I am well into my 3rd month of cloth diapering and I still can’t get over how awesome it is. I sure wish I had started sooner. Even my husband is on board. His input has been really valuable and he and I have come up with a “Husband’s Choice” favourite cloth diaper system.
Daddy loves the Best Bottom diapers. They are an easy to use, two piece system- the insert snaps into the shell so if babe’s wet you can just change the insert and reuse the cover. Brilliant! Cost-friendly and great for the diaper bag. For quick trips, I just bring one extra cover and 2 inserts which takes up hardly any space at all.
The shell prints are adorable, and there are many solid colours to choose from. You can buy Hook and Loop closures or snaps. We prefer the velcro Hook and Loop for now, but I realize EJ will some day try to pull off the velcro and so we bought some Snap ones as well. The shells have a double gusset elastic around the legs for superior leak prevention, and this is a feature I look for in Cloth Diaper Covers.
When washing your Velcro shells, be sure to use the Laundry Tabs to avoid damage to the “sticky” part of the velcro. This is incredibly important, and if you forget you can end up with curled and ugly tabs, like the ones shown above. Also be sure to periodically clean any stray hair or fibres out of the velcro tabs to keep your closures in great shape. Yes, I’m showing you my icky tabs on purpose! This Fox print shell (and Owl print above) was one of my first cloth diapers ever. I had no idea what Laundry Tabs were! Learn from my early mistake 🙂
Customized, Trim Fit with 3 Insert Sizes
The Best Bottoms inserts come in 3 sizes, Small (0-14 lbs), Medium (11-22 lbs), and Large (16-35 lbs) and you can get them in Bamboo, Hemp or Stay Dry materials. Many moms use flats or newborn prefolds in the beginning, and then go straight to Medium and Large inserts to save some cost. Best Bottoms also have Overnight inserts which you can snap on the shell first and then snap a regular insert on top. A great option is the Hemp Overnight insert with a Stay Dry insert snapped on top. LEAK PROOF OVERNIGHT SOLUTION!
The brand is made from high quality materials in the USA, and because you only need one shell for every 3 or so changes (unless very soiled), it is an affordable cloth diapering option. They are also a popular brand, and have great Resale value on Buy Sell Trade groups. Some of the limited edition prints and colours can even sell for TONS more than you paid for them!
There you have it! My husband’s “Dad Approved” cloth diaper choice!
Still a Great Option for Toddlers!
Update: April 2016
At 21 months old my son still fits in these fabulous Best Bottoms Cloth diapers and they are still my husband’s top pick! I have updated my main graphic to show my son wearing the same One Size shell (albeit in a different print) at both 4 months and 21 months. Stay tuned for a Newborn Opinion in Fall 2016 when we welcome baby #3.
Perfect Fit on Newborns
Update: January 2017
My Littlest is now 2.5 months and has been happily using his Best Bottoms diapers since day 1! They fit wonderfully on him at 7lbs 8oz. We used the small stay dry Best Bottoms inserts in the beginning, as well as Cotton Flats and Newborn size Grovia Bamboo Prefolds. We have been fitting in the Medium size inserts since about 5 weeks old.
Both the Stay Dry and Hemp inserts that we have are now 2 years old and on baby number 2, and still in great shape! These are still my husband’s preferred system and they make up about 1/3 of my diaper stash. We have even bought a few more covers and inserts for the newest baby. Check out the ADORABLE “Chopper” print below, it comes with a blanket and Baby Legwarmers.