I now present to you My Stash, divided into categories and ranked from least to most favorite with pros and cons:
- Pros: inexpensive, easy to care for, PUL is hidden, sturdy snaps.
- Cons: The fit just wasn't right for my daughter because these diapers are really wide in the crotch, cotton prints covering PUL can lead to some wicking, bulky.
- I love supporting moms working at their own businesses, and I have found some super cute WAHM-made AIO's but if you're ordering online it can be hard to tell what you're getting and they generally don't offer warranties.
- Pros: nice trim fit, lots of cute colours and prints, very stain resistant.
- Cons: over-priced, not absorbent enough to last more than one hour on my daughter, the aplix is very thick and stiff and the laundry tabs never stay fastened, sizes don't last long.
- Pros: one-size, great colours and prints, available in snaps or aplix, super soft, fast drying, comes with extra snap in doubler, lasts overnight.
- Cons: small size settings seem awkward and doing up 6 snaps can take a little too long for a squirmy baby. These are my daughter's favorite diapers.
- Pros: one-size, lots of cute colours and prints available, comes with 2 inserts.
- Cons: aplix is thick and stiff, the liner does not cover the PUL at the back of the pocket so it can rub and leave red marks, lining is not top-stiched around the legs so it rolls out and looks sloppy, inner lining pills up really quickly, the inserts are not as absorbent as other brands, laundry tabs do not stay shut. To be fair though, I have never tried the snap version of this diaper and I hear it is much better.
- Pretty much the same as Happy Heiny's, but the lining is nicer.
- Pros: one size, very trim fit that is narrower between the legs than other brands, super breathable PUL prevents redness, snap fasteners are simple and long lasting and aplix fasteners are strong but not too wide.
- Cons: I don't have any cons for this diaper, but I have never used the Haute Pocket inserts so I don't know how they compare.
-Pros: one-size, perfect fit with aplix and stretchy tabs, very absorbent, trim fitting, aplix tabs are nice and narrow and soft and never come undone from laundry tabs in the wash.
- Cons: no cute prints (although they have a few more colours now which is great), leg elastics may not last through subsequent children.
- Pros: inexpensive, one-size.
- Con: very bulky at any size.
- Pros- inexpensive, mesh lining contains messes well.
- Cons: aplix is very stiff, laundry tabs are awkward to uncover.
Home Made Diapers
- I've managed to sew a few diapers that fit my daughter nicely, but none of them are as nice as store bought.
- Pros: affordable, one-size, very durable, stain resistant, good snap system.
- Cons: bulky, dull to look at, don't fit well under snug covers.
- Pros: very absorbent, sized, but with a snap down option as well for a good fit, natural fiber that is good for baby's skin.
- Cons: softness disappears after a few washes and leaves more of a terry-cloth texture, takes a long time to dry, bulky, prone to stains.
- Pros: affordable, one size, very absorbent, thin, soft, natural fiber that is beneficial for baby's skin, good snap system, will last through multiple babies.
- Cons: bulky between the legs, doesn't fit well under snug covers.
- Pros: affordable, super softness that lasts, fantastic fit, even more absorbent than Mother-ease one sizes, natural fiber that's good for baby's skin and has anti-bacterial properties, very durable, fits under any cover.
- Cons: sized, slow drying.
- Cons: plasticy, stiff, show wear badly.
- Pros: I've never had a leak.
- Cons: not cute, I prefer snug-fitting wraps.
Staccinator Wool Cover
- Pros: fits a wide weight range, breathable.
- Cons: bulky, not waterproof enough for overnight.
Sugar Peas Wool Cover
- Pros: nice trim fit, thin yet dense.
- Cons: low rise fails to cover many kinds of fitted diapers.
- They don't even have to be marketed as longies, any thick polar fleece pants will make a nice, inexpensive, easy to care for, breathable diaper cover.
Bummis Super Whisper Wraps
- Pros: trim fitting, durable, stain resistant, never leak, PUL is covered on the inside so no sticky plastic ever touches skin.
- Cons: aplix shows wear after a while.
Home Made Soakers, Longies and Recycled Wool Sweater covers
- I have learned to make my own wool covers and I have found it very rewarding. I can make a wide variety of covers to suit any circumstances and keep costs down too.
Aristocrats Wool Soaker
- Pros: hands-down the absolute best diaper cover for overnight.
- Cons: expensive, too bulky for daytime use.
MISCELLANEOUS (in no particular order)
Kissaluvs Contour Diapers
- Pros: marginally easier to put on than a prefold, fits under any cover.
- Cons: the softness wears off almost immediately, takes forever to dry, even longer than most of my AIO's and fitteds, doesn't contain messes.
- Pros: a tri-folded prefold in a snug wrap makes a very nice economical diaper, super easy to care for, durable, multi-functional (you can use them as burp-cloths, change mats, doublers, towels etc.) inexpensive, will last through multiple babies.
- Cons: can be bulky, tricky to fold onto a squirmy baby.
- Tri-fold one or two and stuff them in a pocket or lay them inside a wrap with a liner on top for a super inexpensive option instead of prefolds, doublers or inserts.
- Pros: absorbent, natural fiber.
- Cons: they can get stiff, a little expensive.
- Pros:absorbent, natural fiber.
- Cons: can also be a bit expensive.
Bio-Soft flushable liners
- Pros: great for away from home or for sitters, very soft.
- Cons: if you forget to remove one and throw it in the wash it kind of disintegrates and gets stuck in any exposed velcro.
Kushies disposable liners
- Pros: convenient way to clean up.
- Cons: very stiff and rough feeling.
- Pros: much easier to use than pins.
- Cons: you must use a cover, more neurotic mothers will worry about the teeth poking all the way through the diaper and scratching the baby.
- all natural, great for diaper rash as well as insect bites, eczema etc. washes off easily and won't harm cloth diapers.
Blue Penguin wetbag
- Pros: perfect size for the diaper bag or a night away, inexpensive.
- Cons: drawstring closure can let smells out.
- Pros: very pretty, zippered closure.
- Cons: the one I have only has room for one or two diapers.
I love to try new things, and every time I go to the Cloth Diaper Whisperer Blog I find a dozen new things I'd like to buy, but for now I'm done!