My little guy graduated from adorable cloth diapers to underwear last week, which led me to reflect on some of my favorite diapers throughout the years. With almost three years of cloth diapering under my belt, having tried every cloth diaper style, I can say that I definitely have favorites. My disclaimer is that this is my own list of the best cloth diapers for boys, as I’ve not tried every diaper on the market. From flats to all-in-one (AIO) cloth diapers, I’m discussing my picks for the best cloth diapers for boys.
I have to admit, I went ‘old school’ when I began cloth diapering two and a half years ago. In a money saving effort, I decided to use prefolds and covers to cloth diaper our son. Shoot, if it worked for my mom, it could work for me, right?
I began using the Funky Fluff One-Size Stay Dry Fusion cloth diaper a little under a year ago, after being drawn in by the fun colors and multiple diapering options. I love the fact that I simply snap the detachable soaker in and use the diaper as an all-in-two (AI2)/all-in-one (AIO). I’ve been pretty vocal about my dislike for pocket diapers, so the fact that Funky Fluff allows me to bypass the pocket option is a bonus. However, all of you pocket diaper lovers won’t be disappointed, as the Funky Fluff One-Size Stay Dry 2.0 is a diaper that will appeal to fans of AIOs, AI2s, and pocket diapers.
Having used the original Funky Fluff One-Size Stay Dry Fusion diaper, I was delighted when Funky Fluff sent me the 2.0 to review. I’m always curious to compare styles when a cloth diaper company makes changes to their design, especially when the original design functions well. Without further adieu, here is how the Funky Fluff One-Size Stay Dry Fusion 2.0 cloth diaper compares to the original design:
At first glance, you can see that the Funky Fluff Stay Dry 2.0 is noticeably longer with a slimmer design. Those of you with younger babies may not appreciate this new feature, but as the mom of a 21 month old, the additional length is a godsend for my long and lean little guy; the additional length is perfect for longer babies, truly making this a one-size diaper fit for use from birth to potty training.
This side-by-side comparison illustrates some of the changes Funky Fluff has made to the Stay Dry diaper design:
- the elimination of the double gusset, creating a trimmer fit
- narrow design, allowing for a trimmer fit
- not shown in the picture: a slightly wider back elastic to create a more snug & comfortable fit
Take a look at the fit of the Funky Fluff Stay Dry 2.0 cloth diaper compared to the original design:
The additional length of the Stay Dry 2.0, combined with a slimmer design through the crotch area, makes for a better fit. The rise is slightly higher, which I appreciate as the mother of a boy (the front waistband design of cloth diapers is important here) and for diapering a 21 month old. Do I dislike the fit of the original Funky Fluff One-Size Stay Dry Fusion design? Absolutely not, but I really like the design of the 2.0 in comparison.
The above photo makes it pretty clear that the design improvements of the Funky Fluff One-Size Stay Dry 2.0 cloth diaper have greatly improved the fit (especially in the back of the diaper). Removing the double gussets, adding additional length, and slimming down the middle of the diaper create a trimmer fit, without sacrificing the cloth diaper’s performance. Again, the design changes create an excellent fit for cloth diapering boys.
While I really liked the original Stay Dry design, Funky Fluff’s Stay Dry 2.0 gets two thumbs-up from me. I love how trim the diaper has become, and the additional length provides a higher rise for diapering my toddler son: win-win!
Previously only available to purchase the entire 3-in-1 diapering system, Funky Fluff is now selling their vibrantly colored covers separately [to allow you to customize your absorbency]! You can shop Funky Fluff cloth diapers, soakers/booster, wet bags, and cloth wipes by visiting their website: www.funkyfluff.ca
*I was provided product, at no charge to myself, in exchange for my honest review. This post contains affiliate links.
The Smart Bottoms Smart One 3.0 is a diaper I kept hearing a buzz about, so naturally I was curious to try a Smart One 3.0 on my little guy. I was delighted to have the opportunity to review the Smart One 3.0, and I was sent one of their bright and beautiful color combinations to try: Juliet.
There are so many smart features about the Smart Bottoms Smart One 3.0, that make cloth diapering functional, fun, and stylish! The Smart One 3.0 is a one-size diaper with 4 rise settings, fitting babies from 8-35 pounds; for the average-sized baby, the Smart One is the only cloth diaper you will need to take you from birth to potty training. The PUL outer shell keeps wetness in, while the organic cotton inner and ten-layer soaker make sure that moisture is absorbed and distributed without irritating baby’s sensitive skin.
