A while back we posted an article about WAHMs and WAHM made cloth diapers. If you haven’t checked it out already, you should!
You should also check out Hippeez Cloth Diapers: Adorable, affordable WAHM made cloth diapers and accessories. Among the goodies awesome-mama Heather makes are fitted diapers, wetbags, fleece liners, doublers, cloth wipes, wool covers, fleece covers and more. She also sells CJ BUTTer products, which I love.
I reviewed Hippeez’ top-selling item, a stay-dry fitted cloth diaper, along with an adorable fleece diaper cover. I had a lot of fun choosing the prints from her fabric gallery (ah, the joy of customs from a WAHM!). I must say, my husband was more than impressed with Heather’s good taste to have a Pittsburgh Steelers print available for the cover
As you can see, they are cute. And I had high hopes for this combination as an overnight system. My son is a bit sensitive to wetness, so most fitteds are a no-go for us on the overnight shift, but we are at the age that the absorbency of a fitted is required. I’ve only found a few fitteds with stay-dry inners, but most of them are very expensive (around the $30 mark!), so I was delighted to come across Hippeez and find that not only do the offer a stay-dry fitted, but do so at a very affordable price. Hippeez’ flannel fleece-lined fitteds are only $15. Pair this with a fleece diaper cover for $12 and you have yourself a very affordable, absorbent, and breathable stay-dry diaper.
Heather, the awesome WAHM behind Hippeez, sent along an additional fleece-lined doubler to boost absorbency in case it was needed for the overnight shift. I’m happy to report that the booster wasn’t needed. The fitted with the fleece cover was more than absorbent enough to withstand 12 hours of (blissful) toddler sleep. My little boy – and his sheets! – were dry in the morning. The fleece-lined doubler would be handy for the heavy wetter I’m sure.
Hippeez fitteds are sized diapers and as such are easy to use and offer a good fit at any age and size. With a sized diapering system (compared to a size-adjustable one) there’s less bulk and no extra step of rise adjustment.
Hippeez’ fleece covers also come in a variety of sizes to ensure a perfect fit without the bulk. I really like that they are velcro-closure, which minimizes the alligator-like wrestling matches that take place during our bedtime routine with pull-on diaper covers. On more than one occasion I’ve heard my husband mutter words of frustration with pull-on covers. Well, no such wrestling required with a velcro-closure cover. Just strap it on. Needless to say, the Hippeez cover is my husband’s favorite.
The materials used in the construction of this economical diaper do have the tendency to pill with normal wear and washing. I appreciate the thorough answer Heather provides on her site as to why she still chooses flannel as her material of choice for fitteds:
There is a reason flannel is the most popular fabric used for receiving blankets – it stays soft and absorbent wash after wash after wash. Flannel is also very durable. It will withstand a lot of abuse. And quite frankly, not many items of clothing are subject to as much abuse as a cloth diaper. Flannel does get pilly after the first couple of washings, but with repeated washings it actually dies down a little bit. If it bothers you, you can always use a razor or lint shaver to get rid of the pills. But they don’t hurt the functionality at all. Flannel is also readily available and cheaper than many other commonly-used diaper fabrics. Not to mention I can purchase it at my local fabric store. This all saves me money, which in turn keeps the cost of the diapers down.
Aside from the pilling, the only other drawback is that this fitted diaper isn’t as soft and pliable as others I own. According to Heather, this too is due to the nature of the fabrics and how the diaper itself is constructed. The elastics and touch-tape used are a bit ridgid, but the trade-off is a much stronger and durable diaper.
And there you have it!
- Very affordable. $15 for a fitted and $12 for a fleece cover.
- Customizable. You get to pick the perfect size and print for your little one. Customs are such fun!
- Absorbent, breathable, and stay-dry, which is fantastic for babies who are sensitive to wetness.
- WAHM made. I love supporting a fellow Canadian mom.
- Becomes pilly with regular wash and wear. This is only a cosmetic issue and can be improved with a razor if desired.
- Less soft and pliable, but the trade-offs are strength and durability.
Hippeez Cloth Diapers are fabulously economical, handmade by a Canadian WAHM, and customizable. Although they aren’t as soft and squishy as others I’ve tried, the combination of the stay-dry fitted with a fleece cover offers a wonderfully affordable night time solution, especially for babies with sensitivities to wetness.