It's been a long time since I last wrote about cloth diapering. Just got finished bleaching ours (for the first time...1/4 cup in the hot wash - worked very well), so I thought I'd give a little update.
Since PA school started, we've gone off and on using cloth. At first because it was a bit hard to keep up at times with school and washing, and sometimes just because we only used them during the day on certain days. Even so, even a few times a week add up. But, flash forward to this semester. As I said earlier, Eloise started in daycare. We spoke to the office about using cloth diapers and they told us it would be fine. But I felt so bad about actually bringing them. The teachers were already working so hard, would I be inconveniencing them too much? Well, after another family started using cloth, we brought ours in. And you know what? It hasn't been a problem. At all. Like, zilch-o problemos. We bring clean diapers in each morning and take them home each evening. We paid a few dollars for a mini trash can and some bags. Easy. And they don't mind in the least bit. So, it's been a relief to be back to it. Save some money. Waste less. Back in the habit of washing every other day and stuffing. I forgot how much I loved using them.
And, in terms of which diapers we still like, the BumGenius 4.0's are probably still my favorites, even if the stuffing requires a little extra work. The diaper Eloise is wearing in the photo is the new BumGenius Freetime (I'm in love with the color). I love that it's an all-in-one but it's still the same fabric as the 4.0 inserts, which is super absorbent and plush. It's also a little cheaper than some other all-in-ones (not organic cotton, for those who want that). The only disadvantage is that it needs to line-dried and takes a bit to do that inside. But I would buy more. As for the changes that come with toddler-ness, we've had no trouble adjusting the size, no more trouble getting them on her than disposables, and simply use liners in each diaper for solids. These Bummis ones are my favorite. We're still working on successful nighttime diapering and hoping that the Freetime might work (I'm open to suggestions if you have any!).
So, there you go. Still just as big a fan a year later!