Sunbaby Cloth Diaper Review

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you’ll remember that we have used cloth diapers since Milo was a week old. We originally had a whole set of Bum Genius 3.0 diapers, and they were wonderful. Somehow, a few months ago, all of the diapers lost their waterproofing at once (probably because of mis-washing). Though I loved the BG, they are expensive as far as cloth goes ($18-$25/each). I was interested in trying a new, less expensive option.
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 I tried out a friend’s Kawaii Diapers, and liked them well enough. They seemed to function just as my BG had, just at a lower price ($6.50-$8/each). In fact, I would have gone with those if I hadn’t stumbled upon a couple product comparisons of BG to Sunbaby. I had never heard of Sunbaby, and no one I know uses them (and I’ve got a lot of cloth diapering friends:) But, since the reviews were good, and they are even less expensive ($4.50-$6/each), I decided to give them a go. Even if they didn’t work out, I could invest in some other options with the $$ saved.
The Sunbaby website is pretty low-tech. You can explore for yourself, but basically you have the option of buying either 12 or 24 diapers, with either one or two inserts each. Because I already had my BG inserts, I went with 24 diapers, 24 inserts, knowing I could double up with my others for Milo. I went a little crazy with the designs. Milo’s BG were all white, which was great, but I loved the Sunbaby patterns and they are fun for Milo (and one day Eliot) to pick out which diaper to wear. The plain colors seem to be a slightly more matte pul material than the patters, which are slick on the outside, sort of lycra feeling.  
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 The diaper layout is very similar to the BG. There is a thin, soft microfiber lining and a waterproof pul outer layer. Of course, at this price point, both materials feel slightly thinner than my BG, but so far functionality is similar. The back flap is pretty wide, but so far has not caused an issue. In fact, it makes it easy to stuff with inserts. There is a third snap at the hip, which is apparently new on the Sunbaby, and it has been great for keeping a snug fit around the leg.
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 I am using two inserts for Milo and one, folded in the front for Eliot. The Sunbaby inserts are soft and absorbent, and so far are comparable to my BG inserts. I do love the snap option on the BG insert, though, so I’m using them for Eliot so I can snap it smaller. 
I have had a few leaks, but I’m going to take responsibility for them. I’m out of the habit of changing the boys as often as is necessary with cloth (ANY brand!) and Milo pees enough to soak through disposables. I notice the leaking around the edges first, as I did when my BG would leak, so if I catch them before totally saturated, we’ll be great. I haven’t noticed any problem with the waterproofing if I change them in a timely manner. Also, they are washing well. I am doing a cold rinse, hot wash with powder Tide, then a second cold rinse. I have not dried the covers at all (even though they say to dry low) and I am drying the inserts on medium.
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 I love snaps. Can I say that again?  I LOVE SNAPS! My BG were all velcro (they’re now available in snaps, too), and I got really tired of it sticking to stuff and getting filled with lint. 
IMG 80611 Sunbaby Cloth Diaper Review
 The Sunbaby snap options are various. They snap to three different heights, and five different widths. The hip snap has been great for keeping the legs snug around my boys’  skinny thighs.
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For the time being, I’ve got two back in cloth. Hooray! I have been able to diaper both boys with my set of 24 diapers, and we’re going on a month with them. I am completely happy with my purchase, so far, and would highly recommend Sunbaby as a great cloth diaper option. 
If you have any specific questions/comments relating to these diapers, or cloth diapering in general, please leave it in the comments! I’ll be answering them there, so they are available for other readers.
*The opinions and experiences shared in this post are all personal and unbiased. I purchased the Sunbaby diapers, and receive no personal benefit from this review.
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25 Comments

  1. carlislefam
    Posted November 16, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Miranda. I have been wanting to Cloth diaper Kyler for a while since he will be in diapers for a while also. This is a great help and i hope that they work for us too.

  2. Aline Kaehler
    Posted November 16, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Permalink

    i loved that last picture! it´s like eliot said something hilarious and milo laughed so hard he fell over. :D Great pic!!!

