Posts Tagged ‘wet diapers’

Product Review: FLIP Diaper Cover with Organic Night Time Insert and Stay Dry Insert

Friday, March 1st, 2013

Lookie here at the newest addition to our stash…new fluff is sooo much fun!

So what did we get? It’s a¬†FLIP diaper cover in Sassy with snaps (I used to be a die-hard hook and loop closure gal, but have recently developed an affection for snap closures).

I wanted to try out both the Organic Night Time Inserts and the Stay Dry Inserts for comparison. Check them out side by side:

(Organic Night Time is on left hand side and Stay Dry Insert is on right hand side).

The Stay Dry Insert has 3 fold-down options to adjust the size from small, medium, to large.  It is made from super soft and absorbent microfiber.

The Organic Night Time Insert can be adjusted by folding in different directions (horizontal vs. vertical).  When folded it provides 3 absorbent layers of ultra-soft organic cotton.

I was eager to try out the Organic Night Time Inserts for overnights because my two year old has recently started waking me up in the middle of night and asking me to take off his diaper. We are in the early stages of potty learning (oh yeah!!) and wet diapers bother him. Not sure about you, but I am not a fan of waking up at night to change diapers SO I was eager to find an extra absorbent night time cloth diaper that would allow us all to comfortably sleep through the night.

Organic Night Time Insert

Much to my delight, the first¬†night I used the Organic Night Time Insert¬†my son¬†slept fantastic!¬†He did not¬†wake up¬†requesting “diaper off!”. In the morning I was slow to wake up and didn’t get to his diaper right away. He actually pooped in it before I got a chance to change him into a fresh diaper. And guess what? It was not a soggy, messy blowout like one might expect considering it had already been on his bum for over 10 hours by the time he pooped. In fact when I went to change him, I was able to just pull out the poopy insert and re-use the cover. Now THAT is impressive from a cloth diaper!

I really like how both the Organic Night Tine Insert and the Stay Dry Insert just lay right inside the diaper. It makes for easy diapering and easy laundering! I do however wonder if this type of insert would work as well for an young infant or newborn? It seems like it would be more likely to shift around and perhaps result in leakage? But for my toddler it worked wonderfully!

Both the Organic Night Time Insert and the Stay Dry Insert were super absorbant, yet not too bulky…pretty much exactly what you want from a cloth diaper! They are compatible with other diaper covers or could be used as inserts for pocket diapers.

The FLIP cover itself is awesome! The stretchy tabs allowed for a nice, custom fit and like many one size diapers the snaps adjust to accomodate babies from 8lbs to 35lbs. I was able to use the diaper cover for a day’s worth of diaper changes simply by turning over the cover, plopping the dirty insert into my pail liner, and laying a clean insert into the cover. This is definitely a nice economic and ecological feature of the FLIP diapering system.

In addition to the Organic Night Time Inserts and the Stay Dry Inserts, there is a third option; a disposable insert. These¬†are a great option when you are traveling or your baby is in someone else’s care who is hesitant about cloth diapering.

Another awesome feature about the FLIP diapering system is there are several different package options available which further reduce the cost. There are many great packaging options to choose from so you can build a FLIP stash that works for your family at the very best price possible!

Have you tried FLIP diaper covers and inserts? If so what did you think of them? Would love to hear from YOU!

-Sarah

Beginner’s Guide to Caring for Cloth Diapers

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

One reservation about using cloth that I commonly hear is in regards to dealing with dirty diapers. I will be honest that I was a bit hesitant about it myself. Although once I started using cloth diapers, I quickly realized my worries about washing them were completely unfounded. It was actually quite simple to develop a cloth diapering care routine and the little extra time it took was well worth the economical benefit of using cloth. Here are answers to three frequently asked questions about caring for cloth diapers:

1. How do you store dirty diapers?
Okay, I admit that I was a bit concerned about having poopy diapers sit around my house; or worse yet carrying a poopy diaper around in my diaper bag. That was before I knew about pail liners and wetbags. Both are used to hold your dirty diapers until wash day¬†keeping germs, odors, and moisture well contained. Most brands of liners and wetbags are made out of PUL fabric, however there are wool options if you prefer to use natural fibers. Wetbags are smaller bags used for holding dirty diapers in your diaper bag when you are out and about. They come in a variety of styles and sizes. Typically they will hold from¬†2 to¬†8 diapers depending on the size/style you use.¬†¬†Some zip close and others have draw strings on them; I have used both and find them equally effective. You will¬†want a few wetbags in your rotation so you always have a clean one available to use. A pail liner is larger than a wetbag and stores several days worth of dirty diapers at home. They are available in¬†two¬†different styles; a hanging pail or a liner that you can place inside a diaper pail or a waste basket. Both are equally effective and efficient so it’s simply¬†a matter of personal choice when selecting what style to use. Ideally you want two pail liners in your rotation so you always have a clean one available. Wet diapers can be placed directly into wetbag or pail liner. Poopy diapers may need to be dumped out, dunked or sprayed first before placing in your wetbag or pail liner. There is also the option of using flushable liners¬†which¬†replace the need to spray, dump, or dunk poops.¬†If you use pocket diapers, you can pull out inserts at this time or wait until you are loading your washing machine to do so.

2. How often do you wash cloth diapers?
So the real question here is how much extra laundry is cloth diapering going to create? Generally it amounts to a couple extra loads of laundry a week. The actual amount of times you wash your diapers weekly is going to depend on¬†the number of¬†diapers in your¬†stash and how many kidlets you are diapering. Ideally you want a large enough stash that you are washing about every third day. Of course it is possible to get by on a smaller stash and wash more frequently, however I often hear mothers report greater satisfaction with cloth diapering when their stash is large enough that they don’t have to wash daily. However you don’t want your dirty diapers to be sitting too¬†long because you could experience mold/mildew issues.

3. How do you wash cloth diapers?

Here’s the wash routine that works well for me but keep in mind that it’s going to vary widely depending on a few different factors. You might need to experiment a little to develop a wash routine that works well for you. When loading my washing machine I make sure all wetbags are emptied, inserts removed, and snapped liners are detached. I¬†select wash setting with hot water. Set the load size accordingly, keeping in mind a large amount of water and small amount of laundry soap¬†is preferred to effectively clean cloth. I always select pre-wash and extra rinse each time I wash my diapers. The type of laundry soap you use is important too. You want to be sure¬†the one you¬†use¬†doesn’t cause excessive build-up on your diapers interfering with the absorbency of them. I prefer to hang dry my diapers¬†and because of the climate I live in (hot, dry, sunny desert) I can pretty much do this year round. I would recommend line drying in the sun when possible as it brightens and freshens diapers as well as reduces wear and tear from tumbling in the dryer.

How often do you wash your cloth diapers? What does your wash routine look like?

-Sarah

 

Tomorrow I will review Attachment Parenting International Principle #5: Ensure Safe Sleep, Physically and Emotionally.