Harper loves to talk at home. She’ll chat away about her interest in Mama, Dada, Puppy, Kitty, Banana, Cookie, etc, till the cows come home. But the moment you put her on the spot, and a stranger tries to charm a “hello” out of her, she acts as though she’s never spoken a word in her life. In fact, she puts on her most serious poker face, like the smiling stranger is not to be trusted. I don’t give her a hard time about this, I think having boundaries and knowing who you can really trust is important, but it does make me feel awkward. The stranger will usually ask if she’s tired, of she’s sick, if she had a long day. I usual just go with tired, it seems to make them feel better about the less then stellar reception of their overture. How do your littles react to new people? And how do you handle their responses?
This year Happy Heiny debuted a new diaper, named by fans the “ONEderful” diaper, and for good reason. I’m very excited to tell you all about it, and the reasons we like it so much.
Ease of Use ✩✩✩✩✩ This diaper is an all-in-one style, so there’s no pockets to stuff or matching games to play on laundry day. The soakers are sewn in to the diaper at one end and will never be lost. They have snaps on the other end which makes it easy to release the inserts to remove solids more easily and it also seems to help with drying time compared to our other all-in-ones. This is so simple to use, I would recommend it to parents who are interested in trying cloth but nervous about all the options and prep work.
Bang for the Buck ✩✩✩✩ Happy Heiny offers this organic hemp/cotton diaper for $24.95, in hook and loop or snap. Or you can choose regular cotton for 19.95 to 21.95 depending on the color/print. This is for diapers sewn individually on regular (not automated) sewing machines by local moms here in the USA. The moms that own Happy Heiny are very passionate about the families they employ and each mom is allowed to sew from home or bring her kids to work with her. I think this is incredible and well worth the price for such a well made diaper.
Performance ✩✩✩✩✩ The organic hemp/cotton blend is extremely absorbent, moreso then the organic cotton all-in-ones we usually use. I’m actually able to leave Harper in one of these overnight which is a huge win for us! Her grandparents occasionally take her for the night and aren’t really up to speed on the whole fitted diaper/wool cover routine, so having something so simple and babysitter friendly is really key. I love that I can trust this diaper to hold up well without leaks. Being constructed with natural fibers, you’ll want to make sure to wash it about eight times to fully prep the fibers first, but the benefits are well worth the prep work. I’m also relieved the aplix is strong enough to deter Harper’s curious little hands, she’s very interested in the way hook and loop tape works these days and if she helps me with sorting and folding the laundry I will often notice her fastening and unfastening diapers. It’s only a matter of time before she starts trying to remove the one she’s wearing. Strong aplix like this in a nice wide band should prove a helpful deterrent.
Fit ✩✩✩✩ We tested this diaper in aplix, which offers a crossover tab for a tighter fit. It appears the snap version offers this option as well. Crossover tabs go a long way towards a comfortable fit for my tiny one year old. There is also a four step rise to accommodate your infant until he or she is a toddler. It does seem like it will be fairly bulky on a very young baby, you may need to let your newborn grow into it and have a few of their minis on hand for that tricky early stage. On the other end of the spectrum, the waist is very wide and looks like it is perfect for parents looking for a diaper for a larger child or baby while still providing a comfortable and flattering fit. There are also multiple snap options on the back of the inserts so you can snap and fold to adjust for the size you need.
Overall: I love the way this diaper fits, feels, and works. Happy Heiny did a great job putting together something really simple to operate but genius in design. This diaper has become one of my go-to pieces that I always try to have ready in the diaper bag and never gets lost under inserts and loose liners. I love the company policy and back story, and I love that Harper seems happy and comfortable wearing this diaper, even if we’re out running errands and it’s been a while since her last change. Having an easy diaper you can trust is crucial for any parent, and this is truly a great one.
Where to Buy: Happy Heiny