Last month, I got an order of fluff mail. I was thrilled. I had finally gotten a Swaddlebees diaper in the monkey print. I had been wanting a diaper, any of the Swaddlebees diapers, in that print since it came out. However, my local diaper shop doesn’t carry them (hint, hint, KW!), and I am far too impatient to order things online much. I wanted the monkey print, and the store that I ordered it from only had it in the Swaddlebees Simplex One Size All-in-One.
I’d used Blueberry diapers in the past (and LOVE them), so I had no problems with buying the Swaddlebees Simplex. After all, they’re a company that makes good products.
Things I love about Swaddlebees Simplex diapers: They have a lot of the features that I love about the Blueberry one size pocket diaper. You can get the same gorgeous patterns and colors. You’ve got the same quality of manufacturing. The snaps are slightly angled and fantastic. The rise is easily adjusted. They’re a stuffable all-in-one (similar to Tots Bots Easy Fit), but both ends are open. So that means that if I put another insert in to double, I don’t have to fish it out. As long as it’s not too tightly stuffed, it will agitate out in the wash. It’s also quite effective; I’ve never had a leak in any of my experiments.
It’s not my perfect diaper, though. As much as I really, really wanted to love the diaper since it’s in that beautiful monkey print that I’d been wanting for Norton’s bottom, I’m not feeling it. The diaper takes an eternity to dry. It’s definitely one of my slower drying diapers. I suspect the reason that it takes so long is because of the Birdseye cotton. Natural fibers do take longer to dry than synthetics like microfiber and minky. Birdseye cotton doesn’t wick moisture away like microfleece, either. On the plus side, though, one side of the “tongue” that you can tuck in the diaper is microfleece, so you can lay that on the top of the diaper instead of tucking it in. The other thing that I’m not loving is that the cut of the diaper is slightly different than my Blueberry diapers. It’s a bit longer and narrower in the crotch. For a taller, skinnier baby, this might work well, but it just leaves Norton looking like he’s got a saggy bum.
All of the things that I don’t like about the diaper, though, are personal preference. If you like natural fibers against your baby’s bottom, then you’ll be pleased with the diaper. If you’ve got a skinnier baby, you may find the lower fit of the crotch to be a benefit. And really, the diaper does work, and it is quality workmanship with quality materials.
The Swaddlebees Simplex All-in-One One Size diaper may be perfect for you. It’s just not perfect for us.
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