MY RECOMMENDATIONS + Reviews

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I have added links to reviews of most of the recommended items as many have requested.  Lists have been updated based on what I have found to be the best products. All of these have and do work for me but they may not work for you!

Some products are listed in multiple categories. If you don’t see a review link in one category it may be in another.

I’ve added an * next to my favorites. Click here for my full Reviews category.

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BUDGET:

Best Bottoms

Cutiepoops

Diaper Rite

*Flip: review

*Kawaii Diapers: review

Ones & Twos (best priced one size AIO combined with good fit)

Pooters

TRIMNESS:

Blueberry (Swaddlebees) Simplex: review

*Bum Genius Organic AIO: review

Bumware Extreme AIO: review

Orange Diaper Co bamboo terry squares

Peachy Green AIO

Thirsties Duo Diaper

NIGHTTIME:

Flip: review

*Kawaii Goodnight Heavy Wetter: review

Pooters : review

*Rumparooz: review

Sugar Peas Windpro Fleece cover

*Sustainablebabyish bamboo fitted: review or Snapless Multi: review

Sustainablebabyish knit wool: review

Thirsties Fab Fitted

NEWBORN:

Compilation review and Updated review

*Blueberry Newborn Simplex (formerly Swaddlebees)

Peachy Baby one sized: review

Proraps for Newborns: review

Ragababe AIO

Ragababe Size 0

*Sustainablebabyish bamboo fitteds: review

Sweet Pea Diapers Cover: review

COVERS:

Proraps: review

Sugar Peas Windpro Fleece

*Sweetpea : review

Thirsties: review

POCKETS:

Bum Genius 4.0: review of Artist Series

*Charlie Banana: review

Fuzzi Bunz Perfect size

*Rumparooz: review

Tiny Tush Elite

ALL IN ONES/ALL IN TWOS:

BumGenius Freetime: review

Moraki AIO: review

Peachy Baby one sized: review

*Ragababe AIO (If you can get your hands on these BUY THEM!)

Thirsties DUO AIO: review

FLATS AND PREFOLDS:

*Orange Diaper Co bamboo terry squares

OsoCozy Stay Dry “Better Fit” prefolds

CLOTH WIPES:

Compilation review of 4 brands

Charlie Banana (there are 2 types, i prefer the thinner ones)

*Ragababe (thin, easy to use)

Sloomb (awesome bamboo terry. thick)

*Thirsties Fab Wipes: review

VERSATILITY:

Flip: review

Softbums: review and OMNI launch

TushMate: review

WETBAGS:

PlanetWise

*Monkey Foot Designs (far superior in performance, longevity and quality than any other brand): review

DETERGENT:

review of detergents I’ve used

*Country Save

*Purex (favorite of mine in hard and soft water)

Rockin Green

*Tide (Jenn’s Favorite): review

PAIL LINERS:

Kissaluvs Anti-bacterial Pail Liner: review

*Rumparooz Pail Liner

DIAPER RASH CREAMS:

List of CD safe Rash Creams

Bee All Natural Diaper Rash Salve

*Earth Momma Angel Baby Bottom Balm: review

Grandma El’s – contains gluten so I no longer use but still recommend

*Hiney Honey Creme by Scarlet’s Naturals: review

MotherLove Diaper Rash and Thrush Ointment: review

“The” BALM!

CLOTH DIAPERS FOR DADS:

Check out this post Cloth Diapers Dads Will Love for some recommendations.


454 Responses to “MY RECOMMENDATIONS + Reviews”

  1. Sunny Says:

    Does a one-size, all-in-one cloth diaper exist? I am new to this and wondering if you have to choose either one-size pocket diapers or all-in-one dipaers with multiple sizes?

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  2. Angela Says:

    Hi, just wondering what you think about g diapers sold at Babies R Us. Thanks!

    Reply

  3. Amanda Says:

    Hi! Great website! I am finding a lot of good information here. Thank you! It makes it nice that a REAL person has recommendations on here.

    Question – (sorry if this was already asked/answered) I see that you have listed information for cloth diapering on a budget (which my husband and I severely are), is there a cloth diaper website that would be good to start a gift registry on? We are being given a lot of used baby stuff and so I thought maybe I’d bulk up the registry with cloth diapering, but the stores I am reg. at (walmart & Target) don’t have much.

    Thanks!!

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  4. Robin Says:

    I am going to be a new mom and very interested in cloth diapering. I have registered for some Flip and Softbums, which I am very excited about. However, I was wondering when you were going to post your review on Charlie Banana? Several easily accessible store are starting to carry them, making them easier to register for. Also, what are your thoughts on Econobum? Lastly, do the various soakers seem to be interchangeable? Thank you!

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      By soakers do you mean inserts? Yes they are mostly interchangeable. Obviously, a large sized insert will be bulky in a small pocket but the adjustable-sized inserts work in any pocket.

      Haven’t tried Econobums but have heard that they’re good for the price. Covers are thin.

      Charlie Banana= good product. Nice fit. Not a lot different than a Fuzzi Bunz. I don’t like a front pocket.

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  5. leah Says:

    Autumn,
    Thank you for you site! It has been such a help. A friend and I who cloth diaper are both having issues finding diapers with high enough rises. My LO was fits great in size large Fuzzi Bunz but when he sits in a medium FB there’s some plumber action going on! He’s only 8 months. I am wondering if you know what diapers will be best for long babies? I’ve read Happy Heineys (sp?) have a 20in rise so I’m thinking of trying those. Ragababe AIO larges fit great right now, but I’d prefer pockets. I love using cloth but I’m so scared I’ll be stuck with large covers and prefolds by potty training. I know he’s suppose to starting slimming down with crawling but he’s going to be pretty tall I think! Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      Bum Genius have a longer rise as do Kawaii Baby. Happy Heiny’s are a great pocket. I used them with my oldest son. Check out rediaper.com for used cloth diapers to try out.

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  6. Hann Says:

    Hi,
    I am expecting my 1st child and am new to cloth diapers. I love your recommendations. Do you have any suggestions of how many to buy and which ones you would start with? Based on your list above, I assume having a variety for different circumstances would probably work well.

    Thanks :)

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  7. Heid M Says:

    Will you be doing a top 10 of 2010? Like you did for 2009. I would love this!

    Reply

  8. Kerri Says:

    I am looking into what cloth diapers to go with for our first baby. I am looking at the Flip Diapers and was just wondering if there was any major/minor downfalls to this brand? It is a really good price and I am leaning towards the style that is not an insert where you have to wash both the cover and insert each time. So this one looks good because it’s a good price and you really only have to wash the insert everytime not insert and cover, correct? Any feedback or information you can give me on this brand to confirm this brand or lean me towards another brand?

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      minor downfalls: not the greatest at containment with runny poo, elastic stretches out more than other brands.

      i recommend flip because the cover is easily washed in the sink if soiled, good price and can be used day or night.

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  9. Tara Says:

    Autumn,
    I love your site! I just have a uestion. I am so close to giving up on cloth diapering. Every single diaper I have leaks through. I put my daughter in fuzzibunz stuffed with their insert as well as a gdiaper insert…it leaks through. I got softbums and that leaks through at the gussets. Bumgenius pockets and AIOs leak. Thirsties will leak simply because the stuffing inside shifts (plus I wish they were less work). Flips are OK, but the insert isn’t enough for all night. I have also tried Grovia…that leaks too. I give my daughter 6 ounces of milk before she goes to sleep (nap or at night….we don’t like that we do this, but we can’t get her out of the habit and due to other conditions doc just says let it go for a bit). We do have a high efficiency front loader and I add very little detergent (TIDE). Most of her leaks are up at her tummy. I strip constantly. The pee is actually absorbing into the diaper, it is just going through. What on earth should I do? Is CDing not for me?

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      When you use Flip are you using 2 inserts? Are you folding them down in the front? This is what I do for Sterling. She’s just peeing a LOT so that’s why you have leaks. Also, look into the SuperDo 2G insert to pair with the FB insert.

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      • Tara Says:

        Thank you. And thank you for all of your hard work, I really appreciate it! It is nice to have someone around who knows so much about CDing!

