Are you a parent who loves to cloth diaper but finds the prints to be not rock and roll enough? If you are a fan of Softbums diapers then you are in luck. The same company who owns Softbums has a 5 in 1 cloth diaper called Rock-A-Bums. These diapers are different in many ways from their cousins, Softbums, but for a good reason.
The Diaper: Gone are the patented elastic toggle system, and in their stead Rock-A-Bums uses rise snaps on the front of the diaper. This new diaper can be used as an all in one, an all in two, a pocket, just as a cover, or used with their hybrid insert. The inside of the diaper is made of a black polyester material with a waterproof backing. You can get the diaper in either hook and loop or snaps. Unlike their cousins, Softbums Echo and Omni shells, Rock-A-Bums fit starting at around 8 lbs. (So, if your newborn is on the smaller side you may need to purchase a newborn stash or purchase the Softbums Echo shells to start.)
The Inserts: 2 Inserts are sold with the diaper, and are made of a microfiber material topped with a layer of bamboo charcoal material. They also sell hybrid inserts that are made of bamboo viscose. These are great for on the go or even daycare since they can be thrown away and are biodegradable. They do not have a backing that sticks them to the diaper shell so you can layer the hybrid inserts to fit your needs. (I love this since I have a hard time getting the adhesive off my shells from a competitor’s brand.) They make for a very trim diaper. My daughter is 2 years old and 25 lbs. Her Rock-A-Bums diaper fits, with no gaps, on the last rise snap. Like Softbums inserts I was taken a little by surprise at how absorbent Rock-A-Bums inserts are. My daughter can last through a 2-hour nap with both of the microfiber inserts in the diaper. While a little bulkier with the 2 inserts then the Softbums we have not experienced any leaks. Using the hybrid insert we have gotten a much trimmer fit. If you have Softbums inserts they can be used interchangeably with Rock-A-Bums diapers since they can be snapped or stuffed in.
(Rock-A-Bums diaper with two inserts on the left, and the Rock-A-Bums diaper with a hybrid insert on the right.)
Other Accessories: Wet bags. I am a wet bag collector. I probably have more than I actually need. Haha! One of the things I really like about the Rock-A-Bums wet bags is they have two handles. (This makes hanging the wet bag from a stroller so much easier, and it acts like an extra pocket.) They measure 12″ x 11″, and I have been able to stuff 4-5 diapers in my wet bag. I hope they come out with more solid colors like an Electric Blue. Unfortunately, since Rock-A-Bums do not use the elastic toggle system they do not sell elastic replacement kits, nor do they sell replacement hook and loop kits. So, you are back to replacing your elastics or sending them off to be replaced.
Price: On to the second most important detail. Price. Retail price for a Rock-A-Bums diaper with two inserts on their website is $17.95. Which is slightly cheaper than other all in ones or all in twos on the market. A pack of their hybrid inserts costs $7.95 for a pack of 20, and their wet bags cost $8.00. (All great prices compared to competing brands.)
If you are not a fan of the Softbums toggle system for adjusting the elastics on your diapers, but love the shells and inserts than Rock-a-Bums are a good replacement. Their inserts, while not as soft as Softbums, are still VERY absorbent and took me a little by surprise. The prints are different as well, and I hope they start coming out with Rock band inspired prints. (Gun’s & Rose’s anyone?!) They definitely are more rock and roll then other diaper prints. (The print my daughter is rocking in this review is called Zanadu.)
So, if you are ready for a no fuss, no mess cloth diaper, make sure you take a look at Rock-A-Bums.
**Disclosure Statement: Even though I received free Rock-A-Bums products in exchange for this review all opinions are my own. I am a parent myself and would never recommend a product I wouldn’t be comfortable using on or giving to my own child.**