Review: The Bumwear NV Pocket Diaper

When I was approached to review the latest Bumwear NV pocket diaper, I was very excited to say the least.  Bumwear was the first brand of pocket diapers I used when I started cloth diapering my kids, and although I do have a love-hate relationship with the Bumwear Classic diapers, I must admit that the diapers really can stand the test of time.  My Bumwear Classic diapers still look as good as new, and now, I use my old Bumwear Classic diapers as pocket diapers and also as diaper covers when I use fitteds.  They are very versatile!

See what I mean?  The diaper in green is my old Bumwear Classic diaper, and the one in black is the new Bumwear NV.  Both look equally new.

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Okay, so back to the review…incidentally the “NV” in Bumwear NV stands for “New Version”. For the purpose of this review, I used the provided Bumwear NV pocket diaper together with the insert.  And since I am a user of the Bumwear Classic, you will find that I will tend to compare the Bumwear NV with the Bumwear Classic in this review.

The first thing I noticed is that the insert has been revamped.  My old Bumwear Classic inserts were just a plain piece of microfiber, but the insert that came with the Bumwear NV has a sewn-on fleece layer lined on top of it. 

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In addition, the insert had an opening, presumably to insert additional soakers or inserts, to increase the absorption power.  The insert on its own is a 3-layer microber insert, but based on my previous and existing experience with my heavy-wetter kids, one insert is never enough.

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One of the little problems I had with the Bumwear classic was that the diaper *wings* tend to droop at the sides when my kids put them on for long.  That being said, I was glad that the *wing droop* issue had been addressed with Bumwear NV, because it now comes with additional snaps on the sides of the diaper.  The front of the diaper also has 2 rows of snaps compared to just one row in the Bumwear Classic (see first picture above).

In my haste and excitement to test drive the Bumwear NV, I threw caution to the wind and put it on my daughter after just one prewash.  Well, that was a BIG MISTAKE.  And the diaper leaked big time.

As all cloth-diapering experts know, cloth diapers need to be prewashed several times before being used.  However, after prewashing the Bumwear NV for 5 times, I still experienced leaks.  Nevertheless, I perservered and I am glad I did, because after about 8 rounds of prewashing, the Bumwear NV diaper finally delivered!

Not only did it give a very complete fit on the child, there was no leakage!

Since my child is a heavy wetter, I buttoned the Bumwear NV insert on top of the pocket diaper’s fleece cover, and inserted a hemp-layered insert into the pocket diaper opening for added absorption.  You could also insert a traditional cloth nappy for extra absorption.

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Here’s where it gets interesting.  With the latest feature where the insert can be buttoned on top of the fleece layer, the diaper gets converted into an AI2 (All-in-2), where you could just unbutton the insert and replace with a new buttoned-on insert when the insert gets wet!  The pocket diaper can be reused!  How cool is that??!!

The Bumwear NV is still rather snug-fitting, unless you stuff a lot of inserts in it.  The elastic around the leg hole had been redone to ensure a very snug fit for baby.

I’ve tried the diaper on my child during the day and also through the night, and I am happy to report that it holds up really well.  It may seem as though the baby will feel too warm with so many layers, but I’m pleased to note that Bumwear diapers are made from materials which are well-suited for our tropical weather.  The PUL layer is breathable as well as waterproof.

So if you’re looking for a hardy diaper that works as well as it looks, look no further than the Bumwear NV.  Oh, did I mention that it comes in lots of cool designs and colors too? :)  

Conclusion

What I liked:

Great as a night diaper (if enough inserts are used), feature which enables insert to be buttoned on top of fleece layer to convert diaper into an AI2, gorgeous designs and colors.

What I disliked:

The fact that I had to prewash the diaper 8 times before it worked.