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  10. Katie Says:

    Autumn…

    What are your opinions on gDiapers? They seem like the perfect fit for me and so user friendly for daddy to be.. but I havent seen your reviews and I have seen just as much negative as positive…

    help?

    Reply

    • Autumn Beck Says:

      I don’t like the fit of gDiapers nor do I like having a snap in shell followed by adding the absorbent layer. I did have a guest blogger write about gDiapers once. Click on the Hybrid category and check out the video comparing different hybrids. Personally, any diaper that you prep can be daddy friendly. A pocket ready to go is great.

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  11. Mona G. Says:

    I know I’m going to sound like so many of the other moms who have written, but I’m still really unsure of what path to take. I really like the BumGenius 4.0, but you’ve said that you prefer the Elementals over the 4.0. What is the difference? Also, I’m thinking of also going with pre-folded and covers- do you have a preference for these?
    Thanks for any peace of mind you can offer- With the baby due in one week I’m a little panicked!

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  12. Christina R Says:

    Hi Autumn – Need some help from a “pro” because I’m at a loss on my overnight diapering system. I’m a bG 4.0 user, with some bG 3.0s and a few Happy Heinys thrown in the mix. Over the past month or so my 2.5 yr old toddler has been leaking consistently. And by leaking I mean her PJ top and bottom and bedding are all really wet. I’ve tried 2 regular bG soakers, a regular bG soaker with 2 bG newborn (doubler) soakers, and recently bought a couple Thirsties Hemp Inserts to try. Even with the hemp (using 1 with a bG soaker, 2 hemp together, and 2 hemp with a bG soaker) she’s still leaking. The diapers are soaked, so it’s not an issue of non-absorbancy. I’m not a fan/proponent of denying her milk/liquids before bed, which I know some would say is the answer…I’m just trying to find a solution that will allow her to drink her milk and wake up dry, will save me from washing her sheets everyday or getting up in the middle of the night for a diaper change, and can hopefully not cost me a lot of money since I’m “hoping” potty training will be happening soon. Any help/advice you have would be greatly appreciated!!

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      Pooters are extremely affordable. They are a hep fitted, you could use one of your pocket diapers as a cover. Also check out my recent post on Sustatainablebabyish snapless-multi fitteds.

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  13. Heidi Meier Says:

    What pockets are better Rumparooz or BG 4.0?

    Thanks!

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      Rumparooz: lower rise, poop scoop, cute prints
      BG 4.0: higher rise, stretchy tabs

      Both are great. I’d get one of each (now’s a great time with Black Friday discounts) and try them out.

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  14. Annjanette Says:

    Whats better… Bum genius 4.0 or elemantals???

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  15. Heid M Says:

    Hi Autumn!

    Love your site. I am looking for diaper solutions for my 10 month daughter who is a super soaker and all night feeder. Is there a system you recommend for both day and night? Or, am I better off doing something for day and then, something entirely different at night. So far we only have pockets (rumparooz and used ones at that, fuzzi bunz and bg 3.0) with trying to stuff hemp, zorb and microfiber). May be we need to resort to fitteds and wools at night. Any additional suggestions?

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      I’d try fitteds and wool for night. Pooters are affordable and come in hemp and bamboo. Sustainablebabyish are a bit better fitting as they are a sized diaper. For a wool cover you could go to the thrift store and get a nice, thick, soft wool sweater to make some longies out of. Or you could buy a cover (check the covers category for recommendations).

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  16. Josie Says:

    I am trying to use your advice and not to get too overwhelmed with all of this. But of course as I hear that my baby is coming early (maybe in two weeks!) I am getting a little panicked!:) I think prefolds and covers seem the most simple to me. Proraps look very affordable. But I have also found a great deal for Real Nappies on Amazon. Do you know anything about these? I was just going to get the covers and then my own prefolds (not the kit) and wonder if they will be compatable. Thank you for the awesome website!

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  17. Heid M Says:

    Every time I research I get confused. I have a super soaker and would prefer a streamlined stash. She is 10 months. What do you recommend? I’m a better off doing one type for day and another at night?

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    • Heidi M Says:

      I should add that I just feel like I keep trying things and they are not working and then, I feel like I just wasted money. But, may be that is how it works tell you find the right stuff.

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      Sometimes it’s just easier to have nighttime diapers.

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  18. Danielle Says:

    Hello, I just stumbled on this website and am in need for some serious help. I really want to get my 8 month old into cloth diaper but am feeling a bit overwhelmed with all the choices. Could you please recommend a couple and what do you recommend as far as disposable insert or regular inserts? I’ve heard Bumgenius is great? What about G diapers? Any suggestions would be extremely helpful. Thank you.

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      For simplicity I’d go with one of my pocket recommendations. They seem to be the best entry level diaper for most parents. Disposable inserts: GroVia or Flip.

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  19. Jaclyn Bishop Says:

    I guess my biggest dilemma is decided between RaR and BumGenius. Which have you found or heard is a better all around diaper?

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  20. Jaclyn Bishop Says:

    Autumn!
    Ok I have read through your site several times now trying to get a feel for what I am about to take on. Most of the people I have heard from use bumgenius, 12-16 diapers, and love them. I am not too concerned with cost as it works out cheaper than diapers and I am not one to get grossed out, but I do want an efficient diaper. I like the AIO concept, but I don’t want anything that will leak on me at night. Baby #1 isn’t due until the end of January, but I just want an idea of how I should kick off the venture. Any suggestions? I like what I am hearing about bumgenius, but after reading softbums and ragababe I am not too sure. What do you think?

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      BG Elementals are not a nighttime diaper. BG 4.0s can be but they’re a pocket. I love the Elementals but if you want one system to use day or night I’d go with the 4.0s. Softbums are awesome too. I love the strong aplix tabs and the toggle adjustment. I prefer a pocket or aio over a hybrid.

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  21. Natasha Says:

    hi there. i have a 21 month old son who is using the motherease one size diaper and airflow covers. we are expecting a new baby in july. the problem is that my husband wants to go with disposables for about a week or so because he does not want to rince off maconium filled cloth diapers and i want to start out with cloth instead. we are having the family buy the diapers for my baby shower and want to be as economical as possible with them. should i go with the motherease sized sandy’s system? or should i go with an even cheaper diaper? i was thinking of the rainforest diapers. we are having the baby in a birth center, so we will be able to use cloth from day one if i can manage to convince dh to use them instead of nasty disposables. we have 25 one size diapers. how many of the sized ones should i ask for? i do not see ds pting before lo 2 gets here.

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      i’d buy used newborn diapers or use a newborn cloth diaper rental program. kissaluvs are affordable and work great for newborns.

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      • Natasha Says:

        thanks so much autumn. i looked at the kissaluvs website and found that the contour diapers are the cheapest for either our budget, or other peoples. my only problem is that i am wondering how to use these because i am not used to this type of diaper. do i have to fold the front to fit a newborn? also what about meconium? should i just get diaper liners or does it come out of these diapers easily? i have no idea because my dh dealt with ds’s meconium phase with disposables first time around. and i would rather like to avoid those icky chemicals this time, while at the same time making diapering as easy as possible for dh.

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        • Autumn Beck Says:

          no the contours don’t have to be folded. it is very thin and needs to be changed very often. meconium isn’t a problem, although everyone seems to say it is. my husband (he does the cloth diaper laundry the first 3 wks or so) just washes them like normal.

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  22. Jessica Says:

    I have been using sustainablebabyish fitteds per your recommendation–I noticed that they recommend using Ecover detergent and Ecover fabric softener. Have you tried either. I am particularly curious about the fabric softener b/c it seems like they are losing their softness after multiple washes. I also use Kissas and BG Elementals, so I guess that I would have to separate them out if I used the fabric softener. Thanks for sharing your experiences.

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      Ecover fabric softener can be used on fitteds, prefolds and any diaper with a non-synthetic inner (microfleece, suede cloth). Are you using PUL covers? You could separate those out.

