A few weeks ago Jenn Labit launched the news of the new Flip One-Size Training Pant along with the new bumGenius Free-time AIO and new color palette. I immediately placed my order for the Flip Trainers (as well as “Albert” Free-time AIO, 2-“Genius” ceramic coffee mugs, and 1-“Genius” T-shirt).
On Monday my Flip Trainer came…I ordered the new color “Sassy”- and let me tell you it is ssssassssyyy! It is an unique orange-red (and orange is my FAVORITE color). The Flip Trainer Pants currently come in a kit with 1-trainer and 5-organic cotton inserts (essentially 5 changes). It was 4pm when I opened the package and I quickly threw the inserts in the wash to prep them (well sort of- I only prepped them once)
Once they came out of the dryer it was time to get Riley (my 3 year old) to bed. Now Riley is fully trained during the day (well except on Halloween when he had an accident at nap-time at pre-school and got his costume soaked!LOL) Essentially I am really not going to be using the Flip Trainer as a trainer per-say; I am just going to use during the night-time. In my excitement I didn’t even read the weight range of the snap-rise settings. I just “assumed” Riley was going to be a the biggest rise (nothing snapped). I also “thought” that I better put in 3 inserts just because Riley super soaks at night.
Now granted, it is Halloween my fluffy friends, and I am trying this on my 3 year old toddler who is wound up on m&m’s, reese’s peanut butter cups, and bat-shaped cookies. I was chasing him around my 3000+ square foot farm house begging him to get the trainer on- he thought it was “funny” and kept saying- “You can’t get me!”
“Ok Riley ( I said to myself )- I am going to get this trainer on you and then I have to get pictures of you.” Now I am not a good photographer at all. I leave that to my daughter, Olivia May, who is amazing at it…but she was not feeling well and was in her bedroom. I finally got Riley down and fastened the trainer to him. I had to re-adjust the side panels to the tighter snap setting (oh yes- that is the best feature of the trainer- you can completely take off the side panels for easy changes and for those you that are oh so hip in the fashion dept- you can change out the panels with different colored ones)
Riley stood up and seriously it was “Does this diaper make my butt look big”. “Kelly (I said to myself) you really need to re-adjust-you should have known better.” After I was able to get a picture of Riley (yeah- he cooperated) I layed him back down on the floor. I took one of the inserts out and left 1-Flip organic cotton insert and below that was a Smartipants micro-terry insert. I also snapped the rise down to the middle setting. That was it- a perfect fit and SUPER TRIM.
Now the true test…night-time. I have to admit I was worried that he would leak through but absolutely NO LEAKS. I tried the system again last night and again he woke up DRY.
So many of you are asking- why do they only come with organic cotton inserts? My answer is the system was designed that way so your baby/toddler would know that they are yet. But…you want to know a secret.. you don’t have to use the Flip organic cotton inserts inside. You can use a Flip Stay-Dry Insert, a Thirsties Duo Hemp Prefold, flat diapers, and even Flip disposable inserts if you are traveling. Like I have said in my book– “there is no right or wrong way to diaper your baby!” For day-time use the Flip organic cotton insert, in my opinion, is sufficient. For night-time use I do recommend doubling up. I used the Flip organic cotton insert on top and a standard micro-terry insert on the bottom. (Remember- when using micro-terry inserts NEVER put next to the skin- it can wick so much moisture away from the skin that it can chap baby’s skin.)
- I would offer the Flip Trainer in just the cover only. Many people might want to use their own cotton or hemp prefolds or other inserts inside the trainer. This could bring the pricing down which could increase the “availability” of the product in a lower price point.
- I would slightly widen the Flip organic cotton insert. After 2 washes it did shrink up a bit.
I would also highly recommend using this training pant system as a regular cloth diapering system. The system is geared to fit weights 20-50 lbs so if you are in the market for new cloth diapers when your baby is this weight you might want to consider purchasing this system and then you are completely set-no more buying (…but really…can any of us stop buying FLUFF??)
Disclosure: This product review is completely my own. I did not receive compensation (monetary or product wise) to write this review.