Diaper Reviews, Types of Diapers

Smart Bottoms Diapers – American Made Organic Cloth Diapers

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Modern cloth diapers have come a long way from the prefolds/flats with rubber pants. While diapering with prefolds & flats is still an option, more cloth diapering families are opting for modern styles of cloth diapers. Smart Bottoms diapers are a highly popular choice for families today.

What makes Smart Bottoms so popular? This diaper is easy-to-use, organic, and manufactured 100% in the USA. Smart Bottoms diapers are high-quality diapers that lasts for several years and more than one child. They are practical and can simplify cloth diapering for busy families.

While Smart Bottoms has a number of cloth diapering-related products on the market, it is best known for it’s all-in-one style diapers. So what kinds of diapers does Smart Bottoms offer? Let’s dig in!

Smart Bottoms Born Smart 2.0 Organic Newborn Diaper

Cloth diapering your newborn baby can be a challenge for many people. Diapering a 6-8 lb brand new infant poses some unique challenges that you don’t face with babies that are at least a few months old. Smart Bottoms has a solution for this!

smart-bottom-diapers-newborn-2.0The Born Smart 2.0 newborn diaper is meant for babies 6 to 16 lbs. This diaper was recently improved just this year (2018), hence the “2.0”. It is an organic all-in-one, meaning it is quick and easy to put on, which is essential for those early newborn days.

The Born Smart 2.0s come in a number of beautiful colors & prints.

This diaper features an umbilical notch, which is essential in a newborn diaper to prevent the diaper from rubbing on and irritating the umbilical stump. It also has two-tab snaps to make getting an accurate and snug fit easier. The attached soaker is 55% hemp and 45% organic cotton and requires no prepping, which is huge when you’re changing diapers every hour in a sleep-deprived state in those early days!

This diaper had two different rise levels that you can snap the diaper to. This isn’t always a feature in newborn diapers, so that’s a perk. Because of this feature, you can get the diaper small enough for a 6 lb baby, but also adjust it as the baby gets a little bigger, but still isn’t quite ready for one-size diapers.

This diaper is a great option for those families that really want to cloth diaper during the newborn days. The only con is the price, which I believe is a bit steep at almost $20 for one diaper. That is a pretty normal price for one-size diapers, but for a newborn diaper that will only get used for a few months, it’s a bit high.

This price is worth it if you are committed to cloth diapering right from the get-go, want something easier than other newborn options (like prefolds), and are committed to organic, American-made products.

You can purchase the Born Smart 2.0 diapers from Nicki’s Diapers by clicking here.

Smart Bottoms Smart One 3.1

smart-bottoms-diapers-smart-one-3.1The Smart One Organic All-in-One 3.1 is probably the most popular diaper Smart Bottoms sells. The inner part of the diaper is 100% organic cotton and the outer part of the diaper is 100% PUL. This diaper offers 10 absorbent layers altogether, but is still a trim design to help baby fit in his pants! 😉

This one-size diaper has four rise settings, allowing you to get an even more precise fit than many other brands of diapers. It also has the ability to fold the insert in areas where you need more absorbency to bulk it up even more (often the front of the diaper for boys and the back of the diaper for girls). Its design also allows for a quicker dry time than most other all-in-ones made from organic materials. This diaper dries in just one dry cycle. If you’re not familiar with all-in-one dry times, that might not seem impressive. But if you have been struggling to get other organic all-in-ones to dry in a reasonable amount of time, you will LOVE the Smart Bottoms Smart One 3.1.

The Smart One 3.1s come in a wide variety of unique and adorable prints.

My favorite detail on this diaper is the wide elastic on the leg holes. This lessens the chances of red marks and is likely more comfortable for the baby.

Price wise, this diaper is a little higher than average at about $29 (at the time of this post). However, considering it is manufactured in the USA and its inner part is 100% organic cotton, this is definitely a reasonable price. You are paying for quality and ethical manufacturing.

You can purchase the Smart One 3.1s from Nicki’s Diapers by clicking here.

Smart Bottoms Dream Diaper 2.0

smart-bottoms-diapers-dream-diaper-2.0The Dream Diaper 2.0 is Smart Bottom’s first no-prep all-in-one diaper. This one-size diaper is build for max absorbency, making it the perfect option for heavy wetters. The body of the diaper is made from three layers of organic cotton and hemp jersey. The attached soaker has four layers, and the diaper comes with a pocket opening in which a family could add extra inserts if necessary.

This diaper fits babies from 10 lbs all the way to 35+ lbs.

The Dream Diaper 2.0 has also recently undergone some improvements. See what they improved in this video:


As for price, this diaper is a more expensive option at about $31 (at the time of this post). However, you have to remember you are paying for high-quality, American-made (as opposed to cheap Chinese manufacturing), organic product. This diaper costs a little more than Smart One 3.1 because it has 30% more absorbency. It is a higher price tag, but knowing how ethically-made this diaper is, it’s a price worth paying.

