Please help with Cloth Diapers!!

Domino121 - posted on 01/26/2009 ( 36 moms have responded )

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I would love some ideas of cheaper cloth diapers. I need a few more as the ones I have are now well loved. I want good quality and a good bang for the buck. Any suggestions?? I love the idea of a one size so I can use it straight through for the next babe, and I love the pocket or all in ones.

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Anastasia - posted on 03/15/2009

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Quoting domino121:

My babe just leaks through everything. bumgenius and fuzzibunz, even the homemade ones. It's getting really frustrating. He is over 3 feet tall and only just one year, is that why??


If you're getting wet leaks, I would think it would be either a sign of inadequate stuffers or diapers needing stripped. Does he wet a lot when he wets? How long is he in them when they start to leak? When they leak and you change him, are the inserts completely soaked? You may want to try a hemp or bamboo insert instead of the microfleece. In my BG for overnight I use a hemp cotton blend that came with my hugga buns, plus the microterry newborn insert, and it works well for 8 - 10 hours. I would assemble a diaper as you normally would and test it by pouring water on it. If the water doesn't IMMEDIATELY get pulled through the diaper to the insert, you probably have buildup and need to strip the diaper. Also, maybe do the same for the insert alone, if it takes any time at all to soak up water, it's not performing as needed. Hope that helps, good luck!

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Elizabeth - posted on 04/27/2012

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I've always had the best luck with cotton prefolds and basic covers. Thirsties are good. I chose to spend a *little* more on Gen-Y covers, because she has more cute prints.

Rita - posted on 04/26/2012

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Hi, I am fairly new to cloth but I love it. I have bought all of mine used except for my gdiapers. I have gotten some great deals on craigslist. also i dont know where you live and if this site covers your area, but go to www.freecycle.org this is a website designed to avoid filling landfills with things that are still good. like whats junk to me may be great for you. ive also gotten free diapers there. everything is free and its also a good way to get rid of whatever you may not need anymore. also using prefolds are alot cheaper and probably better than microfiber. im still trying to find a really good prefold but gerber seems to be ok for now. good luck. aslo on etsy.com lots of pppl are making them and selling them up there shop around. .

MICHELLE - posted on 04/20/2012

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I have only 2 different kinds and they both work well for both of my kids that are in them. I have Smartipants ( www.smartipants.com ) and alvababy which I got on ebay they have double gussets which are great from my kids. I bought 10 of them for nearly $70

Shannon - posted on 04/15/2011

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I love the flip system. It is super easy to use and it doesn't leak. ALSO is a one size. It is 49.95 for 2 covers (you use the covers more then once before washing) and 6 inserts.

Kathy - posted on 01/11/2011

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For something like $10, you can try a variety pack from Jillian's drawers for 30 days and return the ones you don't want.

We have a bunch of the one-size Bum Genius. I don't love them, but we spent so much on them and they do work ok, I'm not willing to replace them. I actually like the prefolds better, although they are bulky, they aren't as temperamental as the microfiber diapers (special washing, problems with smells).

ListAWish - posted on 01/05/2011

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Hi, I know some moms going thru the same thing you are and they're on my website. There's a group, "Advertise Your Talents" where moms make things they sell. I'm sure some of them make diapers. That's the only place things are for sell of the site, is if the mom actually makes the item. Hope this helps you :) www.gailslistawish.com

Jessica - posted on 01/05/2011

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Fuzzy bunz are awesome. I nannied for a friend who used them and she passed them on to me. they will last through my son and back for her next for sure. They are about $20 or so each with the inserts. Cheaper in the long run, easy to use and machine washable.

Melinda - posted on 05/13/2010

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I would check with your local freecycle.org or a moms clubs or groups near you to see if you can get some used. After all, you get used ones from diaper services. You can wash them well to get the germs out.

