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Cloth diapering a newborn is a journey; They are well hydrated, have small bellies and eat/void frequently. I’ve been cloth diapering my newborn for two weeks now and finally feel like I have a handle on it. I’m excited to have this Newborn BabyKicks Organic Cotton and Hemp fitted diaper to test out and share with you. Here are our findings and an array of photos to give you an up and close personal review…with some partial celebrity endorsement:
The more I read about the obscene amount of chemicals used in growing cotton, the more I value organic fibers. I was drawn to BabyKicks certified organic products because I know these fibers haven’t been hosed with pesticides, herbicides and other scary things. I’m cloth diapering to avoid using chemicals on my children, any additional help I can get from cloth companies is great! So let’s get to it. Are you familiar with BabyKicks? Family owned and operated out of Maryland, the company is dedicated to using high quality organic fibers. This newborn fitted is made from “50% certified organic cotton for softness, 33% natural hemp for absorbency and durability, and 17% polyester for stretch.” The insert is hemp/cotton and the prefold (sold separately) are hemp fleece and certified organic cotton. This combination makes the inserts super absorbent and gives the shell great mold-ability and superb fit around baby.
Diaper features include:
- Single waist snap on wings
- Single row of 8 waist snaps
- One row of 2 rise snaps
- Requires prepping to reach Max absorbency (all natural fibers do)
- Crossover snap
- Inside pocket opening near front 1/3 of diaper
- Requires a cover to be waterproof
- Shell is cotton/hemp/polyester
- Insert is organic cotton/hemp
- Prefold (sold separately) hemp fleece/organic cotton
- Rear elastic for fit and to help prevent blowouts
- Serged stitching around edges
My newborn has been using this diaper for 2 weeks. He was born over 9 lbs and is a heavy wetter and breastfed. First, I tried this diaper with just the insert it comes with. I had to change it in under 15m with it completely saturated…including his entire outfit (crunchy Mom fail). Next, I tried stuffing the diaper with the hemp fleece/cotton prefold plus the insert and found that it was way too bulky. I had to take it off and switch to prefold only because his little legs were splayed (cruncy Mom fail number 2). For us, this diaper performs the best for us when stuffed with a newborn prefold (I have Grovia NBs which on their own aren’t absorbent enough for my NB) and the insert this diaper comes with, or just the hemp fleece/cotton BabyKicks prefold either in the pocket or on top of the opening using this as a cover. These combinations are one of my favorite and I look forward to this coming out of the wash to be used again. My NB can go about 1.5 hours with these combinations which is fantastic for us considering the fact that he quickly saturates most other options we’ve tried. We probably should have gone right to the one-size BabyKicks to handle his liquid output, but the diaper has contained EBF poo well and I love the fit.
If you can’t tell from the photos…the fit is fantastic. (I know Hulk is distracting…but he loves organic fibers!) Overall the diaper is very soft and mold-able. The polyester in the shell allows for some stretch around his little legs and waist and gives a great fit without leaving red marks or getting too tight. The rise is perfect. While his belly cord quickly fell off, it took 12 days to heal. I found that many of our OS di
apers put pressure on his umbilical stump and I was racing to wash our NB stash to allow for cord healing. As you can see, this diaper sits well below his belly button and allows for great air flow around it. While it doesn’t have a newborn snap-down for the stump, it sits low enough that we haven’t needed it.