I used disposable diapers with my older two children. When I was pregnant with Jammin' I had huge plans to use cloth diapers, but seven years ago the resources to find good "easy" cloth diapers was not easily available. I had a choice of buying grandma-style cloth or using a diaper service. Instead, I chose the easy route and went with the Pampers. I always regretted the decision. The Environmentalist in me cringed each time I tossed out a diaper into the garbage can.
Well, this time I decided to go cloth. I carefully did my research on all the different diapers available, compared prices, read reviews, and finally went with two types: The Bum Genius 3.0 and the Happy Heiny pocket diapers.
Let me say right off the back that I LOVE the Happy Heiny. It is a wonderful diaper. The insert absorbs and holds a lot of liquid plus the fabric inside is so soft. These diapers are designed so that only the inside fabric touches the babies skin. The outside nylon cover does not come into contact with the baby. Plus, I have not had any issues with leaking. In fact, when I put Caboose down for bed, I make sure one of these is on him. He wore one during the night for 6 hours (with the newborn small insert) and it never leaked. When I did change him, the diaper was quite heavy. I feel very confident in these diapers.
As happy as I am with the Heiny, the same can not be said with the Bum Genius 3.0. When I researched diapers I kept coming across this brand. It was all the rage and everyone loved them.
One-size-fits-all so the diaper could grow with my baby. It would help cut costs since I wasn't going to have to purchase new diapers as Caboose got bigger. However, as it turns out, these diapers leak horribly. At first I thought the reason was due to the newborn insert I was using. I didn't start using the cloth diapers until Caboose reached 6 weeks of age. Since these leaked, I immediately switched to the larger size insert. They still leak.
The urine slips right through the lining, past the microfiber insert, and out the side by the tabs - where there is no insert coverage. If nothing else gets read about these diapers, that line must be highlighted. At first, I assumed buyer mistakes. I re-washed them all according to the manufacturers directions. I corrected the way I was placing the insert. I double checked the fit on Caboose. They still leaked.
First thing next week, I am taking these diapers to the re-sale shop in town. I will replace them with more of the Happy Heiny diaper (and maybe try out another brand, like the Fuzzi Bunz).
I also learned another valuable lesson - next time I will only buy 1-2 of a product before buying 9. That was a waste of money. I will be lucky to recoup 25% of the original cost. Who wants to buy used diapers that leak?