Things I Have Learned While Cloth Diapering

What Works For Someone Else Might Not Work For You.
Every kind of diaper fits differently, every company’s diaper fits differently, every baby is shaped differently and has different skin. Do you see where I am going with this? Just because one brand/style works out for Jane, does not mean it will work for you. Jane’s baby might have chunkier thighs than your baby, Jane may like the snap closures, Jane may prefer the AIO’s. You? You might have a long skinny baby, prefer the ease of Velcro and love the versatility of pocket diapers.

Try A Few Brands and Types Before Stocking Up.
Like I stated above, you never know what might work out best for you, so going out and buying a $500 intro kit before test driving a few is not the best idea. You could waste a bunch of money, time and energy. Test a bunch, then build a stash.

Just Because You Love Something Does Not Mean It Will Work Out.

I love BumGenius. LOVE. They fit Marley perfectly, they don’t leak for us, they are absorbent and they keep her bum dry. The only problem: She seems to be having a reaction to the suede cloth they use to line their pocket and AIO diapers. If you don’t know what that means, it means that Marley gets a wicked diaper rash whenever she wears them. I have tried anything and everything to fix the issue: I stripped those suckers a few times, I switched detergents, I line dried, I changed the wash routine, I changed her diet. No go. I want to cry, I wanted this to work out, but it’s not. Not the end of the world since we have other brands we love that work well for us, but I have to sell off my BumGenuius diapers.

You Get What You Pay For.
It seems too good to be true, you are searching Ebay and come across a company that sells their cute pocket diapers for $5! You whip your paypal account up faster than you can blink and order 10 of them. You wait 4-6 weeks to get your amazing steal of a diaper that you can not believe you found. The glorious day it arrives you rip the package open to discover it’s cheap plastic, flimsy, you could exfoliate your face with it, the Velcro comes undone within a week and it stinks after 2 uses. You email the supplier confident you will receive friendly and understanding customer service only to realize that they hardly speak English, do not accept returns and do not offer exchanges. My personal experience: you pay $5 for a diaper, you get $5 quality on all levels. Of course there are some exceptions to the rules, but make sure you do some research before making a purchase.

Keep an Open Mind, Try Different Things.
I’ve tried brands and styles I never thought I would look twice at. Once the BumGenius’ started causing issues we expanded our horizons a bit and tried out some fitteds and covers. This always seemed silly to me because it was double the work (double snaps/velcro etc.), and more laundry. We got a hold of some Thirsties Fab Fitteds and Thirsties Duo Covers and gave them a whirl. I love them so much. The Fab Fitteds are bullet proof for us, no leaks at all and fit like a dream. We also get extra bonus points because we could use the Flip covers (which I love as well) over them. I still love the Flip system for travel and normal wear, but the Fab Fitteds are great for over night and longer trips. I never thought I would go this route, but we tried it out and realized it worked best for us.

Take Care Of Your Diapers.
I have come to look at the washing and drying of cloth diapers like this: You are not going to buy a $100 bra from La Perla and toss it into the laundry with you regular clothes are you? NO. You are going to lovingly hand wash it with special soap, hang it to dry and maybe even store it in a special place. Make sense? If you are going to invest this money and time into cloth diapering why not prolong their life and care for them in the best way possible? They have very specific washing instructions and laundry detergents made for them for a reason: they need it, plain and simple. Yes it may be a pain in the butt in the beginning but believe me, after a few runs it’s like second nature. Another thing: invest in a decent wet bag and a pail liner. It will keep your diaper bag dry and stink free and keep your diapers from getting gross.

Cute/Pretty Is Not Better.

Sure, it may look adorable on your baby’s little bum, it may be minky soft, it may be funny or cute but there is a line that needs to be drawn. Companies sometimes charge more for patterned and specialty fabrics when in reality it doesn’t make the product perform better. If it’s not functional or does not work properly it will end up being a waste of money. This one is not always easy (have you SEEN some of the adorable covers out there?!) but unless it’s a tried, tested and true brand you love or you have money out the wazoo, steer clear.

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    sweetpeandmama says

    That is such a bummer about the diaper rash! I don't know if it helps, but from everything I've heard from local Mom's … it could be from detergent. One way to test is to put a diaper in a large zip lock bag with 1/2 water, shake a lot and see if there are any bubbles. If there are, the detergent isn't getting rised out enough. Might be worth a try if you haven't already! If there are bubbles, try a cycle in the wash with a quirt of dawn, and keep doing rinse cycles until there are no more bubbles.

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    Alice says

    I have to respectfully disagree with getting what you pay for. I do agree that this is true in most cases, but I have found a pocket diaper that costs betwen $4-$6 and they are AMAZING! They're Kawaii diapers, made in Canada, and sold on They are just as good of quality as the "big name" diapers! I highly reccommend them.

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    Krystal says

    Thanks Alice!
    I have actually heard about these ones and have been meaning to try them. Like I said, there are always exceptions to the rule and maybe these are one of them. I'll let you know if I try them out.

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    Whitney says

    I feel really overwhelmed by all the information out there on cloth diapering! I've started researching off-and-on for the day we finally have our own little one, and this is one of the things I know I'm going to need to look back on. Thanks for writing!

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