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SoftBums is the husband and wife team of Sarah and Brian Van Bogart. They’re based in Minnesota and have been selling their unique diapering system since 2008.
Up until now the SoftBums Omni was only available in aplix. At the time that I contacted Softbums about the possibility of a review I was unaware that they were launching a snaps version and they were wonderful enough to let me try one.
The Omni is one of, if not the most unique diaper that I’ve tried. You can use it as an AI2 or a pocket, customize the individual absorbency that you need for your child with a variety of different “pods” (their version of an insert), and the most unique thing is the lack of rise snaps to adjust the size. Yes, this is a one size diaper, but instead of snaps they use a toggle elastic system in the legs. What?? Let me show you what I’m talking about:
Up close of the toggle
Getting the size right takes a little time the first time, but once you get it to the size you need you just have to let the toggles out little by little as your child grows. I love this system! I wish more diapers had an adjustment system like this that is executed this well. The diaper can be adjusted down small enough to fit a 6 pound newborn when most one size diapers start fitting around 8-10 pounds.
► I do have to say before we go on that this review was longer coming than most. I usually test out a diaper for about 4-5 weeks to make sure it wears and washes well so that my review can be as accurate as possible. However, I received my first SoftBums diaper a while ago. I say first because I did have a problem with the toggle going into the diaper. Think of it as when the tie of a sweatshirt hood goes into the hole and you have to fish the whole thing out. That happened after the second wash and continued to happen every time I washed it.
The toggle is circled
After this happened a couple of times I searched online reviews from both blogs and store websites and didn’t see any other mentions of this problem so I contacted SoftBums to see if my diaper was defective. They were awesome and said that wasn’t up to their standards and immediately sent me a new diaper along with a return envelope for the dud. After using the replacement longer than I usually do for a review, it never happened again with the new diaper. I am now of the opinion that this is uncommon and I just got a defective diaper the first time.
The lining of the Omni is a soft microfleece with a wide pocket opening for stuffing if you choose, or you can snap the “pod” in and use it as an AI2. One side of the pod is microfiber and the other is a stay dry fabric. You would want the stay dry side up when using it as an AI2.
I was sent their super pod and a smaller (not pictured) newborn sized pod/doubler. I find it easier to use this pod as an AI2 because it’s very long and needs to be folded. The leg elastics are quite stretchy so it’s hard for me to figure out how much to fold it as a pocket insert. For me, I pull the insert up, cover what needs to be covered, fold it over and then pull up the cover and close it up. It works beautifully this way!
With the super pod it is definitely a very fluffy diaper! It doesn’t fit as well in jeans as some of my other diapers but is fine in pants that are little bigger or a knit fabric. It’s also great for around the house and naps. I didn’t try it overnight because I use strictly fitteds and covers and am too nervous to use anything else overnight.
The Omni has a very nice fit. Yes, the picture above this one had the diaper snapped on the smallest setting. We can go that small, but this seemed to work a little better even if it was a smidge loose in the waist. K is in between snap settings (and rise settings!) on a lot of his diapers!
We got a really nice fit in the bum! The bum of the diaper is pretty trim.
The leg elastic of this diaper is great, too. It is nice and soft and doesn’t leave any red marks but is nice and snug at the same time.
Why I like it:
- Easy size adjustment
- Super absorbent
- A quick on and off with just two snaps in front
- Good looking with nice colors
- Great customer service!
Overall I have been very pleased with the SoftBums Omni and there really isn’t anything that I would change except that I would love to see more colors and prints available, especially with the snaps option. I love that there are multiple inserts, or pods available for purchase and I am going to do just that to have even more options. I give this diaper four and a half stars.