Marvels AIO Trial – Conclusion

I have also tried the Marvels AIO as a day diaper, but before and after nap, but I won’t do a whole blog post on them. I’ll jump straight to the conclusion!

The Kissaluvs website advertises the Marvels’ features as follow:

  • “Waterproof exterior
  • Super soft, stay-dry fleece next to skin keeps baby dry and comfortable
  • Self cleaning: the soaker agitates out in the wash yet stays attached
  • No stuffing or hunting for soakers in your washing machine!
  • Gentle but effective elastic at legs and waist contains all messes
  • Pocket in the back to stuff additional soakers if needed
  • No messy Velcro. Adjustable snaps and overlapping wings ensures the diaper fits skinny and chubby babies alike
  • One sized, fitting babies 7-35* pounds
  • Super simple design, will be loved by dads and babysitters alike!
  • Available in staple White (with White inner) and fashion colors with complimentary inside colors: Butter (with yellow), Raspberry (with Pink), Kelly Green (with Yellow) and Summer Sky (with White).

* All babies are shaped differently, so these can be only size guidelines.”

Definitely, it is simple in designs, and will be easy to use by those who are not used to cloth diapers and/or cannot fuss with lots of layers and snaps, such as daycare providers changing 5 kids at the same time. 😉 You just pack them in your bag as is, and whoever is changing the diaper picks it up, snaps it on, and throws the old one in the wetbag as is, no different than throwing a diaper in a DiaperGenie.

The fit was pretty good. I have one of those tall and skinny toddlers – at almost 3 ft tall, my daughter only weights about 25 lbs – wet. There’s lots of snaps on the front to accommodate many sizes, and there’s the fold down snaps to accommodate height from newborn(ish) to toddlers. I think that I would have liked more than just one row of snaps to secure it around the waist – that way you get a better fit both at the waist and at the tights. We DID get 1 or 2 leaks with it, but the first time was due to TOO many fleece add-ons by me for an overnight use (oops), and the second time my mom had put it on and she was wondering if maybe she didn’t snap it correctly. We’ve otherwise had good experiences with it, and we mostly use it for naptime use at this point – which can be quite heavy pee quantity.

There’s not a whole lot of colours or prints offered, but the colour that we got, “Raspberry” (a really hot pink with light pink inside) is pretty nice.

I got a first impression of the washing and drying from the usual pre-washes. For washing, it’s just like any regular cloth diapers: cold rinse (with 1/3 of soap), hot/cold wash, with a 2nd rinse. It does flip over well with agitation, meaning the whole diaper gets a good clean, even though it’s attached in one piece. For drying, it does go in the dryer at regular heat, which is what we did the first time around. It took a fair while to dry though, longer than just the fitted diaper of the Happy Heinys stuffing, perhaps because it’s all attached together. The stuffing is definitely made much easier, and quicker – no more guiding the insert, you just flip the diaper back right side up.

It is, however, always advisable to air-dry covers and outer pockets of diapers, as this saves the elastics around the legs, which otherwise eventually dries up and breaks. So I gave that a try as well. Compared to the Happy Heinys outer covers, which air-dry without the stuffing inside, this was insanely long to dry… It took about 2 days for the insert part to be completely dry. Now say that you use about 10 diapers a day (or average at the moment), and you want to wash every 3 days. You would need AT LEAST 50-60 diapers in order to rotate them while the ones you washed dry out. At a suggested retail of $22.95, that’s $1,147.50 to $1,377.00.

All and all, not a bad diaper, although I would probably not make it a staple of my stash. On the plus side, it is very easy to use, childcare provider & extended family friendly, it’s a well-known & well established brand in cloth diapering, and the materials are of quality. However, it’s too long to dry unless you tumble dry it, which would eventually ruin the elastic, making it non-cost effective for long term use and/or multiple sibling use, as well as bringing down the resale value. In order to have a decent turn-around between washes, you would need WAY too many diapers, which would cost way too much (we’ve currently spent just under half the prices mentioned above for our whole stash & accessories, through 2 years of cloth diapering, and I launder every 3 days approx.) Also, I like to have a bit of variety in colours in designs to choose from, and these do not offer much choice in that department. 🙂

Legal Bits Reminder
Please note that I am otherwise not endorsed by any of the cloth diaper companies I state and link, and that they themselves did not offer me anything for the review. The opinions expressed are simply my own views on their product, made for my reviewing pleasure. I have solely received the free Marvels diaper to try out from my local baby boutique in exchange for this review.

