We started cloth diapering our child around their first birthday. A late start for some cloth diapering enthusiasts; however, we were glad we started late than not at all. Once we started cloth diapering, we immediately regretted not doing it sooner. I have only ordered them from Zulily because they are up to half price when they show up on sale. I use a bunch of different brands because I was just trying them out. I wanted to see what worked best for our child and not just jump into a certain brand and regret the investment. All the kinds I use are buttoned, but they sell cloth diapers with Velcro, which seems more convenient especially if you have a squirmy baby.
The hardest thing we had to deal with was the poop. Yes, poop happens. I ended up getting Rearz bamboo liners that are flush-able. Some people use diaper sprayers that you hook up to your toilet costing up to $50. For the handymen and women, there are do-it-yourself sprayers that will save you some money. As a military family, we are currently renting and messing with the plumbing was not an option. So the bamboo liners worked perfectly for us.
Some people recommend getting from two to three dozen cloth diapers. Since we started using cloth diapers later, we only have about a dozen. That means we have to wash every day and a half so the more you have the easier it is with laundry. Also since our child is older, we do not have to use as many diapers a day versus needing to change a newborn. So not having two or three dozen cloth diapers is not that big of a deal to us. Also, since I am a stay at home mom I have the ability to wash more frequently and do not mind it.
You will also need a wet bag. I recommend getting two. Currently I have the Bambino Mio Nappy Bag purchased from Mommy Gear in Ligonier, PA for $11.99. That way if you are unable to wash one you have a backup. I have a hand me down Diaper Genie diaper pail, but you can order reusable Diaper Genie bags on eBay. I have not personally ordered one of them yet, but I would like to in the near future.
We have had problems with leaking at night. We ordered extra microfiber liners to combat this problem. When our child takes a nap we have realized we need to put two liners in the diaper or it leaks. However, not all cloth diapers are created equal. Some brands and styles of diapers hold more and are designed slightly differently. There are the “on the go diapers” which have an insert already in the diaper that you just fold into the slot. They are convenient but also do not hold as much as a regular pocket diaper. Here is a list of the brands that I have and what I like or do not like about them.
· Rearz French Velour Cloth Diaper – I purchased it for $8.99 from Zulily. Priced at $11.99 on Rearz, for sizes one and two, I felt that this diaper was the most absorbent. I also feel that it may be the most comfortable for my child. The fabric is really soft. The only catch is that you have to use a diaper cover so there are more snaps involved in using this diaper than other cloth diapers.
· Bumkins Diaper Cover – This is what I used over the Rearz French Velour cloth diaper. It was purchased for $7.99 and is regularly $12.95. It helped with leak protection and the diaper covers have some really cute designs. Once again, the only catch is that there are more snaps involved using the diaper cover with the cloth diaper. If you have a really squirmy baby this could take too long to snap.
· Bumkins Stuff-It Cloth Diaper – Regularly priced at $14.95, I purchased these from Zulily for $9.49. Bumkins has recently come out with a new larger size. I unfortunately have the shorter version. Since I have the older versions I do not feel I will be able to get to use these diapers as long as some of the other brands. However, they have cute designs such as owls or cars.
· Bumkins All-In-One Cloth Diaper – Purchased from Zulily for $10.99, it is priced at $16.95 from Bumkins. These diapers have a fold out center instead of having a microfiber liner and claim a faster drying time. I thought these diapers would be more convenient to use. I have found that I still have to add the extra liner since the fold out portion is not as thick as a microfiber insert. Also, I also feel I have to dry these diapers longer than ones that just use inserts because of the fold out. Also, the Dr. Seuss print seems to be longer than the other prints. The Bumkins diapers are all around slightly shorter than the other brands I have on hand. Furthermore, the all-in-one diapers have a space in the front where there is no place for absorbency. This may not be a problem with girls, but with boys it is. I have had problems with the all-in-one diapers leaking because of that space where the fold-in buttons and the slight gap to the top of the diaper.
· Awesome Blossom Red Pocket Diaper – Regularly priced at $19.99 is very bright red. Mine was purchased for $10.99. No complaints here. A cute diaper that works.
· Jungle Roo Orangutan Brown Cloth Diaper – I purchased it for $9.99 from Zulily. Priced at $20.99 on the Jungle Roo website, this diaper fits comfortably. There is additional space if you need to insert an extra microfiber liner. Furthermore, there is additional protection in the leg area. The diaper fits my child comfortable and seems less likely to leak because of the added protection.
· Little Monsters Pocket Diapers – Regularly priced at $25.99 these diapers have super cute designs. Mine were purchased for $10.99 from Zulily. These ones are preferred by my husband so I often see our little one running around with a monster on their bum! They have a good fit and extra room if you need to stuff an extra liner.
· Royal Fluff Your Majesty Black Pocket Diaper – Regular Price is $22.99 from Royal Fluff. Mine was purchased for $9.99 on Zulily. It is large enough to stuff an extra liner if needed and fits my child comfortably.
What are your diapering confessions? Comment and let everyone know the brands that you like or some tips on washing.
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