Mrs. Butler noted that it seemed I am experimenting with a number of different diapers these days and wondered what I thought of them, and in the spirit of Tricia and Serina‘s recent posts, I am happy to comply. She also labeled me as seasoned, which made me laugh since I am just about to reach a year of cloth diapering. Maybe next year, when I have managed two in cloth for a while, I’ll be truly seasoned!
I really like using a little bit of everything, to be honest. Different situations call for different diapers.
Fitted Diapers are my favorite style, overall. They are easy to get on squirmy toddlers, VERY trim, contain messes well enough to rarely dirty a cover and can be worn coverless when lounging around the house. There are a million different brands and styles of fitteds, but two things are very important to me: fabric and drying time. Cotton fitteds of most varieties (organic cotton, flannel, etc.) are just not as absorbent or as sturdy as hemp or sherpa. I can’t line dry, and so I avoid all fitteds with only sewn-in soakers because I like everything to dry in one dryer cycle. My favorite sherpa fitteds by far are Loveybums Quick Dry, expertly constructed by a work at home mom. My favorite hemp fitteds overall are Sugar Peas 2-size system, because they aren’t bulky like a one-size fitted but only require buying two different sizes from birth to potty training. My favorite hemp fitteds for super-absorbancy are Crickett’s, a local WAHM. Her diapers are absolutely the best when what you want is absorbancy (for a long day of errand running or a super-soaking babe.) I know some people don’t like fitteds because the elastic can wear out, but I am crafty enough to replace elastic and I have bought a number of used fitteds and don’t have any close to needing repair, so I am pretty confident in their ability to last long enough to be worthwhile.
Prefolds of the unbleached, Chinese, 4x8x4 variety are also in steady use, mostly because they are so cheap. We always fasten them with a snappi, which does make them trimmer and better at containing messes, but not as proficiently as fitteds on the whole. Using prefolds does make me feel classic, though!
Pockets are our solution to nighttime diapering. I use and enjoy both Wonderoos and FuzziBunz. ‘Roos are great because they are one-size-fits-most. Fuzzi Bunz are little more adjustable, but sized, so that’s a big drawback. I used to love to use pockets for outings, but once I started using fitteds, I really only use pockets at night, which is good because they are the most expensive diapering option and I have enough for two children if I only use them at night! I use microfiber towels from Sams/Wal-mart and prefolds to stuff them, as well as a few Hemp Babies inserts.
Covers are definitely something I am just now figuring out. When I first started, I tried Aristocrats, which turned me off of wool for a long time. I don’t think I’ll ever be a fan of wool soakers or longies. Pull-on covers of any variety just aren’t my preference! So, I stuck to PUL covers for a long time. I like Bummis Super Whisper Wraps pretty well, but my favorite is the MotherEase AirFlow. You have to use fitteds, pin or snappi to use them, but they are so breathable and fit great. I’ve ventured out and tried a few non-PUL cover options in the last few months and I’ve been surprised to learn that I really enjoy both fleece and wool covers! I recommend the Sugar Peas fleece side-snapping covers (1 layer) and Loveybums wool jersey covers. I was surprised at how trim, easy and functional they both are and hope to acquire more.
I am excited about diapering a newborn in a few months. I am going to try the uber-popular Kissaluvs size 0 fitteds (with an umbilical cord snap) and already have a few newborn covers, too. We’ll probably use ‘sposies until the meconium passes, though!