Thursday, April 19, 2012

Our New Cloth Diaper Comparison Chart Helps You Choose the Best Cloth Diapers for Your Family

We've created this chart as a quick way to compare the best features of various styles and brands of cloth diapers we sell. We're often asked, "what are the best cloth diapers?", but we've found that the answer is different for almost every family. These are just our opinions, based on 13 years of experience in helping parents choose the right cloth diapers. See also our recently-created baby carrier comparison chart. Yeah charts!
Our chart will be revised as we add new products, so be sure to visit the chart's official page here.
Confused? Attend one of our free cloth diaper classes!

Cloth Prefolds, Flat, & Fitted Diapers with Covers

1. Prefolds, Flats & Fitteds

Cotton Diaper Service Quality (DSQ) Prefolds are designed to be washed again and again. Flat cotton diapers are made out of the same birdseye weave cotton, but must be folded down to each time you use them. Fitted diapers have elastic and snaps built into them and are excellent at containing messes. Each of these styles of cloth diapers are not waterproof and must be used under your favorite waterproof diaper cover.
Product & Material Ease of Use Sizing Cost Leak Prevention

DurabilityBest Feature
DSQ Prefolds

★ ★ Newborn, Infant & Regular $ ★ ★ ★
(much better with a Snappi
or pins)
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Super durable and also handy to use as burp cloths or changing
Organic DSQ Prefolds

Organic Cotton
★ ★ Infant & Regular $$ ★ ★ ★
(much better with a Snappi
or pins)
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Same as our conventional diapers except certified organic.
Organic Hemp and Cotton Prefolds

Hemp + Organic Cotton
★ ★ Small/Medium + Medium/Large $$ ★ ★★ ★ ★★★★ Hemp fibers hold moisture better than cotton, especially when compressed.
Organic Cotton and Bamboo Prefolds
Organic Cotton + Bamboo Rayon
Small + Medium $$ Very soft and super absorbent prefolds
Birdseye Flat Diapers
One Size $ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Dries quickly. Best diaper for line drying.
Thirsties Duo Fitteds
microfiber / fleece
★ ★ Two Sizes $$ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Microfiber diaper contains messes.

2. Diaper Covers

Each of the diapers above require a diaper cover as a waterproof layer. If you're using cotton prefolds, we recommend 6 diaper covers, which can each be used on average 2-3 times before washing. This will give you enough diaper covers so that you can wash every other day.
Product & Material Ease of Use Sizing Cost Leak Prevention Durability Best Feature
Bummis Super Whisper Wraps
★ ★ Four Sizes $ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Features a softer, cloth-like feel on the inside.
★ ★ Four Sizes $ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Affordable cover with leg gussets.
Thirsties Duo Covers
★ ★ Two Sizes $ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Two-size system requires half as many covers.
Sweet Pea Diaper Covers
Newborn + One Size $ Affordable and durable covers with leg gussets and unique 2x2 snap pattern on the one-size cover.
bumGenius Flip
One Size $$ One-size system compatible with a wide variety of inserts.

All-in-One Diapers

All-In-One (AIO) Cloth Diapers are the easiest to use cloth diapers available. AIOs have a waterproof cover and absorbant liner sewn together in one convenient piece. As easy to use as a disposable but much more economical.
Product & Material Ease of Use Sizing Cost Leak Prevention Durability Best Feature
bumGenius Freetime
PUL + fleece + microfiber
One Size $$$$ One-size All-in-One designed to dry faster than other AIOs.
Swaddlebees Simplex 2.0 AIOs
PUL + cotton
Three Sizes $$$$ Super cute, great fitting cotton AIO with pocket option
Swaddlebees Simplex Stay-Dry One-Size AIOs
PUL + cotton + fleece
One Size $$$ Super cute, one-size cotton AIO with pocket option & stay-dry liner
Thirsties Duo AIOs
PUL + fleece + microfiber
Two Sizes $$ Two sizes fit newborns and toddlers better. Features a channel to stuff extra inserts as needed. Bright colors and patterns.
bumGenius Newborn All-in-Ones
PUL + fleece + microfiber
Newborn only $$$ Easy to use All-in-One that fits very well on newborns.

Pocket Diapers

Pocket diapers are cloth diapers made out of three parts: A waterproof cover (usually PUL) sewn to an inside pocket made out of lightweight polyester fleece. A removable microfiber insert is the absorbant part of the diaper. Stuff the microfiber into the fleece "pocket" before use and then remove it before washing. It's a bit more work to stuff and unstuff pockets, but we scored them a little higher on ease of use because they're pretty easy once they're stuffed. The advantage of this design is that moisture wicks away through the fleece from baby's skin to be absorbed by the microfiber inside the pocket.
Product & Material Ease of Use Sizing Cost Leak Prevention Durability Best Feature
bumGenius 4.0 pocket diapers
PUL outer, fleece pocket, microfiber insert
One Size $$$ One-size pocket diaper available in snap or velcro.

