Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Considering Cloth Diapers? Try them out!

We have been cloth diapering Libby since she was 6 days old and love it! We've kept it simple with using unbleached Indian Cotton Prefolds, Snappis and Thirsties Covers. For a breakdown of our stash, see my previous post about it here.

Six days old wearing an XS Thristies cover in Butter over a Snappi's Infant Sized OsoCozy PF

We love the simplicity of cloth diapering, especially since she seems to go through 12-18 diapers a day right now. We're also using organic bamboo cloth wipes with plain water, warmed in a Lionsheart Wipes Warmer (we roll the 8x8 cloth wipes into "cigars", wet then with plain, filtered tap water, pile them into the warmer and open the top when we need a wipe...brilliant!)

Supply getting low? Just do a load of laundry. It's that simple. And cheap! And best of all, we've had no diaper rash issues (one was starting to develop from the disposable wipes/diapers we used at the hospital with her). And even more importantly, no leaks or blow-outs, even with an exclusively breastfed newborn!

Thanks to this handy thread at DiaperSwappers.com you can compare the various cloth diaper trial programs available. The ones listed offer cash credit or returns. There are many more retailers that offer trial diaper packages for store credit returns which are not listed here.

"Trial programs" allow you to use the cloth diapeers for a pre-determined trial period. If you like them you keep them. If you don't, you return them and have only invested a minimal amount of money to see if cloth diapering is for you and your family:

Mom's Milk Boutique Cloth Diaper Trial
Trial Period: 30 days
Deposit: $135
Trial Fee: $20 + return shipping
Bonus: free wetbag, free disposable inserts

Trial Products (all new):
1 Chinese Bleached Prefold
1 Indian Unbleached Prefold
1 Package Flip Disposable Inserts (for use in Econobum or Pocket Diapers).
1 Econobum Prefold & 1 Cover
2 Fitted Diapers (will be either bumGenius Bamboo, Thirsties Fab, or Kissaluvs Fitted Diaper)
1 Thirsties DUO Diaper Cover (except NB - will receive Thirsties XS)
1 Bummis Super Brite or Booroi Cover
1 BumGenius All-In-One
1 Thirsties All-In-One
1 Fuzzi Bunz Perfect Size Pocket Diaper (inserts included)
1 bumGenius 3.0 One-Size Pocket Diaper (inserts included)
1 Snappi
1 small wetbag

Mom's Milk Boutique Organic Cloth Diaper Trial
Trial Period: 30 days
Deposit: $180
Trial Fee: $30 + return shipping
Bonus: free wetbag

Trial Products (all new):
1 GRO Baby System Shell Set
1 Extra Organic Soaker Pad
1 Bummis Organic Cotton Prefolds
1 Imse Vimse Organic Cotton Contour Diaper
1 Clover or Dream-eze Organic Cotton Fitted Diaper
1 BabyKicks Organic One-Size Fitted Diaper
1 bumGenius Organic All-In-One One Size Diaper
1 Dream-eze Organic All-In-One
1 Econappi Organic Pocket/All-In-Two One Size Diaper
1 Imse Vimse Organic Cotton Diaper Cover
1 Snappi
1 small wetbag (yours to keep whether or not you keep the package!)

Jillian's Drawers Cloth Diaper Trial
Trial Period: 21 days
Deposit: $150
Trial Fee: $10 + shipping both ways
Bonus: free flushable liners, free shipping on next order, 10% off trial package if you choose to keep it

Trial Products (all new):
2 Bleached Chinese Prefolds
2 Unbleached Indian Prefolds
1 Snappi
1 bumGenius! Fitted Bamboo Diaper (we may sub a Thirsties Fab Fitted)
1 Thirsties
V2.0 Diaper Cover
1 Fuzzi Bunz with Microfiber Insert
1 bumGenius! One-Size V3.0 with 2 Microfiber Inserts
1 Dream-Eze Organic All-In-One
1 bumGenius! V3.0 All-In-One
1 GroBaby Shell with 1 Snap-In Soaker and 1 Booster
2 Additional GroBaby Snap-In Soakers
5 Sheets of Flushable Liners (just lay in diaper, remove, and flush in toilet with solids)

