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The Simple Mom cloth diaper review


So far during our Cloth Diapering 101 week, you’ve heard about the different types of cloth diapers available, why you should at least consider cloth diapers, answers to common misconceptions about cloth diapers, and two videos that show you how to use and clean them. Today, I’m going to review the cloth diaper brands I recommend.

This list is not exhaustive. There are many, many cloth diaper brands that do a great job, and have their superiority for any wide variety of reasons. But I don’t want to review something I haven’t actually tried, so today’s information is solely based on my personal experience. In the comments section, feel free to use similar criteria to add your $.02 about another brand you like.

The reviewed criteria are absorbency, cost, overall fit, drying time (on a clothesline), the cute factor, the company’s customer service, and Dad and Grandparent-friendliness. This last category is contributed by my husband, who rated each diaper based on his first-hand experience. Hesitant dads, grandparents, and other caregivers is a major consideration with cloth diapers, so it’s important to give honest feedback regarding a diaper’s ease of use.

I’ve rated the diapers in each category from one to five clothespins. Here are the definitions:
cloth diaper rating

• Perfect Size Diaper from FuzziBunz (Pocket Diaper)

fuzzibunz diaper review
This is a great diaper from FuzziBunz. It’s the one we have the most quantity of, so we use one of these almost daily. They’re a cinch to snap, and the shape is great around the legs — we’ve never had a blow-out with one of these. My son is skinny, so the caboose is a little loose, but that means there’s plenty of room to add a doubler or extra insert at night. These are one of the fastest-drying diapers we have, and the customer service is wonderful. I’ve interacted with them a few times, and they’ve always responded very quickly to my emails. FuzziBunz is a great company.

I also love their other products I have. We use their hanging diaper pail, and we’ve never had an odor problem. After we wash it with the diapers, it dries really quickly. We carry their travel wet bag in our diaper bag, so the few times we’ve needed it, there’s never been a smell issue — you can’t tell anything’s in your diaper bag. This comes in handy in other ways, too, since it’s waterproof — our older daughter wet her underwear and jeans one time, and we just tossed them in there until we got home. It can also go in the wash.

I like their wipes, too. With their Organic Double-Sided Wipes, one side is cotton and the other side is a soft fleece. They work great for getting off poop, especially in combo with homemade diaper wipe solution.

Overall, I don’t think you can go wrong with anything by FuzziBunz.

• 3.0 One-Size Diaper from BumGenius (Pocket Diaper)

bumgenius diaper review
This is a great, quick-drying diaper that fits my trim baby really well. We’ve never had an explosion in this one, either, and the Aplix (super-strong velcro) stays put. I only have one of these diapers, but I’m happy every time I use it. The insert has snaps so that you can optionally shorten the insert and make it thicker in the front, which is great for a boy. And because you can adjust the size with the snaps in front, you only need one set of these diapers to last from birth to potty.

BumGenius is very popular with cloth diapering mamas, so even though it’s on the pricey side, you might be able to find secondhand diapers on the internet.

• Blueberry One-Size Bamboo Velour Diaper from Swaddlebees (Pocket Diaper)

swaddlebees diaper review
This is quite the luxurious diaper from Swaddlebees! It’s easily adjustable for any size you need, and the inside is a super-soft organic bamboo cotton blend. The Aplix is really strong, too. The best thing about this diaper is the inserts — each diaper comes with two! One is smaller, for the really young age, and the second one is longer that snaps together as a trifold. You can use the smaller insert as a doubler at night, so you’ve essentially got four layers going on. Each layer is really thin but absorbent — this is often our nighttime diaper.

My only complaint is the cost. It’s one of the pricier pocket diapers out there, so if you’re interested in Swaddlebees, you could first look secondhand.

• Side Snapping Diaper from BottomBumpers (All-In-One Diaper)

bottombumpers diaper review
BottomBumpers as more of a hybrid of a pocket and AIO, because BottomBumpers includes a soaker that snaps on top of the inside. It’s a double-folded, super-soft organic cotton padding topped with bamboo velour. It’s a breeze to snap in because you don’t even need to reach inside. But what I love best about these diapers is the fit — for my slim little man, these are the best-fitting diapers we have. They contour wonderfully between the legs, and the side snaps keep it nice and trim on the bottom.

Again, the only issue is the cost. But for an AIO, it’s not bad. And I love that I’m supporting a small cottage industry run by a mom.

• Bamboozle from Bummis (Fitted Diaper)

Oh my goodness, I love this diaper from Bummis. This diaper has four layers of bamboo, which means it’s compact yet super-absorbent. It is unbelievably soft! I love that a 100% bamboo is so eco-friendly — bamboo is a renewable resource with a very short growth cycle and it is grown without fertilizers or pesticides. Plus, it’s breathable, cool, and absorbs 60% more than cotton. This is one of our favorite diapers, and I’d have more if it weren’t for the cost. Still, I love how slim-fitting these diapers are. There’s absolutely no puffy bum here.  He’s wearing this diaper under the Imse Vimse Organic Wrap photo, reviewed below.

