Which flip will you be today? Fancy organic natural fibres or going to go for quick drying stay dry? The choice is yours! Flip is a super versatile nappy system which allows you to decide how to diaper your baby. The system is based on their fabulous one-size wrap and their choice of inserts, organic night time, organic daytime, stay dry inserts, newborn inserts or even flip disposable inserts - for those days when you just can't!
We love, love, LOVE flip at Baba Me. There is a lot of history between baba me and it, we campaigned for it (yes I nagged Jenn from Cotton Babies for at least 2 years to develop this system), we helped in its design AND we named it! Yes, we had the honour of coming up with the name for it, so we hope you like it! It's a true story that when it came out, I was given just 3 colours (ribbit, zinnia & moonbeam) and 6 months to prove this system would be popular! Safe to say 10 years later my gut instincts were right and it is one of the most popular cloth nappies in the world! I'm a little bit proud.
Just choose your insert, then put in inside the cover, then change and do again. No stuffing or snapping, just place inside the flaps on the cover. When it is time to change the nappy, remove the insert and store ready to be washed. The outer cover, however, can be re-used up to 3 times depending on how soiled the nappy has been. Simply wipe the inside of the cover and replace the insert.
One cover, 4 inserts basically sums up Flip nappies but it is so much more than the sum of its parts! Whether you call it a hybrid nappy system or a two part nappy system is up to you, but it offers parents so much choice when it comes to cloth nappies.
The flip system is based on the onesize flip cover. It has the bumGenius patented popper system which means it goes from 8lb to 35lb+ and has the stretchy tabs, unique to bumGenius. The stretch tabs make the nappy superbly adjustable, meaning you get the nappy super small, or it can grow and stretch to fit even the chunkiest of children.
The flip nappy cover can be used over any nappy or over one of it's four inserts. You might ask why it comes with 4 inserts (technically 5 if you count the newborn as separate to the stay dry), surely that's just overkill. Well no, coming with so many insert options means that is the perfect system for.. Everybody!
If you love super slim but have no drying facilities, but want a stay dry layer choose the flip stay dry inserts.
If you love super slim, have poor drying facilities and prefer to only use natural fabrics then choose the flip organic daytime insert.
If you love natural fibres but need a nappy for the night time or for a heavy wetting baby, have good drying facilities then choose the organic night time insert.
If you have a tiny newborn and don’t want bulk then choose the flip newborn insert.
If you are just dipping into cloth, don’t have good washing facilities or even access to a washing machine, are on holiday or just on strike then choose the flip disposable insert. This can be sent to landfill and will break down in 6 months. This offers the perfect option for those who just can’t cloth nappy but don’t want to use single-use plastic disposable nappies. Made from bamboo and potato starch they offer the flexibility to still use cloth even without a washing machine.
We love flip nappies here because it's so flexible. You can use it over any other two piece nappy or nappy system you have. It purposely comes without insert poppers so that it can be mixed and matched and used with any nappy you have, or even a tea towel or towel cloth if you have completely run out.
We’ve done this full guide to flip nappies video in which we talk in depth about flip and all it's inserts and uses. It would be fair to say that flips are by far our best selling nappy system, it's so economical and we do kits from just £99, so very very affordable. There is an insert to suit everyone and every need. This video shows you how we fold and stuff the covers, we hope you find it useful!
Flip nappies are made by Cotton Babies, the makers of bumGenius. The flip inserts are made in various places. The flip organic inserts are made on their own in-house factory in Missouri. The flip disposable inserts are made in China. The flip stay dry inserts and the flip newborn inserts are currently also made in China.
Jenn Labit, the owner of Cotton Babies, has made it no secret that she intends to move all manufacturing of fabric nappies in-house and hopes to make the stay dry and newborn inserts in the USA as well. At the time of writing, this was not yet done.
Flip Nappy History
The flip nappy system came about after a conversation between Maebh Collins, the owner of Baba Me and previous European distributor for Cotton Babies and Jenn Labit. Maebh kept pushing Jenn to come up with a two piece nappy system which could be alternated. At the time Cotton Babies were known for their bumGenius pocket nappies, their all in one nappies and their bamboo fitted (which sadly they no longer manufacture). Maebh wanted a onesize cover, based on the design of the pocket nappy with the onesize poppers, but just a waterproof cover.
