A few weeks ago, I contacted Rachel from Envibum about becoming a retailer of her products. I had never heard of the Envibum company before-I found them on Merchant Circle. She contacted me back immediately with more information and even offered to send me a diaper free of charge to review for this blog. When I saw the wholesale prices, I wasn't entirely convinced they were going to be right for Bum Luxury at this time, and explained my concern to Rachel. She was extremely kind and sent me a one size diaper to try.
The Envibum arrived within a few days and I couldn't wait to try it. The package was personalized with a Thank You card and wrapped in matching tissue paper. I loved it and thought, "What a cute idea! I should do this, too!" but then, deep down, I realized that it wasn't the best idea for Bum Luxury since I originally looked into cloth diapering for the environmental factor. Although I loved the Envibum package, it really would waste a lot of material. Some people might be able to reuse some of it, but there was an Envibum sticker on the tissue paper that would make it unusable if you weren't careful opening the package. Besides the cuteness factor, the package also included a nice 'care card' that would be super handy to keep near your washer to remind you of the best way to wash your diapers.
When I pulled the diaper out, I immediately loved how soft the minky felt. It's the type of material you want to rub against your cheek and puts a smile on your face. I may or may not have done this.
My husband felt the diaper and didn't like the minky at all. I think it's the type of material that you either love or hate-I love it!
|This is similar to the view you would get on the Envibum website.|
|This is before washing-the aplix is a little pilly after washing about six times, but is still super sticky.|
I then opened the diaper and examined the inside. It's different than other one size diapers I've tried. The Envibum doesn't have adjustable snaps or elastic. The aplix can be closed pretty tight, but I think it would be difficult to use this diaper from birth to potty training. The website says it can be used from 8-40lbs. My daughter is 10 months and 18lbs. and you can see how the diaper fit her and come to your own conclusions. I do feel that the Envibum would fit my daughter for the majority of her diapering days.
|This is on the tightest setting I believe one could get.|
|On the tightest setting|
Baby J has worn the diaper multiple times now so that I could write a true review. This was our first aplix diaper and Baby J loves the sound the velcro makes. She tries to undo it every time she wears it, though, so I am not fond of it that part.
The inner cotton material is the biggest downer to me. It reminds me of a dish towel or waffle iron. It is not soft and left marks on Baby J's bum while we were out and about at Target. Granted, she is super sensitive and is prone to rashes when using commercial wipes and diapers. I was not happy with that at all. I prefer fleece, but I know many children have sensitivities to that material.
A close up of the inner material:
The diaper has great absorbency. Baby J wore it around the house, on a trip to Target and overnight with no leaks. I did add an extra insert to the pocket for night time just in case. I didn't want to risk her waking up and having to change any bedding-she's a finicky sleeper as it is. Envibum does offer their own extra absorbency pads, but I used what I had on hand. I love how the Envibum is an All-In-One (AIO) and has a pocket so that you can customize it for nap time or overnight wear. The Envibum probably would have been fine without the extra absorbency-the insert I put in was barely damp and that was probably due to compression against the bum. Because I was nervous about the cotton material against Baby J's bum, I also used a fleece liner when she wore it overnight.
The AIO diaper is great for families that want a convenient choice. One of the biggest gripes about AIOs is that they take forever to dry. The flip out absorbent pad on the Envibum allows for much faster drying than the average AIO. It still takes longer to dry than my pocket diapers, however.
Oh, and one of the hardest things for me to remember was folding down the laundry tabs! Don't forget-you don't want the aplix ruining anything in your wash!
|This was taken before the diaper was pre-washed for Baby J to wear.|
|Another view of the flip out absorbency pad.|
Overall, I like the Envibum diaper. Since Baby J is sensitive to the material however, we will have to use a fleece liner for her to wear it.
The Envibum company is one that is faith based and always giving back. They donate $2 of every purchase to a different charity based on the color of diaper purchased. Soon after I discovered Envibum, I saw posts on Facebook and Babycenter about the company with many people wanting to try their products. The company has only been in business since 2009, and I'm sure we will all be more familiar with the name as the company grows.
In the future, I would be happy to invest in Envibums and add them to Bum Luxury's inventory. Due to my small budget however, we will have to wait.
|Baby J wearing the Envibum for the first time.|
|What's up with this new diaper, Mom?|
|I don't really like how it looks on her belly.|
|I just got it on her and she's already trying to take it off. :(|
|It looks great on her bum!|