Cloth Diaper Variety - Blessing or Curse?
Posted by Courtney Moser on January 04, 2014.
Two years ago, I was pregnant with my first child and very excited about using cloth diapers. However, I felt completely overwhelmed by the number of styles and brands available. I knew I had to start somewhere, but how would I pick the diapers to start my stash?
After countless hours surfing cloth diaper sites online and way, way, way, way too much internal debate, I finally opted to start with prefolds, pre-fitteds, and covers sized for a newborn. It seemed like a nice, basic way to go. I ordered three dozen of everything in the newborn size and three dozen of everything in the next size up. Then I high-fived myself for my commitment to simplicity, prepped everything, and waited for baby to arrive.
Unfortunately, I wasn't a huge fan of the products once I had the chance to use them. They weren't as absorbent as we needed, and my husband wouldn't even attempt the prefold/Snappi combination. After a couple of months, I sold everything and started a new "one-size" stash, determined to have lots of variety this time.
I may have gone too far in the opposite direction. I practically tried to buy one of everything. Any time my husband changed the baby, I'd find the diaper drawer in total disarray, because he had to rummage through piles of diapers to find the one bumGenius he knew how to put on.
Since then, I've sold off many of those diapers (even some that I loved) so that we could have a more basic stash with just our mutual favorites. We now mostly use:
- GroVia all-in-twos during the day
- SoftBums Omnis with velcro, used as an all-in-two when we're out and about or stuffed as a pocket if our son is in someone else's care
- KaWaii Goodnight Heavy Wetter pocket diapers with GroVia bamboo prefolds for night use
If it were up to me, I'd include a few more of my favorites in the rotation, but this works for us. I love all-in-twos because it really does reduce the size of my cloth diaper laundry loads, and by eliminating most of the pocket diapers we had, it makes the process of sorting and organizing inserts much easier!
Do you have a simple stash, a variety, or somewhere in between? What are your top three types of cloth diapers? Leave a comment below!