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When I first arranged to review an AppleCheeks diaper, I didn’t realize they have a full line of diapering accessories along with their diapers, swim diapers, and boosters. I was pleasantly surprised that the accessories lived up to the quality of the AppleCheeks name.
The AppleCheeks full diapering system includes the diaper bundle (“envelope” cover + insert in 2 or 3 layer bamboo), wetbag, cleansing spray, bamboo wipes, and disposable/flushable liners. They also have boosters which I already own and love.
1. Envelope Cover
AppleCheeks’ cover incorporates some of my favourite features.
The standout feature for me is the ruffly elastic that snuggles baby’s legs – whether scrawny or chubster – and also the tummy and back.
Elastic on the front is something that really sets diapers aside for me as my daughter’s chubby legs but relatively flat tummy cause many diapers to fit a bit oddly, with the front gaping when the legs fit. Not with this diaper. The strategic placement of the elastic means a custom fit no matter how your baby is shaped.
The pocket opening is placed halfway between the middle and back of the diaper, a generously sized opening that allows easy access for dad’s hands and for the insert to come out on its own in the wash.
AppleCheeks covers come in vibrant, saturated colours, including their new limited addition Lake Echo black cover, and 2 prints released this summer (“Printalicious” and “Wild Child”), which have a bold look, very different from any print I have seen. It seems to be the year of the print, with many cloth diaper companies coming out with very new looks.
2. Bamboo Insert
AppleCheeks inserts come in 2 or 3 layers. I received a 2 layer insert for review.
The insert is a square shape that can be tri-folded and either laid in the cover or stuffed in the pocket.
The bamboo itself is super fluffy and soft, and extremely absorbent. I would feel comfortable using the 2 layer insert anytime – I have already used it successfully overnight with very little prepping – but then again I almost always add a booster out of habit (which, by the way, I happen to have 5 or 6 of from AppleCheeks that I reach for first). If you have a heavy wetter you could buy the 3-layer insert for night time, outings and naps.
3. Bamboo Wipes
I haven’t ever bought any products called “cloth wipes” as I always just used the mountains of baby washcloths or disposable wipes that I received at my baby shower. But I have to say, bamboo is truly luxury to the skin.
These fluffy wipes stand 3-4 times the height of my regular baby washcloths when folded and stacked side by side. They are so soft that we have been using them more for face-washing than anything else.
4. Gentle Cleanser
I have also never bought any cleansing sprays as I received cases and cases of disposable, fragrance-free baby wipes at my shower or just used washcloths and water, but we have been loving AppleCheeks’ all-natural gentle cleansing spray for sticky hands and face when out of the house. A great addition to the diaper bag, and kind to my baby’s sensitive skin.
5. Wet Bag
The coolest thing about the wetbag I received in my review kit is that it matched my very stylish Delicious Size 2 Envelope Cover. The bags are pretty standard as wetbags go – waterproof fabric with a drawstring closure to keep odors in – but in AppleCheeks’ unique colours and prints.
6. Disposable Liners
I will definitely buy these. I have never seen such great liners – all the ones I have tried are either too soft (scrunch up in the diaper) or too stiff (feel like rough paper – yuck). These liners are soft enough for baby’s delicate parts but sturdy enough to hold their place while babe is busy crawling, toddling, rolling and running. They have some serious weave in the fibers that prevents them from stretching out of shape.
The gentle elastic hugs in all the right places, with no digging or red marks. Two rows of snaps allow independent adjusting for the waist and thighs.
Reliability/Fear Factor 10/10
I have had this diaper for a few weeks now and used it for long afternoon naps and overnight with no fear (and I am using the thinner insert).
Cute Factor 10/10
Cute ruffly-edged diaper with a great choice of bold colours and great prints.
Ease of Use 8/10
I probably wouldn’t put this in the stack for Dad, just because there is more than one step, but other than that, very easy to use considering the choice of using it as an all-in-two or pocket.
A little steep in the pricing area, but understandable considering they are made locally. The pricing is in line with many other quality diaper brands. It is definitely possible to get a fully functional set of cloth diapers for a lower price – the trade-off is where the diaper is made, the quality of materials, and attention to details.
Laundry Love 7/10
My only issue with this diaper is how delicate the edges are. One of my velcro diapers came unfastened in the wash and snagged one edge of a leg pretty badly. Aside from the delicate nature, laundry is a breeze since the cover dries super fast, and the insert can go in the dryer. I would recommend separating velcro diapers in the wash. If you have all snaps, then consider the rating a 10/10.
It’s clear that this Canadian company puts quality first in all of their products, whether manufactured locally like their diapers, or sourced like their spray and liners.
I would recommend AppleCheeks for a full stash any day, for those who have a standard cloth diaper budget available.