Imagine and Nicki’s diapers are both part of the Planet Wise family. Nicki Maynard is the super smart and innovative lady behind these brands, which continue to gain a following year after year. You can find these brands, with free shipping, at my affiliate, Nicki’s Diapers.
Today I’m going to review and compare the Imagine pocket diaper with the Nicki’s pocket diaper, since they are “sister” brands. And I want to thank you all again for making today’s review (and giveaway!) possible in part, because whenever you shop using my affiliate links at Nicki’s Diapers, I earn a small commission that can be used for purchasing review diapers and prizes. It’s a win-win for us all, and I truly appreciate your support! I’m also really grateful to Nicki’s for allowing me to be a part of their affiliate programs.
Both of these are one-size diapers which adjust to fit from 8 to 35+ pounds. The outer is waterproof PUL with a microfleece lining and pocket opening. The Nicki’s print at left is called Spring Rainbow; at right is the Imagine diaper in Indigo. Both have 2 sets of snaps on the rise, which gives you 3 size settings (small, medium, large).
Here are the diapers opened up:
And here are the inserts. With the Nicki’s pocket you get one standard 5×15 microfiber insert. With the Imagine pocket you get an adjustable microfiber insert. Snap it back to make the insert smaller. It adjusts from 11 to 12 to 14.5 inches.
Both diapers are very similar in terms of size and cut. Here are the shells laid one on top of the other to illustrate. The main difference I see is Imagine pockets are wider across the crotch.
Here’s a quick recap to compare the features of the two diapers:
|Snap Colors||Colored to Match Diaper||Colored to Match Diaper|
|Insert||Adjustable Microfiber||Standard Microfiber 5×15|
|Lining||No Pill White Microfleece||Color-Coordinated Microfleece|
|Colors||8 Prints/Colors||20+ Prints / 8 Colors|
|Wings||Double Snaps||Double Snaps Plus Crossover|
|Openings||1 Back Opening||1 Back and 1 Front Opening|
|Branding||Designed Exclusively for Imagine||Designed Exclusively for Nicki’s|
|Price*||$12.95||$12.95 Prints and $11.95 Solids|
*Prices updated for 2016
Performance: With both pocket diapers, you can expect typical absorbency for a 4-layer microfiber insert. Two or three hours is max for us. The microfleece is very plush and soft and resists pilling.
Both are easy to stuff, but Imagine has the edge with a back pocket opening of 6 inches wide. The Nicki’s diaper has both a front and back opening but the one at the rear is 4.5 inches wide.
If you don’t like microfiber, either of these pocket diapers can be stuffed with something else – bamboo or hemp inserts, flats, prefolds, etc. But you’ll still get the “stay dry” effect of the fleece lining against your baby’s skin.
For hiding stains, the colored fleece inside the Nicki’s pocket gets huge bonus points. Plus, the coordinating colors look so beautiful!
The only improvement I would suggest is a PUL strip at the front of the diaper for tummy sleepers.
Fit: Imagine and Nicki’s diapers run slightly large. For their one-size line, we start getting a good fit around the legs at 3-6 months, depending on how chubby their little legs are. With his skinny legs, Erik wasn’t able to wear this one until 6 months. However, as a bonus, all our toddlers have comfortably worn both brands. I love to recommend both Nicki’s and Imagine to mothers with toddlers, or babies with chubby legs/thighs.
There are no hip snaps on the wings of these pocket diapers, and both are prone to “wing droop.” That means you may have to readjust every so often, and also change the diaper before it starts sagging from the weight of wetness or poo. For some reason, I notice more wing droop with the Imagine vs. the Nicki’s, but I’m not sure why this is, since they are similar in cut.
As mentioned above, the Imagine pocket is cut slightly wider across the crotch (you can see this illustrated in the photos below).
Although some like dual pocket openings, I would prefer that the Nicki’s pocket not have a front opening at all. The fleece flap will roll up and over the waistband unless I take extra care to smooth it out and sort of tuck it down as I put the diaper on.
And now let’s look at the fit!
If you are curious to try one of these pocket diapers on your baby, today’s giveaway is for you because you can pick your prize! Choose a Nicki’s or Imagine pocket diaper from in stock colors and prints PLUS a pair of Imagine or Nicki’s baby leggings.