I got 7 diapers in the trial all pictured here:
- 1 Thirsties fab fitted with 1 Thirsties cover
- 2 Chinese Prefolds with a snappi
- 1 Fuzzi Bunz with 1 microfiber insert
- 1 BumGenius 3.0 All-in-one with 2 microfiber inserts (one newborn size, one one-size)
- 1 Thirsties Pocket All-in-one
- 1 BumGenius All-in-one Organic
Before I could use them
All of the diapers came brand new, so I had to wash them before using. All of them except the organic diaper could be pre-washed together and only needed one wash and dry. The organic diaper had to be washed and dried 4 times(!) by itself before using. That was a pain to begin with, but it was even more of a pain when the diaper took FOREVER to dry. 2 or 3 drier cycles. It took me like 3 days to get all the washes in before I could use it. And honestly, all of the other diapers take a long time to dry as well. This summer I will probalby line dry any cloth diapers I use. I think it will be faster than the drier!
I fully anticipated that Dean would like the cloth better. Some of these diapers have very soft and fuzzy inside fabrics. They just seemed so much more skin friendly than disposables. He has been very resistant to the change, however. In the beginning he cried and tried pulling most of them off. He doesn't cry anymore, but I have to put clothes on him IMMEDIATELY after putting on his diaper or he quickly whips it off. That is the downside of the velcro. It's much easier to take off than the disposable tabs. He's never really tried to take his disposables off.
Some just work better for us
I thought I would like the all-in-ones (AIO) the best since you don't need a cover, but I don't. They seem the most uncomfortable on Dean and they leave him chaffed on his tummy (Bumgenius) or legs (Thirsties AIO). He especially hated the Thirsties AIO (as well as the Thirsties cover) in the beginning and cried and pulled at it until I took him out of it. I've tried it a couple more times with a little less resistance, but he still is unhappy with it.
I think my favorite so far is the Thirsties fab fitted since it has soft fuzzy material on the inside and out, is very absorbant (though it technically needs a cover), and it seems to fit him the best (no chafing). I actually haven't put the cover on it when we're at home and only once did he pee through it in an hour or so. (He had had a lot to drink.)
My least favorite are the Chinese pre-folds. He peed through it in less than 15 minutes! And it's just plain not fitted and I don't like that. Maybe I'm doing it wrong, but I tried following instructions I found online. I think those might require a good mentor to teach how to properly do it and/or a kid who pees less. And most definitely a cover!!!
What about the pee and poo? The clean up?
The only time he hasn't leaked pee during a nap (even with the AIOs) was today when I put in 2 inserts. There's no way in heck I'll put him in cloth over night! One thing I don't like about cloth is that he has the "shrivelled raisen" look when I change him, even when I change him frequently. It's just so much more moist inside than in the disposables.
And the poo. Ok. So, he's had a few that were super easy to just shake off, but some were not as easy and required the toilet dunking. It's a little gross, but not totally horrible, and like I said, if I were to do this regularly I'd get the little sprayer that attaches to the toilet anyway. I also think I'd do diaper wash either every night or every other night so there's little to no stink build up in the diaper pail (and so I'd need to buy less diapers).
Making the switch?
As of right now am I going to switch? Completely? No. I really think that I'll end up doing cloth part time to help cut down cost of disposables and waste, but it's just not practical for me (right now) to do it full time. Could I do it full time if I really needed to? Absolutely. If I could tell he loved cloth more than disposables, I'd probably be more willing to switch completely, but as I said, he has been resistant to the change. Will I be making more diapers? Possibly. If I do, I'll try and get good quality fleece fabric for the diaper and possibly hemp for the liners (I still need to try them out, but I've heard it's the best). I just think there's no other choice with a child who drinks as much milk and water as mine (and therefore urinates a lot).