Premium Cloth Diapers versus “China Cheapies” – The Warranty

I’ve already done some looking at the benefits of choosing your premium cloth diapers versus the inexpensive cloth diapers made overseas (also known as “China Cheapies”).  There are pros and cons to going in either direction, but today, a cyber buddy posted about a brand new diaper (one of the China Cheapies) having a snap break.

A brand new diaper… with a snap broken in less than two weeks. Will your diaper manufacturer cover that? Or will they give you the runaround?

I’ve had snaps break.  I’ve had elastics fail.  With the snaps that broke, the diapers were heavily used in my cloth diaper stash rotation.  Really, it was disappointing, but it’s not like they hadn’t been work horse diapers.  (And now I have friends who have snap pliers, so I can get them fixed!)  With the elastics that failed, I’ve had three outcomes.  1.) It was a FuzziBunz one size diaper, so I didn’t have to worry about it because the diaper comes with extra elastics that can be fixed without sewing.  And it had been used for a couple of years, so it’s not like it wasn’t due to get a little TLC.  2.) It was a diaper that I’d had for at least a year, so elastics wearing out wasn’t unreasonable.  There are people in my area who can fix them (like Pearl at Cloth for a Cause).  3.) It happened with a brand new GroVia shell.  Actually, it was my very first GroVia shell, and I’d used it twice before an elastic actually broke in the washing machine.  Cozy Bums, my local cloth diaper retailer, replaced the diaper for me and took care of the warranty stuff.  (Best customer service ever.)

With the vast majority of my diapers, I have a one year manufacturer’s warranty.  That’s the warranty on GroVia diapers, Swaddlebees and Blueberry, and Cotton Babies products – Flip, Econobum, and BumGenius.  Happy Heinys has a different warranty depending on what it is, but elastics have a six month warranty and they’ll send you the materials to replace the elastics after that.  (Snaps are lifetime.  Hmm.  I really should have been better about keeping my receipts for my diapers!)  Rumparooz has a variable warranty similar to that of Happy Heinys.  Fuzzi Bunz now has lifetime warranties.

I don’t mind paying twenty dollars or more for a diaper when I know that the manufacturer stands behind what they make.

Some of the China Cheapies brands don’t have that same guarantee.  Sunbaby has a thirty day guarantee.  AlvaBaby (and its rebranded diapers) don’t have a date deadline.  I haven’t heard of people having great luck with getting anything repaired or replaced by other China Cheapies brands.  In fact, I tried a China Cheapies that I bought off of a daily deal site once as an experiment.  The diaper didn’t work.  I messaged the diaper company on Twitter and was ignored.  Fortunately, it was cheap, so I shrugged it off as “no big loss.”

I like knowing that my diapers are made to last.  I don’t think it’s reasonable to expect the same quality or support from a diaper that I buy for five dollars as I would expect from a diaper that I buy for twenty-five dollars.  It’s where that old adage of one getting what one pays for comes in.

Have you ever had any warranty issues with a diaper company?  How was it resolved?

New Cloth Diaper Designs at the ABC Expo!

For the last two years, I’ve watched the news of cloth diaper designs come out from the ABC Expo with baited breath.  I’d really, really love to go to the next one and see the fun and excitement (and blog about it on the spot from my iPhone) in person.  Now that we’re a few days into the release of the new cloth diaper patterns, I’ve seen new release announcements from GroVia, Best Bottom, Rumparooz, Charlie Banana, Apple Cheeks, Bottombumpers, and Blueberry/Swaddlebees.

GroVia: GroVia isn’t just releasing patterns this year.  They’re releasing a host of new products, including the Bamboo prefold.  (I was lucky enough to be one of the testers, so you can see the prefold and my review.)

Left: GroVia’s new hanging wet pail.
Right: GroVia Trainers in new colors!

Left: GroVia fitted diapers
Right: GroVia wool covers

 

Best Bottoms: Best Bottoms has released three new prints.

Three new Best Bottom Diaper covers to add to your stash!
From left to right: Hedgehog, Huckleberry Cobbler, Plum Pie

Rumparooz: Rumparooz has released three new prints.  Permission to use those images was not obtained at the time of post.

Charlie Banana: Charlie Banana has released a new camo collection.  It will be available in the six pack with a brown, black, and white diaper to round out the package.

AppleCheeks: AppleCheeks has released one new print and also announced the discontinuation of another.

The new AppleCheeks print, “Tweet”

Bottombumpers: Look for three new polka dot diapers on your retailer’s shelves!

Polka dots to round out your cloth diaper stash

Blueberry/Swaddlebees: Swaddlebees has released three new prints that will be available across all Blueberry and Swaddlebees product lines.  Permission to use those images was not obtained at the time of post.

What new arrival are you most excited about?

Perhaps I Need a Custom Cloth Diaper

I’ve never bought a custom cloth diaper before.  I’ve never had anything made to order for… well, pretty much anything, really.  Lately I’ve been thinking that it might be time for me to go the custom cloth diaper route.

Why?  Well, maybe it’s just because I’m in “a mood,” but I was feeling blue and decided to browse cloth diapers online.  At my favorite store, I was just “Got that, some of those, tons of those, meh, yeah, got it, tried it, ad nauseum.”  The more I looked around, the more it seemed like I just plain had about one of every type of something that I saw… unless I wanted to start ordering from the States again, of course.  I got the Rumparooz diaper print that I was crazy about.  I’ve got the Blueberry Butterflies diaper, and now the rest of the Swaddlebees prints I was crazy about are on the way.  I felt like I was running out of diapers to buy.  And, really, while that might make my husband thrilled to tears, it frustrated me.  I was feeling experimental.  I wanted something different to try.

And I started thinking about fun.  How awesome would it be to find a Bad Badtz Maru diaper?  Someone should make one, right?  After all, Hello Kitty cloth diapers exist.  Why wouldn’t Bad Badtz Maru or Keroppi have diapers, too?

Would you believe that I couldn’t find that on Etsy?  *sigh*

One created Cookie Monster Poppy Cloth diaper by my friend Heather. Maybe she could make my Bad Badtz Maru?

It dawned on me that there were a few options that I had for something different.  I could visit Heather at the Parenting Patch and get her to hook me up with something cute through her Poppy Cloth creations.  I’ve been threatening to order a bunch of diapers and have them sent to Heather to do cute things with, anyway.

Or I could get really experimental.  I could just get a custom diaper made through Etsy.  Now that would be something different that the rest of the world wouldn’t have.

Or, hey, maybe I should just take a break on buying cloth diapers.

Psh, yeah, right.  That’s so not going to happen.

What kind of diapers do you look for when you’re feeling diaper adventurous?

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Wordless Wednesday – Rolling in Rumparooz

Eudora modeling her Rumparooz

Eudora modeling her Rumparooz

Getting to know her buddy Thing 2.

 

Plotting mischief with Thing 2