Having an infant means changing diapers. Lots. of. diapers. I have been thinking about diapers incessantly since I was pregnant, because my eco-conscious mind has been debating various types of diapers and using the most eco-friendly as well as the most budget friendly diapers I could. Now that the babe is here and is going through diapers faster than I can guzzle a meal into my mouth, I wanted to share some brands that have worked well.
My husband and I decided we wanted to use cloth diapers. I was clueless as to which brand to use. It really came down to cost. Alva Baby was the cheapest cloth diaper we could find.
We did put some on our registry, but apparently people think you’re really weird when you want to use cloth diapers, so we only received 6. We had found used cloth diapers online ( I can imagine this also that sounds really strange), and bought about 18 for $100. But we soon realized that “one size” does not really mean one size. I researched and realized that the baby would need newborn size. We ordered a bunch of newborn size Alva Baby diapers band new which have fit her really well. She has been in them over a month now and they still fit. The only problem with these diapers is we can’t seem to get the poop stain out- we use Dreft stain remover, baking soda, and Seventh Generation Detergent and it still seems to leave a yellow stain. I have no idea how the parents cleaned the cloth diapers we bought from them! Cloth diapers are obviously a but more work, we do presoak them in a bucket in the bathroom and once full throw them in the washing machine. Despite the staining I do like these diapers, although I have not yet tried any other brand.
I also found Andy Pandy diapers. They are bamboo and biodegradable which was super important for me, because you know, the earth and all. I couldn’t live with myself piling up the landfills with Pampers or Huggies. And being honest with myself I knew I wasn’t going to ALWAYS use cloth especially when traveling. I do love these diapers, but the sizing does run large, and even though I purchased newborn size, I had to fold the tops of the diapers to have them fit the babe, and even then they seemed too large. When she hit the 8.5lb mark they fit her much better. They are absorbent and show when she is wet with a blue line on the diaper. These run about $35 for 94.
Due to the Andy Pandy being too large at first, we did go with Honest Diapers. The newborn size are true to size. And they are super cute as well- not like you ever really see the diaper since babies do usually have clothes on. These are also absorbent and decently priced. These run about $14 for 40. So far she hasn’t had diaper rash and seems to do well using a combination of all three.
I succumb to my role of the gruesome diaper changes, blowouts, and feces up the back of her clothes. Luckily it really is true that your own kids poop is less gross to you than other kids poop, but it still does stink on many different levels. 🙂