Diapers come in model years now, who knew?
No, just kidding. Bambino Diapers are not actually calling their upgraded Bellissimo the “Bellissimo 2014.” (It sounds sporty, though, doesn’t it? Like an Italian race car or something.)
But upgrade they have, so that the Bellissimo you get if you order now is not quite the same Bellissimo you got if you ordered a month or two ago. Let’s explore, shall we?
First off, don’t mind the upside-down print in these photos. Bambino got a bunch of misprinted lots from their supplier, and offered a small discount that I was happy to take advantage of. (It was only 3% off, but hey, that’s beer money.) Other than the angle of the graphic it’s the same as all the other new Bambino Bellissimos.
So what’s new?
1. Softer Backing
This is the marquee change: a softer, smoother, and more flexible material for the waterproof exterior backing.
It’s there, it’s noticeable, and it’s nice. The surface of the new backing feels very similar to the old backing when you touch it, but it moves and flexes quite differently.
The new backing is more flexible and less stiff. You get less wrinkles and creases in the diaper, and less audible crinkling when it moves as well. (I realize that’s a negative for some ABDL crinkle-fans, but most users will appreciate the quieter diaper.)
The more flexible surface also plays nicer with the “landing strip”, so that you don’t get the sharp-edged creases in it that plagued the old Bellissimo’s. To my mind, that’s the most noteworthy improvement in the new model.
2. Higher Waistband
If you look closely, you’ll notice that the new model about doubles the size of the ribbed waistband above the landing strip.
That’s a minor change, but a nice one: the broader surface area means less pressure from a tightly-taped diaper, especially when it’s under pressure (i.e., wet and heavy).
It does mean you’ve got a little more diaper sticking out above the waistband of your pants/skirt, unfortunately, but Bellissimos aren’t terribly concealable diapers regardless. It’s a worthwhile tradeoff to my mind.
3. Smoother Interior Lining
This one’s hard to see unless you look closely, but the mesh interior lining has been replaced with a smoother one. The old linings had a grid of visible pores; the new ones are fine enough to appear solid-textured.
You’re not going to feel a huge difference, but every little bit of smoothness counts against your skin. In terms of “handfeel” (to borrow some garment industry jargon), the change on the inside is actually more noticeable than the change on the outside. It’s definitely a smoother feeling as you run your hand along the interior.
So that’s the new Bambino Bellissimo — a few minor tweaks that add up to a marked improvement on an already great product! Absorbency hasn’t changed at all, but comfort definitely has, putting this one right up at the top of the market.
Now if only they’d start making their most absorbent diapers in plain white as well…
Gonna have to try these out when I get my next checks.
So they have release the newly redesigned core ??
If only they were available in stores, I’d buy them myself and try them, see for myself.
At least they are truly making it better than crap.
I would love to wear these but they are still not in the size I would like to see offered. I have a 38 to 40 inch waist and the medium sizing sounds like it would be big enough at 32 to 44 but the bottom tapes don’t quit make it far enough up for a good fit and on the tape zone and way too tight around my legs. And the large is just way to long in the crotch and high in the waist, they almost swallow me. I wish they made the same sizes as unique wellness, medium 26 to 36 and large is 36 to 46. The large is a perfect fit but I just don’t care that much for the feel and they sag and seem heavy when wet and I have tried the superio. Not much better! Oh well!
Sweet I’ll have to try these new Bellissimos out.
A note on the Bambino website:
We expect to begin shipping Bambino diapers featuring our newly redesigned core in the period following the July Fourth holiday. Stay tuned for further updates!
Guess I will wait until my next paycheck to put my order in … I can’t wait to try them out and compare them to the old Bambinos I have 🙂
I am looking forward to trying the new Bellissimos too. The new design looks promising and I like it when my diapers peek out of my waist band to remind me that I am a little boy. I am now down to wearing bambino Biancos as my last remaining bambino diapers and desperately need to restock, so the availability of the new Bellissimos can’t come soon enough – I need my diapers.
