Cloth Diaper Booty II: Electric Bugaloo

13 May

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.

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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.
Next Post–Washing Instructions, and Wear, Stains and Smells!

12 Responses to “Cloth Diaper Booty II: Electric Bugaloo”

  1. Elizabeth May 13, 2010 at 12:54 pm #

    I imagine that if the velcro got fuzzy enough, you could just replace it. You can usually buy either the hook side or the fuzz side by the foot at the fabric store.

    • LittleBig May 13, 2010 at 12:57 pm #

      That is definitely an option! However, cleaning the fuzz from the Velcro usually does the trick. We’ve used our almost 14 months now.

    • LittleBig May 14, 2010 at 9:06 am #

      Although the more I think about this idea the more I think this could really save us. I was wondering how many of the Velcro tabs would really last us through the next kid. Maybe we could just reinforce them for number two…

  2. Adrienne May 13, 2010 at 3:21 pm #

    I am interested in cloth diapering when we start a family but I don’t understand a thing about it. My question is – how many do you need to start out with in the first place? Did you need to add to the bunch later on? How do you go about your laundry routine? What other tips do you suggest?

    • LittleBig May 14, 2010 at 9:04 am #

      I’d say start at at least 20. You really don’t need to buy more if you start with enough. I am posting the laundry routine later today and hav a few more cloth diaper posts coming. If I haven’t answered all of your questions by the end of the series, let me know and I will be happy to answer any further questions.

  3. prolifemomdoc May 13, 2010 at 5:31 pm #

    I have a bunch of GB 3.0 pockets. My baby is a big 4 month old. I like the BGs but I have already had some problems with my Velcro – this may just be a “bad batch”, however I have only been doing the cloth thing for about 3 weeks. I think I am going to order some FuzziBuns to see what I think of those. I also have some GoodMama fitteds on their way. What is your opinion on fitted diapers?

    • LittleBig May 14, 2010 at 8:54 am #

      Hmm, they shouldn’t wear out that quickly. What seems to be the problem with the Velcro? BG has a very good warranty. It would be worth your while to return them and have them send new ones. I haven’t tried the fitted diapers before, but if you try them, I’d love to know what you think!

  4. Bonnie May 13, 2010 at 6:23 pm #

    My mom was actually the first to talk to me about cloth diapering. Not something she did, but she knew it was something I would be interested in. A lady at our farmer’s market makes her own, and they seemed pretty good. I would definitely try them out.

    I gave Kyra a bath last night and it was so hard to do up all the domes on her PJ’s (very cute PJ’s with kitties on them!). Velcro sounds much better, and is basically what her disposable diapers have. Can’t believe how much goes into those darn diapers that are only used for such a short time and then thrown out. And so many every single day for years! I don’t even use pads or tampons myself, my diva cup is one of my favourite things because it makes that time of the month so much easier. No way could I use disposable diapers for a baby.

    • LittleBig May 14, 2010 at 8:52 am #

      Once they realize they can move around when you want to change them, it’s all over.


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