I have had a relationship with Charlene, the inventor and owner of Tiny Tush, for almost as long as my website as been around. (forever, right?!) Before I even introduce the diaper I have to say that Charlene is one of the nicest, most caring, compassionate people I have ever had the pleasure of doing business with. When I put out the call for cloth diapers to send to families in need 2 Christmases ago, she didn’t just send 1 box, she sent 2 gigantic boxes. And she even wanted to send more. She does so much for others and her commitment to cloth diapers is a small part of it. Now that you know a little about Charlene, I will tell you about the new Tiny Tush Elite 1.1. I reviewed it a year ago, but there have been some exciting improvements! Now, the rise snaps match the color of the PUL. This is a biggie for me! I think matching snaps (or coordinating for funkiness) add to the look of the diaper, whereas white snaps detract. Also, she added a cross over snap for the smaller waisted infants and newborns and spaced out the tab snaps more. Everything else is the same.
Ease of Use ✩✩✩✩ The Elite 1.1 still comes in a snapping and velcro version. The velcro is easy peasy, but since it is a pocket you still need to unstuff the diaper before washing and restuff it. There is only 1 row of snaps, but 2 on each tab, so a total of 4. Without hip snaps it is quicker to put on. The reverse envelope design of the pocket opening prevents poop from getting in the pocket (a huge PITA) but it also makes unstuffing a little harder because you need to open that space and remove it. There is no chance of just shaking the insert out, so have a cloth wipe handy!
Bang for the Buck ✩✩✩✩ The price is still 17.95. You get 1 large and 1 small microfiber insert (imported) and the pocket diaper (MADE IN THE US). You also have the option on their website to upgrade inserts to US made, or cotton. Now the snaps match the PUL, and that to me makes them look more expensive. This is the same price you pay for most other OS diapers.
Performance ✩✩✩✩ I use these diapers a lot. Both the new 1.1 and the old version. That should say something when you take into account how many diapers I have to choose from. They work great, are absorbent, and are easy to use. I haven’t really had any leaks with the new 1.1, but with the old version I had a few when Ev was on the smallest rise setting of the velcro version.
Fit ✩✩✩✩ The TT Elite 1.1 still has a 4 step rise system, and will fit babies 7-35 pounds. Fletcher wears it with 2 snaps exposed (26 pounds, 2 years old) and Ev wears it with 1 set (16 pounds, 4 months). It isn’t the TRIMMEST pocket, and when it is on the smaller rises sometimes the microfleece leaves peeks out from the top. Not much I can do to prevent it but that hasn’t caused leaks. I love that there are cross over snaps, they are great when you need them!
Overall- The new colors are really pretty. I tested the Seaspray and it is a very nice color. There are lights and bolds, a great variety. Having a velcro or snap option is wonderful! I really like supporting companies like Tiny Tush. They try hard to keep production in the US, and do so much good in the world. Plus, they truly listen to feedback (as evidenced by the improvements).
Where to Buy: Tiny Tush
A TT Elite 1.1 was provided for the purposes of this review. No other compensation was received. All opinions are 100% my own and genuine.