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An Accidental Passion | Cloth Diapering for the Modern Mom

I want to preface this post with some information. I am not a crunchy granola kind of person. Yes, I recycle as much as humanly possible, I make all my own baby food, I am a huge advocate for nursing & I bring my own bags to the grocery store. However, I drive an SUV so I can’t claim to be all that green. But I try as best I can.

A recent conversation at Target:

cashier: [holds up baby gadget I was about to purchase] “they sure make the neatest things for babies these days!”

me: I know! So much fun stuff!

my mom: “How did we ever raise babies without all this cool stuff?!?”

cashier: “I know! Would you believe that with ALL this great stuff my daughter in law is using CLOTH DIAPERS on my grandchild??” [scrunches nose in disgust]

me: “well, actually I use cloth diapers on my daughter and I love them. Look, aren’t they cute??”

cashier: [silence]

This is the conversation I seem to find myself in on a regular basis. When people hear or see that I have chosen this unconventional way of diapering my child, I get everything from blank stares to looks of disgust. I wish I had the ability to open people’s minds about the subject, so I thought why not bring it here! So here it goes, Cloth Diapering for the MODERN MOM!!

I don’t remember exactly when I decided that cloth diapering was for me. It was somewhere during my stint with pregnancy brain (which I swear, is absolutely positively real) that I made this decision. I picked the brains of the four people I knew who cloth diapered (CD’d, for the remainder of this post) their children. I learned their process, their systems & their raves & gripes. I visited a local baby shop that had a bunch of different brands to look at. I touched them & opened/closed them. I fell in love with the soft material that my unborn child would have close to them for the next two years. Seemed a lot better than crunchy, scented, chemical laden materials. CD’s have come a LONG WAY baby!!!

WHY WOULD YOU CLOTH DIAPER?

There are many answers to this question! If you want a very intelligent, fact checked answer, go to The Real Diaper Association Facts Page. I cannot post the info here due to copyrights, so please, give that a look. It’s a fantastic, informative resource.

If you want a regular mom’s answer, here it goes: I thought about how uncomfortable maxipads are & the thought of crunchy, chemical filled material like that up next to my daughter’s most sensitive areas 24/7 for two years just didn’t feel right. I also loved that I would not create waste. I also really loved that my cost of diapers would be about $300 vs the couple thousand dollars it would cost to use disposables. I love how they look. I love how they feel. I don’t mind the extra laundry. I think they are really cute & colorful!

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THE BRAND THAT YOU DID?

I was lucky enough to be able to touch & feel about 10 different brands of diapers before settling on Fuzzi Bunz as my diaper of choice. I looked at all the methods, and the FB just looked like the simplest to use. I liked the snaps vs. velcro for a couple of reasons. One, they are tougher for the child to take off themselves. Two, they will wear better than velcro. Three, a pet peeve of mine is velcro that sticks to everything in the dryer…so no pulling stuff apart.

I use the Fuzzi Bunz One Size diapers. These diapers, with the proper sizing adjustments, will be the only diapers I ever need for my children. They will fit a newborn & a two year old. Very cool! They are lined with the softest fleece, that wicks moisture from the baby’s bottom & are called “pocket” diapers because you stuff them with a cotton pad insert. I double stuff overnight. Very easy. They adjust using a maternity pant-like button & elastic system around each leg, as well as the waist. You can also custom fit the snaps for the perfect fit. Perfect fit=NO LEAKS! You will need to change your baby after a couple of hours, because if the pad insert is full, the diaper will leak. Good rule of thumb is change every 2-3 hours, except during the overnight hours. You want to change your baby that often anyway to prevent diaper rash whether you use cloth or disposable diapers. My daughter has never had a diaper rash.

HOW DO YOU WASH THEM?

The biggest “nose scrunch” I get from people has to do with how to handle dirty diapers. I hear “I don’t want to touch poop” almost every time I talk about it! For some reason people think you rinse them in the toilet. To that, I say GROSS! I certainly wouldn’t want to do that either! But you don’t do that. You don’t have to touch poop any more than with disposables. I have never had a blowout with my Fuzzi Bunz–so I bet disposable diaper-ers have handled more poop than I have with as frequently as I see disposables unable to contain poop! But let’s be honest here…we’re moms & we’re going to touch it at some point. I just don’t think that is a good excuse not to CD because it comes from a lack of understanding how CDs work.

Before solids were introduced, all I did to wash the diapers was unstuff them (grab the pad insert & pull it out) & throw the entire thing in the wash. If poop gets into the cinched part of the diaper on the side, I would loosen the elastic using the button sizing feature, just to be sure it could be rinsed out. I can only speak from my experience, which has been exclusively breastfeeding, but I have never had a problem with stains then & I don’t now. My wash/dry regimen on an LG front loader is the following:

  • Wash setting: NORMAL/COTTON
  • Water Temp: HOT/COLD
  • on the side “extra” buttons, I use the PREWASH, EXTRA RINSE & WATER PLUS options
  • To dry: SPEED DRY set to LOW heat for 50 minutes. I try to dry them outside when I can. The sun bleaches the diapers better than any chemicals can!
  • A few notes on the above…you always want to wash hot & rinse cold. I do a prewash to rinse the diapers of urine & poop. I do an extra rinse to be sure nothing is left in them after the wash cycle has run with soap, as it is the soap that causes unpleasant odors if it builds up. I use the water plus option because if you do the math, you need a lot of water to counter the amount of pee that is in there. Most front loaders do not use enough water to effectively wash your diapers in clean liquid.
  • I follow with a TUBCLEAN with bleach when I feel the washer is smelling funky. Which is every couple of  weeks or so.

