If you missed my Geffen Baby prefolds review, Geffen Baby wipes review and Geffen Baby nursing pads review, I was introduced to the company and its products in November 2011, but the family owned business has been around for two years, and it’s parent company has been in the domestic textile business for decades.
In the interest of full disclosure, I’ve been working with Geffen Baby for about the past 6 months, but if you’ve been around a while, you know that I never would have agreed to work with them if I didn’t believe in them and their product. So please know that this review is from me, Maria, the cloth diapering Mom, not Maria who works with Geffen Baby. All opinions are my own and I wasn’t asked to write this, nor was I compensated for it. I like their products so much that I purchased them myself as my May & June top fans prizes!
Geffen Baby has been working on getting their new website up & running with all of their products, pricing and current info, but they have hit a few bumps & the launch has been delayed. If you go to their website today, you will only see a very limited selection of products, and the descriptions can be a little bit confusing. Originally they only had 1 size of inserts and gave them estimated age ranges based on their absorbency. Hopefully after you read this post you will have a better idea of what they offer and what they are suitable for!
The majority of Geffen Baby’s products are 60% hemp (highest hemp content in the industry), 40% organic cotton and are 100% U.S.A. made; from weaving the fabric itself, to cutting, sewing and packaging, all are done in Los Angeles, CA!
Their absorbers are universal cloth diaper inserts which are 60% hemp and 40% organic cotton. They are either (L to R left pic, T to B right pic) “Quick Absorbers” (5 layers of hemp jersey), “High Absorbers” (3 layers of hemp jersey and 2 layers of hemp fleece) or “Super Absorbers” (5 layers of hemp fleece.) Jersey is soft like a t-shirt and fleece is soft and fuzzy like the inside of a sweatshirt.
The standard size absorbers are 5.5″ x 13″ before washing, and hemp shrinks approximately 10%. You need to wash & dry them (like all hemp cloth diapering products) at least 3 times before using, and they will continue to gain absorbency through 8-10 washes. After shrinking, they are the perfect size for newborn covers and diapers, or for using as a large doubler or layer in any diaper for a heavy wetter. These were a lifesaver for me when my son was way too heavy a wetter for newborn diapers, but wasn’t big enough for one-size diapers!
The photos above are the inserts after several wash & dry cycles. The fleece doesn’t stay quite as super fuzzy soft as it is when new, but it is still soft, and these inserts can go right against baby’s skin. I had one insert where the 2 sides shrunk slightly differently, leading to some rippling at the edges. This is the nature of natural fabrics to shrink a bit irregularly. It isn’t a defect & doesn’t affect the performance or function.
Something I love about Geffen Baby is how much they value customer feedback. They did quite a bit of testing, and they heard that people wanted longer, full size inserts. So, they introduced “Plus” versions of their inserts, which measure about 6″ x 17″ before washing, including a 3-layer “Ultimate Absorber Plus” microfiber insert. (This insert doesn’t shrink very much compared to hemp, as you can see in the above before/after washing photos!)
These inserts are every so slightly off white/almond, but it is quite hard to tell in photos!
With 3 layers of microfiber, they are more absorbent than most one-size inserts, but are just about the same size as a standard insert.
The “Quick Absorbers Plus” are 5 layers of hemp jersey (soft, t-shirt like material) and are perfect for nap time, car rides or moderately heavy wetters. They are also excellent in combination with a microfiber insert. These are what I am giving away for my May & June “top fan” prizes for fans 6-10!
The “Super Absorbers Plus” are 5 layers of hemp fleece.
I’ve pictured them above before and after washing, though each one may shrink slightly differently!
Above you can see a close up of how the material wears after prepping, and how the thickness compares to a Knickernappies Loopydo (2 layers of hemp & 2 layers of microfiber.) The Super Absorber is in the bottom diaper (ribbit/green), the Loopydo is in the middle diaper (twilight/blue), and the top diaper (blue artist series) has a regular Bumgenius microfiber insert in it.
I prefer to use the Geffen Baby prefolds in my son’s night time diapers since he is an incredibly heavy wetter, but I don’t flinch if he takes an unexpected nap in a diaper with an absorber in it. In fact, if I could afford it, every diaper would be stuffed with an absorber. The only diapers I’ve found that they don’t work well in, are diapers with a very narrow pocket, like the Fuzzibunz One-Size.
The absorbers are available in 3, 6 or 12 packs, and vary in price from $2.08 for each microfiber “ultimate absorber” (when purchased in a 12-pack) to $4.17 for a Super Absorber (when purchased in a 3-pack.) (Prices vary by retailer and are subject to change.)
Geffen Baby is working hard to get their website up & running ASAP, but you don’t have to wait to buy. Send an email to maria at geffenbaby .com for an order form. Geffen Baby will send you a Paypal invoice so you can pay securely, and they have products in-stock and ready to ship. They charge actual shipping via USPS, calculated after your order is packaged. Or, tell your favorite retailer you want to buy Geffen Baby from them! The company is accepting new retailers, and they have great wholesale terms.
FTC compliance: I received product samples at no cost and I have a business relationship with the manufacturer. I was not asked to write, nor was I compensated for this post, and all opinions are my own.