As mentioned in my last post, I have been cloth diapering my daughter Juliette for nearly a year now. This has given me the opportunity to try out several products, hear what other CD’ing families are saying and do plenty of research. Here are my reviews based on my opinion and experience, of course.
One of the first things you have to decide is what diaper to use. Will you use prefolds with a snappi fastener (modern and much cooler version of the diaper pin) or cover? Will you use a pocket diaper like I do (cover with waterproof barrier stuffed with a soaker) or forego the stuffing and get an all-in-one diaper?
I chose to go with one size pocket diapers. This is a 2 step process. The shell is waterproof and the inner layer is typically made of fleece or polyester. The wetness is driven through this layer to an absorbent insert which is stuffed in the pocket. This keeps baby’s bottom dry, at least until the insert is saturated. We currently have in our stash: 1 Fuzzi Bunz size small pocket diaper, 2 Rumparooz one-size pocket diapers and 16 Bum Genius 4.0 one size pocket diapers. All have snap closures. I also have 2 dozen Gerber cotton prefolds, but as I did not realize that Indian or Chinese prefolds were the way to go, these have only been useful as burp cloths and changing pad liners.
Bum Genius 4.0:This is my favorite diaper by far. Pros:
- Cost $18-20 is reasonable compared to some other brands. I purchased mine for $14-15 as part of a bundle sale.
- There are 3 rows of snaps to adjust the rise to accommodate babies 7-35 lbs.
- 2 snap closure, which I can tell you is a big plus in the toddler years when baby learns to unvelcro a disposable
- 2 inserts included: a trim newborn insert and a thicker toddler insert which is adjustable with the rise. Juliette is a heavy wetter, so we now double each diaper with both inserts to be on the safe side.
- Slot cover to prevent leaking at the top back
- Available in many fun colors and featured artist designs
- Only needs to be washed 1x prior to first use
- Can be bleached 1x/month
- Suede is not nearly as soft on the bum as fleece
- Synthetic materials susceptible to ammonia stinkies with urine, detergent or diaper creme build-up. This means period stripping= pain in the butt.
- Covers must be line dried
- Not the trimmest diaper. Juliette has a J Lo booty and this is the only reason she is able to fit into size 12 mo clothes with her tiny waist.
- Cost $$14.95-$17.95
- Soft fleece lining is nice on the bum
- Hip snaps to allow for better fit at the legs= less chance of leaking
- The trimmest cloth diaper we have tried
- Many colors to choose from
- The diaper cover seems to get less ammonia stinkies than my BGs
- Cost of perfect size diaper vs. one size diaper is exponentially more
- Only comes with one insert, no doubler. This has been an issue for us as Juliette still fits into this diaper at 1 yr.
- Outer material seems much thinner than the others we have. Have not had any issues with ripping but seems less sturdy
- Harder to clean sticky poop off fleece whereas it just slides off the microsuede
- Pocket is open at the top- a potential source of leaks
- One size fits 6-35 lbs and they also sell a Lil Joey version for babies smaller than 6 lbs
- The softest fleece lining Juliette’s bum has experienced- by far!
- Patented inner gussets go a long way to prevent leaks
- Comes in the coolest colors and designs
- Fit below belly button is a plus for newborns with intact umbilical cords
- 6 R soaker insert is the thickest of the ones we use and the 2 included inserts can be snapped together
- A favorite of many of my friends
- Cost of $24-$30 makes it the most expensive on this list. Luckily, I scored mine for $20 a piece on sale.
- We have a difficult time adjusting this diaper to Juliette and this has led to some leaking problems. It is likely user error, but I have already snapped this diaper out to the longest rise and Juliette is only in the 3rd percentile at age 1 year. For us, this is the biggest reason (aside from price) that I did not buy more of this diaper.
- Not closed at the top, which led to some initial leaks
- The slowest drying of the bunch
These are optional in your CD’ing experience but can make toddler poop a snap to clean up and prevent staining of your pocket diapers. Breastfed infant poop washes out easily. You just throw the soiled diaper in the pail and forget about it until wash time. Toddler poop, in Juliette’s case, appears toxic at times. Certain foods like carrots tend to stain and “shaking out the solids” is not always easy. Our occasional solution is to put a very thin layer of flushable material over the inner layer of the pocket diaper. Soiled liners are dropped into the toilet and flushed away (well, if you don’t have a septic tank).
- Conveniently packaged. They come in a roll and each sheet rips off like toilet paper
- Do what they say they do- they don’t tend to bunch up so we have had no problem catching all of the solid poop and flushing it down the toilet
- Good price at $12/200 and since we don’t use a liner in every diaper (I have gotten good at guessing when she will have a bowel movement), 2 rolls have lasted 8 months
- Urine soaked liners can be rinsed, dried and re-used if you so choose. Some Moms put them through the wash cycle.
- Not at all as soft as I imagined they would be. They have the look and feel of a dryer sheet. I can’t imagine it would be too comfy on the tushy. Also, the first few days of use, noticed a redness around my daughter’s anus. Might have just been coincidence, but that is when we started putting a liner in only when we thought she was likely to have a bowel movement. Easy to determine after a day or two of charting.
- We don’t usually have any issues with our Bum Genius or Rumparooz leaking. But I have had several instances of pee leaking out the leg and getting the edges of her onesies wet while using a liner. I imagine that the urine doesn’t absorb as fast as it does when directly on the cloth diaper.
- Way softer than Imse Vimse. These appear to be a lot more comfy on the bum. This is the one thing that makes me want to love these liners.
- Larger than Imse Vimse liners and in the same convient roll format
- Much thinner than Imse Vimse liners. Urine soaked liners could never be washed and reused.
- Tend to bunch up and slide. Several times the poopy liner has drifted up towards the vagina, which is not nice for clean up or UTI risk
- If liner bunches, poop ends up on diaper anyhow defeating the whole point
- More expensive at $8/100
Wow, I had no idea I would have so much to say about this. How is it that I’m still typing? Well, this Momma needs to get to bed too. Juliette has been sleeping soundly for several hours and hubby has a friend in town whose wife is due in May, so they are having some much needed adult time. I had not intended on a part III, but I guess I’ll need to continue this post at a later date so I can share my thoughts on diaper cremes, detergents and more.
- What’s On the Bum?: My Two Cents on Cloth Diapering Part I (whileeveryoneelseissleeping.wordpress.com)