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A Year in Cloth Diapers

By Amalah

Hey Amy,

I’m pregnant with my first baby *squeee!*

Originally we planned on putting money aside each paycheck to stock up on diapers, and later in the pregnancy actually stocking the house with them. (My friend wrote me a list of how many of what sizes to have. yay!) but recently I have spent late nights- until my eyes feel like they’re peeling out of my head- researching what cloth diapers we might choose. (I read about the cloth for a long time before we got pregnant. mentioned it to my husband and that went out the window. But since I have shown him a video and the benefits, and the PRICE. He is all about letting me make that decision.)

I know that people all have their preferences. I read through your three or four articles about your cloth nappy experience and bumGenius over Fuzzi Bunz. BUT Fuzzi Bunz now has a new diaper – and it seems to cover all the things that you preferred about bumGenius. *proceeds to scratch eyes out- aaah what if I pick wrong?! what if I hate them to begin with?!*

I don’t know if it makes any difference on the choice of WHY you go for cloth diapers, I’m all about the fact that it’s ohmygod those disposables are expensive! and because I like the idea of little to no rashes on their sweet little buns.

Also, do you use disposable wipes? Do you have an amazing washing machine? I’m limited to a European washer/dryer combo. Oy vey. which are small and.. not like the best things in the world. On average, how many diapers will a newborn go through a day? One cloth diaper website is telling me to expect only five diaper changes, but that seems like too little?

Thank you!
I seriously am having dreams about diapers now…

Okay, breathe! BREATHE!

Welcome to the absolute worst part of cloth diapering. I know, because I was there. The awful, overwhelming, eye-twitching comparison shopping and conflicting advice and four hundred slightly different diaper styles and colors and package deals and then there’s the DETERGENT! WHAT IF I BUY THE WRONG DETERGENT? AAAaaeeeeeeiiiiiiiiiii!

So I’ve now been cloth diapering for a full year now. I’ve lived and learned and loved and grown as a person and all that. My opinions currently look something like this:

1) My Fuzzi Bunz were prone to leaks because they were too big. I’d purchased Mediums, per their size chart. Ezra was 15 pounds, and the diapers seemed to fit fine on the tightest snap setting. After a few months, the leaking problem mysteriously stopped. The only thing that had changed was Ezra’s weight. While I would describe him as pretty average-sized, his thighs are not particularly thunderous, so it seems like he wasn’t really ready for the Medium size until he was closer to 20 pounds.

2) The Fuzzi Bunz snaps are holding up better than the bumGenius velcro. I will likely send the BGs off to someone crafty on Etsy and get them converted to snaps later this year. This costs a couple bucks per diaper, plus shipping and your time and all of that. (This is the ONLY wear and tear complaint I have about any of the diapers — after a full year of constant use and a bajillion washings, everything else looks practically new, save for a little staining on some inserts.) Part of our problem is that my husband never freaking remembers to use the laundry tabs before washing the diapers, no matter how many times I remind him, oh my GOD. This means they often emerge from the wash entangled and connected, which certainly doesn’t help the lifespan of the velcro.

3) I was thoroughly disappointed with Gro Baby (now called GroVia) cloth diapers. I wanted to love them, oh, I really did. They are adorable diapers. The idea is that although a single diaper has a higher price point (around $25 for one cover, insert and booster pad), you can reuse the covers and only change the insert during the day. Well. Except that after you unsnap a urine-soaked insert…the cover SMELLS LIKE PEE. I don’t know if I have a Major Pee-er or something, but there was just no way I ever felt good about reusing that cover more than two changes in a row. And forget about poop. Poop will ALWAYS spread beyond the insert and get on the cover, even with a liner. So basically…you really need just as many of these diapers as with any diapering system, which means the higher cost per diaper is a dealbreaker. Plus, the inserts take longer to dry.

4) Washing cloth diapers in my mother-in-law’s uber-fancy stylish-looking high-efficiency washer is a pain in the butt, and I prefer my ancient top-loader. Cold soak, hot wash, two rinses. Half scoop of Charlie’s Soap. Occasionally I wash the inserts separately with a smidgen of bleach to combat any staining or stink build-up.

5) We use cloth wipes, as well. If you do cloth wipes, I recommend splurging on a warmer. (We have this one.) It keeps the wipes warm and wet, making them not very different from disposable wipes at all.

