I wrote a review earlier about the Coolababy and Rainbow BB cloth diapers earlier, you can read that HERE. I’ve been using them all summer as well as a set of Blue Penguin’s SposoEasy all cotton cloth diapers. I just wanted to give a little update now that I’ve had a really good chance to try them.
First of all the fit:
They both fit fairly well. I really don’t think they’d fit a newborn at all. Both tend to suffer “wing droop” after they’ve been on too long. But I’ve found that most of the cloth diapers my guy wears look that way, especially now that he’s on the move. I still don’t find that to be a big deal and it doesn’t affect the absorbency.
They are still completely stain free! I DO use a flushable liner to catch the solids, but many times it doesn’t catch everything. I rinse them ASAP and they are washed when I have time. If I am doing a load of diapers soon, I may not even rinse them (just remove the big stuff!). The fleece doesn’t stain easily and my inserts are still VERY absorbent. I even end up wringing out the inserts before I hang them on the line. Yes, hanging them on the line can contribute to less stains.
Drying and odor:
The Coolababy AND the Rainbow BB diapers are awesome as far as odor goes. It’s important to treat them well to begin with, but cloth diapers can get stinky sometimes. My SposoEasy diapers seem to retain odor much faster. The Coolababy and Rainbow BB shells retain almost no odor and they dry quickly on the line or on lowest heat in the dryer. The inserts keep some odor, but occasional washing in hot with a double rinse (I double rinse all the time anyway) with a little vinegar and baking soda really does the trick. I also HIGHLY recommend Crunchy Clean Diaper Soap or Rockin Green Diaper Soap because they smell AWESOME and they are specifically made for cloth diapers.
The PUL (polyurethane laminate) that is the outer shell is still holding up well. I haven’t noticed any wear at all. They do wick a little, but its usually when I haven’t changed him for a long time and they’re really wet ;)
As you can see, some of my Rainbow BB’s has bad elastic. I haven’t had this problem with my Coolababy, but I just have the one, and I have 12 Rainbow BB. My guess was that it was one of two problems: 1) the elastic was sewn poorly and let go at one end, or 2) it is just bad elastic as gave out. I decided that since I only paid about $6.50 apiece for these that they were worth repairing. Here’s what I did:
I used a seam ripper and opened from the inside the elastic pockets, only at each end, and pulled the old stuff out. You can see it was not bad sewing but bad elastic. I pinned one end of my new elastic with a safety pin and guided it into the pocket then stitched at each end. It didn’t take me very long.
If you are handy with a needle and thread or know someone who is, I still say these diapers are well worth the money. Overall I’ve still been very happy with them and they are holding up well.
Hope this helps. I’d love to hear what you all think. Please feel free to link these reviews!