Kanga Care Rumparooz Reviews: One-Size and OBV One-Size


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In this review, I’m going to talk about our experience with both the Rumparooz one-size pocket diaper and the Rumparooz OBV one-size pocket cloth diaper, and tell you if we think you should consider adding one or both to your diaper stash.

But first, I should mention that Kanga Care did give Cloth Diapers for Beginners these diapers for free for an honest review. Luckily, that is what you will get, our HONEST review of their products based on our experience with them and knowledge about cloth diapers in general, so if that sounds good, keep reading.

Premium Brands ARE Better!

Reviewing the Rumparooz one-size diapers reminded me just how much better it is to go with a premium brand when considering pocket diapers.

Why? Well, the fact is that pocket diapers are everywhere in the cloth diapering world; EVERYWHERE. But most of what you’ll find is diapers manufactured in China with no concerns for safety or quality, sold for peanuts, violate copyright laws, and are promoted by moms with “rep. codes” who are just trying to make a buck off of other moms through Facebook.

To top it off, those pocket diapers usually suck. This is unfortunate because many cloth diaper beginners see the low price tags, buy them up like hotcakes, then wonder why cloth diapering is so full of leaks. Most of the time, these cloth newbies never find out it’s the diaper quality that’s the problem unless they stick with cloth long enough to finally buy a “premium” diaper. Most of the time, they quit.

If you’re in this boat, having bought cheapie pocket diapers but now you’re finally ready to try a better pocket diaper, Kanga Care’s Rumparooz and the Rumparooz OBV (Organic Bamboo Velour) diapers, are fantastic options. The Kanga Care Rumparooz one-size diaper scored 4.5 out of 5 stars on our rating system, and the Rumparooz OBV one-size diaper scored 5 out of 5 stars. And trust me, we’re not easy to please. These diapers really prove how much difference a premium brand can make.

  1. Rumparooz One-Size Cloth Pocket Diapers | Kanga Care
  2. Rumparooz One-Size Cloth Pocket Diapers | Kanga Care

    Rumparooz is a pocket diaper brand created by Kanga Care, a longstanding American cloth diaper company, based in Colorado.


    The now patented Rumparooz One-Size Cloth Diaper was the original cloth diaper to contain inner double gussets for leak-proof protection. 



    Go to the Kanga Care Website Learn More About Double Gussets
  3. Rumparooz OBV One-Size Diapers | Kanga Care
  4. Rumparooz OBV One-Size Diapers | Kanga Care

    Rumparooz is a pocket diaper brand created by Kanga Care, a longstanding American cloth diaper company, based in Colorado.


    The Rumparooz OBV (Organic Bamboo Velour) One-Size Cloth Diaper is the most luxurious feeling natural cloth diaper around with its ultra-soft bamboo velour lining. This diaper has the same patented inner double gussets as the original Rumparooz one-size pocket, it's just made with premium materials.

    Go to the Kanga Care Website Learn More about Double Gussets

I’ll go over how the Rumparooz earned each of those stars, but first, there are a few key things you need to know about pocket diapers before buying them. 

Things to Know and Look for When Buying a Pocket Diaper

I have an entire post listing out all the pros and cons of pockets here, but the main points are that pocket diapers are great when you want: 

  1. Lots of prints to dress up your baby: The variety of prints available in pockets is truly amazing.

To take a look at the many prints and solids Kanga Care offers, you can just check out their website, but you’ll need to check back often because they often release new prints around the holidays and other occasions. This post is going live just before Christmas 2021 and they’ve just released two new holiday prints Splotch and Evergreen.

  1. A stay-dry feeling: Most pocket diaper linings (the sewn-in inner fabric that creates the “pocket”) are made from suede cloth or fleece. These are synthetic fabrics that help wick moisture away from baby giving your baby a “stay-dry” feeling. 

The Rumparooz is lined with micro chamois, which provides this stay-dry comfortable feeling for babies. The Rumparooz OBV takes it to the next level with its OBV lining.

What is an OBV Cloth Diaper?