6) Cloth diapers rule. Still. Again.

So! What does all this mean for you, dear panicked questioner?
First, fear not about your washer and dryer — they’ll be just fine. Likewise, YOU’LL be fine with whatever cloth diapers you go with. There will be pros and cons and stuff you like and stuff you don’t. The new one-size Fuzzi Bunz are probably great! The sized ones are too! So are bumGenius! I don’t really recommend the Gro Baby (now GroVia) but whatever! I’m sure other people have had great success with them!

Are you having a baby shower? Find a cloth diaper site that offers a registry and toss a few of each brand on there! When people ask what you need, politely request a gift certificate for your nappy fund. Then fill out your collection from there. I think five changes a day for a newborn is indeed too low — more like eight to 10, honestly. (They poop EVERY TIME they eat, and they eat every couple hours, so…yes. Plan on 10 a day, at first.) Five changes is what you can expect from an older baby — that’s about where we are now. For maximum cost savings, you can buy secondhand diapers, or skip the fancy pocket diapers and do prefolds with covers. We always keep a small package of cheap store-brand disposables (I like Target Up & Up) on hand in case of emergency, like a broken washer or travel or NO POWER FOR FOUR DAYS. I’m a die-hard cloth user, but I’m not a moron.

Let’s face facts: diapers are expensive, no matter what option you go with. Cloth diapers have the higher upfront investment (and endless choices and accessories) that can make them seem more daunting than they actually are. Just buy some. If you’re doing too much wash and need more, buy a few more, of the same brand or a different one. You’ll probably have a favorite, but that doesn’t render your less-favorite diapers to be useless and unusable and DIAPER DISASTER. (We still use that Gro Baby (now called GroVia) diaper, though not overnight.)

If I were preparing to cloth diaper a newborn, I’d probably go for the same half-FuzziBunz and half BumGenius set-up, both in the one-size styles. I just like them both, for different reasons and purposes. It’s kind of like debating between Huggies and Pampers. Everybody has their preference and loyalty, but in the end, they’re all just freaking DIAPERS.

Amalah
About the Author

Amy Corbett Storch

Amalah

Amalah is a pseudonym of Amy Corbett Storch. She is the author of the Advice Smackdown and Bounce Back. You can follow Amy’s daily mothering adventures at Ama...

Amalah is a pseudonym of Amy Corbett Storch. She is the author of the Advice Smackdown and Bounce Back. You can follow Amy’s daily mothering adventures at Amalah. Also, it’s pronounced AIM-ah-lah.

If there is a question you would like answered on the Advice Smackdown, please submit it to [email protected].

Amy also documented her second pregnancy (with Ezra) in our wildly popular Weekly Pregnancy Calendar, Zero to Forty.

Amy is mother to rising first-grader Noah, preschooler Ezra, and toddler Ike.

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Natalie
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Natalie

We did a diaper service for the first three months which was FANTASTIC for the newborn bazillion-diapers phase, but for baby #2, we’ll probably just buy an extra couple dozen prefolds, then switch to the more expensive pockets when we’re only changing a half-dozen times a day. (At 7 months, we still use prefolds during the day along with the pockets and they work perfectly if you can change baby frequently.) Although the premium BG & FB diapers are great, there are also a ton of less expensive brands out there that do a great job. I bought bebebums (which… Read more »

Olivia
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Olivia

We were so lucky to be given (for free) a set of 25 fuzzi bunz. I am so happy that the cloth diaper choice was take out of my hands. We have size Small and started using them when my baby was about 4 weeks old (just because we were newbies and didn’t feel ready) and 9 lbls. She is now 10.5 months and almost 18 lbls, and the diapers still fit on the second to smallest snap setting. I try to check her diaper every two hours or so and that keeps leaks to a minimum. And remember it… Read more »

Jesse
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Jesse

re: wipes, I *really* don’t find a warmer to be necessary. We literally just run it under warm/hot water and be done with it. Sometimes I get impatient waiting for the water to turn warm and just use cooler water… it doesn’t seem to make any difference to our baby.
When we’re out I just pour water from a water bottle onto a wipe.

