This post might not interest you, if you’re not having or planning to have kids anytime soon… If you are a new mom or dad (or will be soon), however, cloth diapering may have crossed your mind. Whether it’s for environmental or economical reasons, cloth diapers seem to make a big comeback lately (or maybe they already have, but I never paid attention to it before becoming a mom…).
My parents used cloth, but parents nowadays have the choice of countless different types and brands of disposables. I didn’t even know that such thing as cloth diapers still existed until a little while ago. But then I got pregnant and I stumbled over several blogs and videos that mentioned cloth. I instantly got hooked and said that this is what I want to do, when our little one arrives. I loved the idea of not exposing baby’s bum to chemicals (the absorbent gel in disposables), while being environmentally conscious and saving money. So off I went, researching cloth diaper types and brands and towards the end of my pregnancy I went ahead and purchased some different cloth diapers to try. Here’s what I found out and tried so far:
- Prefolds: When I was researching cloth diapers first, I really liked Bummis. They basically are pieces of cloth that are folded and then put inside a waterproof cover. Pros: they’re the most economical type of cloth diaper ($19 for 6 diapers), they have cute covers ($10-$15, depending on print and style) and they’re organic - no harmful substances touching baby’s butt. Cons: It’s a little more time consuming, considering the extra steps of folding/stuffing diapers, and they are super bulky if you have a tiny baby.
- Fitted diapers: I only have one Kissaluv (size 0). These diapers look like disposables, only made of cotton or fleece, or another absorbent material. Since they are not waterproof, they also require a cover. Pros: No folding. Cons: a little pricier ($15 for one fitted diaper without cover) and also quite bulky.
- All-In-One (AIO) diapers: I bought a Tinyfit AIO diaper, as well as two Grovia, one newborn size, one one-size to try when I was still pregnant. They are super easy to handle, no folding, just put them on and you’re good to go! They are pretty much the environmentally friendly version of disposables. Pros: super easy to use. The Tinyfit still requires you to stuff the attached absorbing layer inside, but that’s no big deal for me. The Grovia has nothing to stuff, but it comes with an extra booster pad, in case you have a heavy wetter on your hands. Cons: AIO’s are more expensive and can run anywhere from $15 to $30+, depending on brand and style.
- Pocket diapers: These are very popular, and there are many different brands, including Bumgenius, AMP, Fuzzibunz, and many others. I have one AMP and a few Fuzzibunz. They basically have a wicking material lined inside the diaper and you stuff an absorbent insert into a pocket. The Fuzzibunz are among my favourites, simply because they are the least bulky and the stuffing takes the same time as stuffing the Tinyfit AIO (which have the insert attached, but it flops out when washing, so it needs to be re-stuffed).
The verdict: It takes a little experimenting and trying out to see, what works best for you. At this time, I love the idea of cloth diapering for such reasons as no chemicals on my little guy’s skin, less impact on the environment, and at the same time saving a little money. However, most of the time we’re out and about, we’re still using disposables. Being a mommy is new for me, and cloth diapers need wet bags and take up much more space in a bag than a travel pack of wipes and a few disposables – we do use a mix of green and (somewhat) environmentally friendly brands though… This is what works for us right now, but I’m sure things will change once our little guy grows. I’m not sure if we will ever be “full-time” cloth diaper users, or if we will go back to disposables completely. We’ll just go with the flow for right now.
Are you using/planning to use cloth diapers for your child? If yes, what are your favourite types/brands? I definitely like the Tinyfit and Fuzzibunz best so far.