I was first introduced to SoftBums  in a review my sister, the creator of First Time Mom, wrote back in 2012.

I received a couple of SoftBums as gifts off of my diaper registry, which was a good thing because my first born was a tiny newborn and SoftBums fit him the best. In fact, after having fit issues with our other newborn diapers we made an emergency late night order for more SoftBums after being home just a few days. Now my boy’s two years old, weighs 25 lbs, and still wears the same SoftBums he had as a newborn! Since I’m such a fan, in this review I’ll cover the whole SoftBums system in detail.

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System SoftBums is an all-in-2 (AI2) one-size system. They make two shell styles, the Echo and Omni, into which a variety of “pod” inserts snap in at the back of the shell.

Shells (Covers) The Echo shell is an AI2 and Omni shell is an AI2 and/or a pocket diaper. Both the Echo and Omni retail for $21.95. The shells have a soft stay dry fleece interior and water proof exterior that is available in a variety of adorable colors and prints.

My Take While I love both shell styles, I prefer the Omni shell over the Echo because it gives you more options as both an AI2 and a pocket.

The pocket option is perfectly easy diapering for babysitters and church nursery. I also like that the Omni shell has a little extra material which is better for fitting in additional inserts with my son’s toddler diapers.
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That said, the Echo shell is trimmer which is better for newborns. I like that the shells have fleece lining because  it ensures that no PUL touches baby’s skin; however, the fleece lining does slightly compromise the shells’ reusability as an AI2. In other AI2 systems I can get at least three uses out of one shell, if the diapers are just wet and not dirty. In SoftBums I typically can get only two uses out of one shell, but the fleece keeps baby’s skin happy and that’s more important to me.

Pods (Inserts) SoftBums has a variety of inserts or “pods” that you can mix and match for custom absorbency. The “Dry touch” pods consist of microfiber topped with stay dry fleece and come in sizes small ($2.95), large ($4.95), and one size ($7.95) which is sold as a “super pod” that includes an OS pod plus a mini pod. The bamboo pods come in the same sizes  but are a bit more expensive because it’s a natural fiber: small ($4.95), large ($8.95), and one size “superpod” with mini pod ($16.95.) SoftBums also makes compostable inserts, but I have not tried these.

My Take In general, I choose natural fibers over microfiber because they are easier to clean and hold up better over time, so I prefer SoftBums bamboo pods. (Note the bamboo inserts require a lot of prepping but once they’re fully prepped their trim and super absorbent.) The dry touch pods do work great and do hold up well over time when compared to other microfiber inserts in my stash. For my newborns I actually prefer the microfiber small pods because the microfiber quickly absorbs any moisture and dry-touch material keeps baby’s skin dry.

The Fit SoftBums’ slogan is “nothing fits like a SoftBums.” After using them on two little ones I can say their slogan indeed holds true. SoftBums are designed to fit babies 5-35 lbs and feature SoftBums unique “Slide2Size Technology.” The “Slide2Size Technology” consists of small toggles that are attached to the leg elastics inside the diaper shell. A small opening at the top of the diaper shell allows one to access the toggles for a customizable fit. For waist adjustment, SoftBums offers snaps and hook & loop closures.

My Take At first, using a toggle rather than rise snaps to adjust fit took some getting use to; however the packaging for SoftBums shells has a handy guide that gives you an estimate of how long the leg elastics should be when compared to the circumference of your baby’s thighs. I have two shells in which the toggle slips occasionally; however you can fix this by tying a loose knot in the leg elastic behind the toggle. Also toggle function is covered by SoftBums warranty. SoftBums toggle feature sets SoftBums apart from other cloth diapers and I believe it is what makes SoftBums a true birth-to-potty training diaper. It allows one to achieve a small fit for newborns as well as a large fit for toddlers. While I have not tried SoftBums with the snap closure, I love their hook and loop. It’s flexible, yet holds secure. Personally I do not put my shells in the dryer. That plus occasionally cleaning up the loop closure has prolonged the life of my SoftBums hook & loop.

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Little Girl in her SoftBums

Clearly I’m a SoftBums fan. My son’s worn them since his newborn days and now my daughter is sporting them. I have a diverse cloth diaper stash and SoftBums are definitely one of my favorites. They are the only cloth diaper brand I’ve found that truly fits my little ones birth- to-potty training. The good people at SoftBums want to share the love and are giving one lucky FTM reader an adorable limited addition Fox & Ivy Echo shell and an OS bamboo pod. Simply fill out the giveaway form below.

This giveaway is open to legal residents of the United States of America and Canada. The winner will be chosen at random and notified by email. He or she will have forty-eight hours to respond and claim the prize. If no response is received within forty-eight hours, another winner will be chosen. The giveaway sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment.

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Wife, work at home mom, and bassoonist, Laura Ankrum lives in Iowa City, Iowa. Prior to the arrival of her two children Laura taught elementary music and band in the Boston area. Now her home is her classroom and music studio. Laura is passionate about education, encouraging other moms, and eco-friendly living. She is the social media coordinator at Thirsties Inc and regularly contributes to First Time Mom.

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