The first cloth diaper covers I ever used were sized. Bummis was tops on my list because of all the high reviews. When Erik was born, I found the newborn Bummis covers to be some of my favorites. This year Bummis has released a long-awaited one size cover – the Simply Lite!
I received a Simply Lite cover in the Denim Dot print plus a Bummis unbleached prefold (infant size) and a flushable liner to review.
There are two rows of snaps on the rise of the Simply Lite which means you essentially get three sizes: – small, medium and large. If you’ll notice, there’s not a center snap on the medium row of snaps. I’m not sure why it’s designed this way, and didn’t get an answer from Bummis, but it doesn’t affect function.
This wrap-style cover retails for $16.95, which is a little higher than other Bummis styles, and includes:
- Soft and smooth PUL fabric can be wiped clean inside for re-use
- Stretchy wings and elasticized back and waist
- A style that’s compatible with all types of diapers – fitteds, prefolds, flats, bamboo and hemp inserts, etc.
- White mesh inner fabric for front snap reinforcement
- Front flap to help secure inserts
- Generous size range of approximately 8 to 35 pounds
- 3 colors and 2 prints to choose from
The Bummis prefold I received is unbleached, so the fabric is softer than the bleached white ones (unbleached flats are also softer than their white counterparts, too). It’s nice and “quilty” and can be easily folded in thirds and laid in this cover without any pins or fasteners required. The infant size prefold fits perfectly into the cover at its largest setting (all the snaps opened up); however, the drawback is that if your baby is wearing size medium, you have to fold down the front of the Bummis prefold to fit. This makes it very bulky.
The snaps on this cover are very strong, and might look a little different than those on other covers in your stash.
There is a just a single row of snaps at the waist, so that’s thankfully less to fasten. However, it does mean the wings curl back when the diaper is on my babies. Our Simply Lite cover is also very roomy in the rear. Because of this it has turned out to perform just as well at night as it does in daylight hours. I can pack in a bulky fitted plus an extra doubler with no problems.
One feature that didn’t seem to make much of a difference in function (i.e. fit or leak prevention) was the front elastic. In fact, because it makes the cover “roll in” at the waistband, I would actually prefer the Simply Lite did not have the elasticized front.
If you don’t already know, all Bummis wraps are made in their Montreal factory to ensure top quality and ethical labor practices. The diaper cover components themselves are also manufactured here in North America. Organic cotton prefolds are made in Pakistan (Bummis is working with their supplier right now to get SA 8000 certification in social accountability).
Here’s a size range chart that shows the prefold measurements before washing (they shrink about 20% in size) as well as the thickness of the fabric layers:
|Preemie||4 – 9 lbs (2 – 4 kg)||9.5 x 13″ (24 x 33 cm)||2 x 6 x 2 ply|
|Infant||7 – 20 lbs (3 – 9 kg)||12 x 16″ (30 x 40 cm)||4 x 8 x 4 ply|
|Baby||15 – 40 lbs (7 – 18 kg)||14 x 21″ (35 x 53 cm)||4 x 8 x 4 ply|
Now let’s see what the new Simply Lite looks like on my baby and toddler!
Erik is 17 pounds and almost 11 months old:
Susanna is 2 years old and about 27 pounds:
Here are the colors and prints you can choose from (so far):
If you were hoping there was going to be a giveaway…you’re in luck! Bummis is going to give one of my readers the chance to win a new Simply Lite cover! Enter to win below.