Last time I talked to you about my thoughts, I was considering Green Mountain Diapers' workhorse diaper, which is a sort of hybrid prefold-fitted. I didn't end up getting any of those.
We got a ton of disposable diapers as shower gifts, so I used those for the first couple of weeks. Meconium, which is baby's first poop, is dark and very sticky. It would have been tough to get off of a cloth diaper. Then, we visited my sister for five days right after Todd's birth, so I didn't want to trouble her with washing them. Todd did develop a nasty little diaper rash during that visit, though, so I decided it was time to bust out the cloth when we got home. He was twelve days old then.
|Baby Todd at five days, wearing his blue XS Fuzzibunz before going to his first doctor's visit!|
I had registered for some Fuzzibunz XS diapers on Amazon, and ended up getting three of those from my amazing friend/birth partner Steph. Those have been my favorite, for sure. I also got an additional Thirsties Duo wrap from her, which brings my count on those up to three. After I saw how much I liked the Fuzzibunz, I used an Amazon gift card to order six more, as well as some Charlie's soap laundry detergent for washing them.
|Love this stuff! We have ended up using it for all our laundry.|
They have a nice slim fit, which I like, and aren't too bulky under clothes. They are easy to use, and come in cute colors!
There are two main downsides to these diapers. The cost, which is pretty high. $14 on Amazon, plus shipping. The second is that stuffing the insert into the slim crotch of the diaper is hard, at least for my big hands! I have to really tug to get it in there. This isn't a problem with the larger sizes of Fuzzibunz, but the XS is just tiny enough for me to have trouble.
So, I have nine of those.
I also have the three Thirsties Duo wraps I was telling you about before. These are definitely the most economical option to build a cloth diaper collection. They are also easy to use. Here's how I do those, with a regular old cotton prefold:
You can see that these are much more bulky than the Fuzzibunz. The Thirsties wraps have a snap-up rise that is nice, but the prefold is so big that I have to keep it all the way out. If you had a fitted under there, you could get a much more slim fit. Like I said, though, you can't beat the cost of doing it this way. These are also about $14, but you only need like two or three.
Between the 9 Fuzzibunz XS and the 3 Thirsties wraps and lots of prefolds, I'm doing laundry about every 2-3 days. We don't use many disposables - mainly just in the church nursery or if someone is watching Todd. I still haven't had to buy any disposable diapers!
I love cloth diapering, and especially now that Vicki Jo is done with her toilet learning (except for overnight! Expect a joyous post on this soon!), I have enough cloth diapers to last us until Todd goes through his toilet learning. Then, I can resell them on craigslist and even cash out a little bit on them!
As far as care, the Charlie's soap makes it really easy because it leaves no residue. So, I rinse once with warm water to get all the poop out (he is still breastfed, so the poop is all water-soluble), then wash once on hot with a scoop of the soap and a warm rinse. Then into the dryer on low! Simple.