Cloth Nappy Review - Petite Crown Trima
Written by Claire at @bigtinyadventure
We were lucky enough to be sent a perfectly imperfect Petite Crown Trima nappy from Flaww in exchange for an honest review. The item was kindly gifted but all opinions are my own.
The Trima functions as both an AI2 and a pocket (though is described as an AIO), with two inserts which can either be snapped straight in or stuffed inside the shell. Excepting the PUL outer, all materials are natural fibres (bamboo/hemp/cotton), including the lining. If you’re looking to reduce the amount of synthetic fabric in your reusables, this could be the nappy for you!
There is an inner PUL tummy panel for extra containment, and while it’s a single-gusset nappy, the elastics are very strong - both around the legs and at the back. This is likely a great containment-booster, though do be aware if you’ve got a baby with chunky thighs and a bigger tummy (like we do) they may be a little tight and it may take a bit longer to figure out a fit that works for you, especially if they’re also tall. There is an XL Trima available (also stocked at Flaww) which we may give a trial run if Rowan doesn’t change shape too much once he’s walking!
This was our first time using a Petite Crown pocket/snap in, and like all reusable nappies, it has its own learning curve. I’m sure as time goes on we’ll figure out better ways of fitting it and as it cycles through more washes it’ll become more absorbent.
The label recommended washing the inserts on hot four times before use - we don’t do hot washes as we no longer have a newborn, so they’re unnecessary for us from an eco and financial standpoint. I put them, along with the shell, in with the rest of our nappy/wipe wash at 40 and ran them through three times. I imagine many people will be in the same boat as us, so this is probably a realistic starting point!
The inserts and shell took about a day to dry, half inside a warm house and half outdoors in the sun. While this is at the height of British summer, and I always try to think about how something will dry during the colder months before I buy, they’re still fairly fast drying for natural fibres.
The inserts didn’t curl at the edges during the wash, and kept their shape nicely.
A whole day for a shell to dry is quite a leap from the handful of hours I’d expect from a synthetic lining, so that may be a factor if you have more inserts than shells and tend to mix and match the two. That said, for natural fibres, I’ve definitely endured much longer waits!
For this review, the nappy was worn with both inserts stuffed inside the pocket. Partially to make cleanup easier, and partially to test how a natural fibre pocket performs against the fleece or athletic wicking jersey linings we’re used to.
Rowan seemed pretty comfortable for the 4 hours he was in it. The plan was to test it for longer, just to see how much it could soak up, but we were gifted a little parcel which needed immediate cleanup so the experiment was cut short.
Rowan tends to give us pretty neat little stink bombs, so I can’t really speak to its effectiveness at holding back a full-on poonami, but it held in what he gave it!
In terms of absorbency, while the business-end of the inserts were soaked, there was a lot of dry space left to absorb. Not bad at all for 4 hours, and no leaks. I will say Rowan isn’t a very heavy wetter, and as he’s a sprite that pees with reckless abandon whenever he feels like it, he isn’t a hold-it-in-and-flood-later type either. Natural fibres are on the slower-absorbing end, so if you have a flood wetter, you may want to mix and match or boost with some quick acting inserts.
The lining was definitely more damp to the touch than its synthetic counterparts would be, though it didn’t seem to have irritated his skin at all. For overnight or any long car journeys, I would probably pop in a reusable stay-dry liner just to wick things away over that longer period, but that’s personal preference. On the upside, that extra feeling of dampness could make this a perfect nappy for those starting to transition to potty training.
So, overall thoughts? Even though we have some work to do on the fit (or perhaps it’s a body shape incompatibility issue - it happens!), it’s a lovely nappy. I was impressed by how subtle the colours were in real life, and by the little details and finishing that made it look and feel higher-end. The inserts are fantastic, wash well, and I’ve really enjoyed getting acquainted with a natural fibre lining.
The Trima retails at £20.99, though they’re stocked at Flaww starting at £12.59 from the Bargain Box.