I received this diaper for free to facilitate this review. This did not affect my opinions.
Squirmy Bottoms is owned by WAHM, Liz, from Charlotte, North Carolina. Her favorite things to do are to go camping, boating, sewing, and doing anything outside. She loves sewing for her kids and gets a thrill from seeing them wear her creations. In an effort to save money when she got pregnant with her first baby boy, she started sewing cloth diapers. She sewed her whole stash in boy colors and prints and then two years later when she got pregnant with a girl, she decided she needed a girl stash. Then she had a third baby (a boy) and decided she needed all new prints for him as well. After her kids were all out of diapers she was so addicted to sewing cute cloth diapers that she started selling them - Squirmy Bottoms was born. Liz also sews blankets, clothing, chair covers, and more.
Liz sent me a super soft squishy hybrid fitted diaper to review. The outside of the diaper is a hand dyed knit, the inside is a super soft lime green cotton velour, and the diaper has a hidden layer of Windpro fleece. The diaper is serged.
The insert is a snake style soaker made from organic bamboo fleece topped with matching cotton velour. The benefit of a snake in soaker is that it can be folded to adjust the absorbency where you need it most – boys usually need more absorbency in the front and girls towards the middle/back. Liz also included an extra night time booster with our diaper because she knew we would be using it for night time diapering with a toddler. The extra booster insert is made out of 3 layers of bamboo hemp fleece. The snake style soaker snaps onto the night time booster which snaps onto the diaper.
Squirmy Bottoms Fitted Cloth Diapers are one size with adjustable cross over snaps and snap closures. The diaper is designed to fit from about 10 to 35 pounds. Purchasers can choose to have a fold over rise added to the diaper (at no extra cost), which is recommended for a better fit for the lower weight range (25 lbs and smaller).
The diaper is not completely waterproof without a cover, but it usually lasts 2-4 hours without a cover depending on the child.
My Review and Star Ratings:
Absorbency (for night time use)
This diaper has been working really well for night time use with my 2.5 year old toddler with a cover. Using this hybrid fitted with a cover we haven’t had any leaks at all. I really appreciate not having leaks – especially after using cloth diapers for over a year and a half and having lots of night time leaks. Even without the night time booster we still haven’t had any leaks. We could not use the hybrid fitted for night time use without a cover as the hybrid fitted diaper is always soaked through in the morning. I like that the insert is a snake style insert so it can be folded and adjusted to where we need the most absorbency.
Fit and Size
I love the fit of this hybrid fitted diaper on my 25 pound, 36 inch tall toddler. It is skinny between the legs, it has a good size rise, and the wings still have plenty of growing room. My particular diaper did not come with a fold down rise and I wish it had one since my toddler son is on the smaller side for his age and also because I really want to use this diaper with our new baby (who will be here in July) as she grows. I definitely recommend adding the fold down rise snaps.
All hybrid fitted diapers are going to be bulkier than the standard AI2 diaper just because PUL is a thin fabric and Windpro fleece is a lot thicker - that is just the nature of the cloth diapering game. However, Squirmy Bottom’s design is trim in places where it should be (like between the legs) and provides more than adequate coverage on the tummy panel and bum; which is what I look for in a cloth diaper.
I love hand dyed fabric! Liz did a great job on our hybrid fitted with her dye job! The colors are bold and have stayed that way over many washings. Here are some of her other hybrid fitted diapers that I love:
If you would have asked me 3 months ago if I would have spent $28 on a diaper, I would have thought you were crazy and told you heck no. But after trying out WAHM diapers and seeing the quality difference between China made diapers vs WAHM diapers, I would now spend $28 on a diaper (especially if it were on sale and even cheaper!). I would love to see this quality of a diaper for a little less money; however I know the work and time and money that goes into hand-making a diaper (I’ve made a lot of them!). So yes, I would love to spend less on a diaper (who doesn't want to save money?) but I don't think $28 is an unfair price. Because the diaper works so great for night time use, is super cute, and supports a WAHM, I would spend the money on another one.
One of my favorite things about this diaper is that we can use it for night time use and it doesn’t hold odors. Before I started using WAHM diapers, most of our night time diapers were made with microfiber; and if any of you have tried microfiber before, you know that it seriously loves to hold stinky odors in. I also love that this diaper works so well for night time use. I used to hate night time cloth diapering (I hated it so much that I was seriously contemplating using disposables at night) because I knew that we would almost always wake up with at least wicking leaks. With this diaper and our Magickal Bottom's WAHM cover (see review here) we don’t have any leaks!
The only two things that I wish was different about this diaper is that I wished it was turned and topped stitched instead of serged – this is just a personal preference though, I prefer the look of a turned and top stitched diaper vs. a serged diaper. And I wish it was waterproof without a separate cover. But these two things are definitely not deal breakers for us; we still love this diaper!
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Disclaimer: I received the above mentioned diaper from Squirmy Bottoms to facilitate this review. This was my only compensation that I received and I was not obligated to write a positive review, or any review. All opinions are 100% my own.