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We have been using Buttons Diapers in our rotation since about 2013. Ingrid went easily from the newborn phase to her current 2 years while wearing the Buttons system. The picture above is from this spring.
Over the years, Buttons has added some insert options, and we received a package of complimentary items to review so that you could have an up-to-date look at what this system now offers. Amy sent a Kaleidoscope cover with gold snaps for Ingrid and a Sante Fe cover with blue snaps for my nephew, Roderick. Buttons also included their two insert options (day and night, stay dry and hemp) and a small wetbag.
Buttons Diapers are an easy to use All-in-Two system that saves you money because the covers can be rotated a few times before washing. Buttons covers adjust to fit (approximately) 9 to 35 pounds and are made with two layers of thermally-bonded waterproof PUL. Snap-in inserts are available in two sizes, and with different fabric components, depending on your needs. Adjust the size from small to medium to large using the rise snaps on the front and the waistband snaps:
Here is the Buttons cover opened up. There are double (inner) gussets at the leg openings for extra protection, a wipeable interior and snaps to hold the insert in.
Buttons Diapers microfiber day time inserts are 4 layers of absorbent microfiber with a plush mirofleece topper. This creates a stay-dry effect and is more comfortable for your baby’s skin. They are $3.50 each. Hemp day time inserts are 4 layers of 55% hemp/45% cotton with the same plush microfleece topper. They are $7.75 each.
Nighttime microfiber doublers are 5 layers and are designed to be snapped underneath the day time insert for additional absorbency. They are $5 each. Nighttime hemp doublers are 5 layers and cost $9.75 each. You can mix and match the inserts as desired. A really effective nighttime combo for infants is to put a hemp insert under a microfiber insert.
Small inserts fit approximately 9 to 20 pounds – they are about 11 inches long
Large inserts fit approximately 20 to 35 pounds – they are about 13 inches long
Inserts snap into the covers at front and back. Nighttime doublers are made with two sets of snaps so that you can fasten them under the day inserts before securing both into the cover.
The updated Buttons wet bag features sturdier, interior rolled seams to better contain wetness. They close with a zipper and have a handy hanging strap on one side. Small wet bags are $7 and mediums are $10. Buttons also sells large pail liners and hanging wet bags.
And all Buttons diapers have a cute little color-coordinated button sewn on the back:
Since we’ve been using Buttons for so long, you can see how they fit as our babies have grown!
Here’s Ingrid at 8 pounds, about 1 week after birth.
Ingrid at 4 months old
Erik at 5 months old
Ingrid at 1 year and Erik at 2.5. He’s always been very slim.
Here’s Roderick, my nephew, wearing his Buttons diaper during the day time. He’s 11 months old and about 25 pounds.
This was Roderick’s first time to try Buttons. Katie, my sister-in-law, loves the Buttons prints and was eager to see how this system worked for them. What she found was that it worked best as a daytime diaper with just a single insert. Because Roderick is a very chunky guy, trying to using the diapers overnight with 2 inserts resulted in leaks at the front and back because of fit issues. Here’s Roderick wearing the diaper with two inserts snapped in:
Here’s Ingrid right now at 2 years old. She is small for her age and can still wear Buttons. Like Roderick, they fit best on her with just one insert inside and serve as a trim day time diaper. She was able to wear Buttons at night with 2 inserts up until about 16 months (much longer than Roderick because she is smaller overall).
Here’s how the fit looks with one insert inside vs. two. With just one inside, there’s more room in the waistband and legs, and the crotch is a bit narrower.
Performance: Buttons Diapers are a versatile system because you can use 1 insert or 2, and choose the fabric and insert size which works best for your needs. They also work well as diaper covers with prefolds or flats. Because Buttons are smaller overall compared to other one-size options, I don’t recommend them as covers over fitted diapers. With a well-fitting Buttons diaper, we have never experienced leaks, and the double gussets at the legs were especially handy when Erik and Ingrid were young and they made bigger/looser #2 messes.
One thing I especially like about the hemp inserts is that they hold their shape really well, thanks to the strong serging around the edges. Many natural fiber inserts shrink up and buckle in really weird ways resulting in uncomfortable lumps and uneven edges, but not these.
Good news – Buttons inserts may be compatible with other AI2 diaper systems you may already be using (like Best Bottom, for instance).
Fit: With Buttons being smaller overall, they have worked from birth onward in our family (my babies tend to be small to average). My nephew, Roderick, is a bigger boy. At 11 months, he can comfortably fit into Buttons, but only with 1 insert, and there’s not much room to grow. Slim children may get more mileage out of the Buttons system, but Roderick is a good example of how even a large or chunky baby can utilize Buttons during the day time.
Buttons Diapers are easy to get on and off, since there’s only one row of snaps. The PUL is soft and pliable; both Katie (my sister-in-law) and I love the quality and feel of the fabric.
Another factor that gives Buttons so much appeal is the variety and uniqueness of their prints. Diapers are released seasonally and also on a limited-edition basis, and there’s a wide variety of solid colors to choose from as well. Over 40 have been released so far!
Value: Covers are $11 for solid colors and $12.50 for prints, so they very accessible to most families in terms of price. A 3-pack of daytime inserts costs just $10.50. Buttons also offers a 100% money-back guarantee within 90 days if you are not satisfied, and will even refund what you paid in shipping.
Where to Buy Buttons
You can buy Buttons Diapers directly from their website and from select retailers.
Giveaway: Amy is giving one lucky reader a Buttons cover in the newly released seasonal print, Lumberjack, plus 3 day time inserts in your choice of size! This giveaway is open to U.S. and Canada.