July 14, 2009

Theme From The Bottom


Ivy's been wearing cloth diapers for about 7 months now. I thought I'd give you a little update since our maiden voyage post.

This is our current stash... If you click on over to flickr you can see more detailed photos describing each diaper.

At last count, we regularly use 11 Bum Genius 3.0, 1 organic Bum Genius w/snaps, and 2 GroBaby diapers with four inserts. I purchased all of these on my own, by the way. But if someone wants to send me some for free I might not say no. : )


Also on hand are several unbleached Indian prefolds and 1 Bumkins contour diaper that Bumkins did send for me to try. I do like it vs. a regular prefold and it works great with our Whisper Wrap or Thirsties cover.

My very favorite of all are the GroBaby. In our experience, they are the most absorbent and I don't even use the booster pad with it. She has never leaked in them at night (or day). They also make great swim diapers! (We used them at the beach.)
When washing, I do wash them with all the other diapers, but I hang dry the outer shell (it dries super fast). The soaker inserts do take longer to dry, so I usually dry them with the other diapers and then hang dry for the rest of the time. Something I like a lot about the GroBaby diaper is that usually you can re-use the outer shell a couple different changes just by un-snapping the insert and snapping in a new one.

My second favorite is the organic Bum Genius with snaps. This is an all-in one diaper. There are no inserts or pockets. I have found it to be more absorbent than the non-organic Bum Genius diapers. And I do prefer the snaps vs. Velcro closures.

My third favorite is the regular Bum Genius 3.0. They have been great diapers and are so easy to use. I do use the extra newborn insert for nighttime as I am more likely to have leaks if I don't. I have noticed the Velcro to be less adhesive over time.

My fourth favorite (and probably most economical) is to use the Bumkins Contour with the Bummis Whisper Wrap, which you can re-use a few times. The Contour diaper
does need a little extra drying time, too.

For storing dirty diapers, I have a large wetbag and smaller one for out and about. I don't always use them. Sometimes since I know I will be washing them right away, I put them in a basket and take them down to my laundry area where I have a basket or pile for them. If I know I won't be able to tend to the stinkies right away, putting them in the wet bag is best.

I wash with a cold rinse first, then wash hot (adding in Maggie's Soap Nuts) and then a cold rinse. I dry normally (except for the GroBaby diapers as mentioned above.)


I love Bummas cloth wipes as well as just regular baby wash cloths, and I throw in and rinse/wash with the diapers.

Even after seven months of washing diapers every few days I still enjoy it so much. They are fun. Diapers are fun! And pretty! And look at that cute bum!

What have I forgotten? I'll answer your questions and respond to your tips in the comments below.


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56 comments:

  1. Yep, GroBabies are by far the easiest I've ever tried. I keep adding to my collection, slowly. They're so easy I might actually keep cloth diapering even after we start feeding baby whole wheat! (blech.)

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  2. when you are ready to try fitteds and wool give me a shout. i got sucked in due in large part to the major cuteness factor. also like the breathability and natural fibers - but cute rules.

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  3. i loved loved reading your post!! i have been using (7)bum genius 3.0s and (6)happy heiny's. the bum genius are my favorite, although she started leaking at night, so i am having to double up on the liners. she leaks a lot in the hh's - i always use 2 liners, they have pretty colors thought!! i think i am going to try a gro baby and see how that works!! thanks for sharing!!

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  4. My husband and I weren't going to do cloth diapers until our son was a wee bit older, but then birth injuries happened and we never started. BUT...my son goes through at least three Huggies Gentle Care diapers at night because he wets through so much. Someday, if he starts sleeping more than a few hours at a time before he is potty trained (he's six months old now), I will need to get a better diaper if I'm not going to have to change our sheets (or his, should he decide his own bed will actually work for him). What cloth diaper would you suggest for a heavy wetter to use at night? And if it's wet, will the babe still stay asleep, or is it irritatingly obvious to them that they need changed?

