Flip Day Pack Review

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Fall is finally in the air! Summer feels like it may last forever with the heat beating down on you and then one day the air shifts and there’s a soft breeze and you know the season is changing. I don’t notice a lot of changes in temperature or leaf color living in Florida, but I can always tell this time of year based on that subtle but intoxicating change in the wind. I’m excitedly collecting little sweaters, hats, and baby leggings for Harper to wear, layers were her best friend last year as an infant dealing with winter. There’s also something so charming about wrapping your baby in all those soft warm textiles, perfect for cuddles.

Today I’m reviewing the Flip day pack, a set that includes two covers and a small stash of inserts to carry you through an entire day of use. The day pack is available in Stay Dry which includes 6 inserts or Organic with 8 inserts.

Ease of Use ✩✩✩✩

Anyone familiar with bumGenius will recognize the butterfly snaps and snap down rise (not to mention the adorable colors and sought after prints! There’s a reason the majority of my stash when Harper was born consisted of bumGenius) that helped to make these diapers a go-to in the community.  With the Flip, there’s no pocket to stuff or sewn in soaker to impatiently let dry for hours upon hours. You lay in the insert, put it on the baby and go. The only concern I could come up with would be making sure any babysitter unfamiliar with cloth knows the stay-dry soaker must be set in with the soft fleece touching the baby and the microfiber against the cover. I’ve never experienced it but I’ve heard enough stories to know how important it is to educate anyone working with this super soaking miracle material about that fact. I love that the inserts have labeled creases to suggest where to fold them for an ideal fit. The organic insert is fairly straightforward, a flat you fold however you see fit and tuck inside. I did a simple pad fold and it was perfect for my baby who is eating as much solid food as she is breast milk. If she were still exclusively milk fed I would probably need a more elaborate fold to help hold everything in or the cover would need to be changed.

Bang for the Buck ✩✩✩✩✩ At 49.95 for the Stay-Dry pack and 59.95 for the Organic pack you receive enough diapers to last you all day, and if you don’t mind doing the wash each night as part of your bed time routine, this could be a great beginning to your stash. Personally, I would suggest parents trying cloth diapers for the first time pick up two of these packs and do laundry every second night, that way you won’t have as much pressure on you and at this price you certainly aren’t breaking the bank. The organic line is also perfect for parents who don’t have a washing machine and may need to hand wash their diapers since the inserts wash easily and dry super fast. Performance ✩✩✩✩ These diapers held up really well and I found I was able to reuse the cover several times before it was ready for a rinse. I’m not sure how well it would hold up to overnight use, I wasn’t brave enough to try it yet with my heavy wetter, but if I did I would probably double up on inserts just to be on the safe side. I love the versatility more than anything, knowing if I have a family emergency and can’t get to the wash I can use my Flip cover with flour sack towels from the grocery store or any other number of options and it will provide leak proof protection while I get my ducks in a row. I found both style insert to be equally absorbent, so while I prefer the Stay-Dry for ease of use (especially for new parents, babysitters, and day care) I think I prefer the Organic for versatility (perfect for travel, hand washing, sensitive skin and the ability to manipulate folds to accommodate the size and shape of your baby perfectly).

They even have an option to use disposable inserts, so you have the convenience of throwing away the messy bit but you’re only tossing an insert so you don’t contribute as much waste to landfills and you save some money in the process. I didn’t test these inserts but I’ve been told they are an excellent addition to your diaper bag on cruises and road trips when washing is not always an easy option. {Note from Kim- the Flip Hybrid inserts are our favorites for travel and we’ve used them on many occasions.}

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Fit ✩✩✩ This cover fits Harper perfectly now, but I know from experience it would not have fit her at two months, it would have fit her with potential leaks (depending on how I folded the organic insert) at three months, and it would have fit her but with a rather large footprint at four months. Granted, I have a very skinny little girl. She’s going to be tall and thin like her parents, and weighed less than seven pounds at birth. Cloth diapering a small newborn in one-size diapers is no picnic, and when we have a second child I will be investing in a small stash of newborn sized diapers for peace of mind and convenience. That being said, there are one size diapers made with more rise options and cross over snaps that will fit a smaller infant very well. I don’t think the Flip would be the best option for a tiny young baby. Ideally, an expecting mom would pick up 12-24 newborn diaper flats and a handful of newborn covers to get through those first few months, then go straight to these babies for an economical and fuss free approach. For any average sized baby or larger baby or toddler these will fit perfectly, and the snaps are very strong and have stood up to Harper’s attempts to “help” at changing time. Overall: I really do love bumGenius as a brand. I have a passion for WAHMs but bumGenius diapers holds a special place in my heart. These Flip covers are made with the same attention to detail and careful planning I’ve come to expect, with a great variety of colors to make diapers more fun. The Flip day pack is a simple, inexpensive, and low maintenance option that will meet the needs of many parents and provide an excellent introduction for anyone curious about cloth. Where to Buy Kelly’s Closet, Sweet Bottoms, and Diaper Junction are all choice DDL affiliates who carry Flip products.  Purchases made through those links help us buy more products for reviews!
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