When I first started looking into cloth diapers, I was blessed to have a dear friend loan me some of her pre-folds. And that’s exactly what she said, “I’ll loan you some of my pre-folds.” I was like, “sure” though I didn’t have a clue what she was talking about. She dropped off a big box filled with what looked like really big face cloths. I was totally dumbfounded and lost. It took a lot of time, research, and determination but I finally overcame my anxiety about using cloth diapers and realized how easy they are.
In my quest to sort out my confusion on the cloth diaper options, I stumbled across Green Mountain Diapers (GMD), an excellent website that provides detailed descriptions about the various kinds of cloth diapers, along with pictures of how they look on actual babies. With so many options available, choosing and buying cloth diapers can become very expensive and confusing. I ended up purchasing most of my them from GMD. I found their prices competitive and I like that I’m supporting a local New England business. In short, here’s my two cents worth of advice:
- If you’re a stay-at-home mom (or dad) and have easy access to a washer and drier and are looking to use cloth diapers to save money, then I recommend either pre-fold or birds-eye flat diapers. I am extremely happy with my choice of using the organic pre-folds. If I were to do it again, however, I may have gone with the birds-eye flats; that’s how easy and comfortable I felt with the pre-folds. You’ll also notice how really inexpensive these types of diapers are compared to other cloth diapers and especially to disposable.
- If you’re able to spend more money, then I highly recommend fitted diapers. Fitted diapers are designed with elastic in the waistband and leg areas to provide a more snug fit. They also have built in closures, such as Velcro, which eliminate the need for Snappis or pins. These type of diapers are much better at reducing leakage. I used several fitted diapers during the first couple of months. I found them to be extremely helpful with those very loose bowel movements that newborns tend to have.
- Finally, if you’re using childcare or if money is simply not an issue then I highly recommend All-in-Ones. These are fantastic diapers in that no additional items are needed for a change. There are some companies that design All-in-Ones in a one-size fits all. one type of cloth diaper is certainly not a hang up! In fact that is how I started, mostly cause I was interested to see what was the best option.
My final piece of advice when choosing cloth diapers is “have fun!” I’ve only listed the general descriptions of the main kind of cloth diapers but there many more to choose from. Choose a few cloths and see how they work of you. I can promise that no matter what kind of cloth you choose you won’t be unhappy.
In addition to choosing what kind of cloth diapers suits you best, there are endless options of accessories available. Unless you are using an All-in-One, you will need a diaper cover and some sort of diaper pin. I will write more on the accessories in another post.