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.

Snappy Greens One Size Hybrid Fitted Diaper Review

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Cloth Diaper Insert Absorbency Test #1

A couple of days ago, my friend Heather over at The Parenting Patch did a great cloth diaper insert absorbency test on some of her inserts.  She tested out Fuzzi Bunz minky, Best Bottom Hemp, Sunbaby Bamboo, and Alva Baby bamboo.  When I shared it on my Facebook page, one of my readers asked about BumGenius diaper inserts.  With that in mind, I figured I’d pick up where Heather left off and test some of my own inserts.

Testing Jamtots, BumGenius, large Blueberry, and small Blueberry inserts

Testing Jamtots, BumGenius, large Blueberry, and small Blueberry inserts

I tested four inserts: a BumGenius 4.0 large microfiber insert, a Blueberry large microfiber insert, a Blueberry small microfiber insert, and a Jamtots hemp insert.

My testing method was a bit different than Heather’s method.  (This was just the easiest, most scientific way for me to be exact.)  I started out with my four inserts.  I weighed each insert dry.  After that, I soaked each insert in a liter of water for two minutes, then allowed the insert to dip for one minute.  I then weighed the wet insert.  To test how compression would impact each insert, I gently squeezed out the extra moisture from each insert and again weighed it.

Some metric conversion stuff for you: one liter of water is approximately a quart.  I used the scale to weigh the wet inserts because one milliliter of water weighs one gram, so it was just the most simplistic method I could think of.  Oh, and a cup of water is roughly 250 milliliters.

Jamtots:
dry weight: 58 g
soaked weight: 219 g
wrung out weight: 164 g

So the Jamtots absorbed 161 mL of water, which is roughly 2/3 of a cup.  After I squeezed out the extra water, there was 106 mL remaining, which is just under 1/2 a cup.  The Jamtots insert held roughly twice its weight in water after compressing!  For the compression test, the Jamtots lost 34% of the moisture.  I believe I squeezed the Jamtots most vigorously since it’s harder to tell by feel with the Jamtots insert.

BumGenius 4.0:
dry weight: 63 g
soaked weight: 311 g
wrung out weight: 221 g

The BumGenius 4.0 insert absorbed 248 mL of water in two minutes, which is just short of a full cup of water!  However, it’s microfiber, so it is more prone to compression than the hemp insert tested above.  After wringing out the extra water, it was down to 158 mL remaining, which is roughly 2/3 of a cup.  Had I been more vigourous with squeezing out the water, I probably would have lost more water.  What this demonstrated is that while microfiber is extremely efficient at absorbing moisture very quickly, it’s quite prone to compression.  After compression, there was a 37% reduction in absorbed moisture.

Small Blueberry:
dry weight: 41 g
soaked weight: 255 g
wrung out weight: 128 g

The small Blueberry insert absorbed 214 mL of water in two minutes, which is essentially 9/10 of a cup of water.  Again, it’s also microfiber, so the same details after wringing out apply.  After wringing out, I was left with 87 mL of water, which is just over 1/3 of a cup.  That amount of compression was more in line with a baby truly compressing the diaper.  After compression, there was a 60% reduction in the absorbed moisture.

Large Blueberry:
dry weight: 73 g
soaked weight: 377 g
rung out weight: 241 g

In two minutes, the large Blueberry insert absorbed 304 mL of water, which translates out to over 1 and 1/4 cups!  Again, it’s microfiber, which makes for a super fast absorption rate, but the same compression issues still apply.  After wringing out (again, more vigourously than the BumGenius wring out), 168 mL (or just under 3/4 of a cup) remained.  That’s a compression loss of 45%.

Ultimately, the winners for most absorbed after compression were:

1st: Large Blueberry
2nd: BumGenius 4.0
3rd: Jamtots
4th: Small Blueberry

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Overnight Cloth Diapers for My Super Soaker Toddler

Overnight cloth diaper

Finally! We found an overnight cloth diaper solution for us. It’s not trim, but it works.

I struggled with using cloth diapers overnight for Norton.  I went through a variety of diapers.   In fact, a large part of the reason that I have so many varieties of cloth diapers started because I was on the quest for an overnight cloth diaper solution for my boy.

