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Flip and Econobum Reviews, Should I? *UPDATE

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UPDATE: Kelly’s Closet has generously offered to send the Flip and Econobum for review.  I am very grateful to them for making these reviews happen.  I know the videos will help parents who are trying to decide between the two, or who are wondering how the Flip/ Gro Baby systems differ.  I am also so happy at the comments I have received to far.  Thank you all for helping me decide, and to those of you who emailed or commented that you would allow me to borrow your own diapers for the video.  I am really truly beyond amazed at all of your kindness.  You all have assured me that keeping the blog going is the right thing to do as well.  Though I may sometimes skip a few days, I am still here.  But family is first!  I can’t wait to bring you these reviews and the other diapers waiting in the wings.  Plus, December is going to be amazing.  I can’t wait to tell you what is in store.  Just think Fluffy Christmas!

I am conflicted about doing a Flip and Econobum review.  For those of you who aren’t familiar with the brands, these are new diapering systems from the makers of Bum Genius.  The FLIP is a snapping cover with a snap down rise to make it one size, and you can use it with stay dry inserts or organic cotton or disposable inserts.  The Econobum is meant as an introductory cloth diaper.  It is 9.99 for a plain white snapping cover, and it comes with a one size prefold that is divided is squares to fold different ways for different sizes.

I aim to bring readers video reviews of diapers to help you decide what diapers are best for your family, and to help you compare them to others you may be considering.  I have done reviews of diapers I own, and at this point, am usually sent the diapers to review.  To bring you as many reviews as possible, I have to do this.  Otherwise, I would spend more money than I have buying diapers for reviews.

Bum Genius doesn’t really send diapers out for review at this time.  This is fine, not everyone does!  But, I know a lot of you are interested in seeing a video of the Flip and Econobum.  I was very close to buying them both last night but then I talked myself out of it, for good reason.  40.00 for them all.  I am saving my money to buy the longies being knit for my son’s first bday.

If you want to see a video review of the Flip and/or Econobum, keep me in mind while shopping for diapers.  If you are shopping at Kelly’s Closet, use my affiliate link.  I made a percentage of the sale, which I can turn into diapers to review.  Or, if you just happen to own a diaper store that carries these items and you are reading this, consider sponsoring the diapers to be reviewed.

There have been many diapers I have wanted to buy to review, but again, I have to be rational.  Do I need more diapers?  Absolutely not!  Should I be pouring money into this website instead of my son’s birthday?  No again.  But I would still like to do my reviews!

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Kim Rosas began Dirty Diaper Laundry in 2009 out of a desire to help more parents understand modern cloth diapers. She lives in Florida with her husband of 5 years and her two boys. Even though none of her boys wear diapers anymore she is still just as committed to promoting them. In her spare time Kim enjoys video editing, photography, and coffee.
  • http://cjrthemommyblog.blogspot.com Cinella

    Of course not… The reviews you do are great, but I would only do reviews that are sponsored and every once in a while I would buy my own when necessary, as in, when he’s starting to grow out of the ones you got free to review.
    But, to save for a 1st birthday? I mean, yeah, it’s important, but more to the mom and family than to the birthday boy. But you should all have fun because you’ve been working hard!
    Thanks for being a wonderful blogger & reviewer.
    Good luck,
    CJR
    .-= Cinella´s last blog ..First Fundraiser =-.

  • Rachel

    If you do decide to review one of these diapers, I would love to see the flip. I think the econobum seems pretty self-explanatory. I’m interested to see how the flip compares to gro baby and softbums.

    But don’t spend your own money on it. Surely there is a cloth diaper store that would like some great exposure!

    Rachel

  • http://steffenfamilyadventures.blogspot.com Holly

    i really want to try the Flip. if i do, i’ll let you know when i order them and can let you borrow one for a review. how’s that? :)

  • http://www.theinquisitivemom.blogspot.com Mindy

    I just bought the flip this afternoon at the Cotton Babies store in St. Louis. They were out of the economy package, unfortunately. But I am going to get them washed on Monday and then give it a go. But I needed more diapers. I agree with the other readers that you don’t want to purchase diapers you don’t need just to review them. Thanks for your reviews!
    .-= Mindy´s last blog ..Tidbits of Me – Now It’s Your Turn =-.

