I have many reasons for choosing cloth diapers. Sure, cloth diapering saves money and keeps garbage out of the landfill, but it’s also lot of fun coordinating my little one’s diaper with her outfit (or the other way around!) and finding the perfect diaper for a special occasion. I wanted to find a spooky Halloween diaper for Keira, but I didn’t want to pay an arm and a leg either (’cause that would be too slasher flick for me, even at Halloween!).
Angela is the hip mama behind Hip Huggers Cloth Diapers. She sells diapers out of her home in Victoria, BC, just across the Strait of Georgia from me. Not only does she sell economical pocket diapers, she also hand paints custom designs on her diapers. She made this awesome Jack Skellington inspired diaper – perfect for Halloween!
Anatomy of a Hip Huggers OS Pocket Diaper
Hip Huggers are reusable, one size pocket diapers that adjust to fit babies 9-34 pounds. They’re designed by Angela and manufactured in China. These diapers only come in snaps, and rotate through cute prints on a regular basis. The outside shell is waterproof PUL, and the inside lining is charcoal bamboo fleece. The pocket opening is located at the back. Hip Huggers have one row of ten snaps across the front, four hip snaps on each side to adjust waist and leg sizing independently, and crossover snaps.
Hip Huggers also have a great feature not usually found on diapers at this lower price point – PUL gussets!
Three rows of three rise snaps allow you to adjust the rise to small, medium, and large. Here’s a peek at the sizes and how they compare.
Each diaper comes complete with an absorbent 5 layer charcoal bamboo blend insert (the inner three layers are microfiber, and the top and bottom layers are charcoal bamboo).
Diaper Fit & Performance
Here’s Keira showing off that cute and spooky Jack face on her Hip Huggers diaper. She’s 26 months old and 28 pounds. I really like that Hip Huggers diapers comes complete with the matching insert, but my favourite feature is those PUL gussets. Not only do they help contain blowouts, but because they’re made from PUL, they help prevent wicking (leaking where clothing touches the fabric lining of the diaper). The pocket opening is easy to stuff and elasticized to keep the insert inside.
The PUL used in this diaper feels slightly thinner and stretchier than many of my other diapers. I can’t comment on what this difference means in terms of washability or longevity as we haven’t had it for long enough, but I haven’t noticed any difference in the time that we’ve been testing.
Angela hand paints all of her designs. Personally, I think the one of a kind nature of each diaper is part of their appeal, but it does mean they might not be perfectly printed the way a commercially produced design would be. After five or six washes, I haven’t noticed any fading, cracking, or peeling of the hand painted Jack face.
Like almost all one size diapers, Hip Huggers aren’t meant to fit your teeny little newborn even on the smallest rise setting. I don’t have an infant to test this out, but I do think that the PUL gussets would be a fantastic feature to keep in runny infant poops, especially with exclusively breastfed babies.
The final noteworthy characteristic of this diaper is the charcoal bamboo lining. It feels similar to microfleece and wicks wetness away from baby’s bum like microfleece. I’m loving the dark grey interior – no worries about stains or yellowing. I wasn’t sure how well the single charcoal bamboo blend insert I received would hold up to my heavy wetter, but it carried us through 2-3 hours with no problems. And as I mentioned before, the gussets are a great feature to help stop leaks at the leg holes.
Hip Huggers’ OS pocket diapers are a good choice for mamas looking to cloth diaper economically but still purchase locally. They look very similar to Alva Baby diapers but with some premium features added like those gussets and charcoal bamboo lining. Buying these made in China diapers locally means you’ll get your diapers sooner and you can access immediate cloth diapering support and responsive customer service. But the ability to personalize your diapers is the best part. For a small upcharge, Angela can personalize your diaper with any text or a design.
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Angela is generously offering one lucky This West Coast Mommy reader a hand painted winter themed diaper and wet bag in next week’s Handmade & Eco-Friendly Holidays blog hop. Sign up for my emails to make sure you don’t miss this giveaway or any of my other posts.
Disclosure: I received a sample item for review purposes. All opinions expressed are completely honest and my own, based on my personal experience. Your experience may differ.