Once we began solids, I began using flushable liners. These resemble a dryer sheet & get placed between the baby & the diaper. THESE ARE AWESOME. I will use them sooner next time. Following a poop, I simply lift (or dump) out the mess & flush it down the toilet. I unstuff the diaper & throw it in the bag to be washed. Solid foods actually made cloth diapering easier, as the output from solids is easier to dispose of. I have no experience with jarred baby food output, but since I am making all my own baby food, I can directly alter the consistency of her stools by choosing what to feed her at each meal. This certainly makes it easier on me. I still haven’t switched to cloth wipes and don’t intend to. If anything missed the liner, I just wipe it with the used wipes & throw them away, or use toilet paper & flush it. Check this video out for the full visual: FuzziBunz Diapers + Flushable Liners.

WHAT DO YOU WASH THEM WITH?

CDs cannot be washed with “regular” laundry detergent. Many leave behind buildup that causes the diapers to stink, as they do not rinse clean. What you’ve got to watch out for are enzymes, fabric softeners, brighteners, scents & dyes. The soap you use should not contain any of these. I began using Country Save, which can be found at any military commissary for dirt cheap, and also at some grocery stores. I have also used Charlie’s with so-so results. My diapers seemed to not get as clean with Charlies, but this may be user error, as I don’t think I was using enough soap during my short stint with Charlie’s. Following a stink problem using Country Save, I have recently switched to Rockin’ Green & have been VERY VERY pleased with the results. For a wonderful resource on diapering detergents, see this chart. However, they do not review Rockin’ Green, which is my favorite so far. Rockin’ Green sells samples for 75¢ so you can try before you commit to a whole bag, since diaper detergent lasts forever! I took one of the samples & “rocked a soak” which means I put every diaper I owned in the bathtub with a packet of soap & hot water & soaked overnight. After a full wash, my diapers had never been softer, whiter or smelled better. I adore this stuff, so check them out!! Questions are answered directly by the owner, Kim, on their Facebook Page. Added bonus for San Antonians, their store front is in the Alamo Ranch area, so literally, she is right up the street!! I love supporting local business!

Also important to note, is the use of diaper rash creams or powder. Hopefully, you will never experience a diaper rash, which is one major perk of using cloth diapers. Fuzzi Bunz claims that babies who wear their brand experience fewer diaper rashes, and I have to agree, as we have never experienced it in our house. Creams should not come in contact directly with the fleece as it can cause repelling and problems with absorption. What I have done when my daughter has looked a little red, is spread a little Aquaphor on the affected area which is covered by the flushable liner, which acts as a barrier from the fleece. This has treated the problem overnight everytime. Powders are just unnecessary. For more FAQs, head to the FuzziBunz FAQ Page.

TELL ME ABOUT YOUR “SYSTEM”

This was my biggest question before I started. I couldn’t wrap my head around how to store them until I washed them. So here is my system:

I have two locations for dirty diapers because I have a two story house. Downstairs in my laundry room I have a plastic bin on a shelf above my w/d to catch any dirties from downstairs changes or from when we were out & about. I also use it if one happens not to wash totally clean & I have to wash it again. Upstairs in my daughter’s room I have rigged my system to be hidden in a woven wood hamper. I use the FB In and Out Mess Free Diaper Bag to store the dirty diapers. I have two of these, as one is usually dirty and one is clean. I love it because it zips open at the bottom & all I have to do is unzip it & throw it in the wash–no touching of dirty diapers necessary. My plastic bin allows for the same thing–dump & wash, keeping my hands clean.

When I am out & about, I always carry a FB Zippered Diaper Tote in my diaper bag for the dirties. Before I throw a dirty diaper in it, I always unstuff it, so all I have to do is fold the bag inside out for washing. Easy as pie.

Wipes get thrown in the trash. Liners get flushed. Poop is where it should be…down the toilet not sitting in the landfills.

HOW MANY DO YOU NEED?

Honestly, it depends on how often you want to do diapers. I could get by on 12. If I wanted to. But I don’t want to do laundry that often. Until recently, I had been just fine with 19. I bought one to try before I committed, then FB ran a promotion that gave me $40 of free merchandise with the purchase of 9 diapers. I then bought two sets & used the $80 in free product to get the bags & totes for my system. I recently purchased three more. Only reason: NEW COLORS! They were super cute. Not a very good reason, but I bought them anyway. (bought the new colors locally @ Bloom Maternity) So now, I have 22. I do laundry every other or every third day.

And now, for some eye candy…I opted to leave them all large, because I think it is important that you see as much detail as possible if you have never seen one in real life!

[this is the FuzziBunz One Size in the brand new 2010 color Crushed Berry]

[these are the snaps you use to achieve the perfect fit. you are looking at the front of the diaper. there are waist snaps on the top row & hip snaps on the bottom row, assuming you are viewing the diaper right side up]

[each diaper comes with a small pad insert & a large pad insert plus an extra set of elastics. I have yet to need the replacement elastics.]

[this is the tush end of the diaper]

[cotton pads, large & small. I used the small when my daughter was a newborn. now I only use the small size when I double stuff her at night.]

[this is the button & elastic sizing system that makes these “one size” so you can adjust them with the growth of your child. I love that you can get them to fit perfectly with the proper adjustments. this is very similar to many maternity pants sizing systems that grow with you.]

[soft as can be!!!]

[the sizing system is numbered so you achieve consistency through out your entire set of diapers. I have only re-sized mine twice, so it’s not like you have to do it all the time.]

[this is the waist button & elastic, so you can get the perfect waist fit, on newborns through toddlers. if you are having problems with leaking, before blaming the diapers, be sure your sizing is right. It does need to be pretty snug. I credit this waist sizer for my zero blowout record.]

[this is how you “stuff” the diapers. Cotton pad goes in & you tuck the fleece under the pad, under the cinched waist. If you experience leaks in the waist, be sure the fleece is tucked. more in the video on that. you can also see the coating on the diaper in this shot. be sure to watch the video for tips on easy stuffing technique, since it is kind of sticky.]

[I also put together a tutorial video so you could see the diapers in action. please use the comments section if you have any questions about cloth diapering, or anything else discussed here. I will follow this post up with  Q&A if there is enough interest!! I would also love any tidbits of wisdom, if you happen to be a CDer yourself! there are all sorts of tricks out there & I’d love to know yours! do tell!]

