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I’m taking a break from my Baby’s First Year series to catch up on reviews. I’ve been meaning to write post about our cloth diapering experience so far but just haven’t gotten around to it. I was therefore pretty excited for the opportunity to try out Pandaroo’s inserts . It gave me the push I needed to write about cloth diapering with the added bonus of FINALLY seeing what the charcoal bamboo hype was all about.
I love cloth diapering; along with breastfeeding it’s probably the best money saving decision we’ve made as parents. It’s also green and earth friendly. We are mostly a prefold and covers family but also have a few pockets, fitteds, hybrids and all in ones, too.
Out of the package the first thing I noticed about the Pandaroo inserts was how incredibly soft they are. This made me a little apprehensive because I was burned by the Kissluvs fleece fitteds that got rough after washing. I was pleasantly surprised that they have remained soft after washing and use.
The inserts are charcoal bamboo fleece on the outside and 3 layers of microfiber on the inside. The fleece gives a stay dry feeling and is safe against baby’s skin unlike microfiber. They are gusseted which is a nice feature when not stuffing inside a pocket because it forms to baby better. They also haven’t held on to any stink which is great.
I tried them out in a variety of capacities. We added them to all in ones for extra absorption which worked out well. I tried them out in our Bumgenius 4.0 pocket instead of the BG inserts and they worked great for daytime. Overnight it wasn’t enough absorption on its own for us which I suspected would be the case. I tried them out in the daytime layed inside of our Thirsties Duo Wraps and liked them that way as well- we normally don’t do this so it was a nice change but not something I would do regularly because Baby D still has peanut butter #2 and it’s messy.
My favorite way to use the insert has been overnight as a double inside a snappied prefold. It’s been bulletproof for us! Before I was using a Thirsties Hemp doubler inside a GMD prefold overnight but it was getting very difficult to snappy shut because D is so squirmy. The gussets really help keep the Pandaroo insert in place.
We took the wetbag to the beach and it was adequate. It’s only a layer of PUL instead of fabric with a PUL liner which I prefer but it didn’t leak and was a nice bonus with the inserts.
Overall I would give the inserts 5/5 stars and the wetbag 4/5. I loved the inserts and will continue to use them as our primary overnight solution with a prefold.