Monday, December 20, 2010

Cloth Diapering Product reviews

I've had 6 weeks of trial and error with which to base these reviews on.

Cotton Babies BumGenius 4.0 One Size cloth pocket diapers with snaps

Overall excellent. Emmett has the snaps on these pretty much as tight as they go, and we've never had a problem with leaks. We like the base colors, and we might go get some of the snazzier patterned ones to use in warmer weather when he shouldn't need pants.

Absorbency is good, cleanup is easy, and the fabric doesn't appear to stain easily. These do afford the option of a thinner or thicker insert, depending on your preference or needs. I'm not sure I'd want to try to go all night on just one, but it could be an option, as he doesn't seem to fuss much when he's wet it, and more often than not, we have to go in and check.


Caveat: we bought these with the intent of going between the reusable and the flushable inserts. This only covers the reusable inserts.

Overall just okay. As with any Velcro style product, you do have to be careful with washing these, as the hooks tend to stick to things other than the loops, and trap fibers, eventually reducing the efficacy of how they attach. In the small size, they were too big for him until he was about 3 weeks old. There's a tiny size that we didn't know about at the time, but I would think that you would only get a minimal amount of use out of them. I personally don't care much for the elastic waistband.  At times it looks really really constricting and uncomfortable, but Emmett hasn't complained about it yet.

Cleanup with the reusable inserts seems to be more complicated than it needs to be. There's a snap in nylon liner and the reusable or flushable pad. I appreciate the breathable liner aspect, but I think having the pant and the liner as two separate pieces is unnecessary. Also, the flushable insert calculates at about 35 cents each, as opposed to 14 cents each for a disposable diaper. I'm all for earth friendly, but I'm sorry, it needs to be price comparable to traditional products for me. It's like organic foods to me. When the conventional apples are $1/lb less, i have a hard time going for the organic ones.

I suppose we'll give the flushable inserts a go, as they might be a viable option for travel.

Cotton Babies Flip diaper covers with snaps

A future review, as we haven't received them yet. They should be here today though. We'll let you know.
To be used with your stereotypical cloth diaper.
Rinse Ace Sprayer (

Cloth diaper sprayers seem to have two deficiencies in my opinion. One, they're overly expensive for what you are buying. Two, they hook into the toilet supply line, so there's no option for warm water.

This sprayer hooks into the shower head attachment. It's got a hose long enough to reach our toilet comfortably, which happens to be right next to the shower, so for some, this might not be an option without a hose extension of some sort. I much prefer having hot water with which to spray, and adjustability as far as how strong the spray is through use of the shower knob. It's also detachable, so you can hide in for when company comes over.

To be honest, we still have some things to sort out, like having a pail nearby the changing table so that we don't have to deal with dirty diapers right away. A bucket seems like a rather inelegant solution, but it would probably be the most effective.

1 comment:

  1. Good for you guys with using the cloth diapers! i was way too lazy to try them- and i agree with your point about cost vs earth-friendly! I thing the same thing about mass transit- I'm all for riding the train/bus but it has to be as easy (or at least not considerably more of a pain in the butt) as my own car for me to use it. Hope you guys had a good holiday!