I am a 28 year old stay at home mom of two beautiful boys, ages 2 and 4 months! We have been cloth diapering since my oldest was about 9 months old and we love it!
Since my oldest, Bennett, was already 9 months old when we began cloth diapering, we only had a stash of bumGenius OS, Smartipants OS, a few petite FuzziBunz, some OS fitteds, and some WAHM OS AI2s. When we found out we were pregnant with number 2 and my oldest son was still in cloth diapers, I had to make a decision. We obviously needed more cloth diapers, but I wasn’t sure what to buy! I researched and just couldn’t decide what to use. Should I buy some newborn diapers for our baby to wear for a short time? I mean, I knew he would be a big baby (and he was! 8 lbs, 10 oz!) and he wouldn’t wear newborn diapers for long. I didn’t know if I would like prefolds and covers, but that seemed to make the most sense. Amazingly, we were very lucky to receive some newborn prefolds, fitteds, and Bummis and Thirsties covers from a couple of friends. I also bought a couple of Lil’ Joeys AIOs….you know, for pictures! :o)
When our second son, Donovan, was first born, I tried the Lil’ Joeys and also prefolds and covers and I just couldn’t get into them. There was just so much going on and the diapers were frustrating me, honestly. I decided to use disposables with him and stick with cloth for my 2 year old. A few weeks later, when things slowed down and we got into more of a routine, I pulled the prefolds back out and I fell in love!! How easy were these things? You just lay them in the cover, fasten it up, and you’re good! He didn’t move much, so they didn’t budge and it was awesome!!
I love how it has worked out with my boys. My oldest is now almost 2 ½ and potty trained pretty easily (thank goodness!), so he is wearing underwear during the day, just in time to pass on his OS diapers to his little brother, who is about 16 lbs. They’ve worked so well for both kids and I’m so happy that I bought them. I never really liked the bulkiness of OS diapers on my son when he was a newborn, so this has worked out perfectly. I know many people do it and love it, but I can’t imagine buying a whole set of diapers for each size.
My 2 year old is still using a OS bumGenius stuffed with two Smartipants inserts at night. Some nights he stays dry, sometimes the thing is drenched. But it’s no big deal, because I am washing my infant’s diapers every 2-3 days anyway! Our wash routine is this: cold rinse, hot overnight soak with Rockin’ Green Hard Rock Barenaked Babies formula, finish the wash in the morning, cold rinse, and dry! SO incredibly easy. I really think it’s easier than taking the bag of nasty smelling disposables out of the Diaper Genie and taking it to the dumpster!!!
By Gina at captainfussybuckets.