Cloth Diaper at WalMart? No way! When I first heard about this, I popped onto the Mabu Baby to see if my Walmart was carrying them…not just yet, but several are! But the company was kind enough to send me some to test out. I want to talk with you about how they worked on my little ones and show you the features of them. I will show you how I would fill out a Padded Tush Stats survey based on how it worked with my kids.
So here are the features of the system:
The diaper comes in four sizes and you buy it in a “Starter Kit.” The kit consists of:
- 2 diaper covers
- 2 of the snap in liners
- 2 of the washable inserts
- 2 of the disposable inserts
- 5 disposable liners
The inside of the diaper and the lining that goes on the diaper pad is made out of a fabric called EcoWix™ that is made with natural white bamboo charcoal and green, high-tech recycled polyester.
The outside of the shell is made of 100% polyester. The inside is made of PUL.
I am so excited that this is made out of PUL. I will say, the PUL does feel a little thin, but I liked that the interior was wipeable.
I did find that these rolled out a bit.
You put the “Snap in pad holder.” This is very similar to the concept behind the gdiapers system.
One downside is that this came unsnapped every time in the wash, so I always had to snap it back in (and snapping in four snaps takes a bit of time that I didn’t want to use up!).
The neat thing about the pad holder is that it will actually HOLD in an insert, and you guys know how much I love when a cover actually holds in an insert.
The insert is actually fascinating. For quick drying time, it is one that folds in half. So once you fold it in half, you have four layers of microfiber and 2 layers of a stay dry fabric. I did find that the insert appeared rather narrow. Since my kids had leak issues with this, I couldn’t determine if it was because of the narrowness of the insert or because it just didn’t have enough layers. I believe it was the narrowness. I tried a booster on top of it, but still had issues. So if you have a fast peeing kid, you might have issues.
You can also use a disposable insert in there. It is fairly narrow, but relatively thick. Reminds me of what those thick menstrual pads were like before Always came out (wow, that dates me).
The disposable liners are neat because they catch the poop, so you are less likely to have to spray it out or dunk and swish it….for all of you who get the heebee geebees out of that. So you just flush the liner down the toilet and you are done. These are a lot more stiff than most liners I have tried, but I have heard that you can wash them and get a few uses out of them.
My Survey Response for Both Kids
My kids used these in the 22-27 pounds range. Both are normal to heave wetters and rapid peers.
My Overall Thoughts
I love that there are cloth diapers in WalMart, and especially ones that demonstrate how much more modern cloth diapers have become. I do wish that there were more colors/prints–because I think that is one of the big modern innovations with cloth diapers that I want to show off to people. However, I am thrilled that there is something out there that shows people how cloth diapering saves money. I did have issues with absorbency, but mind you, my kids are rapid wetters and I think that the pee just fell off the sides of the narrow insert before it had a chance to absorb. It did a great job of keeping in poop, as most cloth diapers do. I felt that the diaper looked a bit bulky on my kids in the back and wished it were a little more trim.But, Mabu Baby diaper is in a store where people are more likely to shop (especially those who may think cloth diapering is only flats, pins, and plastic Gerber pants). When discussing the gdiaper, one survey respondent called the diaper a “Gateway Drug” for cloth diapers, and I think this diaper system would be just that–a system that will help introduce someone to cloth diapering, and then they are hooked and trying out a bunch of stuff.
Price: $33.99 for a starter kit that includes:
- 2 diaper outers
- 2 snap-in pad holders,
- 2 washable diaper pads
- 2 disposable diaper pads and
- 5 liners
Where to Buy: You can find the most current information on where to buy by going here.
Mabu Baby provided this diaper for review, but that did not affect any of the opinions reflected in this post. Thanks Mabu Baby!