OBV stands for Organic Cotton-Bamboo Velour, This plush inner lining is not only stay-dry but it creates a velvety cushion for your little one’s bottom. It’s THE premium solution for parents looking for soft and organic materials in a cloth diaper. But again, more on this later.

  1. A low initial cost: Many are attracted to pocket diapers for the low price tag, BUT as I mentioned at the top of this article, that low price point is often an illusion with inexpensive pocket diapers. In order to invest wisely you MUST pay attention to the details and materials used.

A good price is not the same as a good value.

Cheaper pocket diapers not only have lesser-quality covers that won’t stand the test of time or a heavy-wetter, but they also often come with thin, light-weight microfiber inserts, which won’t absorb enough for most babies past five or six months of age. The result is that additional inserts are always needed, which cost more.

For a pocket diaper to be truly inexpensive, it would have to be reasonably priced AND made with quality materials. 

In other words, a good quality pocket diaper can have a moderate price tag and still be a better value than the cheapest of the cheap pocket diapers that don’t work well, need upgraded inserts, or need to be replaced after a few months.

Kanga Care offers a high-quality diaper at a reasonable (but not rock-bottom) price, but I’ll cover this in detail later in this review. For now, just know that if you’re drawn to pocket diapers for the price, quality is also going to be super important and should be considered.

  1. Easy diaper changes for daycare, grandparents, etc.: Pocket diapers, no matter the quality, are a breeze at the change table. If caregivers or hesitant family members will be changing baby, a few pockets can eliminate many the complaints they may have.

In fact, once the inserts are “stuffed” inside the pocket before use, changes are as easy as disposables. So if easy changes are a need for you, pockets are going to be great.

Shopping Tips for Pocket Diapers

Pocket diapers aren’t without potential drawbacks, however (again, check out the pocket diaper pros and cons here). But there are some things you can look for when shopping to overcome some of the drawbacks of pocket diapers, including: 

  1. Look for natural fibers and roomy pockets. Many pocket makers advertise the adjustability of a pocket diaper, but while you can add more absorbency, you can do so only up to a point as once the pocket is full, adding more will interfere with fit and may cause leaks.

    This is where thin but absorbent natural inserts (like the hemp and bamboo ones you can upgade to on the Kanga Care website, or the ones that come with the Rumparooz OBV diaper out of the box) are at some point going to be a lifesaver for most babies using pocket diapers, and they are a necessity for heavy-wetters.
  2. Look for large pocket openings or a double opening. Pocket diapers need to be stuffed before use, and unstuffed before washing in order to get cleaned well.

    Two things will make stuffing and unstuffing easer: a) a double opening, meaning a diaper with a pocket opening at the front and at the back of the diaper, or b) a wide and roomy single-opening that’s big enough to allow for easy stuffing and unstuffing.

    Rumparooz has the later — a nice wide and roomy pocket opening.
  3. Buy plenty. Finally one of the biggest drawbacks of all pocket diapers is that having a built in pocket lining means the diaper is completely soiled every diaper change, so you will need many diapers, especially when baby is younger.

    If you’re trying to keep a minimalist diaper stash, there are better options out there for you, like covers and prefolds (which Kanga Care also sells if you’re a fan of the brand) so that’s something to always keep in mind. 

What About Kanga Care’s Rumparooz Diapers? 

So, how do Kanga Care diapers stack up? Kanga Care is one of the few cloth diaper brands you’ll hear me refer to as a “premium brand.” What the heck do I mean by that? Well, they are a USA-based company that has been around since 2006 making them long-time leaders in the diapering industry.

In fact, Kanga Care was the original inventor and creator of double gussets. Double gussets are a second set of elastics in the pocket diaper lining that helps prevent blowouts. I have a full article all about double gusset cloth diapers here, but suffice it to say here that it was a huge innovation.

Where are Rumparooz Diapers Made?

While Kanga Care started in the home of a fellow mom, it is such a large brand now that they do manufacture in China. With that said, they do so at an ethical, certified factory in China, and have the many quality checks and safety standards you expect from a reputable North American brand.

They also go above and beyond ensuring the most sustainable, environmentally conscious fabrics and processes go into the creation of their product lines.

