OK, so one of the leading cloth diaper manufacturers has unveiled two new lines of diapers, I was really looking forward to seeing them, but so far, I can't seem to get behind them. I'm awful (awful!) for only considering my own opinion when making purchasing decisions, so I'm going to ask you what you think... maybe my gut reaction is wrong!
Cotton Babies, the manufacturers of the bumGenius line of one-size diapers, have introduced their new Flip diapers and Econobum diapers at the show, both are one-size concepts.
The Flip diapers basically consist of a cover that has a small gusset at either end, you line it with an insert, which can be either microterry (think a pocket diaper insert), organic cotton, or a biodegradable option. The gist is that rather than change the whole diaper, you change the insert. If I had to liken it to anything available on the market right now, I would say it's quite similar to the GroBaby system, which we already stock. I think one of the big difficulties of getting parents to consider cloth diapers is the overwhelming nature of the decision due to the variety in style and brand that's available. I know that this will likely be considered 'the next best thing', but I'm not sure if there's value in stocking more than one interation of the same type of product -- at what point is 'enough enough'?
Their new Econobum system is a one-size prefold paired with a one-size cover, they are billing it as the 'simple affordable' choice. Call me crazy, but I thought good ol' *sized* prefolds, which have been available for years and years, were the 'simple affordable' choice already.... given that an infant sized prefold is already bulky on a newborn, how would a one-size prefold fit? I've never understood the concept of a one-size cover (which, by the way, many manufacturers have debuted, and guess what? They all look the same!), covers are not an expensive item when you consider they aren't washed with every use, and fit is important... I don't care how good it is, a one-size anything is never going to fit as well as its sized counterpart. But again, with all they hype around these products, people will enevitably ask for them, and I hate to disappoint! Of course, by the same token, I don't want to scare parents off, their eyes already glaze over when we give them the rundown of their available choices.
So what do you think? Do I stock it just becuase it's available and people will ask for it? Or do I spend time and money sourcing products that really offer something new (and worthwhile) to our existing selection? Now that there are so many stores selling cloth diapers (moreso in Ottawa, what is up with that??), I really have to think long and hard about my purchases. Your feedback would be welcome, perhaps these two new lines are gems, and I'm just missing it? I wait with baited breath for your words of wisdom, b/c seriously, I just can't decide myself!