Cloth Diapers 101 - One Mom's Personal Review

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

If you're looking for cloth diaper reviews with all the nitty gritty details about cloth diaper brands and little things that set them apart, you've come to the right place. About 4 months ago I started cloth diapering my son for a few reasons. 1) I wanted to save money. I was tired of buying diapers. 2) He has very sensitive skin and I knew cloth diapers would be better than disposables. 3) They are environmentally friendly. 4) He looks so dang cute in them!

I went into our local baby supply store to get information and ended up buying a couple diapers on the spot. I fell in love after the first use, especially once I realized how incredibly easy and surprisingly not gross it is to do. But after a couple uses I decided to do more research to see what other diaper brands were out there and from all the photos and descriptions online, it looked like they were all pretty much the same. But I am one of those people who likes to know the "little things" that set stuff apart. Those "little things" are very important to me when purchasing items, so I thought I would share those real and important details here with the hopes it would help someone else make decisions on what brands or types they may want to buy.

Since there are so many styles, brands, and types to choose from I decided to break this blog post down by brand. I photographed each diaper brand I talk about and did up close shots as well so that you can see exactly what I'm talking about when I point out different things.

Kawaii Baby Diapers: This pocket diaper is a one size, meaning it is adjustable to fit the baby throughout their time in diapers. The adjusting is done by securing snaps on the front of the diaper in different positions. You can see where there are three snaps going down the leg hole and I undid the first snap (where it is usually closed) and the two next to it in the row are closed. I did this to show how it adjusts. The diaper also secures on the baby by snaps as well.

This is a close up of the inside back of the Kawaii Baby cloth diaper. The reason I wanted a photo of this was to show how there is an extra flap to cover the insert(s) placed inside the pocket diaper. I didn't know about this when I ordered the diapers, but I love this feature as some of other brands don't have this and the insert can stick out a little.

This photo should give you a better idea in regards to some brands not having the extra flap to secure the insert as I mentioned above.

Rumparooz Cloth Diapers: This one size cloth diaper is also size adjustable by snaps. It, however, secures to the baby by velcro. I'm not a huge velcro fan, as it sort of sticks to the diaper as you're trying to fasten it on the baby, but I know a lot of people who hate snaps, which I love. The interior of the Rumparooz is what set's them apart from other diapers, so I posted a photo of that plus the inserts below.

The top photo shows the inside of the Rumaprooz cloth diaper, and the inserts that came with it. The bottom photo shows how these unique inserts are made to snap into different positions to accommodate newborns, toddlers, boys, girls, etc. None of the other cloth diapers I have seen or purchased have this feature. The reason this is a good feature to know about is because boys and girls obviously wear diapers differently and this makes the diaper more customizable. I just purchased this one, so I haven't tried it yet to compare to the others, but it seems like a great feature!

FuzziBunz Cloth Diapers: I love FuzziBunz. I really, really do. They are a bit pricier, but I think they're worth it. I have both the size medium perfect fits and the one size cloth diapers. The mediums don't adjust, but I love them just the same. One of the things I do love about the one size FuzziBunz is how they adjust. Because they use an adjustable elastic system around the back and the legs, it makes them more fitted and not so bulky. The one thing I don't like about this line of diapers though is they don't have the extra flap to cover the insert. Sometimes the insert sticks out. It's not a huge deal, but it doesn't always look cute.

G Diapers: These diapers are different from pocket diapers. With these, you have one diaper cover you use all day (unless they get too messy!) and you simply change the insert and/or the plastic insert holder all day. What makes this nice is that you don't have to buy a lot of diapers, you simply buy a lot of inserts, making cloth diapering even cheaper! I tried a few other diaper covers, but I like the G diapers the best for a couple reasons. 1) They fit my son well. 2) They are really easy to put on. 3) They velcro front to back so that he cannot take the velcro off. Notice the tabs on the brown diaper on the right and how they go to the back. It seems weird at first attaching velcro tabs to the back of the baby, but it's a more secure fit!

The one thing I don't like about G diapers is how they wash. I was told by many people that cloth diapers can be dried on low heat, but it wears them out faster so it's a better option to air dry them. On all the other diapers, this works out great but with the G diapers both the covers and the inserts tend to dry stiff, which I would think is very uncomfortable to wear. Again, it's these little tid-bits of knowledge that count!

A lot of people ask me, "What happens when the baby poops in the cloth diaper?" There are a few different ways to go about cleaning a poopy cloth diaper, but my favorite way is to place a flushable liner in the diaper before I know my son is going to poop. He goes almost the same time every day, so I'm usually spot on. And when he goes, all I do it take the diaper off, walk it over to the toilet, drop the flushable liner with the mess in, and Voila! It's flushed away! I use the G diaper liners, but you can use any really.

I also wanted to mention what I do for overnight diapers and swim diapers. A lot of companies sell these types of diapers, but mark up the price. For overnight, I simply double the insert count in the FuzziBunz Medium Perfect Fits or the Kawaii One Sizes. This will usually last about 9-10 hours without any leaking. As for swim diapers, I recently bought a Thirsties cover and use this and only this when my son swims. In case you don't already know, disposable swim diapers are simply poop catchers. They don't absorb any urine, so I knew it would be cheaper to just use a diaper cover and so far so good!

If you have tips or your own personal insights on cloth diapers that made you sway towards one brand or another, please leave them here! And let me know if you want more detailed photos of anything!

Happy Diapering!


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