Flip System Review

Here is my flip system review based on 3 years of experience.flip-diagram

Reasons I Love Flips

  • Cost. You can buy a flip daypack (2 covers + 6 inserts) for $55 or cheaper at many online retailers. If I wanted to, I could CD full-time with 4 day packs + 4 extra covers (covers alone cost $10-$14 each). That’s only a $275 investment.
  • Versatility. Like any one-sized diaper cover, I can use any brand of insert or pre-folds with them. They have been great for night-time, too, as long as I double up the inserts or use a hemp trifold undflip insert features.jpgerneath the Stay-Dry.
  • Stay-Dry inserts. The flip Stay-Dry inserts are convenient and hold a lot of liquid, and are made with built-in liners on the side touching baby’s bum. They fit in bumGenius pocket diapers. Flip makes newborn Stay-Dry inserts (6 pack for around $12) that make awesome doublers or can be used as liners on top of pre-folds for night time.
  • Few leaking issues. When put on correctly, this diaper cover has never given me leaking issues. I have better luck w/ these than any of my pocket diapers at night.
  • Sizing. Though bulky on newborns/small babies, these covers still fit my daughter now at 32 lbs and 3 yrs old.
  • PUL quality. I really like the “soft” feeling of the PUL used to make flip covers. The elastic casing isn’t too rigid, so doesn’t cause angry red marks on my babies. Even though the elastic has stretched over the past 3 years, the integrity of the PUL material itself has held up and does not leak. I’ve not tried replacing elastic yet, but according to what I’ve read it’s pretty simple to accomplish (even for a sewing novice).
  • Covers can be reused without washing as long as they aren’t soiled by poo. This means less laundry.
  • Take up less space in the diaper bag.
  • Th Stay-Dry inserts take a while to dry in the dryer. I prefer to line dry them whenever possible or use drying racks indoors.

Cons about the flip

  • If you’re looking for fast and efficient changing routines, it takes practice to become a pro with any diaper cover with insert/pre-fold system. The flip system is no exception.
  • Since the insert is “loose” in the cover before snapping it on, they can be difficult to put on when baby is squirmy or trying to roll over. (However, I made a parenting mistake and didn’t bother to teach my daughter what “be still” means until AFTER she started rolling over. Start saying “be still” at changing time early!)
  • Like any cover/pre-fold or insert system, flips are not very day-care, church nursery, or babysitter friendly (and in my case husband-friendly). For this reason, I use them only when I’m around to change diapers.
  • Bulky on newborns and small babies.

My Flip Changing Routine

  1. I always have the clean cover & insert ready to go BEFORE unsnapping the soiled diaper.
  2. Is there poo? Find out before doing anything else! I learned quickly there’s nothing worse than unsnapping a poopy diaper and not beinelsie_bottom_flipg prepared!
  3. I remove the wet or slightly soiled diaper and shake the insert out into my diaper pail (which I keep beside the changing table). I set aside the cover to reuse (later I’ll wipe it out w/ a wet cloth or wipe). If there’s mega poo that’s soiled the cover, I set the whole thing aside to spray out after changing.
  4. Put the flip on the baby! It’s crucial to make sure the insert isn’t sticking out in the back (this is true for any CD). It must be tucked under the “stopper” flap.

Cloth 101: Getting Started

So you’ve decided to diaper you baby’s bum in cloth and have no clue where to begin. This “crash course” to understanding the world of cloth diapers is for you!

Lessons include:
1) Cloth Diapering Lingo
2) What to Expect
3) The Essentials for Getting Started
4) Purchasing Tips
5) Resources

Here’s the most commonly used lingo and pics for help. Continue reading

Considering Cloth?

Take my Considering Cloth Quiz to help you decide whether or not to cloth diaper your little one’s bum. Since my main motivation was to save money, this quiz is based on that presupposition.

Cloth diapering is not for everyone.

But the exploding modern cloth diapering (CD) movement creates a lot of curiosity and questions for young moms. Fifteen Google searches later, you’re completely overwhelmed by the lingo, dozens of brands, systems, and laundry opinions. Slam the laptop shut.

“Forget that! It’s just a fad anyway.”

I get it–cloth diapering sounds like a new fad, but survey says your great grandmothers and (probably) grandmothers diapered their babies with prefolds and pins. Have any woman over 75 see and feel a modern cloth diaper and she just might slap you for how easy we’ve got it. I can’t wait to ask Eve, the only mother to start out without ANY mommy friends or parenting books (can you imagine?), how she cared for and potty-trained her (many) children.

(I’ll say this again: Cloth diapering is NOT for everyone.)

Modern moms choose cloth for one or more of these reasons:

  1. Save money
  2. Save the planet
  3. Save little bums from chemicals in disposables
  4. Because it’s fun–and cloth diapers are cute (disclaimer: this reason develops after you’ve actually used cloth at least 3 months)

[Notice I didn’t list that cloth saves time. Anybody who says CDing is convenient is paying someone else to spray out poopy diapers and launder 2-3 extra loads a week. But, for most moms, once cloth diapering becomes part of your daily routine (breathing), you don’t notice the extra work. You just do it.]

My main motivation was to SAVE MONEY while my husband finished school. After I passed the learning curve, cloth became surprisingly fun. Reasons 2 & 3 are just bonuses in my book.

I had no clue cloth diapering was a thing until I saw a random blog post about it. Six months pregnant with my first, I was intrigued by the idea and told Mark I wanted to give it a shot.

“Whatever you want, Babe!”

I dove in blind and learned stuff the hard way. Despite my failures, after 3 years of sticking it out I wouldn’t change a thing, and hope to help those of you considering cloth to avoid my mistakes.

In case you missed it, take my Considering Cloth Quiz to help you decide whether or not to cloth diaper your little one’s bum. Since my main motivation was to save money, this quiz is based on that presupposition.

I plan to write diaper reviews and posts on a variety of CD topics, but here are 2 tips for those considering cloth that I wish someone had shared with me…

Talk with other CDing moms in person before you purchase anything. Personal interaction with another CDing mom beats hours of scouring the Internet for answers, and WILL save you from spending more money than necessary. Ask for permission to see and touch her “stash.” Pick her brain on brands and systems, and the CD learning curve! Listen to her story. For laundering tips, find someone local (so they have the same kind of water) with a washing machine like yours (side-loading HE vs. top-loading conventional). If your friend only uses one kind of CD system or brand, ask her for names of others who have used other systems and brands. You may even score a sweet deal on lightly-used diapers or get some free fluff and accessories.

Do not buy a full stash of the same brand and system.
Start your cloth journey with a small stash of a variety of brands and systems. Figure out what you like and don’t like, and slowly add to your stash as you learn. The diapers that end up getting used a few times have a very high resale value!