Updated on April 6, 2017
Just For You Baby Designs Pocket Diaper Review
I received this item at no cost to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own.
Have you ever dreamed of a custom made diaper? Maybe you’re a fan of Harry Potter or Doctor Who, and you’d like a diaper that reflects that in some way? Or maybe there’s a children’s book that you read often to your child and you’d like a diaper that showcases that story? This is one of the many reasons why I love work at home mom (WAHM) cloth diapers. The ability to customize a diaper just for you and your baby is one of the many great features of WAHM made Just For You Baby Designs diapers. From the wrap around print to the PUL colour, and even the snaps, Jocelyn of Just For You Baby Designs can customize a diaper to create the perfect one just for you. Just For You Baby Designs is located right here in Calgary and her diapers are pretty great. I’ve been giving her pocket diaper a thorough testing here on Petit Prince and I’ve got lots to say about it.
Just For You Baby Designs pocket diapers are made with a waterproof PUL outer and an athletic wicking jersey (AWJ) inner. There’s also a 100% cotton wrap around print that covers the back half of the diaper and the tabs in front. If you’re not familiar with AWJ, it’s a stay dry material used to create the pocket of this pocket diaper. Some of the properties of AWJ that make it so great for pocket diapers is that it is incredibly resistant to staining, and it’s quite stretchy. The stretch of AWJ make stuffing the diaper really easy, even when you’re adding extra inserts for overnight use. As a stay dry material, AWJ will keep baby feeling fairly dry even when the inserts are wet.
Just For You Baby Designs’ pocket diaper is a one size cloth diaper that fits from 8-35 lbs. The diaper accommodates that size range with four different rise settings adjusted with three across snaps on the front of the diaper. The waist is secured with a double snap closure plus a hip snap on the tabs to ensure a nice snug fit over the legs and to minimize “wing droop”. The tabs can also be crossed over for fitting a newborn or smaller baby. There are two pocket openings on this diaper, one at the front and one at the back. The back pocket opening has elastic sewn in at the opening to keep inserts from slipping out. This pass through opening system makes stuffing the diaper really easy. Inside the back pocket opening, there’s a flap of AWJ that sits overtop of the back of any inserts preventing them from sitting up against baby’s skin. The front of the diaper has a strip of PUL sewn on the inside to help prevent leaks and wicking up onto baby’s tummy.
The Just For You Baby Designs pocket diaper comes with two inserts: one large snap down insert and one small insert that can be snapped onto the larger one. The inserts are made of 65% organic bamboo and 35% organic cotton. The large insert is four layers, and the small insert is three layers. The large insert can be used fully unsnapped, or snapped to a small or medium setting in order to fit the diaper at the various rise settings of the shell. For a boy, you’d stuff the insert with the folded portion at the front, and you’d stuff with the folded portion at the back for a girl.
How It Works:
Let’s talk about stuffing! I do love pocket diapers, but something that can make or break a pocket diaper for me is how easy it is to stuff. I don’t want to spend more than 15 seconds trying to get an insert into the pocket and laying flat. On this front, the Just For You Baby Designs pocket diaper really delivers! The AWJ is nice and stretchy providing lots of room for my hands to get into the pocket and get that insert flat. The front pocket opening allows me to hold the insert in place while I pull my other hand out, so I’m not inadvertently folding or tugging the insert out of position.
The hip snaps on the waist closure are really great. I’ve discovered over my years of cloth diapering that a hip snap can be the difference between a good fit and a great fit. When hip snaps are in the lower position (as they are on this diaper), I always do them up on both sides first, and then go back and do up the double snaps on the ends of the tabs. This allows me to secure the diaper with the optimal fit around baby’s legs. Then I can do the double snaps on the tab ends fully extended for a more snug fit over the tummy, or right next to the hip snap to give a bit more room for a round tummy. There’s something else about this hip snap that needs to be mentioned. The hip snap is a female snap. What do I mean by that? Well, there are male snaps and female snaps. Male snaps protrude out a bit and female snaps do not. When the hip snap is a male snap, it can dig into baby’s skin once the double tab snaps are being done up on the two largest closures. This is because that hip snap won’t be in use anymore and will sit against baby’s hip. The female hip snap, on the other, is smooth and rounded so it doesn’t dig into baby’s skin even when the diaper is being used on one of the two largest closures. This is nothing short of amazing. It is this kind of attention to detail that sets Just For You Baby Designs pocket diapers a step above. It is a small detail, but a really important one if you’ll be using this diaper towards its upper weight range.
