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!