If you are looking to keep your "ecological footprint" small, cloth diapering is the way to go. Eco-friendly disposable diapers exist, however, they can be expensive and still create a large amount of waste. You will quickly realize that there are many cloth diaper styles to choose from such as all-in-one (AIO), all-in-two (AI2), pockets and covers. Not only are there many styles of modern day cloth diapers, each company has their own take on each style.
My advice is to buy a few styles of cloth diapers from several different companies. I started out with a variety of styles from many different companies. After a month or so of trying them out, I sold the ones that did not work well for my long and slender boy. Then, I used the money to buy more of the ones that worked. Say what?! Yes! A great benefit to using cloth diapers is that you can sell them once all of your children are out of diapers.
Okay, enough of the introductions! In case you are still on the fence, I think these pictures of the Smart Bottoms AIO in Allister will probably do the trick. Smart Bottoms is a family-owned company right here in the United State and their diapers are made in the USA. Their high-quality diaper line includes the Smart Bottoms one-size AIO, Born Smart newborn AIO, Too Smart cover, Lil' Swimmer and Lil' Trainer. Today, I will be reviewing the Smart Bottoms one-size, organic cotton all-in-one cloth diaper.
This diaper is a wonderful addition to your stash because it is very similar to a disposable diaper. All-in-one diapers are an easy style for caregivers to learn how to use the cloth diapers. The absorbent insert is attached to the back of the waterproof cover. This "tongue" of absorbency can be folded for more coverage in the middle for girls or more coverage in the front for boys.
In addition to the versatility of the attached insert, this diaper comes only in one size fitting most babies from birth to potty training. This is made possible by four rise settings that you can easily snap and modify as baby grows. Some one-size diapers can be very bulky on tiny babies since there has to be enough material to fit them until they are 35lbs. The Smart Bottoms AIO is not bulky at all, even on my son who has been in the 1st percentile since he was born.
The inside of the diaper is lined with 100% certified organic cotton. Why is this important? Conventional cotton is doused in pesticides, whereas, organic cotton is free of chemicals. Organic cotton is very soft when dried in a dryer but can become a little stiff if you air dry. For this diaper, I usually let it air dry and then throw it in the dryer at the very end on very low heat. On the bright side, this AIO has a relatively short drying time compared to similar natural fiber all-in-one diapers.
My favorite part about this diaper, aside from the adorable designs, is that the elastic is hidden behind the organic cotton lining. Make sure to tuck in the lining around the legs when you put on the diaper to avoid a leak. The main reason it took me so long to try this diaper is because it costs $29. I am a stay-at-home mom and we are living on one income, therefore, we could not afford a whole stash of these amazing diapers. Instead, I picked out my favorite print, Allister, and am currently saving up to get a few more. My son is beginning school two mornings a week, so I will need a few more easy diapers to send with him. There are pro's and con's to everything but this diaper is definitely a winner in my book.
- Trim fit
- Cute prints
- Made in the USA
- Modifiable absorbency
- Easy for parents and caregivers
- All-in-one is similar to disposables
- One-size fitting most babies from 10-35lbs
- 100% Certified Organic Cotton Lining and Insert
- Relatively short drying time (compared to other natural fiber AIO)
- Price (worth every penny but more expensive than other AIO)
- Leaks may occur if the cotton lining isn't completely tucked in
- It seems to show stains more than others but that is easily fixed by sunning
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Who has tried Smart Bottoms before and how many of them make up your diaper stash?