Fruit of the Womb sent me one of their most popular flats to try during the Flats and Handwashing Challenge this year. It is an organic bamboo french terry flat and I’m so glad I have this in my stash. The soft terry style is reminiscent of the flats you see used on programs like “Call The Midwife” and this particular fabric is especially thick and soft with a nice stretch to it.
Ease of Use ✩✩✩✩ Flats work their best magic when folded into a diaper fold that you are comfortable with and fits your baby snugly. While a specific fold can take a little more effort, this flat is so thick and stretchy that you can really play around with folds a bit more. Even if you aren’t a master of perfect corners you can just tuck a little fabric here, pull a little there, then fasten with a pin, Snappi, or other closure and fit a cover on top for waterproof protection.
Bang for the Buck ✩✩✩✩ At $10.50 for the largest size, and $6 for the smallest or $9.50 for the medium, this flat carries a slightly higher price than some larger companies may offer. But it is still significantly cheaper than many other diaper styles, especially if paired with an economical diaper cover that can be reused through multiple changes. With a purchase of this flat you are supporting a work at home mom, or WAHM, who has nine beautiful children, her youngest girl is Autumn’s age. The rich material and vibrant colored thread along the serged edges makes this flat something to reach for, and I find myself using it more often than other flats in my stash, especially on more complicated folds that require a more generously sized flat.
Performance ✩✩✩✩✩ This plush terry flat is made of a bamboo cotton blend that is incredibly absorbent and doesn’t seem to suffer from compression leaks as easily as some terry flats can. I love the variety of fold styles listed on the company website and since the material doesn’t shrink down you have plenty of room to fold in extra absorbency where you need it. When Harper is playing in the back yard I let her wear just this diaper with no cover so she can play at her water table without soaking her clothes. She’s able to spend an hour or two playing in the morning and come inside with a diaper that is still dry on the outside, and if I put a cover on her she can last even longer. The organic material is so gentle against her skin, she is able to go longer between changes with this flat than she can with many of her other diaper flats.
Fit ✩✩✩✩✩ Green Apple flats are available in three sizes, you can choose 18, 23, or 28 inches square. These flats are preshrunk which means even after repeated hot washes, in constant rotation for over a month, this toddler sized flat still measures 28 inches square without any stretching or tugging. I requested the larger flat knowing I would be diapering an active toddler, a heavy wetter who doesn’t slow down and hates being dirty. After using this flat and seeing how generously sized it is, I think I will have to repurpose it as a toddler blanket when my babies are potty trained, it’s so soft and cozy. I always keep the diaper I’m reviewing at my desk while I write so I can remember all the details I want to share with you, but this one is sitting in my lap right now so I can feel it’s softness.
Overall: I love these flats for their plush terry material and super stretch. There are package options available that allow you to purchase a dozen flats at a discount and include a free diaper cover, I think these would make an incredible baby shower gift for a parent who may be interested in cloth diapering. I love that the smaller size flat is still a generous 18 inches square, it would work on a new baby, and when the baby outgrows this size it could still be folded into other diapers (either larger flats or any other diaper style) to be used as a doubler for increased absorbency. They are so pretty and I am dying to make a diaper cake or gift basket with these beauties. Now I just have to wait for one of my friends to tell me they have good news.
Where to Buy: Fruit of the Womb