Here’s part II of my series on cloth diapers. You can find part 1 here.
Brands: FuzziBuns vs BumGenius
There are many kinds of cloth diapers out there but my experience has been limited to two of the larger brands, FuzziBuns and BumGenius. All in one (AIO) diapers have the absorbent layer built-in to the diaper, whereas pocket diapers (the kind I use) have a pouch on the inside for absorbent pads. The pocket diapers are more flexible and adjustable for use from newborns to toddlers, and therefore made the most economic sense to us. BumGenius pocket diapers each come with a liner and a doubler so you can adjust the amount of absorbency you need to your baby’s size.
Sizing and Fit
When I was pregnant FuzziBuns came in three sizes and BumGenius offered an adjustable ‘one-sized’ diaper that would work from birth to potty training on most babies, and that was the deciding factor. Cloth diapers are an investment up front, no question about it, and even though they save money in the long term, you have to be able to afford the initial costs to make it worth your while. Buying a bunch of one-sized diapers made more financial sense to us as opposed to buying a bunch of each size.
Since then FuzziBuns seems to have streamlined their design and now offer two different types of adjustable diapers to grow with your baby. The choice would be a lot harder for me now. The adjustable BumGenius diapers have three snaps on the front to adjust the length and a wide Velcro band to adjust the width.
My cousin Liz uses FuzziBuns on her daughter so I have had the opportunity of using these while babysitting Victoria. Their quality is just as good, if not better than, the BumGenius diapers.
Closure: Velcro vs Snap
Thank goodness we don’t have to use diaper pins any more. Once my mom accidentally skewered my poor little baby leg and pinned the diaper to my wiggling flesh. Ouch! I’m happy to say that diaper pins are no longer necessary not just for safety reasons but also for convenience. Making cloth diapers as simple as possible will help those used to disposable make the switch.
FuzziBuns uses a complicated system of snaps to secure their diapers while BumGenius uses the ever-familiar Velcro closure. The Velcro makes it super easy to fasten and those hesitant about using cloth diapers will find it works just like the disposable. Learning the snaps on FuzziBuns isn’t hard, but if you have a grandmother or other caretaker that is hesitant about using cloth diapers then it’s another hurdle to overcome.
I will say that when you have a determined toddler who tries to get away from you mid-diaper change the Velcro is much easier to work with. Many times I’ve diapered Isobel in her BumGenius while she was standing up and trying to walk away from me. This would have been impossible if I had to fasten a series of snaps.
The Velcro is much easier to use but it wears out quickly. You are supposed to fold the tabs in for laundering but they inevitably start to curl and collect threads that lead to loss of ‘sticking power.’ Sometimes Anthony and I sit in front of the TV with a bunch of diapers in our lap to de-fuzz the Velcro. It’s a hassle, but it works.
Both closures have their pros and cons; it basically comes down to a matter of personal choice and what works for your family.
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