During Lenten season this spring, I took a hiatus from Facebook and ended up on twitter more than usual. I met so many fun bloggers and store owners during that time! Mary, from Lovely Eco Chic
was asking if anyone would rather have a flat diaper or a detergent sample with their order. I of course immediately responded, FLAT! So when she posted a short time later about Geffen Baby having flats, I mentioned how I was wanting to try one. Well, ask and you shall receive! A short time later I received a flat to review, and I was ecstatic! (I was delighted to receive this gratis, but that in no way affects my review.) Cost to me: $0.
Incidentally Lovely Eco Chic is having a Red, White and Blue Sale RIGHT NOW. If you buy 2 you get a generous detergent sample, and some of the diapers are eligible for a donation to Operation Homefront. Awesome for 4th of July, right? Actually, she’s got all kinds of neat things, so click on over and see what you can discover. Lots and lots of good stuff there!
Okay, back to the diaper– Let me tell you first off, that this is the softest diaper. EVER. I opened up the package and immediately went… ‘ooooh!’ My husband thought something was wrong because it was such a loud exclamation. It’s like the softest t-shirt you’ve ever owned, times two, in diaper form! If I had to pick what went next to my own skin, this would definitely be it! The Geffen Baby Hemp Jersey Flat Cloth Diaper is a single layer of 60% hemp/40% organic cotton that’s Made in the USA. If you paid full retail, the price per diaper would be $6.95. According to the Lovely Eco Chic website, the diaper is about 26.5″ square. I was asked to wash and dry 3-5 times for prepping purposes. After 3 washes I gave it a try and it definitely needed more prepping. I would recommend at least 5 washes for maximum absorbency. (I washed on hot with towels over the course of a week so I was getting full use of my washing machine and not wasting water). I’ve been using this diaper for about 2 months now, so not nearly as long as my other flats, but long enough to get a nice test, anyway. After prepping the diaper ended up being 22 x 24 inches.
For price, absorbency, ease and overall bang-for-your-buckness, I’d give these diapers 3.5 stars
. The price obviously reflects that it’s made in the USA, but it’s still higher than other flats. The biggest issue I had was folding/size wise. I couldn’t do a regular pad fold, because the insert ended up too narrow and caused leaks inside a pocket because there wasn’t enough side-side coverage. I did try it overnight once I got the fold down a little better, and had moderate success. I posted a tutorial HERE
to show you how I made it work! (Pinterest Link for tutorials.
) Because you end up folding fewer layers across the wet zone, it doesn’t end up quite as absorbent. You could solve this by using a narrower pocket and doing a regular pad fold. (I used bG’s as the test pocket so that everything was ‘equal’ for the flats, if that makes sense. This affected how it was folded, obviously and that affected how it functioned.) In a smaller size diaper (my tester is almost 2 so we’re at full extension!) it would definitely do the job as you could alter the fold a bit. It’s also perfect for day time use or naps. Overnight in a standard wide pocket I would 100% add a booster of some sort for an additional layer in the wet zone for toddlers. I’m going to keep tweaking the insert to see if I can get better absorbency out of it. It’s almost always completely saturated for us (versus others that can be half saturated by morning.) I’d love for Geffen Baby to come out with a large size flat to remedy this! I also tried a snappi with the diaper and it gripped and stayed on well. I haven’t noticed any staining or stink. Overall this is a super soft, nicely absorbing product that’s just a touch on the small side.
You can purchase these flats right HERE. If you’re not ready to buy yet, then scroll down and enter to win! Lovely Eco Chic has provided a Hemp Jersey Flat just like the one I reviewed for us to giveaway! I like to keep my entries simple, so please follow the directions carefully, or a new winner will be drawn.
Geffen Baby is not affiliated with this giveaway, it’s just my honest review… I received a flat from Lovely Eco Chic for review purposes, but was not compensated in any other way. As always, this is my blog and I tell you the truth. My humble way of saying, the opinions are my own, and may differ from yours, so use your best judgement in every purchase decision you make–wise in these economic times, right?