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Irina Johnson - Really loved what you wrote. I believe that cloth diapers are extremely good!

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Baby cloth diapers - I just read this post it is awesome. I think when it comes to healthy diapering, cloth is the best choice. There are so many benefits to wrapping your baby’s bottom in cloth. One of the most enticing features is the financial one. Once you have paid for your diapers here is no expense.

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-shawna- - There’d be nothing to soak up the pee if the diaper wasn’t stuffed, so yes! The whole thing gets washed every time. :)

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-shawna- - My experience has proven that CB’s do not stand the test of time. My metal sliders have corroded, causing the elastic to tear and it is so hard to replace. :( Big bummer!

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nicole - So now after you have used Charlie Bananas for over a year and on 2 kiddos, are you still happy??? Have you had to return any?

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Nicole' - What did you mean by a “short stint with Charlie’s”??? I thought you use charlie bananas? I liked what you had to say about fuzzi bunz vs charlie bananas…so we bought 24 CB!

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Annette - This may be a stupid question but I need to ask. So would you still throw the entire diaper into the wash if she just peed? i don’t understand what is the purpose of having a pocket diaper if you have to switch out the entire diaper after ever change solid or wet. Other then being able to add an insert for overnighters. Thank you

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Taylor - I am so happy to see this review!! I have caught the CD bug and have purchased (probably too many) Charlie Banana diapers!!! I work at a daycare where a lot of the mommies CD, and this seems to be the favorite brand of mama’s everywhere!!! We use charlies soap, and their brand of water softener, the softener makes ALL THE DIFFERENCE!!!! We have extremely hard water here, so it was obviously damaging our precious diapers!! I love CD’ing and I wouldn’t have our sweet little baby sitting in a sack of chemicals for anything!!!

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Taylor - use baking soda! just sprinkle a little bit in your pail, takes the stink right away!!!

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Becky Angood - We lived in an apt when my now 7 yr was in CDs. We washed the CDs in the front load commercial machines just fine. They were actually cleaner than washing them in a topload washer. And then I just dried them on the wooden clothes rack on our back patio. And no problems with using the dryer either. Hope this helps you.

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-shawna- - stay tuned to my FAB 50–more to come on this topic. search “newborn diapers” on my site to see what’s already there. I rented!

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Amanda - Hi! Just wondering if you used these from newborn on? I am new to CD’ing and have heard from several veterans that I should have a newborn stash (that I can sell later since it won’t be used long), then go to an OS stash around 10-12 lbs. However, my husband wants to go the less expensive route and buy the OS stash to use from the beginning. What are your thoughts and experiences?

Thanks!

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Lilah - I started using <a href="http://www.gogonatural.com/"Fuzzi Bunz with my second child and noticed a huge difference compared to regular diapers. She didn’t get diaper rash ever!

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Tsumori Chisato - If you decide you like the cloth pads, you should check out lagarconne.com I get mine from there and love them.

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Natasha - we used cloth for both our boys (they are now 11 and 9), although we used the old fashioned flat cloth kind you have to fold and hold together with pins.

Initially we were just going to use cloth during the day at home, and use disposable at night and when out and about, but soon after our eldest was born we discovered that he would develop a horrible rash on any part of his skin that the disposable nappies were touching, so we ended up having to use cloth exclusively, which I am so glad we did as not only did we save loads of money, we were looking after the environment which wasn’t a big concern of mine 11 years ago, but now is one I focus on a fair bit.

If we ever had any more (which we don’t plan on lol) we would definitely choose cloth again.
Natasha

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Christine - I would love to cloth diaper in the future but I’m wondering how it works when it’s a communal laundry that you have to pay for ? Standard I think the big machine does 2 rinse cycles but I don’t think you can change the water settings after it begins washing… Anyone not use a personal laundry machine ??

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Soah Kim - I first found your videos and then followed the link to your blog. So helpful! So well done! I was overwhelmed by the idea of cloth diapering at first, but after seeing the hybrid systems, it seems like the perfect compromise for us. Thank you for doing the leg work and sharing your experiences. Also, your site is beautiful, and the pictures are all fantastic ;)

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Anne - I have been reading some good comments on CB, too. The one thing I wondered is the elastic is sewed in on on side so you can’t replace it yourself. Did you ever use your replacements that came w/FB? Look forward to your CB post :)

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-shawna- - Hi Anne! I have some CD updates to write. I have recently used Charlie Banana and have a big post to write. Without covering it all in a comment, I would recommend them over FuzziBunz. :)

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Anne - Hi Shawna:
I’m going to be a first time mom and want to dive into CD’ing. Like your method of simplicity!!!

Between this post and your review of GroVia, I’m convinced it’s a winning pair to try. I’m thinking GroVia for daytime/on the go, and FB OS for overnight…but I’ve read a lot of complaints about leaking…one site even said you are NOT supposed to tuck that extra bit of fleece in the back, but leave it out to prevent leaks. Wondering if your overnight system was foolproof and what you did…

Tx! Anne

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-shawna- - yes–mine prewash w/o detergent, even though the detergent is sitting in the dispenser. :) I sometimes do a rinse&spin first, too. Good luck!

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Kelly - Hello! First off, I wanted to say thanks! You’ve definitely made cloth diapering seem so easy and appealing! So much so that I’ve just started a cloth diaper trial for a week.

I have a small question about your washing method I’m hoping you can clarify. I love that your method is so simple and that you only seem to have to throw them in and go. I’d like to do the same… when you set your washing machine to ‘prewash’, what does your LG do? Does it rinse the diapers without detergent and then drain the water before it starts washing them with the detergent? I only ask because my machine’s ‘prewash’ doesn’t do that and just adds washing time to the beginning of the cycle (with the detergent). Your system is obviously working! Is your machine like mine (which means maybe I don’t even need to drain the water prior to the wash cycle ) or will I need to do a separate rinse & drain?