Even with a stash of Smart Bottoms, you will still come out spending less in the end than most disposable diaper choices, especially when you compare it to a natural or organic brand of disposable diaper.

You can purchase the Dream Diaper 2.0 from Nicki’s Diapers by clicking here.

My Experience

smart-bottoms-diapersSmart Bottoms diapers are truly a high-quality diaper. I have used the Dream Diaper 2.0 and the 3.1 Smart One diaper.

They both have a similar fit. The snaps close very easily and I can get a good stretch in the tabs to get a snug, yet comfortable fit on my son.

The elastic is awesome! These diapers have the most comfortable and unobtrusive elastic over any other diaper brand I have tried.

The outer layer is so soft and smooth, and you can see the quality craftsmanship in almost every detail. They also have a much trimmer fit than many other brands of diapers.

The Best Place to Purchase

Throughout this article, I have linked to Nicki’s Diapers. Nicki’s Diapers is a business I have been ordering diapers from for the last five years. They have frequent free shipping offers (or free shipping over a certain amount, usually an amount that is easily met with one or two items), awesome sales on popular brands, and a wide variety of products. Their customer service is friendly and helpful.

The Smart Bottom diapers are priced the same across all major diaper retailers. Amazon does sell some Smart Bottoms products, so it can be a convenient place to get it if you wish. Click here to see what Smart Bottoms products Amazon offers. However, Amazon doesn’t have as wide of a variety of prints and colors, so you may wish to look at specific cloth diaper websites for a better selection (and to support a smaller business!)

Add Some Smart Bottoms to Your Collection!

Smart Bottoms will quickly become the diaper brand you reach for first when you go to change your baby. This diaper is so easy to use, well made, and a natural & comfortable choice for your baby. Their absorbency is top-notch, and their design is practical for washing, drying, and using.

Here is a link to the Smart Bottoms product page at Nicki’s Diapers.

Have you tried Smart Bottoms diapers before? What did you think? Which is your favorite? Let me know in the comments!

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Holly Lee

I'm Holly and I'm the mom of two awesome young boys. We have been cloth diapering for 5 years. My family and I live in Minnesota with our dog, Ruby, and cat, Gherkin. Outside of Rocking the Cloth, I am also a middle school teacher. Thank you for visiting Rocking the Cloth--feel free to email me at holly@rockingthecloth.com if you have any questions or concerns. I'd love to help!

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6 Comments

  1. Ashley says:

    Thank you for this super informative post! I don’t have any kids of my own, but I have always been intrigued by the concept of cloth diapers and know I would purchase some If I do have kids. I like how you included the newborn diapers because I would assume that they would need a special sized diaper. And that is pretty cool that it has an umbilical notch. Are there any cheaper brands that are still organic? I know any US-made items are always super expensive, so I’m just wondering if there are cheaper ones out there that are still healthy and organic. 

    1. Holly Lee says:

      Great question, Ashley! I believe the best route to go for parents that want to be budget-conscious but still purchase organic diapers is to go with prefolds and covers. They are a little more “old-fashioned”, but they really aren’t hard to use. Here are some organic bamboo prefolds–while it’s close to the same price of the Born Smart organic all-in-one, you get 6 in a pack. Organic cotton prefolds is another choice that’s even more inexpensive–here are some organic cotton prefolds priced at half the price of the bamboo for a 6-pack. In addition to the prefolds, you would need some covers. I go over using prefolds and covers on newborns more in this post: The Best Newborn Cloth Diapers – Choosing the Best Style for Your Family. Hope this helps! 🙂

  2. Jake Aswani says:

    Hello

    Nice post on Diapers. All my kids are grown however I do have grandkids and some of them are babies so I will forward this information to their mothers to take advantage of the benefits of this product. I like the style of your post and you the way you associate other recommendations with this product. I live in Panama City Rep of Panama where is hot and humid.

    What diapers do you suggest for the warm and humid climate we have in Panama ? Thanks for the info and Amazon is really a great place to buy Diapers . Season greetings and Cheers

    1. Holly Lee says:

      Hi Jake! I would imagine most type of diapers would be fine in hot and humid weather, but I bet finding a good trim diaper (as opposed to bulky) would help out a lot. This diaper would be great for that, as would the Blueberry Simplex, BumGenius Freetime, or a all-in-two system like Best Bottom Diapers.

      Hope that helps!

  3. Hello Holly,

    Thanks for this review! I laughed when I saw “Diapers 2.0”,  I immediately thought that the diaper could be connected to your smartphone and tell you if the baby has delivered something in it haha. Anyway, that’s a great product, I like the fact that it’s organic. A bit expensive for now, but it can become a standard in the future. Kelly’s closet seems like a great store! Thanks for sharing this website.

    1. Holly Lee says:

      No problem, glad you found it helpful!

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