There aren’t too many companies who offer a “30 day leak-free guarantee” on their diapers, and you’d usually expect a diaper with a guarantee like that to be pretty bulky. However, the Pooters Newborn Fitted Bamboo Diaper managed to be both incredibly trim AND highly absorbent! In this review I will walk you through the features of the diaper, and how it performed on my baby girl.
The diaper is made from 3 layers of organic bamboo/cotton. Due to the absorbent nature of this fabric blend, the diaper is advertised to be able to hold 7 ounces of fluid.
Elastic is sewn into the back and legs of the diaper in order to better contain messes.
The elastic was nice and tight, but I found myself wishing there was MORE of it. As my daughter got bigger, I found it harder to fasten the snaps around her waist because I didn’t have much room to stretch and maneuver the fabric. I wanted the diaper to accommodate my hand inside the waistband as I fastened the snap, and then pull in tightly against her body when my hand was out of the way. Instead, I found myself struggling to get the diaper snug around the waist without squishing her stomach with my hand. We never had any leaks with the diaper, so the elastic did it’s job, but it would have seemed more comfortable with a longer strip of elastic in the back.
The insert is made of the same material as the rest of the diaper, and is sewn in place in the back. The diaper washed clean easily and dried quickly because the front of the insert was left unattached, but having it attached in the back meant never having to search through the laundry to find the correct insert for the diaper.
The insert is sewn down a few inches from the very back of the diaper, and I always found myself wanting to move the end of it to the very edge of the diaper (so that it would lie centered within the diaper instead of being skewed towards the front). It didn’t affect the function of the diaper in any way, but the part of me that likes things to look symmetrical found it visually distracting.
The diaper is fastened by a single row of snaps around the waist, and has a hip-snap to prevent wing droop.
Emily was a very skinny baby, so we actually used the hip snap as the primary snaps and then just left the first set of snaps undone (as this diaper does not have crossover snaps). It wasn’t as aesthetically pleasing to have the flaps unattached and flopping around, but the diaper functioned fine and once a cover was on you couldn’t tell the difference. If this diaper HADN’T had the hip snaps, we may not have been able to use the diaper at all (as she grew out of the rise long before filling out the waist!) so their presence was greatly appreciated!
Umbilical Cord Snap-Down
This diaper has a single snap to lower the very center of the front of the diaper in order to fit comfortably under the umbilical cord stump as it heals.
This diaper is meant to fit from 6-12 pounds.
This diaper started fitting my daughter at 2 weeks and 7 pounds and lasted until she was 4.5 weeks and 8.5 pounds, when the rise was no longer high enough. She was still on some of the tightest waist snaps at that point (see photos below) so this diaper would likely fit longer on a shorter/chunkier baby than a tall/skinny baby like Emily.
Here is how I would fill out a Padded Tush Stats survey based on how it worked on my daughter. Scores were averaged across the time period that she used the diaper (e.g., a diaper that received a 4 for absorbency at 2 weeks old but only a 2 for absorbency at 6 weeks old would receive an overall score of 3). She is a normal to heavy wetter.
Notes on my responses:
- Data was not collected for use as a nap diaper, because during the time the diaper was in use, there was no clearly defined nap period – she was either sleeping for short periods or awake for shorter periods regardless of the time of day. Nighttime use ranged from 2-4 hours, which was appropriate for the size of the diaper and the fact that it was too small for any of the other newborn inserts I owned to be added as doublers.
- The diaper was deceptively absorbent for how trim it was and we never had any issues with leaking, but it was difficult to get a good fit around the waist (due to the aforementioned lack of stretch and snap placement that wasn’t ideal for skinny babies) and my husband was frequently confused as to which snaps should be used (since there wasn’t an option to overlap them). If the diaper had a little bit more elastic around the waist and crossover snaps, scores for “fit” and “liked by skeptics” would have been higher.
- We were only able to use this diaper for 2.5 weeks, despite having more than enough room around the waist to grow into. If the rise of the diaper had been higher or adjustable by using a snap-down rise, we would have been able to use it much longer, and scores for “worth the price”, “would recommend to a friend”, and “fit” would probably have been higher. Shorter/chunkier babies may be able to use this diaper longer than taller/skinnier babies can.
4.5 weeks / 8.5 pounds
Where To Buy: Pooters brand diapers can be purchased through their website.
Although Pooters provided this diaper for review, it did not impact the opinions reflected in this post.