Ella Bella Bum is a Canadian brand of cloth diapers which is well-known for embellished pockets featuring designer wrap-around prints and embroidery, trendy designs and bold coordinating colors. A “work at home mom” enterprise created by the artistic and very talented Sam Campbell, Ella Bella Bum has expanded greatly over the years but still holds true to its small business roots by relying on a dedicated little team of diaper makers and assistants.
The complimentary creation that Sam sent me features an alien print on the wings and a yellow body.
Inside, the lining is a vivid orange athletic jersey fabric. I discovered this fabric doesn’t hold on to stains, is easy to rinse #2 messes off of and has a wicking effect -which means wetness is carried quickly away from your baby’s skin and down into the inserts.
Ella Bella Bum pockets are designed to fit from approximately 15 to 35 pounds and retail for $21 to $35 each, depending on the embellishments. With our diaper, Sam included an adjustable insert and extra booster. Using snaps, the insert can be shortened or lengthened before you stuff it inside the pocket.
Inserts are constructed with a top layer of soft bamboo and Zorb (a modern and highly absorbent synthetic diapering fabric) underneath. When the adjustable insert is folded over you get six total layers of bamboo fleece. The extra booster features stitching around the edges and middle to help channel wetness; you can stuff it into the pocket along with the other, or just lay it right against your baby.
Now, the first time I stuffed the insert into the pocket, I was surprised to feel something soft inside. After turning the diaper inside out, I realized that there’s a little fleece buffer between each snap and the outer shell for some extra leakage protection. These photos also show how the cut of the diaper tapers just a bit up front, which gives it that signature Ella Bella Bum super trim fit:
In my weeks of testing, I haven’t found one flaw in this diaper. Admittedly, the bamboo fabric does take time to reach peak absorbency. After five pre-washes, I wasn’t able to use it for Susanna’s nap time. Sam recommends at least ten washes, and this week we finally hit the mark! Two-year-old Susanna can now wear it for many hours and it’s become one of the most absorbent diapers in my stash.
And here’s how it fits:
And now…..the giveaway! Sam is going to send one lucky Zephyr Hill reader this amazing Sneaky Raccoons embellished pocket diaper (value $28) PLUS an insert/booster combo pack (value $12.75)! Enter to win below.