Saturday, March 20, 2010


My Cloth Diaper Review



So far, I've tried four different types of cloth diapers on Hunter's cute little tush. I figured I'd share my experiences and opinions on each one for anyone else who may be interested in cloth diapering with any of these:



            • gDiapers


            • bumGenius


            • Flip


            • Gro Baby

            FYI: When reading reviews and trying to place my orders for which diaper I wanted to try, I found it very helpful when the reviewers described their baby's body shape and also age, so that I could compare it to my own child's. That being said, Hunter is currently seven months old and weighs 20 lbs. I don't have an exact measurement for his height but I can tell you that he is a very tall baby, with a long torso and long legs.



            gDiapers







            I started with gDiapers becuz I figured they'd be the easiest transition from disposables for me, Big D and my Mom (who watches Hunter four days a week while we're at work).










            Pros:

            • Oh. My. Cuteness. These little g's look so stinkin' cute on his bum. Very trim, barely any extra "fluff" and they fit just fine under any of his clothes or pj's. This is due in part, I believe, to the fact that they are sized diapers. Hunter is currently in a size Medium.
            • The aplix is affixed on the back of the diaper so that little reaching fingers can not pry it open.
            • The removable plastic liner is held into the diaper shell with snaps so if it gets soiled you can unsnap the dirty liner and put a new one in, reusing the shell. The liner also does a good job of keeping poop off the shell. I think we've only had poop get on the shell ONCE so far.
            • We use both the disposable biodegradable inserts and the cloth inserts called gCloths. The disposable inserts are a great convenience when it comes to poop messes, that's for sure. Remove it from the plastic liner and throw away. Peace of cake! And we can use diaper rash cream when he is wearing a disposable insert.
            • The diaper shells can be reused multiple times throughout the day cutting back drastically on dirty CD laundry!
            Cons:
            • I don't feel that the gCloths contain enough pee. Hunter is a heavy, heavy pee-r. And the gCloth doesn't seem to absorb it enough so that we often have leaks onto the shell. At first I thought maybe it was becuz I only prep-washed the cloth like 3-4 times but they've been washed many more times since then and I still feel the same way. I actually prefer to stuff my g's with bumGenius or Flip cloth inserts (but more on those later!). Also, in my opinion the gCloths are expensive.
            • The aplix, while doing a good job keeping the diaper closed, is already starting to curl up a tiny bit on the very edges of some of the diaper shells.
            • It can be a pain in the hiney trying to restuff a plastic liner during a diaper change if you have a squirmy baby. I actually end up leaving a bunch of g's already stuffed and ready and during a diaper change, I just put on a whole new gDiaper and then later, when I'm not holding down a rolling baby on the changing pad/floor then I restuff the previously used shell so that we can use it again.
            • The diapers ARE sized so you do need to keep ordering the next size up as your child grows, therefore spending a bit more than you would on a One Size diaper.


            bumGenius

            bumGenius was my first introduction to the world of cloth diapering! A couple years ago, a friend of mine had a baby and began cloth diapering with bumGenius diapers. I was intrigued from the start and began asking her endless questions, opinions and then started online researching myself. Before I even got pregnant, I told Big D I was curious and possibly interested in cloth diapering our own child someday. To my complete and utter surprise, he was all for it! Cut to now, I ordered the bumGenius at the same time as the g's but the g's came first. That didn't' stop me from still being excited to get my fluffy BG mail a few days later!




