I was excited to get started cloth diapering. I know, I know, insanity, right? That, or an intoxicating, brain-numbing combination of hormones and glow-in-the-dark pirate fabric. Well, it’s been a little over three weeks, the hormonal high is wearing off, and I’m happy (astonished) to report that I remain enthusiastic. Maybe because so far the Beard has done all the wash, maybe because all the poop has led to more hilarity than gagging, and yeah, maybe because I am easily seduced by fabric bearing little skulls-and-crossbones. I guess I’m easy to please after all.
For all the folks out in internet-land who are trying to figure out which cloth diapers might be right for them, I’ve compiled my thoughts and complaints on our experience using a variety of different brands and styles. May you also be blessed with blog readers who buy you neat things from your baby registry (nope, never going to forget how awesome that was).
FuzziBunz. The majority of our diapers are Fuzzis, for no better reason then that they were the first one-sizers I came across, back in the day when I was naively unaware that there were hundreds of varieties of cloth diapers to choose from. Unfortunately, the FuzziBunz one sizers are all too damn big around the leg. Which means that when Pickles’ bowels release the goods, the goods explode down her leg, creating much hilarity but too much damn wash. Boo hiss FuzziBunz. But! The two newborn-sized FuzziBunz diapers that Frugal Vegan Mom sent me are pretty awesome. Hurray FVM! Hurray for fitted pocket diapers! The Fuzzis also get extra points for being incredibly quick to dry. I’m banking on loving these though, once Pickles gets to be a little bigger.
Prefolds. Fact: I had to Google “prefold” the first time I saw it written down. (They are the old school, rectangular bit of cloth with a bit more cloth in the middle for absorption variety of diaper.) Fact: I then had to learn how to put a baby in a prefold diaper from a video on youtube. I wasn’t sure I was going to like ’em, but we ended up with a huge stack of them all the same. Well, it turns out they’ve won my heart. And how.
Though I sucked at wrapping them at first, the prefolds have seduced me because I can wrap them just-so, and just-so fits. (Take that “one size” FuzziBunz!) The Snappis diaper fasteners are a big part of the awesome. I would have been terrified of using diaper pins, and Pickles would be full of holes. Only problem there is that most of the prefolds we have soak through very quickly. (With the exception of the fleece mix prefolds we have three of.) But she doesn’t seem to mind and so far she hasn’t shown any signs of diaper rash.
Happy Heinys. Happy Heinys have about ten million snaps on their fronts, which at a glance looks kind of complicated. But it turns out that those extra snaps provide some awesome fitting possibilities that the FuzziBunzs one sizers lack. Plus their name is hilarious. Though not as hilarious as my own future cloth diaper company, BadAss. (Or should I go with Holy Shit, the cloth diaper for blasphemous parents?) So yeah, I like me some Happy Heinys.
GrowVia. Also awesome. These diapers don’t have a pocket for stuffing, but over-serts for snapping onto the diaper. Theoretically this could mean you could reuse the same casing over and over, just changing out the inserts each time. But GrowVia stupidly went and sewed the top insert right onto the diaper (further inserts can be snapped beneath it) so after one use you still have to throw them in the hamper. They are a tad too big as well, but not as extremely so as the FuzziBunz.
Kissaluvs. These work in the same way as the GrowVia diapers, but minus the option of snapping more inserts into the cover. They are really fluffly and soft—or would be if we had a drier. Either way, of all the diapers we have, these were the only ones that, when they arrived, had me wanting to put them on. They just look that comfortable. You do need to use a cover with them, however, which some people might consider extra work.
Thirsties. All we got from Thirsties are three one-size-fits-all diaper covers. (The very same that you can see gracing Pickles’ bottom above.) So far, no complaints. Nice patterns and functional, and though not perfect in damning the explosions either, the fit is pretty decent.
And a tangent about Earth Mama Angel Baby products. So Earth Mama Angel Baby Bottom Balm? Fucking awesome stuff. Pickles hasn’t had any diaper rash, but she has had some raw spots in her little baby creases, and Bottom Balm not only healed her up fast, it made her smell like tea tree oil, which I love. Also: Their Nipple Butter saved my life during the first few days breast feeding, when the previously piecred nippled was feeling very abused. Dear Earth Mama Angel Baby, Wow your products are awesome. I would be more than happy to continue to shamelessly spout my love for your products in exchange for a handful of freebies you know…
Do/did any of you use cloth diapers? What were your favorites?