers

What a busy December! It's been a while since my last blog post here. I've gone on some more online shopping mostly for my LO! It's her 8th month of life today, and to celebrate I'm finally publishing what I've been trying to post for ages: MY CLOTH DIAPER COLLECTION! Pile of Cloth Diapers and Baby Stuff I've been obsessed with cloth diapers ever since my first trimester, and I started building my stash sometime during my 2nd. I'm just the curious type who likes to try different brands, what can I say. Here's my rundown of the different cloth diapers my little one has been using on a regular basis--I'm including a bit of feedback for those interested in these brands. [caption id="attachment_10184" align="alignnone" width="600"]Smart Babies Fitted Diapers Smart Babies Fitted Diapers[/caption]

Smart Babies fitted diapers (Sale price php330 for 6 pieces)

WHAT I DON'T LIKE:
  • Water just passes through it when I first tested.
  • Very flimsy gauze material.
  • Velcro curl up and has sharp edges.
WHAT I LIKE:
  • SUPER PRESKO TIME!
  • Side gussets rock! And there's thin sponge-y middle core.
  • Makes adding lampin or soakers easy.

Naughty Baby pocket diapers (php580 for 3 pieces)

WHAT I DON'T LIKE:
  • Two of the three diapers have pilling issues. The microsuede inner has bee pilling since the first day we actually washed them.
WHAT I LIKE:
  • SCORED THESE WITH HEMP INSERTS! By default, these PUL diapers usually come with microfiber inserts (but since finding out that microfiber can have absorbency issues overtime, I wasn't too keen on getting them). The Shopee seller I got these from was nice enough to let me get her 3-layer hemp inserts (far superior absorbency) for them!!!
  • Love, love, love the neutral prints, including the Cat in the Hat one.

BumGenius Flip (php500 for 1 piece)

WHAT I DON'T LIKE:
  • None
WHAT I LIKE:
  • Easy to use-- just put your soaker/lampin inside the cover and snap the buttons.
  • Super light weight and quick-drying!

BumGenius pocket diaper (php750 for 1 piece)

WHAT I DON'T LIKE:
  • Stuffing it can be a little difficult.
  • Probably not a good choice for daytime since the fabric feels like it's non-breathable.
  • Elastics can be a little tight around my chunky LO
WHAT I LIKE:
  • Easy to use-- just put your soaker/lampin inside the pocket and snap the buttons.
  • Quick-drying
  • The inner fabric is pretty sturdy. No pilling!
  • Comes with microfiber inserts that come with snaps so you can adjust the length according to fit/age/

Squishy Darling fitted diaper (php2000 for 3 pieces)

WHAT I DON'T LIKE:
  • Can get a little worn over time.
  • Soakers did not come with snaps even though the actual shells had them for the soakers to snap onto! I had to attach the male snaps on my own.
WHAT I LIKE:
  • The bamboo cotton fabric was soooo soft for the first 5 months of use!
  • Super absorbent presko nappies

Quigle Bum pocket diaper (php160 for 1 shell)

WHAT I DON'T LIKE:
  • Inner fabric is super pilly after just several washes.
  • No free insert
WHAT I LIKE:
  • It's PUL.

Tiny Bum pocket diaper (php 230 for 1 set)

WHAT I DON'T LIKE:
  • The unusual snap design can be tricky.
WHAT I LIKE:
  • Came with an absorbent cotton fleece and cotton terry trifold.
  • Not as pilly, so the microsuede can be used to maintain LO's dryness.
  • Nice trim fit.
  • PUL works.

Alva pocket diaper (php120 for 1 piece)

WHAT I DON'T LIKE:
  • A little too expensive for something with no free microfiber insert.
  • No free insert.
WHAT I LIKE:
  • Microsuede inner is super pilly! Probably the piliest of all the five pilly PULs I got.
**So after some time, my baby grew bigger and heavier in my tummy and I got more into cloth diapers. I joined FB groups, did a few research and decided to jump on the WAHM-made fitteds bandwagon.** [caption id="attachment_10185" align="alignnone" width="600"]Rock Baby Pocket with Moimoln outer and SSCV inner Rock Baby Pocket with Moimoln outer and SSCV inner[/caption]

RockBaby hybrid fitted (php520 for 1 shell only)

WHAT I DON'T LIKE:
  • Customer service is a little atrocious, since when I found out my address was not written correctly on the packing slip, I raised the issue with the owner who claimed she wrote it correctly. I had to fix it on my own by calling the courier's customer service.
  • When I did receive my order, actual rabid fans attacked me, with a few berating me and telling me if I got my parcel anyway I shouldn't be complaining.
WHAT I LIKE:
  • The "super soft cotton velour" wasn't that soft at the beginning but surprisingly grew softer over time.
  • Roomy pocket lets me stuff more abrobent (and thicker) inserts.

