Cloth diapers

posted 8 months ago in Babies
Post # 2
2881 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2018

A coworker of mine cloth diapers and her favorite are GrowVia Hybrids but I am not sure on their availability in Canada. She said 24 diapers should last from newborn to potty training. They run about $16 US for the shells and then the inserts are separate. 

Post # 3
499 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

We ended up not cloth diapering (it’s a long story) but we purchased quite a few upon the recommendation of our several friends who did/do. They all used Bum Genius All in Ones and recommended staying away from the diapers tha required inserts (too much work).  I think they were around 20 bucks (USD) per diaper. I think the volume you need likely depends on your laundry style (though I’d recommend you either use a service or prepare to wash ever day). 

Post # 4
7613 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

mrspuppylove :  check local mom groups and even ebay – there is a large resale market for cloth diapers and you can save a lot of money buy pre-owned.

Post # 5
651 posts
Busy bee

I bought one or two diapers from a few different companies and figured out which ones I liked best. The brands I tried were G Diapers, Bum Genious (pockets), Kushies (shells with prefold) and Tots Bots (pockets).

Tots Bots pocket diapers were the winner, with Bum Genius a close second. I ended up getting a good deal a stash of Bum Genius 2nd hand, so that’s what I went with. A big part of my decision was that I thought the BG’s would be more comfortable for baby than the G’s or Kushies. They are very soft on the inside and around the legs. The other’s, not so much. 

Post # 6
24 posts
  • Wedding: December 2013

I am in Canada too and 4yrs ago with my son i was given a giftcard to a local baby store and got 2 bumgenius all in one, i used them and liked them alot but i didnt buy more. So this time i really want to do more cloth diapering, I bought 2nd hand on kijiji from a local mom, who had 16 bum genius and some giggle life, pockets and inserts with a good deal, before that i got 3 thirsties/flip covers from Lagoon baby. I did some review and i seem to like covers because you can reuse them, but i wont buy anymore till i get the hang of everything, my baby is coming early Feb.

Post # 7
745 posts
Busy bee

I use bambino mio all in ones. They’re a uk company but a quick Google shows that they are available in Canada too

Post # 8
9101 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Our favorite was Fuzzibunz.

Post # 9
444 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I also purchased lil helpers cloth diapers (costco had a starter kit) and didn’t like them. They leaked. But I wonder if they are too big for my son right now. So I purchased Apple Cheeks and really like them. I got those at Snugle Bugz. 

Post # 10
468 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: City, State

I’m not in Canada but I definitely recommend getting different types. The style I thought we would like best hasn’t ended up being mine or my husband favourites. I assumed we’d like AIOs the best as they’re so easy, but I prefer side snapping AI2s and husband likes prefolds and covers. For us, a bit of extra work putting them together or getting them on is worth it for the confidence that you won’t get any leaks. Sometimes, but not always, it’s worth paying extra for the brands that use quality elastics and fabrics, and inserts that are more absorbent. Your babys body shape can also make a difference as to what works best. Good luck, its a bit overwhelming at first!

Post # 11
1977 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Pearson Convention Centre

We also want to use cloth diapers and we live in Canada. I’m really excited about Apple Cheeks that’s what I think we will use.

Post # 12
212 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Another vote for getting an assortment to try. They all have pros and cons so the ones you like best will depend on which pros are more important to you. I’ll give a quick break down of what I think are the pros and cons for the diapers we have in our diaper stash.

-Bumgenius all-in-ones (we got a few second hand ones)…pros: good quality, easy to put on the baby, and they never leak. They’re pretty trim fitting too. Cons: they take forever to dry, like 3 times the time it takes my other diapers to dry. 

-Applecheeks (we have a bunch of these in size 1, also second hand)…pros: good quality, made in Canada, they fit the baby well and are very trim fitting and cute. Cons: If you’re buying them new, they will wind up being pricey because you have to buy a whole set of size 1s and then another whole set of size 2. I’d say it would be worth it if you know you’re having another kid(s) after this one because they are well made and can be used for multiple kids. The ones I’m using have been through 3 kids before mine and are in perfect shape.

-Motherease fitted diapers (we have 3 second hand ones)…pros: amazing quality, and they are hands down the BEST, and maybe the only diaper that work as an overnight diaper. We put our son in one every night with an extra insert tucked in and he goes 12 hrs with no leaks, and he’s a heavy wetter. Very worth having 3-4 in your stash. Cons: pricey, and a bit bulky for day. I think 3 is the perfect amount.

-Bummis one size all-in-2 diaper…pros: quality, made in Canada, cute and trim fitting. I have 2 of them and really like them. I pair them with a no-name pre-fold that I pad fold and set in the diaper cover. This is a great system if you want to cloth diaper cheaply. Just buy like 6 covers and maybe 24 prefolds and you’re good to go. Cons: None, I really like these diapers!

-No-name/cheap pocket diapers…pros: cheap and tend to come in a variety of cute designs. They usually have a microsuede inner that keeps the baby dry. You can stuff them with anything you want. Cons: very bulky, may not be the best quality. I’ve only been using mine for 4 months and they’re in great shape but we’ll see if they last for future kids. 


That was a long post, but hopefully it helps! Again, this is just from my experience cloth diapering my son with the random types of diapers that wound up in my stash. I echo a previous poster that buying quality diapers used is the way to go! 🙂 

Post # 14
212 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

mrspuppylove :  You are welcome! It seems really complicated before you start, but once you find a system that works for your baby it’s really easy!

Oh! And another tip: the internet will have you thinking you have to do a complicated washing routine involving multiple cycles and fancy diaper detergent and hot water… but I have been washing my entire stash in cold water with regular cold water detergent and then just hanging to dry, and they come out perfectly clean. Might as well save yourself some time and money (and it’s kinder to the planet!) by washing on cold, single cycle.

Post # 15
196 posts
Blushing bee

My favorite brand is BumGenius Freetime style … I love the all in one diapers that grow with the baby. I bought one set for my kiddo and never had to buy more. Even was able to give them to someone else because they were so easy to keep stain free. If I ever have another baby…I will go right back them.

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