J.H. asks from Wauconda, IL on March 13, 2008
Needing Advice on Cloth Diapers
Hi, I've been reading about different cloth diaper options that have the absorbent pads you place inside the diaper and am wondering if anyone can share their experiences with them. I've heard good things about "cushies" from one mother, but am just looking for more advice.
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H.S. answers from Chicago on March 17, 2008
Jilliansdrawers.com is the best. Also you can learn a lot from diaperbeagle.com. I use Bumgenius one size diapers and happy heiny's. The Bumgenius diapers are my favorite for 2 reasons: 1) It will grow with my daughter and I don't have to worry about sizing 2) They don't leave red marks from the elastic and really are very good at holding the messes!
I like the Happy Heiny's for night time because the opening for the insert is larger and it is easy to stuff a couple of inserts in for extra absorbency. HH's come in several sizes XS,S,M,L...it is more challenging to find the XS size; not everyone carries this size.
Hope this helps!
J.S. answers from Chicago on March 15, 2008
I was pointed toward BumGenius. I am very happy w/ these. They're a pocket diaper. The 3.0 is the latest version and comes w/ 2 inserts (a full size and a newborn). I CD my DD (9 mos) w/ both inserts in her BG and she can go 4 hrs before needing t/b chgd (unless she poops). I also got some hemp inserts from Green Acre Designs (GAD) and add that to the other 2 inserts and use them for her and DS (3yo) for nighttime. I've been doing this for about a month and it's going great! I got mine from a WAHM in Oswego: www.teenibanini.com. Tell her Jen Stahl referred you! Best of luck and good on ya for changing to CD! (Oh, and the BG is a one-size diaper that c/b used on a kid up to about 31 lbs! so you don't hv to buy diff szs!)
G.M. answers from Chicago on March 14, 2008
Look no further! I have been cloth diapering since 1996! I have four children, youngest in diapers, and I have used 9 different kinds of diapers and 12 different kinds of covers. I know what works best! I am usually not so direct, but I do know my diapers...
The only diapers and covers I can wholeheartedly recommend are the Motherease brand diapers and covers.
I have used so many different kinds; pre-folds, all-in-ones, pocket diapers, velcro covers, snaps, etc. These diapers and covers can be trusted for any outing and during the night. Disposables do not match up! The Sandy's are my personal favorites because the have elastic in the legs and around the waist, so they contain the messiest of diaper mess. The covers are breathable, waterproof and cute and top of the coverage. They're awesome, and they last forever, so you can use them for future babies.
They put up with wet pail or dry pail method. I have used both. Any other questions, just let me know.
I have used kiss-a-luvs by the way. They are so yummy, cute and fluffy when you first get them, but alas they don't stay that way, and the snaps don't keep the diaper as secure as the Motherease ones.
I can give you honest reviews of some others if you'd like. I'm sure there are other systems that people like, but for exclusive cloth diapering Motherease is the best by far.
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E.S. answers from Chicago on March 14, 2008
Hi. My daughter is turning one next week. She's been in cloth since the beginning. I use mostly the regular old prefolds. I have a few of those snappi closures. It's very easy. I have about 20 of those. I have 5 kissaluvs because my mother-in-law loves them. She watches my daughter two days a week and really can't do the snappi well. I have 4 covers and that is usually enough to wash every other day. (Sometimes I have to wash the covers out at night.) I have a bum genius which I really like - I have also tried fuzi bunz but they leaked a bit.
As long as you don't get addicted to buying cute new diapers, cloth diapering is not only better for the environment but much cheaper.
I also highly recommend the mini shower. It took a couple of times to figure out how to get the poop off without getting the surrounding areas in the bathroom wet - it doesn't take long to figure that out. I've gone to disposables at night which I feel pretty guilty about but she just stays drier for the 12 hours or so she sleeps.
I found the class at Be By Baby to be a helpful introduction to cloth diapering.
D.B. answers from Decatur on March 13, 2008
I have been toying with the idea of cloth diapering for a long time. I still am and I know I just need to try them for a while and see if it works for me. I found this
and I think I am going to do it. It seems like a great way to "get your feet wet". For only $10 you can decide if you like cloth diapering AND decide which kinds work best for you.
C.S. answers from Chicago on March 13, 2008
I used fuzzy buns for a very short time. I just couldn't keep up with everything, so I let cloth diapering go. My friend uses plain old fashion cloth diapers though. She tried the fuzzy bunz, but said they didn't last as long between changes as the old fashion kind. I'd recommend just buying a few of the kind you decide on to start with. That way you can try them for awhile, before spending a lot of money on a bunch.
J.C. answers from Chicago on March 14, 2008
I used cloth diapers with my daughter, but just the regular prefolds. I did not like the liners I bought. They seemed like one more step to put in and take out.
Mothering Magazine (which you can buy at Whole Foods or read at most libraries) had a very comprehensive article in the last issue about cloth diaper choices. I wish I knew about all the options before I bought my prefolds.
S.D. answers from Chicago on March 14, 2008
I find that Fuzzi Bunz are the best cloth diapers and have been using them since Jack was born (now he is about three months). They are pocket diapers so you put an insert or two in (if you need more absorbancy) and then wash it all when the diaper gets soiled. Depending on the size of the baby you will either use smalls or mediums- smalls are up to 15 pounds. They are an investment but in the end are much better for the baby and much cheaper than disposables. Research shows that if you use disposable diapers, the diapering cost per child is around 2800-3500 (depending on what type of diapers you use- generic v. brand name, and where you buy them- Jewel v. Costco). For example, the cost that I paid for cloth diapers (fuzzi bunz, abour $18 each + tax and I have 24 of each size- small and med.) was around $900 plus you can use them if you have more children or resell them if you don't plan too. If you are interested, I actually have a website where I can get a discount, so they are more like $15 each. I do laundry of the diapers every other day and they are very easy. The other nice thing about fuzzi bunz is no rolling, leading or need for additional plastic diapers, it is as easy as a disposable. Let me know if I can help you out with any of this. I did a lot of research and took several classes so I have a ton of info! Sam
J.R. answers from Chicago on March 14, 2008
I just started using cloth on my 13 month daughter. We use bottoms up diaper service with velcro covers for about 15 dollars a week. No need to rinse or wash, just pop them in the diaper genie and the service picks up and drops off once a week. So far so good! Good luck!
P.G. answers from Chicago on March 14, 2008
I used cloth diapers for my first-born son for about 10 months (altho we used disposables when we were out. That was 12 years ago and now there are even more choices for the pants that one wears over the diapers. I was glad to help out the environment. I applaud you for even looking into it.