CD Review: Flip
|December 7, 2011||Posted by Mabel under Cloth diapers, Reviews|
Note: Review made at the time was without the use of diaper creams and only pee-time. Poop-based reviews were made in another post here.
The Flip is the one of the many baby products under Cotton Babies Inc., an American company that churns out both cloth diapers (bumGenius and Econobum) and other gears/items for babies and mums alike. Their products are made both in the US and yes, Egypt as well. It is taunted to be the most economical and easiest to use diaper in the market. The Flip is supposed to mimic the AI2 system but is simpler to use – just lay the insert on the cover and snap or velcro it on your baby! The Flip can also be used as a training diaper.
Each diaper now comes with one (1) one size stay dry insert or organic insert.
For more on the design, features and look of the diaper, do refer to Flip’s website here.
AI2 and comes in snaps or aplix/velcro.
I bought this in Singapore for $21.
Accessories & additionals
Their one size inserts is available in the usual stay dry microfiber and organic cotton but is taunted to be rated at 15 oz. absorbency and can be folded down into three different settings.
All Flip diapers and inserts must be washed at least TWICE before the first use with 1/2 to 1/4 of the recommended amount of additive free detergent (no enzymes, phosphates, softeners, bleach and optical whitening agents). The amount depends on the load of your wash. After each use, knock off poo solids into the toilet, remove the inserts, fasten the laundry tabs and place in a wet/dry pail (depends on your system) until washing day. Alternatively, remove the insert, wash the cover and wipe dry before reusing again.
Note that the cover is just made of a PUL layer so avoid throwing it into your dryer or drying it in the hot sun. It won’t melt immediately but this affects the overall age of your cover. I usually hang the covers in the shade and I’m still using them for Eva – talk about getting your money’s worth!
Ugh! So-so Fair Good Worth stashing!
These diapers only come in solid colours comprising of mostly pastels with the darker shades being new additions to their colour choice. The cover itself isn’t much to shout about and can look quite dismal at first. The Flip also comes in three sizes, from small which is perfect for large infants up to large which is more for toddlers or bigger babies. Eva used to wear this diaper in the medium setting and now, at 11 kg, she has settled into the large setting rather well. The cover be used with other inserts as well although I have yet to try it. I guess my issue is that there is nothing to hold the insert in place except a flap piece at the top and tail end of the cover.
Application (stuffing/removal, use, fit and bulk)
Definitely easy to use! I simply fold the one size insert, lay it on the cover and that’s it! It’s not too difficult to put on Eva – I just snapped the diaper to the medium setting and put it on her. The stretchy tabs make the job oh-so-easy.
Removal is a buzz as well; just remove the tabs (again, easy to “pull” off) and slide it from under her. I changed her diaper after four hours and discovered that her bottom was dry while the insert was slightly damp. The inner lining (on the stay dry microfiber insert) was dry to the touch as well so that’s definitely a plus point.
Washing & drying
The Flip I bought comes with snaps so no issues about laundry tabs but I’m sure the velcro ones have them so just fasten them, remove the inserts and dumped them in a dry pail until wash time.
Because the shell is just a PUL layer, it’s quick to dry. In fact, after half an afternoon, it’s ready for use again. As for the inserts, after washing them at night (and hanging them up to dry), I woke up to already dried diaper inserts.
If I’m in need of a simple AI2 no-fuss, no-frills diaper, this would be it.