My wife and I are planning to cloth diaper our baby. We have a few reasons for it, mostly the fact that it’s less expensive, less wasteful and it sounds like kids potty train earlier from cloth than disposables. We liked all of that. So we’ve been doing our research, and learning what we can about the whole diaper thing.My wife is really the expert on it, so I won’t try to get too deep into it. But here’s our plan:
We’re going to have prefolds and covers for normal, daytime use. Those are just rectangles of absorbent fabric with waterproof covers put over them. They’re the cheapest way to go, but they’re more work to put on. With the advent of the “Snappi” it sounds like they aren’t as tough to use as they had been previously. They’re definitely the cheapest, since prefolds tend to run about $2 ea and the covers are usually $10-15 depending on brand and features. The other nice thing is that you can use the same cover for about three of the prefolds, so you don’t need to have as many covers as you do prefolds. It sounds like everyone really likes the Thirsties Duo Wrap as a cover, so I think we’re going to go with those. Similarly, everyone raves about Green Mountain Diapers prefolds, so we’re planning on using those, primarily.
We’re also planning to have some pocket diapers or all-in-ones for nighttime use or for when people are babysitting. Pocket diapers and all-in-ones have a built-in cover and snaps, so they behave more like disposables. They’re easier to deal with for people who aren’t on board with your cloth-diapering shenanigans (like grandparents), so it’s good to have some of them around in case you need to hand the baby off to someone else for a while. Fuzzibunz seems like a favorite for these, though plenty of people love BumGenius as well. There are dozens or hundreds of brands out there, each with their own slightly different style. Different brands are supposed to work better for different babies, based on your baby’s shape, size and consistency.
There are a few other things worth noting. Some diapers are sized based on age and weight, and some are one-size diapers. The one-size designs have snaps or velcro on them so you can adjust the size of the diaper to your baby. It starts small and gets bigger over time, just like your spawn. So you can save money buying these, since the same diaper will work for you from newborn up to high school age or whatever. I don’t know that much about kids. Also, speaking of snaps or velcro, that’s worth paying attention to. I’ve heard of a few people who really like velcro (it’s easier to put on and take off) but mostly people prefer snaps. This is due to the laundry thing. Velcro will stick to everything in the laundry, so people don’t like it. I can totally understand that. Some people seem not to have trouble with it, or don’t mind it, so there you go.
MamaNatural (whom we love) makes this case for cloth over disposable: 6 Reasons Why Cloth Diapers Are Better Than Disposables (And 1 Reason Why They Ain’t) She also has an explanation video for why they chose what they did, which has some great basic info: Why We Chose BumGenius
My wife recommended this post for cloth diapering noobs (she didn’t say it like that because she’s a nice lady): New to Cloth
Okay, there you go. That’s pretty much all I know right now. Fingers crossed that we’re making the right choices on all this! It feels like we are, but only time will tell. Thanks for reading!