Organic Cotton Prefolds from Bummis (Prefold Diaper)

bummis organic cloth diapering kit

These are the prefolds that come with Bummis’ Organic Cotton Diaper Kit, a complete diapering system in a box. These unbleached prefolds are super absorbent and soft, and they’re a great size for my son — he’s wearing one under the Bummis Super Brite Wrap photo, reviewed below. So far, they’ve held up very well. As we’ve mentioned all week, the best benefit of prefolds is the cost — they’re definitely the cheapest cloth diaper available. But I also love their versatility — you can fold them a myriad of ways to fit your baby, and depending on the wrap you use, you could hold it together with a Snappi or simply hold it securely within the wrap. Don’t be intimidated by the idea of prefolds. Once you get the hang of them, diaper changing goes really quickly.

The main downside is possible reluctance from dads, grandparents, or other caregivers. If this is the case, and you want to mostly use prefolds and wraps, I’d recommend still using a few pockets or AIOs, and they can use these when it’s their turn.

• Super Brite Wrap and Super Whisper Wrap from Bummis (Diaper Cover/Wrap)

bummis cloth diaper wrap review

Bummis makes great wraps! I love both my Super Brite wrap in Blue and my Super Whisper wrap in Froggy Pond. They fit really well around a Bamboozle or a prefold, and the gussets around the legs has meant no leaks at all. I also like that there’s a little pocket in front so that you can slip in a prefold without Snappis. The Aplix on these guys are also the strongest I’ve seen — there’s no way my son could ever take this off. And since these are quite popular wraps, you’re likely to find some secondhand.

• Organic Cotton Cover from Imse Vimse (Diaper Cover/Wrap)

imse vimse cloth diaper wrap review

This is a very lightweight, soft cover with the most adorable farm print. I think this is my favorite in the cute department! The hook and closure front is softer, but our son has never been able to remove this. I do wish there were inside velcro tabs to close up the velcro for wash time, but it’s no problem just to adhere it to the front. This cover also fits my son perfectly – there’s no bagginess, and the gussets in the legs work wonderfully. It’s a bit pricier than other wraps, but if you’re going for cute, you can’t go wrong with these covers.

gDiapers (Hybrid Diaper)

gdiapers review

If the thought of cloth diapers still seems challenging to you, then perhaps a hybrid diaper is your answer. gDiapers consist of a washable, cotton outer ‘little g’ pant and a plastic-free flushable diaper refill. They are made of breathable material just like sports clothing. So the outside is a simple cotton cover, and inside is a detachable waterproof liner. Inside the liner, you add a flushable diaper insert, which makes the diaper absorbent. When it’s dirty, you can either flush the insert, compost it (it breaks down in 50-150 days), or even toss it in the trash — there’s no plastic, so it’s biodegradable. You should still toss poop in the toilet, though.

I thought these would be harder than they were. Putting in the inserts were just as easy as refilling a pocket diaper, and the simple procedure behind flushing the insert is easy, once you get the hang of it. gDiapers’ website has a video on how the process works, and their customer service is fabulous — I called them with questions, and the woman on the phone was friendly, down-to-earth, and helpful.

My main complaint is the cost. These diapers are expensive. If your driving factor behind using cloth diapers is cost, then gDiapers aren’t for you. You can buy them locally at a wide variety of stores like Whole Foods, but the refill inserts still average about $.47. Quite a bit more than standard disposables. Until their price is lowered, I can’t really use gDiapers. But their covers work great as wraps for prefolds, and they’re super cute.

In addition to all these diapers, I also highly recommend using Snappis, Bummis BioSoft Liners, Imse Vimse Flushable Liners, and Soapnuts for cleaning. Many of you use all kinds of products, so please share your recommendations in the comments section. We can make this post a resource guide for people overwhelmed by their choices. So please contribute all you can!

Giveaway Time!

Okay, I know you’re all curious what the giveaway is about. To celebrate Cloth Diapering 101 week here on Simple Mom, several companies want to give away some of their products to the readers!

• From FuzziBunz, two people will win three pocket diapers — two of their one-size diapers and one of their perfect size diaper. Each set of diapers is worth over $55.

BottomBumpers will give one reader a three-pack of their all-in-one diapers, worth around $60.

• Swaddlebees is giving one reader two of their diapers, a Blueberry Minky One-Size snap pocket diaper and a Swaddlebees EcoNappi, worth $62.

Bummis is giving one reader a complete Organic Cotton Diaper Kit, everything you need to start using cloth diapers right away! This kit is worth $169.

For a chance to win any of these prizes, here’s what you do:

1. Submit a comment on this post, and do the following: If you’re already using cloth diapers (or did, when you had kiddos in diapers), recommend a brand and type of diaper you liked, and why. If you haven’t used cloth yet, share one reason you’re willing to give it a try.

2.For a second entry, Twitter about this giveaway, using the hashtag #clothdiapers and my Twitter name, @simplemom.

3.For a third entry, write about this giveaway on your own blog, linking back to this post so that I receive a trackback.

This giveaway will only last this weekend — I’ll close the entries on Sunday, June 7 at 11:59 EST. I hope you win! And thanks again to these great companies who want to bless the socks off of Simple Mom readers.

This weekend, I’ll provide a list of a ton of links — from diaper brands, to stores, to services, to online communities, and more.  Stay tuned!

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  1. I’ve been using cloth diapers for 4 1/2 years now. Wow. For almost 4 of those years I’ve had several FuzziBunz that I’ve used and used and used. And they are just now starting to wear out. Pretty good, I think.

    I’ve also used prefolds–especially when baby is smaller with the Bummis wraps. Those get a thumbs up from me as well.

    I’m expecting a new baby in a little over a month, so winning this giveaway would be absolutely fabulous!!

