Cloth Diaper Makers and Patent Protection

It’s been all over the cloth diaper world: Jenn Labit of Cotton Babies (maker of BumGenius, Flip, and Econobum) is determined to protect her company’s patents.  Some cloth diaper makers have decided that they will not sit back and allow their designs to be stolen while other companies take in the profit.  Tereson Dupuy of FuzziBunz has been fighting this battle for years.

Cloth Diaper Makers and Patent Protection (Cloth Diaper Addicts)

Take a look at these two diapers and tell me that the print is not a knockoff. And that’s only the beginning.

I’ve seen some comments floating around due to these cloth diaper makers’ refusal to have others take credit for their work. [Read more…]

Brown Cloth Diapers Fall Out of Fashion

For a few years, brown was the new black.  It was wonderful for children’s clothing and nurseries; a lot of people don’t believe that black is appropriate for children because of its funereal uses.  It spawned a whole series of collections of pink or blue with brown accents.  Of course, like many trends, they find their way to cloth diapering.  Brown cloth diapers were plentiful.

Now, though, brown cloth diapers seem to be going out of fashion.  Best Bottom diapers discontinued their double chocolate diaper in February.  FuzziBunz discontinued the Choco Truffle diaper around July.  AppleCheeks announced that they were retiring Chocolate earlier this month.  Brown cloth diapers seem to be getting phased out by numerous companies. [Read more…]

What Do You REALLY Need to Start Cloth Diapering?

I’ve learned a ton in the four years between now and when I decided to start cloth diapering.  I never really am aware of how much I’ve come along until I start looking at my throwback posts… and then I kind of have to laugh.  In a recent throwback, I had my theoretical “what I need to start cloth diapering” list.

Here’s the thing, though, the more I think about it.  You really, really don’t need much to start cloth diapering.  You can start small and build up as you go.  I mean, really, I have a ridiculous amount of diapers now, but I most certainly didn’t start out that way. [Read more…]

Cloth Diapering Needs – Just Starting Cloth #Throwback

I’m seriously hoping to get everything for our cloth diapering needs done and ordered this weekend.  Obviously, some things are out until the nursery nightmare is resolved, but here’s to getting as much done as possible.

I’m totally interested in cloth diapering.  The pros are not putting diapers in the landfill, plus not putting the chemicals next to Norton’s little bum.  Plus, I won’t have to buy disposable diapers all the time.  I remember purchasing disposable diapers for Andy, at roughly a case per month at Sam’s Club with the parents.  Cloth diapering can either completely eliminate or severely reduce that.

The cons of cloth diapering, of course, are that it can be prohibitively expensive to start out.  If you can afford the lump sum starting fee, then you’re in the good.cloth-diapering-needs

So, that gets to my cloth diapering inventory.  I currently have… wait for it… exactly five cloth diapers.  Clearly, that’s not really going to be enough to do it.

This brings me to the baby needs list for cloth diapering.  I’ve searched high and low online for a nice, comprehensive baby needs list for cloth diapers.  I’m finding a nice and ridiculous range of diapers suggested.  One site actually suggests 36 cloth diapers!  If you’re using something inexpensive like Birdseye diapers, then no problem.  However, pocket diapers or all-in-one diapers are fairly pricy, and the vast majority of people would find the price for that quantity to outprice the cost of disposable diapers for a year.

A friend of the family cloth diapers, and has said that I can get away with a dozen, and just do laundry every day.  I kind of don’t feel that that’s enough diapers for my cloth diapering needs.  So, I’m kind of winging it here with my own conclusions.

I figure I should buy another twelve FuzziBunz one size diapers.  That will put me up to a total of seventeen diapers, which gives me a day and a half supply for a newborn, and roughly a two day supply when he gets bigger.  Honestly, it’s not like I want to leave them hanging around for too long.  No matter how much effort I take to keep the smell out, it will build up.  Right?  Especially if I take too long between washings?

I’m also not a big fan of the idea of scraping baby poop into the toilet.  I want to cloth diaper, but I want to do it without the ick factor.  So that means that I need to get a roll of cloth diaper liners.  They’re flushable, so I don’t have to deal with… well, poop.

I also figure I should get a single pack of size one disposable diapers just in case I hate the cloth.  CozyBums, my local distributor, will take back unused, unwashed diapers, so they advised that I wash one and try it first to see how I like them.  That makes sense, especially since they are over $20 a diaper.

I figure I should get a bunch of baby wipes, too.  I really don’t like the idea of washable baby wipes, because that’s defeating the whole purpose of using the flushable liners.  Besides, at least they’re biodegradable.

Then there’s the stuff that applies regardless of what type of diaper you’re using: diaper cream and baby powder.

I’m also going to need a wet bag for schlepping dirty diapers back to the house after an outing, plus a place to stash the dirty diapers waiting for laundry.  So that means I need to get a travel bag and a diaper pail liner for storing ickies.

