With DC1 we got a gift of newborn-size g-diapers. They were a pain to use and leaked. So we didn’t use them.
We flirted with cloth diapering more in earnest around the time to start potty training. On the recommendation of a friend, we used Fuzzibunz pocket diapers, size medium. We had 6 of them and used them pretty much on weekends (since we didn’t want to bother daycare) and sometimes evenings. When DC1 was completely potty trained during the day and had grown out of the mediums, we bought 3 size larges for night and some insert doublers.
Fuzzibunz were ok. A bit of a hassle compared to disposables, but not too bad. We swore we would cloth diaper DC2, but only after poo got solid. It is much easier to remove solid poo.
Fast forward several years. And me being sick of emergency late-night Target runs, but unable to buy in bulk because DC2 grows out of a diaper sizes in an unpredictable manner. (We seem to have settled on size 2 for a while at this point, but who knows how long it will last.) I figured if we had some cloth diapers in reserve, we could at least wait until morning to run out to the store.
Cloth diapering technology has improved dramatically. After a bit of internet research, we decided on BumGenius All-in-one (organic, though really I just cared about the AIO part). These are one size fits all by way of an ingenious snap system. Instead of being pocket diapers, they have two layers of inserts sewn on the inside, but in order to enable relatively fast drying (80 min in the dryer in our experience), they’re only sewn on the top and bottom edges of the insert/diaper and there’s space between the diaper and the insert while washing and drying. Except that snaps are a bit more finicky than velcro (but last longer), they’re really no more difficult than disposables in terms of ease of use. Even with non-solid poo. (Though note: we are breast-milk only so the poo doesn’t smell bad… it might not be this easy with formula poo.)
After use, we throw them in the washing machine. Once we’re ready to do a full load of laundry (or we run out of cloth), something that happens once every day or two, we rinse them on cold. Then we throw in the rest of the laundry, add soap, and do a regular cycle. We dry for 60 min, clean out the lint filter and any obviously dry laundry, then dry another 20 min. Not much more effort than our regular laundry cycle.
I had originally bought 6, just for emergencies, but they were so clever and so nice to use, I got another 6, for a total of 12. We don’t make the mother’s helpers use them and we don’t use them at night (since we’d rather DC2 sleep than wake us up demanding a diaper change). So DC2 still goes through ~48 disposables each week, or half a box of the size 2s (ze is ahead on the poo curve on top of being a hearty pee-er).
Anyhow, cloth diapering technology is really amazing these days and it’s gotten much easier to use.
We were not paid for this post and neither Fuzzibunz nor Bum Genius knows we’re alive (if they did, that would be kind of creepy).
Have you or has someone you love tried cloth diapering? How did that work out? Any favorite brands or tips? (Alternatively, have you ever wondered why parents with young kids talk about poo all the time?)