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  2. We cloth diapered our first son (almost 3) and are doing the same for boy number two (12 days old). Prefolds are my preferred for easy laundering but once our son was about 16 months old we had to switch to pockets because he was a heavy wetter. I bought 10 Bum Genius (v.2 and v.3) in November 2007. They are easy to use and don’t leak (unlike v.1 -stay away from those!) but after a year and a half the velcro wore out and I had to pay someone to replace it with snaps. Since I had that done I’m confident they will last for another child but the would not had I left the velcro.

    While we did get our money’s worth vs. using disposables I would not buy them again because of the velcro issue. Fuzzi Bunz has a OS Pocket available and although they’re expensive I would probably buy those if I had to replace our existing stash.

    • I should add I did put them in the dryer on low for 20 minutes each time I wshed them. Line drying may have increased the velcro’s life but that’s not always practical unless you really have a lot of diapers.

  3. Rebecca says:
  4. Jessica says:

    We use Indian Prefolds with mostly Imse Vimse Covers. I prefer IV covers because they don’t have a plastic lining, yet they keep everything dry. They just seem like they’re more comfortable. We additionally use Mommy’s Touch AIO’s for night time. I also really like the KCK One Design, one size pocket diaper!

  5. Melissa says:

    This is awesome! I am definitely willing to give cloth diapers a try to save some money!

  6. I have used prefold with great success, but I would love to have the liners. I’ll be ordering some of those! I also like the Thirsties Diaper Cover that I got from Cotton Babies.

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  7. I’m using the BumGenius 3.0 pocket diapers. It’s the only type I’ve tried so I can’t compare it to others. But I really love them! I can’t even imagine how much money I’ve saved with these. Since they grow with my baby I’m not having to continually buy disposables or new cloth diapers. I love that it’s a one size diaper!

  8. I would love to move to cloth diapers. Half of our garbage is diaper-related waste and eliminating that would be wonderful! Good for the environment AND for our baby..what could be better??

  9. Sarah W. says:

    We use cloth now (except for the babysitter) and I had someone long term loan her stash to me and she had lots of cuddlebums (which I don’t know if they make now) which we love and we also love the Stacinator covers–and we used the Little Lions unbleached prefolds and loved them plus they had awesome customer service–and of course the Green Mtn prefolds were great! The cd world is pretty supportive most of the time! I just wish more brick and mortar stores had stuff in our town!

  10. Valerie Jenkins says:

    I’ve used cloth diapers in my home with two kids. We mainly use them during the daytime at home and switch to disposables for trips and nighttimes. I use prefolds with super whisper wrap covers and bumkins AIOs. They’re pretty easy to use but I would make sure to get enough so that you’re not running out before the laundry is done.

  11. This has been a great series–thank you for blogging about it! We use cloth diapers, mainly Muttaqin Baby fitteds & Thirsties covers, and we love them. We used Kissaluvs when she was a newborn–also a fitted diaper.

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  12. Great week of posts, I’m still secretly laughing about our Monday post titles & topics covered. Although we’ve been PT CDing our little man I’ve learned so much from your wealth of knowledge, as well as your guest authors.

    Currently we’ve been doing pre-folds with Thirsties, I had NO idea how vast the world of cloth diapering is! I have to give a shout out to Dilley Dally Diapers, not only because the founder was a guest author on my blog this week AND she offered a fabulous giveaway… BUT because I just recieved my custom monkey design diaper from her, for my nearly 1 yr old’s birthday. It is the most fabulous thing, so soft and so well made. I hope your readers will check out her store if they haven’t already.

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  13. I used cloth (mainly fuzzi bunz) on my eldest and when my youngest was teeny tiny and loved it. They didn’t hold up to the toddler and I wasn’t able to pass them down so my hubby was not pleased with the hefty “investment”. I would buy more in a heartbeat if I could afford them!

  14. Caroline says:

    Thank you for all the cloth diapering info this week! You’ve given me so much to research before my baby arrives in October!

  15. bygrace says:

    I am prego w/ our 5th baby!!! Five children and my husband being a pastor!…we defiantly need to save some moulal. So, cloth diapering here we come! We are eager to be good stewards of our money, ‘green’ and have cute diapers all at the same time so we have invested in a few items to get us through the first 2-3 months: unbleached prefolds x 24, swaddlebees pocket x 3, bamboo fitted x 3 and thirsties diaper cover x 5.
    Thanks for the article…I’ll keep it bookmarked for future reference as we try things out.

  16. I currently do not use cloth diapers. I meant to try them with my now twenty month old, but just never have. However, I may still try some before we train and I am also expecting a baby in August, so I would love to win any one of the diapers in your contest. Thanks for the great, informative post!

  17. Kim Mehaffey says:

    We LOVE cloth diapers! My son is two and a half months old and we use a mix of prefolds and OS BG pockets and AIOs. We like to use the BG pockets stuffed with 2 hemp inserts and 1 microfiber insert at night– we have no leaks! That diaper weighs like 10 lbs in the morning!

  18. danielle says:

    I’ve never tried cloth diapers….always thought it was icky and too much hassle. But lately I’ve been very interested in CD’s and really wish I had given them a try. My 4th baby just turned 14 months and I cringe when I think of how many diapers I’ve sent to the landfill after 8 straight years of diapering little bottoms. I just might have to make the switch for the last 12-18 months of my diapering career. Your series has been the tipping point. Had I seen this with my first, second, or even third child I probably would have given it a shot!

