I added a Kawaii “Mom Label” bamboo pocket diaper to my rotation this summer mainly because I wanted to test it as an overnight solution for 18-month-old Erik.
This diaper has a bamboo lining inside and comes with a pair of 3-layer bamboo inserts. Here are the basic specs:
- One size fit all, for babies 8 lbs to 36 lbs
- 100% organic bamboo lining and bamboo inserts
- Waterproof outer shell is Thermoplastic Polyuerthane (TPU)
- Pocket opening in the back of diaper
- 2 bamboo inserts made of three layers of fabric
- Hip snaps to keep the wings from sagging
- Inside strip of PUL at front of diaper for extra protection against leaks
- 3 rows of rise snaps
- Retail $13.95 to $14.95
Here’s the diaper opened up. You can stuff 1 or 2 inserts in the pocket, or just lay them in the diaper shell (pictured at right). NOTE: Previous versions of the diaper featured an inner gusset of bamboo that was sewn into the lining; this feature was phased out.
Fit: These fit almost exactly like the Kawaii Goodnight Heavy Wetter, which I’ve previously reviewed. But they are more trim than microfiber, thanks to the bamboo inserts. I like the square tabs on the wings and the hip snaps that keep the diaper from sagging down when your child is on the move. 5-month-old Ingrid wears the rise on the smallest setting, and then with one snap to spare around the waist. For Erik (now 2), it fits great on the largest rise setting with one or both inserts. On Susanna, who is now 3 and about 37 or 38 pounds, the waist fits at the very largest setting, but the leg holes are way too tight for her to wear the diaper without discomfort. Based on all this, I would say that Kawaii’s size estimations for this particular diaper are very accurate.
Dry Time: The three separate components of this diaper (shell and two inserts) dry in a normal amount of time (one cycle on medium heat).
Absorbency: With one insert, absorbency is comparable to a typical pocket diaper with microfiber. With two inserts, it’s a fantastic nap diaper. It only worked twice for Erik overnight, and so it’s likely not a reliable solution for a toddler. When he sleeps longer than usual or drinks a lot at dinner time, he’ll wake up with wicking around the leg openings because the inside is completely saturated.
However, I can use it overnight for 5-month-old Ingrid if I change her first thing upon waking. So I can recommend it as a nighttime diaper (with both inserts) for young infants that aren’t heavy wetters.
Quality: The diaper is well made overall and sturdy. I found two flaws. The wings aren’t exactly the same size (an error when the fabric was cut, I suppose). And even though the edges of the inserts are serged, there are a lot of uncut threads hanging off giving it the appearance of being frayed.
Other miscellaneous observations: Bamboo stains more easily than microfiber. If using this diaper for a newborn, try folding the insert down before stuffing in the pocket. Kawaii diapers are covered by a 60 day warranty which includes stitching, seams elastics, snaps and hook & loop closures and fabric.
Here are the prints, but some are harder to find in stock than others (namely the Pengins, Goat, Hippos and Green Doggies):
Giveaway winner will receive the Kawaii Bamboo Pocket Diaper in choice of in stock colors/prints. Open to US only.