01 October 2012

Adventures in Cloth Diapering {SunBaby Diapers Review}

Let me just give you a little bit of a preface.

I have always been interested in cloth diapering, there are a lot of benefits to it. But if I'm being truthful, 85% of the reason I wanted to do it was to save money...everything else was a distant second. When Bennett was a baby, on many occasions, I remember bringing up with my Husband only to have him immediately shoot down the idea. (Sorry honey, didn't mean to throw you under the bus. Okay... maybe I did. But I gotta be honest!) And also, I was always a little intimidated by the endeavor so I never pushed it very hard.

With Easton, I brought it up again, and sure enough, I was shot down again. There was always an excuse like "It really doesn't save that much money" - "I already budgeted the cost of disposable's into our finances" - "I don't want to have to wash them..." etc... the list when on. After East turned 3 months and I realized that Bennett was probably going to still be in diapers until closer to his 3rd birthday - that's when I decided it was time to put my foot down about this. Two kids in diapers?? I'm sorry but that burns a hole in our wallet like WHOA. Just think of all the things we could be buying instead of disposable diapers? Yummy dinners & desserts, new shoes, finger nail polish. Ha ha, okay I'm kidding (sort of). But really, all the money we could save by cloth diapering could go towards bills. A lame, but practical conclusion.

So... I basically told my sweet Husband that I was going to try cloth diapering and he was going to support me. End of story. And he said "Okay, we can try it". Wait, hold the phone!? Is that all I had to do? What took me so long??

Well anyway. Here we are. East is 6 months old and we are going to try our hand at CD. Bennett, well, he can stay in disposables for the next few months.

In my quest to research cloth diapers, I will just be honest, I was so overwhelmed. There are way too many choices out there. All-in-ones, Prefolds, Pocket diapers... say whaaa? Luckily, I had some friends who CD and I got some great advise from them. So, I knew that I wanted pocket diapers (the kind that you stuff an insert into the pocket in the diaper) and so at least I had one decision made. The next one, was to find reasonably priced diapers. I can't tell you how many brands I read about. My eyeballs were about to pop out of their sockets. I read mixed reviews about pretty much every style and brand. So it seemed to me that it really didn't matter which brand I went with because they all had pros & cons. So for me, it came down to affordability.

I came across a brand called SunBaby. Not that many people had heard of them because they are actually a company based out of China. I went on to read some reviews and it was good stuff people. Good stuff.

So I went out on a limb and decided to give them a shot.

» From here on out, I will be reviewing SunBaby Diapers. Please note: I am an amateur cloth-diaperer but these are my honest opinions from the experience I've had thus far! «

A little about SunBaby
SunBaby was started by Sun pei & her Husband after they had their own little boy. They design the diapers with quality fabric and they manufacturer them all themselves. In fact, they are the only manufacturers and the only sellers of SunBaby Diapers in China. This allows the cost to be lower and that's why they are so reasonably priced. The diapers are manufactured under strict law (fair labor conditions), so you can be confident that the diapers are made ethically. I don't know about you, but that makes me feel so much better. 


SunBaby diapers are essentially one size, but they do come in 2 sizes. Let me explain... they are one size because they grow with your baby. But they come in 2 sizes for different size babies. Size 1 is for the skinnier baby. And size 2 is for the baby with some extra love. And clearly, Easton has rolls for days - so we ordered size 2's :-)

For these pocket diapers, you have 3 different types of inserts you can order. They come in packs with either bamboo, blend, or microfiber inserts. We went with the microfiber.

What I like about this website, is that it's pretty low-tech, so it is no-hassle and easy to navigate. You just simply type your in order, there are examples on how to do it, and I didn't have any problems. The only complaint that I have about the ordering system is that you can only the order the diapers in increments of 6, 12, or 24. So that's a bit limiting, but at the end of the day, it really isn't that big of a deal.



Let's talk about the cost.
SunBaby is BY FAR the least expensive cloth diaper (with good reviews) that I could find.

For example:
If you ordered the option that has 24 diapers w/48 inserts, the total comes out to be $144. If you were to buy 48 inserts by themselves, that comes out to $48. So let's subtract 48 from 144 (equals $96). So essentially, we're paying $96 for 24 cloth diapers. If you do the math, that's only $4 per diaper!!!! Seriously amazing stuff. I will say that again.....UH-MAZING.



What do I think about the quality?
Well, I obviously I don't have a lot to compare it to. And I'm not going to buy 15 different brands of diapers. I decided that I would buy these (and maybe one other kind) and if they worked for me, I was going to stick with them. No need to shop around. I trust my instinct. Someone told me buying cloth diapers are like buying cars. There are so many kinds & styles out there, you could second guess yourself all day. You need to just make a decision, stick with it and never look back.

So here's what I honestly think about SunBaby diapers

So far? LOVE them. They are VERY soft and feel well made. They fit Easton perfectly. I'm really pleased with how snuggly and soft they are.

