Update: There is a new version, Smart Bottoms 3.1.
Smart Bottoms have a new and improved one size All-in-One called the Smart One 3.0. This new cloth diaper features many of the same qualities of their last AIO but they have made some noticeable improvements to the fit, comfort, and drying time. You can see the diaper’s new look by watching the video.
Ease of Use ✩✩✩✩ With the togetherness (yes, that is a word) of an All-in-One cloth diaper and the drying time of a pocket the Smart One has definitely improved but it isn’t as easy to use as their true AIO that the Smart One replaced. I still prefer this version however. There are 3 snaps per tab, and getting your groove on with a hip snap can definitely take some time for new cloth diaper users. You will need to fold your soaker in the configuration that suits your child best with each use. You can choose to do so after drying the diapers or wait until you put it on your baby and fold on the go. I find pre-folding them is my favorite method but some people with this style like to lay the soaker over top of their baby’s and fold it down, then apply the diaper on the top.
Bang for the Buck ✩✩✩✩ Right on par with similar diapers in this category made with these materials but it is also made in the USA! Retail is about $23.00 per diaper.
Performance ✩✩✩✩✩ I had no leaks or problems with absorbency using the Smart One 3.0, even for naps. I always remind people that Everett is not a heavy wetter, even a 2 years old, so keep that in mind. Some people will find this style of diaper to not be enough or to need a doubler and cotton isn’t the most abdorbent cloth diaper material but it works plenty well for us.
Fit ✩✩✩ The waist is smaller than most other One Size diapers I have tried. I see that they made the hip snap a female (not the pokey one) to extend the life of the diaper so it won’t be painful if left unsnapped. Still, a little more room in the waist would be good, as well as maybe larger leg openings. The leg was tight on Ev with the rise snapped to the second from the last setting but having the rise unsnapped completely meant some extra bulk in the crotch. For us this wasn’t the BEST fitting diaper but for others with very skinny and tall babies it might be.
Overall: I’m happy with the updates to the Smart One and realize they addressed a lot of the problems I had with their previous version. Again the diaper is skinnier than what fits my children best but there are babies who it will fit well. It is just up to the parent to do some research before buying. If you baby is super chunky in the waist this is probably not the best diaper for you!
Where to Buy Smart Bottoms direct or these retailers