While I was pregnant with Ella, I wanted to use cloth diapers but didn’t know where to start (the wonderful community of BBH didn’t exist back then!).
So my mother in law pre-paid three months of a diaper service for a baby shower gift.
I was so grateful!
However, it didn’t take me long to dislike chinese prefolds and the plastic pants. I hated the pins, couldn’t figure out how to use a snappi and they seemed to leak. I was one inexperienced cloth diaperer back then!
Luckily for me, a good friend sent me a box of slightly worn Knicker Nappies.
They looked really convenient, and much cuter! I promptly canceled the diaper service and my MIL used the refund to purchase more all in one cloth diapers.
All in one cloth diapers were my first love.
When Ella grew out of the small size, we bought a hefty supply of Fuzzi Bunz. I purchased prefolds for inserts, folding them in half, and doubled up at night for more absorbency.
Ella grew in and out of three stages of all in one diapers (sm, med & lg).
Even though I was purchasing seconds, it will still quite an investment. Cloth diapering certainly saves you money in the end, but the big up front cost doesn’t work for everyone. It can be hard to come up with the funds all at once.
For my second child, I decided to look into other cloth diapering options.
Honestly, I just wanted to try something else!
While I loved all in ones most of the time, I thought build-up occurred too often, which caused leaking and they got stinky (yes, I was using the right kind of detergent). If you adore you all in one diapers, here is a great resource for washing/care at Green Mountain Diapers.
This time I used disposables for the first month, then I went back to the standard unbleached chinese prefolds, this time with the Bummis Whisper Wrap (velcro). The best part is, I got my whole stash – 6 covers and 36 prefolds – free from friends (these things last forever!) Diaper laundry duty runs about every 3 days.
Instead of wrapping the diaper around my baby boy, I tri-fold and lay it down in the cover, folding the top under and sticking the folded section underneath the pocket/lip under the front (photos below). No more pins, no more snappis.
As much as I’m loving my current set up with the prefolds, there is one more kind of diaper that I have to recommend: fitted diapers.
My favorites are made by B.C. Fleecy – a local mama friend (be sure to “like” her Facebook page). I was fortunate enough to get two of her fitted diapers free of purchase to write a review (I guess you could say this is that review).
Oh boy are they sweet!
I love that they are fabric, and they fit so well under a diaper cover. Not bulky, no leaking, just pure awesome. She doesn’t only make fitted diapers, you can find covers, wet bags, wool soakers and more.
Cloth diapering has been all around easier this time.
I have more experience, patience in replacing what doesn’t work, and have a good system down, (see photos below) which can be key to cloth diapering success.
(bags by B.C. Fleecy)
What has been your cloth diapering experience? Please share what worked for you and what didn’t!