Autumn is so different from her sister, it’s hard not to compare. She was born over a pound heavier and while Harper has always remained rather petite, Autumn already seems to be gaining steadily and rapidly. Clothes Harper was wearing at six months are already a good fit on her sister, and I’ve had to retire most of her newborn size clothing. It’s possible this may just be a very long growth spurt, but I am very curious to see if her rate of growth continues.
Smart Bottoms sent me an organic cotton diaper for newborns called Born Smart to review for you, and Autumn was all too happy to help. These diapers are a wonderful option when one size choices are generally too big or too bulky for your new addition.
Ease of Use✩✩✩✩✩ The Born Smart newborn diaper appears to be an all in one diaper at first glance, until you notice that the tongue style insert (made with four layers of organic cotton) is not actually sewn to the interior (made of three layers of organic cotton) but has a pair of snaps so the insert can be washed and dried more quickly and easily. Upon further investigation, there is an opening under the lining where additional inserts can be hidden. I like that the assembled diaper is so easy to put on, the snaps are tightly spaced to ensure a good fit and the umbilical cut out leaves plenty of space for a new baby’s healing cord stump.
Bang for the Buck✩✩✩✩✩ The Born Smart retails for $18 which is middle of the road pricing for newborn all in one or all in two diapers, but with the added features of a snap in insert and hidden pocket along with rise snaps that help you get the most out of your diaper, which makes this a very good value.
Performance ✩✩✩✩ The interior of this diaper is lined with organic cotton and requires multiple prep washes to reach maximum absorbency. The first time I put this diaper on Autumn I had evidently not prepped it enough yet and she peed right through it in seconds. A few washes later and the issue was resolved. Of course with any newborn diaper it is not going to last as long as a one size diaper, the cut is much smaller so there is less material to absorb wetness, and newborns tend to emulate Niagara Falls so be prepared to step up your changing game if you’ve become used to the more relaxed routine of cloth diapering a toddler. One nice bonus is that this diaper contains a hidden pocket, so you have the option to add a booster to it if you anticipate needing a little more time between changes.
Fit ✩✩✩✩ This diaper is made for babies about 6-16 lbs, and includes an umbilical cut out as well as a single row of rise snaps to help get a secure fit during this slightly awkward (but oh so cute) diapering stage. I think this diaper will fit smaller newborns exceptionally well (I wish I’d had it when Harper was born, she was teeny!) and it still fits Autumn (now nearly two months, I’ll learn her current weight on Tuesday, but I believe she is over 12 lbs) although she is on the outermost snap settings at this time.
For anyone uncertain about cloth diapering with a newborn, this is an exceptional organic option in a stylish and trim cut, with options that allow you to create the level of absorbency you need. While creating a diaper to fit a rapidly growing baby is a very specific niche and every newborn grows and is proportioned differently, Smart Bottoms has done a fantastic job of anticipating key issues and resolving them so you don’t have to think about it. They offer super cute colors and patterns, and are a great choice for cloth diapering a newborn.
Where to Buy: You can find the Born Smart at most cloth diaper retailers including DDL affiliate Kelly’s Closet!