Complete newbie over here :)

Thank you!!!

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Jenny -  Cloth diapers are awesome. Messy some times but worth it!

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-shawna- - Ours have worked really well! Are you “tucking down?” How about your soap? Detergent really matters. & how long is he in them? All of these things matter! Good luck!

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Genna Smith - First of all I just want to say that I love your blog – I came across it via Pinterest (your homemade baby food link) and I have been hooked since. Ok so, I have a six month old boy and I just started cloth diapering him. I use Fuzzi Bunz & the first time I had him in them they leaked. He is a tummy sleeper and I am wondering if that is why they leaked. I know you have a boy, much smaller than mine – do they work well for him? I used one large insert, maybe I should use 2?? Any help would be amazing. Thanks :)

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Allison Drane - My question relates to clothes, in your video you mentioned that cloth diapers add alot to the booty area. I’m wondering if they get in the way of the clothes. I have a a seven month old baby girl that weighs 21 pounds so pants to fit her hard to find already so with a bulkier diaper will it effect the clothes I already have?

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cole - Haley- honey if you think your child will be potty trained by 1 year you have another thing coming. you are gonna be using diapers for at least 2 years and that’s saying they will be potty trained by 2! Good luck. so that in itself is almost $600 for disposables vs a one time of $150-$300. I purchased many of my diapers gently used and on websites like babysteals where they have sales ALL the time. and the extra wash is really only 1 or MAYBE 2 extra loads a week. We do laundry at least 1 time a week if not 2. wanna save on electricity, don’t put them in the dryer. line dry them. you are also missing the idea that it is environmentally better, who wants all that waste in our landfills! I personally want to try and do “my part” and take care of the earth my children will be living in. children who use cloth diapers are much more likely to be easier to potty train as well.

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-shawna- - wash every time. ;)

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Mary - So you have to wash the cover as well as the insert after each time it’s wet? Or can the cover be used again with another insert?
Thanks for the supper informative post!

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Delia Galligan - We follow a very similar system, but I use bumGenius diapers. I have a fb but just didn’t like it as much as the bg.

Thank you for this post, it’s a great tool for someone who is on the fence about cd-ing. I have a alot of friends that didn’t understand why as a full-time working outside the home mom of 2 under 2 I’d chosen to cd and home-make my new babies food (things I unfortunately didn’t do with my first-born).

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Ashleigh - What a great post! We also use the one size fuzzibunz and I love them! We ordered ours right as the new one size elite came out and they are great! The diapers fit trimmer, so the big booty is a downsized a bit, all adjustments are inside the diaper and the new inserts are a mink fabric rather than the microfiber. We also bought the diaper sprayer and some inserts as well. Here are my tips for cloth diapering mamas:
The diaper sprayer is so worth the money if you find you have to rinse your diapers. It connects right to the toilet and its powerful enough to get any leftover poop off the diapers. When we first started I bought a sample of Nellie’s and the rock n green, and both worked really well. We ran out and while waiting for our order to ship I bought some of the Arm and Hammer free and clear and it works great! We have 20 diapers and usually wash every other to every other third day like you. Sometimes if the diapers are really stinky I’ll do a rinse with just baking soda before washing with detergent.
I nannied for a long time before we had our daughter and I’ve used lots of different types of cloth diapers, but I think the fuzzibunz are by far the best I’ve ever used.

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Stacie - I am a soon-to-be first time mommy and I’m looking into cloth diapering. When my husband first suggested it for part time because of cost I thought no way! But after reading the articles you have written and watching the videos, I think I want to CD full time. I have a couple questions for you though… First of all where did you get your FuzziBunz? Also, what made you decide on the one-size over the fitted FuzziBunz? Your answers would be much appreciated. Thanks!

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-shawna- - yes–you must have a 1+ year old. Newborns run through a LOT more than that. & even young babies, particularly if they are breastfed. I didn’t get down to using 5 diapers a day until well past a year old. But I am a frequent changer. It really bothers me to think about my baby sitting in pee & I never let her sit in poop–I changed immediately! ;)

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haley - I don’t understand how you get that disposables are 2000 bucks. I use 5 diapers a day of pampers swaddlers at $37.06 for 248ct. I have added it up to $296 for a year of diapers. It will cost me that to just get started with cloth, not including the detergent and the extra electricity/water to wash. Am I missing something? Convince me! I really think they are adorable!!!

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Lauren - Thank you for all the information you share. I LOVE your blog! I started cloth diapering my daughter about a month ago when we discovered she was allergic to a chemical in disposables. During my hunt for the “Perfect diaper,” I found your video about Fuzzi Bunz diapers. Based on your glowing review, I decided to give them a try along with a Charlie Banana diaper. I loved them both so much it was hard to choose which would be “our diaper.” Fuzzi Bunz was running a “buy 6, get 2 free” sale, so I went with them and placed my order with the same company I bought my first 2 from. Well, the 6 I got were no where close to the quality of the first 2. It turns out my first 2 were made in China and my other 6 were made in Turkey. I didn’t know Fuzzi Bunz moved their plant and started using cheaper materials. I returned them all and ordered a bunch of Charlie Banana diapers. I later found out Charlie Banana diapers are made in the same factory Fuzzi Bunz used in China and that’s why their materials were so similar. I’m not sure if you (or your readers) were aware, so I wanted to put this out there. For the record, We LOVE our Fuzzi Bunz (Made in China NOT Turkey) and our Charlie Banana diapers!

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-shawna- - I never found them too hot for us. But we are in the a/c 99% of the time. & liners–the Mios were jus the first I bought & it took me over a year to run out. They are rougher than bummies–which I have felt but not used personally. The Mios are pretty dry to the touch even when peed on.

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-shawna- - I would definitely think twice about CDing if you don’t have access to a w&d regularly! A great alternative is the GroVia Hybrid. I wrote all about it!

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-shawna- - I didn’t consider an AIO. I just loved the fuzzibunz from the start!

