When Kristen at Stashify told me about a unique cloth diapering fabric she’d been testing out for a couple of months, I was intrigued! She sent an Extra Stretchy Bamboo Flat Diaper, plus a wipe, in exchange for a review. Customers can choose the thread colors they’d like for the edging; I really love our dark blue and teal.
Stashify bamboo flats come in four different sizes and wipes are approximately 8.5 inches square:
Newborn – 16″x 16″ – fits from birth until 15+ pounds (retail $9)
Infant – 24″x 24″ – fits from birth until 25+ pounds (retail $11)
Toddler – 28″x 28″ – fits 20 – 40+ pounds (retail $12)
Padfold – 14″x 27″ (retail $9.75)
I received the infant size flat for 15-month-old Erik, plus a sample wipe in the same fabric:
This super stretchy fabric is composed of 70% bamboo, 25% organic cotton and 5% spandex. It has stayed incredibly soft, wash after wash, and barely shrank at all during the prepping process. Even better, unlike regular cotton or bamboo birdseye flats, my Stashify flat has held its shape beautifully and is nearly a perfect square.
Being a “flat,” this diaper is just one layer of fabric; one side is smooth and the other is like a very soft terry. It is a thin fabric and not bulky at all. Here’s a comparison photo with a standard (small) bamboo flat diaper on the left and then Kristen’s extra stretchy flat on the right. Both are padfolded:
Although comparable to a regular flat diaper when padfolded, the Stashify diaper is far superior in absorbency, yet it’s still just one layer so just as easy to wash and dry as other flats. Erik has worn the Stashify flat overnight several times without a doubler; it holds as long as I change him first thing and he hasn’t drunk a lot of water the night before. The one time it was over-saturated and leaked he had slept 12+ hours.
The cloth wipe I reviewed is now one of my favorites. Because it’s just one layer, it works great for getting in tight places during diaper changes. Like the diaper, it has stayed nice and soft and stretchy with lots of washing and drying. I am very seriously considering buying a whole package of these, and the price is great – just $10.50 right now for a set of 12! You can choose your thread color, just like with the diapers.
I’ve discovered that the Stashify flat diaper works equally well folded up and laid in a cover, or folded and secured with a Boingo fastener. Since the Boingo (like a Snappi) has little gripper teeth on it, you have to be careful and use a gentle hand so you don’t pull or snag the bamboo fabric (with regular cotton flats and prefolds you don’t have to worry so much about snags). Once fastened, this diaper stays securely in place. In fact, the tiny bit of spandex that’s been added to the fabric not only gives it amazing stretch, but also the ability to gently hug your baby’s body – even as they are crawling, walking and jumping all over the place! So it’s not just more trim than a cotton prefold; in my opinion, the fit is far superior.
If there is a disadvantage to Stashify flats, then it would be the price of $9 and up, which means you couldn’t build a budget stash completely out of these. However, if you want to purchase just one or two for naps or nighttime, that might be an option – and it will cost less than a high quality fitted (usually $15 to $25 each). If the thought of this silky, stretchy bamboo fabric really appeals to you and you’d like to “get your feet wet,” I urge you to try the wipes I mentioned above; they are $10.50 for a dozen right now.
SALE ON BAMBOO FLATS!! In anticipation of the handwashing diaper challenge, Kristen is offering 15% off
her bamboo flats with code HANDWASH
Kristen has very sweetly offered to give one of my readers TWO of her beautifully stretchy bamboo flat diapers, in choice of size! Open to US and Canada. Good luck!