Thursday, 14 October 2010

Cloth Diaper Decisions...

You may remember some time ago when I posted about wanting to use cloth diapers when the kid got here.  We're still looking forward to using cloth diapers as much as possible, and I think we've come to a decision about what brands/tactics we want to use with the cloth diapers.

After much thought and research, we've decided to primarily use the Apple Cheeks cloth diapers.

It was really important to us both that we not only have cloth diapers that are versatile and easy to use, but also that they are Canadian made.  Apple Cheeks checks those boxes and they're super cute.

It's a cover/insert system that allows you to use super-soft bamboo or hemp inserts inside of the cute, colourful diaper cover.  That way, when you do change the kid, you only have to wash the inserts most of the time and can continue to reuse the covers.  There is a pocket if you want to use it for an extra soaker and end up washing the whole system, but it's not required.

The covers are really versatile too - I was really surprised that the size ones will fit from 7 to 20 pounds, and the size twos will fit from 18 to 35 pounds.  They have waist extenders too to help you get the most life out of your diapers.

Also, if you wanted to try disposable inserts, they will fit with gDiapers liners, giving you lots of options!

Our plan is to start out with disposable diapers for probably the first month or so while the baby is small (hopefully) and while the umbilical cord heals.  After that, we want to commit to using cloth diapers while we're at home and only use disposable diapers when we're going to be out for a long time somewhere. 

As a complement to the Apple Cheeks, I found another great Canadian company that makes some really nice All In One style cloth diapers - Omaiki

I don't know what it is about Quebec, but they love cloth diapers apparently!

These all in ones are also made of super-soft bamboo and will be great to have a couple on hand for those days when we really want the easy of use of a really good all in one.  They're a bit pricier than the Apple Cheeks, so that's another reason why we want to keep the Apple Cheeks as our primary source and just have two or three Omaikis around for those just in case times.  Again, the Omaikis have a great size to them - they estimate 8 to 35 pounds.

So, that's the plan.  Are we still crazy for wanting to do cloth?  Maybe, but I think we'll be all right.  I want to start out somewhat slow and not go crazy getting a whole bunch of diapers right off the bat to see how we do, but I think the combination of being committed to the idea and the fact that it's going to be winter will make the transition easy.  Knowing that it's not hot out and we don't have to spend time in the heat should make it easier to hang out inside with cloth diapers.  And when it does get to be summer time, both companies have a great selection of swim diapers (Omaiki even has some with little frills on the bum - adorable!)


Falen (Sarah Ahiers) said...

i had a friend who cloth diapered all her children and really turned me onto the idea. I'm sure things will work out great for you!

Cassie V said...

We switched Adam to cloth a couple months ago. I wish I had known about it when I had Lucy b/c the cost savings would have been even greater using cloth for 2. I use pockets and love them. I've heard really good things about applecheeks. I'd probably get some to try them but I have enough diapers right now. That's one thing that you need to be careful about. A lot of people get into it for the money savings and then end up buying WAY more than they need or getting "designer" diapers. At the end of the day, they get pooped in. Stick to what you need.

ashlie said...

I totally agree, Cassie! It's so easy to get sucked in with buying new diapers because they're so cute. Hopefully I can just get a good stash and stick with it!