Flip Organic Inserts: Old and New

So what’s up with the new Flip organic inserts?  Let’s go over the packaging changes first, then we’ll compare the actual inserts.

 

Flip Day Packs used to come with 2 covers and 6 inserts.  Stay-dry (microfiber topped with suedecloth) was one option for $49.95, and Organic (organic cotton inserts) was another option, for $59.95.  Each day pack would get you through 6 diaper changes (assuming you reuse each cover 3 times).  Other Flip insert options were the newborn stay-dry inserts and the disposable inserts (sold separately).

 

The NEW Flip Organic Day packs come with 2 covers and 8 (not 6) organic cotton inserts, still for $59.95.  So you get 2 more inserts for the same price, but the inserts are thinner.  Which means they’re trimmer, but also less absorbent.  Theoretically, the Organic day pack now has enough inserts for 8 changes, while the stay-dry still represents 6 changes, but to get all 8 changes you would have to reuse each cover FOUR times, which may or may not be realistic, depending on your baby.

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The OLD Organic Cotton inserts have been renamed the Flip Organic Night-time Inserts and are available in 2-packs for $22.95.  As well as being available in day packs, the new (daytime) organic inserts are available in 3-packs for $19.95, the same price that a 3-pack of the old Organic Inserts, now the new Night-time Inserts, used to be sold for.  Confused yet?  🙂

 

So, what ARE these inserts?  If you want to see them in person, please come visit Babies Bottoms and More in Farmers Branch, TX on a Tuesday from 10-2 or Saturday from 11-3.  Or you can keep reading… the new organic inserts are made of the same soft and squishy organic cotton as the old organic inserts (this cotton is also used in the Elementals.  It’s divine.)  Instead of being folded and sewn down into a 4 layer thick prefold-sized insert, it is simply one single layer that has been serged around the edges.  More like a flat diaper than a prefold.  Not exactly like a flat, because as you can see in the below photo, the dimensions are not quite the same as the Hemp Babies Flat, but are about twice the size of the old style organic insert.

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To use the old style organic inserts, you tri-folded (folded it in thirds) and laid it inside the cover.  You’d trifold it one direction for smaller babies, the other direction for larger babies who needed a longer insert.  With the new organic insert, you do the same thing – but you first fold it in half crosswise.  In half, then in thirds.  The photo below shows an unfolded old-style insert next to a new insert that has been folded in half one time.

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Because the new insert can unfold completely to a single layer, it will be easier to clean and will dry faster.  However since it also just uses less cotton (when trifolded the new insert has 6 layers of cotton, the old insert had 12) it will be trimmer/less absorbent.  Of course, if you need more absorbency one of the beauties of the Flip system is that you can simply stack two inserts on top of each other and use them BOTH inside the cover.  (I kind of wonder if that’s what they were going for when they bumped the day pack up to 8 inserts… it can be 4 diaper changes for a heavy wetter/older baby and 8 changes for a lighter wetter.) So I guess although I personally am almost always in favor of more absorbency even at the cost of trimness, I can see how the new insert is more versatile especially for moms who really want trimness.  The photo below shows a side view of the old vs new inserts so you can see how much trimmer the new one is.

Old on the left, New on the right

Old on the left, New on the right

 

So, what do you all think?  Do you like the versatility and trimness of the new insert?  Or do you prefer the simpler folding method of the old one?  Any other thoughts?

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July Giveaway

First, congratulations to SimplySarahJ, your name was drawn to win the Undercover Mama nursing tank.  Please email us at admin@babiesbottomsandmore.com before Saturday morning, July 7) to claim your prize, let us know what size you wear and your first, second, and third color preferences.  (Normally you have a day to contact us but it’s a holiday.) 

 

Now to spill the beans on July’s giveaway.  I said on Facebook it was going to be two new products, that I am currently using on John Paul, and literally cannot keep in stock.  Well.  It’s a Wolbybug one-size cover and a 6-pack of Tiny Tush organic flatfold diapers. 

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New:The Wolbybug cover is new.  The Tiny Tush flats are actually not a new product, but I *thought* they had discontinued them and only recently found out, to my great excitement, that they were not discontinued but just moved to a different section of their website!  These are gorgeous, gorgeous flats.  About 30-40% larger than other flats, and with a thicker, more substantial weave, the organic cotton is buttery soft and smooth.  As with all flats, they unfold to a single layer making washing and drying a snap.  They are also so absorbent that I have been pad-folding them and using two of them in a Wolbybug cover OVERNIGHT with no leaks. 

