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 7 – DDL’s Flats Handwashing Challenge – Reflecting on What I’ve Learned

It’s over! I did it (with he help of my loving daughter and husband)! I completed the Flats Handwashing Challenge hosted by Dirty Diaper Laundry.  For 7 days, I 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!

I didn’t get the opportunity to blog yesterday evening so here is my final blog post from the flats challenge series.  I’m very proud of myself and my husband (who washed a big load of diapers yesterday) for completing this challenge.  I tend to start projects and then leave them unfinished.  I had no idea how difficult it was going to be to hand wash so much during the week.  I am not afraid of hand washing and have done my fair share of it throughout my life, mostly when I didn’t have a washer or dryer in college and had a particular outfit in mind for the next day.  I was not as intimidated by the hand washing aspect as I was by only using flats.

I learned that flats are an excellent option for overnight diapering.  Currently, we use bamboo fitteds with hemp doublers, using two Hemp Babies flats accomplished the same task for comparable bulk.  I’m glad to know That I have plenty of options as I don’t like using prefolds at night because they are too bulky.

I learned that flats are rather easy to fold and extremely versatile.  I enjoyed using flats so much, that I will continue to do so in place of prefolds.

Rinsing was the hardest part of washing!

I also learned that even though we practice some elimination communication and that my daughter has pooped around the same time for six months, her bowel movement schedule will change during a handwashing challenge and return to her regular schedule the day after the challenge.

I learned not to save up two days worth of diapers and wash them in one big load! I was so tired yesterday and busy with my daughter that my husband generously did the washing.  He did a great job and it was the only time he washed.

I’m happy and pleased with myself.  I love sharing what I learned and my experiences with everyone I met on Saturday while working. I can’t say that I will do it next year, but hopefully, I will!

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog and for supporting me throughout the last week.

-Keila

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

Best Diapers For…

Frequently we will have new parents come to the store and ask us “What’s the best diaper?”  The thing is, I can’t answer that question, because it’s not the same for everyone.  But after getting to know the parents a little bit, learning about their lifestyle (stay at home parent or daycare?  Washer and dryer in home or laundromat?), preferences (Need the easiest solution?  Want only natural and organic fabrics?) and budget, we can help our customers find the perfect diaper for their baby.  Here’s a list of some of the “bests” for certain situations.

prefold diapers cost just $2-3 each

Least Expensive

The least expensive diaper will be a prefold or a flat diaper with a cover.  Used is even cheaper (we have quite a few gently used prefolds in stock right now).  We will teach you how to fold them and put them on with a snappi fastener (no need to use pins!) or you can fold them in thirds and lay them inside the cover.  The least expensive cover is the Econobum, a one-size cover for $8.95, however it will not usually fit a newborn.  The least expensive to fit a newborn will be the Thirsties XS cover at $11.25, or for $1.50 more you can get a size 1 Thirsties Duo Wrap which will fit up to 18 lbs.  You can also make your own wool covers from upcycled sweaters from the thrift store – super cheap!

Flat diapers dry the quickest because they are just a single layer, folded

Quickest Drying

A flat diaper is the quickest drying since it unfolds to only a single layer of fabric.  Pocket diapers with microfiber inserts also dry pretty quickly.  A quick rule of thumb is that man-made fibers dry quicker than natural fibers like cotton, bamboo, and hemp.  All-in-one’s generally take the longest to dry, except for the Mommys Touch all-in-one, which due to its unique design and being made of microfiber, will dry faster than even a prefold. 

Best Bottom shells are one-size but the inserts are sized - very trim.

Trimmest

In my experience there are two things that contribute to a trim diaper: cut and fabric.  A diaper that has absorbent material only down the center of the diaper and none wrapping around the baby’s hips will be trimmer than one that wraps thick absorbent material around the baby like a prefold does.  As for fabric, microfiber tends to be “fluffy” while tightly knit cotton, bamboo, and hemp can be denser and therefore trimmer.  Finally, a diaper that is sized as opposed to one-size (or at least that has the inserts sized) will be trimmer on a smaller baby because you will have less material on the smaller size.  Some of the trimmest diapers that we carry are the BumGenius Elemental (all-in-one) and the Best Bottom Diaper (all-in-two).  The hemp/cotton insert is trimmer than the microfiber insert in the Best Bottoms. 

BumGenius diapers are easy to change from small to large

Best for Two Kids in Diapers

The nice thing about one-size diapers is that when you have two different-size babies both in diapers, you can still use the same diapers on both kids.  So, one-size diapers are a given, but which ones?  For easier switching between sizes, steer clear of diapers that change size by adjusting the elastic (like Fuzzibunz, Charlie Banana, Rocky Mountain Diapers, and SoftBums) and pick one that changes size by snapping down in front.  The external snaps just pop open or snap down quickly so you can easily change the diaper’s size to fit whatever kid you happened to grab!

Best Overnight Diaper

Although some parents have success using pocket diapers overnight, for those that don’t, we recomend a  double-layered prefold or heavy-duty fitted diaper such as the Tiny Tush Trim with an extra doubler or a Happy Hempy stuffable fitted stuffed with a hemp prefold.  Usually PUL covers work fine, but for a super-soaker baby you can try a wool cover like the Tiny Tush organic wool soaker. 

What about you?  What special situation makes you seek out YOUR perfect diaper?

Flatfold diaper: the old is new again

A flat fold diaper

Recently I have noticed an increase in the number of parents who are a fan of flatfold diapers, or Flats for short.  The ancestor of the prefold, a flat diaper is just a large square of absorbent fabric, usually woven cotton.   Way-back-when, frontier mamas used to use old flour sacks as diapers, folded in much the same way as today’s flatfolds.  In fact, that is where the name “pre-folds” came from, in that they have been “pre-folded” to have extra absorbency down the middle and multiple layers of fabric. 

There are many benefits to using flat diapers, like:

  • Cost – most flat diapers range from $1 – 3 per diaper.  (www.babiesbottomsandmore.com carries Imse Vimse organic flat diapers in a 4-pack for $8.50-10.50 depending on size) http://www.babiesbottomsandmore.com/imse-vimse-organic-flat-diapers.html
  • Extreme versatility – a single flat diaper can be folded different ways to fit a 6-lb newborn or a 35-lb toddler.  For extra absorbency or to use as a diaper doubler in other diapers, just fold the flat diaper into a small rectangle and lay inside another flat diaper.  I have used flat diapers as pocket inserts, burp cloths, and when they get worn out, cleaning rags.
  • Energy savings – Flat diapers are really the only type of cloth diaper that can easily be hand-washed, and the single layer of fabric dries very quickly.  I have a friend who swears that in this Texas heat, by the time she finishes hanging up the last one on her clothes line she can go back to the beginning and start taking them down right away, they’re already dry!

There are also reasons some parents choose not to use flat diapers:

  • They do require quite a bit of folding, which while not difficult, is more work than other kinds of diapers and can be intimidating for other caregivers like babysitters or day care.
  • They will need some kind of diaper fastener, either pins or a Snappi
  • You will need to use a cover with these diapers; they are not self-contained like an all-in-one.

Personally, I enjoy the oragami-like folding of flats and I marvel that it is possible to make a diaper out of a simple piece of cloth.  Curious?  Come by our store and ask to play around with one of our sample flatfold diapers.  We’ll show you how to fold it and let you decide for yourself whether you may want to try flats!

This way of folding is called the "oragami fold"