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  23. kedada Says:

    Hi Autumn,
    do you have any idea when your Charlie Banana Diaper review will post? I will cloth diaper for the first time in February with baby#3 and I am so confused. I had 20%off coupons plus gift cards so I purchased packages of small and medium sized. Just to get a feel for them, I tried one of each on my chunky bellied 25lb, 15 month old. To my surprise, the small fit (barely) better than the medium. Both sizes seem to be very tight under the belly area. The diapers are not for him but I wanted to get an idea of how they would fit my unborn whose also a boy. If the new baby is chunky bellied, how important is the rise of the diaper. All of my children have been in the 9lb range at birth so I’m thinking I may need more medium /larges as opposed to another box of smalls. I have enough gift cars to purchase 2 more 6packs but I really do not know if I should get medium, large, or one size. What do you think?
    Thanks

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      Sterling has a size small and he is at the very end of it. He is about 25ish lbs and 20m old. Very long and thin. I don’t know what the mediums look like but they probably wouldn’t give you a tight enough fit even on a 9lber. You may be safest with the one-sized.

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  24. Heather Says:

    I have used the blueberry coveralls on my newborn- although he was 9 lb at birth but lanky. They are bulky but they didn’t leak. I think the key with them is that they have double gussets at the legs which helped. Flips (which I LOVE) are great from about 10 or 11 lbs and up, the leg holes just didnt get small enough for thin newborn legs.
    For nighttime we just use hemp inserts plus a prefold and that usually works if they aren’t nursing all night. But I recommend changing every time you nurse/give bottle.

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  25. Heather Says:

    First off, I want to say THANKS! This website is obviously a labor of love and contains a wealth of information. I am expecting my first child in May 2011 and have absolutely made the choice to use cloth diapers. I have been through your entire site and have a few questions. I like the idea of the AIO/AI2 systems that can grow with the baby (ie OS fits all). But I notice that most of these systems don’t really accomodate newborns.
    1. Is there a good OS system that fits newborns too? I looked at Bum Genius and Rumparooz and they both seem like great systems but I think they’re a bit big for newbies?
    2. If there’s no good OS system than it looks like I need a newborn system and a second system as my baby gets bigger. I loked at Lil Joeys for newborns but wondered if the new Rumparooz G2′s would actually be ok for a newborn (xsml setting fits 6.5lb +)?
    3. If I go with Bum Genius, do I also need a nighttime system too?
    4.If I go with Rumparooz are they a good nightime diaper if you add more padding in the pocket?
    5. Do Rumparooz need a cover?

    I can’t thank you enough for providing your time and expertise on this subject!!!

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      1. Softbums fit newborns.
      2. I have not tried the RaR on a newborn. I have used one at a few weeks and they worked great. They may be bulkier but if you are going to buy some for when baby is bigger I’d buy them early and try them from the beginning.
      3. If you mean Bum Genius 4.0 then no you don’t necessarily need a separate nighttime system. It will depend on your baby and how much they pee. Some babies can only use a hemp or bamboo fitted for nighttime.
      4. Yes, excellent nighttime diaper.
      5. No, Rumparooz do not need a cover.

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  26. Margie Says:

    Hi,
    I didn’t see any reviews on Swaddlebees in your blog. Have you tried their pocket diapers? My friend gave me one small one that she had in her stash and it seems so soft. Would it be worth buying some more? I have a two week old and am using all x-small Bum G 3.0. I am trying to get my collection together for when he outgrows them. Thanks for the heads up on the Organic Bum Genius AIO. I have heard from other moms that they love them too!

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      are you referring to the econappi or sidesnapping swaddlebees? i have not tried econappies. the others run small, that’s the only thing i remember (it’s been about 3 years). i love bg elementals and bg 4.0s. can’t really go wrong with either of them.

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  27. LaNita Says:

    Planet is a great detergent! I get it from Whole Foods for about $12.00! 1/4 cup and clean flats every time!

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  28. Melissa Montani Says:

    FLIP
    I was a complete fan of this entire system for 6 months…LOVED it! Now they leak constantly. I have tried stripping both type of inserts, they leak so often I want to throw them all away. I am using cloth on my third and final child. She will be turning one next week. I am not looking to build a large stash of diapers, if I throw these away I will be starting over with only a year or so to go…. (almost I have ordered a few hemp/bamboo fitteds and some wool covers). Has anyone else had leaking issues after 6 months? What should I do? Replace the inserts or the covers?

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      Have you mistakenly used fabric softener or dryer sheets? What type of detergent are you using? I would soak in Rockin Green Hard Rock or RLR. Or wash in SUPER hot water (crank up the hot water heater then remember to turn it down ;) )

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      • Melissa Says:

        I soaked in Rockin Green and solved my leaking issue!!! Thank you so much, I love them again… Or did now they do not leak but once my daughter pees they smell awful, burn my nose like ammonia. I read other posts that Rockin green helps this smell.. Could it have caused it? My organic and microfiber inserts both smell after one pee and it is burning her bottom. Should I boil them, bleach….help please,

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        • Autumn Beck Says:

          boiling would be best. the hot water will release the detergent that may have built up while you were fixing the leaking problem. you could also up the water heater and do several very hot rinses.

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    • Elizabeth Says:

      It sounds more like a detergent build up problem than a problem with the inserts themselves. About every 6 months or so I boil my inserts to try to break down/strip out build up. I use a large pot and do a few at a time, boiling for 10 min. Then I pour the contents of the pot (water and all) into my washer. By the time I’ve done all my inserts I’ve filled it enough to wash. I let it soak a bit and run it through. It’s worked really well for me so far. You’ll know that’s the problem when you see soap bubbles in your water!

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  29. Lisa Says:

    I am due in February and I planning on using cloth diapers. Have you ever tried/heard of gdiapers? Also I like the idea of the one size fits all, but am curious about the bulk it might add to the diaper with a young baby. Do the one size really scale up and down easily?
    Thanks!

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      do a search for gdiapers on the blog. i was not a fan but a guest author wrote about her experience. if you want a one-size diaper check out Softbums. there are a ton of one-size diapers that are great. i use bum genius elementals and love them.

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  30. angela Says:

    I didn’t see anything mentioned about Fuzzibunz. I’ve heard so many good things about them, but have read a couple negative reveiws online. What is your take?

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      There isn’t anything wrong with them necessarily. Many, many moms use them. I wasn’t a big fan of the one-size and haven’t tried the sized ones in a few years. I don’t think you’d go wrong with buying a couple to try :)

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  31. Diana Says:

    Hi I too am about to start my journey with cloth diapers after lots of researching I’m thinking i will really like Rumparooz. I will have 3 boys in diapers age nb-2.5 chunky and skinny. Just wondering if they will be good all around diaper one size? i noticed it was only on your list under night time.

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      Diana, I think it would be a great diaper to use for all. Softbums might be better. I have it listed as a pocket recommendation ;)

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  32. kedada Says:

    Hi Again,
    a few days ago, I posted a question regarding Charlie Banana Diapers. I never received a response so I’d like to repost. I’m almost a 3 time mom, but first time cloth diaper user. I’m in needed of a high quality, non-velcro, easy to use diaper as this baby will be in the daycare environment. After reading opinions on many sites regarding various brands, I settled on this brand. I know there’s no concrete information on long term use but I’d like to try them out. Have you used them or know of anyone who has? I tend to have 8 1/2 to 10lb babies. I need to know if I should skip the small and purchase 12medium/12 one size? Also, Do you know how I may order the prints as opposed to all solids? Any input is appreciated.
    Thanks,
    kedada

    Reply

    • Autumn Beck Says:

      I have a Charlie Banana review coming up. I have a small for my 18m old 22lb son. He’s at the end of it’s size limit though. So, no I would not skip the smalls. I haven’t seen prints just the solids. I’d go with solids until you read reviews on whether or not it wicks.

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      • kedada Says:

        Thanks Autumn.
        Looks like I’ll stick with the small/medium combo. I’d never heard the term wick before now. I did some research last night and now understand what it is and why prints vs solids make a difference. I’m also hearing diapers react differently in various climates. I’m in hot-Dallas so now I have to figure out which hold up better in this climate. I’ll be looking out for that review. Thanks Again.

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  33. kedada Says:

    Hi Autumn,
    I’d like to try cloth diapers with my 3rd child (due in Feb). I’m leaning toward the new Charlie Banana brand since I’m hearing they are a good all around diaper. I plan to get the sized (mediums and smalls) to start with. Have you heard of these? If so, do you know where I can order the print ones? I’ve only seen the basic colors at amazon and babiesrus?

