Nicki’s Newborn Cloth Diaper Review

I have to be honest, with the beautiful spring/summer weather we’ve been enjoying, I haven’t been spending much time inside to blog.  And with our new house comes new landscaping projects…something I REALLY enjoy doing!  So, with a little more dirt under my fingernails and a lot more green in my flower beds, I’m ready to get back to sharing some of my favorite baby products with you today.

You may already know I’m a huge fan of Nicki’s Diapers and their Buy One Give One program from past blog posts.  I’ve tried all their one size cloth diaper products, so when Caleb was born, they were kind enough to send me some of their newborn diapers to try out as well.  Of course, they did not disappoint!  Today, I’d like to share Nicki’s three newborn cloth diaper options: an All In One, a cover, and a fitted.

Newborn Bamboo All In One

Fit: Of the three Nicki’s newborn diapers, the bamboo AIO (All In One) is the smallest.  This is perfect for really tiny newborns and fits nice and trim under onesies.  As you can see in the above picture, it’s already on its largest waist setting for 11 lb Caleb.  There are no rise snaps on this diaper.

Function: With the bamboo insert that can snap out for easier washing and drying, this AIO is very absorbent.  However, if your baby is a super soaker, they still may be able to out-pee this diaper within a few weeks.  You have the choice between snap and aplix closure, and I prefer the snaps for Nicki’s brand.  Nicki’s also has a newborn Ultimate AIO you can choose, if you prefer stay dry material for your baby.

Favorites: If you have small babies and want a diaper that is easy to use, this newborn bamboo AIO is the perfect choice for you.  The natural fiber bamboo insert is soft against the baby’s skin and is quick to put on.

Newborn Overnight Bamboo Fitted

Fit: Another great choice for tiny babies, the Nicki’s overnight bamboo fitted can snap down nice and small.  Caleb finally outgrew it around three months old (12-13 lbs), but it was a favorite of mine for when he was first born.

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Check out the snap down in the front to give an umbilical cord plenty of room!

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Newborn Overnight Bamboo Fitted on 11 lb, two month old Caleb.

Function: Since the entire diaper is made out of absorbent bamboo, this is a great choice for heavy wetters.  You need to put a waterproof cover on top to keep clothes dry.  It also has an insert that snaps in for extra absorbency.

Favorites: This diaper is SO soft!  I also love the umbilical cord snap down in the front, so your baby can wear this diaper from day one.  The multi colored snap closure and edging is also a fun feature.

Newborn Cover

Fit: This cover can get very small, but also has the most room to grow because it includes rise snaps.  Caleb is five months old and still easily fits in these covers!

Function: The cover has lots of great features like the crossover snaps for tiny newborn waists, inner flaps to hold inserts in place,  and rise snaps to adjust the size to perfectly fit a small or large baby.  These are also perfect for covering the Nicki’s Newborn Overnight Bamboo Fitted diapers.  You can reuse the covers a few times as long as they aren’t soaked or soiled, so you get the most bang for your buck with these.

Favorites: I personally love the snap closure on these covers, but aplix closures are also available.  I also like how they fit so nice and trim under clothing (I used flour sack towels as inserts the first few months) and the double gussets for holding in any messes.  These covers are definitely my FAVORITES as far as newborn diapers go!

How does the newborn cover compare to Nicki’s One Size cover?  Here is a picture of both on the smallest settings.  You can see it is quite a bit smaller, and while the OS cover can fit newborns, the newborn cover is much less bulky under clothing and leaves no gaps for messes to escape.  🙂
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If you are wanting to cloth diaper a newborn, all of Nicki’s newborn diapers are a great choice.  You can order yours here.  If you want to see how the Nicki’s one size diaper covers fit on newborns, check out my favorite OS diapers for newborns.

I received a Nicki’s newborn bamboo fitted and newborn diaper covers free of charge for the purposes of this review.  All opinions expressed are 100% my own and not influenced by the company.  This post may contain affiliate links.

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Tushmate Newborn AIO and One Size AIO Review

Now that I once again have TWO kids in cloth diapers at the same time, I thought it was the perfect time to share my thoughts on the All-In-One cloth diapers by TushMate.  They were gracious enough to send me two beautiful diapers to try out for this review.

