My assessments of the various diapers:
Prefolds w/ cover - I only tried these on Erin and I only used them once or twice, so I don't have much experience with them.
- Pros: As far as serving the purpose, they worked fine.
- Cons: I didn't have any pins or snappis, so it took more effort than I deemed ideal to get everything situated. The moisture was kept right on Erin's skin, which could be problematic long-term.
Happy Heinys - I have used these the least (and probably like them the least) of all the pocket diapers, however after trying them several times, I opted to buy 4 used from a friend.
- Pros: They are super easy to stuff. Probably the easiest of the three brands I tried. These diapers use velcro, not snaps - a plus in my opinion. The inserts are contoured, not rectangular like the others we have. This seems to prevent the diaper from becoming too bulky.
- Cons: These are not made nearly as well as bumGenius or Fuzzi Bunz. I have 4 and each one looks a little different - the cut isn't identical, the stitching is different. This basically means that each diaper might fit your child a little differently even though you're using the same brand. They seem prone to leaks sooner than the other brands I tried.
Fuzzi Bunz - I used these as much as the bumGenius during my trial run before deciding which brand diaper to purchase. While I liked these diapers, I opted not to buy any. In the event that we get more diapers over time, I might order a few of these just for variety, but this will only happen if the need for more diapers arises.
- Pros - They fit well and appear to function like most 'sposies I tried. These seem to be well made and are not likely to wear out easily. A good diaper, in my opinion.
- Cons - Closures are snaps rather than velcro. While this may be more secure than velcro, finding the right fit can be difficult. If you are working with a squirmy baby, trying to fasten two snaps on each side is no easy task.
bumGenius - These were my favorites out of the 4 brands we used. Therefore, I purchased 7 within a week of first trying them. Because I liked them so much, I purchased another 12 diapers one week after I ordered our first batch, bringing my total BG count to 19.
- Pros - These diapers are very well made and are relatively easy to put on. I usually have to readjust the velcro on each side once or twice, but they are about as easy as a sposie. Except in the instance of leaving a diaper on way too long, I've never had them leak. They have somewhat stretchy tabs which make finding a custom fit easier than a diaper with snaps.
- Cons - These are probably the hardest diaper to stuff because of the flap that covers the inner pocket opening. They are also a little bulky and I sometimes have trouble finding pants that fit properly over them. However, that's what baby legs are for, right? ;)
I mentioned above that we've had a few challenges arise since we started using cloth. In the past, both my kids have had issues with "toxic teething poo" - the kind of poo that leaves their bums burned. Erin just had 4 teeth poke through in the last few weeks and seems to be working on at least 2 more. Needless to say, her poos have been terrible. If I don't notice the poo immediately, the already raw and broken skin gets more burned. In addition, Erin has taken to pooing after we put her to bed... this is a problem that usually requires a middle of the night baking soda bath.
The other issue is that most diaper creams - homemade or otherwise - are not cloth compatible, meaning a fleece liner should be used between the baby and the diaper. I've been trying to find creams that are safe to use with CDs, but nothing seems to be available locally. The CD safe creams are available online, but can be pricey and would also require a shipping fee.
This bout of diaper burn has required more care than any other I've handled before. I make my own diaper balm, but opted to get a pre-made kind for this bout of burn, so I can alternate skincare. I purchased Aveeno diaper cream and have been using that since Sunday.
Daniel had an old fleece that he was willing to let me cut up to use as liners for the CDs. We've been doing this with pretty good success. I made the mistake once of putting the flushable liner between Erin and the diaper and that was a big mistake... a nice, thick layer of the Aveeno cream leaked through onto the diaper, so I've been stripping the soiled one, along with the rest of my wash (today was a wash day anyway) all morning.
In an effort to get Erin's bum healed, I've dedicated today to diligently applying different balms to her bum. This means checking her diaper hourly, reapplying balms, and changing the diaper as necessary. Because of the diaper cream issue, I've been using 'sposies rather than cloth. Hopefully, we can resume primary cloth use on her in a day or two.