Post # 1
I was just reading the sticky on cloth diapering, and I got sucked in! I’ve been researching for hours now. We plan to start TTC in the spring, so I’m starting to research everything now.
I don’t have a CD store nearby (that I’m aware of!) so I was on the babiesrus website. GDiapers seemed neat, with the option of flushable inserts, and bumgenius seems to have good reviews.
For someone who doesn’t know the CD lingo, what’s your favorite – what do you feel is the most economical, and perhaps easiest to use?
Post # 3
We’re planning on using the BumGenius diapers, since everyone reviews them so highly, and they seem really easy to use. We actually planned a little outing to the CD store near our house recently to check out the BumGenius in person, and they looked great. I can tell you right now that the GDiapers are not going to be the most economical choice b/c the flushable inserts are almost as expensive as a regular disposable diaper… and that’s not even accounting for the added cost of the cloth outer diapers and the water bills from all of the laundry that you’ll be doing.
Post # 4
Rumparooz. 🙂 They fit my son amazingly! We also like BumGenius diapers, but not nearly as much.
Post # 5
I’m not a fan of gDiapers (though to be fair, we only have one shell and use it rarely). I hate that it velcroes in the back instead of the front, and our friends who use them full-time seem to have tons of leaks. We CD-ed full-time for about 3 months and now do it part-time (daycare doesn’t CD). We used prefolds and covers for the first couple months, and Fuzzibunz and BumGenius since then. I think we’ve had maybe two pee-only leaks ever, and maybe two blowouts ever with cloth. (That’s in 6 months total of CD-ing). I like both FB and BG, but I think our BGs are a little less bulky so I kind of prefer them to the FB. I wish we’d tried other options, like Rumparooz or Blueberry or Ragababes, but Darling Husband really wanted to pick one and go with it.
Post # 6
I plan to cloth diaper. I don’t know an answer to your quesiton, I just wanted to remember to watch this thread so I’m posting a reply.
Post # 7
I know that a lot of the favorites are baby-specific (ie how they are proportioned etc) so we are starting with 3-4 brands in our stash, based on reviews I have already bought 8 fuzzibunz (bought 6 and got 2 free), I am going to also get some rumparooz (6-8), and some bumgenious (6-8 as well). We might throw in one more brand, just trying to decide which one! We are going all one-size, in order to be more economical, I am still pregnant, so I can’t tell you how well they work yet, but I thought I would share some input based on my exhaustive research.
Post # 8
The most economical is almost always prefolds and covers. Easiest to use is typically All In Ones (AIOs) or pockets. We use a variety of pocket diapers (Fuzzibunz One Size, BumGenius 4.0s, and Blueberry Minky) for daytime and we use fitteds at night (kissaluvs, blueberry, sbish). Of our pocket diapers, we prefer our FB the most. If we had it to do over again, we’d probably do fitteds and covers full time but we are happy with pockets too, as is our daycare.
I’d suggest considering doing one of the diaper trials from one of the many online cloth diaper retailers if you don’t have a cloth diaper store near you. It would give you a chance to try several different brands/styles before settling one way or another since different shaped babies fit different brands better than others. Also, you’d have a lot more variety than mainstream stores (e.g. BabiesRUs, Target, etc) typically carry.
Post # 9
I have also done tons of research. I have decided that we’re going with Bumgenius one-sized 4.0s with snaps. I know several people who use them and are very satisfied. A friend uses them on her 4 week old daughter and her 2 year old son and says they work great for both. She let me see them last week and I was very impressed by the materials. I can’t give personal testimony since I’m still pregnant but this is what we’ve decided based on online research and reviews from friends.
Post # 10
We’ve tried a lot of different brands and I think different brands fit better at different weights/body shapes, etc. I think it is a newbie mistake to buy too much of one brand before your baby is born and then have them not fit your baby that great. I had a bunch of bumgenius 4.0s with snaps and I traded/sold most of them because we were having a hard time getting a good fit and found that we like the aplix better. We love our ragababes.. both the AIOs and 2-steps. i also really like the aplix grovia covers and my husband likes the happy heinys. With my next baby I’ll start out using ragababe ai2s in size 0 for the newborn stage and then use ragababe aios, ai2s and bumgenius 4.0s for the bigger sizes. For pockets we also tried oh katys and rumparooz, but they seem to run smaller than the BGs.
Post # 11
We used BGs exclusively then bought FBs because of the promo (but then Darling Husband threw out the UPCs, so no free diapers GRR!). Anyway, I like my BGs, but the FBs seem to be less bulky and also I like the three snaps on FBs vs. only two on the BGs. The BGs bunch under the snaps because of that. The BGs can hold more inserts though, so I love them for adding overnight doublers. FBs also come in more colors, and I really like that.
I just got a bunch of Kissaluvs fitted diapers too with some covers. Haven’t tried them yet, but can’t wait to see how they fare against Dear Daughter and her super-soaker personality. 😉
Post # 12
We plan to use the new Bum Genius all in one freetime diapers that are coming out in december. From all the research I’ve done about cloth diapers the Bum Genius brand appeals to me more even though it is more expensive. The all-in-one feature is going to make it easier for Darling Husband to get on board plus it has semi-detachable inserts so it dries faster.
Post # 13
We use a combination of prefolds and all-in-ones. For prefolds our favorites are by Green Mountain Diapers- super soft and holding up really well. For all-in-ones we love BumGenius Elementals (we use them for night time, long outings, and grandma’s house). I also like Grovia for trimness but BGs are really the best in terms of workmanship.
Post # 14
thanks for all the replies! sorry so long to reply, for whatever reason WB would not load on my computer for the past day. sigh.
it’s so overwhelming with all the choices and lingo and details! I was reading about it, and just to test the waters I mentioned to Darling Husband, “so I’m thinking this cloth diaper thing might be seriously cheaper than disposables..” and he turned red and goes, “we were actually talking about that at work the other day. one of the guys does it with his kid and loves it!” (DH is an electrician, so this amused me that they diaper-talk over lunch).
according to this co-worker, they started after 6/8 weeks or so because they found the baby was going through too many per day and they couldn’t keep up. any thoughts on that?
Post # 15
bumping! and also another question..
does anyone use all-in-twos? I love the idea of having the cover be used throughout a couple changes (if no mess) and only un-snapping the inner liner to swap out. any opinions on that?
Post # 16
I use the bumGenius AIOs and pockets. Never used another brand, never felt the need to. I just like them more, love the one size ones. They also hook and loop (velcro) since I just like it better.
Anyone using bumGenius, today is the last day for buy 5 get the 6th free!
Oh, I started her at about 3 or 4wks. no reason really other than to finish using the newborn diapers I got at my shower.