Love For Flat Cloth Diapers Series: Dropping Names

Last time I wrote about how much I love flats and all the different ways I use them. This time I’m going to write about the brands of flats I’ve tried. The measurements given will be in “I’ve run these through hot water washes and hot dries to see if I can shrink them” measurements, rather than new. ;)

These are the brands I’m comparing. Left to right, they are:

So let’s look at them in this order.

OsoCozy Birdseye Cotton Flats. My measurements: 24×23 unstretched
I bought these for $22.95 a dozen on Kelly’s Closet
These flats are the bulk of my flats stash. I have 3 dozen of them, and they are stuffed in all of my pocket diapers and I use these folded in my GroVia shells. They’re sturdy, absorbent, and they can take a beating. They’re smaller than some flats, so they don’t work as well for larger babies if you want to fold them in an origami fold or kite fold, but are pretty ideal for pad-folding to stuff pockets or lay in covers.
*As a side note, I also have the Cloth-eez small birdseye cotton flats from Green Mountain Diapers, and I can’t tell the difference between these two brands at ALL- I had to give up and not review the smaller size of the Cloth-eez because I couldn’t pick them out from the others. ;)

Swaddlebees Flat Diapers. My measurements: 28×28 unstretched
These were $15.95 for a pack of 6 on Kelly’s Closet- 4 prints, 2 solids
I was actually surprised when I measured these diapers. I had assumed they were the same size as the OsoCozy brand, but apparently they’re quite a bit bigger! Huge kudos to Swaddlebees, too, because these are almost an exact square, which I really appreciate! And ummm… have you seen the prints? Giraffes, elephants, polka dots… Oh my! If you like prints, then these diapers don’t disappoint. The cost is higher than the OsoCozy, but let’s face it- the prints make it worth it. And if prints aren’t your thing, the extra size may be what pulls you in this direction for bigger babies.

Flour Sack Towel from Target. My measurements: 28×27 unstretched
These are $3.99 plus tax, I believe, for a package of 4.
Really? You can buy flat diapers at Target? Apparently so! These are softer than the birdseye cotton, but you sort of lose absorbency with the thinner fabric. I don’t find these to be as absorbent as the birdseye- quite a bit fluffier, though! The size is bigger than OsoCozy, so they’re better for folding ON a baby, but not as good for stuffing pockets- the thirds are pretty big. I had to try these so I could say I’ve tried all the options, but I do prefer the birdseye fabric over these. These are great in a pinch or for very frugal diapering, though!

GMD (Green Mountain Diapers) Cloth-eez Flats. My measurements: 34×31 unstretched
These are $25 per dozen or $12.50 per 6-pack plus shipping.
These are the biggest flats! I think they could double as a small tablecloth. ;) When I first opened the package, I had to laugh. But they’re GREAT if you want to use them in a fold- origami or kite, etc- on a toddler or larger baby. The fabric is almost identical to the OsoCozy and Swaddlebees birdseye cotton- they feel the same as far as thickness and softness go. The absorbency is the same as well, except you have more fabric to absorb liquid because of the size.

Orange Diaper Company Organic Bamboo Terry Squares. Infant: 23×23 Toddler: 28×28
These are $10.95 each for Infant and $12.95 each for Toddler
I had been eying these flats for a while, but they are a bit hard to come by. Blissfully, Jennifer at Orange Diaper is completely awesome and sent me some to try out! She even let me pick my thread color- of which there are 11 colors to choose from. Here’s a picture of the diapers when they came- packaged all prettily with a card included- it felt like my birthday.
These diapers are SUPER soft and squishy. Bamboo terry, while not being thicker than the birdseye fabric, has a cushy feeling to it- you want to wrap yourself in it. Hmmm… maybe she’ll make me a blanket… But anyway, these diapers are a perfect square with rounded corners, which is unlike the other diapers. It makes a NICE-looking front to your flats when you pin/Snappi them in front. And the absorbency is typical of bamboo- which is more absorbent than cotton. These are the flats I “save” for when I want to use a diaper I love. If you have a chance to try these (they’re stocking on Hyenacart on the 15th!) definitely do! They’re so worth it… I may be slightly in love with them.

