Tuesday, January 11, 2011

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My Trio In Cloth

We started cloth diapering when my son was 9 months old and, like most moms, instantly fell in love.  We started with 4 BumGenius 3.0’s and I washed them everyday just for the joy of using them!  We soon increased our stash to 16 and we were full time cloth diapering!  I took extreme care in washing them- and they never once fell prey to the dryer. 

However, we were faced with a new cloth diapering challenge (among others) when three months later I found out that we were expecting twins- and oh what a shock that was!   As we were preparing for our two new bundles, whom would be only 18 months younger than our son, I just knew that I didn’t want to give up my beloved cloth diapers. The budget was definitely tight so I looked into prefolds with covers but with three kids under two convenience was going to be key.

I knew that sometimes diapers might not get changed as often as they should and I wanted our kids to feel as dry as possible.   One size pocket diapers seemed to be the only solution.  However, I knew that my beloved BumGenius were not going to cut it.  I needed a diaper much more durable- where I did not have to worry about line drying it to save the Velcro and elastic.  I needed a diaper that I could just throw in the dryer when my time was tight- which was most often.  Fuzzi Bunz came out with their new one size diapers and I thought, “Perfect”!  The snaps are very durable and the elastic replaces easily.  Even with the workload these diapers would have to endure it would be hard to ruin them!  I sold my BumGenius 3.0’s and invested solely in Fuzzi Bunz.

We waited until my girls were 6 weeks before we started cloth because they were too small for the diapers and I wanted to make sure we had figured nursing out before adding anything.  I was amazed to find that using cloth actually simplified life!  Our trash can was not overflowing anymore (and we didn’t have to pick up trash that the birds scattered) and I no longer had to change outfits due to explosions!  I dried the diapers in the dryer and didn’t stuff the pockets until I was about to use them.  It only took me 5 -10 minutes every other day to put away my clean diapers and throwing them in the wash is nothing!  I don’t have to worry about running to the store, which with three small kids is a major chore! Our savings is also incredible. We use Rockin Green detergent which really cuts down on me worrying about buildup.  My girls are almost 12 months now and our diapers are in good shape and we are all happy as can be! 

Also, now that BumGenius has come out with their 4.0 diapers I always recommend these for people in similar situations because they have a snap option and easily replaceable elastic.   Adjusting the size in the front may also be more convenient with multiple children in different sizes.  Also, I have come to greatly appreciate a prefold under a Thirsties Duo Wrap.   These seem to be bullet-proof against leaks!

By Sera M.

10 comments:

jessicawiant said...

I've also found full-time is easier than part time - at least I know when I do laundry I have a full load so I don't feel like I am being wasteful!

miranda said...

This sounds so much like us! I have tried a few different diaper and they are still part of our stash. I love the BG3.0s and my Fuzzibunz the best. We didn't start full time until last January when the girls were already 9 months and just over 20lbs each. If I had it to do over again with a newborn I would start sooner and go with all FB one size.

Katy at Big Girl Panties said...

We are expecting our first child in July and we are planning on starting off with the FuzziBunz one size diapers. I'm glad to hear other people like them!

Aileen said...

I love, love, LOVE my BumGenius 4.0's! I had 2 in diapers for about 8 months (my sons are 21 months apart) and it was so nice to be able to put them on either child with just a few seconds' worth of adjustments!

Mom of FIVE said...

Your girls are darling! I couldn't put my twins in CD until they were 2.5 months old! It took them that long to get big enough. I too liked using a prefold under a duo wrap when they were in the size 1s their legs are just too skinny for the size 2 so I went with sized covers. My twins are still on the smallest end of the charts at 14 months old so it is hard to find diapers to fit their skinny legs!

Amanda said...

When our son was born, I bought 3 different types of diapers to 'experiment.' One of which was Econobum. They became my 'last option' diaper. They were too bulky for him, so I thought. Now that he is 9 months and a bit bigger, he fits them better. They are still my 'last choice' diapers. However, I cannot part with them...I've realized IF and WHEN #2 comes along, the Econobum will fit him perfectly (since he'll be even bigger) and the Flip inserts and BG 3.0 will work just fine with the youngest.

Also, Flip and Econobum covers dry in the blink of an eye! So many options! We all find the one that works for us. :)

Amanda said...

When our son was born, I bought 3 different types of diapers to 'experiment.' One of which was Econobum. They became my 'last option' diaper. They were too bulky for him, so I thought. Now that he is 9 months and a bit bigger, he fits them better. They are still my 'last choice' diapers. However, I cannot part with them...I've realized IF and WHEN #2 comes along, the Econobum will fit him perfectly (since he'll be even bigger) and the Flip inserts and BG 3.0 will work just fine with the youngest.

Also, Flip and Econobum covers dry in the blink of an eye! So many options! We all find the one that works for us. :)

M said...

Thanks for the Thirsties Duo Wrap/prefold suggestion. I may just try that out!

Leslie said...

Great advice! I've been wanting to try prefolds, so this was good information for me. We're getting ready for our second child, and trying to potty-train our first. Thanks for the great information.

Anonymous said...

FuzziBunz are at the top of my stash. I think most of us happen upon Cloth by happy accident and then realize its easier to do it full time. I'm not sure about cheaper, because I've developed a serious CD addiction LOL the next baby will start out in cloth as soon as they're home from the hospital!