Why you should consider sized cloth diapers (Buttons Newborn and Super Cover Review)

It’s been a while since I did a diaper review, and I have one today to share with you. Buttons diapers recently came out with new newborn and super sized diapers to add to their one size (OS) diaper collection. When I first started cloth diapering, I only wanted to spend money on OS diapers, but now that I’ve been using cloth for over four years, I can see so many benefits on spending the extra money and getting sized diapers for the different stages babies go through.


Buttons newborn, one size, and super covers on their largest settings.


Why should you add sized cloth diapers to your stash?

*They fit better under newborn clothing. I started out with OS diapers when Jeremiah was one month old. While they did fit him without leaks (check out my blog post on OS diapers that DO fit newborns here), they were bulky under clothing, especially onesies. I quickly realized with Evelyn how nice it was to have a handful of newborn covers to use the first few months so she could fit in all her adorable outfits. The Buttons newborn cover is one of my favorites because it fits both tiny newborns, but also has rise snaps so it can grow and fit a baby well even after they aren’t newborns anymore. Caleb easily fit in his Buttons newborn cover at three-four months old.

*They fit larger toddlers better. Buttons super covers are perfect for toddlers when they are close to outgrowing their OS diaper covers. They are roomy enough to fit larger inserts (or even a fitted for night time), but can still get small enough to fit seven month old Caleb! They have flaps inside to hold inserts in place without them poking out the top or back. If you have chunky babies or toddlers that potty train later, the super covers are perfect for you.


The Super cover is large enough to easily fit FOUR year old Jeremiah!

*If you’re going to have two kids of different ages in cloth at the same time, you’ll need twice as many diapers anyway. So why not get the second set in a size that better fits one of your kiddos?

Want my honest opinion? If you’re on a tight cloth diaper budget, I’d stick with OS diapers (because Buttons OS diapers DO fit newborns and my 2.5 year old toddler). BUT, if you plan on cloth diapering more than one child and have the extra money, I’d totally take some of your budget and get some of the Buttons sized diapers…either newborn, super, or some of each!

I received a Buttons diaper free of charge for the purposes of this review.  All opinions expressed are 100% my own and not influenced by the company.  This post may contain affiliate links.


Nicki’s Newborn Cloth Diaper Review

I have to be honest, with the beautiful spring/summer weather we’ve been enjoying, I haven’t been spending much time inside to blog.  And with our new house comes new landscaping projects…something I REALLY enjoy doing!  So, with a little more dirt under my fingernails and a lot more green in my flower beds, I’m ready to get back to sharing some of my favorite baby products with you today.

You may already know I’m a huge fan of Nicki’s Diapers and their Buy One Give One program from past blog posts.  I’ve tried all their one size cloth diaper products, so when Caleb was born, they were kind enough to send me some of their newborn diapers to try out as well.  Of course, they did not disappoint!  Today, I’d like to share Nicki’s three newborn cloth diaper options: an All In One, a cover, and a fitted.

Newborn Bamboo All In One

Fit: Of the three Nicki’s newborn diapers, the bamboo AIO (All In One) is the smallest.  This is perfect for really tiny newborns and fits nice and trim under onesies.  As you can see in the above picture, it’s already on its largest waist setting for 11 lb Caleb.  There are no rise snaps on this diaper.

Function: With the bamboo insert that can snap out for easier washing and drying, this AIO is very absorbent.  However, if your baby is a super soaker, they still may be able to out-pee this diaper within a few weeks.  You have the choice between snap and aplix closure, and I prefer the snaps for Nicki’s brand.  Nicki’s also has a newborn Ultimate AIO you can choose, if you prefer stay dry material for your baby.

Favorites: If you have small babies and want a diaper that is easy to use, this newborn bamboo AIO is the perfect choice for you.  The natural fiber bamboo insert is soft against the baby’s skin and is quick to put on.

Newborn Overnight Bamboo Fitted

Fit: Another great choice for tiny babies, the Nicki’s overnight bamboo fitted can snap down nice and small.  Caleb finally outgrew it around three months old (12-13 lbs), but it was a favorite of mine for when he was first born.


Check out the snap down in the front to give an umbilical cord plenty of room!


Newborn Overnight Bamboo Fitted on 11 lb, two month old Caleb.

