In this review, I would like to share my experience with the Best Bottoms Snap Cover and Stay Dry Inserts. I bought several cloth diapers to try with my then 26-month-old toddler (31 pounds) because she has been a heavy-wetter.
I thought it would be useful to have an experience with the different brands and types of cloth diapers as well to compare with my mostly used Charlie Banana One Size pocket diapers.
Let’s get started to see if the Best Bottoms cloth diaper is the best overnight cloth diaper.
Last Updated: April 8, 2017
Name Of The Product: Best Bottom Cloth Diaper Shell-Snap
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Name Of The Product: Best Bottom Stay Dry Overnight Inserts
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This is how the shell snap looks like.
When you are new to using a system like this, you will find that it is a no-brainer system. The Best Bottom All-In-Two diapers don’t have pockets. Instead, it has two buttons on both ends for you to snap the inserts which have buttons as well.
The buttons is a good idea because there are no pockets to keep the inserts in place especially if you are using it with a hyperactive toddler. Just attach the inserts to the cover and you’re ready to go.
Or if you are using a different type of inserts without buttons, just lay them flat on top of the shell cover.
The sides of the cover have a lining, also known as a gusset. This is to help prevent leaks. This is the second diaper that I encountered that has a gusset.
The size of the cover is easy to adjust. It uses the button system at the outside part, so you just have to snap the buttons together to get the desired size. See the smallest setting of the Best Bottom cover.
To adjust the size, look for the furthest button below and snap it at the second to the topmost button. That would be the newborn size. Keep it unbuttoned and you have the largest size.
And here’s the biggest setting size:
When I first bought it, I was able to use the Best Bottom shell cover for the first time around. The maximum size, however, only allowed me to use only one button per side instead of 2 or three. Therefore, the first time my daughter slept on it, we got leaks! It is because the sides were so “loose” the gussets were useless. My daughter moved a lot during her sleep that one of the buttons was detached. Therefore, it leaked. Nevertheless, it took 5 hours before I changed her diapers.
I wanted to give up using the Best Bottom All-In-Two system, but I didn’t want to waste money. And I am searching for the best overnight cloth diaper, so I gave it another try. The second time around, I didn’t want to use the covers anymore. I feel it was too tight if I button it securely, but it was too loose if I snap it again using just one button like the last time.
Worried that the Best Bottom cover would again be too tight, I used a small clothes hanger to give the cover a good stretch a day before using.
One of the reasons I learned on why it was so easy to unbutton it is that it was too tight for my then chunky, 31-pound toddler.
I then discovered that there is a so-called “Extender Tabs” you can purchase separately. It is an excellent accessory for chunkier toddlers! Awesome! Now I don’t have to keep on stretching the waist with a baby hanger. :-p
BEST to get the extender tabs and this problem is solved or wash the cover several times to get it stretched.
The All-In-Two system of the Best Bottom is very flexible that I feel it is a good idea to use this for newborns too using pre-folds, flats or any other type of inserts you trust.
This diaper has gained my confidence in bringing out my daughter wearing it instead of disposables. If you are used to going out with disposables, putting your daughter in a cloth diaper if you will be out for the whole day is a gamble, but the Best Bottom overnight inserts don’t fail me and last for four hours without leaking. The cover helped a lot in keeping the wetness inside, too.
This diaper also has been one of the diapers I trust for overnight use. When I say overnight, I would still change it maximum 5-6 hours after putting them on to my daughter for hygiene purposes.
I am extremely happy and satisfied with the Best Bottoms cover and overnight inserts so I decided to purchase 3 more covers and 2 more pieces of the overnight inserts.
This is officially my trusted overnight diaper and “going out diaper.” I customized it though. Because putting two pieces of large overnight inserts is very bulky, I decided to just put one overnight insert and place a charcoal bamboo insert on top to wick the wetness.
It’s a perfect combination and hasn’t failed me so far. The longest I didn’t change the diaper overnight is 7.5 hours without feeling guilty or without getting worried that my daughter will get a diaper rash.
The Best Bottoms All-In-Two diapers continue to be my daughter’s overnight and going-out diaper. The covers are still in excellent condition. The inserts, although still very absorbent, are starting to turn yellowish. I don’t use bleach and baking soda in them. I let them be like that since it doesn’t seem to affect the performance.
I have a friend who uses a similar type of reusable cover but from a different brand. Her daughter is almost same age as mine. She only has a total of 7 covers (but 40 plus inserts) that she has been using since her daughter’s day 1. That means getting seven covers would be just enough for practical parents. It would last as long as your child can still fit on it. That’s approximately two plus years old or 35 pounds.
The good thing about the wipeable shell cover is that you can use it 2 or 3 times for one day. After using it, just air dry it and use it again on your next diaper change. You have the flexibility to choose the inserts that please you. Best to test drive what inserts works for you before getting a lot of inserts if you are going for this All-In-Two system.
The bad thing about getting only seven covers for your child’s use (approximately 2-3 years), is that you may not be able to use the cover for your second child. The quality will surely depreciate, and the look may not be too pleasant after three years of use.
The quality of the cover and inserts are great. But texture-wise, I am not a fan of the Best Bottom insert, which is somewhere in between rough and soft. However, the Stay Dry Overnight Inserts absorbency is definitely a winner.
How to Wash The Best Bottom Diapers
Aside from the NO BLEACH and NO FABRIC CONDITIONER instructions for all cloth diapers, Best Bottom advised not to use baking soda AT ALL. I don’t usually stick to the recommended detergent and only use what has been working with us for two years. The Tide with Charlie Banana was horrible and the Purex is what worked. Let me know how Tide works for you if you decide to use it for this cloth diaper.
Had I not given the cover a good stretch with a baby hanger, it would not have fitted my daughter’s waist. But again, several washes solved the problem. It was stretched enough after 4-5 washes and I don’t need to use the extender tabs with my then 31-pound daughter at all.
We currently ALWAYS use the extender tabs nowadays since it doesn’t fit my 36.5-month-old (39.6-pound-toddler) anymore.
Inserts absorbency-wise, I can say that the overnight stay dry inserts are the best overnight cloth diaper inserts so far, though it is too thick if you put two overnight inserts in one shot.
The best combination is one overnight insert under a charcoal bamboo insert I have come to love.
If I am given the chance to be a mother again, I would definitely go for this All-In-Two system. I can reuse the cover for 2 days and they dry so fast even when hand-washed. But I will definitely get the same charcoal bamboo insert to answer the absorbency needs I want without getting too bulky.
If you are using this for your child in his early months until early toddlerhood, I also feel it is a PRACTICAL choice. You don’t need to buy so many covers, and you can even customize it using a pre-fold or flats should it not fit your child on day 1.
Let me know in the comments section if you have any question and feel free to visit my blog again for any update on this cloth diaper.
Published on: June 4, 2016