Buttons Diapers AI2 Cover System Review
When I got the Buttons AI2 Diaper system in the mail, I was pretty excited because I saw that the inserts were compatible with some of the other snap-in AI2 diapers I have. I prepped the diaper inserts, then tried it on my nearly 12 month old daughter immediately. She used all three of the inserts and was gracious enough to give me every scenario I test a diaper for: daytime use, night time use, and a poop— one, two, three! I kind of did a happy dance in my heart, I must say! (As a side note, some of my daughter’s poops are finally ploppable!!! Most of my friends would give me the side eye if I said that but you guys all cloth diaper so you understand the joy I feel!) Anyway, the diaper passed those first three tests with flying colors. Not a leak and not a red mark. Of course, I didn’t want to jump the gun and give it a raving review without really putting it through it’s paces so I continued to use it for a little while before writing about it, and I still haven’t had any problems! I’ve proven to myself that the first trial wasn’t a fluke, and I’m now confident to recommend the diaper to Cloth Diaper Geek readers without any reservations.
What makes Buttons Diapers so lovable?
The Buttons Diaper is an all in two system: a cover that can be used multiple times over pocket diaper style inserts that snap in, are removed when wet, and replaced in the same cover for multiple diaper changes. My favorite thing about AI2 systems is that if the cover doesn’t get soiled, you can possibly use it all day long before washing it, which can really cut down on the cost of your stash. In addition, an AI2 system is a bit less complicated than using prefolds, flats, or fitteds under a covered diaper because it’s a quick process: just open the diaper, and switch the inserts. If you have used the Best Bottoms AI2 system, the Flip diaper, or the Grovia OS diaper, then you are probably familiar with this type of system.
I was sent the microfiber inserts for my Buttons cover which aren’t my favorite, but I can’t complain about how well they work. I was prepared to list “microfiber only” as a con, but then I searched their website and discovered to my delight that they offer both a synthetic insert option and a natural fiber (hemp/cotton) option which means that if you’re a natural fiber snob like me, they’ve got you covered! Also, they have nighttime inserts available, which snap underneath your regular daytime inserts to give you 8 to 12 hour protection for babies that sleep through the night. What I like most about the inserts (synethetic and natural fibers!) is the stay dry fleece on the top. I know I can put my little girl in the Buttons diapering system overnight and her sensitive skin will be protected no matter how long she stays asleep in her wet diaper.
Probably the most unimportant thing about the construction of the diaper is the little button embroidered on the back, but that’s kind of my favorite feature. It’s tiny and unexpected and cute. It has no function other than to denote the brand, but I just love it. However, the most functional feature of the cover is the double layer of PUL and the enclosed elastics at the legs and waist. The diaper is S-T-U-R-D-Y, let me tell you. I feel confident that this diaper cover and its inserts will last a long time. I also like that there are leg gussets because that allows you to really stuff the diaper while maintaining a nice snug fit at the legs and avoiding compression leaks. Finally, I love when a diaper brand has a little bit of elastic at the waist. So often, even my favorite diapers don’t do that which means that I either have to do some creative snapping, or I run the risk of tummy gaps and leaks. Just adding a tiny bit of elastic at the tummy usually solves those problems. I haven’t had gaps or leaks with the Buttons cover.
So here’s the quick version of all that:
Interchangeable soaker pads
Double layer of PUL
Cover works well with other types of AI2 inserts
Great leak protection
Nighttime inserts available for purchase
Different fiber options for inserts.
Diaper edges enclosed in gentle biased tape
One cover= many diaper changes before washing
Elastic at tummy
…um…hmmm…none for me!
Ultimately, this diaper passed every test I gave it. It’s a quality, affordable diaper diaper which only costs $23 for three diaper changes if you choose the microfiber inserts. That’s a price my tight budget can handle! That said, I highly recommend you try it if you’re looking to build your stash or hoping to find a better cloth diapering solution for your family. Cute, functional, and affordable: it’s everything you’re looking for in a cloth diaper. Buttons Diapers are available for purchase HERE and at various online retailers.
Want to see this diaper cover in action? Check out the embedded video demo below.