Once the diapermoon is over…
While reading one of my old blog entries, I realized that I feel quite differently about some diapers now, compared to how I felt when they were brand new fluff mail. Some things I didn’t like at first, I grew to love and vice versa.
Therefore, I’m going to do a quick summary (linking to the original blog post also) of some of the diapers I’ve been using for up to 6 months. I’ve also taken some photos of things I find noteworthy.
I warn that this post will be very long and somewhat rambling at times. 🙂
Since some people do refer back to the archives, I’m going to also figure out the best way to link this post to the original post, perhaps by just linking to this post to avoid a big glob of copied & pasted text at the end. Here goes!
Bumgenius 3.0 One Size Pocket Diapers.
The first 3 diapers I bought were Bumgenius 3.0s. I’ve had those since October, so just about 6 months. They’ve gotten some major wear and tear. Not only have I had them the longest, but when I first started out, I only had 3 BG, then 6, and I literally washed them twice a day to keep the sposies I needed to use, to a minimum.
The most common complaint I read (I think I read hundreds of reviews when deciding what to initially purchase) was that over time, the velcro curls, doesn’t stick and forms diaper chains in the wash. Some people have even done a snap conversion.
Well, I happened upon this Bumgenius Refresher Kit at cottonbabies. The refresher kits include three new pieces of elastic (back elastic, two legs) new tab closures and new laundry tabs. Each kit also includes instructions for sewing your diaper refresh kits into your bumGenius cloth diapers. Each kit is only $1.00! It seems well worth it to me.
That said, I don’t need any. The light blue diaper was one of the first 3 I bought and the one I reach for the most. It is the “worst” as far as tabs curling, and you can see it’s not really bad at all.
The velcro actually sticks to the laundry tabs, stays firmly attached, but isn’t too difficult to remove from the diaper or laundry tabs.
There are no functional problems at all. They may need a little refresher in a few more months, but who cares. I remember being so shocked at the price of $17.95 per diaper when I first started looking at cloth. Now I know, that’s cheap!! They’re one size, waterproof, come with not only an insert, but a doubler too, have a stay dry inner, and are actually one of the least expensive diapers I’ve bought!
They also have the “poop scoop” in back and a nice, wide pocket for stuffing. I’ve heard some people say they don’t like that, but I do. You have to fold the “poop scoop” over after stuffing to cover the opening.
I also adore that they have the PUL “stopper” on the front. You don’t have to be too particular about getting the insert just so, since that will keep it from wicking onto clothing.
Speaking of stuffing, it takes me seconds to stuff them now. I had a learning curve though. I don’t really think it’s something someone can teach you, you just have to get the hang of it.
As long as the diaper is on the right rise setting, stuffed properly, fastened properly etc, I don’t have any leaks or blowouts. These are my go-to diaper when we leave the house because I know I won’t be left “all wet.”
Happy Heiny’s Monkey Print and Peace Bears
I sheepishly admit that the prints are what made me desperately want these! I initially thought they’d be great for newborns since they had a “newborn” setting in addition to small, medium and large. They claim to fit 7.5 to 35 lbs. Many one size diapers have similar size ranges, but almost everyone tells me that they don’t really fit until about 10 pounds.
My son was born at about 8 pounds and was a bit over 14 pounds when we started cloth diapering at about 4 1/2 months. He has worn the “medium” setting on all of his other one size diapers since then, but we are still on the “newborn” setting on these!! We started out on medium and went to small, then finally newborn, in search of a secure fit.
Granted, he’s teeny at 16 1/2 lbs at 10 1/2 months, but I just can’t see how a 7.5 pound baby could wear these. I think the sizing is more like Small/Medium, Medium/Large, Large/Extra large and Toddler.
The aplix closure tabs do overlap, but I’m always left with the end flapping in the breeze for some reason. I’ve never tried a snap version.
When I tried to use the “small” setting, we had constant leg gap and he would pee right out the leg hole, leaving the insert bone dry. Even since we sized down, I have to be really careful about how I put them on or we get leaks.
Since there’s no stopper like the bumgenius has, I have to be careful not to stuff the insert too far into the diaper, but then it sometimes wants to hang out the back. The inserts also do not have the snaps for sizing like the BG have. They also want to bunch up inside and that also causes leak issues for us.
I have to use the foldover method for securing the tabs during laundering, they don’t stick to the laundry tabs for me.
They have a little bit of pilling here and there, but overall seem to be “aging” fine.
