I received compensation and a product sample to facilitate this review. All opinions remain my own.
Ranking high among the simple pleasures of cloth diaper blogging would be receiving a message from a cloth diapering brand that is unknown to me, but boasts the particularly appealing feature of being made in North America. (Indiana, to be exact.) The awesomeness factor increases when I receive the diaper, and my first thoughts are: “Ooh! I’ve never seen one that does that before!”
Snuggy Baby diapers are an All-in-Two system: inserts snap into the waterproof cover and you can simply swap out the soiled insert at diaper changes.
I received a Snuggy Baby cover in Woodland Owls print and a set of cotton inserts topped with stay-dry polyester, commonly referred to as “athletic wicking jersey,” or AWJ.
One package of inserts contains a small newborn insert/booster and one regular insert that is actually two 2-ply flaps sewn together only at the top, for a total of four layers of cotton. The small insert can be snapped alone in the shell for newborns, or snapped inside the regular insert as a booster.
The athletic wicking jersey top layer is the first big Snuggy Baby difference compared to other brands we’ve used. It’s the first AI2 system I’ve received that uses AWJ, which is my favorite synthetic stay dry option on the market.
Snuggy Baby inserts are two separate, 2-ply inserts sewn together only at the top. This is another difference compared to other snap-in inserts in our stash, and it’s awesome for cutting down dry time, especially if you air dry.
The Snuggy Baby shell has a soft cotton exterior and PUL interior. It’s the first diaper shell we’ve used with a cotton exterior.
Here’s the cotton outer:
And the PUL inner:
But the most unique feature of the Snuggy Baby—I can’t think of any other brand that has this—is the snaps along the crotch to adjust width.
Little Miss Cub is now too big for me to test this extra feature: it would really only be necessary to make the crotch narrower when using on a newborn. That said, snapping those crotch snaps makes the Snuggy Baby cover as narrow as the newborn diapers we used.
I do wonder if it would be possible to have the crotch snaps on the inside of the diaper rather than the outside. The exposed female snaps bug me a bit and I can see them rubbing on thin clothing items like tights and causing holes, especially on a baby perfecting the butt scoot. (I will report back on this as Little Miss becomes more mobile.) [Update: Jo tells me that the reason for not having the snaps inside is to avoid issues with a particularly messy poop getting stuck in the snaps. Makes sense!]
Our cotton inserts perform very well, and I am a big fan of pairing natural fiber absorbency with the breathable, stay dry super powers of AWJ. I have noticed that the cotton has shrunk (totally normal) at a different rate than the AWJ top layer, so it doesn’t sit perfectly taut any more. This is not something that has an impact on performance.
The inside of the cover has a front and back flap to keep the insert in place, and the snap for attaching the inserts is at the back of the diaper. In terms of absorbency, we can currently use the two inserts together for a 10-hour overnight stretch. That’s impressive!
The PUL of the Snuggy Baby cover is noticeably thicker than that of other brands. Owner Jo tells me their PUL is of outstanding quality, having never had a diaper returned for delamination in 6 years. She assures me that “it does not get sticky, crackle, or delaminate.” We’ve only had our cover in use for about a month, but even to the untrained eye, it is clearly more robust than the myriad other brands in our stash. The thicker, more durable PUL does make for a thicker, ever so slightly stiffer cover than what I’m used to, but I’m willing to trade that if it means no sticky, crackly PUL!&
I’m really happy with how the cover fits right now on all 16-lbs of Little Miss. I like the wide, soft casing at the waist and legs. Typically I prefer diapers with two rows of waist snaps, but with the hip snaps on the Snuggy Baby wings, the adjustment is top notch.
I’m eager to keep using our Snuggy Baby as Little Miss grows, both to see how the fit works as her shape and size change, and to witness how well this apparently indestructible PUL holds up!
My favourite things about the Snuggy Baby AI2 Diaper:
- Made in the USA;
- Natural fiber inserts with my favourite stay-dry top layer (AWJ);
- Inserts sewn together at the top, creating a multi-layer insert without the added dry-time;
- Contoured inserts for a trim and comfy fit;
- Cotton-exterior cover is a nice, soft alternative to the PUL-exterior covers we’re used to;
- Thick, soft casing at the waist and and leg elastics so they don’t dig in to baby chub;
- When using the regular insert and newborn booster, we can currently get about 10-hours of absorbency from our Snuggy Baby.
Things I like less:
- I’m not a fan of the exposed snaps on the exterior crotch of the shell. They’re meant to create a narrower fit, but I wish they were inside the cover.
- The AWJ doesn’t lay flat on the inserts once the cotton has shrunk (purely a cosmetic issue).
- The cover is slightly stiffer than what we’re used to, but as mentioned, this may be a worthwhile trade off if it is as bulletproof as promised!
Shop & Connect
You can purchase Snuggy Baby cloth diapers, along with their baby carriers and accessories at SnuggyBaby.com. Stay tuned around Earth Day for a $50 Snuggy Baby giveaway!