Oh my gosh, you have to try the new Bambinos … I was surprised at how soft they were inside and outside. I slept like a baby all night in one of the new Bambinos … they absorb the wetness so much better than the old ones … I will definitely be buying a case with my next paycheck 🙂
I recently received my new order of Bambino Bellissimos and they were amazing. I was very happy with the look, fit and performance – the tapes were great at keeping me diapers snug even after multiple wettings. I experienced no leaks and that includes after a night of soaking my diapers over and over. I look brings me back to my childhood pampers and I love the way my bambinos make me waddle being so thick between my legs. I don’t know if I will ever try another diaper again. These Bellissimos are the bomb.
While I still like them and consider them the best on the market. I like the old plastic and they held more in my opinion. I’m now buying dry 24/7 small!
Confidry 24/7s are the most absorbent diaper I’ve come upon. I am a very heavy wetter at night, and they hold it all. This morning I awoke simply soaked and feared when I sat up on the side of the bed I would gush out all over. Didn’t happen. I’m sold!
I noticed a few defects in the Bambino Bellissimo Upside down print diapers. I bought a whole case over a month ago. I bought them from a supplier in Canada, and the site read ‘Upside down print’, but offered no discount 🙁 Anyway, waiting for the case to arrive I checked up on adisc.org for some feedback from others with the upside down print. I found some bad threads comparing the old Bellissimos to the new ones. On my case I found all the same problems. There were less Lycra strands in the leg guards, which really were an awesome feature of the old ones. The diapers are cut kinda strange, with the padding appearing to be cut short, with a larger than normal gap between the padding at the end of the diaper. The worst part, personally, for me is the new placement of the tapes. The rest of the problems I could live with, but the tapes!! They are ridiculously close together, leaving a large gap at the bottom. It almost looks like there should have been three tapes, the gas was that large. Deal – Breaker. I really hope they fix this soon, maybe they already have. Can anyone else confirm these issues with the new Bellissimo. Apparently they are working on the new design, and the bugs are still being worked out. They are taking back cases with the missing Lycra strands claiming that it will compromise the use of the diaper.
I’ll agree with you on that, the tapes combined with less leg gathers means leaks around the rear of the legs for me. I never get full usage out of a Bellissimo any more. They weigh less too…6.9 oz vs 7.3 oz for the old ones (mediums). The capacity on the old ones was amazing while the new ones are just OK. I won’t be buying any more and have switched to ConfiDry 24/7 for good. I just stocked up on about 700 of them during their last sale :).
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Never mind what the diaper looks like on the outside. It’s what’s inside the diaper that makes it a comfortable or uncomfortable diaper.
I agree!!! There diapers do not hold/perform as they use too. I switched to dry 24/7
Plus, if it works for you, use it! 🙂
OK…Gotta say it. Bambino is BAAAAACK! Holy s***! The new Bambino and Classico lines are back to the old crinkly super awesome quality and it is so great. The Bellissimos are back up to 7.3 oz and they are floodable very many times. I can’t say enough about them. Anyway, it’s great news since I opened up a storefront on eBay selling premium adult diapers last month and it’s helping pay my medical bills which is great. Thank you Bambino for bringing the old product back!!!!!
Do you or anyone on this site know if the Teddy’s are back with the crinkly ones same as the Bellissimos? Did they lower the tapes back on all the diapers?? I switched to dry 24/7 due to Bambinos changes and want to switch back if they’re truly back to there original. Thx to anyone who replies with knowledge.
Some advice, please. My Abri-Man pads aren’t cutting any more while out and about because of a continuing loss of control. Looking for a first rate diaper that has moderate absorbency, is pretty leakproof and not so noticeable. Thinking about trying Abena Wings and Molicare Supers (I wear Confidry 24/7s at night but too bulky for daytime use). I’d appreciate dome input, especially from Adrian, since she wears Molicares (I think). Much obliged,
Sorry for the spelling errors!
I use the Molicare Comfort Plus and Molicare Comfort Super (not the same as the Molicare Super). They are both plastic backed (which prevents the rubbing on my inner thighs from cloth backed) but have breathable side panels (which keeps air moving) ,
For me the Comfort Supers last about 4-6 hours and the Comfort Plus 2-4 hours. My condition causes me to wet in fairly small amounts fairly often so if you are wetting more (since you are using the Abri-Man pads – I am guessing these will be far more than adequate) I have no idea how they would hold up to the loss of bladder control by someone who has a bladder that is actually useful.
