Posted on | January 11, 2012 | 35 Comments
AsSalaamAlaiKum and Welcome!
When I had first thought of cloth diapering my child even before she was born, I searched if cloth diapers were available at my regular stores like Walmart, Costco, Supercenter for my convenience, and because I could atleast see if not feel the product before I decide to buy them. The only brand of cloth diapers that were available at some of these stores were Kushies, but unfortunately they were not in my budget.
A few days back I received a Mabu Baby Eco-Diaper in Size 1 that fits 6-13 lbs, and a Size 2 Midi Starter kit that fits babies 9-20 lbs for review. My first impression when I learnt about the Mabu babu eco-diaper system was that the diaper had many parts that need to be put together and it looked a bit confusing to me. But then I soon got the hang of it and it was super simple to put it together.
the different parts of a Mabu Baby diaper
The Diapers are made in Sri Lanka at a WRAP Certified facility http://www.wrapcompliance.org/ The Disposable Pads & Liners are made in the USA. All Starter Kits are packed in New Jersey.
The eco-diaper system uses green, high-tech fabrics like polyester made from recycled plastic bottles, white bamboo charcoal, and microfiber terry. Mabu Baby diapers are sold in starter kits in four different sizes. Each kit includes two complete diapers. Mabu baby diaper has three parts, an outer cover, inner pad holder, and the pad, which is available in two options, washable or disposable. So you have the choice to either use the washable pad or the disposable pad according to your needs.
Diaper Outer and Pad Holder:
Both the diaper outer and the pad holder are breathable and waterproof. They snap together with 3 snaps on the front and 2 in the back. This diaper also offers the convenience of washing the complete diaper, with the diaper outer and pad holder snapped together, so you only need to remove the pad before putting it in the diaper pail. I never unsnapped the diaper outer and the pad holder before putting it into the diaper and they remained snapped even after the wash. I simply had to put in the insert into the holder after they dried. The Mabu baby diaper features applix closures and also has laundry tabs to keep the hook portion from snagging other articles in the wash. The leg gussets and the back waist have elastic. Both the Mabu Baby diaper size 1 and size 2 fit my Siam perfectly and there were never any leaks. This is the first time I am using a sized diaper and I love it.
The washable pad’s outer layer is called EcoWix™, a NEW and unique eco-polyester, exclusive to Mabu Baby. It’s made from certified 100% Recycled polyester containing White Bamboo Charcoal. The micro-gaps in the yarn provide much better absorption and wicking than in conventional fabrics and even help break down odor. The inner layer of the washable pad is a cuddly soft, super absorbent polyester terry and designed for minimum shrinkage. The pad has to be folded with the terry cloth on the inside, smoother EcoWix™fabric on the outside and then pressed into the diaper pad holder. Due to this folded design of the washable pads, they were quick to dry.
These quilted Mabu Baby Eco-Diaper disposable pads also come in sizes that grow with your baby for a comfortable and snug fit. They are made of chlorine-free pulp, are fragrance free and hypo-allergenic and made from recycled materials.
Other Mabu Baby products I received in the kit:
Mabu Baby also sent me some Bioliners, a pack of Duzi cloths and two Odor Gator patches and to try out.
These bio-liners are dye and fragrance free and better for baby’s skin and are made from wood pulp fiber. Using liners make removing solids easier. Simply wrap the pads with a liner, ensure the edges of the bio-liner are tucked into the pad holder to prevent leaks. The liner makes it easier to peel off solids and dispose of in the toilet.
These reusable multi-use cloths are made of a 8 layer design that creates a soft, thick, touchable cloth. They were a little stiff at first because Mabu sprays them with edible starch for visual appeal in the package. Once I rinsed them the first time, they softened and were ready to use. They are bacteria and stain resistant. I use them for various purposes and simply machine wash them and they are good to go. The cloths are absorbent and work very well.
Odor Gator Clip On patch:
A little bit about them:
These patches are absolutely wonderful in eliminating diaper pail odors – naturally. The odor gator is not on the market yet. To use, place it in your diaper pail or enclosed diaper bag. It works on ammonia odors by breaking them down into salt and water. The Odor Gator patch will last indefinitely. Although the Odor Gator is washable, washing is not required, unless it gets stained. Simply wiping it with a damp cloth will remove any trace salts. As an option to washing – you can place the Odor Gator in direct sunlight every month, for a minimum of an hour – i.e. on an indoor window ledge. If you are using it in your diaper pail, we suggest cleaning it more frequently, like every week or so. Following the direct sun exposure, simply tapping the patch against a hard surface, like a table edge, works quite well (it’s pretty neat, because you will be able to see the salt dust). The Odor Gator patch also works great in compost bins, as it works on decaying organic odors too.
This is a really neat experiment to see the real effects of the Odor Gator patch: Dab a small amount of ammonia on a cotton ball and place in a mason jar. Then place the Odor Gator patch inside the jar and seal up. Wait 30+ minutes and open the jar. The ammonia odor will be completely gone.
I loved them! I have always wanted an indefinite diaper pail odor catcher and my prayers seems to have been answered. It works like a charm. I put one patch inside the drawer that contains all washed cloth diapers and the other one inside the diaper pail. Everytime I open the pail to put in a soiled diaper, I do not have to inhale the bad smell, thanks to odor gator patches. Great product indeed!
I was informed that Mabu Baby will be available in Canada in the spring 2012. I was very happy hearing about this. Not many options of cloth diapers are available at convenience stores. This will definitely be aboost for moms who wish to try their hands on cloth diapering their babies. They have not established Canadian pricing yet, but it will be based on USA pricing below. They will be online at target.com in January, and you should be able to order these for delivery. More online sites will be added in the next couple of months. The USA pricing is as follows:
Starter kit – $ 29.94
Washable Pad – $ 9.94
Disposal Pad – $ 10.94
Liner – $ 1.94
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Disclosure: I received the above mentioned product free of cost in exchange for this review. No monetary compensation was received by me. These are my completely honest opinions according to my experience with the product and may differ from yours. Mabu Baby Eco-Diapering System is responsible for shipping the prize to the winner. Please allow 4-6 weeks for shipping. No purchase is necessary to enter.
Allahafiz and take care.