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Happy Endings Kid's Review

A great transition diaper for those who are interested in potty training, but still need a bit more security than training panties
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Price:   $19.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Endless absorbency, snap-in insert, pull-up style optional
Cons:  Few adjustment options, bulky, long dry time
Manufacturer:   Happy Endings
By Abriah Wofford & Juliet Spurrier, MD  ⋅  Sep 2, 2019
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The Skinny

The Happy Endings Kid's is a cloth diaper made specifically for older toddlers and kids who still need diapers. It is an AI2 style with the option for extra absorbency and a thick, cushy insert that snaps into the cover. It is absorbent enough for overnight use and comfortable enough to be worn for long periods. Stretchy tabs on each side give it a versatile fit and pull-on capabilities for older kids. The Happy Endings Kid's is a great transition diaper for those who are interested in potty training but still need a bit more security than training panties.


Our Analysis and Test Results

Performance Comparison


Happy Endings is a company that makes cloth diapers of all shapes and sizes, literally. Made for babies, kids, teens, and adults, the diapers are meant to offer an eco-friendly alternative to disposables at any age. We chose to test the Kid's diaper, with young kids and toddlers in mind. Maybe your child is taking their time to use the toilet, or maybe you have a special needs child. Either way, the performance of this diaper impressed us, and we think its features give it a versatile scope of tasks.

The unique stretchy tabs on each side of this diaper make it a well-fitting diaper for various sizes.
The unique stretchy tabs on each side of this diaper make it a well-fitting diaper for various sizes.

Absorbency


The Happy Endings Kid's diaper scored right in the middle of the group for absorbency. While it is no superstar, we think it performs well enough to handle most situations. If you find that you are frequently having issues with leakage or blowouts, you can always place some additional inserts in the pocket.


Likes


This diaper is versatile in its many uses. It has a thick 5-layer microfiber insert that snaps into the cover, and sewn into the liner is a pocket that you can stuff with additional inserts if needed. The outside of the cover is a silky smooth polyester lined with a waterproofing layer of PUL. The lining is a charcoal bamboo microfleece that wicks very well. While we have yet to find any wicking/absorbency benefits to charcoal bamboo, the dark color makes it more stain-resistant at the very least. With the option to choose between three different sizes, it can fit kids from 35-100 lbs.

The pocket on the Happy Endings has a nice wide opening that is easy to stuff.
The insert snaps into place to keep it from wandering inside the diaper.

The stretchy tabs on the side can snap on and off depending on how old your child is. The flexible elastics make it easy to turn the Happy Endings Kid's into a pull-up style diaper to use once kids are starting to potty train. It is also possible to unsnap the tabs and use this as a standard diaper, although you will only have one adjustment option. When used in this way, the waist opening is small enough to fit younger babies, but with elastic on both the front and back sides, it is a bit more flexible. There are three snap positions for the rise, which makes it suitable for kids of various ages.

The three gussets all work together to keep the diaper secure around your child's legs.
The three gussets all work together to keep the diaper secure around your child's legs.

There is a double gusset on the cover as well as a single gusset built into the insert. The triple protection helps keep in messes of any size, making it a favorite for overnight use as well. The absorbency of the Happy Endings Kid's was one of the best in the bunch. We feel that this diaper can handle an average amount of liquid without batting an eye. With the extra stuffable pocket, we would be confident using it for heavy wetters or older children.

The Happy Endings Kid's had a better than average absorbency score  showing less green on the filter paper than most other diapers.
The Happy Endings Kid's had a better than average absorbency score, showing less green on the filter paper than most other diapers.

Dislikes


This diaper, while highly absorbent, is quite bulky. We understand that we can't have the superabsorbent properties without it, so we don't mind the bulk so much. Also, since it is designed to fit older kids, the shape is quite long and narrow. A fit like this is good once your child begins to get long and thin, as toddlers do. However, it can seem a bit awkward on smaller babies, even with the rise adjusted to the smallest setting.

This Happy Endings diaper has one of the thickest inserts of all the diapers tested. The multiple layers add to the bulk, and can also make it a bit difficult to get all the way clean. Some users complain about the insert still smelling like urine even after washing. Keeping this in mind, we want to emphasize the importance of following a proper washing routine, using the right amount of detergent, and washing your diapers frequently.

Conclusion


The Happy Endings Kid's is a specialty diaper that performed well in our tests and fit a need that is not met by many other diaper manufacturers. Its unique triple gussets and stretchy side tabs make it ideal for kids who are beginning to outgrow diapers but are not yet fully potty trained. We like that the Happy Endings company is thinking outside of the box by offering an affordable, ecofriendly choice for families outside of the norm.


Abriah Wofford & Juliet Spurrier, MD