This is one of those weird topics that M and I had agreed upon long before we even got pregnant. I had casually mentioned one day that people still cloth diapered their kids, and I kind of thought it was a cool idea. (Yes, I really am a hippy tree-hugger at heart, and always have been; go ahead and judge me.) M and I both agreed that it seems to be better for the environment, better for your child’s skin, and economically more beneficial in the end. Additionally, we were both cloth diapered (CD) as kids, and were were comfortable with the idea for our own children. In the end, we knew that we’d probably end up CDing.
Now that we actually are pregnant, I’ve come to realize how big the CDing world really is. There are SO MANY options out there, and so many items you need–diapers, wet bags, sprayers, etc. Then as far as diapers go, there are prefolds, one-size, pocket, all-in-one, and the list just goes on. In an attempt to figure out what will work best for us, I’ve ordered a couple of different kinds to try out once the baby is here.
Cute owl cover
I bought this adorable Thirsties Duo Wrap before I had any clue what I was doing. I wasn’t sure what exactly I was ordering, so I got the wrap, and ordered some inserts. When I got it, and saw that it was just a shell, I was really confused. There were no pockets! Where did the inserts go? This is why reading is your friend. The description on Amazon does state that they are ideally paired with trifolded prefolds.
Trifolded prefold with Snappi
What the heck are those? I thought to myself. I just assumed that’s what inserts were.
No, no. This—>
is what a prefold is. Also known as the “old fashioned” method of CDing, you have to place the prefold around your baby, and then the cover and inserts over that. Try doing that with a screaming child. In the middle of the night. Yikes.
Cover, prefold, Snappi, and inserts.
Pros: Cheapest option, cute covers, easy to wipe cover, easy to dry inserts and prefolds
Cons: Pain to do, lots of parts to buy, takes forever to do, have to buy multiple sizes
Although this is the cheapest method of CDing your kid, and your cover options are super cute, these suckers are a lot of work. I could forsee this being a nightmare to do in the middle of the night, or to make a babysitter try to do. While we have the one that we’ll try out, I’m willing to bet this is NOT the option we end up going with.
Anytime I imagined CDing, I always imagined the pocket diaper (perhaps that’s because it’s the most common CD currently used). Just like it’s name, it has a pocket inside that you place the inserts in. Within this general category, there are several sub-categories of diaper types. The main ones that come to mind are “perfect size” and “one-size.”
Small “perfect fit”
I ordered this FuzziBunz Perfect Size diaper just to check it out.
Inserts get shoved into back “pocket”
I figured our little peanut would be small enough that we should get about 6 months of use out of it. Also, a lot of people claim these fit their kids way better than one-size (OS) diapers do.
Pros: Slim design, easy to dry inserts, nice fleece inside, “best” fit
Cons: Have to stuff them, need to take out wet/gross insert, have to buy multiple sizes (7-18lbs, 15-30lbs, etc.), moderately expensive
Snaps for multiple sizes
After purchasing the FuzziBunz, I decided to look into some OS diapers as well. I like the idea that we can purchase one diaper to take us from a 7 pound baby up until the time we potty train him/her. We’d have to purchase less diapers, but we might have to deal with diapers that don’t fit as well.
For these, I decided to try a BumGenius diaper, since they were rated the highest on multiple sites. I got two of them. They are very similar to the FuzziBunz, except they go up to 35 pounds instead of 18.
Inserts go in back pocket with flap that closes
Pros: Easy to dry inserts, diapers come with multiple inserts, nice fleece inside, won’t have to buy multiple sizes
Cons: Have to stuff them, need to take out wet/gross insert, moderately expensive, might have issues with fit
“Albert” Freetime. SO CUTE!
One of my friends in my online Mommy group brought the BumGenius Freetime diaper to my attention a couple of weeks ago. These diapers are just one of many kinds of AIO diaper. As an AIO diaper there are no inserts to stuff. Instead, the “inserts” are flaps already within the diaper.
Flaps fold on top of one another
Additionally, these particular diapers are OS, so in theory we won’t need to buy any other sizes. When I found out about these, I had my husband drive us out to Cotton Babies in Town and Country so I could check them out myself. I didn’t quite understand the concept of AIO. However, after looking at them, we ended up coming home with two of them. I could have bought more, but then M would have glared at me…
Pros: No inserts to deal with/pay extra for, no stuffing, won’t have to buy multiple sizes
Cons: They are line-dry only, most expensive diaper, might have issues with fit, could be bulky
Obviously, there’s no “perfect” option out there. In the end, we registered for the Freetimes on our Amazon registry, as these seem to be the easiest/least time-consuming diaper to use. Only time will tell which one of these options will work best on the baby. Right now I only have 6 cloth diapers (the one Duo Wrap, the one Fuzzibunz, the two OS BumGenius, and the two Freetimes). We will need at least 24 in order to get us to doing laundry only every other day(ish). Although it’s going to be a big up-front investment (several hundred dollars), I know people easily spend that on diapers for one child alone. The beauty of these is that we should be able to use them for a second child, whenever that time comes.
Overall, one of the things I’ve realized about parenting (so far) is that you do what you think is going to work best for you and your family. It may seem crazy, and it may not work at all, but you make an honest effort to do the right thing.