Cloth diapering is something I am very passionate about. Because of that, I love trying out all different kinds of cloth diapers and conveying my results to other mamas out there in hopes of making their decisions easier when it comes time to purchase diapers.
Happy Heinys did not start as a business venture, but rather a necessity for Linda and Mike Byerline. In 2002 their third child, Sarah Grace, was born prematurely and consequently developed chronic lung disease from the ventilator that saved her life. Knowing that disposable diapers contain many chemicals, doctors suggested that Linda and Mike switch to cloth in hopes of decreasing a need for medications and potential hospitalizations. They took the doctors advice and made the switch to cloth which resulted in a 50% decrease in the need for medications and hospitalizations, but because Sarah Grace was premature, she was small and there were no cloth diapers that fit her well. Linda then began sewing her own cloth diapers for her daughter. While she was sewing diapers for her daughter she found that she would end up with extra diapers which she would sell on eBay. The popularity of the diapers made Linda realize that there were other moms out there who wanted safe and easy to use diapers for their children. Within a year Linda was selling her diapers to wholesalers. This is how Happy Heinys was born.
I was sent a Happy Heinys one size pocket diaper in a mocha brown with the aplix closure for review.
I was so happy when I put this diaper on Elijah because it fits him well on the small setting, and that normally doesn't happen since my 8 month old is 21 pounds! That tells me that this diaper is probably going to truly fit him until he's out of diapers. With that being said, it will probably be a little large for a newborn, but Happy Heinys makes some really cute mini one size diapers
that will fit your baby from 4 to 15lbs. So whether you have large or small babies, Happy Heinys has you covered.
The aplix has a cross-over closure which is great. Sometimes diapers that don't have that cross-over option don't fit skinny babes too well.
Performance: The performance has been great aside from one leak. I don't think the leak happened because of a performance flaw with the diaper. I honestly don't think any diaper would have held this poop in, it was of the watery sorts. Aside from that one time, there has not been any other leaks or problems! I love the insert for this diaper because it's wide and fits the entire width of the diaper. Some inserts are too skinny for their diaper counterparts which can result in leaks.
Ease of use: Happy Heinys are very easy to use. The only extra step that is required is stuffing the insert into the pocket, but if you're weird like me then that's kind of fun (diaper laundry is my favorite chore and when you have your diapers all stuffed and folded all nice and neat you feel so accomplished)! The aplix makes putting the diaper on your babe a breeze. I have even failed to take the insert out when I put this diaper in the wash a couple times, but the pocket opening is large enough that it's worked it's way out!
Value: The Happy Heinys one size pocket diaper costs $18.95 which is a pretty standard price for this kind of diaper. Considering that it does run a bit larger than some other diapers means you will be able to get more use out of it. They also carry a snap version of this diaper for the same price. You can purchase 12 of these diapers for around $227, which is hardly a fraction of the cost of disposables!
Not only does Happy Heinys carry the one size and mini one size pocket diapers, but they also have fitted diapers, wool and fleece diaper covers, inserts and doublers, training pants, wet bags, mama pads an also nursing pads.