The best we've experienced of numerous brands (others reviewed also)
We've trialled several reusable nappy brands, each with their pros and cons and we've found the Baby Bare Peekaboo (now branded Pikapu) nappies the best. The AIO is a really nice fit and the velcro makes it so simple and fuss-free. Our little guy started using them at around 2 months and while almost every brand advertises them as suitable on newborns, we've found that it is tricky to get a really snug fit. I also found the reusable nappy process daunting being a first time mum however it's simply that––daunting, but not difficult at all!
The ...double gusset is good, however the outer gusset doesn't entirely close in on his legs so it's somewhat unnecessary but in the 2+ months we've used them exclusively, we've not had any leaks, even if only one gusset is 'working'. They are priced in the mid-range and have enough design variations to suit any child. Our son seems really comfortable in them and while they seem bulky compared to some other brands, it doesn't faze him (note: he's not yet crawling so this might change, however the bulk of the nappy is narrow between his legs so I don't see it being an issue). The only downside is the drying time––as they are so absorbent, they take a full day in the sun to dry and being an AIO, I can't pop them in the dryer to finish them off unlike other pocket-style nappies. For this I simply ensure I do a load of nappies every second day and have enough to rotate through. We use the nappies exclusively for the day but use a disposable for overnight as he's slept through from 6 weeks and 10+ hours is too long without a change as while they're absorbent, no cloth nappy wicks away as effectively as disposable to avoid nappy rash in our experience. The customer service from Baby Bare has also been great and when my third purchase of them arrived with a different pattern, they sent out the correct one free of charge, allowing me to keep the incorrect pattern. For anyone wondering what else I've tried so far, I'll rate them in order of effectiveness/lack of leaks. It seems you can read any review on any brand though and get both great and bad opinions. Before committing heaps of money into one brand, I bought one of each to trial them all and this is what I've found: ~ Peekaboo AIO - no leaks, amazing fit, so simple to use, easily the best yet ~ Hippybottomus AI2 pocket style - some minor leaks, remarkably quick to dry, good fit ~ Alva Baby AI2 pocket style with SNAPS - identical to the Hippybottomus in shape/cut/fit, liner doesn't dry as quickly but still really good
Purchased in March 2021 for $20.00.
Velcro worse than any other nappy
Out of three well rated nappy brands I use, this velcro is by far the worst. After no time at all, the washing tabs pulled and became useless, leaving velcro open to clogging. Nappies started to undo due to clogging & after cleaning out velcro, velcro still no longer attaches properly, and undoes within 10mins of activity. Literally nothing left to do than to replace velcros, at my own expense. Unbelieveable for a $30 nappy! Even under warranty, Babybare Aus were not very helpful to deal with when I came across a faulty nappy that I hadn't yet ...used, when just outside if warranty. Definitely don't recommend. Such a shame because I like the newborn nappy & this AIO has been good in terms of not leaking, though we don't have a heavy wetter. Nappy dries fast but the insert is very firm unless run through the dryer.
Purchased in January 2019 at Babybare.com.au for $30.00.
Initially great but did not last over time
I bought the newborn pikapu nappies when my son was born. These were a great fit and we never had any leaks, even overnight. When he outgrew these I purchased the OSFA version of the nappies. These were also great at first. However, my son is a heavy wetter and we started getting leaks at bedtime. Even with added inserts the nappies leaked so I had to start using alternatives for nap time and bedtime. I would also not recommend any nappies with Velcro. I have followed washing instructions but the Velcro has deteriorated. My son is 18mths old an...d active and the Velcro no longer stays in place and the nappies constantly fall off. Also, the absorbency isn’t great for toddlers. The nappies need to be changed frequently to avoid leaking during the day. I had hoped these nappies would last through to toilet training but I’ve had to stop using them sadly.
Purchased in February 2019.
Initially excited about this product and liked the look of them and quality seemed good initially. Product has been leaking even with very frequent changes, especially around leg region. PUL started to delaminate after approx 6 months even with CCNDU facebook page washing instructions. Nappies have pilled on outside, valcro now not working well and nappies no longer feel soft. Nappies seem to hold some urine with extra inserts added but still don't trust them for more than 2 hours max! Would not repurchase.
Review collected in partnership with Pikapu All in One
Absolute favourite cloth nappy!
My entire cloth nappy stash is made out of Pikapú AIOs (All in Ones) - 42 cloth nappies in the old design & 1 in the new design (stag) making a total of 43 cloth nappies.
