SoftBums was started by the husband and wife team of Sarah and Brian Van Bogart. They are based in Minnesota and have been selling the unique Echo diapering system since 2008. One of the things I love so much about SoftBums is that all of their diapers and inserts are made in the USA with quality materials.
What makes SoftBums different from any diaper I have ever tried is its Slide2Size drawstring toggles on their leg elastic instead of rise snaps. Just like a toggle drawstring on a sweater, you pinch the toggle and slide it up the elastic until you get the perfect size. It did take me a while to get the rise right. I had to make little adjustments then check it on him to see if it was the right size. The great thing is that the toggle grips the elastic well and doesn’t slip so once you do have the perfect rise set it will hold in place.
This diaper has a smooth waterproof outer fabric and a super soft unbleached, hypo-allergenic fleece inside. Their DryTouch pod soakers are made of super absorbent microfiber with a soft fleece outer layer to protect baby’s sensitive skin and keep it dry. DryTouch means your baby feels dry, solids roll right off, and stains don’t stick around. They also offer Bamboo pods that are super absorbant and all natural; made of 70% organic bamboo and 30% cotton.
Whichever fabric you choose, the Pods are made extra long so you just fold it under a smaller baby to fit, plus giving extra absorbency, or just leave it longer to fit a bigger child! Despite being a one-size diaper, the SoftBums Omni was very light and trim on baby brother and didn’t have the bulk that a lot of one size diapers do in the front.
We are just starting to build our newborn stash, but this is definitely one of the go-to diapers already (and can grow with him!). It is simple to put on, trim, and has yet to leak on us. I would definitely recommend this diaper to any cloth diapering parent.
Want to learn more about the SoftBums Echo diapering system and see how the Slide2Size system works on a toddler? Well then pop on over to Eco Baby Mama Drama and check out Bri’s review.