Hybrid Diapers

Hybrid cloth diaper systems offer the choice of using cloth or disposable inserts.
Product & Material Ease of Use Sizing Cost Leak Prevention Durability Best Feature
Cotton shell + waterproof pouch + cotton/hemp/microfiber or disposable insert
Three sizes $$$$ Versatile system can be used with reusable cloth inserts or with biodegradable disposable inserts.
Flip Disposable Inserts
The bumGenius Flip system also offers disposable inserts which are designed to fit inside Flip diaper covers. These inserts can also be used with any of our other diaper covers listed above.

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*PUL is an abbreviation of Polyurethane Laminate.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

New Cloth Diaper Washing Instructions

What microfibers look like up close. This design makes them incredibly absorbant, but it takes a lot of water to rinse clean.
We've recently updated our cloth diaper washing guidelines based on new research conducted by the Real Diaper Association. Thanks to the RDA, we've been learning a lot about different cloth diaper fibers and how to clean them best. (Did you know that microfiber under a microscope looks like a hollow tube with pie-shaped wedges?)

The biggest change is that we are now recommending a warm water cycle for the first washing instead of a cold water cycle. And on the second wash, be sure to use plenty of hot water with the correct amount of detergent. (Even with microfiber, using less detergent will not lead to cleaner diapers.)

RDA created a handy pdf that simplifies everything and a Laundry Science page with more in-depth answers for solving cloth diaper laundry problems. As always, stop into the store or give us a call if you have questions!

A few products that help keep cloth diapers clean:

Odor Eliminator

Bum Genius
Diaper Sprayer

Rockin Green Classic
Rock Remix Detergent

Our Best Travel Toy Recommendations

We've been working on developing a list of our best travel toy recommendations, which is something we get asked about a lot in the store.

What is a good travel toy? A good travel to should be self-contained, portable, small, lightweight, safe and fun. Our recommendations are based on the age of your child, since their interests and abilities change dramatically over time. In general, younger children need lots of little interesting items while older kids enjoy portable activity kits designed for longer play. Explore our recommendations for ages 0-3 years, 3-5 years, and 5+ years.

We asked our followers on Facebook to share their favorite travel toys, too. Their recommendations include: Books, masking tape; a spiral-bound drawing pad and crayons/ colored pencils; books on CD; coloring sets where you fill the "marker" with plain water; rocks, sticks and plastic hotel cups; "Scratch & Sketch" books; "Guess and Know" books, Travel Bingo; a tray for the car seat or lap; and Sakol velcro blocks. More great ideas!

Here's some of our favorite travel toys:

Box Set Airplane and Airport Portable Wood Playset

Airplanes Magnetic Design Set by Mudpuppy

Educo Train Magnetic Maze

Baby Paper

eeBoo Elodie & Naomi Musician & Artist Paper Dolls

Sophie la Girafe Natural Latex Baby Toy

Monday, April 16, 2012

Press Release: Great Cloth Diaper Change on 4/21 -- World Record Attempt

Local Businesses Team up to Break World Record in Support of Cloth Diapering

ST. PAUL, MN: On Saturday, April 21, local business owners and cloth diaper advocates will team up with over 305 other sites in 16 countries around the world in an attempt to break the record for the most cloth diapers changed at the same moment.

The event, dubbed The Great Cloth Diaper Change, seeks to promote the environmental and health benefits of cloth diapering. "Cloth diapering has been a growing trend for several years", said Brittany Kubricky, co-owner of ,BabyLove an Eagan business which teaches classes about cloth diapering. "Parents are looking for ways to be more environmentally-friendy," she added, "and cloth diapers are a big part of that."

Peter Allen, owner of Do Good Diapers in Minneapolis, a cloth diaper service, agrees. "Whether you have clean diapers delivered by a service or wash them yourself, they're a lot easier than they used to be." Allen, who also serves on the board the Real Diaper Industry Association, a national trade group of cloth diaper businesses, added, "Once they get started, parents really see the benefits of cloth diapering. Not only are they greener, but they're a lot more affordable than disposables".

Millie Adelsheim, the owner of Peapods Natural Toys and Baby Care, the host of the event, said, "We're really excited to host the Great Cloth Diaper Change. We see it not just as a world record attempt, but as a celebration of cloth diapers. We hope it'll be a lot of fun." Adelsheim, who's been selling cloth diapers at her St. Paul store since 1999, added, "Cloth Diapers have come a long way in the past 13 years. We have so many more great choices available now."

Other participating local businesses in the diaper change event will be Amanda Erickson, owner of And All That Scrap, a local cloth diaper maker; Jenene Johnson, owner of Sign2Say, a Baby Sign Language educator; and Megan Crown of Megan Crown Photography, a local birth, child, and family photographer. Interested participants should preregister at