In my continuing feature on affordability during the Summer Fluffin’ cloth diaper event here at Formula Mom, I want to share another way that you can save money when trying to figure out what works best for your family. There are so many different options out there when it comes to using cloth and I know it can be overwhelming. You may worry about whether or not one type of diaper will work for you or you may worry that investing in a newborn stash isn’t worth the money for the short amount of time the diapers will be used. If you have these concerns, a diaper trial might be the answer!
What is a diaper trial? The type of diaper trial I will be discussing today is one where you pay to receive an assortment of diapers and once the trial period ends, you return the diapers and receive the majority of your money back (minus the deposit amount) or you keep the diapers and the company keeps your payment. The premise is that the company sends you an assortment of diapers, you wash them, use them, and then make the decision to keep them or return them!
I haven’t tried any of these diaper trials, but I wanted to share the information I have found. I won’t be reviewing any of them based on experience. I’m just showing you what is out there in case a diaper trial might help you get started! I also don’t claim to have a complete list of diaper trials available and would love to hear about any trial programs my readers have used and loved!
I will be comparing the following aspects of each diaper trial:
Cost: The amount you will be asked to pay when ordering the diaper trial.
Deposit: The amount the company will keep from the initial fee if you choose to return all of the diapers.
Trial Period: The number of days you have to use the diapers.
Extras: Some trials include extra incentives, such as free items, if you choose that program.
Products: This section will list what you receive when you order the trial.
Additional Information: This will included anything else I think you might like to know!
Jillian’s Drawers offers a cloth diaper trial program that I often see being suggested by people on message boards when others are looking for suggestions on how to start using cloth. It has been available since 2005 so it is definitely one of the oldest diaper trial programs I have found. Here are the details:
Cost: $160.94 ($150.94 for the diapers, $10 shipping fee). If you decide to keep all the diapers, Jillian’s Diapers will refund the $10 shipping fee!
Deposit: $10. If you return all of the diapers, you will receive a refund of $140.94!
Trial Period: 21 days beginning when you receive package.
Extras: Free shipping on your next order (within the U.S.), 5 Sheets of Flushable Liners (just lay in diaper, remove, and flush in toilet with solids)
- 2 Bleached Chinese Prefolds
- 2 Unbleached Indian Prefolds or Better Fit Unbleached Prefolds
- 1 Snappi
- 1 Thirsties Duo Fab Fitted
- 1 Thirsties Duo Wrap (Thirsties Sized Cover may be substituted)
- 1 Fuzzi Bunz Perfect Size diaper
- 1 bumGenius! V4.0
- 1 Smartipants One Size diaper
- 1 Thirsties Duo Diaper
- 1 Flip One Size Diaper with Stay Dry Insert
- 1 Kissaluvs Marvels One Size AIO or Tots Bots Easy Fit One-Size Pocket Diaper
Additional Information: For this trial, you select the size you need based on your child’s weight as well as the color (boy/girl/neutral). Jillian’s Drawers also offers a newborn diaper trial if you’re looking to try a collection of newborn diapers!
Everything Birth also offers a premade trial package although it differs from the Jillian’s Drawers package because it does allow for some choices in selections beyond just a color choice.
Deposit: Not mentioned on website.
Trial Period: 30 days from purchase of trial package.
Extras: 10 free flushable Liners and 2 laundry samples.
- Choose 2 Pocket Diapers from the following: Bumgenius 4.0 One Size, FuzziBunz One Size, Thirsties Duo Diaper, Happy Heinys Pocket, or Knickernappies.
- Choose 2 Hybrids from the following: GroVia Shell Set, Flip Individual Pack, or Best Bottom Shell and Stay Dry Liner.
- Choose 2 AIOs from the following: Kissaluvs Marvels AIO , TotsBots Easy Fit, GroVia All In One, or Bamboo Baby All in one.
- Econobum trial pack with 3 prefolds , 1 Kissaluvs 1size contour, and 1 Thirsties duo wrap.
Additional Information:Everything Birth also offers a newborn package as well as their “Try Cloth and Exchange” program which allows you to try the ones you know you want to try and then exchange them. If you keep all of the trial products, you will receive 10% off your next order. You are responsible for the return postage.
Sweetbottoms Baby Boutique is one of my favorite online diaper retailers because of their free shipping and wonderful customer service. I was excited when I learned that they were starting a cloth diaper trial program. The Sweetbottoms trial program is a build your own package trial. For each diaper you select, the cost is added to your total.
Cost: The cost of this trial depends on the diapers you select for your package.
Deposit: If you return your diapers, you can choose store credit or a refund. If you choose store credit, you will receive 95% of your purchase price good towards another purchase at Sweetbottoms. If you choose refund, you will receive 90% of your purchase price back in the form of your original payment. For example, you would receive $90 back on a $100 trial purchase.
Trial Period: 30 days
Products: You must select at least 3 diapers and you can only select one of each particular diaper. For example, if you chose to get a GroVia set, you could only choose one GroVia set in your trial.
Bitty Bottoms offers their TryMe Pack cloth diaper trial program. This is a good package for those just getting started or for those looking to build their stash.
Cost: $161 + shipping
Trial Period: 17 days beginning when you receive the package.
- 1 Fuzzibunz One Size with inserts
- 1 Fuzzibunz Perfect Size with inserts
- 2 Happy Heinys with Inserts (1 Aplix Closure & 1 Snap Closure)
- 2 Rumparooz with 6•r Soakers (1 Aplix Closure & 1 Snap Closure)
- 1 Best Bottom Diaper with StayDry Insert
- 1 Imse Vimse Training Pant
- 2 Rockin’ Green Detergent Samples (Washes 2-4 loads each)
- 5 ImseVimse Flushable Diaper Liners (5 sheets)
Additional Information: If you participate in the TryMe program, you receive free shipping on your next order from Bitty Bottoms. Your $151 refund can be in store credit or an actual refund.
For more information on these trial programs, please check out the following links:
There are a number of other trials available at the following websites:
- Modern Cloth
- Mom’s Milk Boutique
- Diaper Junction (offers a 30 day money back opportunity on a variety of diapers)
- Cute Caboose