Cloth Diapers for Toddlers

by Josée

I took the plunge. I started, or shall I say re-started, using cloth diapers for Monkey. I had swaddled him in cloth for about year and a half but he grew out of his dipes and we switched to disposables. The other day we ran out of disposables and I couldn’t bring myself to buy more. Why? 1) toddler sized diapers are expensive 2) I was feeling guilty about leaving diapers in the landfill for over 250 years.

I put off buying bigger cloth diapers in the hopes that Monkey would rise to the challenge and get potty trained. I finally put my wishful thinking aside and faced reality – it’s not going to happen for a while! Once I came to accept this fact I took the next step and bought some cloth diapers.

Here’s what I got:

2 packages of baby (15 – 40lbs) Organic Cotton Prefold Diapers
4 Large Super Whisper Wraps
3 Hemp prefolds for nigh time

I like the affordability of prefolds and the fact that they create less laundry (you can reuse the covers for more than one diaper change).

Do you use cloth diapers? What kind have you tried?

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FrancesEden June 10, 2010 - 2:24 pm

I've heard cloth diapering toddlers often helps them with potty training… but who knows.
We've been using Bumgenius 3.0 one-size dipes (sweet find on craigslist!) on Piper since about 2 months. I have really loved them. I love that I can hang them out on the line and get some fresh air in them, I love that I spent the money months ago and have easily made it back a few times, I love that they look and fit awesome, I love that my high-efficiency washing machine helps make cloth diapering all that more efficient and I love that I am making a bit of a difference on this planet of ours.
I am slightly interested in their new "flip" version… hmmmm.

Getting the liners for messy dipes has seriously changed things for me! Wow. Should have done that when P started solids… totally worth the money. And I've redone the velcro once on my dipes, with these handy dandy little refresher kits.

I know you bought your covers new, but in case you ever need to re-do the velcro, these were pretty easy and so cheap 🙂

Hope the endeavour goes well!

Josee June 10, 2010 - 4:34 pm

Thanks Frances! I was looking at my BG 3.0 dipes yesterday (I use them for Sweetpea and love them too!) and was thinking I'd like to fix the Velcro on some of them. I didn't even know such refresher kits existed. Thanks for the link! I'll have to order some soon.

Mrs. T June 12, 2010 - 3:19 pm

We didn't cloth diaper…and it is one of the few decisions as a parent that I have made that I regret. In 2003, when we were pregnant with our first, I started looking into it…and maybe I didn't look hard enough. I had looked into Kushies (I orginally liked the aio concept)….but when I bought my first 2 sets, they were awful. So then tried Sandy'ds…..and they were HUGE! My first daughter was really small, and when I put these 1-size fits all diapers on, her bum was noticeably bigger than her head, and her legs stuck out (practically) sideways. Not to mention that none of her pants fit. I then gave up. Later I tried the…oh blast, I can't remember what they are called. They have the fabric cover and the flushable/compostable insert? Anyway, they worked so-so at night, and were expensive. Now I look around and think wow! maybe I didn't look hard enough…or maybe cloth diapers have come a looooong way. Any ideas for an actively toilet training 2yo? Are you aware of any waterproof-breathable training pants? I have cotton training pants (the thick quilted kind…but they are still pretty leaky.

thefirstfouryears June 13, 2010 - 1:02 pm

I used Bummis organic infant prefolds with super whisper wraps for my little guy. He outgrew that size in two months and I never bought the bigger size, but I really liked them. We never had a leak, even at nighttime. I wanted to try all-in-ones, but I hear they take forever to dry?
Anyway, maybe at some point I will get back into CDing– are you going to try cloth with SweetPea as well?

Josee June 14, 2010 - 12:05 am

Yep, I'm using cloth diapers for Sweetpea too. I'm using prefolds and Thirsties covers as well as Bum Genius 3.0 dipes. I like both kinds of diapers but prefer the BG3.0 for nighttimes and outings and the prefolds for daytime. I've never tried all-in-ones because I have heard that they take long to dry and they can be quite pricey too (depending on the brand). It's great that there are so many options out there though 🙂

Mrs. T June 22, 2010 - 10:07 pm

I purchased two wraps (same as you have for Monkey) and a set of Bummis, and everything has been working really well. I am most pleased…and all the less than the cost of two cases of diapers! : )

Karen July 24, 2010 - 12:26 am

I use fuzzibunz. They were hard at first, and leaked a lot. Then my little guy grew into them and it was okay! He's tall and thin so it was hard to find diapers that fit. But now he's fitting nicely in a size small fuzzibunz. We tried pre-folds, but no one told me not to get gerber, so I had a bad experience and may never go back!


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