Because I wet so often, I really like to change frequently during the day. One of my favorite things is that these are really inexpensive. Through staples.com, the Comfort Plus are about 50 cents a diaper and through cheap chux the Comfort Super are about 80 cents. Premium diaper performance for a price similar to generic brands!
Much obliged for your complete reply! I ended up ordering Sample packs of Tena Slips, Molicare large, and Abena wings. XP medical has pretty good sample paks, and the owner, Gary Evans, incontinent himself (admitted on his website) has been very helpful to me. My order:
1 Tena-Large-Maxi-SamplePack at $6.95 each.
1 Tena-Large-Stretch_Super-SamplePack at $6.95 each.
1 Molicare-Large-SamplePack at $6.95 each.
1 AbriWing-Large-SamplePack at $6.95
I’ll let you know what works if you’re interested. Wearing and letting it all go while out and about will be another adventure! Thanks again,
All great diapers (especially the Tena slip maxi – I use those for night). They are all bulky though and not what I would choose to wear out and about but have fun with it.
I don’t think you can try the molicares but if you are just looking for more diapers to try order a sample pack from HDIS. You get 2 each of 10 different diapers for ten bucks http://www.hdis.com/brief-variety-pack.html
Thanks! Will look into the HDIS deal. Some advice, if you have it: I put on a Tena slip yesterday (I found one I didn’t know I had) and headed out for eight hours with the hope I wouldn’t flood the darned thing in the process. To guard against that, I put on a very bulky pair of LeakMaster plastic pants. Do you know of any plastic pants that are more “sheer” for lack of a better word? Would like to reduce my profile, as it were….BTW, the Tenas were great. The more I wet the softer and more pliable they became, and no leaks.
Look forward to continuing the dialogue. And one more thing. I’ve used the “contact me ” button to send about three or four messages to Adrian with no response. Have you had any luck in that regard?
PS will try to get samples of the Molicares you mentioned as well.
I put on a pair of the Bambino Biancas this morning after wetting all night in my Confidry 24/7s. I’ve started experimenting wearing diapers during the day when I need to be out and about and my AbriMan pads aren’t enough. Anyhow, I am not used to donning diapers in the morning right after shedding a soaked pair from a night’s wetting, but don them I did. The Biancas are certainly puffy, and at first I thought they were a bit cumbersome. However, as I started to wet in front of the kitchen sink, they absorbed quite easily my first load. And the warm feeling of peeing standing up as opposed to lying down was wonderful! As the morning progressed, I continued to wet, and the more I wet, the more soft and comfortable the diaper became.
Not sure what the lesson is here, but the Biancas surely do feel warm, squishy and comfortable! Will see how much I can wet them before I begin to think they will leak.
Now a key question to any and all who read this: Where, oh where, did Adrian disappear to?! While that really cool photo of her diapered bottom in “how often I change my diaper” still is very enticing, I’m ready for some new stuff!!
I agree. As the owner and operator of a website, I would think she’d like to know what people are writing about, and would want to keep in contact with us. Where are you, Adrian? Talk to us.
Yeah! Maybe we can get others on board to give her a friendly poke!
Yeah. That might help get her attention. If she’s busy doing something else, perhaps we could remind her that we’re being neglected and need our diapers changed. 🙂
I’m still here – believe me…I truly apologize — just going through some life things – will explain in upcoming blog post 😉
Yeehah! I need to be changed! Glad you’re still with us,
I understand. You have family, friends, work, life. 🙂
Hope it’s nothing serious and something your loyal community can’t help you with! Glad you’re still with us!
I understand, life comes first then the blog comes after.
I still have not tried these bello diapers. I ought to be ashamed of myself. Seems like not long ago and when I was younger before all these new diapers like cushies, ab diapers, etc. came out. I felt like I’ve tried just about every diaper but now it feels I’m behind. The diaper world just seems to be getting bigger and better. I think I will wait for a holiday to pass by so I can get emails from diaper CO. When they are having a sale again. Right now I have plenty.