Babykicks is unveiling their new products and adding aplix to their diapers, a departure from their side snapping only option in previous versions of their diapers. They now have a Premium Pocket Diaper and a Basic Pocket Diaper. Quick Synopsis of the differences between their new Premium and Basic Pockets- Premium has a Bamboo Velour lining, comes with a stay dry liner, has fleece leg gussets, and comes with a Joey Bunz insert, and runs $21.50. Basic Pocket has a microfleece liner, does not have fleece gussets, and comes with a microfiber/hemp combo insert, and runs $15.99.
Babykicks Premium Pocket Diaper- This diaper is replacing the Babykicks 3g. They have tweaked a few things including the lining which is now organic bamboo velour instead of the bamboo fleece (good choice) and some sizing changes. You can now also get the Premium in both Side Snaps and the new soft Aplix which is a front closing diaper.
Ease of Use ✩✩✩✩ Obviously the front closing, aplix version would be easier than the side snapping version that I reviewed. Side snaps take getting used to and until you do you might find yourself fumbling about and readjusting settings. Stuffing the narros front pocket can also be a bit of a challenge compared to a wider, back stuffing pocket. The only benefit to a front stuffing pocket is that it isn’t located at the business end of the diaper although it will be wet.
Bang for the Buck ✩✩✩ The MSRP for the Premium Pocket Diaper is 21.50, a few dollars more than most one size snapping pocket diapers. I’ll try to make sense of the price for you- the lining uses organic bamboo velour, it comes with a premium Joey Bunz Hemp insert, it comes with a stay dry liner, and it has those awesome fleece leg gussets which add to the complexity for manufacturing. After reviewing both the Premium and Basic I think I’d rather spend less and buy the Basic but that is my preference.
Performance ✩✩✩✩ I love these fleece leg gussets and had no troubles with them contributing to leaking. The Joey Bunz insert, once properly prepped, is very absorbent and trim. I reviewed the side snapping version and don’t find these the best for nights and naps but they can work well for a training toddler and go up and down fairly easy (not as easy as a true trainer but easier than a front closing pocket).
Fit ✩✩✩✩ The diaper can get tiny for newborns and infants. It still looks smaller than most one size diapers side by side. Everett is wearing the diaper with 2 snaps exposed on the rise so he has one snap left. He has a few snaps on each tab left in the width as well.
Babykicks Basic Pocket- This new diaper from Babykicks is a more affordable version of their Premium. The difference is that this diaper does not have fleece gussets, has microfleece lining instead of bamboo velour, and comes with a hemp/micrfiber combo insert.
Ease of Use ✩✩✩✩ I reviewed the aplix version and of course it was very easy to put on and off. The entire front panel is loops and will hold the hooks on the tabs. The pocket opening is also narrow.
Bang for the Buck ✩✩✩✩ A much better value at $15.99 if you can live without the fleece gussets. The insert is hefty and is great for the larger sizes btu I would personally use a shorter one on the smallest rise settings.
Performance ✩✩✩✩✩ I was brave enough to use this diaper overnight despite my dislike of pockets. For now it did work well (again, using the front closing aplix version) and the included insert worked for us (Ev isn’t a very heavy wetter). Daytime use was good for us with no complaints.
Fit ✩✩✩✩✩ I love the trim fit of this diaper on Ev and it really looks nice. Probably the trimmest front closing diaper I have right now (it also comes in side snaps). He has 2 rise snaps exposed so one left to choose from as he grows. The tabs meet but it feels like there isn’t a lot of room left for him on the waist. We’ll see how it goes!
Both the Premium Pocket Diaper and the Basic Pocket Diaper
Overall: I am really pleased with the improvements on the diaper, especially the new linings. The old bamboo fleece of the 3g was soft in the beginning but pilled up quite a bit over many washes. I also like both the side snapping and aplix versions. The concern with aplix is just how the pointed edge will wash up- I wonder if those edges will curl out over time? The pocket is still narrow but doesn’t feel as tight as the previous version either.
Where to Buy Kelly’s Closet (affiliate) will have the Premium Pocket and Basic Pocket Diaper soon.