Buttons Diapers Review

I received product to facilitate this review. I give my honest opinions regardless.

Buttons has been around a few years now and has quickly become a very popular all-in-2 system. They offer inserts, covers, wipes, wet bags, pail liners, and disposable liners. You can check out their line-up here. I received a cover in Ahoy (which is a lovely dark blue) and microfiber and hemp daytime inserts. It’s very easy to see why these are so popular. They are of excellent quality and have enough absorbency even for heavy wetters.

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Cover

Their covers have two layers of PUL and are currently only offered in snaps. The snaps for the inserts are on the inner layer of PUL, so they’re not visible on the outside. There are three rise settings and a single row of snaps with two snaps lined up on the wings and one cross-over snap. The cover has gussets, which I feel help get a good fit around the legs. Did I mention how lovely Ahoy is? It’s a really nice dark blue. My favorite color is the new Sea Breeze. Marina is a close second tied with Ahoy. There is elastic in the back and at the tummy, which helps with fit when you use the day and night inserts together. I do find that the covers seem to run small. Little Man is of average build and a little above 25 pounds and he’s on the highest rise setting with four snaps exposed. The fit of the microfiber and hemp inserts in the covers are very similar. In the pictures, Little Man has a hemp insert. These are also some of the most inexpensive covers I know of, selling for $11 for solids and $12.50 for prints. That is an excellent price for the quality.

Inserts

There are two insert options: hemp/cotton (which is a recent addition) and microfiber. They both are contoured and come in a small and large size. You can buy both the day and night inserts. For nighttime, you simply snap the day insert onto the night one and then snap both in the cover. The inserts are very afforable as well. Daytime inserts $3.50 for the microfiber and $7.75 for the hemp. Nighttime doublers are a little more, $5.oo for microfiber and $9.75 for hemp. The prices are the same for the small and large inserts.

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Overall

Buttons Diapers are excellent diapers. My ONLY concern is that they run small. Other than that, I really like them and definitely recommend them. I think the best thing is that you can purchase a deluxe package with almost everything that you would need to cloth diaper your baby from birth to potty training (or until they outgrow the covers) for $215 for a microfiber package and $331 for a hemp package. I would add a pail liner and another pack of flannel wipes to have everything you would need, but it’s still a great price. Overall Buttons Diapers are very high quality and extremely affordable. You have to check them out. You can follow them on Facebook.

Bummis Duo-Brite ai2 Review

Since Eudora is approaching potty training readiness, I’m really feeling the pressure to try all the diapers before I run out of time. The Bummis Duo-Brite ai2 has been in my stash since they were released. As soon as I saw them, I knew I had to give it a shot.

About the Bummis Duo-Brite

Like all Bummis products, the Bummis Duo-Brite is made in Canada from materials made in the US. The Duo-Brite cover is essentially the replacement for the Super Brite cover. However, the Duo-Brite has two sizes instead of 5 and snap closures instead of Velcro. The double gussets that made the Super Brite fabulous are also included in the Duo-Brite design. Unlike previous Bummis creations, the Bummis Duo-Brite is a true all-in-two diaper with a snap in insert. The Bummis Duo-Brite is a two sided insert: one side is a wicking material so that your baby’s bottom will stay dry; the other is organic cotton so that only natural fibers touch the skin.

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What I like About the Bummis Duo-Brite

Have I mentioned that it’s made in Canada with materials from the United States? Seriously, just buying Bummis Duo-Brite diapers makes me feel all virtuous: I’m creating jobs in both the country of my birth and the country I call home. I also like that you can have your choice of organic and stay dry fibers in the same insert. The insert’s method of snapping in only at one end guarantees that the same insert will fit regardless of which rise setting you use for getting the best fit to your child.  The seam down the middle to hold the two sides of the inserts together means faster drying time.  The inserts are quite thirsty and super trim. At first, I had a hard time telling which side was the stay dry and which side is the organic… so I asked Shirley of Bummis how to tell the difference.  It turns out that you can tell them apart by looking: the darker side is the organic side and the lighter side is stay dry.

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The double gussets do a fabulous job of containing any mess your child can produce (even the ones that make you wonder if you’ll need an old priest and a young priest). The inner is exposed PUL for an easy to wipe surface. And because it’s a two size system, you will be able to get a fabulous fit on your newborn at the small end and your toddler at the larger end.

