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Cloth Diapering on the GO | Flip Diapers

GREEN CHIC. That is how I would describe myself. There are so many stereotypes that come along with the crunchy.granola.earthy label & I really don’t fit into any of them…except that I care about chemicals & where they go. I care about what chemicals go in and on my body (and my baby’s) and where they go when I am done with them. Chemicals are why I chose to cloth diaper my girl. & 17 months later, I can still say she has never had a diaper rash. I haven’t met another mother who can say that…& I owe it to my cloth diapers. I love them.

But sometimes, cloth diapers really overwhelm me. There are so many different kinds and the lingo is not something that makes it easy for everyone to understand. To keep it simple I stuck to using just one brand, FuzziBunz. However, two of my friends introduced me to a different kind of diaper that quickly became part of my stash because they met a need that my FuzziBunz just couldn’t: they allowed me to travel without ever washing a cloth diaper or resorting to sposies…which is code for disposable diapers for the rest of the non CDing world. ;) If you happened to miss my FuzziBunz post that went viral, you can catch up here: An Accidental Passion | Cloth Diapering for the Modern Mom.

I love my cloth diapers. I really do. But I am not one to seek out a laundry machine in a hotel or at a campground just to wash my FuzziBunz. Vacation is vacation. Add on the extra baggage fees that airlines charge for bringing more stuff and it is just not realistic for me to travel with my fluff. So then what?

Enter the FLIP DIAPER!

WHAT ARE FLIP DIAPERS?

Flip Diapers are designed to act as a diaper with options. They consist of two parts (1) the shell and (2) the part that catches the waste. Part two is what makes these diapers unique, as there are three different options: (1) a stay-dry microfiber pad (washable), (2) a hemp organic pad (washable) OR (3) a disposable pad (dye free, fragrance free & Oeko-Tex certified). Score one for versatility, Flip!

HOW DO THEY WORK?

Flips are one size diapers. You adjust them with a snap system for length and tightness. The shorter you want them, the more vertical snaps you pop together. There are two rows that fold up, for three different length adjustments. The waist can be adjusted very easily. Here is a great visual.

below you can see three sizing options:

smallest, medium & largest.

Unlike FuzziBunz, Flips are NOT pocket diapers. There is no stuffing. If you use the cloth part of the diaper (that I have no experience using) you would lay it in the shell and the pad itself touches your baby. The microfiber pad is two sided, one side is covered with fleece. So, much like the FuzziBunz fleece pocket, it is fleece that is touching your baby, not just the microfiber pad. The hemp pad does not have a fleece covered side, and I have heard not so great things about it, but I have no first hand experience because I do not use this as a cloth diaper. I use it because of the third option…

A DISPOSABLE CLOTH DIAPER??

The reason I use the Flip is because you can purchase disposable pads (kind of like giant maxi pads) to use in the shell. Your baby will go potty on this pad and you can either flush it or throw it away, depending on the brand you use. The pad sits loosely in the shell, with no fasteners. You can add as many pads as you wish for more leakage protection.

I bought gDiaper inserts (gDiapers are like the Flip, but velcro & I am anti-velcro diapers) because the Flip inserts were totally sold out when I first needed them. I have yet to run out so I have not tried the Flip brand inserts. gDiaper disposable inserts, pictured, are supposed to dissolve in the toilet before you flush. Because I do not always have the time to wait, I typically throw it away. It is biodegradable & compostable. To satisfy all you chic hippies. ;)

gDiaper pad…pad + Flip shell

the pad tucks in the little pockets on the ends of the Flip

SO WHAT DO I BUY?

The Flip shell: I purchased three shells (you can buy them without any cloth inserts) and I have never needed any more than that. They come in seven colors. The other five are not girly. ;)

The pad: I have only used the gDiaper disposable pads, as explained above. I can find the gDiaper disposable pads at Babies R Us & some WalMarts, which means you should be able to arrange to buy them at your destination, so you don’t have to use valuable suitcase space. You can also buy the Flip disposable pads, which were designed for this diaper, but they are NOT flushable.

I bought everything at the fab Baby Earth, which is located near IKEA in Austin. It happened to be on our way on the road trip…

HOW DO I CARE FOR THE SHELL?

I found myself needing to change the shell every four changes or so, depending on how wet or messy the diapers were. Because it was laminated, I could rinse it and even hand wash it in the sink if I wanted to. I just threw it in the wash with the regular laundry. Since there was no cloth to acquire buildup, I figured regular detergent would be fine & I didn’t have a problem using dreft.

