Families seeking a quality, affordable All-in-Two (AI2) cloth diaper option will find one with Buttons Cloth Diapers. These economical covers come with many of the bells and whistles of their competitors, including double gussets and waist elastics, at a competitive price. Buttons sent us an adorable multi-color button print cover to try, along with a large insert, for our Buttons Cloth Diaper Review.Design
Buttons diapers are one-sized and fit babies from approximately 9 to 35 lbs. The snap-in inserts come in two sizes and two fabric options; hemp and cotton or microfiber. Buttons water-proof covers can be wiped down and used multiple times between washes as long as they don’t get soiled. The clever design includes double leg gussets to hold in messes and elastic at the back and tummy for a more comfortable fit.
You can also find fun and unique colors and prints in Buttons covers to suit many tastes. Our buttons print is a seasonal offering and only available until supplies run out. This is perfect for any cloth diaper collector!
When I reviewed Buttons Cloth Diapers on Kai in 2013, I remember falling in love with the covers, but struggling with the inserts a bit. I found once again that the Buttons covers fit comfortably and snugly on Sebastian at around 24 lbs. These covers have three rise settings and he is still at the middle setting, so I can definitely see this diaper system fitting up to 35 lbs. Our babies tend to grow long and lean, so it will most likely be awhile before he’ll need the third setting.
The waist has a single row of snaps, with two spots to anchor for a secure fit. I actually prefer a double row of snaps at the top for the closest fit. The elastic at the back and tummy help get the right fit, though, and I would love to see this feature on all cloth diaper brands.
Buttons Cloth Diaper inserts come in two sizes, small and large. The small fits babies 9 to 20 lbs and the large fits babies 20 to 35 lbs. Two sizes should be sufficient for most babies, but there could be an awkward in-between inserts time. You could solve this by using a small insert with a booster, I imagine.
We received a large daytime microfiber Buttons insert for our review. The insert has four layers of microfiber and soft fleece on top to lay against baby’s skin. The insert is the same width on both ends, with a tapered middle, and has dual snaps. As Sebastian is in the middle snaps, I did find the insert a tad bulky. The top and leg elastics help to tuck the insert in and a good, snug fit should keep the insert from peeking out.
The cover and one daytime microfiber insert offered plenty of absorbency for daytime and naps. As Sebastian sleeps through the night, I like to add a thin doubler on top for extra comfort. Buttons offers their own doublers in the same fabrics as their daytime inserts, but I have yet to try them. I do like how their doublers snap between the insert and the cover, so they stay in place. We were able to reuse the cover (using older Buttons inserts and Best Bottoms) two to three times, wiping down in between.
As with most AI2s, I had no luck using the diaper again after a poop because the mess inevitably went between the insert and the gussets. The diaper did it’s job and kept in the mess without any leaks, but you definitely want a good diaper sprayer for those gussets!
The Buttons Cloth Diaper is a great option for the value-conscious family. Diaper covers are $11 for solids and $12.50 for prints, making them very competitively priced. While the company is based in the US, manufacturing is done overseas. The main price difference in your system will come with your inserts, as hemp/cotton inserts are about double the cost of microfiber.
If you decide to purchase 2 to 3 days worth of Buttons cloth diapers, you will need:
8 to 10 one-size covers
18 to 24 daytime inserts (in each size)
2 to 3 nighttime inserts (in each size)
This means you could diaper your baby from just after newborn to potty training for as little as $225. In my experience, it is best to have the higher number of covers and inserts, plus you’ll probably want some prints, so I think an average estimate might look more like $500. If the average cost of disposable diapers through potty training is $2400, then that is a huge savings. Use it for multiple babies and you can pay off your house sooner!
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