  19. Jessica R. says:

    I used bummis covers and prefolds for the first six months, then switched to bumgenius 3.0 when my daughter began to get wiggly and resist changing. I like velcro because its quick. These are so easy and worth the money. I live in Maine and have used many regular detergents with no problems.

  20. We are expecting baby # 5 …well he WAS expected June 1st lol but we are a waiting his arrival!:) This will be my first time with cloth diapers ( I know you would have thought I would have tried earlier!lol) we have a few of the ones listed for prizes to try so anything would be GREAT!!! thanks soo much for all the awesome info – adding you to my blog and bloggin about it
    thanks again!

  21. I’d LOVE to win! I cloth diapered Baby1, fell of the wagon for Baby2, but I’m planning to cloth diaper Baby3. I used exclusively prefolds and ProWrap covers with Baby1, which was great for the newborn stage, as far as containing poo… but as she grew, I was dissatisfied with the bulkiness that seemed to inhibit her movement. I’m haunting Craigslist for some Fuzzi Bunz for Baby3!

  22. Bumgenius 3.0 all the way! Easy and trim.

  23. I have used prefolds with my first and the Mother ease diaper covers. I am ready to go back to cloth with my second and would love to try some new types out. I really hope we win.

  24. Lindsay says:

    I am 4 days overdue with our first child, waiting not-so-patiently to meet this little person. Our plan is to start using cloth diapers after the first month. We work hard to reduce our trash output and live green, so cloth diapering is a natural fit for us. I can’t imagine committing to organic food and then tossing out bag after bag of disposables. I love the “dad/grandparent” use category, I’m hoping that will help my husband feel like he has some input as we shop!
    Thank you for the opportunity to win some diapers!

  25. Courtney says:

    We cloth diapered my daughter and son and with baby #3 expected in 12 days, we are geared up to go at it again. I used Fuzzi Bunz with chinese pre-folds in them and was very happy. They we easy to clean, very absorbent, and simple to use. I also used Bummi covers with the pre-folds when the kids were smaller. Found these also were easy to use and liked that the wraps could be reused if not soiled. Would love to stock up on a few new diapers for this third baby.

  26. I used cloth diapers with my 2 older kids, but the options were different. With my current one, I have a few Blueberry diapers I was given as a gift, but mostly I have prefolds (the best are from Green Mountain Diaper) and covers. I like the Bummis and the Imse Vimse covers (especially if you can find them used), but Thirsties are as good as the Bummis and made in the US, and a little cheaper.

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  27. Thanks so much for taking the time to write up how you feel about each kind of diaper.

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  28. For my first two sons, I used exclusively fuzzibunz and bumgenius! pockets and was really happy with them, but they’re sooo expensive. This go-around for kiddo #3, we’re trying fitted diapes – mostly Kissavlus – with Thirsties and WAHM-made covers. I’m really excited! If these work, once the baby is in the next size up, I’m hoping to get the hang of pre-folds, which have always intimidated me.

  29. i use bumgenius. love them and their customer service is great.
    i hope i win, i would love to try out other diapers but when bg is working so well i hesitate to spend money on another brand!

  30. I haven’t used cloth diapers yet. We are in the “ready and waiting” phase of our infant adoption. But, any day now, we’ll be getting the call. So I’ve been researching and picking up diapers and information here and there. We’ll be using cloth diapers because we’ve read lots about the health concerns of using disposables with all of the plastics and chemicals involved. We also live as mindfully as possible. Eliminating everything we can from going into landfills, our air and our water. We’ll be laundering in an environmentally conscious way, and sun-drying when possible. For us, this seems like the absolute best choice.

    Thanks for the chance to be entered in the giveaway!

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  31. My husband is completely ooged out by poop, so the thought of having to rinse a diaper and wash it only to reuse it was absolutely not even something to consider with either of our children. My much younger siblings were cloth diapered (with a diaper service) and so it seems perfectly normal to me (although I don’t at all remember rinsing the diapers prior to dumping them in the diaper pail).

    I’d love to win a few to be able to try them out for free and show him a) how easy and not gross it is and b) how much cheaper it is than the hundreds of dollars we spend every year on disposables. Plus, our son is well into the potty training age, but he just doesn’t mind sitting in his own battery-acid poo. Not only would cloth cut down on his miserable diaper rash, but it might also make him less comfortable and more willing to put it in the potty.

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  32. I have used Bumgenius in the past and had some repelling issues. Recently started using Gro Baby diapers. Only for a couple of days so but they are great for my infant and toddler! No leaks and so easy to take care off.

    I’d love to try some of the products mentioned above! Since cloth diapering is recent adventure I’d love to add to our collection!

  33. I am the mother of 2 children. I have a 19 month old daughter and a 2 month old son. I have had a hard time recociling the number of diapers I am sending to the landfill (Like so many other readers i’m sure) and the amount of money I am spending on disposable diapers. My husband lost his job in February, right before our son was born and hasn’t been able to find another job since. Then when my son was 2 weeks old he left me saying he isn’t sure he wants to be a husband or a father. I am currently living with my father and helping my aunt with her business but that doesn’t leave me much wiggle room for the disposable diapers. BOY I wish I had started cloth diapering 2 years ago when my daughter was born. I thought about it but didn’t because of laziness I guess.

