Which cloth diaper to use?

Bethany - posted on 07/23/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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We have recently been debating on cloth or disposible diapers and have decided to give cloth diapers a try. Which brand is the best brand to go with that isn't too expensive?

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Amy - posted on 07/23/2010

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There is not a best brand, it is what ever works for you and your family. We use a variety of brands Happy Heiny's, BumGenieus 3.0, we tried the flip, and Fuzzibunz. I say get a onesize diaper that will grow with your baby from birth to potty training. Prefolds are the cheapest way to go, but we did not care for them to much. They make a system called econobum which you can spend about $100 and get all the diapers you need if you like the prefold option. I like the pocket diapers you stuff the insert and over the insert there is a layer of fleace. they are so soft, but a lot more expensive then prefolds. You will also need to decide velcro or snaps, the velcro is alot easier then snaps, but it will often wear out and need to be replaced. My favorite brand so far has been the fuzzibunz, they have snaps so no velcro to worry about, and the elastic is easy to replace when it wears out. Bumgenius just came out with their new 4.0 diapers which also make replacing the elastic very easy, and have snap or velcro options. They offer variety packs so you have 30 days to try them out and if you don't like them you can send them back for a refund and buy the ones you did like. Make sure you buy a cloth diaper friendly detergent, you can't just use anything, they are all listed on the sites below. If you use the wrong detergent you could mess up your diapers. these sites also have how- to pages that are very helpful or you can call thier customer service numbers they are supper helpful and nice. For storage we use a planet wise hanging wet/dry bag and love it. It takes up so much less space than a pail and when it is full you dump the diapers in the washer and put the bag in with them. My favorite sites are
http://www.kellyscloset.com
http://www.diaperjunction.com
Also sign up for their newsletters and like them on facebook to see all of their coupons. Kellys closet has a couple that if you spend $25 you get a free one size diaper, which is awesome!
I would also like Alice recommend the diaper sprayer, it is so much nicer than trying to rinse in the toilet. Let me know if I can help you anymore! Good Luck!

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Jennifer - posted on 07/23/2010

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we use bum genius 3.0...they are pricey at about $17 each...we spent about $300 on our stash of 24 diapers (they were on sale when we got them) and we wash every other day. the best part is that they fit from birth to potty training so even though they are pricey, they are still going to be waaayyy cheaper than disposables. we love them and they work perfectly for our family.

prefolds with plastic pants are the most economical way to go but the down side is that they are a little more work until you have a good technique down, and are not daycare friendy.

check out the cloth diapering community on CoM, they helped me a ton when i was researching cloth diapers...
http://www.circleofmoms.com/cloth-diaper...

Alice - posted on 07/23/2010

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It's a big decision to make, for sure. We made the switch almost 4 months ago. We are using Indian prefolds with the Flip system diapers. You can find both at cottonbabies.com. We chose the Flip covers because it was cheaper while still being high quality. We use them for our 4 month old daughter who is breastfed, and our son who is almost 2. I like them for my daughter better because you don't have to rinse the solids in the toilet. I would recommend getting a diaper sprayer for an older baby though. I wish we had one, it would make it easier. There are also some really nice all in one diapers which we didn't get because I didn't want to have to wash them all the time. You can re-use the covers a few times. We do wash every night, but if you have enough you would only need to do it every other night. Good luck!

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