Cost is probably the number one reason parents make the switch from disposable diapers to cloth diapers. But, the start up costs for cloth diapers can be very intimidating.
However, there are many ways to begin using cloth diapers on a modest budget. One smart system is Hiney Lineys.
What is the Hiney Liney Diapering System?? click for pictorial
When my daughter was 8 mos old, I started experimenting with different diapers because she was dealing with eczema. I felt like she needed a stay dry layer to help with the eczema. I started using pocket diapers, but I didn’t like that I couldn’t reuse anything and had to wash the whole thing each time.
This is where Hiney Lineys was born! I wanted to use my prefolds and covers, but have the stay dry layer. I started cutting out rectangles of fleece, but it just bunched and shifted. What a pain! So, I designed the stay dry layer to attach to the cover. The final version includes gathered legs and back portions on the stay dry Liney. The gathered areas help contain messes.
The stay dry Liney with gathered legs and back portions, will snap into our Versa cover. Our Versa system comes in 3 sizes. Newborn will fit up to 15 pounds, the popular One-Size fits 12-35 pounds, and our Big Kid size fits 30-60 pounds!!
What if you are not a prefold user and desire something a little more done-for-you and still cost effective?
Hiney Lineys has an option for that as well. Behind the stay-dry liner are snaps to attach a soaker pad made up of 18 layers of Indian cotton.
This soaker + liner combo is, in a sense, the “diaper”. When you go to change your child you will simply remove the “diaper” and snap in a new “diaper”. Of course, for convenience you will want to have a pre-assembled Hiney Lineys ready to go, alternating between 2 covers at each change.
For those like myself that have amassed a huge collection of pocket inserts, you can also use these by laying them under the Liney.
Let’s talk numbers now.
How many Hiney Lineys will you need?
We will go with 24 cloth diapers for our stash.
If you purchase 24 one-sized Made in the USA pocket cloth diapers at $16 each that would cost you $384.
Compare that to a Hiney Lineys Complete Starter kit that includes 8 Versa covers, 24 Lineys and 24 snap-in soakers for $350.
If you already have prefolds then your cost just went down even more.
Below is a chart comparison of various priced pocket diapers.
Hiney Lineys is a great system to take with you when you need to travel light. It is much easier to pack 12-18 soakers than it is 12-18 stuffed pockets.
Our family is going to a family camp with our church this weekend and I plan on taking my Versa cover to use with Flip inserts. If the cover gets soiled it is easy to wash up due to the smooth vinyl interior.
Here are a few things I really like about Hiney Lineys:
- Wide velcro tabs. If I am going to use a velcro diaper it must have wide generously sized tabs. This makes it easier to fasten and unfasten and decreases the chances of it coming undone accidentally.
- Fully hidden snaps. I appreciate that Hiney Lineys put thought into where to place the snaps for the Liney.
- Colors. I’m a sucker for yellow and brown. I love that they chose a brown hook and loop closure to give them a slightly different look than other cloth diapers.
- Fit. Snug in all places, no gaps. Crossover tabs allow for a good fit on skinny babies.
- Versatility. I can use the Versa cover over fitteds, flats, prefolds or disposable inserts.
- Made in the USA.
- Big kid sizing!! This is awesome! I get dozens of comments and emails asking for recommendations for their special needs child or bed-wetting elementary aged child or just for the off-the-growth-charts toddler.
I’ve always heard that if your child poops in a cloth diaper every time they wear it, it means they like it…well, Camden must LOVE his Hiney Lineys.
If you have tried Hiney Lineys let me know in the comments.