Econobum vs. Flip Cloth Diapers

Posted 01-25-2011 at 07:34 PM by ParamedicMama

Both the Econobum and Flip hybrid diapering systems are made by BumGenius, a trusted cloth diaper manufacturer. What makes these systems appealing is that they are relatively inexpensive since they consist of a one-size diaper cover and inserts that simply lay in the diaper cover.

Cost: $9.95 for 1 cover and 1 prefold insert
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• A waterproof shell, so no extra cover is needed.
• Form fitting elastic to prevent leaks.
• Easy to use snaps.
• One-size prefold easily adjusts from small to large to grow with your baby.
• No stuffing involved just lay prefold in cover and go!
• Patent pending 3×3 adjustable snap system to fit most babies from birth to potty training.

Cost: $16.95 for 1 cover and 1 microfiber insert. Organic inserts are also available for $7.95 individually, or disposable inserts for $4.95 (package of 18).

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• A waterproof shell, so no extra cover is needed.
• Wipe the inside of the cover out and use it over and over again!
• Form fitting elastic to prevent leaks.
• Patent pending comfy butterfly closure. A feature that is unique to cloth diapers made by Cotton Babies.
• No stuffing involved just tuck insert under flaps and go!
• Choose between a one-size Stay-Dry Insert or a one-size Certified Organic Cotton Insert.
• Disposable inserts are also available for use while traveling.
• Patent pending 3×3 adjustable snap system to fit most babies from birth to potty training.

The pros of both the Econobum and Flip is that they are trim, affordable, and you can reuse the covers if there isn’t any poop on them. The cons are that the covers are a pain to clean if poop gets on them, and you can’t adjust the absorbency very much so they aren’t a good choice for naps or bedtime (you will need to double the inserts in the Flip, and the Econobum, well, you just can’t stuff much extra in there because it isn’t very stretchy).

Overall, I like the Flip better than the Econobum. It comes in a variety of colors whereas the Econobum only comes in white (although they did just come out with a colored trim option). The quality is also better with stronger PUL (making the Flip more waterproof) and a nice stretchy tab system. The Econobum doesn’t stretch much around the waist and has left marks where the snaps are since they get pressed into the baby.

One good thing about the Econobum is that a tri-folded infant sized prefold fits perfectly into the cover, saving you money on inserts. The bad thing about the Econobum insert, though, is that it’s harder to spray off a prefold like insert rather than the microfiber single layer insert that the Flip offers. It’s also very bulky to use on the smallest setting, thus not keeping leaks in as well as the Flip on its smallest setting.

Would I solely use either of these systems to diaper my child? No. I don’t like the extra time it takes to clean the covers if they get soiled, nor do I like getting my hands all wet from wringing out an insert. I do think the hybrid systems are a great idea for a quick and easy wet diaper change, though, making it appealing if you have multiple children and also to day care providers. I like that they don’t take up much space, and I will certainly keep using the Flip in particular (and am, in fact, building up my Flip stash so that these will be my primary daytime diapers). Overall, I think these are both good systems for the price, but would recommend that you supplement your diaper stash with some more substantial diapers for when your child must wear them for a longer period of time, and also to give you a break from cleaning out soiled covers.

Filed Under: Cloth Diapering


7 Responses to “Econobum vs. Flip Cloth Diapers”

  1. The Domestic Yogi on February 5th, 2011 1:11 pm

    Thanks for explaining this, and for your testing and opinions.

    Just curious, what sort of more “substantial” diapers are you talking about specifically. I am still a newbie at this. Thanks!

  2. yogimomi108 on February 5th, 2011 5:07 pm

    Thanks for your testing and your opinions on the two. I am just a newbie still, and I am wondering which more “substantial diapers” are you referring to? Thanks!

  3. Gothmommy on February 10th, 2011 9:50 am

    I’ve got an econobum, and y’know, I don’t find it all that hard to use at all. No, I wouldn’t reccomend them as your only brand, but they’re awesome if you’re on a budget. :D

  4. Michelene on February 15th, 2011 7:25 pm

    I’ve been looking into getting some flips, so thanks for the info!

  5. twolilmonkeys on February 20th, 2011 5:15 am

    I have used both the econobum and the flip. The flip is definitely the Cadillac of the two, but if you are on a budget the Econobum will do the trick for daytime diapering.

  6. Jasmin on June 11th, 2012 2:11 pm

    I only have Econobum covers and love them. I have 4 covers and the 12 prefolds that come with. I also have 4 other prefolds. I can go 2 days before washing and have only had leaks when I didn’t get the prefold tucked completely into the diaper (when I first started using them). I do agree that getting poo off the cover is a pain and they stain easy, being white. As my only ones I love them. My sister uses the expensive Fuzzibuns and I just can’t imagine pulling out the soaker and needing 24 complete diapers. 4 is working great for me and am so happy I went the cheap route to see if I liked thme. I am looking to add some with the cute trim to my stash. So happy with them, I will continue with them (maybe adding a few Flip to see the difference).

  7. faithvr on July 17th, 2012 11:21 am

    this has helped me a lot! my husband and i are switching to clothe and are on a budget so i think we will go for the econobums right now :) im so excited to start using them!

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