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  5. The cutest purple bum ever! All I have to say about this post is, You amaze me daughter! You are so dedicated to making sure Ivy's bum is healthy & comfy.

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  6. Inkling--I've found Thirsties with an extra insert work well for a heavy night wetter.

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  7. Steph! This makes me so excited to cloth diaper with a little one again. I have all the teeny bean BumGenius washed and ready to go, and I definitely want to try GroBaby. I don't remember those being around when Luke was a newborn and I was first testing cloth diapers.

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  8. Is that $24.95 for just one diaper? So it's about $600 to get started with roughly two dozen diapers? Cloth diapering is more helpful environmentally than economically. How do keep the colors so bright without bleaching?

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  9. I love this post! :-)

    It took a while for our family to get started with cloth diapering my first son- but he was allergic to most of the disposables on the market and, in the end, it was the logical choice. I'd just put it off because I was afraid of all of the extra work. I never would have thought that I'd actually enjoy it! We use a combination of Bum Genius 3.0 OS and G-Diapers with a folded GMD prefold inside of them. The Bum Genius are our go-to, since they fit both my 2 1/2 year old and my 6 month old and make it a lot easier to pack a diaper bag.

    The price of CDs may seem intimidating...but between my two boys, I would have easily spent $90 a month on disposable diapers and wipes that wouldn't break out their skin. We initially spent a lot on our cloth, but it's a lot less than we would have thrown away on disposables over the years...and our diapers fit both children. I fully intend to use them for a third, as well. :-)

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  10. doesn't cloth diapering ROCK! :) I have never tried grobabies... I need to look them up.

    and to anyone else wondering if cloth diapering is actually cheaper... check out this calculator.

    http://www.diaperpin.com/calculator/calculator.asp

    you'll be surprised at how cheap a $24 diaper can really be! :)

    britt

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  11. Yay cloth!

    I love prefolds and covers, so cheap and easy and work so well....every time we have to have disposables, my daughter breaks out in rashes and it makes me sad.

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  12. I love cloth!

    I cloth diapered my son until recently and cloth diapered by baby until she outgrew her nb size. She was too small for the smalls and too big for the nb. The prefolds fit but the covers didn't. I didn't have any one-size so I was kinda stuck.

    Right now, I am using sposies. I am on a cloth break. It was just too much with a newborn and 4 other kids at the time. I am enjoying my break but expect I will go back to cloth eventually.

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  13. Thanks so much for the update!!!

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  14. I just wrote a cloth diaper update too. I am cloth diapering for the first time after 6 kids in disposables. I am using BumG's and FuzziBunz, I like them both but now you have peaked my interest in the GroBabies. I might have to pick a few of those up, they sound great!
    Toni

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  15. Okay now that I have one on the way, I might give it a cloth diapering a whirl but

    how much does a diaper and inserts run?

    For someone who HATES laundry, is it worth it having to do 3 separate wash/rinse cycles? That it the part that scares me.

    How many would you put in a "collection" to start? Or, if you had to put together the perfect starter kit, what would you put in it?


    Is this an obnoxious post or what?
    Nothing but love,
    CE

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  16. Seriously Goodmama's are the best. You should try one of those- one size so they fit 8-35 lbs. Perfect!

    Inkling- we use 2x stuffed Bg at night with a fleece cover.

    Anonymous- these diapers are superior breathable fabrics, so fading isn't an issue. And if you do the math, cloth diapering saves TONS of money. It is an investment to get started though.

    Crooked Eyebrow- I've done a few cloth diaper posts, including my wash routine.

    :)

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  17. I really want to cloth diaper, but since we will be sending the baby to daycare, and my research leads me to believe day care workers don't "do" cloth, it looks like I will be going disposable. Seems like it wouldn't be time or cost effective to do cloth 1/2 of the time?

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  18. I'm in the process of deciding which type of diapers I'm going to use with #3. I love the GroBaby that I'm using with Boo (no problems with leaks, etc), but I love our Fuzzi Bunz (with snap closures) as well. Decisions, decisions. :-) The cuteness factor is definitely a pro.