Cute Caboose Cloth Diaper Trial
Trial Period: 21 days
Deposit: $150
Trial Fee: $10 + shipping both ways
Bonus: substitutions allowed, if you choose to keep diapers, you get a 20% coupon for next purchase

Trial Products (all new):
2 Prefolds
1 Thirsties Diaper Cover
1 Fuzzibunz Perfect Fit Pocket Diaper + MF Inserts
1 bumGenius 3.0 One Size Cloth Diaper + MF inserts
1 Dream-ez All in One Diaper*
1 Thirsties Fab Fitted Cloth Diaper
1 Happy Heiny One Size Pocket Diaper + MF Inserts*
1 Snappi
1 The Natural Baby Co. Wet Bag

Diaper Junction Cloth Diaper Trial
Trial Period: 30 days
Deposit: value of items purchased
Trial Fee: $0 + shipping both ways*
Bonus: build-your-own trial package (or choose one pre-built); 10% off order if you join mailing list; 10% off "stock up" order if you review a product on their site; *shipped to you for free if your order is $75 or more

Trial Products (all new):
(2) Diaper Rite™ Prefolds - 1 bleached & 1 unbleached.
(1) Kissaluvs Fitted Diaper
(1) Bummis Super Whisper Wrap Diaper Cover
(1) Fuzzi Bunz Perfect Size Diaper
(1) bumGenius! Deluxe All in One Diaper

Build-your-own trial package out of any of these products (all new):
Flip One Size Diaper Day Pack
bumGenius! One Size Pocket Diaper
bumGenius! Deluxe All In One Diaper
bumGenius! Organic Cloth Diaper
Econobum One Size Diaper
Flip One Size Diaper System
Gro Baby One Size Diaper
Fuzzi Bunz Pocket Diaper
FuzziBunz One Size Diaper
Happy Heinys One Size Diaper

Cloth Diaper Superstore Cloth Diaper Trial
Trial Period: 30 days
Deposit: value of items purchased
Trial Fee: $0 + shipping both ways
(No official trial, but retailer offers 30-day money back guarantee on "almost every product" they sell.)

Diaper Daisy Cloth Diaper Trial
Trial Period: 14-21 days
Deposit: $140
Trial Fee: $20 + shipping one way
Bonus: build-your-own trial package (or choose one pre-built), detergent sample, trial handbook

Trial Products (gently used):
1 FuzziBunz Perfect Fit Diaper with insert
1 bumGenius 3.0 One Size Pocket Diaper and inserts
1 Knickernappies One Size Pocket Diaper and inserts
1 FuzziBunz One Size Pocket Diaper and inserts
1 Thirsties All-In-One
1 bumGenius Organic One Size All-In-One
1 Flip All-In-Two One Size Diaper with one stay dry and one organic cotton insert
1 Thirsties Fab Fitted
1 Thirsties Original Diaper Cover
2 Diaper service quality prefolds
1 Snappi fastener
1 FuzziBunz In and Out Mess Free Diaper Bag
1 sample package of Rockin' Green Detergent, Classic Rock, Unscented
1 Trial Handbook, yours to keep, full of information about cloth diapering
1 mailing envelope to return the diapers to Diaper Daisy, including return postage

Luvaboos Cloth Diaper Trial
Trial Period: weekly (recommend 1 - 2 weeks)
Deposit: place valid credit card # on file w/ company
Trial Fee: $15 per week + shipping both ways
Bonus: includes accessories

