The popularity of AppleCheeks cloth diapers is undeniable. AppleCheeks fans are loyal and enthusiastic about both the product and the brand. An AppleCheeks new release is always a party and customers are on a first-name basis with owners Amy and Illana. The enthusiasm is contagious and I was excited to try one of the newest Tiffany prints for an AppleCheeks Cloth Diaper Review!
I reviewed my first AppleCheeks cloth diaper in 2010, when Ezra was just a toddler. He is now 7 and that same diaper has rotated through our stash to diaper two more babies. I love knowing that this diaper lived up to its promise to help the environment and our family budget. I’m even more tickled to see how wildly popular AppleCheeks cloth diapers have become over the past six years!
Each time I use AppleCheeks cloth diapers, I think, “This is so simple.” AppleCheeks come in a two-sized system and they do not include the rise snaps so popular on one-size systems. They also only come in the snap system, so you don’t need to learn both an aplix and a snap fit. This means that using an AppleCheeks diaper requires less adjustments than other cloth diapers and is more intuitive, like a disposable diaper.
Don’t let the this “simple” description fool you, though. This diaper may be easy to use, but the design has all of your cloth diapering needs in mind. AppleCheeks diapers include a soft inner liner against baby’s skin, a trim fit, an insert that agitates out in the wash, and comfortable elastic that is gentle on baby’s skin.
The AppleCheeks System
The AppleCheeks cover can be used as an envelope (pocket) diaper or as an All-in-Two (AI2) diaper cover. The envelope system is a one-use before washing and the AI2 option can be use two to three times before the cover needs to be washed. I used to be more reluctant to use a cover without a PUL inner as an AI2, but I’ve discovered that a good insert makes all of the difference. I liked reusing our AppleCheeks cover as an AI2 and felt comfortable using it two times before washing. As with most AI2s, a poopy diaper always meant that the cover needed to be changed, but we only change 1 to 2 of those a day on average.
I clearly loved AppleCheeks covers in 2010, but they are now even softer. The covers feature elastic at the tummy and back, making for a snug, leak-free fit. They are generous in size and fit both chunky and trim babies well (we’ve diapered both). AppleCheeks seem made to comfortably form to baby’s body and I appreciate how no buttons or PUL comes in contact with baby’s skin.AppleCheeks covers also come in a wonderfully wide range of colors to suit a variety of tastes. The patterns are always eye-catching and exclusive to AppleCheeks and their retailers. You won’t find them anywhere else and they are readily available for customers. The Tiffany dragonfly print I received is even prettier in person, with vibrant pops of color, and absolutely suited for boys and girls.
I especially love how soft the elastic is around the legs and how well the covers fit my little guy. Even if you have a current favorite insert or fitted, I suggest considering an AppleCheeks cover over your current choice.
The covers and inserts are sold separately. This allows you to choose the insert style you prefer, as well as the cost. Your absorbency is really going to depend on the insert style and fabric you select. For cost calculations, add $1 to every cover for prints.
- Bamboo Insert 2-Ply – If you go with the 70% rayon from bamboo/30% organic cotton fleece 2-ply insert, you have a surprisingly slim, absorbent option. This insert needs to be folded into thirds and is safe against baby’s skin. If you choose these inserts, you could have one envelope diaper change for $29.25 or up to three AI2 changes for $47.75.
- One-Size Stay Dry Microterry Inserts – These inserts are your most cost-effective option at just $5. These dual sided inserts can slip inside the envelope or be used as an AI2 option. I love the smart design with the red stitching, letting parents easily know which side does not go against babies skin. I saw these at MommyCon Chicago and fell in love with them. If you choose these inserts, you could have one envelop diaper change for $25 or up to three AI2 changes for $35.
- Bamboo Insert 3-Ply – This insert is the same fabric as the 2-ply, but with 3 super-absorbent layers. If find the absorbency of the 2-Ply to be more than sufficient for my toddler during the day and naps. If you have a heavy-wetter, this could be a great option for sleep, instead of stacking inserts. I think most families might buy 3 to 6 of these to rotate through naps and bedtime, depending on needs.
- Your Preferred Insert – Maybe you already have inserts you know work for you. That’s the beauty of the AppleCheeks system. You can change to AppleCheeks covers and use your existing inserts, but be sure you don’t put microfiber up against baby’s skin.
2-Ply Bamboo Insert
We used the cover with a 2-Ply insert for day, naps, and night time. Baby experienced no leaks during any of these times. In fact, I was pleasantly surprised by how dry the microfleece inner layer felt post diaper-change. The inserts do not come pre-shrunk, so expect some shrinkage during diaper prep. Don’t let the tri-fold fool you, either. These inserts are trim, lightweight, and less bulky than many competitors. If you want your insert to fit snuggly in your cover, simply tuck it into the edges of the inside cover.
Inserts agitate out on their own in the wash, so no need to touch soiled inserts before wash. The envelope system is easier to stuff, but can be tricky for a poopy diaper. If you dunk the diaper with the insert inside, you get soaked, wet mess. To avoid this, I recommend making sure you have flushable liners and/or a diaper sprayer handy.
Once we got the AppleCheeks fit down, I loved it. As I mentioned before, the fit is slightly different from other diapers, but very intuitive. Stretching the elastic at the legs first is very important for a snug, cozy fit. I don’t often give baby’s opinion on a diaper, but I could tell he found his AppleCheeks cloth diaper very comfy. He even grabbed our newest AppleCheeks from the clean stack and asked me to put it on!
To get a great fit with AppleCheeks, do the following:
- Lay baby on flat diaper.
- Stretch the leg elastic first by extending wing before snapping the diaper.
- Pull the extended wing over to snaps.
- Snap the bottom snap on one side.
- Repeat steps 2 to 4 on the second side.
- Snap the top snaps. It is okay for these snaps to be on different settings than the leg snaps.
- The diaper fits correctly when you can get one finger between the elastic and your baby’s skin.
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