Topic: Cloth diaper opinions

Hey all,

We want to start working on keeping an eye out for cloth diapers. We're hoping to pick one brand (or at least style) and build most of our stash with that - it seems easier for now.

I've tried to look for a good comparison chart online and that was overwhelming. We know we're bigger fans of things that snap than things that velcro. That's it.

Please, give me all your cloth diaper opinions. What do you like, and why? What do you hate, and why? Sorry if this thread is out there - I tried to search and there wasn't anything kind of recent about this so I figured new folks might have new opinions.

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2 (edited by earrefinnej 2014-01-22 23:59:23)

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I am using cloth too and built most of my stash with moraki AI2s.  I like that they are one size, well rated, and come in fun colors and prints and can be used as a pocket diaper for daycare.  That said, we are still in a newborn diaper rental package and my babe is too little to fit well.  I have bought some other brands because you don't know what will work overnight and fit the best.  I would recommend a trial package to find out what's best for your little one and your life.  I had good luck with itsybitsybums.com for rental and selection and I understand if you call they can provide guidance. If you start with prefolds with covers you can start cheap.  Wish I figured that out first!
also ck out reviews on diaper pin.com.

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We use and love GMD workhorse 100% cotton fitted diapers with snaps, covered by either PUL covers (proraps or bummis) or wool covers (especially love the pull-up ones my SIL knitted for us when baby is 4+ months, but before then, snaps or velcro covers are easier to put on).

Pros:
- They hold in breastmilk poop SO well. We have never had a "blowout" with either of our two, I can't relate to that phenomenon at all.
- The cotton fitteds are the easiest thing in the world to wash, you don' have to use special detergents or have odors that synthetic materials can get. We use Charlie's because we have sensitive skin around here in general, but the diapers can be washed in whatever detergent you normally use.
- If you're just around home and baby's otherwise naked from the waist down, you don't have to cover the diapers and you'll know much more quickly when they have a wet diaper. Plus allows for good air flow for their skin, no diaper rashes for us.
- They are easy/intuitive to use as the shape is the same as disposable diapers, no folding or stuffing or anything else involved.
- They are fairly inexpensive and hold their resale value well as GMDs have a bit of a cult following, for lack of better terminology. We were able to sell our newborn fitteds for the same price that we bought them for (we bought them during a sale) so they only cost us in terms of washing laundry.
- Diaper covers don't have to be changed every time you change the fitted diaper, they only need to be changed when they get poop on them or smell like pee.
- Snap diapers are the easiest to wash because there's no velcro to get caught on anything in your laundry. The velcro (aplix) catching on other diapers or clothes was a big PIA to me so I either replaced all velcro items with snap items (including baby bibs) or I put them in those "delicates" bags before throwing them into the machine.

Cons:
- Fitted diapers by themselves are not waterproof, you need a cover on them for that (but that does make them wash easier & dry more quickly than AIOs).
- The laundry honestly can be a drag some days. There are indeed moments when I ponder how easy things would be with disposables. But ultimately, the convenience of disposables isn't worth their negative impact in landfills and production and we avoid petroleum products (such as plastics) as much as possible. Also we think that our babes avoided diaper rash (knock on wood) because they were in cloth, although that isn't true for everyone.
- There is that upfront cost, but you can mitigate it by 1) buying used, 2) making them yourself if you're crafty like that, 3) only buying the size you're on now so the cost is spread out throughout the year like it is when buying disposables. And the cost of fitteds & covers seemed very reasonable to us, our entire stash purchased almost entirely new and including covers and cloth wipes was less than $1000 birth through potty training.

Alphamom has a lot of good discussion on diapers & types of cloth diapers with pros & cons, here's one of many:
http://alphamom.com/parenting/baby/clot … r-do-over/

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I can't speak from experience yet, but we've got mostly Alva pocket diapers, with both microfiber inserts and bamboo ones.  I also have some gdiapers with gcloth inserts, and I've registered for the disposable inserts th as t you can use with them forbwhen she's at a babysitter or possibly overnight (they are flushable and compostable).  I also uave a few odds and ends of pocket and AI2s that I've picked up at the consignment shop.   

I think AIO's and pocket are the most convenient and disposable-like, and ypu don't have to do the "butt origami" of prefolds, and they don't need a cover. 

But of course when baby gets here I may hate what I have and swith to prefolds.   Who knows?  I did sign up for a newborn cloth diaper rental for until she can fit into the one-size Alvas.  Maybe I'll like some of those and end up buying them in bigger sizes.

