Review: Buttons One-Size Cloth Diaper Cover, Insert & Doubler

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Buttons Cloth Diapers are a brand I’d heard little about before getting the chance to review their one-size cover with insert and doubler.

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Buttons one-size diaper cover, daytime insert, and nighttime doubler

The Buttons brand is founded by a husband and wife team from Washington State. They believe cloth diapers should be easy to use and affordable.

Their system is quite easy to use. This system is generally referred to as an all-in-two or AI2 diaper: the diaper cover and snap-in insert.

The diaper cover is one-size, fitting many babies from birth until potty training (approximately 9 to 35 lbs). The cover is adjustable by using the snaps on the front across the waist and up/down the rise.

Buttons cloth diaper one-size diaper cover. Find out more on My Life: A Work in Progress
Left photo- rise is opened all the way to largest size. Right photo- smallest rise and waist setting (photo zoomed in)

Since the cover is made from PUL, it’s waterproof. You can also wipe the inside clean and air it out to use again before washing. The cover also features double gussets around the legs. I don’t find double gussets absolutely necessary, but they’re a nice bonus in holding poo in, especially with a young or small baby. There’s also elastic at the back and front of the diaper, which I love. I’ll go into the why further down in this post, when I talk about nighttime diapering.

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We received the large daytime insert (fits babies 20 to 35 lbs), and it snaps right into the diaper cover. This insert is¬†really¬†absorbent! It’s probably the most absorbent microfiber insert we own.¬†The insert is made from four-layers of microfiber.¬†The downside, obviously, is that the insert is quite thick, so there’s lots of bulk on Baby J’s bum. That’s just a normal part of cloth diapering.

The daytime insert is topped with a moisture-wicking fleece that goes against your baby’s skin.¬†The fleece is really soft, and I’m a fan of using fleece against Baby J’s skin to prevent rash. I often cut strips from an old fleece blanket and place a strip inside his cotton diapers for the moisture-wicking properties.

Notice how the insert reaches past the front of the diaper in the below photo? I’m going to bring that up when I’m talking about nighttime diapering in a minute.

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Buttons one-size cover with daytime insert snapped inside.

We also were sent the large nighttime doubler. It is not topped with fleece, so it’s not meant to be used alone. You snap it underneath the daytime insert, and the entire thing then gets snapped into the diaper cover. The nighttime doubler has 6 layers of microfiber. So when the two are used together, Baby J has TEN layers of microfiber. He does not pee out of this diaper (probably won’t ever, hahah).

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Top: Buttons nighttime doubler. Bottom: Buttons daytime insert.
I folded the insert over on the end, so you can see the fleece. That’s the side you want touching your baby’s skin.

Again, the downside is ten layers make it a very bulky diaper, but it doesn’t end up being bulkier than what I usually put on him at night. In order to go all night in a single diaper, he always has multiple layers.

So about nighttime diapering…I’ve already mentioned in this post that the daytime insert is a little long and that the diaper has elastic in the front. This is the only diaper cover we own that has elastic in the front and that is very, very handy for nighttime diapering.

When I double or triple diaper layers for nights, the covers that we have usually gap at the top of whatever diaper Baby J is wearing. Sometimes the fitted diaper and/or inserts (whatever combination we’re using) poke up above the diaper cover, so by morning, Baby J’s PJs are wet. Not so with this Buttons diaper cover! The elastic in the front folds and fits snugly over both the bulky daytime insert and nighttime doubler. Even though the inserts are quite long, the Buttons cover still manages to just cover the inserts, thanks to the elastic. I wish more diaper covers had this feature!

Washing is simple enough. Rinse on cold. Wash on hot with a cloth-diaper appropriate detergent (read about my cloth diaper laundry routine HERE). I then tumble dry the insert and doubler, and hang the cover to air dry.

Buttons one-size diaper cover, daytime insert, and nighttime doubler- On a 23lb. 20 month old
Buttons one-size diaper cover, daytime insert, and nighttime doubler- On a 23lb. 20 month old

Currently, Buttons diaper covers retail for $11 each, the daytime inserts for $3.50 each, and the nighttime doublers for $5 each. Buttons also sells flushable bamboo liners and wetbags. You can also find their products on Amazon.

Overall, I’m very impressed with the quality of diaper and features for the price. If you’re looking for affordable cloth diapering, especially affordable nighttime options, check out Buttons diapers.

Connect with Buttons Diapers at the links below:

Buttons Diapers website | Buttons Diapers on Facebook | Buttons Diapers on Twitter | Buttons Diapers on Pinterest

Note: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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Review: Pocket diaper from ShopDiaper.com

If you’ve spent any time at all in the cloth diaper community here in the States or Canada, you’ve probably realized that cloth diapers from China are a hot topic. But the fact is that many American and Canadian-owned companies have their cloth diapers manufactured overseas as well (and charge more). In the long run, cloth diapers are cheaper than disposables and more environmentally-friendly. However, in the beginning, there’s sticker shock for many parents I think, when they realize how much many of the cloth diapers cost upfront. It can be expensive initially! Sites like ShopDiaper.com make cloth diapering possible for parents who might not otherwise be able to afford it.

