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As a cloth diaper blogger, I get asked two questions very frequently: “What should I do for newborn diapers?” and “Which one-size diapers should I choose?” I only answer these questions in person or if I’m at my computer keyboard. There’s a lot to say. More than what I can type with my thumbs. My short answers, if I’m really restraining myself, are “Borrow some!” and “Try them all!”
Newborn Cloth Diaper Rental
Why borrow newborn diapers?
Newborn diapers don’t get a ton of use with most babies. By about 12 lbs, depending on the one-size diaper brands you have, your baby will be comfortably out of newborn-sized diapers. Unless your baby is a preemie, this is typically by six to eight weeks old. A full rotation of newborn cloth diapers (you want at least 24 diaper changes) can cost upwards of $500 which is a lot to spend for such a short period of time. While one-size diapers are most definitely a huge savings over disposables, you would not spend $500 on newborn disposable diapers. Therefore, when it comes to newborn cloth, it may only make economic sense to invest if you plan on having multiple children or if you have a friend who is due a few months after you. If your entourage lacks a cloth-diaper blogger with a cornucopia of fluff in her closet that she wants to lend you, then your next best option both for the environment and your wallet would be to rent newborn diapers.
How does it work?
You place your newborn rental kit order online at Bumbini.ca just like any other order. The kit costs $160 to rent, and this price includes return shipping back to Bumbini. The kit ships for free since it’s over $150. It is also possible to pick up the kit in Ottawa or Vancouver. The kit will be shipped to you approximately two weeks before your due date, and you keep it for two months. (Should you need to extend the rental, simply contact Bumbini and they’ll help you out.) When you’re all done with your newborn diapers, pack the kit in the supplied packaging and affix the pre-paid mailing label. That’s it.
What’s in the kit?
- 24 newborn Mother ease Sandy’s fitted diapers (12 unbleached cotton/12 bamboo terry)
- 6 Mother ease AirFlow diaper covers in newborn size
- 4 Bummis Super Whisper Wraps in size small
- 2 Bummis Simply Lite one-size covers (Maman Loup’s review)
- 4 Teeny Fit all-in-one diapers (Maman Loup’s review)
- 1 Funky Fluff hanging pail or Bummis large wet bag (Maman Loup’s review)
- 1 medium Bummis wet bag (for when you take that adorable baby out to show them off)
- A user guide and troubleshooting support via phone, email, or even in person if you’re local
- A $10 Bumbini gift certificate
You’ll notice that the kit contains 24 fitted diapers but only 12 diaper covers. Don’t worry: you will be able to reuse each cover a couple of times! I love that Bumbini also includes four Teeny Fits—one of my top two newborn all-in-one diapers when I was testing newborn fluff on Little Miss Cub! They’re super absorbent and great to take when you’re leaving the house. The only thing you need to buy yourself would be cloth wipes, assuming that’s part of your plan.
Buying all of these items yourself would cost $700. The $160 rental charge is fairly close to what disposable diapers would cost for the same period of time, but I see two obvious benefits to renting newborn cloth. One, it allows you to get acquainted with cloth diapering without committing to purchasing a full stash. And two, you get to keep about 700 disposable diapers out of the landfill.
One-Size Cloth Diaper Trial
Why do a cloth diaper trial?
Too much choice can often be a bad thing. By the time it comes to choosing cloth diapers, you’ve likely already exhausted your brain trying to decide which crib, which stroller, which car seat and which name to use for your newest addition. I am confident some parents dream of cloth diapering only to be completely turned off by the sheer volume of choice and specific terminology. One of the reasons I started this blog in the first place was because I wanted someone to just show me what I needed to know about cloth diapers so I could spend my money wisely. While some parents are content using one brand of diapers exclusively, most seem to have built their stash with different brands and styles for different purposes. And they’ve done so at a loss. They may have purchased a kit of 24 pocket diapers only to discover that they’d really prefer to use all-in-one diapers. So they sell off some of those initial diapers to buy all-in-ones. Then, they find a brand of all-in-one diapers that fit better than those first ones they purchased … and … well, you can see where this is going.