Trial Products (all new):
1 Hanging diaper pail/liner for soiled diapers
1 Travel wetbag for outings
Sample detergent
Sample cloth wipes
Sample Grandma El's Healing Rash Cream
Sample Baby Bum Drops Wipes solution
Bummis Biosoft Disposable liners
Bummis Super Brite cover
Thirsties Diaper Cover
ProWrap Cover
1 Unbleached Prefolds (with 1 Snappi fastener)
1 Thirsties Fab Fitted
1 BumGenius One-Size Pocket (includes 2 inserts)
1 Happy Heinys One-Size Pocket (includes 2 inserts)
1 Happy Heinys Sized Pocket
1 FuzziBunz Sized Pocket (includes 1 insert)
1 Knicker Nappies disposanot sized pocket diaper
1 Drybees or Thirsties AIO Hybrid Pocket
Extra Inserts (SuperDo, Thirsties Just Hemp Insert)
Washing instructions and care guide

Kelly's Closet 45 Day "Wee Guarantee" Program
Trial Period: 45 days
Deposit: value of items purchased
Trial Fee: $0 + shipping both ways

Trial Products (all new):
bumGenius One Size 3.0 Pocket Diapers
bumGenius One Size organic AIO diapers
Gro Baby One Size Diapers

Earth Angels Diaper Co. Try One (or Three) at a Time
Trial Period: 28 days
Deposit: $20 (for one) or $55 (for three)
Trial Fee: $0 + return shipping
Bonus: for each diaper you keep, $5 refund + $5 store credit

Trial Products (all new, choose one or three):
KnickerNappies OS Diaper w/2 Inserts
BumGenius 3.0 Pocket w/2 Inserts
DryBee's Fleece Nighttime Pocket w/Insert
KnickerNappies sized Pocket w/ Loopy Do
Wahmie's OS Diaper w/Insert
Happy Heiny's OS Pocket w/2 Inserts
Rocky Mountain OS Diaper w/ Insert
Thirsties Pocket AIO
Thirsties Duo Wrap w/ 2 Prefolds
Thirsties V2 Cover w/ 2 Prefolds
Thirsties V2 Cover or Duo Wrap w/ Thirsties Fab Fitted
Green Acre Designs sized Pocket w/Insert
Thirsties Duo Diaper w/Inserts

Giggle Britches cloth diaper trial
Trial Period: 30 days
Deposit: $180
Trial Fee: $15 + return shipping
Bonus: 10% off diapers kept

Trial Products (all new):
3 unbleached prefolds
1 Thirsties cover
1 So Simple cover
1 snappi
1 Fuzzi Bunz One Size
1 Happy Heinys One Size
1 bumGenius One Size
1 Tiny Tush Elite One Size
1 Thirsties Fab Fitted
1 Happy Hempys with fleece fitted
1 Tiny Tush Trim one size fitted
1 Bottombumpers all-in-one
1 OsoCozy all-in-one

Sew Crafty Baby
Trial Period: 30 days
Deposit: value of items purchased
Trial Fee: 10% restocking fee on used items + return shipping

Trial Products (all new, choose at least three):
Infants Prefolds
Regular Prefolds
Premium Prefolds
Unbleached Flats
Thirsties Duo Cover
Bummis Super Bright
Bummis Super Whisper Wrap
Flip
Econobum
Prorap Classic
BumGenius Organic
Sposoeasy`s
Dream-Eze
OsoCozy
BumGenius 3.0
Thirsties Duo Diaper
Happy Heinys
Fuzzi Bunz
Tweedle Bugs
Kissaluvs
Thirsties Fab Fitteds
Tiny Tush
Sherpa Heiny Huggers
Green Acre Bamboo Contour
Grobaby
Flip Stay Dry
Flip Organic
Snappi
2 Brass Locking Pins
Thirsties Diaper Duffel
Wahmies Regular Wetbag
Thirsties Pail Liner
Wahmies Pail Liner

If you do a trial and decide that cloth diaper IS for you then you can also purchase the returned, these "slightly used" trial diapers, covers and accessories from other trial returns for a deep discount. Diaper trials are a win-win all the way around! So considering cloth diapers? Try them out today!

1 comment:

  1. Which trial is best? Any recommendations? I know some are more flexible with returns, etc. So many trials...I just don't know which one to choose. Thanks!!!

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