Bummis Super Brite and Newborn Prefolds

When my friend Nikki had her tiny, tiny little girl, she found that a lot of newborn diapers were just plain too big.  That meant I got to problem solve: I came over to help her get the right fit.  Nikki had plenty of newborn size Bummis prefolds to work with, and she’d already decided that she really loved the bikini twist fold for containment.  However, her covers (which were mainly Blueberry Capri newborn size) were far too big for Small Fry.  I came over to experiment with some diapers and we started with the Bummis Super Brite.

About the Bummis Super Brite

The Bummis Super Brite newborn cover is smaller than other Bummis covers.  The Super Whisper Wrap, Super Whisper Snap Wrap, and Super Lite newborn covers fit newborns starting at six pounds.  The Bummis Super Brite starts at four pounds.  It was the perfect size for Small Fry.  Even better?  Bummis covers are made in Canada.

Bummis Super Brite - Cloth Diaper Addicts

As you can see, the Bummis Super Brite fit Small Fry without any weird tugging or adjusting.  It simply went on and fit.  Granted, because the Super Brite newborn size cover is so small, it will be one of the first things that Small Fry outgrows.  However, during this time, it’s perfect.  Even better?  It has double gussets to contain the messy of runny newborn poo.

Would I Recommend It?

If you’ve got a tiny newborn and you really want to start cloth right away, Bummis Super Brite is your best shot.  It’s absolutely worth it in the newborn stage, and when you’re in the bigger sizes, you’ll get more longevity out of those covers as their growth slows.

Pros: Perfect fit, reasonable price.

Cons: Shorter life span, doesn’t have great resale value.

Where to buy: Cozy Bums (Canada), Nicki’s Diapers (US)

Daily Cute Fluffy Bum – Flip

Daily Cute Fluffy Bum - FlipButt’s up?  This little genius is wearing a Flip cover in Albert (part of the Cotton Babies Genius Series) over a Bummis prefold.  Bummis are made with pride in Canada.

Where to buy the Flip: Cozy Bums (Canada), Diaper Junction (US/Canada), Lagoon Baby (Canada), Kelly’s Closet (US), Nicki’s Diapers (US/Canada)

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

Cloth Diaper Start Up Fees #SchoolofCloth

Starting cloth diapers.  There are a number of reasons why parents want to do it, but there are two main reasons why parents fear it.  Reason #1 is fear of poop.  After realizing that smells and contact with feces can be less in cloth, we get to objection #2… which has nothing to do with “number two.”  The last intimidating hurdle is the cloth diaper start up fees.

school of clothCloth Diaper Start Up Fees – Less in the Long Run

It’s really easy for people who are sitting back with a calculator to point out that the cloth diaper start up fees are significantly less than the long term cost of disposable diapers.  Sure, $3,000 is a lot less than $300… but if you’re doing great to manage the $12 for a pack of disposables, $300 is way out of reach.  If you’re doing okay financially, $300 can still be a good chunk of change to put down on something you’re not even sure will work for you.

The good news is that it doesn’t have to cost $300 up front.  There are ways to get around it and make it cheaper.  This way, the cloth diaper start up fees can be broken down into a more manageable, “bite size” purchase.

Start with All-in-Two Diapers

All-in-two or hybrid diapers from your big name manufacturers can make the cloth diaper start up fees far less painful.  If you’re in Canada, you can get a Flip Day Pack for around $61 at Cozy Bums.  (You can also find a Flip Day Pack at Nicki’s Diapers in the States for $50.)  A Flip Day pack will get you 6 diaper changes, which is a full day for a toddler and half a day for a very young baby.  Flip also has a disposable insert option if you’re having a rash problem, need to travel, or are not ready to cope with carrying a wet bag of dirty inserts for whatever reason.

Best Bottom also provides a cost efficient way to start.  You can get an equivalent package of Best Bottoms (2 shells, six inserts) for $65.50 at Cozy Bums or $57.60 at Nicki’s Diapers.

Prefolds and Covers

If you’re starting with a newborn, prefolds and covers are an absolutely fantastic beginner option.  Sure, they’re a lot like the diapers that your mother or grandmother would have used, but you can avoid pins and they’re wonderful for little newbies.  (Less amazing for bigger babies that will kick you in the face during a diaper change, but that comes later.)  You can get 6 newborn prefolds and 2 covers at Cozy Bums for under $35.  A same size package can be put together at Diaper Junction by hitting what’s on clearance at the time of post for $20.82.

These will provide you with about half a day’s worth for a newborn.  When your newborn outgrows that size, you can use those same prefolds for a ton of different things.