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-shawna- - I don’t remember & each diaper fits each baby so differently that I can’t give you any guidance from afar! I’d find a local CD company/rep and get hands on help!

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-shawna- - ALl of your questions are answered in my FAQ article here: http://styleberryblog.com/styleberryfaq-cloth-diapers. & I have no experience with charlie banana!

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-shawna- - answers: bm poop is 100% water soluble–I threw the entire thing in the laundry with no rinsing. They washed beautifully. I did not soak. I did not regularly strip. My FAQ post covers my “get the stink out” styleberry soak method.

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-shawna- - the scent washes out. No matter what you buy, your diapers will smell like nothing. ;)

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-shawna- - I believe so, but have no personal experience. I’d ask Rockin Green! They’ll tell you!

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-shawna- - breastmilk poop is 100% water soluble (& I exclusively breasfed)–so before I used liners, I threw the entire thing & it washed up beautifully!

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Vikki - Thank you for all of the fantastic information! I am seriously considering switching from pre-folds and a diaper service to FB and flushable liners after reading your blog. I have tried one FB and LOVE IT! My only concern is whether the FB are too hot in the summer. Do you find that to be a problem? I wondered if I should also pick up a few of another brand for that reason. One more thing, I was reading some reviews on the Mio flushable liners and several of them said they are too rough. I have read that the Bummies liners are softer but I am concerned about cancelling out the wicking feature of the fleece. I was wondering if you had any experience with the Bummies and preferred the Mio for any particular reason. Thanks again. I love your whole site!
Vikki

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Ashley Lindner - I have never even thought about cloth diapering! I thought it was a thing of the past and still thought that pins were involved. After reading this I am really interesting in cloth diapering. My husband and I are trying to start our family and we hope to have a family of 4 children… cloth diapering seems like a very economical choice, plus much more comfortable for our babies. Thank you so much for sharing all this great information!

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Sarah - We have our first child due in 4 weeks, and I would love to CD! But we are completely mobile at this point due to my husband’s job. Because we are always in different homes, I’m not sure how reasonable it is for me to consider CD. Everyone I’ve read recommends laundering at least every other day. We’re thinking of doing both – disposable when necessary for shorter unpredictable times, cloth for those blessed times when we have regular access to non-laundromat washer and dryer. Do you have any input?

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Jenny Lynn - Hi Shawna – Thank you so much for this post! I am having twins in November and have been researching cloth diapers for awhile now. Was excited to come across your post! I do have one question – I am debating between FB and BumGenius Elemental AIOs. I keep thinking that the BG’s will eliminate the need to stuff. Did you consider an AIO? What made you decide to go with FB over something like BumGenius? Thank you for any advice you can offer!!

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April Sherwood - Thank you so much for the great information. You totally converted me. I now only cd. I love it. Since I started I have converted my sister and two friends. Fuzzi Bunz are by far my favorite. I am addicted to finding them on sale somewhere online!! I look forward to reading more of your Blog. Thank you again from me and my baby girl up here in New Brunswick, Canada.

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Zantia - I just wanted to say thank you for all the work you put into this! I have officially made the switch over to cloth, because your information gave me enough confidence to do so. I linked you in my blog and cannot stop telling EVERYONE I know about it! Thanks again!
Zantia recently posted..An unHealthy Obsession with Cloth Diapers

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Doraliz - How long did you use the newborn insert for and what sizing recommendations do you have for a 1 month old that weighs 10 lbs? I have problems with leaks in the back mainly at night when my baby lies flat on his back.

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Michele - Thanks for the info . . . I have a few questions. My son is 4 months old and I am just about to start this adventure. You are so encouraging and I love it!
1. Which rocking green did you buy, I see a couple different variations on their website?
2. Can you explain to me the bleach cycle you do every couple of weeks? How exactly do you do it.
3. I already have purchased Charlie Banana diapers, do you know anything about them?
4. Where can I get those disposable liners?

Thanks for everything and I really appreciate your time answering my questions.
PS ~ I’m from NJ and Lauren Salinas told me about this blog and it is gorgeous!

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Veronica - Hi Shawna. I’m a friend of Erinn Merritt’s and she introduced me to your blog when I mentioned I was thinking about cloth diapering. I must say I LOVE your blog and all the useful and beautiful items you create! I do have question on cloth diapering though – when the baby’s young and on breast milk only, the poo is probably squishy and very liquid. Did you use the toilet sprayer attachment? I imagine that once the poo becomes more solid like in your demonstration when the child starts solid food that would be much more useful but I’m not sure if that’s the case when they’re little. Also, I’m not sure if I saw if you soaked the diapers at all before washing? Also, did you ever strip them? Thank so much in advance!

~Veronica

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Katie - I was wondering which scent of RnG detergent you use? I am not sure if they scents are real strong and I don’t want to end up with something real unpleasant!

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Jennifer B - A question on washing machines – mine is a generic GE stacked w/d. Will this work just as well as a HE? Thanks for all the info!

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Jill - I loved your blog, I’m a little over 7 months pregnant with my 3rd and never considered this until now. My question is: it is emphasized how easy it is & mess free/stink free (because of dumping into toilet instead of in hamper)to simply dump the liner w/mess into toilet when you started using liners. What is going on with the mess when you don’t use the liners? Before solids?
Thank you

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Monica - Thank you for such an informative post! I’ve always wanted to try CD, but was too scared to try it. It seemed so complicated. Your post has helped me decide to give it a try. I wanted to let anyone else wanting to try it that you can get 10% of your whole order by using CENT in the promo code at http://www.fuzzibunzonline.com/. The promo code expires on 12/31/10.

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-shawna- - @Morgan–Hmm. What are you washing them in? BM poop should not smell. & if they do smell, my guess is that it is the urine reacting with something left behind on the diaper. I have not ever had problems with the smell. I use RnG detergent. I’d soak them in RnG & use that from now on!

