I am just starting to research cloth diapering, and this post has been a HUGE help! Your website is great!!
I’ve been trying to convince my husband why we should do it before our daughter was born, and now that our disposables are running out from the shower, I think it’s time to try again.
I have a couple questions for you before I bombard him with loads of information.
1. I have it narrowed down to 3 systems- pockets, hybrids, or all-in-2?s- and I just don’t know which would be best for our situation. I’m a WAHM so we don’t go out too much (we only have one car), but in the summer we are campers. She also is babysat by my parents and my husband’s parents from time to time, and we want something that’s fairly easy for them as well. We definitely need something that’s good for night time because she pees a LOT!
2. How well do the one-sized diapers really fit? My daughter is 7 months, and just about 18 pounds. How often would I have to buy sized ones if we went that route?
3. Do you use a pail for home and a wet bag for travel? Or can a wet bag be used in the home as well? I know this one sounds kind of silly, but it’s all brand new to me! Which do you prefer for home and which for light travel (like when you do errands)?
4. What brand of actual diapers do you prefer? I like sylish patterns, but they’re not necessary. I’m also on a budget, so what’s the best deal?
Thank you so much in advance! Again, this has been a huge help with the research I’m trying to do to convince him
Hi, Bailey! Convincing our husbands can be a hard task. Thankfully, in almost every case, in the end they’re thanking us for finding a healthy, environmentally friendly, budget saving alternative to disposable diapers!
The 3 systems you have narrowed it down to are all excellent and easy to use. We, too, are campers and I have used each of these systems in the wilderness.
Personally, the all-in-two/hybrid system was an easier one to use when camping and traveling.
My favorite hybrid system is Flip by BumGenius. Why?
- Cover is easy to rinse and quick to dry.
- Disposable inserts are absorbent, soft, lowest SAP levels, adjustable and when doubled up works at night.
- Stay dry cloth inserts are absorbent.
- Best fitting cover among hybrid systems.
Flip is a one-sized system which is great for adjusting based on which insert you are using or as baby grows.
Most of the time a one-sized diaper is a great choice. The only exceptions are if your child outgrows them before potty training. Some one-sized diapers do run short in the rise which can be very frustrating for parents hoping to not buy more diapers.
Again, most of the time a one-sized diaper works great. Check out the post The Life Expectancy of a One Sized Cloth Diaper.
I like sized diapers for their simplicity. No snaps to worry about popping open or leg elastic that needs adjusting. Fuzzi Bunz Perfect size are one of my favorite sized pockets. With Fuzzi Bunz the medium is generously sized allowing it to fit your child for most of their diapering months.
As far as nighttime cloth diapering, you have a couple of options. Here are 2 I like to recommend:
- Pockets are great for night because you can add hemp doublers to really amp up the absorbency.
- Fitteds like Pooters Hemp fitted with a gussetted cover like SweetPea Diaper covers or Thirsties.
Whether I am at home or out I use a wet bag for storing dirty diapers. I have amassed a ridiculous collection and I blame it fully on the amazing design of Monkey Foot Designs wet bags. I have tried at least a dozen different brands of wet bags or pail liners and none compare.
Monkey Foot Designs wet bags are available in a variety of sizes…I have many in each size and use them for every need.
What do I currently use?
As of this weekend I have boxed up ALL my unused cloth diapers to send to a good friend soon to have her 4th child.
I filled the empty space in my wooden chest with BumGenius Freetime AIO, Ragababe AIO, itti bitti AIO, Rumparooz (for night) and Fuzzi Bunz Perfect size pockets. But, really I only use the first 2 brands.
I like a cute diaper as well but simplicity and performance are more important. BumGenius colors are the best I’ve seen overall in a brand, especially the new ones.
Another brand that I love is Cutiepoops. She has cute prints and her one-sized diapers are budget friendly.
If you want the best deal, you would go with a Made In China, massed produced pocket like Sun Baby. Never used them myself but many of my readers email me saying they love them. I guess if you get burned the good news is you didn’t spend much :)
I hope that helps ease you into cloth diapers! If you need more ammo to convince husband show him the info found in the Why Choose Cloth Diapers category.
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