Cloth Diaper Review

We’ve just completed our first 24 hours of only cloth diapers and so far it’s a rousing success.  No blowouts or leaks, and dad and grandma are totally on board!

When I started researching cloth diapers while I was pregnant, I was totally overwhelmed. There are so many different types of diapers: all-in ones, one-size, pocket, pre-fold, etc… Once I learned what the differences were then I had to decide which ones I thought we would like the best. How in the world could I imagine that? Additionally, we weren’t sure where we’d be living so I wasn’t sure if I would have a washer and dryer (in which case, Dy-Dee service was going to be the only option). Needless to say, the option of cloth diapers went out the window while the girls were in the NICU so I decided to shelve making any decisions until they came home. Once they came home, I still didn’t know which diapers to buy.  Although cloth diapering will turn out to be cost effective in the long run, the initial investment is expensive so I wanted to make sure I made the right decision. What pressure!!

This is exactly why I decided to participate in the Changing Diapers, Changing Minds program offered by Jillian’s Drawers. First, let me just say that Jillian’s Drawers is such a great store and resource.  If you have any questions about diapering, call or email them. They are so helpful and their customer service is truly outstanding.

The program came with a bunch of different diapers and I used the allotted three weeks to decide which diapers I want to use for Kenley and Kamryn.

Thirsties All-In-One: Right away, I liked this diaper the best. It had a nice trim fit on both girls and seemed to contain pee and poop with no problem.  It even had a pocket for additional protection but it wasn’t necessary to use. One of the drawbacks, however, was that it came in four sizes, so I would have to purchase them four times over the course of the girls’ diapering life. And, over the course of the three weeks I found that it did leak every so often and it took a long time to dry. It started to lose its first place status.

Thirsties Fab Fitted: This is a fitted cloth diaper that you have to use with a diaper cover. It’s a fine diaper, but I’d rather use the all-in-one. They’re cheaper than the all-in-ones, but you still need to have enough covers to use throughout the day. And, again, because they’re Thirsties, they come in four sizes, meaning I’d have to purchase both the diapers and the covers four times.

Kissaluvs: I really like these diapers a lot. They fit great and do a very good job containing everything, plus they are so soft. However, like the Thirsties Fab Fitted, they require a cover. Also, one of the drawbacks is that you have to wash and dry them four times before using them and they take a long time to dry.

bumGenius One-Size Organic All-in-One
: I’m not a fan of this diaper. Again, it takes four washes and dries before you can use them. Then, once you can use them they take forever to dry. If I only used this diaper, I’d need three sets just because the drying time is so ridiculously long. It’s very expensive and bulky and just not the diaper for us. It’s probably fine at containing poops and pees, but so are many other diapers.

Pre-folds: I wanted to like this style because they are so cost-effective. Plus, I’d have the option of choosing Dy-dee service if I liked them.  Although they do a good job at containing waste, the amount of time I have to invest to get them to fit right on the girls is not worth it. Maybe if I only had one baby and had more time to devote to getting it just right, but I don’t.  For me, the Snappi isn’t as easy as everyone seems to think and you still need to use a cover. Finally, they are hugely bulky on my girls, which makes them look funny.

bumGenius One-Size pocket diaper v3.0: I will admit that I didn’t think I’d like these diapers very much; however, they turned out to be a great diaper. Most importantly, I didn’t think I would be fond of the pocket style. After all, who wants to touch a wet liner and then re-insert the liner once they’re dry? Well, me apparently. There’s just no way around touching wet diapers and re-inserting the liner really isn’t a big deal. In fact, the removable liners make for a diaper that washes and dries quite quickly. Additionally, the bumGenius come with two liners (one “newborn” and one larger size), which allows for more flexibility as the girls grow. And finally, because they are one-size, they are more cost-effective. The snaps in the rise keep the diaper somewhat trim on my girls while still allowing room for them to grow. Plus, they seem to hold in poop and pee very well. This is the diaper I decided we would go with permanently. However, I didn’t buy the regular bumGenius 3.0, I bought the fleece version, (which is a limited edition and I can’t even provide the link because they’re all sold out), because I liked the fleece texture of the Thirsties and Kissaluvs diapers. Having used the fleece bG diapers for 24 hours now, I can say that I really like this diaper!