Now, a shout-out to sustainablebabyish. Medium: 14×15 Large 15×18
These are $10 for XS-M and $12.95 for Large
These diapers aren’t true flats- they’re more in the style of prefolds- but they are called flats on the sloomb website, so I’m including them. I can do that, because it’s my review. ;) These diapers are made of bamboo terry and have the colored stitching at the edges. They’re soft, they’re cushy, and they’re absorbent. Not only that, but they’re easier to fold on a baby than traditional cotton flats OR prefolds- the edges roll in better, so that when I use the angel wing on my babies, the sides make a really nice poo fence that contains well. These flats are also hard to get your hands on, but they can be ordered now and will ship when available. Squishy softness in an absorbent flat/prefold- whatever you want to call it. I call it “awesome”.

So those are the brands I have and use. I wanted to try Little Lions, but they aren’t selling them right now. I also didn’t do any hemp flats for this review- namely because I don’t use them the same way I use my other flats. What I use mostly are my cotton birdseye flats- and those are a staple in a flats stash- and the limited bamboo terry I can get my mitts on. Whichever fabric or brand you choose, flats are awesome diapers. I’m a convert. :)

From blog contributor, Stacy:

Stacy is a stay-at-home mom to four kids ranging in age from 1 to 8. She has been cloth-diapering for almost 3 years and is a self-proclaimed “diaper addict”. She loves trying new diapers and discussing all things diaper-related. She’s also striving to live more “greenly” in her home and loves finding new ways to do so.
Disclosure: The blog contributor was compensated monetarily for writing this post. The review is honest and written from the blog contributor’s view point.

About Stacy

Stacy is a stay-at-home mom to four kids ranging in age from 1 to 8. She has been cloth-diapering for almost 3 years and is a self-proclaimed “diaper addict”. She loves trying new diapers and discussing all things diaper-related. She’s also striving to live more “greenly” in her home and loves finding new ways to do so.
Tags: birdseye cotton flat diapers, by Stacy, cloth-eez, flat cloth diapers, flour sack towels, green mountain diapers, little lions, love for flat series, orange diaper co., osocozy, product review, target

8 Responses to Love For Flat Cloth Diapers Series: Dropping Names

  1. Stephanie U says:

    I bought 1 pack of the Target flour sack towels to extend our flat stash (we have a dozen of the OzyCozy ones), and I agree they are fluffy. But, if I pair one of those with an OzyCozy at night, I am good! Now I can use flats instead of prefolds at night and still use flats and hemp only during the day (hemp in pockets for a REALLY trim look).

  2. Megan says:

    Great reviews! I love flats. My stash is made up of little lions and receiving blankets.

  3. Adele Shaw says:

    Ikea has flats as well in print that I personally love! About 4$ for 3 of them. They are super absorbent and are much larger than the osocozy flats. Much like the Swaddlebees. Also, Zabi Baby has bamboo flats as well with custom edge colors. I absolutely adore mine! Just like the reviewer in this article, I save mine for when I want to use a “favorite” diaper. :)

  4. Melissa Goodwin says:

    http://www.ikea.com/us/en/search/?query=burp+cloths
    Flats with prints for cheap!
    One I would add is these. I use them pad folded in my flips on my toddler. I use the osocozy on my baby. Ikeas are a little bigger so they work will on flips at the med and large size on my toddler. Same absorbany as my osocozy unbleached organic flats and cute prints to boo! $3.99 for 3!!

  5. Jen says:

    I SO want some of the swaddlebees flats!!!!! :) I bought some of the flour sack towels at target, but the fact that they weren’t an exact square, and the edges wouldn’t fold straight DROVE ME NUTS! So they are now just kitchen towels. :) Anyway, aside from the different brands, I just have to say thank you for the great fold pics…by FAR the easiest ones I’ve seen to follow!! :) I’m loving this whole flat series!

  6. Erica says:

    Thanks so much for this post! I was looking for a couple of places to buy flats from.

  7. hEATHER BRANDT says:

    So all the ones you reviewed would work to fold up and use in pocket diapers (except maybe the bigger GMD one?)?

    I’m looking into doing this because of my baby girl’s compression leaks (thanks for giving a name to our problem!) with our Bumgenius one size diapers.

    Heather

  8. hEATHER BRANDT says:

    I forgot to ask if you could use prefolds more easily (less folding) in the pockets? For example, prefolds from GMD?

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