Friday, August 21, 2009
Softbums Review & Giveaway! CLOSED
I've recently had a chance to try the Softbums Perfect Fit All in 2. I had contacted the owner a while ago & was thrilled when she agreed to let me do a review/giveaway of her fantastic one size diaper. Sarah sent me a Red (firecracker) Diaper. When we opened the package, I was shocked at how tiny it looked. Marissa thought it was for her dolls. This is the first one size diaper I have ever seen that can get tiny enough to fit a preemie.
I always like to try to figure out how a new diaper works before reading the instructions. I knew this diaper was a different kind of one size than I have ever tried before, but I really didn't know how it worked. I pulled gently on the leg elastic & it expanded the size of the diaper. After a bit of examination, I discovered that there was a small opening in the front seam of the diaper where I was able to access the elastic and the little snuggers. By the time I found the snuggers, I had made the diaper too big, so I quickly adjusted it back down to a smaller size. I was amazed at how easy it was to make the diaper bigger or smaller. I was also pleasantly surprised to find that the diaper STAYS at whatever size you adjust it to.
Not only is the one size shell different than any diaper I've ever used before, the insert is totally different too. One side is microfiber and the other side is fleece. The fleece sides goes against the baby's skin & keeps baby feeling dry. The insert is almost twice as long as the diaper shell, this too was slightly confusing at first, but I soon realized that the insert is designed to snap to the back of the shell and then you fold the insert to fit the baby. The diaper also came with a hemp doubler. Here is a video that shows the diaper in action, it gives a GREAT total overview of how this diaper works. Softbums is an evolving diaper. Sarah has plans to be offering the snap version shown in the video on her website soon & cute print options are also in the works.
Melanie has now worn this diaper quite a few times. The very first time she wore it of course she pooped. The insert is plenty large enough to protect the shell, so the shell needed no rinsing. I put the shell in the dirty bucket & was able to easily rinse the solids from the insert into the toilet. The next time she wore the diaper was for a nap. This was an unplanned 3 1/2 hr nap that started in the car, so in total she was actually in the diaper for about 4 1/2 hrs. When I took the diaper off it was HEAVY, but I was pleased that both the outside of the shell & her clothes were totally dry. I wanted to try reusing the shell without washing, so I set it aside to air. A few hours later, I put the shell back on Melanie with a prefold inside....I only have one insert. I was pleasantly surprised how well it worked!! I definitely plan to invest in a couple more inserts! The big test for any diaper is overnight, Melanie sleeps with Hubby & I, so I really have to trust a diaper before I'm willing to try it overnight. Since the diaper had performed so well at naptime, I decided to give it a try for a full night! With the hemp doubler & microfiber/fleece insert in the diaper, Melanie slept for 10 1/2 hrs and woke with dry jammies!!! This is a GREAT diaper!!
I'm not really a fan of Aplix, I always prefer snaps, but I've found that the quality of the Aplix and laundry closures makes all the difference in the world. The Softbums Aplix is very high quality! There is a crossover tap on one side that makes it possible to use this diaper on a baby with a very tiny waist. We were fortunate every time Melanie wore this diaper she left the Aplix alone. I'm sure she could remove this diaper if she wanted, maybe she has finally outgrown that stage or maybe this diaper was just so comfy she didn't feel the need to take it off. The Aplix stayed firmly attached to the laundry tabs in the washer & dryer every time.
Favorite Things about Softbums:
Superior wetness protection
Great package options
Made in the USA
Buy it!!! The Basic package retails for $33.92 on the Softbums website and includes a one size shell & three microfiber/fleece inserts. That is THREE diaper changes for less than $34! Shells and inserts can also be purchased separately. Check out the bamboo insert & her amazingly low priced wet bags!!!
Win it!!! Sarah has generously offered one of my readers a Softbum's basic package in your choice of color. Mandatory entry for the Giveaway....go to the Softbums website to check out all the color options, then come back & tell me what color you would choose & why. This must be done before any other entries will count. After the mandatory entry, you are welcome to do as many or as few of the extra entries as you wish.
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This giveaway will end at 11:59 pm on Monday September 7th! The winner will be chosen using Random.org & will have 48 hours to respond to my e-mail. Be sure to include an e-mail address in each of your entries if it is not visible in your blog profile.