My name is Sarah & I have been doing cloth diapers since my son was about 5 months ( May of 2008 ). I have a chunker so I can try to help if you've got a big baby to diaper!
Here is a site with a lot of information on cloth diaper basics
with explanation of the types of diapers out there for you to choose from! .
#1 - Fuzzi Bunz
are a pocket diaper. I love the fit of these diapers, they're trim, and I've never had a leak! You can purchase this in either sizes or a one size (very new to the market). Riley has fit medium from 20-40 pounds and still growing!!!!
#2 -Bum Genius 3.0
are a one size pocket diaper. They are a great fitting diaper, fairly trim, and I only had leaks when they got too small for my son. They are one size, but no two babies are alike and my son was 31 pounds at 16 months and they were too snug. Negatives
- the velcro gets pilly & dingy looking.
#3 - Swaddlebees
have different styles...I use the all-in-one with a pocket to add extra absorbency if I want to, and I use their regular pockets also. They are a trim diaper through the crotch area and is a wonderful fit on my chunky guy!
#4 - Goodmama
is a fitted diaper that requires a cover as it is not waterproof. These are not a trim fitting diaper but are very lush materials and very nicely made with adorable prints....and very costly
. They are one size -- but do not fit larger babies, like my son.
#5 - Piddle Poddle
is a brand from Hyenacart. I have a bamboo prefold and a toddler size fitted and LOVE them both.
#6 - Haute Pocket
is a one size pocket diaper. This is a nicely made diaper, somewhat trim, but my chunky son also grew out of this one at approximately 1 year old.
is a one sized pocket diaper. They have very cute prints, they're good quality, and a semi-trim fitting diaper. However, my son also grew out of this one before a year old!
#8 - Green Sprout
are fitted diapers that require a cover. I only used my fitteds from here for a few times and didn't like them because the material was too "scratchy" against his skin.
#9 - Bumkins
are an all in one diaper (they also sell covers). These diapers come in cute prints and are trim as far as bulging. However, they cover a lot of side to side on the legs/hips...kind of like granny panties. They look very large when you get them, but they shrink massively. They don't hold much pee & they stain easily with poo. Not a favorite other than the prints options.
#10 - Drybees Fleece Nighttime
is a pocket diaper that does not require a cover, because the fleece is a waterproof layer. I didn't use these very long either -- partially because my son leaked with them and they made him have a HUGE butt.
#11 - prefolds
- my son is 31 pounds and I use toddler size (XL) prefolds with a snappi
to hold them closed. I have found the jelly roll fold
works best on my guy and then I cover with either a Thirsties
or Blueberry Coverall
cover. They are all great covers....but the Blueberry's are the best ever. Trust me.
#12 -- I make my own fitteds now and if you know how to use a sewing machine it's super easy and can bean even cheaper way to cloth diaper! Lots of free online patterns too!
#13 -- I use baby waschloths or scraps as baby wipes. I keep them stacked on my changing table along with a large spray bottle of water. I use these soapbits
in my water for a light cleansing scent and just spray each rag as needed per change! I have made many repeat orders of the soapbits and won't use anything else.
#14 -- Kawaii
- these are a very inexpensive but GREAT QUALITY pocket diaper (she calls them AIO, but they're pockets). She is in Canada, but free shipping if you order 10 or more diapers. Use her contact me e-mail address to e-mail her with custom choice orders!!
#15 -- Mutts
-- these are an awesome boutique fitted diaper with super cute prints. I have nothing to say but great diaper!! (monkey print below)
Overall my favorite is the fitted diapers and Fuzzi Bunz. The least amount of leaks for me!!
I have two different pail liners that I use in a regular 13 gallon trash bag with a flip lid to put my diapers in. I have a Whamies
& a Planet Wise
and both work fine....but the Whamies laminate is breaking down after many washes.
I swish my poo diapers in the toilet, but you can either purchase a diaper sprayer like THIS
or you can make your own as shown HERE
I wash my diapers with All Free & Clear. HERE
is a list of recommended detergents (and yes mine is only "average").
is a list of cloth diaper safe diaper creams. I use Penaten (when he rarely needs it) and have no problems with buildup or staining. I cut up pieces of fleece to lay in the diaper when I use creams and wash the fleece separately so the cream doesn't get on the diaper and cause buildup and leaks.
is a great site to find used diapers for sale. Free to join.
I have purchased from NickisDiapers
and both have fast shipping.....but the best is Moms Milk Boutique
with FREE SHIPPING. You can also find fairly inexpensive diapers made by mamas like you & me at Etsy
. Just search for cloth diapers. HyenaCart
is also a great place to find lots of work-at-home mom shops that sell a lot of unique diapers!
Any questions I'd be glad to help!!!!!
Here are some pictures of my diapers!!
My current favorite is size Medium & Large (he's in both) Fuzzi Bunz.
I also have a few of my homemade fitteds, flats and prefolds and my all time favorite cover is the BLUEBERRY COVERALL!!!!!!!!
Newest diaper that I love is Kawaii diapers!! They are so inexpensive, but not "cheap" diapers!!! Cute prints too! Check out my link above!