Saturday, August 28, 2010

Lilypad Likes: Cow Patties Cloth Diapers

We have been a cloth diapering family for just over two months now. In some ways I feel like I am a pro now; I have figured out good wash and storage routines and figured out some diapers that work well on Sunflower and which ones I wouldn't buy again (and what about them would make me stay away from others like them). In other ways I still feel completely inexperienced; there are so many different types of diapers never mind brands within those types that I have tried only a tiny fraction. But despite my inexperience, I have already stumbled onto our perfect nighttime diaper.
One thing I have learned about the cloth diapering community is that everyone is very generous. There are multiple diaper giveaways on Facebook and blogs everyday, and winning a giveaway can be a great way to try new diapers without blowing your budget. I was lucky enough to win a Cow Patties Famous Pocket Fitted diaper in a giveaway from the Cloth Chronicles.
The Cow Patties FPF is two layers of organic bamboo fleece (OBF). It has an OBF insert that folds to provide 10-12 layers of protection. The outside is a cotton knit, so if you want a completely waterproof solution you will need some type of cover. There are also no closures on this fitted, so you will need a Snappi, pins, or a cover to keep it on.

My first impression of the diaper was of how soft it was. The OBF is amazingly soft and stays that way even after repeated washings to prep it. I was joking around with the long insert and wrapped it around my neck like a scarf, LP Dad thought it was a shame anything that soft should be pooped on. I can only imagine how nice it must be to have just that super soft OBF touching her skin, especially when the reflux is acting up and she is starting to get a rash again.
IMG_1876(The insert is folded in half here.)
When I originally pulled out the insert I thought it was going to be a very bulky diaper. But I was wrong, despite all the layers when the insert is stuffed, it is still trim. It fits well between her legs and can't imagine that it will be too bulky or cause any issues when she is more mobile. Because there are no snaps, you can use a Snappi or pins to get a perfect fit around the waist. And no velcro means nothing to snag in the wash or look messy.
The first time I put it on Sunflower was during the day, I won't use anything overnight that I haven't already tried during the day so I have some idea of what to expect. She spent 4 hours in this diaper, without a cover, and the outside of the diaper never even got damp. So I decided to give it a try overnight the next time. I don't like to change Sunflower overnight because then she thinks it is party time, so I need a diaper that can hold for up to 12 hours. I have found that fitteds with a cover work best, but they are completely saturated in the morning and I need to wash the covers as well. The Cow Patties FPF is barely damp on the outside of the diaper even after a full 12 hours and the cover can be used again after a short air dry. This is now my first choice nighttime diaper and I would really like to get 2 more and make it our only nighttime diaper.

The only negative I have found with this diaper is the black knit fabric faded quickly during the prep washings. But I would expect that of any dark fabric that goes through multiple hot washes. There are so many fabrics to choose from, both sold as in-stocks or as a custom choice that I can easily find something lighter for the outside next time.

Cow Patties Cloth Diapers also offers Covers, Pockets, AI2s, Fitteds, Wipes, and Babylegs along with the Famous Pocket Fitted. I am hoping to give an AI2 or Pocket a try as well soon. If they are anything like the FPF I know I will love them. You can find in-stocks available now in her shop on Facebook or check out the Cow Patties blog for more information, sales and promotions and to find giveaways of Cow Patties diapers.


Crunchy Babe said...

Thank you very much for this review! I can't wait to receive my Cow Patties Cloth Diapers.

Jenny said...

you'll really need to help me choose a diaper for this new baby. i tried shopping for "trial packs" online and my head was spinning. literally with all the options.