Cloth Diapering is a Go! (A Throwback Post)

I love finding these old throwback posts, back when cloth diapering was still shiny and new.  Before Norton was even born I was quite certain that cloth diapering was what I wanted.  My husband was less certain, but he did come around.

 

 

Using Cloth Diapers is a Go! (Cloth Diaper Addicts)

Little baby Norton is modeling one of those original FuzziBunz we started out with!

I now officially have every single thing that I need for cloth diapering Norton.  I just got my last order of cloth diapering supplies in.  One thing that I love about ordering from a local distributor: she delivers it to your house free of charge while she’s out and about running errands.  Plus, supporting local businesses over big box stores is always cool.

I am now the proud owner of a total of nineteen FuzziBunz one size diapers.  However, I am also a smart owner, so I will only wash one diaper as a test run before Norton comes home.  We’ll use it and see how we like it.  If I absolutely hate cloth diapering and figure out that it’s not going to work for me, I can return the unwashed and still packaged cloth diapering supplies to my distributor for a refund.  I have a pack of size one disposables just to be on the safe side.

I’ve got two rolls of Bummis diaper liners, so I can neatly dispose of Norton poo without scraping or spraying.  Ick.  And because I’m not terribly crunchy by nature, I got a massive box of baby wipes when they were on sale.  I have the diaper pail.  I have the drawstring liner for the diaper pail so that I have a convenient way of stashing Norton’s diapers until they are washed.  And I have a wet bag to stash in the diaper bag for diaper changes on the go.  And I have the extra liners to stuff in his diapers at night to prevent floods.

I have the diaper cream (which shouldn’t affect the absorption of the cloth diapers since I’ll have that barrier of the flushable diaper liner between Norton’s skin and the diaper itself in the event of diaper rash), and the baby powder.  I have baby lotion.  I have baby oil.  And I have all of these things in a convenient little travel size bottle to fit in his diaper bag.  I’ve got a little travel size wipes container, too.

Whee!  I’m so excited.  It’s rather lame, I think, that I’m so excited about cloth diapering, but such is.  Norton will be here any time between the next thirty-two to fifty-three days.  Oh, I’m so ready. But just to be on the safe side, am I missing anything regarding Norton’s bum?

Originally written on January 19, 2010.

I’m amazed at how much things have changed in three and a half years.  Could I have gotten by with the majority of what I started cloth diapering with?  Oh, yes, but it wouldn’t have been anywhere near as fun.

I loved those Bummis liners, but I’ve moved beyond them to a diaper sprayer.  I’ve stopped using disposable wipes at home in favor of cloth ones.  I ditched the diaper pail for storing dirty diapers in favor of a hanging wet bag.  I sold that liner for the diaper pail since it just didn’t fit nicely in that pail, anyway.

Overnight diapers?  Ha.  With Eudora, that was an easy thing.  With Norton, it took a lot of trial and error.  The little AppleCheeks booster I bought was more for daytime use to give a little extra protection.  It was not, in any way, shape or form, appropriate for overnights.  I have still been known to use Boudreaux’s Butt Paste, but that wasn’t the non-cloth diaper safe cream I started with.  If I have to use it, I use a microfleece liner in between.  Baby powder is awesome.  I switched brands of baby lotion, but it’s not used much, and I never used baby oil.

Oh, yeah, and those 19 FuzziBunz one size diapers that I started with?  I still have some in my rotation.  I’ve never thrown one out.  I still do the majority of my cloth diaper shopping at Cozy Bums.  I still get amazing service from them.  I still prefer supporting local businesses whenever possible and feasible.

How have your cloth diapering habits changed since you first took the plunge?

Daily Cute Fluffy Bum – Bummis

Daily Cute Fluffy Bum - Bummis (Cloth Diaper Addicts)Today’s cute fluffy bum is a tiny little Bummis Super Brite wrap over prefolds on a tiny little newborn baby!  Can you believe that our babies were once roughly that tiny?

