When we had originally decided to cloth diaper MacKenna, we had hoped and planned on those original 24 diapers surviving through the second child. Especially since we also had hoped and planned on having MacKenna potty trained early. But, you know, you can only hope and plan for so much and since everything I expected with my first child was completely different than reality, well, let’s just say that neither of those things happened.
We definitely got our use out of our first set of cloth diapers. So much so that there are actual holes in them and they no longer can hold what a 3 year old can deposit into them. But, we loved the crap (pun intended) out of them and definitely felt like they were a worthwhile investment, even if they only lasted for one child.
So, I began doing my research once I got closer to the end of my pregnancy and while MacKenna was still in diapers full time. (Side note: we’ve made serious progress on the potty training but she still wears diapers for bedtime and sometimes nap time as well.) I absolutely LOVED our Bum Genius Elementals but I was not willing to spend $25 per diaper to restock our stash. (Thankfully, most of MacKenna’s cloth diapers were given as gifts so I didn’t have to shell out too much of my own money for them.) I began looking for other all-in-ones because I absolutely refuse to have to stuff diapers and wanted them to be as easy as possible for everyone to use, not just Matt + me.
I started out by buying 2 diapers of a few other all-in-ones: Imagine, Thirsties, and Trend Lab. We only needed a few to get us through bedtime with MacKenna and it was nice to be able to just try them out before deciding on which ones we liked the best. Not only were all 3 brands cheaper (I bought the Trend Lab ones off of Zulily), but they seemed just as durable as well. Plus, 2 more Bum Genius Elementals that were on sale at the time.
The winners? We loved both the Imagine and Thirsties diapers! The Imagine diapers came in really cute patterns and the inner liner actually snaps off so we can clean poop off easier (oh thank goodness for breastfed poop – no diaper sprayer for these parents for at least a few more months!) and they will dry much faster.
The Thirsties also came in really cute colors with the inner liner only attached on one end, again making them dry much faster.
The Trend Lab ones were definitely NOT meant for a toddler. They would twist on MacKenna, causing her to leak at night and that’s just no fun for her or us. But, we’ve found that they work great with Miles, especially as a nighttime diaper. The insert also snaps off like the Imagine diapers, but it is much thicker. The thing I really don’t like about them is the way they snap – one end having to cross over the other to snap them (if that makes sense). Again, great for a baby, not so much for a toddler. We will probably have to stop using them once Miles is a little bigger.
After having the chance to try them out, I ended up buying several more of the Thirsties and Imagine diapers on Diaper Junction, in addition to a few Bum Genius Free Times, which we had a few with MacKenna but didn’t like them as much as the Elementals. However, this time around, I think the Free Times are my favorites! They have 2 inner liners that are only attached on one end and overlap each other, so they too dry very quickly. And I must say, quick drying has been awesome as I sometimes forget that they are in the wash and am scrambling for a diaper at the last minute!
Right now, I think we have about 20 diapers total. MacKenna has 4 that she claimed as her own (of course the dinosaur and elephant ones are hers) but the rest all belong to Miles. He is in cloth diapers full time now, only wearing disposables if Mama forgets to wash and/or dry the diapers before we run out or we will be out and about for the day (it’s just easier to throw away disposables than have to carry around dirty diapers in a purse of diaper bag – and I normally forget they are in there until several days later). We just switched him over to wearing cloth at night with an extra hemp liner in them to keep him from leaking overnight (he is a heavy wetter just like his sissy). I’ve seen a little more diaper rash because of this, but once we rub some cream on it, it clears up pretty quickly (Baby Butz and plain ol’ lanolin are my favorites – and cloth diaper safe).
So, that’s it! Yes, I had to shell out another $200 or so for cloth diapers, but that will last him for the next 2+ years (and we have not seen an increase in our water bill at all). I definitely think they are worth the investment, as we probably would have already spent $200 on disposables only 3 months in. If you have any other questions, I would be happy to answer them! I’m definitely NOT an expert and can only speak from our experience but 2 babies in and going strong!