I really love to share with my readers affordable cloth diaper options. I realize that not everyone has the sewing skills or the time to make their own cloth diapers so I have been searching and testing affordable cloth diapers to share with you. Our featured company today is Buttons Cloth Diapers.
Buttons Cloth Diapers was started by Amy and her husband because they wanted to design a cloth diaper that was affordable, simple, and high quality to give more families the opportunity to switch to cloth diapers. Other than manufacturing, the husband and wife team run all the aspects of the business out of their home in Northwest Washington. With their two children, they love most any outdoor activity. Amy has enjoyed starting her own business, especially getting to meet a lot of WAHMs and SAHMs all over the country.
Button cloth diapers are a two part system - The outside is a soft, waterproof, stretchy, reusable and washable, one size cover. Users can choose to purchase Buttons inserts or use the covers over their own inserts or fitted diapers. The cover has a double layer of PUL to make them extra leak proof.
The diaper covers have a double gusset to help contain messes and reduce leaks.
Button Cloth Diapers uses snaps on all their shells to ensure their durability. The shells have plenty of adjustability and should fit a weight range from about 9 to 35 pounds. The rise is adjusted using rise snaps on the front of the diaper.
The elastic in the diapers is very stretchy and appears durable. Both the tummy panel and the back panel contain elastic, which gives the diaper a more custom fit and should reduce leaks and messes.
Daytime inserts are made with 4 layers of microfiber, topped with a layer of moisture wicking stay dry soft fleece to go against baby’s skin. They snap into the cover and come in two sizes – small, which is designed to fit babies from 9-20 pounds, and large, which are designed to fit babies from about 20-35 pounds.
Nighttime Doublers have 6 layers of microfiber and are designed to be used with the daytime insert snapped on top. Nighttime doublers do not have a top layer of fleece, so to avoid irritation they should not be put against baby’s skin. The doublers come in small (fitting about 9-20 pounds) and large (fitting about 20-35 pounds) sizes as well.
The photo to the right is a picture comparing the size of the small daytime insert and the large daytime insert.
My Review and Star Ratings:
Leak Prevention (The Cover)
As a cover alone, the diaper does not have any absorbency (I’m sure you all knew this, but I had to throw it out there). Since Baby #2 isn’t here yet, and #1 is mostly potty trained during the day, we have been using the cover mostly as a night time and nap time diaper. The cover is thick, and hasn’t shown any signs of wicking or leaking while we’ve been using it. Our favorite way to use it, is as a cover over our fitted diapers.
Absorbency (The Inserts)
The daytime inserts have been well absorbent after they were fully prepped. They have worked well for nap time and night time. For night time with my toddler, I usually add a prefold or a homemade insert for extra protection.
Fit and Size (The Cover)
Fit and Size (The Inserts)
I really like the fit and size of the covers for our toddler (he's 25 pounds and 36 inches tall). However, my son doesn't like the way the inserts fit. Every time I put the Buttons inserts into the cover and put it on him he tells me it is too tight. I think it is because most inserts that we use are contoured and these insert are a lot wider and bulkier through the crotch area. We prefer to use the cover and use our own prefolds and inserts that are more contoured and thinner between the legs.
I’m super excited to try this cover on our newborn (and take some pictures) when she comes. The Buttons diapers are just a tad wider than the newborn diapers that I have made so I think they will fit well.
Thickness/Bulkiness (The Inserts)
The cover of course is not thick and bulky. It is a bit wider in the crotch than most diapers that we prefer, but when used with our own inserts this doesn’t seem to be an issue (on my toddler). The inserts themselves are rather thick and bulky even on my toddler. I also have a hard time getting them clean in my HE front loading washer because of all the layers and because microfiber in general is hard to clean.
I like the colors that the covers come in. However it would be nice if they came in cute prints as well.
At $11 per cover, $10 for a two pack of nighttime doublers, and $10.50 for a three pack of daytime inserts, I haven’t seen very many diapers that are cheaper. I love how affordable the covers are!
Overall (The Cover)
I love the covers and at the fantastic price, if the need arises I would purchase more for our stash. They are versatile and will work with Buttons inserts, prefolds, or homemade inserts depending on what your budget, sewing ability, and time restraints are. I like the double gusset feature and I am really glad that Buttons decided to use two layers of PUL instead of just one, as I think this gives us extra leak protection that some diapers don’t give us. Plus for $11, I don’t think the price can be beat by very many other brands.
Overall (The Inserts)
I like the affordability of the inserts (verses other big brands). However, they are wide in between the legs, which made the diaper too tight on my small, two year old, 25 pound, 36 inch tall. toddler. I did however like the absorbency of the microfiber and the feel and softness of the stay dry fleece.
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Disclaimer: I received the above mentioned products for free to facilitate my review. This did not affect my opinions. All opinions are 100% my own. I did not receive any other compensation for this review.