I will definitely hang on to them since they may fit better if he chubs back up, or might fit another baby (if we have one!) Solid colors cost $1 more than the bumgenius, but there is an additional surcharge for prints.
Fuzzibunz One Size Pocket Diapers
A very, very long time ago, long before I even had a baby on the way, I researched cloth diapers. I ended up liking FuzziBunz the best, but I was turned off by the cost of having to buy different sizes. My daughter was such a peanut that she was only about 24 pounds by the time she was fully potty trained. For her, we would have needed some newborns, smalls and some trainers. That would have been all. Oh, if only I could have all the money back (or even some of it!) that we spent on disposables for her. What a fluff stash it would buy!
In the beginning of my cloth diapering, I wanted only one-size diapers, so I bought this. Initially, I thought this was OK. Nice and trim. Then I realized that the way I had the waist & elastic setting wasn’t quite right. I found the elastic confusing and off putting, and the nice trim fit wasn’t as trim once the fabric was puffy from adjusted elastic.
I found the triangular snap configuration confusing and annoying and my husband hated it.
Since it’s one of the last I reach for, it doesn’t surprise me that it’s in pretty good shape! The cost was $1 more than the Bumgenius.
Again, I got suckered into a diaper because of the cute print! I had heard good things about Blueberry, but that their velcro was awful. Since I couldn’t find any of the prints I liked with snaps, I got the velcro, thinking that people were just anti-velcro.
Boy was I wrong!! This was the blog post that made me realize how wrong wrong wrong initial impressions can be! I hated the insert because I couldn’t figure out how to fold and snap it. Now I love it! It’s one size without adding much bulk, has microfiber and hemp both, is very trim, and is a loop, so it dries quickly. Definitely one of my most favorite inserts now.
I also thought the velcro was good. Bwaaahhhahahhahah!! Excuse me while I slap my knee and wipe a tear from my eye.
You be the judge:
It’s as though Blueberry velcro defies all rules of logic. It is im-freakin-possible to get off the dang diddly laundry tabs! Seriously, I work up a sweat trying to get them off, and this one is ripped almost completely off.
Put them in the washing machine though and it’s like the velcro thinks the laundry tab has cooties. The velcro sticks to everything BUT the laundry tabs. This means all my other stuff gets snagged, and the Blueberry velcro gets a bunch of gross fuzzy stuff stuck in it.
The inside is quite pilly, and seems to have stained more than others.
In general, it just looks much older than diapers that have been used much, much more often.
Goodmama diapers are very popular. They’re quite pricey, and some hard to find prints can go for even more, even used!
They’re most well known for their fitteds, but they also make an All-in-One.
They sell exclusive prints through different stores, and I snagged The Pebbled One from Kelly’s Closet with my gift certificate.
They call this an all in one, but it appears more like an all in two to me. There is no absorbent material sewn into the diaper, only the snap in soaker and lay in booster. I’ve heard some people say that a true all in two has a shell that can be wiped out and re-used with a new snap in at each change. Because this one has velour inside, it would need to be washed after a single use, thus making it an all in one. *shrug*
Anyhoo, because it’s organic bamboo velour A.K.A. OBV (actually usually bamboo, cotton and polyester), it had to be washed and dried at least 4-6 times before use. It takes 6-10 uses to reach it’s full absorbency potential.
I did wash it the minimum number of times before use, and it didn’t hold much. I’ve heard people say the “ones” wick at the legs. Wicking would be putting it mildly. I know he’s wet it because his clothes are wet!
This is a “one size” diaper, but it doesn’t have the snap down rise. It has a fold down rise with an extra set of snaps.
Overall, I’m disappointed and not feelin’ the Goodmama love!
Edit August 2010: I do not use this diaper anymore. It leaks so badly I have to use it with a cover, which is annoying and bulky. The snaps leave red marks on his tummy, and the diaper wore so quickly that I doubt it would have any resale value, even without the leaking issues.
I did not have high hopes for this Kushies Baby Ultra Lite Washable Diaper.
I want to preface this by saying most experienced cloth diaperers have said they hate these and are glad they didn’t give up on Cd’ing because of them. I would really only suggest these to someone who wants to try cloth diapers that are easy & inexpensive. I’d rather have One Blueberry than 3 of these, but I’d rather have these than disposables.
This was a new product at Kelly’s Closet. I still have a balance on the gift certificate my Mom got me for Christmas. I’m always looking to increase my fluff stash and try something new, plus I wanted to bump my order over $49 for free shipping.
