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Tidy Tots Cloth Diapers Review

Updated on January 29, 2019
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New mom who's devoted to using only the cleanest and healthiest products for my baby girl.

Cloth Diapers May Sound Scary to a New Mom

Cloth Diapers?! Eeew, yuck! At least that's what I used to think.

I began researching cloth diapers almost immediately after finding out I was pregnant. I knew I wanted to use cloth and avoid the nasty dyes, plastics and chemicals in most traditional diapers, but the thought of scraping, spraying and soaking combined with endless laundry scared the CRAP out of me.

After hours of research, I came across the Tidy Tots system and figured it was worth a try. We've been using Tidy Tots for about 2 months now and we'll continue using them for as long as our little girl is in diapers. While nothing is perfect in life or motherhood, these diapers have been a great investment.

The Components

There are 4 components to the Tidy Tots Diaper:

1) The No Fold Diaper: Made from an organic hemp blend, these diapers are soft, absorbent, and safe for delicate tooshies. As a bonus, hemp is naturally anti-microbial which means there is no risk of mold or bacteria growth.

2) The Booster: Also made of organic hemp, the insert adds an extra layer of absorbency and easily slips right inside the diaper. While Tidy Tots calls these boosters "optional," I always use them. My girl is a heavy wetter. You can even slip a second booster in for added protection.

3)The Liner: These puppies are what makes Tidy Tots stand out in the crowd. The disposable liner (made from corn) can be tossed into the trash or toilet. You just throw away all the solids with it. The liner is biodegradable, so it's apparently safe for septic systems. I opt to throw the liner and solids in the trash because I have a very sensitive (and expensive) sanitized septic system and haven't been willing to take the risk.

4) The Cover: The adorable covers are what holds all the components in place, wrapping your babe's bum in safe, soft, cuteness. Everything snaps together so the liner, booster, and diaper stay in place inside the cover. Covers can be reused throughout the day by snapping a clean diaper into it. Medium to large soft poops almost always require a new cover.

Diaper, Liner and Booster: the booster on the right slips inside the diaper on the left. Then the liner wraps around the whole thing, folding over the sides. Velcro holds the liner in place.
Diaper, Liner and Booster: the booster on the right slips inside the diaper on the left. Then the liner wraps around the whole thing, folding over the sides. Velcro holds the liner in place.
Fully Assembled Diaper and Cover: the diaper, liner and booster flip over and snap right into the cover.  Once soiled, just unsnap the diaper, remove the liner and throw it and solids away. The covers come in lots of adorable patterns (above)
Fully Assembled Diaper and Cover: the diaper, liner and booster flip over and snap right into the cover. Once soiled, just unsnap the diaper, remove the liner and throw it and solids away. The covers come in lots of adorable patterns (above)

Diaper Rash and Leakage Control

I've been using the Tidy Tots system for over 2 months now and diaper rash has been mostly non existent. She will get a bit of a bumpy wet rash occasionally, but it clears up almost immediately with a bit of Seventh Generation Diaper Rash Cream. It never seems to be painful for her. I hear horror stories of red bumps and painful tooshies and I know we made the right decision to use Tidy Tots. The hemp and corn used to create these diapers are naturally anti-microbial.

My baby is a heavy wetter. After 8-10 hours overnight she will be damp in the morning and wet to her onesie, but it doesn't seem to bother her. I use one booster inserted in the diaper at all times.

Regarding number 2 (that means poop!) my 3 month old only poops once a day, and has been that was since about 4 weeks old. This means her one daily poop is BIG. It almost always blows out of the diaper and into the cover. Occasionally it blows out of the cover and down her legs or up her back (oh, the joys of motherhood). I imagine the same would be true with disposables, however.

On the rare occasion that she has 2-3 small poops in a day, they stay contained well within the diaper and cover. Long story short, for us poops always require a cover change whereas with daytime pees, a new diaper can be used with the same cover.

The Ick-Factor

While there is NO spraying, scraping and soaking needed with these diapers, there is still some ick involved.

My girl is exclusively breast fed, which means her stool is like mustard. As I mentioned she has one large poop per day. This means that poop usually covers the entire liner and the area where the diaper is buttoned to the cover, so I still end up touching some poop (and I've even gotten it under my finger nails). I learned early on to use a wet wipe to unsnap the soiled diaper before tossing the liner into the trash and the diaper into the laundry. This is still much less icky than scraping and spraying. I think that once her poop turns solid, it won't smear throughout the whole diaper as much, making it easier to gather up in the liner and toss or flush.

After 3 days I end up with a wet laundry bag full of soiled diapers. Most of the poop has been flushed or tossed but there is still some residual poop on the covers and diapers. I empty the wet bag into the wash without touching any of the soiled stuff inside, and then I throw the wet bag in the wash too. I wash with hot water and extra rinse with plant-based detergent. I don't use fabric softener or dryer sheets. While a few stains have appeared, there is no odor to any of the diapers once washed.

After over 2 month of use a few of the diapers are stained, but there is no odor when washed properly.
After over 2 month of use a few of the diapers are stained, but there is no odor when washed properly.

My Nursery and Setup

I own 10 covers, 20 diapers, 20 boosters, 2 large wet bags and 2 small wet zippered wet bags (used mostly for travel). I spent about $400 for all of this. I run out of diapers and do laundry about every 3-4 days. I purchase about 150 liners once a month for $27. Note: When doing extensive traveling I use disposables.

1. Laundry Day: After all the boosters, diapers and covers are washed, it takes me about 20 minutes to assemble them. I fully assemble the 10 covers, diapers, boosters and liners and place them in a basket, ready to go. I assemble the remaining 10 diapers, boosters, and liners and place them in a second basket.

2. Changing Pee Diapers: Usually the cover can be reused for a pee diaper. After removing the diaper from my babe, I unbutton the diaper and throw it into my wetbag, leaving the booster. The liner goes into the trash. I grab an assembled diaper from my basket and button it to the cover.

3. Changing Poo Diapers: This process is a little more difficult and I suggest that you have a work area to place the poopy diaper, which can easily be cleaned. I often use a wet wipe to unsnap the poopy diaper from the cover, which will take some practice. The liner goes into the trash and the diaper, booster and cover all go into the wetbag. The I quickly grab a new fully assembled cover.

I keep a washable pad under my work area and if any poop gets on it, I'll just toss that into the wetbag too.

Final Thoughts: The good, the bad, and the smelly

Pros:

*Cost. These are easy on the wallet and could be reused for future children.

*If you want to cut your cost down even more, the disposable liner doesn't have to be used. I don't use them at night because we've never had a poop while sleeping. You could theoretically scrape and flush if you run out of liners or simply can't afford them.

*Adjustable. We use the snap diapers and at 15 pounds there is still plenty of growing room for my baby.

*Snaps easily. The snaps were pretty tight at first, but after a few months they've loosened up.

*No soaking required. Many other cloth diapers require you to soak diapers in a solution before you wash them. Because most of the poop is removed with the liner, there is no need for this.

*You don't have to remove the booster from the diaper. The booster will automatically work itself out in the washing machine. This means you don't have to touch the yuck!

Cons:

*These diapers are cute but bulky! You may need your baby to wear larger sized clothing to accommodate the bulk.

*After dozens of washings, the diapers and boosters are no longer flat (you can see this in the photo). This means the velcro doesn't work as well and the diapers are even bulkier.

*Stains happen, these are also shown in the photo. My boosters, diapers and covers all have yellow stains.

*The wetbag of soiled laundry stinks by day 2. This is something you're just going to have to get used to.

© 2019 Robyn D Bera

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