Although you may have seen the hashtag #wehaveabagforthat, Planet Wise doesn’t just make wet bags and pail liners. Last year, I bought a Planet Wise diaper cover in size 1 that was just too cute to resist after seeing the cute prints over and over at Nicki’s Diapers (a retailer who I love to share with you as an affiliate). I’m glad I satisfied my curiosity, because it’s become one of our favorites. This year, we purchased another in size 2.
My review and giveaway today is being published as part of the 4th annual Summer Cloth Diaper Giveaway Hop hosted by Heather from Mommy’s Favorite Things and Mama’s Baby Cupcakes. You can enter all the other giveaways, including the grand prize, by using the “linky” list at the very bottom of my post.
The Planet Wise diaper cover comes in size one and size two, which gives you a highly adjustable sizing system to take your child from birth to potty training. Here are the basic specifications
- Inner material is 100% waterproof PUL
- Outer fabric is a 100% cotton Planet Wise designer print
- Waterproof flaps on the front and back inside, to hold diapers in place and prevent wicking of moisture
- Double gussets around the legs
- Double row of snaps at the waistband
- Three snap settings on the rise (small, medium and large)
- Size one fits 6 to 18 lbs. and size two fits 15 to 35+ pounds
- Made in the USA
- Retail price $17.95
Here are the size settings of each diaper, and the rise measurements. The crotch is wider on size 2 (6.5″) vs. size 1 (6″).
If you are wondering how this two-size system compares to a one-size system, the short answer is that it offers a wider range of sizes. That is, the small is smaller and the large is larger. To illustrate that, here is the Planet Wise cover compared to a one-size cover (sister company, Best Bottoms):
As far as numbers go, the rise of a Best Bottoms cover at its smallest is 6.5 inches, compared to the Planet Wise size 1, which is 6 inches. The rise of a Best Bottoms cover at its very largest is 7.5 inches, compared to the Planet Wise size 2, which is 8.5 inches.
This two-size system works well if you have really small newborns (who can’t wear a one-size cover) or large toddlers/late trainers (who are too big for one-size diapers).
Here are the Planet Wise covers with various inserts and diapers.
And here is a summary of my thoughts on different aspects of the diaper cover:
FIT: I like that the soft side of the PUL touches your baby’s skin inside the cover. The PUL is very sturdy and thick (like Best Bottoms); with the addition of a cotton outer layer, it feels more stiff than a plain PUL cover. The marvelous prints and colors make these covers really stand out!
The outer fabric is not very stretchy since it’s knit, so the wings don’t have as much “give” as a regular PUL cover. However, the two-size system negates that drawback by allowing you to get a better fit.
It’s definitely a versatile cover. Whether I’m packing it full for nighttime, or using with a trim diaper in the daytime, the Planet Wise cover fits just as well both ways. I’ve used our Planet Wise covers with nearly everything you can think of: fitted diapers, flats and prefolds, hemp inserts and even our Best Bottom and Imagine inserts (tucked under the flaps since there aren’t snaps inside this cover).
Two rows of snaps at the waist allow you to adjust both the waist and the leg openings.
Is it better on chunky babies or skinny ones? I think it looks great on both my chubby infant and slim toddler, as you can see from the pictures below. Erik is a very skinny 2-year-old and I love the way this cover looks on him. I never have a problem getting a snug fit around either his waist or his legs. Snapping the rise down a bit lower works well for getting a good fit on a skinny baby or toddler.
PERFORMANCE: I have used diaper covers before with cotton or knit outer prints and found that moisture often wicks from the legs or the top waistband and onto the absorbent outer (unlike a cover which is made of waterproof material only). Fortunately, this has not happened at all with the Planet Wise cover, and I attribute that to a few things: (a) the sturdy, high-quality PUL which is used on the inside, (b) the front and back flaps which help keep wetness inside the cover and (c) the double gussets.
I have tested the covers overnight (with fitteds and with prefold + doubler) and they keep leaks at bay, provided I change first thing in the morning.
You can “wipe and reuse” this cover, if only the insert or diaper inside is soiled/wet AND if the front and back flaps aren’t really damp (which will happen after a few hours).
DURABILITY: I’ve been testing the size 1 cover for almost 12 months, and the size 2 for about 1 month. The only change I’ve noticed is on the cover we’ve been using for almost a year: the outer cotton print has gotten a bit of fuzz on it. It’s not very noticeable, though. Other than the lint, these covers have proven to be very durable. The snaps are super strong, the elastics are still good and tight and the beautiful outer prints have not faded.
CARE: This cover is easy to wash and it dries in less than a full cycle (after being washed in our HE machine). As mentioned before, if the inside flaps are not too damp you can wipe the cover and hang dry it to freshen and reuse another time before laundry day.
With the exception of a few minor imperfections, I think Planet Wise covers are a versatile, durable and highly appealing system. Well-made and manufactured right here in the USA, they are well worth the price tag.
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