Cloth Diapering (One Week In)12/15/2014
One Gal's Thoughts on the GroVia System
Now, I suspect I won't mind the crotch bulk when she gets a bit bigger. I have noticed that any cloth diaper becomes less awkward fitting as the child grows, so I'm nowhere near ready to throw out my GroVia stash. I am, however, definitely considering snap conversions. More on that later.
Prefolds and FST
I have found the FST to be my most favorite insert-type product, as they provide the trimmest option in the crotch area. However, for E, she needs more absorbency than what they offer, so I'm going to have to figure out what to add to accomplish this. I am toying with doubling the FST, or adding a stay dry booster, but I can post an update as I find a solution. In the meantime, I'll stick with what I know so far. They're inexpensive, absorbent for light wetters, offer a trim fit, and wash and dry easily. I prefer the origami fold, but I also pad-fold them when I'm in a rush. I just can't get a snug fit around the legs with some of the other folds, or I find they're just too much of a pain in the tush to manage, even when I prefold and prestuff my diapers.
I also enjoy prefolds as they don't cause as much wetness irritation for E, but they are super bulky in the crotch at this point. They, too, are easy to wash and dry, but they cost more than FST. They're definitely more absorbent, though. I prefer to pad-fold these in my covers. I currently have Green Mountain Diaper and Econobum prefolds. The GMD are nice, but the Econobum prefolds have the seams to fold them long and skinny, or short and wide, so I feel they're more versatile. Both are soft and both are absorbent. I've noticed that most brands are pretty competitively priced.
AMM's Favorite Covers
The Econobum covers work, they're wipe-and-clean, and they're inexpensive. They seem cut a little bigger than my other covers, so they don't settle in as nicely around the legs, which makes them prone to leaking (at this stage). That's really my only beef with them thus far is that they're cut a little big.
The Flip covers are hands down my most favorite. They're made by the same people who make BumGenius, so I'm not surprised - those are freaking fantastic diapers! The Flip covers are wipe-and-clean, they fit E beautifully, and even though I'm not a fan of aplix/hook and loop closures, theirs is definitely less annoying than GroVia's, and E can sit much more comfortably in them. Flips also have flaps in the front and back that hold the insert/prefold/FST in place, and provide bonus leak protection, which I find to be really awesome. Sure, it's a small feature, but I like that I don't have the prefold/FST sliding around when I'm trying to change E's diaper. It's hard enough getting a diaper on that kid without constant readjustments. Flip covers cost three dollars more per cover than Econobum, but I think it's worth it thanks to the flaps and better fit.
Cloth on the GoSecond to nighttime diapering, cloth on the go is often a big concern. Honestly? In my experience thus far, my only grievance is that I need a bigger diaper bag, and that's only because I want to consolidate my purse and diaper bag into one, and I can't do that with my current bag. I wasn't even able to do it prior to switching to cloth, so it just is what it is. With regard to the actual nitty gritty of changing on the go, it's no different than before, except instead of putting my dirties into a disposable bag, I'm placing everything into a small wet bag.
What's a wet bag? It's a leak-proof, waterproof, reusable, zippered bag that come in a variety of sizes for both home and on-the-go use. They keep in messes and smells, can be used for diapers, swim gear, or diaper spraying accessories. (More on that later.) Sure, you can get by without one, but they really do make your life easier. Change a diaper, throw everything into the bag, then place into your diaper bag, and no mess, smells, or hassles. Then, when you get home, throw everything into your diaper pail and wash everything on diaper laundry day. Done and done!
Depending on which size you purchase, you'll spend anywhere between $10 and $40 dollars, but since they're reusable, it's a cost that pays for itself over time. (Much like everything else cloth diaper related!)
And that about wraps up what I've experienced over the last week or two! I intentionally left out laundry details, as that is a post in and of itself, so if you're curious, leave me a comment and I'll work on that next. Also, if you have any questions, please feel free to ask! I hope you found this informative and interesting, and I hope you'll follow along in our journey with cloth diapering!