Laura - posted on 11/04/2008 ( 45 moms have responded )
I'm new to cloth diapering and there is an overwhelming amount of choices! I could use some tips and suggestions as to what is really great. Thanks so much!
Laura - posted on 11/04/2008 ( 45 moms have responded )
I'm new to cloth diapering and there is an overwhelming amount of choices! I could use some tips and suggestions as to what is really great. Thanks so much!
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Twilight - posted on 11/15/2008
we use kushies and sometimes g diapers (a flushable insert for when using cloth is not an option). never ever have had issues with kushies - and they are so darn cute when she crawls around in only diaper! ;)
contrary to practically everybody here, i did not enjoy bum genius. she leaked horribly and always had poop up her back :(
Sarah - posted on 11/12/2008
We have used prefolds with bummis covers since our son was a newborn. We have tried some fitteds and some AIOs but we like the prefolds the best. After giving a brief demo using our snappis we were also able to convince our daycare to let us use them there too. All of our family and babysitters have been able to quickly pick up how to do it too. Prefolds are also one of the cheaper ways to CD.
Teresa - posted on 11/11/2008
IF you decide to go the route of prefolds, you simply must take a look at the ones from GreenMountainDiapers.com. They are sized differently/better than all other brands of Chinese prefolds (a little wider and not as long), and it makes a huge difference when you're putting them on your little one! :-)
Amanda - posted on 11/11/2008
I like the classic prefold with a snappi and a bumkins cover. I'm a sticker for old school! We started out with the bumGenius and those were fine, but I gravitated towards the prefolds a couple of months ago.
Nancy - posted on 11/11/2008
We use happy heinys and love them...they are super soft and allie has not had any diaper rash since we started using these.
Laura - posted on 11/11/2008
I think a variety is best. I use prefolds with covers the least. I prefer kissaluvs and use a bummis cover. I like the fuzzi bunz pocket diapers as well.
Andrea - posted on 11/11/2008
With my 2nd baby (first that I cd'ed) I made her whole entire stash out of whatever from around the house that would work. I bought some PUL for covers, etc. With Braden, I'm using mostly fitteds and my own PUL covers (similar to Thirsties) and I use a lot of prefolds to. Wool is nice as well! There's lot's of options and what works for some doesn't always work for all!
Jennifer - posted on 11/11/2008
My hisband an dI choose to use cloth diapers in order to same money. We use the Kushies Ultra. They last a very long time and when you get the paper liners it helps to clean up poppy diapers. Also if you have the pre folds with Kushies you can rotate when you run out of diapers. I also would also wash the cloth diapers everyday so that there is no stink when you wake up in the mornings.
Jessie - posted on 11/11/2008
i love the bum genius 3.0, but i recently found a brand that i like even better. they're angel luvz. it's a wahm who makes them. they're very similar to the bg3.0 but are cheaper (and she has really cute designs). i've also tried the happy heiny's and have not been very happy with them.
User - posted on 11/11/2008
honestly, i've tried bum genius, and they were great at first cause i changed him more often, but now that he pees less often and more of it, they don't work well for us and they're crazy expensive.
since the beginning we've mostly used indian prefolds with a prowraps cover from http://www.cottonbabies.com they aren't that expensive and once you get the hang of folding them (there's directions online) they leak less often, in my experience.
Good luck with starting out. I hope you get that warm fuzzy feeling inside that you're keeping diapers out of the land fill while saving tons of money!
Kari - posted on 11/11/2008
I been cloth diapering for about 4 years now.. we use almost every kind of cloth diaper from pre-folds to pockets and AIO's.
I prefer fitteds with covers for my infant.. we mostly use Cuddle Buns one size fitteds or Piddle Poodles One size Fitteds with Thristies covers or wool.
I also love pockets for my two year old. We have a nice stash of TK cuddlers and Snap Ez pockets for him, along with some of the older type Fuzzi Bunz left over from my four year old.
