First off, I have to say that I was going to post about something totally different (I’ll just save that for tomorrow) but then the package came via UPS yesterday afternoon and I literally got so excited and felt like a kid on Christmas morning.
So what, you ask, was in this package? My FuzziBunz cloth diapers! I can’t tell you the last time I was this excited. It’s something I put so much time/energy/research into and to see these adorable, colorful little diapers tucked all nicely in a box, sitting in my living room was beyond thrilling.
So let’s talk cloth diapers. And before you roll your eyes (as so many people seem to do), hear me out. You might even realize that they’re for you.
Let me go back a bit, I never thought I’d cloth diaper simply because the cloth diaper I was familiar with (which is probably what our moms are familiar with) was the white, old fashioned, pre-fold cloth diaper which required safety pins to hold together. I used these on the babies when I worked at a Montessori school back in college. Needless to say, I thought they were nasty and when I tell people I plan on cloth diapering (queue, “GROSS!!”), I think this is the image they conjure up.
I’m here to tell you ladies and gents, cloth diapers have changed! In fact, they have come a long way. Nowadays, there are so many brands, types, sizes, materials used, and did I mention they’re cute and colorful? Think of it as the modern cloth diaper for the modern family.
Why cloth diaper?
For me, there are many reasons. Possibly the most important reason was that I didn’t want my baby wearing a synthetic material all day long for, most likely, two years. Using cloth means two years of her sensitive little tush being surrounded by the softest fleece and not some harsh, chemical-filled disposable diaper. Other reasons? I love that they’re eco-friendly and I’m not filling up landfills. It takes up to 500 years for one disposable diaper to decompose! Furthermore, there is a huge cost savings relative to buying disposable ($350 vs. $2,000 over the duration) and the savings is even greater when you consider cloth diapering Baby #2. And, they’re cute! Who wouldn’t love to see a teeny, tiny little bum covered in a bright fabric?
Bottom line- yes, it’s a larger initial investment and yes, you will be doing more laundry but laundry doesn’t bother me and the investment pays for itself 5x over when everything is said and done. Also, you’re helping out our environment and not adding more waste.
How many do I need? And what else do I need?
I’ve heard that you can get by with having just 12 diapers but that would mean doing the laundry almost every day (a newborn easily goes through 10 a day). I went ahead and bought 24. Originally, I was only going to buy 18 but then I came across an ahhh-mazing one-day cyber sale and I was able to purchase 24 FuzziBunz for $14 each instead $20 each. Major score! I also bought a Planet Wise diaper pail liner (you just throw it in the wash every time you wash the diapers), a Bummis Fabulous wet bag for when I’m out and about, GroVia liners (this is more for when the baby starts eating solids- you trash the liner when the baby has a bowel movement and the poop goes in the toilet) and a bag of Rockin Green detergent (cloth diapers can’t be washed with normal detergent). Other things you may want to consider (but I didn’t purchase), a sprayer that attaches to your toilet (I’ve heard some moms swear by these, but for some reason they gross me out), cloth wipes (I plan on using disposables), and Bac-Out Stain and Odor Eliminator (my friend loves this and I’ll probably get it as well but figured I could wait for the time being).
I researched many of the brands and styles out there (think- Velcro vs. Snaps, One size vs. Fitted diapers, All-In-Ones vs. Pocket Diapers, etc) but eventually came to the decision that FuzziBunz were for us. First off, I like that FuzziBunz uses a snap system instead of Velcro. I definitely think this makes it harder for the little one to take off and Velcro can sometimes have a tendency to pick up things in the dryer, making it less effective but that isn’t the case with the snap system. I also like the fact that these are One Size Diapers. That means that (theoretically) this is the only diaper my child will ever need. It fits a newborn to a 30+ pound toddler all with a button and elastic sizing system (think elastic waisted pants). Lastly, this is a pocket diaper. That means it has a shell (the colorful part of the diaper) and then there is a pocket into which you slide an oh-so-soft minky insert and that is what absorbs the baby’s waste. When your baby has used the diaper, you pull out the insert and both the insert and the shell go into the diaper pail and then you put on a new one. Oh, and did I mention that FuzziBunz offers a lifetime warranty? Some people think that these diapers are more bulky than disposables but that’s not the case. In fact, I found that FuzziBunz are some of the slimmest diapers and still super absorbent (according to my friends). I love personal recommendations, and my friends who have used this brand have nothing but great things to say and that wasn’t the case with some of the other brands they had tried.
Bottom line, cloth diapering isn’t for everyone but, in my eyes, the benefits far outweigh the cons. If you realize that cloth diapering is for you, do your research and find what will work best for you and your family.
Here are some links that I found helpful when doing my research:
- Real Diaper Association – great fact based article that gives you bookoodles of information
- Cotton Babies – compares cloth diapering vs. disposables
- Crappy Pictures – hilarious illustration of one mom’s reason to cloth diapers
- Styleberry Blog – great resource (and a fantastic blog in general)! Shawna is a mom of two adorable kiddos and has a love of cloth diapering. She answers tons of questions!
- FuzziBunz – check out the FAQ section