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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Cloth Diaper Reviews

Bumgenius 3.0s - The very first cloth diapers we owned...I give them the credit for securing our decision to transition. A "pocket" diaper, you stuff the diaper with an included microfiber insert.  They are "one size" and advertise to go all the way from birth to potty training.  The rise is adjusted by front snaps. They are our "go to" diaper, and the only one we absolutely trust for overnights, naps, and long car trips.  We have NEVER had a leak or blowout with them! These diapers have been discontinued and a very similar 4.0 is now out, which has the option to choose either snaps or velcro cclosure.
Pros:  reliable, dry quickly, babysitter/Dad friendly (velcro closure goes on just like a disposable)
Cons:  velcro looks "ratty" pretty fast, can be bulky on smaller babies, discontinued

Fuzzibunz One Size -  Another pocket diaper that advertises birth to potty training.  This microfiber insert is a little thicker than the Bumgenius insert, but doesn't have the snap adjustment that BGs do.  I really love these diapers (now that I am used to the snap closures).  The size is adjusted on these dipes with an adjustable elastic band. 
Pros:  trimmer fit than other one-size diapers we have tried, very soft inside, snaps seem to hold up really well
Cons: Snaps can be hard on a squirmy baby, adjustment can be tricky to get the "perfect" fit

Happy Heiny One Size - I was initially not that impressed, but I have to's growing on me.  Yet another pocket. This appears to adjust significantly larger than other one-sizes, so I think it would be a great choice for larger babies or toddlers. The rise is adjusted by front snaps, like the bumgenius 3.0s.  We have had no leaks with this. 
Pros: The flaps overlap, so it can get extra tight (does that make sense?), can accommodate a larger baby
Cons: Bulky, the included insert is thin

Bumessentials Bumbino - This is different from a pocket (or any other kind we have tried).  It has a snap in-liner, making it more like an all in one.  Really liking it!
Pros: You can buy extra snap-in "bum pads" and resuse the shell, seems very absorbent
Cons: I think ours may have a defect...because the tag on the bum pad touches baby.  After some research, this doesn't seem to be "normal"

Busy Bottomz - These pocket diapers are made by a work-at-home-mom (WAHM) that I found on  For sure my favorite diaper as far as cuteness goes!  We have a size small, and Jax is still wearing it (and has been for a few months).  The smalls advertise to work for babies 10-20 pounds.  We couldn't get a good fit at first, but now it is working great for him!
Pros: CUTE, can custom order patterns, very thick microfiber insert
Cons: Fit babies for a short window of time

Twinkletoes AI2s - These all in two (AI2) diapers are also made by a WAHM from Etsy.  Very, very cute!  They come with organic soakers that snap in to a cover. can wipe the cover down between changes and reuse them with a new soaker, making it a very economical choice.
Pros: Economical, can customer order fabric, covers are one-size
Cons: For us, it could not contain SERIOUS poos and could not handle night/nap pees.  This may have had everything to do with Jax's shape and nothing to do with the diapers, but we ended up selling them on a swap board.
 Bumgenius Bamboo Fitted -  These are fitted, which mean they are not waterproof on their own and require a cover of some sort.  We have found that they work great without a cover at home to allow his bum to breathe!  They are sized, and we are currently in "smalls."  Unfortunately, these are discontinued!
Pros: Natural fibers, very safe for baby's skin, breatheable
Cons: Require a cover to be waterproof, baby will grow out of them, discontinued

Bumboozle - Made by a WAHM, these are another fitted diaper. Minus the fact that it has no snap/velcro closure, so far so good! 
Pros: Breatheable for baby's skin, cute/custom fabrics
Cons: Spendy ($20-25), requires a cover to be waterproof, requires a snappi or pin to close it
Kawaii Minky -  These diapers are super soft and cozy on the inside and out!  They are a one size pocket diaper with snap closure. Significantly less expensive than other pocket, they work surprisingly really well!  I think they would be a bit bulky on smaller/younger babies, but this is typical of most one sized diapers

Doopsy One-Size - This is a one-size (snap closure) pocket diaper than has a unique insert.  The "super doopsy" soaker has PUL on one side, terry bamboo on the other, and has a pocket that you can extra stuff with an included hemp insert.  Also includes a newborn/doubler microfiber insert.  The rise seems shorter than other one sizes we have, as we had to go to the second setting and there was still a little crack showing :) I'm thinking this won't make it as close to potty training as others.
Pros: The soaker is not made of microfiber, so it can touch baby's skin (unlike most of our pocket inserts).  This makes it more versatile, as you can lay it on top if you don't feel like stuffing the diaper or even lay it in a prefold for extra protection.
Cons: short rise, it's kind of a lot of work to stuff the insert and then stuff the diaper (I'm lazy), snaps don't seem as durable as fuzzibunz.
Thirsties Fab Fitted - These are so soft, they feel like a beach towel!  After we found these we sold our Bumgenius Bamboos...we like the fit of these better, they are softer, and they dry faster!  They require a cover to be waterproof, but we like to let him wear these without a cover at home.  Big fan, we will definitely be getting more! 

Thirsties Covers - These go over prefolds or fitted diapers.  Love them!  Appear to be leak proof :)  The newer thirsties "duos" we do not like as well.  Many people LOVE these (the idea is so they last longer, they have an adjustable rise).  I find their snaps difficult to fasten on a squirmy baby, and will be trading our duo in for the kind pictured in the near future.

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