I think I mentioned that I cloth diapered our first daughter on the uber cheap from the beginning. Well, at about 10 months in, I was fed up. Both my husband and I were sick of pinning every single diaper. We only had 2 “good” covers. We had some of the bummi’s whisper wrap covers (which are pretty good, but not if you don’t have enough of them). We were doing laundry like crazy…reusing covers more than we wanted to, and just not having fun.
Then in the spring, we unexpectedly got a little extra money as a gift, and so we decided to treat our daughter and ourselves to some really good diapers. We ended up buying eleven diapers that day (I don’t know if you can tell, but at the time we were broke, and it was a very big purchase for us to spend so much money on cloth diapers). I think I spent about 3 hours in our local cloth diaper store trying to decide which diapers to buy and what I wanted. For the record, this is a major reason I want to write this resource for people. I want to create a resource that I did not have. A way to compare price, and quality, and ease (both of changing and laundering) all in one space. Make it easy to navigate, and fun to read.
Anyway, back to the review. Of the eleven diapers that we purchased that day, 9 were traditional pocket diapers and 2 were duos…a hybrid between an all in one and a pocket.
The salesman did sort of do a hard sell towards pocket diapers. In retrospect, I realize I was a little embarrassed to let him know that I was already very familiar with prefolds and covers (I didn’t want to seem like an uncool cloth diaperer….psht….older wiser me could not care less about this, but there you have it…the psychology of a cloth diaper purchase). Plus, I love natural fibers. It was one of the main reasons I had chosen to cloth diaper. The diapers I bought that day were completely synthetic. There would be no cotton up against my baby’s bum with them, and these days I would know better.
If I had it to do again, I think It may have been a better fit for me to get something that I was more comfortable with, and purchasing some really nice covers would have saved me some cash…but whether that was a shortcoming of the salesman or of mine, I’m not really sure…probably both. I mention this here, because while overall I would say that these are great diapers. Great. They all are still in great shape after 4 children. They weren’t really the right diapers for me.
I already had 6 dozen prefolds and not enough covers. A pocket diaper cover can only be used once before it needs to be washed. Once. A cover around a prefold can get wet, air dry while you use another cover, and repeat the process till it gets a little stinky or gets soiled. On average I would say today we use our covers 3 times before washing them. Anyhow, since I could only afford to purchase 11 pocket diapers at the time…yeah, it solved my ease of changing problem, but not my constant laundry problem. We still had to wash diapers pretty much every day….plus I wasn’t used to the less absorbent microfiber filler and so I ended up hating that portion of the diapers. I just stuffed my pocket diapers with prefolds. So for me I only ended up getting use of the covers anyway.
So that’s what I think about them in retrospect. However at the time, I thought those diapers were the bee’s knees. Tommy and I loved our new “easy” diapers. They were so great for diaper changes, that we just didn’t complain about the laundry side of things.
If you take one thing from this post, I hope it is this. Think about what you want out of a cloth diaper/cloth diapering in general. Here are some of the things to think about.
Ease of changing
Ease of laundering
Materials you are comfortable using
Why you are cloth diapering
Once you have a good idea of what is attracting you to cloth diapering, then start researching the diapers that meet those criteria. You will be much happier with your experience in the long run if you do. Most people use some variety of cloth diapering solutions…so don’t be discouraged if one single diaper doesn’t seem to check all of your boxes. Also, keep my email address handy. I’m here to help firstname.lastname@example.org
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