4 cloth diapers worth trying (…to win!)

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This year’s Cloth Diapering 101 series is hosted by four sweet diaper makers, and today I’m psyched to show you their diapers in action — along with a chance to win some.

In case you’ve missed them, here are the previous posts on cloth diapering from earlier in the week:

All the brands I’m showing you today pass the bill for superior durability, absorbency, low on the bulky factor, and totally pass the cute-o-meter.

1. Bummis

I’ve been a fan of Bummis diapers from the start of my cloth diapering experience. Their organic cotton prefolds are absorbent and soft, and their covers are lightweight, affordable, and hold everything in.

A few months ago, they sent me their new line of pocket diapers called EasyFit and TiniFit. I love these diapers. They’re usually some of the first I grab.

The best thing about these diapers is that the liner is attached to the main diaper, so you don’t have to fish around for the insert in the clean laundry pile. Simply stuff, and you’re ready to go.

Then the really cool part about this is that you don’t need to remove the liner before washing. Simply remove the dirty diaper and toss it in your wet bag — the liner will pull out in the wash! So there’s almost zero ick factor.

Also, the velcro is some of the best I’ve tried — they stay completely closed in the wash.

Here’s Bummis’ video about the EasyFit:

The TiniFit are exactly the same, except they’re — well, tiny. They were pretty much the only CD that fit Finn as a newborn without an insane amount of bulkiness. They were so adorable on him, and I was sad when he outgrew them at about three months. But they were very handy in those early days, because I knew everything would stay in.  TiniFits were really the only CDs I used on Finn from the get-go — he wore them the day of his birth.

Bummis is giving three EasyFits and three Tinifits to one Simple Mom reader!

2. Go Green

Go Green Pocket Diapers are a sweet-and-simple pocket diapering system, and their brand’s slogan is “cloth diapers for the rest of us,” because they’re practical, durable pocket diapers at half the price.

Yes, Reed’s all Evil-Knievely in his star-studded diaper and superhero cape.

These are your basic pocket diapers, with either a silky polyester knit or fuzzy fleece-like outer layer, lined with a thin, flexible water-proof polyurethane laminate on the inside. The inside is lined with fleece, so it’s super soft on your baby’s skin. Each diaper comes with one super-absorbant insert that is made from 3 layers of microfiber terry-cloth.

There are three layers of snaps on the outside, so that you can make the diapers three different sizes. This means you can use these diapers from birth to potty training.

By far, the best thing about these diapers is the price. $9-10 per diaper, with a flat $5 shipping on all US orders. You seriously can’t beat that with a stick.

Protecting our home from danger as the rest of us head off to bed…

Go Green Pocket Diapers is giving six pocket diapers to one Simple Mom reader!

3. Sustainable Babyish

Sloomb/Sustainable Babyish makes the softest, most absorbent fitted diapers I’ve ever used. Their wool covers are beautiful, too. I mean, seriously — how cute are these?

I was surprised how well wool works as a diaper cover (and honestly still don’t completely get how it works). Because wool has natural lanolin, making sheep waterproof, it also makes a great cover because they hold — and wick — moisture away from the skin.

You only need to wash the wool covers every now and then — you simply air them out between uses.

Sustainable Babyish’s covers are also the softest, most absorbent wool cover I’ve ever used. We use them for naptime with our older; bedtime for the youngest. In fact, after naptime today, Reed was pulling to keep this diaper on when it was time for a diaper change.

These snapless fitteds are thick and absorbent (you can easily use them with Snappis). And you can feel the quality by how soft the bamboo is.  If there is such a thing, Sustainable Babyish diapers are heirloom quality.

Sustainable Babyish is giving one of their Snapless-Multi Starter Kits to a Simple Mom reader! This includes two Snapless-Multi Fitted diapers, one wool cover in the color of your choice, and two doublers.

4. Thirsties

Thirsties is a Colorado-based diaper company that makes every diaper locally, and they have a newer pocket diaper called a Duo Diaper. This diaper is incredibly soft on the skin and really absorbent for how thin it is. This is one of the least bulky diapers I’ve tried.

There are two inserts that snap together; one made of microfiber terry and one made of hemp. This makes the diaper both absorbent and quick-drying.

One of the coolest thing about this diaper is that it’s really more of a “sleeve” than a pocket — both ends have openings, so that you don’t need to remove the wet insert before tossing it in the wetbag. The insert comes out in the wash, so zero ick factor for these diapers, too.

