Friday, November 27, 2009

Another Reason To Love Softbums

One more reason to love Softbums diapers...They are releasing a new cover in a print. Let's be honest, cloth diapering is a bit harder than disposables, but some of us mamas really don't mind a bit because the diapers are so cute and print diaper covers are the icing on the cake. At the Softbums website, they are having a contest to see who can guess the new print, what would you choose if you were going to make one print on the trimmest, best fitting diaper out there????

Go check it out!

Monday, November 16, 2009

17+ reasons to love Softbums diapers

No other diaper fit these chunky thighs right, and he grew a pound a week, so adjustability was a must!

Softbums on the left, Bum Genius 3.0 on the right, both adjusted to a medium rise. Softbums is way trimmer.

Nice bright colors, wouldn't it be fun to coordinate clothes?

DD in Softbums singing the Imperial March from Star Wars, same rise setting as on the 3 mo old above...

UPDATED CONTENT (3 1/3 months):

I have been testing out Softbums Perfect fit diapers for the last 3 1/2 months. I LOVE THEM! I ordered them initially because every diaper I owned was causing painful red marks on DS and I didn't want to go back to prefolds to solve the problem. They were pretty much better than every other diaper I had ever used in pretty much every way...

After the first month I notice a significant increase in the diaper's absorbency. Also, if you use two inserts and are super brave, they work as a nighttime diaper. They won't leak for my baby who nurses a lot at night or my toddler who pees heavily at night. However, my toddler doesn't wear softbums at night because we get ammonia build-up (the highly acidic nighttime toddler pee sitting all night in a PUL cover=ammonia problems and this is common for lots of toddlers so we are using sposies at night and hoping to get a wool wrap that fits like a softbums cover soon!)

17 things to love about SOFTBUMS

1) fast and easy diaper changes, cover and diaper go on in one step.
2) easy like an all-in-one, but you can re-use the shell if the diaper was only peed in rather than washing the whole thing. Note: I use doublers at every change and recommend this, if I didn't, I couldn't reuse the shells, they would be too wet. Most of my doublers are homemade.
3) No stuffing inserts like pocket diapers, one snap and you're done (some all-in-two diapers have two snaps, but one is enough, it saves me time.)
4) trimmest one-size diaper on the market, noticeably trimmer than bum genius 3.0.
5) simplicity, it has a hidden rise-adjustment, the front of the diaper isn't littered with snaps.
6) the fasteners are high-quality aplix, so they DON'T come undone in the wash. I do recommend that you always line dry the shells if you have aplix so the aplix doesn't curl or wear out as quickly. Snap covers always last longer, but aplix is more convenient and after hundreds of diaper changes the convenience becomes worth it. Aplix might not last all the way through potty training, but if the cover is in good condition a nice WAHM can replace the aplix if needed for a small fee.
7.prefolds are usually 4x8x4 layers of cotton, bumgenius is 3 microfiber layers throughout the diaper. My kids always soaked through the front and leaked before the moisture was absorbed to the back of the diaper. In a softbums the absorbent layers in the microfiber are 2 microfiber layers in the back and 4 in the front where you need it. This allows the diaper to be super trim, especially between the legs and still not leak. I had leaks at first, but now they never leak because the diapers are fully prepped and I use a doubler on my heavy wetter.
8) these diapers save space! My original stash of cotton fitted diapers filled two laundry baskets. The same number of diaper changes in a softbums diaper takes less than 1/4 of that amount of space. So your diaper storage space is smaller, your diaper pail is smaller, your wetbag is smaller, your laundry loads are smaller, the space in your diaper bag is less, shipping is cheaper, etc.
9) these diapers are super adjustable, so you can get the right fit and no more red marks on those precious thunder thighs. If you ever have red marks just loosen the elastic a 1/2 inch, problem solved.
10) the colors are bright and cute, toddlers like the panda label. you'll get compliments for sure.
11) The softbums insert is easier to spray poop off of. Prefolds, pockets, and fitteds have too many folds or crevices and softbums has fleece so poop rolls right off. Since the shell is microfleece, it doesn't hold stains like the binding on a typical cover would, poo rinses right off, it isn't seudecloth so you don't have to worry about repelling issues quite as much like bum genius.
12) They dry quick, you can even line dry the dry-touch inserts (bamboo takes too long and gets crunchy).
13) there is a bamboo option on this diaper if you don't want microfiber. Also bamboo helps your baby retain the all important wet-dry awareness, but it is a comfortable wet (slightly damp not soaking wet). I personally use the bamboo at night only.
14) The microfiber inserts make for a super economical and convenient diapering system. Microfiber can be difficult to launder (esp in hard water), but for one willing to have a careful laundry routine, this is the way to go. (I'll write about microfiber trouble-shooting later. Just bleaching microfiber once a month works for some moms, but there are lots of other gentler tricks. see
15) Cute colors!
16) Economical when bought in a package. At around $14 dollars for bamboo even the premium Softbums are cheaper (per diaper change) than a fitted, pocket, or all-in-one. The regular are about $8-9. A prefold with a thirsties cover is about $5.50 to $6.25 per diaper change, but you can't adjust the fit on thighs, you don't have as much absorbancy, you have to trifold it, the absorbancy isn't as well distributed, the velcro isn't as good, it is more bulky under clothing, etc.
17) These would fit a newborn, and they definitely contain newborn poo! Okay we've had some blow-outs, but just a few and to put it in perspective, my older kids had DAILY blow-outs in disposable diapers, so containment is so refreshing!

Cons: This diaper doesn't have a warranty. If you bug them, they'll eventually fix problems though. The covers are pricey (they are still economical if you use them 2-3 years). I think you are paying for innovation (perfect fit!!!!) and convenience, not above average quality. Some of my covers had annoying cosmetic flaws like untrimmed threads or the microfleece sewed on backwards, or crooked seams. I've had diapers that never leaked or ever had a blow-out unlike Softbums, but they were way, way too bulky. It was overkill. That said, I still prefer Softbums over anything else.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Softbums at night!!!

Update (1/15/2010)
I like Softbums at night because my other night diapers were so BULKY I felt bad putting them on. In my experience, Softbums can work at night IF the diaper is at its full absorbency (maybe 5 or more washes) and you double up on inserts. I use bamboo inserts only at night because the combination of my toddlers night urine (more acidic) and the long period the diaper was worn started causing ammonia buildup, ugh. My baby has no issues with softbums at night and so I think softbums at night might be only for babies, not toddlers. Currently I am looking into getting a wool wrap and just laying in my softbums inserts for night. The wool and bamboo should give a nice breathable/absorbant nighttime diaper. I will update after I have tested it.

One night after switching to Softbums, I decided to use my old nighttime diaper, a bumgenius with both doublers. My poor little guy was SOAKED halfway through the night, I also tried a disposable and he soaked through that too. I take forgranted that with my Softbums I've got about 9+ layers of ultra absorbant fabric in the wet zone. The Bum Genius is only 5 layers and bulkier and the velcro is lousy...

When choosing a nighttime diapering system I think in terms of layers and absorbancy.
If you have leaks at night and the inserts are completely soaked you need more layers. If you have leaks and the inserts aren't completely soaked, you need more absorbancy in the pee zone, more layers in the pee zone, and/or you need a fabric that absorbs more quickly for the top layers (ie bamboo over hemp...).