I have been given the opportunity to test and review an Apple Cheeks envelope style cloth diaper. If you haven’t read the interview I did with the WAHMs behind Apple Cheeks check it out HERE!
After a couple of weeks of washing and using here are my thoughts…
Color choices. I love bold, fresh colors. No pastels here. I also enjoy creative names! Apple Cheeks doesn’t resort to boring Navy, Red and Yellow. Instead you get to choose from the delictable Sailor’s Blue, Cherry Tomato and Lemon Zest!
Elastic in front. Besides my Peewell fitted none of my other cloth diapers have elastic in the front waist. This is a great feature for skinny babies (Sterling may have chicken legs but he has a belly!). Elastic in the front is also good for stomach sleepers.
Serged legs. Serging around the legs always seems to hold major blowouts in better. As long as baby’s skin isn’t sensitive to it (as Paisley was) then I enjoy this feature.
Wide envelope (pocket). Easy to stuff and the insert comes out in the wash! Great for people like me who like to toss the diaper in the pail and then transfer to the washer with no extra steps. I’ve always left the insert in other pocket diapers but inevitably would have an insert or two not come out in the washer but ball itself up inside. The insert has come out every time in the wash with the Apple Cheeks diapers.
Double Snap Rows. Having separate waist and thigh snaps is a must. This allows a more custom fit. Whether your baby has skinny legs/skinny waist, skinny legs/ chunky waist, chunky thighs/ skinny waist, all ’round chunky :) you should be able to get a good fit.
Tight Elastic. Sterling has a size 1 which according to the website states should fit approximately 7-20lbs. I understand there is a great variation in body styles of children but at 13lbs I would think he’d fit in a size 1 perfectly. For the thigh snap I use the loosest setting and it seems too tight for my preference (red marks are slight but there). Sterling does NOT have chunky thighs. You’ve seen his chicken legs ;)
Wide Crotch. This can be someone’s like. If you want to use the shell as a cover (it was designed to multi-task) then a wide crotch allows for full coverage over a fitted diaper. I, however, do not like to use fleece lined shells as covers. The wide crotch makes for a bulkier diaper.
The Insert. The insert I have is a bamboo square that I trifold. I don’t find this to be that absorbant. When I use the shell in the future I plan on trying out different inserts that I have. Also, because of the wide crotch if you don’t make sure the insert fully covers the inside you will have wicking (leaks).
Here is little Sterling in his Sailor’s Blue Apple Cheeks Size 1 envelope cloth diaper: