Softbums are my very favorite cloth diapers. I have tried many, many different cloth diaper brands and styles, so this is really saying something! They have been my #1 favorite ever since I first tried them when Baby M was 3 months old. For months I had been trying different cloth diapers on his tiny newborn frame, and was so frustrated with the bulk of big inserts and hard snaps for the closures and rise. I just wanted a “comfy” diaper for him to wear, and one that was really easy and quick to put on. I was actually about to give up on cloth diapers altogether, when I discovered Softbums and fell in fluff love. They truly live up to their name as a cushy “soft” diaper and are so easy to use. And they are so accommodating for different sizes that they worked beautifully for us when Baby M was 3 months and still work great for him now at 18 months! They make up the majority of our cloth diaper stash and I can’t wait to tell you more about them!
- One-size diaper fits 6-35 lbs.
- AI2 diaper system with reusable shells and snap-on pods
- Use shells up to 3 times before laundering — just unsnap the wet pod and snap on a new one!
- Unique Slide²Size drawstring rise adjustments allow for a perfect fit — no snaps to adjust the rise!
- Shells have waterproof PUL outer
- Shells are lined with soft stay-dry microfleece
- Omni shell features pocket opening for optional stuffing
- Available with sticky wide aplix closures or snap closures (one row of waist snaps)
- Crossover aplix/snaps for extra slim fit on little ones
- 5 different pods to choose from (3 one-size and 2 mini)
- Made in the USA!
Things I Love About It
The soft squishiness is the first thing I love about Softbums. Between the stretchy PUL, the plush microfleece lining, the gentle and super adjustable leg elastic, the cushy pods, and either NO snaps on the diaper (aplix version) or just one row of snaps across the waist, these are such comfortable diapers! Softbums are made in the USA with quality materials.
The colors and prints are adorable! I especially love the Blooga print for Baby M, and adore the Sugar & Spice Giraffes print for little girls. This year Softbums is featuring one limited edition color in the Echo diaper every month (called “Calendar Bums”), and when I heard that February was Firecracker red–I had to have one! I have always wished Softbums would bring back the Firecracker color because red diapers are so cute. For this review, Kissed By The Moon sent me a Firecracker Echo shell (yay!) and I am going to show you one of my Blooga Omni shells and all the different kinds of Softbums inserts from my stash as well.
I love that Softbums are All-In-Two (AI2) style cloth diapers. Next to one-piece All-In-One (AIO) cloth diapers, AI2′s are the very easiest kind of cloth diapers to use in my opinion. Especially Softbums! The absorbent “pods” snap onto the shells with one single snap. That’s it–no stuffing, no extra pieces, just snap and go! Whenever I need a quick diaper change, Softbums are always the diaper I reach for because it takes only one second to get the diaper ready to use.
Softbums Echo and Omni cloth diapers have a waterproof PUL shell lined with soft stay-dry microfleece. The shells can be reused up to 3 times before needing to be washed. This is great for cost savings because when you buy one shell and 3 pods, you’re really getting 3 diapers! And it also reduces the wear on the diapers since they are washed 1/2 or 1/3 as often as other diapers. If the shell lining is dry or just slightly damp after the first use, just unsnap the pod and then either snap in a new one or let the shell air out until the next diaper change and then use it again. Of course if the shell lining becomes really wet or gets dirty, you will want to start over with a fresh one. With Baby M, we were able to use Softbums as a reusable shell system like this for many months until he became a real heavywetter (at 9 months old or so). Ever since then we’ve just used the shell with one pod and then into the diaper pale it goes. But for those newborn/infant months when we had a bazillion diaper changes a day, it was so nice to be able to reuse the shells almost every time and save a lot of money! Now that he’s older we go through only half the number of diaper changes we used to when he was little, so really it all evens out even if you end up with a heavywetter later on. For average wetters I think it would continue to work great as a reusuable shell system though!
As far as the dirty diapers go, I have always been very impressed with how well Softbums keep everything IN! Even when Baby M was exclusively breastfed, the Softbums contained everything and we never had a blow out with these diapers. (Disposables, on the other hand, were another story!).
The Omni version of Softbums diapers features a pocket opening in addition to the snap for pods. This way, you can choose whether you want to snap a pod on, or simply stuff it (or any other kind of insert) into the pocket opening. Personally I prefer to use the Omni as an AI2 rather than a pocket diaper. I’m not a huge fan of stuffing inserts, and I couldn’t get as good of a fit around Baby M’s legs when the Omni was stuffed instead of using it with a pod on top.
I love the wide and sticky aplix on Softbums. We have tried the snap version also but I didn’t care for it as much as the aplix, mainly because aplix is faster to put on and you can get a better fit with it too. Also, the aplix holds up extremely well. It doesn’t get curly like other aplix tends to, and it really sticks well. I also like that it’s more of a soft, bendy aplix. I don’t know if you’ve ever tried the typical cloth diaper aplix that is rough and stiff, but I much prefer Softbums aplix!
The Slide²Size adjustment system is a brilliant feature. I love that there are NO bulky, hard snaps on the front of these diapers to adjust the rise, and yet they are truly one-size diapers that fit from birth to potty training. Softbums diapers feature two drawstring clasps that adjusts the size of the leg openings from 2″ – 14″, so you can get a perfect fit for your child whether they are skinny, average, or chubby.
To adjust the rise, all you have to do is pull out the ends of the elastics and the clasps from the little opening on the top front of the diaper, and then adjust them to fit your child by pinching the drawstring clasps and moving them up or down the elastics. Take a guess at how large you need the diaper for your child, and then when you put the diaper on your child you can make little adjustments with the elastic to get just the right fit. Once you have the diaper sized, you won’t need to do it again for a while! And I have found that often I don’t even need to take the elastics and clasps out of the diaper to adjust the diaper to a larger size. I just pinch the drawstring clasp through the PUL or microfleece and pull on the leg openings to make them larger.
I love that Softbums are one of the few TRUE one-size cloth diapers that will really fit children from birth to potty training. With such a wide range of rise settings provided by the drawstring system, Softbums can fit babies from 6-35 lbs. A lot of one-size diapers claim to fit this size range, but when it comes down to it most are not able to get small enough on the legs or waist to accommodate small newborns and often they are not tall enough in the rise to fit taller toddlers. Softbums, however, works so well on newborns, infants and toddlers of all sizes. I have seen them fit tiny 6 lb. newborns perfectly, and it’s no wonder with how small they can get with the crossover aplix/snaps and the drawstring elastic that cinches down super small.
This picture (above) shows just how small Softbums can get! From the left: Softbums Echo, Softbums Omni, and then on the right is a Bumgenius 4.0 One-Size Pocket Diaper on the smallest setting so you can compare how they look. Now, the Bumgenius might look just a little bigger than the Softbums in this picture, but when you compare the leg holes you’ll see what I’m really talking about:
As you can see, Softbums are able to get much, much smaller on the leg holes! Most newborns have skinny thighs so this is a very important feature when you are considering one-size diapers that will start fitting at birth. In my opinion, Softbums are one of the very best diapers for newborns (and that includes newborn-sized diapers!). They are so soft, the aplix is gentle and easily adjustable, and these diapers can cinch down so small that they can truly fit tiny babies from the start. We didn’t discover Softbums until Baby M was 3 months old, but I’ve wished ever since then that we had known about them before he was born so we could have started him on them right away. Live and learn I guess! We have a whole stash of Softbums already prepared for Baby #2!
Of course with Baby M being 18 months now, my biggest concern with any cloth diaper is how long it’s going to fit him! This is another reason why I love Softbums. They just keep fitting, and fitting, and fitting… no matter how my baby grows! The rise can be adjusted to make the diaper incredibly large. Check this out:
On the left, you see the Echo diaper adjusted to the very largest rise setting. On the right is the Omni on its smallest setting. What a huge size difference!
And, as you can see from the picture above, the Softbums Echo and Omni cloth diapers truly get huge on the largest settings. For comparison, this second picture shows how much larger the Softbums can get in the rise and leg holes than Bumgenius 4.0 diapers:
I feel pretty confident that Softbums will fit Baby M until he is potty trained, which is a huge plus.
Aside from the added pocket opening on the Omni, the biggest difference between the Softbums Echo and the Softbums Omni is the size. Omni’s are bigger and wider than Echo’s, so that you can lay prefolds or flats on the shell instead of pods if you want to. I loved Echo shells when Baby M was 3-9 months. They fit so trim and are wonderful for infants as they grow. I didn’t really care for Omni shells at that point because they were much bulkier on him and the rise was too long. When he reach about 9 months, however, he started getting a lot taller and became a much more heavy wetter, and at that point the Omni’s started working better for us than the Echo’s. The Echo shells do still fit and work well for him even at 18 months, but I prefer the extra “roominess” of the Omni’s for my chunky toddler. So for us, Softbums have kind of been a two-step size system — first the Echo’s, then the Omni’s.
Overall both diapers have a very trim fit! Baby M is 18 months and about 26 lbs in these pictures to give you an idea of size.
Softbums offers 5 different types of “pods” which are the inserts that snap onto the shells (or they can stuff into the Omni shell if you wish). From top to bottom in the picture we have: DryTouch Pod, Super DryTouch Pod, Organic Bamboo Pod, DryTouch Mini Pod, and Organic Bamboo Mini Pod.
The DryTouch Pod is shaped like an ordinary cloth diaper insert and can be folded to fit to the appropriate length (or just laid flat if your baby is large enough–Baby M is this size). It is made of 4 layers of microfiber (that’s 1 layer more than the average cloth diaper insert) topped with a layer of microfleece for a soft stay-dry feel. Even with Baby M being such a heavywetter, we can often make it to the next diaper change with one of these inserts because they are so absorbent. The DryTouch Pod is a great choice if you want to stuff it inside the Omni diaper because it’s a more simplified shape.
The Super DryTouch Pod is the most absorbent of all the Softbums pods. It is made of 3 layers of microfiber but is super long, and the pod is designed to fold over so that you really end up with 6 layers of absorbency. This pod is also topped with soft stay-dry microfleece. This pod is wonderful to snap onto the Echo or Omni shell, or to lay inside any and all of your other pockets, covers and AI2 diapers! I have used them in just about every brand of diaper I own. They are not as convenient for stuffing since they have the contoured shape, but I love them for snapping on a Softbums shell or simply laying them on top of a diaper inner. We use Super DryTouch Pods every day and they are one of the few cloth diaper inserts that easily hold Baby M over until the next diaper change without leaks. To put them on, I pull the pod up over him and then fold it just below his belly button. Then I pull the top of the diaper up and seal the closures so that the aplix (or snaps) actually hold the top of the pod in place. I find that if I fold the pod before using it, it often comes up too short to properly grasp it between his tummy and the diaper closures.
The Organic Bamboo Pod is made of 70% Organic Bamboo and 30% Organic Cotton, topped with a luxuriously soft Organic Bamboo Velour (OBV). They are ALMOST as absorbent as the Super DryTouch Pods and sometimes I can’t even tell a difference in absorbency. They are also very trim! These pods are super long and designed to fold over just like the Super DryTouch Pods. The only reasons I chose Super DryTouch Pods over the Organic Bamboo Pods was that the bamboo is a lot firmer than the squishy microfiber, and also the bamboo does not have that “stay-dry” feel that microfleece has. I especially preferred the squishier DryTouch pods when Baby M was very little. Now that he’s bigger, I actually like the bamboo pods just as much and I simply use a fleece liner with them to create that stay-dry feel.
Softbums also offers “mini pods” which are designed for newborns or to act as doublers for heavywetters or overnights. The top picture above shows the DryTouch Mini Pod (made from 3 layers of microfiber topped with microfleece), the second picture shows the Organic Bamboo Mini Pod (made from 3 layers of bamboo fleece–these are NOT topped with OBV), and the third picture shows both so you can compare. Softbums just recently announced that they are making the Mini Pods now with snaps so they can actually snap onto the shells. Previously they were made without snaps, so that is the kind that I have. Either way, these work fantastically for newborns and small infants. Even at 3 months old I was using them for Baby M and they worked perfectly. The regular one-size pods were much too large for him at that point and even regular doublers from other brands were too wide for him. Both Softbums Mini Pods are very soft and fairly equal in absorbency. The Bamboo Mini Pods are much trimmer, but they are not stay-dry, so we use a fleece liner with them.
Things I Would Change
Very little! The only things I would change about Softbums are:
I wish the back elastic was wider/thicker so that it was a little more gentle on the back and also so it would help the diaper stay up in the back–sometimes it slips down a little and I have to pull it back up.
I wish the microfleece stayed softer and didn’t turn so pilly after repeated hot washes.
I wish they made the elastics a little easier to get to–perhaps by making an actual pocket opening in the front of the diaper.
Finally, the only other thing I wish I could change is that the diapers do tend to get that “banana crotch” effect after Baby M has been running around in them. Essentially this is the pod sagging down in the middle of the diaper because the shell is “ruffly” instead of being flat/tight as it would be in a snap-down rise diaper that pulls actual fabric tighter for each rise setting. That said, if Baby M is hanging out in just a diaper, we don’t put a Softbums on him because of the sagging. Pants really help to hold the diaper tighter up though and we don’t have nearly the problem if he’s wearing pants over top. As a side note, I do put the diapers on correctly–pulling the pod all the way up so it secures underneath the aplix and just a half inch from the top of the diaper. So unfortunately this problem can’t be entirely corrected unless there were rise snaps, or if there were snaps on both ends of the pods, but I’m not sure I would care for either of those options!
The Bottom Line
Softbums are wonderful! I give them 5 out of 5 stars and recommend them often to anyone I come across who is interested in cloth diapering or who is frustrated with the cloth diapers they are currently using. As I mentioned before, they make up the majority of our cloth diaper stash and I’m looking forward to using them with Baby #2 right from the start. Of course they are not the “perfect” diaper (I have yet to find one!) but every cloth diaper has some quirks and overall you just have to find what works best. I love to have variety in my stash to keep things interesting, but if I did have to limit myself to just one brand of cloth diaper, it would definitely be Softbums. If you haven’t tried them, you really should!
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