What is The Best Cloth Diaper?
This honestly depends on your baby and you. I wanted to love Fuzzi Bunz but they just didn’t work on my baby.
I have been cloth diapering for over 11 years and would do it all over again. I never once regretted using cloth or ever felt it was a drag or “hard” . I didn’t find it gross and it feels good to know that I am not filling up landfills with disposable diapers. I love the way clean fresh cloth diapers feel and admit I became a bit of a cloth diaper junkie/addict. I have tried many many different kinds and always came back to Mother ease one size and Sandy’s and they are some pocket diapers that liked as well.
Most people associate cloth diapers with smelly diaper pails those days are gone, most moms now use an easy to use Wet Bag hung in a door knob or hook.
After polling friends and other moms I have made up a list of cloth diapers and recommendations and comments about cloth diaper brands.- the good the bad and the ugly.
Top 10 Cloth diapers
bumGenius pocket style cloth diaper is probably the most popular and trendiest diaper on the market right now. the latest style “3.0” does have some serious advantages other pocket diapers don’t- great customizable fit. The strech velcro tabs are what makes this diaper great.
Downside is the price tag about 17.00 each and you may need at least 2-3 different sizes, this can get pricey.
One issue with fleece diapers that some people have is small- many complain of an odour after many uses. Thsi suggests to me diapers are not clean. Odour means bacteria of some kind, you can get rid of odour with vinegar rinse, In extreme cases use a sports wash and sunlight can do wonders- hang out on a clothes line in the sun for a few hours if you can.
The fit on these diapers is superb as is comfort. Most all in ones can be bulky- I had this problem with my Mother ease diapers and one reason I love these ones is the fit. No problems with form fitting clothes .
More info on bumGenius
Happy Heinys One Size Soft Pink Cloth Diaper
were in the first wave of pocket diapers. The biggest advantage to pocket diapers is they use a microfiber insert and can hold ALOT of pee. I like the Happy Heinys more than Fuzzi Bunz, tho as I said MANY people LOVE their Fuzzi Bunz and my best friend swear by them and can’t believe I love Mother Ease so much. This fit is a bit trimmer on these than Happy heinys and come in wide variety of colours. I would try both and see which you like best before deciding.
I did try these on my son an dliked them very much. If I were to have another baby I would give these a whirl.
For my money the only difference between the 3 top selling pocket diapers and fit and they way the close. I personally prefer snaps to Velcro. Both my kids could take off a Velcro cover very easily but snaps were much harder for them. This may not seem like an issue- but it will be!
old so nether is better. I think if fit is your biggest concern then try the bumGenius. Fuzzi Bunz are absolutely worth trying if the other brands don’t; fit right. Price is also a big concern, if you can get second hand for a great price i wouldn’t fuss about Happy Heiny over Fuzzi Bunz if pocket style are for you .
Green Acre Designs (GAD) Snap Pocket Cloth Diapers (Medium, Red & Yellow) are worth a look. They are also a pocket diaper and what makes them stand out is their interesting embroidery designs. You can get funky red dragons on a black cover or pretty paisley butterfly. The y work the same way as other pocket diapers with an insert and use snaps. I find them to be bulkier than most. One advantage is the owner will make custom sized and designs for you if you have a hard to fit baby.
Mother-Ease One- Size Diaper
Mother-ease were my choice. 11 years ago when I had my first baby and began using cloth diapers these were considered top of the line. WAY back then they were called Popolino’s. My first set of diapers went through at least 3 sets of babies that I know of. I gave mine away and then promptly get pregnant again and bought some more.
Mother-ease do not work with newborns. PERIOD. In theory they might but the diaper will engulf your newborn and it looks ridiculous and uncomfortable. I did try and use the snap in liner wi a cover but also a disaster. The pocket diapers are good for this time in smaller size but investing in 200 worth of cloth diapers for newborn that may only last is crazy to me. I used prefolds with good quality cover ( I liked Bummis and Nikky’s) and was very happy with them. My son was a a preemie and in NICU for first weeks and cloth not an option but my first I used disposables for about 2-3 weeks and then went to Mother-ease and she wore them until toilet training.
All in ones or AIO in theory sound great- no need for cover or insert many fal short because of long drying times, buly fit and hard to get clean. Swaddlebees are the exception. These are a great diaper. One key factor is cotton velour lining and not synthetic. They have great range of colours and sized. The cost is about 20.00 a diaper however no need to buy any inserts. If you are planning to line dry the drying time is bit long. These wash beautifully- as with any cotton diaper you need to wash them a couple of times to fluff up. Swaddlebees also are one of the trimmest AIO diapers. This diaper is well worth trying on for size.
More info on SwaddleBees (All-In-One) Cloth Diaper
Don’t dismiss these out of hand. many people choose to go with simple pre-fold and a great diaper cover. The cost cant be beat- about 2-3.00 per diaper. I liked used a plastic 3-pronged gizmo to keep diaper in place ( no pins!) and bummis wraps. The prefold i also used to stuff a pocket diaper at night, Bulky during day but great at night.
I think a few prefold diapers are great to have around for almost anything- make a perfect burp pad. When baby has rash can lay down naked on the diaper, etc. ( If your baby is prone to rashes then try this homemade recipe for calendula cream)These a good for any mom even if they are using disposables. The also make great “rags” for every household shore you can think of.
Look for DSQ or Diaper Service Quality when buyinh. You wil have to wash a few times to for them to fluff up. When you buy they look scratchy and thin and you will be scratching your head wondering what the heck?.
Swaddlebees prefold diapers are also make nice DSQ pre-fold.
Do not skimp on the diaper covers!
You usually buy prefold by the dozon buy many places let you nuy them in singles, try
Prefold Diaper Single – Unbleached – Infant
to buy just a few at a time to try.
These are super soft and very absorbent I started using bamboo diapers after trying a bamboo towel.
Bummis Bamboozle Bamboo Diaper is a good bet. You will need to use a cover as it is a fitted diaper. This has better than average fit and they do get more absorbent an softer with each wash. These are you best bet and great for babies prone to allergies or super sensitive skin.
Wickeez Bamboo Cloth Diaper Size 2 (20-40 lbs.) are an iinexpensive Bamboo diaper and popular- but they are not very soft as others and my fiend did compalin they they did not wear well.
If you are looking for an AIO Bamboo diaper, be prepared to pay. Softbums Organic Bamboo One-Size Cloth Diaper srar at 29.95.
Popular Inserts for Pocket Style Diapers and Doublers for fitted Diapers
With pocket diapers you need something to put into the pocket. These are called inserts. You can use almost anything – many people have used a tea towel in emergency. You can also use them to put into your fitted diaper to increase absorbency. You will need to do this a night or when baby get to be about 6 months old. Some diapers have ones you can snap in or you can just fold.
You are looking for absorbency and small size. here are some top picks for diaper inserts.
Green Acre Designs (GAD) s” One-Size Hemp Insert
SwaddleBees Hemp Doubler
Kissaluvs Unbleached Cloth Diaper Doubler
Adjustable Hemp and Organic Velour Cloth Diaper Insert – EcoNappi Liner
What is your Favorite Cloth Diaper?
What is your favourite cloth diaper? why? Is cloth diapering harder or easier then you thought it would be?