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Currently Using: Those of you who have talked to me know that we’ve got one kid in full-time diapers but two more in cloth at night.  I wash all their cloth together.  And someone I think is carrying some form of yeast, so we’ve been battling rashes.  My plan was to start washing on the Sanitary cycle and use bleach with each wash until I could clear up the rashes and figure out who is carrying it, but I was wary of ruining my nice AIO and fitted bamboo diapers.  Well, on the day our shipment of organic flats arrived, our washer also started throwing off an error code and quit working.  The temptation was too great.  I took a dozen flats for myself and thought I might be having my very own Flats Handwashing Challenge a month late.  Luckily for me, my husband removed the sock (!) from the drain filter and the washer is now working again, but I decided I’d rather put the flats through the sanitary/bleach cycles since there is no elastic to get ruined on them.  I’ve been pad folding them into thick rectangles and tucking them into the flaps on the Wolbybug cover.  The back elastic really makes a difference!  I have four covers all pre-stuffed so putting it on is just like using an AIO.  When I change him, I dump the dirty flat in the diaper pail and if the cover is still clean I just tuck a new already-folded flat into the flaps and put it back in the changing table drawer for next time.  Super easy!  Since I usually wash diapers at night, I haven’t gotten a chance to try hang-drying them outside yet, but I’m excited to see our lower electric bill this month since they really only take 20-25 minutes to dry in my dryer instead of the 50 minutes my other favorite diaper does, the BumGenius Elemental. 

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You can see how big these flats are – they’re sitting on one!

Literally Cannot Keep In Stock: I wasn’t sure how well these Tiny Tush flats would sell.  They are $36.95 per dozen, while the Osocozy flats are only $9.98 per 6-pack, so about $20 per dozen.  After the dozen that I took for personal use, I had one dozen left, so I decided to prep them and sell them individually so people could try one before shelling out over $35 for a whole dozen.  That was Saturday morning.  That afternoon, an expectant couple came in and wanted to look at all the different types of cloth diapers.  I was excited to show them these new flats so I grabbed a clean one out of John Paul’s changing table to show them.  After comparing it with the Osocozy flats, they decided they loved the larger, thicker, softer organic flats and wanted to buy my last dozen.  Unfortunately they were still in the washing machine being prepped, so God bless ’em, this couple walked out with one dozen sopping wet Tiny Tush organic flat diapers!  Not to worry, I have another few dozen on their way and they will be here by this Saturday’s open hours.  We’ll be selling them in dozens but also individually, already prepped, for $3 each. 

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Here is a Wolbybug cover with a pad folded Tiny Tush flat in it.

To Enter:

1. Visit our store this month and fill out an entry form.  One entry form per visit, visit as many times as you’d like1

2. Place an online order and add the “Monthly Giveaway” to your cart.  It will charge you 1 cent because it won’t let me list an item for $0.  (If that’s a problem and you would like the 1 cent refunded, please pay for your order with Paypal and send an email asking for the 1 cent refund, we’re happy to oblige.)

3. Comment here and tell us… what is your favorite STYLE of cloth diaper – Flatfold, Prefold, Contour, Fitted, Pocket, All-in-one, or All-in-two – and why? Normally I LOVE my AIO’s because they are SO easy but lately I have really been feeling the flats love!

Day 6 – DDL’s Flats Handwashing Challenge – Reasons to love flats

As a reminder, I am participating in the Flats Handwashing Challenge hosted by Dirty Diaper Laundry.  For 7 days, I have agreed to give up the conveniences of modern cloth diapers, washing machine and dryer to use flat diapers (large squares of absorbent fabric) and covers.  The good news is that I’m not the only one crazy enough to do this!  There are over 450 participants throughout the world!

Today was a non-stop kind of day for my family. I started the day by finding a lost Snappi which always makes me excited since I tend to lose them easily and find myself having to run to the store to chat with Elisa and pick up more Snappis. I worked at the store today with Elisa and was excited to share my newfound love of flats with the customers. It was energizing to be able to share something new about an old-fashioned style diaper.