THE DIRT

I am a lover of my FuzziBunz and they are my gold standard. These will never replace them, but they will stand in for traveling. Here’s why I won’t switch:

  • The snaps. I really missed having a second row of hip snaps like the FuzziBunz do. I had difficulty getting the Flip tight enough around the thigh, as the extra waist ends would slip down.
  • The pads. The pads are not fastened anywhere, so they have a tendency to slide around. This is not so great if you have a #2 diaper. I found that often the surface area of the shell was not totally covered by the pad, but the pad did absorb enough that we did not have leaks. We did have a couple pretty messy #2 dipes, but everything still stayed inside the diaper.
  • My FuzziBunz double stuffed nighttime diapers were more absorptive. I still doubled up the disposable pads at night and we didn’t have leaks, but they were completely saturated.

Overall, I prefer using these to using disposable diapers and they are definitely much cheaper. I would recommend them for traveling, but not for daily use with the disposable liner.

OTHER GREAT USES FOR THE FLIP

  • when a friend or babysitter is watching your CD’d baby–this way they can throw the mess away!
  • for a daycare that will not take CD kiddos
  • for when you (oopsie) run out of CDs because you forgot to do laundry :x
  • for moms or dads who are not yet ready to make the full plunge to CDing, but are looking for something inbetween CDs & disposables
  • for moms who cannot convince dad that CDing is the way to go…& needs something to break him in ;)

These are the snaps of the Flip vs. the FuzziBunz. The second row hip snap makes a HUGE difference.

I know many of you are familiar with FuzziBunz, so here are the supplies side by side. That is the large FB pad.

The pad is bigger, but it is still not as absorptive as the FuzziBunz micofiber.

The Flip diapers are wider & longer. (FuzziBunz pictured is set at 2 & 3 on the elastics)

Whew…you still with me?!

How do you CD on the go? Have you tried the Flips with the microfiber pads? Are there other products that you find superior to the Flips? I would love to hear thoughts from all you fab CDing mamas!

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  • Whitney - Thanks for this post! We use gDiapers at our house and love them–we kind of fell into using cloth diapers, also because of chemicals and the desire to avoid unnecessary waste, and were surprised at how much we love them. We have yet to travel with our 6-month old to anywhere other than family visits, so we have always just washed her diapers there, but we will definitely be using the gDiapers disposable inserts when traveling. But I like that the flip covers are laminate so they can be rinsed in a sink–I may be investing in some of those as well!ReplyCancel

  • Christa - Yay!! I’ve been waiting for this post! And perfect timing too since we’re travelling with our 3 month old in three weeks! I was pretty sure I wanted to order some flips but I didn’t realize they had disposable inserts!! Now I definitely will! We use 50/50 Fuzzibunz and BumGenius, hubby does not like snaps :/ My fave are actually the BG snaps but they’re a little bulky. Love the girl colors though!! I want so badly to buy a pink diaper lol but I don’t think pink is little guy’s color!ReplyCancel

  • Cristin - I tried flips and didn’t like the fit with my baby…I think if she was chunkier it would have worked well. We use Grovia. I love how much they hold and they are easy to travel with. The best part, Costco sells them! (we live at costco, lol)ReplyCancel

  • The Up North Writer Mama - One thing to add (unless I missed it, sorry, I am sick and groggy!) is that these Flip covers can also be used with other diapers as just a cover. I have one and use it with my prefolds and fitteds (never thought I’d be a fan but I absolutely love them). So yes, the Flips are super versatile… you can use them as you’ve described, or you can even trifold a prefold into it, or use it as a cover over a snappied/pinned prefold or flat, or fitted diaper.

    As far as CDing on the go… I don’t do too much differently. I have never taken an actual trip with my son, so that would take a different amount of preparation. But when we are just out and about or running errands, I just bring my wet bag along. I try to opt for diapers that I trust won’t leak (for some reason I have bad luck with pockets) and adjust what I bring to the situation. I still use cloth wipes on the go, too. I just bring dry wipes and spray them with solution as needed. I think it’s all pretty easy, actually! And I absolutely HATE the smell of disposables so I’d much rather have my dirty cloth in a wet bag. I would definitely use something like the Flip or gDiaper disposable inserts before going with sposies.