  34. Monique D. says:

    I have two young children and one more on the way this August. My two year old is just starting to show an interest in potty training, so I know we have a way to go (I’m anticipating a regression once baby bro gets here). A few months ago I started thinking about the money and sheer bulk we have thrown into the landfill with our two older children. It was at that point that I started thinking about CDing, and it didn’t seem so scary anymore. Now I’m down right excited about using cloth diapers! And when I talked to my husband about the cost savings, even he thawed about it! Thanks for all of your info!

  35. We are having boy #3 in two and a half weeks. I really want to start cloth diapering for the health of my baby and the environment. It just seems like good stewardship! I wish we had a local store that sold some CD. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  36. I kind of used cloth diapers with my first baby but then we moved away from the States and had no hot water for washing the soiled diapers. Washing in cold just did not do it and she ended up with incredibly bad diaper rash. Now I am pregnant again and have hot water so will be going back to CDs. Unfortunately I sold all my CD’s. I liked the Thirsties diaper covers. I used the swaddlebees fitted with my daughter. I loved them but they definitely need a dryer for drying.

  37. I have been doing some cloth diapering off and on.. I don’t really have enough diapers to do it full time yet. I use the bumgenius 3.0s.. however, I have wanted to try some other brands.

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  39. Very Baby Simply Nights is a fitted that has been our go-to diaper for nighttime here recently with our daughter. We top it with a wool soaker and she’s good to go for 12 hours of heavy wetting. Other diapers in her stash are toddler prefolds that we use with Thirsties covers, Fuzzi Bunz, and BumGenius. It’s been 10 years since we first started the cloth diapering journey with our eldest daughter and I’ve never once wished we didn’t.:)

  40. My son is 5 weeks old and I would really like to do cloth diapering but haven’t known where to start. This blog series has been THE MOST HELPFUL resource I’ve found. Thank you! Hope I can win and start cloth diapering soon!!

  41. As an expectant new mom, I haven’t had any experience with cloth diapering but I’m so excited about trying it out. The video post were especially helpful. I even sent my mom (who thinks I’m crazy) a link so she can see the difference in the new diapers. I’m definitely willing to give cloth a try, because I believe the reusable diapers will be cheaper in the long run. Why throw away something if you don’t have to?

  42. Amber Graham says:

    I have three kidsa already and am expecting twins in October. I am wanting to try cloth diapers for my now three year old, before I have my twins. It’s overwhelming the amount of cloth diapers are available. I would love the chance to win one of these sets!

  43. I’m using cloth with my son, and we plan to do it again with our next child. Cost was our main reason, so I’ve only ever used prefolds and covers. I’m a HUGE fan of the ImseVimse flushable liners. It was actually my husband’s idea to use cloth, and when I did some research and learned that I could do it without swishing anything in the toilet or using pins (yay for Snappies), I was sold. I’ve only tried three brands of covers.
    1. I don’t like the ProWraps Classic. It’s cheap, but it’s cheap for a reason; its’ plasticky and leaves red marks on my little guy. We stopped using it after a week.
    2. The Bummis Super Whisper Wraps are fine. They’re soft, and the patterns are cute. My main complaint with those was that the edges were vaguely frayed and worn very quickly (I don’t put them in the dryer or anything) and more importantly, the cover tended to absorb moisture from the diaper and took a long time to air dry.
    3. Personally, I love Thirsties covers. I only have their older style, but they work for me. I love all the cute colors, they’re soft, and they’re very thin. The leg gussets work just right for us, and they dry quickly after washing or after a diaper that got a little too wet. The only issues with these are that the velcro on one of the sizes we’ve been using for a year is starting to peel off from the fabric (I think that’s the main thing they fixed with the new version), and it’d be nicer if the strip of velcro on the sides was a little longer. We get them online from Nicki’s Diapers, and they’ve always been very good.

    I’d love to try some of the fancier diapers. Thanks for the giveaway!

  44. Hi! I loved this post. We switched to cloth almost a year ago! Time flies. This is our third child and I wish I would have tried cloth sooner. It really isn’t all that difficult. I love washing a load of diapers and feeling like I’m “free” from the big business controlled diaper world.

    We use prefolds and bummis wraps. I do have on Bum Genius that I love but we went with the more economical option. I bought the Bum Genius and a couple of prefolds with a cover to try them first. Then I realized I could deal with the prefolds.

    But now our little guy is starting to wet at night a lot and I’m thinking we’ll need to get a couple of wool covers for him at night.

    Thanks again!

  45. Haven’t tried it yet but am researching it right now due to the cost savings. I am tired of buying expensive disposable diapers week after week!!!

  46. I am using cloth with my 10 month old. We have been using them part time since we came home from the hospital. We mostly use pre-folds at home and a few BumGenius. I absolutely LOVE Green Mountain Diapers prefolds. They come in the perfect sizes and I will never use anything else. My favorite cover is the Thirsties. I am an RN/childbirth & breastfeeding educator and am about to start teaching a class on cloth diapering so I would love to win these to have as more examples. Thanks!

    Erin´s last blog post…Ten Terrific Months

  47. I have not been able to use CDs on my 10mo old YET. We don’t have access to a washer/dryer, but we will be buying our first home next week, so CDing – HERE I COME! I would love to have a few to start my collection! 🙂

  48. Tracy G says:

    Oh, I can only enter once, but I SO hope I win! We are expecting baby number 5 in December and I really want to use cloth diapers. I can’t believe we didn’t consider this option WAY sooner! Thanks for your blog!

