June 11, 2009

My favorite pocket diapers

OneSize diapers are all the rage these days, but for a dependable diaper that fits well and can last through multiple kids, regular pocket diapers are the way to go. We carry several brands at Cloth Diaper Outlet, but there are a couple that we really love that have been in our stash for a long time.

Fuzzi Bunz - Great diaper, dependable, pretty much leak proof, and fits our daughter well. We've used these since the very beginning. She wore a medium from 14 lbs to about 30ish pounds, which took her to about 3 1/2 years. Then we switched to larges for her night diapers. We can easily put two inserts into these and, at 40 lbs, she still has room to grow in the larges.

Knickernappies - Long a favorite in our house, Knickernappies have made up the bulk of our stash for about 3 years. Mediums lasted to about 33 lbs, then we switched to larges for night. We LOVE the 2G version of the Knickernappies diaper. Side-Snaps are our favorite since they are so easy to do up and don't cause any extra bulk in the tummy area. The 2G version is virtually leakproof and has plenty of room for inserts.

With both types of diapers, we use the LoopyDo and Just-Hemp inserts. For night time for our heavy-wetting preschooler, we use one LoopyDo with two Just-Hemp. Alternatively, we can use one SuperDo with one Just-Hemp. Both are trim and uber-absorbant combinations.

June 8, 2009

Prolonging the Life of Your Diapers

My husband & I are the proud parents of 2 children: Noah, who will be 3 in October & Gianna who we welcomed on March 20th. We started cloth diapering Noah at 3 months and have never looked back. We regularly use bumGenius one-size diapers & have also used prefolds with covers. Looking at our bumGeinus, which we used for Noah, and now Gianna, you would hardly know that they have been used for multiple children. We use a few different techniques to keep our diapers in the best condition.

First, and probably most important, we hang our covers and bumGenius diapers to dry. The dryer is so hard on the Velcro and it really only takes a few hours before they are dry & ready to use, plus it uses absolutely no energy at all. What could be better for the environment? Second, we discovered early with our son that Viva brand paper towels cut in half work extremely well as a liner. This not only makes it easy to clean out soiled diapers, but it also keeps the stains from setting in to the fabric. Lastly, if there ever are any stains that do set in, we take advantage of the beautiful sunny days, & sun our diapers, or dry them in the sun, to remove any stains that may have set in. You’ve gotta love Mother Nature as a bleaching agent for diapers! Just a little bit of time in the sun can make all the difference in the appearance of a diaper.

Our diapers are still in excellent condition & we hope to keep them this way for any future children we are lucky to be blessed with!

--Written by Melissa Zanotto (she earned $10 store credit for this post!)