Friday, October 24, 2014

Thoughts on Fluff After 2 Weeks

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We have been cloth diapering now for about 2 weeks. I honestly can't remember what day we started to use them, but it was gradual at first- maybe 3/day using up the rest of our disposable newborn diapers. We decided to wait to start using our cloth diapers until the meconium was done and also until after her cord fell off. Well, Baby H's cord fell off at 4 days old, so we weren't waiting long!
After using fluff for almost 2 weeks, there are definitely some types and styles that are favorites, and others that we aren't such fans of. For starters, there were a lot of naysayers and skeptics when we told people we were going to be using cloth. To all you naysayers, we love it so far! We can honestly say that we don't miss disposables at all. When I asked Hubby if he missed them, his response, "I hardly knew them!" We have found that it really doesn't require any extra steps. Yes, we have to do the laundry (we did not go with a diaper service), but it really isn't that bad of a process, nor do we mind when we weigh the cost we would be spending if we had to buy diapers every week or however often it is people buy diapers.

Originally, I wanted to avoid the Velcro closures. I thought, and still do think, that the snap closures will outlast the Velcro ones. However, one night, we had some issues lining up the snaps and frustration set in, so we decided that Velcro would be good for night time diaper changes. We also needed to get a few more diapers to ensure that we had enough to get through roughly 1.5 days without doing laundry. So, we headed to our favorite fluff store, Mulberry Cloth Diaper Co. and purchased a few more covers and inserts, making sure to get some Velcro. We have found that we really like the snap-in insert/cover options. We also like the softness of the all-in-one/pocket styles, but they are a one-shot deal whereas the cover and liner system is easily stretched out unless the cover gets soiled. The covers are also cheaper than the pocket diapers, and the inserts are not expensive, and there is the added bonus of being able to use prefolds, which are even cheaper. Some of our favorite brands so far: Best Bottoms, BumGenius, Rumparooz and GroVia. We have also used
Charlie Banana and like them because of their softness.
A final brand that we have used are gDiapers. We purchased these used at a consignment shop. We got 6 covers, 6 liners and about 10 small and 10 medium inserts. At first these diapers were great because they fit her right away. However, after about 2 weeks, we aren't such a fan. For one thing, the Velcro is in the back which we find kind of obnoxious. Another gripe is the way they close around her legs. Baby H is not small, but she is also not super chubby. But, when we take the diaper off of her, there are some serious marks. We have tried putting the Velcro looser, but then the legs are gaping and there are leaks. The last gripe about them- they have an extra step because you have to snap in the liner and then stuff the insert into the liner. This wouldn't be so bad, except that the inserts seem to be too big and barely fit into the liner. It gets very bulky and scrunched and we find that annoying when trying to put the diaper onto a sleeping, wiggly, or screaming baby.

Baby H's first cloth diaper! BumGenius in newborn size

What are your thoughts on cloth diapering?


  1. Awesome read! Aaron and I were talking about some of the same things last night! We've been going for 4 months strong on cloth (We started cloth at 2 months old. We chose cloth primarily for the cost benefit, but I was thinking last night about how many dumpsters we would have already filled in 4 months with disposables!
    I registered for BG 4.0 pockets and we got a few China cheapies (2 are Velcro). I definitely agree with Velcro being a good option, especially for when others watch Alan. We love BG though and I really want to try covers.
    For future children we are going to start cloth asap since I already have an established wash routine and it won't been any different to add in some more!
    I'm a huge cloth advocate now and can't remember the last time we bought disposables...yay!

    1. I can't even guess the cost of diapers! We were given one small package of newborn diapers and then left the hospital with the rest of another small pack but that was all we had of disposables. We love our bumgenius pocket 4.0s also!

  2. I'm glad you're loving cloth! :) we cloth diapered Sylas until he was potty trained and now use those same diapers to cloth diaper Deacon! Huge savings!! I did the math and wrote a post about the savings here:
    I hope you continue to love cloth!


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