DIAPER REVIEW: Blueberry Simplex
We started our cloth diapering journey just a few days after our son was born (March 20, 2015). During the newborn stage we used fitteds with covers that were loaned to us and a few newborn all in ones (AIOs) that I purchased. I tried a few different brand newborn AIOs, but I wasn’t blown away by any of them. My husband agreed to cloth diaper, but insisted that we use AIOs, so once my little guy was big enough to fit a one size AIO, I was in search of the perfect one.
I heard about Blueberry One Size Simplex, but for the price I wasn’t sure if I wanted to give it a try. At that time they were priced at $28.95. I decided to try one anyway despite the price tag and the first time on the bum, I fell in love. Yes, I fell in love with a diaper!
The Simplex is the best of both worlds. It gives you the convenience of an AIO and the flexibility of a pocket diaper. It’s made with a waterproof outer layer and the inner is 12 layers of 100% organic cotton. It has a pocket opening on both ends of the diaper, which allows you to add extra inserts if necessary. The soaker is attached to one end of the diaper and has a layer of stay dry fleece. The Simplex is only available with snaps.
Pros: The Blueberry One Size Simplex will fit your little one from about 10-35lbs, so you will get your money’s worth! Let’s face it, AIOs are just the easiest diapers to use, it’s just one piece. It’s made with 100% organic cotton, which is super soft. This diaper is flexible, if you have a heavy wetter, simply add more inserts in the pocket and you’re good to go. Unlike a pocket diaper, you don’t have to remove the inserts before washing; they will agitate out in the wash. Did I mention the prints?! Blueberry makes super cute prints, so if you’re into a cute bum, look no further.
Cons: The elastics are “soft” or “rolled “elastics. When putting the diaper on, you have to make sure the cotton is rolled in and not exposed or it will wick. The price is a little steep at $30.95. I like to tuck the soaker in the pocket, but if you decide to use the stay dry fleece (soaker just lays on top) poop will likely get between the soaker and diaper, which makes spraying poop a little more difficult.
Many of Blueberry’s fans and customers question the company’s ethics and the direction of the company. Blueberry has recently been under fire for some of their business decisions. Previously, they offered the Simplex in Birdseye and organic cotton, but now they only offer organic cotton. Some customers were not happy with the switch to all organic at the slightly higher price. Also, Blueberry was known for being a US based and manufactured brand, including sourcing of their fabrics. They recently moved some of their production to Mexico, because their US facilities couldn’t keep up with demand. Lastly, they discontinued offering retailer “exclusives”, which were thought to be “exclusive” and “limited”, but Blueberry has offered some of these past “exclusive” prints for pre-order through their website.
Overall, I’m a fan of the Blueberry One Size Simplex and they make up 80% of our stash. They work well for us! I would totally recommend them for all that they offer and for the quality.