I have cloth diapered Claire now for around 6 months now and Will (obviously) for 4 weeks. I just realized that Will has never worn a disposable! That is amazing to me. I think we have some "sposies" for him that someone gave us that are newborn sized... We obviously never used them and he is no longer in that size!
Anyway, I just wanted to make a list of what has worked well for us so far.
LOVE: (aka- must have... ;)
and Will. We found that they work even better than Kissaluvs and Covers on Will once his umbilical cord fell off at around 5 days old! We still use the Kissaluvs and they are really great, but the BGs are just a little bit easier. I'll get more into that later! I absolutely love how easy they are and how they snap down into a tiny size that fits Will just as well as they fit Claire on the larger setting! Absolutely amazing how someone came up with a diaper that is really one size!
I'm never going back to not using liners! They are inexpensive and when the diaper is just wet, the liner can be washed and reused so we almost never run out! The vast majority of the liners get reused over and over again. I suppose eventually we'll run out, but it is well worth the minuscule expense to use these. Considering how long they last since only the messy ones are flushed, it's a steal really! Especially for how much easier they make cloth diapering. I feel like I get the "best of both worlds" this way (best of disposable and best of cloth).
I will definitely start using these with Will when he starts eating solids. For now (since he is exclusively breastfed) his diapers are no problem. They just get thrown straight into the wash and everything comes out in the wash.
two inserts in Claire's night time diaper and it holds through the night with no leaks at all! A very valuable feature!
Also like: (aka- use a lot and we're glad we have...)
needed them until his umbilical stump fell off which happened really early for him (around 5 days I think). I didn't realize that the BumGenius diapers would work for him so soon! But it was something I couldn't have known. I didn't know how well they would fit a tiny baby and I was worried about containment of those runny breastfed messy diapers. I also didn't know how big he'd be at birth and that he'd be able to fit into them so quickly.
Anyway, the Kissaluvs were the only thing that really worked at first because they are specially designed for newborns. They have a really great umbilical cord snap-down feature and they are so soft and stretchy, they'd fit almost any baby, no matter what shape. They contain even the messiest blow-outs really well and our covers NEVER get dirty! I do wash our covers, but they hardly need it. They never get messy because those Kissaluvs really do keep the entire mess inside the diaper! We are able to air-dry our covers between uses and they stay clean much longer with Kissaluvs than with prefolds.
The big advantage of the Kissaluvs are their fit, containment, comfort, softness, and ease of use.
At this point my only complaint with Kissaluvs isn't really the diaper's fault at all. However, Will is a super-soaker and he soaks through the Kissaluvs in no time at all and once they are completely soaked (as in... you could wring it out. Ew.), the dampness has no where to go but out so he has gotten his sleepers or onesies slightly damp on his legs a few times if we didn't change him quick enough. When he wears his Kissaluvs I just have to remember to change him fairly frequently. We don't have quite enough of the bumGenius diapers to diaper both Claire and Will full-time so the Kissaluvs are still quite essential for Will once the BGs run out!
He can wear a BumGenius through the night and not get even slightly damp so that is the advantage of the BGs for Will.
need them, but they were fun to use while they lasted. You simply drop one tiny soap cube in some warm water and it dissolves into a wonderful-smelling wipes solution. While we had these we used it for the wipes warmer and also for a on-the-go wipes solution. We put some in a spray bottle which we keep in the diaper bag along with some dry wipes. If we need to change a baby while out, we just spray a wipe with the solution until it is damp and then we have an instant wet-wipe! And it keeps well in the spray bottle since it has antimicrobial properties and natural preservatives. I may splurge on some more of this sometime. I really liked having it!
Not loving so much: (aka- would like to find something better...)
Would like to try: (aka- everything else! haha!)
But, I keep hearing over and over (from moms that use them and love them) that these work even better than the Bummis (which is hard for me to imagine) and not only that, but they are cheaper! So I am very interested. They have really nice looking gussets, good construction, and cute colors! Someday maybe I will get to try them out! (If any of our covers ever wear out or something? ha!)
And I must end this overly-lonng post with some cute diaper pictures! I wish I had more (and more recent) pictures of Will in his various diaper covers and bumGenius diapers, but this is all I've got for now...
Here Will is (on the day he was born!) in a size 0 Kissaluv (no cover just yet). We loved the snap-down for his umbilical cord! These diapers are so soft- they are like cute little round pillows!