The thought of cloth diapering is something that has always both intrigued and intimidated me. While I want to minimize my impact on the environment, I don’t want to add too much to my current workload. I knew that cloth diapering had come a long way in recent years, but the memories of my mother’s cloth diapering experiences haunted my memories. The endless amount of time she spent washing and folding squares of cloth into diapers, the frantic hunts for pins and the unattractive, white plastic diaper covers that were involved in the process greatly reduced the appeal of cloth diapering for me.
That’s why I was thrilled to be able to review the new Tots Bots Easy Fit diaper offered by Bummis, a company that has been a leader in cloth diapering products for almost thirty years. The Easy Fit system contains only two sizes of diapers to fit babies up to 35 lbs. The Tini Fit is especially designed for babies between 5 and 12 lbs while the classic Easy Fit accommodates babies between 8 and 35 lbs. For most mothers, myself included, the Easy Fit is the only diaper that their baby will need. This innovative all-in-one diaper promises to be the most convenient cloth diaper on the market, and I was eager to put its claims to the test.
As soon as I took the diaper out of its package, I could see that this was definitely not my mother’s old cloth diaper. The trim fitted design features soft elastics at the legs and back to protect against leaks. The exterior of the diaper was not plastic as I had expected, but instead had a cloth-like feel. The interior liner is attached to the diaper, which means that when I toss the diaper into the laundry, the doubled up liner unfolds for a thorough wash and a quick dry without me having to hunt for it in a pile of clothing.
The liner is another marvel of modern technology. It features two layers, one of bamboo-made rayon and one of polyester microfiber. Both layers are ultra-absorbent and help to ensure that a leaky diaper never becomes a concern. The attached liner also offers great versatility when I am looking for extra protection. Obviously, with a baby boy, I need more protection at the front of the diaper than I do at the back. With a quick fold of the liner, I can double up the protection at the front of the diaper to ensure that my baby has the most effective shield against leaks.
Having fought with Velcro in the dryer before, I love the laundry tabs on this diaper. When I toss it in the wash, I simply fold the tabs down so that the Velcro is covered and doesn’t stick to other pieces of clothing.
I also received a roll of Bummis Bio Soft biodegradable and flushable liners, which helped to make my first experience with cloth diapering even more convenient. When I changed my baby’s diaper, the liners made it easy to flush away the majority of the mess so that I had no need to rinse the diaper before washing it.
The ultimate test came when I put my son to sleep wearing the Easy Fit. In the morning I found that he was relatively dry, but he did have some slight wetness around his legs. The following night I added an extra liner to the diaper. Sure enough, the bed was dry the next morning.
A tip for any other cloth diapering novices…When I received the diaper, I looked at the snaps on the front of it in bewilderment. “They must have some kind of decorative cover that snaps onto the diaper,” I told my husband as I examined it. A few days later as I was folding clothes, I picked up the diaper and studied the snaps a little more thoroughly. In a flash of understanding, I realized that this is how the diaper offers a sung and protective fit with only one size! The snaps tighten the diaper so that a smaller baby still has unparalleled leak protection.
For any mother that is considering cloth diapering but is unsure about how convenient it will be for her lifestyle, the Easy Fit is the perfect diaper choice. This ethically produced and easy to use diaper is a foolproof way to join the cloth-diapering revolution. With five vibrant and stylish colors to choose from as well as classic white diapers for the traditionalists, cloth diapering has never been so easy or looked so good!
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