When my son was a little less than a year old, we started having trouble finding a diaper that was absorbent enough to last him all night long. I polled people on message boards and Facebook pages and tried numerous fitted diapers, from the most well-known and universally beloved to lesser-known brands that were harder to find. All of them were on the expensive side (you typically pay more for diapers with greater absorbency, which means fitted diapers are often the priciest options) and few came even remotely close to being absorbent enough. Additionally, once we added all the absorbent inserts to the diaper, they were usually dangerously low-rise on my tall boy (who I knew would only be getting taller!) At some point during my search, I purchased a Mother-ease Sandy to try on him, and it quickly became my favorite nighttime diaper. I’ve since recommended it as an economical nighttime fitted with more customization options for absorbency than any other diaper I’ve tried.
When Green Diaper Demos offered to send me the Newborn size Sandy, I was excited, but rather dubious – my favorite feature of the diaper had always been how LARGE it was. How would that work on my super scrawny baby? As it turned out, it worked out amazingly well! In this review, I’ll walk you through the features of the diaper, and explain how it worked on my tiny little girl.
This diaper is available in a variety of fabrics: cotton terry (which comes in unbleached, white, or a variety of solid colors), organic cotton terry, or bamboo terry (pictured).
I’d used a Large cotton terry Sandy on my toddler, and was excited to try the bamboo terry and see how it compared. While the cotton terry is perfectly functional, the bamboo terry does seem to remain softer and squishier over time than the cotton terry does. I purchased a Small Sandy for Emily when she outgrew the newborn version, and chose the bamboo terry again. I’ve never used the organic cotton terry to see how it compares to the other two fabrics.
The diaper has an extra layer of terry sewn to the inside of it for additional absorbency, and is designed to have a roomy fit.
My favorite feature of this diaper (and why I found myself using the Large size on my son) is how incredibly roomy it is. It’s the only fitted diaper I’ve ever tried that has enough room for me to customize the absorbency however I see fit. I’ve used a variety of inserts from other diapers (sometimes even more than one at a time!) inside my Sandys, and have never had issues with leg gaping or any of the inserts being two wide for the diaper to contain. There is a LOT of room inside this diaper to add extra layers to it and still be able to easily fasten the diaper around your child.
The diaper has elastic around the legs, back, and front of the diaper, which effectively contains messes no matter where they might be.
Newborn poop somehow manages to end up in the strangest places, and there were definitely times when I was thankful for the elastic across the stomach! (I have no idea how poop could go so high up the front of the diaper, but I was glad that it at least didn’t get any farther than that!)
This diaper does not come with an insert, though Mother-ease does sell an absorbent liner that can be used in conjunction with the Sandy.
I did find that the diaper worked best with additional absorbency added to it, but since the diaper is cut so generously I was able to use a variety of other items from my stash instead of purchasing another product. My favorite insert with the Newborn Sandy is a small Thirsties hemp insert.
This is a side snapping diaper (there is no hook and loop option). You can adjust the sizing at the waist using the top row of snaps, and the sizing around the legs using the bottom row of snaps.
I’m completely inept at fastening side-snaps, but this is the one diaper I put up with them for!
Umbilical Cord Snap-Down
This diaper does not have an umbilical cord snap-down.
This diaper has a pretty high rise, which is how it’s able to accommodate extra inserts. However, it also meant that I wasn’t comfortable using it on Emily until her cord stump fell off.
According to Mother-ease, the Newborn diaper fits from 6-12 pounds and can absorb 10 ounces of liquid. Sandy’s also come in size Small (8-20 pounds, which can absorb 12 ounces of fluid) and Large (20-35 pounds, and can hold 15 ounces of fluid). There is also a Toddler version (called the Toddle-ease) which fits from 35-45 pounds and can absorb 17 ounces.
This diaper fit Emily from 3 weeks and 7.5 pounds to 26 weeks and 14 pounds (though there stopped being room enough in the diaper for additional absorbency at 19 weeks and 12.5 pounds, at which point we used it on it’s own for naps or during the day). It clearly lasted as long as advertised, and most likely would have been usable prior to 3 weeks old if not for the fact that we waited until her cord stump fell off.
These diapers come in a variety of materials and sizes. Newborn Sandy’s are $11.75 for unbleached cotton terry, $12.25 for colored cotton terry, and $14.50 for organic cotton or bamboo terry. Prices for Small, Large, and Toddle-ease diapers range from $12.75-17.50.
For additional information on how this diaper works on older children, you can read Tara’s review of the Large Mother-ease Sandy.
Here is how I would fill out a Padded Tush Stats Fitted Diapers survey based on how it worked on my baby. Scores were averaged across the time period that she used the diaper (e.g., a diaper that received a 4 for absorbency at 2 weeks old but only a 2 for absorbency at 6 weeks old would receive an overall score of 3). During the time this diaper was in use, she woke an average of 2-4 times per night to eat and was a normal to heavy wetter.
Note: Absorbency = 2-3 hours, Nap = 3-4 hours, Night = 12-14 hours
Notes on my responses:
Some diapers are marketed as being super trim or having an amazing fit. This diaper’s claim to fame is that it’s incredibly absorbent. It’s bulky (particularly at the lower end of the weight range) and the high rise means that the fit of the diaper is rather awkward looking at first. The fit got better as Emily got older and filled it out more, and the diaper can be relatively trim if you don’t add any additional layers to it, but if you’re more concerned with aesthetics than absorbency this diaper probably isn’t the one for you. I love this diaper because of it’s high absorbency, naptime, and nighttime scores, and willingly accept a lower fit/trimness score in exchange.
It is generally difficult to find covers large enough to accommodate nighttime fitted diapers, and I’ve struggled to find one with enough coverage when I use the Large Sandy on my toddler. This was less of a problem with the Newborn size (as many of the newborn covers I was sent to review seemed to also be cut very wide) but is something to be aware of if you decide to try the Small or Large size Sandy later on.
Score for “liked by skeptics” was primarily influenced by the fact that side-snapping diapers are less common, and therefore most people are less familiar with how to fasten them. The diaper is also cut similarly in the back and front, so you have to find the logo in order to determine if you’re putting the diaper on backwards or not. Additionally, with the bamboo terry fabric (which is unbleached) it can be hard to differentiate the inside from the outside of the diaper (the Large cotton terry Sandy I have is colored on the outside and white on the inside, so this may not be troublesome if you purchase the diaper in a different fabric). For all those reasons, this was a diaper that I usually chose if I was going to be the one putting it on the baby (I’m willing to put up with the side snaps for the sake of the absorbency, but my husband complained enough about them that I set out a different night diaper if he was going to be the one doing the diaper change!) Score for “liked by skeptics” would likely be higher for parents or caretakers who are proficient with side-snapping diapers.
Score for “worth the price” reflects the fact that this diaper actually lasted for the weight range listed, and with additional absorbency added, was bullet-proof at night (even when Emily was waking multiple times to eat). I also value diapers that allow me the ability to customize them for my heavy-wetting children, and the fact that this diaper had so much room for so many options increased it’s value to me.
7.5 weeks / 9.5 pounds
Where To Buy
You can see who carries this diaper by typing in “Mother-ease” at the Cloth Diaper Retailer Database (www.clothdiaperretailers.com). You can compare retailers based on shipping costs, location, and even specials they have going on. Many of them even post exclusive discounts for Padded Tush Stats followers. If you buy from those with an asterisk (***) next to their name, a portion of your purchase goes towards supporting this site, so thank you in advance!
Have You Tried This Diaper?
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Although Green Diaper Demos provided this diaper for review, it did not impact the opinions reflected in this post.