  3. Miranda
    Posted November 16, 2011 at 7:05 pm | Permalink

    @carlislefamGlad it was helpful! Let me know if you run into questions along the way:)

  4. LAINA
    Posted November 16, 2011 at 8:57 pm | Permalink

    Glad you found something that works for you. Cloth is so much better. Also, I will NEVER recommend velcro to anyone. We did velcro with Hobbes and have been slowly purchasing diapers to rid ourselves of any velcro ones. They hold up so much better with snaps.

  5. Rebecca Grace
    Posted November 16, 2011 at 9:30 pm | Permalink

    Yay! Great review! I remembered which cloth diapers I used that looked like yours; they were called Fuzzi Bunz (sp?) and then I had some other velcro ones that a lady on the internet made for me. The custom made ones had regular QUILTING COTTON outsides (and yes, I did go nuts picking out all the cutest novelty prints for my boys) and fleece liners, I think the waterproof stuff was in between those, and I used waterproofing spray on the outsides every once in awhile for those, too. I am SO GLAD you are writing about this and sharing pictures. Cloth diapers are so much cooler than disposable: No harsh chemicals linked to infertility, no landfill guilt, way less expensive, way cuter, and just as easy to use *BUT* you have to go all-in for a trial run, not just try one diaper one time. Having the whole diaper pail thing set up and washing a whole load of diapers at once is what makes it easy. You can even get preschools to deal with the cloth diapers if you say your doctor has mandated them because your child got such severe rashes from disposables. Where there's a will, there's a way… The other thing I have heard moms say when they haven't considered disposables is that it's "gross" to wash and keep using a diaper once it's been soiled — but whose baby has never had a major blowout on a cute, expensive outfit? We wash it and put it back in the closet, naturally; we don't throw it away. I hope that bloggers like you can bring some awareness and dispel some of the myths so that more parents will take the plunge into cloth diapering.

  6. wiglsworth
    Posted November 16, 2011 at 9:38 pm | Permalink

    We use Sunbaby diapers and have for some time (with 2 babies) and I think they are great diapers, reasonably priced and ours have lasted 2+ years.

  7. Lainey
    Posted November 17, 2011 at 4:06 am | Permalink

    I am glad you posted this! We use BG and Fuzzibunz – both with snaps and have been happy, but like you said – they are an investment. When ours wears out I will definitely check out Sunbaby! I have been trying to come up with just the right wash routine to avoid soap buildup. Our frontloader just doesn't rinse well. I have scoured the internet for ideas, but if you have any tricks that work for you, I would love to hear them.
    Thanks for the post!

  8. em
    Posted November 17, 2011 at 10:00 pm | Permalink

    I'm sure I can check Sunbaby's site but since I'm already here I'll just ask: do you know if they sell a sprayer, too? Baby #3 is due in a month and I'm ready to take the up-front splurge of investing in cloth this time around. But I hear a sprayer that attaches to the toilet is a must for cloth diapering. Also, I noticed Lainey's comment about soap buildup from her front loader…how do you know if that's happening? Thanks!

  9. Miranda
    Posted November 17, 2011 at 10:10 pm | Permalink

    @Lainey, the best stripping method for buildup that I have used is a squirt of original blue Dawn dish sops in the wash sans detergent, then an extra rinse. To avoid buildup, I'd try using a bit less detergent, then doing a double/triple rinse when you're done washing?

    @em, they litteraly only sell diaper sets:) you can get a sprayer from cottonbabies.com. I bought one and never used it! Buildup usually manifests by the diaper leaking because it won't absorb the moisture.

  10. Miranda
    Posted November 17, 2011 at 10:12 pm | Permalink

    Eek, forgive my misspelling. Literally:)

  11. Ashley McLaughlin
    Posted January 11, 2013 at 7:25 pm | Permalink

    Wanted to know how these diapers have held up over long period of uses…would love a response

    • Miranda
      Posted January 11, 2013 at 10:07 pm | Permalink

      Hi Ashley! I have photos all taken for a follow-up post and just haven’t had the time to write it! The Sun Baby diapers have been awesome! We’ve been using them for around 15 months now and they are all functioning great. My husband notices a slight odor on some of them occasionally, and we just re-wash before using them. With my Bum Genius, I used 1/4c bleach every two months or so, and with these I haven’t yet. I wonder if that would help or if it would break down the PUL (my BG all failed at about 10 months!) We’re planning on using these ones until E is potty trained, then donating them to Goodwill and buying a new set for the next baby (whenever that might be…) Feel free to email me if you have any specific questions!

