Flip – One step up from the Econobum cloth diaper « Mummy Knows Best - The hands-on mum's guide to cool kids' stuff

Part 2 of 3 (read Part 1 here)

So now that you’ve read about the Econobum and are (hopefully) thinking of trying out cloth, let me increase the odds in favor of the cloth brigade. Heeere’s (drumrolls please) Flip! Flip is the slicker, smarter, richer, more attractive cousin of Econobum. It is very similar in the way you would use it, but is higher quality, has a slimmer fit and here’s the best part – comes in gorgeous shades of pink, lavender, blue, green and yellow. Its beautiful enough to wear outside so all you need is a light top and you have a cute summer outfit.

Like the Econobum the Flip has 2 components:

1. The Outer Cover. This water-proof adjustable one-size (from newborns to 3 year olds) cover has snaps to open and close the diaper around the waist, as well as snaps that make it adjustable in size.

2. The Stay-Dry insert. Where the Econobum uses a

prefold, the Flip has a long slim Stay-Dry liner (sort of like a sanitary pad). Stay-Dry liners are made of 3 absorbent layers of microfiber and a smooth stay-dry suede that wicks away moisture from your baby’s bum-keeping baby drier, longer.

To diaper baby, just place the insert on the outercover tucked within the flaps and close the snaps of the outer cover. When you need to change, just unsnap, remove the dirty insert, toss into bucket and replace it with a new one. You can just wipe the outer cover and reuse it. Thanks to the Stay-Dry suede, the baby won’t feel the wetness. So you usually need to change only after 3-4 hours.

One individual set of the Flip which consists of the outer cover with one stay-dry insert is Rs.1023. You can buy extra inserts separately for Rs.358 each. The Flip Daypack which contains 2 outer covers and 6 Stay-Dry inserts for Rs.2743 will be available in a month or so. Flip also gives an option for disposable inserts for when you’re traveling. Those should also become available at smartbaby.in soon.

The advantages of Flip over Econobum is mainly, that the Stay-Dry liners are easier to use than the prefolds and give a slim, sleek fit. The liners also keep baby feeling dry. The outer covers in the Flip are better made, with 2 sets of snaps around the waist as opposed to one in the Econobum, they have flaps to keep the liners in place and are available in pretty colours. The Econobum is about Rs.300 cheaper (Rs.600 for the Daypack) and the prefolds are cotton, if you’re particular about that.

Watch a How To video for the Flip here on youtube.

Flip diapers are available online at smartbaby.in. Its Rs.1023 for one outer cover and one insert. The Daypack (Rs.2743 for 2 covers and 6 prefolds) will be available in a couple of months.
We have 3 samples of the cloth diapers – one each of Econonum, Flip and Bumgenius to give away. To be eligible to win one, sign up in our members area and send an email to contest@mummyknowsbest.com with CLOTH DIAPERS as subject.

Stay tuned for Cloth diapering: Part 3 of 3 – Bumgenius

7 Responses to “Flip – One step up from the Econobum cloth diaper”

  1. Misti says:

    Hey Nisha, thanks for the post. Just got another version online, which is bit cheaper, though not sure of the quality and the overall product. Have a look.
    http://hyderabad.locanto.in/ID.....ppies.html

    Cheers!

  2. Nisha says:

    This one seems similar to the Bumgenius which I’ll be reviewing in the next couple of days. But from the photo shown, it doesn’t seem be one-size adjustable. That is, it won’t work from newborn to potty training. You’ll have to buy small first, then medium after about 9 months and large after a year or so. So cost-wise it’d add up to the same then. Have asked them for more info – will let you know if they send us some. The cost for cloth seems high initially, but you end up spending close to Rs.70,000 on disposables if you add up for the entire 3 years!

  3. chinmayie says:

    Hey Nisha! I am new to your website and already love it!
    I have been using new age cloth diapers for my baby from 6-8 months and I have Econobum and Flip diapers. I have been using another cloth diaper brand called ‘Sunbaby’ diapers which are made in china and sold all over the world. http://www.sunbabydiapers.com is the website. These diapers are also one size and work just like ‘Bumgenius’ and are very popular in the US and Australia (Sunbaby ships diapers to India) at less than $7 per piece they are certainly a LOT cheaper than Bumgenius!

  4. Shweta says:

    From the perspective of diaper rash, how do cloth diapers compare with traditional nappies?

  5. Nisha says:

    Shweta
    With cloth diapers you usually don’t get diaper rash since you change them more often than the disposable ones – also cloth is better on the skin. I never had a problem with that, and the couple of times that my baby did get diaper rash, I just let it air dry (left baby without diaper for half a day) and the rash just diasppeared. That was a better remedy than any cream.

  6. sudha chakravarty says:

    hi..
    in traditional napies we used to soak it in boiling water mixed with dettol fr sometime then used to scrup it cln and dry it in the sun …so how do we sterilise these???
    also compared to bum genius every time baby poops we have to change the whole stuff but for flip we just need to toss out teh liner nad use teh cover right??so isnt flip better than bumgenius????

  7. Nisha says:

    Sudha,
    Initially when the baby is being completely breastfed, the poop is water soluble. So, after a poop just hold the nappy over the toilet and use the sprayer to wash the poop off and toss it into a covered bucket. doesn’t have to be soaked or anything. If youre doing a wash every two days and you’re using a washing machine, then do a regular wash with soap in hot water. After that do a cold rinse once more – this is optional – just to make sure theres no soap residue left taht irritate baby’s skin. If you’re using a gentle soap, you can eliminate this. After that sun dry. The sun itself is an excellent sterilising and bleaching source. You don’t need any extra sterilising. Once the baby starts eating solid food, the poop isnt water soluble anymore. Go through the same steps, but run a rinse cycle before the wash in hot water to make sure all the poop is washed off. If you’re handwashing, just soak it an hour or two before washing, do a rinse and then wash. Don’t use fabric softeners or bleach or anything other than soap.
    Thats right – the flip is more economical. Bumgenius is just very easy – almost like a disposable, so its good to have a couple around for travel and keep more numbers of Flip.
    When my kids were in the nappy stage, we didn’t have a Flip type option, so I used the Econobum type for the first 6 months and then bought about 6 Bumgenius type and used a combination of these until they were 3. I re-used the same nappies for the second one – there was no wear and tear and no stains.