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  34. Jessica Says:

    Autumn, I have a 2 week old newborn who is forcing me to go to cloth diapers a little sooner than I was planning to b/c he keeps peeing out of the disposables. I think the problem is that he has a very skinny waist and thighs so the diapers aren’t tight enough to hold in the pee (he pees out the back somehow). That’s my best guess anyway. I had already purchased some of the bum genius elemental diapers but they seem like they are going to be too big on him at this point. I have read your recommendations for newborns and your post about skinny babies and ordered some kissaluvs organic cotton/hemp fitteds in size 0, Lil Joeys, and sustainablebabyish fitteds size xs with thirsties covers. Do you have any other suggestions to try for a skinny newborn? I can’t wait to have him stop peeing everywhere! Thanks!

    Reply

    • Autumn Beck Says:

      you are going to love all that you bought! mutts, goodmamas and little boppers are great newborn fitteds as well.

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  35. Nicole Says:

    Autumn have you heard of Luv Your Baby diapers? (this is their website, so I assume it is also the brand) Anyway, they are VERY affordable, I’m just not sure of their quality and how they perform. I suppose at that price I might as well give them a try. I can’t seem to find reviews anywhere though.

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  36. Edel Says:

    Hi, I’m due in January and want to use cloth diapers (we used sposies for our first). But frankly, I’m completely overwhelmed with all the choices. I want to do a prefolds/fitted with covers system plus some hybrid diapers. I want to do prefolds and proraps for the newborn stage. I’ve also considered weehuggers and thirsties duo covers but am not sure if they fit a newborn. I definitely want to get the pooters one-size fitteds; do they fit a newborn? I like the idea of the Flip system too. With wool covers, do you recommend the aristocrats, little beehinds wool wraps, or the little to big little beetle wool cover? What are some wool covers that are trim and can I use wool covers almost exclusively or should they be used only at night or when I’m home?

    Would you buy a couple of each or have a stash of mostly the same things? Is there anything that I mentioned that you would not buy, and which ones would you recommend? Anything I’m missing?

    Sorry for overloading you with questions but I really need some help in figuring this out. Thanks!

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      1) Proraps are great. Prefolds can be great if you have patience (there can be a learning curve) and if you realize that some babies don’t like to feel wetness. I have had a couple that could really care less if they feel wet :P
      2) I’ve seen pictures of Weehuggers and Thirsties Duo size 1 on tiny babies.
      3) Pooters should fit a newborn just fine :) I’ll be trying mine out on the new baby in December.
      4) Wool: I have a Little to Big Little Beetle cover for the baby (currently using it on Sterling), I also like interlock soakers. Woollybottoms has some that are cute. There are tons of WAHMs that sell interlock wool soakers: Muggabug, Luxe Baby, Wild Child Woolies…those are all vendors on http://www.hyenacart.com
      5) You can use wool exclusively. Wool does need to be lanolinized which is a process where you add the lanolin back to the wool to make it “waterproof”.
      6) In the beginning you’ll want to have some of many different brands and systems. You won’t know what will work best for your baby until he/she is here and you know more about them :)

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  37. Elliot's mom Says:

    I agree, I just discovered the world of prefolds/inserts w. covers. I love the versatility of the system. You can wipe out the cover and reuse them more then once, and you can stuff more into them for more absorbency as needed.
    Less laundry = more time. :)
    I also like how trim they are. I do have a heavy wetter at night, but during they day one insert works great, and is so trim. I noticed my AIO were always bulkier because of the built in layer of microfleece.
    I will check out the Blueberries cover, thanks for posting a recommendation!

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  38. Heather Says:

    I LOVE Flips, I have been using them for at least a year I think. They fit both my kids well- 2 yo and a 9 mo old, both are active and I don’t have leaks. But if you want to really pack that diaper for night time I find that there are gaps between their legs and the diaper.. so I use a cover with double gussets like the blueberry coveralls. And as for why someone would choose to do prefolds/inserts and covers as opposed to AIO’s- I can’t imagine the amount of laundry I would have to do, this way I can just wash a few covers and prefolds or inserts. I have also heard that AIO’s are more difficult to get clean. Think about it- prefolds are opened up, single layers in the wash, they get agitated better I would imagine.

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  39. Michelle Says:

    I stummbled upon a diaper that you can throw in the wash along with the pocket inserts still inside that come out while in the wash. Do you know about it? I lost the link and I can’t find it anywhere!

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  40. Elliot's mom Says:

    Hi Autumn,
    I bought a stash of Rumparooz diapers for my little one when he was two months old. I had high expectations for the Rumparooz, but the rise ended up being to low for him (I always had leaks, day & night and gapping in the front).
    He is also a VERY heavy wetter at night and has chunky legs as well. Between poo and the Niagara falls I would have to change the sheets every morning (even with sposies)!
    He is now 9 months old, and I started from square one, and bought 1 of each (Fuzzibunz one size, Bum Genius one size, Sustainablebabyish wool cover and fitted diaper, and a Flip). I have used all but the wool cover and fitted diaper (still have yet to lanolize it), but have fell in love with the Flip diaper. I have only had a leak if I did not fit it properly.
    I am leaning toward buying enough Flip diapers to use for both day and night.
    But, I am a little gun-shy because they are very thin and bulky between the legs. My son hasn’t started walking yet and so I am wanting to make sure I get something that will last, so I won’t have to go back to the drawing board again. Any suggestions for the gun-shy mom on my second go-round?
    PS I LOVE your website!

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      eeek. Well, I can only give you our experience. We’ve used Flip extensively (meaning I’m not gentle on my diapers lol) for a year now and besides a couple of loose elastics they are holding up well.

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      • Elliot's mom Says:

        Hi Autumn,
        If the Flips hold up well, they will become one of my favorite cloth diaper systems. I like the fact that you can use them multiple times as long as there are no major messes! And, you gotta love that Cottonbabies has such a great warrantee on their diapers.
        I still may buy one or two other brands of covers before I buy a larger stash of the Flips.
        Thanks again!!

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  41. Cara Says:

    Hi,
    I am in search of a breathable night time cover. I was wondering if you have tried the sugarpeas fleece cover and what you thought of it.. it is a bit cheaper than wool. Also was wondering fi you have tried the motherease breathable covers and if you have what you thought of them. Hopefully you can help
    Thanks a bunch,
    Cara and Jaxson

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      I used the Sugarpeas cover that is discontinued (can’t remember what it was). I loved the fit and it performed excellent. Fleece makes a great cover. I haven’t used Mother-ease covers yet. I have one on the way to review, however.

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  42. KC Says:

    I like the idea of the inserts with the Flip brand, but should I also get some of the sustainable babyish bamboo fitted diapers for overnight and for my newborn. I’m a first timer due this winter. Thanks

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  43. Christina R Says:

    Hi! I’m seriously considering switching to cloth diapers for my toddler (2 1/2 yr old). I know it seems late in the game, but I’m just sick of paying for disposables, want to use cloth on baby #2, and a few of my friends who are big on CDing have me thinking it’s the way to go. I’m thinking the one-size will be my best value since we want to use them for future children, but unsure on which brands would be best for a very active toddler (want to watch the budget but don’t want to go too cheap and have something not worth my money, KWIM?). Any recommendations? Also, if she goes through 4-6 disposables a day now, and I want to wash every other day or so, would 1 dozen be enough to get/keep us going? Thanks!

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      If she is going through 4-6 disposables a day it will equate to 8-10 cloth diapers. Cloth diapers don’t contain the chemical gel disposables use to absorb massive amounts of liquid.

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      • Christina R Says:

        Good to know…I was being told it would equate to the same number. :) Any recommendations on brands that work best for active toddlers? Thanks again for the quick response and AWESOME site! :)

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  44. Leah Robin Says:

    AIOs seems so much more convenient to me (baby is due in Oct so I haven’t tried anything yet). Is cost the only reason why one would use fitteds with covers instead of AIOs or are there other reasons? (I’ve already ordered a mix of Muttaqin NBs fitteds and Grasshopper AIO size S and will probably add a few more to the collection.)

