Sunbaby Cloth Diaper Review


Sunbaby Cloth Diaper Review

I received this product free for review. All opinions remain my own.

I’m the first to admit to being a bit of a “Cloth Diaper Snob.” I definitely have my issues with so-called “China Cheapies” certain overseas diapers in terms of quality control, false-representation, customer service and ethics of manufacturing practices. That being said, not all “China Cheapies” imported diapers are created equal, and I wanted to be able to offer my own, honest opinion on popular brands that my readers often ask me about.

 June 2020: The term “China Cheapies” has long since dropped out of my vocabularyI adopted it without any consideration, following the lead of other cloth-diaper fans as a newbie to the industry. I’ve grown a lot more aware of the power of the terminology we choose, and regret that it never dawned on me (a person of Chinese descent) that it’s a gross term on many levels. The term “grey market” diapers is one I now prefer, meant to designate diapers that are imported without proper safety testing and with unknown ethical practices. I discuss this more in a much more recent post about LPO Diapers. Big thanks to the commenter who took the time to bring this to my attention; it’s been a long time since I’ve looked over old blog content!

I wanted to try out Sunbaby because, along with Kawaii (my review is only in French right now), this is a brand that I frequently hear Mamas raving about in cloth diapering forums. In fact, my desire to try Sunbaby stems specifically from Olivia at This West Coast Mommy’s post about how well her Sunbaby stash has held up over two years.

Sunbaby diapers can be purchased only in packs of twelve directly from the manufacturer, based in China. My preference is to work with Canadian-based resellers, and I was happy to discover that an Alberta Mom, Brigitte, is an official retailer of Sunbaby in Canada, and you are able to purchase diapers from her individually.

Sunbaby Cloth Diaper Review

For my review, Brigitte sent me a Size 1 and a Size 2 Sunbaby, along with a 4-layer bamboo insert and a microfibre/bamboo blend insert:

Sunbaby Cloth Diaper ReviewDon’t be fooled by the “Size 1” and “Size 2” classifications for Sunbaby. It’s not the same sizing as with AppleCheeks or AMP, where you need to size up as baby grows. Both of Sunbaby’s sizes are technically “one size” designs. The Size 1 is simply one inch shorter in rise, and designed to fit on smaller/leaner babies.

Sunbaby Cloth Diaper Review

The waist size is the same on both Size 1 and Size 2 Sunbaby diapers.

Sunbaby Cloth Diaper ReviewI tested the 4-layer bamboo insert and Size 2 Sunbaby diaper on Cub, and gave Adrienne the Size 1 to test on Evan. My initial impressions of the diaper were all very positive (much to my surprise). The inner fleece is super soft, and doesn’t feel as flimsy as other “economical” brands I’ve seen. The 4-layer bamboo insert is awesome. I love that it’s 4-layers in one, versus having two separate, 2-layer inserts to achieve the same effect.



Sunbaby Cloth Diaper ReviewThe fit on Cub is totally fine: he definitely needs the Size 2 because of his long torso (he gets a plumber’s crack in our TotsBots).  There is still room to grow at the waist, though I hope he’s not in diapers long enough to test that out!

Sunbaby Cloth Diaper ReviewHonestly, I’m hard-pressed to come up with anything I dislike about the fit or the functionality of this diaper. The only time we experienced a leak was when he wore it for 5 hours (I didn’t want to wake him to change his diaper when transferring from the car, and I hadn’t expected him to fall asleep before I could change him.) In terms of snap closures, after testing a lot of different designs, I’ve determined my preference in wing snap alignment is to have a hip snap and then two vertical snaps at the end of the tab (like Funky Fluff), and Sunbaby’s snaps are horizontally aligned, so not my favourite configuration, but truly this is neither here nor there.

Sunbaby Cloth Diaper Review

 My favourite things about our Sunbaby diapers:

  • I absolutely adore that you can order the shell and then choose your inserts. I hate microfiber inserts and usually end up swapping them out for natural fibers. However, so many brands include microfiber inserts standard. Sunbaby diapers from Sunbaby Canada can be purchased without inserts all together, or with your choice of microfiber, 4-layer bamboo, 3-layer bamboo or bamboo/microfiber blend.
  • The pocket opening is at the back! (I hate front pocket openings, I always have to touch pee-soaked inserts.)
  • The Size 2 has a nice, tall rise, and I love that, based on your baby’s physiognomy, you can also opt for the Size 1 with the shorter rise.