Function: Since the entire diaper is made out of absorbent bamboo, this is a great choice for heavy wetters.  You need to put a waterproof cover on top to keep clothes dry.  It also has an insert that snaps in for extra absorbency.

Favorites: This diaper is SO soft!  I also love the umbilical cord snap down in the front, so your baby can wear this diaper from day one.  The multi colored snap closure and edging is also a fun feature.

Newborn Cover

Fit: This cover can get very small, but also has the most room to grow because it includes rise snaps.  Caleb is five months old and still easily fits in these covers!

Function: The cover has lots of great features like the crossover snaps for tiny newborn waists, inner flaps to hold inserts in place,  and rise snaps to adjust the size to perfectly fit a small or large baby.  These are also perfect for covering the Nicki’s Newborn Overnight Bamboo Fitted diapers.  You can reuse the covers a few times as long as they aren’t soaked or soiled, so you get the most bang for your buck with these.

Favorites: I personally love the snap closure on these covers, but aplix closures are also available.  I also like how they fit so nice and trim under clothing (I used flour sack towels as inserts the first few months) and the double gussets for holding in any messes.  These covers are definitely my FAVORITES as far as newborn diapers go!

How does the newborn cover compare to Nicki’s One Size cover?  Here is a picture of both on the smallest settings.  You can see it is quite a bit smaller, and while the OS cover can fit newborns, the newborn cover is much less bulky under clothing and leaves no gaps for messes to escape.  🙂

If you are wanting to cloth diaper a newborn, all of Nicki’s newborn diapers are a great choice.  You can order yours here.  If you want to see how the Nicki’s one size diaper covers fit on newborns, check out my favorite OS diapers for newborns.

I received a Nicki’s newborn bamboo fitted and newborn diaper covers free of charge for the purposes of this review.  All opinions expressed are 100% my own and not influenced by the company.  This post may contain affiliate links.

Microfiber v. Hemp v. Bamboo: Choosing the Best Cloth Diaper for Your Baby

I was very excited when Buttons Diapers recently released their NEW bamboo inserts in small, large, and super sizes!  They sent me some of their bamboo inserts to try out, and I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to answer some frequently-asked questions about cloth diaper insert fabrics and help you choose the best one for your baby.

What I did:

I took three of the Buttons small inserts (one microfiber, one hemp, and one bamboo) and placed each of them in a dry pan.  I poured water over them until the insert was completely saturated.  Any leftover water in the pan was returned to the measuring cup.  I also held the insert over the measuring cup until water quit dripping out, then measured what was left in the cup.  Finally, I gave the insert a gentle squeeze to see if any more water would drip out into the cup and measured again.


(soft and squishy feeling insert with white ridges)IMG_7478

Absorbency (Quantity and Speed): While I didn’t officially test the speed the microfiber insert absorbed water, visually, I could see it soaked up water much faster than the hemp or bamboo inserts.  The Buttons Small insert was able to absorb 3/4 c. of water, but when I gave it a light squeeze, it only held 1/2 c. of water.

Cost:  Microfiber is a very affordable insert option.  It is the least expensive of the three fabrics, making it a popular choice for people who cloth diaper to save money.

Softness: Very soft and fluffy. Microfiber stays soft even when it is saturated with liquid.

Other thoughts:

  • You must have a stay-dry liner between microfiber material and the baby’s skin.  Buttons inserts have this stay-dry liner sewn on to the top of the insert, so you don’t have to worry about it.  If you touch a lot of microfiber inserts (like stuffing pockets), you will notice it does dry out your hands.
  • Does not hold as much liquid when compressed/squeezed.
  • Microfiber is known to get stinky if they get really old, or if they aren’t washed thoroughly enough.  Thankfully, I haven’t had that experience with the Buttons microfiber inserts!

Choose microfiber if: 

  • You need an affordable insert solution.
  • You have a baby who quickly soaks their diapers.
  • You want a stay-dry barrier between the diaper and your baby’s skin.



(dense fabric, usually off white in color, can be smooth or fluffy in appearance)IMG_7479

Absorbency (Quantity and Speed): The Buttons small hemp insert absorbed a little more than 3/4 c. of water!  When I gave the insert a gentle squeeze, it still held onto 3/4 c. of water.