Alia - posted on 11/04/2009

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If you have a sewing machine handy, there is plenty of information on how to make your own fancy AIO diapers. The material is not that expensive (far less than buying new ones) and they're surprisingly easy to make. I'm not an expert seamstress, but I made my own that worked great with little troubles.

Kimberly - posted on 10/05/2009

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I just wanted to pop a quick reply regarding washing your own dipes at home. I've been washing my own at home for over a year and both I and a good friend of mine who is better at math have determined that even if you use an extra rinse cycle or even two and wash diapers 2 or 3 times a week, you will not spend more than about $5 to $10 per month on water and power. Someone mentioned using a diaper service to save money on washing at home, but washing at home is really the most economical way. And though we don't like to "waste" water or use a whole lot of it, water is an infinitely renewable resource (though it does take power and chemicals to "treat" it for use again.) When you wash at home you don't use the harsh detergents and chemicals that diaper services use, nor do you use the gas or diesel to drive a truck around picking up and delivering. I think diaper services are fine, too, especially compared to disposable diapers, but just wanted to share the information my friend and I came up with when doing the math for home water/power usage regarding washing dipes. :)



(Oh, and I can't name a fave kind of diaper, because the route I chose was to buy just about anything I could ever get my hands on that was on sale, at a consignment shop, given to me by friends, etc. We use pockets, all-in-ones, prefolds, fitteds, pul covers, homemade wool covers (my fave), cotton covers from Nikky...the list goes on and on. I think it's fun to have a whole lot of different dipes. But bumGenius 3.0 are our go-to nighttime diaper because it fits so well and can be stuffed with 2 or 3 inserts.) :)

Kathleen - posted on 09/23/2009

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I like Bum Genius OS pockets and AIOs. They fit and wash well. Alot of people like prefolds and flats too.

Naomi - posted on 07/07/2009

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Quoting Lindsay:



www.diaperswappers.com





ditto that...



 



we use prefolds. cheap and easy to use and clean

Megan - posted on 06/13/2009

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I love happy heinys one size diapers... they fit most ages and we dont have any leaks... plus they come with two inserts!

Melinda - posted on 05/28/2009

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I use Bum Genius and love them they are a little expensive but compared with the disposible alternative they pay for themselves I also bought of the Gerber single ply diapers and fold and use them as liners them as long as the bum genius isn't too wet and free of poo I just change the liner and keep the bum genius on so I use a lot less of them I was doing well with just 12 and washing ever 2 to 3 days until they started wearing out and I got a few more but you could just replace the velcro. Just make sure you NEVER use fabric softener. I made that mistake and they just aren't what they use to be but my son is almost potty trained now so I'm okay.

Larena - posted on 05/22/2009

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I like the Bum Genius - insert diapers. You can adjust the size as the babe grows & aside from being a bit bulky, they work great!

Brooke - posted on 04/25/2009

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Quoting domino121:

My babe just leaks through everything. bumgenius and fuzzibunz, even the homemade ones. It's getting really frustrating. He is over 3 feet tall and only just one year, is that why??


My son did too... and then I tried a wool cover, and it is seriously amazing the difference! I can't believe we went over 2 years without them! You can get them on etsy.com for pretty cheap, or if you are a do it your selfer, easy to sew out of old wool sweaters! Just google them. It may be because the legs don't fit right because he is so tall... hope this helps!

Kristin - posted on 04/03/2009

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Bum genius all the way! the 3.0 one size are great, seem to hold up great to washing and we've saved over $500 in just the first 2 months. Diaper's.com is always running $10 off first order. Then you can have mom, sis, friend do same thing for you. Website says only qualifies if buying diapers (they don't consider cloth diapers- diapers) but if you call, they will honor.  discount code is bcbaby

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My husband and I are using the G Diapers and loving it.  They are like cloth diapers but the insert is biodegradable and compostable.  They Biodegrade in about 60 days and are even flushable. 



That might be an option for you.

Domino121 - posted on 03/14/2009

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My babe just leaks through everything. bumgenius and fuzzibunz, even the homemade ones. It's getting really frustrating. He is over 3 feet tall and only just one year, is that why??