Newborn AIO

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Features: The newborn AIO is made up of a waterproof TPU shell, a semi-attached hemp/cotton insert, and a stay dry liner on top.  As is true of all All-In-One diapers, everything is attached, which makes putting on the diaper very simple.  The insert can unfold to make it easy to wash and fast to dry.  Like all the TushMate prints, each diaper is printed so BOTH sides are right-side up,  and every diaper has a perfect picture on the bum.  The attention to detail sets this brand apart from many others.  My favorite feature?  The hook & loop closure.  It is the softest velcro (no scratchy edges or hooks to scratch sensitive baby skin), but is the stickiest I’ve tried.  I don’t know how they do it, but it’s amazing!

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My favorite TushMate feature…the soft and sticky hook & loop fastener!

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The stay dry liner keeps baby’s skin dry.

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This gorgeous print is “right-side up” both in the front and back!

Function: The design of the newborn AIO makes it very easy to use.  No inserts to attach, and it all stays together in the wash.  I really like that it has both a natural fiber insert AND a stay dry liner on top.  The liner paired with the cover gives the diaper double gussets to keep in those newborn messes.  For absorbency, I’d say that it would be great for light-average wetters, but not for heavy wetters.  Fortunately, because the attached insert can fold out of the shell for washing and drying, it also gives the diaper a pocket to add extra absorbency.  That way it can work well for any newborn.

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The fold out hemp/cotton insert makes it easy to wash and dry this AIO diaper.

Fit: The newborn AIO fit my 8 lb little guy perfectly.  It has adjustable rise snaps, so it can grow with your baby until he or she fits into one size diapers.  The velcro placement was perfect, so it didn’t scratch Caleb’s belly (unlike other brands I tried).  And the thin hemp/cotton insert made it the most trim fitting newborn diaper I tried as well.  It can easily fit under onesies and other tiny newborn clothes without being too bulky.

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One Size AIO

Features: The one size AIO has the same features as the newborn AIO.  This is one of TushMate’s newest prints…colorful globe.  Isn’t it just beautiful?  I love that the AIO also has the same hidden snaps as TushMate’s AI2 diaper.  This makes adding in an extra TushMate insert very easy.

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Function: Once again, the AIO diaper is definitely easy to use.  Even adding in an extra insert, the stay dry liner snaps to the front and hides all the layers inside the diaper.  This makes for a very simple diaper to put on.  I chose the snap closure for my diaper, but they can also come with their amazing hook & loop closure.  Evelyn is an average-heavy wetter, and while she could soak the attached hemp/cotton insert, I could add in the TushMate large hemp/cotton insert, and that would last for hours.  While it’s an AIO, TushMate definitely wins the award for most versatile diaper, since you can customize the absorbency for any baby.

Fit: Like the newborn AIO and their OS AI2 diaper, the TushMate AIO is a very trim diaper.  It has a great fit, and I don’t think Evelyn will outgrow it before she’s potty trained.

 

What’s your favorite feature of the TushMate AIO or newborn AIO?  Want to see more about the TushMate AI2 one size diaper?  Check out my review here.  Finally, check out TushMate’s website for more of their beautiful prints and to order your own diapers!  🙂

I received a TushMate newborn AIO and a One Size AIO diaper free of charge for the purposes of this review.  All opinions expressed are 100% my own and not influenced by the company.

Nicki’s Ultimate All-In-One Review

Today, I want to share a brand new Nicki’s Diapers product with you.  If you read my post comparing their cloth diaper types, you already know I’m a huge fan.  So when they came out with their Ultimate All-In-One diaper, I just had to give it a try!  I was really excited to get the new Little Dipper print.  It is beautiful!

Features: Microfiber snap-in insert (topped with stay-dry material) and a stay-dry liner.  Comes in either snap or aplix closures, and the snap option has crossover tabs.