Elizabeth
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I’ve just discovered Blueberry Diapers. They are one size with snaps. They are pretty bulky, but they are super absorbent–we haven’t had any leaks with them. (They are very spendy, though.) I do like my FuzziBunz, and they’ve held up well (used on my first baby, my friend’s baby, and now I have them back for my second). I did buy a couple of their one-size for this baby, and I’m not super impressed so far (although I do like that they’re not so bulky), but maybe when my baby is a little bigger I’ll like them more. Jillian’s Drawers… Read more »

Lacey (Laptops to Lullabies)
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THANK YOU for this post, Amy!
I’ve already scoured your previous diaper posts, and have decided to go with BumGenius for our first baby (due in early June). But then I read about the GroBaby ones, and felt all “What-if-Amy-likes-those-BETTER?” So now I feel very comfortable in my decision (again).

Ginger
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I found that prefolds and covers were the best for a newborn. They just allow for the tinier size of a newborn, without spending a ton on the pockets or all-in-ones until you need them. I just never got a good fit with my newborn–who was long and skinny–with FB or BG until he passed a higher weight. We also splurged on some Kissaluv 0’s for grandparents and such to use with the baby. They’re a little spendier for something that will only be used for, max, a couple of months, but they are super easy. Now, with a whopping… Read more »

Cynthia
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Cynthia

I would recommend before buying any diapers check to see if any local cloth diaper retailers have a diaper trial offer! It allows you to try out several different diapers on your child and decide what is best for you. Everything can be different based on what detergents, washers,size of your baby, and how often or how much work you want to do. We love MotherEase Sandy’s bamboo diapers but they require a seperate cover. Lots of people hate this, we love it! It’s a good idea to try before you buy and then you should love what you buy… Read more »

Anna
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Anna

Detergent question, Amy!
You say you use “half a scoop” of the Charlie’s soap. Charlie’s soap doesn’t come with a scoop, though if I remember right it says 1 tablespoon per load. So are you using 1/2 tablespoon?
Clearly my life depends on if I’m using the right amount of detergent or not.

Megan
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I was so there just a few months ago! I planned and planned and read and read…and decided to go with prefolds, snappis and xs thirsties covers because that was really the cheapest option. There are two issues with this that you can’t account for ahead of time: your sweet wonderful, sack of sugar baby and the postpartum zombie monster that you become. I found that I was completely overwhelmed right after my baby was born. I had him circumsized and trying to get the prefold on just right while he was screaming about having his diaper changed…and while trying… Read more »

kenandbelly
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Okay, so as someone who has used cloth diapers on both sides of the Atlantic, I just have to say that the European washer/dryer combo means that you’re going to need waaaaaaaaay more than 5 diapers, especially around newborn. If your European machine is like ours and takes 4+ hours to run, your baby could easily go through five diapers in the time it takes a rinse/rinse/wash/dry cycle to finish. You’ll need to start out with more than someone with an American machine will. So… at least 20? Also, European machines will just not be able to keep them as… Read more »

Carrie at NaturalMomsTalkRadio
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LOL, I know just what you mean! Settling on a system is the hardest part, and some of it depends – as you found – on the baby’s size and shape. Cool post. Cloth rocks, getting ready to diaper my 5th baby in them.

Laurie
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Laurie

I cloth diapered for a little over a year (until i went back to work) and I loved loved loved Cricket diapers. They have snaps (no velcro) and they worked great. I never had any leaking. If day care would use them I would have definitely continued.

Angela
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Angela

Hi Laurie,

I also loved Cricket diapers. I used them about 6 years ago for my son. We’re having another baby now, and I need some more, but I’ve been having a hard time finding them on the internet. Just wondering if you bought them more recently than me, and if so, where did you find them? The old website I used seems to no longer work.

Thanks!

