As you may have noticed, I'm taking disorganisation to a whole new level so it was February before I remembered to let them know what size Leo would need.
But they sent one out as soon as they knew his size and we've given it a solid month of testing so I'll give you an idea of how it works for us.
It's a hybrid two part nappy. A pair of waterproof "pants" with a stretchy section to either hold a disposable absorbent pad or a washable prefold pad. Hamac sent their trial pack, it comes with two disposable pads and a microfibre washable pad.
They advise prewashing the microfibre pad a few times to ensure maximum absorption, as is the case with most washable nappies you buy new. I added it into the next few nappy washes I was putting on and gave the pants a whirl with the disposable pads to start with.
The first time we used it we were heading out for a meal and I was wondering how the stretchy elastic around the legs would do while Leo was in the car seat. It's smooth where it meets his skin and didn't leave any red marks so I think it must be pretty comfortable on him.
The nappy was on for just over three hours and felt dry on the surface when we took it off. It's designed to be used with a flushable liner so you can easily flush solids, the trial pack contained one in the perfect size and when I next used it I wrapped one of our regular sized bamboo liners around the disposable pad. Just as well, because I was using it as an overnight nappy and despite the fact that he usually poops like clockwork and never during the night, Leo woke us up with a stinker around 3am!
The nappy had been on for about 8 hours and wasn't overly soggy. I'm not going to lie, I handed it to Euan to deal with once I had got it off of Leo, but he said it was easy enough to flip the solids in the loo before locating a nappy sack (we never remember where they were last because we use them so little!) and getting rid of the pad.
I was keen to use it with the washable pad, the hybrid system would be a great solution for eco-conscious parents who were looking for a way to cut down on waste with a minimum of extra washing, but I have a well established cloth stash of nappies so I found using the pants with the prefold pad to be the best solution.
The pad keeps Leo comfortable for around the same time as a pocket nappy double stuffed with microfibre inserts. It's a bit less bulky than a pocket nappy and they come in a range of sizes. Again, if I was starting out, I'd find that appealing because I wouldn't constantly be looking for clothes that fit over fluffy baby bottoms!