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 SunBabySunBaby 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.
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.
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!?
- 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!
OVERALLLike 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.