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Swaddlebees Newborn Simplex Cloth Diaper Review

Swaddlebees Simplex Newborn Diaper 1

I snagged a Swaddlebees Simplex Newborn AIO during their Black Friday turkey hunt (hunt for turkeys and get a special deal or coupon each day.)

Swaddlebees Simplex Newborn Diaper 2 side Swaddlebees Simplex Newborn Diaper 3 back

The diapers retail for $16.95 each, which I think is on the higher side for a newborn diaper.

Swaddlebees Simplex Newborn Diaper 4 closure Swaddlebees Simplex Newborn Diaper 5 umbilical snap down
Swaddlebees Simplex Newborn Diaper 6 front

The diaper has two snaps on each wing, and the closure is a wee bit awkward when you’re closing it tightly with the cord snap down snapped.

Swaddlebees Simplex Newborn Diaper 7 elastic Swaddlebees Simplex Newborn Diaper 8 soaker in pocket
Swaddlebees Simplex Newborn Diaper 9 inside out

The soaker is half sewn in, and the rest actually tucks into the pocket (I suppose this would be considered a “tongue” soaker.) This is my least favorite type of AIO, personally. True that it gets a bit cleaner and dries faster than a sewn in soaker, but if you still have to do the work of stuffing, why not do a pocket diaper & have the freedom to change the soaker out entirely and/or treat it separately?

Here I’ve measured it folded and stretched:

Swaddlebees Simplex Newborn Diaper 10 folded Swaddlebees Simplex Newborn Diaper 11 stretched

Now, I know my “real” diaper “model” is here, but just for consistency in my reviews, here’s my previous “model” in preemie and newborn disposables, compared to the simplex:

Swaddlebees Simplex Newborn Diaper 12 model
Swaddlebees Simplex Newborn Diaper 13 preemie diaperSwaddlebees Simplex Newborn Diaper 14 preemie back

Swaddlebees Simplex Newborn Diaper 15 newborn diaper Swaddlebees Simplex Newborn Diaper 16 newborn back

Swaddlebees Simplex Newborn Diaper 17 snapped down Swaddlebees Simplex Newborn Diaper 18 unsnapped

Swaddlebees Simplex Newborn Diaper 19 side Swaddlebees Simplex Newborn Diaper 20 back

Here’s my little guy at less than a week old and about 6 lb 5 oz (you may have already seen these photos in my post about my one-month update on newborn cloth.)

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I did not care for this diaper. The birdseye inner/soaker and the outer both reminded me a lot of the Kushies diapers. I did like that it came down pretty low to stay under the umbilical cord stump, but it was hard to make sure the soaker didn’t stick out the back. If the diapers were half the price, I’d feel differently (of course this is totally my opinion!! You may love these!)

FTC compliance: I purchased this diaper at a discount available to anyone. I was not asked to write, nor was I compensated for this post, and all opinions are my own.


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Maria Moser
Maria is the mother of 3, writing about cloth diapers & going green. You'll often find her juggling her preschooler and typing 1-handed in between sips of cold coffee. Maria works with many companies within the cloth diaper industry and beyond, providing social media management, product development and other services.
4 Comments
  • November 6, 2012 at 3:24 pm
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    These were my absolute favorite newborn diaper, and I tried a lot of different brands and types. These fit the longest, kept him the dryest, and were the trimmest. I didn’t find stuffing the tongue back in that hard, and any staining was easy to sun out (even though he was formula-fed). They were pricey, but I was able to sell them for $13 apiece when he outgrew them, so I think they were worth the “rental” price! To each his own, but just wanted to put another review out there. 🙂

  • January 21, 2012 at 8:42 pm
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  • January 19, 2012 at 12:10 pm
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    I would love to try Swaddlebees!

  • Brittany H
    January 17, 2012 at 1:56 pm
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    Oh I’m glad you posted this. I think the simplex’s are so darling, but I’ve heard bad things about birdseye as far as staining go. I’ve thought about buying one of these anyway, but 17 bucks is way too much for a newborn diaper.

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