This post has certainly been a long time coming but I wanted to make sure that we had a realistic idea about cloth diapering before I acted like an expert -which is something I’m not! I wanted to make sure I was giving information from real experience rather that what I thought, heard or hoped it would be like. So ten months into it, let me share with you what we have learned.
While we were using our newborn diapers I was busy collecting information about diapers for the next stage. I had a hard time picking based on the information, I didn’t really know anyone who was using the brands we was thinking about and cloth diapers today are SO different than the ones my parents used for me! So we were trying to make decisions based on forums I was finding online. Finally we decided the best way to really know which worked best for us was to try them! We chose a few brands and purchased a couple of different styles. I have sat down to write this post about our experience with each many times but kept getting hung up on the format. I wanted to lay everything out in a way that was easy to compare and collect information for you own cloth diapering journey. So I’ve decided to do a separate post for each brand we chose to try with a detailed explanation of how they work. Often times cloth diapering websites assume you know more than you do about the world of cloth diapering and since they have progressed so much over the years I think it would be helpful to explain it from someone who was a newbie too. Once we’re all on the same page about how each one works I’ll do a summary post of what we felt the pros and cons were of each. So here we go!
Fuzzibunz is a great cloth diapering company. It was started by a mom that wanted a better solution to cloth diapering and works very closely with moms who actually use their products. They have amazing customer service when you call with a question you talk to an actual mom who has actually used these diapers on their own children! SO helpful! They also have an amazing warranty policy for diapers. If they are defective in any way all you have to do is take a picture of the diaper, email it and they’ll send you a brand new replacement in the mail!
We tried two different styles from Fuzzibunz, first, the OneSize Elite. This diaper is fully adjustable to get the perfect fit for any baby body type and is said to take your child from birth to potty training. Thats right, the same diaper will fit the whole time your babe is in diapers! All though, we used a separate set of diapers specific to newborns more on that here. This diaper is essentially our everyday diaper.
When you purchase a OneSize Elite diaper this is how they will come:
1. Two ‘minky’ inserts – one small and one large
2. One cover and two adjustable elastic replacementsIt is a pocket diaper meaning the shell consists of a waterproof outer layer – the teal part – with a micro-flece inner layer. The two are sewn together to create a ‘pocket’. The pocket is then stuffed with an insert – the absorbent part of the diaper. Based on your baby’s absorbency needs you can add an additional insert. We started out with just one insert for daytime and two inserts overnight. We have since moved to ‘double stuffed’ for both day and night.
The micro-flece is a great wicking material. This pulls moisture away from baby resulting in a ‘stay-dry’ feeling and greatly reducing – in our case eliminating - diaper rash. They look just like disposable diapers but in my opinion, way cuter! The diaper is contoured at the legs to give a less bulky and more accurate fit. As you can see, there is elastic at both the back and legs of the diapers – in the case of the OneSize diaper all three of these are adjustable.Each elastic strip has button holes with corresponding numbers that allow you to loosen or tighten both the back of the diaper as well as each leg depending on your baby’s body type. As your baby gets bigger you can loosen the elastic allowing the diaper to grow with them. Fuzzibunz provides a size chart with their diapers which gives a good starting point when fitting your baby. I would say that the initial work of getting the sizing just right on each diaper seems a bit overwhelming but after you figure out the right fit you won’t have to mess with it again until your baby gets bigger.The buttons and elastic are positioned underneath the fleece so they will not rub against or irritate baby’s skin.The original OneSize diaper (not the Elite) had the buttons and elastic on top of the fleece and I would always find bright red indentations where they would press against her skin – no good – this is a big reason why I would recommend the Elite over the original!
The waist is also adjustable at the front using the snaps. This three point adjustment makes it easy to get the perfect fit and prevent leaks. If you are more of a visual/audio learner here is a great video that explains how to use this diaper. She is using the original OneSize rather than the Elite but they essentially work the same and you’ll get the picture. The second style of Fuzzibunz we have used is the Perfect Size. These come in XS, S, M and L. Different from the OneSize the Perfect Size is not adjustable so as your child grows you will need to purchase additional diapers in a larger size.They are also a pocket diaper and when you purchase one it will come with one cover and one insert. Additional inserts can be purchased for these diapers – we bought one extra insert for each diaper. Like they OneSize they are lined with a micro-fleece giving the same soft, stay-dry feeling for your babe. The Perfect Size has only two snaps because they are more size specific to begin with and need less adjusting.
We bought this style because Fuzzibunz says that they give a trimmer fit than the OneSize resulting in a less bulky diaper. I was afraid that the OneSize diaper wouldn’t fit under her tiny clothes so we wanted to try these as well. In all honesty, I think they are just as, if not more bulky than the OneSize. We use these double stuffed as night time diapers, not because they are superior just because we have them.
We prefer the OneSize Elite over the Perfect Size for two reasons, we can get a more tailored fit for baby girl using the adjustable elastic as well as the three snaps in front and we will purchase less diapers because they can grow with her. OneSize Elites are the most expensive diaper in the Fuzzibunz line but when the difference is just a few dollars and you only have to buy one set rather than purchasing larger sizes as baby grows, its less expensive in the long run.
Care for pocket diapers:
If you have a top loading washer you can throw the whole thing in the washing machine – if your baby is eating solid foods you will need to dump any solid waste before washing but this is true with all cloth diapers and washing machines. The agitation of the machine will separate the insert from the cover for you. If you have a front loading washing machine you will need to pull the insert out before washing. If you want to know more about that there is a great video here. Warning, if you don’t want to see baby poop, don’t watch the video.
Why we love them:
We have had a great experience thus far with both of these diapers. They hold up well to washing and she seems to be very comfortable in them. We have had NO DIAPER RASH and NO BLOW-OUTS! My fear that the diapers would not fit under her clothes has yet to be a problem. All of her cute tiny clothes have fit despite the diaper booty.
Like I have always said, I will be completely honest about all the wonderful and not so wonderful things about cloth diapering. I’m not going to paint some flawless picture about it. Like any diaper, disposable or cloth, there are always going to be downfalls.
Because of the wicking nature of the micro-fleece and the construction of this diaper (the fleece is exposed around the legs) occasionally we notice moisture being wicked onto her clothes. I would not consider them leaks because rather than soaking it is just damp. We dealt with this in two ways. First, more frequent diaper changes. This worked for a while but as she got older she became more of a heavy wetter which meant it didn’t matter the frequency, once she was wet so were her clothes. Which lead us to the second way we dealt with it, double stuffing. We began to use two inserts at all times and we are back to a normal changing schedule – every three to four hours – and her cloths very rarely are wet – maybe once every two or three weeks? The snaps are another challenge. For the most part they are fine, but we have had three diapers where the snaps have pulled away from the cover and fallen off. Like I said, all three have been replaced very quickly with Fuzzibunz’s snap warranty just by emailing a picture to the company. They sent brand new diapers within the week at no charge to us so I wouldn’t say this is a great concern of ours. Our last ‘challenge’ really isn’t a challenge but I’ve been kind of disappointed with their color choices when compared to other brands we use. Because we intend to use these diapers for all of our children we are trying to stick to gender neutral colors, I think it would be fine if we were choosing all girl or all boy colors but as far as middle of the road I haven’t been impressed with the options. We like the White and Spearmint best.
So that sums up Fuzzibunz. I’ll fill you in on GroVia in the next cloth diapering post.