When I asked her if I should get her diapers as a shower gift (hoping she’d say yes) or something off her registry, I was enthused and relieved by her answer—“cloth diapers!” I put a lot of thought into what to get her. I would have liked to buy her an entire stash but had to keep it around $50. Do I go with a couple covers and decent supply of prefolds, flats, or Flip inserts? Or do I get fewer diapers that are more user-friendly for a newbie cloth diaperer?
I took the less is more approach, and here is what I ended up buying: one Thirsties Duo Diaper, one FuzziBunz perfect size (I thought the FB one size may seem too complicated with the adjustable elastic, even though it’s really not), one Flip cover and stay dry insert, and a pack of CuteyBaby flushable liners since inevitably everyone asks, “What about the poo?” Of course I took advantage of a Kelly’s Closet coupon, which was a good one—a free one size diaper, minimum $22 value. I think my friend said she received a Rumparooz which I was hoping, as I love mine. So in the end, my friend got four “nice and easy” diapers and a pack of liners. Of course four won’t get her too far but with the variety of brands it will give her a glimpse into how easy cloth diapering is, then when she wants to take the next leap of prefolds or similar she’ll have the confidence to do so. Even her husband is now on board with trying them after seeing them in person—no plastic pants or safety pins like he envisioned.
Best of all, it fed my diaper addiction, but this time it was husband-approved (though I did go slightly over budget…oops). And being a practical person, I feel better knowing that I didn’t chip in for a $500 glider or get some obscure item that seems critical when you’re pregnant but really has no use (I won’t single any out, but you know them when you see them). Compared to the cost of most typical baby registry items, diapers are cheap and will get the most use by far!
Ann J. is a cloth diaper fanatic with a 13-month-old daughter who has the cutest diaper butt on the block!