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Choosing a Diaper System

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Choosing a diaper system that is best suited for you can be subjective as much as it is objective.  If you were to ask five different people which one you should choose you are likely get five different answers.  No one can tell you what's best for you because it solely depends on you and your baby's needs and/or preferences.  We feel that a balanced approach utilizing a little bit of all that is available will give you a good sense of what works best for you.  From there, you will likely be more resolute and decisive when it comes to what you want. 

1) How many diapers will I need to get started?

There is no definitive answer to this question because it can depend on several factors; however, we feel like the breakdown provided below will work for most, especially if you plan to wash every other day.  Of course if you wash daily you can get by with less but in our opinion it's not very practical and the wear and tear will reduce the life expectancy of your cloth diapers.  Start out with a smaller quantity at first to gauge what works best for you and your child and then scale up as needed.

·          Newborn - 4 months: 16 to 24 diapers

·          4 - 10 months: 12 to 16 diapers

·          10 months - Potty Training: 8 to 12 diapers 

2) Which diapering system is the most economical?

The prefold and diaper cover combination is by far the most economical.  The "one-size" diapering system is second in line.  One key distinction between the two is that even though one-size diapers last through potty training they are not great for newborns.  Once your baby reaches 12 lbs (2-3 months old) you can then make a successful transition. 

3) Which cloth diaper system is as easy as disposables?

The quick answer is the All-In-One system; however, we have found GroVia's Hybrid System to be equally as easy and we highly recommended it.  

4) Which system works best for newborns?

All-In-Ones (AIO) or pocket diapers work great, but a contour, fitted or standard prefold with a diaper cover yields similar results.  Since newborns grow fast don't invest too much money in your stash as they will outgrow them fast.  Prefolds and covers mixed in with some Newborn AIO's is a great way to start.

5) Which system works best for containing a mess!?

Most well modern cloth diaper brands are great at containing a mess but it's never a guarantee.  Sizing and fit around the legs is key and depending on your baby's size/body type one system/brand may work better for you and your baby. 

6) Which system works best for night time?

Ask 10 cloth diapering moms this question and you're bound to get 10 different answers.  A simple and inexpensive solution is the Kawaii Goodnight Heavy Wetter diaper.  We've experienced the most consistent results and feedback on this diaper.

7) Which system is the most durable?

All the diapers we carry are of top quality and the most respected brands available.  They are all very well made and durable.  The rest will depend on how they are cared for.  The prefolds can last for 5 years!  Pocket diapers and all-in ones tend to last 3 years.  Diaper covers can range anywhere from 6-8 months. It all depends on how much you wash.  If you have a small stash and you wash every single day the life expectancy will decrease.

8) Which system is best?  Snaps or Velcro/Aplix/Hook & Loop

This is more personal preference than anything else.  Both are effective and work very well; however, snaps will last longer than velcro/aplix/hook & loop.  GroVia makes an excellent hook & loop and Thirsties has a new and improved hook & loop closure that is superior to previous designs.

9) Which brand of cloth diapers has a better chance to resale?  Which one would fetch the most money?

Premium brands often get the best resale pricing but it all depends on the condition.  Brands like GroVia, Thirsties and Applecheeks can often fetch 50% of original value.  This is NOT a hard number and can vary greatly on the supply and demand of the particular diaper as well as condition.