    THANKS! (And GREAT website!)

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      There are many reasons some choose fitteds. 1) They want only natural fibers. 2) Fitteds work for day and night (many brands). 3) AIOs can be more prone to leaking. 4) AIOs with a sewn-in soaker almost always start smelling. I like AIOs and use them as the bulk of our stash (Bum Genius Organic AIO). You’ve started out with some great diapers! Love Mutts and Grasshoppers!

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  45. Nicole Says:

    hi Autumn, I’m looking to make the switch to cloth diapers with my 16 mo old son. I am expecting #2 this winter and so am in search of a high quality one size diaper that will hold up to 2 children, and more in the future. Any suggestions?! Is my best (and probably cheapest) bet to go with pre folds and covers and just buy the 2 different sizes I would need? thanks so much!

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      Rumparooz, Softbums and my favorite Bum Genius Organic AIO are all one-size. The best budget rec I have is Flip. Easier than prefolds but sort of similar.

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  46. Tara Says:

    I have looked at your recommendations in the past but recently I noticed some items were crossed off, such as BG organic AIO and Rockin Green detergent. Do you no longer recommend these brands? I am currently using a bunch of different brands (Flips, BG, Wahmies, and Cloth Diaper Wholesale) and I am a Flips girl all the way – but I need to find a great AIO or AI2 for Hubby and Grandma. I was leaning towards BG AIO. What do you think? I like the BG 4.0 I have but don’t care for stuffing pockets. I would also rather have snaps than velcro. Any suggestions?

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      I highly recommend BG Organic! My link was broken and a program I ran crossed them out. I have fixed it :)

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  47. Adreia Says:

    Have you tried the GroVia covers or inserts? I saw you have used the disposables, but am wondering about the rest of their products. Costco has a starter kit with 6 shells and 150 disposable liners for $125 and then I figure I could buy the rest of the system as my budget allows. This seems like a great way to start out and ease my way into cloth diapering, but I curious if you have any experience or recommendation regarding these products.

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  48. Desi Says:

    I just started using cloth on my 19 month old twins about a week ago. I have Flip organic and Econobum. I like them but when they have a dirty diaper it always gets on the cover and sometimes leaks around the legs. It is probably user error. Any suggestions?

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      To get on the cover isn’t necessarily a user error. I’ve been able to easily wash off the cover and allow to air dry if it’s just a little. As far as leaking around the legs, perhaps try shortening the rise. This will make the legs tighter.

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  49. Tina Says:

    Hi Autumn,
    I am planning to use cloth diapering when my son is born in November – problem is my husband only wants to use disposables and he will be with the baby about half of the time while I am at work. That being said, what do you think about disposable liners, and have you tried any that you would recommend? I found a cuteybaby brand that works out to be about 5 cents/liner which is still incredibly cheaper than disposables, but just wondering how good they are….
    Thank you so much!!!

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      Tina, I have used Flip disposable inserts and GroVia disposables. Both work great. If my dh was going to use disposables no matter what I’d go with these and that way over time he may see that it’s silly to throw something away when you can just as easily lay in the cloth insert.

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  50. Irena Says:

    Hello,
    So glad I found your site. I’m expecting a baby in January and want to do cloth diapers from the beginning. But there is so much info and products and I just don’t know which brand to choose. I was thinking of getting 2 flip systems (or 1 should be enough if I buy extra liners), some fuzzy bunz and some bumgenius, maybe 5 of each. Would that be enough to start? What do you think of fuzzy bunz? How many diapers I need to last from birth till potty training? 20-24?
    Thanks for your help, I look forward to your reply :)

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  51. Hanna Sloan Says:

    Hi Autumn, have you tried LolliDoo ecopocket overnights? I am researching different overnight options for my 6-month old son, a heavy wetter, because I really want to get rid of the ‘sposies for overnight (ugh!). I have a few Pooters and a Biobottoms wool cover, and one Rumparooz, but haven’t tried either of them overnight just yet. Am curious about the LolliDoo’s…

    Thanks so much for all of your wonderful insight!
    Hanna

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  52. Patti Persia Says:

    Have you reviewed http://www.doopsy.com? Thay have an extra insert for heavy wetters and are really great!

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  53. colleen Says:

    hello. ds is having horrible rashes and i have a hunch it’s from urine or what i call “acid burns”. can you tell me what is the absolute dipe for wicking moisture away from his skin?

    I do NOT prefer prefolds and covers b/c it took me 10 minutes to get the thing on the 1st time i tried it w/ a squirmy 21 month old who hates his dipe changed in the 1st place.

    Please advise. i’m on my way to the pedi now to see what can be done, but i’d rather try to work it out myself. i’m just at my last straw.

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      suedecloth and microfleece are excellent at wicking moisture away. finding bamboo inserts is better in the long run than microfiber if ammonia is a persistant problem you face.

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  54. Lindsey Says:

    Hey Autumn,
    I have a 16 month old son and I am just now looking into cloth diapers. I have been hardcore researching for two months. I really want to go the all organic route, i.e. fitteds and wool covers. (I am not sure there has been enough research for me to want to buy something with the PUL. Have you seen any good articles about PUL?) I bought a couple of used diapers (not washed yet) to try: Sustainablebabyish, Little Beetles, Kissaluvs, and Swaddlebees. From reading your site, it looks like you really like Sustainable Babyish. I was wondering do you like the fitteds better than the snapless? Also, have you ever tried Firefly’s?

    Thank you so much for your time. Throughout my research I have come back and forth to your blog. I love this recommendations list and will refer to it again.

    Thanks!
    Lindsey

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      I haven’t tried Firefly diapers. I’m not a huge fan of snapless diapers. I also prefer the fit of the fitted over the snapless.

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  55. Lindsey T Says:

    Hey Autumn,
    I have a 15 month old son and am just getting started with cloth diapering. I have done a lot of reasearch the past six or seven weeks. I am really trying to go an all organic route, i.e. fitteds with wool covers. I have already bought a few used diapers to try (not washed yet): Sustainablebabyish, Kissaluvs, Little beetles, and Swaddlebees. From reading your blog, it sounds like you really like Sustainablebabyish and I was wondering if you liked the snapless or the fitteds better? Also, have you tried any of the Firefly diapers? Thank you so much for your time. Your blog has been very helpful to me in my cloth diaper research. I love this recommendations page and will probably look at it again!
    Thanks!

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  56. Tina Says:

    Thank you so much for the recommendations! Problem is, I am so overwhelmed trying to figure out which diapers would be the best for me, or if I should get a combination. I am having my first boy in November, is there a certain combination that you might recommend?? Thank you!!!

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      A combination is always recommended when starting out. You may love prefolds, whereas I don’t. Buy one of each system (prefold, fitted, pocket, aio) and try them out. It is way more cost effective to buy one of each and find what you like instead of investing in a package that you end up hating. The recommendations are brands I have used and like.

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  57. Roberta Says:

    Hi Autumn~
    Silly question…. Are wool covers okay to use with pre-folds? I’m envisioning a leaking issue. I’m sure I saw this question somewhere else on here, but can’t seem to find it.

    Thanks and congrats on the soon to be new addition!

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      I know many prefold users prefer a wool interlock soaker to other covers. Some brands to look at: Luxe Baby, Sustainablebabyish, Wild Child Woollies, Rainbow Waters..

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  58. Richelle Says:

    I read in your old post that Baby Beehind was one of your favorites. Is there a reason why it’s not listed? Just wondering . . .

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      I found that Baby Beehinds got very stiff over time. I haven’t used them in years so their fiber quality/makeup may have changed.

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  59. Veronica Says:

    Autumn –
    I have a 4 year old that needs to wear “pull-ups” at night. I’m trying to find a cloth diapering option that would work for him. Some nights he wakes up dry but other night he wets heavily. Your input would be greatly appreciated.

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  60. km Says:

    Hi Autumn,

    One more question..Do you need a cover for the sustainablebabyish bamboo? It’s unclear from their website. Pooters are half the price. Have you noticed a real difference in absorbancy?
    Thanks!

