Help! What do I Need?

Stephanie - posted on 08/27/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )




I have just switched to cloth diapers with my 15 mo son. I was looking around at different websites and was wondering if anyone had advice on what I needed to get started. I have a few cloth diapers the birdseye kind, four plastic pant covers (which my son seems to hate) and diaper pins all of which came from Walmart. I have looked at the Bumgenis website but it is confusing about what I really need and what really works, everything is so expensive I don't want to waste any money. I would really appreciate all the help anyone could give thanks!


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Michelle - posted on 04/15/2012




look at ... we use bum genius snap 4.0 and my boy's seem to love them

Hannah - posted on 04/14/2012




i am using a hybrid one size diaper by grovia. The have PUL shells and organic cotton/hemp blend snap in liners. There is also a biodegradable disposable liner option as well. I got enough to do laundry every 2-3 days, it cost me $500. I use homemade laundry detergent on it that costs me $5 every six months to make, works great for HE machines. I love my cloth diapers and my baby has never once gotten a diaper rash. All stains sun-bleach away when I hang them to dry outside once a month. I get my supplies from . Good luck! Feel free to message me with any questions.

Laundry Detergent recipe:

1 cup borax
1 cup Washing soda
1 bar felsnaptha soap, grated

mix all ingredients, 1 tablespoon per load.

Marci - posted on 08/28/2009




I shop for almost evrything on and

I have 22 prefold diaper with 3 covers. I use Green Earth Textiles. I then have 3 Snappi's instead of pins. I have 3 covers (Thirsties brand). Those are for my 5 week old daughter.

Then I have 18 one size pocket diapers. These are great since they go from 5 pounds to 35 pounds. I use Whamie brand. I have been told FuzziBunz are better though. I put a flushable liner in those to catch the poo. Flush those witht he poo and it helps with staining. Those are for my 22 month old son.

I then have a pail liner to put the dirties till wash time. I have a medium wet bag in the diaper bag to hold dirties on the go. I have a mini wet bag to hold my cloth wipes on the go. I have a lidded storage tote to hold cloth wipes at home (just a Sterilite 6 qt.) I use regular baby wash clothes as my wipes. I bought two twelve packs so I have 24 wipes. I got a recipe for a solution off I have a drying rack in the laundry room. I have a clothes line in the yard and clothes pins. I have baking soda and Charlies soap for cleaning.

I hope this helps. I wouldn't buy any diapers from Walmart. I used some Gerber brand prefolds once and then uses my Green Earth Textile ones and it is like night and day on how well they work.

Good Luck!

Meaghan - posted on 08/28/2009




Check out Green Mountain They have a lot of info for first timers. I would go with some prefolds and velcro covers instead of the plastic pants. I use Thirsties covers over Clotheeze prefolds and there's no need for pins or anything. However, if you want to pin they have these things called Snappi fasteners which have hooks on them and are way easier than pinning I think.

Julie - posted on 08/28/2009




I like prefolds, but would not generally recommend getting them from Walmart. They are thinner than the diaper-service quality and therefore less absorbant and also an issue if you want to use anything other than pins. I LOVE Snappies, which take the place of pins, but you need a prefold ply of 8-4-8 for good quality and for the Snappi not to poke through.

I also love All In One--AIO--diapers such as FuzziBunz and Bum Genius. They are pricier, but definitely a great investment and still cheaper than sposies in the long run.

As for diaper covers, plastic pants are (in my opinion) horrid, lol! I would recommend any of the PUL or other covers that are on the market, such as Thirsties (the type I use). There are many to choose from, and you probably will just have to buy a variety like the PP said in order to get a feel for what you prefer.

I recommend this website for some advice and ordering, and you can even call Sunny (the owner) if you have questions. Her website has lots of info, though, about choth diapering and "what you need," etc!

Good luck!

Kayla - posted on 08/27/2009




I used prefolds when I first started, I LOVED the snappis, so easy to use and less hassle in the middle of the night. I started sewing my own fitted diapers and I use bummis super whisper wrap covers since they are much nicer than the plastic pants. I recently bought 24 AIOs and 48 inserts that are in the mail because we travel a lot. has moms who sell their old dipes (normally in great condition) for cheap if you don't want to spend an arm and a leg in the "trial" stage.

Julie - posted on 08/27/2009




There are alot of options, different things work for different people!

I was useing unbleached cotton prefolds on my newborn and loved them,I found I could get that perfect fit. I used a velcro closing diaper wrap and didn't use pins or a snappi.

Pockets and all in ones are nice an convient...most all in ones tho take awhile to dry,pockets dry much quicker but can be expensive.(I have a huge amount of pockets and love Bum Genius and Fuzzi bunz)

Fitteds with a good diaper cover (as well as prefolds with a good diaper cover) have proven bullett proof for me...NO leaks! I use Motherease NB sandys,Motherease onesize and Bamboo sandys ..when I ad the motherease bamboo liners they hold 21 oz of pee..and for covers I use Bummis super whisper wraps and Motherease.

I think you should invest in a sampler pack to see what you really like. You can also buy some diapers second hand if that's something you don't mind doing.

Elizabeth - posted on 08/27/2009




If you have a Target they carry Bumkins and Fuzzi Bunz so you can look at them and understand better. I would buy a couple of everything until you figure out what fits and works best for YOU. If price is a deterrent check out WAHM diapers on and They are same (if not better) quality, same materials, but lower prices. There are also a few wahms here on the list including myself and the admin.

Amber - posted on 08/27/2009




If you are using prefolds a snappi works much better than pins. Its so easy to use and makes diapers changes easier. Also I use wool covers over my diapers. They are great, a little pricey but well worth it! They are breathable so they are great in winter AND summer. They are super absorbent and if I where a baby I'm sure I'd prefer that to having an annoying plastic cover of my diapers.

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