China Cheapies

I’m not going to tell you that your China Cheapie brands like AlvaBaby and Sunbaby are just as good as the premium brands out there because, well, they aren’t.  Not with their warranty, not with their ability to absorb.  But I will tell you that China Cheapies like Sunbaby can be an excellent place to start.  If your finances allow, you can always upgrade to better diapers later.  That being said, they are pocket diapers, which are popular because of their similarity to using disposables.  They are cheap, which puts them in reach for most people.  They can even be bought in co-ops if you can find one.

The only brights sides to them are that the prints are cute and they can be a “gateway drug” to finding better diapers out there.  The downside is that there are enough people who have problems with them that give up on cloth altogether because they think that all diapers are created equal.  (They aren’t.)  They can be found for around $45 for six changes, or less if you get them from a co-op.

Buy Used

What makes cloth diapers so amazingly sustainable?  Not only can they be used on more than one of your children… but they can also be sold when the family has no further use for them.  Buying used cloth diapers can be a great way to try a brand without making a huge commitment.  It can also cut your costs down by as much as half.

Find Sales

A lot of cloth diaper retailers have “price breaks” for buying multiples.   There are also diapers that go on sale because the manufacturer is having a sale or has discontinued a color or print.  You can get these diapers for 15 to 25% off, which can be a huge savings for you when you’re starting out.

Win Your Stash

This takes a lot of luck and dedication to entering giveaways on your part… but at any given time, there are at least 30 diapers up for grabs.  In fact, I currently have four cloth diaper giveaways up on my blog at the time of publication.  We do joke in my local community that one of our members has a Golden Horseshoe based on how frequently she wins giveaways.  It seems to be contagious; diaper wins in our area are up.  (And they aren’t just winning on my blog, either.)

Cloth Diaper Lending Banks

There are organizations out there that have one mandate in mind: get cloth diapers on babies’ bums.  These organizations are meant to be sustainable because it’s a one time loan per family, and that family can return the diapers when they are no longer needed so that they can be loaned out to the next family.  Cloth for a Cause is one such organization that services Canada.  Giving Diapers, Giving Hope and The Rebecca Foundation Cloth Diaper Closet offers assistance across the United States.

As you can see, cloth diaper start up fees can be easily adjusted for what your family can afford.  You can spend nothing or you can spend a fortune.  It’s all a matter of what you find that works for you.

What suggestions do you have for reducing cloth diaper start up fees?

Daily Cute Fluffy Bum – Bummis

Daily Cute Fluffy Bum - Bummis (Cloth Diaper Addicts)Butt’s up?  Today’s cute fluffy bum has gone back to basics.  Sprout is wearing a Bummis prefold diaper with a Snappi.  He looks happy as can be to be beating the summer heat in as little as possible.

Where to buy: Cozy Bums (Canada), Kissed by the Moon (US/Canada), Lagoon Baby (Canada/US),

Prefold Cloth Diapers – Why We Should Love Them

Prefold cloth diapers.  Just the mention of them can bring a shudder.  When I was a cloth diapering newbie, the mere suggeston of prefold cloth diapers would be quickly shot down.  I wasn’t interested in those.  I didn’t want to use gigantic safety pins and rubber pants.  While I knew that modern cloth diapers had come a long way since my mother used cloth diapers on me, I didn’t realize that even the “old fashioned” cloth diapers had come a long way since then, too.

Prefold Cloth Diapers are CheapPrefold Cloth Diapers - Why We Should Love Them (Cloth Diaper Addicts)

If a family decides to use prefolds, they’ll save a whole heap of money.  Let’s play the game.

What You Need:

24 newborn prefold cloth diapers ($30.00)

4 newborn covers

24 infant prefold cloth diapers ($35.10)

4 infant covers

18 toddler prefolds

3 toddler size covers

Prefold Cloth Diapers are Versatile

You can do a lot of different things with prefolds.  I no longer use prefold cloth diapers as prefolds, myself, but I find them to be an absolutely crucial part of my cloth diaper stash.  Because Norton is such a heavy wetter, I often stuff his overnight cloth diapers with a Thirsties hemp prefold cloth diaper behind the microfiber insert we also use.  This is the closest thing to bulletproof we’re currently using.  (There’s no such thing as truly bulletproof with that kid.  I think he holds all of his pee until he’s sleeping and then lets it loose.)

If you’re out and about, prefold cloth diapers can be handy things to keep in the diaper bag.  A Bummis prefold would double as a changing pad if I forget mine.  They also make a handy, super absorbent method of cleaning up spills in the car and catching baby barf.

Prefold Cloth Diapers Can Be Repurposed

When you’re done with using prefold cloth diapers as prefolds, you can use them for cleaning.  They’re super soft, so they make excellent dust cloths for your high quality electronics and furniture.  They are also just the right size for a baby doll’s stroller blanket.

Prefold cloth diapers have endless potential.  What do you do with your prefold cloth diapers?

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)

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)

 

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?



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?