This is my first go around with cloth diapers. With my older son, I just never considered it. This time around I spent a lot of time researching websites and blogs to educate myself on the ins and outs of cloth diapering and finding out which types of diapers people on the Web recommended. One brand that came up numerous times was Sustainablebabyish or SLOOMB. Although they are expensive, people LOVE them. And guess what? I do to!
As most mothers do, I had a nesting stage before my son was born. I might be a bit of a strange bird because my nesting consisted of hours of research into finding the best diapers for my stash and then the best prices for those diapers. I am definitely not above buying used diapers and a good chunk of my stash was purchased used off of Craigslist. In fact, it's kind of funny to admit that I actually drove 3.5 hours away, from Virginia to Delaware to buy a selling her amazing stash for $200. Here is a little about what was in that stash:
1/2 Package Rockin' Green Cloth Diaper Detergent
1 Trash Can
1 Planet Wise Diaper Pail Liner
1 Prince Lionheart Premium Wipe Warmer
3 Prince Lionheart Ever-Fresh Replacement Pillows
12 Little Comfort One Size Bamboo Cloth Diaper
4 Organic Caboose, Plush Wool Diaper Covers
1 M Polyester Cover
1 M Interlock Woolybums Diaper Cover
1 Loveybums Wool Jersey Diaper Cover With Snaps
1 Lovey Bums Wool Cover
12 Disana Cloth/knitted Diapers 100% Organic Cotton Nappys
40 Cloth Wipes
3 Snappi Cloth Diaper Fasteners
12 Small Green Mountain Diaper Prefolds
1 Flip Diaper OS Cover
1 Wee Huggers Diaper Cover
3 Organic Lovey Bums Fitted Diapers
Numerous Organic Cotton and Hemp Doublers
AND THE MOST AMAZING PART OF IT ALL?!
2 Sustainablebabyish Organic Bamboo Fleece Fitted Cloth Diapers
Is there anyone else besides me that thinks I got an amazing deal or am I really bonkers? At the time I didn't know much about the different diapers and didn't realize how good of a deal I was getting. If I still had that woman's contact information I think I might have made her my best friend and sent her some more money. But I digress...more about these awesome diapers.
Now, I do have links for you to purchase these diapers if you so choose in this post. However, I would not recommend all of the diapers above. The Little Comforts are one sized and convenient but I find that they really don't hold poo in that well. The Disana Tie Nappies are beautiful, but once my son was able to roll and wiggle during diaper changes I found that these diapers were not really that practical. I do still use these diapers, I just wouldn't say I love them as much.
I do highly recommend the Sustainablebabyish Organic Bamboo Fleece Fitted Cloth Diaper though. I only have two that fit right now and that is the only thing I put my son in at night. Which of course means that I have to do laundry every other day no matter what.
There are a couple of things to know about these diapers though.
1. They will shrink! The tags on the ones that I purchased used say they are mediums. The rise measures at 13" and they still fit him at 19 lbs, although they are getting a little small. You can see from the chart below how much of a shrinkage we're talking about.
|size||fully extended rise||waist||leg||weight|
|x-small||13" w/snap down||9"-15"||5"-7"||5-11 lbs|
|x-large||19"||15"-27"||8"-17"||32 lbs +|
With this information, I thought it would be best to purchase more in the large size so I am not always so locked into doing laundry every other day. However, when they came I was a bit shocked by how much bigger they were than my old ones. The new ones also looked and felt nothing like the old ones that I love so much. The new diapers measured 18" upon arrival but after just one wash they were 16".
The larges are a bit big on us now but I don't think it will be long before they fit him just right. He's approximately 20 lbs in these pictures. I'm also guessing they may shrink after a few more prepping washes.
I think that the reason people mention the stiffness is because it is such a huge transformation from the buttery soft diaper it once was. When the diaper arrived it was super soft, the softness fabric I think I've ever came across. Comparing the new large one to my much loved possibly mediums it really is hard to believe it's the same diaper. It's hard to tell from the pictures but if I had to make a comparison to help you I would say that over time the diapers are as stiff and as hard as a....well slipper maybe and when they are new they are as soft as a bag of cotton balls.
That's not a very good sell I guess, comparing the diaper to a shoe. BUT I'm telling you I've never been happier with any night-time set-up. We go 12 hours straight and in the morning the diaper sometimes doesn't even feel wet, the sheets are dry and most importantly my son is dry and rash free.
The diapers come in lots of fun color choices. When I bought my new ones the natural was all that was in stock. I'm thinking that it might have been because it was during a time when Kelly's Closet was having a free diaper with purchase sale.