Sunday, April 15, 2012

Cloth Diaper Wish List

As I have mentioned before, I decided long before ever becoming pregnant that I would cloth diaper any future children.  When Ryan and I finally decided to start trying for children, true to my Type A self, I started researching the numerous brands of cloth diapers out there in an effort to find the perfect diaper.  I wanted something that was easy to use for Ryan.  I wanted Velcro, as it would be similar in ease of use to a disposable diaper.  I wanted something that had been rated well by other parents.  I wanted something with lots of options in colours.  I wanted something that would be fitted to the baby's size, so that we wouldn't have a tiny baby with a huge bulky one-size fits all diaper. Finally, after countless hours of research, I decided on the BumGenius 3.0 DELUXE diapers.  These diapers really had everything that I wanted.  They were a well-established company with many great reviews.  They came in a variety of sizes.  They had the option of hook and loop (Velcro) or snaps.  They were an all-in-one diaper (only one piece to worry about), but had a hidden pocket to add extra absorbent inserts if required.  They were super cute!

I decided that I would go with these diapers in small, which was recommended for 8-18 lb babies.  For the newborn phase, I would buy some cheaper pre-folds and covers, as they would quickly be outgrown anyways.

Bummis Newborn Pack-pre-folds and covers
After 18 lbs (which I guessed to be about 6 months of age), I would purchase a second stash of one-size diapers, which would last until baby was potty trained.  I had it all figured out!
The only problem was that I wasn't pregnant yet, and wasn't about to buy a stash of diapers without a baby on the way.  To make a long story short, by the time I became pregnant, these diapers had been discontinued by the company.  But a few weeks of intense Internet exploration and an unexpected stumbling upon a few of these diapers in a local store, I scored myself a stash of 24 diapers, some new and some very gently used.

So, that was quite a long introduction to where I am today.  Currently, we have all the diapers that we need to last us until our baby is about18 lbs.  We will then have to decide on what diapers we will use for the remainder of our diapering years.  Unlike initially, I have not been drawn to one single diaper, but instead, eight different options that I think might work for us.  I still want something trim.  I want something that is well rated.  I want something that will last until potty training and hopefully for multiple children.  The cute factor is a must.  I am torn between Velcro and snaps, as I still prefer the ease of use of Velcro, but don't want said child to enjoy the ease of use of Velcro (sorry for the poop on the wallpaper when I was younger, mom!).
Anyways, I am thinking that this time around, I will buy a variety of diapers to try, and then settle on the one that Ryan and I like the best.  The contenders at this point are:

1. AppleCheeks Diapers

  • Canadian made.
  • They are pocket diapers which consist of covers and inserts.  There are several options in terms of what type/absorbency of insert that you use, so it is pretty customizable.
  • The size two cover fits 18-40 lbs, which would be perfect for our needs.
  • They are designed so that the insert agitates out of the cover in the wash, so you shouldn't have to do too much handling of dirty diapers.
  • They come in a variety of colours, along with a  couple of unique prints.

2. Thirsties Duo AIO Diapers

  • Like the AppleCheeks diapers, these come in a 18-40 lb range.
  • These are an all-in-one (one piece) system, with the option of adding extra absorbency underneath the tunnel layer.
  • Option of Velcro or snaps.
  • Super cute prints including an owl print that melts my heart!
  • Made in the USA, which although not Canada, would mean no duty if ordering from the US.
Thirsties Hoot Print

3. Fuzzibunz One Size Elite Diaper

  • These are a pocket diaper with a cover and an insert.
  • There are different types of inserts to choose from.
  • These diapers fit from newborn to 30+ lbs.
  • These diapers adjust not only at the rise, but have adjustable elastics, unlike any other diaper that I have found.  This would allow for a more customized fit.
  • Elastic can be replaced, adding longevity to the diaper.
  • Made in USA.
  • Tons of colours.

4. SoftBums Omni System

  • This is a two piece diaper system that consists of a shell, along with "pods".
  • Basically, there are three different ways to use this diaper-the pods can be snapped on top of the shell, they can be inserted into the shell, or a pre-fold can be placed on top of the shell. 
  • There are several different types of pods that can be purchased including different sizes as well.
  • Fits 5-35 lbs.  Uses Slide-2-Size technology, which is an adjustment system that supposedly allows you unlimited options to customize size to your baby for less leaks.
  • Available in Velcro or snaps.
  • Fewer colours/prints than most diapering systems.

5. AMP One Size Duo Pocket Diaper

  • These are a two piece diaper.  The insert can be stuffed into the diaper, or can be placed on top of the cover and the cover can be reused if it does not become soiled.
  • Fits 7-38 lbs.
  • These come in 25 colours and 7 prints, including a camo print that really sold me on these diapers!
AMP Combat Print

6. BumGenius 4.0 One-Size Pocket Diaper
  • Two piece system with cover and insert.
  • Can be used without insert as swim diaper.
  • Fits 8-35 lbs.
  • Replaceable elastic.
  • Option of Velcro or snaps.
  • Made in USA.
  • Tons of colours and a couple prints as well.
  • One of the most popular and well rated brands in cloth diapers.

7. BumGenius Freetime All-in-One One-Size Diaper
  • All-in-one (one piece) system.
  • Attached inserts can be folded to adjust absorbency (more absorbency at the front vs. back, etc.)
  • Quicker drying than typical all-in-one as air can get between the inserts.
  • Fits 8-35 lbs.
  • Replaceable elastic.
  • Option of Velcro or snaps.
  • Made in USA.
  • Tons of colours and a couple prints as well.
  • One of the most popular and well rated brands in cloth diapers

8. BumGenius Elemental All-in-One One-Size Diaper
  • All-in-one (one piece) system.
  • Organic cotton used for absorbency.
  • Fits 8-35 lbs.
  • Replaceable elastic.
  • Only available in snaps.
  • Made in USA.
  • Tons of colours and a couple prints as well.
  • One of the most popular and well rated brands in cloth diapers

So, after all of this, which one do you think would be the best diapering system?

1 comment:

  1. We used FBs almost exclusively (with Thirsties for night time). I found it really hard to get a good fit with the one size. I have skinny legged babies and could never get a proper leg fit so had a lot of leaking problems there. I was on numerous boards about that and it seems like it's a typical problem...that FB one size fit chubbier babies better. Impossible to know ahead of time what your baby will be though! It seems weird though, I know...with a one size you should be able to adjust the elastic to get a good fit. Strangely enough, not the case...too tight? Leak. Too loose? Leak.

    I did like the pocket style diaper though. I didn't find it annoying to stuff the inserts every wash and it was nice to be able to stuff in an extra liner when needed.

    I liked snaps FAR better than velcro. You get much better bang for your buck that way as the snaps will outlast the velcro no matter how careful you are.

    I quite liked Thirsties at night. I used the fab fitted with a cover. I wasn't concerned with it being trim since it was only at night. I was able to use extra inserts in it with ease.

    I've heard fabulous things about AppleCheeks and if I were just starting out again, I'd go for that. Can't beat Canadian made!