Happy Heinys recently released its one-size pocket design with a hemp inner rather than microfleece or suedecloth. This option is good news for families that want the convenience of a pocket diaper, but love natural fabrics against their child's skin. Since I always love trying out new products and revisions, I decided to buy one and see what I thought.
Happy Heinys one size diapers have 4 size settings, so this is good for parents that want a more customized fit than what may be available with 3 settings. We used the second-largest setting for my daughter, who is 13 months and about 22-23 lbs. The tabs to close the diaper were much closer together than on other diapers, even though she's a little rounder in the tummy area. This makes the diaper great for Buddha-bellies. Very slim-waisted children may not fit in these well during smaller stages.
I tried out the diaper with a variety of inserts-microfiber, hemp, LoopyDo and prefolds. The diaper performed well with all different kinds. This isn't a diaper that I need to worry about if we are out or if my daughter takes a nap in it. The pocket opening of the diaper is generous, so it can definitely take a lot of stuffing. I found though, that the opening could be a little smaller and still fit a lot. A smaller opening would make the diaper a hair trimmer. The diaper washed easily and didn't take too long to air-dry. Since it was a natural fabric, the hemp dried a little more stiffly than fleece pockets. It didn't bother me too much, but you can always tumble them in the dryer for a few minutes to soften up the hemp.
This "Beta" diaper may undergo a few revisions before a larger release, and a definite name has not yet been picked. They also have a new one size diaper cover, which I have not yet tried out. I am really interested to see what changes they make to Beta. I was happy with it, but I would definitely like it a lot more if the hemp was less generously cut, making a smaller pocket and giving a trimmer fit.
If you like the fit of Happy Heinys and really want a natural-fiber pocket, this is one to consider. Happy Heinys is open to any and all improvement suggestions, as well as name ideas for this diaper!