Thursday, April 3, 2008

Cloth Diapers

As into alternative medicine and all things "crunchy" as I am, I think it's a little funny that I have never gone the cloth diaper route. It's also funny because I was raised on cloth. Actually, maybe that's part of the problem. My memories of cloth diapers include standing by as a helpless 10 year old while an...ahem...uninformed babysitter repeatedly poked my baby brother with diaper pins.

However, cloth diapers have come a long way. So far, in fact, that I have felt completely unable to make any decisions regarding them. I was reading my Mothering magazine today though (I love this magazine, by the way), and there were tons of articles about cloth diapers. Over the life of the diaper it is not only cheaper and better for avoiding diaper rash, but an obvious environmental choice that anyone can make. I know these things. That doesn't help me make the decision.

Then I found this. Pay a $100 deposit, and try two of several top brands of covers, all-in-ones, and pockets for 21 days! If you don't want to keep them, return some or all and they will refund all but $10 plus any diapers you keep. Shipping is about $8 each way.

Hannah is really too big for the biggest size in this trial, so I doubt we'll do it with her unless they fit her as well. She will be potty trained (crossing my fingers) soon anyway. But, since we plan to have more kids at some point, the investment for Audrey is totally worth it. I'll let you know how it goes...


  1. I just started switching this past week. I actually have found that rash is worse...but that may be because I am not as good at checking for wetness because I am used to the super absorbent (yet toxic) disposables.
    I read this article:
    I found 6 diapers with inserts on Craigslist for $15. I have been meaning to keep checking it.
    Gratefully, Soren also just potty trained this last once less bum to worry about.
    Anyhow, all that to say, you should check out Craigslist once you decide what brand/style to go with!
    Keep us updated!

  2. I did tons of research and started cloth diapering with Ava, my third. I figured better late than never! I spent literally hours online, reading reviews and visiting different diaper websites.
    I'm very, very picky and wanted minimum bulk and minimum leaks (which, by the way, don't usually go hand in hand- you need lots of bulk to absorb lots of pee!)
    The favorites of mine and another friend are Bum Genius AIO (all in one), and Fuzzy Bunz.
    I found the website to be extremely helpful; they rate each different type of diaper (AIO's, pocket diapers, prefolds, diaper covers, and contour diapers) I think according to customer reviews.
    Good luck with your search; do lots of research before you decide on which system is right for you.
    I'll answer any questions if I can!