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Styles of Diapers

So you have made the decision to cloth diaper. That is great but what basic supplies do you need?

Have you decided on the style of diaper you will be using?

Let’s go over the different styles:

 

 

  • All-In-One cloth diapers or as many stores like to call them (AIO)- these diapers have one absorbent layer then a waterproof cover but they are all one piece. They go on and off just like a disposable diaper. There major disadvantage is that they take a really, really, really long time to dry. And since you have to put the in the dryer then they tend to wear out quickly.

 

  • Pocket cloth diapers-a waterproof outer shell that has a inner “Pocket” running from the front to the back. That holds an absorbent insert that looks like a supersized maxi pad. This is stuffed into the pocket so the whole diaper works similar to a disposable without the harmful chemicals. But once wet the pocket diapers will need to be “unstuffed” before washing, which will require you touching the inserts to separate them from the shell.  A major disadvantage is that “stuffing” the pockets are a hassle and leaking is a BIG problem with pockets.

  • All-in-Two cloth diapers (AO2)-these are very similar to the AIO except they have snaps on there waterproof covers so another absorbent insert can be used without having to “stuff” into pockets. This insert will stay in place even in the wash. Their major disadvantage is that they don’t dry very well, are somewhat complicated and difficult to add extra soakers into.

  • Fitted cloth diapers-these are very easy to put on and seem very comfortably because they are soft and stretchy. They are also very absorbent which makes them a good choice for nighttime. Since the covers can be reused they also have a prolonged life. The covers dry quickly on the clothes line. The major disadvantage to these is since they are in two pieces you are going to get your hands messy touching the wet/poopy diaper. And they take longer since they are in two pieces but they work great for nighttime!

 

  • Prefold cloth diapers-are the old fashioned “cloth diaper” that you can buy in many stores these days. We use them as burp cloths. With these you will need a waterproof outer shell of some sort. Many people will pin the diaper with diaper pins but they have now come out with new fasteners called Snappi and Boingo. These are both neat fasteners that are replacing the diaper pins to prevent accidental poking. You will also need a waterproof cover for these.

 

  • Flat cloth diapers-now these are the diaper I remember my mother using. I also used these these as dish towels. If you could think of a prefolded cloth diaper before the machine folded and folded it. That is what a flat diaper is. Just one thin sheet that you will need to fold yourself. Oh and you will also need a waterproof cover for flat diapers. They are secured with your choice of the above fasteners.

 

  • Flip cloth diaper covers-these have inserts that just lay/tuck in the shell. These are nice because there isn’t any “stuffing” involved. As the name suggests you just “flip” out the insert, dry and insert a fresh absorbent pad. Since these air dry so quickly and you really don’t need to use the dryer this prolongs their life. A disadvantage to “flip” diapers is that there nothing holding the two pieces together so it’s important to make sure that all the absorbent parts are tucked in.

So no matter what style of diaper you decide to use there are things to consider. Advantages and disadvantages, such as drying situations. For example as I pointed out, many diapers will last longer if they are air dried as apposed to machine dried.

Something you need to take into consideration is what is important to you and your family. What do You want, not what others think is best. How important are natural fibers to your family? What do you want your baby’s skin to be touching? These are questions only you can answer.

 

 

 

If you have any questions or need a hand, feel free to leave a comment below and I will be more than happy to help you out.

 

All the Best,

Elaine Smith

cover-your-bum.com

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Where Oh Where Is It!

Have you ever heard this statement before? I have heard it many times. I may have even used it myself. In fact I know I have. When I can’t find something I go through certain steps.

I will search and search online, doing lots of research. I will do a lot of my research on trusty Google. Today I’m looking for Flip Hybrid cloth diaper cover. Let me take you through the steps of my research. 