I received a free¬†ShopDiaper brand one-size pocket diaper in yellow to review (see the bottom of this post to find out how you can get one for free too!).¬†The outside of this diaper is made with a waterproof fabric called polyurethane laminated, or PUL. The diaper feels a little thin to me, so I don’t know that it’s something that will last for years. It’s a very inexpensive diaper to purchase, so it makes sense that the quality likely¬†isn’t as¬†high as a diaper that costs much, much¬†more.¬†I’ve washed this pocket diaper several times, and it’s held up so far, but obviously only time will tell. If I do have any issues, I will update this post.

The inside¬†fabric of¬†this diaper is suede cloth. This is actually one of my favorite fabrics to use if I sew cloth diapers myself. Suede cloth wicks moisture from skin, which I really like. My son’s skin¬†seems to be particularly sensitive, so if I use a cotton or bamboo diaper on him, I often end up putting in a strip of fleece or another moisture-wicking fabric, so he doesn’t end up with a rash.¬†I don’t have to add the fleece with this pocket diaper.

It’s a one-size diaper. One-size¬†usually means the diaper will¬†fit most babies from birth through potty training. However, this ShopDiaper brand pocket diaper seemed bigger to me than many of our other diaper brands. I think this diaper would be too big for a newborn, but that makes it a good,¬†inexpensive¬†option for large babies or older toddlers.

The rows of snaps on the front and around the waist are what make this diaper one-size. They allow the diaper to be adjusted to fit your little one.

Shop Diaper brand pocket diaper- Find out more on My Life: A Work in Progress

Shop Diaper brand pocket diaper- Find out more on My Life: A Work in Progress

Shop Diaper brand pocket diaper- Find out more on My Life: A Work in Progress

 Shop Diaper brand pocket diaper- Find out more on My Life: A Work in Progress

The only thing that I didn’t like about this diaper was the insert. It’s made of microfiber terry, which is good. I find that to be a very absorbent fabric¬†that’ll take a beating in the wash. But this¬†insert seemed thin, and it’s not very long. In fact, I almost wonder if I received a newborn insert. (Now that I think about it, I wish I had a photo of this insert next to a BumGenius insert, to give you an idea on the size. I’m out of town though, so I’ll have to add one later this week…be on the lookout for that!)

For nap time, I’ve been adding a second insert (different brand) to the pocket to make up for the small, thin insert. If he’s just playing inside, I’ll leave in the insert, but change him after about an hour. Sometimes¬†the insert is still fairly dry, but if he’s been drinking a lot,¬†the insert will be pretty saturated.¬†Again though, I think it’s a matter of having realistic expectations for the price you pay (and for me, that was nothing).

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ShopDiaper brand pocket diaper on 18-month old toddler (12th weight percentile- 22 pounds).

When I received the diaper, I prewashed it and dried it before first use. Per ShopDiaper, during regular washing, the diaper should be pre-washed and then washed in cold, followed by an additional rinse. It’s recommended that you line dry the diaper shell, and tumble dry the insert. There’s a decent FAQ section on their site that goes through detailed instructions on laundering.

If you need a truly inexpensive cloth diapering option, stop by ShopDiaper.com to see what they have. The diaper I received from them currently retails for just $4.99. Cotton inserts start at $4.99 for a three-pack, and microfiber start at $5.99 for three.

ShopDiaper also sells Alva Baby diapers, which are quite popular. I have one Alva, and I’m very pleased with the quality. You can also find toys and baby accessories like bibs for sale on their site.

Now, since I haven’t actually ordered from the ShopDiaper site, I can’t speak for that experience, but I can tell you that the representative I’ve been in touch with has been courteous, and I received the diaper very quickly after our email conversation.

Right now, you can get a FREE diaper with your order of $1 or more. Just click HERE  for details.

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Diaper Junction Cyber Monday Sale!

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Cyber Monday

It’s Cyber Monday over at Diaper Junction! If this is your first time hearing about DJ, it’s my favorite cloth diaper specialty store!

Cloth diapers & diaper covers at Diaper Junction

I happen to live only about 15 minutes away, so I can pop in whenever I want or need to. If you’re in the Hampton Roads area, they offer free classes like Cloth Diapering 101 and Babywearing 101. Out of town? They have reasonable shipping and lots of deals!

Don’t cloth diaper? They have other items for mom and baby like baby carriers, teething, toys, natural skin care, and more.

In addition to the 11/28-12/3 ThanksGiveAway Weekend Event that offers double rewards and $25 stash cash promotion (with $75 purchase), score these discounts today:

  • 30% off Diaper Rite AIOs and Bamboo Pockets
  • 25% off Pink Daisy Menstrual Pads – just $21
  • 14% off Tots Bots Easy Fit
  • Select LilyPadz – $16
  • Imse Vimse Swim Diapers – $11
  • MotherEase Swim Diapers – $13

So what are you waiting for? Click on the banner below and go visit Diaper Junction!

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