In a world filled with complexity, business and noise, I often find myself yearning for the quietness and beauty of Simplicity. Too often I have believed the hype; I have fallen prey to the illusions that what appears to be more convenient is easier, the more bells and whistles something has the better it must be and the more decorated something is, the more beautiful it is. In the last few years however, I have been captivated by the concept of simplicity and have found my soul resonating with the freedom simplicity offers.
Dictionary.com defines simplicity as “freedom from complexity, intricacy, or division into parts.” That freedom from complexity often is the result of much forethought, intentionality and wisdom. Alan Perlis is quoted as having said, “Simplicity does not precede complexity, but follows it.”
I believe that Sustainablebabyish (affectionately known as “Sbish) snapless fitted diapers offer this kind of intentional, sophisticated simplicity. As you will see when we explore the design and construction of the Sbish Snapless, it is a fitted that has been carefully and thoughtfully designed to be elegant, versatile, multi-sized, comfortable, economical, and sustainable. The incredible thing to me is not just that Sustainablebabyish has succeed in wrapping up all those things in one fitted, but that they have done it with graceful simplicity.
Type: Fitted Cloth diaper (requires and additional cover to be waterproof).
Closure: Pin, Snappi or Boingo
Material: Heavy organic bamboo/cotton terry body; organic bamboo fleece doublers
Sizing: Multi-Size designed to fit most babies between 10-35lbs.
Price: $20.95, quantity discounts available
Description from Sustainablebabyish: “The first multi-size cloth diaper from sustainablebabyish. heavy organic bamboo|cotton terry body with turned and topstitched leg elastic. includes two 3-layer organic bamboo fleece doublers for adjustable absorbency & one diaper pin. add more doublers for additional layers. The sustainablebabyish snapless-multi is based on the pattern for our best selling bamboo fleece night time fitteds. slightly trimmer body & longer wings allow securing with one pin & fast diaper changes. the same fit you have come to love, now in a multi-size, snapless version, with adjustable absorbency & comfortable T&T leg casings. fold the front down for a shorter rise.
weight range approximately 10-35 lbs
this fitted cloth diaper requires a cover. pair with sustainablebabyish wool for a leak free combination.”
DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION
The Sustainablebabyish (Sbish) snapless multi fitted is constructed with the softest bamboo/cotton terry body. The wings are serged and the legs feature turned and top-stitched casings.
OUTSIDE (Body/Shell of diaper)
The Sbish snapless fitted is the first fitted I’ve personally tried that combines a turned and topstitched leg casing with serged wings. Serged stitches have more give and flexibility, allowing materials like knits and this bamboo terry to stretch and give even after they have been sewn. A straight stitch, which is used to turn and topstitch diapers however, offers little to no stretch or flexibility. By serging the wings and the waist, it enables the diaper to stretch and provide the perfect fit.
So why not serge the legs too? Unfortunately, there are babies whose skin is very sensitive and even the softest woolly nylon serging irritates their thighs. By putting the elastic in a turned and top-stitched casing, sensitive baby legs are protected from irritation, and the elastic provides the stretch needed to achieve a perfect fit.
INSIDE–Interior & Inserts
Inside the diaper you’ll find the same luxuriously soft bamboo terry as the outside of the diaper. You’ll also find two inserts–one long one and one shorter one. Each of these are constructed of 3 layers of bamboo fleece. For smaller babies or babies who don’t require as much absorbency, you can choose to use only one insert-which will also result in a trimmer fit.
Adjusting the Fit/Rise
As convenient as snaps and hook & loop (velcro, aplix) closures are, they have their limitations. Hook & loop closures are by far the easiest to use and the closest to disposable diaper closures. It provides a precise fit with ease. However, it also is the most troublesome in every other regard. Hook and loop does not wear as well over time as snaps do, and eventually it will need to be replaced. Additionally, it can have the tendency to cause snags and/or “diaper chains” in the laundry if it was not properly secured. This is why many moms opt for snaps.
Snaps are nice because they are very durable and fairly simple to use. They provide and effective means both for closure of the diaper as well as adjusting the rise to accomodate a good fit during multiple stages of baby’s growth. The major drawback of snaps is that while they do usually offer a good fit, if baby is between snap settings, they cannot always provide a precise fit.
