Based on my previous post about my new combos for a leak free night, it will come as no surprise to you that I am in LOVE with my Swaddlebees Capri cover. The cover has amazing coverage and is just about everything I have ever wanted in a cover. All I have to say is it is about freaking time. In fact, this all-in-two loving Mama has boxed up all of her all in twos–I was never a fan of the cover+insert combo because the insert shifted around so much. But with this cover, the insert stays snug as a bug in a rug.
So let me walk you through the features of it and show how I would fill out a Padded Tush Stats survey based on how it worked on my two little ones. You’ll remember that a little while back I put up a sneak peek video that gave you an up close look at the features, so here is that video again to refresh your memory:
This cover is duo sized. One size goes from 6-16 and size 2 fits babies in the 12-35 pound range. I used the Size 2 on my kids (the 2 1/2 year old is 25 pounds and the 18 month old is 23 pounds).
You snap it all the way down to get it at its smallest:
Or you can have it snapped down on the middle row to get it at a medium size, that’s where it fit best with my little ones.
Or you can have it completely unsnapped for the largest setting (this worked great as a size setting when put over a fitted diaper at night).
I found that this cover has far more wiggle room for growing than most covers I have tried. In fact, although my children are on the largest setting for almost all of our cloth diapers, they are actually on the middle setting with this. What is wonderful about that is that I can EASILY put it over a large fitted diaper at night and, with it being on the largest setting, I actually get the coverage across the stomach that I often lack with other covers. This definitely had the best coverage out of all of the cloth diaper covers that I have tried.
The diaper cover comes with snaps and hook and loop closures. For the snap closures, you have two rows of snaps, to help prevent wing droop. For the hook and loop closure, you have “laundry tabs,” which allow you to fold down the closure so it doesn’t snag on other diapers in the wash. I think that the hook and loop closure is fantastic on this. It kind of reminds me of my Thirsties Hook and Loop.
The cover is made out of PUL. Another bonus is that the inside of the cover is truly wipeable.
Another fantastic aspect of this cover is that there are flaps in the front and back to help hold the insert in place. What is nice about the construction of these is that both flaps are very sturdy and the insert is far less inclined to move around. Many of the covers on the market right now have a more loose back flap. The curved construction on this makes sure that the insert stays in place. I do prefer the elasticized back of the WolbyBug, but that has it’s own downside (as it can get stinky when soiled). I love the thickness of the backslap on this Capri cover. I feel like many of the backslaps are short, so the insert comes out much easier. This one is about 3 inches, so stuff really does stay in place.
Another thing I really liked was the PUL across the stomach, which is something I like for my tummy-sleeping son.
The cover also has double gussets. These provide two barriers of protection against leaks. But they actually do more than that, in my opinion. I feel like it allows the diaper to contour a little bit more and ensure that you get great coverage.
To use the cover, simply trifold whatever prefold or flat you have and stick it under the flaps of the cover. Put the diaper on the baby. Once the diaper is soiled, then take out the insert, wipe down the inside, and replace with a new insert.
So here is how I would fill out a PTS survey based on how it worked on my little ones:
Did you see that? No cons? Crazy! I am not a huge fan of snap down rises, since they always seem to come undone when my Hercules hands puts a diaper on my baby, but other than that, I love this thing.Some may have issues with it being $20, which is fairly expensive for just a cover, and I am very much conflicted on that. I do find it close to being worth the price, although I wish it were a little less expensive.
As you know, I like to use a Sustainablebabyish Fitted under it, but I also used flats, prefolds, and the AppleCheeks Stay Dry inserts. To be honest, if I weren’t reviewing cloth diapers for a living, I’d probably have 80% of my stash just be these covers and inserts/flats.
You can see who carries this cover by going to www.clothdiaperretailers.com. Type in “Swaddlebees” and you can see who carries it and compare things like shipping, location, and even sales going on. It’s the best way to find the best deal on cloth diapers.
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Kissed by the Moon provided this cover for review, but that did not affect any of the opinions in this post.