So I have decided to add to the wealth of information available, as I am a lazy cloth diaper- meaning if it was hard I probably would not do it. There are MANY kinds of diapers and many methods- the following is what works for me.
BumGenius Hook & Loop Pocket Diapers - I prefer pocket diapers for the flexibility- I can add more inserts at night, use an alternate fabric insert and they do not take as long as All in Ones to dry.
BumGenius has adorable prints, colors, a great warranty and a great reputation. No leak problems whatsoever! I love them and they truly have made cloth diapering easy and convenient for me.
1) Velcro (hook& loop) will most likely need to be replaced with another child, but the hook & loop were so much easier for me to put on than the snaps. I since have purchased a couple snaps because they were a cute print, and I still prefer the velcro over them. As I said, I want diapering to be EASY. If it bugged me multiple times everyday, I would not do it.
2) Pocket diapers do need to be "stuffed"- an extra task amongst the million other baby things we do. I stuff mine all at once when they are clean. On average it takes me 4 minutes to stuff diapers and I wash them 2-3 times a week. 8-12 minutes a week is doable for me.
GroVia - I purchased these because they were on sale and I wanted a travel system. Thank goodness for sales- because I LOVE these diapers! They are slim fitting and make on the go much easier. I love fluffy bums like the bumGenius, but I am just not a diaper bag type girl, everything needs to fit in my Marc Jacobs purse- therefore, GroVia is my go-to for outings.
GroVia is a hybrid system- meaning you can use both cotton and their BioSoaker disposable inserts in the shells (great for travel). Their inserts snap into a shell, therefore, when you need to change, you are only changing the insert, not the shell (needing less room in your bag, as you do not need to carry whole diapers around- again, great for travel)
The velcro is more secure on these than a safe at Gringotts' Wizarding bank! (Me= huge Harry Potter fan) If you have a baby who loves to strip naked or paint the walls with poo GroVia is a great choice.
1) The inserts are pricey, but you can use alternative cheaper options.
2) Unlike my bumGenius, GroVia does not wick away the wetness and therefore not my nighttime diaper. It is also not my poop diaper as for some reason poop usually gets on the shells and I do not want to clean poop off. (More on poop later)
Tips & Secrets to my Success-
- A large stash- If it is in your budget get more than the recommended amount of 24 diapers. I have about 30 bumGenuis and 8 GroVia. Add them to your registry!! My original stash of 24 was a gift!!
Due to my large stash, I think I will have longer use of the velcro and mostly it is piece of mind- I literally have never run out of diapers.
- Buy neutral colors- If you plan on having more than one child and reusing the diapers, get colors that can be used for a boy or girl. My colors are white, orange, yellow, blue and green (I think blue & green is fine for a girl, looks so cute with matching color dress) I have bought a couple pink and the purple since then because they are cute and fluff is addicting.
- Designate a color for nighttime- Buy mostly neutral colors, and set aside 5-7 "gender specific" colors. If your next child is the opposite sex, use the gender specific ones at nighttime. Your husband may have a problem with your little boy in pink, but no one else will see it except you two! Of course when the child is older, this may lead to problems, but if you have a large enough stash, you can retire them. Our nighttime colors are white, just because I find them kind of boring for daytime clothes, so when I got the stash, I decided to set them aside for night.
The ultimate key to my success is - What do I do with Poo?
|Kushies, I am pretty sure these are heaven sent|
Kushies Flushable Biodegradable Diaper Liners- These liners are what keep me cloth diapering. When I started cloth, I knew I would have personal limitations- POO being one of them. Since I was nursing, I did not have to worry about it for 6 months, as breast feeding poo is water soluble. Then came solid foods- and ewwwwww, a solution needed to be found.
I did not want to spray poop down a toilet, pick it off with a scraping tool or any of the things that many (more faithful) cloth diapering padres do. I HATE dealing with poo. All I do is take the liner off and flush it down the toilet.
Downside- If you have older plumbing or septic tanks you cannot use the liners as they will clog
Tip- I am paranoid they will clog my plumbing even though it is not old, so I leave it in toilet and flush it later in day so it degrades a bit. Since this is in the guest bathroom, I sometimes forget about it, so if you are a guest at my house, you may see a floating poo at times.
There you have it- the two diapers I use & how I handle poo! Sooooo much info, I know, I know...
If you have any questions, let me know in the comments!
P.S.-- I am not affiliated with these brands, I am simply sharing my experience with them.
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