But enough about the Kanga Care company (you can read all about them on their website here if you want to), let’s quickly get into why we gave their Rumparooz pocket diapers such high ratings as well as why they didn’t quite get 5 stars.

How We Score Every Diaper Review

Every diaper Cloth Diapers for Beginners reviews is judged on five criteria, giving it a final rating out of 5. These are:

  1. Absorbency and Effectiveness. Meaning how well the diaper absorbs, how much it absorbs, and how effective it is at keeping everything contained.
  2. Adjustability and Fit. Here we take a look at how well the diaper fits for the weight range it promises, and how much adjustability is built in to help it get the right fit.
  3. Prints and Fabrics. Everybody appreciates a variety of prints, but in this category we also scrutenize the fabrics used and their effectivenss and durability.
  4. Support and Warranty. Every product is made better when it has a good company and warranty behind it, so we take this into consideration too.
  5. Price and Availability. Cloth diapers should save you money in the long-run so we take a close look at the pricing of the diapers including their value. Price isn’t the only barrier to purchasing diapers, sometimes availability can be an issue, so we look at that as well.

How We Rated the Rumparooz One-Size Pocket Diaper, and the Rumparooz OBV One-Size Pocket Diaper

Let’s take a look at how the Rumparooz and the Rumparooz OBV stacked up in each of these categories:

1. Absorbency and Effectiveness

Rumparooz Pocket

★ 1 out of 1 star!

Rumparooz OBV Pocket

★ 1 out of 1 star!

Rumparooz pocket & Rumparooz OBV pocket: Before I even talk about the inserts that come with each of these diapers and their absorbency and effectiveness, I must talk about the unique design point that both these diapers come with – double gussets.

Julie, the mom behind Kanga Care, invented, perfected, and then patented the internal double gusset that is the hallmark of this diaper. I have a full article explaining double gussets (both internal and external), which you can read here, but what you need to know is that they were designed to contain blow-out leaks! (If you don’t yet know what a “diaper blow out” is, do a Google search as far away from supper-time as possible.)

This design feature is worth its weight in gold for any parent wanting to avoid messy clean-up and makes it one of the most effective diaper designs out there.

Rumparooz pocket: This diaper comes with the “microfiber 6r soaker”, which is actually a pair of inserts, one contoured newborn insert with two snaps (three layers thick), and one one-size insert with various snap settings (four layers thick). 

While I’m generally not a fan of microfiber inserts, these were nice and thick and there were enough layers and surface there to offer some real protection. For many babies, this absorbency will likely be enough during the daytime for most of their diaper journey. I definitely can’t say that for most other diapers with microfiber inserts.

But while they were smart enough to pack enough absorbency in these inserts to last, microfiber is a microfiber and so that absorbency is bulky. This is something to be aware of if you choose to go with the standard, out-of-the-box microfiber inserts with this diaper. But if you purchase it on the Kanga Care website, you can upgrade the inserts to bamboo or hemp for a nominal charge, which I recommend, especially for heavy-wetters or anyone looking for a trimmer fit.

Inserts aside, this diaper did a great job of keeping everything in and where it should be so it easily earned one star here.

Rumparooz OBV pocket: If we could give this diaper more than a star in this category, we would.

Even after five washes, the insert you get with this diaper — the Kanga Care “bamboo 6r soaker” which again is two inserts — doesn’t feel fully prepped yet, which makes leads us to believe they will absorb a lot when they are.

For being so absorbent these inserts are nice and trim. The fact that you get two of these inserts right out of the box is fantastic and if you have a heavy wetter you have a lot to play with here!

The baby we tested these on was actually a light wetter so one insert was more than enough.

Just as the regular Rumparooz diaper, it did a great job of keeping everything in and where it should be so it easily earned one star here.

2. Adjustability and Fit

Rumparooz Pocket

★ 1 out of 1 star!

Rumparooz OBV Pocket

1 out of 1 star!

Rumparooz pocket & Rumparooz OBV pocket: Since both these diapers are cut the same and offer the same fit and adjustability options, we’ll talk about them together here.

