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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Ragababe Easy AIO Review

Before I jump into this review, I want to briefly discuss HOW it is composed. I have two main beliefs when it comes to diaper reviews: (1) I do not want to bash on a diaper. I simply aim to show who it works best for and possible concerns some people have. , (2) People (including myself) can give up on a diaper because of a certain issue without even troubleshooting with the makers of the diaper. I have found that the makers provide a lot of great tips. That is why all reviews are shown to the owner with the option to provide comments; however, I DO NOT change any answers, I simply give them a chance to add a comment.

Padded Tush Stats recently released surveys for the Ragababe ‘Easy’ All in One Diaper.  After numerous calls for survey respondents on social networking sites, blogs, and cloth diapering community forums, we received 30 survey responses.image
You know those clips from the Beatles days where you see the screaming fans, near tears over excitement (I am still in denial that Bieber fever elicits the same reaction). Well, although they (wanted to put “we” here because I know I fall in this category) are masked by a computer and we can’t see their reactions, it’s pretty much what current/hopeful Ragababe owners look like as the store nears an opening or a used diaper posts online.

What caused this “Raga” fever? Well there are two things that have lead many, including myself, to have that heart racing moment of purchasing a diaper (my Mom did not understand why I sat at her computer for 45 minutes waiting for the store to open):
1) High quality - look at the results so far. This is by far the best-rated diaper at the moment. The performance is nearly off the charts, with Ragababe scoring perfect in almost every category
2) The store situation. I don’t have exact numbers to support this or anything, but about the time Ragababe word because a loud buzz, the company made a move to a different state. This has caused them to have to train new people to help them make the diapers. They closed the store down and in an instant the forbidden fruit became all that much desirable. The store first reopened and within fifteen minutes they had to close because they sold out. They spent several weeks making more, and at the opening, they sold out in an instant. It won’t be like this for too long (*gulp* I hope not, my baby is nearing size large!), but until the company can catch up with the craze, this is how it goes. (NOTE: There are probably many more details to this story, this is just what I have picked up)

Before we look at the results of the survey, I wanted to provide some basic information on the diaper. You can also see this in the video found below.
The Ragababe Easy AIO is an all in one diaper, which means the soaker is sewn in and the diaper closely resembles the ease of a disposable (no stuffing, pinning, snapping in, etc). The exterior is made of waterproof laminated polyester PUL which makes it waterproof and durable. The sewn in soaker is made of bamboo rayon and topped with suede cloth to wick away moisture and help prevent rashes. Strong elastic in the gussets and across the back hold in messes. The diaper comes in four different sizes: newborn (6-15lbs), small (9-20lbs), medium (14-30lbs), and large (23-40+lbs). The diaper is made of strong velcro that does not appear to curl over time. It also contains laundry tabs to prevent the velcro from sticking to other diapers in the laundry.
Main Findings: Even though there were thirty responses (one of the largest response rates so far), the diaper scored PERFECT in THIRTY SEVEN different categories. The diaper performed best for with chunky thighs and babies with skinny thighs. Everyone felt the diaper was trim, liked by cloth diapering skeptics, daycare worthy, and a naptime diaper. Some people did not think it was a night time diaper and not everyone thought the diaper was worth the price.
Ragababe ‘Easy’ AIO Review
Pros of Diaper (asterisks *** indicate a higher frequency of these comments)
easy to use**
thick waist band*
well made**
easy to adjust waist size
covered elastic for legs
hip looking
adjustable for absorbency
poop comes off easily*
no diaper rashes
Daddy friendly**
Daycare friendly
Option of stay dry or organic next to skin (by laying on liner)
No red marks
No leaks
Made in the USA from fabrics made in the USA
Unique prints
Use for day or night
Dries super fast*
Fits under jeans*
good for heavy wetters, but without the bulk

Cons of Diaper
may be considered pricy for those on a budget*
may have to fasten it tightly to get a good fit on skinny thighs
laundry tabs don’t stick well
still wake up wet at night
not one size*
a little thick between the legs
inner material needs to be stripped every 2 weeks because of Grandma El's rash ointment use - not so often with other brands.
Comments from Survey Respondents
* GREAT customer service
* hanging to dry upside down helps drying time go faster
* If your baby is a side sleeper or fast wetter, lay the organic cotton liner on top of the lining.
* I found with my little guy it was important to make sure the diaper was pulled high in the front so the legs did not leak
* my son turned into a side sleeper so at night the insert is a big help
* I love this diaper, but it is so expensive that I couldn't really recommend it. I don't think it's a great value.
* Lay the inserts in--don't stuff.
* For heavy wetters laying doublers in instead of stuffing them works better preventing leaks.
* I find that stuffing isn't as effective as laying the insert right on top.
* Make sure you give the Velcro a good squeeze on the laundry tab so they don't come undone in the washer
* These diapers are very easy to use :)
* That these are the best diapers I have ever tried!
* SO important to follow maker's recommendations for fit, and for nighttime
* This diaper is great and I really like the microsuede
* I liked it without the extra liner.

Prints $25.95 for prints, $23.95 for solids
Each diaper comes with an organic cotton liner.
Ragababe creators recommend 1 insert ($7.95-$8.95 each) to lay on top for naptime or night time and 1 doubler ($6.95 each) for naptime and going out and about.

Made in the US

Where to buy them
* You can order them at www.ragababe.com. The owners recently moved to another state and is in the process of training seamstresses. However, in this period of time the popularity of the diaper grew exponentially and therefore the store is closed and opens once every couple of weeks for about fifteen minutes. It will be like this for a few months until they catch up with the growing need. You can snatch up some on used diaper sites and on the Ragababe facebook page. These sell in minutes.

Are you a Ragababe owner? Feel free to complete a survey if you haven’t already. Completion of surveys here at Padded Tush Stats give you extra entries in our giveaways.
* I was not compensated for reviewing this product

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