Margie
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Margie

I also agree that whatever you choose will be what works for you. That said, I’ll give a shout out for the sized Fuzzi Bunz! We used some adorable little Muttaqins newborn for when the baby was brand new because they had a snap down for her cord (which we found used on diaperswappers.com). Since around five weeks or so, though, we’ve been in Small FB, and now Medium FB. We double at night, use cloth wipes and tap water, and are super happy. We use Rockin’ Green soap in our HE machine. One note: if you get into this… Read more »

erin
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erin

kenandbelly THANK YOU! so much…
my european washer/dryer is horrendous. and, as you mentioned 4+ hours to run a cycle, and always meaning that i still have to hang things to finish drying.
that’s so helpful. 🙂

HereWeGoAJen
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The makers of BumGenius have come out with two new kinds of diapers. The Flip system seems like it solves some of the problems of the original BG3.0s (like snaps instead of velcro). I think if I were starting over, I’d go with those, but I am still thrilled with my BumGenius diapers.

rkmama
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We are at the one year mark of using cloth diapers as well and have had a wonderful experience with bumgenius. I very much agree with Amy as to the wear and tear of the velcro, though. We do religiously use the laundry tabs but they just wear out after so many washings and start to fray and get fuzzy- still very usable but I can see how adding snaps in the future may be a good idea. We have 1 fuzzi bunz which we really like too (only one because we already had more than enough diapers but I… Read more »

Heide
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We had a front-loading washer/dryer combo, and they take FOREVER to dry things, so we used pre-folds, with various different brands of covers, so we could air dry them. Saves a lot on the electric bill, too. However, they consistently leaked at night, so we ended up switching to disposables for night time only. Everyone else is right: buy a few different kinds of infant-sized ones, see what you like, and then get more … and then the baby will grow out of them, and you’ll need to size up. Ebay.

JCF
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JCF

A couple of tips if you have a less than optimal washer/dryer situation: -Rockin Green detergent. It is made for cloth and made to be used with only one rinse. I have to use a communal washer that isn’t great, and this is the best detergent for minimal washing. -Get a diaper sprayer to attach to your toilet and spray off the dirty diapers, even at the newborn stage. I know they don’t need to be washed off, but again, with a washer that takes forever, you can probably cut the pre-rinse step out if you do the pre-rinsing yourself.… Read more »

Kathleen
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Kathleen

Funny, I was just thinking about all of the past posts because a year in I’m now at phase 3, buying hemp inserts to contain the copious amounts of night time pee my child apparently produces (note- an $18 investment, but my 20 diapers paid themselves off four months ago..). And trying new detergents (whee) because planet isn’t keeping up with toddler pooh/pee odors… Anyway – I echo the previous thoughts: get a sampler, although what fits well at first and what is great later on might be different, so multiple types in the house aren’t a bad thing. I… Read more »

Fabian
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Fabian

i use a w/a fuzzibunz pocekt diaper as a cover. it’s very bulky but i can’t find a diaper cover w/snap buttons the touch tape scratches my son’s belly. i don’t really understand the pocekt diapers either- i think you’re supposed to change the whole diaper maybe the separate insert allows for more customized leakage protection more efficient washing drying? you’ll go thru at least a dozen diapers/day with a newborn. if you get 1-2 dozen prefolds use your diapers as covers you should have enough to only wash diapers every other day: )

Isabel
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You know I couldn’t NOT throw in a shout out to gdiapers. While I’ve never used the traditional cloth diapers, I still consider gdiapers in that category.
Anyway, we’ve been stocking up on them since about 2008. Anytime we get a coupon in the mail for them, we buy another pack. I *hope* this plan works out for us.
Oh, and thanks to Megan for letting me know it’s okay to use disposable with a newborn. I wasn’t sure that I wanted to deal with cloth in the beginning!

Sally
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Sally

I am currently washing my FLIP diapers…hope hope hoping that we’ll use them and love them. I am 36 weeks pregnant. Someone recently told me about this trial offer at Jillian’s Drawers. They send you a ton of diapers to try out and you pick the ones you like. You only pay $10 plus anything you decide to keep. Here is a link http://www.jilliansdrawers.com/products/clothdiapers/tryclothfor10/tryclothfor10

beth
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beth

When we first started with cloth diapers, we had a washer that was literally old as dirt. (Came with our house that was previously inhabited by an elderly woman who had died several years before.) Anyway, that washer ruined our diapers a little bit. They still work very well (I use all bumgenius) but many of the the inserts are a dingy gray color and some of them have grease streaks on them. A few of the covers are also dingy.(It also didn’t help that I had neglected to get an additive free detergent for a few months, Doh!) Before… Read more »

