Wife, Mummy, Nurse: Not Sure What Cloth Diapers to Buy? {A Few of My Favorites}

16 April 2012

Not Sure What Cloth Diapers to Buy? {A Few of My Favorites}

Before I was pregnant, I knew I wanted to use cloth diapers.  I remember my mum using them on my sister and that was all I really knew, except for the few times I babysat.  But when I started looking for cloth diapers, I realized it's not just flats, pins, and plastic pants; there are SO many options.  If you are not sure what type of cloth diapers to buy:
  • Ask around and see if any of your friends use cloth diapers. See if they can give you any recommendations or even let you borrow their diapers.  I had no idea where to start, but then I realized at least three other families at church use cloth diapers at least part time.  I asked each what they used.  One said she used FuzziBunz one size, another said she used Gerber prefolds with the plastic pull up pants, and the third used Green Mountain Diaper prefolds with Thirsties and Bummis covers.
  • Read cloth diaper reviews on blogs, i.e. Dirty Diaper Laundry, Padded Tush Stats, Cloth Diaper GeekKelly Wels, etc.    
  • Don't commit to just one type of diaper before trying it out on your baby.  What works for my daughter, may not work for your baby and vice versa.  
  • If there's a cloth diaper store front near you, go, look and feel the cloth diapers. Ask questions to the sales clerk or store's owner.  I could not picture what an AIO and pocket diaper looked like until ordering one of each; I ordered the old BumGenius sized AIO and a Perfect size FuzziBunz.
Eventually, I decided on prefold diapers with a cover.  Prefolds are diapers that have multiple layers that are sewn together in a rectangular shape; they are usually made of cotton, but there are also hemp and bamboo prefolds.  They need to be used with a cover, but sometimes when I'm home, my daughter goes coverless.  You need to put them on with pins, a snappi, or just laying it inside a cover.  I choose these because they're very affordable and easy to care for.  I spent less than $200 on my daughter's prefolds and covers.  They also double as wonderful burp cloths as well. 

My favorite covers are made out of wool.  As I wrote in How to Lanolize a Wool Diaper:
I primarily use wool diaper covers at night on Charis. Why did I choose this? For a few reasons:  Wool is water resistant.  Lanolin is what makes the a sheep's coating waterproof and makes wool covers "waterproof".  Wool absorbs water, absorbs up to 30% of it's weight without feeling wet.  Wool is breathable. Breathability in diaper covers is important for a baby's skin.  If the skin can't breath, then when a diaper is wet, the temperature rises, and can cause a diaper wash.  During the day, I use PUL covers (but I change Charis QUICKLY when I realize she's dirty), but at night she's often in her diaper for 12+ hours.  Wool can go a few weeks (1-2) without washing.  Wool is naturally antibacterial and should not smell like pee when dry but if it does then it's time to wash and lanolize.


  1. I have a few prefolds and snappis in my stash, but I worry that diaper changes are going to get difficult once my little guy starts getting more mobile. Any suggestions?

    1. Prefolds were AWESOME, until my daughter started crawling, but once she started moving, I bought a few BumGenius 4.0 pocket diapers with aplix. I needed something that would be quick and easy to put on and take off.