In the past, we have simply used prefolds with covers for cloth diapering. It’s worked out well for us, but we still found we preferred disposables, and we were reluctant to use them. With the cost of diapers quickly escalating, I knew we needed to invest in a few cloth diapers that functioned similar to disposables – but we didn’t have a fortune to spend on them either.
Enter the pocket diaper! I was able to get 18 different one-size pocket diapers with inserts off e-bay for just under $60 total. I bought them all individually to save the most money. We got the Babyland diapers sold from China. True, they probably won’t be as nice as a Bum Genius diaper, but they were so budget friendly I figured it didn’t matter! I did some research before purchasing them, and most of the reviews of these diapers were satisfactory enough.
Now that we have had them for several weeks, I am kicking myself for not buying them sooner! They are so easy to use! I stuff all the diapers after washing and keep the snaps on the desired setting, so it’s as close as they come to using disposables! They are not the most absorbent at times, but we’re dealing with cloth here, not chemical laden paper. Stuffing an extra insert in seems to help with that issue, but since cloth is typically changed more frequently than disposables, it’s not that big of a deal.
We are also using flush-able liners in the diapers to help with poo clean up. I find it much easier to just shake it off into the toilet than wadding up a nasty disposable! These liners, if just used for a wet diaper and not a poopy one, can also be washed and reused a few times, which helps save even more money! This has been the biggest change in the way we cloth diaper. Since our daughter is prone to extremely messy diapers, the liners were like a miracle!
As soon as the new baby comes and is big enough, we will be using cloth on him/her as well! At that point, I will probably buy more or just use the prefolds to tide us over.
If you are considering cloth diapering but don’t want to pay an arm and a leg for a stash of the “nicer” diapers, I encourage you to look into these Babyland e-bay diapers! They get the job done nicely with the ease a pocket diaper provides.