Snuggy Baby OS AI2 Cloth Diaper System Review
Snuggy Baby offers a unique one size fits all, all in two cloth diapering system from any that I’ve ever seen. When it came in the mail, my first thought was, “Look how cute!” The print on the diaper is adorable and I immediately envisioned how pretty it would look under some of my daughter’s Sunday dresses. After using it for a couple of weeks, my opinion is that Snuggy Baby is a gentle, reliable, and sturdy one-size diaper cover/AI2 diaper that I’m happy to use on my babies.
How does a Snuggy Baby Cloth Diaper work?
When I started handling it for the first time, I was impressed with the thick, sturdiness of the cover. Then, I opened the diaper and investigated it’s inner workings and I liked it even more. It has a strong, smooth PUL on the inside and a layer of cotton on the outside. There are little pockets/flaps at the front and back of the diaper under which you can tuck a prefold, flat diaper,
or the Snuggy Baby insert; and the leg and waist elastics are enclosed in fabric. The Snuggy Baby insert itself is different because it has a stay dry layer that isn’t made of microsuede or microfleece, it has a petal design for easier drying, and the newborn insert/doubler snaps between those two petals. The most unique part of the diaper are the snaps found under the crotch and at the butt.
They are for sizing the width of the diaper, which is something I’ve never seen before. This creates a more trim fit for tiny and skinny babies. It made me wish I’d had this cover when my three month old was a tiny seven pounds and barely fit into newborn AIO diapers. After a thorough investigation, my conclusion was that a mommy made this diaper. The care and love put into the construction and design is evident. Upon further investigation into the brand, I found I was right, though cloth diapers weren’t this mom’s first endeavor. The cloth diapers happened after she created what she describes as the perfect sling. The AI2 system and the sling as well as many other fun WAHM products can be found at her website here.
Snuggy Baby vs 3 mo old
I tried this cover on my three month old first, putting the cover over flats, prefolds, and fitted while the Snuggy Baby insert was being prepped. The cover worked well for her with each type of diaper and I noticed that it didn’t leave any red marks on her thighs due to the fabric encased elastics. Then I tried it with my two and a half year old son. It fit him on the very largest waist and rise settings with a pad folded prefold or the SnuggyBaby insert, but I couldn’t snap the waist if I fastened the prefold with a snappi or used a fitted diaper. If there were just one more snap on either end of the row of snaps, it would fit him, so I might get my snap pliers out and add that myself.
Once the insert was prepped, I tried it on my daughter first, omitting the newborn doubler. When she peed, I didn’t realize she had done so because the stay dry layer was so effective. I didn’t
actually know what that layer of fabric was for until she peed because it doesn’t look like your typical stay-dry fabric. When I checked her diaper a second time and it still felt dry, I thought
something wasn’t quite right and I squeezed it a little to find that it was, indeed, wet.
Snuggy Baby vs 3 yr old
Then, I tried the AI2 system with the petal insert on my son, and it fit great, no extra waist snaps needed. I put it on him for nap time with the doubler because I wanted the leak protection and
absorbency the diaper offers at a time when he usually soaks a diaper, but instead of peeing, he pooped. The tamale pie from the night prior hadn’t agreed with him and it was a doozy. The diaper contained it nicely, but I found that spraying all the layers of the cover and the petal inserts was difficult. I didn’t use the diaper on him at night because we normally bulk up a fitted at night and he’s just too big to wear the cover over that.
Will it contain EBF poop?
My daughter used it at night a couple of times. One night, she pooped—that yellow mustardy poop that exclusively breastfeed babies make—and the cover contained it all. I was impressed!
Another time she wore the cover, she actually slept through the night! It did a decent job but, though her clothing was still dry, the outside of the cover was moist. I suspect this is due to the fact that the leg holes are encased in cotton which is in contact with the cotton outer. I set the cover to the side to dry and then used it for subsequent changes that day just as I would any other cover. I found that getting a snug, tight fit with the diaper helps improve its performance with leaks, and the wicking wasn’t as bad after I tightened up the fit. In addition, I found that the cover was a bit on the stiff side. Many times PUL is a bit stretchy and supple. This cover didn’t have that feature. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, just different.
My favorite thing about this diaper is how gentle it is on baby skin. Since starting to review diapers, I’ve been looking out for red marks. With very little effort, this diaper leaves almost
none. In addition, I really love using this cover with tri-folded prefolds stuffed into the inner flaps. It makes for pretty easy diaper changes and the flaps keep the diaper from sliding or
bunching up inside.
In case you missed that, here’s an overview:
good leak protection
snaps on the butt and crotch for skinny babies
inner pockets for inserts
gentle elastics on legs and waist
a bit stiff feeling compared to most PUL cloth diapers but something you’ll get used to when you realize how durable it is
slight wicking and moisture on outside of cover after prolonged use
Overall, I’d say that the Snuggy Baby Cover and AI2 system is a solid, reliable brand to have in your stash. I wasn’t sure how I felt about the petal inserts when I first saw them, but they are top notch—very trim and very absorbent! The stay dry layer of the Snuggy Baby inserts stays drier than any I’ve ever seen! This cover is definitely up there with my favorites. It is reliable and cute. What more could I ask for?
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