Putting Bambino Mio’s Cloth Diapers and Accessories to the test!
Hailing from the United Kingdom, Bambino Mio is a cloth diaper brand that has had more and more of a presence over here in the United States lately. It’s a brand I’ve heard of before during my seven years of cloth diapering, but one I didn’t try until recently when they sent a most generous package filled with all manner of fluffy goodies!
Bambino Mio Miosolo All in One Cloth Diapers
I received two Miosolo all-in-one diapers. These are one size fits most diapers that have three sets of rise snaps at the tummy to adjust to many sizes of babies. They close with velcro closures and have laundry tabs that keep your velcro secure while in the wash. At the tummy there is a strip of velcro in a coordinating color with the print of the diaper. Speaking of prints, they’re so yummy! I got two beautiful diapers—one in a girly flower print with pinks, greens and browns on a white background, and the other was white, brown, and blue print covered in kangaroos in neat lines. Of course, in addition to being pretty, they’re very functional as well—a great diaper to have in your stash! There are soft and stretchy elastics at the legs and the back, and it’s got plenty of absorbency. The inner core of the Miosolo is a polyester microfiber with a stay dry material on the top and a pocket to which the tongue insert is attached. It stuffs inside this pocket while being worn and can be pulled out with handy little loops on the back of the insert when in the wash and for drying. This tongue insert may or may agitate out on it’s own, but even if it doesn’t, the fact that it is attached and sewn along the length of the diaper means that you won’t find a bunched up insert half rinsed at the bottom of a pocket diaper if you do forget to un-stuff it before washing.
The Miosolo performed very well for us for both children. My nine month old is in diapers all the time and my son wears them for his naps and during the night. In fact, I can’t remember a single leak. At night, we used it with Bambino Mio’s Mioboost: diaper doubler/booster, and had great success. With the waist adjustments, it fits both of my children great. It washes well and dries quickly. We love it and use it often.
Bambino Mio Miosoft All in Two Cover and Prefold
The second type of diaper that Bambino Mio sent is called the Miosoft. It’s basically a prefold/cover system. This diaper cover comes in size one or size two. I was sent a size two which is actually a tad big on my nine month old but this didn’t seem to cause us any trouble. The cover is made of a very soft PUL that is not lined (the laminate is exposed) on the inside which makes it easy to wipe and reuse between diaper changes. As far as leak protection goes, there are deep gussets at each leg and elastics both at the back and the tummy of the diaper. There is also a flap on the inside of the tummy protect against wicking leaks from the stitching of the velcro. I like to use this flap to secure the prefold in place which sort of negates it’s function, but we still didn’t experience leaks when doing this. If you get the diaper and tuck your prefold in the flap and have tummy leaks, then stop following my poor example and you should be fine, ha ha! Like the Miosolo, the Miosoft is secured with velcro at the wings and has a nice, wide strip of velcro at the tummy to secure a good fit. I got my Bambino Mio diapers right before going away for ten days and since I was planning on using and hand washing flats and prefolds the whole time, I was so excited about the two covers they sent! One is a blue diaper with flowers, trees and orange foxes all over it and the other is an orange cover covered in toucans. I tried the covers on both of my children over various kinds of diapers (different fitteds, prefolds, and flats), and various different folds for my prefolds and flats and it worked great. It fit both kids just fine, though it was a little roomy on my daughter and I had to cross the tabs over to get the snuggest fit since she fits into the high end of the size one weight limits. I have to say that, for a diaper that should be too big for her, I am pleased with its performance and it has been one of my favorite covers ever since I got it—especially the blue and orange fox one because…well, it’s adorable!
