Buttons Cloth Diapers Review - Real Nappy Week Day 3
Updated: Jan 9
During this week, many brands dedicate this whole week to celebrating cloth diapers and promoting their benefits to make them more mainstream among new moms. To this day cloth diapers are still looked down upon and considered something dirty and time-consuming to do and I want to help remove the stigma from it.
As I have been cloth diapering for some time now, it seems like a good idea to share my experience with different brands of cloth diapers. Over the past several years, I have tried many different types and brands, but not all successful, which I want to share with you. Today I will be reviewing Buttons' cloth diapers.
Buttons as a cloth diaper brand was born at home. Amy and Scott, the husband and wife team, designed the diapers to be easy to use and affordable for everyone. They strongly believe in keeping our lives simple, which should also be the case for diapering. The company was born in Northwest Washington, but has relocated to northern Idaho, where the family with 4 kids enjoys hiking, biking, and playing in the sunshine and snow! The headquarter is in a barn that was renovated into offices - the "Buttons Barn"!
Buttons diapers gained lots of popularity and with increasing demand for their amazing diapers, they had to relocate the production of their diapers from their headquarters in Washington to China. Even though ‘made in China’ doesn’t have the best reputation, Buttons ensures that the production of their products is done responsibly with respect to nature and their employees.
All the diapers are CPSIA-certified, meaning they are safe for your baby as well as for the environment. When you purchase Buttons Diapers, you are supporting a small family business.
Different types of Cloth Diapers
Buttons mainly produce covers and inserts to go with these covers.
The cover can be used over a fitted diaper, prefold, or terry square. These last two are especially nice when you have a newborn. Buttons are great for babies who are on the smaller side. The snaps in front of the diaper will ensure the diaper grows with your baby when (s)he grows over time.
All covers from Buttons cloth diapers are made with PUL have double gussets. These are two sets of elastics around the leg which ensures that blowouts are a thing of the past. Double gussets are amazing at keeping mess inside a cloth diaper.
Buttons inserts that go with the covers are used to make it an all-in-two system. Just snap the insert onto the cover and the diaper is ready to go. Several inserts are available ranging from organic cotton bamboo mix to organic cotton hemp mix to microfiber. Each of the materials has its advantages and disadvantages.
Microfiber is great during the day and absorbs moisture super fast but is made from synthetic resources.
Hemp is great as it absorbs a lot of moisture but not as fast as microfiber and it dries very slowly.
A combination of the different materials will make a great overnight solution using these Buttons inserts. First fast absorbency (microfiber) to keep the moisture away from the skin then slower absorbency (hemp) to keep the moisture away until the morning. Read more about the differences between natural materials here.
Flats are a great choice if you are looking for something affordable. Another advantage of flats is that they dry very quickly. If a flat isn’t absorbent enough for your baby anymore, you can easily fold an insert within the flat to increase the absorbency of your cloth diapers.
Buttons cloth diapers are very affordable.
Covers: $14 - $17
Inserts: $3 - $8 a piece
Flats: $3 a piece
Buttons covers are one of my favorites for my skinny girl. I don’t use the inserts to make the snap-in 2 diapers but I use them in the pockets I have. When you are considering cloth diapers I would recommend buying several systems and brands to find out what you like and what fits your baby and a Buttons Diaper cover should not be forgotten.