The one thing I’d note is that size one is a bit small for my little guy, who’s four months old. Out of their two sizes, I’d opt for just getting size two from the get-go and snapping it to the smallest size at the beginning. Then again, Finn’s a chunky guy, so it depends on each baby.

Thirsties is giving two Simple Mom readers a bundle of their diapers. Each bundle includes a Duo Diaper, Duo Wrap, Prefold and a package of wipes.

Giveaway Details

There will be five winners for this giveaway! Each winner will receive one of these diaper sets offered by the brands above. The prizes will be assigned randomly to each winner.

How to Win:

1. Comment on this post, answering the following question:  “Besides diapers or wipes, what’s the one thing you make sure to carry in your diaper bag?”

2. If you’d like a second entry, tweet about this giveaway on Twitter, using the #clothdiapers hashtag, the companies’ Twitter handles, @simplemom,  and the URL for this post. Your tweet could be something like:

I’m entering to win #clothdiapers from @simplemom, @bummis, @sloomb, @thirstiesinc, & @GoGreenDiapers: http://bit.ly/cakPPW

Then — this is importantyou need to come back and leave an additional comment here, telling me you tweeted. It won’t count otherwise.

3. If you’d like a third entry, mention this giveaway on Facebook, mentioning @Simple Mom and the URL of this post.

Again, you need to come back and comment again on this post, otherwise it won’t count.

This giveaway is open to all readers worldwide, and ends on Saturday, October 23 at 11:59 p.m. CST. I hope you win!

And thanks to Reed and Finn for their willingness to participate as models.

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Tsh Oxenreider

Tsh is the founder of this blog and just finished traveling around the world with her husband and 3 kids. Her latest book is Notes From a Blue Bike, and believes a passport is one of the world's greatest textbooks.

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  1. I always try to have an extra “plug” (pacifier) in my diaper bag. I lose those things like crazy!

  2. The ONE thing that must be in my diaper bag at all times… a first aid kit. Not necessarily for the little one… for me. I’m a KLUTZ! With my first little guy I used my first aid kit at least once a week!

  3. I always carry snacks (for the kids and me!)–nursing momma=hungry momma! 🙂

  4. I shared on facebook!

  5. Jeannette says:

    I always keep a change of clothes. My little guy holds it in all day long and then pees for like 2 minutes straight… and always while we are out that little stinker!

  6. Besides diapers and wipes I make sure I’m carrying ziplock baggies. Yup, you read that right. If I’m not, my daughter will inevitably poop right out of whatever she is wearing and I’ll be forced to wrap her soiled clothing in something ridiculous like notebook paper (yes, I’ve done that).

  7. Other than diapers and wipes I always carry…teething tablets. My son was an early teether and these made car rides sooooo much easier.

  8. I also posted to facebook! yay!

  9. my daughter’s wrap (in case she changes her mind about carrying her “friend” and wants me to do it–I’ve already got her brother and the bag…

  10. I always carry snacks! must have food for kids and adults!

  11. A spit rag! You never know when it’s coming!

  12. I always carry a small camera in my bag. We have our big digital one, but this older one is smaller and not used so much, so it can stay in there and I have it always with me during errands. Since I find myself reaching more and more for my cell phone camera, maybe I could use the space for some cloth diapers ;0)

  13. I always have my nursing cover in my diaper bag

  14. I shared on facebook!!!

  15. I’d always be carrying snacks when babysitting for people.

  16. Melissa L. says:

    Pen & Paper. The best chance I have for collecting my thoughts is when they fall asleep in the car.

  17. Ruth Sheppard says:

    A spare muslin, or 3 are crucial for clean-up/bib/make-shift plate for snack/towel/anything other task you can think of. Along with carrier bags to stash wet/dirty clothes until I’m close to a washing machine!
    So excited that this giveaway is open to readers worldwide, I would love some new nappies/diapers for my second when he/she arrives, rather than just my stash of passed-down Fuzzi Bunz!

  18. Nisha Sardella says:

    I always carry a spare outfit for each child!

  19. Angie Huff says:

    I always carry my nursing wrap, because you never know where we’ll be when we need it!

  20. I always carry an extra change of clothes — or two!

  21. I always carry a sling. If the sling is not on me, then it is in the bag!

  22. I always have to bring a receiving blanket with a tag. It’s my 2 year olds lovey. And it’d be a bad outing without one. 🙂

  23. I have no idea! I’m about to give birth to my first and packing the diaper bag is something that I’m finding particularly difficult as I have no idea what I’m really going to need.

  24. @greenenough4me tweeted!!