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Morgan - I have a 2 week old baby girl, and I am breastfeeding her. We have FB and I had a FB bag hung in her room to put the dirty diapers in. The diapers made our whole house smell. I wash the dirty ones every night (we have 18 FB diapers). Then we rigged up a stainless steel trash can with a lid to put the bag in, but I can still smell the funk in her room. Did you have any problems with the smell? Do you have any suggestions?

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Ashlee - I am going to order some Fuzzibunz for my daughter for Christmas. In the first picture with all the diapers stacked up, can you tell me what colors they are in order? They look different (much better!) than the pictures on the website. I am just trying to know what the colors will look like in person so I will know which to order.

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Erin - Nevermind, just saw you already answered my ?
:)
thanks!

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Erin - what brand of flushable liners do you use???
thanks :)

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Morgan - Just a note to say that even as a cloth diaper retailer, I found your post to be one of the most informative and well-written articles on cloth diapering I’ve ever seen. You’ve done a lot to help convince others to try cloth diapers!

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Shannel - This is awesome. I feel so well informed about cloth diapering now, and have six months to convince my hubby that this isn’t the cloth diapering of our childhood! I know our baby will be wearing these!

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-shawna- - @Jamie–answering you on Facebook!

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Jamie - I have wanted to CD for soooo long and finally received my 18 Fuzzibunz in the mail last week for my 2 boys, 16 mos. and 4 mos. I’ve found my rhythm with changing, cleaning and washing, and am digging CD’ing. HOWEVER, I can’t seem to determine why I’m getting leaks. My 15 mo. has only had a few and the diapers seem to fit great, but my chubby 4 mo. is leaking ALL THE TIME. I’ve played with the elastic and the snaps, but can’t seem to determine what the problem is. I know you have a girl, but do you have any suggestions for me? Thanks for the blog, the enthusiasm, and any help!
~j

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-shawna- - @Beckie–inserts come with the diaper. if you were talking about liners, they can be purchased at most CD retailers. Mine are form Baby Earth. @Morgan–1) I have 2 white ones & they are my least favorite! I won’t ever buy more. She wears bloomers. 2)everything can be washed together–nothing bleeds! 3) I prefer the purple, orange, pinks & mint. 4)began liners when she started solids @ 6mos. :D

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Morgan Raboin - Do you have white cloth diapers to wear under white dresses/clothes? If you do, how many do you recommend? Can I wash the white diapers with the colored CD?
Which colors do you use the most/least?
How early would you recommend using the disposable liners in the CD?

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Beckie - Where do you purchase the inserts and how much do they cost?

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Sarah K - Very imformative!

A word though : The fuzzi buns inserts are microfibre, not cotton :D

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Erin - This is GREAT! I am going to bookmark this for sure. Up to this point I have been on the disposable track, mostly to keep my sanity, but now I’m not so sure. Thinking of all that waste has always left me feeling guilty! Now to convince my husband :)

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-shawna- - Thank you all again for the kind words & sharing of this post. Please link to is as much & as often as you like. We’re in this together! @Nicole-I had a lot of eye-rolls too. Stay the course! @Tereson-thank you for creating this wonderful product! & for the compliment *blush* @Mrs.Martin-me either! But I am a night owl so I have from bedtime at 8 until I go to bed at 2 to work! @Selina-great tip! @Steph-thank you for the link! Hope it helps boost business. @Libby-thanks for the link! @Michelle-What a great question! Stay tuned. I will do another video blog on this!! :) & to tide you over, I never EVER leave her either. Not on the changing table. I simply pull the diaper down past her feet & leave it there until she is on the floor, with a clean diaper on. Then I dispose of it. :)

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Michelle - I came across your video and thought it was great. I also watched the “poopy” one also and the liners make a big difference in my thinking. But I can’t quite get a handle on how the whole process works from laying your child down on a changing table to finishing the final snaps on clean diaper and lifting them off. Sometimes I’m not right next to a toilet. I don’t want to leave to dump poop even for a second for fear of safety. But I remember when my daughter was little even with a tightly rolled up dirty disposable, I had to put it away from her hands or she’d grab it while I was trying to put clean one on. Would love a video of this portion where you’re not right next to a toilet. I’ve changed diapers many places not all close to toilets. thanks

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Liz Has A Life - What a well written post and gorgeous pictures!!! A beautiful way to showcase our great cloth diapering is for everyone!

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Libby Tuttle - Great post!!! just linked it to my Facebook page!

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Jennifer DiMarco - Loved your post!! I can’t believe how much FB have changed since my kids (now 8 and 6) were CD’d ! I too had a massive addiction to my cloth diapers…and ordering custom ones…oh my!! Since then I have turned that obsession into scrapbooking and card making… but I still oooohhh and ahhh over the latest and greatest in the cd’ing world!! Thanks!
:)
Jen

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Steph - Great Post Shawna! Thank you! Linked it for all my customers. FuzziBunz are great and cloth diapering really is easy. Definitely give cloth wipes a try and then write a post about it for everyone. You don’t have to soak, just toss in the FB Bag you have and wash with your dipes. Your photos are fantastic and really show off the colour of the crushed berry one! Love the baby crawling for the tripod too :)

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Renee Booe - This post is awesome. I am considering cloth diapers and this was very informative!

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Selina - Oh – Also wanted to let you know, that if you start looking into cloth wipes, check out Quilter’s Nappies on hyenacart (http://hyenacart.com/QuiltersNappies/) – she makes the CUTEST cloth wipes around! They are super soft, and we really only have to use 1 wipe for even the runniest messiest newborn BF poops! We have about 30 right now, and no two are the same! They’re also great to use as washcloths or even soft tissues for small noses.

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Selina - I just wanted to let you know how wonderful this post is! We use CD’s too, but this is very informative for people who aren’t already in the know about how far CDing has come! Great job!

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Sharon Martin - Shawna–this makes me want to have another baby just so I can use these things!
You are so talented! I don’t know how you have time to do all you do with a little one!

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Tereson Dupuy - Wow – even after ten years after their creation I am still amazed, flattered and appreciative how much people love FuzziBunz! Thank you so much for this review and video – it is one of the best I have ever seen.