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  19. My husband hates the idea of cloth diapers. While I like the idea myself I do hate laundry and I worry about giving up after a few weeks. Don't want to waste my investment.

    We did do G Diapers and I LOVED them but my hubby hated the fact that sometimes a little bit of poop got on his hand.

    Maybe I will just ask for G Diapers and the inserts for out next baby. He can't say no if we have a huge stash right? Maybe?

    I'm glad you are having a good experience with cloth diapers!

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  20. Congrats on your success. We've been cloth diapering for 2 years and 1 day. We absolutely love it. Thank you for sharing the info about the BumGenius. If we have another baby, I was considering investing in them. I have used one on a whim and did notice that the velcro wears down quickly. I'll definitely have to check out the GroBaby.

    Thanks for sharing. I was hoping for an update.

    -Abby

    PS- And yes, baby butts look so much cuter in cloth.

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  21. I agree with you completely. I also love the GroBaby because of how many you can carry in a diaper bag. They make life simpler. I have not tried the organic BG though I did just get one. I am really looking forward to using though.
    We do use both inserts in our BG for overnight as well. And I have yet to try the GroBaby overnight but now I think I need it - no doubler you say huh? Okay, I will believe you and go for, maybe even tonight.

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  23. with my 3rd on the way - I want to take the plunge! But I must admit, laundry is NOT my favorite chore by any means...

    that's the part that scares me!

    But it does look like fun.

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  24. I'm so glad that you wrote this post! I cannot even begin to tell you how addicted I am to other bloggers' cloth diaper posts. We just have some pockets and prefolds to start out this baby with (due today, OH MY GOODNESS, BABY, COME OUT), and I am very much looking forward to having enough money to buy a few GroBabies. I've heard so many good things about them!

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  25. I am about to start cloth any advice.

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  26. woowoomama: I've been wanting to try wool! Where do I start? Do you have a post on this?

    Inkling: for heavy wetting I use a GroBaby (and can add an extra booster pad in there) or Bum Genius with extra insert). The Bum Genius are the best bet at baby not feeling the wetness- it wicks it away like a normal disposable diaper. With others, they would probably feel the wetness. See also more comments above that have tips for this!

    Anonymous: Not all cloth costs that much- there are some in all price ranges and I've added to my stash a little over time. It's an investment up front, but so nice to not have to buy disposables again and that does save money in the long run. The one-size diapers work for a long time and can be re-used for more babies or sold for a nice profit!

    Crookedeyebrow: The diaper & inserts can run from about $10-$30 depending on what you buy. There's something for every price range. And discounts if you buy in bulk, etc.

    I hate laundry but I LOVE washing diapers! And the cold rinse is nothing- I just do that and then when it's done I go back in the laundry room and set it at the hot wash cycle!

    For the perfect starter kit I'd say to have at least 12, maybe more for newborn. I'd go for the Bum Genius or GroBaby diapers. If you did GroBaby, then you won't need that many "shells", just several and then the extra inserts. If you need something less expensive, I'd go for the Bumkins or prefolds with thirsties covers!

    And that wasn't obnoxious at all!

    Mrs. Cline: I do think cloth IS fun and worth it if you only do it part of the time!

    designHERmomma: Like I said- I hate laundry but I LOVE washing cloth diapers!!

    @becomingSarah: YAY! Baby, come out!

    Steph

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  27. I stocked on diapers buying used. It's a great economical way to go.

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  28. I think when I buy this week I am going with prefolds and thirsties duo snap covers with a fitted over the prefold for a night.

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  29. i have the bum genius 2.0 and 3.0 diapers and want to mention that the great people at cottonbabies.com will send out new velcro closures for mama's to sew on if your velcro wears out. also if you purchased them through cottonbabies they give you a 1-year warranty which came in handy for me!! love them.