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      You need a cover for any diaper that is called a fitted. I didn’t have Pooters back when Sterling was in his heavy wetting nights. Now he doesn’t nurse at night so he doesn’t pee a lot. Sbish were the only fitteds during that period that I had tried that held everything in.

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  61. char Says:

    What are your recs on Trainers?

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      At this time I don’t have any trainer recommendations. Not because none of them are good but because we don’t use them. I’ll try and get a guest post or two.

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  62. Joanna Says:

    I would have liked a little mini review on each! I thought thats what was going to happen when I clicked the link. I’m looking into the fitted diaper as I’ve heard its good for newborns… and I wanted your input on kissaluvs. Is a fitted diaper an AIO?

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      Reviews are available for each diaper (I’m pretty sure ;) ) on the blog. Look in the review category. Kissaluvs are simple, inexpensive newborn diapers. They don’t hold a lot of pee but they contain poo well. A fitted diaper requires a cover while an AIO does not.

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  63. sarah Says:

    Autumn
    I guess I’m looking for convenience first and foremost. From your reviews, I’ve decided to go with the Flip diapers (for both day and night) and would also like to try out a BG diaper to compare with Grasshoppers. My last question for you – for tonight, not forever:) – is re: whether you’d suggest the one-size or regular BG all in one………It seems that the one size fits longer (my little guy is already pushing 30lbs.) and from what I see, the one size fits until 35lbs., while the other if just sized until 30 lbs. Thanks so much for all of your help. Much appreciated!

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  64. Misty Says:

    I don’t see my favorite on your list. Have you tried Smartipants at all??

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      I haven’t. I contacted them a long ways back about a review but I guess they weren’t interested ;)

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  65. sarah Says:

    One more question……………I’ve already bought a Grasshopper diaper and like it. If you were to suggest one kind to start with, would you go with the Flip system or stick with Bum Genius? I have read many of your reviews, but just wonder if you think I should start with one kind or a few different kinds to start…………….so confusing.

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      It really depends on what you want overall. The Bum Genius Organic AIO is not a nighttime diaper so you’ll need something else (see my nighttime recs).

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  66. sarah Says:

    Autumn……I’m just getting into cloth diapering and am wondering what’s best for storing dirty diapers (I plan to wash about every three days). Is it better to use a garbage pail with a diaper pail liner or a wet/dry bag? I’m interested in the hanging wet/dry diaper bag by Planet Wise and can’t find a review of this product. Which is better to go with?

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  67. jessica Says:

    Autumn,
    Have you ever used the Knicker nappies pocket diapers? If so what is your opinion of them? Or how do you think they compare to Rumparooz?
    Thanks!

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      I have not used Knickernappies but I can say that there really isn’t a comparison to Rumparooz. As far as pockets go, they’re #1. The “Poop scoop” is ingenious and worth every penny.

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      • jessica Says:

        1) When you say Rumparooz…. are you talking about the Rumparooz G2 one size? Or is there another Rumparooz style that is better?
        2) Also… I have a friend that cloth diapers and her house smells bad. I’m nervous about using cloth diapers and it making my house smell. What do you recommend to prevent odors in the nursery or home? Or is this just part of it?
        3) What do you recommend buying to get started cloth diapering? I’m due September 30th. My friend recommended prefolds with Thirsties covers and fitteds with Thirsties covers for when she is newborn and mixing in some pockets. Then saving up and buying Bum Genius Organic AIO for when she is older. Do you agree? If so how many prefolds, thirstie covers, fitteds, and pockets would you buy? Also.. what size would you buy them in?
        4) Lastly, for a newborn would you recommend something different?

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        • Autumn Beck Says:

          1) besides Lil’ Joeys for newborns the G2 is the only Rumparooz diaper.
          2) Um, that’s probably an issue with your friend :( You know how you can walk in some people’s house and know immediately they have cats? Then another friend you may not even know they have 3 cats! If you use a diaper pail or wet bag that is either closed or in a well ventilated area you shouldn’t have a smell issue. I did have a friend that used an open pail and she raved that it spared her the ammonia smells…however her house smelled instead. Yuck.
          3) I recommend 18-24 cloth diapers for newborns. Fitteds and covers are great. Of course I would agree with BG Org. AIO–it’s my favorite :)
          4) I have newborn recommendations listed.

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          • Jessica Says:

            1) Have you tried and do you recommend the Lil Joeys for newborns? It looks as if you were excited for them to come out but I couldn’t find a review.
            2) Would you do prefolds with covers at all or is it better to do something like a Lil Joey since it is an AIO? Or would you do fitteds and covers? Pockets? I’m so confused… I have no idea how much to buy and of what. I guess what I’m asking is… if you had to do it all over again knowing what you know now…. what would you recommend buying to start off cloth diapering a newborn? At what age would you start incorporating other diapers? When would you start putting them in BG Org AIO? How many do you need to have?
            3) If I chose to do one of your recommendations for newborns like sustainablebabyish, kluvs, or mutts, how many do I need to have on stash? And do these still work well for night time?

            I hope I’m not bothering you! I’m just a little bit of a loner besides my one friend that cloth diapers so you are a wonderful resource! I appreciate your help!

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            • Autumn Beck Says:

              1) Haven’t had the baby yet to try Lil’ Joeys out on ;) They were released a couple months after Sterling was born so I didn’t get to use them then. I have a guest review in the works, however.
              2) I’d buy what I have recommended. Fitteds with a cover (wool or PUL). When a baby reaches 12lbs they can transition into one-sized diapers..usually. You’re going to change a newborn every hour and an infant almost that much. I’d have 18 atleast.
              3) answered above.

              I’m a loner too :D

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  68. Maggie Says:

    Hi again,
    After reading all the question/answers and doing some research in general, it seems like newborns often need a separate cloth diaper from my ultimate preference, (Bumgenius AIO), due to smaller size/weight and cord care concerns. Have you found this to be true in your experience? I am thinking about using disposables until my son fits into the AIO, rather than buy separate newborn AIO’s.

    Thanks so much for any imput. As a soon-to-be new mom with NO experience with any kind of diaper, this service is heaven sent!

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      Under newborn recommendations, I recommend Mutts (http://muttaqinbaby.com), KL0s (http://kissaluvs.com) and sustainablebabyish bamboo fitteds (http://sloomb.com). You might also check out Sweetbottoms Baby’s newborn rental program. Very affordable choice until your baby reaches the Bumgenius AIO size.

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    • Brenda H Says:

      Maggie,
      I too, am fairly new to cloth diapers. When my dd was born, I was excited to use the “new” aio cloth diapers I had – size small. And they were WAY too big. I had my sister-in-law come by and asked her what to do (since it’s her “fault” I got started with cloth). Newborn sizes were ordered, and at three months, I’m still using them. I like the KL0 for night, and use prefolds mostly for the day. I do have a few aio for day trips. My personal favorite covers are the pro wraps – they do a great job containing bf baby poos.
      I have to agree too, this website has been a great help to me also. Thanks to Autumn for all your hard work and sharing what you find!

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  69. Brandy Says:

    I am REALLY new to this. Sorry if this seems like a dumb question. I see on the flips you can remove the insert and wipe the cover off to reuse the cover. Can the same be done with the bum genius? Or do you have to use a new cover and insert when changing the diaper?

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      Bum Genius pockets are a one time use cloth diaper (as are the organic aio). Once they’re peed/pooped in you have to grab a new one.

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  70. Jodi Says:

    Have you ever tried the g-diapers at gdiaper.com? i like the idea of environmentally friendly diaper inserts that are flushable for travel as well as cloth inserts for home and around town (we travel a ton) the reviews on the site look good, but i don’t personally know anyone who’s tried them. any thoughts? if so, would you go with the gdiaper or with bum genious AIO??? thanks!

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      you can do a search on the blog for gdiapers. i recommend bum genius organic aio over all diapers.

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  71. Maggie Says:

    Hey, I’m new to the cloth diaper idea and was doing some research. I’mm wondering why you haven’t recommended “Kushies.” They seem to be a lot cheaper than other brands and I’m sure there is a reason why, but cannot seem to figure out. Any thoughts?

    Thank you so much for your website, it has been invaluable in decoding the cloth diaper dilemma!

