Choosing Cloth Diapers: Econobum

Introduction: Choosing Cloth Diapers

Choosing Cloth Diapers: Bum Genius 3.0 One Size

Choosing Cloth Diapers: Flip One Size Diaper System

Econobum Diaper

Econobum Cover and Prefold

This prefold is folded ready to go into the cover. It looks like a “traditional” cloth diaper. It is a very thick diaper!

According to Cotton Babies, “Econobum™ is the cloth diapering solution for every budget! Save money while making the environmentally friendly choice to cloth diaper little one’s bum.”

At $9.95 for the cover and prefold it is definitely a budget friendly cloth diapering system!

We tried out the Econobum first on Emerson:

It was surprisingly easy to put on! Of course I had already put the prefold into the cover but it was not really any different than putting on a disposable! The snaps weren’t complicated at all like I thought they would be. It might have taken me 1 minute longer to put on than it would take me to put on a disposable.

Here she is in the Econobum! I was somewhat afraid that she might cry because it felt different but it didn’t seem to phase her one bit! It fit about the same on her waist and legs as her regular diapers the only difference was it was bulkier but she didn’t seem to care!

Close up of the Econobum all snapped up! It’s on the medium setting since Emerson is 6 months.

Here’s the sweet girl showing off her cloth diapered bottom! She seemed quite comfortable in it!

So that’s getting the diaper on and showing it off but the real question was how did it do?

We kept it on her about 2 hours and it was wet but not soaked when we changed her. She had no leaks and the cover wasn’t wet from the wet prefold!

We did not have a poopy diaper in the Econobum (I’ll share how well it stands up to poop once my baby arrives) however I am confident there would have been no leakage.

Overall, this diaper is a little more work than the Bum Genius 3.0 One-Size and the Flip Diaper since the insert has to be folded and there are no pockets to hold the prefold in. It was the bulkiest of the diapers also but for the price of $9.95 it’s a perfect cloth diaper to try for the first time to see if you like them before investing in more expensive diapers and it is a very budget friendly diaper.

To be continued…Choosing Cloth Diapers: Bum Genius 3.0 One-Size

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5 Replies to “Choosing Cloth Diapers: Econobum”

  1. I have questions about cloth diapering. One- do u wash the whole diaper when it gets wet or only the ‘prefold’ as you call it? Two- How in the world do you ‘clean up’ a poopy cloth diaper. This is what is turning me off- I could not imagine scraping doo-doo off the diaper and then putting it in the wash with other unpoopy things. It seems rather discusting, but perhaps I have it wrong? I would really like to try cloth diapering since it is so economical, but I don’t think I could stand the cleaning of poo.

  2. The poo is REALLY not that bad! I mean okay, it IS poop, but do you really want poop in landfills that rainwater rinses in and contaminates water sources? Or in the toilet where poop belongs to be treated and filtered?! A poopy in a prefold (at least for my 16 month old) is huge and sometimes gets on my cover (which I wash by hand since I bought thirsties (brand of diaper cover (the best one, really) that are the most expensive). But on the prefold you just turn the prefold upside down over the toilet to get any unstuck pieces off. Then you take the diaper on both unsoiled ends and swish until all 3D poop is in the toilet. Then you wash diapers ONLY in the washer with cold water (one rinse with vinegar for stinky peepee smell OR bleach for poop stains but never BOTH because it produces the toxic gas Chlorine and one full wash with All free and clear detergent). Then the dryer or sun dry outside to save energy 🙂 I love mine and am about to buy some even cheaper econobums and bumgenius on Sign up for their e-mail and you can get diapers CHEAP!

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