I have a bunch of information on the different types of diapers, covers.. so forth.. here:
http://tearsmist.com/cloth.php I wrote it up to help new mothers
Melissa - posted on 11/11/2008
bum genius don't tend to leak.
Sarah - posted on 11/10/2008
Hi... I know that I am a few days, but www.mtdiaperstore.com is having a HUGE sale on their DreamEze AIO's. They are usually $18.95, but they are having a rare "seconds" sale and diapers are only $9.00!!! They are awesome- I have used the same set on both of my kids and they are doing great! Look on the "inventory clearance" page and you will see them! Good luck.
Anastasia - posted on 11/10/2008
My SIL is a CD conosseiur, and she recommended (and we LOVE) Mother Ease Bamboo Sandys (I did not want to do trial & error - I let her do it LOL). Only dipe you'll need for a long time. They are fitted, so you don't have to worry about folding funny ways, but they're much trimmer than a One Size. We have some fuzzi bunz but we much prefer the Sandys. The bamboo is worth the extra $$: way more absorbent, they stay soft, and they hold up really well (we bought half our lot new and half used from diaperswappers, and we can't tell which is which anymore). ME is an environmentally concious company (use wind power, etc) which is one more point in their favor. Just be sure to read their forums on care - the instructions they send are outdated.
Best of luck!
Kathy - posted on 11/10/2008
I have 13 month old twin boys. I go through alot of diapers. I use AIO (all in one )diapers. I have tried several different brands my fav for the cost is wonderworks. I use a fleece liner on the inside so when I have a messy diaper I shake the mess right into the toliet and the diaper never gets messy. I do not have leaks if I change them often enough. I love these diapers and my husand will even use them.
Lori - posted on 11/10/2008
As far as "most people prefer" and brands - it totally depends on the baby. My skinny baby fits well in Drybees, but not in any of the "best sellers". My friend (CDing twins) loves the ones that don't work for us.
As far as style, I was totally willing to pay more for pocket diapers because when I tried fitted with covers (previous child), they also didn't fit *quite* well enough, and I like the wicking of the microfiber insert. I like being able to turn a 'day' diaper into a 'night' one just by adding a layer. I pre-stuff a bunch, then it's as easy as disposables. My MIL will deal when she's here babysitting, my (daytime) babysitter is fine with it (I just send gallon ziplock bags for dirty ones), and DH even manages when he gets the early morning poop. (I am the only one who will un-stuff them, but it's no worse than wiping.) After a few weeks, I stopped switching to disposables for outings.
Martine - posted on 11/10/2008
I have 3 children in CDs, we use Bumgenius 3.0 pocket & AIO, Drybees pocket, hybrid & fleece, Haute pockets, Thirsties, AMP AIO, Mommy's Touch and P'tit Bamboo at night!
Aimee - posted on 11/10/2008
well i use the bumgenious 2.0 All-in-one and they are the first ones i ever tried and i LOVE them. I had no problems with leaking. They came clean easily and were a lot easier to use then i had origanlly thought.
Jessica - posted on 11/10/2008
Hello!! I love my g diapers...they are so close to a disposable but so genteal to the earth...they can be used with cloth liners or they have a disposable(flushable or compostable) liner for easier travel:) I have used them for 14months now and even my hubby is comfortable using them...www.gdiapers.com they are not that expensive if you go for the starter kit and then the liners:) hope your enjoying your choice!!
Andrea - posted on 11/10/2008
We use BumGenius 2.0 and 3.0 one-size diapers. We've had really good luck with them because they're basically as easy as using a disposable diaper. Easy to clean (dry bin) and wash (sanitary cycle on the washer w/ Alan's Naturally Soap). A friend lent us the newborn all-in-one BumGenius diapers and I didn't like them as much b/c it took a very long time to dry.
We tried the Imse Vimse covers w/ prefolds and the plastic fasteners but our baby moves around too much to get them on her very well (rather, my husband could do it just fine and I could never get it to work well). The BumGenius website shows a woman diapering a baby on the go and it works pretty well.
