Boy, oh boy – am I excited about these diapers!
I first heard about Smartipants from my friend, Camille – she was a tester for them and had great things to say. I was on the lookout for some affordable one-size diapers to accomodate Jack until he’s fully potty-trained and I wanted to be able to use them for Forrest, too. I was convinced that Smartipants (proudly made in the USA!) would be the best option for us – and I was right!
At $14.95 apiece, they’re exceptionally well-made diapers. The thing that sets Smartipants apart from all other one-size diapers is its patented Smart Sleeve. Instead of a”pocket,” the diaper is equipped with a sleeve in which you place the absorbent microterry insert(s). This eliminates the need to remove the soiled insert before washing – it simply agitates out of the sleeve while in the wash! I can definitely say that I do not enjoy the insert-removal aspect of your average pocket diaper, so the Smart Sleeve is a big deal!
Of course, another obvious plus is that Smartipants accomodate your baby’s diapering needs from 7-35lbs. This is especially helpful when you have 2 or more children in diapers – they can all use Smartipants, which means you don’t have to spend money on several different sizes of diapers! Score!
I’ve always been a diaper cover user, so the idea of a waterproof outer shell is really exciting for me. I love it that I can just quickly snap the Smartipants on either of my boys without worrying about any additional steps. Although I still have a special place in my heart for prefolds and wool covers (and always will), Smartipants are a great choice for outings with both boys and nighttime for Jack.
As if that wasn’t enough, I am also especially excited about how trim Smartipants are. Many of Forrest’s 3-month-old-sized onesies were too tight on his shoulders because of his bulky diapers. Now he can easily wear all of his onesies without an issue!
Considering Forrest is still within the “blow-out” phase, I often have to rewash his wool covers because of the poo leakage (prefolds aren’t great at retaining blow-outs). If you’ve ever used wool covers, you’ll know that washing them is no small feat and the hang-drying takes forever. With Smartipants, I haven’t had any poo leakage – but even if I did, it wouldn’t be a huge ordeal. I’d just throw the whole thing in the wash and be done with it! Forrest has experienced a few wetness problems, but after talking it over with Jessica (great customer service, by the way!), I discovered that Forrest simply needed an additional insert and a size adjustment. He (and I!) woke up dry this morning after 11 hours in the same Smartipants diaper!
An additional benefit to Smartipants is the use of snaps as opposed to aplix (velcro) closures. They are very sturdy and impossible for a baby to undo (heck, even I have to work at unsnapping them)! Although Jack is basically past the stage where I was scared he’d remove his own diaper, it still brings me comfort to know that he couldn’t remove his diaper, even if he wanted to. He can now take naps in a diaper alone – which is really great, considering the weather here in Southern California!
As you can see, I am very satisfied with our Smartipants diapers. My experience with their customer service has been very pleasant, my order was shipped almost immediately after I placed it, and as soon as we opened the box, we wished we’d ordered more! I have no doubt that we will continue to enjoy these diapers – and you better believe we’ll be purchasing more in the future!
I’ll be suggesting Smartipants to all the cloth diapering moms I know!