I was really intrigued by the price. This is the cheapest (mass produced) diaper I’ve purchased (aside from the econobum, which was free with a coupon code & I didn’t care for at all.) They were even cheaper than the smartipants diaper.
In addition, it is an all in one diaper, which means the soaker material is sewn into the diaper. I’m a little leery of them because of the drying time and inability to remove the soaker for extra cleaning.
You get to choose boy, girl or neutral print, you don’t choose the actual print. I find that pretty disappointing since part of the fun of cloth diapering is choosing the cute fabrics! The one I received is OK. Not horrible but not what I would have chosen if I’d been able to.
I’m not sure where I come up with this stuff, but for some reason, if it had been on clearance for, say, $8 or less, I would have been less concerned with the print.
So, my initial opinion of the diaper wasn’t really great. The tabs were small and the outer fabric reminded me of a windbreaker.
However, the diaper was really cushy and had a nice, thick absorbent core, which somehow also felt very, very trim. I also realized that the small tabs mean that you don’t have to have “overlapping” tabs, you can just put one below the other, since the loop part of the hook & loop was as wide as both tabs.
According to their website, it has 6 layers of 100% cotton flannel plus a “special middle soaker for increased absorbency.” That soaker is just the fold down flap you can see in the photo. You can fold it over to get extra absorbency where you need it. This is the first diaper I have that doesn’t have a fabric against baby’s skin to wick moisture away. You can buy stay dry liners or buy and cut microfleece to line diapers with.
These are also sized diapers. I chose infant (10-22 lbs) but they also offer toddler (22-45 lbs). I would probably continue to use the diaper as long as it continued to cover the important bits and not leak. The weight limits can really vary based on your child’s waist size, rise, skinny, chunky etc.
The diaper was just fine on.
The diaper doesn’t have any fancy gussets, but he pooped in it as well as soaking it, and we had no leaks or blowouts. I do wish it had a stay dry inner though, the whole inside was of course wet to the touch.
The tabs held wonderfully and weren’t too grippy, yet they didn’t budge during laundering.
I didn’t think I’d like this diaper, but it functioned very well, and when purchased in 5 packs, they are less than $10 per diaper. That is less than an econobum!
These are very Daddy friendly. The fact that they are all in ones and have a velcro closure makes them as close to disposables as you can get. They are so affordable, you could try a few, use them long enough for them to pay for themselves, then move on to another type of diaper, or sell them or give them away!
They are also readily available. I’ve heard people say they have seen them at Wal-Mart (Ptooie!!) and a quick search of their site confirms it. Free site to store shipping too.
Bottom (no pun intended) line, these are cheap diapers that are fine for the price. Don’t buy them if you’re expecting Blueberry quality, but they’d be a great alternative to prefolds and covers or disposables.
Now I’m really curious about the “Ultra” type. It says it has 5 layers of 100% cotton flannel (vs the Ultra-Lite’s 6, though perhaps that was a typo) plus the extra soaker. I love the adorable duck print pictured! These are also available in Preemie (2-4 lbs) and Newborn (4-10 lbs). That is definitely enticing since even one size diapers usually don’t fit well until about 10 pounds and it’s tough to think about investing hundreds of dollars in teeny diapers the baby won’t wear long!
They do have a strike against them in my book, because in their drop down menu, they have spelled “Classic Diaper” as “Classic Diper.” Spell check. Use it. (No, I’m not perfect, but I also don’t have a professional website and business!)
Edit August 2010: This is an OK diaper but very “cheap” and won’t really hold up to “messes.” If you’re on a budget, I’d suggest a Hybrid or prefold/cover system before I recommended these.
>Kelly’s closet will be getting some exclusive Goodmama prints in fitteds and all in ones.
I haven’t totally figured out fitteds yet. They do not have a waterproof layer, thus require a cover to be waterproof, but are more breathable. My understanding is that people will use a waterproof PUL, fleece or wool cover over the fitted, use a “soaker” over top, or just use nothing over top and change very often.
Goodmama is a much coveted brand, and I’d love to try a fitted, but they are a bit rich for my blood. I see the main advantage being that your baby’s skin can breathe, but I imagine you’d have to skip pants at home & wear a cover or another type of diaper when going out. I love babylegs but I could see that getting expensive too, since I would be inclined to buy a pair to match every diaper!
The dangerous thing about Goodmama is that they have ADORABLE collections where you can buy shirts, hats etc. to match your diapers!
Goodmama also sells on hyenacart and has had several “free for shipping” drawings this weekend, but I haven’t won any darn it!!
Images used with permission from The Goodmama