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Nicole - Just found your blog tonight via a twitter post. We just started cloth diapers this week. I have a couple different ones and trying things out. Your post was very well written and I loved the video at the end – very helpful! Pretty much all of my friends here are teasing me about venturing out on cloth diapers…. but hey, I am finding tons of support on the internet with other mom bloggers! Thanks again!

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Kallie - I found FB by accident. My local baby store had them but I was o ly interested in babywearing. The owner gave me one of her old used knes to try out for as long as I wanted. It only took me a week maybe two to go back and start supplying my new cloth diaper addiction. My son is skinny and we love the perfect size diapers. So he outgrew the smalls around a year old and now he wears mostly medium and petiet. We have about 3 or 4 onesize and like them now that he is older. My routine is similar to yours. I don’t mind doing diapers at all. I would rather do diapers than a load of his baby clothes. I find that we saved money buying FB over disposal diapers. One bignreason no mentioned is that I am not going to SAMs or Costco, Target or Walmart everytime I ran out of diapers not going to those stores as often is helping the bank account as well. My hubby also likes the fact he does not have to go to those stores on his way home or. Late at night. So all around I would do cding over from the start.

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-shawna- - answering some questions!!! @Emily Elizabeth–thank you for clarifying the material!! my mistake! good to know about the wipes…just not there yet @Brit I use these & cut them in thirds, so there are 600. Lasts me about 8 months! http://www.babyearth.com/bambino-mio-liners-200-pk.html @Holly–thanks for the link love! my daughter gets the red marks too. i think that’s just how they are? @Amberleigh-just a personal preference! no good reason…yet! might try cloth. what’s your “system?” do you soak them? THANK YOU ALL FOR THE LINK LOVE & COMMENTS!!!! :D

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Carrie Ann - I’ve been on the fence, experimenting with prefolds and covers, one size pocket diapers and disposables. You’ve convinced me to CD full time and go the way of the pocket diaper-just as easy as a disposable, and easier on the pocket book! :)
Wish I would have stuck it out with my twins-but pleased to do this with my newborn.

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Lauren - you’ve definitely convince me too. I added up how much I spent on diapers last year and it came to about 500 dollars! In one year. I was shocked. Even if I buy an entire new set of cloth diapers for each child (which I know I won’t have to) I will still come out paying less for diapers. Thanks for your post.

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Michelle - Very nice. Loved it. Made it easier for me to sell my hubby on cloth diapers. :) Thanks for this post

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CrossReferenced - This really was a wonderfully written post. I had decided almost a year ago that I would CD my next child, due to cost and the fact that my son had recurrent diaper rashes. He also just recently potty trained at 40 months and the allure of early potty training with cloth is a realy bonus. For all of the brands I’ve researched FB were my hands-down favorite, for simplicity and style. Thanks for writing such a great piece; I will file this away for when I finally get to use them. :-)

KC

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esmerelda - Thanks so much for such an informative post on this! So far this has been the most helpful information on CD’ing that I have come across.
I keep wondering lately if it is worth it to start now that my daughter is 19 months I really want to try! I suppose it would be if I bought the one size and planned to have another little one. That would be #3. :)

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Amberleigh - I was just wondering why you don’t use cloth wipes? I use Fuzzi Bunz and cloth wipes and find that they clean better than disposable ones. Have you tried them? They are pretty awesome! Love your post! My hubby also loves the Fuzzi Bunz system! :)

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Holly - Such a great blog post! I linked it to my facebook hoping some of my friends check it out. I would have never imagined I would use CD’s, but here I am and proud of it! We use mostly FB’s with a few BG. I tried about 6 different types and found the FB’s to keep my baby the driest and no leaks. The awesome colors were an added bonus :) One question, do you find your daughter gets red marks around her waist with the fleece tucked in? I don’t feel like I have it sized too tight, but when I tuck the fleece the elastic waist tends to leave a red mark. Maybe I’m doing something wrong?

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Jamie - Just have to say love this post! I myself have just switched over to cloth, and this is my third child, and I wished I had done it sooner! I use FB also, and my experience is nearly identical to this… only other thing I do with my heavy wetting son at night is put a hemp liner underneath the microfiber and it works extremely well. Just LOVE FB!!!

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Deanna - This is a great post Shawna! I have a few small FB, but haven’t bought the one size yet. Our first baby is due in August and we’re really excited to CD! : )

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Linda Jacobson - Great post. You can so get your personality in your writing. Linked here from facebook page via Diaper Junction! I am new to cloth diapers about 2 months and have used the FuzziBunz in my quest. Love your photos and your kiddos are so stinking cute.

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Andrea - I ADORE my FuzziBunz OS diapers! We started using them a couple of months ago and I cannot sing their praises enough. My daughter always blew out of disposables, and hasn’t blown out of a FB once. Also, because she has a zero-tolerance policy for wet diapers, she never slept through the night in disposables- then we switched to the FBs with double inserts and VOILA! She started sleeping until 8:00am at four months old. Her burning hatred of wet diapers made us start to think we were going to be bankrupted by disposables at the rate we were changing them. Now, not only do we never have to buy diapers again, we don’t need to change her fourteen times an hour! This was an awesome post- I’ll be referring my pregnant friends to it, because they have all been asking me how I like CDing. The poop dilemma is ALWAYS everyone’s first thought- and it is so not an issue in comparison!

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Brit - I was just wondering what liners do you use, and where do you get them? I have everything else ready for when my baby comes in a couple of weeks, but I never thought about liners. Please let me know. Thanks!

