The Flip One-Size Cloth Diaper System
October 21, 2009 7:15 pm
Elsie wasn’t feeling very well today, but she had a few minutes where she was a little more chipper so we went outside and snapped a few photos of her wearing her Flip One-Size Cloth Diapers. In the photo above, she is still wearing her overnight diaper. It was stuffed with a Flip: Stay Dry Insert and a Flip: Disposable Insert.
Elsie is learning to crawl… she was kind enough to start exploring a crack in the concrete so I could take this shot of her little bottom showing off the design of Flip’s leg casings.
We worked with several materials until we could be sure that the Flip leg casings would provide a good seal (keeping everything inside) while still being easy on your baby’s leg. We settled on a soft, flexible knit fabric. Elsie has been wearing Flip most of the time lately and I’ve been really pleased with the results. The leg casings do their job while still being gentle.
We have long known that we needed a diaper cover, but have gone back and forth over
what we thought was most important in a diaper cover.
Our first few prototypes looked a lot like bumGenius and didn’t have a wipeable inside. We nearly went to production with that design, but I called a halt to it before we went too far. When Andrew was little, we used diaper covers and prefolds. We lived in an apartment and I was hand-washing all of my diaper covers every night. We used certain diaper covers over and over again because they could be wiped out. Hand washing was hard enough… it was so helpful when I could just wipe out the inside and reuse the cover. So, relying on my spidey senses, we went back to the drawing board to design a wipeable cover and, months later, emerged with what you see here. The inside has optional flaps… use them or don’t. I use them all the time because it keeps the insert inside the diaper and the top edge of the diaper covered with waterproof material (no wicking) front and back. I love it. I can wipe out the cover (if needed), lay in the next insert and keep going…
So let’s talk Flip inserts. Flip is available with a Flip: Stay Dry option, a Flip: Organic cotton option and a Flip: Disposable option.
Flip: Stay Dry inserts are made of three layers of microfiber and one layer of suedecloth. Fold lines have been sewn on one end so the insert naturally folds to the right size when you’re putting it in the cover. We eliminated the extra step of snapping the insert so you could do this one-handed. The sizing is embroidered on the microfiber side so you don’t have to guess which line to use.
Flip: Organic Inserts are made of 100% GOTs-certified organic cotton. The insert is designed to fold one direction for a large / medium setting and the other for a small setting. Before washing, it looks much larger than the cover. After washing 3-5 times in hot water with detergent (drying in the dryer between each wash), the insert will become absorbent and shrink down to its proper size.
Flip: Disposable Inserts are next… these inserts provide about the same absorbency as a size 3 or a size 4 disposable diaper. They are trim, absorbent and get the job done when life demands something disposable. I’ve used these on business trips and have used them overnight when all of our extra inserts were dirty. They work amazingly well to boost a microfiber insert for overnight (a trimmer option than double-stuffing) or by themselves overnight. You can stack, fold, layer… whatever you need to do with them. They are unbleached, dye-free, lead-free, PVC-free, phthalate-free, fragrance-free and latex-free. No plastic. No adhesives.
One last photo showing all of the inserts together… please excuse my kitchen table. 🙂
Right to left:
Flip: Organic Insert (unwashed),
Flip: Stay Dry Insert,
Flip: Disposable Insert
Flip: Diaper Cover stuffed with a washed Flip: Organic Insert. This cover was snapped down to the smallest setting.
If you have any questions, feel free to post them in the comments or email the Cotton Babies customer service department at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also call customer service at 1-314-892-1855.