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Marvels AIO Trial #1.2 – Overnight (again) & #2 – Naptime

Trial #1.2 – Overnight, Take II
I wanted to try it overnight again, this time with some added fleece layer, to see if that would help the rash.

I think, in hindsight, that this is a case of “tell me where the problem is with this logic”: if I put 2 extra fleece layer inside the pocket, over the inserts, then the pee will go through it but not back up to the skin. Problem: if the pee won’t come back out, then how would it get through in the first place?

That is exactly what happened… Lesson learned: too much fleece creates a very waterproof layer! The AMP insert inside was all but dry except for the tip, but the poor PJ was soaked from toes to collar on the front, the wearable blanket was soaked, the bedding was soaked… I think I would have woken up screaming “No! No!” too!! hah The rash, though, was nowhere to be seen.

Ok, so, for us, not so good for overnight use. For non-sensitive babies, the diaper as is with some extra absorbent layer should work just fine.

Trial #2 – Naptime
Nothing to say – it worked perfect with an added insert for absorbency. You can read more specific thoughts on fit, wash-ability, drying, materials, etc. in my conclusion post, which I will post after I’m done trying out different scenarios.

Tomorrow I will wash it again, and try it once before naptime in the AM, when she pees less. Then wash, and once after naptime in the PM, when she pees a large amount every 5 min.

Legal Bits Reminder
Please note that I am otherwise not endorsed by any of the cloth diaper companies I state and link, and that they themselves did not offer me anything for the review. The opinions expressed are simply my own views on their product, made for my reviewing pleasure. I have solely received the free Marvels diaper to try out from my local baby boutique in exchange for this review.

Marvels AIO Trial #1 – Overnight

My first “test” for the Marvels AIO diaper I’m trying out for my local baby boutique was as an overnight diaper. As background info, I’m especially interested in these result as DD1 has bad diaper rash when wearing cloth diapers overnight (see intro post linked above for more details on that). I’m hoping the fleece pocket in these diapers will be more efficient than what we have tried so far!

I have added a 3-layer AMP insert in the pocket, under the insert attached to the diaper, for added absorbency. I highly doubt that the insert that comes with the diaper would be enough for the overnight need of a toddler – although it is most likely fine for a younger child, especially one that still wakes up quite often at night and will get its diaper changed a few times.

The Next Morning…
Unfortunately, the rash is present 😦 The pads inside, both Marvels’ and AMP’s, were soaked through, meaning I was right is aiming for more absorbency. However, there was no leakage whatsoever! And there was a lot of pee.

Since the fleece pocket of the Marvels is not enough in DD1’s case, I will try another overnight test (once the diaper is washed and dry) with an added fleece layer on top.

Please note, DD1 is on the very sensitive side. She gets rashes very easily. For most, if not all, other people I know who have used cloth diapers overnight, a fleece layer usually works just fine in keeping baby’s bum rash free! So this is not a critic of the diaper itself, but rather of whether or not it worked for our needs in our situation. The diaper itself – quite satisfied. I will have a more detailed pros and cons conclusion post, including thoughts on fit, absorbency and washing/drying, once all the trials have been made.

Legal Bits Reminder
Please note that I am otherwise not endorsed by any of the cloth diaper companies I state and link, and that they themselves did not offer me anything for the review. The opinions expressed are simply my own views on their product, made for my reviewing pleasure. I have solely received the free Marvels diaper to try out from my local baby boutique in exchange for this review.

Cloth Diaper Trial – Marvels AIO, by Kissaluvs

My local baby boutique was looking for 1 boy & 1 girl to try out a new AIO they want to carry. I always like to try new cloth diapers (but can’t always justify buying every single one for that sake, very unfortunately), plus we are currently on the lookout for alternate night diapering options, so I volunteered to be the “girl” tryout!