  49. I just bought some bum genuis 3.0 pockets and I LOVE them. I still use my prefolds and covers but the BG’s are great for when we are out and for overnight.

  50. Michele says:

    I don’t use cloth now but am very excited to try with our first child, to save some money on diapers. I am hoping to win some of these awesome diapers you are raving over!

  51. Rebecca says:

    We used the old fashioned pre-folded diapers with pins and plastic pants with our first! I’ve learned a lot about what’s out there from the posts this week! I’m committed to cloth diapering, so I hope to update some of my supplies the next time around.

  52. Hi! I love following along on your blog, and have passed your cloth diapering info onto another friend of mine, as well!
    I have two little boys, both with insanely sensitive skin. I’ve yet to find a disposable diaper that doesn’t break their little bottoms out in a matter of one wearing! I started off using g-diapers with my oldest. We still had a rash, although to a lesser extent than with most disposables. We then tried our luck with kushies aio cloth diapers, since they were pretty cost effective and seemed like an affordable way to test the waters. Success! After just days of cloth diapering, all of my son’s irritation and discomfort was gone! Since then, we’ve stocked up on bum genius for most of our use, but I do use our old g-diapers liners and covers with folded gmd prefolds for our littler son. When we have another baby, we’re skipping straight to the cloth. I can’t stop singing the praises! 🙂

  53. Oooh! I hope I win. I have been wanting to try cloth diapers for our fourth baby, since I am now a SAHM. However, DH is reluctant. Maybe if I won a starter kit that would convince him!

  54. I didn’t cloth diaper with my first but now that we’re in the midst of potty training and I’m doing an extra load of laundry every day, I’m seriously considering cloth for our next child. I’d love to win some diapers !

    Calee´s last blog post…Grace in Small Things 31 of 365

  55. We love Chinese prefolds with One-Size Wonder Wraps. We also like BumGenius pocket diapers for nighttime – the wicking action in the microfleece keeps her dry all night, and the extra absorbency helps a lot, too! I also use Dream-Eze fitteds at night with wool covers – there is no wicking but the wool helps everything breathe! I use Little Beetle wool covers – they are wonderfully soft and thin.

    Katie ~ This Natural Life´s last blog post…An Introduction to Using Alternative Sweeteners, Week 3: Maple Syrup & Maple Sugar

  56. Kristen says:

    I am just now getting into cloth diapering… I have twin 21-month-olds and a newborn. Before the new little one arrived I ordered enough cloth diapers for all 3 kids (bumGenius pockets for the older ones and the prefolds/covers for the little one). I have them all cleaned and organized, and am just using up the last of the disposables that were given to us for the first couple of weeks of our new baby’s life. I’m really excited to do this whole cloth diapering thing!!! I would love to try out some other options so I know the differences b/w them all, and what works for our kids. Thanks for this great tutorial this week!


  57. I would LOVE to win some cloth diapers to try. I always thought people were crazy for cloth diapering until recently starting some research, and this little series was SO helpful. I think I’ll start out with some AIO’s and go from there…

  58. I haven’t tried cloth yet (no kids in diapers at the moment!). But when baby comes, I want to try them for the cost and for the non-chemical issue. Pick me! Pick me!

    I have really enjoyed this week of Cloth diapering tutorials, they’ve really opened my eyes that I probably CAN do this!

  59. I have been using bumgenius with my third child and its gone really well so far. With three kids the AIO are really nice b/c I can just throw them on w/o having to do anything but the One Size Fits All is better $ wise. I dont have a big stash so I’d love to add to it for our current 8 month old and future kiddos!

  60. After a long wait, my husband and I are finally expecting our first child. We couldn’t be happier. We are both on board with cloth diapering and can’t wait to try it! Cloth diapering is important to us because of the environmental benefits it offers. And to be honest, the cuteness factor plays a role for me! Thanks for the great tutorials.

  61. I cloth diaper my son. I use one size diapers as they make the most sense for us. My absolute favorite so far is the GroBaby. They’re so easy and we haven’t had one leak in them! Right now we only have enough cloth diapers for use for one day, so it would be great to add some more to the cloth diap wardrobe.

  62. When our daughter was newborn we tried out a couple of different cloth diapers. The ones that got the most use was probably ImseVimse organic contour diapers with wool covers. I’m a knitter – how could I resist knitting covers myself? She’s grown out of the nb sizes so I am on the lookout for what to get her next – and thoughtful reviews are always helpful. One thing to bear in mind re: cotton is that conventional cotton production is very hard on the environment. That is one of the reasons we went organic.

    Rebekka´s last blog post…How it changes

  63. Heather says:

    My third child is still in diapers, and we recently found out we are expecting our fourth. I’ve never used cloth diapers, because I didn’t understand them!!! Thanks to this series, it all seems to much more doable now! I’m excited to make the switch. For me the biggest reason to switch is to avoid throwing that much extra garbage into a landfill.

  64. Christina says:

    I would love to use cloth diapers. It would save a ton of money in the end. Plus help out the environment. I actually do have one FuzziBunz that seems to work great! But I need to get more so I can do a complete switch over.

  65. We don’t use cloth diapers, mainly because my SAHD husband is worried he won’t like them and thus they’ll be a waste of money. If I could just get a few in the house for him to try out, I’m sure he’ll be a convert. In all other areas, he’s super environmentally conscious.