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  72. km Says:

    Hi Autumn,
    Your website is SO helpful. My twins are almost a year and I’m finally able to think about getting them in cloth diapers. I have so little time and I’m thinking I might need to start with a disposable liner ( I think a wetbag is not in the cards for me right now). Do you think the organic bum genius AIO would be a good buy for me?
    I’m a little nervous about making the investment without getting your suggestion!

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      First, I need you to clarify some things. By disposable liners do you mean the thin paper that lays on the diaper or are you thinking the disposable inserts that Flip makes? I think you mean the first one but your wetbag comment threw me off. A wetbag or pail liner would be needed to store your dirty diapers. The Bum genius organic aio is my #1 recommendation. A disposable liner would work just fine in them. Again, you’d have to have somewhere to toss the diaper when it’s wet or dirty.

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      • Anonymous Says:

        thanks! yes, what I’m think is a panty liner style paper that goes in ( but not inside) that we can pull out and then just wash the diapers. Do we then need a wet pail for those diapers or do I just make a separate laundry bin for them. And is the bum genius still the one you suggest. they looked great to me.
        thanks so much!
        km

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        • Autumn Beck Says:

          You don’t need a pail liner but it helps. I used to use a small trash bin but now I just toss them in the Kissaluvs liner that sits on the ground. Classy sounding :) You’ll realize quick that a lid is nice. I know some go open pail but I have never been able to do this–even with a lot of pail powder.

          I definitely recommend the Bum Genius Organic Aio.

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          • km Says:

            Thanks for you suggestions! One last question…do you have any thoughts on disposable liners for the bumgenius ( where to get them etc) AND if I try without them do you literally just take the AIO and dump it the toilet and then toss it in the pail to be washed? What is your process for this?
            Thanks and apologies. I don’t see this covered anywhere and this is all new to me. Having two crawling around I’m even wondering if it’s going to be possible to leave the room to take the diapers to the bathroom.

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      • km Says:

        oh and one more thing, can you suggest how many I should buy ( we’re thinking we’ll use disposable on occasion when we’re out of the house)? And is there anything else I need to buy except the diapers. Thanks!

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        • Autumn Beck Says:

          For twins, I’d suggest having at least 20 diapers. Now if you are cloth diapering at night, I’d pick up a day pack of Flip stay-dry. With 20 diapers plus nighttime diapers you’ll be washing about every other day.

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          • km Says:

            sorry just to clarify…you’re suggesting 20 bum genius AIO and then a starter pack of Flip for night time?

            Thanks

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            • Autumn Beck Says:

              that would give you 10 for each child over a day plus some. then flip doubled up for night. flip packs contain 2 covers and 6 inserts so you’d need to toss those in a load of laundry each morning.

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          • km Says:

            Hi Autumn,
            My diapers have arrived and we’re 2 days in. Here’s what I have to report. First, I love the BumGenius AIO organic! I need to buy more than 15 ( you said 20 and I think that’s right on) in case I don’t have time to do laundry ( twins ). The liners we bought Bummis, really do very little to make the peanut butter poops one of my sons has daily, manageable. I’ll try others. Now the Flips at night….. They are BIG. My babies got back! I’ll need more than two (in case of night accident )but I just wonder..am I supposed to tuck the insert inside the shell’s flaps? Are these your favorites for night? More soon on liners. Thanks for your help! We’re excited to be using cd’s!
            ps. It’s unclear from the blog if you can use Rockin Green as everyday detergent?

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            • Autumn Beck Says:

              1) I’m about to sell all my Rumparooz and other pockets and buy more BG organic. They are the best.
              2) Try the Motherease liners.
              3) Yes, double stuffed Flip = huge fluffiness. Especially the smaller your child is. For nighttime, I tuck the bottom one in the front and the top one is on the outside. Makes it less bulky in the front yet it’s still bulky. I have a boy so the inserts are folded in the front.
              4) I like Flip for nighttime because of the versatility of the system. However, Sustainablebabyish bamboo fitteds are an excellent nighttime diaper.
              5) I use Clean B on all my laundry.

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  73. Roberta Says:

    Hi Autumn- I’m sure it’s on here somewhere but there’s so much great information I can’t narrow it down; What covers would you recommend for newborns? We ordered a couple of the Thirsties x-small to start with but they look huge! :) I also would like to try a wool cover for night use.
    Thanks for all the info!!

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  74. Apryl Says:

    Hi!
    Any thought on Gro Baby / Gro Via?

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  75. Apryl Says:

    Me again! What are your thoughts on the Flip organic insert. Should I have a few of these on hand. What are there advantages over the stay dry insert. I love the ease of the stay dry insert.

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  76. Apryl Says:

    Hi Autumn,

    I am new to cloth diapering. I tried the Flip today on baby and liked the system…its easy, relatively inexpensive and would make a great diaper system while I am a p/t stay at home mom. How many covers and inserts do you recommend?

    Thanks!
    Apryl

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      If that’s all you had I’d say 6 covers and 20 inserts. Then you’d wash every 2 days….of course depending on the age of your baby ;)

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  77. Richelle Says:

    Is there a fleece cover that you could recommend?

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      at this time i don’t have a fleece cover to recommend. i have heard great things about dancing bears.

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  78. Jennifer Says:

    Hi Autumn,

    I am struggling with using my KN at nap and night time. I have to stuff them so much that then I have gaps and therefore leakage. They are the only pockets I have and I don’t really have the ability to just purchase to try and find the perfect sleep diaper…so I was wondering if any of the ones on your list were better for slimmer babies. My little girl is 15 months and about 21 lbs. She seems petite. She wears BG org AIO’s during the day and wears them on the medium setting. If that helps as far as her size goes. Anyway, any thoughts you might have would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks,
    Jen

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      KN=?

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      I recommend a fitted diaper. The sustainablebabyish and pooters are both excellent. Sterling is skinny and both work perfect. Pooters are more affordable. You would need to have a cover to go over the fitted. How long of a nap does she take? Sterling can nap in the BG organic without a leak. You may try that.

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      • Anonymous Says:

        Any one cover you prefer over the other? I have been using the BG organic for nap. I actually can fit a hemp insert folded under the cotton part and just move the snaps to the bigger setting. That does seem to be working. Thanks.

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        • Autumn Beck Says:

          Thirsties are pretty simple ;)

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          • Anonymous Says:

            do you think that the new duo one has enough room in it for night time stuffing? also, with the pooters – is there room to add layers if necessary? hope I’m not being pesky…thanks so much.

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            • Autumn Beck Says:

              depending on where your baby falls in the size range you could stuff it well. sterling is at the end of the size 1 and i wouldn’t be able to stuff it. you could certainly lay in more doublers in the Pooters.

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  79. kassie Says:

    Hi autumn

    Can you comment on cloth diaper laundry. I am trying to find the detergent that I can use for the whole household. Charlies’ soup sounded good at first, but my sister complained that it didn’t clean her clothes well enough. Plus, for some reason, ceo from happy heinys does not like it at all. Bi-O-Kleen Premium Plus Laundry Powder was another option, but then i found website stating it shouldn’t be use on synthetic material aio. Finally the countrysave, sounds like it is pretty good. any suggestion would be great. Thank you.

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  80. Brenda H Says:

    We have a couple of extended trips coming up, where having access to a washer & dryer is questionable. I see that you have flip diapers listed on your likes, and was just wondering what you thought about their disposable inserts. Thanks for all your help!

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  81. Charity Says:

    Hi Autumn!
    Thank you so much for this site. I feel like I am spending way too much time researching cloth diapers, this is helping me figure out what I like.
    I was wondering what your favorite one-sized diapers would be.
    Also wondering if the Rumparoos inserts would cause the baby to feel wet. They don’t appear to have a stay dry lining.
    Thanks again! and Happy Mother’s Day!

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      The insert go inside a pocket so they don’t touch baby. The microchamois (micro-shammy) inner is stay-dry ;)

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      • Charity Says:

        Well, I feel dumb, but if I were to use these in a Flip, for instance, he would feel the wetness, right?
        So do you have a one size that you really like?

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  82. Jannea Says:

    Autumn, Have you tried the Planetwise wetbags? They are amazing! I would add it to my list for sure!

