Our first year of cloth diapering: Part One

cloth diapering

For those of you whom have not yet had the pleasure of meeting him, that is one of our dogs, Bruce Wayne. He has nothing to do with this post but was to lazy to get out of the picture.

Full disclosure: This entire post is about types of diapers. If you find this in no way interesting please check back tomorrow when I post about much cooler things like ghost riding my whip.
Ok that’s not going to happen, but it would be so cool if I did.

When we first decided we were ready to have a baby, we thought nothing of things like nursing vs. formula, purees vs. solid food, baby carrying vs. stroller pushing, disposable vs. cloth diapers. We just wanted to have a baby to squeeze and love. And then, when the time came to make these decisions we made them based on what we thought we could handle and what was best for our family. I figured since I was staying at home that we could give this whole cloth diapering thing a try. And for us, it’s been just fine.

I have never been the kind of mom who plants my flag in one camp or another and then vows to fight for her side until the day she dies. Some moms are this way and that’s fine for them. They feel strongly about certain things ( baby wearing, breastfeeding, immunizations…) The list goes on and on, I am just not that way. I am more of a “let’s give this a whirl for a while and see how it pans out” kind of girl.

With cloth diapering, I am very glad we made this choice right now because it works well for us and saves us some money. If we have one, two, three, four, five, more kids down the road, I may change my mind. And I am ok with that, and I won’t be disappointed in myself for throwing in the towel when or if the time comes to do so if that’s what I feel is best for my sanity/ my family. And please don’t think that a disposable diaper has never touched Judah’s little bum. That’s not true either, sometimes all the cloth ones are still wet from the wash, or we aren’t hard core enough to use them when we go out of town, or we don’t want to submit the church nursery workers to what happens if he makes a stink in a cloth diaper.

I have had A LOT of questions about cloth diapering in the last year, and until now I didn’t feel well equipped to answer them because I was such a newbie. Now, after a year under my belt I still can’t answer all of the questions, but I can tell you what I have done and what I know.  So this is going to be a 2 part series. Today I will write just about the types of diapers we use, and then I will write another post on the care and cleaning and logistics of actually cloth diapering a baby.

cloth diapers 1

We use 3 different types of cloth diapers. There are about a bajillion brands and types out there. We asked around, did a bit of research and settled on these.

1. The BumGenius Brand 4.0 One Size Pocket Diaper

2. The Flip Hybrid Diaper System

3. The BumGenius Brand  Freetime All-In-One Diaper

pocket diaper

The first type of diaper we use are  The BumGenius Brand 4.0 One Size Pocket Diaper. That insert on the right gets tucked into a pocket in the cover on the left. We have 6 or 7 of these and initially we thought we would only use this type. We like them a lot. We have had hardly any leaks. We use 2 inserts at night time and that does the trick for the most part. You can’t really see the snaps but they snap shut  easily and have 3 different adjustments for size. The only thing that I don’t love about these is pulling out the insert before it goes in the wash. It gets pretty wet but they need washed separately so it must be done. Plus after the wash, these type have to be re “stuffed” adding an extra step to the laundry part, but honestly stuffing them isn’t that big of a deal especially since we only have one baby.

flip diaper

The second type of diaper we have is The Flip Hybrid Diaper System. From the outside, all three diapers look the same with adjustable snaps. This one is different from the first because there isn’t a pocket. The insert just lays right inside of it and touches the baby’s skin directly. It’s made of a different, safer, material. We have 3 covers and about 15 inserts I think. What is nice about these is that you can can take out the insert if it gets wet and reuse the cover. These were extra nice when Judah was younger and it seemed like he was peeing  all day long. Now, they aren’t my favorite. He can’t wear them at bedtime or nap time because he is a heavy wetter at those times and he gets soaked, and if he makes a stink, chances are it’s going to get on the cover anyway and the covers are a pain to spray off with the diaper sprayer (more on that in part two).  But, it is still nice to be able to not stuff them on laundry day and we still use them a whole lot.

all in one diaper

The third type of diaper we use is The BumGenius Brand  Freetime All-In-One Diaper. The above photo shows what it looks like all folded up like the baby wears it, and then stretched out. Basically, it doesn’t have a pocket like the 4.0, it has an insert like the Flip, but it’s sewn in directly to the cover. Hence the name: All-in-One. It’s all one piece.
These diapers weren’t on the market until a few months after Judah was born and we had plenty of diapers so I thought we wouldn’t ever have any. Plus, I read some reviews and people were saying that even though you don’t have to stuff them, which is nice for laundry, they take an extra long time to dry so it wasn’t worth it. Then one day I was at Target and someone had bought these online and then returned them to the store so there were two of them on clearance in an incorrect box for a ridiculously cheap price and I grabbed them up. So, we only have 2 of them, but I love love love them. It just makes sense. It’s exactly like a disposable diaper, as in, no stuffing or reusing, you just throw it in the laundry instead of in the trash. We don’t have leaking issues with them and I don’t have to stuff them on laundry day, Plus, they do not take longer to dry on the rack than the other ones. so #winning. If we continue to cloth diaper future babies I will definitely be investing in more of these.

So there you have it. The pros and cons to all three that we use. I feel like cloth diapers have come a long way in the past decade or so and it will be interesting to see what happens with them in the coming years as well. Stay tuned for part two of this riveting series.

Here is a a link to part two of the series.

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8 thoughts on “Our first year of cloth diapering: Part One

  1. Have you used the disposable inserts with your Flips? I liked the thought of that option with traveling. I have a few BG 4.0 that I plan to use with our little one. Did you do prefolds w/ covers at all?

  2. I DO find this to be a riveting series 😉 haha I’m REALLY looking forward to the 2nd installation b/c I always want to know other people’s ‘car techniques’ LOVE YOUR BLOG

  3. I am happy to hear you love the freetime! I am just starting in cloth diapers (baby is due in 10 weeks) and I do have some freetimes prepped and ready in my stash. I am also planning on using Grovia hybrids and some prefolds+covers. Do you find you are able to use the freetime overnight?

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