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I’ve had my eye on Smart Bottoms diapers for a while now so I was excited when I got the chance to try one out. I was sent the Smart One 3.1 All-in-One in Finch for review, which is my absolute favorite color combo for my son.
It has four rise settings and with a 100% organic cotton inner. The soaker is attached only at the back to allow the user to fold it up in whatever way works best for the baby. For the Philosopher, I just folded it in half so the insert was two layers thick. It fits babies from 10-35 lbs.
My initial thought was that the diaper looked BIG. It is on the bigger side, but not nearly as big as I thought. My son is around 23 lbs and is right on the line between the 3rd and 4th setting for the rise when with most other brands he’s been on the largest setting for a few months. This diaper would be good for a taller kid who could use a higher rise.
This diaper is not bulky at all. It’s very narrow through the legs, which is great for mommas like me who like trimmer diapers. Additionally, the attached soaker is surprisingly thin. The first time we used it I wanted to let it get really soaked to see how much it would hold. I started to take it off twice before it was really filled because the soaker looked so thin. The 3.1 holds an average amount, but that’s pretty impressive from the trim soaker.
What really impressed me was the drying time. We like a good All-in-One for ease of use, but the dry time with them kind of annoys me, especially because I don’t like to toss anything with PUL in the dryer. I put away all my clean and dry All-in-twos and am left wondering where I should leave the damp AIOs, so I was super happy to find my Smart One was dry as soon as my All-In-2 inserts! This is seriously impressive since some of my AIOs take about an extra day to dry. I credit this also to the super thin soaker.
I was happy to see how soft the inner stayed after drying. The softness was one of the first qualities I noticed about the diaper. It is snuggly soft. As I mentioned before, I don’t like to use the dryer for AIOs so I told my husband to check out how soft it was before I prepped it because I assumed it would dry stiff and hard like all my other natural fiber diapers. After fully prepping and using the Smart One I can happily say it has fully retained its softness.
The last thing I want to point out is the rolled elastic. This is to prevent red marks on babies’ legs and to feel more comfortable. The Philosopher has never had issues with red marks so I can’t attest to the effectiveness of this elastic, but I can say this: I was a little intimidated by it. There can be issues with wicking since the inner has the opportunity to roll out and touch clothing. I knew if this was much of an issue, my husband would not be a fan of the diaper. So I checked the legs every time we put this on, but there haven’t been any issues. I don’t think I’ve needed to tuck the inner in and we haven’t had a single wicking issue with our Smart Bottoms AIO. This type of elastic does result in a less tidy look, which might bother some users, but it was way less intimidating than it sounds.
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Post written by blog contributor, Kara S.