I received this product free for review from Caterpillar Baby. All opinions remain my own.
I don’t know many (perhaps any) cloth diapering Mamas who had a perfect overnight cloth diaper solution right from the start. In part thanks to my blog, I have experimented with many different variations, which isn’t a luxury that every parent has! Hopefully, my reviews can help you figure out what product will do the trick for your child, though don’t get discouraged if what worked at 6 months needs to be tweaked at 12 months, and so on.
I have a lot of love for Bummis diapers. I have worked personally and professionally with Bummis co-owners, Shirley and Betsy, in recent years, since Bummis is based here in Montréal. Bummis Boutique was the very first cloth diapering store in which I ever set foot! Bummis prefolds and covers were also Cub’s first cloth diapers.
Since Cub was born almost two years ago, Bummis has diversified its offering of cloth diapering products. I remember thinking, at the time, how the one thing Bummis wasn’t doing was offering a “one size” product. When I became a tester for a secret, one-size prototype (which turned out to be the ancestor of the Simply Lite), I knew Bummis had read my mind!
Bummis Dimple Diaper Review
The newly-released Dimple Diaper is marketed as “the perfect overnight solution.” When I first received it, I admit that I was skeptical. It is far smaller and trimmer than any other overnight diaper I’ve seen or tried. I wasn’t totally convinced that it would last overnight.
The Dimple Diaper is made of an organic cotton waffle knit made especially for Bummis in the US. It comes with a separate booster which can be used with the cotton side or the polyester waffle knit “stay dry” side against baby’s skin. The “stay dry” fabric is meant to wick moisture away while, thanks to the waffle knit, still absorb moisture.
In terms of size, the diaper is labelled 10-30 lbs +. Cub is definitely a 30 lbs + toddler, but the diaper absolutely still fits him fine! I’m able to put it on him without leaving any hip snaps exposed. I’ve been folding the insert in two and putting it at the front of the diaper, a.k.a., the “wet zone.” (I remember when the term “wet zone” meant the seats where you would definitely get splashed at a Killer Whale show at The Vancouver Aquarium…. my how times have changed.)
Once prepped the requisite three times (although full absorbency isn’t reached til about 10 washes), I put Cub in the Dimple Diaper with the Simply Lite cover on top. The Simple Lite cover does not fit over any other overnight diapers on their highest rise that I have tried because it is so trim. Usually part of the fitted would be exposed below the wings of the cover. The Dimple Diaper, with the same shape and cut as the Simply Lite, definitely does fit under the Simply Lite.
However, since we have the Dimple Diaper on the highest rise, the Simply Lite cover is almost flush with the top of the diaper. Sleeping in just a diaper, this didn’t cause any problems, and we had two leak-free nights. However, with pajamas on top, I was worried that the waistband of his PJs would cause wicking from the waistband of the Dimple Diaper if the cover shifted at all. To prevent this, since it’s pajamas-at-bedtime season again, I’ve been using Bummis’ Super Whisper Wrap in a size large. This is a very big diaper cover, and provides maximum coverage over the Dimple Diaper, making a leak near impossible!
My favourite aspects of the Dimple Diaper:
- Extremely trim despite being very absorbent;
- Fully removable insert so it can be folded and placed exactly as needed, and is easily laundered;
- No microfibre: microfibre, while being super absorbent, is very prone to stink because its composition makes it hard to thoroughly clean*;
- Made in Canada (specifically in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, which is about an hour from my place);
- We’ve been 100% leak free using it overnight, for up to 12 hours!
Things I like less about the Dimple Diaper:
- The price point is on the higher end, at $33. That said, this price reflects the quality of the organic materials, and the fact that the diaper is made from materials sourced in the US, and aseembled in Canada by a company with extremely high standards in terms of quality and manufacturing practices. If you compare the price to some of the other overnight options I’ve reviewed, it’s not drastically more expensive.
As Suzi from Cloth Diaper Addicts told me in a recent text conversation:
“I will cheerfully pay buckets for diapers that are entirely North American, right down to the cotton.”
- The diaper may be too small for very chunky toddlers that are over 35-40 lbs or so (but it isn’t marketed to fit that weight range, anyway).
- I find it not immediately obvious which side of the insert is the “stay dry” side. I think the addition of a coloured stitch on the stay dry side would make it easy to know which side you’re using!
*What’s so great about a super-absorbent diaper without microfibre?
I just wanted to share something that Shirley at Bummis explained to me about why microfibre is so prone to stink, and why they have designed a line of high performance diapers without this troublesome fibre:
Microfiber is a yarn typically made up of polyester and poly amide. What is unique about it is the design of the yarn itself which I would describe as having tiny channels. The design of the fiber lends itself to both quick and substantive absorption of liquids. However that same design makes it harder to clean, as urine/bacteria/digestive oils get “trapped” within the fiber. Given that it is made of polyester which is hydrophobic, this makes it even harder to get clean as polyester is not very “wettable.” As microfiber is not easy to wash, in today’s high efficiency machines it is prone to stink.