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SoftBums Diaper Features

Mom invented, Dad approved!  

When Sarah, owner and inventor of SoftBums Cloth Diapers wanted to start sewing her own diapers for her 3rd baby, she really wanted to reinvent the diaper!  Disposable diapers just did not cut it for this poop-phobic mom, so she invented her own system to help fight against leaks.  SoftBums are the revolutionary way to hold back the flood with tiny toggles located in each leg to cinch them nice and snug for a perfect-fit.  

How Do SoftBums Work?

Comfort is our Primary concern!  We worked hard to get the most comfortable diaper for your baby while still holding in all the Poos!  To get that comfortable feel, we have made the legs adjustable from the inside out.  We did away with messy looking, fiddle-some rise snaps on the outside of the diaper.  Instead, we have replaced them with a drawstring like internal leg elastic system that works like magic!  

  1. Sizing the Legs using another diaper to compare
  2. If you don't have any other diapers to match the legs up to, use the provided guide and measure your baby's thigh
  3. Size the SoftBums leg elastic accordingly
  4. It should be tighter than you think for the first fitting.
  5. If you go to change baby again and there are red marks, size it up about 1/2" and it should be perfect
  6. You'll want to see no gaps
SoftBums recommends prepping your diapers by prewashing them in HOT with cloth diaper safe detergent before using.  Bamboo fibers may need to be prewashed 10 times before you stop seeing leaks.  We also recommend changing baby frequently when your diapers are new to avoid leaks.

Soft on Baby

SoftBums are the Coooooomfiest diapers!  We have perfected Comfort in diapers because each step of the design process is done using our own babies as testers!!  Your baby's comfort is our main goal!

Soft on Planet

Why choose anything else when you can use something so effortless AND it's good for the earth?  SoftBums diapers save so much more than you even realize.  I'll bet you had no idea how much was wasted just making 1 Disposable diaper.  I'll break it down for you now.  On top of the petroleum oil, plastic, paper tree pulp, chemicals including chlorine, and sodium acrylate, there are also all the toxic chemicals that get pumped into our atmosphere from producing disposables.  Manufacturing just 1 single Disposable Diaper wastes 9 gallons of water.  Even after washing cloth diapers at home, that's still saving 63% more water!  Just from washing your diapers at home! Plus the water that comes out of your washer may be dirty, but it's not polluted!  

Soft on Wallet

We averaged about $350 for the first 3 months alone to but disposable diapers for one newborn!  When you can get a whole package of SoftBums for that same amount, you can save all those other thousands for your baby's college education, or even your own retirement.  Cloth is smart!

Soft on Your Conscience

We know that parenting decisions can feel like the most important thing in the world when one tiny human is depending on you for everything!  That's why we are so happy to help guide you in one of the easiest, and yet most fulfilling decisions yet.  The choice to cloth diaper vs.  diaper with disposable diapers can save over 10,000 diapers from entering yet another bulging landfill.  That's 2 Tonnes of trash per baby!  Basically the equivalent of a small bus is being eradicated from having to be buried because of your one choice you've made today to try to cloth diaper your baby.  We thank you, your baby thanks you, and the other 7 billion people on the planet thank you for your choice!!  Good job!

More Options

Welcome to the simplest system of all!  SoftBums takes the headache out of finding the Perfect Fit for your baby.  All babies are shaped differently, some have chubby legs, and a skinny waist, some have a big buddha belly and skinny legs.  You used to have to pick a bunch of brands of diapers and see how they fit.  But, we just made it amazingly simple to make sure that the diaper you buy before birth, will be guaranteed to fit YOUR baby. 

Can't decide if you want to go with all natural fibers, or the more economical ones?  Now you won't have to!  If you ever get tired of what you're using, or the materials, you don't ever have to sell your diapers and replace them all.  Now, you can easily just replace your Pods and have a whole new system.   

Here's how to get the MOST out of your SoftBums Diapering system:

Choose your Shell

  1. ECHO : This is the trimmest diaper out there.  (It's called ECHO because it will be the first one your grab for when it's clean, and you'll keep wanting to use it over and over and over) 
  2. OMNI :  The do Everything Diaper!  You can use this during the day on a baby 8lbs and over, and it has a bit of a fuller cut to it so it will fit older toddlers better, and chunky babies better too.  This is also the best choice for night time diapering.
Next Choose your absorbent POD:

  1. DryTouch : These have an amazingly soft fleece on the top layer which we have specially milled.  It helps keep baby feeling dry, plus never stains.  
  2. Natural Bamboo:  True to their name, they are the most natural choice.  In addition to being more breathable, they are butter soft, and trimmer and more absorbent than the DryTouch.  They are pricier, but so worth every penny.


For a Top Loader:

  1. Water Level HIGH
  2. Only add 3/4 washer Full of diapers, too many and they won't get clean1/4 of the recommended amount of Detergent (If the instructions say to use to the 1 line, only go up 1/4 of the way to the 1 line.  It's not the detergent that gets your diapers clean, it's the water.  If you are washing often enough(every 1-3 days), and not using too much detergent(detergent acts like a magnet to bacteria and can cause leaks or rash), your diapers will never get stinky.
  3. Wash on WARM or COLD with detergent (use warm if your detergent has enzymes)
  4. Wash a Second time on HOT, with No Detergent
  5. Dry PODS in dryer on Med, hang dry Shells(for first time, dry Shells in dryer for 20 min or more to seal holes)

For an HE Front Loader:
It's very important to make sure there is enough water in the washing machine. So you have to trick the washer into adding as much water as possible.  These settings are for the "LG Front Loader".  Your washer may vary but this is the best combo we have found : 

