Cheap Diapers. Check out this great entry by fellow home based cloth diaper retailer, Babies Bottoms and More. She talks about reasons to avoid the cheap ($8 china made) cloth diapers.
And here’s my 2 cents:
I absolutely cannot stress this enough, quality in a diaper is important! This is going on your baby’s bum. They are in their diapers all day and all night (with some exceptions). They take a beating, that’s for sure, and they need to stand up to the wear and tear of being used and washed every other day for 2 years or so, and if you are going to make the investment, you hope they will last through multiple children as well.
My favourite point in her post is : Warranty, warranty, warranty!! Why do you care about a warranty? because if there is a manufacturer’s defect in your diaper, they will replace it for you! Fuzzibunz has a LIFETIME warranty on snaps and PUL (the waterproofing layer), let me say that again: LIFETIME WARRANTY! Forget diapers, does anything else you own really have a lifetime warranty? This is one of the companies that stands behind their product, even to the point of putting on such a fabulous warranty, and holding it up. The process is easy, contact them through their website, receive a return number, mail them your shells (you keep your inserts and bonus elastics if you haven’t used them yet). They mail you brand new diapers to replace the defective ones.
Another thing that weighs on my mind in regard to the cheap diapers is that we don’t know the working conditions in the factories they are made in, what are the environmental standards? Do they use child labour? Honestly, I don’t know the answer to those questions, but I doubt they are the answers I would want to hear. Even with the cheap materials being used for these cheap diapers, there is just no way that they could be sold for $8 and turn a profit without cutting some corners somewhere. I know where my Fuzzibunz are made, and I know that they care so much about the standards and working conditions of their factory that they picked up and moved their operations when the previous facility didn’t meet their standards, that’s a big cost for a company. I know that my Happy Heinys are made in the USA by locals, and my Monkey Doodlez are made in Canada, also sewn by locals.
I can give you the information and my opinion, but I can’t tell you what is right for your family. If you want to try a cheap diaper, knock yourself out. I know the sticker shock with cloth diapers is hard to swallow sometimes, but the reality is that you are saving thousands of dollars by using cloth diapers in the first place, and as my hubby often says:
“You don’t cheap out on your children”