When I was younger I never thought about what I would wrap around my future child’s butt to catch his or her waste, and I’m pretty sure that most people don’t really put a lot of thought into that particular decision in life. I guess I just always assumed that no one used cloth diapers anymore (despite the fact that my own mother told me that she used cloth diapers on both me and my brother), so the biggest decision a parent would have to make in the realm of diapers was what brand to use.
It wasn’t until about a year ago that I realized that not only did people still use cloth diapers on babies (and not just in developing countries, but in the U.S. as well), but that there was something called the “Modern Cloth Diaper”– a diaper that is designed in a similar fashion to a disposable diaper, but is made of cloth instead of paper. In particular, I fell in love with the Smartipants, a one sized, waterproof cloth diaper that was touted as being amazingly easy to use in addition to coming in adorable colors. It was my introduction to this diaper that lead me to simple conclusion that I would never let a chemical filled, paper diaper ever touch my future child’s bottom.
I dove into learning about cloth diapering– how it’s done, what you do with the waste, where to buy them, and how to wash them. I learned the pros and cons, from both sides of the argument, and I met people who used cloth. I entered contests to win diapers, I joined forums to buy used cloth diapers, and I even bought a select few diapers brand new, until I was able to form my “stash.”
I love that cding parents refer to their collection of diapers as their stash! And I love MY stash! I know that, despite the fact that I have more diapers than I will probably ever need and definitely more than I ever set out to end up with, my stash is not complete. I have no diapers for a new born, mostly because I’m afraid I will have massive babies and will never get to use the adorable, teeny tiny diapers, and partly because I hope that I’ll have bigger babies and not have to spend any more on diapers. Cost, though, was a driving factor in cloth diapering one day; My entire stash cost less than $300, and it’s more than enough to diaper a child from birth to potty learning, while only having to wash once every three days (though, I’m sure I won’t go that long).
So, what makes up my stash, you may ask? I’ll show you (kinda. I just put everything away, so I’m not dragging it out to take a picture at this moment):
Early on, I discovered the Fuzzibunz diaper. It’s a one size diaper similar to the Smartipants, however there are no snaps on the front of it. You can adjust the rise of this diaper using elastics in the legs, which makes them both functional and ridiculously cute and fluffy! I have 10 of these in various colors ranging from pastel yellow to bright orange to neon green and, of course, Laker blue!
Then there are my Bum Genius 3.0’s, the pretentious, kind of full of themselves diaper. Everyone always speaks about the BG3.0 like it’s the king of all diapers, but, honestly, I’m not terribly impressed. They close with aplix, which looks pilly and I imagine are a dream for babies who like to remove their own diapers, but time will tell. These are also one size, pocket diapers, and I have 3 of them in yellow and light green.
One of my favorite diapers (namely because it’s kind of fun to see how small these actually get) is the Wahmies. These are still one size, pocket diapers, but they close using S-hooks that go all around the diaper, allowing them to get unbelievably tiny! I have 7 of these in brown, green, yellow, aqua, and blue.
As you may have noticed, I have gravitated towards one size diapers that also happen to be pocket diapers. This means that these diapers must be stuffed with an insert to be absorbent, but they have the benefit of not having to be bought in several different sizes. The only diaper I’ve ventured to buy in a sized variety has been G-diapers. These are hybrid diapers that consist of a cotton outer shell, a nylon waterproof liner, and can be lined with either cloth or flushable liners. These close with aplix, but uniquely, close in the rear, making it difficult for future nudist children to take them off. I have probably close to 30 of these in various colors and sizes, some of which have been embellished by me. 🙂
Honestly, I’m no expert on cloth diapering and I’ve only actually cloth diapered a real baby a handful of times (a big thank you to Holley for let me use her daughter, Morgan, as a guinea pig!). If you would like more info on cloth diapering, I suggest checking out Dirty Diaper Laundry. Kim has cloth diapering down pat and has so many reviews on cloth diapers! I love her blog!