Are your curious about Lighthouse diapers, just released this year? I happened upon the Lighthouse All-in-One diaper by chance, while browsing GreenPath Baby’s online store. The artistic flair of these coastal-inspired prints grabbed my attention, and I decided to spring for one after reading about the unique features inside. Today’s review post also features a giveaway for one of these beautiful diapers!
First, a brief introduction. This newly released diaper is the creative brainchild of Vanessa Tomchick, owner of GreenPath Baby in Florida. Life in Palm Beach, and the historic Jupiter Lighthouse, inspired the company name and lovely prints.
I reviewed the Flock print, which is covered with pink flamingos. The Lighthouse AIO has 3 sets of snaps on the rise, which gives you 4 different size settings. I would label them as XS, small, medium and large.
Take a look at the inside, which was very purposefully designed. The soaker is sewn to the back of the diaper only, and opens up completely flat. It’s made of several layers of a thick and silky bamboo knit (70% bamboo/30% cotton). The reverse side is topped with white fleece; this means that folded one way you get a “stay dry” feel, and folded the other way (bamboo facing up) your child can feel wetness. The soaker has a line sewn down the middle to make it easy to fold.
Both sides of the soaker have a wonderful feel – the cozy fleece and the soft, squishy bamboo knit.
It also includes an extra (small) insert of the same bamboo/cotton knit fabric.
The small insert measures 3.75″ x 7.75″ after prepping. The attached insert, when folded in half, is about 12 inches long and 5 inches across.
One of my favorite fabrics lines the inside of this diaper – athletic wicking jersey. It’s soft, pliable and doesn’t hold onto stains. a breathable fabric like this is obviously very ideal for diapering.
There’s also a waterproof strip of PUL fabric along the inside front of the waistband to guard against leakage.
Using the diaper is easy: just fold the insert in half, with either the fleece or the bamboo side facing up (your choice).
If you want to take a quick look inside this diaper, via You Tube, here’s the video:
Care: It’s easy to get started with the Lighthouse AIO because after one wash to prep, you’re good to go. The white fleece side and the athletic jersey lining are both good at releasing stains. The diaper dries in about one cycle, thanks to the fold-out design.
Fit: With double snaps on the wings, you can adjust them separately, if needed, to get a great fit at both the waist and legs. The diaper shell is soft and stretchy and pliable, which I really love. It’s not the trimmest diaper I’ve tried, but neither is it super bulky. It’s kind of in between.
Here’s how it fits on Mary Kate at 3 months and 11 pounds. The diaper can still get smaller than this because there are crossover snaps on the waistband. Using the crossover snaps will in turn tighten up the leg openings, making this a great potential newborn diaper. The flip side is this diaper runs smaller overall than other “one size” AIO’s in our collection. If you’re baby is tall or much bigger than his peers, it will probably not fit until potty training.
The drawback is with the insert being one size and permanently attached, it will be quite bulky when you fold it under to fit a very small baby. Also, with 2 rows of snaps across the rise instead of 3, the fabric tends to pucker out in the middle (see photo below, top right).
UPDATE: Lighthouse has now added a 3rd row of snaps to fix this issue!
Here’s Ingrid at 2 and half years old. She’s small for her age and the rise is already low enough, so this diaper would likely be too small for a taller toddler.
When using the diaper on the largest rise setting, as I did here for Ingrid, I notice that the insert doesn’t fill the front of the diaper. Folded in half, it’s about 12 inches long, whereas a typical large insert or prefold diaper might be 14 or 15 inches long. So this is a drawback that you will always have with an attached insert of a fixed size. One thing you can do to mitigate this somewhat is to stick that little bonus insert up front to cover that empty space and add a bit more absorbency.
Performance: The absorbency of our Lighthouse diaper is great! My toddler can wear it through a nap with the extra insert placed up front, as mentioned above. Mary Kate (3 months) wore it for 6 hours as is, without the extra booster. Neither can wear it overnight, but this is not generally expected with an AIO diaper.
The attached insert shrinks a little bit unevenly around the edges after prepping because it’s made of a blend of synthetic and natural fibers.
This is such a new diaper that it’s only been released in 3 prints so far, but my goodness – they are cute! Besides Flock and Dance of the Manatee (below), there’s also Jupiter Song (below).
Where to Buy:
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Each diaper is $20.99, with prints being a little bit more. Five percent of net profits are given monthly to Hannah’s Home of South Florida, a local ministry providing biblical, loving support to women during and after pregnancy.
There’s also a Lighthouse Facebook group.
Giveaway: One reader (US only) will win the Dance of the Manatee Lighthouse diaper. Enter the giveaway below. Good luck!