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What I Don’t Love About the Bummis Duo-BriteBummis Duo-Brite All-In-Two Review

The Bummis Duo-Brite is the replacement for the Super Brite… And it came with the same prints that the Super Brite used. To put it simply, the Duo-Brite prints are not anything new or exciting, and cute prints and simple solids are an important consideration for me. (However, I do have hope that they will bring more of the beautiful limited Super Lite prints over to the Duo-Brite as time goes on.) I also find that the inserts can sort of rumple along the edges as they shrink a tiny bit in the dryer. Also, because it’s a two size system, it will mean buying two complete sets for the difference in size for both the inserts and the covers.

The Bottom Line

The Duo-Brite is a definite improvement over the Super Brite. At $56.95 US/$59.95 Canadian, it is a bit of a pricey diaper, but you should have at least one in your cloth diaper stash.

Have you used the Bummis Duo Brite?

Where to buy the Bummis Duo Brite (some affiliate links): Kelly’s Closet (US) Nicki’s Diapers (US)

Best Bottom Dragonfly Ripple Announced!

There are few things that I look forward to more than a new cloth diaper coming out.  So imagine how happy I was to get out of bed and find that the Best Bottom Dragonfly Ripple had been announced?

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Best Bottom Diapers, It’s All Your Fault

Dear Best Bottom Diapers,

In August 2012, you came onto my radar.  Heather over at The Parenting Patch was raving about Best Bottom Diapers and had decided that they would be the only cloth diaper she ever owned.  Cozy Bums Diapers, my “dealer” (also known as “the local cloth diaper store with one of the best selections in Canada”) started carrying Best Bottom Diapers.  That they were in Cozy Bums meant that they had to be good because Kerri doesn’t have any products that she doesn’t believe in.

At first, I dismissed Best Bottom Diapers.  I didn’t need them.  I had plenty of cloth diapers.  I was starting to ponder the idea of having a cloth diaper stash that was just too big because I had around 60 diapers for having two kids in cloth.  Plus, something about the label made me think of camo, and I hate camo.

Then the Cookie Monster print came out.  Since at that time, Norton was obsessed with anything and everything Sesame Street, I pre-ordered it from Cozy Bums.  And then there was a family reunion.  My daughter was wearing a purple dress and my husband gave me the go ahead to get a new diaper.  I bought the Best Bottom diaper in Wild Berry.  (At one point in time, when you googled for Best Bottom Wild Berry, this image of daughter modeling that diaper was the first image in a Google Image Search.)

Eudora models the Best Bottom diaper in Wild Berry

Eudora models the Best Bottom diaper in Wild Berry

And then?  Well, then I went nuts.  My cloth diaper addiction was in full force.  And this meme?  Well, it became my life.

Dear Best Bottom Diapers, It's All Your Fault (Cloth Diaper Addicts)

For some, this is a silly joke. For me, this became a way of life after buying my first Best Bottom diaper.

And now I must accept the truth: my cloth diaper stash is completely out of control.  And Best Bottom Diapers, because you tempted me with the Cookie Monster (by the way, I’m feeling pretty cheated because there were never any Best Bottom diapers in Elmo, Oscar, or Big Bird), it’s totally your fault.

It’s Heather’s fault, too.  I’m a tiny bit competitive sometimes, and when she announced that her Best Bottom diapers collection was complete, I decided that I could do that, too.  And I did.  I now have every single Best Bottom shell ever made in snaps… except for camo, because (as mentioned above) I hate camo and it’s not allowed in my house.

Okay, sure, I can take some of the credit.  I decided that it was really fun and cute and far more fun to dress my daughter when she had a plethora of diapers to match her outfits.  But you, Best Bottom Diapers, reminded me of how much fun it was to start.  And this is what my Best Bottom stash looks like right now.  I think.  I may have forgotten one or two.

Dear Best Bottom Diapers, It's All Your Fault (Cloth Diaper Addicts)

I’m not sure if I should thank you or blame you. 😉

Have you ever collected a particular brand of cloth diaper?  What kind of diaper was it?

*Edit: I forgot Spearmint.  Oops.  I DO have too many Best Bottom diapers.

