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.

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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: Fitted Diaper from Diapers by Chris

When I came across Diapers by Chris, I was excited to see how comfy Chris’s diapers look and the cute prints she has available. She has quite a few diaper prints and designs that I haven’t seen before. After checking out her Facebook page and Web site, an “Avengers” fitted diaper caught my eye. One of my son’s middle names is Thor, so I asked Chris if she could make him a “Thor” diaper. She said she would look for fabric, and she found some!

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Chris began sewing cloth diapers after her daughter was born. Like many of us, she was concerned about the negative impact disposables have on our environment.

All of her diapers are sewed with fabrics like natural bamboo, hemp, cotton, and fleece. Although she can make perfect-size or newborn-size diapers, many of her premade diapers are one-size, fitting approximately 12-35 lbs. Chris also offers several styles: fitteds, hybrid fitted, all-in-one, and all-in-two.

The Thor diaper is a fleece one-size fitted diaper with layers of fleece on the outside and inside. Also included were two soakers: large and small. Chris sent a handwritten note with the diaper. In it, she explained some laundering instructions as well as information about the diaper specifically. She also thanked me for my purchase. I thought this was a very nice, personal touch.

The diaper is about 6″ wide at the narrowest part. The size is very customizable, since there are three rows of snap adjustment for the rise and ten snaps at the waist/hip.

¬†To give you an idea on size, the back of this fitted diaper measures 15″ from wing to wing, fully stretched. The front measures about 10 1/2″ from wing to wing.

A BumGenius pocket diaper measures 15 1/2″ from wing to wing (fully stretched) at the back. The front measures just over 11″ from wing to wing.

A TotsBots Bamboozle fitted diaper measures 16″ at the back with the wings full stretched and 9 3/4″ at the front.

(Note: Measurements are approximate. I’m not an expert measurement taker person.)

The small soaker is 12″ long and 3 3/4″ wide. It’s made with bamboo fleece and topped with bamboo velour. The large soaker is about 14 1/4″ long and 4 3/4″ wide. The large soaker is also made with bamboo fleece but topped with crushed panne. Both soakers are very soft, but the bamboo velour feels silkier than the panne.

My experiences with the diaper:

My son wears this diaper on the lowest rise setting. He’s 4 months and 17 lbs. in the photo below. He still has a lot of room to grow in this diaper. I’ve been able to get a good, snug fit around the legs with this diaper.

I was skeptical at first of how well fleece would work, since it’s the first fleece diaper in our stash. I thought the fleece would get soaked quickly, and I’d have to change him for sure after a couple hours in the diaper.

Yeah, I was really wrong about that! I now absolutely love fleece as a diaper fabric! After about 3 hours in the diaper without a cover, the outer fleece wasn’t even feeling damp. I took my son to the change table anyway. When I opened up his diaper, the soakers were wet, but the fleece diaper was still completely dry. The larger soaker wasn’t completely soaked yet, either, and could’ve held more pee. I tossed the soakers in our diaper pail, and stuck a doubler inside…snapped the diaper back up, and good to go for another 3 hours! After that (we were approaching 6 hours total with the diaper at this point), the fleece was starting to feel just a little tiny bit damp.

The next time I tried this diaper on my son, the plan was to use it without the soakers, so I could have a genuine idea of how long it would be before this diaper would start to feel really wet. Unfortunately, my son thwarted my plans by pooping in it several minutes after putting the diaper on him. No matter. Now I can attest that the diaper holds poo in!

I tried this diaper again on my son without the soakers, but I did put a diaper cover over top. The front of this diaper started to feel wet after an hour, but the back still felt dry. It feels like the diaper has more layers of fleece in the back, due to the “Thor” print, so that is probably why.

Fast forward a few times. I’ve used this diaper with the soakers and without a cover on my son every couple of days for the last two weeks. The soakers take longer to dry than the diaper, but that’s to be expected, since they’re made with bamboo.

This diaper and the soakers are holding up, they appear to be well-constructed. They are soft and definitely do the job.

Want a Diaper by Chris of your own? You could win one! Chris will be sponsoring a prize for the Hoppin’ Halloween Giveaway Hop Oct. 25-31 right here on My Life: A Work in Progress. Stay tuned for the giveaway in just a few short weeks! Can’t wait? Buy your own! =) Check out Diapers by Chris on Facebook¬†and her store!

Note: I purchased the item reviewed above. I was not compensated for this review. The opinions are my own.

 

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