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Flip with Stay Dry Insert Review

Easy to use, easy to clean diaper perfect for on the go cloth diapering
Flip with Stay Dry Insert
Credit: Abriah Wofford
Best Value Award
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Price:   $20 Estimated lifetime cost
Pros:  Trim fit, easy assembly, easy to get good fit
Cons:  Free floating liner, single gusset
Manufacturer:   Cotton Babies
By Abriah Wofford & Juliet Spurrier, MD  ⋅  Apr 20, 2022
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#2 of 11
  • Absorbency - 35% 7.0
  • Fit/Leakage - 30% 7.0
  • Comfort - 20% 7.0
  • Ease of Use - 15% 7.0

The Skinny

The Flip diaper cover and Stay Dry Insert are two parts of a stellar cloth diapering duo, sporting above-average absorbency performance and a wallet-friendly price tag. This hybrid diaper is easy to assemble and clean afterward. The single stay dry insert fits snugly within the cover and can be layered if more absorbency is needed. The wipeable cover can be reused through multiple changes, making it ideal for an on-the-go diapering lifestyle as you won't have to bring along as many bulky diapers on outings. We love this one-size diaper for many reasons and think it will be a perfect diaper for budget-minded families.

Editor's Note: We performed an update on this cloth review to encompass more information about our favorites. This update happened on April 20, 2022.

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Pros Trim fit, easy assembly, easy to get good fitHighly absorbent, soft fabric, no leakageGood wicking properties, cover can handle bulky inserts, affordableAssembly free, option for extra inserts, quick absorbencySoft lining, inexpensive, large pocket
Cons Free floating liner, single gussetBulky, requires stuffingFunky fit, not one-size, more prepNon-removable bulk, single gusset, line dry onlyRequires stuffing, bulky
Bottom Line Easy to use, easy to clean diaper perfect for on the go cloth diaperingA high-quality pocket diaper with absorbency superpowers, but requires extra effortA hybrid diaper system ideal for heavy wetters with ample room for thick inserts, but may not fit all babiesEasy to use diaper perfect for first time cloth users, but has a bulkier fitFirst-rate pocket diaper that shows strong absorbency performance and a low price tag, but not as soft
Rating Categories Flip with Stay Dry... Rumparooz Pocket Thirsties Duo Wrap... bumGenius Freetime Imagine Baby Pocket...
Absorbency (35%)
7.0
9.0
9.0
6.0
8.0
Fit/Leakage (30%)
7.0
9.0
4.0
6.0
5.0
Comfort (20%)
7.0
8.0
4.0
5.0
4.0
Ease of Use (15%)
7.0
4.0
7.0
8.0
6.0
Specs Flip with Stay Dry... Rumparooz Pocket Thirsties Duo Wrap... bumGenius Freetime Imagine Baby Pocket...
Style Hybrid/AI2 Pocket Hybrid/AI2 AIO Pocket
Material Synthetic Fiber: Polyester, Nylon, Spandex Synthetic Fiber: Polyester, Polyamide Natural & Synthetic Fiber: Hemp, Cotton, Polyester Synthetic Fiber: Polyester, Nylon, Spandex Synthetic Fiber: Polyester, Nylon
Weight Range 8 to 35 Lbs. 6 - 40+ Lbs. Size 1: 6 to 18 Lbs.
Size 2: 18 to 40 Lbs.
Size 3: 40 to 65+ Lbs.
8 to 35 Lbs. 8 to 35+ Lbs.
Gusset Single Double Double Single Single

Our Analysis and Test Results

Flip is an offshoot of Cotton Babies, a company that also makes bumGenius and Econobum diapers. A cover/insert combo is the only thing the Flip brand offers, but it is something they do well. You can choose from three different reusable inserts that will work with the Flip cover, as well as a disposable option. In this review, we decided to test the Stay Dry insert as we like the wicking properties of the microfleece liner. The combination of great features and functionality make this a diaper we love to use.

Performance Comparison


Flip with Stay Dry Insert cloth diaper - seen here on our baby tester, the flip appears to be only slightly...
Seen here on our baby tester, the Flip appears to be only slightly larger around the tush than your average disposable.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Take note: the Flip Organic Day Time Insert is sold separately from the Flip cover.

Absorbency


The Flip was near the top of the cloth diaper group in our absorbency tests, showing little green on the filter paper at the end. When put to the test with a real baby, the insert felt dry to the touch after changing, showing off its impressive wicking properties.


Three layers of absorbent microfiber lay beneath a stay-dry liner and provide the perfect combo for a happy baby. The insert has lines sewn along one end to indicate the correct fold position for various sizes, which can also help place absorbency in the right areas. Below you can see the filter paper that shows the results of Flip's absorbency test. The insert's quick absorbency rate and notable wicking capabilities kept the paper (aka baby's skin) relatively dry from start to finish.