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Emily Elizabeth - I love your enthusiasm and have a sister who is a diehard Fuzzi Bunz user, al 3 of her kids were in FB! The last just potty trained! I just wanted to point out, however that you keep referring to the inserts as “cotton” when, actually, they are 100% synthetic – they are microfiber, which is a super-absorbent polyester. I tried the FB one-size with my daughter and at 10 pounds & 4 months we got constant leaks because even on the tightest elastic setting we could get, her chicken legs just didn’t fill the holes… and now at 16 months and 20 pounds the few size “medium” we have are way too big on her! so, I like FB, but we prefer the ‘perfect size’ and I realize now, I could have done XS and S and that could have gotten us to potty training! However, we switched to GroBaby, which is now GroVia, and couldn’t be happier. So, I’d just advise people to try several brands before they give up! And I can’t believe you don’t use cloth wipes- they make life so much easier!! 1 cloth wipe goes farther than 3 disposable wipes!!

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Kim Percival - You know that I’m going to give these a try based on your experience alone. I can also tell you that Quinn has had 3 diaper rashes in her 7 weeks of life & as soon as we switched go a (albeit disposable) chlorine-free diaper … diaper rash no more! If that’s not a selling point too to give cloth diapers try I don’t know what is. Changing diapers is not a favorite task no matter what, but these cloth diapers make it no more unappealing than changing a disposable!

Great post! FuzziBunz needs to hire you to do some marketing for them! Or they should advertise on your site!

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Courtney Freitas - Oh my goodness! I just have to say, Thank you so much for posting this! I am in awe. I had no idea how far cloth diapers have come! I am definitely going to use FuzziBunz when we have our children.

I really appreciate all the details and video you posted! Great job! Your daughter looks so happy and comfortable. =)

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-shawna- - love hearing all of your thoughts & successes!! happy to share my experience. :)

@Anne–given our situation, I think I can count the number of diapers my hubby has changed on two hands. The responsibility is mine. However, I have heard this from several people, so I am going to post a link to a video of a real poopy diaper, just so you can show your hubbies just how it’s done. It’s sooo not bad. Not what they expect. And if all else fails…present the finances. I bet you have a bunch of ways to spend several thousand dollars…other than on diapers. ;) (my hubby was skeptical too…and that was the final straw. he just thanked me last week for choosing to use them…!!!)

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ashley - I was skeptical about the cloth diaper idea, but you most certainly have me thinking about it. All of the negatives I could think about, you answered and make it look so easy! :)

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Anne - So informative; thank you for sharing! Would love to know how you convinced the hubby – mine was extremely skeptical (read: grossed out) when I brought it up to him :(

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Monica - Awesome post! We have CD’d for 21 months & I still found this informative. And, I may need to give some of these fantastic Fuzzi Bunz colors a whirl ;) Glad you’ve found something you’re happy with, I think that is the biggest hurdle to overcome with CDing!

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Nat Nat - I concur, such an informative post. I am expecting my first child in late August and I made the decision to use cloth diapers a while ago. Mainly due to environmental reasons, but also because of the cost savings. I scored with a local shop who had the old colours on sale and I thought I was set at 16, but then they restocked the new colours so I purchased 6 more! I don’t foresee a problem washing them daily, I’m just glad I had a little extra to pad my stash.
Thanks for the tip on the liners too! I’m going to try that, and I’ve only heard good things about the Rockin detergent, so I think Imma try that too.

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FuzziiBunz - Shawna- This is a fabulously informative post. I appreciate you taking the time to show how far cloth diapers have come. Its people like you who are changing the public’s view on cloth diapers. Kudos. And your photographs are beautiful too :)

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Chelsea McCown - Whoops- forgot to mention that I use cloth wipes along with my cloth diapers. You can purchase cloth wipes from FuzziBunz or BumGenius, or many of the other brands. But after seeing the prices and construction, I decided I could make my own fairly easily (I love sewing). I use a wipes warmer so they aren’t so cold (I live in North Dakota!) but it also keeps them wetter. I use about 1 cup of water and 2-3 drops of essential oil and wet around 15 wipes at a time. I just fold them and place them in the warmer like a normal wipe. I then wipe and toss them in the wet bag with the dirty diapers and they get washed right along with them!! **Make sure you are careful about what solution you put the wipes in, because things like baby oil and soaps, and such shouldn’t be washed with your CD or else you will have repelling issues. Essential oils are safe for CDs and available at most Natural food/drug stores or online. They actually serve as a disinfectant and can help fight off diaper rashes or funk. (Although I’ve only had one diaper rash with CDs and it was during illness! On a side note- I use Lanolin- like for breastfeeding, as an all natural barrier if there are any red spots- but be sure to use a liner!) I do use disposable wipes in my diaper bag though, because it’s hard to store wet cloth wipes in my bag. Oh, and you can also use the cloth wipes to clean messy hands and fingers!

Hope that helps, CDing is awesome!!

Chelsea

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Rachael - This is an AWESOME informative post. We are just now at the point (after we find out the sex on Monday!!) where we are needing to research products and begin to register. I am interested in CD but really didn’t even know where to begin – now I do! I will certainly let you know if I have any specific questions but thank you for posting this! :)

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Leslie - Love It!!! I will definitely be linking this to my blog! And I’m sure I’ll be referring back to the video and pictures in the future. I have already purchased six FB diapers and plan on purchasing more before we bring Mr. Caysen home :)

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Chelsea McCown - LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this post!! Thanks for sharing for all us CDing moms!!

**As a note from a mom who formula feeds, their poop is completely water-soluble as well until you start solids! I’ve had NO STAINS at all! Nor have I EVER had any blowouts- my only leaks were when I fit them badly, or needed to add another insert for sheer volume! I use BumGenius All-in-Ones and love them- but there are more sizing options with FuzziBunz. If I could only go back ;D My system is all FuzziBunz products though!

Shawna, I stuff my diapers the same way, knuckles first on the fleece, haha… too funny! And I can’t believe Caroline only uses one thick during the day! Jarvis uses one thick, two thin during the day, and three thick at night!! And he completely saturates those, he’s a heavy wetter apparently! He’s got a big diaper bootie :D (Then again, now that I’m using RnG detergent too, I might have better absorption!)

Thanks again, I love this and will never use another disposable again if I can help it!!

Chelsea

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