So now that I have you intrigued let’s move on to the different types of cloth diapers. I am going to stick to the handful of diapers that I use. There are tons of choices out there and you’ll have to see what works best for you and your baby. These are the ones that have worked for our family.
These are your basic cloth diapers- what you think of when you hear the word cloth diaper. As you can see they come in multiple sizes. I have 2 different sizes, the first size is the newborn- which we used past 4 months. The second size is the Large. It was a bit big in the beginning – but you can fold it over and it just adds extra absorbency. If you want you can buy each size – you’ll just end up trading them out sooner and not getting as much use out of them. We purchased about 24 newborns (this provided 2 days worth of diapers- at a diaper change per 2 hours which is usually how often our children ate). Obviously some days we went through more. And it’s good to wash every couple days- you don’t want them sitting around for too long. We bought about the same with the large- but we don’t use as many per day so we end up washing every 3rd day or so.
The prefolds are used in conjunction with a diaper cover. Instead of using the pins (which was one of the biggest complaints from the past- worrying about stabbing your child), you fold these and insert them into a diaper cover which basically serves as the pin and it’s a protective layer between diaper and clothes.
This is the Litewrap, which is our favorite. It’s pretty basic- no bells and whistles. It has a snap on each side by the leg and then it clothes with velcro. How easy is that? Fold the prefold in thirds, lay inside the cover, close two snaps and slap down the velcro flaps and you are done! Pretty much like a disposable. The nice thing about these are that you can get a couple uses out of them (as long as it’s just pee you are changing and that you are making regular changes). If it’s a poopy diaper- sometimes it’ll get on the cover, not always, but regardless, it’s nice to change out a diaper cover with a poopy diaper no matter what. But if it’s just a wet diaper, for the most part, the diaper cover will be dry so all you have to do is remove the prefold and replace with a new one.
The other good thing is these are roomy. Saige is still in the small diaper cover which says 10 -15lbs and she is over 20lbs. So you will get a lot of use out of these. I think they hold up great (and I am hard on the diapers) and they have all been through Ryder as well. I only had to discard 2 due to tearing (mind you they went through Ryder and a couple wears with Saige). I’d say that’s a pretty good life cycle.
They are breathable and soft. They are not those 1960’s/70’s plastic non breathable covers – they have really come a long way.
There is also a Cot’n Wrap which are the same except they are 100% cotton. I found these to not be as protective as the lite wrap. They are ok- just not one of my faves.
The Bummis Super Whisper Wrap is my next favorite. I found this one when Saige was born. I was drawn to it because of the adorable print, but I found out that it is a great cover. It is very similar to the Litewrap, it’s generously sized, it’s breathable, soft and you can get multiple uses out of it. One difference is it doesn’t have the snaps, and I do like the snaps on the Litewraps because it helps keep a nice close fit by the leg. This cover (like the Litewrap) can be washed with the diapers and come out just fine (it is not recommended but they will be fine). Like anything when you become a parent and you are trying to juggle everything, you need things to be streamlined and convenient. So who wants to run another load just for the covers? This is why I have chosen the diapers and covers I have – they can all be washed and soaked together, dried together and they will last.
The Bummis Super Brite is another good one. It’s a slimmer fit than the Litewrap and Bummis Super Whisper Wrap and has a slimmer fit in the legs- which helps prevent leakage. Again, this diaper I found after Saige was born (obviously I was drawn to the fun colors) and I like to try out new diaper covers. This one runs true to size, if not a smidge smaller.
The Thirsties are also a new find for me. It’s a lot like the Bummis Superbrites but just a slightly different fit. The biggest difference than the Superbrites is it has a more generous fit. So if you like the thinner cover but want a more generous fit this is the one for you.
Now on to the pocket diapers. Pocket diapers consist of an outer layer of waterproof material and an inner layer of microfleece or suedecloth, which helps to wick away moisture, keeping your baby dry and helps prevent diaper rash. In between those layers is a “pocket” that you can stuff whatever material you wish, to customize the level of absorbency you need. In our house we don’t use pocket diapers daily (Doug isn’t a big fan of the pocket diaper,because you only get one use out of them- which I tend to agree). We use the pocket diapers when we do day trips (they are great for trips in the car and being out and about- because they wick away the moisture you can get a little more time between changes). The pocket diapers are great as the overnight diaper. They can hold a lot withouut leaking and they help keep your baby dry. So these are our faves.
Fuzzi Bunz are the first pocket diaper I ever tried and I have been a repeat customer. They are soft, they have multiple snaps on the front to customize the size and allow for growth. They have a soft microfleece layer that is next to your baby’s skin and I love the fit. You can use prefolds for extra absorbency inside, or use the special inserts created for pocket diapers. We do both.
Happy Heinys are a new addition to our collection. I like these because of the one size – they grow with your baby. They tend to be more pricey but you don’t need to buy multiple sizes, so it actually is very cost effective. These have snaps on the front for adjusting size and close with velcro. These too can be inserted with prefolds or special inserts. The inside layer is extremely soft (even after multiple washings)
Now for the All in Ones.
These are the easiest ever to use. If you are uncertain about cloth diapering this is the perfect diaper to use as a trial run. There is no folding or stuffing involved. It is just like using a disposable except it’s reusable. It’s pretty much a waterproof outer layer with multiple layers of cotton flannel attached to the inside with velcro closure. The two types I use are the Kushies and The Bumkins. They are both pretty much the same, I don’t have a preference. These are perfect for keeping in your diaper bag or when you need to run out the door and grab a diaper to throw in your purse for the “just in case”. I definitely recommend having a couple of these on hand if you cloth diaper.
Now there are so many additions to cloth diapers, the two that I use are the flushable liners and the fleece liners.
The liners are great if you have a child that has consistent poops. Ryder was like clockwork. He would eat and shortly after he would poop, so these came in handy because all you have to do is remove the liner (which has the poop on it) and plop it into the toilet. It keeps the poop from getting on the prefold or pocket diaper which means no swooshing in the toilet or soaking. Also, these liners are washable, so if your child doesn’t poop you can throw it in the wash with the rest of your diapers. I will say I don’t use these all the time. I have actually not used them yet with Saige because she’s not consistent at all.
Now the fleece liners are great, especially with the prefolds. They’re great for wicking away the moisture and are super soft. You can even make your own, just buy some fleece and cut to size (it’s basically a rectangle). I do use these a lot with Saige- she has very sensitive skin so this is just another added measure to keep the moisture off her bum.
I hope the info above has made you even more interested in cloth diapering. How can you pass up some of those adorable, colorful diaper covers!? Also, if you weren’t crazy about the prefold diapers, there are the pocket diapers or even the all in ones (and countless others that I didn’t mention above). There is something for everyone. Some of my friends use the pocket diapers exclusively, others only use the prefolds, then there’s me who uses both and the all in ones. I am always on the look out for what’s new in the cloth diaper world (even though I always go back to my old standbys).
Have fun with it and try a couple different ones out and see what works for you.
See you back for part 3, The Process, what works for us, what we use for cleaning the diapers, how we store the dirty diapers, how often we wash and more.