Diaper Safari recently launched a newly redesigned pocket diaper. I’ll help navigate you through the changes and updates, and also share an opportunity for you to win one! If you like, check out my review of the previous style from 2 years ago.
Diaper Safari sent me two complimentary pocket diapers to test on 3-month-old Ingrid and 22-month-old Erik. One is the green lion print and the other is a black hippo print. Also included were two inserts, one microfiber and one hemp. Additionally, an old style pocket shell was included in the package for comparison purposes.
- One size design which fits from 10 pounds to 35 pounds
- Crossover snaps on the waistband for small/slim babies
- Waterproof PUL outer and a microsuede inner lining/pocket
- Front and back pocket opening
- Retail price of $9.95 includes the pocket shell only
In the photo below, the hemp insert is on the left and the microfiber on the right. They are similar in size, with the hemp just being slightly wider and shorter. It measures 5.5″x 13″ after prepping, and the microfiber insert is about 5″x13.5″. Both are very easy to stuff into the diaper, individually or both together.
For a small baby, you can fold the insert down in the front (boy) or back (girl) before stuffing.
Here you can see the diaper opened up to its largest setting (top) and smallest setting using the crossover snaps on the waist (bottom).
Here’s the cover opened up (at left). On the right, the diaper is opened to its largest setting, which roughly corresponds to the length of the insert.
By comparing an old style Diaper Safari pocket with the new, here are the main changes I noticed:
- New design includes prints (lions or hippos) instead of solid colors
- New design includes a snap or aplix (hook & loop) closure option
- Every day low price of $9.95 includes the shell only. Purchasing a microfiber ($2), hemp ($4) or bamboo trifold ($5) insert is optional.
- Back and leg elastics are more snug
- Brand tag has moved to the opposite wing
- Wings are narrower, so this makes the leg openings slightly larger (however, the new leg elastics are more snug as mentioned above)
- Microsuede lining is slightly less soft than that in the previous version
- PUL “tummy panel” across the inside front is slightly larger
I would say that Diaper Safari’s size estimations are right on the money. Ingrid is about 12 pounds now and the diaper fits her perfectly at the smallest setting (on the rise and with the crossover snaps on the waist), so 1o pounds and up seems very accurate. Unless you have a large or chunky newborn, this one-size diaper would likely not fit snugly enough.
Absorbency with one microfiber insert inside is standard for a pocket diaper. With just the hemp insert, it’s much thirstier. Ingrid can sleep 3+ hours in it. With BOTH inserts inside (microfiber on top and hemp on bottom) it makes a fantastic night time diaper for my toddler, Erik, which I’m really thrilled about because the cost comes out to just $15.95 (that’s $9.95 for the shell, $2 for the microfiber insert and $4 for the hemp).
Since Ingrid is a smaller baby, I don’t ever double up the inserts with this diaper or it gets too bulky for her.
The fit is great, just like all previous Diaper Safari diapers we’ve tried. These pockets are snug, soft and very cute. Wings are trim and stretchy and while the new elastics are tighter, they don’t dig into the skin. I really like the safari-inspired animal prints that tie in with the company’s branding.
Oh, and the inserts do agitate out of the pocket openings on their own in my HE washing machine. There’s no need for me to reach inside and pull them out.
As far as the redesign goes, I’m happy with the changes. A wider PUL panel inside is great for my tummy sleepers. Trimmer wings have improved the fit. Paying only for the shell (which is less than $10) and getting to choose your insert fabric (or no insert at all if you already have plenty in your stash) is a smart and economical idea. Plus, if you opt for hemp inserts, technically they don’t even have to be stuffed and can simply be laid right up against your baby.
The overall quality looks good, with snap placement and stitching both very even and no loose threads or seams.
Offering hook & loop (aplix) closure will appeal to a wider audience. For a more detailed look at my experienced with Diaper Safari’s hook and loop closure, check out my 2016 review.
The only drawbacks I have observed in testing? As mentioned before, the inner microsuede liner doesn’t feel quite as soft and smooth as the previous version. Another drawback is that if you like both prints and solid colors, then you might feel limited by the new options.
Speaking of options……look at what you get to pick from now. Nine bright colors and two animal motifs! I’d love to hear YOUR two favorites in a comment below.
You can shop for the new pocket diapers at Diaper Safari (aff) with FREE shipping every day! Enter to win a pocket diaper in your choice of print/color below.