For reasons that will become clear further down (if they aren’t already obvious from the start) I’m only filing this in the Quickie category, so this shouldn’t overwhelm your brain even if it’s hot outside. ;-)
The BareBum Diapers have been on my mind for quite a bit not just because of their original name (in the comedic sense), but because I actually quite dug the simple yet elegant design ever since I saw the first pictures. Actually getting it was an entirely different story since it was only being distributed in the US initially and then in smaller quantities at outrageous prices also in the UK. All this changed for the better when ABU went on a rampage earlier this year and essentially gobbled up a bunch of brands and popped on their label sticker. That can be seen in a multitude of ways, but at least it ensures that products are more widely available through existing distribution channels. I got my examples through Nappies’R’Us once again, but I’m sure in time you will be able to find the product elsewhere, too.
While it may carry the ABU label now, one thing must be spelled out loud and clear:
This is not your typical ABU diaper!
It shares no similarities whatsoever with the Cushies, Little Pawz and so on. Rather it’s – you may have guessed – your standard China-made diaper. It’s good to know that there’s more than one diaper factory over there, yet they seem to be forming a single monopoly or conglomerate and all work off the same specs. In turn that means that aside from the different packaging and some minute differences laid out below, for all intents and purposes it lines itself up on the shelf with all those MyDiaper variants, the Tykables and Super Boompa. Almost makes me wish I had my own diaper factory just to prove the point that things could be done differently. ;-)
Being based on the same specifications and measurements like the rest of the lot, naturally the same rules apply when it comes to size and body fit: In the usual manner a size M is slightly too narrow for me and an L is preferable. In this case this also evens out the scale compared to other ABU products. After all, most of them are rather large-ish and e.g. a Space size M almost covers this particular diaper’s size L almost all the way.
Getting down to business regarding the small and subtle differences, the first thing you will notice is that unlike some of its brethren this product uses a relatively thin and malleable foil. This improves the fit, which on other similar diapers sometimes can be a bit tricky due to stiffer foils being used. Here this also is advantageous as it makes the doubled-up transparent sticker in the front respond less stiff as well. While we’re on that subject, I found the adhesive tapes slightly odd by contrast. They are somewhat thick-ish and tend to turn into wavy little patches as soon as you touch them and exert even the tiniest bit of force. This ultimately somewhat nullifies any benefits the ability to take them off and pop them on again may have, as you have to rub them on pretty hard to iron them flat again, in a manner of speaking. Also the tapes are not that strong to begin with.
The other deviation from the norm – in a positive sense this time – is the absorbent pad. I’m pleased that the Chinese manufacturers seem to have worked out the balance of the ingredients and the settings on the machines, so the pads are a lot softer and not as much compressed as they were on some older models. This immensely helps to actually exploit the full capacity and increases wearing comfort.
To conclude this quick glance: If you don’t mind the premium on the price, then this could be a nice thing for you and in the end perhaps qualifies as the best of these MyDiaper-like products, only rivalled in design and tastefulness by the Tykables. On the other hand, for the same money you can get tons of other diapers with or without prints, so it really boils down to how much the pattern appeals to you and how important it is to satisfy your inner urges.