Oct 15, 2009

Cloth Diaper Review: Thoughts After 4 Months

It's hard to believe it has only been 4 months since I started cloth diapering.  I feel like it is second nature now.  I thought it might be helpful to update some of my earlier reviews now that I have LOTS of experience with each diaper in my stash.

In case you missed my previous reviews, here are the links (newest to oldest):

FuzziBunz (Perfect Size and One Size) - Good diaper overall.  Easy to stuff with the wide back opening, though the insert does bunch between the legs occasionally.  This is one of the "fluffier" models in my stash, making it difficult to fit under baby jeans.  I have had stink issues with the microfiber, I just make sure to run a prewash with 1-2 Tbsp baking soda and an extra rinse - also make sure they are completely dry before you assemble the diapers!

GroBaby - This diaper is middle of the road for me.  I like the trim fit but the micro touch tape does not hold up very well.  They hook never stays attached to the laundry tabs anymore and I found my son with one side detached after a nap (and I don't think he pulled it) last week. I worry about ripping the mesh while removing the liner; they should have used some stabilizer behind the snaps.  The soaker does absorb a good amount and I have rarely had a leak.  The soaker did get stained after the first or second poop, and the poops normally get on the inside of the shell. As I have said before, the soaker does take a long time to dry. Thankfully, I haven't had any elastic issues with the replacement shell.

Bummis Super Brite Cover - Again, middle of the road.  I often have leaks with this cover, but it is fine for around the house.  I like how you can wipe out the inside, though I have never actually done that.  It is easy to "pre-assemble" the prefold in this cover as the back and sides don't bunch up. The binding on the edges tends to get wet, so if you plan or reusing the cover before a wash you would need to let it dry first.

WonderWrap - Amazing one size diaper cover.  I have never had a leak with this cover!  I love the wide elastic in the back, though the leg elastic tends to leave marks on my chunky thigh boy.   The back elastic does contract a lot, so it is not easy to set the prefold in for a quick change.

Blueberry One Size - Good Diaper, very similar to the FuzziBunz.  Easy to stuff, the combo liner is trim yet absorbent.  I have had some smell issues (stink) from the fleece liner on the diaper.  I wash it the same as the FuzziBunz and that seems to remove most of the smell. I like to double stuff this diaper for night time use.

KnickerNappies One Size - Thumbs down.  I don't think I have ever had this diaper on and not had a leak.  I only use this diaper at home.  It can be hard to stuff as the back opening to the pocket is narrow.  I do use the small LoopyDo liner as a booster in other diapers for night time.

BumGenius Organic 3.0 - Very trim diaper with a low rise.  This AIO takes a long time to dry were the soaker layers are attached.  The soaker did get stained on the first poop, and they can bunch a bit.  The multiple layers of cloth can make cleaning poop out of it a challenge.  In the past week, it has started to leak on me - so my son is either wetting too much for this diaper to handle or I need to strip it.

Kissaluvs Hemp Fitted - Absorbent diaper, but needs to be changed frequently as the moisture is held against the skin.  Logan tends to get a red bottom after wearing this diaper, not sure if it's the fiber or the moisture doing it to him.

gDiaper - I really don't use this diaper much.  My low-flow toilets have trouble flushing the liners and it always leaks when I stuff it with a prefold.  I haven't bothered buying the gCloth as I'm not trilled with the overall fit.  The waterproof liner, and the snaps that hold it in place, always leave a mark on Logan's bottom.  Is a nice concept, but not for me.

I think that covers it!  I hope you find my reviews helpful.  Feel free to leave a comment with your own feelings on these diapers.

1 comment:

Mindy said...

I really like the Wonderwraps as well. I think it is truly one-sized and seems so durable. I have the same problem with it leaving marks with my guy too. I also like my Bumgenius, but haven't tried organic. Thanks for the food for thought - I want to add to my stash, but really want to go into a brick and mortar store to see and touch my choices next time!