So after my rant and raving about how I LOVE our hemp/cotton inserts.. and still do by the way, I have learned something new. I was talking with a lady from my Parent and Tot swimming class and she said that hemp didn’t work for her son and that she preferred the microterry inserts since he was a “fast” pee’er and they soaked it up faster then the hemp insert. So food for thought, hemp inserts hold more apparently but are slower to absorb (so maybe better for girls) and microterry inserts hold less (much less in my opinion) but are fast absorbing so better for last pee’ers like boys.
So we decided to buy a few “cheaper” Fuzzi Bunz like diapers called Pocket Change Diapers from Montana’s Diaper Store. They are new on the market and actually come with both a terry AND a hemp insert and only for $17.95US. It’s a great deal so we (aka I) decided to buy 6 of these diapers. When they arrived I wasn’t overly impressed with how they went on our baby, they just didn’t seem to snap on as easily as the Fuzzi Bunz but we slowly warmed up to them and learned the knack of proper diaper placement. Now the inserts also took some warming up to, unlike my Jamtots hemp/cotton inserts, the hemp inserts that came with the Pocket Change diapers took almost 2 months of washing before they would even soak liquid up the back of the insert. This of course resulted in some leaks and a saturated bum for our baby.. yuck!
Anyways, my first disappointment came when the red diaper consistently leaked around the legs. I contacted the owner of the store (in freaking Montana…), and after some problem solving e-mails she asked me to send the diaper back to her and she would gladly replace it with a new one. I was impressed. I didn’t get around to sending it immediately and then I went away on some holidays. When I got back I noticed that one of the other diapers had lost its elastic in the back and contacted her again, she again asked me to send the diaper back (since it had only been 2 months) and she would gladly replace it… awesome. That same day another one lost its elastic. Long story short, I ended up sending back 3 of the 6 diapers I bought from them and it cost me $6.20CAN shipping to return them.
So, the customer service at Montana’s Diaper Store is just fantastic but the Pocket Change Diapers in my opinion are certainly… just ok.
Some common questions I get about using my Fuzzi Bunz Cloth Diapers:
- How many do I need?
- Well, we had 17 small diapers and are currently using 20 medium diapers and I wash them every 2 days. I prefer having the 20 diapers as it gives me a bit more time if i want to be lazy. I think the “recommended” amount is 24 but i would think that would be to many unless you are using the microterry’s only then you will certainly need more cause you will change more.
- Where do you keep the dirty diapers and do they stink?
- Diapers go in the diaper pail which is just a smaller garbage can we bought at Walmart for less then 10 bucks. I add some tea tree oil to a small piece of fleece at the bottom and rarely have a problem with smells. Tea tree oil apparently has anti-microbial properties and doesn’t smell too bad.
- How do you wash them?
- I have the recommended Allen’s detergent that is biodegradable and supposed to be the best for the Fuzzi Bunz. You only need a small amount, like 1/4 the recommended amount on the bottle. Anyways, I prewash with warm water to get rid of the remnant solids and then hot wash with the detergent followed by 2 warm rinses. I use 2 rinses just to make sure the detergent is gone as I have found any remaining detergent can cause the diapers to smell differently once soiled (although i am apparently the only one who thinks so in this house). You only need 1/4 of the recommended detergent as you don’t want a million suds but just enough to see a few in the water. Oh, and NO fabric softener…. EVER!! Unless you want your diapers to repel water thus defeating the whole purpose of cloth diapers. I hang my covers to dry and inserts go into the dryer on high (with NO fabric softer again!). You can dry the covers if you are in a pinch but on low heat.
- For breastfed babies there is no need to wipe off the poop, just chuck it into the washer and it will magically disappear. When you feed soilds you will need to knock it off into the toliet but with fleece there is no need to touch it it will simply fall right off… awesome, eh?
- Do you cloth diaper even when you are out of your home?
- Humm, well YES! It’s just as easy to cloth diaper when you are out of the house then when you are at home. I have a waterproof bag that holds the dirty diapers and they just come home with me. If you are worried about smell, try some tea tree oil on a piece of fleece trick. All you will smell is the tea tree oil.