Daily Cute Fluffy Bum – Flip

Daily Cute Fluffy Bum - FlipButt’s up?  This little genius is wearing a Flip cover in Albert (part of the Cotton Babies Genius Series) over a Bummis prefold.  Bummis are made with pride in Canada.

Where to buy the Flip: Cozy Bums (Canada), Diaper Junction (US/Canada), Lagoon Baby (Canada), Kelly’s Closet (US), Nicki’s Diapers (US/Canada)

Where to get Bummis: Cozy Bums (Canada), Kelly’s Closet (US), Lagoon Baby (Canada), Nicki’s Diapers (US/Canada), Cloth Diaper Addicts Amazon Diaper Shoppe (US)

Rock-A-Bums- A Rocking Diaper for Your Baby’s Rump

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If you have not heard about Rock-A-Bums, you need to read this.  They are one of my new favorite cloth diapers (I have two other favorites) and I cannot sing their praises enough.  There are a couple of things that I would like to see different, but overall, AWESOMENESS!  I was excited to get one at no charge to review of course (hello, new cloth diaper!), but after receiving it and actually using it, yeah, these are staying in the stash.  I just can’t bring myself to part with them.

Rock-A-Bums- Rocking Your Baby's Rump- Retro Modern Melissa

Does Everything

I really, really like that Rock-A-Bums markets these as a 5-in-1 diaper.  Yes, most pocket diapers can be used the same way EXCEPT as an all-in-two or one, but Rock-A-Bums is intended to be used in as many different ways as possible, not just as a pocket diaper, all-in-one, all-in-two, hybrid, or cover.

These diapers have snaps in the front and back where you can snap in the insert.  You can snap it in the front for an all-in-two or tuck the insert in the pocket and snap it in the back for an all-in-one.  There are openings in the front and back, with a flap of PUL across the front.  The back opening is nice and wide, so it’s really easy to stuff, even for big hands (I don’t have wide hands, just long ones).  Plenty of room to stuff it with whatever your heart desires- bamboo inserts, hemp inserts, prefolds, flats, the inserts that come with it, whatever.

Of course you can use it as a regular pocket diaper or even just as a cover.  Pretty cool, right?

Black Inside

Oooh, this is one of my favorite things.  This is the only diaper that I have seen with a black interior.  I’ve seen them with other colors, but this is the only one with black.  And it’s not the usual fleece either.  These suckers have a velour inner.  Oh yes.  They’re soft.  Very soft.  The downside to that is that they pick up all kinds of hair and loose fibers.  It sounds worse than it looks as you can see in the pictures above.

Rock-A-Bums- Rocking Your Baby's Rump- Retro Modern Melissa

Wide Elastic in the Back

I love having wide elastic in the back.  I feel like it keeps the poo contained better, with less of chance for it to wick onto clothes, blankets, car seat covers- You get the point.  The elastics around the legs are much skinnier.  I’ll admit, I would like the leg elastics to be a little wider, but that’s really a personal preference.  These do keep everything contained.

Four Rise Settings

I love having so many settings.  It makes for a better fit, I think.  Less chance for baby to be in a size in between.

Two Rows of Waist Snaps

I have to confess, I was more fond of hook and loop closures because I could get a better fit, but lately, I’ve been leaning towards snaps.  For one thing, I’m tired of passing Little Man to his papa or setting him in his swing minus his diaper.  Yeah, that’s happened.

Rock-A-Bums snaps are set close together and the two rows are offset, which allows you to get a great fit.  Also, they do not have hip snaps.  Which is great, because Sister (who’s about 37 or 38 pounds) is on the last few snaps, so she can still wear these and I don’t have to try and find some way to cover up hip snaps so they don’t dig into her skin (or just skip using the diaper completely).  I haven’t had a problem with wing droop on Little Man though, and he wears these snapped almost all the way in.

My only suggestion about the snaps would be to add some crossover snaps to one wing or both.  I know not every baby is built like Little Man, but he’s got a tiny waist and if I’d been trying to put these on him when he was a couple of months old, I probably would have needed crossover snaps.

