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How Many Flip Diapers Do I Need?

How Many Flip Diapers Do I Need?
You will need a minimum of 6 Flip covers and 24 inserts if you choose to use Flip diapers full time. If you have a newborn the Flip cover minimum is 8. This will allow you to use around half your diaper covers while the other covers and inserts are being washed. You can increase the number of Flip covers and inserts to increase the days between washing.

Flip diapers are versatile to have in your stash. To make cloth diapering with this brand a breeze, there are a few things s you should know about its covers and insert options.

About Flip Diapers

Flip Hybrid Diaper
Flip Diapers are a hybrid diaper system created by Cotton Babies Inc. Cotton Babies is headquartered in St. Louis Missouri. Their actual manufacturing warehouse is located close by in Fenton, Missouri. If it is important that your baby’s diapers are made in the USA, then you can rest assured that their manufacturing and operations are in the States. If you live close by, they offer curbside pickup of their freshly made diapers.

The owner of Cotton Babies, Jennifer Labit, believes in reducing diaper waste and giving cloth diapers to those in need. She even supports missionary work by donating cloth diapers to active missionary families.

Flip diapers are considered hybrid diapers. Hybrid diapers allow you to use the same diaper cover with different styles of inserts. This will provide you with many options depending on your preference or lifestyle. Flip diapers have a cover and three styles of inserts to pick from: stay dry, organic, and disposable.

Flip Diaper Covers

Flip Diaper Cover

Cover Material

The Flip diaper cover is made of laminated polyester or PUL. This allows you to easily wipe it clean after you change a pee soaked insert. You can actually reuse these covers 2-3 times because of this. The snap area is made out of suede cloth, so you will not be able to wipe this. However, if your baby only pees or does a small poop, it should be fine to reuse again.

Another great feature about this cover is elastic in the leg area that will contain your baby’s pee. The shell itself is contoured to hold the insert in place.

If you want to look into more information about the Flip diaper cover, you can find it on the Natural Baby Company’s website here.


Flip Cloth Diaper Cover Sizing
Flip diaper covers are made one-size and can be adjusted through snaps on the front and top of the diaper. The front snaps adjust to create small, medium, and large sizes.

  • For small, snap the buttons to the bottom row on the front of the diaper. This will fit babies 8-16 lbs.
  • For medium, snap the buttons to the second row from the bottom. This will fit babies 17-22 lbs.
  • For large, completely unsnap the buttons on the front of the diaper. This will fit babies that are 23-35 lbs.

The tabs on the sides of the diaper are stretch to fit. You won’t have to adjust anything else here.


How many covers do I need?

Flip diapers recommend a minimum of 6 diaper covers if you want to cloth diaper full time. This is for older babies who would only go through 6 -10 diaper changes a day. It will allow you to use about 3-4 covers each day while the rest of the covers and inserts are being washed. I suggest snagging 4 more covers so you can have the flexibility to wash every other day, or even keep a few in your diaper bag.

One of the things to take into consideration is the frequency and consistency of your baby’s bowel movements. If your little one poops a lot during the day, you may need more diaper covers. I find that poop with a watery or creamy consistency tends to migrate to the nooks and crannies near the elastic. At this point, it’s just much easier to change the diaper cover instead of trying to wipe it out. Reserve your wiping for contained pee and small solid poops.

Flip Diaper Inserts

Flip Diaper Inserts
Flip diaper inserts are the part of this diaper that will soak up all the liquids. They offer 3 choices for maximum flexibility. You can choose from stay dry, organic, and disposable.

One Size Stay Dry

Flip diaper stay dry inserts are made from three layers of microfiber cloth. Microfiber is renowned for quickly soaking up and containing moisture. A stay dry liner is sewn on to the top of the microfiber to wick any moisture away from baby’s bottom. To size this insert, simply fold to create a small, medium, or large insert.

If you’re interested in taking a closer look at them, you can find these on Amazon here

Organic Daytime

Organic Flip diaper inserts are made out of organic cotton. Some parents prefer these because they want natural materials next to their baby’s skin. These are made from a single layer of cotton. For this reason, they are ideal on their own for daytime. The organic inserts do not have a stay dry liner, so baby will feel wet more often. This is ideal to transition towards potty training or you can also change this liner more frequently. This insert has proportions similar to a prefold. To adjust the size, simply fold along the different sides to make a smaller or larger insert.

