Focus On – Close Parent Pop-in +Bamboo

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(Video shows previous version of the pop in but the style of the nappy is still the same)

Pop-in bamboo review

Vital Statistics

Nappy Type: All in Two
Fabrics: Pul and Bamboo
Size Range: One size Fits most approx. 7-35lbs
In the pack: Outer, and two inserts
Colours or Prints: Both
RRP: £14.99 Plain colours £16.50 Prints

The Close Parent Pop in adapts to your babies growth by adjusting the nappy rise (as demonstrated in the video) there are four rise settings in total (most birth-potty nappies have three settings), so the size of the nappy can be smaller if needed. The inserts can be reduced or increased to your requirement but can also increase bulk.

The Outer

The outer has a double gusset which makes it practically bomb proof and there is a small fleece area under where the insert sits which I believe is designed to stop any leaks that pass through the inserts and penetrate the cover

The only fastening option available is hook and loop which provided a decent range of fit, and the four levels of rise poppers meant they fitted my toddler on the rise height for along time. (over 2yrs old)

The Inserts

The inserts are made from bamboo which is a really absorbent (and ethically sustainable) fabric.  There are two inserts supplied with the standard nappy, you can use the larger one on its own of both depending on the babies needs.

Additional night boosters can be purchased if needed but these do increase the bulk of the nappy considerably and will work better once the nappy is being used on the larger settings.

Please bare in mind Bamboo is a natural fabric and several washes are required to improve the natural absorbency of the fabrics. Rather than excessive washing to achieve this short ‘wears’ of the nappy can be used to allow the nappy to be utilised as its reaching it’s prime.

Caring for your Pop-in +Bamboo

The Outer shell and inserts can be washed together at the max temp of 60, with 1/4 of your normal amount of detergent, DO NOT USE FABRIC SOFTENER!

Absorbency is built up gradually, rather than several washes in a row, short wears are a good way of building up the absorbency.

You don’t need to separate the various parts (so don’t worry about poo fingers) however avoid tumble drying the covers. The inserts do dry better if they are separated from the outers.

The Pros & Cons


Really really absorbent nappy once primed, superb night nappy
Easy to use
Adjustable fit and absorbency
Double gusset leak prevention


Can appear bulky when extra inserts added
Priming the inserts can take time before they perform their best
Can take a while to dry
Nappies will need re-building after washing
Aplix fastening only

My Experience

My  Pop-in +Bamboo have lasted us well. I have both the current and previous version of the nappy and the most recent version has modifications to the outer (as described above) they were all used for my son who is now 3 and also from birth with Megan. They adjust in size really well and the double gusset really helps when your baby falls between sizes on the rise as the elastic and second rim make up for the size (where the nappy is slightly larger on the rise). Overall the Pop-ins are excellent nappies.

The Verdict

Style & Squishiness 3/5 – Limited colours and designs but performance is good
Absorbency 5/5 – Very thirsty nappy once the inserts are at their best, worth the wait!!
Ease of use 3/5 – If your a dab hand at re-building the nappies after washing they’re fab but not so easy for inexperienced users ie grandparents.
Price 5/5 – Great nappy for the price!

Buy Pop-in +bamboo here


I am Mummy to a little boy called Quentin, currently on maternity leave until July 2010 and Nuts about Cloth Nappies.

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