The Willow Store is committed to a reusable future. They believe that reusable products are important to sustainability. Over the past 5 years, The Willow Store has grown from a small mom-inspired idea to a full-time small network of women. The Willow Store began with the WillowPads product and the goal to provide high quality feminine products with a low environmental impact. It quickly developed into other brands such as WillowSprouts and EveryDay Willow. WillowSprouts includes reusable nursing pads, baby wipes, and diapers while EveryDay Willow is a line of products for natural living and natural laundry. Catherine Bolden, the founder of The Willow Store, is on a mission and has a number of amazing products to offer families who are looking to use more eco-friendly products!
The Sprout Change diaper is unlike any other diaper on the market. It’s an innovative, patent-pending, reversible one-size reusable cloth diaper system! It is a hybrid system that came from Catherine Bolden’s need for a better diaper for her son. She tried many diapers and never found the one that was exactly perfect for him so in 2010 she created Sprout Change!
I had the opportunity to try a Sprout Change diaper with W and I was very excited about it because I have not had experience with a diaper like it. It is truly a unique diaper system! We received a Sprout Change in CherryBerry which is a great red and blue combination! One of the great things about the Sprout Change line is the great selection of color combinations that are available! These combinations are important because the diaper shell is reversible! So I not only got a great bright royal blue diaper, I also got a red diaper and you know I love red diapers!
I received one Sprout Change diaper shell and two Organic Super Saver inserts. The Super Saver inserts are one-size just like the shells and if you are diapering a smaller baby, you can just fold the extra insert fabric over in the front or the back to meet your needs.
The Sprout Change system is a hybrid system, although it is a bit different from the other hybrids I have used. The Super Saver inserts do not snap in to the shells, they simply lay in the shell next to baby’s skin. There’s no stuffing or snapping to do, you simply lay the insert in the shell and close up the diaper. It sounds simple enough, but it was challenging the first time I tried to put it on a wriggling W! I got better after a few changes so there was just a bit of a learning curve.
Although this is a one-size diaper, you can see that there are no snaps on the front to adjust the rise. This is a diaper that uses an elastic system to adjust the sizing in the waist and the legs. The Sprout Change is designed to fit from 5 – 40 pounds and the packaging features suggestions for legs and waist settings based on the size of your child. I started from that suggestion in my efforts to get the right fit for W.
The organic inserts I received seemed very large when I first opened the packaging, but after prepping them they shrunk down to be a great fit in the shell. Don’t let the photo above scare you! That was before prepping! If you’re not sure if organic inserts are for you, Sprout Change offers a wide variety of cloth diaper inserts! The Super Saver inserts I received are available in both an organic variety and a stay dry variety! I may have to consider the stay dry inserts as a possible night diaper solution!
The Sprout Change diapers feature small pockets on each side wing that allow for access to the elastic for adjustment. You can supposedly size the diaper while it’s on the baby, but I didn’t try that! It took me a bit of time to get the elastic adjusted without W involved, so I cannot imagine if I was trying to do it while he was in the diaper. I’m not that talented… yet! With a few more months of motherhood under my belt who knows what I might be able to do!
There are some easy steps to adjusting the sizing on the Sprout Change shell.
- Find the snaps on the diaper wings.
- Unsnap the button on the pocket on one side of the diaper.
- Pull out the button and elastic ends.
- Unhook the waist elastic and change the setting to your desired setting.
- Then adjust the leg setting on that side.
- On the other side, repeat these steps but only adjust the leg setting because you’ve already adjusted the waist!
- Snaps the wing pockets closed again!
Based on the recommendations for sizing on the packaging, I got a decent fit on W with the first try. I did end up adjusting the waist one setting tighter to get a better fit around the front of his belly. It was a bit tricky to get the sizing adjusted, but once it was done, we were ready to go without having to worry about rows and rows of snaps! The time spent getting the right fit has saved time with subsequent diaper changes!
As you can see, I chose to use the red side and I will admit that this is the side I have been using on W. I love the red diapers! On the red side of the shell, the snaps are positioned in more of a front snapping position. When the shell is on the blue side, the snaps are in more of a hip snap position. The snaps on this diaper are different from most diapers and I like the flexibility they offer. One of the perks of using cloth diapers is the flexibility and the Sprout Change diaper definitely offers that!
As you can see there are not the multiple rows of snaps that come with most cloth diapers. Due to the elastic system for adjusting the waist, you do not need multiple snaps to get a good fit. I like this system because I sometimes struggle to get that good fit on W when the snaps are in set positions. They are not always in the positions that work best for us. Not a problem with Sprout Change!
As you can see in the photo above and in the photo below, we got an excellent fit with this diaper and there were no marks. The red mark in the photo below is from the diaper W was wearing before I put him in the Sprout Change. By the time he needed to be changed those marks had faded and there weren’t any new marks! I love diapers that don’t leave any marks!
Due to the snaps being more towards the side, this diaper has more of a trim look. Although it appears slightly bulky from the back, the diaper fits under clothing well because the insert is not bulky at all. The Super Saver inserts are extremely trim so the bit of extra shell fabric that W has right now (because he’s not on the biggest setting) isn’t full of anything and it doesn’t stop the onesies from snapping between the legs!
Although I was worried about the fact that the inserts don’t snap in, they haven’t moved around at all in the diaper and we haven’t had any leaking. I was concerned that this might be a problem but so far, so good! Changing the insert when it is wet is pretty simple. You can just pull it out and lay in a dry one as long as the shell isn’t soiled. It hasn’t been put through that test yet, but if it happens I will keep you updated!
I must say that I really like the Sprout Change diaper for a reason I hadn’t even considered until a few days ago. I had been using the diaper as a normal diaper during the day with no thoughts about anything else. Earlier this week, I decided I wanted to inflate the little pool I bought for W to play in this summer. Of course, then I realized that we didn’t have any swim diapers! This wasn’t that big of a deal since W was just going to play in a little inflatable pool in the backyard, but it got me thinking.
We have a variety of diaper covers and I knew I could always use one of those as a swim diaper. Then the Sprout Change came to mind! Many of our diaper covers and shells do not have cloth on the inside of the cover. Because the Sprout Change is reversible, it has fabric on both sides with the waterproof layers between the fabric. That meant if I put it on W without an insert, it would hold in any messes he might make while in the pool but he wouldn’t be sitting with a plasticy feel on his skin!
So, although I never anticipated using it as a swim diaper, it worked very well for us. W didn’t have a dirty diaper while he was in the water, but I felt better knowing I wouldn’t have to clean up that kind of mess while we were outside!
If you’re looking for a cloth diaper that has flexibility and variety in one product, I would recommend you try out a Sprout Change diaper! Who knows what use I will find for it next! I’m already thinking about using the inserts in some of my other diapers!
For more information on Sprout Change and The Willow Store, please check out the following links:
- The Willow Store website
- The Willow Store blog
- The Willow Store on Facebook
- The Willow Store on Twitter
You can purchase Sprout Change diaper shells at The Willow Store for $16.95 and the Super Saver inserts are $4.75. You can also purchase Sprout Change diaper packages! There is also a list of Willow Store retailers on their website.Disclosure: I was sent a Sprout Change diaper and 2 organic inserts for review and The Willow Store is responsible for the giveaway prize. I was not compensated in any other way for this review and all opinions are my own. Formula Mom’s full disclosure can be found here. Facebook is not associated with this giveaway in any way.