Have you ever considered adding a Blueberry Simplex cloth diaper to your stash? Wondering if that higher price tag is really worth it and what’s so great about them anyway? Let’s explore the features of the Simplex so you will know whether it’s right for you.
First let us say that there are two kinds of Blueberry Simplex diapers. The Newborn Simplex (6-16lbs) and the One Size Simplex (12-35lbs).
Newborn Blueberry Simplex
The Newborn Simplex is by far our most popular and best selling newborn diaper for a reason. A tongue style all-in-one, it goes on easily, washes well and dries fast. Complete with umbilical cord snap down it fits tiny babies very well. It features cotton on the inside and natural fabrics against the bum are an excellent choice when it comes to newborns. Why? Because it absorbs very quickly preventing leaks. Since newborns are often on their backs, sometimes they can’t pee with enough force to make it through a synthetic stay-dry layer like micro-suede or fleece. The Simplex prevents that problem with the natural cotton interior. The Newborn Simplex also tends to fit babies for longer as far as newborn diapers go. This means you can get more bang for your buck so to speak and your baby will be able to wear them longer for the investment you put in. We often have clients that can wear these diapers for up to 3months or more where other newborn diapers will top out around baby’s 8th week (roughly 10lbs). Certainly the highlight of all the newborn diapers we carry, you will be very pleased to have at least a few of these in your collection. They are perfect for days out on the town and newborn photo shoots too. Browse them all here.
But, who should not consider a Newborn Blueberry Simplex? If you have a history of big babies 10lbs or over, then just jump right to one size diapers. Or only get a few newborn diapers for photo shoots. Micro-preemies will also not benefit from these diapers until they are bigger. Preemie prefolds or LilJoeys are a better option in this circumstance.
One Size Blueberry Simplex
First of all, Blueberry’s products get a thumbs up and gold star for being a mom-invented product, a mom-run company and a high quality diaper made domestically right in the USA. Right there are three fantastic reasons to choose this brand in general. But feature wise there’s a lot of reasons to add a One Size Blueberry Simplex to your diaper stash. Personally, I’m non committal with whether I prefer natural fabric on my kids’ bums or whether I like a stay dry layer. This diaper calms my bi-polar mania. A tongue style all-in-one, it is almost identical to it’s tiny Newborn Simplex twin – BUT, one panel of the cotton insert is stay-dry fleece. So, since the insert is free on one end and attached at the other, you can have cotton on the bum if you stuff the insert in the pocket, or you can have stay-dry fleece on the bum if you simply lay the insert on top. Two options in one diaper and you can change your mind on a whim. Here’s a video so you can see what I mean:
Now what else is different about this diaper? Well it’s called a ‘one size’. Most one size diapers say they fit from 7 or 8lbs until potty learning. In reality your average one size diaper begins to fit a baby well around 10lbs regardless of what the tag says. With Blueberry however, the one size Simplex won’t begin fitting until a full 12lbs. That’s a big baby right? Yes it is. Blueberry One Size Simplex won’t begin to fit your little until about 3 months of age. Why? Because they want you to buy the Newborn Simplex first of course lol. So really in all seriousness, this diaper is a great option if you are starting to cloth diaper an older baby. If you’re intent on beginning with a newborn, look for other options to fill that newborn-3month gap or invest in the Newborn Simplex to start cloth diapering straight from the hospital.
Let’s take a minute now to talk poop containment. See how the legs are sewn on a Blueberry Simplex? They are turned, but not top-stitched if you want to use the seamstress lingo, so the material lays like this against the leg (see pic on the side). Hello containment! This design holds in the messes second only to double gussets such as those found on Rumparooz and Nuggles. Nothing gets by the Simplex, not even the runny stuff. Seriously, test it out, they’re bullet proof.
The One Size Blueberry Simplex is also trim fitting and fast to dry with a snap down rise for easy size adjustment and snap closures to keep it on your little tyke. Snaps by the way are better than velcro in my opinion. Way harder for baby to rip off than velcro if you have a baby who’d rather be a nudist. The snap down rise is easy to adjust. Just set it and leave it. It stays snapped to the setting where you put it even in the wash, so no re-snapping each time you use it. But yet easy to change on the fly if you’re using the same set of diapers for a smaller baby and a toddler simultaneously (think less packing for the diaper bag with two kids).
And fit? Here’s one of my favorite features. Blueberry prides themselves on having one of the most anatomically-correct diapers available on the market. No sagging, bunching or stuff sticking out. It’s narrow through the crotch. Great for movers, crawlers and toddlers with quick little legs for less chaffing potential. And come on tell me that Blueberry does not have some of the best prints in the entire cloth diaper industry. So cute. Why wouldn’t you want to color coordinate an outfit with any of these beauties. Check them all out here.
Aside from the awesome diaper though, Margarita, founder of Blueberry Diapers and mom of four is one impressive lady. A self proclaimed ‘leading expert in pee-and-poop management’ she has a sense of humor but also a passion for ethical business practices. Margarita takes seriously the responsibility of making sure Blueberry Diapers are 100% safe for babies. They source their fabrics from the USA whenever possible, use latex-free elastics and ensure all materials are free from any contaminants – guaranteed to be free from lead, pthalates and BPA. People are on their radar too. Blueberry offers 100% coverage for all full time employees, and nobody works more than 40 hours a week. No Chinese sweat shops making these diapers, you can count on that. Practices like these create jobs, ensure the welfare of others and contribute to thriving communities.
All these reasons are why we personally use and love Blueberry Simplex diapers and why we carry them here at Cloth Diaper Kids. We love them and we’re confident you will too.