Both diapers are said to fit from about 6 lbs to 40 lbs on the following settings:

  • Newborn setting starts at 6 lbs
  • Small setting starts at 10 lbs
  • Medium setting starts at 15 lbs
  • Large setting (fully un-snapped) starts around 20 lbs and will fit up to 35-40 lbs.


If I had to pick one thing to gripe about with these diapers it’s that they could benefit from a slightly longer rise in order to get a better fit for older and still chunky kiddos. In fact, we first docked these diapers half a star for this snug fit on our chunky test baby, but after considering it, I realized I’m truly splitting hairs at this point.

For most kiddos the fit will work well most of the time they are in diapers (developmental hurdles delaying potty-training being the one obstacle, as it is for all typical one-size diapers), though it may be snug at some points as your baby grows and changes shapes.

So yes, I do wish they were a touch larger so that parents with chunkier kiddos could feel more confident in the fit for the entirety of the time they’re using the diaper; but this is such a common concern in babies of this shape for several styles and brands of diapers that it seems a little unreasonable to find it a true failing.

But do take note if you have larger, chunkier kiddos that you may feel these diapers fit sung at times. This will be the case for many one-size brands of diapers, all of which have to find the sweet spot of adjustability for both tiny infants and toddlers.

All in all, both types of Rumparooz diapers offer a lot of adjustability. The quality of the cut and stitching is also relevant as it all comes together to create a diaper that will fit your baby nicely and help prevent any issues or leaks. So full stars here.

3. Prints and Fabrics

Rumparooz Pocket

★ 0.5 out of 1 star

Rumparooz OBV Pocket

1 out of 1 star!

Rumparooz pocket & Rumparooz OBV pocket: Both Rumparooz diapers come in a variety of cute prints and solids, and Kanga Care is regularly adding new prints for holidays and other occasions. This is wonderful news for anyone looking at cloth diapers for their cuteness factor.

Even better, all these cute prints and solids are printed on premium TPU. Kanga Care uses a water-resistant polyester TPU which is a solvent-free polyester fabric that’s been laminated with a thermoplastic polyurethane using a heat bonding process, not chemicals. This process is low in toxicity and is better for the environment than traditional PUL.

The TPU has a nice weight and feel to it. I know it sounds a little silly, but when you have touched as many diapers as I have you start to get a feel for quality TPU/PUL that will hold up, and this definitely feels like a quality material as well.

Rumparooz pocket: As for the fabrics used inside, once again the Rumparooz pocket diaper is lined with micro chamois and comes with the microfiber 6r soaker. If you’re happy with synthetic fabrics, you can’t go wrong with these ones, especially if keeping your baby’s skin dry is one of your concerns. Both the micro chamois and microfiber inserts are designed to pull moisture away from baby’s skin quickly, so this is an excellent solution especially since the inserts are thick and layered enough to hold a significant amount (again, cheaper thin microfiber inserts won’t).

Once again, the fabric feels nice and of good quality; you know by touch alone that this is not a $5.00 diaper. It’s heavy and thick and looks cozy.

Unfortunately, we did have some significant seam damage happen to the microfiber inserts after washing them, which we had a hard time explaining. After speaking with Kanga Care they were as surprised as we were; and said this is the first time they’ve heard of that in 15 years.

It is the first time I’ve heard of this happening to Kanga Care (or any premium brand in truth) but in the interest of a fair and transparent review I did dock them half a star for this, but in all honesty, I’m inclined to believe that it’s most possible this damage was caused by the washing machine itself. If I do hear of this happening again, I’ll adjust this review accordingly, but for now, I’ll split the difference and fairly or not dock them half a star.

Kanga Care said they are very open with any major defects (as they were when I was speaking to them) and would happily repair or replace any products that were damaged after a wash in a way that indicated a defect.

Rumparooz OBV pocket: I don’t mind saying it again if I could give this diaper a million stars for its fabric choices I would! The plush organic cotton-bamboo velour (OBV) lining and bamboo 6r soaker is an awesome combo!

There was some worry on our end that the OBV would hold moisture to baby’s skin rather than wick it away, but that definitely was not the case; turns out it’s great! On the flip side, rinsing poop off of the OBV was slightly more difficult than a typical microfleece or AWJ, so that is something to consider. I personally don’t mind a bit more rinsing for the extra comfort and natural fabrics, but of course, you may not feel the same way.