Rock-A-Bums- Rocking Your Baby's Rump- Retro Modern Melissa

I have to admit, I love the red snaps on the black diaper.  These pictures are with one Rock-A-Bums insert.  My models would not hold still for me for their photo shoot. lol

Two Inserts Included

Most diapers include only one, or they might include a newborn and a one size.  Rock-A-Bums includes TWO full size inserts.  They’re made from several layers of microfiber topped with charcoal bamboo and have a snap on one end so you can snap them into the Bomb Shell.  They’re heavy duty enough that one will last Little Man a couple of hours (and he’s a super soaker).  Sister does not pee a lot, so these last her a good long while.  I tend to use cotton prefolds inside though (I do prefer natural fibers).  I think using both of the inserts would make a good nighttime diaper (it would be a bit bulky, but it would work), or even using one of these with a hemp doubler underneath would be great for bedtime.

It’s great that it comes with two inserts because you could use this diaper for day or night, without having to worry about getting anything extra.  They’re going to be offering a disposable option sometime in the future (hopefully soon!) and I would love to see them offer a natural fiber option like hemp.  That would rock!

The Colors

Right now, Rock-A-Bums comes in three colors.  They have red, white, and black.  All of them have the black interior.  I’ll admit, I am looking forward to seeing what prints and other colors they might come out with.  I personally would love to see a rocking purple. 🙂  The red and white have black snaps, while the black (like I mentioned) have red snaps.  I do have all three colors.  The red isn’t as orange-y looking as it seems in the pictures.  It’s a really beautiful red.

Overall

I love that these diapers come ready to use with two inserts and that they emphasize how many ways these can be used.  That might seem a little overwhelming to a cloth diaper initiate, but it’s really not.  These are one of my favorite diapers, and I really recommend them.  They also come with hook and loop closures, which I have not tried.

So if you are on the hunt for something new to add to your stash, or are looking to buy your first cloth diaper, I say you should get Rock-A-Bums.  They’re not pricey, they’re great quality, you get two inserts, and they look good on baby.  As far as I know, they’re only available through the Rock-A-Bums website right now.  These are rocking our world! 😉

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Buttons Cloth Diaper Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.   All opinions regarding the Buttons Cloth Diaper are mine and 100% truthful.

The Buttons cloth diaper is a newer, low cost all-in-two diaper on the market.  Like most all-in-two diapers, it works with a reusable shell and inserts that you can change out.  The inside of the diaper is an exposed PUL with double gussets.  The inserts are purchased separately and come in two sizes, small and large, in order to get you a good fit and good absorbency for the size of your baby.  Buttons diapers are a one size diaper with a snap down rise to allow you to get the best fit.

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Daily Cute Fluffy Bum – Flip

Daily Cute Fluffy Bum - Flip (Cloth Diaper Addicts)Look at how much little Poppy from The Parenting Patch has grown!  She’s almost able to reach that vent now.  Today, this cute little climber is modeling a Flip cover (stuffed with a Best Bottom insert, because that’s Heather’s favorite ever) in Blossom.

Where to buy the Flip: Cozy Bums (Canada), Diaper Junction (US/Canada), Lagoon Baby (Canada), Kelly’s Closet (US), Kissed by the Moon (US/Canada), Nicki’s Diapers (US/Canada), Cloth Diaper Addicts Amazon Shoppe (US)

Daily Cute Fluffy Bum – Best Bottom

Daily Cute Fluffy Bum - Best Bottom (Cloth Diaper Addicts)Today’s cute fluffy bum features my favorite model!  I know, I’m hopelessly biased.  Here we see Eudora giving us a perfect side view of the Best Bottom Plum Pie.  Best Bottom is an all-in-two diaper.

Where to buy Best Bottom diapers: Cozy Bums (Canada), Diaper Junction (US/Canada), Lagoon Baby (Canada), Kelly’s Closet (US), Nicki’s Diapers (US/Canada), Cloth Diaper Addicts Amazon Shoppe (US)

Cloth Diaper Start Up Fees #SchoolofCloth

Starting cloth diapers.  There are a number of reasons why parents want to do it, but there are two main reasons why parents fear it.  Reason #1 is fear of poop.  After realizing that smells and contact with feces can be less in cloth, we get to objection #2… which has nothing to do with “number two.”  The last intimidating hurdle is the cloth diaper start up fees.

school of clothCloth Diaper Start Up Fees – Less in the Long Run

It’s really easy for people who are sitting back with a calculator to point out that the cloth diaper start up fees are significantly less than the long term cost of disposable diapers.  Sure, $3,000 is a lot less than $300… but if you’re doing great to manage the $12 for a pack of disposables, $300 is way out of reach.  If you’re doing okay financially, $300 can still be a good chunk of change to put down on something you’re not even sure will work for you.

