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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? You will need at least 24-30 diaper of your choice, 24-30 inserts, diaper pail, wet bag (optional,but also recommended) and 30 cloth wipes. This diaper pail can be a simple step trash can. Like I said the diapers are YOUR choice. If you choose to go with the pre-fold then you would need diapers and waterproof covers but no insets. The wet bag is used to put the wet diapers in while you are traveling, whether it be room to room or around town.

Have you decided on the style of diaper you will be using? I have included pictures of each so you will know what they look like.

Let’s go over the different styles and I will give a brief description below:

 

 

  • 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. This 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 the baby 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)- now these are very similar to the AIO except that they have snaps on there waterproof covers so that another absorbent insert can be used without having to “stuff” it into a pockets. This insert will stay in place even in the wash.
  • Their major disadvantage is that they don’t dry very well, which is makes this somewhat complicated and difficult to add the extra soakers or liners into.

 

  • Fitted cloth diapers- these are very easy to put on and seem to be very comfortably because they are soft and stretchy. They are also very absorbent which makes them a very good choice for nighttime use. 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 or poop diaper.  And they take longer to dry 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 as dish towels. If you could think of a flat 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 or 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, absorbency, and stuffing/un-stuffing. For example as I pointed out, many diapers will last longer if they are air dried as opposed to machine dried.

 

Something you need to take into consideration is what is important to you and your family. What do You want to do, 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. So think about it!!!

 

I hope this has given you some helpful information that can be found all in one place to help you make your decision. Just keep in mind, that no one else can make the decision for you whether to cloth diaper or not. You can get many other peoples opinions but the ultimate decision is yours!!

 

 

 

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

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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’s just 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 are buying after viewing this : best selling, top selling, and the lowest price. Then what customers viewed after this. This product sells for $14.65 at this moment. Ok I like the looks of this but I want to compare it so let’s compare it to something else. Let’s check a look at what Babies R Us has to offer.

 

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 for $14.99. I have heard this is a really good brand!

Well that’s two but I like to get at least 5 or six then I will start eliminating what I don’t like for one reason or another. So we can get some more. Next we will look at my favorite store. Most of the time this store has the lowest price but sometimes not. That is why I will get other prices from many places.

 

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 for $14.99. I like this one but they are all running about the same price. That’s interesting!

Of course you can always go the much more expensive route with the multi-snap flip Cloth Diaper Cover-Snap-Moonbeam-One Size for $30.90. That is more expensive!

Well let’s look at one more place just for grins!

 

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. Hum.

 

 

 

So let’s sum this all up. We have Googled 4 different stores, all 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 choices of cloth diapers, diaper bags, diaper caddies, organizers, many different types of fasteners, and biodegradable flushable diaper liners. There is also a blog roll that has informational posts about cloth diapering.

I hope you found some useful information in this post that will be helpful to you.

 

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 disposable diapers 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 but by just plain changing a soiled diaper promptly will help to prevent a diaper rash from beginning in the first place.

One major advantage I found is that many moms reported that “potty training” was earlier. This was simple because the child could FEEL the wetness. The disposable diapers today advertise that they will pull the wetness away from the child so the child doesn’t feel wet. But this can delay the natural potty training benefits.

Now to talk about the bottom dollar!! and it’s effect. What does it really cost a person for a year?

 

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)                    750.00 Diapers

51.00 Detergent                                                                                 130.02 Wipes

173.55 Water & Electric                                                                    152.75 Accessories

118.96 Accessories

1049.04 TOTAL FOR YEAR 1                                           1032.77 TOTAL FOR YEAR 1

                                                                                                 

YEAR TWO IN CLOTH DIAPERS                                         YEAR TWO IN DISPOSABLE DIAPERS

 

0 Diaper Stash                                                                             725.oo Diapers

51.00 Detergent                                                                           94.56 Wipes

175.55 Water & Electric                                                             65.34 Accessories

226.55 TOTAL FOR YEAR 2                                              884.90 TOTAL FOR YEAR 2

 

Wow that’s a BIG price difference!!! They are about the same the first year but boy the second year what a difference. And something I forgot to mention is that is your cloth diapers can be resold if you don’t need them again. Another thing is you can get some of your newborn stash supply used because a lot of people do resale theirs. Many times you can get some really good deals doing this! This will help lower your output also!! Nothing will lower your output on the disposable side because all those must be bought new.

 

 

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 instance, if you are going back to work and put your child in day care most day cares will ask that the child be in disposables. Some are beginning to accept infants in the all-in-one diapers since they are similar to disposables. This is only true for some day cares though.

 

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 them.

The only major disadvantage or bad effect could be found is that disposable aren’t biodegradable and contain harmful materials for babies sensitive skin such as the chemicals that are in the gel.

 

 

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

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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 delightful information and wonderful, new products I have to share with you guys. Read on and I’m sure you will enjoy yourselves.

HOW THIS STARTED

My name is Elaine. I have two great adult children and a beautiful granddaughter. A daughter who is almost 30 and a son 27. When they were younger they were plagued with many diapering problems such as sensitive skin, diaper rashes and constant out breaks of hives.

My granddaughter has many of the same problems but it has only been while she was in diapers. The funny thing is I have many nieces and nephews who all have kids and they also seem to complain of the same or very similar problems. My children have their friends also have kids ranging in all the different ages. Many of these friends are also reporting that their kids are having if not all, most of the similar difficulties. Are you starting to see the same pattern that I’m seeing?

When I was younger and babysitting not many people complained of these issues and you can you guess why not? I personally think it was because most parents used cloth diapers then. No, they weren’t the ones that are on this website. They were the plain white ones with no prints! I have used cloth diapers before they were popular and cute!

But anyway back to this post and the reason for writing it.

 

 

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

Well I found the solution!! Cloth diapers just like my mama used back in the 1950s, only these are so much better. The ones my mama used only were white with the clear plastic covers that would crunch as you would move.

As shown below the diapers have covers that come in so many different bright colors and beautiful designs! (I personally like that idea) These wonderful diapers can even come in organic, natural, and unbleached materials. They can either be flat for those of you who like to fold or they can come pre-folded so you can just slip them right in to the water proof covers that come in those many different patterns and bright colors. Now when you dress your child up you can even have a diaper cover that coordinates with their clothes.

 

WHY AM I DOING THIS?

I am doing this for many reasons but mainly because I enjoy helping people.  Why do I enjoy helping others?, that is a good question and it’s not something I have ever really thought about. I have just always done it, helping is just in my nature. Possible because I was the oldest child and had to care for my 2 younger sisters. But my mom didn’t work so that wasn’t it. I think I just have a caring heart because I did start babysitting at a young age simply because I enjoyed it.

As the old saying goes “Helping others is not just good for them but it will also benefits you as well”.  What I have always been told is that one good deed can turn into countless other 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. With any review I write I will research thoroughly all information that I can find. As stated previously I will give my honest and unbiased review. At the end of a review if I add my own opinion I will state that it is just my thought.  This will also be the same for products and how-to posts.

 

 

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