We’re going back to international cloth diapers today with this Designer Bums cloth diaper. I was gifted this diaper from Little Gumnut Co to check out, and maybe share with y’all.
About Little Gumnut Co
Before we get started on the Designer Bums diaper, I have to share with you about Little Gumnut Co because this is the sweetest little baby boutique specialising in all things awesome. You’ll also fine Econaps at Little Gumnut Co.
All things awesome includes an incredible collection of Australian brands and products to keep you ahead of the trends. Little Gumnut Co is based in Terrace, BC and owned by Danielle, an Australian who married a Canadian, and they ship around the country.
About Designer Bums
Designer Bums has been making cloth nappies since 2010 when they were hand sewn. Today, Designer Bums diapers are manufactured overseas using premium materials and custom art.
This diaper I have is designed by Melissa Charpentier, a mom from British Columbia.
About Designer Bums All In Two Cloth Diaper
This is referred to as an all in two diaper – which just means its a diaper that can be used in more ways than one. Typically it has a pocket opening, snaps to snap in the inserts (as to be like an all in one diaper) and natural fibres. The Designer Bums diaper has all those features. I think you’d more likely use it as a pocket diaper, but it really comes down to personal preference on how you want to assemble your diaper or nappy.
Cloth Nappy, cloth diaper, same thing – and the Designer Bums diaper is an award winning design that most of you will recognize as a pocket cloth diaper but with added functionality of having natural fiber inserts. Sometimes we call this an all in two diaper. They have a fantastic Fitting guide on how to use this diaper and troubleshoot.
Here’s a few of the noteable features of the Designer Bums diaper
- Pocket diaper with opening at the back of the diaper
- Pocket lining is a synthetic suede material – stay dry
- Trim design, estimated to fit babies 3.5kg to 15+kg (8lbs – 35lbs)
- 3×3 rise setting
- Single waist snap, with cross over snap.
- Snap In Booster
- Long Insert Tongue
- Both inserts are lined in a stay dry suede material
Designers Bums diapers come with a super-thirsty contoured snake insert. They call it an anchor shape on the tail end of the insert, or a wider back panel, followed by a long skinny tail that can be folded to size. This is a three layer insert and features a snap for an additional booster (equivalent to three inserts or 9 layers when assembled).
Review of the Designer Bums Ai2
This is a small diaper – that’s always my thought when I pull out these diapers from Australia and New Zealand. I think that sometimes scares North Americans and not because we have bigger babies, but because I think we want our diapers to appear like they’ll last longer.
A common concern in parenting groups is “the diaper isn’t going to fit much longer” but really, there’s so much space and it’s okay if you use the last snap. The rise settings and snaps are there to help you as baby grows adapt the diaper to baby. There are no hip snaps on this diaper, which I know is a big plus for many families, just a double top snap.
I am surprised with the bulk of the absorbency that this diaper doesn’t have a leg gusset to give that extra girth to reduce leg legs. It also doesn’t have a belly panel. These are two features I enjoy in diapers for that ease of use. The insert attaches to the front of the diaper on the outside of the panel. Truthfully this confused me because so much about adding pockets to diapers is to give you that ease of clean up and an exterior insert just asks for a messy poop clean up. Which wouldn’t be a problem if you have a Diaper Dawg, but I like to avoid the situation.
The inserts have washed and dried very nice. We didn’t get that bacon and they really held their shape and absorbency. I’m happy, unlike some of the other inserts I’ve had. I’ll come back with some pictures now that I’ve laundered it.
Natural fiber pocket diapers like this are phenomenal choice for their versatility because you can use the diaper with inserts on top or inside. This gives you that flexibility depending on caregivers, stage of life, or absorbency needed.
Here’s a few great reviews of this diaper from other parents about their experience with the product.
- Cloth Nappy Geek, Review of Designer Bums Ai2
- Darlings Down Under, Lori’s Review
- All About Cloth Diapers, Cloth Diapers from the land down under… Designer Bums
- Dirty Diaper Laundry, Designers Bums Review (2012)
If you’re looking for a high quality absorbent natural fiber diaper, this would be a great choice for you.
This is a great diaper to add to your stash if you’re looking for some new natural fiber pocket diapers or all in two systems.
If you already like other international diapers like Elskbar Resuables, Fluffy Ducks or Econaps, this might be a great choice for you. If you’re looking for a natural fiber take on the Lil Helper fit, this might be a good choice to consider. This is a trimmer snug fitting diaper compared to some of the more spacious North American fits.