After a year of cloth diapering I thought I would write about what we currently have working for us since we have a 28lb toddler and our needs have changed a bit.
My first set of cloth diapers were the grovia hybrids (three shown at top right). I loved them when she was smaller. They still fit (at the largest rise and barely around her big belly). The problem is now she pees a lot more and they aren’t the best for lots of wetness. They are more of a backup diaper but I can’t get rid of them.
Next I used a lot of BG 4.0 (5 shown at the top left). I still love the fit of these at the medium or largest height setting. They still fit great around her legs especially the ones that have tighter elastic. However I tossed all my BG inserts because they just wouldn’t clean right. Since I had to “retire” my beloved medium Charlie bananas I use those inserts in the BG pockets.
I do have one large Charlie banana (green center) that u still use a lot. I just love the fleece in these. I also have an old FuzziBuz large (pink right center) that fits but I don’t love the open unfinished pocket opening. It is nice though the size of these pockets for stuffing in a prefold.
Sometime throughout all this, I added two BumGenius Elementals (Blue and B/W print center left). They are all in ones and I wanted to try them. I am having trouble keeping microfiber clean, so I went with the Elementals over the Freetimes because I wanted the organic cotton. I am glad I did because these really do stay pretty clean for us.
Along the same line, I invested in a pink Flip (bottom center) and a set of three organic prefolds. I LOVE this and wish daycare would take these. They never leak and they hold SO much. They come so clean since it all comes apart. I am going to look into the Flip trainers for potty training.
Last but not least I got into the Thirsties Duo Diapers and I currently have 7 (I had 8 but one went missing). I love the hemp/MF combo on the inserts to these. I also love that after a day or two of sitting in a wet bag, I do not have to unstuff before I dump them in the washer! I literally dump them in the washer!
I am starting to sell off a few diapers that we don’t use and just don’t need. I want to get some cash to start looking into trainers since hopefully potty training isn’t too far out of our future!
Wow! I just realized that we have been using cloth diapers for almost a year. I remember starting out at the suggestion of a friend (I didn’t have a good reason not to try). I was so confused at all the options and brands.
Just to update where we are after a year from where we started with just a Grovia starter set (2 shells and 4 inserts).
The 2 GroVia shells are holding up ok. The H&L is rolling over a bit even though they are line dried. The fit is still wonderful on my LO now that she is 15 months and 26lbs. We did end up buying a few more snap in soakers but don’t use them that often. Even though these offer the flexibility to pull out the soaker and re-use the shell, we often just wash both pieces at each change.
We also invested in several Bum Genius 4.0 Pocket Diapers. They are just ok. I hate the inserts and some of my pockets have relaxed elastic in the legs even with line drying. It causes leaks some times either out the leg hole or from pressure. We also have 2 BG Elementals and they have held up great! I don’t always like the fit of these and how the inner cotton bunches up.
We also have several Charlie Bananas (size M) that I got on sale from zulily. We really love how soft these are and the pocket opening in front. It is a microfiber insert but each diaper comes with two and they seem to be holding up better than the BG4.0 microfiber inserts.
Lastly, we did go back and try a Thristies Duo Diaper (their pocket diaper). I really like the fit of these and I LOVE the insert. The velcro on these does not hold up at all. Again, no trouble with leaks.
To try to save our pockets even though our inserts were shot, I bought a pack of 3 organic Flip prefolds. I love these. They hold SO much and never stink. The flip cover is nice too (wipes out unlike Grovia) if you want to do the prefold plus a cover route.
We have had good luck with our wash routine and our front loader. I have the Heavy Duty setting saved with a pre-rinse, extra wash, and extra rinse. I wash every two days and because of the liners it’s really just a matter of dumping them in the washer and letting it do its thing for two hours!
A while ago, Zulily had some cloth diapers for sale and I thought I would try them out.
Type – Pocket Diaper but marketed as a hybrid or AI2 because they sell disposable inserts for these.
- Pocket opening in the front of the diaper
- Flap covering the opening (unlike fuzzibunz which seemed unfinished to me)
- Comes with two full size inserts
- Microfleece inside instead of the BG microsuede
- We chose to purchase the sized diapers, but Charlie Bananas do come in OS.
I got these off zulily for about $14 each but I think they are normally more like $18 each.
Although it took forever for these diapers to arrive, we have been really happy with them! The PUL is super soft and the inserts are really nice. It seems like the microfleece inside is holding up from piling better than the Fuzzibuns.
I really love the print of this diaper that we purchased, but the other colors are REALLY pretty as well.
As soon as I get a good picture of DJ wearing this I will update!
The cloth diaper experiement is going extremely well. After trying out our GroVia shells and snap in soakers over the weekends, I decided to try out another popular brand since there was an amazing sale being run on some discontinued colors. I was able to purchase three BumGenius 4.0 pocket diapers from CottonBabies.com during their Buy 2 Get 1 Free sales event. The total purchase came out to $32 since they have free shipping too! I really wanted to try some snaps since the GroVia’s were velcro. The best color they had available was the color “Sweet” which is a nice soft blue/green color.
These are pocket diapers which is a little bit different style than the Hybrid AI2 GroVia’s we had. Each diaper has a PUL outer shell and a suede cloth pocket on the inside. The diaper also comes with two microfiber inserts (one small newborn and one larger). These inserts get stuffed into the pocket of the diaper between the PUL outer layer and the suede cloth that touches the babies skin.
I had read a few advantages to a pocket diaper which appealed to me.
- Ability to add additional “stuffing” for heavy wetters or overnight
- Faster drying because the insert separates from the diaper
- Longer lasting because you can replace just the diaper or the inserts
- Also, I wanted to try snaps because I heard they last longer than velcro and is harder for toddlers to get off!
So at such an amazing deal (rare to find these diapers for under $15 new) I jumped and made the purchase. We immediately put them into rotation and love them. The snaps are really easy to use and I love the layout of the snaps. The pockets aren’t hard to unstuff and easy to restuff once they are clean! Sadly, this is the only picture of DJ I have wearing one! She’s 6 months old and about 17 pounds here.