I have a confession: I very rarely use anything other than premium diapers. Sure, I’ve been called a cloth diaper snob because of this, but the simple fact is, I didn’t know anything about non-premium brand cloth diapers (hereafter referred to as “China Cheapies”) when I got interested in using cloth diapers in the first place. Recently, a mom in my area had a Sunbaby cloth diaper that she was selling. I figured, eh, why not? It’s cute. It has skulls. And my beloved Happy Heinys Glow in the Dark Skull print is in need of repair. Besides, if it didnt work out, I wasn’t really out of much money. Other people use Sunbaby cloth diapers with great success. So why not me?
The diaper that I got in the mail was a size one Sunbaby cloth diaper. That one size diapers actually has sizes at all seemed weird to me, but, meh, whatever. There’s apparently little difference in the diapers. This particular Sunbaby cloth diaper came with a bamboo insert. I was pretty skeptical about that bamboo insert. At two layers of bamboo, it seemed awfully thin. But, hey, I’d give it a chance.
At first, I wasn’t too impressed with the fit. It was kind of weird on Norton, but I wasnt going to completely write it off yet. He fought that particular diaper change like a wolverine. (Yes, I had scratches and kicks to show for it. Thank goodness he’s not a biter.) Maybe the fit around the waist would be better the next time. You know, if we could have a diaper change when he wasnt out to maim me.
The second and third times, I got better fits. In fact, it’s a very trim fitting diaper. I’m still crazy about the print. And I think that the bottom row of snaps having the flat side facing in the skin and the raised side up is brilliant. It means that it’s not going to have any chance of being uncomfortable against Norton’s skin, no matter how much he fights me. (He fights because the wipes are ticklish for him. Sometimes the fight ends after I’m done with wipes; other times he’s decided that he’s morally opposed to getting his butt changed and hes going to fight until the death. Or something.) Anything that reduces discomfort can only make the diaper change easier.
I did find a downside today, though: that thin and trim bamboo? It’s too thin to be terribly absorbant. After an hour and forty-five minutes, Norton had soaked through the diaper. In fact, the husband had to change pants because Norton sat on his lap… and got the husband wet. In terms of overall quality, the diaper does its job, but I can tell why it’s an inexpensive diaper. It feels flimsier and like the materials are lower quality than the premium diapers that I typically use. For its price point, it’s a good diaper. It’s a good diaper for those who want a back up stash, can’t afford (or don’t want to spend the money on) premium brands, and for fashion diapers. It really is a clear cut case of getting what you pay for.
I think the next time I use the diaper, I’ll try it with one of my thicker, more absorbent Fuzzi Bunz inserts. The width is about the same.
Pros: Low price, trim fit, good fit, low rise, bottom row snap has the flat snap facing in and the raised row facing out for increased comfort. The fit and rise actually make it a great candidate to wear under jeans.
Cons: Low rise (because if you’ve got a baby with a high rise, you’re not going to get a great fit), lower quality materials, not super absorbant
Have you used a Sunbaby cloth diaper? How did it work for you?