The dipes have a 3x3 snap design that allows you to adjust them to fit your baby as he grows. They will fit babies between 7-35lbs. I really like that they have hip snaps as well, it makes me feel like they are a lot more secure.

The outer layer of SunBaby's are made of PUL (a waterproof, yet breathable material). And the inner layer is made of soft microfleece which pulls away moisture to help keep baby dry.

Click this link for a more detailed description of the diaper.

So far, I haven't experienced any leaks (except once but that was user error!) TMI here, but Easton has major blowouts! He only goes #2 once every week or so, and when he does.... explosion. I'm talking up his back and all over his clothes. It's no good. But with the SunBaby cloth diaper?? It actually holds it all in! Can I get an hallelujah!?




Little tidbits. 
  • I went kinda plain jane and ordered solid colors, but don't be fooled. They have the most darling designs and patterns. They are unique and different from what I've seen other brands offer. I didn't order any patterns, just solid colors to start. But I will be ordering more for sure, and I will be getting some cute designs. 
  • Because they come from China, they do take quite a while to ship. So just don't expect them to show up on your doorstep quickly. 
  • They don't come with a lot care instructions, just the little tag on the inside. But, there are all kinds of really great resources out there for tips and instructions on how to wash/care for your cloth diapers. (I'm still learning but found this site to be super helpful!)
  • They dry pretty quickly, which is really nice! 
  • I did compare the Sunbaby diaper to a bumGenius diaper and what I found is that they aren't quite as bulky as BG, which I really like. They also feel a little more flexible. To be honest, they both have worked really well. So if they both work great, why not go with the less expensive option?
And how cute is this Halloween themed cloth diaper that Sun pei sent to me??? I love it!

OVERALL
Like I said, I'm not a cloth diaper veteran like a lot of other people out there. And I really am not planning to test drive a million styles and brands. I think that if SunBaby's continue working out for me, I will stick with them and never look back. And so far, these diapers have really impressed me, and cloth diapering seems to be a lot less intimidating now.

In the world of CD, everyone has a preference, but would I recommend SunBaby Diapers? Absolutely!  I am hoping that this post has been informative, mostly to people that have been interested in CD, but have yet to pull the triggor. It really is easier than it seems and definitely more economical. And for those mama's out there that are looking for a less expensive cloth diapering option, while still maintaining quality, SunBaby's are awesome.

So tell me, what are your thoughts on cloth diapering? What brands & styles have you liked?

*please note: I was provided with this product for the purpose of this review. All thoughts & opinions expressed in this post are honest and not influenced in any way.

23 comments:

Lexie said...

Thank you for doing this! I've always wondered- when you wash them what are you washing? Are the inserts getting washed it thrown away? Definitely a rookie here. Thanks Mandy!

Mindi said...

Thank you sooo much for this post. It is so very timely. I have been interested in CDing since baby #1 and was met with the same reaction from my husband. Plus at the time we were in a center based daycare which absolutely did not allow CDs. Now I'm getting the itch again but this time we are in a home daycare which I believe I may be able to convince that CDing is not so hard. I have decided to do some research, get some CDs and it it a try during the weekends and evenings to see what I think. Even though we just got Xander out of diapers recently and are enjoying just one in diapers we are trying for baby #3. Once that happens we again will have 2 in diapers. I think CDs would save some money for sure. Can't wait to follow along in your trials. This looks like a great diaper to try out. There are just sooo many options and very overwhelming.

Heath kale said...

I think it's awesome you started cloth diapering! I always wanted to do it with Chloe but my hub was weirded out by the whole idea and didn't see the cost efficiency either. Easton looks so cute in them btw!

www.happylifewife.blogspot.com said...

We CD and have a variety of different ones and these are one of our fav kinds, they even make bamboo/organic ones love them!

Sara said...

this post makes me wish i had cloth diapered my boys!! great post mandy!! :)

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klein.blog.co said...

I have the same hesitations you had! My husband's not too keen on the idea and I'm already worried about the million other things I won't know what to do when our little one arrives in March! I do love how you just made the decision though and had your husby follow suit! : )

Sarah [NurseLovesFarmer.com] said...

I'm glad that you gave it a try and are liking it. I know husbands change *some* diapers...but let's be honest, most moms change the majority so I don't know why so many husbands are sticks in the mud about cloth diapering! I just non-chalantly, matter-of-factly told my husband we were using cloth diapers with our first and he never really had an opinion. I do the laundry in the house anyway and a diaper is a diaper as far as changing them go, so it didn't matter much to him.

As for the cost? I hope your husband realizes what a savings they truly are and will be! :)

mandy @a sorta fairytale said...

That's so true... I probably change 95% of BOTH of our boys diapers, so I don't see why the Husband's complain ;-)

mandy @a sorta fairytale said...

Yeah I kinda wonder why I didn't just make that decision earlier. he he

mandy @a sorta fairytale said...

Thanks Sara!!

mandy @a sorta fairytale said...

What is it with men and thinking it's so weird?? lol

mandy @a sorta fairytale said...

