Nicki’s Diapers introduced a new Bamboo Overnight Fitted this year which will make a lot of budget-conscious families very happy. That’s because the prices are just $13.95 for one-size and $9.95 for newborns. Pretty amazing for a bamboo fitted, huh? Read on!
I purchased one of each to review and share with you. Nicki’s has offered a giveaway in conjunction with my review, which you find more details about below.
If I could describe this diaper with three words they would be: soft, thirsty and adorable. The 100% bamboo fibers are pure white terry and the edges are serged with rainbow threads. The leg gussets and the back waistband are ruffled, which is pretty cute.
There are 2 sets of snaps on the rise, which equals 3 size settings (small, medium and large). There are also 2 additional crossover snaps on the wings to allow the diaper to fit thin or small infants.
The diaper is absorbent on its own, since it’s made of 3 layers of bamboo, but it also includes a 5-layer bamboo soaker which attaches with 2 snaps at the back.
The newborn size is almost exactly alike, but smaller. The waistband can be snapped down in the middle to accommodate the umbilical cord stump. However, there are less waistband snaps overall and no crossovers. Inside, you’ll find the same snap-in soaker, in miniature.
To shorten the rise of the newborn diaper for a really tiny baby you can fasten the wings to the row of colored snaps across the middle of the diaper, as seen in the top left photo below. The bottom picture shows one-size and newborn side by side.
Here’s a profile of the one-size diaper with insert included:
Performance: With or without the soaker, this fitted makes a great day time diaper. Erik and Ingrid, both average wetters, have worn it overnight (I use an extra doubler with him because he’s 3). I like to use a fleece liner with it overnight because the diaper will get saturated all over.
The soaker has stayed attached about half the time during laundering and drying, but when they get separated it’s easy to match them up out of the dryer because of the rainbow threads. Drying time averages about 1 and a quarter cycles on medium heat after being washed in an HE top loader (which gets a lot of water out). If using a traditional top loader, I would estimate drying time to be longer.
I prepped the diaper by washing it twice with our stash before first use. After prepping, you may notice some tiny fringes of thread around the edges of the diaper; this is normal.
The bamboo fabric does stain easily.
Fit: Bamboo is fairly trim, and one of the first things I noticed with this diaper is that even with the soaker folded under at the front to fit a smaller baby, it’s not that bulky. The fabric drapes nicely and is very flexible, so it fits snugly get comfortably against the body. When it’s saturated, bamboo isn’t stiff (although with long-term use and a lot of washing, bamboo will eventually lose some of its softness).
The wings on this diaper are very stretchy; Ingrid can actually wear it with the first crossover snap fastened if I really want the diaper to fit snugly. Usually, though, she wears it on the snap that comes just before the crossovers. Getting a perfect fit at the waist is not as crucial for me with a fitted diaper because the cover that you put on top holds the diaper in place. TIP: If you do find your baby in between sizes at the waist, or you can’t get it snug enough, use a Snappi or Boingo to hold it closed and leave the snaps undone.
Compared to other fitteds, I find the Nicki’s version to be very versatile when it comes to sizing and absorbency. For instance, if you’re diapering a very small baby and just need an average amount of absorbency, you can leave the soaker out altogether and use the diaper all by itself on the small setting for an extremely trim day diaper. And then at the very other end of the spectrum, the diaper on its largest setting with the soaker attached can function as a night diaper for toddlers and older infants. It’s also stretchy and roomy enough to add an additional doubler from your existing collection.
Which covers will work best? I tried 10 different one-size diaper covers over this fitted and found that Imagine, Sweet Pea, Blueberry Coveralls and Nicki’s Diapers (the one size and the pull-on pants) gave the best coverage. Flip, Buttons, Best Bottoms, Kawaii and our GroVia and Funky Fluff shells were not quite big enough for my liking. This diaper is narrow through the crotch, so where your cover really needs to fit is up and over the hips to fully contain the wings, which are wide. Here are some pictures of the diaper on 3-year-old Erik with a Nicki’s one-size cover on top.
Here’s Erik in just the diaper. You can see how the diaper is contoured in the front to make it fit better between the legs.
Ingrid at 22 months:
And my nephew, Roderick, who’s 6 months and already 20 pounds! He has very chubby legs but that’s no problem thanks to the stretchiness of the bamboo fabric.
Value: The price just can’t be beat; I don’t think there is another brand name bamboo fitted on the market for under $14. It’s a well made diaper that has lived up to its promises, fits great and looks super cute. Plus, with every Nicki’s brand diaper you buy, 1 is donated to charity via the Buy 1 Give 1 promotion.
The Nicki’s Bamboo Overnight fitted diaper is only available from Nicki’s Diapers and is not sold anywhere else. The one-size version sold quickly, but newborn is still availble; look for a restock soon.
Giveaway: CLOSED Nicki’s is giving away a bamboo fitted to one lucky Zephyr Hill reader! This promo is open to US and Canadian residents. Good luck and let me know if you have a question that wasn’t covered in the review!