  1. Fill wetbags up with cold water before adding to washer(this will saturate your diapers and make them heavier to the sensor making the washer add more water.  The more water the better and since you cannot manually adjust for a Frontloader, this is the best solution.)
  2. Wash twice.  1st Load - ADD 1/4 or less of recommended Detergent - Delicate Cycle - extra rinse- prewash - low spin - heavy soil -  WARM or COLD(if your detergent contains enzymes you HAVE TO use warm otherwise they won't activate and clean properly)
  3. 2nd Load - high spin - heavy soil - Permanent Press - HOT - NO Detergent
  4. Dry Pods, and hang dry Shells to prolong life

This is the waterproof Echo Shell only, so be sure to check out our Pod System to include Pods or Mini Pods before you check out.

If you are looking for packages that include both shells and pods, go to SoftBums Packages.


SoftBums Echo with Slide2Size is available in 6 great colors!


Have Questions?  Visit our FAQ page


Rating If I had known then, what I know now
When I was pregnant I decided to cloth diaper. I started off with 35 diapers. Pockets, fitteds, prefolds and covers. None of it worked for her. I was around $800 into a stash that just didn't work for us. I had no idea where to turn. When my daughter was around 3-4 months old, I placed an order for a mystery fluff package through kissed by the moon. An Echo and large pod was in it. Immediately I was amazed at the softness. After it was prepped and I was able to use it on my daughter, I fell in love. It was an answer to my diapering woes. No red marks, no leaks, a happy dry baby even if it was a while between changes. Soon I came to realize how marvelous this diaper was. After a few weeks I decided to buy another and more pods. Now we could almost get through a day with the two echos and 6 pods. I mentioned to my husband about switching out our stash for all Softbums. He was on board. He also loved the aplix and was sick of snaps. I was sick of stuffing pockets as well. Quickly I was able to sell off my other stash and build our soft bums stash. As her legs grow and her waist, i can adjust the slide2size elastic. When we are in the car or traveling, I can use a super, and not have to worry about leaks. The ability to change the absorbency, has been wonderful. The aplix has held strong and I haven't had any of the splitting or rolling that i noticed with other diapers. These are so easy to launder. The shells dry quickly when hung to dry and the pods have stayed soft and bright. Somehow I haven't had any of the stains remain, like they did in the other stash. We now have 25 echos/omnis and a lot of pods. We have still spent less on Softbums than we had on the other stash. We could go a lot longer between washes if we chose to. The ability to reuse the cover and change the pods truly makes this a very economical diapering solution. It is very affordable, which is great since, Softbums comes out with a new calendar bum diaper each month, i feel as if I can add to my stash and not have to worry about my wallet. A bigger stash to us, means less wear on the shells and the ability to use them for a second child, at birth! Since these will fit 5lbs+ we can start right away. Had I known at the beginning how wonderful Softbums was, it would have been my only choice. Having an american made diaper makes me feel like I am supporting OUR economy. The customer service is phenomenal! THANK YOU SOFTBUMS! YOU ROCK!!!
  Reviewed by:   from Honolulu, HI. on 1/12/2013
Rating Best diaper!
Echo diapers are my go-to diaper! The fit my son beautifully, and I really appreciate the thoughtfulness of putting the Side2Side sizing pocket on the front, where I can access it while the diaper is on the baby so I can get the perfect fit. One microfiber pod, and this lasts us at least three hours, and the microfleece liner is still dry! I also love that they're made locally. We'll be SoftBums customers as long as we have bums that need covering!
  Reviewed by:   from Burnsville, MN. on 7/3/2011
Rating Just amazing!
I don't even know where to start about these diapers. I was ready to give up on cloth diapering when I stumbled upon these online. I ordered a small package of them just to try them out and then not even a week after receiving them I ordered a good to go pack. They are so easy to use; this is the first diaper that my husband feels comfortable using! They really do fit newborns which is something to be said. Many one sized diapers make that claim. I have tried other brands (which was many) they did not fit or if they fit in one way they did not fit in another. These diapers fit in every way. I have had NO leaks and no nasty red marks! I use them day and night, at home and when we go out. I never thought that I would cloth diaper 100 percent of the time until I started using these diapers! I love the colors they come in and all of the different patterns. They are so cute. I could honestly go on and on about these diapers. I would recommend that if anyone is interested in trying cloth diapering or about ready to give up, try these first!!!
  Reviewed by:   from Canada. on 12/20/2013
Rating Really do fit ALL babies!!!
We are very blessed to be able to use SoftBums on our daughter! After many hours of research on what cloth diaper to use, we chose SoftBums and have never looked back!! We started out with just 2 Echo's when she came home from NICU weighing 4 lbs 13 oz and they fit! I was amazed at how well they fit and worked! The slide 2 size is an incredible system and we will be forever thankful for our SoftBums!! What a great company and great owners that stand behind their product!!! We recommend SoftBums to all mama's we come across!!
  Reviewed by:   from Missouri. on 1/15/2013
Rating In love!
I've been using Softbums for 6 months and never looked back! I can always get a perfect fit, there's always a combination of pods that will work wonderfully for any situation, they're super cute (especially the Calendar Bums, snatch those up while you can!), and we always get compliments at the doctor's office. :) If you have other shells, the pods can easily turn any shell into an AI2 system to save on laundry. I have mostly Echos, but I do have a few Omnis that I like to use for bedtime. I absolutely love them!
  Reviewed by:   from South Dakota. on 1/13/2013

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