I hope everyone had a lot of fun celebrating Easter with their families this past weekend. I find it is always takes an open mind and a bit of a thick skin to navigate the perils of family politics when one parent’s family has a big celebration and the other parent’s family decides to do a celebration at the same time of day. Clearly, you want to attend as much of both events as possible, but chances are you will be leaving early or arriving late or both, and no host likes feeling like second banana. If the families on either side are too large in number to allow a single combined party, how do you negotiate your time to be fair? How do you avoid hurt feelings or stress on a day when you want so much for your babies to laugh and play and just have fun and feel loved? It’s a tricky situation, and one I am far from mastering. I’d love to hear any feedback or advice you may have.
Tots Bots sent me an Easy Fit V4 to review. Those of you familiar with Tots Bots may have tried or read about versions 1, 2, and 3. The fourth version was released in 2014 and has more fans than ever. This nappy is made in Scotland and I’ve always wanted to try one!Ease of Use✩✩✩✩✩ The Easy Fit V4 brings back the bamboo that was loved in its predecessor but in a whole new way, blending the bamboo and cotton into a material they call “binky” (like a bamboo minky). Many folks admire minky for its softness and how easily solids can be rinsed off of it. Bamboo is loved for its natural absorbency and eco friendly sustainability. By creating Binky, Tots Bots was able to fashion a “best of both worlds” diaper, like a mash up of your favorite songs. This nappy consists of a unique configuration, a tongue style soaker that is sewn into the lining and extends out the back, with a booster that snaps to the end. There is a wide pocket between the sewn in portion of the tongue where everything can be stuffed for ease of use which will leave the natural bamboo against your baby’s skin. Alternatively, some parents like to fold the layers on top of the interior so the softer minky is against the skin. Either way stays in place without shifting due to the sturdy construction and generous width of the soakers. Bang for the Buck✩✩✩✩ At $24.95 this nappy is on the higher end compared to some leading brand pocket diapers but the thick absorbent soakers put the absorbency more on the level with an overnight diaper, it’s practically bulletproof. Also, it is from Scotland and yet you don’t have to pay exorbitant shipping fees. Performance✩✩✩✩✩ This nappy is amazingly absorbent and I really put it to the test. Long car rides, nap time, marathon errands, and overnight are all times when I’ve had concerns about whether a cloth diaper will be able to hold up, especially with my nursing on demand baby who never goes thirsty and has taught me to always bring an extra outfit for each of us (just in case). Situations where some of our all in ones and pocket diapers have failed time and time again are no problem for this powerhouse.
Fit ✩✩✩ One noticeable concern some parents may note is the bulkiness of this nappy. With or without the booster this is a fluffy nappy. I’d even say it is bulkier than many of our fitted diapers (which generally also have a doubled over tongue soaker and a booster as well as an absorbent shell but are usually lined in a much thinner minky). While this is not an issue under skirts and dresses, baggier pants as are common for boys (there is a reason you’ll usually find me prowling the toddler boy’s clearance rack at Baby Gap, their boy pants are generally more cloth diaper friendly than the girl pants) or when rocking the diaper with some baby leggings or nothing else at all, some people may find the nappy bulkier than they prefer. The extra wide booster adds to the bulk but also makes this nappy fantastic for super soakers and for older/bigger kids, too. Overall: I love this nappy’s origins, construction, and easy styling. It is clever and strong, and a wonderful addition to any stash. While the bulkiness tends to make me reach for this one most at bed or nap time and rarely during play dates with parents who don’t cloth diaper and may be put off by the fluff, it still gets a lot of use. The generous width of the soaker and length of the rise make this diaper great for bigger kids, too. I love using products I feel good about, and I definitely feel good about this Tots Bots Easy Fit. Where to Buy: Kelly’s Closet