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...I have found that WAHMs outlive mass-manufactured diapers. Clearly, that isn't an "across the board" statement. I am sure everyone can tell me about a WAHM that fell apart in a week (whew, I hope not!) or a mass-produced diaper that lasted for twelve years.
BUT...I have been CDing for about 2.25 years and have had a bunch of diapers for at least 2 years. I finally have to accept that I need to toss a couple Elementals and a couple Bottombumpers. One of my flip cover is dead, at least two of the inserts are stinky and ugly to the point that I hate using them. One of my best bottom covers is on its last legs of life. I am so sad about this. It feels like I am losing diapers! Lol.
BUT, my TKCs, my Preston pants, and my piddle poddles fitteds are holding up like no ones business. I even bought a couple of the TKCS used 2 years ago...and they are going strong. A little fabric wear where they attach to the PUL. Some pencil tip sized hotels underneath the soaker here and there. But no where near the issues I am having with my dead diapers. One of my Elementals is literally in tatters...but I hate to toss it! Lol.
I just was surprised how much better my WAHMs held up. I mean, two years of hard wear (through a couple kids) is a good life for a diaper anyway. Especially since I am talking about AIOs or AI2s. I think pockets may live longer. But even my husband commented that they barely are showing wear.
I have always thought that AIOs wear out the fastest, then anything with microfiber (inserts etc). Some brands like Motherease are known for super durability. And flats, prefolds, and anything all-cotton is supposed to last longer than hemp or bamboo.
I am hoping that my large Bottombumpers last M until she is diaper free full time. They seem fine right now but I've heard a few stories of them breaking down after over a year of heavy use. I always unsnap the soaker for washing so I hope that helps. But I am not expecting them to last for a second child.
My Motherease Sandys fitteds have lost just a bit of absorbancy but I don't use them for superabsorbancy anyway, and I like that they dry faster now all my other fitteds are WAHM so I hope your experience holds true for me as well!!