    Alma´s last blog post…My night at the Roxbury

  66. My kids are grown, and now I’m diapering grandbabies. I used cloth diapers–prefolds with old-fashioned diaper pins and plastic pants–when my children were babies. Babies today are lucky to have such luxurious options for their little bottoms. My daughter is expecting baby #2 in five weeks, and we have both been following this week’s series with great interest. She’s been using disposable diapers, but she would like to try cloth this time. A friend has been using Bum Genius diapers, and I have to say that I’ve been impressed with the fit and the look.

  67. Oh how exciting!!I’m due on August 8th with our first, so we’ve not used cloth diapers yet. However, I want to use them for their a. cost effectiveness b. reusability and c. how much more environmentally friendly they are.

    Thanks for having such a great giveaway!!

  68. I love Thirsties diaper covers. Also, if one of your reasons for CDing is the cute factor & the affordability is not an option, you should check out fitteds. I’ll warn you though, you may need to to go through a 12-step program to be able to quit buying them since she’s constantly coming out with new, adorable prints.

  69. Apparently I need a 12-step tutorial in inserting HTML code 🙂

    I meant to say you should check out Goodmama fitteds. And, her shop website is:

  70. thank you SO much for all of the cloth diaper info! I use disposables with my first (we’re potty training now!) but after reading all of your posts and researching it myself, we are going to go cloth with our second (due in 8 weeks)! I didn’t really like using disposables, but cloth dipering seemed like it was too hard. I now feel that it’s completely achievable and both baby and I will benefit and enjoy it. thanks!

  71. You wrote that you didn’t know about Bum Genius customer service so I thought Id add that they are AWESOME! With a 1 year warranty, what’s not to love? They have exchanged my dipes twice for NEW ones, once the velcro stopped working and the last time they sent me NEW tabs for FREE!!

  72. Andrea in AR says:

    I never thought that when I have kids that I would use cloth diapers, but after reading all these posts I’m all for it. It would cost a lot less and be healthier for your baby. I always thought cloth diapers meant using one of the burp towels and some safety pins. Have they evolved or what.

  73. I LOVE the Bummi’s Super wraps…. I bought many of my diapers second hand and some of them are not the most absorbent (even the pocket ones or all in one’s), so I use my Bummi’s wraps on just about everything and they are cute cute and work well! I also use two Bumkin’s wraps and they also work really well… and are super lightweight and cute! They even have some mesh in the back for breathability. Thanks for all of this info on cloth diapering… it was a great resource this week!

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  74. #clothdiapers giveaway this weekend @simplemom!

  75. Cortney says:

    Winning cloth diapers would be the ONLY way to convince my husband to give them a try!

  76. Laura van delden says:

    I’ve been using cloth on my twins for the last few months. I’m a latecomer, but wanted to wait until the explosive poop stage was over, and I love it. I picked up some Fuzzi Bunz as seconds, and even my husband admits it’s ‘not as bad as he thought’. After the initial learning curve (2 weeks) it’s become routine, and is not a problem, although I must admit, I do take Sunday’s off 🙂

  77. I’ve been back and forth on the cloth diapering issue. Cost-wise, it’s hard for me to stomach paying so much up front since things are so tight for us right now. But then again, the cost savings down the road is very tempting, and I really like that we wouldn’t be adding more to the landfills.

  78. Thank you so much for this review! It’s the most practical one that I’ve seen! I’m expecting our first child in January and trying to research all the pro’s and con’s of cloth diapers. I’m pretty convinced that they’re the way to go, but so many choices….! Your review is a wonderful help to me!!! Thanks so much!

  79. I’ve been cloth diapering for 3 years (and will be continuing for probably 5 more with subsequent kiddos) so I’ve tried a lot of covers and diapers. I use unbleached Chinese prefolds with a variety of covers. My favorites are Nikkys. They fit well, no leaks, dry fast, and seem very comfortable. The two types I’ve used are breathable poly and cotton. The only downside is they only come in white. For cuteness, I have a Bummis super-brite and some Thirsties. Both are great covers as well. I’ve tried to love fuzzi bunz but they didn’t work very well for me.

  80. We used Kissaluvs newborns and LOVED them. We now use a mix of Kissaluv fitted diapers, another fitted brand I bought used, Bum Genius One-Size. For the fitted we use Thirsties covers, which I like better than the few Bummis we have used. Now that our little bean is getting older, I need to find a new system for night time, as she is a heavy wetter. My source for all things cloth diapers is Jillian’s Drawers. They are an awesome store and have great cloth diaper trial system. They carry all of the above reviewed brands, plus more. I also just tried gDiapers, for those times when we use disposable (camping, traveling, etc) and so far I like them…but they are expensive. We also use cloth wipes and keep them in a Baby Bits water in a wipes warmer. While the wipes warmer uses energy, we decided warm wipes was worth it, especially during our Montana winters and for changing a diaper in the middle of the night. Anything to not wake her up anymore!

  81. I have been using cloth diapers for several years now, I wanted to love prefolds (being a bit of a cheapskate) but I didn’t. We mainly use pocket diapers (monkey snuggles, of course, since I own the company). I have decided though that I need some other brands so I can answer customer’s questions about how the fit compares to this brand or that brand. . . and because diaper shopping is fun:)

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  82. Jennifer says:

    We use primarily Drybees. I like how they fit my munchkin. They are quite similar to bumgenius, they just have sider velcro and cuter prints!

