Choosing Cloth Diapers: Flip One-Size Diaper System

Introduction: Choosing Cloth Diapers

Choosing Cloth Diapers: Econobum

Choosing Cloth Diapers: Bum Genius 3.0 One Size

Flip One Size Diaper

Flip Diaper Cover and Insert The Flip Insert has microfiber on one side and stay dry suede on the other side. (The suede is the side that touches the baby’s bottom.) Pictured is actually 2 different liners, the top shows the microfiber side (and the lines indicate where you fold for sizes small, medium, or large) and the bottom shows the suede side.

On the Cotton Babies website, they ask the question, “Why Flip?” Their answer,

“Cloth Diapering has never been so easy!

TOSS the used insert into your diaper pail

REPLACE the insert with a clean one

REUSE the cover”

At $16.95, it’s much more expensive than the Econobum and only $1 less than the Bum Genius 3.0 One Size. However, the insert was a lot like the Bum Genius diaper and the fact you can replace the insert with another one and reuse the cover makes it an economical choice! Extra Flip Inserts are $4.95 each. We purchased 2 inserts in addition to the Flip System and used the Flip Diaper 3 times on Emerson!

Another feature of this diaper system is disposable inserts. They are $4.95 for a pack of 18 which makes them approximately $.28 each. (A few weeks ago I saw them Buy One, Get One which would make each insert $.14, much more economical to purchase them this way.) I’ve talked to some cloth diapering mama’s that put in a disposables insert when they knew their little one was going to have their “scheduled” bowel movement to avoid having poopy cloth diapers. The disposable inserts are also used when traveling. I haven’t tried the disposable insert but wanted to share that option!

Here we are testing the Flip Diaper:

Snapping up the diaper. It does take a little longer to snap but it’s not hard at all. The Flip diaper has small pockets on the back and front of the diaper where the insert slides in to make keeping it in place while putting it on the baby easier. For the first change, I already  had the insert in the cover. For the second and third changes, it was very simple, I pulled out the soiled insert and slipped another one in and put the diaper back on her! Easy!

Close up of the snaps. Again, they are really easy to use!

Miss Emerson modeling the Flip Diaper!!

This picture shows that the diaper is bulkier than a disposable, however she didn’t seem uncomfortable and it didn’t look too huge underneath her clothes.

How did the Flip Diaper do?

We kept each insert on her approximately 2 hours. All 3 times she was changed, the suede side of the insert (that touched her bottom) appeared dry but the microfiber side was saturated! She seemed completely comfortable in the diaper and we were pleased with the absorbency. The  diaper cover had no leaks and I thought it was very easy to adjust to Emerson’s size.

The Flip and the Econobum are a lot alike, they are both diaper covers with inserts. I did like the Flip better than Econobum because the Flip inserts are much nicer and less bulky. I also like that there are pockets in the front and back to secure the insert; with the Econobum, the liner just sits in the cover. I may try one of the Flip inserts in the Econobum cover, I don’t see why that wouldn’t work because the covers are basically the same!

Comparing the Flip and the Bum Genius 3.0 One Size, I must admit that the all in one of the Bum Genius makes it very easy to use, it’s basically like putting on a disposable diaper! However, the Flip is more economical with the fact that the cover is able to be “reused” several times before washing by putting in a fresh insert. The Flip insert was made a lot like the Bum Genius diaper with the suede fabric that touches the baby’s skin and the microfiber to absorb.

To be continued…Choosing Cloth Diapers: My Cloth Diapering Plan

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11 Replies to “Choosing Cloth Diapers: Flip One-Size Diaper System”

  1. Here’s an idea, why not make you own liners? You can get cotton flannel at the fabric store, around here JoAnn fabrics has flannel for $2.49 a yard sometimes, or use one of their 40% or 50% off one single cut of fabric coupons if you get their flyer in the newspaper. You can use one of the liners you already bought as a pattern.

    You could experiment with a top layer of micro fleece on one side backed by several pieces of cotton on the other, cut into rectangles, layer a couple of the liners together and zig zag around the entire edge. You could make some thinner ones and some double thickness for overnight. You could also make one half of the liner thicker than the other, put the extra thickness in front for boys, and in back for girls.

    If you have a diaper service in your area, find out if they sell their old diapers. I used to be able to buy a bag for a couple of dollars that had two or three dozen pre-folded clother diapers, ones that weren’t so sparkly white, or maybe had a small hole, or might be a little discolored, but were still usable, and you could use that material to make your own liners. If they are the rectangle pre folded cloth diapers, you’d just have to fold the two sides over the thicker middle, and again, zig zag around the entire rectangle to keep it folded.

    Also, look into buying diaper liners, they are material similar to fabric softener sheets or like handi wipes, a thin soft fiber fabric. Google diaper liners and you can find all kinds. You put the liner on the diaper, it will go next to baby’s skin, and when they have a bm, you can lift out the liner and dispose of the solid waste, but the liquid stuff goes through the liner into the diaper. They keep most of the solid stuff out of the diaper then you don’t have to try and scrape solid waste off the diaper itself.

  2. Deb,

    I have thought about making my own liners but I don’t know whether I will or not! And thanks for the diaper liner advice, I have never heard of those and I’ll do a little research!


    I haven’t heard of the gDiapers before you mentioned them! I checked out their website, I prefer one-size diapers so I doubt I’ll try them but they are really cute diapers!!

  3. I really like the idea of having disposable inserts but resuing the diaper cover- that would be so easy to do, and would certainly make a good introduction to cloth diapering! Also, the idea of using a diaper liner for BM is wonderful- I would so do that! I’ll definately be trying these, thanks for the review!

  4. We are using the Flip and Bum Genius Organic on our little one. Just an FYI that you might not be able to use them immediately. We waited until her cord fell off but still haven’t been able to use them. She is almost 8 pounds (which is when they start) but she has skinny little legs and manages to leak out the sides. I have been told by a lot of people that she will grow into them so we’re waiting to try again. She’s only 2 weeks old so we have some time. I was a bit disappointed, wish someone had told me it depended on body shape and weight! Hopefully you will have great success with them!

  5. gdiapers are pretty cool, I’ve tried them on my little guy, but you have to buy multiple sizes and that gets expensive. You can use cloth liners in them instead of the disposable insert which is nice.

  6. I just started using the flip & love it. However, if your baby is like mine, he pooped the 1st time I put him in 1 so the disposable insert idea doesn’t always work! They have the diaper spray that hooks to the back of the toilet to spray it off into the toilet making cleanup so easy! They are on ebay for $24..shipping included!

  7. just commenting since we've been cloth diapering for over 3 yrs with a 2m break between big brother PT and my now 1 yr olds birth. even xs fuzzibunz were a little big on my 8+lb 21" long kiddos things start fitting really well a month or 2 in. found your post looking for pics of the flip to use as a disneyworld/vacation disposable option

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