I bought these in December 2016 for my son's impending arrival in January 2017 and was immediately blown away & impressed with the high quality & softness of the cloth nappies. I prepped them by soaking overnight in just water followed by a hot wash in my machine to boost absorbancy.
I have been cloth diapering my son full time using these cloth nappies for 5 months no...w and they are so absorbent! I use Baby Bare bamboo boosters (& Baby Bare night bamboo trifold boosters overnight) underneath the sewn in micro-fleece flap in the pikapú cloth nappies and I have always had a perfect fit with no gaps or leaks, (even with the bulkiness of a night trifold booster!) I know that these nappies will last my son to toilet training and beyond (to be reused by a sibling!) Amazing quality cloth nappy & I definitely highly recommend these to any parent considering using cloth nappies for their child/ren!
OK nappy, not the best
I was given five of these as a gift when my first bub was born and they nearly turned me off cloth nappies entirely. I have two in nappies now and as my bubs have grown they came into their own; they are much better for an older baby but I still find the pikapus are used as a "last resort" when the pile is getting low.
Good points: Very good poo-holding ability - a few leaks from my heavy-wetters though. The nappy is not as bulky as some other brands and fits easily under most clothes. I like the selection of bold colours (I have navy, red, ...grey etc) as I am not one for pastels. The nappy dries very quickly. After two years of use with two babies the elastic is still good. The leg gusset is great. Bad points: Only a medium absorbency, not the worst but my heavy wetters can overcome the nappy in 2-3 hours. The pilling; it started almost straight away and still happens, I have to pull the largest bits off each wash. The fabric also went dull and grey faster than any other nappy. Can be difficult to wash out poo - I use liners but especially with newborn messes it is often caught under the elastic of the leg gusset and I have to stretch the nappy straight and hand-wash to remove after a machine wash. The Velcro perished the fastest of any brand of nappy, even with diligent use of the keepers during washes. This is a personal one, but the fit was not great, they fit only one of my bubs well and tend to leak. The fit might be fine for another baby though, and it has improved as my bubs have grown.
Fastest drying & easiest nappies!
We started with 6 Pikapus as well as three other brands of cloth nappies - the Pikapus are the stand out favourites - so much so that I've slowly been buying more and more to replace the others! They are so easy to use. My boy is a heavy wetter so we use boosters (the Pikapu brand are good but have also used the Baby Beehinds bamboo boosters & some that I don't know the brand of) and there are no pockets to fiddle with, they just slip under the liner. I also made some micro fleece liners to protect the nappies. The double gusset design is great...for preventing leaks, although we have had one or two. (However, he also leaks out of every other kind of cloth nappy as well as Huggies, so I figure that's just my boy.) We do dry pail and because there are no pockets you can just shake the whole thing into the bucket, there's no need to pull damp boosters out of nappies. So easy! The fabric is super quick drying - they come out of the washing machine barely damp. The colours are so bright and adorable. In summer he would get around in a nappy and singlet, and everyone always asked me where I got the cute little pants. They were shocked when I said it was his nappy! We found that the one size fits most size was not good when he was a newborn - on the smallest snaps it was just too bulky for him and his little legs were too skinny. Once he was about 2 months old and ~5kg they fitted better and we have loved them ever since. Easy to use, reliable, quick drying & super soft. Doesn't fit newborn - not good until 2 months/~5kg for my son
A really great all in one nappy that can compete with a disposable
I have 8 of these nappies in my stash of 21 and honestly wish they were all Pikapu. I have a heavy wetting girl (tummy sleeper) and I have never had a leak in these. We boost for nap times with a Pikapu booster folded over to make it all at the front. They go on like a disposable and dry super quickly. They do tend to pill a little if washed with towels or terry washcloths and other things, but if you just wash with nappies (I use flannelette wipes), they are fine.
Reliable, dries fast, easy to use
Does tend to pill, colours are a bit boring
Look old quickly
I have a wide range of MCNs in terms of brand and style. While Pikapu nappies are easy to use, and we're an early favorite of my husbands, they have started to look old and worn much earlier than my other brands. This is partially due to the Velcro tabs, which come off the laundry tabs in the wash sticking to the nappy material and causing pulling, but it also seems that the micro fleece is of an inferior quality - it looks thin and worn after 6 months of use in a large rotation. These are unlikely to be used for a second bub - I just can't see...them lasting that long. They are also less absorbent than nappies with bamboo in their boosters. Easy to use, quick to dry Look old and worn quickly, laundry tabs don't hold velcro in the wash, not very absorbent
One of the best nappies in my stash!
