Several of our friends and family members use cloth diapers and love it! When I initially suggested switching to cloth diapers, my wife the “neat freak,” matter-of-factly told me there was no way she could handle it. I figured I would leave the decision to her since she would be responsible for the majority of the diaper changes.
However, after seeing a few of our friends’ children with their little (and adorable) cloth-diapered bottoms, my wife began to reconsider. She thought this cost-effective alternative may not be so bad after all. After some thorough research and talking to several experienced cloth diapering friends, she ordered a trial pack of 12 different diapers.
When the diapers arrived she was excited to educate me on how all the diapers worked. We watched a YouTube video together of how to use prefolds and thus our adventures in cloth diapering began. Since then, my wife has mastered an effective full time cloth diapering system with only 12 diapers in only a week and a half!
I, on the other hand, have had a few daddy bloopers.
First Strike: My wife called at work to inform me that our daughter had a blowout and it was my fault. Apparently I put on a FuzziBunz diaper without snapping the second snaps around her thighs.
Second Strike: My wife sent a photo of my little one with her “crack” showing because I didn’t make sure the GroBaby One Size diaper was pulled up high enough.
Third Strike: I put the Flip insert upside down, I put a poopy diaper in the pail without spraying it off, and I left the disposable wet wipes (we haven’t converted to cloth wipes yet) inside the cloth diaper.
OOPS! I’ve been advised she is going to have to schedule a cloth diaper training session for me.
Of the diapers we’ve tried so far, our (ok, my wife’s) top 3 favorites are:
- bumGenius One Size 3.0 Pocket diapers: Hannah wears these at night. Every morning when she wore disposables she would have a huge blowout. This diaper has kept her dry through the night and successfully contained her big morning messes.
- GroBaby One Size diapers: My wife loves the shell for this diaper; but we wish the inserts had a more stay dry feel like the bumGenius pocket diaper.
- Flip diapers: We hope this diaper will the combination of everything we life from the two previous diapers, but we’re still experimenting.