Lisa
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Lisa

ditto on the Jillian’s Drawers. They send you 15 or so different kind of diapers for about $110. Its a trial period of 3 weeks, and you can keep all, some or none. If you decide you don’t want to do cloth diapers, you can send them back minus the cost of shipping ($10) (or you can keep the ones you like and send the other back). So for only $10 you can try just about all the popular ones out there. And, if you’re like me and really want to be a cloth diaper person but realize that you… Read more »

Beatriz
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Beatriz

We use BG in daycare, prefolds on the non-daycare days, and BG at night. Prefolds are much, much easier to care for (including removing the occasional diaper cream, which do not come out of the BGs), and not very hard to use once you get used to it, but I can’t imagine using them at night. With the BGs at night we add extra inserts, which is bulky, but we don’t have to change the diaper during the night at all. In the rare occasion there is a leak, I know it’s time to strip the diapers. It took me… Read more »

Laura
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Laura

OK, this may seem like a dumb question, but I can’t seem to figure it out!
I think we’ve decided to go with prefolds and covers for when the baby is tiny to give him or her a chance to grow into the one-size diapers. If you use a prefold with a cover, do you need snappis? Or do they fit in there, as long as the cover is well-sized?

mir
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mir

I didn’t try laying the prefold in without snapping until my baby was too big to snappy the newborn prefolds… I’ve NEVER EVER EVER had a leak (prefolds are muy absorbent) BUT they aren’t the best for containing runny breastfed poo. A good cover (thirsties) should handle it and now that she’s on solids it’s not an issue BUT leaky poos made the kissaluvs 0s worth the money (stopped every poo). When she got older and was only pooing once a day (at most) then putting a prefold in wasn’t such a bad thing since there was only a small… Read more »

mamaJay
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mamaJay

We’re still in the trying phase, and I’m obsessed with researching cloth diapers!!! Thanks for this post. Here is my question:
I will have to go back to work and I’m not sure that I will be able to wash the diapers every other day. Will I need to buy so many that it will not be cost effective? IS it a ton of work? It sounds daunting.

JCF
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JCF

@Laura–You don’t technically NEED a Snappi or pins with prefolds and covers, you can just trifold the prefold and lay it in the cover. However, newborn poo is crazy explosive, and poo would get on the cover EVERY TIME if we didn’t use a Snappi. At that rate, you need so many covers to get you through until washing it isn’t terribly economical to use prefolds. If you Snappi or pin and get the legs snug (with a little practice, you can do it!), you’ll save the cover from getting dirty the majority of the time. Now that my kids… Read more »

Leanne
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Leanne

Echo the previous posters who said that one size diapers don’t work well on newborns. I started with a bunch of BG’s, thinking I would love them and they were too big for my 8.7 lbs chunky baby. I ended up switching to Thirsties XS all-in-ones. They were (are!) Amazing!!! I also had a couple xs HH (tiny heiny’s, lol!) And liked those as well. Anyways, “one size” diapers tend to be too big for newborns and often get too small for bigger kids before they’ve potty trained. Thirsties has addressed this with their new Duo pocket diapers… They come… Read more »

Kate
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Kate

@ mamaJay – the average cost of diapering one child in disposables is supposedly $1500-$2000 so it’s hard to imagine a scenario in which cloth diapering isn’t cost effective. That being said you’re going to need to be careful which diapers you buy if you can’t wash them every other day. For example the bumGenius are supposed to be washed within 48 hrs of use (I think to keep the uric acid in the urine from breaking down the waterproofing). I suggest you contact the people at Jillian’s drawers and/or Cotton babies to explain your situation and ask them what… Read more »

BG Mom
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BG Mom

Just had to say that I used the BG3.0 One-Size for almost a year and loved them. The velcro has started to go, but we’ve worn those diapers hard, so I don’t feel too bad about it. Cottonbabies.com sent me (free!) replacement velcro kits, which require only very minimal sewing skills. However, haven’t bothered to fix the velcro, yet, because I got the new Flips and am in love. Flip with one insert (I like the stay dry) during the day and two inserts at night is my new, no-leak, not-too-bulky gold standard. The initial cost is almost the same… Read more »

Cloth Diaper Ignoramus
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Cloth Diaper Ignoramus