Function: This All-In-One diaper is easy to use with the insert that can snap out before washing to speed up drying time.  This is by far the simplest diaper in the Nicki’s line up!  The stay dry liner on the insert makes it easy to clean up poops, and the encased elastics mean it’s just one step to put it on.  The only learning curve for some people is the direction you fold down the insert.  If you fold it the wrong way (microfiber up toward the baby instead of down), the microfiber will be directly in contact with the baby’s skin causing extreme dryness.  😦

Fit: The fit is very similar to the Nicki’s Bamboo AIO.  It’s still smaller than the Nicki’s pocket or cover, but can easily fit my 2.5 year old on the largest waist and rise settings.

Now, what all the Nicki’s Bamboo AIO fans are wanting to know…

How does the Ultimate compare with the Bamboo?

Features: At a glance, the two diapers look very similar.  There are two big differences: first, the snaps for the insert are exposed on the Ultimate, compared to a flap covering the snaps on the Bamboo.  It really doesn’t make much of a difference, except when poop squishes up the back.  It may be slightly easier to unsnap the insert from the Ultimate.

Ultimate: +1, Bamboo: +0

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Exposed snaps on the Nicki’s Ultimate vs. flap covering snaps on the Nicki’s Bamboo

 

The other big difference is the leg elastics.  The Ultimate has encased elastics while the bamboo has rolled elastics.  Both are gentle on my kids’ legs, but rolling in the elastics on the bamboo creates an extra step.

Ultimate: +1, Bamboo +0

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Encased elastics on Nicki’s Ultimate vs. rolled elastics on Nicki’s Bamboo

Finally, the stay dry topped microfiber insert does make cleaning up poop easier (it doesn’t stick as much), and I’ve found it doesn’t stain as easily.  The bamboo diapers are stain magnets!  A downside to the Ultimate is the possibility for a bad diaper rash if someone folds the microfiber insert the wrong way.  The bamboo doesn’t have that risk.

Ultimate: +2, Bamboo: +1

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Ultimate stay-dry topped microfiber insert (white) vs. Bamboo insert (blue)

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Ultimate stay-dry topped microfiber insert (white) vs. Bamboo insert (blue)

 

Size: The size is pretty similar for both diapers.  While there did appear to be a big difference in size when laid on top of each other, when I put both the Ultimate and Bamboo on Evelyn, the Ultimate ended up being roomier and needed to be snapped down to a smaller size.  Both fit 32 lb. Jeremiah on the largest snap settings.

 

Absorbency: To test the absorbency, I poured water in 1/4 c. increments into each diaper.  I didn’t test the speed of absorbency…just the quantity of liquid each diaper could hold.

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Nicki’s Ultimate AIO on left vs. Nicki’s Bamboo AIO on right

I was very impressed with both diapers!  And in real life, both work wonderfully for Evelyn with no leaks.  However, the Bamboo did end up winning this test by successfully containing 1 3/4 c. of water!  The secret is really in the bamboo lining the cover that catches any leaks.  So while an average wetter may not tell the difference, I’d still recommend the Bamboo AIO for heavy wetters.

Ultimate: +0, Bamboo: +1

So, which would I recommend?  Honestly, it’s a matter of  preference!  Both are excellent diapers with features that stand out from each other.  If stay dry material is important to you, I’d go with the Ultimate, but if you need maximum absorbency, the Bamboo is probably a better choice for you.

What is your favorite feature of the new Nicki’s Ultimate All-In-One?

I received a Nicki’s Ultimate AIO diaper free of charge for the purposes of this review.  All opinions expressed are 100% my own and not influenced by the company.  This post may contain affiliate links.

Nicki’s Diapers: AIO, Pocket, or Cover…Which one is best for you?

I first came across Nicki’s Diapers when I was on the hunt for another cloth diaper brand they carry in their online store.  Soon after I started shopping there, they came out with a new line of diapers with their own name brand.  Not only did they have some adorable prints at great prices, but they have an awesome program to go with them.  For every Nicki’s Diaper product you buy, they will donate one to a child in need.  That is something I can support!  They even have pictures of Nicki going to an orphanage in China to donate some of their diapers to babies there.  I love it!

Nicki’s Diapers come in four different styles (AIO, pocket, cover, and pull-on cover), and I’m going to feature three of them today. Not only is the style of each diaper different, but they also have different fits and functions (as you can see in the picture below).  Hopefully you will get an idea of which diaper would work best for you, and you can give Nicki’s Diapers a try!

