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A TRUE One-Size Cloth Diaper: a Review of the Softbums System

I received a Softbums Cloth Diaper to review.  All thoughts are 100% mine.


This isn’t my first rodeo with the Softbums Cloth Diaper system.  I’ve had lots of Softbums in our stash over the last 3.5 years of cloth diapering and I’ve reviewed them a few times too.  But it HAS been awhile since I’ve seen a Newborn Diaper, I seriously forgot how teeny tiny they are!


That’s the very reason that I did a double take at the package when I pulled the diaper out.  I thought that Softbums must be making a new Newborn Diaper and accidentally sent it to me instead of their OS.  Seriously, y’all!  It’s been that long.  Then I saw the OS and remembered just how tiny these diapers really get.


Now, I’m not in need of any newborn diapers {two toddlers are all I need right now}, but if you’re thinking of investing in a one-size cloth diaper system to truly last from Birth to Potty Training, Softbums Cloth Diapers shouldn’t be overlooked.  The rise is smaller than the bumGenius Freetime above, pictured on it’s smallest setting.  The main reason, though, that I love the fit of Softbums on an itty bitty baby, is the width between their legs.  The Softbums is so trim that it doesn’t make newborns look like their legs are being pushed far apart.

In fact, my good friend Jenny from According to Jenny says that Softbums, on the smallest setting, was too tight on her daughter when she was 3 days old.  That, my friends, is a true one-size diaper.

Wait.  If it can get that small, just how big can it really get?


Softbums says their Echo Shell will fit from 6 – 35 pounds and I believe it.  Look at the leg opening at about the largest setting of this OS diaper.  This diaper can certainly handle cute and chubby baby thighs!


Softbums are also a brand where I don’t run from aplix.  Their aplix seems to outlast some other major brands and doesn’t wilt after months of use.  I also love the leg casings that this brand offers.  The fleece lining of the diaper extends out onto the elastic so it completely protects your baby from those awful red marks.


Softbums are also completely unique in the way that they are sized.  As far as I know, there are no other OS cloth diapers on the market that use the Slide2Size system.  There are 2 pieces of elastic in each leg with a clear toggle on both.  You simply pull the toggle up or down to… size up or down!


Softbums come in both an Omni and Echo Shell.  The Echo Shell, like I received, is simply a shell or cover.  The inserts lay right inside and can even snap in, as seen above, to keep them from wiggling around.  The Omni does a bit more – it acts as a Cover, AI2, AND a pocket, as you can put the inserts into the sleeve opening.  I really prefer to use this system as an AI2, simply because I can use a couple of inserts and get 2-3 diaper changes out of the one diaper, by simply switching out the wet inserts.

I do find, though, that since the Softbums covers are fleece lined, they can’t be re-used as much {I usually just re-use 2, MAYBE 3 times} because they tend to get a bit stinky if they get wet.  I do find, though, that because they are lined, I get less leaks in this cloth diaper system.


Softbums Cloth Diapers come in both Omni and Echo Shells.  Both offer a Snap and Aplix version.  They also sell different type of inserts including Bamboo, Dry Touch, Mini, Super Pods, and more.  It may seem overwhelming, but I love that they offer different pod versions depending on the absorbency your child may need.

Softbums come in a variety of colors and a few prints.  The Finger Paint print that Moreaya is sporting above is one of their Calendar Bums.  Softbums releases a limited edition diaper every month – so fun!

You can purchase Softbums on their website and at a variety of cloth diapering retailers, including Amazon!  Echo Shells run $21.95 and Omni’s are $23.95.  Inserts, purchased separately cost between $4 and $9 each, depending on size and material chosen.

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  1. Cute print! And that’s a great demonstration of the size difference, great fit!

  2. Michelle F. says:

    those are cute. love the prints

  3. I would love to see pics of the Omni and Echo side-by-side. I’ve always been a bit confused as to the difference.

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