I received the pictured item at no cost in order to publish this review. I was not otherwise compensated for this post and all opinions are my own. Ella Bella Bum is a Canadian company run by WAHM Sam and her husband Courtney. With the help of 2 production assistants and 3 local seamstresses, Ella Bella Bum diapers are proudly made in Canada. I’d heard of the brand in 2010 when they were sold on Hyenacart, but hadn’t tried one until now.
The diaper I received was a surprise, and when I saw what it was, I had to hide it until I could photograph and wash it. As I suspected, my little guy went nuts and tried to take his own diaper off in order to but “ickey” on.
Pocket diapers arrive pre-prepped and inserts are pre-shrunk, but do require prepping to become fully absorbent.
The woven Mickey fabric is backed by PUL so it doesn’t leak or wick, and the rest of the outer is PUL.
The inner of the diaper is “athletic wicking jersey” (think a 70’s track suit) and has a rear pocket opening & waist elastic. Diapers do not come with inserts, but the company has inserts and boosters available for purchase. I received a one-size insert & booster combo that consists of a 2 layer bamboo fleece/1 layer zorb booster, and a one-size insert that folds & snaps to adjust to different sizes. When folded, the one-size insert has 6 layers of bamboo fleece and 1 layer of Zorb (a name brand fabric made of bamboo/cotton viscose and poly micro fiber that absorbs more moisture than cotton, and absorbs quickly.) The bamboo fleece insert doesn’t have the brushed, soft feel you might think of when you hear “fleece.” It feels more like sturdy cotton, or a little like my hemp fleece prefolds felt after the fuzz pilled & came off over time.
Ella Bella Bum diapers have snap closures, and 3 rise settings to fit most babies from 15-35 pounds.
Here is the small setting measured folded and stretched:
Natural fibers, including fabrics using bamboo generally gain absorbency through 8-10 washes, and should be washed & dried about 3ish times before use. Typically I wash & dry 3-5 times, then use with caution, not putting them on first thing in the morning, before naps etc., until they are fully prepped. The first several times I used the diaper, I experienced wicking at the legs, whether the insert was very wet or just damp. Ella Bella Bum suggested that it may not be fully absorbent yet since I’d only washed it around 6-8 times. Then my son had a very messy soiled diaper, and I was able to see that the moisture was actually coming from the holes where the leg elastic was sewn in. The company had never seen this before & offered to replace the diaper. There was some delay in their replies thanks to my emails being filtered as spam, so I had continued to use the diaper in the meantime. My son loves this diaper, so I was washing it quite often! Somewhere around a dozen washes, the leaking & wicking issues simply disappeared. I’ve been using the diaper for 8 weeks now and no leaks aside from a little dampness when we accidentally left it on way too long on Christmas Eve. Whoops!
In these photos my son is 23 months old and 23 pounds, in the medium rise setting.
I am very pleased with the fit, quality construction and sewing, and it goes without saying that my son loves the diaper. I just recommend being very, very patient with the insert prep! Pocket diapers retail for $22-28 and one-size inserts are $9.
Giveaway: Ella Bella Bum will send one winner a gender neutral pocket diaper, ARV approx. $27. Entries go in the Rafflecopter form below.