This post is a product review for Skippity Boo! Hybrid Fitted (HF) Diaper
Name of Owner : Consuelo Llanah
Type of Diaper : Hybrid Fitted Cloth Diaper
Hybrid Fitted cloth diaper is a fitted diaper that has a hidden body layer of poly fleece, sandwiched between the outer print and the inner velour. This hidden layer aims to help the diaper be more absorbent.
How it works?
Liquid hits the fleece layer and is deflected back into the absorbent inner, soaking up into the rest of the soaker pad and inner velour instead of just saturating the middle and immediately needing a change. The hybrid fitted is still a “fitted” diaper, meaning it is breathable and it isn’t totally waterproof. It would require the use of a cover to be considered waterproof. (Source: http://allaboutclothdiapers.com/what-is-a-hybrid-fitted-cloth-diaper/)
We have been exclusively diapering since Cloud was born but we have been using pocket type (detailed discussion on a separate post) but several breastfeeding/cloth diapering/babywearing friends encouraged me to try hybrid fitted diapers, as they said that it is more breathable.
I was initially hesitant to shift to HF because I thought it was impractical. The price of one HF is equivalent to at least two or three pocket types. But since I have enabler friends (Jasmer, Juhaina and Angelica), I decided to try and took a slot in Skippity Boo!’s latest stocking last November 2o15. I only bought one, just to try and besides, I still need to convince my husband to support this newest “thing” of mine.
I ordered Blue Arrows Hybrid Fitted. It costs Php 650.00 and its outer is made of cotton woven with cotton knit tabs, its hidden layer is polyfleece while the inner is cream cotton velour. Its soaker is snake style and is composed of cotton-bamboo fleece topped with velour and comes with a bamboo fleece soaker.
Upon delivery, as the proper way to do it (even if its against my feelings) I had it washed first. Upon drying (believe me, you need substantial EQ to control the urge to use the diaper immediately), I had it fitted by our baby. And ta-da! It fits awesomely! Since my baby is average size but with chunky thighs, we use the medium settings in the waist tabs and fourth row of button on the legs. I did not use covers and additional booster since I want to test how long will it last before it gets fully soaked and I believe that using cover defeats the purpose of using HFs. (This is a personal opinion, so please don’t hate me.) For the first use, it took three hours before it gets fully soaked. Take note, soaked not leaked. Meaning I can feel the wetness in the outer layer, not in the thighs or waist.
Overall, Skippity Boo!’s HF ranked 10/10 for me. Why? Because it fits all my requirements : affordability, absorbency, fitting and print. After more frequent uses, its absorbency increased that we are now using it for overnight (10 P.M. – 06:00 A.M.) and going out (10:00 A.M. – 03:00 P.M.).
And the most important part of this post and a lesson well learned for me: The price of HF is reasonable because you are not just paying for the diaper. Your payment includes, but can never compensate, for the effort, love and skills used by the work-at-home moms that made these nappies with love.
Photo from the Skippity Boo! Stocking 2.o Album. This is my Blue Arrow HF.