Sorry, I have a million questions. I am very interested in cloth diapers for our second child, but very confused. Anyone in the UK/Europe who will understand – we have a nice, but small front loader washing machine, no dryer. Is it still reasonable to try cloth diapers? I figure they probably air dry pretty quickly… ? Would you buy 20 of the smallest size to start? And then what detergent do you use here – would Fairy Non-bio be ok? Do you need to add anything else? Also, what do you do with them after they’re used and before… Read more »

Lauren
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Lauren

I’m currently in the early research stages (not due until 9/8!), but I was wondering if anyone here used cloth diapers with coin-operated washers. I live in a co-op, and the only washers/dryers in the building are coin-operated, at $1.25 a pop. Would it get too expensive (and be too much of a hassle, as it’s 6 floors down to the laundry room) to try cloth diapers? Would a diaper service be better (and ultimately most cost- and sanity-saving effective)? Thanks!

Courtney
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I just blogged about this . . . I agree with Amy, the GroBabies are cute in theory but the poop always leaks onto the cover, making them way less cost-effective than they claim. We did a diaper service the first four months (while I was on maternity leave) and it was great. No stress, no mess; we did use Snappis on the prefolds because otherwise DS leaked a lot. We had thirsties covers in x-small and that worked from 6-12 pounds or so. Now we use one-size and have a bunch of different diapers. I also thought I *had*… Read more »

Olivia
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Olivia

@ mamaJay, I have 25 fuzzi bunz, and wash a full load about every 3 days. I know a lot depends on what your schedule is like and what kind of washer/dryer you have, but it really isn’t a lot of work for me. Total time washing and drying is about 2 hrs. So if I put them in the wash when I get home from work at 5:30 p.m., I’m folding diapers by the time we finish dinner.

Megs
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Megs

I have used prefolds for over a year now, and love them. I have Bummies Superbright covers, which I like because they have side gussets that really help contain messes. We have had very few leaks, and certainly way less than disposables (we use these when traveling for more than a couple days, and have had numerous blow-outs). I never used snappies with the prefolds, but it sounds like they can be helpful in the beginning at least (which was when ours leaked occasionally). I just tri-fold the diaper and set it in the cover. One question – I was… Read more »

Stacy
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Stacy

I am in Europe and use a front loading HE washer. I press the 40degree button, decrease the energy to 30degrees, and skip ahead to the rinse cycle. 30 minutes. Then I do the 95degree button, drop it to 70degrees, and add an extra rinse. 1 hour 34 minutes. I hang all the covers to dry, and tumble dry the inserts for 40 minutes. I do this 2x per week. I have 12 pre-folds, 3 covers, and 10 BumGenius and rarely have to resort to disposable during the day. We use 1 premium disposable at night.

Wade
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Wade

I know this is a cloth diapering thread, but just for the record, that $1500-$2000 number for disposables assumes that you are buying them in small packs at the grocery store, where the diapers run about 50 cents each. We’ve never run out of disposables because we buy them at Costco, where they are 15-20 cents each. A big box of diapers that lasts us 3-4 weeks is about $40, and as she gets bigger and needs fewer diapers, the number of boxes we need in a month will go down. The calculations also assume that your labor has no… Read more »

Susan
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Second shout out for gDiapers – they are almost as easy as disposables what with the flushable/trashable insert, though you can also buy gCloth inserts (or make your own out of fleece and microfiber, which is what I did). I bought my first set of smalls used off the gDiapers Yahoo! group. We use Huggies overnights because my son is a champion pee-r – and even then we sometimes have leaks. Laundry tips: I keep a bucket in the nursery closet half full of water and OxiClean. Dirty cloth inserts and wet liners/covers go in there until laundry day (poopy… Read more »

Jessi
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Amy, I’m so happy you wrote a follow-up on this! I was wondering how it was going for you. I’ve been using them for about 7 months (on my 8-month-old). He’s worn Kissaluvs size O (GREAT for newborns, can’t say enough positive things about this diaper), tried a FB and now use it occasionally (same fit problem. He’s 20 lbs. and the smalls NOW fit without any leaks.), but BG’s are our go-to diaper. I also have a bunch of inserts and doublers – some I sewed to fit with my Gdiaper covers. But lately we’ve had some stink issues.… Read more »