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  30. I am a believer in diaper service. Because I am lazy, people, lazy.
    They launder all the diapers, no fuss, I just got my own wraps, which should be pretty easy to keep up with. Prolly a little pricier than disposables but TOTALLY worth it.
    Also, Ebay is a great place to look for bargains, although you need to double check retail prices to be sure you are getting a good deal.
    Thanks for the post Steph! :)

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  31. @this millitary mama check out Jillian's Drawers for a neat 30 day cloth "rental" program. they provide a bunch of brand new, different diapers for you to sample, you pay for them up front and if you decide to keep them, they're yours. if cloth diapering isn't for you, send 'em on back and be out some postage and a mere $5. Not bad!

    @babysteph I love, love, love washing our diapers. it's weirdly satisfying. and I can almost hear the money we're saving :)

    we've just ordered a bunch of prefolds and covers for use with this new beanie that's due any DAY. (hey kid, you can come out!). On my 14 month old, we use some fuzzi bunz perfect fits in medium (LOVE THEM), a couple BumwearOS, a Tiny Tush OS, some OS Wahmies, and 2 Rumparooz which are seriously the best diapers EVER.

    I just got a GroBaby to review in the mail and have been skeptical, but I'm excited to try!

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  32. I just AMEN the fact that cloth is not a big deal. So many people think it will be, but we are living proof that it is not! My husband NEVER did laundry until he moved out of him parent's home at age 26. Three years later he really hasn't done much laundry, but he can handle doing the diapers ;)

    He also never changed a diaper before our son was born and he comments to other prospective dads that cloth is as easy as disposable, but saves the budget! And the landfills I always remind him.

    We used Kissaluv 0s at first, and after about 8 weeks we started with our Happy Heiny (14 of those) and Bum Genius 2.0 (7 of those). Only 1 blowout a few leaks in 11 1/2 months! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE cloth diapers!

    Heather

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  33. Sorry to double dip, but just read some other comments.

    We only spent a total of just over $300 for all our diapers. We did get 2 new as gifts. The rest were used. Check craigslist in your area or diaperswap.com if you want to find some good deals. You have to patient, but it is SO worth it.

    And many daycares will do cloth is you do the BG or HH or FB type. They just close them up like a disposable and put in your wetbag. You deal with it at home and they have no more mess/issues to deal with and no extra time to get it on when compared with disposables.

    I was so intimidated at first by all the jargon and such and find it to be so easy that I'm a bit over excited about cloth sometimes :)

    Heather

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  34. This is to Mrs Cline - I cloth diaper about 80% of the time. I give myself a break to use disposables whenever I want to, and for some reason that works for me. I'm not STUCK to the cd's, you know?

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  35. I too love my cloth diapers. I am using my gdiapers from first girl for my second girl! I use cloth inserts and have a great system that husband, grandparents and even babysitters use with no problems!

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  36. I've been eyeing GroBaby for a long time now. Maybe I'll have to take the plunge sometime and try one out!

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  37. I too love the Grobaby- I also just snagged some Smartipants. and of course gotta love the BG's! They are all so stinkin cute.

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  38. "Is that $24.95 for just one diaper? So it's about $600 to get started with roughly two dozen diapers?"

    ^^^^ On my blog a few months back, I broke down the cost of the grobaby diaper VS other diapers. It's not REALLY $24.95 for one diaper, because you can re-use the shells and buy additional soakers.

    Not JUST that, but grobaby is coming out in August with BIOSOAKERS! So it's just like using the gdiaper, only way way better because with the grobaby disposable soakers, there are sticky tabs so you don't have the soaker moving all over the place. I had the opportunity to be a tester and absolutely LOVED them!

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  39. I'm so glad you revisited this topic. Right now for a large 2 year old my favorite are the Happy Heiny's just because they seem to fit him better. The BumGenius are good too but are a little too small. At home I love using prefolds and thirsties large covers.

