Updated on December 13, 2015
My Favourite AI2: Funky Fluff LUX (Review)
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I know I’ve said that pocket diapers are my favourite style of diaper, and they are, truly. Nothing has swayed me away from my beloved pockets until now. Enter the Funky Fluff LUX. Funky Fluff LUX diapers are technically an AI3 (All In 3) style, but they can be used as an AI2 and that makes them fabulous. What is an AI2 diaper, you ask? Allow me to explain.
Unlike a pocket diaper where you stuff the absorbency into a pocket in the waterproof shell, with an AI2 (All In 2) you lay an absorbent soaker on top of the waterproof shell. There’s no stuffing required at all, and as long as the shell doesn’t get soiled, you can simply remove the soaker and lay a new one in. AI2s are great for a number of reasons. For starters, you don’t have to buy quite as many shells as you would with pocket diapers since you will often be able to reuse the same shell for multiple changes. Sometimes smaller babies get leaks in pocket style diapers because they don’t put enough pressure on a pocket inner to push liquid through to the insert. That’s not an issue with an AI2 since the soaker sits right against baby’s skin. You can still customize the absorbency with an AI2 style by adding boosters or additional soakers as needed. If you use microfibre for absorbency in your diapers, you’ll want to make sure it doesn’t sit directly against baby’s skin, so while you can still use it with an AI2, you want a booster or reusable liner between the microfibre and baby.
What is it about the Funky Fluff LUX system that has me loving AI2s all of a sudden? Oh so many things. For starters, have you seen these diapers?!?! They are beautiful. Not only are the solid colours vibrant and fun, but the prints are ridiculously cute and exclusive to Funky Fluff. Looks aren’t everything, of course, but anyone that cloth diapers knows that cuteness is always a factor.
The best part of the Funky Fluff LUX is the absorbency. When you buy Funky Fluff LUX as a system, you get your choice of shell (Stay Dry or Bamboo) and it includes a pair of LUX bamboo soakers. The large LUX soaker is made of six layers of super soft bamboo terry and the small LUX soaker is made of five layers of the same luxurious bamboo terry. These soakers are super absorbent. I often use just the small LUX soaker with a Stay Dry shell for Petit Prince and it lasts a good three hours. When I use the large LUX soaker, they last for four hours or more without leaking. Awesome. For overnight, I can snap the large and small LUX soakers together, fold them over, lay them on the shell, and have a fabulous overnight solution.
The absorbency of Funky Fluff LUX doesn’t stop there. Oh no. You can also purchase deLUX soakers in a set of two (one small and one large). What is a deLUX soaker? Only the best cloth diapering innovation of 2015. The Funky Fluff deLUX soaker combines hemp with bamboo (I call it “hempboo”). The two most absorbent materials used in cloth diapers together at last in one convenient quick drying soaker. Yes, I said quick drying. The deLUX soakers are two layers of bamboo fleece and two layers of hemp fleece sewn together in the middle. The way they are sewn together makes them dry super quickly. The deLUX soakers are ultra trim and very absorbent. I used to use just the small deLUX when Petit Prince was only one or two months old. It was plenty absorbent and so so trim fitting on him.
One of my favourite features of the Funky Fluff LUX diaper shell is the hip snap. I find the hip snap allows for a truly customized fit. I always do the hip snap up first to get the leg nice and snug, and then I do up the two waist snaps. You can even pull the hip snap in closer to centre and do up the waist snaps right beside the hip snap to get a really snug fit over skinny legs. The hip snaps also prevent the dreaded wing droop that can happen when babies are up and walking around, so that’s a real bonus. Funky Fluff LUX shells have four rise settings that are adjusted using the snaps on the front of the diaper. They fit from 7-35+ lbs, and they really do get tiny enough to fit a newborn with the cross over tabs at the waist.
Funky Fluff LUX is actually an AI3 diaper, meaning soakers can be stuffed in like a pocket, fully snapped in like an AIO (All In One), or placed on top of the shell like an AI2. It’s the AI2 option that I love on Petit Prince and here’s how we use them on him. I take the soaker and lay it on top of the shell, tucking the front of the soaker under the pocket flap at the front of the diaper. Then I snap the soaker in at the front and put it on Petit Prince. If I’m using both LUX (or deLUX) inserts together, I snap them together, fold them over so both soakers are the size of the small soaker, tuck the folded end under the front pocket flap, and snap the bottom soaker in at the back. Petit Prince has a tendency to kick around a whole lot while I change his bum, so being able to snap the soaker in place keeps him from kicking the soaker across the room.
If you haven’t tried Funky Fluff LUX (or haven’t tried your Funky Fluff LUX as an AI2) you really should! They’re fun, cute, trim, super absorbent, and offer a great customizable fit!
Funky Fluff LUX diapers are available at Bumbini Cloth Diaper Company.