4. Support and Warranty

Rumparooz Pocket

★ 1 out of 1 star

Rumparooz OBV Pocket

1 out of 1 star!

Rumparooz pocket & Rumparooz OBV pocket: Because our reviews are tough, our reviewing mom performed an undercover test of Kanga Care’s response time. Without Kanga Care knowing she was taking part in this review, she contacted their Instagram page just to see how quickly they would respond.

The response time was about 17 ish hours after her messages, which given the timing was super reasonable.

This is not the case with all brands, so I was very happy to hear this as well!

The customer service area of their website is also easy to find should you have a problem, and as mentioned earlier, they happily repair or replace any products that are defective.

Given Kanga Care’s stellar word-of-mouth reputation as well, it’s pretty hard not to give them full credit in this category.

5. Price and Availability

Rumparooz Pocket

★ 1 out of 1 star

Rumparooz OBV Pocket

1 out of 1 star!

Rumparooz pocket & Rumparooz OBV pocket: As I explained at the top of this article, a low price doesn’t always equate a good value for your money, and often the cheapest diapers are the biggest waste of your investment.

So, does the price of Rumparooz reflect their value? Well, let’s not beat around the bush, these are not bargain-bin diapers. With that said, for the premium fabrics, care in design, and extra consciousness during production and manufacturing you are getting a lot of diaper for the higher price, and I do believe the pricetag is fair.

The Rumparooz OBV diaper is significantly higher in price than the original Rumparooz, but again, the premium fabrics (and premium absorbency that come with them) are well worth it.

All in all, the pricing of these isn’t a bargain, but it’s more than fair and a good value for your money, especially when you consider the longevity and higher resale value you’re getting.

The good news is Rumparooz are also widely available and so your chances of snagging them on sale is also good, espeically around Black Friday.

Rumparooz are available for order directly on their website, on Amazon, and at many local cloth diaper retailers. Just note that if you buy from Amazon or a local retailer you will get the default microfiber inserts with the original Rumparooz, so if you want to upgrade the inserts to the very-thirsty and thinner bamboo or hemp (I recommend doing so, you will NOT regret it) you’ll want to order directly from their website.

Conclusion

If I were starting my cloth diaper stash from scratch knowing what I know now, would I invest in Rumparooz pocket diapers? Yes! As I said at the start of this article, reviewing these diapers reminded me just how big a difference there is between premium diapers, like Kanga Care, and the cheapie diapers you find in so many other shops.

I personally am in love with the Rumparooz OBV diaper and would easily include more than a handfull of those in my stash for reluctant changers, and even for overnights during infancy especially (maybe even toddlerhood if you have a light wetter; those bamboo inserts are that good).

While they may cost a bit more upfront, based on my experience that price is justified and will save you additional purchases down the road. They are worth every penny in my opinion and I definitely recommend adding them to your cloth diaper stash.

I just love the feel of them, the premium fabrics, the internal double gussets — they truly are a five-star diaper!

  1. Rumparooz One-Size Cloth Pocket Diapers | Kanga Care
  2. Rumparooz One-Size Cloth Pocket Diapers | Kanga Care

    Rumparooz is a pocket diaper brand created by Kanga Care, a longstanding American cloth diaper company, based in Colorado.


    The now patented Rumparooz One-Size Cloth Diaper was the original cloth diaper to contain inner double gussets for leak-proof protection. 



    Go to the Kanga Care Website Learn More About Double Gussets
  3. Rumparooz OBV One-Size Diapers | Kanga Care
  4. Rumparooz OBV One-Size Diapers | Kanga Care

    Rumparooz is a pocket diaper brand created by Kanga Care, a longstanding American cloth diaper company, based in Colorado.


    The Rumparooz OBV (Organic Bamboo Velour) One-Size Cloth Diaper is the most luxurious feeling natural cloth diaper around with its ultra-soft bamboo velour lining. This diaper has the same patented inner double gussets as the original Rumparooz one-size pocket, it's just made with premium materials.

    Go to the Kanga Care Website Learn More about Double Gussets

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