Yahoo! I just got my new FuzziBunz One Size Elite in the mail a couple days ago! I have been (patiently) waiting to check this upgraded dipe out since I first heard the news about its arrival.
First, I have to say, I think it’s fantastic when a company that already has a great product, great customers and great reviews continues to look for ways to improve. I’ve gotta give the team at FuzziBunz some serious props for that. It would be easy to rest on the success of some of the best cloth diapers around and not worry about improving something that’s already good. Just think how different our lives would be if Steve Jobs had stopped with the Apple IIGS (life without an iPhone?! No thank you).
So anyway, back to the FuzziBunz Elite. The bottom-line so far is that I like it. I really, really like it. I think the Elite takes all of the good qualities of the original FuzziBunz One Size and adds a few new ones. I think my favorite is the hidden button adjustments around the legs. It really bugged me that the buttons on my original one sizes sometimes left button-sized imprints in my daughter’s hip or upper thigh. I have to check them each time I put them on her to make sure the button is tucked into the fabric enough – not easy on a squirmy baby – and it sometimes still leaves a mark. And there have definitely been times I could NOT figure out what was making her so fussy only to open up her diaper an and find a button-shaped indent on her body. As far as I can tell, the hidden button adjustment solves that problem. Hallelujah.
My second favorite new feature is that they’ve somehow managed to make it even trimmer than it was. I don’t know exactly how they did it – may have something to do with the placement of the new snaps – there are only three options for hip snaps compared to four in the old ones. Or, it could be the thinner minky insert that lays flatter? Not sure, but I know that the very first time I put it on my daughter, it immediately hugged closer to her body and looked trimmer. Svelte, I told her.
I also just like the way it looks. Granted I’ve only used it twice, but the new FuzziBunz minky insert is very soft – so soft you could almost put it next to your baby’s skin. You shouldn’t because I’m sure the super absorbency right next to the skin wouldn’t be good, but you honestly don’t need to because the new fleece is so extremely soft. This fleece also seems thicker than the old fleece. All around, I am impressed with the new construction and fabrics.
Time will tell how it holds up through wear and washings – I’m hoping the thicker fleece doesn’t pill quite as much as my older ones and I’m really kind of banking on the new inserts resisting the stink and ammonia odors that I continue to battle from time to time.
It washes and dries much like the originals. Oh, and the icing on the cake? The insert slides in like a greased pig on a waterslide. Sweet.
If you can’t tell, I’m sort of in love. I’ve contemplated how I can replace my entire stash with Elites and still justify the cost savings of cloth diapers to my husband. Let me know if you have any ideas! In the meantime, I think I may get a couple more of these and give some of our most worn original FuzziBunz a break for a while. Minky inserts, here we come!
What’s been your experience with the new FuzziBunz One Size Elite?
Sarah is a mom of two and blogs about her adventures in motherhood, cloth diapering and everything in between. Catch her “Cloth Diapering Unwrapped” series on the FuzziBunz blog every Tuesday.