When I found out I was pregnant, I began thinking about cloth diapers. I don’t remember why, but I thought I wanted to use them. After briefly considering FuzziBunz, we decided on prefolds because they were cheapest option and we could use them to stuff pockets, should we ever decide to go that route. We bought 24 infant prefolds and 4 X-Small Thirsties diaper covers.
We started cloth diapering when our daughter was 1 month old. We would have used cloth sooner - but we moved when she was only 11 days old; disposables were much simpler for that first month with all the transitions). I loved not having to buy disposables all the time, as we did the first month. We have since moved on to the premium sized prefolds and we’re already in Medium sized Thirsties diaper covers now!
In March 2009, I won the How Green Are You? contest from The Cloth Diaper Whisperer - and won a Limited Edition Fleece bumGenius One Size 3.0 pocket diaper in Ribbit Green, a bumGenius All-in-One One Size diaper with snaps in Grasshopper Green, a Blueberry Deluxe One Size diaper with Aplix in Green Diaper, and a pair of bumGenius Babylegs in Sweet Greens. I like the one size diapers because they always fit. I have had pilling issues with the fleece diapers because I wash them with my prefolds, however, they still hold in the mess!
I continued entering cloth diaper giveaways at The Cloth Diaper Whisperer and was surprised to discover I won again in October 2009; a Baby Beehinds One Size Hemp Diaper, a Baby Beehinds One Size Bamboo Diaper, and Baby Beehinds Wool Cover. I love these for overnight because they are much trimmer than doubling up on prefolds or even a fully stuffed pocket diaper. I’m slowly using fewer inserts to see just how trim I can get it without leaking.
Since receiving my pocket diapers, my husband has told me that he’d help out with changing diapers more if we had more of “those that go on like ‘regular’ (disposable) diapers.” My sister loved using the pocket diapers when we were home for Thanksgiving. In her words, she called them “cheater diapers” and said she might consider cloth diapers when she has kids, now that she’s tried more than just my prefolds!
In total, we’ve spent a little over $450 on cloth and only $175 on disposable in the last 19 months since my daughter was born. Considering we won't have to spend much more on cloth for another baby, I'd say it's well worth the investment, both the time entering giveaways and the money spent!
By Heather R.