In the three and a half years I’ve been cloth diapering, I’ve watched some changes to the design on FuzziBunz. Since I started out with FuzziBunz one size diapers, they’ve been a regular staple in my cloth diaper stash. I’ve bought each new and improved version of FuzziBunz even if it’s just for no other reason than to compare how the design has changed over the different versions. Locally, I’ve become the FuzziBunz guru since I can tell at a glance what version is being offered on our local community swap page.
Once you know the differences, it’s pretty easy.
FuzziBunz One Size
FuzziBunz One Size diaper came out sometime in 2008 or 2009. They were a pretty revolutionary diaper: the shell was based on their popular Perfect Size Medium diaper, but had more snaps for adjustability… including that oh-so-important hip snap. The FuzziBunz diaper also had the adjustable buttonhole elastic that was accessible without turning the diaper inside out. I loved that FuzziBunz One Size buttonhole elastic was numbered. It made for easy adjustment on getting all of Norton’s diapers set the same.
The FuzziBunz One Size also came with two microfiber inserts: a newborn size for when baby was wee and a larger size for when baby was bigger (and therefore wetting more). Additionally, the FuzziBunz One Size included a spare pair of numbered buttonhole elastic. Initially, I found it to be irritating because that meant I had to not lose them. Fortunately, I threw them in a drawer in the nursery and they remained safely stored until I needed them.
FuzziBunz Elite diapers came out in 2011 or early 2012. I bought one in Cotton Candy for Eudora shortly after we were home from the hospital because I had a girl, darn it, and I wanted pink diapers for her little bottom. The FuzziBunz Elite had some design changes that were meant to be pretty darned amazing. The snap configuration was a bit different, but it still had three snaps on the front tab.
The FuzziBunz Elite diapers were significantly smaller in cut than the original FuzziBunz One Size diaper. This was great because it meant that they fit Eudora quite well when she was still tiny, and they were exceptionally trim. At the same time, though, they didn’t fit my two year old Norton as well as the originals. The sizing would have been phenomenal if FuzziBunz had gone with a two stage system similar to that of AppleCheeks and Thirsties.
The FuzziBunz Elite still came with two inserts, but now the inserts were minky instead of microfiber. This was beneficial because minky was less prone to stink than microfiber. The diapers also still had the adjustable leg holes with numbered buttonhole elastic, but now the diapers needed to be turned inside out. This was great because that would mean no more buttons touching baby’s skin. On the downside, though, the minky was less absorbent than the original FuzziBunz One Size microfiber inserts… and the new FuzziBunz Elite diapers were too narrow for the old FuzziBunz One Size inserts to fit.
Some of these design flaws led FuzziBunz back to the drawing board… and that brought us the latest incarnation.
FuzziBunz 2013 Elite
The FuzziBunz 2013 Elite diapers were meant to overcome all objections that consumers had to the original FuzziBunz Elites. The minky wasn’t well-received, so the FuzziBunz 2013 Elite diapers were microfiber inserts. Parents were asking for replacement buttonhole elastic because they lost the original ones, so the new 2013 Elite no longer included spares. Parents didn’t care for the FuzziBunz Elite being so trim that it didn’t last through toddlerhood… so the new FuzziBunz 2013 Elite diaper was even wider than the original FuzziBunz One Size. I really love the PUL that they’ve used on the new 2013 version. It’s not sticky at all, so it’s easier to stuff.
What did they keep? The two inserts remained, and so did the three snaps on the tabs. The diapers stayed adjustable through the leg holes, and the diapers still needed to be turned inside out so no snap would press into baby’s skin. The button hole elastics are, unfortunately, no longer numbered. It makes it a little more of a hassle when adjusting a lot of diapers. It requires a bit more thought, but it’s not a deal breaker.
FuzziBunz at a Glance
Are you looking at some FuzziBunz on your local cloth diaper community group? Here’s how you can tell your FuzziBunz apart in a hurry.
|FuzziBunz One Size||FuzziBunz Elite||FuzziBunz 2013|
|inserts||2 microfiber||2 minky||2 microfiber|
|numbered button hole elastic||yes||yes||no|
|top row of snaps||8||8||10|
|bottom row of snaps||8||6||6|
|crotch width||5 + 3/4 inches||5 + 1/2 inches||6 + 1/8 inches|
Where to Buy FuzziBunz 2013 Elite
The FuzziBunz One Size and original FuzziBunz Elite are now only available from individuals (unless you happen to luck into a shop that has your preferred version stashed somewhere), but you can buy the FuzziBunz 2013 Elite at a number of locations: CozyBums (Canada), Diaper Junction (US/Canada), Lagoon Baby (US/Canada), Nicki’s Diapers (US/Canada)