Oh, and extra wetness protection for overnight, so hopefully I won’t have to change sheets due to the great flood of Norton’s diaper overtaking his crib.

So, I’m going with the following shopping list:

12 FuzziBunz one size diapers

1 roll of inserts

1 travel dirty diaper bag

1 diaper laundry bag

2 AppleCheeks hemp liners

1 pack of Pampers size one diapers

1 travel pack of baby wipes

1 regular pack of baby wipes

1 massive refill pack (on sale at Wal-Mart this week)

Pending negotiation with the husband, of course, I’ll order those this weekend.  Because I’m local, CozyBums will either drop them off at my house while she’s running errands, or I’ll pop over to her house and pick them up while I’m running errands.  It’s going to come out to a fair chunk of change, but, hey, it’s only a one time chunk of change that will be around for Norton’s future sister Eudora when she’s born (hopefully).  So, it’s definitely a long-term cost saving measure, even if the upfront part is a bit much.

What would you suggest for a cloth diapering needs list?

Originally written January 16, 2010.

Update: It’s so cute to come across these posts from when I was trying to figure out cloth diapering.  It drives home how little I actually understood about cloth diapering and cloth diapering needs until I was in the thick of it.  What’s the reality?

Yes, I absolutely could have done fine with the 18 or 19 FuzziBunz diapers I’d started with.  It is, however, a starter stash, not the size stash that is appropriate for exclusively cloth diapering.  The amount of washing would be a lot of wear and tear on the diapers, and I suspect that if I’d stuck with only that amount, they would not have made it to Eudora.  Additionally, prices have come down, making it easier to get enough diapers for your cloth diapering needs.  When we started buying, FuzziBunz were nearly $25 each.  And that was an average Canadian price back in 2010.

My concerns about dealing with poop were ridiculous.  In the end, we stopped using flushable liners and just got a sprayer.  I was all wrong about my cloth diapering needs for storing dirty diapers.  And of course, now I’m really annoyed when people use “insert” and “liner” interchangeably.

FuzziBunz One Size, Elite, and 2013 Elite – What’s the Difference?

In the three and a half years I’ve been cloth diapering, I’ve watched some changes to the design on FuzziBunz.  Since I started out with FuzziBunz one size diapers, they’ve been a regular staple in my cloth diaper stash.  I’ve bought each new and improved version of FuzziBunz even if it’s just for no other reason than to compare how the design has changed over the different versions.  Locally, I’ve become the FuzziBunz guru since I can tell at a glance what version is being offered on our local community swap page.

Once you know the differences, it’s pretty easy.

FuzziBunz One Size, Elite, and 2013: What's the Difference?! (Cloth Diaper Addicts)

FuzziBunz One Size

FuzziBunz One Size diaper came out sometime in 2008 or 2009.  They were a pretty revolutionary diaper: the shell was based on their popular Perfect Size Medium diaper, but had more snaps for adjustability… including that oh-so-important hip snap.  The FuzziBunz diaper also had the adjustable buttonhole elastic that was accessible without turning the diaper inside out.  I loved that FuzziBunz One Size buttonhole elastic was numbered.  It made for easy adjustment on getting all of Norton’s diapers set the same.

The FuzziBunz One Size also came with two microfiber inserts: a newborn size for when baby was wee and a larger size for when baby was bigger (and therefore wetting more).  Additionally, the FuzziBunz One Size included a spare pair of numbered buttonhole elastic.  Initially, I found it to be irritating because that meant I had to not lose them.  Fortunately, I threw them in a drawer in the nursery and they remained safely stored until I needed them.

FuzziBunz Elite

FuzziBunz Elite diapers came out in 2011 or early 2012.  I bought one in Cotton Candy for Eudora shortly after we were home from the hospital because I had a girl, darn it, and I wanted pink diapers for her little bottom.  The FuzziBunz Elite had some design changes that were meant to be pretty darned amazing.  The snap configuration was a bit different, but it still had three snaps on the front tab.

The FuzziBunz Elite diapers were significantly smaller in cut than the original FuzziBunz One Size diaper.  This was great because it meant that they fit Eudora quite well when she was still tiny, and they were exceptionally trim.  At the same time, though, they didn’t fit my two year old Norton as well as the originals.  The sizing would have been phenomenal if FuzziBunz had gone with a two stage system similar to that of AppleCheeks and Thirsties.

The FuzziBunz Elite still came with two inserts, but now the inserts were minky instead of microfiber.  This was beneficial because minky was less prone to stink than microfiber.  The diapers also still had the adjustable leg holes with numbered buttonhole elastic, but now the diapers needed to be turned inside out.  This was great because that would mean no more buttons touching baby’s skin.  On the downside, though, the minky was less absorbent than the original FuzziBunz One Size microfiber inserts… and the new FuzziBunz Elite diapers were too narrow for the old FuzziBunz One Size inserts to fit.