First I google just Cloth Diaper  and see what I find. Hum..Best Cloth Diapers of 2017 This talks about how cloth diapers are beginning to make a comeback. Now this is good because just below this article is another post from Amazon (everyone likes Amazon so let’s check them… our first)

On Amazon, we can enter Flip Hybrid Cloth Diaper in the search bar. Let try that and see what we get. What do you know… a snap-pepper-one size cover comes up.Plus 20 more colors. Let’s click on that and find out more about it. Oh, I wish ya’ll could see these pictures because they are so cute. They give you what other customers buy after viewing this:best selling, top selling, lowest price. Then what customers viewed after this. (14.65)

Now let’s check Babies R Us. We Google Babies R Us, search Flip Hybrid Cloth Diapers. We come up with bumGenius flip cloth cover. These are sold in the local stores with 3 types of inserts. (14.99)

 

Now let’s check Wal-Mart, I always check here because I like this store. Google Wal-Mart, search Flip Hybrid Diapers. And..bumGenius w/Snap Closure-Hummingbird. Oh, sorry guys they are out of stock:( But they carry the Cotton Babies Flip so let’s try that one. There is a one-size Hook&Loop; Closure Diaper cover-Zinnia and it comes with free shipping.This is a cute diaper that has one piece of what looks like Velcro across the top to hold the two sides together. That’s a smart idea!!The diaper comes in a magenta color. (14.99)  You can go the much more expensive route with the multi-snap flip Cloth Diaper Cover-Snap-Moonbeam-One Size  (30.90)

 

Finally let’s take a look at Target. First, Let’s Google Target, search- Flip Hybrid Diapers. Well what do you know… We also come up with Flip cloth covers that are sold both online or you can have them delivered to a store near you. They come in 5 solid outer colors. Each has 3 different types of insets all for (14.99)

So let’s sum this all up.We have Googled 4 well known places and found 5 different products to compare. I have put the prices and products in a chart for you to compare.

  • Amazon                   snap pepper                          14.65
  • BabiesRUs              bumGenius                            14.99
  • WalMart                  Cotton Babies                       14.99
  • Target                      bumGenius                            14.99
  • WalMart                  multi snap                             30.90

This chart will tell you the stores, the brand of diaper, and the price. From this point you can make a decision on your next step. I know of a site that will make your decision much easier. The site is cover-your-bum.com. There are lots of cloth diapers and different accessories. Some items you will definitely need and the rest are extras.

 

I have that item plus lots of other cloth diaper products you are going to just love:) I have other cloth diapers, diaper bags, diaper caddies, organizers, many different types of fasteners, and biodegradable flush able diaper liners.

 

If you have any questions or need a hand, feel free to leave a comment below and I will be more than happy to help you out.

 

All the best,

Elaine Smith

cover-your-bum.com

 

 

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Comparing a Cloth vs. Disposable Diaper


Today we will be comparing the use of cloth vs. disposable diaper in a few areas. We will be looking at the health area, the cost differences, the over-all personal desires, and finally how eco-friendly each one is. Let’s just jump right in and start this review. First let’s take a look at the heath arena.

In The Health Arena

Disposal diapers are more breathable but lack the soft feel that you can get with cloth diapers. Many people believe that one is better than the other to prevent diaper rash by just changing a soiled diaper promptly will prevent diaper rash. One major advantage I found is that many moms reported that “potty training” was earlier because the child could FEEL the wetness.

THE BOTTOM DOLLAR

A person can spend anywhere from $2,000-$3,000 per baby for two years on disposable diapers whereas you will spend $800-$1,000 per baby for the same amount of time on cloth diapers. Of course that includes the cost of accessories. The cloth diapers are reusable so for the 2nd child the cost is less since you already have the accessories and only have to buy more diapers. So for a 2nd child you will spend between $400-$500.
I found a website that did breakdown the price of both very detailed but I will list it simply as a comparison here.

