Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Baby Stuff is Confusing: The Diaper Dilemma

Now that I have the time to do it, I've been trying to prepare for our new arrival. Afterall, the time keeps slipping by -- I'm already 19 weeks (that's almost 5 months in non-prego language) along....that's more than half-way baked!! So in addition to reading pregnancy books, I picked up a copy of Dr. Spock to start preparing for how I might actually care for this child. So far I've learned that babies need a lot of help to figure out how and when to sleep. They also need a lot of help figuring out how and when to eat....once the parents decide how and what to feed them. There seem to be a lot of variables!

Speaking of variables....I've also started a registry. There isn't much on it right now because each item seems to require an endless amount of research. We started with the stroller -- several friends have models from Baby Jogger that seem to get high marks, so we went with one of those. Then on to a car seat....I won't even go into the details on the research THAT entailed!

Now I'm on to diapering, which seems to be causing the biggest headache of all so far. Since I'm planning to stay at home with the baby for at least the first year, I've been thinking reusable cloth diapers might be a worthwhile endeavor. Afterall, they're better for the environment and after the initial up-front investment, you don't have to spend nearly as much. So, with that decision made, I thought the rest would be easy. NOT SO!

It turns out there are an endless array of reusable cloth diapers available. Different brands, different models, different sizes. Incidentally, all of them have insanely cute names that further complicate any rational decision-making: Fuzzibunz, bumGenius, Bumkins. Then there are hybrid diapers with throw-away inserts but reusable outer covers. Further complicating matters, most of the "big box" and national baby retailers only carry a few types of these reusable diapers, and some of the best-rated ones are only available through obscure boutique stores, so it would be difficult to add them to a registry. So, at this point I'm a little bit stumped on how to proceed. I guess that's why God gives us 9 months to prepare.

Would love advice from experienced parents out there. Do you use reusable diapers or disposables? How did you decide which brand, no matter what type you use?

12 comments:

  1. Hey Beck - we have been using cloth dipes for two kids now and love them. We went the cheap route and got prefolds and covers (Bummis Super Whisper Wraps, specifically). My whole stash includes 24 newborn-size prefolds, 24 standard-size prefolds, 8 newborn covers, 6 small covers and 6 medium covers - total investment around $400. Let me know if you want more info. Good luck - I know it can be overwhelming at first!

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  2. We started off with cloth diapers. I also had the same registry dilemma, so I created one of those generic registries and put the boutique links up there. It worked out great, and I got all of my supplies at my baby shower. Amalah has written a lot about the how-tos and different types on Alpha Mom. You can do a search, but here is one link: http://alphamom.com/parenting/baby/lazy-moms-guide-to-cloth-diapering/

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  3. You guys are the BEST! So much helpful info. Lindsey -- thanks for the link to Nicki's Diapers...their site has alot of explanations.

    I WAS leaning toward the bumGenious all in one system just b/c it seemed the simplest, but I see they also now offer a "flip" system with an absorbent piece that snaps out of the middle and then you can reuse the cover if its just wet. Any thoughts on something like this? Is it worth having the extra component or better just to go with one single piece? Thanks again for your insights!

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  4. I've been ready your blog for a while but I don't think I've ever commented. Congrats on your move and the upcoming addition to your family. We have a now almost 13 month old and at the time we registered, I did not even consider cloth diapers. We went the disposable route and when I asked our family and friends, we got mixed responses between Huggies and Pampers. We registered for a couple of each figuring we'd try them and see which we preferred. Our hospital used Pampers and we've stuck with Pampers now the whole time, specifically the Pampers Sensitive. Good luck in your research and all your decision making!

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  5. Hey Becky! We went with the environmentally unfriendly disposable diapers. Cloth diapers just seemed like too much work! I have several friends that used cloth, so I'll ask them what they recommend!

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  6. We used Huggies for Diana and are trying them on Dylan....but just as every baby is different so are their butts so we may try out Pampers to deal with the...um...extra fun we get from Dylan. But I can say because of all the extra fun I don't have the guts to go cloth.
    If you want info on cloth I HIGHLY recommend writing @stateiamin. She had twin girls in September and she did a TON of research on cloth.

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  7. Mary and Rachel -- thanks for your insight. We certainly haven't ruled out disposables. At this point I like the idea of making an investment in cloth up-front and not having to buy disposables all the time but who knows. Love the thoughts on pampers vs. huggies. I've heard some are better for boys vs. girls too, so I guess we'll have to see what sort of munchin we get ; )

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  8. Wow. And I thought condo shopping was stressful. So much to think about!

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  9. I've got two nieces who use disposable diapers -- FuzziBunz, Bum Genius, Thirsties, Fish Noodles, etc... As a niece-watcher I've seen that all cloth diapers are pretty great - just depending on what you want (snaps vs. velcro, inserts or no inserts). Why not buy a few of a type you're liking (maybe Bum Genius) and then decide once you start trying 'em out?

    Both my nieces have had a few different "systems" but they've all been great.

    Here's a site with some words about cloth diapering. http://www.younghouselove.com/2010/08/the-much-requested-cloth-diaper-post/

    I don't have a baby, but I think it's such an awesome thing to do. Yay!

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  10. Mandaurus-- thanks for your comment. I think you're right ! We've narrowed to a couple of systems and we're going to order a few of each. Funny you sent the link to Young House Love...one of my favorite blogs and the first place I turn for all baby stuff advice! Small world!

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  11. Rebecca-We have a 10 month old, and have been using Bum Genius diapers on her for about 8 months. I'd be happy to answer any questions you have, and tell you a little about our system if you'd like. Best Wishes!
    Emily

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  12. I think you might like this blog...she's just had a baby and might serve as some nice inspiration for you!

    http://www.themaidenmetallurgist.com/

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