Every Monday I will answer user submitted questions. They don’t have to be about cloth diapering! I’ll always answer questions via email, but if you would like your question to be answered in a Mailbox Mondays post, send an email with the subject “Mailbox Mondays” to Maria at change-diapers dot com.
I’m looking for MM submissions for late October and beyond!
I’d love to hear your thoughts about one size diapers. Are they really worth it? Can you get them to fit well? I am using sized diapers right now.
This is a great question! When I was expecting my daughter (about 6 years ago, wow!) an acquaintance gave me information on cloth diapers. I did some research and settled on FuzziBunz sized pocket diapers. When I started adding it up though, it seemed awfully expensive. I didn’t know what I know now, and I didn’t know how to get the information.
I was assuming I would need 25 or so diapers in every size: extra-small, small, medium, large, extra large etc. That would put the cost to cloth diaper equal to, or greater than, disposables. That, combined with feeling overwhelmed at the idea of washing diapers in addition to learning to care for and breastfeed a newborn, made me forget the idea altogether.
Now, I know that I could have used Extra-Small and Mediums alone and been just fine! In fact, my daughter could probably fit in a medium FuzziBunz now at 5 1/2!
With my son, I decided on one-size diapers. He is also tiny like my daughter, and is still in mediums. I only have a few sized diapers, but I like them since they are so trim.
I am able to get a good fit with one-size diapers, and they really aren’t that bulky. Most don’t fit well until 10-12 pounds though (there are exceptions to that) so if you cloth diaper from birth, you will still need to buy something else for the newborn stage.
I’ve also heard several people say that one-size diapers didn’t really fit their larger babies through potty training, so they had to buy some larger diapers later on.
I guess it’s really just a toss up based on what you prefer. There are also a few companies (like Thirsties) that make two size diapers, so you can get the best of both worlds. The size 1 and size 2 should truly take a child from birth to potty training with 3 size adjustments each.
I hope all of this made sense, I tend to talk in circles sometimes! 🙂
A question about “the other cloth”:
Hi, I was wondering if anyone else in your family uses cloth wipes (i.e. Mama cloth)?
Initially, the idea freaked me out a little bit. The more I read, the more interested I was. I’ve looked at WAHM made mama cloth (like the ones made by Addicted) and it looks great! Cute designs, luxurious materials; definitely better than the alternative. I hate the crinkly paper feeling, the trash etc. Hopefully I will get to try some soon (which sounds weird to say!)
Family cloth: I would definitely do family cloth for #1, I’d love to find some soft, affordable wipes to use, and maybe a smallish wetbag to keep in each bathrooom for them. I’d be a little afraid they’d get thrown in the potty by accident though, and I’m not brave enough to use them for #2 yet!
Reusable Tissues: Better for Grownups has some awesome reusable tissues that I can’t wait to try, once I have the money to spend!
What do you guys think? Do you use sized, or one-size diapers? Ever used any “other” cloth?