I bought two Bumboo fitted cloth diapers for Norton, but the husband refused to use them because the rise adjustment was just too confusing for him.  He requires a diaper that has the rise pre-set for him (and pre-stuffed if it’s a pocket diaper) so all he needs to do is slap it on a baby’s butt and go about his day.  For a while, we did all right with Tots Bots Easy Fit diapers.  That was when Tots Bots Easy Fit first came out with their old style, which was Velcro only.  We had intermittent success with that method when stuffed with a hemp doubler, but we ultimately had to give up any sort of Velcro diaper on Norton.  Right now, Tots Bots Easy Fit diapers are what I use on Eudora for overnights; I stuff them with an extra Fuzzi Bunz microfiber insert.

For well over a year, I gave up on overnight cloth diapers with Norton.  My pocket diapers weren’t cutting it.  My fitted diapers were too confusing.  My GroVia hybrid diapers just weren’t overnight material, particularly considering at that time the only inserts available were the organic cotton.   We ended up using disposables overnight.  Even that wasn’t a perfect solution; we still frequently found both Norton and his bed saturated in the morning.  Sometimes the diaper would rupture and he’d have all of those yucky microbead gel things on him.  I really didn’t like those on my boy’s bits.

Recently, I got an idea.  I thought it was pretty inspired.  Blueberry diapers have this wonderfully long insert.  It’s so long that it folds completely in half and covers the entire length of the diaper.  What if I tried two of those inserts?  It’s not like I was using the second long insert that I had…  At that time, I only had two Blueberry diapers: one was a spotted Blueberry diaper I bought a year ago for Norton, and the other was Eudora’s beautiful Butterflies diaper.  She’s far too tiny for that super long insert.

So I double stuffed that diaper.  It was super stuffed.  Norton looked like he had a pillow under his pajama pants.  I kept my fingers crossed that we wouldn’t have compression leaks.

The next morning, Norton’s diaper was just saturated.  It was at the point that it could have been weighed in pounds.  But his pajamas were dry.  So was his bed.

A few days after that experiment, I bought two more Blueberry pocket diapers off of a mom in my local diaper swap group.  I tried stuffing two Blueberry long inserts in the pocket with a hemp insert in the middle.  As soon as I saw Norton wearing that one, I realized that it wasn’t going to work.  The diaper was stuffed so thick that it made the rise way too low.  I took out one of the long Blueberry inserts and left one long Blueberry insert and one Jamtots hemp insert.

It was fantastic.  Norton was still soaked, but the results were even better.

Now I have two overnight cloth diapers for Norton: a double stuffed Blueberry pocket diaper and a Blueberry pocket diaper stuffed with one long Blueberry microterry insert and a Jamtots hemp insert.  Even better, it’s an overnight cloth diaper solution that my husband can use.

What are you using overnight?

Prepping Your Brand New Cloth Diapers

So you’ve taken the plunge.  You’ve decided that you’re going to use cloth diapers.  Now you’ve got this beautiful stack of fluff in front of you.  What next?  Prepping your cloth diapers for the first use is actually pretty simple.  It depends completely on what kind of materials you’re using, but here’s a good run down that will help you out.

The first thing that you need to look at is if you’re using natural or synthetic fibers.  I use mainly synthetic because I just like the absorbency of microfiber and microterry.

Synthetic – Wash it once using a good cloth diaper laundry routine, including a cloth diaper friendly detergent.  Dry the inserts and the shells if the manufacturer instructions recommend it.

Natural – Wash three to five times, preferably not with your synthetic diapers.  There are natural oils and such that are on your brand spanking new hemp or bamboo diapers that can impact the absorbency of your synthetics.  If you’re only looking to prepare a couple of inserts, you can always boil them for ten to fifteen minutes.  This is only if they are inserts or prefolds.  If the diaper has any sort of elastic or PUL, boiling will destroy the diaper.  So how do you prep those beautiful bamboo fitteds?  You can always wash them on hot with your towels, but use a cloth diaper safe detergent.

Will you wreck your diapers if you initially wash them all together?  No, of course not.  You may end up with repelling issues and have to strip your diapers, but that’s still fixable (albeit time consuming).  In the interest of true confessions, when I got my first bamboo diaper, I didn’t know any better and washed them all together.  I got lucky and didn’t have issues, but that’s probably because it was only one diaper.

Or, to for a quick explanation on how to prep your new diapers: wash them.  A lot.  Synthetics with synthetics, organics with organics.  After they’re prepped, you can wash them all together and they’ll live happily ever after.

Synthetics I’ve used and loved:

Flip by Cotton Babies with a microfiber insert


Best Bottom stay dry insert

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Natural fiber inners I’ve used and loved:

Bummis Beautiful Basic (prefolds & cover)

Baby Kicks Joey Bunz Hemp Inserts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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