So, cloth diapers aren’t really my thing. And they aren’t Chelsea’s either. In fact, when she came home from the ABC show ten months ago and told me she was going to do a story on cloth diapers, I thought she was just trying to make me laugh. But no, she was going to do it. And here we are, ten months later, and you dedicated readers probably know that you’ve never seen a story on cloth diapers. Chelsea came to her senses, realized she wasn’t a cloth diaper person, and asked me to do it. I laughed. A few weeks would go by and she’d ask me to do it, I would laugh. This continued for some time until I finally said, “Oh the heck with it” and grabbed her big diaper pail bag of samples. And, then, it has sat in my office (otherwise known as my bedroom) until a few weeks ago, when I reached into my daughter’s changing table and realized I was out of diapers. “No time like the present!” I thought to myself, and thus, the story came to fruition. –Alex
This was the first diaper I tried on Emily. It went on first because it was the first one that was dry. (Small fib earlier—when I realized I was out of diapers, I threw the samples in the wash and went to my car to get a diaper from my emergency stash.) First thing I realized going into this is that the diapers take forever to get dry. I put them on low, so after two 60 minute cycles of that, I finally cranked the dryer up to high and they were done. But I digress. . .
Emily was going down for her nap and I put the FuzziBunz on. It had a non-disposable insert that went down, inside the crotch, and the entire thing snapped up to fit her perfectly (one thing I was worried about—not so great a fit = leaks). As she fell asleep and I started working, I realized, “Hmm, what do I do when it’s wet? Throw the whole thing in the wash?” So I emailed the CEO, Tereson Dupuy, who got back to me right away (great customer service) telling me that the entire “set” needs to be changed. Silly me, but of course.
Emily woke up a couple of hours later and the FuzziBunz was going strong. I decided to really put this diaper to the test and kept it on for a total of five hours. No, I’m not a bad mom; this is a road test for goodness sake! Well, in doing that, I got to experience a poop in a cloth diaper. Hmmm. The tag on the diaper said to “Shake solids into the toilet.” So, in my panic, I took Emily in the bathroom, with a tub of wipes, and gingerly took it off. This is where it got exciting. I was filling the bath, which Emily loves, so she kept moving toward the tub, as I took the diaper off, shook it out, and then was trying to wipe poop off of her. In all that movement, poop fell on the bathroom rug. I was trying to hold her still, she wasn’t listening, and yes, she then stepped in it. Meanwhile, my son is trying to make her laugh, so he gets a robotic stuffed kitty and puts it out in the hall. She moves toward it and thus, steps in more poop. I give Kieran the evil eye, he comes in and asks what’s going on, and then he steps in it. After I yell, he backs out of the bathroom, smearing more poop. The dog hears the commotion, and decides to help by licking the rug. Meanwhile, I still have this poopy cloth diaper in my hand.
Hmmmmm, next time, I think I will change Emily on the changing table, clean her, and then carry the neatly wrapped up diaper to the toilet and shake it out. I guess the panic of poop + cloth wasn’t making me think straight.
As for the FuzziBunz diaper itself—I give it an A. Easy to use, absorbent, and a perfect fit. Tereson says, “The FuzziBunz is a unit – so the insert and the pocket is a full set. Every time you change the diaper which is typically 6-8 in a day you change the whole set and replace with a fresh one. We typically recommend for full time FuzziBunz users that 12 is typically enough – moms usually wash every day to day and a half. They can really start to smell after about 2 days so washing is recommended to keep the stink away. If there is poop that is solid just plop in the toilet and wash as directed.”
Their diaper pail bag is great as well—it has a zipper on the bottom so all you have to do is hold it over the washer, unzip, and PLOP! It all goes does down in. Fantastic.
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Now I didn’t have any literature on this diaper, so I had to go with God and trust my instincts. What’s scary about that is that I put it on before Emily went to bed at night. And she sleeps for 12 straight hours. But, it snapped up and around the sides ensuring the perfect fit (so I hoped!). Fast forward to the next morning. Emily seemed dry, no saturation, no wet sheets. I held her on my lap as she drank her milk, then I got up to fix breakfast. Uh-oh, I had been leaked on. But considering she had been in the diaper for 13 hours at this point, and had just finished a big glass of milk, I think any diaper may have had some leakage.
I actually have two different sample of the Happy Heinys—one with snap closures and one with Velcro. I’ve used them both at night, and she wakes up dry—though that 13th hour of having it on is the straw that breaks this diapers back. So, if you’re not lazy like I am, you could change it when your child wakes up and you wouldn’t have that problem.
