Friday, April 27, 2012

Itti bitt d'lish Diaper Review

For those of you interested in a fitted option, this next post is for you. Most cloth diapering mommies talk about their pocket diapers. Just to refresh your memory, a pocket diaper is one in which you stuff with some sort of absorbent material. It has either snaps or aplix, and it is waterproof so you don't need a cover. Pockets are great options for increasing or decreasing absorbency.  Also, pockets are usually one-sized, so you cut down on costs by using them from birth (depending on the weight of the baby) until potty training.

Let's face it though, one sized diapers are typically bulky. You usually have to go up one size in pants to get them around those big bulky diaps. No one ever really talks about that in the cloth diaper blogosphere. Cloth diapers are bigger by necessity. There are no absorbent crystals inside the diapers that expand when they absorb pee. The materials used for cds are pretty limited, and thus bulky.

So what's a girl to do?

Well, sized diapers are the best option for a trimmer fit. That being said, I only own a few sized diapers, so I'm going to give you my review of the Itti Bitti D'lish.


Pros

1. Minky-The outer material is Minky, which I love because it's smooth like butter. Don't worry, the minky is waterproof. I'm assuming there is a later of Pul behind it, but I haven't had the guts to cut any of my diapers open and test that hypothesis. I'm sure it's somewhere out there are on the Internet tubes. Google it.

2. Snaps-I know that some of you are afraid of snaps, but honestly, you want them. Later on when little billy or sally learns how to undo the aplix (Velcro), you'll want to change it up with snaps which are harder for them to figure out.

3. Trim fit-These diapers are sized so they are really trim. You can have a few of these in your stash for when you want to put them in a trimmer fitting pair of pants.

4. Bamboo and organic cotton in the soakers. Bamboo is anti-microbial and anti-fungal. It's also really absorbent and softer than hemp in my opinion.

5. SIO-The snap-in-one feature makes this a great option because you can buy just a few shells in each size and stock up on soakers to snap in and out. This way you are washing the inside snap ins more often, instead of an entire diaper like with AIOs or pockets.

Cons

1. Low rise-If you have a really tall baby that happens to be a boy, this diaper might not be for you.

2. It's sized so you'll have to buy diapers for every size.

3. These are definitely not made for all babies. I'm sure they wouldn't fit the larger, more snugly varieties on the large end. You might end up sizing up and then switching to another brand for the couple of months before potty training, depending on your baby.

Basically, you'll have to try it out and see for yourself if Itti Bitti's are the right choice for your baby. I love mine and am thinking about getting a set in small when we have our next baby to try out for the newborn stage.

How to:

Top left-Stay dry snap in liner
Top right-Snap in booster
Bottom left-Shell
Bottom right-Snap in soaker
These snap-in-one diapers do have a few parts. However, once you understand what they do, you'll appreciate the thoughtfulness that went into their design. Let's start in sections. First you will want to lay down your shell. Then you'll need to decide how much absorbency you would like. For our purposes, let's say you're going to run some errands and would like to avoid a diaper change. For this, we will do the most absorbent option.

-Take the snap in booster and snap the purple snaps to the purple snaps on the liner. (It really doesn't matter as the purple snaps fit into the yellow ones as well. )


-Then take the stay dry liner (top left) and the snap in booster (top right) and snap the red snaps onto one another.

-Finally snap the liner into the shell and voila!


For the next diaper change, you'll just switch out the things you snapped in, and put the dirty soakers into the drybag. If you are going to use these exclusively, I would have several shells and at least 12 soakers for all the changes you'll need for the day. I'm using these in addition to all my other options, so I'm not super worried about having enough shells and soakers. These are very similar to the Grovia system, except the shells have suede cloth on the inside, so your baby doesn't have any PUL touching their skin.


Okay, that's it for the D'lishes! If you have any questions, feel free to ask! Next blog I'll talk about the AIO version and the Tutto, which is the one-sized option from Itti Bitti.

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