When I was pregnant with Juliana, I decided that I would use cloth diapers for her. Even though it is better for the environment, I have to admit that my main motivation for using them is that it is a less expensive alternative to disposable diapers.
After doing much research into diapers, I decided to use BumGenius. I would have liked to use a French brand, but I could not find enough reviews to determine which one to use. The cost of imported cloth diapers from the US is the same as the French ones, so I decided to go with what I knew.
I do not know anyone here that uses cloth. In fact, I think my husband’s family thinks I am a bit crazy. I do not think they are as popular in France as in the USA, but the green movement is gaining momentum here and more women are doing the switch.
I ordered BumGenius v3, organic all-in-ones and organic Flips online. I did not order newborn sizes because it would have been a huge investment for something she would grow out of quickly. Instead, we used disposables for her first two weeks and then switched to her cloth diapers. They fit her, but looked huge. My mother even made a comment on one of her photos that it looked like she had a very large bum. So even though she looked a bit ridiculous, they worked.
I much prefer using cloth diapers over disposable. We never run out, we rarely have a leak and Juliana looks comfortable in them. During her first 8 weeks, I had to do the laundry every day to keep up with her. We do not have a dryer and the sun is rarely out for them to sun dry.I have to dry them on the wall heaters around the house.
We ordered a few more inserts so now I do the laundry every other day. We have 2 BumGenius organic v3, 3 organic all-in-ones, 6 Flip covers and 12 inserts.
Of the three versions, we prefer the Flips. We go through one or two covers per day and 4 to 6 inserts. It is much more convenient to just remove the insert, swipe the inside of the shell with a wipe, and then place a new insert inside. It is less laundry than using the all-in-ones and they air dry much quicker.
The all-in-ones seem to wear out inside more and they take forever to dry. Since she uses the diapers on its smallest setting, there is a lot of excess padding inside of the diaper that you must fold up in the front for each changing. The positive side of these diapers is that they are similar to using a disposable, so it is easy for family or babysitters to learn.
We rarely ever use the v3. These diapers require you to place the inserts inside a pocket. It takes an extra couple minutes to place the insert and and then you will have to change the entire diaper, not just the insert.You might as well use the all-in-ones.
I would like to try other brands as well to see what they are like, especially since BumGenius diapers are only available in a limited number of colors. But as we stand, there really is not a need to buy more. We have plenty of diapers and these will last us a long time. They work very well, are comfortable – so no need to look any further.
We spent about 250 euros on them. Even if you count the extra water and electric we use from doing the wash, we are still saving thousands of dollars. Plus, I have read about many women who used the same set of diapers for all their children… bought them for one and saved them each time a new baby came along. Not bad! I bought all my diapers from Tim-Tam Nature during one of their sales. If you become a Facebook fan of them, you will periodically see offers for discounts on BumGenius. I usually get my orders within a week of placing them.
I do not have experience with any other cloth diaper, so it is hard for me to say who is best. But at least I can tell you that BumGenius has really worked for me and I can recommend these diapers. As with any cloth diaper, remember to wash them without softener and use the sun to bleach the poo stains out. And say good-bye to running to the store at all hours because you used up your last diaper.