Pikapu are a great sized nappy and are fantastic for use at night (with their boosters). They are generously sized (so they fit most toddlers) and dry super fast so they are great for cooler climates where drying can be an issue. The velcro closes are also super easy for dads.
Fast drying, super absorbent and great size.
Pikapu Newborn Nappies - Love Them!
I have been using 4 brands of newborn cloth nappies through a nappy library and I found the pikapu newborns better than any of the others. The Pikapu AIO and the Pikapu cover with inserts never leaked, were really easy to put on (no fiddling with stuffing pockets or buttoning attachments), wash really easily and dry so much more quickly than any other brand I tried. My baby is now big enough to fit the larger size Pikapu on the smallest setting so we will be using these for all our cloth nappies now!
Easy to put on, great fit, incredibly quick drying
Easy and convenient
I bought these during a sale and have found them to fit well on my baby when she was as young as 4 weeks old (she was and is on the 50th centile for height and weight). So far so good in terms of ease of use minimal leaking. My husband can put them on easily without having to think about boosters or stuffing etc and they dry fairly quickly after washing because of the way the booster is sewn in. I tend to use these when going out and about (I put 2 or three in a wet/dry bag). Major con is the position of the laundry tabs - they sometimes get po...op on them and they're hard to easily access during nappy changes. easy to use, fast drying all in one. great for going out (trips to town etc) as can just put dirty nappy in wet bag and no assembly/disassmbling required. laundry tab positions
Easiest to use cloth nappies in my stash!
As a new Mum and new to the modern cloth nappies, I decided to try out a bunch of different types, styles and brands so that I would know which ones I liked the most and worked best and stock up on those ones. I currently have in my stash: Bonnibuns, GroVia, Baby BeeHinds, Sweet Pea and Real Nappies and the 4 Pikapu nappies I have are the first ones I go to! Although they are kinda bulky on baby, they aren't any bulkier than a lot of the other kinds I have. The fact that they are AIO is very convenient as I am not trying to track down an insert...or booster through the wash. They always come out of the wash clean (some of the other ones need the sun to bleach the stains out). And even though these are the only AIO's I own at the moment, they are always the first ones dry on my washing line! I am really happy with these and I will definitely be adding Pikapus to my growing stash when the time comes to add more! PS. I bought mine direct online from Pikapu and they have great customer service and often have great deals too. I think mine were buy 3 get 1 free or something like that. Easy to care for and always come out of wash clean, quick-drying, convenient AIO design. Can be a little bulky on small baby
I only use this nappy when all the others are in the wash. Bought a trial pack and after a few washes the nappy looks a bit tattered and is pilling in parts. Even when you put the velcro tags on the safe area they come off in the wash and attach to other nappies.
Not the most absorbent nappy unless adding lots of boosters. The double leak seals help.
A very bulky nappy not suitable for newborns at all. Still very bulky on a 5 month old.
Dries very quickly.
Looked nice when it was new
Leaks, not a good fit, bulky, lost that new feel after just a few washes
The first thing I noticed about my first little pikapü cloth nappy was the softness.
Compared to the disposable nappies my little one has been wearing it felt like heaven.
I was so excited to give the nappy a go but had to wash it first. We have been having pretty cold and cloudy weather lately so I was a bit concerned about how quickly it would dry especially as the pikapü is an all in one nappy.
I pulled my load of laundry out of the machine and the pikapü was the dryest thing in there. It was almost dry already! A few hours on the l...ine and it was done and ready to wear. I can't tell if there was a look of relief or joy on Lucy's face when that nappy went on but she had the longest sweetest nap while wearing it. Actually as it was going I was so excited (My mum and sister were there too and we were all excited) that I think the excitement transferred to Lucy and she did a little happy wee. It seems to be a great nappy. Comfy and soft and good at soaking up the good stuff. It was easy to clean again and came out super clean in the wash. Again it was very quick to dry and hangs nice and easy on the line. It does have velcro which you would think would ruin in the was but inside the nappy are some velcro savers you put the scratchy end of the velcro on so they last longer. Pros - cute and cuddly, quick drying, great colours. Cons - a little difficult to figure out how it goes on. Its OSFA so the newborn setting takes a little folding and moulding. Not impossible though.
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