Where to buy: Cozy Bums (Canada), Diaper Junction (US/Canada), Lagoon Baby (US/Canada), Kissed by the Moon (US/Canada), Nicki’s Diapers (US/Canada)

Overnight Cloth Diaper Options

Everyone has different preferences for overnight cloth diaper options.  There are a variety of factors to take into consideration: how heavy of a wetter one is dealing with, what’s user friendly, what’s available (a lot of us prefer to buy local in my community), and what’s cost effective.  Some popular overnight cloth diaper options were rejected in my house because my husband either couldn’t figure it out or just didn’t like them for whatever reason.

Recently, I asked my local cloth diaper community what they chose for their overnight cloth diaper options.  Some of them were awesome enough to share pictures.

Overnight Cloth Diapering Options (Cloth Diaper Addicts)“On my heavy wetter it is bumGenius 4.0 with two Thirsties hemp inserts and a Jam Tots stuffer. On my light/medium wetter it is a bumGenius 4.0 with the bumGenius microfiber insert and one Thirsties hemp insert.” ~ Christine K.

Where to buy bumGenius: CozyBums (Canada), Kelly’s Closet (US) Kissed by the Moon (US/Canada), Nicki’s Diapers (US/Canada), Cloth Diaper Addicts Amazon Shop (US)

Where to buy Thirsties: CozyBums (Canada), Kelly’s Closet (US) Kissed by the Moon (US/Canada), Lagoon Baby (Canada/US) Nicki’s Diapers (US/Canada), Cloth Diaper Addicts Amazon Shop (US)

Overnight Cloth Diaper Options (Cloth Diaper Addicts)“Our favourite night time nappy is a Flip with a Flip insert and a hemp doubler…we can do 12 hours no leaks! Not that we ever sleep that long :)” ~ Brooke M. (Mom of beautiful boy/girl twins!)

Where to buy Flip: CozyBums (Canada), Kelly’s Closet (US) Kissed by the Moon (US/Canada), Nicki’s Diapers (US/Canada), Cloth Diaper Addicts Amazon Shop (US)

 

 

Overnight Cloth Diapering Options (Cloth Diaper Addicts)“A Mother Ease Sandy’s fitted with a FuzziBunz microfiber insert underneath, all wrapped in a small Bummis Super Brite.  She can go all night.” ~ Amber M. (Newborn option)

Where to get Bummis: Cozy Bums (Canada), Kelly’s Closet (US), Lagoon Baby (US/Canada), Nicki’s Diapers (US/Canada), Cloth Diaper Addicts Amazon Diaper Shoppe (US)

Do you have a favorite for overnight cloth diapering options?

Daily Cute Fluffy Bum – Bummis

Daily Cute Fluffy Bum - Bummis (Cloth Diaper Addicts)Today’s cute fluffy bum is Eudora!  Back when she was tiny (that shirt was 0-3 months), we often used Bummis prefolds and covers.  That’s what she’s wearing here.  And just like Eudora, Bummis are made in Canada!

Where to buy: Cozy Bums (Canada), Diaper Junction (US/Canada), Lagoon Baby (US/Canada), Kissed by the Moon (US/Canada), Nicki’s Diapers (US/Canada)

 

Daily Cute Fluffy Bum (Bummis Cover)

Daily Cute Fluffy Bum (Cloth Diaper Addicts)Today’s beautiful model is a newborn baby wearing a Bummis Super Brite cover in pink!  The Bummis is covered by a Mother Ease Sandy’s fitted diaper.

Where to get Bummis: Cozy Bums (Canada), Diaper Junction (US), Kelly’s Closet (US), Lagoon Baby (US/Canada), Nicki’s Diapers (US/Canada), Cloth Diaper Addicts Amazon Diaper Shoppe (US)

 

 

 

Affordable Cloth Diaper Options for Every Budget!

Cloth Diaper Blog Hop 2013 When writing about affordable cloth diaper options, I quickly realize that we all have different definitions of “affordable.”  Some people consider a stash of Ragababe and Chelory to be an affordable cloth diaper stash, while others struggle with Babyland.  Some affordable cloth diaper options may require a sacrifice of quality.  Some offer quality at a mid-range price point.

