Reviews of cloth diaper products that I bought and never talked about continues. Today, I am comparing the Blueberry Capri Insert and the Smart Bottoms Too Smart Diaper Inserts. These are extra long inserts used with a cloth diaper system. They mimic the absorbency of their popular all in one parts.
I don’t remember why I bought these inserts. It might have been the curiosity or because I was in a rampage of having matching products – i.e. Blueberry Capri with Capri Inserts, Smart Bottoms Cover with Too Smart Inserts.
Reminder: you can use whatever you want with a diaper cover, pocket diaper, as long as it fits. You do not have to use the brands inserts with the brands products.
Brands design products to best fit together, but it’s okay if you want to use your Best Bottom Inserts with your Smart Bottom Cover. It’s okay if you want to use prefolds with your Nerdy Mommas pocket diaper. Mix and match is totally cool and, honestly the best way to cloth diaper.
About the Blueberry Capri Insert
The Blueberry Capri Insert is available in a newborn and one-size variation. It’s sold in a two pack and features the amazing birds eye cotton popular in the Blueberry Simplex.
What makes these inserts unique, compared to other inserts on the market, is because it’s an extra long insert. It measures 30″ long, about twos standard inserts. It’s made of 100% organic cotton and features a pollster stay dry layer. It is essentially two inserts sewn together with a seam in the middle.
Cloth Diaper Parents love these inserts because it’s like using your Blueberry Simplex with a cover system. However, just like the simplex, because its organic cotton, it does stain easily and can break down quickly with heavy wash and wear. Cotton is incredible, but it’s also finicky.
How do I use the Blueberry Capri Insert?
You can use this insert with the Blueberry Capri diaper, or any other cloth diaper cover that is slightly larger – Bebeboo Flex Cover would be a great choice.. I would not advise using it with narrow crotch diapers like the GroVia Shell because of it’s width at 5″. That means you’d rather have a 5.5″ wide diaper.
Simply fold the insert to fit. If you baby is on the smallest rise setting, I would recommend folding it in thirds to fit, but for open or second rise, just in half.
You want the insert to be a little longer than the diaper, but also folded down to get the customization. You will end up with a bulky section at the front or the back.
About the Smart Bottoms Too Smart Inserts
The Smart Bottoms Too Smart Inserts are designed to fit in the Smart Bottoms Too Smart Cover. Like the Blueberry Capri Insert, this is an extra long insert that can be custom folded. These inserts come in a three pack and are made of four layers of organic cotton in the United States. They do not have a stay dry layer, and are similar material to the insides of the Smart Bottoms 3.1 Diaper (or even the dream diaper).
Because they are classic Smart Bottoms cotton, you will need to wash them upwards of 8-10 times to get that real absorbent function you want. Yes, their website says 6-8 times, but enough Facebook groups and communities, I know that Smart Bottoms cotton needs to be aggressively prepped.
How do I use the Smart Bottoms Too Smart Inserts
Fold these inserts as you need to fit baby. You can fold them in thirds, half, or fold down one third onto the other.
Add the bulk of the absorbency where your child needs it, and follow the same principles as the Blueberry Capri. You really can’t go wrong here. And don’t worry if the insert is thick or folds up like a hotdog between the legs. THat’s okay. Some wrinkling is expected and does not cause discomfort for the child.
Comparison of the Extra Long Cloth Diaper Inserts
Which Insert is Better? Recommendation?
I like the softness of the Blueberry Capri Insert over the Smart Bottoms Too Smart Insert. I like that the Too Smart Insert folds in thirds for smaller babies, but I didn’t like how bulky it was on smaller babies. If you love the Simplex, you’ll love the Capri Insert. The Too Smart Insert I would pass on, and rather recommend the Smart Bottoms Prefolds.
Nonetheless, despite owning these two expensive, high quality, natural fibre inserts, I still just used my cheap, every day cotton prefolds because it was easier, offered the absorbency I trusted, and made laundry feel the same.
Both inserts are incredibly thin. I’ve compared them to each there, and to a double microfibre insert. You’ll notice that the natural fibres just give that incredible trimness to the diaper while also adding the lack of compression. Choose natural fibres for the fit, function, and ease of wash.