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  83. April Margagliano Says:

    Where is the best place to buy Bum Genius Organic AIOs and do all AIOs need prefolds? I’m still trying to sort through all this and figure it out. I’m researching and thinking long on whether to make the switch to CD. ;) Thanks so much for your site. It has been a HUGE help!

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      Hi, April. An AIO doesn’t need anything added to it. It’s all in one piece. You would lay a prefold inside a cover or use a snappi (t-shaped plastic thing with teeth) to secure it around baby. I do my cloth diaper shopping at Banana Peels Diapers.

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  84. Richelle Buenafe Says:

    I know that these are what you would recommend for moms but I was wondering what is in your stash right now. How many are still in diapers? And if you could start all over again, what kind of diapers would you buy for each of your child? Is there a diaper brand that you could have used for all children or would you still buy separate stashes for each one? Very curious, lol.

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      Good question, Richelle! If I had to start all over again (I’ve voluntarily done many times ;) ) I’d go with Bum Genius Organic AIOs which is basically what I use mostly right now. No matter how many other diapers I find and love I still use them most. They’re just so easy…and trim and absorbent. I always buy newborn sized diapers to use for the first 3+ months then I move into a shared stash. Even if I buy a diaper for one, both use it because that’s just too much work to keep them separated lol.

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  85. Christy C. Says:

    Hi Autumn,

    I’m about to embark on my CD’ing journey, and I have a few questions:
    1. I’ve read good reviews of Fuzzi Bumz sized diapers on other sites, so I was wondering your thoughts on them.
    2. Have you tried Otterblotters AI2 multi-sized, and if so, how did you like them?
    3. My son is 3.5 months and a short 15 lbs (mostly tummy & thighs), so would either of these even be a good choice or do you have a suggestion?
    4. I’m transitioning to cloth from Nature’s Babycare disposables with the hope of accomplishing early potty training, so do you recommend any particular brand to help that along?

    Thank you for your help and great website!!!!!

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      1. Haven’t used.
      2. Haven’t heard of them.
      3. Not sure ;)
      4. Pick a brand that doesn’t have a stay-dry inner (suedecloth, microfleece, microchamois, athletic wicking material). Organic cotton is a good choice. I love Bum Genius Organic AIOs.

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  86. Sarah Says:

    I have learned so much from your site. Thank you so much! I have some more questions though. Motherease is in your recommendations, but I don’t see a review. What do you think of them? I’m so confused about the different types of materials. Hemp, wool, cotton, and bamboo. Is wool only for the covers? You’ve mentioned bamboo already, what are the differences? You prefer the newborn over the one size, was that because of a small baby? Or can the one sizes work also?
    Thanks again!

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      I used Motherease with Paisley (I believe. I have a terrible memory.) I liked them because they are simple, cheap and a workhorse diaper. Basically, I never cared how ugly and stained it got. They are not very absorbent so you’d need to use the doublers and in my opinion would not be nightworthy.

      I prefer nb sized diapers for nb because of the umbilical cord. I don’t like having anything touch it. One sized diapers are huge on a nb–even one that’s almost 9lbs. Softbums would be the exception. But still I have the issue with the cord stump.

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  87. Hallie Mitchell Says:

    Thanks for all your great information. I am looking towards summer and would like your recomendations and suggestions for swim diapers.
    Thanks!

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  88. Dora Says:

    Hello, I am 4 months pregnant with my first and I really want to cloth diaper. There is so much information out there, its a bit overwhelming. I figured the sooner I start my research, the better. So far, I think I’m sold on the flips but, I was wondering, for a newborn, which do you prefer? I know you don’t like one size for them, but, what is your preference between all-in-ones and prefolds?

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  89. Christina Masci Says:

    This website is awesome for new moms! Thanks for all of the great information.

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  90. Tammy Says:

    Thank you so much for the list, it is so helpful. I have a 3.5 year old, he’s completely trained ( thankgoodness), a 1.5 year old and I’m expecting baby #3 next week. I’ve finaly convinced my hubby to switch to cloth, so now I need to order my diapers. Since i will using it for 2 kids, I was thinking the one size dipes only
    and so far I’ve got on my listto get :
    2 Flip system ( 1 organic, and one regular)
    4 Grobaby
    6 smartipants ( Ive heard good things about those,but don’t know that much about them)
    3 Rumperooz
    3 Bumgenius 3.0 ( I’m getting these gently used, w/o telling DH)
    Prefolds, just in case.
    A box of disposable insert just in case.

    So far that’s all I got, but I would like to incrase my list to 24 diapers, since it will be for 2. And for the Flip system, do you prefer the organic or regular type.

    Thank you so much for making this easier for a CD newbie like myself.
    Tammy

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      Tammy, 2 Flip systems would equal 12 diapers so that would give you enough. Financially, this will be a big investment. I would start with Flip and Smartipants. Then branch out to Rumparooz and Bum Genius. The Flip disposable inserts work well (not sure about using them with a newborn). Prefolds are nice to have on hand but I never used my “on hand” stash :) Cloth diapering a newborn is a challenge. Their poop is runny and they are too tiny to one-sized diapers (unless you have a 10lber). Newborn diapers do have a good resale value though. Lil Joey’s or Muttaqin Baby fitteds (mutts) would be a great investment.

      I’ve only used the Flip stay dry.

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      • Tammy Says:

        Autum

        Thank you so much for all the great info, you are a life saver. Buying cloth diapers can be really addictive, I got some good deals during earth day and went a little nutty (lol), but a got a good stash for both kids, and don’t plan on getting anymore (lol).

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  91. Adela Says:

    Can I use a wetbag (like Leslie’s) in place of a diaper pail? I’ll be using Rumparooz and plan on washing every 2-3 days. I’ll have two changing stations that I imagine will be used equally.

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  92. Dawn Says:

    Did you mean Mother-ease in general, or the One Size in particular? I have both their One Size and their Sandy’s and can’t believe Sandy’s didn’t make the list! Sandy’s are fantastic!

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      the one-size are listed b/c those are the only ones i have used. i have heard great things about sandy’s though.

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  93. Melanie Rogers Says:

    oops… how did I miss Soft Bums on the list before??!! Okay, then I agree and love all your top picks! :)

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  94. Maria LeBlanc Says:

    You have my two favorites on this list: Grasshoppers and Flip!

    Grasshopper are my all time favorite though :)

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  95. Julia Spears Says:

    Thanks so much for the recommendations! How many should I get to start with? (That may be posted somewhere I haven’t looked yet!) I was thinking 12 of the Newborn Muttaqin, along with 12 prefold fitted or prefolds from GMD. I would rather have too many to start with, just to keep DH comfortable with the switch to cloth. I’m afraid if we run out and are scrambling to wash some it would be too stressful a situation for DH to want to make the change.

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      24 should be good. Make sure to have enough covers. Poop won’t get on the cover as much with the Mutts as with the prefolds. I’d go with at least 6.

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  96. Melanie Rogers Says:

    Great list! You have all my favorites EXCEPT for SOFT BUMS. It is truly a great fitting one size diaper with adjustable leg elastic (no buttons on the front), soft PUL, can re-use the cover, and has 4 different snap-in inserts to choose from. And for us, it is BULLET PROOF at night if you combine one organic bamboo insert and one Super Stay Dry insert. So much easier than stuffing a pocket- even with hemp my daughter leaked at night.

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  97. Jane Says:

    This is so great. I have a question. My daughter is 31 pounds at 16 months. We are growing out of our larges. Do you have a recommendation for a diaper that will fit up to 40 pounds or more?
    Thanks!
    jane

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      Huggabuns seem huge to me. I know there is another I ran across the other day, I’ll let you know when I find it…

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      • Jill Says:

        Our Applecheeks fit as a quick “training pant” on my 4 year old (35 pounds) when we took a road trip! You might try the size two and possibly get the extenders (we did not need them)

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  98. boleyn Says:

    have you tried monkey doodlez?? love the colours & soft fabrics. my 4 day old started to wear their AIO. great fit.

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  99. Erin Gaboury Says:

    Wait- the Blueberry Minky’s aren’t made anymore????????

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  100. Cindi Says:

    Great idea Autumn! I love it and it’s easy to find for quick reference.

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