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What are Seconds?
December 24, 2012 12:30 pm | by
Prepping Cloth Diapers

If you are new to cloth diapers, chances are you’ll be discovering a lot of new jargon.  One term that is often used by cloth diapering companies is the word seconds.  Seconds are a nickname for second quality products.  You may also hear them called “factory seconds” in other industries.

What is seconds quality?

Generally speaking, it’s a product that doesn’t quite meet a company’s quality control standards.  What are those standards?  Well, that varies from company to company.

Our team carefully checks our products before they go out the door.  As we sort and package your diapers, occasionally we find one that isn’t quite up to our standards.  It may have slightly uneven seams, dirt marks, or other minor issues.  These issues are primarily cosmetic, but won’t affect the performance of the diaper, so we label them as second quality products.

These diapers are still usable, so we offer them as seconds to our customers.  When you purchase seconds, you are buying a diaper that you know may have a cosmetic issue, does not come with a manufacturer’s warranty or our 30 day money back guarantee.  Additionally, our pocket style bumGenius 4.0 and Flip cloth diapers do not include inserts when sold as seconds.  However, we know many families who use and love our products don’t mind these terms of sale, especially those who have enjoyed our first quality diapers and just need a few extras to round out their stash or to use around home.

We are often asked about the schedule or frequency of our seconds sale.  Everyone makes mistakes from time to time.  Much like a toddler’s temper tantrums, there is no way to know when we might have an off day.  When we find those mistakes, we hold them.  Once there are enough diapers to support a sale, we put them online.  Therefore, there is no real way to predict when we will have a seconds sale.  Just like toddler tantrums, they sneak up and surprise you.  Although, if you join our email list, we’ll be sure to let you know when they go online.

Second quality bumGenius, Flip, and Econobum products are exclusive to Cotton Babies.  When they are available, you can find them in our clearance category.

About the Author

Heather is mom to four, born within 40 months (single, twins, single). She writes transparently about her chaotic household to encourage others through the twists and turns of parenting.



  • Christi said...
    April 25, 2013 at 10:21 am

    I can’t wait to CD Baby K when he/she arrives. We have friends that are doing it and with all the research and talking to them about we are super excited. I got a few CD’s for shower gift but we are needing many many more. My SIL forwarded me the sale that Cotton Babies was having on Seconds and I am super duper excited. They don’t have to be perfect as along as they work…..

  • Amber said...
    January 3, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    I have purchased quite a few “seconds” and they have always been great! Sometimes, I couldn’t even find what was wrong with them. It’s such a great way to round out your stash or even try them on a tight budget. Thanks for offering them!