Good luck as people make their decisions! For people in Ann Arbor, MI we have found Little Seedling (formerly Tree City Diapers) to be a great resource. They have classes about choosing what's best for you.
Vilate - posted on 11/08/2008
You have alot of advice here. good luck picking. I use an Pocket diaper I made myself. And wool sokers and longies. I love wool, I think everyone should have wool. But it is a personal preference. For me I do CDing because it is cheaper, so I made my own cause it saved me a ton. I spent $200 up front, but got a snappress in the deal and enough fabric and inserts stuff to make 60ish diapers. I made mine, and stocked my sis-in-law and sell the others on my etsy shop. I couldn't pay $10-$15 dollars for a diaper. I buy wool sweaters from a local thrift store and make bum sweaters out of them. so I spend $2-4 and get at least 2 from a sweater. The CD munchkins pic. is a pic of my newborn diapers that I used, they are a contoured pre-fold, fleece insert and then a tie-cover-so no pinnning! I loved it and am sad that I won't ever use them again! So, good luck on your decision, and let us know what you decide.
Kassandra - posted on 11/08/2008
I don't use any brand of cloth diapers, I just use squares of flannelette and fold 'em up and pin 'em. I mean, the way that I see it is that it's a diaper. It's going to get pooped and pee-d in no matter what brand it is! I also use some diaper liners that are pretty much just like a maxi-pad made out of flannelette. It's good to find some plastic covers to put on top if you don't want to be changing clothes everytime you change the diaper also.
Amanda - posted on 11/07/2008
I don't know where you are from, but I live in Australia and have just started CD my second. I used disposibles with my first and up til now because everyone convinced me that CD was too hard!!! How silly I don't think its any different to disposibles except that in the long run it saves me approx $1000 per year!!! I have Pea Pods, they are Australian made so I'm not sure you can get them everywhere, but they have a website www.peapods.com.au . They are awesome. I have had them for a bit over a week and my son hasn't had one leak day or night. He would sometimes leak with a disposible overnight but not with the pea pod. They are AU$20 per nappy including insert and reusable waterproof bag!!! I am amazed and will not be buying another disposible ever again!!!
Kimberly - posted on 11/07/2008
My favorites are Fuzzi Bunz and Bum Genius
Jeannine - posted on 11/07/2008
I really like Kushies Ultra. Because they absorb a lot and they come with inserts, if you need more absorbtion. They also have biodegradeable liners, which makes poop removal a cinch. I had essentially no leaking problems at all. They're very well made and I like the felt material, it's so soft.
Jessica - posted on 11/07/2008
I started out with prefolds, Snappis, and Dappi nylon pants, and that's still the majority of my stash. I also love the Bummis Super Snap (same as the Whisper Wrap but with snaps my 16-month old can't open!) wrap covers since they can be used with the infant size prefolds (which are still plenty absorbent even if they don't fit around his waist anymore).
For naptime and longer outings I have a smaller stash of Crickets fitted dipes and a bunch of hemp doublers & fleece liners to keep his skin dry.
For overnight we use disposables - we tried a number of different cloth solutions and eventually just decided we could live with 365 disposable diapers a year if it meant not changing the sheets every day.
Jen - posted on 11/07/2008
Check out www.diaperswappers.com It's a great cd community to talk and buy/sell cd's.
Ericka - posted on 11/06/2008
I use Fuzzi Bunz and love them. I do have a Happy Heiny, but it's velcro (Fuzzy Bunz has snaps) and I've noticed after only 1 1/2 months of use it seems frayed and sometimes catches on my clothes or his clothes so I'll avoid velcro for now. I also use the chinese prefolds/snappis when I'm at home.
Nikki - posted on 11/06/2008
We use BG 3.0 and love them. Make sure to check out craigslist. I got all of mine gently used for less than $14 each with inserts!
