Where Are Flip Nappies Made?
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 The nappy covers and inserts, except the stay dry, were originally made in their fair trade factory in Egypt.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.
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