Before signing up for the challenge, I was very intimidated by flats much in the same way I was with prefolds.  I learned to love the prefolds and in turn, learned to prefer diapers with natural fibers over those with synthetics.  I had a long journey with microfiber and pockets with suede cloth or fleece liners.  No matter what I did or didn’t do, they would repel after a few months, sometimes in as little as two, and I would have to go through the agonizing and arduous task of stripping my stash.  One time, I bought disposables to see me through, one time I outsourced the stripping and rented prefolds, the others, I just used the prefolds we had.  I may have cried a time or two when I would wash, and rinse for what seemed like an entire day, for he diapers to still repel at the end of that stripping session.  Believe me, I have done it all.  And I gave up.  It was not an easy decision to change my healthy diaper stash that could feasibly get me through three full days of not doing laundry, but it had to be done.  I just couldn’t battle the issues with synthetic materials.

As I’ve stated before, we use Bum Genius Elementalsunbleached premium edged prefolds, fitteds and both wool and PUL covers.  I love the stash we have now.  It is a basic stash, unlike my first stash which consisted of several different brands and styles of diapers.  In case you’re wondering, I donated part of my stash to the DFW Cloth Diaper Project and gave some to a friend with a newborn.  I simply lack the motivation to find buyers for diapers, so I give them away.  Keep in mind that I work at a cloth diaper store.

I purchased a package of 6 Osocozy flats and a couple Hemp Babies flats a couple of weeks before the challenge so I could get used to them.  I had the understanding that flats were going to be bulky because they had to be folded and that the folds were going to be hard to do with a squirmy toddler, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that I was wrong on both counts.  Flats are by far a trimmer choice than prefolds and I didn’t find them any harder to fold than prefolds.  I love that they are so economical.  Flats are easy to come by, even if you don’t shop at a cloth diaper store.  You can repurpose old t-shirts or use flour sack towels as flats.  I love that you can also repurpose flats easily after their time has run their course in your stash or your child has potty trained.

I appreciate the simplicity and breathability of the flats.  I love that my friends on facebook who are older than me are commenting on how they used them with their children.  I feel it bridges the gap and we have something else in common.

Overall, flats are giving me warm fuzzy feelings.  I know, it sounds silly, but I seriously enjoyed the conversations using flats and participating in this challenge has opened recently.

Tomorrow concludes the challenge.  I’m excited to have finished something as I am the queen of unfinished projects.  I didn’t do laundry today, so tomorrow morning holds quite a challenge.  Luckily, my husband has agreed to help me with the wash.  I realize that it’s technically Sunday, but I don’t considerate it Sunday because I have yet to go to bed.

-Keila

2012 Annual Flats Handwashing Challenge AKA You’re Doing What? WHY?

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Hello All! Remember me? I’m Keila guest blogging for Babies Bottoms and More about my experiences with completing Dirty Diaper Laundry’s 2nd Annual Flats Handwashing Challenge. I am taking part in the Second Annual Flats and Handwashing Challenge hosted by Dirty Diaper Laundry. For 7 days I will be using only flat cloth diapers and handwashing them in an effort to prove that cloth diapering can be affordable and accessible to all. You can learn more about the rules and why this challenge was started by visiting the announcement post. This year there are over 450 participants from all over the world!

Last year, I was intrigued by the Flats Challenge, but didn’t feel confident enough as a cloth diapering momma to a young infant to complete the challenge. I wasn’t even entirely sure of what a flat diaper was. Boy have things changed in a year! Last year, I used prefolds and covers and pocket diapers. These days, my stash consists of largely prefolds, flats and Bum Genius Elementals. The flats are a recent addition to the stash in order for me to complete the challenge this week. I’ve learned that I do not have the willpower to fight repelling issues with synthetic fibers so we stick to natural fibers including hemp, cotton and bamboo.

So why did I volunteer to handwash diapers for seven days? First, I remembered my desire from last year and had considered participating this year after the first challenge was completed. Secondly, the week that Kim Rosas announced the challenge, was the same week that the DFW Metroplex was hit by tornadoes. Seeing the affected areas on the news coverage made me wonder what I would do if we were affected by natural disaster. I do not like disposable diapers. I do not consider the use of disposables as a valid option for our family. I want to know that I can diaper my daughter without sacrificing my strong convictions regarding diapering.

Today, has been easy. Of course, I haven’t washed my first batch of diapers yet…

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Boiling a Hemp Babies flat diaper late on Sunday night so it can be used during the challenge. 

ImageFirst diaper of the challenge.  Norah is sporting a flour sack towel using a diaper bag fold held by a snappi.