A PUL strip on the inside of a diaper at the waist is something I love in a cloth diaper. There’s nothing I dislike more than wicking up the front of a diaper, but this is not an issue with Just For You Baby Designs’ pocket diaper. That PUL strip comes down to cover the front pocket opening, and provides great frontal leak protection.
The AWJ inner is great at keeping baby feeling dry. This is especially important for babies that are sensitive to wetness against their skin. For overnight, I love having a stay dry material for the inner as I know Petit Prince is going to be spending a good chunk of time in a wet diaper. The AWJ helps to keep him feeling comfortable and not super damp. For babies with a sensitivity to suede cloth (a material often used for a stay dry inner), AWJ is a great solution. It’s also very stain resistant, which is great as Petit Prince is delving into the land of solid food!
How’s the fit? Lovely. Just lovely. It’s a fairly trim fitting diaper, and it gets quite small. Although I didn’t have this diaper to try when Petit Prince was still 8lbs, I have no doubt that at its smallest rise setting with the cross over tabs this diaper would fit most 8lb babies. I love that I can get the diaper right up into the “underwear lines” (that’s all thigh meat out of the diaper) and secure it with the hip snap.
Now it’s time to talk about absorbency! For daytime use, I stuffed this diaper with just the large insert snapped down to the small size. As Petit Prince was around 17-18lbs while I was trying this diaper, I had the shell set to the second smallest rise setting. I found that the large insert on its own held up for a good four hours, even though Petit Prince tends to be a heavy wetter. Given how absorbent the large insert was all on its own, I decided to try adding the small insert and using the diaper overnight. That’s twelve whole hours with one overnight feeding. How did it hold up? Beautifully. I don’t often test out diapers overnight with only the inserts they come with because I know that more often than not, you’re going to need an added booster to make it through the night. Not the case here! Just For You Baby Designs pocket diaper can be used as it comes for overnight. If your child is a super soaker overnight, you will want to add a booster of some kind, but the good news there is that this diaper has a generous pocket with room for a booster. You may notice that the Just For You Baby Designs large insert is sewn with a large X through the middle. This allows the edges of the insert to be “open”. What that does is speed up drying time! Bamboo and cotton are not the fastest drying materials out there, but that X stitching means that insert is dry when it comes out of the dryer. No more hanging your inserts up to dry after a round in the dryer.
Can I talk a bit about how this diaper looks? Jocelyn of Just For You Baby Designs showed me a huge variety of wrap around fabric choices. The “Where The Wild Things Are” inspired fabric jumped out at me right away! The Heir loves that book, and it’s one that I’m sure Petit Prince will love too, so it was an easy choice for me! From there I let Jocelyn do what she does and design the rest of the diaper for me. The snaps she chose are so cute and match the colours in the wrap around fabric perfectly. The white PUL lets the teal and grey of the wrap around fabric really pop! So aside from the really great fit and absorbency of this diaper, it’s completely adorable!
- Made by a WAHM in Canada!
- Hip snaps allow for a custom fit
- Hip snap is female to prevent irritation/discomfort when the diaper is on the largest waist settings
- Athletic wicking jersey inner is stretchy, resists staining, and is “stay dry”
- Strip of PUL inside the waist prevents wicking
- Pass through pocket opening for easy stuffing/unstuffing
- Really should fit babies from 8lbs
- Inserts dry quickly
- Can be used overnight without purchasing an additional booster
- Stitches on the label have come undone on one side (but Jocelyn has since changed the way she affixes the labels so this is no longer a problem)
- Had some minor leaking at the seams, but this was easily resolved with a run through the dryer on high
I’m really impressed with this diaper from Just For You Baby Designs. The absorbency is wonderful, the fit is really nice, and it’s incredibly adorable. I like that you can customize the diaper to your own personal taste. I love it when I find a great WAHM diaper from someone right in my own city! Jocelyn’s eye for detail and ability to create well considered designs make her diapers really special.
How would you like to have your very own custom pocket diaper from Just For You Baby Designs? I’m giving one lucky reader a chance to WIN one Just For You Baby Designs pocket diaper made with the in stock wrap around fabric and PUL colour of your choice! How awesome is that? Just hop over to my Facebook page by clicking HERE to enter the giveaway! GOOD LUCK! The giveaway is open from 7am MST February 19th 2016 and closes at 2:30pm MST February 27th 2016. Open to US & Canada, 18+.