How do you decide which style is best for your preferences, budget and child’s needs? Visit her handy chart here to decide what would be the best choice for you and see the description of the three sizes and style choices below (compliments of Debby from Otter Babies), I do recommend that you consider the rise as one of the most important measurements for the multi-size diapers due to the contour of the front of the diaper:
1. 2-size (comes in size 1, which fits 8-20 lbs and size 2, which fits 15-35 lbs). It has an adjustable rise, a snap-down cover, can be used as a pocket, AI2 or cover, and is available in supplex prints and solids. Can be used with Econ-O-Pad or O-Pad.
2. Multi-size (comes in S, M, L, XL), can be used as AI2 or cover and can be made to be used with gDiaper inserts. The front panel does not snap down. It’s available in minky or supplex prints and solids. Can be used with O-Pad. Econ-O-Pad is not recommended.
3. Multi-size snap down front (comes in S, M, L, XL). Can be used as pocket, AI2, swim diaper or cover. It’s available in minky or supplex prints and solids. Can be used with Econ-O-Pad or O-Pad.These all-in-two diapers may also be used as a cover, pocket diaper and/or swim diaper, depending on the style chosen, although their pocket feature is not as easy to stuff and un-stuff as other diapers. This does give you the option to use the diapers as pocket diapers if that best suits your style or needs at the time, and honestly, opening the velcro opening is not rocket science either. It’ll just be different than the kinds of pockets you may be accustomed to using.
My favorite choice between the multi-size and 2-size is the 2-size diaper with the O-pad and regular wings (the mesh wings didn’t fit as snug on my daughter and sagged, but would be great for certain body types, as a pull-up diaper/training pant or as a swim diaper), because it allows me to adjust the rise of the diaper and the O-pad is soft, economical and can be stuffed with additional inserts or doublers for added absorption.
I did not know this at first, but you can actually order your O-pads with more than 1 doubler sewn down if you know if you will always want at least 2-3 doublers worth of absorption and do not want to have to stuff additional doublers in each time. Doublers can also be purchased separately and stuffed in for naptime, overnight or as needed, which is what I did for this review. I also like that the sides of the O-pad are elasticized to help better contain messes and is soft on your little one’s bottom and thighs.
In addition, the Econ-o-pads (Otter Blotter’s version of inserts) are trim yet absorbent, contoured and quick-drying with their innovative design. They can also be used to stuff the O-pad with a little bit of finagling, but the O-pads have been updates since I started this review to be wider, thus, I would assume stuffing would be easier. These are made to work when using the diapers as a pocket diaper, but can also be ordered with snaps if you want to use it in the covers as another variation on an all-in-two diaper. Like all other inserts and doublers, there are to fabric choices for these inserts.
Last, but not least, the length of the Velcro tabs are adjustable with snaps, which allows for a highly customizable fit, and because the “hook” portion of the elastic can be velcroed shut or even snapped closed for added protection, snagging in the wash should not be an issue. I also like that the front panel can just be velcroed closed for easier access or have the snaps secures as well if you toddler goes through a diaper streaking phase. So if you are looking for a highly customizable diaper that is multifunctional you will want to look into Otter Babies Otter Blotter diapers.
Overall Rating: 8
Velcro, adjustable length, and protective panel to discourage diaper stripping and to keep Velcro from getting caught in the wash.