28 Sep 2011

Cloth Diaper Search: Part 2

I now know which type of cloth diapers I want to use.

After reading all the conveniences and inconveniences of cloth diapers I like the concept of all-in-two and hybrid cloth diapers.

Hybrid cloth diapers combine traditional disposable diapers and reusable cloth diapering system. It consists of a washable outer shelf or diaper cover and an inner liner, which could be either disposable or reusable. The disposable insert is biodegradable refill. It offers the most convenience while help you on savings.

All-in-Two cloth diapers two part diapering system consisting a diaper cover and an separate insert which can be used for absorbency. The cloth diaper cover is sewn by a waterproof outer layer and a soft inner layer. These two layers are sewn together but left an open at the back, called a pocket. However, some brands don’t have this pocket. AI2 diapers are similar to pocket cloth diapers but the AI2 is purposely designed to add more inserts, in this way you can reuse the shell if is not soiled (I am learning new terminologies, LOL). Nowadays people can find AI2 made in a similar way to one-size cloth diapers which are designed to be use from birth to potty training. 

I believe AI2 will be good choice for us because I can remove the insert when is dirty, add more than two insert for extra absorbency and reuse one shell for the whole day if the poop doesn’t explode out. That will save me time on washing and drying all the outer shell, everything thing together as in the case of one-size cloth diapers. {{most of the information was taken from enfantstyle and mommy’s touch.}}   

So far the following are few of the brands I am attracted to:

AI2 – AMP, MamaJo and Mommy’s Touch cloth diapers.

Pocket Cloth Diapers – FuzziBunz and Happy Heinys Huggers thumbnail1.asp {via}

Hybrid – GroVia and gDiapers (my sister-in-law is using the latter on her little girl and she likes them). 

The more I think about it, the more I come to the conclusion that cloth diapering is economically and environmentally convenient. If we decide to have more than one child we can reuse the same diapers over the years, thus saving ourselves bunch of money. And if we keep them nice and clean we could give them to friends and families for their own little ones.

I am going to try different brands just to see which ones Berry prefers and which ones are convenient for our lifestyle – but I am overwhelmed by the choices.

I really want to cloth diapering from day one, but some people suggest I use disposable diapers initially – especially for the night and while travelling. This is the reason I think hybrid cloth diapers will be excellent to have, because I will be having my disposable and reusable all in one. In my opinion the disposable liner will have less impact on the environment than a disposable diaper. 

I was talking to Jo, the woman behind MamaJodiapersandpads, and she pointed out that

1) from an eco standpoint- it not worthwhile buying newborn diapers that will only be used a few months
2) from a moral standpoint: a new mom won’t cloth diaper right away- it is too much and she will quit. {She cloth diapered her second child right away but she doesn’t recommend a new mom do it.} One thing at a time.
3) In Quebec – where she lives – they sell kits for 1000 $ and everyone buys them and no one uses them

I just don’t know what to do! – Maybe I can buy biodegradable disposable diapers for when baby is very small.

Are you going to use cloth diapers on your baby from day one? Did you use cloth diapers on your baby from day one? Do you know anyone who did that? How did you find it?

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  1. Glad there's a hybrid version out there. Gotta admit, I'm a little too grossed out by cloth diapers, even though they can be really good for babies. Good for you, mama! :)

    ~ Angela

  2. I looked into cloth diapers for half a second but I couldn't consider it for more than that. I like the idea of them but I don't think I could deal with them. I'm using disposable.

  3. (This is an old post...so Hope you get this) Did you ever decide to use cloth diapers? I'd love to read a recap on that decision. We're planning on doing so and we'll be using disposable for the newborn phase. Just wanted to see what you decided. :)


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