            Pros:
            • I bought the BG One Size diapers becuz I wanted a diaper that would grow with my boy. And since we do plan on having another child eventually, I know we'll reuse them again. They seem to be well made. My friend's son is now one and a half years old and she's been using them on him since he was born. They have held up great!
            • Very sturdy/sticky aplix.
            • Comfortable elastic around the legs. Especially on my baby's chunky thighs!
            • These diapers are super absorbent! I stuff the cloth insert into the diaper's pocket and at night I actually add the newborn insert as an additional booster since Hunter sleeps 12 straight hours. And like I mentioned above, he pees a lot. I've only had one leak with the BG's so far and it was overnight. I do know for a fact that Hunter had a lot to drink that day, now that he is drinking water from his sippy cup.
            • These are super easy to change, similar to a disposable. Literally take off the diaper, throw it in your diaper pail, and slap on another!
            • With each diaper purchase, you receive a cloth insert and the newborn insert as well. And if you don't have a newborn, the smaller insert is great as a booster.
            • Unless you have a SERIOUSLY mushy poop diaper, I think the BG's are easiest to deal with. The poop literally rolls off the diap and into the toilet, taking away much of the "ick" factor.
            Cons:
            • Very fluffy poofy baby butt with these diapers! While some people may like that, my preference is a trimmer look. There are some pants of Hunter's that I can't put on him when he's wearing these.
            • You can not use diaper rash cream on cloth diapers as it causes the diaper to lose its absorbency. So if Hunter gets a little red at all, I can't use a BG diaper on him cuz I like to put a little cream on his boy bits.
            • You do need more of these diapers in your stash since it is dirty after each change. So if you go with BG exclusively, there will be more of a cost commitment.

            Flip Diapers

            I was very interested in trying out the flips after reading about them on CottonBabies (the makers of BG and Flips). They seemed like a cross between bumGenius and gDiapers, to me.

            Pros:
            • The diaper shells are very thin which makes for a somewhat trim look on Hunter's hiney. Although, becuz of all the snaps (which make the diaper One Size), it is still not as trim as the gDiapers.
            • The Flip cloth inserts are awesome, in my opinion! Besides the BG cloth inserts, the Flips are one of the most absorbent we've used so far. This is very important for me with a heavy-duty peeing baby like Hunter. I don't recall ever having any urine leaks yet while using the cloth inserts. And I've used the Flip inserts in not only my flip shells, but in the gDiapers as well.
            • The cloth inserts can be taken out of the diaper after it's soiled and the outer shell can be reused.
            • These diapers have really strong snaps so the baby can't take his/her diaper off.
            Cons:
            • I don't like how the inserts just kind of "sit" in the diaper, merely secured by an inner flap of the diaper. This means that the insert slides around a lot and we've had a poop leak almost every single time we've used the Flips. Unless that changes (I'm trying to make sure I change him often enough becuz with cloth diapering you really can't go more than 2 hours) and they stop leaking onto the shell, I probably won't be investing anymore money into the Flips.
            • The cloth inserts are One Size so you have to fold them down to fit your child. It's just a fold, so no way to secure them at that size unlike BG's which snap.
            • These diapers have really strong snaps. I know I already listed this as a Pro but in some cases, it is a Con for our family. The snaps may be a little TOO tight for my Mom to undo during a diaper change, so she can't get it on/off as speedy as the aplix.
            Gro Baby Diapers

            Pros:
            • These diaps look super cute on Hunter! I ordered the color Seaside, which is blue and green stripes. I would love to see how some of the other colors look in person.
            • I like how the aplix can be afixed to any part of the top band of the diaper, as opposed to just the aplix tabs like the g's and BG's.
            • The cloth inserts snap in which holds them in place, and no sliding around inside the diaper shell!
            • Once the insert is peed on, you can unsnap it and still reuse the diaper shell, thereby saving on cost.
            • The cloth insert has an elastic in it so that it fits to the baby's legs, just like the shell.
            Cons:
            • The diapers seem to run pretty small. Even though they are One Size, I don't see them lasting through till Hunter is potty trained. I currently have them set on the Medium setting and I'm wondering how long he can last at that setting. (He is currently 20 lbs. and I can't remember what his height is but Hunter is a tall baby with a long torso and legs). Also, the leg gussets seem very tight on his chunky little thighs.
            • The Gro Baby's do seem to give Hunter quite a bit of extra fluff in the hiney area. So while they are quite as puffy as my BG's they are definitely not as trim as the g's.
            • I've only just started using the Gro Baby diaps so I don't have much experience to base this on when it comes to leaks. In essence, it seems like a nicely made and absorbent insert that would not leak much onto the shell however I have had one poop and one pee leak onto the shell. I'm curious to give them another try to see if it happens again.

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