Cost:  Hemp is the most expensive of the three insert types that Buttons sells.

Softness: In my experience, hemp is the least soft of the three different insert materials.  It can get stiff and even slightly rough feeling if you air dry the insert.  HOWEVER, Buttons has figured out a way to put the soft and fluffy side of hemp on the outside layer of their inserts, and I’ve found that their hemp inserts are the softest I’ve tried!  So they still get a point in my book.  🙂

Other thoughts:

  • While I didn’t officially measure absorbency speed, hemp is known for being the slowest to absorb liquid.  I could visually see a difference between the hemp and microfiber absorbency speeds when I was testing it.
  • Insert can bunch up and stiffen when wet.  This is more common with toddlers who are active!

Choose hemp if:

  • You have a heavy wetter.
  • You want a natural fiber insert with a stay-dry liner on top (Buttons is one of the few brands to offer this!)
  • You have a larger baby/heavier toddler prone to getting compression leaks with microfiber.  
  • You need a trim insert to fit nicely under clothes (hemp inserts are popular for being absorbent AND thin!).



(soft dense fabric, usually white in color and smooth, though some brands can be more like a terry cloth texture)IMG_7481

Absorbency (Quantity and Speed): The new Buttons small bamboo insert absorbed 3/4 c. of water, and didn’t leak at all when I gave it a gentle squeeze!  It was slower to absorb than microfiber, but I didn’t see much difference in speed between bamboo and hemp.

Cost:  The Buttons bamboo insert is slightly less expensive than their hemp insert option, but still almost twice the cost of microfiber.

Softness: The bamboo fabric is very soft and smooth to the touch.  It does become hard and stiff when soaked.

Other thoughts:

  •  Slow to dry.
  • Insert feels stiff and hard when wet.
  • Insert can bunch up when wet.  This is more common with toddlers who are active!
  • The Buttons bamboo inserts shrunk up a lot while being prepped.  It is visually smaller than their hemp and microfiber counterparts, even though it started out larger.  I think bamboo could beat out hemp and microfiber for absorbency IF the prepped size was closer the hemp and microfiber inserts.

Choose bamboo if:

  • You have a heavy wetter.
  • You want natural fibers against your baby’s skin.
  • You need a faster absorbing fabric than hemp.
  • You have a larger baby/heavier toddler prone to getting compression leaks with microfiber.


I hope that gives you a better understanding of the three main cloth diaper fabrics and how to choose the right one for your baby. I personally have all three insert types and love them all!   You can check out all of Buttons Diapers’ products here.  Leave me a comment and let me know which one you’d pick!

Want to see how the entire Buttons diaper system works?  Check out my review here.  Also, keep an eye on my blog, I’ll be posting a review of their NEW newborn and super diaper sizes soon!

I received a Buttons diaper free of charge for the purposes of this review.  All opinions expressed are 100% my own and not influenced by the company.  This post may contain affiliate links.

Tushmate Newborn AIO and One Size AIO Review

Now that I once again have TWO kids in cloth diapers at the same time, I thought it was the perfect time to share my thoughts on the All-In-One cloth diapers by TushMate.  They were gracious enough to send me two beautiful diapers to try out for this review.

Newborn AIO


Features: The newborn AIO is made up of a waterproof TPU shell, a semi-attached hemp/cotton insert, and a stay dry liner on top.  As is true of all All-In-One diapers, everything is attached, which makes putting on the diaper very simple.  The insert can unfold to make it easy to wash and fast to dry.  Like all the TushMate prints, each diaper is printed so BOTH sides are right-side up,  and every diaper has a perfect picture on the bum.  The attention to detail sets this brand apart from many others.  My favorite feature?  The hook & loop closure.  It is the softest velcro (no scratchy edges or hooks to scratch sensitive baby skin), but is the stickiest I’ve tried.  I don’t know how they do it, but it’s amazing!


My favorite TushMate feature…the soft and sticky hook & loop fastener!


The stay dry liner keeps baby’s skin dry.


This gorgeous print is “right-side up” both in the front and back!

