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Econobum

>I got this free with an order by using a coupon code.  Not a fan.

econobum
It consists of a nice prefold.  I mean a really nice prefold.  Not even in the same neighborhood (or country for that matter) as those Gerber diapers people use as burp cloths.  Really. 

and an extremely thin, cheap, one size cover.  It comes in white only.

The prefold is unbleached cotton, so it had to be “prepped” by washing 3-5 times, which I did.  Supposedly, you are able to trifold the prefold, and place it inside, rather than pinning or using a snappi, so that’s what I did.

Leaked instantly! (Probably not fully prepped)   I suppose I should give it another chance, but I really don’t care to.  I believe the intention is to re-use the cover, only changing the prefold (unless the cover gets really dirty).

At under $10 retail for a set of 1 cover and 1 prefold, this would be a very economical method of diapering, especially if you were to buy just a few, and fill in with plain old (decent) prefolds.

However, I feel that you’d be much better served to buy a few BG 3.0s (approximately 2x the cost of an econobum set), adding to your stash as you could (this is pretty much what I did).

I definitely do not see an econobum lasting through more than one child (I’d be surprised if it lasted more than a few months) nor would I expect it to have any resale value.

I’d definitely put this is the “penny wise, pound foolish” category.


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Maria Moser
Maria is the mother of 3, writing about cloth diapers & going green. You'll often find her juggling her preschooler and typing 1-handed in between sips of cold coffee. Maria works with many companies within the cloth diaper industry and beyond, providing social media management, product development and other services.
4 Comments
  • Shannon S.
    April 19, 2014 at 4:02 pm
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    Thanks for the review (and for the input from your commenters)! I’m so torn about this diaper option: the price is perfect and I actually like the white-with-colored-trim look, but so few people give these a full review. I often wonder if it’s because they’re not as “fancy” or if it’s really a lesser quality (leaky!) diaper. Thanks again – love your site!

    • April 19, 2014 at 8:41 pm
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      Honestly, I think they are a fine diaper if you’re really on a budget. I just think another cover (like a Flip for example) is a better quality for just a little more money – especially since the price of Econobum has gone up!

  • August 9, 2010 at 6:57 pm
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    >I think pocket diapers are an easy transition for someone switching from sposies!Econobum giveaway coming tomorrow a.m. so stay tuned. 🙂

  • August 9, 2010 at 6:22 pm
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    >I really like my econobum. It serves us well and I've been putting it through the ringer. It works over econobum prefolds, all the flip inserts, flats, gdiaper inserts…The BG pocket diapers are nice, but I just can't get over throwing a "cover" into the pail every time a child goes potty. The econobum is ugly as sin, but it does its job. I kind of get sad when it gets soiled and I have to use my other covers.

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