1. I use bumgenius 4.0s and freetimes. 4.0s are pockets and freetimes are all in ones (aio). They are all one-size (8lbs+)
2. I have 30 which is perfect. I wash about 15-18 at a time so I always have some on hand.
3. These are the only ones I tried. There are so many brands out there and types I just wanted to keep it simple. I choose one-size because I didn’t want to have to buy multiple sizes (increasing my cost). I also choose these because (once the 4.0s are stuffed) they are ready to put on. They go on just like a regular diaper. This makes them very easy for husbands and grandma’s.
4.0s are not as bulky as freetimes. This is only a big deal the first maybe 6 mo ago. When baby is still really small the freetimes are too bulky, so I used 4.0s with the newborn insert for the first few months. Then we had to start using the regular insert. Now that she is bigger the freetimes fit her better and hold more urine (since there are 2 inserts sewn in).
So now I use both freetimes and 4.0s. Freetimes are nice because you don’t have to stuff them, but they take longer to dry. And they hold more on their own. 4.0s dry faster but you have to stuff them. You can add additional inserts to both to increase absorbancy. My Dear Daughter is 9 mo and I haven’t had to do so yet. But she will fill up the 4.0s faster because I only have the one insert in them.
I am glad I have both types.
I have never had a single poop blowout in cloth…but I have in disposable.
I still use disposables for traveling and usually overnight (1 diaper per night) because they just hold so much urine.
If youre having more than 1 kid they save you a LOT! Plus, believe it or not, there is a good market for used cloth diapers. I bought mine for about $16-18 each and could sell them for at least $8-10 used.
4.I can’t think if anything I don’t like other than they are bulky compared to disposables when baby is super small. By 6 mo it wasnt an issue at all. They definitely dont hold as much urine as disposables so you just need to make sure to change them every 3 hours or so (disposables hold a freaky amount of urine).
5. Look for a local cloth diaper store. Many of them have tris. You pay $150 (or whatever) and get diapers for your newborn. After the trial period is over thst $ goes as credit to buy whatever style you like.
Look for a local cloth Facebook group. Good for tips, questions, and buy/sell/trade.
Think about what is important to you. If $ is a big issue get prefolds and covers.
Get a good wetbag.
I use flushable liners now that my baby eats solids and I just flush the poop away. No diaper sprayers or dunking my diapers in the toilet.
Make sure to find a diaper cream that is compatible with cloth diapets
Laundry: I only was about 2x-3x a week.
If baby is exclusively breastfed (no formula, no solids) the whole diaper goes into the wetbag. You need to get the poop off otherwise (as best you can). I just unzip the bag and dump all the diapers in along with the wetbag. Two cycles with an extra rinse at the end. You can read up on that. I use country save powder and it works for me. After I put the inserts and bag into the dryer. 4.0 shells and the freetimes get hung on my foldable drying rack. 4.0s are done by morning and freetimes take 1.5 days or so. You can sun for stains although stains don’t bother me.
Laundry doesnt take more than 10-15m of my effort per wash…so im not sure why people think they’re a lot of work…they are not at all! I think only when baby is a newborn you might have to do laundry more often, because you go through more poopy diapers with a newborn than an older infant. Even then the most I did was laundry every other day .