BabyKicks is launching two brand new cloth diapers on May 1st! One is the Premium Pocket Diaper (a new version of the 3G Pocket Diaper) and the other is a brand new model called the Basic Pocket Diaper. I am so excited to be able to review these diapers before they launch and tell you a little about them!
My Diaper Review
I’ll start with the BabyKicks Premium Pocket Diaper. If you haven’t already, you may want to read my review of the 3G Pocket Diaper so you can compare the new features of this diaper.
The Premium Pocket Diaper is a one-size diaper that fits children from 7-40 lbs. In addition to the side-snapping version, they have introduced a hook and loop model as well. The diaper inner is now made of Bamboo Velour which is oh-so-soft. They’ve added a separate microfleece stay-dry liner to place on top of the inner if you don’t want your baby to feel wet.
The same one-size JoeyBunz hemp insert is included, which can be folded down for size adjustment. The insert can be stuffed into the pocket, or if you’re like me and don’t really care for stuffing pockets, you can simply lay it on top of the diaper inner AI2-style. The new Premium version has a wider front panel and wider front pocket opening for easier stuffing. The leg gussets are made of the same super soft fleece, which contain everything while having a very gentle fit on the legs.
BabyKicks sent me a Premium Pocket Diaper in green with snap closures to review. I got a great fit on Baby M and overall really love this diaper. I like the new features a lot! The bamboo velour inner is especially nice.
Overall the diaper seems bigger than the 3G version which is great because Baby M is 26 lbs and outgrowing a lot of one-size diapers. Baby M wears the Premium diaper with one rise setting snapped down, on the largest waist setting.
The only thing I would like to see further improved about this diaper is another waist setting for thicker babies and toddlers like mine. I always worry when we get to the very last waist setting on a diaper! Other than that, however, I think this diaper is excellent and I will definitely be getting some for Baby #2. It’s a very soft and trim fitting diaper and we never get any red marks with it.
The diaper has a special newborn fold where the top of the front panel folds down into the pocket opening and the wings cross over to snap the diaper down really small. You can read my review of the BabyKicks 3G to see better how this newborn fold works. The bamboo velour inner has some absorbency to it, so you may not even need an insert for the first week or two when baby is really tiny.
I like that the side-snapping version is also designed to be a training pant, where the bamboo velour allows a little absorbency if needed, yet it will also make your child feel wet if needed since it’s a natural fiber. It’s great when you can have a one-size diaper that fits from birth to potty training, and then also use it as a training pant!
The second diaper that BabyKicks sent me to review was the new BabyKicks Basic Pocket Diaper. This is also a one-size cloth diaper that fits from 7-40 lbs. It is available with snap or hook and loop closures (pictured in red above).
I received a black Basic Pocket Diaper in hook and loop to try out. The diaper is cut significantly trimmer than the Premium Pocket Diaper and fits much lower in the rise.
The Basic Pocket Diaper has soft microfleece lining that wicks moisture away and creates a stay-dry feel. It does not have the soft fleece leg openings that the Premium diaper has, but the elastics are still very gentle.
The diaper comes with a one-size microfiber insert that has two layers of hemp on top. If you stuff the insert into the pocket, the microfiber side should face up since it absorbs quicker than hemp. If you want to use it AI2 style however, which works just as well, you’ll want to lay the insert so that the hemp is facing up against your child’s skin because microfiber will irritate it and dry it out. We like to use most of our pocket diapers AI2-style because it saves the extra step of stuffing, so it’s nice that the Basic insert provides this option.
The Basic Pocket Diaper offers the newborn fold in the aplix version, but does not have the appropriate snaps for the newborn fold on the snap version. So if you want the diaper to fit very tiny babies, I would definitely go with the aplix. Here is the hook and loop diaper on the very smallest setting, next to a Bumgenius 4.0 Pocket Diaper also on its smallest setting:
And here is a picture showing the largest settings on both diapers:
Overall the Basic Pocket Diaper fits trimmer than most one-size diapers and is able to get very tiny on the smallest setting, while fitting about average on the largest setting.
Baby M is 19 months and 26 lbs, and he wears the Basic Pocket Diaper on the very largest setting (rise and waist).
The hook and loop closures and laundry tabs are very strong and secure. This is the same kind of aplix offered on the Premium Pocket Diaper as well, and it is similar to Grovia aplix if you have ever tried their hook and loop diapers–although the BabyKicks aplix appears to stick a little better than Grovia aplix.
The Bottom Line
Overall I really like both diapers. I think the Basic Pocket Diaper is better suited for smaller/slimmer babies because of the short rise and super trim cut. The Premium Pocket diaper features a much higher rise and is a larger diaper overall, which I prefer for Baby M. I also prefer the soft fleece leg gussets on the Premium Pocket Diaper, which has always been one of my favorite things about BabyKicks diapers. However, with a MSRP of only $15.99 for the Basic compared to $21.50 for the Premium, the Basic diaper does offer a more affordable option. Both diaper inserts are very absorbent and keep our heavy-wetter until the next diaper change without leaks. I like that BabyKicks added a stay-dry liner with the Premium diaper and that the Basic diaper comes with a stay-dry microfleece inner because Baby M doesn’t like wetness against his skin. Both diapers are really great options, though personally I would prefer to spend the extra money on the Premium Pocket Diaper because it has the fleece gussets and I believe the diaper is better suited for fitting from birth until potty training and beyond.
BabyKicks was also kind enough to include a set of their hemp wipes and one of their special gift bags made from soft hemp fleece. I loved both!
There are 10 wipes included in the pack and they are serged with different colored thread for a fun mix!
The wipes are great for diaper changes but also for spills, wiping faces, or using as a regular washcloth.
The bag is so soft and I love it for toting around some of Baby M’s favorite toys whenever we go out. He loves to pull them out of the bag. I think reusable gift bags are great because you can use them for so many things, or re-gift them to someone else.
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