- Would you cloth diaper on a road trip?
- See question 4. You’re darn right I would. Really it’s probably nicer for the baby to sit in a comfy fleece lined diaper while traveling then plastic and chemicals…. enough said.
- Are they really better for the Environment with all the water you have to use to clean them?
- Three simple little thoughts….. Water is a renewable resource. Landfills are not and take centuries to biodegrade. Poop and pee belong in the sewer not in landfills. Really, it’s the people who feel bad for not using cloth diapers who come up with this silly excuse.
- Where do I buy them?
- We bought ours over the internet as it is probably the most convenient way however there are some local places to buy them as well. There are also work at home moms who sell from there houses. You can check out http://fuzzibunz.com for retailers.
- I’ve purchased all of ours from http://jamtots.com with no issues and they have awesome hemp insert that they make themselves. If you buy the diapers from them you have the option of getting a discounted hemp insert at the same time so you can probably save about 2 dollars per insert depending on which one you buy. I like the new stuffer with the snaps. Oh, and free shipping when you spend over a certain amount.
Remember, happy diaper rash free baby equals happy Mom and Dad!! Thanks Fuzzi Bunz!!
What can I say… I LOVE my cloth diapers. They are convenient, chemical free and simply awesome. Oh, and there is nothing like a cute little cloth diapered bum to make you smile (and they are also awesome in pictures).
So how did we get started…. Well you can blame it on a good friend of mine for putting the idea in my head, she had tried many different types of cloth and had found Fuzzi Bunz to be by far the best. Now what i find so wonderful about the Fuzzi Bunz is that you can customize the absorbency for day, night and nap time, they are adjustable (ie: they have snaps) and they have fleece as the wetness barrier. That’s right apparently fleece is a natural water repeller so baby’s bum stays dry while the insert absorbs the wetness. Wouldn’t you prefer to be sitting in fleece then plastic and chemicals? I would! Oh, and with Fuzzi Bunz there are no “plastic” pants to put your baby in or safety pins.
Now there are a few “catches” with the Fuzzi Bunz diapers that we have discovered. First of all the “mother of eden” microterry inserts that come with the diaper are just crap. Well, not really crap but if you want to change your baby every half hour they are fine but if you want to go a little longer we have found that a hemp insert (hemp/cotton blend) work wonders. We use the hemp inserts 100% of the time with no issues.
Now if you are considering cloth diapering for purely financial reasons then Fuzzi Bunz probably aren’t for you as they can be pretty pricey especially if you are planning on getting the hemp inserts. I have heard some decent reviews about motherease diapers although I wouldn’t use them as they involve plastic pants and don’t have the fleece liner to keep wetness away. I have heard that many Mom’s just cut up some polar fleece and put them into the diapers… but isn’t that more work?
Well, it’s been almost a month now of using Fuzzi Bunz on the munchkin and they are working out very well. We’ve noticed that the hemp inserts are definitely better than the micro-terry at soaking up large quantities of liquid. On top of that, the hemp inserts are less bulky. We got our hemp inserts from JamTots at the same time we bought our diapers from them.
We still use a disposable diaper about once a day but it’s for two sort of odd reasons:
- We bought a pack of size 1 diapers that we want to use up
- The disposables are a little less bulky between the legs and allow the little one to stretch out a bit more.
Once the disposables are gone we probably won’t buy any more unless we’re going somewhere and can’t wash the Fuzzi Bunz. At Christmas we’re heading to the in-laws and it might just be easier to use disposables for the drive down and back.
Anyways, we have 17 small diapers now and that is enough to last 2 days, most of the time. Most sites recommend 24 diapers so you don’t have to do laundry “every day”. As it stands, we’re doing laundry every day because we’re changing little spitty-uppy a fair bit. It doesn’t really matter if we have to do diapers too. ;) Of course, everything depends on the child as some need to be changed more often to keep them calm.