But where to start?
After a bit of digging around the internet, I found Green Mountain Diapers (GMD). They are the industry standard specializing in selling organic cloth diapers and they have incredibly detailed information on every product they sell. It was on their website that I learned exactly:
- how many cloth diapers I need
- how to plan for newborn stage through the first year
- how to store and clean cloth diapers.
I started off with “prefolds”, these are the classic squares of cloth pre-folded and stitched together for extra absorbency. I paired with my GMD favorite the “work-horse fitted“. They snap together like a disposable diaper, but is made of cloth (both made by Cloth-eez). Both required water-proof covers. You can see exactly what I’m talking about here.
I’ll admit, I was in a little over my head in the first few weeks with the pre-fold diapers. How the hell was I supposed to fold and pin a diaper in the middle of the night, when I couldn’t even find the strength to change my own pants?
Many afternoons were spent watching YouTube tutorials on folding techniques, I finally found my groove. Thanks youtube (They literally have EVERYTHING on youtube. Want to learn how to make a felt Llama or how to make your own perfume from unicorn tears? Youtube it. )
It was after I had my routine down with the fitted and pre fold diapers that I began to wonder what other types of cloth diapers there were. I wanted something that would simplify my life without having to buy disposables. I mean, GMD couldn’t be the only company to sell quality cloth diapers right???
So I began looking and discovered BumGenius. After a little research, I decided to give their one size pocket style cloth diapers a shot. All I have to say is “EUREKA”! I didn’t need to carry an obnoxious stash of cloth with me or fumble with snaps and folding, I had found the solution to my problems!
With several rows of snaps, this diaper allows you to adjust the size as your child grows from an 8lb new born all the way to 35+lb toddler. It was called “pocket style” because you added inserts in a pocket behind the stay-dry lining, making it as absorbent as you want! (Great for heavy wetters) I was able to continue using the prefolds as the inserts, saving myself some cash not having to purchase extras!
Don’t even get me started on the ADORABLE colors and patterns! I can’t even handle my daughter’s cute fluffy bottom toddling around in prints that are positively designer!
So if you’re looking to cloth diaper but are turned off by the idea of folding and snapping or pinning, I would definitely suggest BumGenius StayDry 4.0 as part of your stash. I also love that they’re easy enough for Dad and Grandma to use.
This chick is definitely a huge fan, and these diapers are here to stay ’til potty training!