I promised future posting on cloth diapers, and so here we are. This should give you a better idea about how cloth diapering works. I wanted to go over some cloth diapering basics: different kinds of cloth diapers, cloth diaper care, and then end with my personal favorites.
Types of Cloth Diapers:
-There are three main types of diapers: all in one (AIO), pocket, and prefold. AIOs are just that: the entire diaper in one piece with no prep work required. These are available in snap or velcro closures. It’s pretty obvious that AIOs are the easiest to use because they are one piece and work just like a disposable, except you wash it. The downside is that AIOs are usually the most expensive diapers on the market. These also come in different sizes or you can purchase a one size (OS) diaper that is adjustable as baby grows.
-Pocket diapers are diaper that have a “pocket” (opening) the back of the diaper to place an insert that adds absorbency. This insert is removed before washing and then once cleaned, placed back in the clean diaper. These also are available in snap or Velcro closures. Pocket diapers are also extremely easy to use, except they just require a couple extra steps before using. A great feature about pocket diapers is that you can add an extra insert for nap time or nighttime use for extra absorbency. I find that these clean better than AIO and take less time to dry.
-Prefolds are a piece of cloth (the prefold) that requires a waterproof cover and uses pins or snappis ( plastic closures) to seal them. There are different fold the prefolds can be put on the baby to find the best fit. I personally do not have experience using these, but they are extremely cost effective.Cloth Diaper Care:
-What on earth do you do with the poop?! This is a question most often wondered and the answer is simple: down the toilet, just like your poop! Now, if you are exclusively breast feeding, then it can all be washed and is safe for the washing machine because it is all water soluable, but once solids are introduced you should flush it. Many major companies make diaper sprayers that I hear makes that part easier, but I never purchased one because I didn’t see it as a need. It really is a step that takes less then 30 seconds, so it’s no big deal to me.
– Cloth diapers are very easy to care for and only require a couple extra loads of laundry a week. You want to wash cloth diapers every 2-3 days and with a manufacture recommended detergent with that detergent’s recommended amount. That being said, I make a homemade laundry detergent (be looking out for the recipe next month) and I will be trying this on my diapers because it is chemical free and extremely mild.
– My washing regimen looks like this: Rinse on cold, Wash on hot, Rinse on cold.
– I line dry all my diapers and inserts, but some can be put in the dryer. Line drying is just my preference.
– Please note I do not receive any sort of endorsement from these companies, so take comfort in knowing this is my honest opinion.
1.) Bumgenius 4.0 One Size (Pocket): I haven’t had any problems with leaking, they are a great quality, fit well, and are a good value being one size. I love just buying one size that can be used from newborn-potty training. These are pricy, but look out for sales. I was able to score a great deal by purchasing 5 and getting 2 free, so it was well worth it.
2.) Fuzzibunz One Size (Pocket): These come in second because although they are one size, finding the right adjustment can be tricky. Once the right adjustment is found though, they are AMAZING. They are a bit more trim than the Bumgenius 4.0 and, in my opinion, have a better selection of colors (which is always fun!). After using with two babies these diapers are still holding up great!
3.) Bumgenius 3.0 (AIO): These are great for dads, grandparents, or babysitters because they are just as easy as disposables. All one piece and with Velcro it is so easy to put on and off even the most wiggly baby! Now the sad news, they are discontinued. Also, after using these with two babies they have an issue with holding smell sometimes and the Velcro is wearing out.
Hopefully this helped give you a better idea about the details of cloth diapers. I hope to get my act together and take the time to figure out how to insert pictures to give you a visual. Thanks for your patience!