What’s in it for me? I get to keep the diaper. 🙂

Please note that I am otherwise not endorsed by any of the cloth diaper companies I state and link, and that they themselves did not offer me anything for the review. The opinions expressed are simply my own views on their product, made for my reviewing pleasure. I have solely received the free Marvels diaper to try out from my local baby boutique in exchange for this review.


The Subject

DD1, also known as A or Miss A, is a 21-mo (almost 22-mo) active toddler, weights about 25 lbs. She is on the tall and skinny side, measuring close to 3 ft already! (She is about 2’9″, or just over 83 cm.) My God, where did my baby go…

Cloth Diapering Background
DD1 has terrible diaper rash if we leave her in a cloth diaper overnight. She has always been a bit on the sensitive side, and she is not a good enough sleeper for us to get away with a diaper change mid-night (trust me, you do NOT want to wake her up to do that.) Obviously, if she is awake, then of course we will take advantage of the situation and change it, but the rash is usually bad enough by then anyway, and she’s rarely that awake. Most night waking these days are a quick half-asleep cuddle and we are back in business.

In the day, we use Motherease O/S bamboo diapers, with their air-flow covers. For naps, we use those same diapers, with the inserts that has the wicking layer on top. Works perfect (I should note she naps close to 2h30-3h nowadays). For nighttime, we used to have the Happy Heinys pockets, gradually working up to the 2 inserts that came with it, an AMP 3-layer hemp insert (folded in 3, it comes as a square), with a fleece over the Happy Heinys’ pocket. But that stopped working and she was very rashy. Recently, we have been using a Motherease diaper with an insert, and a gDiaper pad on top – it wicks away the moisture well so it’s not damp next to her skin. Works great, but it implies buying the gDiaper pads over, and over… We have tried a layer of fleece instead, but that doesn’t work well enough.

The trial diaper
We got a hot pink Marvels AIO, from Kissaluvs. It’s actually very pretty!! The insert is attached on the inside, so that you don’t actually have to stuff it, but it gets agitated out when you wash it. The fleece on top is light pink, and very nice looking, quality-wise. I’ll have to see how it holds up after a few washes, but it seems thick enough and soft. I am hoping it will be a good enough barrier for nighttime!

There is only one insert in the middle though, so I’m thinking, for a toddler, we might have to add extra stuffing, especially for naps and overnight. It might be enough for daytime use though.

This is a O/S (One Size) diaper, meant to fit babies & toddlers from 7 to 35 lbs. Similar to other O/S diapers, it has snaps on the front so that you can adjust the size/rise of the diaper, as well as numerous snaps to attach the sides, from small to large waist openings. It’s fairly easy to use & figure out, if you have never used a snap system like that, and I especially love that it is snaps. I can NOT deal with velcro. 😉 I do have some diapers that have velcro, and I find that it doesn’t attach well to the affix after a while, resulting in very sticky diapers while washing. And for the same reasons it doesn’t attach to the affix, it doesn’t close as well after a while either. So kudos for the snaps! Definitely a buy or toss factor for me when looking for new diapers.

The Trial Plan
The first trial will be as an overnight diaper. I will add an AMP 3-layer hemp stuffing inside for more absorbency (the pad attached to the Marvel would NOT be enough for overnight toddler wear – I don’t even need to test that), but I won’t put any additional fleece on top.

The second trial will be as an overnight diaper with an additional fleece on top, if need be.

The third trial will be as nap diaper, with added stuffing – I don’t expect the pad to be enough for her naps, although she is starting to be dry after naps sometimes, so I suppose if you have a toddler who is at that stage too, it might be enough.

The fourth and final trial will be as a day diaper, once in the AM, when she pees less, and once in the PM after nap, when she pees a good amount every 5 minute. (So I guess that’s actually 4 and 5).

Since I will have to wash and dry the diaper in between each trial, I will update them individually, rather than wait until I have all 5. Plus, it will make shorter posts to read 😉