I give Happy Heinys an A.
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Put this on after switching her out of the Happy Heineys. First diaper of the day, which means we could find ourselves testing it with a poop. It’s definitely a cute diaper, and like the other two has the snaps to ensure a perfect fit. The diaper did well. Tested it again for night time, and boy did it exceed all expectations. Put it on at 7:00PM and didn’t take it off until 8:30AM (it was a hectic morning) the next day!
Rumparooz has a system where you can snap two inserts together for nighttime saturation protection. The cool thing about this is that it customizes to boys or girls. So, if you have a boy, the insert is snapped so there is extra padding in the front. I used this system for nighttime, and it obviously worked.
I give Rumparooz an A+.
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This diaper comes with an absorbent pad built into the diaper, so there’s no need to add your own. It has Velcro tabs, no snaps, so you put it on just as if you were using a disposable. But here’s my problem—it lasts about 3 hours and then it leaks. I don’t know, maybe I’m not changing my baby’s diaper enough, but that seems like too short of a time. So, I emailed customer service to see what was going on, but never got a reply.
I give Dry Bees a C.
What I do like is the Wahmies Wet Bag that Dry Bees makes. You take it out and about with you, so when you have to change a cloth diaper on the go, you just stick it in this bag that’s lined with waterproof material. Super easy. A great buy.
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Most of the other diapers I tested have a fleece lining—this is more like flannel, which is also nice. The crotch is nice and thick, with an absorbent pad sewn in, and then another pad is sewn on by one edge on top. Unfortunately, I put it on Em and she pooped about 5 minutes later. Next time, she put it on and wore it about five hours, not a leak in sight. It was time for the ultimate test—nighttime. And it passed with flying colors, although I needed to change it right as she woke up.
Kushies also makes disposable liners that you can insert in the diaper. It comes in a toilet paper roll like package, and is easy to tear off and use. When you child poops, it makes it that much easier to “shake the solids in the toilet.” (Side note—you’ll catch yourself singing, “Shake it like a Polaroid picture!”)
I give Kushies an A.
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By the time I got to this diaper, I was feeling like a pro at this whole non-disposable thing. I put it on Emily and the first thing I noticed about this diaper was the fit—it was perfect. With some of the cloth diapers, once you get it on, you still need to adjust it—pull the diaper up in the back so it covers the liner, pull the sides up so it’s line with the snaps. With Charlie Banana, you snap it in place and are ready to go. The other cool thing about this diaper is there’s a disposable liner option—it looks like one of those mega maxi pads you get after giving birth. It tucks in neatly in the built in flap, and voila—guaranteed protection making it easy for when you’re on the go, or you know a poop will be coming soon. All around, a fantastic diaper–I give it an A.
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So, all in all, here are things that I noticed during the road test, not necessarily good or bad, just observations:
1) The poop stains. When I washed the diapers, I threw in some OxiClean (as I always do) as well as detergent, but the diapers still came out stained. The whole poop in cloth is pretty gross to be perfectly honest, but you get over it.
2) You need a lot of diapers. I started with seven, and needed to wash them after a day and a half.
3) As a result of #2—you need to be on it with the wash. All of a sudden, I realized I was out of diapers, yet I still needed to wash and dry an entire load. Pay attention when you’re putting on the last one of your stash.
4) My daughter gets diaper rash very easily. She NEVER got it while we were doing this Road Test. In fact, I had to use disposables while the laundry was finishing (see #3) and in that time, she developed a rash.
5) You need to think this through—I still use disposable wipes, which means that I need the pail liner for the diapers (love, love, the FuzziBunz one) but I also need a trashcan for wipes. Charlie Banana sent me some non-disposable wipes and they are so nice and soft. You dip them in water and then wipe your baby clean. These are great to use because you’re not putting chemicals on your child’s sensitive areas. Chemicals, which as Dr. Conti told me, are absorbed by the liver—not something we want. The other great thing about non-disposable wipes is that they make the whole cloth diaper thing easier—you throw them into the same pail as the diapers, so the extra trashcan is not needed.
Now that the road test is over, do I still use the cloth diapers? Yes. They’re very easy, especially with the options of inserting disposable liners—great when you’re child is a scheduled pooper. I still use disposable diapers—I don’t have enough cloth to last very long, so I go back and forth between the two. If my daughter wasn’t so close to potty-training age, I think I would invest the money to make my household a cloth one. So don’t be afraid to try the cloth thing—it’s easy to do and will save you a good chunk of change.
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