The second style of flat diaper I tried was the Blueberry Unbleached Flat Diaper. A package of 6 retails for $16.95. If you paid full retail, the price per diaper would be $2.83. This is a bit more expensive than the Diaper Rites I reviewed yesterday, so I really wanted to compare. I was fortunate enough to ‘win’ a $12 gift code during a 12,000 fan celebration, and I’m pretty sure I nabbed the deal while there was free shipping (bargain hunter? guilty as charged!)– so these cost me under $5 to give them a shot. Not bad!
According to the Kelly’s Closet website, the diaper is about 31.5″ square from the store and will be 28.5″ square once fully prepped. Blueberry says 10% shrinkage is expected, and to wash them at least once on hot and dry them before use. I’ve been using them for about 6 months now. They work equally well to the diaper rite flats, but the cost is a little more. I happened to buy the unbleached version so I could keep them separate from the DR for review purposes. I’m glad I did, as they are nearly identical otherwise. As you can see in the picture below, it’s a huge piece of cloth that starts out nearly see-through. It fluffs up nicely in the wash, though, and is very soft. I measured one diaper and came up with 26.5 x 29 after half a year’s use (that’s taking an average of the width at top, bottom, and middle in both directions).
For price, absorbency, ease and overall bang-for-your-buckness, I’d give these diapers 4.5 stars. I knocked half a star off for the price since that was basically the only difference I found between the 2 brands. I reach for these second when I’m folding flats, they just don’t have that clean and white look. There’s not been any visible staining and they typically last well overnight. Like my other review, if you have a long sleeper or super pee-er, grab a second flat or hemp doubler to toss underneath, just in case!
I have never used flats, but I do like my Blueberry bamboo inserts.
Are they edges serged, Jill? Do they stay good and flat after washing and drying?