I am a cloth diapering mom and proud of it. Cloth diapering really isn’t as bad as it seems and there are tons of good reasons why cloth is better than disposables.
- Cloth diapers save you money! Instead of buying package after package of disposable diapers you only need to invest in a set that will be reused over, and over again.
- Disposable diapers are the 3rd largest single product in the waste stream (behind newspapers & beverage containers). Using cloth diapers cuts down on this waste.
- Single use Disposable diapers use 37% more water than diapers laundered at home! All the wood pulp used in them takes much more water to produce. Using cloth diapers save water.
- Disposables contain Dioxin (a result of the bleaching process), Dioxin is listed by the EPA as the worst cancer linked chemical. Using cloth diapers is safer for your baby and the environment.
There are oodles of reasons why cloth is the better option. For more cloth diapering facts you can visit: http://www.realdiaperassociation.org/diaperfacts.php
Anyway, on my cloth diaper quest I had the opportunity to try GroBaby, BumGenius, Organic Caboose, Skoon, Knickernappies and Bumpkins diapering products.
I like my BumGenius pocket diapers best but have noticed some issues with them. For starters we had a huge diaper blowout right at the start of band practice last week. We are talking poop just oozing out the diaper and down my shirt! I even tweeted a photo of the mess just to share the awesomeness with my followers. Following me on twitter brings all sorts of perks, lol!
She was wearing a BumGenius diaper when this happen, it turns out the diaper wasn’t on tight enough! Oops. Wont make that mistake again.
Cloth diapers can and do have blowouts when they are filled to capacity, put on wrong or when they have buildup and need a stripping. I am now aware of this, live and learn right? So my BumGenius are great but as her shape changes the fit is getting somewhat tricky.
As for the GroBaby, I am in the process of talking with them about a problem with their diaper. It’s velcro doesn’t stay stuck when Everly is wearing it. It curls back and loosens as it rubs her clothes, this isn’t a good thing for a diaper. You want those suckers on tight so you aren’t covered in poop every day!
I like the GroBaby because it’s not a pocket diaper but it is just like one! It has a snap in soaker that comes with it but once the soaker is soaked or soiled I use my Skoon inserts.
It’s kind like you would use a prefold diaper but instead of pinning the cloth I just tuck it under the GroBaby shell, saves me a few loads of laundry and gets good use out of all the products I have on hand.
Speaking of shortcuts and prefolds, I use them and various inserts with the shells of the diapers I have. It helps me save money too because those inserts and prefolds are way cheaper than one complete pocket diaper.
I’ve even started laying a terry cloth/ cotton insert over the top of my pocket diaper’s pocket and just using the pocket diaper as a cover (you know instead of stuffing the diaper). This way E can wear the same pocket diaper many more times.
Shoot, if you are really desperate you can even reuse a pocket diaper as a diaper shell once it’s been soiled, that will save you even more loads of laundry.
Now that Everly is 3 months old I am looking at possible diaper investments for the mobile phase of her development. I’ve heard that tot are known to un-velcro diapers and that certain diapers are prone to leak when baby gets crawling around.
What are your cloth diaper tips or brand suggestions for a new cloth diapering mom whose baby is 3 month old? I am looking for diaper short cuts, tricks and brands I should consider. Let you opinion be heard!
Oh speaking of BumGenius. I am busting my butt to win this awesome contest: Win Six bumGenius 3.0 One-Size Cloth Diapers
If you cloth diaper you could enter to win these, if you’re not cloth diapering you can enter to win them and just send them to me when you win, lol. :-P