With a small amount of well distributed green dye, this filter paper...
With a small amount of well distributed green dye, this filter paper indicates that the Flip is good at keeping baby more or less dry after wetting the diaper.
Flip's cloth inserts fold down to size accommodating baby's growth.
Flip's cloth inserts fold down to size accommodating baby's growth.

Fit/Leakage


Thanks to the double row of snaps around the waist and three rise positions, it is easy to get a snug and secure fit with the Flip. This one-size diaper will fit babies from 8-35 lbs. Having a one-size-fits-all system is handy because it can help lower the cost of cloth diapering. You won't have to rebuild your stash halfway through with larger-sized covers. Despite being one-size, the Flip is one of the trimmest diapers in this review, making it easier to fit under those adorable tiny outfits.

A double row of snaps is exactly what we look for in our ideal cloth...
A double row of snaps is exactly what we look for in our ideal cloth diaper.
The Flip Stay Dry Insert fits into the cover like a glove.
The Flip Stay Dry Insert fits into the cover like a glove.
The elastic in the single gusset on the Flip is wrapped with the...
The elastic in the single gusset on the Flip is wrapped with the same uber soft waterproof fabric found on the rest of the cover.

We loved how well the insert fits with the cover, reaching edge to edge both length and widthwise and tucking up underneath the contoured flaps at each end. This fit helps keep the cover cleaner and enables you to reuse it more times. The cover only has a single gusset, but the elastic keeps it snug to a baby's leg crease and does not let out any leaks during our tests.

Flip with Stay Dry Insert cloth diaper - the combination of a snug fit and soft fabric are what make the flip...
The combination of a snug fit and soft fabric are what make the Flip so cushy to hang out in.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Comfort


We didn't get to try on the diaper ourselves, but the Flip is something that our baby tester was happy to wear. With very little bulk, a soft stay-dry liner, and smooth fabric around the edges of the cover, it is a cushy diaper. Thanks to the well-fitted insert, not much of the waterproof cover comes into contact with the baby's skin. The fabric is soft enough that it never seems to irritate sensitive baby skin where it does touch. The extra flaps of material on the front and rear edges of the shell cover the backside of the snaps so they wouldn't lay directly against the baby's belly. The trim fit remains a perk even when the insert is folded down to the smallest setting. When preparing this diaper for a change, you must pay attention to which side goes up and which goes down. If you place the absorbent microfiber side against the baby's bum, it can act as a desiccant, drying the skin and causing rashes.

Flip with Stay Dry Insert cloth diaper - a double row of snaps does mean added time to each diaper change...
A double row of snaps does mean added time to each diaper change, but we think it is worth the extra effort because of how much it improves the fit of the diaper
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Ease of Use


Keeping it about as simple as it gets, setting up the Flip for a diaper change only requires two steps: lay the cover flat and place the insert inside. We had no trouble fitting the insert underneath the extra flaps at each end and appreciate this feature for the added security. This way, messes are more likely to stay within the liner without reaching the cover, making it more reusable and minimizing laundry. If anything, a quick wipe-down of the laminated polyester shell will be adequate preparation for the next wear.

The insert can be machine washed and dried, but you must air-dry the cover. We don't feel like it is much of a hassle to pick out the covers when transferring diapers from washer to dryer. And the polyester fabric is so light and thin that they dry in a matter of minutes. This step also helps to preserve the longevity of the snaps and elastic pieces in the cover.

Flip with Stay Dry Insert cloth diaper - the flip diaper will grow with baby until they are through their...
The Flip diaper will grow with baby until they are through their diapering days.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Should You Buy the Flip?


For such a simple diaper, we were very impressed with the Flip. We love that there are so many small but beneficial features that make using this diaper very easy and intuitive. If you are hoping to save a few bucks in your cloth diaper journey but still want the convenience that comes with a nicer diaper, then this is the one for you. We highly recommend looking at the Flip cover and matching Stay Dry Insert. At first glance, the price of the Flip seems comparable to that of other hybrid diapers, but there are a few things that set it apart. First, this is a one-size diaper. So once you build your stash, you are done, theoretically eliminating the need to buy a single additional diaper for the rest of your baby's life. Second, you must consider that you will most likely purchase the inserts and covers separately. You will probably need fewer covers (because you can reuse them through multiple changes) and more inserts. Individually priced, the inserts are less expensive than other brands, which is great because this is the part that you will be buying in larger quantities. The covers are a bit more expensive, but we think they are higher quality. They will last longer, and you will not need to purchase as many from the start.

Flip with Stay Dry Insert cloth diaper - the flip simple system has many features that we love, and a price...
The Flip simple system has many features that we love, and a price tag that puts it within budget for almost any family.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

What Other Cloth Diaper Should You Consider?


While there is much to love about the Flip, and it is a good choice for many families, if you want the absolute best absorbency and are willing to sacrifice some ease of use to get it, the Rumparooz Pocket is a comfortable diaper with great leak protection and absorbency.

Abriah Wofford & Juliet Spurrier, MD

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