Though AMP has become quite a household name for avid cloth diaperers, it is neat to be able to share with you a great product from them, but also a little bit of the story behind the company.
I've reviewed an AMP Duo Pocket Diaper before from another local shop--I loved it then, and I still love it now. So, I was thrilled when Annie from AMP got in touch with me and said she would send one of AMP's Hemp Fitteds my way. This is great as it is number two in our summer series, where we are highlighting breathable, natural fabrics favorable for these warmer months. These fitted diapers are available in two sizes, Small (8-16 lbs) or Large (15-35+ lbs). For 9 month old baby Aurelia, we received the Large Hemp Fitted and have been absolutely loving it!
|This booster pad comes included with this diaper and adds an extra 3 layers of absorbency|
The minute I opened the package on this diaper, I could tell that it was made with high quality materials and construction. The material itself is made of two body layers of hemp fleece (55% hemp and 45% cotton), which makes it super soft, natural, and breathable. Additional to the two layers all over, this diaper is sewn with an extra layer already in the wet zone, to make it more absorbent. The thing I loved most about this diaper is that it additionally comes with an extra three-layer booster pad. So, altogether, if you use this booster on top of the already padded wet zone, you get 6 layers of absorbent material where it counts. The thing to remember about a fitted diaper is also that, when worn with the cover, the entire diaper itself actually adds towards the absorbency (absorption is not only contained to the wet zone). Honestly, when super soaked, this diaper remains MUCH trimmer than a super-soaked, bulky disposable diaper.
Because it is made with 100% natural materials, this diaper does need to be prep-washed before you begin to use it. This is because natural fibres like hemp, bamboo, cotton, etc, are naturally coated with their own oils which will make them non-absorbant if you use them right out of the package. Washing them 3-5 times before use with your regular diaper or baby laundry will slick those oils off the fabric, exposing their pure absorbent capabilities when you finally use the diaper on your baby. I washed this three times before using it and only continue to see the diaper get more "primed" and effective as every wash goes by. The materials themselves, although they diminish somewhat in their soft, fluffy quality, have an amazing, close-knit, durable quality that continues to develop. For all the Canadians out there, it almost reminds me of the durable quality of the old Hudson's Bay blankets you may have seen as a kid--only much, much softer, of course. But the tight-weave and super absorbent qualities do make this a diaper that Baby can truly wear coverless for the majority of the day, especially when around the house. Even when coverless with a heavy soak, this diaper will still give you time to feel slight dampness before it ever begins to wick & spread, which would give you time to change baby or place them on a waterproof surface.
Aurelia wears this all the time around the house (coverless), and it (and the other fitteds we've been trying) have made a HUGE difference in improving her teething rashes. I love that her skin isn't humid and clammy when we take off this diaper. I was shocked to discover, too, that it's actually become one of my favorite naptime diapers for my little super soaker. All my covers fit well over its trim fit, and when covered, this hemp fitted can absorb and absorb and absorb, even for 2-3 hour naps. I am certain it could go all through the night (for the brave at heart), although I personally would add a "stay dry" layer just for comfort against Baby's skin. We've never had a leak or any wicking problems with this diaper--more than I can say for some of my pocket diapers, that's for sure!
|The elastic gives a great fit but remains soft and comfy with no red marks|
The other thing I love about this diaper is the soft, covered elastic that is in the legs and waistband. Because the elastic is embedded into the soft fleece layers, it keeps a great fit but also never leaves any sort of red marks like some of the PUL-covered elastic can do (especially when it's hot/humid out).
In terms of the structure and design, the waist snaps have a crossover fit, and the seams are finished with a cheerful, rainbow serging. Although fitteds may not be best for every scenerio out there, I would feel comfortable using a fitted diaper like this 80-90% of the time in our household. It is a great investment that keeps its quality over time and that is natural and friendly to baby's skin. With hemp also being the most environmentally-friendly textile to produce, and with the factory located on Canadian soil, this is also a quality environmental and ethical choice.
Overall, I highly recommend this diaper, and if I was starting my stash all over again, I would definitely lose a few pockets and stock up on at least a half dozen of these guys instead!
Head over to the AMP Diaper Store right now and find out where you can buy one of these Hemp Fitted Diapers ($18)
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