[Revised/Updated] Cloth Diaper Review: BabyLand/BabyCity

This is an edit on a previous cloth diaper review.  The original text is at the bottom and the original post on 4/19 can be found here.

I was originally concerned that this diaper wasn’t going to hold in Jackson’s explosive breastfed poos, and the verdict is in: Jackson finally let loose in one, and it held.  I am shocked.  I am flabbergasted.  But it held every bit of seedy, mustardy, however you wanna describe it, EBF poop.  Not only that, but the stain came back out.  Again, shocked.  But it happened.

So you can add that to the list of pros for this very cheap diaper.  But I’ve also got a con to add.

About a week ago, all of my diapers seemed like they were getting ammonia buildup.  They’d come out smelling fine, but as soon as any small about of pee hit the diaper, it would smell like the diaper had been worn and then left out a couple days before washing. (Don’t ask how I know that smell.  *cough*BIG DADDY*cough*)  So I sent my whole stash through a heavy-duty wash cycle with the temperature set to “sanitary” – if your washer doesn’t have that, it’s even hotter than hot.  I’m told you aren’t supposed to wash your diapers like this regularly because it can break down the PUL fabric that keeps the covers waterproof, but I consider it to be about the same as “stripping” them in boiling water would be, so what’s the harm, right?

Well, all my diapers survived fine with the exception of 2/5 MIC/BabyLand/BabyCity/eBay diapers (whatever you wanna call them).  They still work, but the cheap plastic snaps that they use must have gotten a little warped, because the rise will no longer stay snapped down.  Thankfully, Jackson can wear them on the highest rise, but this could be a real inconvenience for someone else with a smaller child.  They would have to then “grow into” a one-size diaper, which kinda defeats the purpose of it being “one-size.”

Which brings me to my last additional thought.  Initially I thought that this diaper was comparable, size-wise, to other one-size diapers.  Generally one-size diapers run somewhere in the range of 8-35 lbs, some start on babies a little smaller and some go a little larger.  Since noticing that Jackson can wear this diaper on the shortest rise, I’ve realized how short the diaper actually is.  When I use the stay-dry insert that goes with a flip cover inside of some of my MIC diapers (not all of them came with inserts so I just use what I got), it has to be folded down to the medium setting even if the MIC diaper is fully unsnapped to the highest rise.  That would make the MIC diaper about an inch shorter in length than a fully unsnapped flip cover and most other Cotton Babies-branded one-size diapers.

That said, one of my uses for these el-cheapo diapers is for my toddler at night.  While they aren’t even seaworthy for my 5mo for an entire night, they do actually work OVER a Huggies Overnight for my 2yo.  I know, a cloth diaper over a disposable diaper sounds totally ridiculous, but neither the Huggies Overnight nor any combination of cloth diapering I have thus tried will contain that water-chugging little boy’s pee for an entire night.  So, I use both.  And it saves me from having to change his sheets every dad-gum morning.  (I’m open to suggestions for cloth diaper solutions, though!  Please.)

So if my toddler can still wear the same MIC diaper that my infant is already wearing fully unsnapped, then an inch difference in length can’t be all that much.  My 2yo weighs about thirty pounds and is at the age where they start growing slower, so it seems to me that he’d be able to wear this thing for a good while yet!

All of my previous thoughts on this diaper still stand, but I wanted to add those thoughts for clarification.  The previous post is shown below.

I think the diapers that people are the most curious about are these MIC (Made in China) diapers that you’ll find all over eBay, such as here, here, and here.

Although they are presumably made by different companies, they are extremely similar and I suspect may even be made from the same materials and patterns.  The only difference appears to be the label on the side.  There’s a distinct lack of reviews on these types of diapers, probably because not many people are willing to purchase what is obviously a cheap MIC knockoff.  But, guess what?!  I’m willing to do it for you guys. 😉  Just kidding, I am poor enough that I purchased one of these to try out all on my own.  The fact that I bought four more after that should tell you in what direction this review is headed!

I bought one MIC and used it for a little while to see if it was worth the $3.50 I paid for it (including an insert AND shipping from China), before deciding to go ahead and get a couple more colors.

This is a one-size pocket diaper.  Like most one-size diapers, it is adjustable in the rise to three different heights.  It is also adjustable in the waist by ten snaps and may also be tightened to a crossover in the front.

Things that surprised me:

The first thing I noticed about the diaper, as soon as I opened the package, was the cheap fabric.  It didn’t seem possible that this thing was actually waterproof, despite it being made of PUL (polyurethane laminate, same as most cloth diapers), and the fleece on the inside definitely didn’t seem like it was going to stay dry.  But somehow, it did.  I was also struck by the stitching – it looked like it was going to come apart completely in only one heavy-duty diaper wash.  But, it didn’t.  It’s stuck around for a month now, and still looks like it did when I got it.

Things that did not surprise me:

The insert that came with this diaper is rubbish.  The material is fine, in fact it’s very similar to bumGenius’ microfiber inserts with their 4.0s, but it doesn’t snap for sizing and it is much thinner.  I have to use an extra bumGenius infant insert/doubler on top of the MIC insert and it works alright.  These diapers need to be changed more often than other cloth diapers, but that is to be expected for the price paid.  When I say “more often,” I mean every 1.5-2 hours for us.  My son wears a typical cloth diaper (BG 4.0, flip, or prefold + cover) for 3-4 hours except in the case of a #2.  So that means, for us, the MIC diapers need to be changed twice as often.

If you buy one with an insert included, you’ll need to add some absorbancy to their microfiber insert. It’s just too thin.

This diaper is also missing the “lip” that many cloth diapers from popular companies have.  I’m talking about right inside the front cover, across the top, the waterproof PUL fabric is extended a bit into the inside of the diaper to help “stop” the insert.  It keeps it from poking out the front of the cover and keeps the inner fleece fabric from wicking onto the clothes.  Because this “lip” (sorry, I don’t know the technical term for it.  Please comment and tell me what it is if you know) is absent in this diaper, it is imperative that you double check to make sure that the insert and the fleece is entirely tucked and contained beneath the PUL cover after it is snapped on to the baby.  It took us a few changes to make this a habit, but once we did, we haven’t had any more leaks or wicking.

This is where the insert sort of pokes up out of the cover. Make sure to tuck it in after fastening down the diaper, since there’s no waterproof PUL lip to hold it in.

Other thoughts:

I would comment on the stain resistance, but my son doesn’t do #2’s often, and it has not happened that one has landed in a MIC diaper.  I don’t imagine that it will contain his once-every-couple-of-days-poo-SPLOSION! as we refer to them, but I also did not think the diaper was going to be waterproof in the first place, so who knows?  I can only speculate.  I guess I’ll have to update accordingly, if Baby J ever does a #2 in one of them.

Final judgement:

Despite the cheap materials and the inferior craftsmanship… this diaper works.  Somehow, it does not leak (if you tuck the insert & fleece properly).  It doesn’t rub my baby’s chunky thighs until they are raw like some of the major brands do.  It is suspiciously cheap ($3.50 for the diaper, insert, and shipping in my case, but the sales are through eBay so it will vary).  It has to be changed twice as often as other pocket diapers.  But, y’all, this thing is so cheap.  It may not last through two or three children like my other dipes will, but at the price I paid, I would buy new ones again for my next baby.

Bottom line: Unless you are super into buying only American made (or at least American assembled) items, then I definitely recommend that you try this diaper.  Just buy one, try it, and if it works for you and your baby, buy some more!  The price alone is worth giving it a chance.

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