Wonderful Bambino recently asked me to review their one-size 100% bamboo fitted on 16-month-old Erik and sent a green edged diaper for us to test. Not surprisingly, my first impression of the fitted was how soft everything was, including the leg gussets. The bamboo fabric is a super fine, silky terry that has a lovely drape, feel and stretch to it.
Wonderful Bambino fitteds come with either red or green stitching on the edges and feature:
- A sewn in soaker (you can also purchase fold-to-fit bamboo inserts from Wonderful Bambino or just lay in your own, if you like)
- Adjustable rise with 4 size settings (3 rows of snaps) to accommodate babies from 12 to 40 pounds
- Crossover waist snaps for skinnier babies
- Gentle leg and back elastic
Erik first wore the Wonderful Bambino fitted for a 2-hour nap and it actually lasted well past the nap, so this is definitely a very absorbent diaper. Next, I tested it over night and added one regular bamboo doubler from my stash. This combo kept leaks at bay all night. To get the same absorbency through a nap and beyond, I’d have to double up on prefolds. Is bamboo as thirsty as hemp? Not quite…but then hemp is not this soft and silky!
Unlike some fitteds, which can be challenging to “stuff” completely under a waterproof cover because of bulk or a wide cut, the Wonderful Bambino’s trim style works with every one-size cover in my stash and is easy to completely tuck in. My favorite cover to use with fitted diapers? Definitely Sweet Peas.
So I’m super pleased with not only the absorbing power, but also the great fit of this diaper. At $19.95, it’s a good price for a fantastic fitted that could possibly be your solution for a heavy wetter at nap time or even overnight. Just having one or two of these in your stash would be a valuable asset!
There is a drawback, however, and that’s the drying time. It takes 2 full cycles on my machine to get the diaper completely dry, and this is even after spinning in a high-efficiency washer. To get around this issue, I do one of two things:
- After running one dryer cycle with all my other diapers, I hang-dry the diaper.
- After running one dryer cycle with all my other diapers, I’ll toss the diaper in the dryer with my next load of regular household laundry.
Bamboo diapers also get a little bit stiff after many uses and washes, as compared to cotton which stays soft.
I’ve mentioned several times how trim this diaper is. You might be wondering just how absorbent can it be? VERY (which is why it takes a long time to dry). Bulky diapers with lots of fabric layers don’t always translate to super absorbency, and they definitely have their drawbacks. You might have to go up a size (or two) to get clothes to fit right. They might gape at the legs or waist. It can also be tricky fitting all that bulk completely inside the diaper cover. The Wonderful Bambino fitted definitely solves those problems because it truly is highly absorbent without giving your baby a huge, padded bum.
The availability of just two colors of contrasting trim on the edges may or may not be a negative for you. I love colors just as much as the next mama, but with bamboo diapers you usually don’t get as much variety. If Wonderful Bambino added more thread color options in the future, that would be fun, but it’s not a deal-breaker for me (especially since it’s worn with a cover on top). I love this diaper and we have been using it A LOT past the testing phase.
Here are some pictures showing how great this diaper fits on Erik, who is 16 months old and about 22 pounds. The stretchy wings, soft but snug gussets and silky fabric hug him just right, and the diaper stays put no matter how active he gets.
Here is the Wonderful Bambino fitted on my 9 pounds or so newborn, Ingrid. She was seven pounds at birth and is almost 7 weeks old in this picture.
*HOW TO PURCHASE *
You can buy Wonderful Bambino fitteds, inserts, wipes and prefolds right at their website. Everything is 100% bamboo!
One lucky reader gets to try a Wonderful Bambino fitted, just like I reviewed, because they are giving one away! It’s open to both US and Canadian residents. *GIVEAWAY CLOSED*