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From left to right: Nicki’s Pocket, Nicki’s AIO, Nicki’s Cover. All set to their largest setting.

Nicki’s AIO Bamboo

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Features: Natural terry bamboo fiber snap-in insert and liner.  The legs have roll-in elastic, which is gentle on babies’ legs.  Comes in either snap or aplix closures, and the snap option has crossover tabs.

Function: This All-In-One diaper is easy to use with the insert that can snap out before washing to speed up drying time.  You just put it on the baby, roll in the legs, and go!  The diaper is VERY absorbent – great for heavy wetters, or even night time.  It didn’t quite make it all night with Jeremiah as a two-year old, but it could work with a booster of some kind.

Fit: This fits the smallest of the three diapers.  It looks great on Evelyn (at 11 lbs), but is on the very last snap setting for Jeremiah (he is currently around 30 lbs).  With the thick bamboo insert, it does seem bulky on smaller babies.

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Nicki’s AIO on two month old, Evelyn.

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Nicki’s AIO on two month old, Evelyn.

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Nicki’s AIO on two-year-old Jeremiah.

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Nicki’s AIO on two-year-old Jeremiah.

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Nicki’s AIO on two-year-old Jeremiah.



Nicki’s Pocket Diaper

IMG_4583 Features: Stay dry liner with openings in the front and back.  These openings make stuffing the pocket easy and allow the included microfiber insert to agitate out in the wash.  No touching wet inserts!  Comes in snap (with crossover tabs) or aplix closures.

Function: Pocket diapers are a favorite of many dads and babysitters because they are so easy to put on.  With the insert already stuffed inside, you can put them on the baby just like a disposable.

Fit: The Nicki’s pocket has the largest fit of their three styles.  It did not fit Evelyn as a newborn and left large leg gaps.  Now that she’s almost three months old and over 11lbs, she can wear the pocket diaper without problems.  There is still plenty of room for two-year-old Jeremiah, and I still have the rise snapped up one setting.

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Nicki’s Pocket Diaper on two month old, Evelyn.

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Nicki’s Pocket Diaper on two month old Evelyn.

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Nicki’s Pocket Diaper on two month old Evelyn.

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Nicki’s Pocket Diaper on two-year-old Jeremiah.

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Nicki’s Pocket Diaper on two-year-old Jeremiah.

Nicki’s Diaper Cover

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Features: Tuckable flaps at the front and back to keep inserts in place.  This cover has double gussets in the legs to hold in messes. Comes in either snap or aplix closures, and the snap option has crossover tabs.

Function: If you want the most for your money, the Nicki’s Cover is the way to go.  It’s the least expensive, but gives you a TON of versatility.  You can put any insert (unless it is microfiber w/o a micro fleece liner) or fitted diaper you want inside so you get a customized diaper that works best for your baby.  I use it mainly for Jeremiah’s night time diaper because I have to stuff it with a prefold AND flour sack towel combo to last him all 12 hours at night.

Fit:  This cover is in the middle between the AIO and the pocket diapers. It gets small enough to fit a newborn (see my post on OS diapers that can fit newborns here), but is also very roomy for a toddler.  Jeremiah still has the rise snapped up once for his day time diaper, but I unsnap it completely to fit his bulkier night time inserts.  It is a very trim diaper that makes it fit easily in a diaper bag and isn’t bulky under clothing.

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Nicki’s Cover (over a flour sack towel insert) on two month old Evelyn.

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Nicki’s Cover (over a flour sack towel insert) on two month old Evelyn.

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Nicki’s Cover (over a flour sack towel insert) on two-year-old Jeremiah.

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Nicki’s Cover (over a flour sack towel insert) on two-year-old Jeremiah.

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Nicki’s Cover (over a flour sack towel insert) on two-year-old Jeremiah.

Thanks to my two wonderful baby models (Jeremiah had to be bribed with fruit snacks to hold still!), I hope you have a better idea about which Nicki’s Diaper would be best for you.  Or, just get a couple of each and try them for yourself…click here to check out their website!  Let me know what you think…which diaper style would YOU choose?

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