Some of these design flaws led FuzziBunz back to the drawing board… and that brought us the latest incarnation.

FuzziBunz 2013 Elite

The FuzziBunz 2013 Elite diapers were meant to overcome all objections that consumers had to the original FuzziBunz Elites.  The minky wasn’t well-received, so the FuzziBunz 2013 Elite diapers were microfiber inserts.  Parents were asking for replacement buttonhole elastic because they lost the original ones, so the new 2013 Elite no longer included spares.  Parents didn’t care for the FuzziBunz Elite being so trim that it didn’t last through toddlerhood… so the new FuzziBunz 2013 Elite diaper was even wider than the original FuzziBunz One Size.  I really love the PUL that they’ve used on the new 2013 version.  It’s not sticky at all, so it’s easier to stuff.

What did they keep?  The two inserts remained, and so did the three snaps on the tabs.  The diapers stayed adjustable through the leg holes, and the diapers still needed to be turned inside out so no snap would press into baby’s skin.  The button hole elastics are, unfortunately, no longer numbered.  It makes it a little more of a hassle when adjusting a lot of diapers.  It requires a bit more thought, but it’s not a deal breaker.

FuzziBunz at a Glance

Are you looking at some FuzziBunz on your local cloth diaper community group?  Here’s how you can tell your FuzziBunz apart in a hurry.

FuzziBunz One Size FuzziBunz Elite FuzziBunz 2013
inserts 2 microfiber 2 minky 2 microfiber
numbered button hole elastic yes yes no
spare elastic yes yes no
hidden elastic no yes yes
top row of snaps 8 8 10
bottom row of snaps 8 6 6
crotch width 5 + 3/4 inches 5 + 1/2 inches 6 + 1/8 inches
FuzziBunz One Size vs Elite Elastic (Cloth Diaper Addicts)

The original FuzziBunz One Size had an exposed button for adjustment. Both Elite versions have the elastic hidden.

FuzziBunz snap configurations: Top - One Size Center - Elite Bottom - 2013 Elite

FuzziBunz snap configurations:
Top – One Size
Center – Elite
Bottom – 2013 Elite

Where to Buy FuzziBunz 2013 Elite

The FuzziBunz One Size and original FuzziBunz Elite are now only available from individuals (unless you happen to luck into a shop that has your preferred version stashed somewhere), but you can buy the FuzziBunz 2013 Elite at a number of locations: CozyBums (Canada), Diaper Junction (US/Canada), Lagoon Baby (US/Canada), Nicki’s Diapers (US/Canada)

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Daily Cute Fluffy Bum – FuzziBunz Elite 2013

Daily Cute Fluffy Bum - FuzziBunz Elite 2013 (Cloth Diaper Addicts)Today’s cute fluffy bum features Eudora!  She’s modeling a FuzziBunz Elite 2013 in the limited edition swirls pattern.

Where to buy FuzziBunz Elite: Cozy Bums (Canada), Diaper Junction (US/Canada), Lagoon Baby (US/Canada), Kissed by the Moon (US/Canada), Kelly’s Closet (US), Nicki’s Diapers (US/Canada), Cloth Diaper Addicts Amazon Shoppe (US)

Daily Cute Fluffy Bum – Sunbaby

Daily Cute Fluffy Bum - Sunbaby (Cloth Diaper Addicts)Today’s cute fluffy bum shot is a throwback pic of Eudora.  She was just mastering sitting up here and looks so proud of herself!  On the bum is a Sunbaby diaper in Purple Paisley, stuffed with a FuzziBunz one size microfiber insert.

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 – FuzziBunz

IMG_5960Today’s cute fluffy bum is a throwback of Eudora.  She’s wearing a FuzziBunz one size diaper in lilac daisies.  This pattern is long discontinued, but still gorgeous!

Where to buy FuzziBunz Elite: Cozy Bums (Canada), Diaper Junction (US/Canada), Lagoon Baby (US/Canada), Kissed by the Moon (US/Canada), Kelly’s Closet (US), Nicki’s Diapers (US/Canada), Cloth Diaper Addicts Amazon Shoppe (US)

Infant Cloth Diapers for 36 Hours Straight!

I’ve been using cloth diapers from pretty much the beginning.  Mind you, I’ve never exclusively cloth diapered, as there are times that Huggies brand diapers are just so much more convenient.  However, for the last 36 hours, I have successfully used only infant cloth diapers.  36 straight hours in infant cloth diapers was actually a lot easier than I had expected it to be.

I didn’t use any one particular type of cloth diapers during this time period.  I have GroVia diapers, BumGenius 4.0 diapers, a BumGenius Elemental, and a ton of FuzziBunz cloth diapers.  I have to say, it was an adventure, and I’m quite proud of myself for managing for this long. [Read more…]