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.

Thirsties AIO

Thirsties redesigned their all-in-one a little bit ago. Here’s a list of the new AIO’s features:

  • Tongue style insert- four layers of microfiber total- three in tongue, one sewn in
  • Insert topped and shell lined with microfleece
  • Available in hook and loop (nice and strong) and snaps (two rows instead of one)
  • Easier to wash than the old tunnel style
  • Dries quickly
  • Pretty absorbent
  • Can add booster under tongue
  • Makes for a fluffy bottom (I had to bribe Little Man with chocolate to get him to hold still for pictures 🙂 )
  • One size to fit from 8 to 40 pounds
  • Three rise settings

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The changes to the all-in-one design are a great improvement, but I miss the two sizes. I feel like you get a better fit with the two different sizes, especially when you have a bitty newborn or a big toddler.  That being said, this does fit to 40 pounds. I was able to use it on Sister up to that weight, then sadly she outgrew it. I think the snaps fit a little smaller, as the hook and loop adds a little width around the waist. Thirsties products have always been of great quality, and they still are. There’s a reason they’re one of the more popular brands.

Thirsties Redesigned All-in-One Review- Cloth Diaper Addicts

If you’re looking to buy one, you can go to Thirsties’ website and find a store local to you. This diaper was provided to me by my local cloth diaper dealer, Kristin of Northern Natural Baby and Mom. As of the time of this writing, she does not carry Thirsties’ products and is working on opening a home show floor. Check her out, she offers free shipping in Michigan.

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Still, though, even if you do use microfiber, that second tiny insert is often not the most useful thing ever.  So what do you do with those unused microfiber inserts? [Read more…]

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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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