Have you tried this Canadian cloth diaper brand yet? It is pretty a pretty unmistakable diaper, with it’s gathered leg ruffles and recognizable logo. I am relatively new to the AppleCheeks brand, and this is my first experience with their Inserts. AppleCheeks sent me their One Size Bamboo Bundle to review, which includes the AppleCheeks One Size cover (min is in the colour Mint To Be) and one 2 ply bamboo insert. The Bundle can be purchased seperately as well.
Disclosure: I received this product for free to facilitate my review. All opinions remain my own and are honestly presented without alteration. To read about my review testing process click here. To learn about the Affiliate Links in this post, which earn me a small commission when you shop, click here.
The AppleCheeks Bamboo Bundle and all it’s details
The One Size AppleCheeks cover is designed to fit from 6lbs to 35+ lbs and is their new birth-to-potty option. The cover has gentle ruffles at the legs to hold in messes and provide a perfect fit around your baby. The fit, when fully unsnapped, is trimmer than their size 2 covers, and will be a great solution for babies on the trimmer side and who may be between size 1 and 2 for a little bit.
The cover is lined with fleece for a stay dry pocket option, and the insert can be laid on top for an all-in-two style. The rise is adjustable withe 3 x 3 snaps to fit small, medium and large. The center row of rise snaps prevents bulging.
A 2 ply, ultra-soft, 70% rayon from bamboo/30% organic cotton fleece insert is incredibly absorbent and generously sized (12″x15″) to allow for trifolding. Rayon from bamboo’s antimicrobial properties make it a healthy choice for your baby’s bottom.
How we Used it
We have been testing this diaper since December, so it has been thoroughly put through its paces. I use the bamboo insert in a trifold, and have the shell snapped on the second smallest rise setting. My littlest is about 18 pounds and wearing size 12-18 months clothing. He is no longer a very heavy wetter, as he is currently self weaning and not nursing as much. He does drink a water bottle and whole milk throughout the day, so he is still a moderate wetter.
This insert performs very well for us and its size allows us to still trifold it on our second rise setting. Since it is a 2 ply insert, by trifolding it I get 6 layers of the soft bamboo/cotton material. We use the insert inside the cover, and do not remove it for washing.
Performance and Issues
The insert has held up great absorption wise. Even through naps and car rides, I find that I do not need to boost it as long as it is trifolded. If I know that we will need it for more than 2 hours, I fold the front down a little bit to provide even thicker insert in the up front wetzone for my boy. There is still enough length to reach nearly to the back of the pocket for rear absorption. We have a very great wash routine, so there have been no stains on the insert.
AppleCheeks pockets have an interesting, almost weird, pocket opening placement. They actually open 3/4 of the way to the back of the diaper. This is so that the inserts agitate out on their own in the wash, and you do not need to unstuff them yourself. I was very skeptical about this claim, so I really tested it, and the now-dozens of times I have washed it, it agitated out each time. Very cool.
The placement of the opening does prove a problem for poop removal, however. Because I am a dunk and swish gal, I like to remove the insert prior to dunking in the toilet for obvious reasons. It absorbs too much toilet water and risks flooding my wetbag unless I wring it out. This is difficult to do without touching the poop that has happened right over the opening, so I have been using AppleCheeks Fleece Liners in the pocket to catch poops. I highly recommend the liners for dunk and swish families as it makes removing the insert after poops, much easier. For exclusively breastfed babies- you don’t need to rinse the poop and so this is a non issue.
The Final Verdict
I like to summarize all my plus and minus points for each review to give you a quick idea of how this diaper performed. And my final verdict is that this diaper bundle is a keeper! The Bamboo insert is so soft, folds great and holds a lot of liquid. The spacious pocket is easy to boost if you have a heavy wetter and the large opening makes stuffing a breeze. Even with my giant hands!
The placement of the opening does present a challenge for cleaning poops, but I easily overcame this with the use of the brand’s fleece liners. The convenience of not needing to un-stuff pee-only diapers was worth the troubleshooting for the poops. You could also lay the insert on top instead of stuffing as another solution.
Overall, I can confidently recommend this diaper to my readers. The fit is great on my little guy so I imagine it will be a good choice for other petite babies. The company has been a pleasure to work with and I haven’t had any quality issues with this diaper or insert. And, the colour is absolutely gorgeous! They offer tons of great colours and prints to enjoy with constant new releases which is great for a collector like myself.
Where to Buy
You can pick up this diaper from any of my affiliate retailers listed below. You can buy the cover ($24 cdn) and 2 ply bamboo inserts ($9.25 cdn) separately as well as the Fleece Liners (5 pack, $5.99 cdn) that I use. The bamboo bundle itself is also available a Well.ca
Win a One Size AppleCheeks Cover
There is a contest on my Facebook page sponsored by Cloth Diaper Kids to win an AppleCheeks One Size cover in their exclusive Purple Rain colourway! Head on over to my page to enter. (Open to USA/Canada, runs Feb 14-19, no inserts included).