Kristin - posted on 02/26/2009

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I have ordered haut pocket seconds from clothdiaperclearance.com and was happy with them.  The diapers are one size from 7-35 pounds.  They are in perfect condition except the tag was a little off centered.  They are 9.99 each but do not come with a liner.  The website does sell the liners but you can use any microfiber liner with the diaper.

Sarah - posted on 02/25/2009

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I use Fuzzie Bunz and Bumgenius.  The FuzzieBunz are on the second child and still working great.  I will have to say that although I love Bumgenius they did not last thru my first child and I had to replace them.  But, they are worth the convienence.

Faye - posted on 02/20/2009

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Have you tried ebay? I know that it sounds a bit yuk, but people are now starting to sell them...of course they are washed...I got some kooshies from ebay & they were really good & only cost 10 pounds including postage...give it a go

Frances - posted on 02/07/2009

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I bought Kushies 2nd hand off Trade Me (NZ e-bay) for super cheap and I odn't have any problems with them leaking for my girl, although now I'm getting to the stage where I need to up size and trying to find the toddler size cheap is hard, I cna't even find a NZ shop that sells them new online.

Sarah - posted on 02/05/2009

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Kushies AIO -they are a very good price, and the diapers I have are the same one's I've been using for 1 YEAR now. I have heard that they may work better for boys than girls, though. (Leg gussets?) I have had no leak problems with my son.

Cheryl - posted on 02/04/2009

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ebay and craigslist are great places to find used or new (but not appreciated) cloth diapers. Check them out, its a great way to recycle;)

Rochelle - posted on 02/03/2009

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I'm super happy with my Fuzzibunz. No, they're not cheap, but they last a long time. I will have to replace the leg elastic for a future kiddo, but we've been using Mediums and Large's for 2 years now, and they've more than paid for themselves.
Good luck!

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I too just switched to teh Bum Genius one size and LOVE them! They are super easy to clean and keep my guy's skin super dry (I actually have to take out the liner to see if he's gone potty)!! Check out WIldlfower Diapers online (wildflowerdiapers.com), They give you a discount with the more you purchase!

Corey - posted on 01/31/2009

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What a great benefit to have cloth diaper services -- I'd pay good money for that. But, alas, rural Ohio doesn't support such an ingenious idea.

Melissa - posted on 01/28/2009

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I just used prefolds and made fleece covers for them. They're not terribly difficult to deal with and they're general all purpose. They can be used to stuff pockets for extra protection and used as burp cloths. ;)

Candi - posted on 01/27/2009

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I love the Bum Genius 3in1's - yeah, you have to stuff them and probably pick up some extenders for your onsies, but I know they will fit my little tank for most of his diaper wearing years.  



Definitely check around your area for a diaper exchange.  When I was looking around my metro area, I was surprised to find one really close to where I lived (and I'm in the red-neck part of the Twin Cities LOL).  They sell used CD's at very reasonable prices and accept donations when you're done with your stash.  It's nice, considering the last diaper service in a metro area as large as ours closed over a year ago.  We weren't looking to use a service, but it's too bad that mom's no longer have that option up here anymore.  

Jennipher - posted on 01/27/2009

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I use  the Bum Genius AIO and the one size.  I like the AIO's better, they're a nicer fit. Downside is you have to buy them for each size so it gets expensive.  But you would have them to use for the next baby.  I also have the one size which is nice because it grows with the baby but you have to stuff the liners and they're a little bit more bulky.  Both have been great they wear well and I haven't had any problems with the velcro losing its stick or the elastic stretching out.

Angela - posted on 01/27/2009

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Check with your local diaper service.They may sell their old ones that could still have life in them. I actually pay $94/month for a diaper service in San Jose, CA. It includes 120 diapers a week. It's the cheapest solution in my area since I would have to pay a high water bill to wash them at home, not to mention the cost to my sanity.

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