If you’ve been around for a while, you know I love featuring Canadian businesses and I love talking about cloth diapers. Omaïki combines both of these loves – a Canadian cloth diapering company based in Quebec. All their diapers are designed and made in Canada. Their motto is, “Change the world, one diaper at a time…” Omaïki recently launched the Omaïki 3.Ö (pronounced Trio) Hybrid Diaper, and I was excited to be given the opportunity to review it for you.
Anatomy of an Omaïki 3.Ö Hybrid Diaper
The one size Omaïki 3.Ö Hybrid Diaper is advertised as an AIO (all-in-one), AI2 (all-in-two), and a pocket diaper. The one I reviewed came with a snake-style bamboo evolutive insert (included with every Omaïki 3.Ö Hybrid for a limited time only), and an Ö.Mega booster. The 3.Ö Hybrid comes in both snaps and hook and loop closures.
The Omaïki 3.Ö (snap version) comes with two rows of eight waist snaps and two snaps on each wing to adjust the size at the waist and leg. This diaper has crossover snaps. The size and rise is adjustable with three rows of two rise snaps. If you take a close look at the waist snaps you can see the snaps are angled to allow a more contoured fit.
The inner lining is athletic wicking jersey (like you’d find inside a swimsuit). The Omaïki 3.Ö Hybrid comes with internal gussets and a sleeve-style pocket open at the front and the back. There are two snaps at the front to snap in the inserts, and it has an elasticized back and a flat front.
Three rows of snaps give us 4 rise heights. Here’s how the sizes compare.
Both inserts I received are made from natural fibers. This means that they do need to be washed a few times to remove the natural oils before they reach full absorbency.
Diaper Fit and Performance
The Omaïki 3.Ö Hybrid can be used in 3 ways. As an AIO, snap the insert in and either tuck it in the pocket or lay it on top. Having it snapped means you don’t need to hunt around for the matching insert in the laundry, and as it’s all in one piece this style is more babysitter friendly. As an AI2, lay the insert on top. You can then replace the soiled insert with a new one and reuse the shell. As a pocket diaper, just stuff the sleeve-style pocket with your insert.
The Omaïki 3.Ö Hybrid has a generous fit with lots of room for extra stuffing. Kay is 22 months and 27 pounds, and in this picture she still has two snaps to go on the rise. This diaper will fit for a long time. Conversely, I suspect this will take a while to fit on a new baby. Think closer to 12 pounds than 8.
This diaper uses fairly firm elastic with a lot of stretch. I could see where the elastic had been on Kay’s legs, but I never noticed any significant marks. Getting a good fit was straightforward, and the angled snaps seem to give a slightly more contoured fit around the waist. I don’t think the angled snaps work when using the crossover snaps though. You can see in the size comparison picture above that the fabric bunches up when using the crossover snaps. Of course this wouldn’t be an issue with the hook and loop version.
I’m happy to report we did not have any leaks with this diaper, either during the day or overnight. The nice thing about this snake-style bamboo insert is that you can customize the absorbency where you need it – up front for boy or in the middle for girls. The evolutive insert comes with a bonus smaller insert you can add to boost absorbency. Kay’s a heavy wetter, so I rarely use anything other than fitted diapers at night. But when I added both bamboo inserts and the Ö.Mega booster on top, this diaper even handled overnights easily with no leaks.
The athletic wicking jersey lining was new to me, and I was quite curious to see how it would perform when wet. It kept Kay’s skin dry like microfleece, but I think it washes up better. Kay didn’t poop in this diaper during our testing period so I can’t comment on how the internal gussets would do in that situation, but we’ve been dealing with teething-related loose stools lately, and I can tell you I would rather have a diaper with double gussets like this on her when she poops. Especially while out running errands!
I prefer using the Omaïki 3.Ö Hybrid as an AIO/pocket. The interior lining is not wipeable, and I don’t like reusing the cover with a soiled lining. I also find that inserts laid on top tend to shift and bunch which I worry will make my baby uncomfortable. Right now Omaïki only offers two prints, Birds (shown here) and Skulls, as well as a solid Medium Blue. I’m not sure why this is as they have quite a few cute prints available in their AIÖs.
We did not have any leaks in this diaper, and it’s one of the very few pocket diapers in my stash that I would trust overnight. While not the trimmest diaper, I like the versatility and generous cut of the Omaïki 3.Ö Hybrid. I’m sure this diaper will fit Kay easily right through potty training. This would be a good diaper for taller/bigger babies, but unlikely to fit your newborn for a few weeks.
Disclosure: I received a sample item for review. All opinions expressed are completely honest and my own, based on my personal experience. Your experience may differ.