I love gussets.
Who knew that such a small stretch of fabric could be so, well ... useful?
Gussets are like the fire insurance of cloth diapers. They stand by silently--overlooked--until called in to save the day.
Because when you need gussets, you need gussets.
And Best Bottoms? Well, they have gussets. Strong, solid, non-marking gussets.
I love Best Bottoms diapers for many reasons, but it's the gussets that have stolen my heart. Why?
Blueberries. Seven has developed a fondness for blueberries as of late. The girl can't get enough of them. She shoves them into her mouth by the handful. A passing sibling notices her empty tray, the distracted Momma tying a toddler's shoe, the cup of washed berries on the table waiting at the ready. The sibling drops another dozen on the baby's tray and earns a gummy, blue-rimmed grin. Seven devours the new load of berries, then conjures up her sad, pouty look for the next passerby.
Wash, rinse, repeat ... blueberry style!
All of those berries have to go somewhere. And we all know where that somewhere is.
There aren't many dipes on the market that can stand up to the blueberry test. Disposables leak the resulting mess almost instantaneously, as evidenced by the car seat stain that haunted us from Jo's infancy all the way through Logan's. Cloth holds the stuff far better, but it has its limits: namely, any droopy leg areas. Enter the fabulous gusset.
Best Bottoms have held up to Seven's blueberry fascination. They aren't even stained, even after a couple of months of solid use. That's a great diaper, in my opinion.
Best Bottoms are a one-size diapering system. The wipeable covers feature a double layer of PUL, making them the thickest and most substantial in my stash. They're available in snaps as well as velcro. I tried a snap version, and found them to be good quality snaps that didn't feel like they'd have any issues. The covers wash quick and easily, and hang dry in a matter of a couple of hours. And yes, they're plenty cute. The ice cream themed colors make me smile, and I haven't even dipped into the adorable giraffes and cow prints, yet.
The inserts are available in microfiber as well as organic hemp/cotton. Interestingly, though Seven has developed a bit of a rash reaction to another brand's microfiber inserts, the soft, slightly fuzzy outer of Best Bottom's microfiber hasn't bothered her at all. And even though she has her heavy wetter days, the doubler is overkill for regular daytime use--but does make for a great naptime dipe.
Best Bottom is a trim fit, and fits fairly well even under tight(ish) leggings. There's still plenty of cloth diaper butt to love, but it's not so fat and squishy that some outfits are a no-go. Seven is fairly trim, and has plenty of room to grow outwards in this diaper; It seems to have more range than many one-sie pockets, which leads me to believe that it's wear life will be a little longer.
As I said, no leaks. No issues at all. A cute diaper, a good price. Shells are $16.45 each, and inserts are $3.76 each. Since the insert absorbs well and fills the cover when on, you really can reuse this cover multiple times, cutting down on your overall daily diapering cost.
Now for the fun part. YOU CAN WIN YOUR VERY OWN BEST BOTTOMS DIAPERING SYSTEM! The prize is one cover of your choice, and 3 inserts. If you live in the US or Canada, you can play. All you have to do is:
•Follow my blog, or already be a follower. Leave a comment to let me know. (mandatory entry)
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Winner will be chosen August 22. Good luck!
Disclaimer: I was given a free copy of this product for review purposes. Refer to my general disclaimer for more information on my policies regarding reviews.