      xo

  12. Eva
    Posted February 12, 2013 at 2:37 pm | Permalink

    Miranda, consider donating directly to a mom in need. I know many moms who it would really benefit, but they need a push to get them to start cloth diapering. Also, I was wondering if you use your sunbabies at night?? If so, what do you stuff them with? If not, what do you use at night?

    • Miranda
      Posted February 12, 2013 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

      Hi there Eva, I do use SunBabies at night, and stuff them with the same two inserts I use during the day! If I had a heavier wetter, I’d consider stuffing a third in there, but turns out we’re just fine as is!

  13. Gina
    Posted February 27, 2013 at 9:41 am | Permalink

    Sunbaby now Sells bamboo inserts as well as microfiber. Try double stuffing with one microfiber and one bamboo, putting the bamboo on the bottom, and this will be far better th an 2 microfiber. Bamboo holds more and wont get compression leaks like microfiber.

    • Miranda
      Posted February 27, 2013 at 8:30 pm | Permalink

      Thanks for the update!

  14. laurel
    Posted May 15, 2013 at 6:12 pm | Permalink

    I have has our Sunbaby diapers for 1 year and most of them have lost the elasticity:( I air dry the covers, since dryers are supposed to break down the elastic. has anyone else had this problem? what am I doing wrong… I wrote to Sunpei and she sent replacements for some which was great but now am not sure I want to get more of them. I wish I was better at sewing and would open them up and replace the elastic.:)

  15. Jessica
    Posted May 22, 2013 at 3:09 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for posting this! Noah was born 4 months ago and I have wanted to try usig cloth diapers and I found the SunBaby ones in a store. Your review has really helped me to decide that I want to try cloth!!

  16. Amanda
    Posted August 8, 2013 at 10:46 pm | Permalink

    Hi!
    Do you use the size 1 sunbaby or size 2? I read on another blog that the size 1 is more for skinnier babies and size 2 for chunkier babies. My son is almost 15 months and long and lean, weighing 20lbs. Your boys look long and lean as well. Any advice?? I’m about to start a CDing journey so I need all the advice i can get. I know all diapers fit different baby body types. And my little guy is NOT chunky!

    • Miranda
      Posted August 11, 2013 at 10:56 pm | Permalink

      I don’t remember! When I first bought them, there was just one size. The second batch I bought must have been a size 1–or whichever is for the skinny babes. Mine are string beans!

  17. Bethany
    Posted August 15, 2013 at 4:58 am | Permalink

    I LOVE your website. What do you use? Googlesites, WordPress, other?

    • Miranda
      Posted September 3, 2013 at 11:39 pm | Permalink

      I use WordPress for the server and BlueHost for the hosting:)

  18. heather
    Posted September 7, 2013 at 4:19 pm | Permalink

    ops! Mistake number one – DON”T USE TIDE!!! You will be purchasing diapers again very soon! You should use a detergent that leaves no residue – which is what destroys the absorbency in the diapers and probably what ruined your bum genius diapers. Suggestions? Use a soap like Charlies Soap. Rockin’ Green, or Eco sprout. You can use them with all of your laundry (so as to avoid constantly battling the coating of the inside of your washing machine and dryer) and they are extremely gentle on the environment, unlike Tide which kills the fishies and pollutes the water supply. Good luck – just a friendly suggestion.

  19. stephanie
    Posted January 31, 2014 at 8:29 pm | Permalink

    Hi there! How would you compare Sunbaby crotch? is it narrow than other dipes you’ve tried? I’m looking for a fairly narrow diaper- fuzzibunz elite os fits my dd perfectly but can’t really afford them. Thanks!

    • Miranda
      Posted February 17, 2014 at 10:20 pm | Permalink

      Seems similar, but narrow enough for my little ones to fit comfortably:)

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