    Great blog post! And beautiful pictures, as always. :)ReplyCancel

  • Erin Weilert - Good timing for me also! We have 15 Fuzzibunz and I love them, but I’ve been looking into investing in a hybrid-type of diaper also so that I could have the disposable option. I tried Grovia and didn’t like the inserts, plus they are pricey. Just yesterday I got some Best Bottoms in the mail to try but those don’t seem to be for us either. We’ve only used them a few times but the fit just doesn’t compare to FB. I agree on the bottom hip snap, it DOES make a HUGE difference, even the hubby mentioned it! (And SO glad I buy now from nickisdiapers.com where you can try for 15 days and return if you don’t like!) I’m so happy that I used your recommendation on the FB, I think I’m just a pocket-loving gal! I just want you to know that YOU are the reason we are cloth diapering and LOVE it! I might try Flips so we will have a hybrid option in our stash, thanks for the post!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Cassie G. - Great post! I am due with my first baby in May and I am frantically researching all CD options. I think I am going with Fuzzibunz thanks to your great post, and now I might also consider the Flip for traveling (currently stationed in FL, but originally from SoCal, so traveling will be a must when she is born!).ReplyCancel

  • shannel - Great post! I know that when our baby is around 3.5 months we’ll be going houseboating for a few days, and I have been wondering what my options would be. This review and the tips are great. Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Lindsay - My son just turned three months and oh how i wish I would have started him on cloth diapers, you inspired me and my sis-in-law to start our babies off next month on homemade baby food, for some reason my body just wouldn’t allow me to continue breastfeeding, but this is one thing i will be able to provide that’s healthy for him. I will still try to talk my husband into going ahead and buying some FB, but if not with this child we will definitely be CD’ing with the next! Thanks for all your information in both areas, so inspiring!ReplyCancel

  • Tori @ FIToriBLOG.com - What would be the benefit to using the Flip instead of an organic totally disposable when you’re on the go or traveling? (I’m a not-mom-yet so I don’t know a whole lot about this!!)ReplyCancel

  • Lilliana - Shawna, There is another option that is suppose to be the best of both. It is called Charlie Banana. They are so much like the FuzziBunz but the pocket is in the front. These have a disposable insert option (regualr inserts for daily use like the FB) that is suppose to lay on top of the microfiber tucked under the front flap (sort of like the flip’s back flap) I tried these with my 2 1/2 year old on our Disney vacation. These were the last diapers she used because we potty trained when we got back and went cold turkey. Anyway, she is a HEAVEY wetter and she is tall for her age… was about 37 3/4 inches then… the sizing was generous just like FuzziBunz but I must have done something wrong because with the disposable insert The microfiber /fleece part was still wet… not soaked but I felt weird reusing the shell sicne it was damp. Maybe if used correctly or if there is a trick I am not aware of these could be the perfect solution. Have any of you tried these?ReplyCancel

  • Jackie - Would love for you to do a post on how you store all your photos. You mentioned in one of your posts that you dump ones that you don’t like. Do you keep the original photo along with the edited version. Do you back it up on a hard drive or do you use thumb drives. When sending out photos to family do you use flickr or shutterfly? ( i was unable to go back and correct punctuation) I would just love to know how you organize all your photos.ReplyCancel

  • Bobbi - I like to use the GroBaby for when I’m traveling. Also, you can just use a cover (thirsties or something) and use the flip pads or the grobaby pads. The Thirsties covers are nice and small and they have gussets (I have a skinny baby).ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie - I love grovia on the go. So much so that..gasp…I want to get rid of all my pockets. I don’t use disposable liners when traveling. I just bring the wetbag and do my usual thing.ReplyCancel

  • Anya - Thanks for the summary of the Flip. I found you through your FuzziBunz post, right as I was working on getting cloth diapers for my girl. We tried BumGenius and FuzziBunz and FuzziBunz were by far better. However, we still have some BumGenius and use them in the rotation and Flip is by the same folks so know that these will fit my girl. Thanks for the recommendation of using the gDiaper insert – I didn’t like how the Flip one looked and the Grovia one has too much plastic for my taste.

    Oh, and I’m loving your blog in general. As a new mom, and a type-A personality it’s wonderful to see someone who has managed to make it all work so well for her! Congratulations on such a beautiful and happy girl!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - I bought a whole set of Flip diapers before my baby was born. We didn’t use them right away and when I started he HATED them, they were so bulky and the inserts were so wide he was clearly uncomfortable! They are much better suited for older babies in my opinion. I now use a pocket style but as a cover and just replace the insert, they are super comfy and he hasn’t even noticed them on. They are AMP diapers, however next time I will go with fuzzies!ReplyCancel

  • Beth - Thanks for the info! I started out my newborn with disposables and have since switched to CD and I will never look back! He is 3.5 months old and only breastfed. I use the flip diapers with the reuseable inserts and the Bum Genius 4.0 diapers – I really like them both! I too just put the enire diaper in my laundry bag (even the #2s) and just wash away the mess. Once we start on solids I plan on using the flushable liners. I use the BG for the long overnights and I suspect that I will have to double stuff them before too long. I am so excited to learn about the disposable inserts for the flip shells. I didn’t know about these!ReplyCancel

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