My Cloth Diaper Wish List – Things I Haven’t Tried

I’ve used a lot of cloth diapers.  I’ve used pocket cloth diapers, all-in-one cloth diapers, all-in-two diapers, prefolds, fitteds…  I’m thinking that the only type of cloth diaper I haven’t tried yet are flats (which I’m not really interested in) and contour diapers.

Last week, the Cloth Diaper Revival published her bucket list.  This is my cloth diaper wish list.

1.) Bottombumpers.

They are a diaper that I recently learned about.  They’re an all-in-one with side snaps.  So far, I’m running 50/50 on my liking side snaps.  And the new polka dot prints that they announced at the ABC Show are really cute.

2.) Peachy Green.

They’ve got this adorable denim print all-in-two one size diaper that I’m out to try.  So far, I’ve only seen denim diapers in BumCheeks (which I hated with a fiery passion) and China Cheapies.  I’d love a Made in the USA denim diaper.

3.) Blueberry fitted cloth diaper.

Fitted diapers are super awesomely absorbent.  Blueberry diapers are completely and utterly awesome as a rule.  The snap configuration is something that my husband can actually use.  I can’t imagine a more awesome fitted diaper combination out there.

4.) Thirsties Duo with Snaps.

I gave the Thirsties Duo a shot a while back with Norton.  Unfortunately, they were Velcro, so he would not keep them on.  I really would like to give this cloth diaper a chance to perform, so I’m eyeballing the Scottish Rose print for Eudora.  With a snap closure, of course.

5.) Goodmamas.

An American made bunch of cloth diapers made by work at home moms?  And they’re beautiful?  Yes, please!

6.) Imagine diapers.

They’re a Nicki’s Diapers exclusive.  Nicki’s Diapers is the same company that brought us Planet Wise wet bags and Best Bottom diapers.  I want to see what else she’s brought us.

7.) JamTots Berry Plush AIO.

They’re covers, but they have snap in inserts.  And they’re adorable.  Besides, it’s minky, and minky is cuddly.  (And the Northern Lights fabric is beautiful.)

8.) Blueberry Minky.

I love Blueberry one size pocket diapers.  I love how snuggly a minky insert is.  Wouldn’t a minky exterior make my baby even more snuggly?

9.) Kawaii Good Night Heavy Wetters.

I’ve heard people swear by these diapers as an overnight cloth diapering solution for super soakers.  I wonder if it could stand up to Norton?

10.) Kissaluvs Wool Covers.

What better way to get the most out of your fitted diapers as an overnight solution?  Plus, I’ve never actually used wool anything on my kids.

11.) Swaddlebees Econappies.

I really want to know what the difference is between the Econappies and the Blueberry pocket diaper.

12.) Econobums.

Econobums is the only product left in the Cotton Babies line up that I haven’t tried.

13.) BumWear One Size Pocket diaper.

From what I’ve seen at Nicki’s Diapers, they look like what you’d get if a Best Bottom cloth diaper and a pocket cloth diaper made babies.

14.) Tweedle Bugs One Size Pocket diaper.

They’re cute with a variety of soft tones.

15.) Oh Katy.

I’ve had friends in the States that have sworn by their Oh Katy diapers.

16.) Funky Fluff.

There’s a very simple reason why I want to try one of these.  Have you seen the color combinations?  I love the contrasting snaps with the solid shells.  I keep trying to win one of them, but I haven’t had any luck yet!

What’s left on your “diapers to try” list?

Cloth Diaper Insert Absorbency Test #1

A couple of days ago, my friend Heather over at The Parenting Patch did a great cloth diaper insert absorbency test on some of her inserts.  She tested out Fuzzi Bunz minky, Best Bottom Hemp, Sunbaby Bamboo, and Alva Baby bamboo.  When I shared it on my Facebook page, one of my readers asked about BumGenius diaper inserts.  With that in mind, I figured I’d pick up where Heather left off and test some of my own inserts.

Testing Jamtots, BumGenius, large Blueberry, and small Blueberry inserts

Testing Jamtots, BumGenius, large Blueberry, and small Blueberry inserts

I tested four inserts: a BumGenius 4.0 large microfiber insert, a Blueberry large microfiber insert, a Blueberry small microfiber insert, and a Jamtots hemp insert.

My testing method was a bit different than Heather’s method.  (This was just the easiest, most scientific way for me to be exact.)  I started out with my four inserts.  I weighed each insert dry.  After that, I soaked each insert in a liter of water for two minutes, then allowed the insert to dip for one minute.  I then weighed the wet insert.  To test how compression would impact each insert, I gently squeezed out the extra moisture from each insert and again weighed it.

Some metric conversion stuff for you: one liter of water is approximately a quart.  I used the scale to weigh the wet inserts because one milliliter of water weighs one gram, so it was just the most simplistic method I could think of.  Oh, and a cup of water is roughly 250 milliliters.

Jamtots:
dry weight: 58 g
soaked weight: 219 g
wrung out weight: 164 g

So the Jamtots absorbed 161 mL of water, which is roughly 2/3 of a cup.  After I squeezed out the extra water, there was 106 mL remaining, which is just under 1/2 a cup.  The Jamtots insert held roughly twice its weight in water after compressing!  For the compression test, the Jamtots lost 34% of the moisture.  I believe I squeezed the Jamtots most vigorously since it’s harder to tell by feel with the Jamtots insert.

BumGenius 4.0:
dry weight: 63 g
soaked weight: 311 g
wrung out weight: 221 g

The BumGenius 4.0 insert absorbed 248 mL of water in two minutes, which is just short of a full cup of water!  However, it’s microfiber, so it is more prone to compression than the hemp insert tested above.  After wringing out the extra water, it was down to 158 mL remaining, which is roughly 2/3 of a cup.  Had I been more vigourous with squeezing out the water, I probably would have lost more water.  What this demonstrated is that while microfiber is extremely efficient at absorbing moisture very quickly, it’s quite prone to compression.  After compression, there was a 37% reduction in absorbed moisture.

Small Blueberry:
dry weight: 41 g
soaked weight: 255 g
wrung out weight: 128 g

The small Blueberry insert absorbed 214 mL of water in two minutes, which is essentially 9/10 of a cup of water.  Again, it’s also microfiber, so the same details after wringing out apply.  After wringing out, I was left with 87 mL of water, which is just over 1/3 of a cup.  That amount of compression was more in line with a baby truly compressing the diaper.  After compression, there was a 60% reduction in the absorbed moisture.

Large Blueberry:
dry weight: 73 g
soaked weight: 377 g
rung out weight: 241 g

In two minutes, the large Blueberry insert absorbed 304 mL of water, which translates out to over 1 and 1/4 cups!  Again, it’s microfiber, which makes for a super fast absorption rate, but the same compression issues still apply.  After wringing out (again, more vigourously than the BumGenius wring out), 168 mL (or just under 3/4 of a cup) remained.  That’s a compression loss of 45%.

Ultimately, the winners for most absorbed after compression were:

1st: Large Blueberry
2nd: BumGenius 4.0
3rd: Jamtots
4th: Small Blueberry

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