I am so excited that Halloween is just around the corner! Growing up in my family, my brother and I would start drawing up ideas for costumes when school started and by October my mom would be knee deep in fabric scraps, whipping up a boy sized toothpaste tube or a girl sized superhero complete with gauntlets and cape. She didn’t use patterns very often, relying on her experience and imagination to create the designs we dreamt up. I remember hand sewing clothes for my dolls, sitting on the shag rug in her bedroom while she worked, occasionally taking a break to stand with my arms out for measurements and fittings. This year Harper will wear a store bought costume my cousin is loaning us, but I hope when she’s older she’ll take the holiday as an opportunity to dream up fantastic challenges for me. Is Halloween a DIY event at your house, or do you take command of your best sleuthing abilities to track down the perfect costume to purchase? The thrill of the hunt can be just as exhilarating as the feeling you get when your homemade costume comes together, and both definitely have their merits. I’d love to hear what you think!
Today I’m reviewing a very exciting update on a classic stash staple. Bummis has finally debuted the long requested one size cover, and I am so thrilled to share my review with you today.Ease of Use ✩✩✩✩✩
The Simply Lite diaper cover is aptly named, it is very simple to use. As a cover, you place it over any fitted, flat, or prefold. It provides waterproof protection that is stylish and comfortable. This cover would have also been a wonderful addition to my stash during the Flats and Handwashing Challenge as you can lay just about anything inside the cover (t-shirts, receiving blankets, flour sack towels) and it will work effectively as a diaper. When you’re ready to change the baby you can just wipe down the cover and reuse it or toss it in the washing machine, it’s very versatile and easy to useBang for the Buck ✩✩✩
At 16.95 per cover, the Bummis Simply Lite is closer to the higher price point for one size covers. However, Bummis has made a name for itself in durability, quality, and values. The covers are made in Canada. Every material and component that goes into a Bummis cover is manufactured in North America and is guaranteed to be lead, phthalate, and BPA free. I don’t mind paying an extra dollar or two knowing that I’m not only choosing a better quality diaper but that I’m also supporting a business I believe in and want to succeed. I love showing my support when a company has ideals worth promoting, and the best way we can do that is as consumers.Performance ✩✩✩✩✩
These covers are cut very well, they have generous coverage but are still rather trim, depending on what you put them over. I like using organic flats a lot these days, I tend to reach for them again and again when choosing Harper’s next diaper. The leg elastic is thick enough to help the flat stay nicely tucked in while I’m putting the diaper on, but not so thick that it would leave a mark, I was very impressed. I was also amazed by how stretchy the waist elastic is. I measured the front panel at rest from top corner to top corner and it was about 6 ½”, and when I stretched it fully it came out to an easy 11”! I didn’t measure the back panel but I assume it’s made with the same super stretchy elastic. I have a huge appreciation for good elastic, it is my front line defense against leaks since I have a primarily breast fed baby. It has to be tight but not uncomfortable, and Bummis gets it just right.Fit ✩✩✩✩
This is what Bummis fans have been waiting for. We all love a sized diaper for how well it fits but if the suggested weight doesn’t apply to your anything-but-average baby you can easily find yourself disappointed with a bad fit. It can also be frustrating having to purchase a number of covers in each size if you’re on a tight budget. Bummis has definitely attracted a lot of attention with this long anticipated one size cover, it features a three step rise and is made for babies 8-35 lbs. I experimented with the snaps on this cover a few times, trying out a different rise at each change, and it took me several tries to decide which fit works best for my tall skinny baby. I found it a little confusing at first that there is no middle snap on the middle rise, but in truth you don’t really need that center snap, and I guess the engineers at Bummis figured that out for us. I love how strong the snaps are, they really grip well which comes in handy on the days Harper would rather roll over onto her tummy then get her diaper changed.Overall:
I love how soft and strong this cover is, it’s held up very well under frequent rotation and I think it will last a very long time. I love the bright colors and fun polka dots available to choose from as well as the pop of contrasting white trim, I think they are modern and fun and will complement most toddler wardrobes (because half the fun of cloth diapering is how cute they look, right?) without fading over time. I think these cloth diapers are great for anyone who is on a budget, who uses fitteds, flats, or prefolds, and is looking for a great one size solution to simplify their routine.