I don’t recommend disposable diapers or inserts be used on a regular or even occassional basis. If they are used it should be for those rare times when using cloth diapers would be unfeasible.
Having said that, in November on our final camping trip of the year I decided to try out the disposable inserts for Flip. We were going to camp for 5 days and I didn’t have access to washing facilities. To cut down on the amount of dirty cloth diapers I’d be coming home with, I used a few of the disposable inserts.
Before we all loaded up in the Suburban I put on a Flip with disposable insert on Sterling. From where we live it only takes about 1hr 45min. to get to Garner State Park. During that short trip Sterling peed heavily and squirmed around a lot. When we arrived it took about 45 minutes to get camp set up. While Michael and the kids went looking for fire wood I changed Sterling.
Unfortunately, I had waited too long. What I saw when I opened the cover was horrible. The insert had busted and gel crystals were all over him. You may recall that this is the very reason I began cloth diapering 4 years ago.
I took Sterling over to the water hose and cleaned him off and gently cleaned the cover. I was able to not get the cover wet and immediately reused it. After that incident all other experiences with the Flip disposable inserts were great.
We hiked in Lost Maples State Park, roasted S’mores (seriously not worth it. My memory of them far surpassed the reality of their taste.), navigated rough terrain avoiding all poison oak and most important of all enjoyed God’s creation in many forms.
Through all that Flip disposable inserts, stay dry inserts and bum genius organic aios performed as they should- no leaks, no hassle.
At night I doubled up the stay dry inserts and put on a pair of longies.
The part I like best about Flip disposable inserts is their biodegradability. You can actually put them in your compost (read this if you want to compost poopy ones) which is fantastic. Flip disposable inserts contain ZERO plastic. Their contents:
- Non-woven bamboo viscose, 5g
- Wood pulp, 14-15g
- SAP, 3g
- Starch-based glue, 1g
As far as how Flip fits when using a disposable insert, you may need to snap it on a shorter rise setting. Sterling wears them on the smallest setting both on rise and waist. When I have a stay dry insert in the shell he wears it on the middle setting with the 2 middle sets of snaps showing on the waist. Sterling is 20lbs, 31″, 16″ rise, 9″ thighs and no clue on the waist but he’s skinny.
Flip disposable inserts are on sale right now. Each pack contains 18 inserts and normally sell for $4.95, sale price is $3.96. Check out Cottonbabies, Banana Peels Diapers, and Cute Caboose for these savings.
You can also find the Flip Day Packs at these stores and others.
My overall recommendation is to keep a pack of the disposable inserts on hand. It’s better to have the best on hand instead of running out to pick up a pack of stinky, plasticky (not a real word), dioxin-laden disposables.