Possibly the biggest arguments against cloth diapers is the prohibitive start-up cost. Unless you’re happy to go the old pre-fold and pins route, that is.
That’s why I was excited to find Baby City diapers on eBay. Could it really be possible to get diapers so cheaply? The reviews were mixed, so I decided to order one diaper and find out for myself.
Baby City One Size Pocket Diaper
The Baby City diaper is a one-size adjustable, pocket style diaper. The outside is made using polyurethene laminate material and plastic snaps. the inside consists of microfleece.
- The sewing threads, and even a few scraps are still all over the diaper. I suppose skipping the clean-up step in production would help keep the cost down.
- Speaking of threads, the stitch size is fairly large. This makes for faster sewing, again, keeping the cost down, but could cause the stitches to come apart sooner.
- The diaper is very soft. My other PUL pocket diapers are stiffer, and more heavy.
- It’s also light. Both the shell and the insert seem less heavy than my other diapers.
- The snaps are smaller than my other diapers, which could hamper durability. On the upside, they’re easier to unsnap that way.
- The pocket is only open at one end. That is pretty normal with pocket diapers, and one of the reasons I favor Smarti Pants and Diaper Safari over other brands. I like the double opening of the pockets which makes shaking out the insert prior to washing unnecessary.
- The insert is lame. It’s a little quilted cotton thingy. Hardly any capacity here at all. This at least partly explains why the diaper seems so light.
As it turns out, the entire diaper is slightly smaller than my other one size diapers. That explains why the shell is lighter. I also think the PUL is a bit thinner.
Of course the smaller size is just fine for Haddassah, and I must say, it fits her in the legs nice and snugly.
Cinched up tight for a two-week-old… … And let all the way out for Garrett
The fit around the waist is, of course, adjustable. I’m very happy with the elasticity of the back, and so far, as with other elastic-back diapers, haven’t had any leakage of stinkyness.
For Garrett, who weighs 35+ lbs, the fit is obviously a bit tighter than the Smarti Pants, but it does fit well.
What I liked:
- fits small babies very well
- adjusts to virtually every size
- snaps release easily
- Microfleece interior - I personally like the look and feel of microsuede, but some babies react to it, so microfleece is actually safer.
What I disliked
- The doubler - It’s trash, I use prefolds instead.
- single end opening. They’re easier to stuff with a double opening.
- First diaper delaminated.
I have heard that Baby City diapers have a habit of either lasting a long time - as any high-quality cloth diaper would - or delaminating right away, and that you can expect up to a third of them to delaminate. Indeed, that has been our exact experience.
After using my first Baby City diaper for several weeks, I decided to go back to ebay and see if I could find any diapers sans doublers/inserts. I ended up buying two for less than $2.00 each. Before I received them, my first diaper delaminated, causing me to regret my three-and-a-half dollar purchase, but I’ve been using the two new diapers for over two months now and absolutely love them!
If you’re a parent on a budget who is considering Baby City diapers, I say go for it!
A lot of ten diapers with inserts sells for $33 dollars on eBay. That’s $3.33 each. (This Seller usually has a good selection of diapers) Smarti Pants cost $12 each if you buy them in a lot of 24. Fuzzibunz , one of the most popular brands, from what I can find cost $18-22 each. Granted, their inserts are much, much better (I think the fuzzies actually come with two inserts), but if you pay $3 per extra microfiber insert for the Baby Citys, you still come out way ahead. You could also supplement with a package of prefolds to go even cheaper, doubling up on the original inserts for half of the diapers, and using better quality for the other half, which is basically what I do. (You can check out this post to see how I stuff my diapers.)
What do you think? Have you ever tried Baby City diapers?
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