Update: This diaper is discontinued and all Swaddlebees products are now known as Blueberry.
The Swaddlebees Simplex is one of my favorite diapers so when I saw that they were coming out with a One Size version I knew I was going to be love it. They seriously didn’t disappoint! I do prefer front snapping diapers to side snapping so this change was welcome too. The best part is that not only do you get the birdseye cotton layer but you also have the option of a stay dry microfleece.
Ease of Use ✩✩✩✩ The Swaddlebees Simplex One Size All-in-One is a bit misleading only because it isn’t a “true” AIO. All pieces are attached but there is some preparation before using the diaper. You will either need to stuff the tongue inside of the pocket or flip it and lay it inside. I’m not saying this is a hassle because it is still easier than stuffing pockets and looking for inserts. I just like to share the difference between a true AIO and those that are almost an AIO. I call this a “tongue-style AIO.” To size the diaper you’ll need to snap down the rise (or unsnap and resnap as the child grows) and this is very easy to do.
Bang for the Buck ✩✩✩✩ $25.95 isn’t cheap at all. For 24 diapers you would be spending close to $700. Would this still be less than using disposables? Absolutely- but that is a large chunk to part with at one time, especially when there are less expensive diapers available. I pay the price because I only buy 1-2 as special diapers and the rest of my stash consists of pockets that are less expensive. I know part of the price comes from higher quality materials (Swaddlebees uses birdseye cotton and really nice PUL, quality elastic, etc) and the diapers are made in the USA.
Performance ✩✩✩✩✩ Love this diaper for how it works on Everett. 10 layers of cotton were plenty for us but cotton isn’t as absorbent as microfiber or hemp so some people might find they need to insert a doubler into the pocket opening. I need a little hemp doubler for nights but in the day I don’t have to add anything. No leaks during our testing.
Fit ✩✩✩✩✩ Unlike many pocket diapers, there was no gaping at the stomach on Everett and the middle rise snap fit him like a glove. The legs looked nice and comfortable around his thighs and the rise was just where I like it- a bit below the belly button. I still have one rise snap left but I may never need to use it. Everett is 22 pounds and 16.5 months old.
Overall: I can’t find anything wrong with this diaper except not wanting to pay the higher end price tag. Diapers in this range, for me, tend to be one offs and I buy them for the cute prints (I love Tweet, Swirls, and Dino) and/or to review. If feasible I could see myself having a large number of these. They would make excellent daycare or babysitter diapers. I used to get annoyed when my sitter would use a pocket and not unstuff it. At least when these get tossed in the pail and washed you will never find an insert bunched up inside!
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