I was delighted to get the opportunity to review the Diaper Rite all-in-one. I actually did my first (and probably only) video review on it, which you can see down below. Here’s a quick rundown of why this is a great diaper. [Read more…]
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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Whenever I’m preaching the gospel of using cloth diapers, the potential convert always has one question that’s just really, really hard. Invariably, I get asked “Which one is the best cloth diaper?”
That’s always a tricky question. You see, the answer is “It depends.”
That’s so not helpful, right?
I know. I really, really get it. I remember having that same question three years ago when I first decided that I wanted to use cloth diapers. I was just barely pregnant with Norton and was researching like mad. I couldn’t understand why on earth there was no cut and dry answer to the best cloth diaper question.
What does it depend on? Well, there are a variety of different issues that can impact the answer.
Price point. If you can’t afford to spend $30 on a diaper, then telling you how much I love a particular premium brand won’t help you at all. If anything, it’ll just make it seem like cloth diapering is completely and utterly out of your reach.
Style. There are several styles of cloth diapers. All in ones, pockets, all in twos, hybrids, fitted, contours, prefolds, and flats. Then once you get into those styles, you’ll have a billion different brands to choose from. Before you can even tackle the brand, knowing the type will be super helpful. Then you start getting into styles of closures, like Velcro vs. snap and front snap vs. side snaps. There isn’t one that’s inherently better or worse. It’s all a matter of personal preference, as each has its own pros and cons.
Your baby. This is the most crucial, individual thing of all. Babies are delightfully squirmly, wiggly creatures that come in all different shapes. Some are born chunky with little Michelin man rolls and larger thighs. Others are born with little scrawny chicken legs. Sometimes your baby’s shape will change enough that you may not prefer the same diaper from birth to potty training, even if it does technically fit. A diaper that might work amazingly well on one child (or even one of your own children) may not work as well on another child (or your next child). Plus, as your own proficiency level changes, you may be more interested in experimenting with other diapers.
Be careful, though, because that’s what happened to me. And now, I’m a total cloth diaper addict! Hopefully you’ll find answers to all of your cloth diapering questions on this site.