In designing the Sustainablebabyish Snapless Multi fitted diaper, all of these factors were taken into consideration. The lack of velcro or snaps represents an intentional return to simplicity after all the complexities of the various closure options were considered. I’ll admit that when I first received my Sbish snapless fitteds, that I marveled that modern cloth diaper would come without modern convenient closures. Now, having experienced the ability to attain a perfect fit every time, regardless of which stage of growth my daughter is in, I understand the sophistication of their simplicity.
So, how exactly do you adjust the diaper to fit your baby perfectly? Easy!
First, you pick the perfect rise for your child. In our case, my daughter is a 2.5 year old toddler and there is nothing I need to do. If you have an infant however, you simply fold over the front panel to the appropriate rise. That’s it–no snapping or adjusting buttons in elastic–just fold it over to get the perfect rise for your little one. I’ll demonstrate on our dolly She is both smaller and less squirmy than my toddler.
Sustainablebabyish recommends folding the flap under (so you are folding it toward baby) for babies under 15 lbs:
For babies 15 lbs and over, Sustainablebabyish recommends folding the extra material over so it is out away from the baby:
Next, choose your method of closure. Pins, Snappis and Boingo all work well. Which you choose is really a matter of preference. As someone who inherited the wonderful trait of hand tremors, to say I was nervous to use a pin on my squirming toddler would be an understatement. So for the first few months of using my Sbish snapless fitted, I opted for a a Snappi or my Boingo clips (if you are unfamiliar with these, here is a comparison of the two).
With a Boingo, as modeled by dolly. As baby grows, you may need to use both Boingo’s that come in your set. Sometimes I like to use Boingo’s on J on the sides of the diaper so it fits like a “side-snapping” diaper
After continuing to hear the wonderful women on the Sustainablebabyish/Sloomb Facebook Chat page rave about how much they love pins, I decided to give them a try. Armed with an extremely helpful tutorial from the Sustainablebabyish/Sloomb website on how to pin (you can see it here), and an invaluable tip from a friend, I am pleased to say that I now LOVE using pins and have been doing so for months! The tip is an easy one and not only contributes to the pin going in with ease, but it also helps this absent minded mama keep track of her pins My friend simply suggested keeping my pins stored in either soap bar or a wool wash bar (I keep mine stuck in a Sloomb Cube lanolin bar) because the bars lubricate the shaft of the pin and allow it to glide smoothly into the diaper. If you are still uncomfortable with the idea of pinning, Sloomb also has a fabulous tutorial on how to use a Snappi with a Sbish Snapless fitted
Despite the absence or snaps, I have found that I am now able to put a Sbish snapless diaper on my daughter as quickly (if not quicker) as I can put a fitted with snaps on her. As it turns out, with a little practice, these diapers are as quick and easy to use as snapped diapers AND they provide a superior fit experience for us. If you love everything about this diaper, but wish it had snaps, you may want to consider the new Sustainablebabyish|Sloomb Happy Little Clouds snapped fitted!
ABSORBENCY & PERFORMANCE
In the long line up of fitteds I have tried, Sustainablebabyish Snapless fitteds are some of the most absorbent. The only two I have personally tried that are more absorbent are the Sustainablebabyish Organic Bamboo Fleece (OBF), which are designed for overnight use, and BubuBebe fitteds.
Something I really appreciate about the Sbish snapless fitteds is that they seem to distribute the moisture well, so that the whole diaper gets wet and continues to absorb, not just the “pee zone” if that makes sense. There are several PUL covers that work well with these fitteds, but I prefer to pair them with wool because it is exceptionally breathable and my daughter’s skin seems to do better that way. I highly recommend Sustainablebabyish wool covers and longies. When we pair a Sbish snapless fitted with our lanolized Sbish longies, I know that the sheets will be dry when she wakes up in the morning
So how do they hold up? I have been using our Sustainablebabyish Snapless fitteds for about 7 months now. The elastic is still in great condition and I have not observed any holes, tears, balding (where the terry cloth loses it’s pile) or other issues. Like every other natural fiber fitted I have tried, after repeated washings, they do loose their natural oils and start to feel rough. Thankfully, there is an easy and natural way to restore them to their former luxurious softness! At the end of your cloth diaper wash cycle, you can occasionally add some natural fabric softener like Ecover or Mrs. Meyers. I have personally only tried Ecover, and I highly recommend it. I found mine at a natural foods grocery store, but it is also available online at retailers like Amazon.
Although each and every baby is different, each diaper will fit individual babies differently, I am including some “Action Shots” of a Sustainablebabyish Snapless Fitted on my toddler so you can see what it looks like in action. For reference, my daughter is 28 months, 25lbs and around 33 inches tall.
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