  25. I always take along my ring sling–great for quick errands and can double as a nursing cover too!

  26. hollie moyer says:

    i always keep little washcloth squares that are great for eruptive spitting up or blow out diapers or leaky breasts or wiping up your pop that the baby grabbed off the table.

  27. I currently have an empty diaper bag awaiting the arrival of my first baby in 3 weeks! Excited to start the cloth diaper fun!

  28. I always carry an extra toy or two for distraction purposes. And some Joe’s O’s.

  29. I always make sure to carry some snacks for the older kids. While the baby’s food is on demand (nursing), the older two inevitably get ravenous whenever we’re out and it’s nice to have something healthy and quick on hand to give them.

  30. As a Foster Mom I care for kids with a wide range of behaviors. So at any given time you’ll find parenting books in my diaper bag to read on the go. It gets heavy! 😀

  31. Mine are 4 and 2, so there isn’t a whole lot we need these days, but early on I always had hand sanitizer with me. It made using the mall playspace less icky. 🙂

  32. Elizabeth R. says:

    I’m about to give birth to my first child so I haven’t really packed my own diaper bag yet. Although I imagine a change of clothing will be essential. As will be feeding supplies, empty ziplock bags or plastic grocery bags for messes and a blanket!

  33. let’s see – I always make sure that I have my camera with me in my diaper bag – never want to miss a moment that i could capture

  34. Elizabeth R. says:
  35. I tweeted to enter http://twitter.com/amanda112903

  36. I tweeted!

  37. Always a burp cloth…my current baby is a spitter!

  38. Facebook entry completed! Thank you! http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=654280065

  39. Distractions (toys, pencil&paper, Rubics cube), finger nail clippers and lip balm.

    I’ll have to check out those sustainable babyish ones for my older one… Might be good for nighttime accidents?

  40. Definitely snacks! Gotta have something yummy all the time.

  41. Hmmmm…. that’s the nice thing about breastfeeding… traveling light! But, we do include another set of clothes 🙂

  42. i always keep a toy that can be chewed.. sophie the giraffe, usually, for my non-stop teething babe! great giveaway, hope to win!

  43. HurricaneSarah says:

    I tweeted it!
    I also don’t have a diaper bag yet because I am expecting #1 in 2011 but a change of clothes sounds smart.

  44. I carry along hand sanitizer! I always want to make sure my hands are clean, before and after changing baby!

  45. I travel light so I take my Ergo and a toy (besides diapers and wipes).

    By the way, thanks so much for all the great cloth diapering posts…I purchased Flips before my third was born last February and didn’t get myself coordinated to have clean diapers ready. You inspired me to give it another try and even though I’m a little late (she’s now 8 months), its working out much better and I’m enjoying the benefit to her, our budget, and the environment. Thanks!


  46. Colleen Shrawder says:

    I always carry a change of clothes, and something to put the dirty ones in.

  47. Shea Geisbert says:

    snacks and water, never leave home without them!

  48. I’m just pregnant with my first, so I don’t actually carry a diaper bag yet, but I imagine a change of clothes and a snack for me will both be high on the list!

  49. i always keep an extra change of clothes for baby. you never know when you’re going to need it!

  50. i posted on facebook!

  51. A change of clothes … Actually a few changes of clothes!

  52. As much as I’d like to say I carry a diaper bag, I’ve moved onto the diaper “clutch” since my second turned about 6 months. The only things in there are diapers, wipes, and 1 pair of extra undies for my 3 yo 😉

    Sarah M

  53. I always keep a change of clothes for each child.

  54. Love this giveaway! I’m 9 days away from my due date and excited to be able to try cloth diapering this time. When my son was born we lived in an apartment with no laundry and I couldn’t bring myself to walk cloth diapers to the laundromat. But as a novice I appreciate this series with advice about brands and strategies.

    I need to get the diaper bag stocked, now that you mention it. I will add that too my list. My favorite secret stash in the diaper bag is an extra receiving blanket. I fold up one of the inexpensive, kind of thin blankets and tuck it away. I will pull it out to cover up a yucky seeming diaper changing table when we are out and about. It is wider than the changing pad so it keeps little hands from roaming the yuckiness. It has also been used to dry the slide or swings in the park, to mop up vomit, to wrap up a set of dirty clothes, to create shade on a sunny day, for a game of peek-a-boo when I am in line and the little one is about to melt down…. any number of uses and it doesn’t take up much room.

  55. Water and a little book! Great distractions when needed!

  56. We always make sure to have a snack and extra clothes.

  57. WOW, what an amazing giveaway. I’m really needing to replace some very well-used cloth diapers, so this would be perfect.

