Buttons Diapers recently added a few new products to their lineup and sent some complimentary samples for a review. I received a cover in the Critters print (which was introduced this Fall), a small daytime and small nighttime hemp insert, a diaper pail liner in the Thicket (leaves) print and a package of 6 velour wipes.
Since my previous review, an embroidered button has been added to the back of each cover, giving it a cute signature look. This is still one of my favorite covers; we use Buttons Diapers daily for both 4-month-old Ingrid and almost-two Erik. Features include a wipeable interior, super soft and durable 2-layer PUL, front and back elastics, double gussets around the leg openings, snap closure and a suggested size range of 9 to 35 pounds (I actually used Buttons covers on newborn Ingrid at 7 pounds). There are snaps inside of each cover so you can use with coordinating Buttons inserts, but the cover can also be used with anything in your diaper system (fitteds, prefolds, flats, etc.).
Solid colors are $11.00 and prints are $12.50.
Here’s the cover opened up so you can see how it looks like on its own, or with a Buttons insert snapped inside.
I want to note that compared to most of my other one-size diapers, Buttons run small in the rise. Erik is 26 pounds or so and I’m estimating he’ll be too tall for the covers by 30 pounds. By that time, I’m hoping he’ll be ready to potty train and out of diapers for the most part anyway.
Buttons covers are a favorite for us not just because of the features mentioned above, but also because the fit is fantastic and we NEVER have leaks. Not one in a year and a half of use. And while I usually prefer a diaper with double snaps on the wings, I don’t miss that feature at all with Buttons.
I love the fit, the price, the colors and prints and the great service. Enough said!
The new Buttons wipes are made of super soft poly velour with a microfleece backing and are 8×8 inches square. One side is smooth and the other is textured, so they work better than a regular flannel wipe for scrubbing stubborn messes. Because they are so soft and velvety, I’ve found the wipes also work well to gently wipe dirty hands, noses and faces. They make perfect little wash cloths for baby Ingrid. And the apple green color helps hide stains. I have noticed that because the two layers are sewn together only at the edges, that you can feel the fabric layers moving back and forth against each other during use. At $8.50 for a package of six, they are very economically priced.
The Pail Liner / Wet Bag
Buttons’ new wet bag/pail liner is huge! It easily holds 3 days worth of dirty diapers from two children, with room to spare. It’s larger than its competitors and yet still only costs $16.00. I’ve been testing the bag for almost two months now and have had no leaks or moisture seeping through the PUL. It’s thick and durable, but silky smooth to the touch, just like the Buttons diaper covers. The unique toggle closure lets you adjust the opening around the top of the pail, and also allows you to use it free-standing without a pail (other elasticized liners don’t multi-task like this). The toggle closure is a bit stubborn sometimes, but works fine otherwise. Buttons new wet bag is available in two prints (Thicket and Charming) and three colors (Blueberry, Strawberry and Pebble).
Previously, all Buttons snap-in inserts were made of microfiber/microfleece. Now there’s a new hemp option!
Daytime inserts are four layers of 55% hemp/45% cotton with one layer of microfleece on top. They measure approximately 4.5×12 after prepping. Nighttime inserts are five layers of 55% hemp/45% cotton and measure 4.5×13 after prepping. The night insert is designed to be used with a day insert snapped on top; that way your baby gets the benefit of a stay-dry layer.
There are two sizes to choose from: small (orange stitching) fits 9 to 20 pounds and large (blue stitching) fits 20 to 35 pounds. Inserts can be snapped into the front or the back, or both.
Two things I really like about these inserts: (1) they stay snapped in the shell when you wash and dry them, making this almost seem like an AIO diaper, and (2) you don’t have to snap them in if you don’t want to. One alone is super trim; two inserts snapped together isn’t that bulky. Compared to other nighttime diapers, Buttons definitely has an edge in terms of trimness.
The only drawback of the new inserts is that hemp takes longer to dry than microfiber.
Absorbency is excellent. Ingrid wears both hemp inserts together overnight without leaks. One insert by itself gets her through a long nap of 3 hours or more.
And now, one of the most fun parts of cloth diapering: let’s see how it fits! In these photos, both Ingrid (4 months) and Erik (23 months) are wearing both inserts in the cover. (Ideally, Erik would be wearing the large inserts, but I wanted to show how the covers fit on a 26-pound toddler).
You can shop for Buttons at their online store, or at select diaper retailers.
Buttons is offering a giveaway to my readers! The prize includes: 1 cover in your choice of in stock print/color, 1 daytime hemp insert and 1 pail liner in your choice of in stock print/color. Open to both US and Canadian residents. Good luck!