CD Review: Bumwear NV diaper
|October 19, 2010||Posted by Mabel under Cloth diapers, Reviews|
Note: Review made at the time was without the use of diaper creams as it is not recommended, and without any poo (Eva doesn’t poo all day long, contrary to popular belief!
Recently, I was approached by Rita of Bumwear to help test out her latest improvement to the ever popular Bumwear cloth diaper. She offered a set – cover and insert – and I then did a road-test for a few days, from the usual prepping to the actual use and subsequent clean-up and washing. Before I go to the actual review, here is a little background on the brand itself:
Bumwear is the design and baby of Rita at Bumwear here in Singapore. A former Bali resident, Bumwear started off as a one-woman show with Rita trying to find a solution (and an end) to her third child’s persistent diaper rash. After trying on a few different brands, she decided to come up with her own design and today, Bumwear has not only pocket diapers as their flagship product but prefolds, training pants as well as diaper covers and even cloth pantyliners.
The new Bumwear NV diaper is made with a waterproof outer layer, commonly known as PUL and an inner soft fleece layer. One key point to note is that while most people worry about breathability in cloth diapers, Bumwear diapers boast to be suitable for our tropical weather here in Singapore – breathable, waterproof and comfortable! These diapers will come in a variety of solids and prints – I believe. The prints are made with handprinted batik designs based on what Rita’s children “doodle” out! Very unique and gorgeous!
For more on the design, features and look of the diaper, do refer to Bumwear’s website here.
One size diapers with snaps that can be used as AI2 or as pocket diapers. Inserts are available separately.
NA – since this is a test version.
Accessories & additionals
Their inserts are made from microfibre terry cloth and taunted to be super comfortable yet super absorbent! The snap-on inserts come with a top layer of soft fleece for that stay dry effect.
All Bumwear diapers, which contain some cotton, should be washed at least thrice before the first use with 1/2 to 1/4 of the recommended amount of additive free detergent (no enzymes, phosphates, softeners, bleach and optical whitening agents). The amount depends on the load of your wash. After each use, knock off poo solids into the toilet, remove the inserts, fasten the laundry tabs and place in a wet/dry pail (depends on your system) until washing day.
Diapers ought to be washed in a normal wash cycle and on regular water temperature. Hang out in the sun to dry as this is important as the heat from the sun will not only dry your inserts and diapers faster but it will “bleach” away stains too.
Ugh! So-so Fair Good Worth stashing!
The new design tackles two things which were a problem in the Bumwear Classic and older generation Bumwear diapers – excluding this NV, I have two generation of Bumwear diapers.
Extra snaps have been added to make it more secure around the waist and to prevent a wing drop – something which was really lacking in the older generation diaper (I believe it was the version 4 that I have). With the classic and the version 4.0 diaper, there would be either a wing drop or a loose fit around the waist or thighs, leading to the possibility of leakages. Luckily her pee and poo have been fairly contained but if you have a breastfeed baby who isn’t on solids yet, the extra snaps would definitely be a lifesaver! While the thigh snap is still retained on the front cover, the corresponding snap on the inner cover has been moved from the thigh-leg area to the wing, allowing for a better fit for both small and big babies or even those with chunky thighs.
While these are definite improvements, I’m glad to see that one thing hasn’t changed! The use of the inner fleece layer on both the snap-on insert as well as the diaper cover. My only beef with the insert is that the fact that the fleece layer isn’t serge makes me a little paranoid – that I’d open up my washing machine to the sight of a frayed piece of cloth. Also, I was unfortunate to have one of snaps fall apart from the insert after the first real wash. I believe long prong snaps are needed in this case to cope with the bulk of the microfibre insert as well as the fleece layer. (No biggies here – I have lots of snaps stashed away (for my sewing craft!))
Application (stuffing/removal, use, fit and bulk)
Just snap the insert onto the cover, put on and snap around the waist and thighs! Idiot proof and if you have a husband like mine who mixes up inserts and covers from one brand with another, this AI2 convertibility is a dream come true! Removing it is the same – snap off, toss in the machine and snap on another. The fact that you can make it an AI2 diaper also means that you can get away with just a few covers and stocking up on more inserts, which will come in handy during the rainy season when the laundry takes forever to dry.
Washing & drying
I just remove the inserts and do a pre-rinse on the diaper shell and inserts before tossing them in a separate pail. The soaker and shells have always dried overnight but I still sun them anyway to make them extra dry and bleach/kill any stains/germs.
One plus point is that it rinses out rather well (similar with hemp and bamboo inserts) compared to microfibre based inserts which can hold in the ammonia smell (from pee) if you leave it out without washing for too long.
Overall, the NV diaper isn’t all that bad – at least they improved on the wing drop! The downside would just be the look of the inserts and the possibility of snaps falling apart (at least Rita offers great customer service!). Still, this is one of my favourite diapers.