Hybrid cloth diapers are an excellent system from an economical, space-saving and diversity perspective.
I’ve recently been discussing what a Hybrid Fitted is which is entirely different from the Hybrid system.
Hybrid cloth diapers consist of a PUL shell and an absorbency piece that is changed out. This absorbency piece can vary from a snap-in or lay-in insert, prefold or disposable insert. The PUL shell can also double as a cover over fitted cloth diapers.
Hybrids are economical because you are not paying for an entire diaper each time. You buy a few shells that you rotate throughout the day and the n0-frills inserts of your choice.
They are space-saving because inserts are trim and the covers are practically flat. This makes the Hybrid system great for traveling.
The diversity of a Hybrid system is experienced when you use the shell as a cover fitteds or underwear during potty training or place a disposable insert inside.
Two very popular shell/insert cloth diaper systems are Flip Diapers and Best Bottom Diapers.
**** Edited to add: Please excuse my full-term pregnant brain!! Best Bottom Diapers are not considered a true hybrid but rather and AI2. A hybrid is one in which the company also makes a disposable insert. That would include Flip Diapers, GroVia and gDiapers. However, Best Bottoms can still be used as a hybrid system by using another brand of disposable inserts in the shell. ****
Gwen recently asked via comment:
Hi I have a couple questions I’m having another baby in February this will be my 3rd child and I’m planning on doing cloth I’m going for hybrid because that’s what will be easier for my husband and I both but every time I go to order I end up stuck between flips and best bottoms and cant make up my mind and there really are no bad reviews on either the only difference I see is one insert snaps in and one doesn’t and flips are almost 4 dollars cheaper a piece I’m planning on buying around 12 new inserts and then a bunch prefolds cause I can buy them used down the street from me but cant seem to pick a shell… any suggestions and any ideas on how many I need I don’t want to be stuck with no clean diapers and don’t want to have to keep buying more
This is a great question. I really hate trying to pick between two seemingly equally good candidates.
Both brands have several benefits.
Pros of Best Bottom Diapers:
- Cute prints and contrasting color/piping combos
- Leg gussets
- Tight fit
- Double layer of PUL
- Made in the USA
- Snap for insert prevents bunching
- 4 rise settings
Pros of Flip Diapers:
- Great stretch allowing for wider fit range
- Wide range of colors
- Flexible PUL fabric
- 1 Year Warranty & 30-day Money Back Guarantee
- Comfy butterfly closure
Differences in price:
- Flip- covers $13.95, stay-dry inserts $4.95, organic inserts $7.95 Flip Diapers Day Pack: 2 covers + 6 stay-dry inserts = $49.95
- Best Bottom- covers $16.95, stay-dry $3.95, organic inserts $5.95, overnight inserts $6.95
Recommended number of shells and inserts is 8-10 shells and 18-24 inserts (via Best Bottom Diapers). I’d agree with that recommendation. If you are cloth diapering more than one child you would need to add more.
So far, nothing I have written is going to help Gwen make a decision.
My personal experience has me leaning towards Flip Diapers. The reason is fit. Best Bottom Diapers do not stretch at all and have a short rise. I love the flexibility, stretch and diversity of Flip covers.
Yes, Best Bottom covers have a snap which keeps the insert in place and the leg gussets for extra protection. But, honestly those key characteristics can’t overcome the smaller fit and inability to fit over a wide variety of diapers. Covers in my stash need to be multifunctional.
Flip covers also have a couple of cons: poop smells tend to linger if you hand wash and after using them extensively on my very skinny Sterling and having to always pull tight the elastic did loosen quite a bit. But, with the excellent Seconds sales and other sales that Cottonbabies offers it makes it easy to replace your stash on the cheap! (click banner to check out the inventory still available in the seconds sale!)
Both brands can be used successfully overnight. With Flip Diapers double up the inserts or lay 2 Hemp Babies under the stay-dry insert for a trimmer fit. With Best Bottom a hemp overnight under the stay-dry is highly absorbent.
I hope this helps you in choosing which Hybrid system you will go with.
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