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When Emily was a few months old people started asking me which newborn diaper I liked the most, and I kept promising that I’d reveal the answer once she outgrew it. It took 21 months, but Emily finally outgrew my favorite all-around newborn diaper – the Kawaii Pure and Natural (PN2)! In this review I’ll tell you more about the diaper and why I’ll definitely be buying more of them if/when we have another baby!
The Kawaii Pure and Natural is a pocket diaper, which means that there is a layer of stay-dry material attached to a waterproof cover, and you place an absorbent insert in the “pocket” of space between the two. In the Pure and Natural, the inner fabric is a polyester suedecloth and the outer fabric is TPU.
Though the pocket can technically be in a variety of places, in the Pure and Natural the pocket opening is in the back of the diaper.
My issue with a lot of newborn pocket diapers is that the pocket is too small, which makes it hard to stuff and difficult to add absorbency. The Pure and Natural had the roomiest pockets of all the newborn pocket diapers I tried, so it was easy to stuff and had plenty of room for a variety of inserts. I also prefer pocket diapers with the opening in the back (instead of in the middle or in the front) so I liked that aspect of the pocket, too.
The Pure and Natural also has a strip of strip of waterproof fabric across the inside of the diaper in the front. This provides extra protection against leaks (particularly for babies who are old enough to sleep on their tummies).
The leg elastic on the Pure and Natural is tight enough to prevent gaping or leaks on tiny newborn thighs, but gentle enough to avoid leaving red marks.
The Pure and Natural comes with 2 microfiber inserts. You can use them individually or combined for additional absorbency.
We used the included microfiber insert, but I also liked that the pocket was roomy enough to accommodate a variety of insert options. I frequently added a small Thirsties hemp insert or a SoftBums bamboo mini-pod when we needed more absorbency. When Emily was older and I fell in love with flats, I started using a padfolded flat inside the diaper instead. That might have been too bulky when she was a newborn, but with the diaper on it’s largest setting it can easily accommodate a standard flat diaper.
The Pure and Natural comes in hook and loop closure (there is no snap closure option).
The tabs can be overlapped so that you can get a snug fit around skinny waists, and the large laundry tabs keep the “hook” fabric from snagging or attaching to other items in the washing machine.
The hook and loop material on this diaper isn’t the strongest, so I found that the laundry tabs didn’t always keep the hook fabric fastened completely (sometimes a corner would fold away and attach to a microfiber insert). It also didn’t do the best job at keeping the diaper on once Emily became extremely mobile, though Emily has always been petite and it’s likely that most babies would outgrow the diaper before becoming so active that it is an issue.
I was sent the “Milk Time” print to review, and thought it was a sweet, gender neutral option.
This diaper is advertised to fit from 6-22 pounds, and the rise can be adjusted to small, medium, or large using the snaps on the front of the diaper.
This is one of the few diapers that had a pretty accurate weight range! It was one of the earliest diapers to fit Emily at approximately 7 pounds (2.5 weeks) and we officially retired it at approximately 22 pounds (21 months old!). Had the cord stump not been an issue it might have fit earlier, and had the hook and loop been stronger (or had Emily not figured out how to unfasten it through clothing!) it might have fit longer. In many ways it felt like this was a duo sized diaper instead of a newborn diaper. If you have petite children who potty train early, you might not even need traditional one-size diapers! The diaper was pretty bulky on it’s smallest rise setting, but if you want a diaper that can encompass a broad range of sizes, that is usually the trade-off.
Pricing for this diaper varies between retailers, ranging from $6.25-8.95
Here is how I would fill out a Padded Tush Stats Pocket Diapers 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 heavy wetter. Each score is out of a possible 5 points. Because this diaper was in use for close to 2 years, I will give the range of scores as well as the overall average.
Note: Absorbency = 2-3 hours, Nap = 3-4 hours, Night = 12-14 hours
For all absorbency related scores: 5 = no leaks or wetness, 4 = outside of diaper damp, 3 = clothing damp, 2 = clothing/bedding wet, 1 = dripping wet
Absorbency: High – 5. Low – 2. Average – 4.
This diaper was sufficiently absorbent with the included inserts until 29 weeks, at which point scores decreased and we stopped using it on it’s own during the day.
Nap Diaper (As Purchased): High – 5. Low – 4. Average – 4.
When we stopped using this diaper during the day on it’s own, we automatically stopped using it during naps on it’s own. Had we kept using it for naps at 29 weeks, the low score and the overall average would have been lower.
Nap Diaper (Either As Purchased Or With Additional Or Different Insert): High – 5. Low – 3. Average – 4.
We most frequently used this diaper with a small Thirsties hemp insert. We discontinued using the diaper for naps at 36 weeks when the small hemp insert wasn’t absorbent enough, but the pocket could not accommodate a bigger one.
Night Diaper (As Purchased): 3
There was no range of scores as the diaper was only used 3 times to confirm the score, and then was not used at night on it’s own again.
Night Diaper (Either As Purchased Or With Additional Or Different Insert): High – 5. Low – 3. Average – 4.
We stopped being able to use the diapers at night at 19 weeks, when the small hemp insert didn’t provide enough absorbency but the pocket of the diaper couldn’t accommodate any additional layers.
Trimness: High – 4. Low – 2. Average – 3.
This wasn’t the trimmest diaper, but that is the trade-off for being able to fit a wide weight range.
Fit: High – 5. Low – 2. Average – 4.
This diaper consistently scored 5 until 29 weeks, after which it hovered between 3s and 4s until the diaper was retired with a score of 2.
Liked By Skeptics: 4
It doesn’t get any simpler than a hook and loop diaper. The diaper received a score of 4 instead of 5 only because, as a pocket diaper, you have to stuff and unstuff it. For anyone comfortable with pocket diapers (or anyone who doesn’t have to do the extra step!) the diaper would score a 5.
Would Recommend To A Friend: 5
The diaper comes in at a great price point, fits for an amazingly long time, and can easily be stuffed with a variety of inserts. I would especially recommend this diaper to anyone interested in newborn diapers but concerned that their baby might outgrow them too quickly to make them worth the price. Even with a large newborn, you would certainly get good use out of the diaper before it no longer fit!
Worth The Price: 5
Though the price does vary between retailers, I’d consider it a bargain for any of the listed prices!
6 weeks / approximately 9.5 pounds
Where To Buy
You can see who carries this diaper by typing in “Kawaii” at the Cloth Diaper Retailer Database (www.clothdiaperretailers.com). You can compare retailers based on shipping costs, location, and even specials they have going on. Many of them even post exclusive discounts for Padded Tush Stats followers. If you buy from those with an asterisk (***) next to their name, a portion of your purchase goes towards supporting this site, so thank you in advance!
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