I consider myself a #tryallthediapers type of person. I seldom have strong brand loyalties, and find myself constantly curious to try the next best thing. For those reasons, I am trying a Lalabye Baby cloth diaper.
A mama in a Facebook cloth diaper group has been encouraging me to try these for MONTHS, and she constantly posts adorable pictures of the Lalabye Baby on her babies. I finally bit the bullet, and picked one up.
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She knew I would like Lalabye Baby cloth diapers because its very similar to a cloth diaper I quite enjoy: Funky Fluff. These two cloth diapers are strikingly similar, but they have their own unique characteristics. Lets compare and contrast the Lalabye Baby cloth diaper and Funky Fluff cloth diaper.
Lalabye Baby Versus Funky Fluff Design
Funky Fluff and Lalabye Baby are the same shape diaper. They both prescribe to a very similar hourglass shape. The Lalabye Baby is marginally wider and longer than Funky Fluff. However, Funky Fluff wings are narrower and smidge longer.
On the inside, Funky Fluff offers more options than Lalabye Baby. Lalabye Baby is only available in Stay-Dry, while Funky Fluff has Athletic Wicking Jersey (AWJ) or Bamboo inners (and previous versions were available with Stay Dry). Both offer a double-sided pocket with opening sat the front and back. I would argue the back opening on Funky Fluff is larger, but closely the same. The front openings vary drastically, and this is more evident in the pictures.
Snap-wise, both diapers offer front and back inner snaps for inserts, as well as snap-together inserts. The waist and rise snaps are near identical offering 10 waist settings, with 4 rise settings in a double snap configuration. Lalabye Baby rise snaps are closer together than Funky fluff. On the hip, the Lalabye Baby Hip snap is on top, whereas the Funky Fluff is on the bottom. They both offer a double snap waist enclosure.
Insert-wise, both diapers come with two bamboo inserts. The Funky Fluff is a custom hour shape made of 80% bamboo viscose and 20% polyester. Small Funky Fluff Lux inserts are composed of 5 layers and the large is 6 layers of bamboo. The Lalabye Baby is a standard rectangular shape made of 100% bamboo viscose. Lalabye Baby inserts are only 4 layers of bamboo.
As you can see, these are two very similar pocket-style cloth diapers. They are considered an all-in-two (A12) in which they can be used in a variety of different ways. You can snap in the inserts and leave them snapped to function as an all-in-one cloth diaper. Or they can be stuffed and unstuffed to function as a traditional pocket. Or my preference is to just lay the natural fiber inserts on top and use as a cover without stuffing. Very versatile in being the type of diaper you want.
Real World Functions of the Lalabye Baby Versus Funky Fluff
Its one thing to break down the basic functions of the Lalabye Baby cloth diaper and the Funky Fluff cloth diaper, but another to use them in day to day. Both diapers have some great benefits, and both diapers have a few letdowns. Depending on what you are looking for might influence what you decide to buy.
These two pocket diapers will both be raved by me for a great trim fit, natural fiber inserts, and amazing prints and designs.
Reasons to Choose Funky Fluff
- Absorbency: The Funky Fluff inserts trump Lalabye Baby. With more layers of bamboo-goodness, these inserts are just thirstier and more awesome.
- AWJ & Bamboo Inners: Funky Fluff lets you break out of the stay-dry and offers a variety of different pocket inners. With Lalabye Baby you only get Stay Dry.
- Birth to Potty: Funky Fluff is a smaller cloth diaper and therefore is a better candidate in my opinion for the birth to potty transition. We used Funky Fluff on Little Miss as a newborn, and loved the fit. We also love the Funky Fluff Newborn cloth diaper.
Disclaimer: I’ve had some quality issues with my Spring 2016 Funky Fluff diapers this past month or so. And such, I’m no longer the biggest fan and remain a hesitant fan.
Reasons to Choose Lalabye Baby
- Fit & Sizing: Surprisingly, I prefer the larger fit of Lalabye to Funky Fluff. I feel it fits both kids better. I also feel because the crotch is wider, I am more easily able to fit more absorbency into the Lalabye Baby. [With the Funky Fluff I don’t like using both inserts because it creates sizing issues and gaps, but with the Lalabye, I feel like I can put whatever I want in the diaper]
- Colorful easy-to-use waist snaps: Why is no other cloth diaper company doing this? The rainbow of waist snaps provides such an easy-to-use waist snap. Sure, snapping on a diaper is easy, but if you get that tush askew, sometimes your whole diaper gets off centre. With rainbow waist snaps, you’ll always have an picture perfect centered diaper (or at least I hope so).
- Open Waterproof band: I like how you can easily tuck an insert underneath the waterproof band at the top belly portion of the diaper. This lets the diaper function more like the well loved flip when used as a cloth diaper cover/shell. Because we are currently not stuffing diapers to save time, I highly enjoy this feature.
One of my cop-out recommendations is to choose a diaper with a print you love. If you fall head over heals for Lalabye Baby Leapin’ Lizards print, or for Funky Fluff La Vie en Rose, then buy it and try it. You wont know if you love a cloth diaper until you try it. Cloth diapering is such a subjective topic it’s hard to gage what will work best for you.
In Canada, Funky Fluff and Lalabye Baby come in at comparable price points at Lagoon Baby (Lollypop Kids is another Lalabye Baby retailer). Funky Fluff registers in at $24.95, and Lalabye Baby is $25.95. Personally, should I need more diapers, I’m going to be purchasing more Lalabye Baby diapers over Funky Fluff because I’m more satisfied with the fit.
How do you compare Funky Fluff or Lalabye Baby cloth diapers? Why do you love what you love?
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