Function: The design of the newborn AIO makes it very easy to use.  No inserts to attach, and it all stays together in the wash.  I really like that it has both a natural fiber insert AND a stay dry liner on top.  The liner paired with the cover gives the diaper double gussets to keep in those newborn messes.  For absorbency, I’d say that it would be great for light-average wetters, but not for heavy wetters.  Fortunately, because the attached insert can fold out of the shell for washing and drying, it also gives the diaper a pocket to add extra absorbency.  That way it can work well for any newborn.


The fold out hemp/cotton insert makes it easy to wash and dry this AIO diaper.

Fit: The newborn AIO fit my 8 lb little guy perfectly.  It has adjustable rise snaps, so it can grow with your baby until he or she fits into one size diapers.  The velcro placement was perfect, so it didn’t scratch Caleb’s belly (unlike other brands I tried).  And the thin hemp/cotton insert made it the most trim fitting newborn diaper I tried as well.  It can easily fit under onesies and other tiny newborn clothes without being too bulky.


One Size AIO

Features: The one size AIO has the same features as the newborn AIO.  This is one of TushMate’s newest prints…colorful globe.  Isn’t it just beautiful?  I love that the AIO also has the same hidden snaps as TushMate’s AI2 diaper.  This makes adding in an extra TushMate insert very easy.



Function: Once again, the AIO diaper is definitely easy to use.  Even adding in an extra insert, the stay dry liner snaps to the front and hides all the layers inside the diaper.  This makes for a very simple diaper to put on.  I chose the snap closure for my diaper, but they can also come with their amazing hook & loop closure.  Evelyn is an average-heavy wetter, and while she could soak the attached hemp/cotton insert, I could add in the TushMate large hemp/cotton insert, and that would last for hours.  While it’s an AIO, TushMate definitely wins the award for most versatile diaper, since you can customize the absorbency for any baby.

Fit: Like the newborn AIO and their OS AI2 diaper, the TushMate AIO is a very trim diaper.  It has a great fit, and I don’t think Evelyn will outgrow it before she’s potty trained.


What’s your favorite feature of the TushMate AIO or newborn AIO?  Want to see more about the TushMate AI2 one size diaper?  Check out my review here.  Finally, check out TushMate’s website for more of their beautiful prints and to order your own diapers!  🙂

I received a TushMate newborn AIO and a One Size AIO diaper free of charge for the purposes of this review.  All opinions expressed are 100% my own and not influenced by the company.

Nicki’s Overnight Bamboo Fitted Review

Life has been pretty busy for us this last month.  We found our dream house, moved, listed our old house, and sold it all in a month’s time!  At seven months pregnant with two toddlers three and under, this was no easy feat.  But we are finally settled (thanks to grandparents watching the kids so I could unpack), and I thought I was way overdue for another blog post!

If you’ve read my other cloth diaper reviews, you already know I’m a huge fan of Nicki’s Diapers.  So when they came out with an overnight bamboo fitted a few months ago, I HAD to give it a try!  Evelyn is a heavier wetter than Jeremiah was, so I needed a new night time solution.  She will even soak through disposable diapers at night on occasion.  This girl is well-hydrated!


The One Size Overnight Bamboo Fitted Diaper by Nicki’s Diapers comes is made completely out of soft and squishy bamboo and comes with a snap-in bamboo insert (the insert unsnaps for more efficient washing/drying).  I’d say the size is generous and will fit larger babies into the toddler years.  If you need a fitted for newborns/smaller babies, Nicki’s also has a newborn version of this style.  Evelyn is over 22 lbs at 18 months, and I still have her on the smallest rise setting for the one size version.  Compared to using prefolds and doublers at night, this diaper is less bulky under pj’s.  That’s definitely a huge bonus!



This diaper is the most absorbent night time cloth solution I’ve tried (although I haven’t tried the popular sustainablebabyish fitteds)!  While Evelyn will still occasionally leak out of it, I’d say it’s at least as absorbent as a disposable diaper.  She drinks a TON of water throughout the day, and sleeps a solid 13+ hours at night.  It out performs the econobum prefold/bamboo or the flip organic night/bamboo combos I used with both Jeremiah and Evelyn.  I’m definitely a fan.  I can also add an extra insert under the snap in bamboo insert if extra absorbency is needed.

