Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Ankle Deep In Paradise
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I purchased a diaper garden fitted on ebay approximately a year ago, a true purple (which, though it faded quickly, still retains its lovely uniqueness. This medium BuzFuz (hemp/cotton fleece diaper) was part of the High Summer Diaper Garden (2003) and features a hand-stamped chili print inner fabric (and on one side of the doubler), with lime colored hemp fleece trim on the doubler (and back) and matching lime green snaps. The bound design of the Fuzbaby dipes creates a smooth edge against baby's skin. The elastic in the legs is sewn flat, although the bound edge that goes along it has small “ruffles” that stretch out as the rise is needed to accommodate baby's growth. Fuzbaby dipes are not quick-drying: the soaker is enclosed, and all snaps are hidden except the two on the very edge of the diaper. When open, the diaper lies flat, the soaker has not bunched up over time, and the diaper holds its shape extremely well. The diaper is cut a bit higher in the back for a relatively high rise, the crotch is narrow, and there is no elastic in the front or the back.
I do like the overall fit of this diaper, which is achieved in part because the legs are high cut (allowing more freedom of movement and thus comfort) and the diaper closes with two rows of snaps. The first row is the waist adjustment, which offers three settings on each side, or 6 total adjustments, and the second row of snaps adjusts the leg. As with side snapping diapers, this allows the waist and legs to be adjusted independently. The narrow crotch also offers more comfort for baby, without sacrificing much absorption. The lay in doubler is as wide as possible without interfering with the fit of the diaper, and it covers nearly the entire length of the diaper, which increases the absorption of the diaper substantially.
The bound style fitted diaper is relatively rare in the cloth diapering world, and that is at least partly due to the fact that this style takes longer to sew (and more steps) than a serged or turned and topstitched style diaper. The consumer can easily see the care that is taken when constructing Fuzbaby diapers: they look professionally sewn, the snaps are evenly spaced, and the inner and outer surfaces are smooth, without any bunching up of the inner fabric. The fabric is high quality, the crotch is narrow, and the fit is pretty trim over all. Absorbency is about average. Even when I use this diaper with a doubler, the wetness seems to stay localized and seep through to the outside rather than spreading throughout the soaker first. This diaper is also unique for its two row front snap design, which is especially effective for getting a closer fit around the legs. To me, this diaper seems built for the tall, slender-waisted child with chubby thighs: even at the tightest setting, my skinny toddlers thighs swim inside this diaper (like the Fireflys). In general, I suspect that Fuzbaby dipes would be a good fit on average build to heavier build babies, especially since many consumers complain that most diapers are too tight in the thighs, relative to the waist.
I find the fitted Fuzbaby diapers to be less stretchy than the average diaper. I am fairly sure that this is because they do not have any elastic in the body; only around the legs. So when active toddler goes from running to squatting the spinning within a few seconds, the snaps come undone because there is not enough give in the fabric around the waist to accommodate this high level of activity. I do think that this spontaneous unsnapping of the diapers is unique to my son's body type and activity level and not a flaw in the Fuzbaby design.
I do find the Fuzbaby fitted diaper design problematic in several interrelated ways. First, the elasticized legs are sewn to the bound edge gathers in such a way that creates 2 edges: 1) the covered elasticized edge that is intended to fit snugly around baby's thigh, and the “ruffled” bound edge that is stiffer than the elasticized edge and can work its way between baby's skin and the elasticized edge. This means that the bound edge can create gaps around baby's legs, which more than once for us has meant messy poop blowouts. I have also experienced a binding hole problem, where the bindings of the diaper started to first get holes, and then shred, after a dozen washes. While these binding holes do not affect the performance of the diaper, it does decrease the appearance value of the diaper. The holes may be my fault-- the result of washing Velcro diapers that may come undone and snag the fabric along the edges. The holes may also develop as the fabric shrinks ever so slightly with use and the fabric threads around the edges underneath the bound edges act like miniature saws in the wash. This may be especially true in the case of BuzFuz rather than PureFuz, as the stiffness of hemp may encourage this “sawing” motion even more. Regardless of the source of the binding holes, I do wish that a diaper that costs this much were more durable.