September 5, 2009

My thoughts on pockets

My thoughts on pockets. I love them. I love the stay dry aspect. All the ones I've tried are dry to the touch and I have to pull the insert out to feel that he's wet! I don't mind stuffing them and I don't mind pulling out wet inserts. It's just baby pee. My baby's pee to be exact. I love that you can customize absorbency as well. I've tried a few and these are my thoughts on them.

Happy Heiny's- I absolutely LOVE the cow print and also the monkey print. These are favorites of my six year old daughter (which is really important...LOL!). I have both snaps and velcro and like each one for different reasons. Snaps because they don't cause diaper chains in my dryer, velcro because its a bit more adjustable and easier to put on a baby who is attempting a fast break. They fit my chunky thighed baby well and work great for the daytime. I haven't had as much luck with them at night, but I think that might be an insert issue. I plan on ordering a SuperDo to try in them.

Knickernappies One Size-I love that these are made in Oregon (where I'm from) and I like the smooth front. I have a hard time getting the snaps on the side adjusted, but they do fit well and we haven't had a leak with them. I think with time I might get better at the side snaps. I have had good luck with rise snaps not popping open. They come with two fantastic inserts-the LoopyDos and we LOVE those. They absorb really well! They are such a great value because they come with two inserts and I've had great luck using the smaller LoopyDo to boost absorbancy for nighttime or inside a pocket if we are just hanging out at home and I know I will change him relatively soon.

FuzziBunz-No complaints on these at all. I have a very big 6 mo old and he fits on the tightest setting, so these will last us until potty learning. The one I have has been washed tons of times and it still looks brand new. I haven't tried them at night, but I'm guessing with the right inserts, they would be great!

--witten by Krista B.

August 31, 2009

My Cloth Diaper Journey - A "newbie" perspective

Right now I'm at the beginning and really loving it. I bought one (or a couple in some cases) of every kind and am starting to see there are positives and negatives to each kind of diaper and within that positives and negatives in each brand. This is my take on it so far.

AIO/AI2s:
Bum Genius: They stay dry to the touch, even at night. I love this part. They work great at night when stuffed with a Loopy Do, even for my nursing all night supper soaker. They are made out of a soft and comfy waterproof material that is soft to the touch. I could see how these would be perfect for people who are not positive they want to cloth diaper or for daycare/grandparents/reluctant partners. They do take some time to dry, though, so I turn them inside out so the soaker inside dries. I love that you can stuff these with extra absorbency at night, but they work fine alone for the day. The only problem I'm having is they seem to be a bit smaller than my other mediums and I don't think they' will last my chunky monkey as long. They don't come in snaps and I often end up with diaper chains in my wash and dryer, but usually from other diapers attaching to them.

Bum Genius Organic: I love the snaps. I love the onesize aspect and the fact that the snaps stay shut when trying to put them on my son. I love the fact that they are organic cotton. I'm not as big a fan of the fact that they are wet to the touch (though my son doesn't seem to mind) and they take a really, really long time to dry. They would make a very simple diapering system if you are interested in only cotton by your child's skin and had enough for the extra drying time.

SposoEasy: Like the organic aspect. I prefer the snaps over the velcro. These are easy, quick, convenient and dry a lot faster than the BG ones. The soaker is only attached at one end, so they don't have to be turned inside out to dry either. I haven't had luck with these overnight, but for days and for tossing in the diaper bag, these are great!

GroBaby System: Very soft to the touch, wonderful velcro, great snaps. I could see how someone might like this system with the ease of just snapping liners in and out. These would be pretty economical and would work for one-sized diapers as the snaps are awesome and don't pop open when I put them on him. I like variety, though, and I think this is best suited for someone who just wants one system and nothing else.

--written by Krista B.