My Cloth Diaper Biases

I figured I might as well do a quick post on my general feelings about cloth diapers before I post my first review. There are two major decisions you’ll have to make before you make your first cloth diaper purchase: snaps or Velcro and one-size or sized diapers.

Snaps vs Velcro

I prefer snaps. Lots of other people prefer Velcro. It’s going to be something you have to figure out for yourself, unfortunately. It’s easier to explain why I don’t like Velcro:

  • the tabs can get ratty looking really quickly
  • if the laundry tabs don’t work or you forget to fasten them in the wash your diaper sticks to itself/other diapers
  • if you aren’t careful about attaching it properly the Velcro can scratch you or your baby (happened a lot when we used a diaper service and had to use diaper covers)
  • it’s easier for an older baby to figure out how to undo Velcro than snaps!

One-size diapers vs sized diapers

This is another one that everyone has their own opinion on – I prefer one-size. They cost a few dollars more than sized (xs, s, m, l, xl) diapers but in the long run they’ll save me a ton of money AND space since I can use the same diapers from the time my daughter was 2 months old (when we started using our own cloth diapers) until she’s potty trained. Plus, I won’t have to store a bunch of out-grown and too big diapers.

The biggest downside to one-size is that they can be a lot bulkier than the individual sized diapers, especially when baby is tiny! We haven’t had much trouble with that, but my daughter wears a lot of dresses and BabyLegs or stretchy pants. I have a hard time finding pants for her, but the size of her thighs is as much a problem as her cloth diaper booty (she inherited that from me, sorry honey!).

Once you make these decisions, or choose to try out a few options and see what you like, then you’re ready to start your stash!

3 Comments on My Cloth Diaper Biases

  1. Anastasia
    February 14, 2011 at 10:02 PM (6 years ago)

    I used to be in love with velcro, but with time realized that snaps are a million times better! I also support bamboo: the most absorbent fabric ever.

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