Orange Diaper Co. Bamboo Terry Square (Flat Cloth Diaper) Review

by Maria Moser on May 15, 2012

in Flat Diapers,Flats,Flats Challenge,Natural Fiber Diapers,Overnight Diapering Solutions,Review,Sized Diapers,WAHM made

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I am participating in the flats challenge and will be using mostly flour sack towels as flats. (Sign up for the flats challenge!) I snagged some Hemp Babies Flats for night time use, but when Orange Diaper Co. had some bamboo terry squares available, I just had to get one. I had been checking for a while and had managed to miss them every time! They are made of bamboo terry (duh, ha ha) which is like a super soft washcloth or robe.

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I’m not going to lie, these are quite pricey. The newborn size (16″ x 16″) is $8, the infant size (what I bought, 23.5″ x 23.5″) is $12 and the toddler size (28 x 28) is $14. I bought the infant size, but in hindsight I wish I had bought the toddler size. Anyhoo, I did have a few dollars in my Paypal account from surveys I’d done, but I don’t know if I could have brought myself to pull the trigger if I didn’t intend to write about it here. You get to choose the thread from a gorgeous rainbow of colors, and it was very hard to choose; I wanted one of each.

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BUT it always feels good to buy something from another mom and know that I am supporting a small business!

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The bamboo blend is very stretchy, which makes it difficult to accurately measure!

Pre-washing:

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Post washing:

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Here my son is 5 months old and in the 13-14 lb range. The bamboo terry square is origami folded, snappi’ed and shown under a size 2 Swaddlebees capri cover on the smallest rise setting.

orange diaper co 10 infant on 13 lb 5 mo old orange diaper co 11 origami under small sz 2 capri

The toddler size would obviously be very bulky on him since the infant size fit him so well, but it would also get you nearly 232 square inches of extra material. That’s a huge difference in absorbency, and it did seem kind of skimpy when folded to fit large diaper (right) vs. small (left.)

orange diaper co 12 trifolded small orange diaper co 13 folded large

It was quite fluffy in the small setting (right/blue) compared to a medium superdo (left/black.)

orange diaper co 14 vs superdo left

I used it overnight, and while it was totally soaked, it didn’t leak! I am kind of wishing that I had bought the larger size, and after using it, I can see the benefit of using one of these, even without handwashing factor. They are very absorbent, and the single layer means they will be much easier to get clean (a difficult task with night time diapers!)

Shipping costs are quite expensive these days, so this was pushing $17 by the time postage was added in. I almost tried to justify buying a few more things to make the shipping cost worthwhile. Tee-hee! If you can get over the initial sticker shock, these bamboo terry squares are great night time absorbency without the usual stink issues.

FTC compliance: Product was purchased by me at normal retail price. I was not asked to write, nor was I compensated for this post, and all opinions are my own.


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1 Autumn Beck May 15, 2012 at 3:11 pm

They *are* great! I have 8 infant ODC squares I need to list on Cloth Diaper Trader. Send me a message if you want work out a deal :) I’m a great deal maker.

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2 Hilary Creger May 17, 2012 at 3:57 pm

I would LOVE to buy 4 of your ODC terry squares. I’m going to try and contact you through your blog bc I’m not 100% sure this will get to you….if it does, let’s set something up. (PS. ADORE your blog)

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3 Chana Putnam @ Adventures In Fluff May 15, 2012 at 3:59 pm

Love mine too! I got one infant and one toddler, but wish I got two toddler now.

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4 T January 18, 2013 at 7:04 pm

I was curious waht size you wiuls recommend for s 15 lb 5 month old? I like the oragami fold the most but really dont want a HUGE bulky diaper! But do want absorbency! I currently use gmd and diaper rite size large flats :)

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5 Maria January 18, 2013 at 7:56 pm

My son was 5 months old and 14 lbs in the pictures above so I’d go with the same size! You can check diaper swappers and cloth diaper trader for used ones…if you want absorbency without the bulk, consider trying a Geffen Baby hemp flat! Here’s my review: http://change-diapers.com/2012/10/geffenbaby-hemp-flat-clothdiapers-review/ and here they are on their website: http://geffenbaby.com/products-page/flat-diapers/hemp-jersey-flats/

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6 T January 18, 2013 at 7:05 pm

Sorry for the typos :/ lol is there any way to try these used or without such a huge cost???

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7 T January 19, 2013 at 12:17 am

Did you find the bamboo flats to stretch and sag after a while? Another cd’ing mama said that happened to hers :(

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8 Maria January 19, 2013 at 9:40 am

They’re stretchy, but they seem to shrink back up when I dry them!

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