At the time, bumGenius had revolutionised the nappy industry by bringing out the first true onesie nappy. With their patented popper system which allowed you to adjust the nappy to grow with your baby, nothing like this has been on the market at the time. Of course now, most modern nappies owe so much to the bumGenius design, I think it's fair to say it's the most copied nappy design of all time!
After much discussion (ie nagging from Maebh) Jenn agreed to design and release flip on a 6 month trial! Maebh was given 6 months to prove the concept and that it would sell. It was just released in 3 trial colours (zinnia, ribbit and moonbeam) and if the sales targets were met, then Cotton Babies would do a full colour release. This was in 2010, the fact it's still our best selling nappy in 2020 shows the system worked!
You might find older flip nappies and inserts which are made in various different places. The nappy covers and inserts, except the stay dry, were originally made in their fair trade factory in Egypt. They were also at the same time made in Colorado. After 5 years, all production was moved to the Colorado facility and now, it's all moved to Missouri to the Cotton Babies factory.
In the 10 years since it launched, there has been little or no changes to the flip system. It now only comes in popper closures, because hook & loop is just not that hardwearing. But today it comes in so many colours and prints. It has also got an older brother in the flip potty training system, which is based on the same concept of just changing the insert, not the whole nappy.
Great, you have found out about the Flip nappy system and realise it's a game changer, but now you are unsure about which insert is the one for you? We talk you through all four flip insert options and help you decide which is best for your baby and your household!
The Flip nappy system from bumGenius is a fantastic two piece nappy system. Some people call it a hybrid system because you can use it with disposable inserts, however we prefer to keep things simple and we just call it a two piece system. The flip nappy comes with FOUR flip insert options, but remember you can use the flip waterproof cover over any fitted or flap nappy that you may have. It works super well over flat prefold type nappies and over fitted nappies like little lamb bamboo nappies.
The Flip nappy system allows you to choose which insert you use in your nappy.
The Flip Stay Dry Insert
This comes in two sizes, the normal onesize version and the newborn size. The newborn is a fantastic option to keep those newborn nappies super trim. It’s not very absorbent but in reality you don’t need much for newborns, as you tend to change them very often!
The flip stay dry inserts are made with 2 layers of microfibre and a top layer of suede cloth. They are very thin and very quick drying and we give them a 6/10 for absorbency levels. These are perfect if you have limited drying facilities as they dry so quickly! The suedecloth stay dry layer keeps the baby nice and dry. These are also very very economical! You only need 15-20 of these inserts and a few night time inserts, so you can get a set for less than £100. The stay dry insert comes with sewn ‘marked’ lines, which show you were to fold for small or medium, to correspond to the flip nappy sizes, small, medium or large.
Kathleen told us that she was “converted to cloth once I found these inserts. They are super slim fit and are so easy to wash and dry and use, I love the fact I don’t need an additional fleece layer with them, less faff!”
The Flip Organic Day Insert
The Flip Cotton DAY inserts are made from one layer of organic cotton which opens out to a big large flat sheet. It can be folded any which way you prefer. The benefits of having one layer is that it dries incredibly quickly! These inserts are super soft and super thin and you can layer them up to create additional absorbency. We give these a 8/10 for absorbency levels.
Katie told us: “I was a bit put off at first with the big square, but actually I just fold it in half then in three, it comes up so slim and works so well, I adore it!”
The Flip Organic Night Insert
Made from thick gorgeous organic cotton jersey material these are super soft and very absorbent. Ideal for night time or for heavier wetters. These are slower to dry so we recommend having at least 5 for night times.
The Flip Disposable Hybrid Insert
The flip disposable insert is made from bamboo and potato starch and is degradable. Ideal for holidays, days out or even for when your machine breaks down they make a perfect add on to the flip system. We love them for days when your child is sick and washing is piling up, or even if you have limited access to washing facilities these make a great add on! Genius!
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