I was lucky enough to be asked to test the Little Lamb bamboo terry fitted diaper (sorry, I’m Canadian and if I’m writing a longer post I will need to revert to my native tongue!) and PUL cover.
I have an 11.3kg 11-month-old boy, Theodore – he was 10.5 months when I first tried these on him. He has been a notoriously heavy wetter since day one, though of course once we got this diaper to try he got sick and slowed down the output a little.
This was my very first brand new bamboo terry diaper – and my, oh my, it was the softest thing I have ever held. And the super soft liner that came inside makes me a little jealous that only bubba gets to have that against his skin.
Here they are fresh out of the post bag.
I was thrilled that after an initial 18+ hour soak in cold water, then a pre-wash (my usual new diaper process), and the best part of two days drying in the Brisbane winter sun, it all felt just as soft as when it arrived. Lucky little boy. The cover also felt so nice and light, lightweight elastics and an easy to wipe inside (which I absolutely love).
As expected, the first time I put the diaper on bubba he christened it within 15 minutes. Feeling a bit cheeky, and not wanting to wait another 4 days in the winter drying time to try it again, I checked for pee (nothing, totally dry) and made sure the mess was all on the liner (completely, nice and tidy) and simply removed the mess and put it back on. Not my proudest mummy moment, but clearly he found it comfortable so who was I to take that away after only 15 minutes? After another 2.5 hours he wasn’t very wet, but less than 24 hours later we discovered Theo was getting sick.
I waited until he was well to try it again, so went nearly 10 days before the second wear. This time it was closer to normal, so quite wet in the front but still totally dry in the back. Theo is a tummy sleeper, so every time I used it the booster was doubled over at the front to maximize absorbency. And it definitely worked because now after four uses at different times of the day and back to being absolutely healthy, he still hasn’t managed to soak the back. It’s been damp right through to about the top of the legs but nothing further.
The fit of the diaper, accompanied by the beautiful cover is fabulous. Theo has skinny little hips under a sometimes very substantial belly, and the waist and velcro fit snugly in the correct spot. See the pictures here.. (Thank you Theo for being a wonderful model)
When I opened the package I looked at the cover and thought ‘No way that’s going to fit, it’s huge!’ – but clearly, I was wrong. I did use the cover with our pad folded prefolds, which is the primary diaper we use, and it was too big for what we’re using at the moment. No rise adjustment meant it wasn’t tight enough to hold the prefold in place, and there was some sneaky mess on one occasion contained within the cover.
This is seriously one of the easiest combinations I have used. Hubby tried it one afternoon as well, and after asking to make sure he was getting it right his response was a slightly surprised ‘Wow, that’s it?’ so it passes the quick and painless test for both of us. One downside I can see coming is the velcro on the cover – when we get to summer and bub isn’t wearing pants anymore, I imagine this will be a bit easier to open than the snaps we usually have.
Did I consider trying this overnight? Yes, but only briefly. We use a heavy duty night diaper with a wool cover, and we’ve just worked out all the kinks with leaks. Now that Theo is in our bed for half the night, I wasn’t quite ready to risk a puddle for all of us to deal with at 3am. Maybe once he’s back in the cot all night I’ll be game to give it a try.
Biggest downside of the fitted diaper? Drying time. Being an avid prefold user, I’m used to being able to dry everything the same day they as they are washed. However, I do have some all-in-ones and the crazy night diapers, and this is certainly faster drying than them. I could totally get used to the extra dry time if I had enough to cover the time.
I look forward to many future uses of the Little Lamb combo.