Cloth Diaper Trial: 2 Weeks in Review

Thanks to the fine people at Diaperdaisy.com and Wildflowerdiapers.com, I've been able to 'try-out' six types/brands of cloth diapers. For the past two weeks I've kept a performance log on each diaper. I've noted the duration the diaper was worn, if Preston pee'd or poo'd, if it leaked or not, the fit of the diaper, and ease of use.

The cloth diaper results, from best to worst, are as follows:

BUMGENIUS 3.0 POCKET (one-size)
• There is a reason websites and people alike rant and rave about this diaper! After easily figuring out which size I needed to adjust the snaps to, the fit was very trim. It did add a little junk in the trunk, but fit most like a disposable in the front and between the legs. Surprisingly it didn't leak one time, and held up through a bottle, nap, pee AND poo. This diaper was also the easiest to stuff- the pocket was wide enough for my hand to fit. I wish the diaper would come in some cute patterns, and maybe even cover the velcro tabs...but that's neither here nor there.

DRYBEES HYBRID (AIO/pocket, size M)
• This is a great diaper, but might fit best on a baby with long legs. It didn't leak one time, which is a definite plus. I also liked is the covered velcro tabs (it just looked nicer). The diaper wasn't overly bulky by any means, but the crotch of the diaper hung down to Preston's knees (his legs aren't long). What I disliked most about this diaper was stuffing it...the rubbery lining was almost 'sticky'. Note: I did not use the diaper as an AIO; I stuffed it every time as Preston is a big wetter and I didn't think the pad in the diaper alone would work well.

• I was very frustrated with the difficulty of use on the first go-round. There are two snaps that need aligned on both sides of the diaper to get a good fit. With Preston wiggling around aimlessly and me not knowing what row of snaps would fit him tight enough, but not too tight, it took around five minutes to diaper him. But after that it was much easier. The diaper leaked once in six uses, and was subject to the most poo's. But I'm not even sure a disposable could have held up to Preston's body digesting prunes! I also liked how you inserted the stuffer from the outside of the diaper. When you have to take out the insert once it's dirty, this keeps your hands much cleaner! What I didn't like about this diaper was how overly bulky it was in the front. But this is because you have to size the diaper horizontally and vertically. Naturally, the fabric just bunches up in the front.

• I actually had a lot to say about this diaper. It didn't leak, but the fit was odd. It pulled away from Preston's belly and was unnatural, in a sense, to put on him. I recently (as in five minutes ago) realized I had been putting the diaper on backwards. I just thought the logo went in front? My bad. So no review.

• I had no luck with this diaper, and basically I think it is because Preston needed the Small size, and not the Medium. I used it both with and without a stuffer, and both times the diaper leaked out the legs. So from my short experience, I'd say these diapers run a bit big.

• If anyone out there is paranoid about diaper leaks and is indifferent to bulkiness, then this diaper is perfect for you. (Myself, I'm big on fit.) This diaper seems to be in a different class than the others in my trial, as it's a different type of diaper. It's basically a thick, fitted cloth diaper that has a cute must-use waterproof cover. I only used this diaper once because it is soo bulky it wouldn't fit over any of Preston's pants or shorts.

The upkeep of the diapers was a no-brainer...if you can operate a washer and dryer then you are set. There was a bit of poo smell in the bathroom (where I kept the used dipes), but this shouldn't be a problem once I have the proper storage, i.e. wet bags. And all the diapers left Preston's skin a little clammy- perhaps I left them on too long.

As I sit here at the end of my trial, I'm very glad I was able to sample different types and brands of cloth diapers. Otherwise I wouldn't have known where to start OR if the family was up for the commitment.

So are we switching to cloth???? YES! We are. First recycling, then cloth diapers...who knows how green we'll get!


MBKimmy said...

wow you go girl the info was amazing and you have done your homework! I hope the wet bag helps on the smell!

Monique said...

Hey, where did you find a wet bag? My problem was always that I didn't want to do a tiny load of diapers everyday but when I would rinse them out and leave them overnight they would get mildewed. yuk! If I could solve that problem I might just go back to cloth. For now, I assuage my guilt for the planet with 7th Generation disposables. :P

~rachel~ said...

HI I've been following your blog for a while but have never commented. The bag we use has a tab on the inside (it's just a little piece of cloth) and you put a few drops of an essential oil on it, we're using tea tree oil, so far it seems to mask the smell.
This is the one I have http://www.abbyslane.com/catalog.php?category=215

P.S.- to Monique, it is usually not recommended to rinse unless you are just trying to get the poop off. We've also been using flushable liners and they seem to work great to take care of that.

Mary said...

Thanks for the full review! We registered for the bum genius after reading fabulous reviews online. I just don't understand how cloth diapers work though... do you wash the covering every time Baby soils? What type of inserts do you use -- just the prefolds?

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for posting this!! I've been seriously thinking about the bumgenius diapers. I think that you have made up my mind for me!!!!

Jen Wile said...

My long term experience with Bum Genius is that the tabs do fray (which, I just pick out the lint and do my best to straighten them and it's not a huge issue, for me) But after 4 months of continual use, I had problems with the synthetic fabrics (the stay-dry seude cloth and the microfiber inserts are made of polyester, not cotton) stinking. All of my synthetic diapers were a little stinky, and when I tried cotton prefolds, I just knew I was onto something! No rash, no stinkies. I use Charlie's Soap also, and now I use cotton fitteds (easier and less builky than prefolds. Never did try the Thirsties fitteds bc they are made of synthetic material, but my fitteds are trim) and the Gro Baby system is AWESOME. Try it, it's so trim and the easiest diaper laundry you'll ever do! They have new prints coming out also (check out their Facebook page for a sneak peek). Good luck with your cloth diapers! Even if you switch mid way through if you realize the synthetic fabric diapers are not working for you, you will still save $$ and the landfills, so don't get discouraged!

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Anjuli said...

My friend who has a baby soaks the dirty cloth diapers in Oxyclean overnight then hangs them on the line to drip dry. That way she can do laundry once a week and not have any mildew or stinky problems.