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Earlier this year, I fell in LOVE with Geffen Baby. I purchased a variety of their inserts, and it was love at first sight. Honestly, when I buy OTHER inserts, I seriously regret it. Geffen Baby is amazing quality, super absorbent, and astonishing thin. To top it off they manufacture and produce their products right here in North America,
So… when my most favourite local retailer started to stock Geffen Baby, I stopped in for a visit. touching and feeling all the new diapers and products is an amazing experience. Cozy Bums didn’t fail to disappoint, the shelf full of inserts, prefolds and flats, would make any cloth diaper parent drool in envy.
I left with the infamous fladdle. I had heard great wonders of the Geffen Baby Fladdle. It was supposed to be adorably soft and rumoured to be absorbent. Having just finished the Flats & Handwashing Challenge I was tempted to #buyalltheflats. I was seriously loving the trim, absorbent nature flats had to offer, and curious about how speciality made flats would compare to cheap receiving blankets. I gave it a go.
Geffen Baby Fladdle 101
Straight out of the package it is amazingly soft and beautiful. You just want to wrap a baby in it, or wish it was about 1000x larger so you could also roll around in it. Just your luck, part of the beauty of the Fladdle is that it isn’t just a diaper, but also a swaddle for little tykes.
- Blue Serged Edges – this is the unique identifier for your Geffen Baby Fladdle.
- Flat Diaper – this means the Fladdle is a large rectangle you fold to your desire and use to absorb pee or catch poop. Fold it how you will, theres a thousand and more ways. After washing mine measures about 27″x 24″ Personally, I prefer a pad-fold, but sometimes I pin (especially for nights)
- Needs a Cover – Just throwing this in here that the Fladdle is not a complete diaper it’s merely absorbency. You need to either put a PUL cover over it or some sort of wool/fleece cover.
- Hemp/Cotton Blend – as like other Geffen Baby products, the Fladdle is 60% Hemp and 40% Organic Cotton.
At first, I loved my Geffen Baby Fladdle. It was amazing. I couldn’t get over how soft it was, and the natural blend had me head over heals in excitement. However, when it comes to my list of perks, thats about it. Aside from the reasons you might fall in love with any other flat (easy to wash up and dry, great basic, convenient stash builder), admiration of this product quickly faltered.
The honeymoon period with my Geffen Baby Fladdle quickly endly, and after a few short weeks, it quickly began to gather dust at the back of my change table.
- It’s actually not that absorbent. Geffen Baby fails to produce absorbency numbers on their website about the Fladdle… my amateur skills suggest that the Fladdle is less absorbent than a receiving blanket (100% cotton). We tried it one night and it failed.
I have tried many different strategies to get this cloth diaper to absorb liquid, and I can never ever get it to absorb more than 12oz of liquid. I have friends who claim it rivals the Flip Night Times… but my science says no.
- It’s bulky. This is the primary reason it sits on my shelf unused. Compared to other flats, and refolds, my pad-folded fladdle is thicker and chunkier than anything else. Sure, its a matter of millimetres, but I want to squeeze my toddler into jeans.
- It shrinks up. That’s the nature of a hemp/cotton blend, but lets get real, the uneven rectangle of a flat that I know have, is a pain to fold. truly, it drives me absolutely batty on a laundry day.
- It’s kind of expensive. At $17.95 CDN/$12.95 USA it’s one of the more expensive flats on the market.
- Holes. If you plan to fold your Fladdle, hold your breath. Using a Snappi will leave small holes in your Fladdle. I was recently inspecting my fladdle and was extremely disheartened to discover a plethora of holes along the corners, and in the middle (where the snappi would clip down). I want a product that can put up with everyday wear and tear. I want a product that I can use a Snappi/Boingo/Diaper Pin on. And right now, I’m scared to use my Fladdle in fear of more holes, and that my fladdle will be torn to bits.
Skip the Geffen Baby Fladdle. Unless you want to purchase a swaddle blanket. In my opinion, the Fladdle is a miss when it comes to cloth diapering.
But don’t worry, Geffen Baby makes amazing quality products. You can’t beat their inserts, and perhaps I’ll try out their other line up products soon. If you’re interested in trying something else, check out your Canadian source for Geffen Baby at Cozy Bums Diapers. (American friends drop by Kelly’s Closet)