Elskbar Reusables is an up and coming cloth diaper brand (One of the Trendiest of 2020) based out of Denmark creating a natural fibre snap in cloth diaper. I had the pleasure of chatting with the owner, Louise, on the Cloth Diaper Podcast this past weekend, and excited to give you a glimpse of this diaper.
Disclosure: I received one diaper as a gift. I purchased a second one to giveaway on the Cloth Diaper Podcast. I use affiliate links on this website where I have available.
This is not a full review with insights from use. This is a descriptive insight from one cloth diaper parent to another. Here are some great reviews from cloth diaper parents who have used this diaper
- You are Elskbar, The Cloth Bum Mummy
- The Mother Freckle – YouTube Review
- Did you also give a review, leave your link in the comment
Snap in diapers is a common term in other parts of the world to better describe the all in two diaper. I love how the term doesn’t try to be anything. It’s not faking an all in one diaper, it’s just owning that it’s a snap-together kinda diaper.
A snap in one (SIO) diaper is just as easy as an all in one, or pocket diaper. If you’re confused on all the terms, now would be a great time to check out my book on cloth diapering – it’s a handbook designed to walk you through the basics and empower you to find your cloth diaper journey.
Elskbar is a Danish Cloth Diaper brand. The owner, Louise, is the woman behind this incredible diaper. She spent the last few years crafting something that met her needs. After trying dozens of diapers, she finally blended everything she loed to make a diaper that would truly work for her kids.
Elskbar started in June 2020, and diapers can be found in cloth diaper retailers around the world. They also offer a newborn size diaper and accessories. Elskbar diapers are available in four unisex prints with absorbent materials.
The diapers are manufactured in a factory in China.
About the Elskbar Reusable Snap In Diaper
The Elskbar Reusable Snap In Diaper is a one size diaper rated fro 6kg to 18kg, that’s a little bigger than most one size diapers, and a recommended 12 to 40lbs. It features a three by three rise setting that can be adjusted to change the length of the diaper to adapt to babies changing shape and size.
The diaper is a snap in diaper. It features a shell and inserts. The shell is a PUL with soft bamboo Terry. This adds a layer of absorbency and softness. I also love how it protects the inner layer of thermally bonded polyurethane to the cotton. The shell of the diaper is very trim. It’s a narrow crotch with a trim bum. This isn’t wide bulky like Motherease Uno, and is trimmer than the Petite Crown Trima.
It has skinny single snaps wings, and a belly panel. You’ll also find double snaps at the front and back of the diaper for attaching inserts. If you have single snaps inserts (think Buttons or Best Bottom) they will not work because of the snap positioning).
The inserts comprise of one longer insert and one booster. You can choose which combo to use. In this scenarios, I would also start with the standard long insert. If my child saturated the diaper within 2 hours, then I would add the booster for the next change. In my experience, additional boosters like this are needed for naps, heavy wetters, and long periods of times.
The inserts are 70% bamboo and 30% organic cotton. They did shrink about 20% in the wash, and my inserts are kind of this bacon texture. One side of the insert is a stay dry and gives you the ability to customize.
You can really do whatever you want with the inserts. The trick with getting the best absorbency experience is to fold the inserts to where you need it most. This really helps offer that boost because textiles don’t always move liquid as easily as we ant. Together they add up to 12 layers of absorbency.
Worried about poop clean up with the inserts?
This is where a disposable liner, or fleece liner, comes in handy. It creates a smoother easier to clean up surface area.
Comparison of Elskbar to Other Similar Products
The Elskbar Reusable diaper is unique but also similar. I’ve pulled a few diapers from my stash to give you an idea of it’s shape and size.
At first, it felt a little like the Lil Helper diaper. It’s a larger fitting diaper with longer tabs and body, and it features natural fibre diapers.
Then, I thought maybe it was more like the Nuggles Simplee without the pocket, and I think this is a similar comparisons, but again it has a different shape at the front and back. The wings and cut make it a bit different. But I think that if you were interested in the Simple, you’d be interested in this.
And then, I remembered the GroVia Shell and the Elskbar Diaper is again very similar, but the cut is different and it features a few different elements to make it a unique product.
What about the bulk? To me this feels really reasonable without the booster. Add the booster, and the bulk definitely gets up there. Is it as a trim as the Thirsties NAIO? No, but it does feel trimmer than a Blueberry Pocket diaper with two microfibre inserts.
My Recommendation of the Elskbar Reusable
If you like shells, if you like a trim crotch, if you like natural fibres, than I think you might want to try this cloth diaper. It’s super trendy and makes me incredibly curious about it’s practicality.
Trying it on Mr. Bear, I was little cautious because I got a gap in the legs. And I know, it’s just Mr. Bear, but tugging on the waist, I was reminded that sometimes when you have multiple layers of dense thick material with a narrow crotch it can cause gapping. We saw this with the Lighthouse Kids Supreme Diaper and their refold addition, and I think it’s similarly happening here.
When I did the conversion, 6kg starts at 12lbs, and Mr. Bear is about a 10lb baby. This would explain some of the gap and the larger fit that I had with him. If you have a newborn baby, I would side with caution about the fit early on, and maybe recommend trying her newborn product.
I am disappointed in the inserts wash and wear. The curling of the bamboo textile shows me that the material is not cut properly to be laundered and should be be pre-shrunk before assembly, or sewn in a different way. I have similar concerns in Facebook groups. This may not be an issue for you.
At $27 USD, this Canadian thinks the product is a tad on the higher end. It is slightly above other natural fibre all in one systems, but it is imported Europe, and unique to our marketplace.
I have not done an absorbency test on the product, I’m missing a prepped booster, and will do it as son as I find it.
The January Cloth Diaper Giveaway!
This part of the blog post is no longer sponsored by CutiePatootie. They sent me three diapers and I have a little stash of products I’ve been wanting to share with you, my readers. So I’m going to giveaway on my free will and on my own accord a few diapers today.
The Bundle Includes:
- Cutie Patootie FlexiNappy
- Elskbar Reusable Diaper – Read the Review
- BabyKoala Pocket Diaper & Wetbag
- 1 Cloth Diaper Colouring Book (not pictured, but paperback versions are coming!)
These are some incredible products that I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing and engaging with over the past year and it’s now time to let you try. I’ll ship anywhere in the world, unless contests like this are void in your area, then please don’t be unlawful and don’t enter. This giveaway will close on January 25, 2021 and a winner will be randomly drawn and verified.