Things to Keep In Mind

While the sticker price on the cost of a diaper change may seem like using cloth diapers is anything but affordable, you’re going to get to reuse that diaper over and over again.  Even that $40 Ragababe is still going to be less expensive over time than using disposable diapers.  (Figure using it once a week for 2 years… 110 uses comes out to 36¢ per use.  If you use it more often than once a week, then you’ll come out even cheaper.)

Affordable Cloth Diaper #1: Best Bottom

Affordable Cloth Diaper Options for Every Budget! (Cloth Diaper Addicts)

Eudora modeling the Best Bottom strawberry shortcake

Best Bottom diapers are a premium but still affordable cloth diaper made by the same company that owns Nicki’s Diapers and Planet Wise wet bags.  On top of them being one of the more affordable premium cloth diapers, Best Bottom diapers are also made in the USA.  The shell costs roughly $17 ($19 in Canada).  Each stay dry insert is roughly $4.  You can reasonably expect to get 3 changes per shell, depending on how your child poops.  Sometimes I’ve gotten 4 changes before switching out the shell.  So, $17+$16= $33, which comes out to $8.25 per diaper change.

Where to buy: Cozy Bums, Nicki’s Diapers, Lagoon Baby, Kissed by the Moon

Affordable Cloth Diaper #2: Flip

Flip diapers are a hybrid diaper made by Cotton Babies, the makers of BumGenius.    You have the option of using the Flip cover with another type of insert (Flip stay dry, Flip organic, Blueberry Capris, Flip disposable, and gDiaper inserts will all fit) or with the super cost effective prefold diaper.  If you use Flip covers and Flip stay dry inserts, you can reasonably expect to get 3 changes per shell, though I can often stretch it out to 4.  A shell is roughly $14 and an insert is approximately $5.  Sometimes you can find them for less in bundles like the Flip Day Pack or buy multiple inserts for less.  $14 + $20 = $34, which works out to $8.50 per diaper change.

Where to buy: Cozy Bums, Nicki’s Diapers, Kissed by the Moon

Affordable Cloth Diaper #3: The Prefold

Prefold cloth diapers can be an exceptionally affordable cloth diapering method.  While some find it very intimidating, it’s actually one of the most cost effective ways of getting a made in North America product.  Bummis, in particular, are made in Canada.  As for price, six Bummis prefolds can be had for about $18.  For that number of prefolds, I’d go with one shell, which will run approximately $12.  (You may end up wanting to buy more covers later… or go with a one size cover like Flip, Best Bottom, or Thirsties.)  Still, though, assuming that you again get four changes per cover, and each prefold is roughly $3, 12 + $12 = $24, which breaks down to about $6 per diaper change.

Where to buy: Cozy Bums, Nicki’s Diapers, Lagoon Baby, Kissed by the Moon

Of course, there are other ways to get cheap cloth diapers for a lower cost.  However, those diapers are often made overseas and one can’t always be sure of the conditions where they are made, nor do they have a particularly long warranty.  I don’t think that an inconsistant diaper is necessarily an affordable cloth diaper option, but to each’s own.

What’s your favorite affordable cloth diaper?



Buying Cloth Diapers Made in USA/Canada

Buying Cloth Diapers Made in USA/CanadaI really love buying cloth diapers.  Every time I get something new, it’s just more fun than is really reasonable.  I’ve been known to experiment with buying cloth diapers in all price ranges and in all makes and manufacturers.  I get a certain little thrill when something new comes in.

Lately, though, I’ve been experiencing a little shift in my preferences for buying cloth diapers.  I think that the big wake up for me was when I noticed that a premium cloth diaper in my stash said “Made with love in China” on the tag.  Another premium cloth diaper that I absolutely love (and don’t buy many of because my local dealer doesn’t sell them and they’re a little pricey) at a slightly lower but very nearly equal price point is proud of being American made.

Then I had a lightbulb moment.

Usually, when people choose merchandise that is made in China or other huge manufacturing sectors, it’s because of a lower price point.  Or at least, that’s my philosophy.  But if I’m going to be spending the exact same amount or more for something that’s made overseas, I think I’d rather buy an American or Canadian made product.

I’m not making this decision out of some sort of silly nationalism.

