Diaper Safari released an updated pocket diaper in 2014 with some new print options, including hippos and lions. Just in time for the new year, they’ve added more designs! There are SIX new color combos now available in both pockets and covers.
And right now they are on sale for BUY 2 GET 1 FREE, but only for a very limited time.
Diaper Safari sent us two complimentary pocket diapers to review in Flamingo (pink with lime snaps) and Spidey (red with black snaps). Unlike the covers, the new pockets only have contrasting snaps but not leg trim. The new color combos are lots of fun and very eye-catching.
For my review, I used the Diaper Safari brand inserts already in our stash (microfiber, hemp and bamboo).
As previously reviewed, the Diaper Safari pocket retails for $9.95 (without inserts) and features:
- One size design which fits from 10 pounds to 35 pounds (2 rows of snaps on the rise)
- Choice of hook and loop or snap closure
- The snap version has crossover snaps on the waistband for small/slim babies
- Pocket opening at the front and the back
- Waterproof PUL on the outside with a microsuede inner pocket
- Waterproof PUL strip on the inside top of the waistband
- 90 day warranty
The two rows of rise snaps allow you to adjust to three sizes which are (roughly) small, medium and large.
The dual pocket openings allow you to stuff and empty the diaper from either end. I really love this feature, because when faced with a big messy diaper it can be tricky to ease a bulky insert out of the pocket when you only have 1 opening and that opening just happens to be covered in poo.
When you purchase a Diaper Safari pocket, you have the option of choosing an insert to go with the shell – either microfiber, hemp or Trifold Bamboo. Or, you can just purchase the shell alone and use whatever you already have.
I tried out this diaper with all 3 of the Diaper Safari inserts we already own, in addition to prefolds and padfolded flats. The pocket opening is big enough to accommodate whatever you prefer to stuff inside.
And because the pocket opens at both ends, most inserts will agitate out in the wash on their own. (The only time this didn’t always work is when I folded up a prefold or flat and stuck it in the pocket).
Just in case you missed last week’s review, here’s a quick look at the exclusive Diaper Safari Trifold Bamboo Insert. It’s a flat diaper made with several layers of highly absorbent bamboo/cotton, and then 1 layer of stay-dry microsuede. Fold it in thirds like you would a prefold. You can have either the microsuede or the bamboo cotton layer facing upwards. For just $5.99, I think it’s a really great deal compared to other bamboo/cotton trifolds on the market. Stuffed inside the pocket diaper, it’s a great nighttime solution for an infant or even an average toddler who doesn’t wet heavily.
Erik, our 3 year old, often wears Diaper Safari pockets overnight. They run on the larger size and fit him very comfortably. Because the pocket is big, I can stuff a lot in there to keep him dry. If I want the diaper be more trim under his pajamas, I’ll use a Diaper Safari hemp and microfiber insert together.
I especially like our Diaper Safari pockets on a toddler. Maybe it’s because they are generously sized? This is not a diaper that will fit from birth, but past that stage it’s highly adjustable and very customizable.
You can see pictures of Diaper Safari pockets on Erik when he was 22 months here.
I like how the Diaper Safari pockets fit Ingrid when there’s just one insert inside (microfiber or hemp). A trimmer diaper looks better on her chubby little body. Erik is more thin and wears the diaper better when it’s stuffed full.
You can see Ingrid in a Diaper Safari pocket when she was 3 months, here on my previous review. Interestingly, the leg elastics on our animal print pockets (reviewed last year) seem to be slightly tighter than these newer pockets. For Ingrid that’s not a drawback, however, because as mentioned above, she has really chubby little legs.
Any room for improvement? The Diaper Safari pocket is lined with microsuede. It does a good job keeping our little ones feeling dryer, especially overnight, but my personal preference is microfleece (which is softer). Microsuede attracts hair like crazy, too. Also, having another “girl” color combo to choose from in the new line-up would be marvelous (maybe something like purple or pink with white snaps or white with pink snaps). 🙂
As for durability, our experience has been great. We’ve used Diaper Safari products for 4 different children. During that time we never had any signs of delamination. The only thing I’ve noticed on our older pockets and covers is loosening of the elastics, which is going to happen to every cloth diaper you own when it’s been used and washed so many times. We wash all our diapers on hot with Tide or Purex and dry on low.
I have had one minor issue with the rise snaps. With the Flamingo (pink) diaper, two of the rise snaps don’t fasten very securely. I can’t push them in all the way, so they will sometimes pop back open as I’m putting the diaper on Ingrid. It’s aggravating, but since it only happens with one diaper I figure it must be a factory flaw. Our Spidey diaper doesn’t do this, nor do our animal print diapers (released last year).
What about the hook and loop closure? I am updating this post because we purchased a hook and loop pocket from Diaper Safari a couple of months ago. Over time, I’ve noticed a few things. Ingrid can easily take the diaper off, so in terms of strength the velcro is just fair. Also, during the day when’s she’s really active, the waistband will sometimes curl in; that means the white scratchy part of the velcro will rub against her tummy. At night, in her crib and pretty stationary, this hasn’t been an issue. As a plus, I like how the Diaper Safari pocket fits even better with the hook and loop closure. Having maybe 2 or 3 of these easy-to-put-on diapers in our stash is really nice (my pre-teen helps with changes and loves the hook and loop), but snaps are what I prefer for the majority.
For just $9.95 with free shipping, I think the Diaper Safari pocket is an affordable and highly customizable diapering solution. If you’d like to try it out….here’s your chance to win a free one!
Diaper Safari would like to send one Zephyr Hill reader a free pocket diaper shell! Winner chooses color and closure (snap or hook and loop). Open to US and Canadian residents. Good luck!