Jen - posted on 11/06/2008
I used darn near everything in the 2 years I cd'd my ds. Prefolds, contours, fitteds, pockets, aio's, pul covers, wool, fleece.....you name it, we used it! I really liked fitteds at night with wool. My ds was a super soaker and that's the only thing that did the trick. Fuzzi Bunz were my favorite pocket and worked great for outings. Anything with velcro was great for grandma and babysitters. My husband would use anything that we had. He could snappi or pin a prefold, and he'd gladly put longies on our ds. He knew it was better than sposies, so he went with it.
I also loved trying out all the dipes from wahm's on hyenacart.
Katie - posted on 11/06/2008
I totally sympathize with the feeling of being overwhelmed. I had to make the switch in a rush, too, because my son was allergic to disposables. I spent about a month researching the available brands online and eventually bought several brands, including Fuzzi Bunz, Happy Heinies, Blueberry diapers, Bummis whisper wraps, BumGenius and a couple of others as well. This was a year and a half ago, so the BumGenius one-size was the 2.0. The 3.0 wasn't out yet. We also got one of their AIO's. Although I didn't feel like any of them was "just right" and eventually decided to make my own, of the brands I bought, the BumGenius was my favorite. They had the most features that I like, and they're reasonably priced. With the 3.0, they've fixed my biggest objection, which was that you couldn't fold the top down to fit tiny babies. When I have my next little one, I plan to buy a large stash of the BumGenius 3.0 or whatever is the current version by then.
That said, I recommend reading online reviews, because every brand has advantages and disadvantages. Some fit chunky babies better, some fit skinny babies better. Some are better for heavy wetters. When people complain that a diaper leaked, usually that means that it did not fit their baby well. A diaper that fits properly and has good quality waterproof covering will not leak. A lot also depends on your budget and the importance of convenience, whether you choose to use flat diaper, prefolds or fitted diapers with covers, pocket diapers or all-in-ones. I agree with the several people who recommended finding sites that offer a trial period, because no matter how much you read online, nothing substitutes for actual experience. If you can't find a trial period offer for a diaper you're really interested in, look for a site that will let you buy a "sample pack" with one of each of several brands.
Carol - posted on 11/06/2008
It is really a very personal thing to your baby. I'm cding my first baby and bought what a friend of mine (she converted me) had for her kids. She uses AIOs and pocket dipes. They were horrible for us. My daughter kept getting yeast infections bec the PUL didn't let her skin breathe. So I had to sell everything and switch to fitteds and wool/fleece covers. Now we don't have any problems and I love using fitteds! The beautiful thing about cloth diapering is that if you buy the wrong thing you aren't out a lot of money of you resell your dipes you aren't using on Diaperswappers.com. That is what I did with our original stach and made $200 back on everything I didn't like or wasn't using. Then I was able to buy what we needed.
Hanna - posted on 11/05/2008
Thanks, mamas...this helped a lot. I am still expecting, but I know cloth diapering is the only way for me because they are the most environmentally-friendly way to go. I do, though, recommend looking at babyworks.com. They have a catalog also, which is all organic things, and you can buy trial cloth diapers and even return them used for a refund or different merchandise! I really like that fact. They're based out of Portland, so if anyone is in that area, they have a store also. Babyworks also carries BumGenius, which seem to be the most popular...so I'm definitely going to try those! Thanks!
Syvannah - posted on 11/05/2008
Let me just say I LOVE BUMGENIUS!!!
Christine - posted on 11/05/2008
I bought a bunch of different diapers in the beginning, but we have found the motherease to be the most cost effective, and leak free.
Aggi - posted on 11/05/2008
We love Love LOVE our bum genius. They're are the all in ones. They are just as convenient as disposables. Would recomend them to anyone!
Tasha - posted on 11/05/2008
I use Kushies Delux. they are all in one CD's that have the liner built in, they also velcro on in the same way a disposable would close. It even has an extra pocket to add another absorbant layer. They are more of a one size type diaper that is hard to fit on a newborn- I didn't start CD until my youngest was 6 mo old.