Why I’m Buying Cloth Diapers Made in the USA/Canada

When I buy diapers made in the US or Canada, I can be sure of a few things:

1.) The manufacturing facilities are required by law to meet certain safety guidelines.

2.) The employees are paid at least minimum wage.

3.) I’m keeping manufacturing jobs in my countries, which is better for my national economy.

4.) There are product manufacturing guidelines that keep harmful chemicals away from my kids, which is a huge bonus to using cloth diapers in the first place.

Brands Made in the USA/Canada

AppleCheeks (Canada)

AMP (Canada)

Best Bottom (USA)

Blueberry (USA)

Bummis (Canada)

Thirsties (USA)

There are, I’m sure, other brands made in the US and Canada that I’ve left out!  What’s your favorite Made in North America diaper?

Bummis Diapers Gives Fantastic Service

Bummis Diapers Gives Fantastic Service (Cloth Diaper Addicts)

Thanks to Bummis, this was quickly resolved.

When it comes to warranties and returns, I’m fairly lazy.  I don’t go to the post office.  There’s no mail drop near my house.  In fact, I think we’ve mailed exactly one thing since Christmas, and that was a friend’s cloth diaper package.  I’ve had some cloth diapers that I needed to do a warranty claim on, and I’d been putting it off for months.  I finally decided I’d better get it done before the warranty expired.  Bummis diapers was my first target.

I had bought a Tots Bots Easy Fit diaper in August.  At some point, the fabric got a run on the male side of a snap.  Since those diapers are pretty tough on the snaps, I pulled it out of my rotation because I knew that it was only going to get worse.  On March 6, I finally got my act together and filled out the warranty claim form on the Bummis diapers website.  I heard back from them on March 7 to let me know that my warranty claim was approved.  On March 14, I received my replacement diaper.

You’d think that would be the end of it, and I’d be elated with the speedy service that I’d received from Bummis Diapers.  You’d be wrong.  There’s more.  That diaper was the wrong closure: I’d received a Velcro style instead of snaps.  So I emailed.

I figured that this was it.  I was going to have to suck it up and make a trip to the post office to return that diaper.  I figured wrong.  The very next day, I got an email back from Bummis Diapers.  Naomi told me to keep that Aplix diaper as a gift from Bummis and she’d send the correct diaper out in the next day’s mail.

Whoa.  That’s some pretty impressive customer service.  To put it in context, in the time that it took me to actually get the replacement Tots Bots Easy Fit back from Bummis diapers, I only received a form letter telling me that my warranty with another very large company was approved and to please mail them the defective diapers.

I’ve always loved the fact that Bummis diapers are made in Canada and that Tots Bots are made in Scotland.  Now?  I’m loving the customer service that I get from them even more.

Have you ever had to warranty out a cloth diaper?  What was your experience like?

Cloth Diaper Covers – What Are They For?

Recently, I saw a post on my local cloth diapering group.  A mom had just bought some cloth diaper covers and realized that they were not like her beloved pocket diapers.  She didn’t know what they were actually for, so she asked the group.

I was about to answer… and then I realized that there’s no way that I could write a short answer about the wonders of cloth diaper covers.  Rather than post something that’s tl;dr (too long; didn’t read or “teal deer”) on a Facebook wall, I figured that making a nice blog post with visual aids made more sense.

Cloth diaper covers are pretty versatile things.  You can get cloth diaper covers in a variety of formats: basic, yoked, doubled gussets, or a snap in insert.

Basic Cloth Diaper Covers

Cloth Diaper Covers - What Are They For? (Cloth Diaper Addicts)

A very tiny Eudora modeling her Bummis Super Whisper Snap Wrap.

Your basic cloth diaper covers are a single piece of PUL or TPU with a closure of either Velcro or snaps.  You just lay whatever you put inside the diaper down over the cover, put your baby down on top, and close it up.  These are often a part of a lower price cloth diapering system with flats, prefolds, or contour diapers.

