I think it’s a nice touch when diapers are packaged professionally. I know the packaging has nothing to do with the diaper, but to me, the maker taking care to package it like this shows me they probably took the same care when making the diaper.
The sleeve also had weight guidelines. There are 4 size settings, similar to the Happy Heiny’s, they seem to be about a small, medium, large and extra-large/toddler. My 16ish pound son fits well into the medium. I definitely think this diaper will fit for a long time!
I don’t know if anyone else has ever watched How It’s Made, but I’ve been surprised by how much is done by hand. For example, in an episode about rain boots, a seamstress sewed the same part of the boot over and over, and over again. She did it so quickly, it was practically in the blink of an eye. I would have guessed that was done by a machine. That said, she sews the same part day in and day out, hundreds of times. What she did so precisely in just seconds, would take even an experienced seamstress several minutes to accomplish. In any case, this digression was just to say that I’m not picking on the maker since she has probably applied snaps hundreds of times, ever, not per day. I think the longer a diaper maker has been in business, the more precise she becomes.
Ideally, I prefer to buy a diaper that comes with a sewn insert. Not only so I can use the diaper without making an additional purchase, but because the insert is usually sized just right to fit in the diaper, and has usually been tested for function in the diaper as well. However, I’m glad it came with something!
The two microfiber towels got us through the whole night with no leaks, but they did add a bit of extra bulk between the legs. It didn’t cause any problem at night, but I did end up with a leg gap while I was holding him on my hip before bed one night, leading to a wet Mommy! I also don’t love having to fold them (the feeling on my hands bugs me for some reason); I could probably get a trimmer fit if I folded them differently, but I also had to make sure the end wasn’t too close to the top of the pocket. If the inserts sticks out, you can end up with wicking.
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All in all, this is a great diaper and a great value. The 4 sizes along with the ability to overlap the snaps means that the diaper will fit a huge range of sizes and last a long time!
Edit August 2010: This is still in our regular night-time rotation, stuffed with a Knickernappies Superdo!