My girls love drawing together, or I guess I could clarify Harper loves to draw and Autumn loves to scribble, but she’s getting there. I adore seeing the spark of joy on their faces when crayon touches paper and a new idea is expressed. Now that Autumn is less inclined to put everything in her mouth, they can spend a lot more time playing and creating together, and I love seeing what they come up with.
Today I’m posting an updated review on Bottombumpers, these were reviewed by Kim in 2010 when they first released, but five years later we are ready to post a new video for each (1 video of the One Size and 1 video of the sized) and share a few updates as well as my own personal experience with them. The review reflects using both the sized and one size- the function much the same.
Ease of Use ✩✩✩✩ This diaper is technically a snap-in-one, as the insert and soaker snap into place and can be removed for more efficient washing and faster drying. I found it washed quite well without unsnapping, though, and have used it most often as an all in one. When I do unsnap the insert and soaker I find it very easy to locate the correct pieces as both are unique and easily identifiable thanks to their size, shape, and charming tags (which remain hidden when in use but are perfect for playing “match that diaper” during laundry sorting). The roll in elastic is incredible for avoiding red marks, especially with Harper’s sensitive skin, but if you are bothered by the way the inner material can peek out when folding your diaper for storage, I found it helpful to gently stretch the diaper over my knee before snapping, just to quickly and easily tuck in the lining. If you have a caregiver changing diapers, just mention to them to roll in any lining when putting a new diaper on the baby, to keep leaks contained. I did find this roll in elastic to be nice and strong, and it doesn’t come unrolled while in use like some other brands I’ve tried (none I’ve reviewed on this blog, but others I’ve purchased over time).
Bang for the Buck ✩✩✩ You can purchase a sized diaper (there are two options) for just twenty dollars and ninety five cents, or upgrade to a one size with adjustable rise snaps for only twenty four ninety five. I find both these prices to be reasonable, considering the materials used, the “Made in the USA” aspect, and the strength and quality of these diapers. This is a diaper I can use with multiple children over an extended period of time and find very little wear and tear, based on my experience with some previously loved diapers I had purchased and sanitized when Harper was an infant. While replacing elastic on these would be more labor intensive than other styles, the elastic in my older diapers has held up very well and not yet required replacement. If they ever do I will be happy to share a tutorial on how to do it (you can search the blog for my previous elastic replacement tutorials).
Performance ✩✩✩✩✩ These diapers are extremely absorbent thanks to an organic cotton lining, an eight layer organic cotton double long soaker topped with plush bamboo blend velour, and a snap in soaker tucked inside. I love how soft this diaper is against my baby’s skin, it is especially comforting to use this on my youngest daughter as she is off the charts in terms of height/weight and her more-to-love bum (which is finally slimming down thanks to an extreme crawl-all-day exercise regime) has lots of gentle support in this soft and squishy diaper, with nothing pinching or rubbing against her skin.
Fit ✩✩✩✩ These diapers are surprisingly trim, so much so that I worried whether they would offer adequate coverage the first time I used them. When I store them in a media basket with my other diapers they are a good inch or so narrower than most of my other cloth diapers. However, thanks to that absorbent lining and generous soaker and doubler I had no need to worry as both my girls can rock these diapers for hours if needed and I can remain confident we won’t have any leaks or problems. If I am planning an outfit with teeny tiny toddler jeans which can be stiff and unforgiving of fluffy diapers I will always make sure I have a Bottombumpers washed and ready to use. And while the size two works very well on both my girls right now (suggested for babies 15-30+ lbs, my girls are 23 lbs and 30 lbs, respectively) the one size with it’s clever hidden rise snaps tucked under the soaker layers within the lining of the diaper allows for a more flexible fit without the visual clutter of an assortment of snaps on the exterior of the diaper. I love how clean and neat this looks, especially for folks who aren’t used to the look of rise snaps (I’ve actually seen someone ask if a Cheerio slipped into a child’s pants at one point, they were so flummoxed by an exposed snap which was visible through a thin pair of leggings).
Overall: Bottombumpers diapers are easy, intuitive, colorful, and strong. They are reasonably priced and made in the USA. These diapers are so simple to use and quick to wash they make cloth diapering a pleasure, and the hidden one size snap design is genius. I would recommend these to anyone as a wonderful solution for naps, errands, and play. The beautiful embroidered versions I see in a local boutique shop are a sight to behold and would make the best and most personal gift for a baby shower or first birthday. I love these diapers and I think you will, too.