Examples include: Bummis (available at Cozy Bums, Cloth Diaper Addicts Amazon Store, and Nicki’s Diapers) and Econobums (available at Cozy Bums)

Double Gusset Cloth Diaper Covers

Cloth Diaper Covers - What Are They For? (Cloth Diaper Addicts)

The interior of a Thirsties cover.

Double gusset diaper covers are just what they sound like: a cover that is very similar to your basic cloth diaper covers, except they include a double gusset to contain potentially explosive and oozy newborn or breastfed baby poo.

Examples include: Blueberry Coveralls (available at Cloth Diaper Addicts Amazon Store and Nicki’s Diapers) and Thirsties (available at Cloth Diaper Addicts Amazon Store and Nicki’s Diapers)

All-in-Two/Hybrid Cloth Diaper Covers

All-in-Two and hybrid systems are your basic cloth diaper cover with a twist.  Some have a yoke style to them in order to keep the insert in place.  Others have a snap-in method for their inserts.  You can use the designed inserts with the hybrid cloth diaper covers, or you can mix and match your inserts for a fun experiment.  (Here’s a handy dandy chart to compare some all-in-two cloth diaper covers.)

Advantages of Cloth Diaper Covers

Cloth diaper covers are often lower priced and exceptional versatile.  You can use multiple types of diapers inside the covers (whether it’s a hybrid or all-in-two system or a basic cover).   Cloth diaper covers will also dry significantly faster than all-in-one diapers.  In fact, a Best Bottom diaper shell can dry in just a couple of hours on my drying rack.

Have you ever used cloth diaper covers?  Which did you prefer?

Cloth Diapers – Best and Worst for Poo (Part II)

Yesterday, I put up a list for the best and worst cloth diapers for poo.  However, it got a little long, so I decided to split it into three parts before it became one huge tl;dr.  (Too long; didn’t read.)  Here’s the second parts!

Blueberry cloth diapersBlueberry cloth diapers

Blueberry cloth diapers are another wonderful, all around cloth diaper.  I love the beautiful prints, the angled snaps and the fact that I can stuff them to make them a fantastic overnight cloth diapering solution for Norton.  They won’t necessarily contain the scariest poops ever, but they are remarkably easy to clean, much like FuzziBunz and BumGenius.

Where to buy: Lagoon Baby (Canada), Cloth Diaper Addicts Amazon Store (US), Kelly’s Closet (US), Nicki’s Diapers (US/Canada)

Bummis prefold cloth diapers

Bummis prefold cloth diapers

Bummis prefolds and covers

Cleaning from the prefold is no problem, depending on the fold.  You just pick it up and spray.  Cleaning the covers?  Meh.  It’s got that same “be careful or the water will seriously bounce back at you” issue that I find to be common with the majority of covers out there.

Where to buy: Cozy Bums (Canada), Cloth Diaper Addicts Amazon Store (US), Kelly’s Closet (US)

TotsBots Easy Fit

TotsBots Easy Fit

TotsBots Easy Fit

This is just an “okay” diaper for poop.  It catches okay, and it rinses okay.  The only worry is that I have to be careful which end I hold the diaper to spray so that the all-in-one tongue doesn’t fall out.  For Norton, this is not an issue, but since Eudora poops up the back, there are times that poo actually gets in the little space above the pocket.  Gross.  Still a great diaper that has its advantages!

Where to buy: Cozy Bums (Canada), Cloth Diaper Addicts Amazon Store (US), Kelly’s Closet (US)

BumGenius Freetime

BumGenius Freetime

BumGenius Freetime

Now we’re starting to get into the “please don’t poop in these cloth diapers!” collection.  I love my BumGenius Freetime diapers.  They’re effective.  They’re easy to use.  They hold poop as well as the BumGenius 4.0.  But I hate cleaning them.  They’re an all-in-one diaper and the flaps kind of… well, flap when I try to clean one.  I seem to end up with either the poop oozing under the flaps or the wrong flap on top for poop purposes.

Where to buy: Cozy Bums (Canada), Nicki’s Diapers (US/Canada), Kelly’s Closet (US), Cloth Diaper Addicts Amazon Store (US)

Stay tuned for the rest of the list tomorrow!  Which cloth diapers do you find to be the most poop friendly?