Bummis Duo-Brite All-In-Two Review

All-in-twos (AI2s) are my personal favorite type of cloth diaper. Two-piece systems are less expensive overall, create lighter loads of laundry, and are easier to keep clean since you can strip the inserts separately from the covers if need be. (Inserts can take a beating more easily than covers can.)

The Bummis Duo Brite debuted last spring, and I’ve been using it on my little one since the summer. We’ve moved from the size 1 into the size 2, and it’s a diaper I highly recommend.

Bummis Duo Brite review

What I Love About the Bummis Duo-Brite AI2

Double Leg Gussets: An extra leg gusset can help seal the cover securely around those adorable baby thighs without squeezing too tight. I hate seeing red marks on my little one’s legs, and that doesn’t happen with the Duo-Brite.

Double Row of Waist Snaps: It’s my strong preference to have two rows of snaps at the waist to prevent sagging and shifting.

Two Sizes: Although other brands are consolidating their multiple-size systems into one size, the two-size system is more realistic if you want to cloth diaper from birth to potty training. Whereas “one-size” diapers typically suggest a weight range of 8 to 35 lbs, I’ve found this to be a stretch on both ends of the spectrum. Bummis suggests a weight range of 8 to 20 lbs for size 1 and 20-35 lbs for size 2, and this is actually accurate.

Bummis Duo Brite in size 1 and size 2

What I Would Change

The only thing I don’t loooooooove about the Bummis Duo-Brite AI2 system is the way the insert snaps in. The insert itself is pretty cool – organic cotton on one side or stay-dry polyester on the other, so you can choose which material you want touching baby’s skin. The insert snaps into the front flap of the cover. The problem with this design is that half the insert is tucked under the flap of the cover when snapped into place. For little boys, this may result in wetness seeping through the top portion of the insert and then soaking the material on the inside part of the cover. For girls, it probably isn’t be an issue.

How to use a Bummis Duo Brite insert

Finally, the price point of this AI2 is a bit higher than others, so if you love them as much as I do, you’re probably wishing they were a tad less expensive. The US MSRP on the Bummis Duo Brite Deluxe Pack is $56.95 – which includes one cover and three inserts. This averages out to about $19 per change, which of course is right in line with most pocket diapers and AIOs, but still quite a bit higher than other AI2s. (But never fear – just check my weekly sale list of cloth diaper sales and you might snag a deal… at the time of this writing they are 15% off at Mom’s Milk Boutique!)


Have you tried the Bummis Duo-Brite AI2? How does it work for you? 

GroVia vs Best Bottom All-in-Twos

GroVia vs Best Bottom

It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of all-in-two diapers. AI2s are more affordable, take up less space, and generate less diaper laundry than all-in-ones (AIOs) or pocket diapers. Most of my personal cloth diaper stash is made up of AI2 diapers. In this post I’ll compare two popular brands: GroVia and Best Bottom Diapers.

Overall, the GroVia and Best Bottom AI2s are quite similar. Both have rise snaps to make the shell adjustable to fit from infant to toddler; both have both stay-dry and natural fiber inserts. They are priced similarly and are both high-quality diaper systems. When considering GroVia vs Best Bottom, here are a few points to consider:

FeatureGroViaBest Bottom
Shell FeaturesSnap or H&LSnap or H&L
Mesh inner is soft against baby's skinLaminated inner can be wiped clean
Crossover tabsCrossover tabs
No extra leg gussetExtra leg gusset
Three rise settingsFour rise settings
$16.95 each$16.95 each
Insert FeaturesOne-size insert fits in the shell regardless of rise setting; insert has elasticized gussets on sides and is backed with TPU.Inserts come in small, medium, and large sizes, which correspond to the rise setting of the shell.
Stay-Dry InsertsCotton/hemp topped with fleece. Sold as a two-pack for $17.95.Microfiber topped with fleece; Sold as singles for $3.95.
Natural Fiber InsertsOrganic cotton; two for $18.95Cotton/hemp blend; $5.95 each
Hybrid (Disposable) InsertYesNo
Made InChinaUSA
WarrantyOne year60 days
Best Bottom vs GroVia

Inserts (top to bottom) – GroVia stay-dry, GroVia organic cotton, Best Bottom hemp, and Best Bottom stay-dry

Although the GroVia inserts are individually more expensive than the Best Bottom inserts, they are actually less expensive overall when you consider the fact that you will have to buy Best Bottom inserts in multiple sizes:

  • Price of four GroVia stay-dry inserts (2 x $17.95) = $35.90
  • Price of four Best Bottom stay-dry inserts in each size (4 x $3.95 x 3) = $47.40
  • Price of four GroVia organic cotton inserts (2 x $18.95) = $37.90
  • Price of four Best Bottom cotton/hemp inserts in each size (4 x $5.95 x 3) = $71.40

Overall, these are both awesome diapering systems. I personally find that GroVia fits my toddler better around the waist, but Best Bottom does make waist extender tabs to allow the diaper to fit much longer.


Which AI2 system do you prefer – Best Bottom or GroVia? Cast your vote below and elaborate in the comments!
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Is There a Point to Pockets?

Pocket diapers are the preferred cloth diaper system of many moms. They’ve been around for quite a while – Tereson Dupuy, the former owner of FuzziBunz®, filed a patent for the pocket diaper way back in 2001. You know, back when Friends was still on the air and the first Harry Potter movie came out. The average cost of a gallon of gas was $1.46. And most shockingly, iPhones were still six years away.

cloth diapers in 2001

Since then, pocket diapers have enjoyed considerable popularity thanks to the rise of quality brands like bumGenius. In addition, the majority of the Chinese diapers on the market tend to be pockets.