YEAR ONE IN CLOTH DIAPERS                                                YEAR ONE  IN DISPOSABLE DIAPERS

705.53 Diaper Stash (includes accessories)                    234.34 Diapers

51.00 Detergent                                                                          130.02 Wipes

173.55 Water & Electric

118.96 Accessories

930.08 TOTAL FOR YEAR 1                                     

            858.83 TOTAL FOR YEAR 1

YEAR TWO IN CLOTH DIAPERS

YEAR TWO IN DISPOSABLE DIAPERS

0 Diaper Stash                                                                          335.52 Diapers

51.00 Detergent                                                                         94.56 Wipes

175.55 Water & Electric                                                          65.34 Accessories

224.55 TOTAL FOR YEAR 2                                              495.42 TOTAL FOR YEAR 2

Your Personal Desire

Your choice of which diaper to use should be your choice. There are pro and cons to both. Unfortunately society does make some of this decision for us. For instinct, if you are going back to work and put your child in day care most will ask that the child be in disposables. A solution to this would be to have them in cloth while the child is with you and in disposables at day care. I have noticed more and more people switching back to cloth. Nowadays they are coming in so many colors and different types but still some resist the change. Sometimes a sitter won’t change a cloth diaper if you want a “night out”. So that, can be another dilemma. Ultimately the decision should be yours but there are worldly events that affect your decision.

What About The Landfill

This isn’t as clear cut as many people think. Yes disposable diapers do use many trees and plastic and are just thrown in our landfills when they are used maybe (at least by responsible people) When you use cloth diapers you need to think of all the water that is used to wash. The only major disadvantage or bad effect could be found is that disposable aren’t biodegradable and contain harmful materials for babies sensitive skin.

The Finial Tally

So what have we learned today?
I want to point out some things that I thought were very interesting to me. In the health arena there was no difference between either diaper when it comes to diaper rash. I found that fascinating. I like, many others had always believed that disposable diapers lead to diaper rash. Through my research I have learned something new. As long as you change a baby as soon as they soil then they will be fine. Another intriguing fact, and now that I think about it makes sense, is that cloth diapers probably lead to early “potty training”.

So as we found out from this review that cloth diapers are less expensive than disposable. Cloth diapers were compared in detailed to inexpensive disposable that were bought in bulk so the price comparison may be a little on the low side.

As far as the environment goes, of course disposables aren’t biodegradable and do have harmful chemical that could damage babies sensitive skin. Cloth may be a better bet in this area especially if your child has very sensitive skin.

And finally the choice between cloth and disposable should be a personal one but society seems to play a big role. It used to be that cloth was the only way. Then disposables came and many places are asking that you use them for “convenience sake”. But just recently I’m beginning to see more people going back to cloth. Again let me stress, what ever diaper you decided to use YOU should be the one who makes that informed decision!

 

 

If you have any questions or need any help, feel free to leave a comment below and I will be more than happy to help you out.

Elaine Smith

cover-your-bum.com

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About Elaine

Thank you for coming to see what I have here at my site. I know you will benefit from all the information and wonderful products I have to share with you. Read on and I’m sure you will enjoy yourself.

HOW THIS STARTED

My name is Elaine. I have two great adult children and a beautiful granddaughter. I have many nieces and nephews with kids. My children have friends that also have kids of all ages.

 

 

You are probably wondering why I’m telling you all this. Simply to state I have changed many diapers and wished there was a better way than just filling up the landfills with trash. Also, there must be a solution to the constant diaper rash that babies get from having wet gel next to their sensitive skin all the time.

Well I found the solution!! Cloth diapers just like mama used back in the 1950s only these are so much better. They have covers that come in so many colors and designs! (I personally like that idea)These wonderful diapers come in organic, natural, unbleached diapers. They can be pre-folded so they just slip right in to the water proof covers that come in many different patterns and colors. Now when you dress your child up you can have a diaper cover that coordinates with their clothes.

 

WHY AM I DOING THIS?

I want to help other people for many reasons. First and foremost because helping is just in my nature. As the old saying goes “Helping others is not just good for them but it will also benefit you as well”.  At least that is what I was always told. So one good deed can turn into countless good deeds!

 

 

MY PERSONAL GOALS

The goal of my website is to provide beneficial and worth while information so people can make clear and honest decision about the products they choose to use.

 

If you ever need a hand or have questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.

All the best,

Elaine Smith

cover-your-bum.com