Now that you know how to implement your cloth diaper routine, how in the world do you choose which cloth diaper or diapers to go with?! There are so many options.
On her blog, Jessi shares a really neat chart that depicts and describes all of the cloth diapering options available.
(Note that the links lead only to the image sources. The image sources are not necessarily where I would recommend you buy that particular item… I haven’t gotten that far in my research yet, but when I do, I will certainly share!)
I’m not going to go into detail describing all of these options, since you can just click on the link to Jessi’s blog and read the chart.
Regardless of which diaper(s) you choose to use, you will need about 30 of them. The minimum suggestion is 24, but it’s nice to be able to have a few extra. That way, if you miss a day of laundry, you won’t be up a creek without a paddle.
But here are my thoughts on some of these diapers:
Even though they are the most economical, I’m not sold on them based upon the fact that I think we could find some that are a bit easier to use. I will say they are tempting based on price alone.
These are an economical choice, and I’ve heard from several moms that prefolds are
the way to go for newborns, so I’m definitely open to this option. (Here is a great video on the different ways to fold a prefold diaper.)
I like these a lot, but they seem a bit pricey. I’m wondering if it may be wise to buy just a handful down the road if we find we need something extra-absorbent for nighttime or something. Does anyone have any thoughts on these?
No, thank you. There are so many parts and pieces, I’d imagine they could quickly get a little expensive, and the inserts and liners could easily get misplaced. Initially, they seem like a good idea, but I’m thinking we are in the market for something a bit simpler. I’d love to hear from someone who has used these as well…
I really like these. They only have two pieces, so they’d be easy to keep up with, easy to assemble, and fairly easy to travel with. They are also majorly adjustable, so they would fit the baby for a long time. Here is a site that sells affordable pocket diapers; however, I’ve not used them and have no idea what the quality is like. The site also sells inserts, wet bags, and liners. Kawaii is another brand that is a bit cheaper than many.
All in Ones
Apparently, these are the easiest of all cloth diapers. As the name suggests, the entire diaper comes in ONE PIECE, so there’s no need for any complicated assembly. This also means that the entire diaper needs to be washed after each use (rather than just the insert, since they don’t have a separate insert and cover.) And apparently, these diapers take a long time to dry. Another drawback to these is that, at nearly $20 per diaper, they seem pretty pricey. Realistically, they may be out of our budget. Again, I’d love to hear feedback from anyone who has used these.
I think I’m leaning toward using prefolds with covers during the newborn stage, and then switching to pocket diapers. And if necessary,
we may purchase a handful (maybe 3) of fitted diapers down the road… for use at night.
As of now (unless any of you have other suggestions) I am leaning toward ordering a prefold starter kit for the newborn stage (plus extra prefolds and covers) and then ordering a pocket diaper starter kit as well. And again, I would supplement with extra inserts and diapers.
Using cloth diapers also means I will need:
- 2 travel-sized wet bags (for out and about)
- 1 large-sized wet bag (for home)
- Reusable wipes (I plan on making these)
- Wipe solution (or water and a spray bottle!)
- 1 water-proof bag for the wipes (to go in the diaper bag)
- I’m sure there are other things, but I will learn about those as I go…