Courtney
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@Lauren – I’m in a building with coin-op (well, card-op) laundry and it’s actually $1.75 per wash and dry – $3.50 per load total. And if you do an extra rinse first, it’s another $1.75, so it really does add up. If you’re looking at cloth diapering from a purely financial standpoint, a service might be the way to go. That said, we decided to buy our own, rather than continue the diaper service, for two reasons: 1) AI1/AI2s are a lot easier and less messy than prefolds, and 2) daycare wouldn’t deal with the prefolds. We have enough now… Read more »

kakaty
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kakaty

I cloth diapered (as much as we could – daycare refuses to use them) until potty training at about 2 1/2. Now, I’m 8 weeks away from baby #2 and can’t wait to use them again and that $300 investment nearly 4 years ago will really pay off. Luckily, we got all the covers in genderless colors and patterns. When I was prego with our girl another cloth diapering mom suggested that I use newborn sized disposables at first and ease into cloth. I loved that advice and got 6 each of Fuzzi Bunz (love!) and Happy Heinys (which I… Read more »

JCF
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JCF

@Lauren–We also have communal washers/dryers, and have used them to wash cloth diapers since our first was born 2.5 years ago. It really isn’t that big of a deal, for the most part. If your setup is like ours, and you can do multiple loads at the same time, it is just as easy to throw in an extra load while you’re washing something else. We definitely don’t save as much as if we had our own washer, but it is still financially worth the extra work!

La Rêveuse
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We used BG 3.0’s with my daughter, and I hated the velcro. Even with using the things Amy’s husband didn’t, they always came undone anyway, and the velcro shredded and had to be repaired and replaced. The company will send free replacement tabs, but you have to sew yourself if they are older than a year. They did replace my covers once when they had shredded and it was under a year. I bought some of their new ecobums to try. LOVE the snaps. If they put the snaps on BG’s, I’d be there. Ecobums worked well, though only when… Read more »

Susie
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Susie

We use prefolds and Thirsties covers, and I love them. Ditto to what people said about the Snappis… they helped before my daughter was on solids, but now at 8 months, we don’t bother. For the newborn diapers – we found someone who *rents* newborn size Kissaluvs. She’s local to us, but I think she ships anywhere. Last year, she also had some limited Bum Genius All-in-One rentals, so we actually did that. Anyway, we kept them for two months, then used the deposit money to upgrade to a prefold package. It was fantastic. Also, we do disposables at night… Read more »

Anyabeth
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I am staggered by the idea of five diapers for newborn? We had twenty and that was enough to get through a day and night. Less than that is a lot of laundry? I mean they poop every two hours. We used Kissaluvs for the newborn period and they were brilliant. Then I sold the set and bought a mix of Fuzzi Bunz and Bum Genius. Love love love. And we also have the velcro wear out. But Cotton Babies will send you a velcro repair kit for free and new tabs made them work like new. Brilliant.

hermowninny
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hermowninny

We cloth diaper our son and we have the bum genius organic AIO and then some wonderful ones that we found from a woman on etsy (abt $10 per dipe). Generally you can a way better price from a WAHM, and you will find her customers are loyal and leave great reviews that will really help you decide. Also I highly discourage the use of velcro it wears out too easily go for the snaps, they may add a little to the price of the dipe, but are so worth it in the end.

Chelsea
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Chelsea

Well, I haven’t started cloth-diapering yet, because I’m 3 weeks away from my due date, but I’m still working on what my “system” is going to be. I’m thinking Fuzzi Bunz one size later on, prefolds during the day for now, and disposables at night (since I already have some from my baby shower). I live in an apartment, and when I asked Stephanie at Abby’s Lane what she’d recommend, she said a lot of her customers recommend the “Wonder Wash” (also known as the Sputnik-3). My boyfriend and I got one for Christmas and have been using it to… Read more »

Lauren
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Lauren

@Courtney & @JCF: Thanks so much for the feedback! I’m glad to know it’s doable…now the next step is convincing the husband 🙂

tizinu
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On the BG velcro issue: Although I understand the longevity of the velcro being a huge issue in determining whether or not you go with BG velcro or snaps, I will say that the velcro is much easier (and more forgiving) to take off and put on the baby. It was easy to convince the husband, the grandparents, and the nanny to use because it’s so similar to disposies. It’s way easy to put them on and take them off at night when it’s dark, you’re tired, and you just hope the baby doesn’t have an explosive poo. And it’s… Read more »