A reader commented on a diaper review that she noticed I don’t give my opinion on cloth diaper reviews, and asked if I liked the diaper. It’s interesting that she noticed that, because I intentionally try to remain objective; here’s why…
There is a cloth diaper out there for every baby & family, and there’s usually a baby out there for every diaper too! Everyone has their preferences for what they like in a diaper, and babies have different sizes, shapes and wetting habits. It would be silly for me to say that I’d like this fitted, AIO, prefold etc. better if it were a pocket, that I’d like this diaper better if it had a stay-dry lining etc.
Of course, I always point out features that I think are especially notable, like a very wide size range, above average absorbency, or features I really love. I will also be sure to note if I had any issues, such as the absorbency issues I had with lots of newborn diapers, and the leg gap I experienced with the Fuzzibunz XS. (Worth noting is that the Fuzzibunz perfect size medium is one of my favorite diapers!) None of those diapers were bad diapers, and lots of people love them. They didn’t work for us, but they worked for friends who borrowed them, and might work on another child of mine who had chubbier legs/was bigger/wasn’t as heavy a wetter.
I’m not shy about sharing that I do have a few favorite diapers, either for size range, fit, absorbency, customer service, prints/colors or warranty issues. As far as newborn diapers go, my favorites changed over time, but I really liked dual-size diapers like the Thirsties Duo and Applecheeks, as well as the Tots Bots Tini fit because they fit my little guy but were still very absorbent.
My preference in general is a pocket diaper with a snap down rise, aplix closures, stay dry inner and natural fiber soaker. I prefer solid colors and typically don’t care for “babyish” prints. My everyday favorite diapers (what I reach for first) are Bumgenius pocket diapers stuffed with hemp inserts (or with a hemp prefold at night,) Ragababe Easy AIOs and Thirsties Duo Diapers (though I don’t love the way the front elastic fits my little guy, but many do!) I also have a handful of other pocket diapers with natural fiber inserts that I like a lot, but aren’t my very favorites.
I have a new Bumgenius Elemental on the way and will publish a review/comparison to the old style. I can already tell you that it won’t be a favorite since it is an all-in-one, doesn’t have a stay dry inner, and costs more than a 4.0 with a hemp prefold. Those same features may be the reason someone else loves it! Each person also has a very different view on price points. I could tell you all about this amazing brussels sprouts recipe, but if you dislike brussels sprouts, my love for it means nothing to you! You could give a recipe rave reviews, but if it’s mushrooms, I’m not interested. 😉
I will always tell you if I had problems with quality, customer service, or if there were functional or design flaws in the diaper. However, my goal in my reviews is to give you all the information about the diaper, its features, sizing, pricing and how it fits my son, so you can make an informed decision on what works best for you. I hope that through all my photos, you almost feel as though you are looking at the diaper too!
I always recommend trying a few diapers, either through a trial program, borrowing from a friend, or buying a few, in order to decide what you like and what works for your child. It’s also a good idea to have a little variety in your stash because your preferences may change.