Monday, January 23, 2012

Cloth Diaper Post, Holler!

Husband and I are 99% sure we are going to cloth diaper baby girl. We made this decision for a few different reasons. My reasons were- to save money, to help prevent blowouts and diaper rash, and because they're cute and photograph well (no judgement, please). Not going to lie, the environment did not play into my reasoning at all. Hubby, on the other hand, not only likes the idea of saving money, but he also cares about the environment (so we're half green, I guess?). I first considered cloth diapering when I read this post over on Young House Love.

I've since found a lot of bloggers that choose to cloth diaper, or maybe I just gravitate to them a bit since I was interested in the idea, and started planting the seed in Hubby's mind. Now, I say we're 99% sure because I have some reservations about cloth (ok I have one reservation- I hate laundry), and want to give myself an out if we/I change our minds. I've registered for cloth, but plan to do a trial before using anything we get from our registry. This way I'll know if I want to do the additional work, and it also will give me some time to figure out if what we've registered for is the best fit for baby girl. We also plan on using disposables when she's a newborn so we can compare the two, and also not have to invest in the special newborn cloth diapers. Disposables will also be our go to for long trips, and we'll also have some on hand for babysitters or to take to church. So, onto what we chose, and why.

Please remember I am not an expert by any means, this is just what we understand so far about cloth and we have not yet tried them on a live human child. We went with three different types.

First up, the bumGenius Freetime.

These are a fairly new cloth diaper, they are One Size- so it adjusts as child grows, and it's an all in one (AIO)- what would be the inserts/ lining are attached to the diapers, so you just launder the whole thing and there is no stuffing of inserts. These have a microfiber insert/lining. My understanding is that the microfiber inserts are not quite as absorbent as the organic, but they dry faster in the laundry and babies don't feel the wetness as much, so this is most similar to disposable. We registered for 8 of these, in a variety of colors, with one in velcro, the rest snaps.

Next up, the GroVia Hybrid.

These are, as the name implies, a hybrid between the all in ones, and the pocket diapers. Again, we went with the One Size. The shell is waterproof, and you buy liners that you can snap into the shell and then launder them just like that (like an all in one), or you can snap out the liners, and reuse the shell a few times with new liners before needing to launder the shell (like a pocket). We picked these because you had a choice between organic and microfiber inserts, so we can try the organic, which we've heard can help with potty training faster since kiddos don't like feeling wet. Also, our understanding is that these are good for being out and about, because you can just take a couple of shells and multiple liners and not have the bulk of the true AIOs in your diaper bag. We registered for 2 shells (we have one already) and 8 inserts/liners. If we find ourselves just using them as an AIO we will get a few more shells.

Finally, we've got the Fuzzibunz Elite Pocket Diaper.

Again, we did the One Size, and as pocket diapers, these have you remove the inserts to launder, and then you stuff the shells with the inserts to be ready to go. We only registered for two of these shells, and 5 inserts (2 microfiber inserts and 3 organic). With these you can, like the hybrids, use one waterproof shells a few times with different liners (as long as the diaper isn't poopy, in which case you need a new shell). We registered for these because I have heard really great things about them, but we only registered for two shells because I'm not a big fan of the idea of having to stuff the diapers after the laundry. In total we've registered for 8 bumGenius, 3 shells Grovia Hybrid with 8 liners (4 microfiber, 4 organic), and 2 shells Fuzzibunz with 5 liners (2 microfiber, 3 organic). I'd heard that a basic stash is 12 diapers (launder every day to 1.5 days), some parents prefer 18 (launder every other day) and some go up to 24 (launder every 2 and a half days, or every other day while still having diapers on hand that aren't being laundered). I'd say with my mix of choices, and the fact that you can reuse shells as long as the diapers aren't poopy, I'm about at a stash of 18. I also plan on using cloth wipes.

The cost of my stash if I get everything I've registered for is $356.10, for diapers and wipes. There are additional costs in relation to cloth- mostly the cost of additional loads of laundry. You have to use a special detergent, I'm going to go with Rockin' Green, but it's similar in price to Tide, so there's really no additional cost there for us. You also have to have a special diaper pail liner, but this is a one time cost ($16.95) as it's reusable, you just wash it with your cloth diapers. Disposables you'd have to be purchasing trash bags, or if you have something like the Diaper Genie, you have to get special bags, which run you about $20 for a pack of 3.
This is our first kiddo so obviously I'm not sure how much disposables for our kid would run, but the peeps over at Young House Love said 9 weeks of disposables ran them in excess of $180. If that's the case for us, cloth will even out with disposable at around 4.5 months. And any future kiddos we have that use cloth would have no additional costs unless we have a boy at some point and want to purchase some more "boy" colors of cloth. I purposefully went with MOSTLY gender neutral colors so this wouldn't be a huge issue, but I did register for a few girly colors too (what can I say, I'm a sucker for pink). We actually went the more expensive route (for cloth) with what we chose. AIOs are the most expensive diapers, followed (I think) by pockets, then the least expensive, prefolds. We registered for zero prefolds and very few pockets because I'm a lazy bum. Yup, I like my diapers like I like everything else, pretty and pricy and conducive to laziness. I figured this was a good compromise between the good Lori, that wants to save money, and the bad Lori, that hates housework. I'll go with cloth, to save money, but I'll go with the most expensive ones out there, to save my sanity.


  1. hooray for cloth!!!

    If you really hate laundry I'm sure you will get over that phobia once baby girl comes, whether you use cloth or not. Babies produce a ridiculous amount of extra laundry, so for me one extra CD load is not that big of a deal:) I hope you love it as much as we do! Once you work the laundry and sorting into your routine it's ridiculously easy. I think AIOs will be a great fit for you, and also---if you ever did get more pockets I promise the extra 'stuffing' step is not bad at all and I love that our BG 4.0s dry so fast with the inserts out of the diaper. Plus I am double stuffing the pockets lately for our big boy peer. So many choices--you've done a great job already!

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