What Cover/Fitted Combo Works Best?

img_0432I tried a BUNCH of different covers over the Nicki’s Overnight Fitted.  Because it has the ruffled legs and is generously sized, it doesn’t fit nicely under every kind of cover.  I tried Buttons, Imagine AI2, and Blueberry Coveralls, but my favorite cover over the Nicki’s Fitted is the Nicki’s One Size Cover.  It is large enough to cover the entire fitted and doesn’t add much extra bulk.  I’d guess the Imagine covers would work nicely as well…especially since they don’t have the interior flaps, but I haven’t been able to give those a try personally.  As you can see in the picture below, the Nicki’s One Size Cover and Overnight Fitted make a perfect pair!


Where Can I Get One?

The Nicki’s Overnight Bamboo Fitted is one of the best quality diapers for the price you can find (as is true with all Nicki’s products).  You can buy yours from Nicki’s Diapers website.  The overnight fitteds are very popular diapers, so they may not always be in stock.   I’d recommend joining the Official Nicki’s Cloth Diaper Chatter Facebook group and liking Nicki’s Diapers to stay updated on when they get diapers in stock.

Want to see more of my favorite cloth diapers/products?  Follow my Pinterest page!

I received a Nicki’s Overnight Fitted diaper free of charge for the purposes of this review.  All opinions expressed are 100% my own and not influenced by the company.  This post may contain affiliate links.



TushMate AI2 Cloth Diaper Review

I first heard about TushMate diapers while researching cloth diapering options for Jeremiah at the start of my journey.  Two TushMate AI2 Starter Kits were actually some of the very first diapers I ever bought!  Great reviews and a flexible system were what attracted me to them from the beginning, and I can say, three years and running, they haven’t disappointed.  What’s even better, is how TushMate continues to strive for excellence and keeps coming up with innovative diaper designs!


TushMate AI2 Starter Kits come with a shell (snap or hook and loop closure options), natural fiber inserts, and a stay dry liner.  There are countless ways to use this combo, so you can find what works best for each baby.


TushMate AI2 Globe shell with two hemp/cotton blend inserts.

There are three things I really love about TushMate diapers that sets them apart from other similar style diapers:  First the hidden snaps for the inserts and liner.  These snaps are hidden inside the shell (see picture below), so you never have to worry about them rubbing on your baby.  This is especially great because you can choose to use the shell with TushMate inserts, or any insert that works for you…I LOVE using prefolds tucked in the cover flaps for night time diapering.  Because the snaps are hidden away, it doesn’t matter how I use the cover, the snaps are there if I need them, but out of the way if I don’t!


Check out the hidden snaps in the TushMate shell!

Second, I really like the stay dry liner that can snap into the cover.  Many parents want their kids to have a stay dry option, but need the absorbency of a prefold.  These liners are perfect for keeping wetness away from the baby’s skin, and also make a nice double-gusset to keep messes inside.  Once again, they are there if you want them, but you don’t have to use them, if you don’t want to.


Stay dry liner snapped on top of the hemp/cotton insert to keep baby’s skin dry.

Finally, I love the unique way TushMate makes their printed diapers.  The way they print and cut their fabric ensures that EVERY SINGLE DIAPER has a perfectly placed print!  No more being disappointed because your favorite part of the print is missing from your particular diaper.  They have beautiful and unique prints that make every diaper change fun.  With my love for traveling, the Globe print is definitely a favorite of mine.


Every TushMate diaper is printed and cut to ensure EVERY diaper has a perfectly placed print!


I have been very happy with TushMate diapers.  My AI2 diapers from THREE YEARS AGO are still going strong with regular use!  You can’t say that about many brands at all.  They have excellent elastics that are wide and gentle, the covers made with TPU are both thick and beautiful (especially compared with other similar brands), and their flexibility make them work for any cloth diapering need.

The natural fiber inserts (you can choose between 100% cotton and a hemp/cotton blend) and very thin, making it a trim diaper.  For little ones/light wetters, you only need one or two regular inserts with each change.  They also make a large insert that works great for day time diapering.  Inserts agitate out in the wash, keeping your hands as clean as possible during diaper changes.

At night, I use a prefold paired with a regular TushMate hemp/cotton insert, and that will last my kiddos 12 hours!  The covers have flaps to let you tuck inserts inside and keep them from poking out the top and back.


Each cover has front and back flaps to hold any insert in place (even if it’s not a TushMate insert)!