Bambino Mio Potty Training Pants
I was also sent a pair of Bambino Mio Potty Training Pants. This pair of underwear is covered in little astronauts and my son fell in love immediately and then cried when he couldn’t wear it right away (I prefer to film products while brand new since I accidentally washed one of the diapers I was reviewing with a crayon once before I’d gotten all the footage I needed). As soon as I filmed the diaper, he proudly put it on his butt, and then as usual, did his best to avoid wearing pants for as long as possible. If you are at all familiar with the Gerber brand training pants, the fit and feel of these trainers will be familiar to you. There is a hidden layer of PUL sewn into the wet zone, soft terry cloth on the inside of the diaper, and a knit cotton on the outside. The elastics are soft and stretchy and the diaper provides a tiny bit of leak protection while allowing your child to soil themself if they fail to make it to the potty on time so as to teach them proper elimination etiquette. The underwear my son got has a bit of room in it, but this makes it more suitable for him since it’s very easy to pull on and off because while the elastics are gentle, they’re also snug so the diaper isn’t so snug that he has to wrestle with it. Some trainers are so snug he really needs help—which is probably because he’s been having a growth spurt during the time we have been trying out different brands of training pants. This is another Bambino Mio product I love because it gives my son the independence and confidence he needs to continue using the potty on his own.
Bambino Mio Swim Diaper
I was also sent a teeny, tiny swim diaper in the most adorable candy pink unicorn print. I drooled so hard over that print and I really wish I could have it in a diaper cover or an AIO just so I could match it to my youngest’s outfits. This swim diaper has a soft, terry inner and is put on and fits just like underwear. As is typical for swim diapers, there is no absorbency. Putting a baby in the water with an absorbent diaper is a little bit like hanging an anchor to their butt—it weighs them down. A swim diaper’s job is to keep the poop from getting out but to allow liquids to filter through freely. The Bambino Mio Swim Diaper is secured at the waist with a little drawstring that tucks inside once knotted and has nice, soft elastics at each leg. There is soft terry on the inside to provide comfort for your baby against their skin. My family and I don’t do much swimming so I wasn’t able to use the swim diaper for too much, but I really like the fit and the fabrics. I also feel pretty secure that should my daughter ever poop while wearing this diaper in the pool, the solids would be well contained.
Bambino Mio Wet Diaper Bag
The most amazing and innovative product that Bambino Mio sent is their Wet Diaper Bag. It doesn’t zip, draw, or velcro, it buckles shut. Bear with me here. There is a stiff strip of boning sewn inside the top at either side of the bag. When curved, these strips of boning (a strip of plastic encased in fabric), hug each other tightly and keep out air and moisture. It is so effective that you can trap air inside like a balloon, something I discovered by accident. This so intrigued me that I decided to pour some water in the bag. The water was contained with only the tiniest bit of sweating at the bottom. I mean, I wouldn’t put the wet bag full of water into my diaper bag, but it’s comforting to know it is that leak resistant! To close it you simply pull the strips tightly against one another, roll it downward, and then curve the strips to clip the buckles together. This creates a circle that not only seals, but can be used as a handle. I often hang the wet bag on the side of the changing table and when out on errands it can be hung on door handles and such. I also like to keep my wet bags outside of my diaper bag on occasion, and the buckle means that I can roll and clip the wet bag to the outside of my diaper bag for easy access. In addition, there is a fabric handle on the bottom of the wet bag so it can be grabbed or hung two different ways. This wet bag is the most amazing innovation I have ever seen in the cloth diapering world. It’s wonderful!
Extra inserts that are added to your diapers to give them more absorbency can be called inserts, doublers, or boosters. Bambino Mio calls their extra inserts Mioboost and they are sold in packs of three. They’re made simply of polyester microfiber and have a stay dry microsuede sewn to the top layer so that they can be added to their Miosoft diapering system without drying out the baby’s skin. They’re great for laying on top of an AIO, stuffing inside a pocket, or adding to a fitted, prefold, or flat. They add a nice bit of extra protection and I have used them during the night with great success. In fact, I’m not a fan of synthetic fibers in my diapers but I find myself reaching for these doublers every time they’re available.