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We only got to use our CD a handful of times (that's a whole different issue related to MSPI/reflux/and "melt-yo-skin" diaper rash) but we had a good stash of the green mountain workhorse fitteds.  I love how trim they were, and how the doublers were sewn in.  We had a mix of snaps and no closure to use snappi with.  We had a bummi's whisper wrap and thirsties duo wrap.  I remember liking the duo wrap better.  We also had bamboo doubler inserts that were sold by GMD and I liked the contour shape that fit the diapers well.  I ended up selling them at quite a loss.  I didn't know there was a "cult following" and just put an ad up on CL.  Apparently CD was still a little taboo in my area because it took months to find someone to buy them, and they offered about half what I had paid for them originally.  Being as most had never been used, I was a little upset with that price.

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Before H was born we started buying cloth diapers so we would have a stash.  We mostly bought the 4.0 and 3.0 bum genius but also got some workhorse, thirsties, monkey bunz, and fuzzibunz.  I know I am leaving out some.  We had about 60 diapers total.  Once he was born, we were able to use them off and on for about two months before he started arching his back, screaming, and obviously hating them.  I eventually came to the conclusion that they were too thick for him, so we decided to try gDiapers which are thinner.  He was very happy with gDiapers (both the cloth insert and disposable) and we have been using them for about 2 months now.  I feel like we have fewer leaks in the dGiapers.  They are also not as bulky so clothes are easier to fit on.

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As you can see from some of these replies it isn't always a good investment to stock up before having said baby. I didn't plan to cloth diaper and like txmoms had a baby with serious digestive issues and using cloth for the first 9 months would have been a disaster!  When it was finally ok for us to venture into cloth world I chose G diapers. I really loved them but she potty trained very early so we only used them for about 10 months. Which was so great in many ways but definitely made the investment a little tougher to swallow. It is similar to stocking up on bottles. You are better off getting a few that people recommend and trying them out once baby comes. Then you can chose much more wisely for the biggest part of your stash.

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I like pockets w snaps - for extra/inexpensive inserts we buy microfiber cloths from the auto section & tri fold those - they fit perfectly in the pocket - we buy new and used diaper swappers is a good site

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Thanks all! This gives me a good place to start research. I agree, Shanny- but luckily I live in the #1 ranked hippie town in the US so cloth diapers resell really well here. Most of what I buy at this point would be a good deal on Craigslist. smile

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We use the g diapers for the twins.

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Shanny wrote:

You are better off getting a few that people recommend and trying them out once baby comes.

I have to respectfully disagree with Shanny only because if we hadn't had our diapers all ready to go before baby came, we never would have ended up actually using cloth. It was helpful to us to have it all set up so we easily got into a "system" during those first months where you're just trying to keep everybody alive.

My 2 SILs had planned on using cloth diapers after the first couple of weeks when they figured things would be a bit settled down, so they only bought a couple "to try out" but never ended up making the commitment and the couple that they bought sat there unused. It is kind of a commitment - I'd recommend instead that if you're on the fence, start off by doing a "rental package" or using a cloth diaper service.

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I've seen friends have the same experience as your SILs, MNmommas. We're not on the fence- just want to get feedback about choices to start my research. smile

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13 (edited by scifimom 2014-01-24 08:34:05)

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I also didn't resonate with spending money on trying different styles. I spend a $250 gift card on a 50 pack of alva baby pocket diapers and a couple wet dry bags. Eventually I dropped another $100 on 50 bamboo inserts to go with the microfiber (i also hear the alva charcoal are good and may be used alone.) I keep 30 diapers in rotation and the rest are set aside for baby #2. I'm happy with them and they were ready for use as soon as baby was big enough to wear them. Next baby I will have some newborn cloth diapers.

I also really like the sound of Osocozy perfect fit (or something like that) prefold diapers which are the perfect size to be layed right down in the cover. Then i would also have some regular sized prefolds for use with snappis for those times you want more coverage or for overnight with wool or something. I guess this is my dream stash in an alternate reality. Lol! But, ultimately, it was good I went with pockets because they are easy for daycare to use. I'm still working on my overnight solution. I'm going to try Dappi nylon pants over these cotton fitted diapers (gifted to me) with a doubler - just have to buy the stuff!

Good luck!

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These are the diapers I sell,and I love them.  Pockets or all in 2's with snap in liners, I use only the supremes or AI2's with the charcoal bamboo inserts, they are AMAZING on both my heavy wetters.

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We have used a combination of Bum Genius 4.0 and Fuzzi Bunz with our daughter and now with our son.  We haven't tried anything else, so nothing to compare these to.  We are pleased with both.

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I bought eleven Bumgenious all-in-one elemental one size diapers. http://www.bumgenius.com/organic.php. I used them exclusively for the first three months and occasionally after that. Only kind I tried... like them because they are one piece and one size that grows. And can machine wash and dry.

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