I thought that I was running out of cloth diapers to try, particularly from bigger companies that sold their product in cloth diaper boutiques. Then my friend Lindsay put Mini Kiwi Diapers and I together for a review. Simone of Mini Kiwi graciously sent me a package diapers and accessories, including this Mini Kiwi pocket diaper, to try out so that I could write a review. As always, my opinions are completely mine because I’m far too opinionated to keep them to myself.
About Mini Kiwi
Mini Kiwi seems to be one of the best kept secrets of Quebec. It’s a small cloth diaper manufacturing company based out of Quebec. Their products are all made in North America – either here in Canada or in Mexico. Even the materials (thread, elastic, fabrics, etc) are made in North America. According to their web site, Mini Kiwi currently employs eight full-time, fairly paid seamstresses to create their product. In spite of their popularity in Quebec, Mini Kiwi still remains a small business, employing roughly a dozen people.
Mini Kiwi is all about reusing – Their packaging is multi-use with little paper doll dress-ups on them.
I’m also pretty darned impressed with their packaging. Usually, when I get a diaper sent to me for review, it’s just in a standard polymailer, maybe with a little note. With the Mini Kiwi package, I got a brilliant little box that was wonderfully put together like a little gift. I was so excited to see the package and investigate the contents that I broke the blogger rule of taking pictures for everything!
Mini Kiwi Pocket Diaper
For the Mini Kiwi Pocket Diaper, we received a really adorable pink plaid print in hook & loop closure. The interior of the diaper is a thin microsuede material with a double gusset on the inner. The insert included is a bamboo/microfiber combination. The snap-down rise allows for four levels of rise adjustment, making it easier to fit this diaper to smaller babies.
First of all, I HATE hook and loop. Velcro led to a naked child peeing on the floor, diaper daisy chains, etc. Until this point, there was only one exception to my “I hate Velcro” rule. Thanks to the Mini Kiwi Pocket Diaper, there are two. I actually love the hook and loop closure on this. The Velcro is strong and quite stiff, but it goes on perfectly. The “landing strip” is low enough for the hook and loop closure to not cause any issues with pot-bellied babies. The Velcro actually stays on the laundry tab when I put it in the wash.
The double gussets are enough to be effective with messy poo, but not such steep double gussets that they’re an annoyance for those with peanut butter poo.
The inserts? Now those are just… neat. I’ve always enjoyed microfiber because it’s a quick absorbing material. Bamboo and hemp has been growing on me. The Mini Kiwi pocket diaper insert gives me the best of both worlds: there’s a bit of microfiber sewn onto a long insert made of bamboo. The insert has snaps so you can get the best fit to length. This style of insert makes for some super quick drying time. It’s also a fairly thirsty insert: I put her in it for a nap and there were no issues.
What’s Not Awesome About the Mini Kiwi Pocket Diaper?
I have some doubts about it fitting up to 35 pounds. Eudora is pretty petite, and she’s wearing it on the top rise. She has a ton of room at the waist, and the rise fits her perfectly all let out… but I have no other diapers that I have to put on her with the rise full out. Norton is not yet 35 pounds and I don’t think that this would fit him. (Granted, he’s a four year old at 35 pounds… But still.) However, I also suspect that it will fit sooner than 8 pounds.
In a Nutshell?
At $25.95 Canadian, it’s a premium diaper for sure. I like the ethics of the diaper, along with the double seem and the quality of the sewing. I like that the Velcro on each diaper is color coordinated with the PUL. With the ethics, quality, and North American manufacture, I completely recommend the Mini Kiwi Pocket Diaper. It’s a great Quebecois product that will hopefully expand into the rest of Canada in the near future.
Have you tried a Mini Kiwi pocket diaper? How did it work for you?