In the end (no pun intended), I decided to keep all of the diapers from the program. Although I decided to buy a twelve pack of the bG one-size, I knew I would need at least eighteen to twenty diapers just to get through one day. I liked the diapers from the program well-enough to keep using them; I even bought an extra diaper cover so I can get more use out of the diapers that need covers. Eventually, the girls will grow out of the newborn and extra-small sizes they’re wearing and I’ll decide if I want to buy more of the bG or try something new.

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7 responses to “Cloth Diaper Review

  1. That’s an awesome program.

  2. Adana

    That’s the most fascinating thing I’ve ever read about diapers! Great reviews, Heidi. I loved Dy-dee when Randen was a baby, but it sounds like things have gotten a lot more complicated since then. There used to be… Diapers. That’s about it, though I do remember a Velcro diaper cover option. I don’t think those worked very well. I am hoping to feel better and drop by sometime this week for a training session. 🙂

  3. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I came across your link on the Jillian site and was even more thrilled to find out that you are a mom of twins. I am pregnant with twins and have been researching what might be the best bang-for-the-buck with two and which diaper is best. You may have just saved me many countless hours of research. I’d love to hear any updates on how these are working for you in the long run! Thanks again – oh, and your girls are just adorable! Congrats to you and your husband.

    ~Cathy

  4. Hi i see you posted this in october! would love to know how it has been going with the cloth diapering and what has worked for you best of all over the last few months. i am about to have my first baby, due feb 2nd. thanks! this was really helpful!

    • Hi. I’ve obviously neglected this blog but that’s because I’m still exhausted taking care of the twins. Overall, we’re really happy with our diaper choice. The BumGenius One Size is very easy to use, though I’m not sure it’s going to hold out for another 2 years or so of diapering. The girls are now approx. 11 lbs and 12.5 lbs, so the diapers fit them a lot better. They are also sleeping longer at night so we’ve added a second insert into the smaller baby’s diaper and second and third (!) into the larger baby’s diaper to keep them from leaking at night. The only time they leak is if we don’t put the diaper on correctly (always check and make sure it’s snug around the belly and thighs). I will be looking into buying new nighttime inserts for them–I understand that hemp inserts are very very absorbent but not as bulky as what we’re doing right now. I had a problem recently when the velcro came unstitched from one of the diapers, but Jillian’s Drawers replaced it promptly. The BG diapers all have a one-year warranty and JD makes it very very easy. I would definitely recommend going through JD–they are an excellent resource with excellent customer service–it’s worth every penny. We use Charlie’s Soap to launder the diapers but strip them every couple of weeks with Sensi-Clean. Let me know if you have any more questions. Good luck with your new one!

  5. Diana

    Hey! I had no idea you were cloth diapering the girls. We have BG 3.o OS, BG organic AIO, and FLIPS with both organic and “stay dry” inserts. Our favorite, at first, were the 3.o with velcro. I had to grow to love the AIO and FLIPS (both with snaps)- now they are my diaper bag/ on the go preferred method. Still, my guy has been on the tallest rise for a couple of months now. He has some room in the waist, but I am becoming concerned that they will not last until he is potty trained. I’m not sure what we will do!

    • Yeah, I always joke that half of the reason we CD them is so that they look bigger than they actually are. If it wasn’t for their CDs, they would be wearing smaller sizes. We also just had most of our BG 3.0 converted from velcro to snaps because the velcro wore out. We also just got a huge bag of Fuzzi Bunz size medium and Kushies and Bumkins AIOs. I really like the Fuzzi Bunz, though they run kind of big. I haven’t used the Flip, but am thinking it might be worthwhile to get them for traveling? Hopefully, your little guy’s waist to rise ratio won’t change too much so that he can stay in the BGs.

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