    For the next one I am getting between 4 and 6 thirsties duos to go with my HH and BG. I am having a diaper shower next month and registered for G diapers hoping that I can use the covers with my prefolds.

    Right now I do laundry every night. But like you said I don't mind it either. Actually prepping the prefolds is kind of relaxing. I need a few more large covers before I can really go to washing every other day or so.

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  40. I so wish my hubby would of been down with cloth diapers. But we haven't had diapers in our house for 3 months now!

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  41. Part of me really really really wants to give cloth diapering a try. But I'm not sure it's worth the upfront $ investment if we're not 100% committed...

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  42. Oh I am so jealous of your stash! We have 3 Bum Genius, 1 Happy Heiny, 1 Rumparooz. We'd have more if great grandma would stop enticing us with chlorine free disposables! Oh and

    <--- will blog for cloth diapers ;-).

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  43. i bought 4 organic bum genius and are great he doesnt leak at night either if i let him 7 hours straight in them ( i tried it but wont do it again as his bum gets all red poor boy)I'd love to buy more so we can use only them! Thanks for your tip I do the same cold rinse (hand wash though) than a hot wash and dry them naturally on our roof...of course, since in Malta we have lots of sun that is possible :)

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  44. This might be a silly question, but what do you do with the poopies before you toss the diapers in the washer? Garbage, compost, toilet?

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  45. Jenn, not silly! Many people have a diaper sprayer and spray them off right into the toilet. That's something I might think about getting. Ivy is just now eating solids, so it hasn't been a problem for us just yet. If there is a lot in there, it can be wiped out with a wipe or shaken into the toilet!

    Steph

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  46. My favs are Motherease One-Size (MEOS) plus Thirsty covers. I haven't had any luck with all-in-ones, but little Oscar is a heavy wetter.

    YAY to everyone who uses cloth diapers!

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  47. I will have to try the GroBaby diapers. So far I am a big fan of FuzziBunz. We have enough to use for our second baby, so it might be hard to justify buying some new ones.....

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  48. Glad to hear that it's going so well for you after these months. :)

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  49. we are just starting this adventure in cloth diapering!! i was super interested in the grobaby, will have to try it for sure now. (we are on the jillians drawer program right now). p.s. how do you become tester?

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  50. awelborn: I am not sure how you become a tester for cloth diapers, but I would love to do that, too! :)

    Steph

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  51. Timely topic! Elizabeth is outgrowing her cloth diapers and it's time for us to invest in a bigger size. What size(s) is Ivy wearing?

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  52. Ivy is in the largest that the grobaby and bum genius goes, and a size large (I think?) thirsties.

    Steph

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  53. Oh, I'm so glad to hear a good review of the AI2s--they sound so perfect for my partially-ECing babe, but they aren't a popular style. The thing I was worried about was limited absorbency, but it sounds like that's a strong point. Good to hear! I second (or third or whatever) fitteds and wool, though...they are the Cadillac of diapers...

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  54. You forgot to mention your super-cute wetbags! My Monkey Foot bbags are my favorite part of cloth diapering, hands down! :)

    Have you tried gDiapers? I'm about to give those a whirl!

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  55. I just discovered your blog and have been getting a kick out of some of your posts. Most importantly, I was happy to see you're having success with the cloth diapering thing. I've wanted to get it going since before my son Finn was born nine months ago (had bum genius on my registry), but somehow in the midst of being overwhelmed as a new parent, didn't get around to trying the cloth until recently. I'm trying to do it in conjunction with Seventh Generation disposables (I know -- they'll still end up in landfills) and so far have only managed to do a few days here and there. I'm having some issues with the velcro irritating Finn's VERY chunky and mobile thighs -- but don't want to give up. None of my friends have even considered doing cloth, so it's tough keeping it up.... You make it sound pretty easy.

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  56. I just love our Thirsties diapers and have found a wonderful site that has excellent prices and free shipping.
    http://www.monkeybunz.com/m8-Thirsties.html

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