What is charcoal bamboo + {Rock-a-Bums cloth diaper review}

*Disclosure:  I received the product mentioned for the purpose of this review.  No other compensation was received.  All opinions are 100% my own.*

Ever since first hearing about charcoal bamboo fabric in cloth diapers, I wanted to know more, because, let’s face it, charcoal bamboo does not sound like something you would put on your babies butt, am I right?  So, of course, I wanted to know more.


Charcoal bamboo is created during a heating process, in which it is burned at over 1000 degrees Celcius, and then cutting off the oxygen supply.  Water and volatile organic compounds are then removed, leaving mainly carbon and removing animal or plant matter.

The result is a nanopartical bamboo charcoal powder.  From there, it is spun into an organic bamboo fabric that can be used for many different things.  Each nanometer = 1 billionth of a meter, meaning it has amazing absorption abilities!

Charcoal bamboo acts similar to carbon in a filtration system.  Activated particles can bind to organic waste to help remove it.  What does that mean?  Your cloth diapers will be cleaner and help protect against rashes.

Bamboo Charcoal has some incredible properties worth noting, including being hypoallergenic, anti-bacterial, and naturally deodorizing.  It offers all of this in addition to be ultra absorbent and being organic.

I hope this answers your questions about bamboo charcoal.  You can probably guess by now, that the diaper I’m about to tell you about is made, at least in part, with bamboo charcoal.  Plus, the darker color helps keep the diaper stains from being noticeable.

Rock-a-Bums review pin

Rock-a-Bums are a 5 in 1 diaper, meeting the needs of just about any diapering family.  It can be used as an all in one, all in two, pocket, hybrid, or a cover.  I have also used it as a swim diaper as well.  Before we go into how to use it as each diaper style, let’s talk about the diaper a bit.

The front of the diaper has a double row of snaps across the front, one row with 10 snaps, and one row with 8 snaps, allowing the diaper to be adjusted to your child’s waist.  Each wing has 3 snaps, including a hip snap to prevent wing droop, with a double crossover snap to fit very small waisted babies.


There are 3 rise settings on the Rock-a-Bums 1.0 diaper.  Small, medium and large.  To get the setting you need, just adjust the snaps down to the setting you need.  This allows the diaper to fit babies from approximately 7-35 pounds.


There is elastic around the legs and the back of the diaper, allowing for a comfortable, flexible fit that stays snug on baby and keeps the messes inside where they belong.

There is an opening at the back of the diaper where an insert can be snapped in.  More about this in just a minute as we discuss how to use the diaper.


The diaper shell is made from waterproof PUL.  The inside lining of the diaper is made from polyester, and the inserts are made from microfiber topped with bamboo charcoal, so the inserts have a stay dry feel when used as an AIO or AI2.  Both inserts have a snap at one end for attaching to the diaper.

Rock-a-Bums 1.0 comes with a diaper shell and 2 inserts.



To use this diaper as an AIO, you can only use one insert.  Snap the insert to the back of the diaper.  Place it on baby.  Easy peasy.  When soiled, toss in the wet bag just like that.  No need to unsnap.  Insert will stay attached during the wash, and because of how it is attached, it will dry quickly.



To use this diaper as an AI2, simply lay the insert into the cover without snapping it to the diaper.  Place it on baby.  When soiled, toss it in the wet bag just like that.  After washing, when it’s time to use it again, find the inserts and lay them in it again.



To use this diaper as a pocket diaper, place the insert inside the pocket opening.  Make sure entire insert is inside of the large pocket opening.  When it is time to wash, pull out the insert and toss both pieces into the wet bag.  After washing, replace insert into pocket and place on baby.

Diaper Cover

To use as a diaper cover, place bombshell cover over a disposable diaper.  Can also be used over prefolds, flats, or possibly over a fitted diaper as well.  When baby has wet, simply change out whatever you had been using as an insert.  If the shell is wet or soiled, wash it as well.  If it is still dry, you can use it again.


Rock-a-Bums will be carrying disposable inserts that can be used, either as an all in two, or as a pocket inside of the bombshell cover.  After each use, wash the shell.

I have also used this as a swim diaper at the lake, not in chlorine water.


{Those red marks are from a different diaper cover that he had on prior to taking these pictures}

We have only used this diaper during the day, as an AIO, AI2, and as a pocket diaper.  We haven’t had any leaks, using either one or both inserts.  The first time John used this diaper, he commented on how much he liked it because it was easy to use.  I do wish this diaper were available in more colors, but I love the snap combinations.  There will be prints available in the future as well.


Buy one:  You can purchase the Rock-a-Bums 1.0 on sale right now, or pick up the new Rock-a-Bums 2.0.

Win one:  One lucky reader will win a new Rock-a-Bums 2.0 in their color choice, 2 inserts of their choice, and a wet bag.  {February 10-24}.  Enter here.

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*Disclosure:  I received the above mentioned product for the purpose of this review.  No other compensation was provided.  All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own and only influenced by my experience with the product and company.*




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