Since I have a boy, I need all of the absorbency I can get in the front of the diaper, which is why the Smart Bottoms Smart One 3.0‘s attached soaker is my favorite feature.
I’m able to fold the soaker in the front, for maximum absorbency, which alleviates unnecessary bulk in the back of the diaper (which you often have in all-in-ones). The Smart One’s attached soaker maintains a trim fit, without sacrificing absorbency, and allows for a quicker drying time (major bonus in my opinion).
The fit of the Smart One 3.0 is another feature that makes this diaper a winner for us, it’s almost as though this diaper was made specifically for Declan. Two rows of snaps for the waist tabs anchor the waistband in place, without being too snug or digging into Declan; I often have to snap the waist tightly, with other diapers, to prevent a gap in the front waist. The fit in the legs is perfect for a mobile baby, with fleece covering the elastic and preventing chafing (in the lower right corner you can see the chafing caused by D’s previous diaper).
In a nutshell, the Smart Bottoms Smart One 3.0:
- is 100% made in the USA (bonus!)
- has a trim fit
- features an attached organic cotton soaker, allowing you to adjust where you need the most absorbency
- the attached organic cotton soaker makes for a much quicker drying time than most AIO diapers
- comes in an array of fun colors combinations and prints (diaper style is important, after all)
I have to say that the Smart One definitely lived up to its reputation. Not only am I pleased with the performance of this diaper, but I am also impressed by the quality workmanship and the vivid colors and patterns available. If I had to start my cloth diaper stash from scratch, Smart Bottom Smart Ones would definitely make up a good part of my collection.
Interested in purchasing Smart Bottoms diapers? You can order yours HERE.
Do you own a Smart One? What is YOUR favorite feature?
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Cloth diapering takes an initial lump sum investment, but you are sure to see the returns in your savings over time. Many people are unable to drop $300-$500 on diapers in a sitting, but thankfully there are other options. Those budget friendly options are typically prefolds and flats – nothing to sneeze at as we diapered, almost exclusively, with prefolds for Declan’s first year. I love prefolds, and even wrote about why I preferred them, but they became a pain when D began to wriggle and squirm non-stop in the changing pad. Over the summer, I wrote about my dream diaper stash, on multiple budgets, but this amazing diaper was not yet available at the time: the Diaper Rite One-Size All-in-One. I like this diaper SO much that I’m going to have to go back and amend that post to reflect that!
After one wash, I tried the Diaper Rite AIO on Declan, and left it on for a bit longer than I usually do (when I test diapers, I leave them on for a minimum of 3 hours, despite me regularly changing D’s [pee] diapers every 2 hours). I was so amazed by this diaper’s performance, that I contacted my Diaper Junction rep and let her know that this diaper was a WORKHORSE! Well, not really, my exact words were: Julie, the Diaper Rite AIO is a BEAST! I love when my theories are proven wrong, and the Diaper Rite AIO completely shattered my initial opinion of this budget diaper. Admittedly, I was a
skeptic when I saw the price ($11.95), despite the wonderful reputation Diaper Junction’s Diaper Rite products have.
So, the basics. The Diaper Rite One-Size All-in-One features a microfiber inner, sewn into the cover lining and another microfiber soaker flap that is attached at one end. This is one of my favorite features because it allows this diaper to air dry in just hours. Nothing is worse that running a full dryer cycle, or hanging diapers on the line for an entire day, only to discover that some of your diapers are still damp inside (I fear developing mold issues).
The Diaper Rite OS AIO also features an additional hip snap, which is my husband’s favorite feature (he calls it the ‘anchor’ snap). The second snap makes daddy diaper changes a breeze, by providing an ‘anchor’ snap to quickly hold the diaper in place during changes.
Another of my favorite features is that, while fitting babies from 8-35 pounds, this is not a bulky diaper. It’s actually one of the trimmest AIOs I’ve encountered that doesn’t sacrifice absorbency for a trim fit. With 12 vibrant colors to choose from, you can build your entire stash from Diaper Rite One-Size All-in-Ones and not get tired of looking at the same diapers (trust me, I have 10 AIOs of another brand in cream & sage green – BORING).
- affordably priced at $11.95
- great color selection
- trim fit
- extremely absorbent (I recommend this diaper for heavy wetters)
- air dries in just a few hours
If you’re looking to add a few more AIOs to your current stash, or build a stash from scratch without breaking your wallet, head over to Diaper Junction and pick up the Diaper Rite One-Size All-in-Ones! While you’re add it, sign up for their newsletter and rewards program to take advantage of frequent specials. You can connect with Diaper Junction via Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.