Lots of people looked at me like I was crazy when I said we would be using cloth diapers for our little girl. I think they were imagining the old cloth diapers with pins...or maybe not, and they just thought I was crazy anyway!
I decided early on in my pregnancy that I wanted to cloth diaper our baby. I did quite a bit of research about cloth diapering in general, and also about different brands of cloth diapers that were available. After all that, I decided that Bum Genius Elemental All-In-One One Size would be the best choice for us and for baby.
The more obvious reasons for choosing cloth diapers are that they will save us money over time (especially since we can use them for future children), and of course they're also better for the environment than disposables. A lot of reviews I read also said that cloth diapers are better at handling blow-outs and cause less diaper rash. That makes sense to me! Doesn't it seem like cotton diapers would treat your skin much better than disposables would?
Cloth diapers were an easy choice for me to make since I'll be staying at home full time and I don't have to worry about day cares that won't use cloth diapers on babies. I also figure it will be pretty easy for me to keep on top of the extra laundry that comes along with cloth diapers since I'll be at home all day.
I chose these specific diapers because they seem easiest to manage out of all the cloth diaper choices out there. They will fit baby from about 7 to 35 pounds, which means I don't have to buy multiple diapers in different sizes, and they're all one piece, so I don't have to add and remove liners. I also really like them because they have snap closures instead of velcro, which just seems more durable to me.
Here's what the diapers look like when they're snapped into their smallest version (pink) and their largest version (yellow):
Here's the inside. This cotton is so soft!
I bought 12 diapers to start out with, but I will probably buy 6 more in the near future. According to Bum Genius, 18 of these diapers should be all I ever need. Since they have to be washed at least every other day, I should always have plenty of clean diapers on hand.
Here are the colors I picked out:
Bubble (lavender), Blossom (light pink), Twilight (light blue), Noodle (cream), Sweet (very pale minty blue), Butternut (golden yellow), Grasshopper (spring green).
I got 2 of each, except for Blossom and Bubble. In case we have a boy next, I wanted to have mostly gender neutral colors so we can reuse the diapers. I just couldn't resist buying a couple of girly colors though!
I actually purchased the diapers from Cottonbabies, an authorized retailer of Bum Genius diapers. You can't buy these from Bum Genius directly, as strange as that seems. You can look here for other retailers. The thing I liked about Cottonbabies was that you can also create a registry with them for your diapers...something I had a hard time finding on other websites that sold these.
I'll definitely let you know how these work out once I start using them! I can't wait to see these cute little diapers on her!
I hope this information is helpful to anyone out there who is considering cloth diapers! Of course, like anything when it comes to parenting, this is a personal choice and one that I'm sure will not work for everyone. For some families, disposables make more sense, and I totally understand that! I may even use disposables for the first couple weeks since I hear that some newborns just don't fit into the cloth diapers, even if they are around 7 pounds.
Are any of you currently cloth diapering your little one, or have you in the past? I'd love to hear what you think of it! For those who aren't yet mommies, have you thought about using cloth diapers for your future babies?
*I have not been paid or received any perks from Bum Genius for these reviews. They are just my honest thoughts and opinions and I hope they can help someone out there!*