First of all, YAY for trying for baby #3! :) And yes you should absolutely look into CD, it's really not as bad as it may seem. I am by no means an expert, but let me know if you have any other questions!

sarahracine said...

Well done! I'm glad it's going well. I found it so rewarding and am glad you are having a good experience.

Alaina Craft said...

It has been a while since this review. Do you still feel confident & love this diaper after more "wear"?

Alaina Craft said...

It has been a while since you wrote this review. Do you still feel confident & love this product after all the "wear"?

Mandy@ a sorta fairytale said...

Alaina, yes I still love them , even after 7 months! I have had one snap come off but the diaper was replaced so I am still very pleased!

Laura L. said...

I was wondering if you tried putting these on your older son? It says up to 35lb and I was wondering if that was true and how they fit? My son is 10m, fit's 18m clothes and is nearly out of the one-size Bum Genius diapers that are supposed to fit to 35lb also.

melanie c said...

Thanks for this review! Due in October and really considering CD! can you give details on your set up? (trash bin/liner/wipes) Just so curious to gather info on what works for people! Also, how long can you go between load of laundry? A couple days?

thanks!

Tameica Walters said...

My son is 10 months and I had ordered my sunbabies before he was born because I knew I would be cloth diapering him no question as stated before I know I would be changing most of the diapers so hey you can't argue with me. I did the research as well and decided that if I was going to try some sunbabies was it because I couldn't really find a bad review. I think people who bought multiple diapers were a little bias because they wouldn't have been able to justify their other purchases. I LOVE them as well. My routine for them is simple wash them in dreft (no I didn't get a special cloth friendly detergent) wash in cold for two cycles then hot four rinses, dry in dryer mostly although that's not the best but I live in an apartment. So once a month I dry them in my mom backyard and for no reason besides its natural antiseptic properties really. Haven't had a rash yet and haven't found it overwhelming. Make it simple and easy and your good to go.

Tameica Walters said...

My son is 10 months and I had ordered my sunbabies before he was born because I knew I would be cloth diapering him no question as stated before I know I would be changing most of the diapers so hey you can't argue with me. I did the research as well and decided that if I was going to try some sunbabies was it because I couldn't really find a bad review. I think people who bought multiple diapers were a little bias because they wouldn't have been able to justify their other purchases. I LOVE them as well. My routine for them is simple wash them in dreft (no I didn't get a special cloth friendly detergent) wash in cold for two cycles then hot four rinses, dry in dryer mostly although that's not the best but I live in an apartment. So once a month I dry them in my mom backyard and for no reason besides its natural antiseptic properties really. Haven't had a rash yet and haven't found it overwhelming. Make it simple and easy and your good to go.

Jessica Bishop said...

I wish I feel like I had more time to give to this somewhat hurried response, but being 36 weeks, with a two year old, and the weekend before semester finals in my Master's Program... well, I'm a little swamped.

BUT! I used Sun Baby diapers with my toddler for 18 months. At the time I bought the microfiber inserts... this time I will be buying the blends. For sure read up on how to wash, and how to store... and take the PP up on her idea about hanging them outside every once in a while... it can make a world of difference!

In my 18 months of using them, the only problems I found, were due to my own error or a poor "high efficiency" washer/dryer. If you're going to CD, always do your research to find how best to store and wash them... I did have to strip my microfibers somewhat often (about once a month), but again... I am finding as I use this washing machine more, that that was more about the machine than the FABULOUS diapers!

I, too, experienced WAY fewer leaks with these bad boys, than with disposables. And the savings was irreplacable. I was a student at the time, and my husband was between jobs; it was truly a blessing never having to wonder how I was going to diaper my child.

Sun Baby also has a new line of pull-ups for toddlers! When I stopped using them with my DD, it was because the grandparents (who watched her), wanted to use disposable. But now that we have the opportunity to CD again, I am buying both the Pocket diaper Blends for my soon-to-be-here son, as well as the CD pull-ups for my daughter. :-)

Sun Baby all the way!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the post! I like that you are very practical in your attitude towards cloth diapers. Lots of CD mamas go crazy and buy WAY more than they need because it really is an addiction! And it's hard not to get roped in when there are so many cute styles out there. I use Best Bottoms and LOVE them. It's an All-in-2 system that grows with your baby. They are a great quality and very economical. They come out to about $8/diaper change, but that includes the cost of inserts. So I'm very pleased with them. It's also a US brand, manufactured in the US, and run by a great company! But I have my eye on a SunBaby pocket that I've been wanting to try! So thanks for the positive review! Maybe I'll give it a try.

Anonymous said...

I bought some SunBaby's used & honetly, they are the least expensive of all my diapers - and the best! Best quality, best fit, zero leaks & blowouts, absolute softest - the list of pros goes on....... Only con - that it took me so long to find them, that now my son is close to potty training..... If we have another baby, I think I'll probably sell all my other diapers that we don't like so well & just buy more of SunBaby's!

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