TushMate AI2 diapers are one-size fits all, so they can fit small babies through potty training.  I couldn’t quite get a small enough fit to work on Evelyn when she was a 7 lb newborn*, but it wasn’t long before they started fitting her.  Now, I love how trim these diapers are, and check out how cute their Globe print is on Evelyn!


If your cloth diapering needs are regularly changing, or you like to have OPTIONS without spending a ton of money, TushMate AI2 diapers are perfect for you.  I’m also a huge fan of their customer service.  They stand behind their products and take great care of you too.  Want to give TushMate diapers a try?  Click here.

Leave me a comment!  What is your favorite feature of the TushMate AI2 system?

*TushMate also makes a newborn AIO diaper, for a better fit on tiny babies!

I received a TushMate Starter Kit free of charge for the purposes of this review.  All opinions expressed are 100% my own and not influenced by the company.

Tidy Tots Diaper Review

I’m SO excited to share another new cloth diaper I was able to try out recently.  I first heard of Tidy Tots from another cloth diaper blog, and they sounded so cool, I wanted to give them a try for myself.


Evelyn was excited to give Tidy Tots diapers a try too!

Tidy Tots diapers were designed to make cloth diapering easy, especially for someone just starting out.  They took two big cloth diaper “fears” (what do you do with the poop, and how do you put them on) and created simple solutions for both.

I was sent the 4 Diaper Snap Essential Set to review.  This set came with two one size covers, four inserts, four boosters, one roll of flushies (flushable liners), and a wet bag.  This is a great starter set to give Tidy Tots diapers a try.


Tidy Tots 4 Diaper Snap Essential Set (wet bag not pictured).

Features: Adorable one size cover with snaps and flaps to hold inserts in place.  Instead of rise snaps, the cover has incredible leg elastics that stretch as the baby grows.  This makes it a customized fit without any guess work, and perfect for babies of any shape or size!  The inserts are 100% organic hemp and come with a booster that fits inside if you need extra absorbency.  Each insert has velcro on the back to hold the flushies in place, so they don’t bunch up.


The unique leg elastics make it easy to get a perfect fit on every body shape and size!

Function: Overall, this is a very straightforward diapering system.  Just wrap the flushable liner around the insert, snap the insert in place (you can pre stuff it with a booster for night or a heavy wetter), and you are good to go!  If you change a poopy diaper, plop the poop (and liner*) in the toilet and throw the diaper in the pail or wet bag.  The covers can be reused if they aren’t soaked or soiled, so you have less laundry.


Each hemp insert has an opening in the back to stuff a booster, if extra absorbency is needed.  The velcro on the sides of the opening hold the flushies in place.

The hemp inserts are very absorbent, and have an opening in the back for the booster to fit inside.  The boosters agitate out in the wash, so you don’t have to unstuff them.  The velcro holds the flushies in place, and then attaches to itself in the wash so it doesn’t snag other laundry.  This is a great feature, because the biggest complaint about flushable liners in general, is that they bunch up and don’t catch all the poop!

Fit: My favorite feature of the Tidy Tots diaper was the leg elastics.  Their ability to stretch without needing to adjust rise snaps keeps the diaper simple to put on.  It’s perfect for the mom diapering two or more children in different sizes, because you don’t ever have to change the fit from a baby to toddler!  It seemed to fit both kids well, without any extra adjustments.  I love using these covers for night time diapering, because they have lots of space for extra stuffing, without leaving any leg or waist gaps.  I haven’t had a leak in this diaper yet!

Overall I think this is a great cloth diaper!  I love how you never have to worry about gaps around the legs, poopy diapers are very easy to clean, and the prints are adorable.

Love what you see and want to give them a try?  You can find them here.  Or, enter for a chance to WIN your own Tidy Tots 2 Diaper Trial Set!  Leave a comment sharing your favorite “no hassle” Tidy Tots feature and enter the giveaway below. **GIVEAWAY CLOSED**
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I received a Tidy Tots 4 Diaper Snap Set free of charge for the purposes of this review.  All opinions expressed are 100% my own and not influenced by the company.

*Not all flushable liners are compatible with sewage and septic systems.  Some can cause clogs and damage, so make sure they will work with your system before flushing.