  83. Our second child will be born in Aug. we did not CD with our first for lack of a personal washer and dryer but I am in the process of deciding what CD to go with this time around. This weeks CD101 was very helpful thank you!!! I am leaning towards a new diaper called Gro Baby it is an AIO with a twist so the covers do not need to be washed every time…. I am very excited!!! I am also planning on buying some prefolds and covers so thank you for sharing your experience… I was glad to see that you like the soap nuts and seeing how they work was helpful….

  84. I have been hesitant to try CDs with my 1 year old, purely out of fear of inconvenience. After following your tutorial this week, though, I’m convinced to give them a test drive. The money saved and minimal waste are encouraging factors. Now I’ll just have to get my husband on board – maybe winning some starter supplies will convince him!

  85. I’ve just started with cloth and got set up with Bum Genius. I bought mostly the one-size, hoping to use them for our next baby too. They are so easy for my husband and they come in really lovely colors. I also bought a few of the all-in-ones and they are perfect for night-time.

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  86. We didn’t use cloth with our firstborn, but we have been using cloth diapers for the last year with our second girly girl. Well, I have mainly BumGenius 3.0 & Swaddlebees…no complaints from me! I like them both. I would recommend trying a few different types though. Our daughter had an absolute MELTDOWN every time she went potty when I had her in prefolds & anything where she could feel the wetness. I was going to ONLY use them during the day & when we were just around the house…hoping to save on the cost of the pockets & AIOs. The little stinker had other ideas! 🙂

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  87. I’m about 7 weeks from having my 3rd baby and I’d be interested in trying cloth diapers- especially if I won some freebies! 🙂

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  88. We started using cloth diapers about 4 months ago…I would have never thought that they were for me because I am a convenience person, but I love using them. I’m saving our family money (which is great because we are living on a pastor’s salary) and reducing our amount of waste. Thanks for the review, it was very helpful.

    Laura´s last blog post…Our Little Aquaman

  89. A Crockett says:

    We do prefolds and covers for our daughter. Once that belly-button stump came off, we’re cloth 98% of the time. My husband is a whiz with the prefold and snappi, he’s even perfected his version of the Diva fold. We also use homemade wool soakers over the bowling-ball-butt double prefold at night. So cute!

    It would be awesome to win some other diapers for the stash.

  90. I used cloth for my first but for my two that are in diapers now we us disposable because we don’t have a washing machine right now. Washing cloth diapers at the laundromat would just be sad. But we loved using prefolds from our diaper service and Bummi’s covers. Hopefully we will have a washing machine again the next month so I can start using cloth again- your articles have inspired me!

  91. I would LOVE to win this for my daughter. I used only cloth diapers when my kids were little, and now they have kids, in diapers. Can I just say WOW!!!!! at how much cloth diapers changed in 25 years!!! These are great improvements! I am amazed, and wish I had these way back when! OH how we all hate those blasted diaper pins!

  92. We are expecting our #3 son and I am researching cloth for this lucky boy 🙂 Thank you for all your help and advice.

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  93. Mindy Acosta says:

    My husband and I have five children and we never considered using disposables till now. I never realized that new easy and fashionable ones were available. I would definitely like to win some. I hate wasting money on something you throw away. I think it would be worth the effort to get CD’s. Thank you for the opportunity to win

  94. I would love to win this! We’re expecting #2 in October and I’d really like to go the cloth route this time. We didn’t with #1 because daycare *refused* to deal with them. They’ve since changed director’s and policy has changed. So please Mr. Random # Generator, pick me! : )

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  95. Katharine K. says:

    I use Thirsties covers over my pre-folds. They use velcro which makes it very easy to adjust. After months of use, the velcro is still in good condition.

  96. Jessica J. says:

    I think of it like this: when you go to the doctor, would you rather wear a disposable paper “gown” or the nice cloth gown? ‘Nuf said. And because they’re so darn cute!! 😉
    I don’t use CD’s yet, but that’s because I don’t have kids. I do have neices and nephews though who should really be given the opportunity to wear them!

  97. My little guy hasn’t arrived yet (just a few more weeks), but I am wanting to try cloth diapering at least at home (and we will be at home almost all the time for the first few months).
    My mom cloth-diapered the first three of us exclusively, the fourth and fifth the majority of the time, and only switched to mostly disposables for the sixth and seventh babies. Of course, this was back in the days of prefolds, diaper pins, and plastic pants…a lot more work than nowadays. I actually had to explain to my mom why cloth diapering could be so expensive these days…cause of the handy all-in-ones and pocket diapers making it almost as easy and dad-friendly as disposables!!
    I guess my reasons for wanting to cloth-diaper are two-fold: less junk in the landfills and healthier skin for my munchkin (my husband and I both have sensitive skin, so our little one may have that too, and disposables are not kind to sensitive baby skin)!!

  98. We recently just switched to using cloth diapers, and honestly I’m already in love! We bought Rumparooz (RAR) pocket diapers. We are in the process of trying others as well – but these, I love!

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    • Rebeca Mettee-Carter says:

      Lots of great information on this website. I hope to go “all cloth” if we have another baby.

  99. I have not used cloth diapers full time yet. I am slowly trying to purchase one when I can. I hope to add to my current small stash!

  100. I’m only 10 weeks into my first pregnancy, but as long as I can convince my husband, we’ll be doing plenty of CDing! My main reasons are price (especially since we’ll be starting with our first child and continuing with future kids) and the green reason.