Pros: comfortable (according to my niece)
latex free, perfume free, and chlorine free
Cons: no strechy sides
tends to leak if not changed right away
bad customer service
My neice, Brianna, is prone to diaper rash and yeast rash. It doesn't matter whether I change her frequently, she will get a rash if you look at her funny! I tried all sorts of different brands of diapers: Huggies, Pampers Baby Dry, Earth's Best, Seventh Generation, Nature Babycare, etc. Nothing helped her rashes. That is, until I discovered Tushies gel free diapers.
I was at a local Food Co-Op and found a bag of Tushies Toddler gel free diapers and decided to give them a shot. I mean, what harm could it do? As I read the back of the bag, it said that Tushies are the only truly gel-free disposable diaper on the market. They are also perfume free, chlorine free, and latex free. The bag said that gels in most disposables can cause rashes and unknown effects to the skin, and a gel free diaper was the next best thing to cloth diapers. I liked this, so I tried them on Brianna that afternoon.
One thing I didn't realize is that Tushies use tape tabs to close them. I was so used to the velcro tabs on other diapers that this surprised me. I was also surprised that there were no stretchy sides to Tushies. No big deal. The Toddler size fit her perfectly, and she is in size 4 in most other diapers. Because there is no superabsorbent material in Tushies, you will notice that they are much, much thicker than other diapers. I would compare them to a diaper from the 70's, when superabsorbents were not used in disposables.
When Brianna needed to be changed, she immediately came to me and said that she was wet. She never did this with the other diapers. I can only chalk it up to no superabsorbent gel sucking up the liquid fast. Plus, when I changed her, she was not red at all! For 1 week, I used Tushies on her and she didn't have a rash at all. I didn't have to use any diaper rash cream or anything.
The only problem with Tushies is that you need to change them more often, because they will leak if you don't. They are also more expensive than other diapers and you don't get as many in a bag. Its also hard to find them, since they are mostly sold online and in healthy food stores and Food Co-Ops.
Recently, I found out online that Tushies diapers are no longer manufacturered, so if you are able to find a bag at a local healthy food store or online, buy as many as you can if you like them (I bought 6 bags of them at the Food Co-Op before they were gone). Once they are gone, they are gone. I am not sure why they were discontinued. Their website (http://www.tushies.com) doesn't say much, and from what I have seen on other reviews, its hard to get customer service to contact you back if you ask about the diapers.
Overall, despite not being manufacturered anymore, Tushies are still a great diaper for any baby with chronic diaper rash. They are also great for toddlers learning to use the potty, because they stay wet, teaching your toddler that being wet is uncomfortable. I highly recommend them!