Love My Eclectic Stash!!
September 29, 2014 8:30:00 AM EDT
One of the many great things about cloth diapers is that there are many different options to choose from. Since cloth diapering is the main things I blog about, I wanted to try all the different styles available and have done so over the past year. Like most people, I expected to like some styles, dislike others... but that's not what happened. I ended up liking them all! That's not to say I like every brand of diaper... but just because I don't like a certain brand didn't make me write off that particular style. Here's a list of the different styles I have tried and why they have a place in my stash...
I ♥ Pockets because...
Pocket diapers are great because once they're stuffed, they work much like a disposable. As long I keep up on stuffing my son's pockets, I find it pretty convenient to just grab the diaper from the bin and not have to do anything but fasten it on him.
Learn more about this style: Pockets for Newbies
I ♥ All-In-Ones because...
As much as I love pockets, there are times that I didn't feel like stuffing them. That's where all-in-ones come in handy. Everything is attached, so there's no need to search for an insert. They're quick and easy, and I love having a few of these on hand.
Learn more about this style: All-in-Ones for Newbies
I ♥ All-In-Twos because...
This is a style I didn't particularly care for at first, but have grown to love! I love just being able to snap or lay an insert into an shell, and when it's time to change, simply swap out the used insert for a new one and reuse the cover. I also love how I can also pair them with flats and prefolds!
Learn more about this style: All-inTwos for Newbies
I ♥ Covers because...
I love covers essentially for the same reasons I love all-in-twos. Families can save a bunch of money building a great cloth diaper stash out of covers and prefolds and/or flats. Since covers can be reused, you only need several of them, along with 24 prefolds or flats, to have a complete stash for one child. They can also be paired with fitteds or absorbent inserts that are safe against baby's skin.
Learn more about this style: Covers for Newbies
I ♥ Fitteds because...
When I have a good fitted diaper on my son, I can rest easy knowing that although he nurses off and on through the night, we don't have to worry about waking up to wet sheets. I also love that he can run around during the day without a cover over his fitted, which is more breathable and makes it easier to change him as soon as he is wet. With natural fibers, it makes it easier for kiddos to feel when they're wet, making running around coverless helpful for potty-learning.
My faves: Sloomb! I love Sustainblebabyish fitteds. My absolute fave would be the OBF, but I also love the Happy Little Cloud, and Snapless fitteds. I'd love to try the GroVia Kiwi Pie fitted, and the new Dimple Diaper from Bummis that's soon to be coming to TGN.
Learn more about this style: Fitteds for Newbies
I ♥ Wool because...
I. Love. Wool. Wool is the second half of our nighttime solution. You'll often hear mamas refer to wool and fitteds as a "bulletproof combo." For us, this combo works so great. I never worry about waking up to wet sheets. Properly lanolized wool resists moisture, forcing the fitted to absorb as much as it's capable of. Once it can absorb no more, the wool takes over absorbing as well. It can absorb quite a bit before feeling even the slightest bit damp. Even if your wool cover gets damp, just air dry it and the lanolize helps to neutralize urine! Since it's self cleaning, wool can go weeks without having to be washed or relanolized!
My faves: Again, Sloomb for the win!! My son has been rockin' his shorties this summer, and we're breaking out his longies, which are perfect for fall and winter. I'm loving the GroVia Kiwi Pie wool cover, as well.
Learn more: Wool for Newbies
I ♥ Prefolds because...
Prefolds are a great way to build up your cloth diaper stash for cheap. But although they're cheap, that doesn't make them any less of a great cloth diapering solution! Prefolds are squares of fabric with several layers sewn together, making them very absorbent. You can pin or snappi them on your baby, but I prefer to tri-fold them and lay them in a cover. They're typically made from natural fibers, which I prefer. Natural fibers are not as susceptible to build up as synthetic fibers, making them much easier to launder in my super hard well water. Another great thing about prefolds is that they are so versatile! Not only do they work great as diapers, because they are so absorbent they also make great burp cloths or dish towels.
My faves: Of all the prefolds I've tried, GroVia Bamboo Prefolds are my absolute favorite! They are very absorbent and stay so, so soft after many washings!
Learn more: Prefolds for Newbies
I ♥ Flats because...
Last, but certainly not least... flats. I could go on, and on about all the reasons why I love them! Folding flats may sound intimidating, but I actually find it enjoyable. Once you decide on a fold and learn it, it should only take a couple of seconds to throw it together, then Snappi it on your baby. I love how streamline and trim a folded flat is on my son. Sometimes if I need a quick change, I fold it into a large rectangle and lay it in a cover like an insert!
Because they are only one layer of fabric and typically made from natural fibers, they are easy to wash, even by hand! I find my flats are much easier to care for than sythetics with our hard water. I love that I don't have to deal with tweaking my wash routine to avoid stink with flats. Plus they dry so quickly!
And another great thing about flats? They can be so cheap! Depending on the brands and materials, with one size covers and 24 flats, a family could diaper their baby from infant to potty-training for around $100 or even less! They may even be able to use those same diapers for the next little one down the road, for even more potential savings. They're also extremely versatile! I've used flats for a light blanket for my son in the car, to lay on the grass while I change him, draped over me while nursing, to clean up spills... I told you I could go on and on! ;) I always am sure to keep a couple in the car. You never know when they'll come in handy!
My faves: Osocozy Flats
Learn more: Flats for Newbies
Although nowadays we mostly use pockets and all-in-twos, you never know what you'll find on my little guy. We have an ecclectic stash, and honestly I wouldn't want it any other way. Every diaper serves a purpose and works great in different situations. To learn more about all of these styles, check out the Cloth for Newbies section on the website!!
Disclaimer: Some of the items mentioned in this post were given to me free of charge for past reviews, but many of them I have purchased on my own.
*Although I am compensated for my time writing, all opinions are 100% my own.
Stephanie Beck is a busy mama of four. She enjoys being outdoors and spending time with her family. Stephanie started her blog, Apron Strings Attached, because she wanted to share her experiences with raising kids, breastfeeding struggles and success, and cloth diapering. She now enjoys blogging about life in cloth diapers for TGN.
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How about you? Do you like variety in your stash? Do you use different style or prefer just one? Which styles do you like or dislike?