Monday, February 28, 2011

Why I love cloth diapers

So when we found out we were pregnant, like all parents we started thinking about the things we would need to get for our little joy. One of the big discussions we had was cloth vs. disposable diapers. Believe it or not Jarrod was the one who first got me even considering cloth diapers. In KC we had a few friends who used them and really liked it. So I did my research and found that the world of cloth diapers is not only different from what I expected but it is vast! There are flatfolds, prefolds, all in ones, pocket diapers, organic cotton, the list goes on. And there are so many brands!! After months of research both online and with friends, I finally decided on a combination of flatfolds, prefolds, and pocket diapers. My thanks definitely go out to Heather at for all her help and for creating my registry. Even if you don't live in the KC area she is a great person to get cloth diapering info from.

Here are the ones I ended up using and why.

Econobum: I got 4 sets (a set consists of 3 prefolds and a diaper cover). We use these throughout the day. I get to use the cover over and over (unless it gets poopy) and just change out the cotton diaper.  I also use a Snappi to fasten the diaper.

BumGenius 4.0: I ended up with 5 of these. This is a pocket diaper which means you stuff a cotton insert into a pocket in the back of the diaper. The more you stuff the more absorbent the diaper is. We use these at night so that I don't have to change his diaper every time he gets wet. It holds as much as, if not more, as any disposable. This diaper should fit babies 7lbs-35lbs. It adjusts by snapping down the front.
Diaper and Insert

 FuzziBunz One Size: These are my favorite. We have 11 and as little man gets bigger, I plan to get more. They are similar to the BumGenius as far as being a pocket diaper but the way the size adjusts. It also fits 7lbs-35lbs. Instead of snapping down the front, it has adjustable elastic in the legs.
So I know what you're thinking. What about washing and having to touch the messy diapers? No big deal! I put a Planet Wise Diaper Pail Liner in my standard diaper pail, have a Diaper Sprayer for when it comes time to clean out the poopy diapers, use Planet Wise Wet Bags on the go, and use Charlie's Soap to wash the diapers. I do wash diapers every day but don't necessarily have to. I just prefer to keep things clean and that way I don't get behind. 

So that's my two cents about cloth diapers. I never imagined I'd use them but I'm glad I decided to. I don't have to worry about buying diapers, taking out bags of diaper waste, or about guessing what size to buy. I just reach in the drawer and pull out the perfect diaper every time!


  1. I don't mean to be stupid but I am experiencing you blog right now with my husband and sister and bro in law. We are all curious/ confused. Our questions are many.

    1. How do you get the 'bp' (baby poop) off of the cotton liner?

    2. Do you put the bp in your regular trash?

    3. Do you wash the cotton liners by hand or in the washing machine?

    I personally enjoyed this post and will probably be picking your brain about bp at a later date whenI have my own bundle of joy!! But I think this post is awesome and very informative!

  2. 1. Right now I leave the bp on the diaper and put it in my diaper pail which is lined with a waterproof diaper pail liner. Once the bp gets solid (as in once he starts eating solid foods) I have a diaper sprayer which hooks up to the toilet. Solids gets dumped in the potty.

    2. Goes in the toilet.

    3. Everything goes in the washing machine in hot water using cloth diaper soap. I use Charlie's Soap but there are a few other varieties. These soaps don't contain chemicals that make the diapers less absorbent. With the all in one diapers, I wash everything in the washer but hang dry the covers.

    Ask any questions you have. I'm still learning the ropes but I really am loving it.

  3. I'm glad you are liking cloth diapering! I was always too overwhelmed to try more than one kind, so I'm impressed that you have found a system that works for you! Our Fuzzi Bunz leak at night even when we "double stuff" them, so I'm glad to know that the Bum Genius work at night for you. Maybe I will have to buy one and see how it works for Jane. Thanks for the great info!