However, if you’re thinking about using cloth diapers, I’d argue that you should walk right past the pocket diapers and head straight for the all-in-twos. Here are five good reasons why:

1. Easier to Clean

You probably never do this, but I’ve been known to get a little over-zealous with heavy-duty diaper rash creams (like my personal favorite for red bottoms: Doctor O’s). Add to that the fact that I hate messing with diaper liners. Repelling happens sometimes.

If you’re using a pocket diaper and you have a repelling problem, you have to be careful in how you clean the diaper. The stay-dry lining of a pocket diaper can’t be separated from the more delicate parts of the diaper – the laminate and elastic.

If you’re using an all-in-two and you have a repelling problem, you only have to clean the insert itself, which is sturdy and can handle some harsher treatment. Go ahead and use some really hot water (>160° F) – in fact, that’s a very easy way to “melt” away any residual greasiness.

2. More Customizable

So you’ve heard that pocket diapers are customizable because you can add inserts if you need more absorbency. You can stuff a pocket diaper with microfiber, cotton, hemp, or whatever other type of fiber you want.

All-in-twos have different insert options as well. Pretty much any brand of AI2 offers a stay-dry (synthetic) insert as well as a natural-fiber insert choice. Plus, some brands (including GroVia, gDiapers, SoftBums, and Flip) even offer a disposable insert option to create what is known as a hybrid diaper, which is great for traveling.

3. Less Expensive

When you use an AI2 system, you’ll use approximately three to six inserts for every one cover or shell. This makes the average cost per diaper change much lower than pocket diapers.

Good news! You can buy even more diapers!

4. Longer Lasting

Pocket diapers get a lot of wear and tear.

Stuff. Use. Un-stuff. Wash. Stuff. Use. Un-stuff. Wash. Stuff. Use. Un-stuff. Wash. Stuff. Use. Un-stuff. Wash.

You get the picture. The process of stuffing and un-stuffing pocket diapers stretches out the laminate and can cause it to bubble or crack early.

Because you don’t have to stuff/un-stuff inserts or wash the shells after every single use with an AI2 system, AI2 shells are subject to significantly less wear and tear than pocket shells. You should get at least twice the life out of your AI2 shells compared to pocket shells.

5. Less Laundry

Since you’re not washing AI2 shells after every use, your loads of diaper laundry will be much lighter. Who wouldn’t appreciate that?!

All in Two Diaper Guide for 2013

All in two diapers (AI2s) – what’s not to love? They last longer, generate less diaper laundry, and are more economical than pockets and all-in-ones. Each brand has a slightly different system with slightly different choices, so I’ve compiled one handy guide that compares the best all in twos available. In one quick glance you can compare where they’re made, sizing, pricing, closures, insert options, and more! Download the free PDF guide by clicking here.

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How many inserts per cover you need for your all-in-two system will depend on your baby’s age. Babies who are not yet eating solid foods tend to have messier diapers, which may require you to wash the covers more frequently. Therefore, in the early months, you might find yourself in need of three inserts per cover, but later, you can go through as many as five or six inserts before needing to wash the cover. Covers contain the more delicate materials (elastic and laminate), so washing causes wear and tear on these components. By using an all-in-two system, you can keep your cloth diapers in better condition for longer than is possible with other systems that require washing after every single use. Hopefully this means you can resell them for more, or use them on more than one child!

For cost comparison purposes, I ran numbers assuming purchasing six inserts per cover in the full range of available sizes to fit a baby from newborn to potty training (hypothetically). Six was the easiest number of inserts to calculate because some brands’ inserts are sold in packages of two, three, or six.

Even the most expensive option averages out to $19.99 per change, which is right in line with the price of a typical pocket diaper or AIO.

Cost per change of AI2 diapers

  • gDiapers – $19.99 per diaper change. Includes covers in small, medium, and large at $17.99 each, plus two six-packs of gCloth at $32.99 (NB/S and M/L/XL sizes).
  • Best Bottom – $14.68 per diaper change. Includes one shell at $16.95, plus six stay-dry microfiber inserts in S, M, and L at $3.95 each.
  • GroVia – $11.80 per diaper change. Includes one shell at $16.95 with three 2-packs of stay-dry soakers at $17.95 each.
  • SoftBums – $11.56 per diaper change. Includes one Echo shell at $21.95, six small DryTouch pods at $2.95 each, and six large DryTouch pods at $4.95 each.
  • Flip – $7.48 per diaper change. Includes one cover at $14.95 with two 3-packs of stay-dry inserts at $14.95 each.

 

Are you a fan of all in two diapers? If so, what’s your favorite system and why?

SoftBums Omni Diaper Giveaway

SoftBums Prize Collage

 

Did you see yesterday’s post in which I subjected a SoftBums diaper to boiling, beets, bleach, and Borax? (Vinegar, too, but that doesn’t start with a “B”!)

I fell in love with SoftBums while writing that post! It’s hard to capture in photos, but their diapers’ patent-pending Slide2Size elastic adjustment is simply brilliant and SO easy to use. On the smallest setting, the diaper is comparable in size to a newborn diaper; I let the elastic out nearly all the way, and it fits perfectly on my 26-lb toddler. There are no rise snaps cluttering up the front of the diaper, and you can adjust the elastic to the exact setting you need, rather than being limited to 3 or 4 rise settings.

SoftBums is giving away an Omni diaper along with two “DryTouch” pods – one mini and one large – to a lucky Diaper Wrecker reader. The Omni features a snap anchor in the back so that it can be used as an AI2 (like the Echo), but also has a pocket opening in back if you prefer to stuff your diapers.

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