Leah - posted on 11/05/2008
It is really overwhelming at first! We use Baby Kangas and love them. They are one size diapers and we will be able to use them until Colton is potty trained which Iove. The only thing that I have found challenging since using them is now that he is moving around a lot more then before when I am changing his diaper, it is harder to snap the snaps fast enough. Bum Genius has a great velcro diaper!
Olivia - posted on 11/05/2008
Cloth diapering is a great choice and there are many different types of ways to diaper a baby to toddler. I personally love Mothers-ease. They have a system that will follow a new born into toddler hood- & they're easy to use. The website will also give you ideas on how to keep them clean and minimize the stress. Regardless of which type of diaper you choose, it is an investment. Sometimes they can be down right outrageously over priced. I suggest to buy your first couple of diapers used. Look locally on Craigslist and see what people used and why they're selling. Some diapers work best on chubby kids while others work best on narrow babies. What I did to develop my collection was to first buy prefolds in my area and then when I knew what type I liked best, Mothers-ease, I did a national google search. To do this, in the search option type in craigslist and then AIO (all-in-one) diapers or the brand you like. Then shop to your heart's delight and get the best deal!
Good luck and we're grateful we made the decision to cloth diaper. My son has never had a rash and has never leaked.
Samantha - posted on 11/05/2008
I use Bambino Mios, because they had an offer on birth-to-potty kits, and we could just about afford it with the money my grandfather gave us to buy baby stuff. It's a prefold and cover system, which takes a lot of trial-and-error before you find a system which works for you. I don't use the flushable liners that came with the kit as they increase leakage - I use homemade fleece ones instead, as they keep wetness away from baby's bottom.
The bumgenius 3.0 look amazing... if I could afford some, I totally would use them.
Julia - posted on 11/05/2008
I was overwhelmed at first too!! We started cd'ing my daughter this summer (when she was about 14 months old). i bought some used ones from diaperswappers.com and quickly found which ones we like, which ones dh likes to use and which ones fit her best. Dh loves pocket diapers (specifically Bum Genius)... he's a SAHD so he does most of the diapering. when I'm home, I use fitteds with covers... they are cute and it leaves the pockets for dh to use. when baby #2 arrives in Jan, I will probably use prefolds and try some of the one-size pockets we have to see how those fit.
Tiffany - posted on 11/05/2008
It can be very overwhelming. Luckily for us, there is a local company where we live that will come to your house and do a free demonstration and show you the various types of diapers, how to care for them, etc. You might check to see if you have a company like this. By the way, I use the Bumkins AIO and will always use this brand. What are you currently using?
Sarah - posted on 11/05/2008
I used the BumGenius diapers & also the Haute Pocket diapers. The cost was about the same. I love them both. The Haute come w/2 pads to insert. That way if you need the extra absorption at night. My son has never had a rash, thanks to the cloth diaper.
Tonya - posted on 11/04/2008
I'm a huge fan of BumGenius! We use the 3.0's for nighttime because they wick wetness away from baby's skin and the absorbancy is customizable based on what you "stuff" with. We use the Organic cotton all in ones for daytime. It's a bigger investment up front, but there is the advantage of one size. I agree that trying out a few different ones is a great idea. I made the switch in a rush because of my baby's rash, but I'm happy with my choice. FYI, if you are looking at purchasing online, try signing up for the online newsletter of the retailer. I did, and saved 5% on my order. It helps!
Jillian - posted on 11/04/2008
CD is really overwhelming, especially since every baby fits better in different diapers. I would suggest trying several types of diapers before investing in your stash. Jillian's drawers, www.jilliansdrawers, com has a 21 day trial for $10. Another option is www.diaperswappers.com. It is a great site to find some new, but mostly gently used CD for a great price. Its also a great resource for questions and information. Personally we love fuzzi bunz for my 20 month old and 2 month old for night time and outside of our home. I use prefolds with bummis super whisper wraps for my newborn and kissaluv contours and BSWW for my toddler. A lot of mothers really love bum genius 3.0 because they are one size so a baby could wear them all the way to potty training. Good luck and welcome to cloth diapering.