The good news is that it doesn’t have to cost $300 up front.  There are ways to get around it and make it cheaper.  This way, the cloth diaper start up fees can be broken down into a more manageable, “bite size” purchase.

Start with All-in-Two Diapers

All-in-two or hybrid diapers from your big name manufacturers can make the cloth diaper start up fees far less painful.  If you’re in Canada, you can get a Flip Day Pack for around $61 at Cozy Bums.  (You can also find a Flip Day Pack at Nicki’s Diapers in the States for $50.)  A Flip Day pack will get you 6 diaper changes, which is a full day for a toddler and half a day for a very young baby.  Flip also has a disposable insert option if you’re having a rash problem, need to travel, or are not ready to cope with carrying a wet bag of dirty inserts for whatever reason.

Best Bottom also provides a cost efficient way to start.  You can get an equivalent package of Best Bottoms (2 shells, six inserts) for $65.50 at Cozy Bums or $57.60 at Nicki’s Diapers.

Prefolds and Covers

If you’re starting with a newborn, prefolds and covers are an absolutely fantastic beginner option.  Sure, they’re a lot like the diapers that your mother or grandmother would have used, but you can avoid pins and they’re wonderful for little newbies.  (Less amazing for bigger babies that will kick you in the face during a diaper change, but that comes later.)  You can get 6 newborn prefolds and 2 covers at Cozy Bums for under $35.  A same size package can be put together at Diaper Junction by hitting what’s on clearance at the time of post for $20.82.

These will provide you with about half a day’s worth for a newborn.  When your newborn outgrows that size, you can use those same prefolds for a ton of different things.

China Cheapies

I’m not going to tell you that your China Cheapie brands like AlvaBaby and Sunbaby are just as good as the premium brands out there because, well, they aren’t.  Not with their warranty, not with their ability to absorb.  But I will tell you that China Cheapies like Sunbaby can be an excellent place to start.  If your finances allow, you can always upgrade to better diapers later.  That being said, they are pocket diapers, which are popular because of their similarity to using disposables.  They are cheap, which puts them in reach for most people.  They can even be bought in co-ops if you can find one.

The only brights sides to them are that the prints are cute and they can be a “gateway drug” to finding better diapers out there.  The downside is that there are enough people who have problems with them that give up on cloth altogether because they think that all diapers are created equal.  (They aren’t.)  They can be found for around $45 for six changes, or less if you get them from a co-op.

Buy Used

What makes cloth diapers so amazingly sustainable?  Not only can they be used on more than one of your children… but they can also be sold when the family has no further use for them.  Buying used cloth diapers can be a great way to try a brand without making a huge commitment.  It can also cut your costs down by as much as half.

Find Sales

A lot of cloth diaper retailers have “price breaks” for buying multiples.   There are also diapers that go on sale because the manufacturer is having a sale or has discontinued a color or print.  You can get these diapers for 15 to 25% off, which can be a huge savings for you when you’re starting out.

Win Your Stash

This takes a lot of luck and dedication to entering giveaways on your part… but at any given time, there are at least 30 diapers up for grabs.  In fact, I currently have four cloth diaper giveaways up on my blog at the time of publication.  We do joke in my local community that one of our members has a Golden Horseshoe based on how frequently she wins giveaways.  It seems to be contagious; diaper wins in our area are up.  (And they aren’t just winning on my blog, either.)

Cloth Diaper Lending Banks

There are organizations out there that have one mandate in mind: get cloth diapers on babies’ bums.  These organizations are meant to be sustainable because it’s a one time loan per family, and that family can return the diapers when they are no longer needed so that they can be loaned out to the next family.  Cloth for a Cause is one such organization that services Canada.  Giving Diapers, Giving Hope and The Rebecca Foundation Cloth Diaper Closet offers assistance across the United States.

As you can see, cloth diaper start up fees can be easily adjusted for what your family can afford.  You can spend nothing or you can spend a fortune.  It’s all a matter of what you find that works for you.

What suggestions do you have for reducing cloth diaper start up fees?