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.
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.
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.
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.
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?