  • http://thesemomentsofmine.blogspot.com Shirley

    You are definitely making the right decision. Love your blog btw but you shouldn’t review unless the manufacturer is going to sponsor it.
    .-= Shirley´s last blog ..His Plan =-.

  • http://danceswithdiapers.blogspot.com Jennifer B

    I agree with Rachel. I’m dying for a review of the Flip because this is a new product that I’m thinking of buying, but as for Econobum- really that’s just a prefold-cover set. I don’t think you should buy them, but if some other readers already have, maybe they could do a guest post? Or if several readers have them, could we do a little survey and have them post their thoughts on different categories like ease of use, convenience, washing, fit, style, etc?
    .-= Jennifer B´s last blog ..Be-Frazzled =-.

  • kristin

    Maybe a reader that has them can do a guest review? on that same line of thought as long as i am commenting it might be cool to see guest reviews on diapers you have already done an indepth review of just to get other opinions, like a mini review.

  • Erica Corbett

    I’m impressed with your diligence, commitment and verve to getting the message out to parents about CDing. I am expecting b/g twins in December and your website has helped me tremendously in siphoning through all the info provided on the web in regards to CDing, babywearing as well as EC. I am grateful for your site and hope you know that you are making a difference. Absolutely NOONE CDs where I live in Florida. I rely on your site and a few other sites to provide “unbiased” (aka non-product placing for $$$$) opinions. Thank you.

  • http://danceswithdiapers.blogspot.com Jennifer B

    Erica –
    No one CD’s where I live either… it’s totally unheard of. I’m in Miami, what part of FL are you?
    And Kim, yes – you are very appreciated!!
    .-= Jennifer B´s last blog ..Be-Frazzled =-.

  • http://notyetmommy.wordpress.com Stephanie M.

    Erica and Jennifer-
    I’m in the same boat. No CD’s in my area of Florida either (I’m in Lady Lake… Central Florida north of Orlando) and people look at me like I’m crazy for considering it.

    Kim-
    Thank you for bringing all this information together! I know that I would never have considered CDing had I not stumbled upon your blog, and now I’m learning more about babywearing, breastfeeding, and EC… all things I had never even thought about.

  • chrissie

    I was wondering when you think you will have the review up?

    • http://www.dirtydiaperlaundry.com kdrosas

      In the next 2 weeks, but I am going to be out of town so I will try my best to get it up soon! They were just prepped today!

  • http://www.littlefornow.com Cloth Diapers Are Better

    I am interested in hearing your comments on these diapers. I just got my(purchased at wholesale) review samples today and I was not thrilled. They are in the wash now, so I can use them tomorrow. My first impression is that they are cheap for a reason.

  • Melissa

    My husband and I want to do cloth diapers for our 8 wk old son, but were new and didn’t really know where to start. I chose these because they were affordable, and could be returned (I actually bought them from a different site.)

    They were easy enough to clean, but the prefolds seemed to take a little extra time in the dryer. The cover has to be air dried, so you have to pay attention while putting the load in the dryer. It was kinda handy because for wet diapers you can just wipe the cover off, put in a new prefold, and reuse it (but not really for bm’s)

    I was not impressed with the fit though- they were very BULKY!!! Between my son’s long torso and the bulkiness of the diaper, I could barely get my son’s onsies snapped over the diaper! (even then, I had a few come unsnapped again)

    We had minimal blow-outs/leaking with the diapers, but there were definitely a couple.

    Also, because this is our first child, we wanted something that would last to use with future children, and the snaps on these didn’t really feel like they would. I felt like I was going to tear the snap right out of the fabric.

    Needless to say, I returned these because I didn’t feel they were right for our family. I found a site that offers full test-run kits with 5 different diapers to try out for two weeks at a very affordable price. We have since decided to go with sized diapers and chose from one in the kit we tried. (www.ecobuns.com)


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