Swaddlebees Simplex and Blueberry Basix Review


I have good news, and better news!  The Swaddlebees Simplex and Blueberry Basix are fabulous!   In case you haven’t noticed, there is a trend happening in the cloth diaper world where manufacturers are slimming down or eliminating their Sized products in favor of their popular One Size offerings.  One Size diapers are great for many but there are still others who prefer a Sized option for the trimness, the better fit (in some cases), and the simplicity.  Not only are the Swaddlebees Simplex and Blueberry Basix sized diapers, but they are even more special than that.  If a Pocket, a Tongue Style AIO, and a Sleeve Diaper had a threesome the Fraternal twins would be the Simplex and the Basix.  Both diapers have a sewn in soaker at one end which agitates out in the wash and it has a pocket opening at both ends.  The Simplex soaker and lining are birdseye cotton and the Basix has a microfiber soaker and microfleece lining.  Both are side snapping diapers.

Ease of Use ✩✩✩✩ Sized, self unstuffing- the only thing that would make this diaper easier is if it put itself on! It is side snapping, which to some people means it is a little harder to put on. I always say it is just an adjustment to what you are used to. It will become easier. Since it is sized there are only 3 snaps to choose from on each waist, so that makes it easier. After the diaper is soiled it goes in the pail, not unstuffing. After it is washed and dried the insert will be hanging out, but attached. So simple!

Bang for the Buck ✩✩✩ So here is where I say that I LOVE this diaper, but if you are wanting an entire stash in every size it is going to get pricier than many other systems. I would still rather own a few of these for my diaper bag, for the babysitter, for Dad, than buying a pocket sized diaper or even a true AIO. It has some great features and it dries quickly!

Performance ✩✩✩✩ Both diapers aren’t super absorbent, but they are good enough for a few hours in the day and an average nap. Here is the exciting part- since it is a sleeve you can add another insert but you won’t have to retrieve it! It will agitate out also. THAT is cool. This means the diaper is trim for the times you don’t need extra stuffing but even when you do you don’t have the extra step of removing it. WIN.

Fit ✩✩✩✩ I chose the Medium for my son Everett based on his weight (19 lbs) but maybe I should have measured his waist! He is on the last snap on each side! I’m actually really bummed because that means he will be growing out of it any day (or he will crawl and fit back into it soon, I hope). The funny thing is that it fits my 27 pound toddler as a trainer for naps or nights (we love side snapping diapers for this and both the Basix and Simplex work great for this and are trim!) So the lesson for all of us is, if a company offers waist and rise measurements, double check! The rise for Everett is great though so I’m really banking on his crawling back into them soon!

Overall: This is one of those diapers that has crept into my heart and onto my tops list. I don’t even think I had a diaper in this category on my tops list so it has filled a gap.  The Simplex fills a need for a natural fiber lined pocket but it is definitely more than that!  I’ll be recommending these to everyone I know.

I was sent a Simplex and Basix for the purposes of this review.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are 100% my own and genuine.

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  • Jessicalarson831

    You mention using this as a night-time trainer for your toddler – can it be pulled up and down easily? Or do you have to lay him down to snap it on? We were using cloth, but now that my DD needs them for night-time only, we switched to pull-ups because our pockets were annoying for trips to the bathroom in the middle of the night. Now I’m trying to find a cloth pull-up alternative!

    • Anonymous

      Yep, side snapping diapers in general can be used as trainers. These pull
      up and down fairly easily. And they look wicked cute on his tiny butt! I
      love it!

  • Wow, I didn’t really know anything about these diapers until now! Now I want one! haha. I love sized diapers!!

  • I’m totally like you.. i tried them and they ended up being my favs.. i still love my BGE’s but these are just so dreamy. I also imagine birdseye holding up better than a plain cotton inner because flats can last ages. I see the elastic going before any holes in fabric… OMG i love them so much *LOL* now, if only they came in more colors and prints…i can say that the unbleached inner takes a pinch longer to dry. i am not sure why but i have a couple of unbleached and the rest are bleached and those are always a tinge damp when the bleached are dry

  • Seriously, if they had a threesome, these would be the fraternal twins.. had to read this to my hubby, cracked us both up! Thanks for the great review. Am going to enter the giveaway now. Love that you are so detailed, lets me know if they’re something to try or not!

  • rebecca

    We are just checking into all the cloth diapering options, these certainly look like ones to put on the list.

  • Jessica

    Did he ever crawl back into them?   Would it be better to buy the sized simplex or the os simplex?

    • kimrosas

      No, unfortunately he didn’t. I like the OS a lot. They weren’t out yet when I did this review.
      Please excuse typos and brevity. Sent from my iPhone