    Always diaper cream. My girls both have sensitive skin and irritations can crop up so quickly and become big problems. Thankfully, cloth diapering does seem to be less of an irritant than disposables (which I’ve noticed while using disposables for travel).

  58. I probably overpack my diaper bag (I am a new mom to a 5-week old girl), but I always carry an extra receiving blanket, a changing pad, a bib, a hat and a change of clothes! Plus of course my wet bag for my cloth diapers!

  59. Anna O'Neill says:

    I always keep lip gloss in my diaper bag…sometimes Mommy just needs a pick-me-up!

  60. A change of clothes! It’s saved us many times!

  61. i def keep an extra shirt for myself in my diaper bag and always a few snacks !!!

  62. I tweeted about this!

  63. I always have to have a sippy cup and snack for my big boy!

  64. Definitely extra cloths for cleaning up any random messes that inevitably occur!

  65. Well, my littlest one is 20 months so snacks are a priority. Little hungry people can be SO grumpy and they feel the need to eat more frequently than the rest of us! I also make sure I have an extra outfit with us either in the bag or tucked away in the van.

  66. We always carry at least an extra pair of pants if not a whole outfit, lip gloss for me, and a stick of sunblock for the baby.

  67. Extra clothes! Especially when they’re tiny… Never know when there will be a blow-out or a major spit-up!

  68. Just posted on facebook about your giveaway. i’m really into the bummis for newborns. would work nice with my aio flips. Thanks for sharing and can’t wait to hear who wins.

  69. I always bring an extra outfit! 🙂

  70. I’m very minimalist and don’t even carry a diaper bag. I just keep some diapers and wipes in the car. So I don’t have anything other than that. Is that bad? haha

  71. I always keep my daughter’s favorite finger puppet, a little kitty we named Taby, in the diaper bag. She serves many purposes, primarily as a distraction during diaper changes. Taby even comes with her own diaper changing jingle, which makes the process of public diaper changing much easier to get through!

  72. Anne Marie says:

    I must have extra pacis and a few books to calm the little man in crisis.

  73. A change of clothes!

  74. The one thing always in my diaper bag: a reusable wet bag for dirty diapers. My favorite is the medium-sized Planet Wise wet bag, because it holds as many as five diapers and their smells. And it looks groovy.

  75. And I posted it on Facebook 🙂

  76. I always carry a change of clothes!

  77. A shirt for me! My son is less than a month old so my milk supply is still all over the place. 🙂

  78. Thanks for the giveaway! I have been cloth diapering for over 16 years (straight!) and I love all the great diapers that are available, now!

    Besides diapers, I always carry some dry cloth wipes with me. That way, I can wet with nice warm water as needed. 🙂

  79. The one thing we can never leave home without is my nursing cover! (aka a half apron! haha)

    this is an AMAZING giveaway! we CD but we haven’t been able to afford more than 18 prefolds & 3 covers…winning one of these packages would be SUCH a blessing!

  80. I always have snacks with me!!!

  81. The Magic Stick, I used it with every diaper change! I loved not having to scrub it off my fingers…

  82. One thing I ALWAYS must carry along in my diaper bag is a time-passer….such as a small book or little toy. Comes in very handy for those extended periods in waiting rooms or carseats!!

  83. I like to have a bib or burp cloth on hand for the mess that I’ll inevitably be cleaning up later!

  84. i hope i win! i also must have a really good wet bag (like bummis) and my baby’s “baba” (blankie). thx for the giveaway!

  85. I always carry snacks to help with crabby kids!

  86. Philip the Dad says:

    Whiskey? Dad needs a pacifier too sometimes…

  87. I just tweeted this giveaway as well:) Hope I win, I so want these dipes! Cloth diapered my twins and getting ready to cloth dipe one more…

  88. Jamie Quirk says:

    I always keep a tube of antibacterial gel for when water is scarce–and a toy!

  89. I shared on facebook. For some reason using @simplemom didn’t work for me?! SO I just clicked the “share” button on your page and explained it there. I linked to my fb so you could check it out!

    thanks for this great giveaway! you really helped me learn a lot when I started to CD 4 months ago!

    xo, June

  90. I like to carry a wet/dry bag in the diaper bag to help with the diaper management.

  91. A wetbag! A brilliant gift for any mom- good for all the diapering years and beyond for anything that needs to be contained!

  92. Vaseline! It cures many things 🙂

  93. Right now, we make sure we have a spare Binky! We’ll be weaning our son from the pacifier soon, so it won’t be an issue for long.