Wednesday, 5 February 2020

review- smart bottoms 3.1

First things first, I'm not gonna lie to you. I bought this nappy because of the print. I'd never really heard much about Smart Bottoms before, never seen one in real life. But I saw this print, fell in love and ordered it.

Luckily it works really well for us, phew!

If you want to hear more about the 3.1, keep reading...

I'm just going to start this off with my usual disclaimer. Lou is 25 months old, and about 30lbs. He's quite tall, in 2-3 clothes. And he's a veeeeeeeeery heavy wetter. This review is based on our personal experience.

For more information on cloth nappies, read my blog post here

Smart Bottoms is an American brand, and the 3.1 is their all in one nappy. All in ones are the closest you're going to get to a disposable nappy, in that, there's no prep needed. The insert is usually sewn in, so you just fold it how you'd like it, add a liner and off you go.

The insert in the 3.1 is made of organic cotton, so it’s lovely and soft. It's sewn onto the back of the nappy and just sits on top (as opposed to being stuffed into a pocket in the back like a Totsbots Easyfit or Bambino Miosolo). 

The fit is very generous. They're a birth to potty nappy and are meant to fit from 10-35lbs. I imagine they might go higher than that, like I said earlier, Lou is 30lbs and he's still on the middle rise, so has a while left in it. They're very slim fitting too, even with an added booster.

They're quite a pricey nappy, they retail at £26. I do think that the price is reflected in the quality though, and organic cotton is more expensive. However, if that does put them out of your price range, they do go on sale quite regularly, and come up second hand on the buy and sell Facebook groups fairly often. I've heard there's a specific Smart Bottoms buy and sell group too, but most of the people on it are American so there will be quite high postage costs if you're not in the USA.

What do I like about it?

How generous they are is a big pro for me, having a toddler. I've not put one of these on a smaller baby so can't comment about the fit, but have seen people on Instagram that do use them on their under ones with no issues.

They dry very quickly. The insert is only attached at one end, so when hung by it, all of the nappy is exposed. They can be completely dry in under a day.

The absorbency is very good- for how slim the nappy is. As well as the insert, the cover is also lined with organic cotton adding to the absorbency. After it's been prewashed *a lot*, we can get about 3 hours out of this nappy, although we do usually add an Ella's House hemp booster just to be safe.

They're so easy. There's no velcro to sort, no inserts to pull out, literally just take it off and dump it straight into your bucket/wet bag.

Any negatives?

They take A LOT of prep. They need about 10 prewashes to get to full absorbency. Which isn't necessarily a big problem, I prewashed once and then put it on for a shorter amount of time to begin with.

Again, they are an expensive nappy.

They do need boosting if you have a heavy wetter.

To sum up

When boosted, I really like this nappy and I always seem to reach for it. It’s slim, fits well and the prints are so nice. Yes, they’re expensive (I may have mentioned that once or twice 🙈), but with how generous it is, I know there’s no chance of Lou growing out of them before potty training.

I’m (im)patiently waiting for Real Nappy Week to get some more, hopefully Campfire Tails will be back in stock by then 🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻

You can buy the Smart Bottoms 3.1 from The Nappy Lady, link here

If you’ve tried this nappy, let me know how you found it in the comments. Or if you have any questions about cloth nappies, I’d love to hear from you! Comment below or message me on Instagram @aliceandthebaba 

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