Laura Ankrum from First Time Mom here to review Buttons Cloth Diapers. Buttons Cloth Diapers first caught my eye this fall as I was just a couple of months into cloth diapering my son, who I fondly call BabyCakes. The makers of Buttons Cloth Diapers wanted to create a diapering system that, “was affordable for all families, and SIMPLE to use, just snap an insert on and go!”
On the market since fall of 2012, Buttons Cloth Diapers is a two-in-one system (also referred to as an all-in-two, AI2), which consists of a cover and inserts that snap into the cover. The benefit of a good two-in-one system is that you can use a cover multiple times by simply wiping it after a diaper change and replacing the insert. This creates less diaper laundry and can be more afforable than an all-in one, AIO, cloth diapering system. Here's my play by play of Buttons Cloth Diapers, starting with the cover.
Cover: Buttons Cloth Diapers' covers are well constructed with a double layer of PUL that comes in a variety of colors. I received a “Blueberry” cover. Although the cover's inside is made of waterproof material, it still feels soft and doesn't leave bright red marks on BabyCakes' skin like some other covers I've tried. BabyCakes has a very narrow waist, a long torso, and cute chunky thighs, so any diaper we use needs to have excellent fit settings. Buttons Cloth Diapers' covers met all my requirements: hip snaps, a variety of waist settings, and double leg gussets. My only minor complaint is that this cover did not work great over my bulky prefolds, as I hoped I would get double duty from them in my stash. That said, I was able to achieve excellent fit over the Buttons Cloth Diapers daytime insert and double nighttime inserts. Speaking of inserts…
Inserts: Buttons Diapers' inserts are super absorbent with four layers of micro fiber and a top layer of soft fleece. What first struck me about these inserts was how fluffy they were even after air-drying. (I hand wash and line dry all my diapers, but that's a story for another day.) The inserts have two snaps which secure them to the cover or another insert if you are doubling. Having two snaps keeps the inserts from slipping out of place even on my wiggly boy.
My likes: My favorite thing about Buttons Cloth Diapers is their performance. BabyCakes is a heavy wetter, but we have yet to have a leak in this diaper. Even the nighttime option held up great for 11 hours! I also love the simplicity and affordability of Buttons Diapers' two-in-one system. They are a bargain, especially when considering the products' quality of construction and performance. Another unique thing about Buttons Cloth Diapers is that the company goes the extra mile to ensure that their diapers are user-friendly. Their website is easy to navigate and packed with helpful information. Additionally, each Buttons Cloth Diapers item has care instructions on it. Overall, I give Buttons Cloth Diapers an enthusiastic thumbs up!
To shop for Buttons Diapers or for more information on their products please visit Buttons Diapers.
Wife, stay at home mom, music educator, and bassoonist Laura Ankrum lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with her husband and baby boy. Prior to the arrival of her little guy, Laura taught elementary music and beginning band. Now her home is her classroom. Laura is passionate about cloth diapers and eco-friendly living. She loves encouraging other new moms and regularly contributes to the blog First Time Mom.
Jenn is a long-time cloth diaper educator and a passionate small business advocate. She has worked in the reusable diaper industry for over a decade, helping millions of families as well as hundreds of small businesses via her websites All About Cloth Diapers, Thinking About Cloth Diapers and Cloth Diaper Geek. Her goal always to provide simple, reliable information.