Disposable/Flushable Diaper Liners
Disposable diaper liners are just one more way for parents to deal with the poop on their cloth diapers that helps minimize exposure to the poop. Poop is, after all, what seems to scare people most when they consider using cloth diapers! The Mioliners look much like a dryer sheet and their layers are more like a thin fabric in that way than other disposable liners I have used. They’re nice and wide and I lay them on my diapers without worrying about whether or not they are tucked inside the legs because letting them stick out doesn’t seem to cause any leaks and it also ensures that a larger area of the diaper is protected. I used these liners while on vacation because I didn’t have a diaper sprayer available. Unfortunately, Murphy’s Law intervened and almost every time my daughter pooped, we’d forgotten a liner. Two times we had it and it made removing the poop a bit easier. From my experience with diaper liners, they really do eliminate a lot of the dunking and swishing associated with poop removal without a diaper sprayer, but sometimes they bunch up between the legs and the poop gets on the diaper anyway…and sometimes poop manages to get underneath or around the diaper liner even when it’s laying nice and flat—there’s Murphy’s Law again. I love disposable diaper liners, but when I use them I fully understand that they aren’t perfect and I will probably still have to get my hands a little dirty. They minimize your need to deal with the poop but don’t always eliminate it. Disposable/flushable liners are also very helpful if you have to use a diaper cream on your baby’s bum that isn’t cloth diaper safe. They put a barrier between your diaper and the offending cream so you are less likely to have rash cream buildup. You can flush the diaper liners because they are compostable, but Bambino Mio advises only to flush them one at a time. I handwashed my diapers while I was using them and found I had accidentally thrown a couple of them in my wash, and thankfully they didn’t disintegrate into bits of paper all over my diapers, they stayed whole. That was really nice. I’ve only tried one other brand of disposable diaper liners and it was so long ago I don’t really remember what kind it was, and I have to say that I like the Mioliners better. Based on the fabric and the width of them, they provide a lot of potential coverage. It would be nice if they were a tad bit longer, though.
I was also sent a sample of Miofresh Diaper Cleanser. I used it on my cloth diapers right away and it seemed to do a great job. The detergent is odorless, biodegradable, and chlorine free. It has an oxygen based bleaching agent and is made specifically for washing cloth diapers. I can’t really give a well founded opinion on the detergent having only used it a couple of times, but as far as I can tell, it’s a good product.
Believe it or not, Bambino Mio offers even more cool stuff on their website. They have things like muslin squares, baby wipes, and baby towels as well. It really is a thorough and well established brand!
Overall, I really like the Bambino Mio products. I’ve never been given so many of a product to review and having multiples really helps me to experience the brand more completely. My favorite thing about Bambino Mio is the prints. I LOVE the prints. They’re so cute and original and they mostly to tie into a common theme of an adorable repeated background covered in cute animals. Also, I like the variety. There are lots of great prints to choose from! I also am in love with the wet bag. I worry about leaky wet bags (especially if I have to dunk diapers in public restrooms and take them with me) and even just the scent of a dirty diaper wafting out into the bag to pollute the other things I carry along with me. I’m not really worried about that with the Bambino Mio wet bag. It’s not only innovative, it’s pretty much leak proof. I like that Bambino Mio has two options for diapering your baby: AIO/pocket and the cover/prefold. It gives you the option of going the all natural, economical route or the easier AIO route. Also, as I mentioned before, they have a great variety of really useful accessories. One improvement I would love to see is snapping closures. Velcro is great, don’t get me wrong, it’s the quickest and easiest way to close a diaper. However, in my experience it tends to wear out more quickly than snaps and curious baby hands are also quick to open and remove a diaper with velcro as my husband discovered the hard way with our first child in a poopy painting episode we wish we could forget. So yeah, it would be nice if you could choose a snapping option. Also, it would be fun to have a natural fibers AIO option as well. Microfiber is very absorbent, but I know many parents have lately been leaning more towards the natural fabrics when choosing cloth diapers to avoid the stink that many HE washers can leave behind.
Overall, I’d have to say that Bambino Mio is definitely a cloth diapering brand to keep on your radar and consider if you’re looking to start or build a stash. They are a one stop shopping destination and I am really very pleased with their products and so excited that they generously sent me so many amazing diapers and accessories to try.
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