You can find the Organic Flip diaper inserts on The Natural Baby Company’s website here or on Amazon’s website here.


Flip disposable inserts work similarly to their microfiber counterparts. You can fold these inserts to create the small, medium, and large sizes. Disposables are ideal for when you drop baby off at grandma’s or even at daycare. You can find this insert on The Natural Baby Company’s website here or Amazon’s website here.

Even though these inserts are disposable, they don’t contain many of the harmful chemicals that regular disposable diapers do. Oeko-Tex certifies these inserts, so you can rest assured that your baby won’t absorb anything dangerous. Flip disposable inserts are made of non-woven bamboo viscose, wood pulp, SAP, and starch-based glue. They do not have any phthalates, latex, lead, or BPA.


Cloth diapering your baby during the night requires extra absorbancy. If you are using the microfiber inserts, simply use 2 inserts instead of 1.

The Flip organic insert line has an organic nighttime insert. Swap your daytime insert for this one. These inserts are thicker than the organic daytime inserts to soak up excess nighttime moisture. Quilted stitching also aids in nighttime absorbency.

Some moms even top their cloth inserts with the Flip disposable inserts for extra protection. Prefolds are also excellent to use as a bottom layer if you’re running low on clean inserts. Even if you’re used to using cotton inserts for daytime, consider topping your baby’s nighttime diaper with a fleece liner. This will help to keep baby’s skin dry throughout the night. Also, make sure you snap the diaper cover to one size larger than you use during the day.

If you’re interested in taking a closer look at it, you can find the Flip organic inserts on The Natural Baby Company’s website here or on Amazon here.


Flip Diapers For Newborns

Newborns will need a minimum of 24 diapers. Breastfed newborns use about 10-12 diapers per day. For Flip diapers, you will need at least 24 inserts and 8 diaper covers. This is assuming that you will wash each day as your baby is wearing one set. However, I recommend having extra on hand to make those early days easier. Increase your insert stash to 36 and your cover count to 12, so you can wash every other day.

Flip diapers can be used for newborns. Initially, you may want to use disposable diapers until the cord stump falls off. This should only be about a week. After this, you shouldn’t have any issues with using these diapers full time. One thing to note is that the Flip diaper covers are one size, so they may not fit smaller babies. You can substitute an Econobum newborn cover for those first early days if you are concerned about fit. Econobum covers are made by the same company, Cotton Babies, and have a similar structure.

Flip diapers make newborn inserts that can be used with the newborn size Econobum covers, as well as with the Flip OS diaper covers. The newborn inserts are constructed from 2 layers of microfiber topped with a stay-dry liner.

Flip Diaper Washing Instructions

Wash your Flip diaper covers and diapers at least every other day. Stretching your washing routine any longer will make your diapers stinky, allowing ammonia to build up, and encourage mildew growth. Use cloth safe detergent to clean your diapers. These detergents are free of bleach, optical brighteners, soap, and fabric softeners.

You can read my thoughts on cloth diaper specific detergent here.

Exclusively breastfed diapers can go into your laundry machine with the watery mustard poop still on them. It’s water-soluble and will easily wash out. If your baby is formula-fed or eating solids, remember to drop the poop into the toilet and use a diaper sprayer to remove the remaining residue.

The cloth diaper washing routine is easy. Flip diapers recommend this routine to keep your diapers clean:

  1. Prewash your diaper covers and inserts together with warm or cold water. Use only half of the detergent you would use with a full load.
  2. Next, do a heavily soiled wash with hot water and full load’s worth of detergent.
  3. Then, cold rinse your diapers.
  4. Last, you can tumble dry inserts and hang covers to dry.

Bonus tip: Periodically hanging your inserts to dry outside in the sun will lighten stains.

Flip diapers are a flexible and economical system to cloth diaper your baby from the newborn stage to toddlerhood. A minimum collection of 24 inserts and 6 covers for older babies allows you to cloth diaper full time. 24 inserts and 8 covers are the minimum for full-time newborn cloth diapering.

How Many Flip Diapers Do I Need

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Inserts from cottonbabies.com and thenaturalbabyco.com