What if I told you that for the cost of one month’s worth of disposable diapers you could have $500-worth of cloth diapers delivered to your door to use for a month? Trust me, $65 spent trying a variety of brands will save you much more since you’ll know exactly what you want and don’t want in your personal stash once you’ve used your trial kit.
How does it work?
You place your cloth diaper trial order on Bumbini’s website just as you would any other online purchase. If you are in Ottawa or Vancouver, you can pick up your kit. Otherwise, you pay their low $5.99 flat-rate shipping fee to have your kit shipped to your door. You have 30 days from receiving your kit to #TryAlltheDiapers! Then, you bundle them all up in the supplied shipping bag, slap on the pre-paid shipping label and send them back.
What’s in the kit?
- 1 Funky Fluff diaper pail liner
- 1 Bummis medium wetbag or Funky Fluff Dual Pocket Wetbag
- 1 bumGenius 5.0 pocket diaper (Maman Loup’s review)
- 1 Applecheeks pocket diaper (with microfiber and bamboo inserts) (Maman Loup’s review)
- 1 TotsBots Easy Fit V4 all-in-one diaper (Maman Loup’s review)
- 1 Omaiki Hybrid 3.0 diaper (Maman Loup’s review)
- 1 Omaiki all-in-one diaper (Maman Loup’s review)
- 1 Best Bottom Try it Package – snap cover (1 cover plus 3 stay-dry inserts)
- 1 Best Bottom Try it Package – hook and loop cover (1 cover plus 3 hemp-organic cotton inserts)
- 1 Bummis all-in-one diaper (Maman Loup’s review)
- 1 bumGenius Freetime all-in-one diaper (Maman Loup’s review)
- 1 Flip Try It Package (1 cover pus 3 stay-dry inserts)
- 1 Funky Fluff LUX Bamboo 3-in-1 diaper with bamboo terry inserts (Maman Loup’s Review)
- 1 Funky Fluff LUX Stay Dry 3-in-1 diaper with deLUX hemp/bamboo inserts
- 1 Bummis Dimple Diaper (fitted) (Maman Loup’s review)
- 1 Tots Bots Stretch Bamboozle diaper (fitted)
- 1 Omaiki Ö Sleep fitted diaper
- 3 Bummis organic cotton prefolds
- 1 Snappi
- 1 Bummis Simply Lite cover
- 1 Bummis Super Whisper Wrap
- 1 Omaiki one-size diaper cover
- Instructions and everything you need to return the kit
- A $10 Bumbini Gift Certificate for future purchases
Fun fact: this kit contains every diaper I recommend newbies try! The main diapers in our stash are Funky Fluff, AppleCheeks and TotsBots. The Bummis AIO is a newcomer to the game and a definite must-try, too.
This kit is worth over $500. I cannot stress to what extent I think it is important for cloth diapering newbies to try different brands and different styles before they commit. This trial is the next best thing to having me as your BFF to lend you bits and pieces from my own collection!
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Louise G says
This is a million dollar idea!! I love it. Ive been CD from 3 months on for the exact reason you mentioned. Buying NB CD seemed like a poor investment, but I wish I had with my first one. Now it really seems pointless as BB#2 is 2 months old, unless I have 2-3more…
I wish this was around when I started CD I probably wouldnt have chosen the brand I use now. I’ve invested too much to switch now though
Same for me! I would have saved a lot more than $65 by doing a trial before I invested!
Carolyn Allen Russell says
WOW, that’s a lot of high end brands in one trial kit! I’ve done a bunch of trial programs and can’t recommend them highly enough (ANY of them! Being able to try before you buy is priceless, and I still don’t have any local friends who cloth diaper!) but that’s probably one of the best selections I’ve seen!
Amy Hall says
I briefly considered a diaper rental service but decided that since we intended to have more babies it was worth it to buy newborn diapers since to that oint I’d only had small babies. My last was bigger, though still under 8lbs, and fit into his brother’s Best Bottom diapers right from the start!