Green Bees Minky Cloth Diaper Review & Giveaway


If you are looking for an affordable cloth diaper, look no further! Green Bees Diapers are some of the most affordable cloth diapers I have ever come across. With prices as low as $4 each, you won’t want to miss these! Green Bees offers PUL and Minky one-size pocket diapers in solids and prints. The diapers are sold individually and in large packs for greater savings. Their pack of 20 PUL Value Diapers is currently on sale for $80 (that’s just $4 per diaper!). Green Bees Diapers also sells affordable leg warmers ($4 each!), wet bags (currently on sale for $3 each!), and cloth wipes (12 pack on sale for $4!). If you want to cloth diaper in order to save big bucks, and you prefer pocket diapers to prefolds/flats and covers, this is the way to do it!

I received an absolutely adorable Green Bees Minky One-Size Pocket Diaper to review. This diaper is seriously one of the cutest minky diapers I’ve ever seen. The blue and yellow night sky print is so cute, and the diaper itself is very soft and fluffy. It came with two 3-layer microfiber one-size inserts.

 

The Details:

 

  • Pocket diaper
  • One-size, fits 6-35 lbs.
  • Minky exterior
  • PUL waterproof interior
  • Microfleece lining
  • Three rows of adjustment snaps to allow for a small/medium/large size in one diaper
  • Hip snaps to prevent the sides from drooping
  • Waist tab overlaps for extra-small waist size
  • Includes two 3-layer microfiber inserts

 

What I Love:

The print is adorable! I haven’t seen this print anywhere before and I’m thrilled to own such a cute piece of fluff. I like that Green Bees has a wide selection of prints and colors to pick from.

Soft! I love minky diapers for their soft, comfy features. The inner microfleece on these diapers is very soft as well. One of the biggest reasons I use cloth diapers on Baby M is for his comfort. Soft fluff = happy baby = happy mama.

The leg and waist elastics are very gentle. No red marks here!

They are VERY affordable. Who doesn’t love a $10 cloth diaper?

It’s awesome that it came with TWO microfiber inserts. I was surprised that it did considering the price ($10) — you don’t find a lot of low-price diapers with two inserts. Baby M needs his pocket diapers stuffed with two microfiber inserts or else he soaks through them (heavy wetter). They are nice inserts too, large and very absorbent.

While there is nothing to snap the hip snaps into on the largest setting, I’m happy to report that there is enough fabric on the edges of the front diaper panel to cover the hip snaps once Baby M outgrows them, so they won’t be digging into his skin. This is a problem I’ve had with some one-size diapers with hip snaps, like Fuzzibunz for example. I’m glad I don’t have to worry about it with these!

These diapers are HUGE with a very high rise. I like this because I can see this diaper easily fitting Baby M to potty training, probably beyond. When I first put the diaper on him, I set it the medium rise setting because this is how I snap all of his other one-size diapers. Even on the tightest leg-snap (bottom waist snap) setting, the leg holes gaped horribly and I thought, oh no, this diaper isn’t going to fit! I then readjusted the rise snaps to the smallest setting, and the diaper fit very well. So to give you an idea of size: Baby M is 14 months, 24 lbs., and wearing this diaper on the smallest rise setting and the second-to-smallest waist/leg snap settings:

To give you an even better idea of the size, look how large this diaper is compared to a Bumgenius 4.0 One-Size (first picture) and a Fuzzibunz One-Size (second picture):

What I Would Change:

While I love that the diaper is large for Baby M so it will fit him through potty training, I do not think this is a true one-size diaper whatsoever. Snapped down to the smallest rise setting with the waist snap crossed over, there is nothing to snap the leg snaps into (bottom row of waist snaps). I’m not sure why? But this means the leg holes spread easily, and become huge. Without crossing the snaps over, on the smallest rise, waist and leg settings, the leg holes are still very big and there is no doubt in my mind this would NOT fit a 6 lb. baby — they would pee/poo straight out of the leg holes. With as high of a rise as the diaper has (even on the smallest setting, which Baby M wears at 24 lbs.), I’m picturing that this diaper would probably come up to a newborn’s chest! I think this diaper would actually start to fit at roughly 15 lbs., maybe even a little more. I would say this is more of a toddler one-size diaper than a newborn-to-potty one-size diaper. This is actually great news if you have a really chunky baby (especially one with really chubby thighs) or a toddler, but not so great if you are hoping to start using this diaper on a newborn or small baby.

I love the inserts, but they are both one-size, and you would have to fold them over for a smaller baby. I wish that one of them was a newborn/doubler size instead, for smaller babies. Baby M is just the right size for the one-size inserts though.

The snap placement works for Baby M, but I wish there were more snap settings for the waist and legs. I got a fit on him that works, but isn’t quite as tight was I would like it, and the next smallest setting is far too tight. The diaper I received is the square-tabbed version, however, and Green Bees Diapers is in the process of switching to a round-tab version which offers more snap placements. I think that version would probably fit Baby M better and look forward to trying one.

This is a really fluffy diaper! It’s cute for pictures, but doesn’t work as well as trimmer diapers for wearing under jeans and pants. This is typical of just about any minky diaper I’ve tried though, they tend to be “puffy.” Really cute but not always practical LOL.

The rise snaps are not staying snapped as well as I would like. They came undone a couple times while putting the diaper on, and all but one rise snap came unsnapped during the wash. It’s not a huge deal, but I do like it when snaps stay snapped.

The pocket opening is pretty small and it has elastic all the way around which essentially cinches it closed, making it a little harder to stuff and a lot harder for the inserts to agitate out in the wash. I don’t like touching dirty inserts so I always just leave them in the pocket, hoping they’ll find their way out. The elastic around the opening does help the inserts stay put better after you’ve stuffed them though, so if you’re a pocket-cloth-diapering-mama who likes to stuff all her pockets beforehand and have them all ready to go, this would be helpful. I do wish the opening was just a little larger regardless of the elastic though.

 

The Bottom Line:

The Green Bees One-Size Minky Pocket Diapers are cute, fluffy, and most of all affordable! I would recommend them for larger, chubbier babies and toddlers. The overall quality is not what you would find in a $20-$30 diaper, but for $10 I do feel that you definitely get your money’s worth, especially since two inserts are included. I really like that these diapers have a soft, gentle fit and if you want a cute, cozy diaper that doesn’t break the bank, go for these!

Buy It:

Green Bees One-Size Minky Pocket Diapers can be purchased
at Green Bees Diapers, currently on sale for $8 each (regular $10)!

Daily Mothering readers, save 15% off your order through Jan 4th!
Enter coupon code Daily at checkout!

Win It:

One Daily Mothering reader will win a Green Bees One-Size Minky Pocket Diaper!
Winner’s choice of color/print and round/square tab (limited to available in stock).

This giveaway ends at 11:59 EST on December 17th, 2011.

Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter. Complete the mandatory entry first and click “I Did This.” Then, if you want to, complete any or all of the additional entries. The more entries you submit, the better odds you have of winning! The winning entry will be verified. Please make sure you follow the instructions and submit the entries correctly. This giveaway is open to U.S. contestants only.


Disclosure: I received this product for the purpose of review, and did not receive any compensation for this review. The opinions in my reviews are purely my own, and others’ opinions may vary. This post was written by me and not edited by anyone.



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