RockBaby pocket diaper (php650 for 1 piece)

WHAT I DON'T LIKE:
  • I got the wrong print. I should have known better than to trust this seller (SHAME ON ME!)
WHAT I LIKE:
  • It's PUL.
  • Cotton velour inner doesn't pill.
  • Nice print nonetheless.
[caption id="attachment_10192" align="alignnone" width="600"]Butt Talks Pocket HF Butt Talks Pocket HF[/caption]

Butt Talks hybrid fitted pocket (php1100 for 1 piece)

WHAT I DON'T LIKE:
  • The fit around the waist could be better.
WHAT I LIKE:
  • Super pretty print! I <3 the mint green color and the aquatic design.
  • Thin, sturdy material
  • Quicky-drying!
  • Really nice around my LO's thighs.

Butt Talks hybrid fitted (with upgraded snap-on soakers - php1140 for 1 piece)

WHAT I DON'T LIKE:
  • The fit around the waist could be better.
WHAT I LIKE:
  • Print is prettier in person! Just a bunch of circles in rainbow colors.
  • The upgraded soaker comes with a waterproof backing!

Little Emily hybrid fitteds (php840 for 2 pieces)

WHAT I DON'T LIKE:
  • Not as absorbent as I hoped.
  • Runs a little too small.
  • Microfiber top burns quickly when we ironed the soaker.
WHAT I LIKE:
  • Quick and easy purchase online (I used PayPal).

Weehugs hybrid fitteds (on sale php500 for 3 pieces)

WHAT I DON'T LIKE:
  • Runs a little small.
  • Waist flaps curl. Bamboo cotton velour can be too flimsy.
WHAT I LIKE:
  • Quick and easy purchase online (Seller is easy to talk to).
  • Bamboo cotton velour is super soft!
  • Comes with snap-on soaker and AWJ-topped booster!
[caption id="attachment_10186" align="alignnone" width="600"]Nip Nappies Poche and Bed Pad in Peter Pan Prints Nip Nappies Poche and Bed Pad in Peter Pan Prints[/caption]

NipNappies Poche hybrid fitted (php500 for 1 piece)

WHAT I DON'T LIKE:
  • Runs a little big.
  • Comes with a soaker and a booster, both of which are too thick.
WHAT I LIKE:
  • I scored a nice Peter Pan print! <3
  • Pink AWJ inner rocks.
  • Shell dries quickly.
[caption id="attachment_10187" align="alignnone" width="600"]Cottonytail Zonkeys in Rainbow Twist and Rapunzel Prints Cottonytail Zonkeys in Rainbow Twist and Rapunzel Prints[/caption]

Cottonytail Zonkeys (php6200 for 4 pieces)

WHAT I DON'T LIKE:
  • Can be a little too expensive.
  • Customer service is a little slow. (I still have to get one replaced, hope to have this done soon.)
  • Snap on soakers get a little stiff over time.
WHAT I LIKE:
  • Super nice prints.
  • Fabrics feel luxurious.

Grovia KiwiPie (php1500 for 1 piece)

WHAT I DON'T LIKE:
  • A little expensive, since this item was a replacement for the defective (read: old stock) Charlie Banana pocket diaper sent to me.
  • Fabric gets a little stiff.
WHAT I LIKE:
  • Fabric gets more absorbent over time.
  • Nice elastics don't leave marks on my LO.
  • Snaps are hidden at the back so they don't come into contact with LO.

Ahkiko's hybrid fitted pocket (php580 for 1 piece)

[caption id="attachment_10188" align="alignnone" width="600"]OTB: Twinkie Tush Fusion in Ivy Print OTB: Twinkie Tush Fusion in Ivy Print[/caption]

Twinkie Tush Fusion hybrid fitteds (php4750 for 3 pieces)

On Shopee there's a mommy who had been destashing her own collection. Most of the stuff she had been selling were imported brands, so I indulged one night and tried to score the stuff I had been eyeing for months! Original price is at php2000 per diaper, so when she gave out discounts I went and finally gave in. WHAT I DON'T LIKE:
  • Old stock- elastics might give out soon.
  • Not as absorbent as I like.
WHAT I LIKE:
  • Super soft outer and can seem to fit small adults at biggest setting!
  • Less bulky compared with other HFs.
  • Can fit boosters.

Final thoughts?

Baby in CT zonkey Who knew raising a kid could be incredibly expensive, from the pregnancy snacking to hospital delivery fees to tuition, etc. There are just so many things to take into consideration when making purchases. I'm still happy with my diaper collection, though. And love that it's expanding (even though I've already spent Php22,370 including shipping fees)! So far the fit of most of my nappies are decent, and I hardly see any thigh marking issues compared to disposables, so I'll totally use these until my baby hits 2 or when she's potty trained. For now though, I'll stay way from getting anything until I get all my debts paid (and my collection organized!) Someone already reminded me: Huhu   Note to self, though: Watch for stockings from (much coveted) Butt-oms Up!, SnuggleBunZ, Bebe Bottom and Sean & Shawn. :) I'm super curious how awesome their nappies will perform. Stay tuned for my next take on the inserts, soakers and bed pads. :)

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