Sunbaby Cloth Diaper Review

 

Things I like less about our Sunbaby diapers:

  • I’ve written before about my dislike of “China” brands using knock-off prints. I always figure that if I were to stumble upon another blog using my same Wolf Cub logo, I’d be pretty pissed, and so would my cousin-in-law who designed him. So no, I’m not happy that our Size 1 diaper came using the recognizable “Owl” design used by Skip Hop. This doesn’t affect function, and if you share my dislike of copy-cat prints, you can simply avoid them.
  • The “Size 1” and “Size 2” monikers are really confusing. I always thought that this implied you would need to buy two different sets (like AppleCheeks.) It might help with marketing to have their names be something like “Sunbaby Petit” and “Sunbaby Regular.”
  • As explained above, the configuration of the snaps on the closure tabs isn’t my favourite, however, this isn’t a deal breaker.

Conclusion:

Look, my absolute preference for cloth diapers is to purchase as North American-made as possible. But above that, my preference is for people to choose cloth over disposables, for the long-term benefit of their bank accounts and the planet. Shopping with Brigitte at Sunbaby Canada means you are still supporting a Canadian family with your purchase, and that you will have someone ready to help you with troubleshooting who is in your timezone (or close to it). Brigitte is also not like some unscrupulous diaper resellers, slapping a new label on Alvas and tripling the price. Her prices are equivalent to those listed on Sunbabydiapers.com.

You can connect with Brigitte at Sunbaby Canada on Facebook or on her website.

Have you tried Sunbaby Diapers?

 





6 responses to “Sunbaby Cloth Diaper Review”

  1. Cassandra Rae

    When I was pregnant I bought a few Kawaii and Sunbaby. I didn’t like the snaps on the sunbaby because there was three of them, and I preferred two like AC and AMP. I truly didn’t give the kawaii a chance because I loved acs and amps as soon as I tried them so I destashed almost anything that wasn’t that (I had a few others I liked too like rumperooz and grovia). I didn’t feel like they were made with great quality. I think it’s hit and miss with those diapers. I don’t usually reccomned them to friends or family because, well basically, I tell them you get what you pay for. And I’ve just heard too many bad stories. So I just tell everyone to try AC, AMP, BG, Bummis, Grovia, Rumperooz, etc. All my faves 🙂

  2. Cassandra Rae

    I’m glad you at least gave it a try ! 🙂

  3. Destiny Wells-Arsenault

    I love sunbaby diapers, I use a 4 layer and a 2 layer bamboo insert in my diapers and they are still very trim and a great fit on my little guy from 2 months until now hes 21 months and almost potty trained. and still has tones of room to grow. iv never had a leak.

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  5. Tara

    Hmmm, I’m not of Chinese heritage, but I find the term “China cheapies” incredibly derogatory and somewhat racist. I recognize this blog post is from 6 years ago, but I hope the term does eventually get phased out of discussions of cloth diapering, for all of the new-to-cloth-diapering moms out there conducting research on products and diapering systems. What China does well in a globalized system is take something with the potential for mass appeal and commoditize it, and manufacturers eventually emerge that hit the right balance between affordability and functional quality that allows moms on a budget to use certain products, like cloth diapers. I built my stash around Kawaiis, one of the other popular ‘China cheapies’, and I’m fairly satisfied with their quality. If I was paying +$24/diaper on diaper snob brands, I would kinda feel had and foolish. In terms of building an affordable stash, being able to buy a new cloth diaper made in China is definitely more pleasant than stripping a second hand and somewhat worn non-Chinese diaper, in my opinion.

    1. Lindsay

      Hello! You’re right, this article is really old and needs an update. You’re absolutely right and I AM of Chinese heritage and have long deleted the term from my vocab after adopting it without much consideration when I first entered the industry. Colleagues in the cloth-blog industry ended up opting for “grey market” to designate some brands of unknown ethics/being sold by importers at massive markups without having the right safety certifications. A much more recent post about LPO diapers selves into that balance between overseas manufacturing and price point. My blog is very focused on that balance between eco-friendly and economically friendly and I’m sorry if this old post doesn’t point that out. I haven’t revisited in 6 years but will do so!

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