Diaper Dilemma

In August we had our first child, a beautiful baby girl. Like all parents we only want the best for our baby - and have decided to give cloth diapering a go, after carefully reviewing the pros and cons of cloth versus disposable.

Disposable Pros
  • convenient
  • cost spread over diaper wearing time
  • maintenance free
Disposable Cons
  • not environmentally friendly (though uses less water and detergent)
  • chemicals next to babies bottom
  • costs more in the long run (according to the research)
Cloth Pros
  • costs less over time
  • environmentally friendly (though increases water consumption and use of detergent)
  • less chemical exposure for baby
Cloth Cons
  • large up-front investment
  • larger time commitment
  • maintenance
We have been using disposables since birth and have had a couple of bad episodes of diaper rash, a few blowouts and a lot of garbage. Will cloth prove to be the answer? Will we make the switch permanently?

Here goes nothing - we have purchased a variety of cloth diapers for the test drive.
  • Kushies Prefolds with Bummis Covers
  • Mother Ease Sandy's Fitted Diaper with Mother Ease Air Flow Diaper Cover
  • Fuzzi Bunz Pocket Diaper
  • Bum Genius 3.0
  • G Diapers
Each diaper will be rated on ability to withstand soakers, stinkers, naptime and overnight use - as well as, appearance, fit, cost, ease of use, durability and baby's comfort (though sort of subjective as she is only 2 1/2 months).

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Dripping Daytime Diapers

So first up this morning was a bum genius diaper. I have to say I liked it - wasn't as bulky as I anticipated. I really thought it would be because it is made to fit such a large range of baby bums. It held all the pee inside - though I do know that if used overnight I would have to stuff a liner in because she filled it to the brim in three hours.

The second diaper of the day was a Kushies prefold with the mesh bummis cover. So not sure that I am going to like these. She had another soaker and it leaked out the side of her leg. And not only was the prefold and the waterproof cover wet, but her onesie and pants were also soaked through. We tried the prefold again for the third diaper - thinking that maybe it would take more practice to fold it better. This time there was a stinker. Again there was leaking around the leg and the cover was saturated as well - though the industrial cover seems to have prevented the clothing from becoming dirty as well.

Fourth up is the Sandy's again - this time for daytime use. Again my concern is the bulk - I don't know how many of her clothes will be able to fit over this system - though it might become less of an issue as she gets a little older.

I think we are going to use a couple of g diapers next - I really want to use up all the disposable liners before she outgrows the diaper.

Tonight we are going to be testing the Fuzzi Bunz over night with the help of a second liner. I think my super sleeping soaker will need the added protection - and I don't want to have to wash all her bedding everyday!

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