Thursday, April 21, 2016

Best Bottom Diapers Review

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             Hey folks! I talk about how much I love Best Bottom diapers all the time whenever I talk about cloth diapering since that's what we mainly use. For some reason, though, I have never written an actual review for them! Well that ends today because if you're looking for a quality diaper AND don't want to spend a fortune to start cloth diapering, you need to know about Best Bottom Diapers!
             We did quite a bit of research on different brands and styles of cloth diapers while I was pregnant with my first daughter. Neither John nor I liked the idea of all-in-one or pocket diapers, not to mention you have to buy even more of them, which equals more money! I don't know how we came across Best Bottom Diapers, but we both liked them (both their functionality AND price) and the rest is history. We used them from the time Myka was a little over a month old until she was potty trained and plan to do the same with Ripley.

              So what's so great about them? Lots of things! Now, where to begin?...For starters, they seem a lot more durable than some other diaper covers I have recently seen in person. And they were more popular brands and more expensive! The double layer of PUL makes the diaper thick (not in a bad, bulky way, think “going to last a long time” kind of way). The ones I recently saw at a local cloth diaper store felt thin and flimsy. Cute prints or not, I definitely wouldn't trust them to not leak easily.

They even fit well over bulky fitted diapers!

             They also have durable and strong snaps and aplix. Unless you are REALLY abusing the things (I.e drying them often, especially on a high temperature, which is not recommended anyway), they should easily last you through multiple children. We used them with Myka for about 2 ½ years with no issues. I will admit that some of the aplix tabs on a few of ours are starting to curl back and aren't quite as sticky, but they are still doing their job just fine. Plus, we originally only started out with 6 shells and I used to dry them in the dryer when we used them with Myka. Needless to say, it's mostly the original 6 ones that are getting a little rough.
             So, you may be wondering, if the aplix (btw, that's just the generic name for Velcro if you're new to cloth diapers. Velcro is a brand name.) is getting a little worn, how have the elastics held up? Surprisingly well! Surprisingly because Myka was a chunky little thing. But, I haven't noticed any relaxed elastics on any of them! (Did I mention we somehow ended up with about 10 Best Bottom covers?) This seems to be a common issue with “pre-loved” diapers, at least from what I can tell from my local b/s/t group.

             Speaking of elastics, love, love, LOVE the double leg gussets! Seriously, if you know what's good for you, even if you don't buy any Best Bottom diapers, buy a brand that offers double leg gussets! You won't be sorry! Why? Because it helps contain poo-splosions, as I like to call them, so well! Cloth diapers in and of themselves are hands down WAY better than disposables at containing catastrophic poos, but double leg gussets are the icing on the cake!

             Let's talk about fit. Best Bottom covers are one size. How the heck is one diaper going to fit from birth to potty training? Easy, with the convenience of snaps! There are 3 rows of snaps, which actually means there are 4 different size settings. (The 4th setting not being snapped at all.) They are fairly accurate to their suggested size range, too, which is birth to 35+ pounds, according to their site. (I thought I read somewhere that it was 8-35 pounds. Oops.) Ripley was a whopping 8lbs 15 oz when she was born. She lost about a pound right after birth, so she was probably close to, if not a little above her birth weight when we started using the Best Bottoms with her around the time she was a month old and they weren't too big. Myka was probably around 30 pounds, if not a little more, by the time she was fully potty trained. That's a testament to just how versatile the size range is, if you ask me!

Myka at 2 months, around 5 months, around 16 months, and 1 1/2 on the far right. As you can see, she was a chubby little thing for awhile!

Miss Ripley in varying weeks of her 2nd month. Plus, how cute are those Foxy Frolic and Watermelon diapers?!

             With all of that being said, you know what my truly favorite thing about Best Bottom Diapers is? You can reuse the covers before having to wash them! No poo? No problem! Just wipe it off, let it dry, and reuse later! This is part of the reason Best Bottoms are cost effective: Because you don't have to buy nearly as many compared to all-in-ones and pockets. Plus, for all regular, non-limited edition prints and colors, covers are $16.95. This may seem like a lot, but it's actually about mid-range for cloth diaper covers. But, they are made in the U.S., so you are helping to support our own economy! (If you live in the U.S., of course. ;) )

             In case you're wondering what the heck you put inside to absorb the pee and catch the poo, Best Bottom makes inserts that snap in to the covers. Technically, Best Bottoms are All-in-Two or a Hybrid system. We just use them as covers, though. We have a bunch of microfiber small inserts and some large ones as well, but we didn't use them much because they broke both of our kids out, even with a barrier between them and their skin. However, they do offer hemp and bamboo ones as well if you're worried about the same issue. I think I remember liking the hemp ones with Myka. I've not tried the bamboo ones, although I would like to because bamboo seems to be the only fabric that doesn't give Ripley a diaper rash at night. 

This was our main set up with Myka: Half of a flat folded up inside a prefold, which you can read more about here.
             I think that's enough rambling from me! If you would like to learn more and purchase some for yourself, be sure to check out Best Bottom's website and order from an online retailer, such as Nicki's Diapers or Kelly's Closet. (Or support your local cloth diaper store if they offer them!)

*I was not compensated for this post. All diapers were bought by myself and opinions are 100% my own. I am not affiliated with Best Bottom Diapers or Nicki's Diapers. 
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