Posted by Erin Kortering on January 03, 2004 at 11:28:38:
In Reply to: Re: Need help choosing waterproof covers posted by KarenC on January 03, 2004 at 11:03:49:
Karen - I really appreciate your 2 cents worth. =) I have been all around the spectrum since deciding to use cloth diapers. I have finally discovered that what ever system I use will need to have flexibility b/c our little one will grow and change in needs. I need to relax a bit and enjoy the process or else I am afraid I will go nuts. =)
I do have a couple more questions for you if you don't mind. On the Diaper Pin review section I have read good things about ME and Bummis covers. Because they have velcro closures and gussets, is it o.k. to just use a soaker or contour diaper? Does the diaper need to be fitted in order to keep the dirties contained? If I decide to use fitted, do they need to have velcro or will the cover hold it in place?
My original thoughts were to sew up a bunch of fitted diapers with velcro, several soakers for added protection on errands or overnight, and maybe a few polar fleece liners to have on hand. I would buy Whisper Pants for during the day and maybe a couple PUL covers for nightime. Until I get a hang of it, I will make sure the baby is on a waterproof pad at night. =) I will BF and plan on using a 3 hour system for feeding, changing, and sleeping. From my research this should be sufficient until the baby gets older and sleeps longer. If you see any blaring mistakes, please let me know!
Erin - age 25: soon to be mother of "Thumper"
: All I can say about cheap covers is to be careful. Don't buy too many (like stocking up on larger sizes) just in case they don't work out. Many covers you buy in regular stores seem cheap at the outset but then end up ripping within weeks and you have to buy more. They also tend to be more difficult to use as most are pull-ons (if poop gets on the cover you have to drag the yucky cover down their legs!), less comfortable (many leave red marks) and much less adjustable (because there's no velcro or snaps to shut slightly bigger or smaller).
: If you can swing it at all I would highly recomend going with good quality covers like Mother-Ease (Bummis are good also and slightly cheaper, but not quite as good imo). In my experience they last forever so that you can either reuse them on other children or sell them and get a good portion of your money back. It may not seem worth the money at first (I didn't think so either) but most people find that the difference in quality, fit, leak-proofness and durability is more than worth it. Especially since you can sell them on eBay (or bulletin boards like this one) afterward.
: Maybe you could use cheaper covers for when your baby is very young and growing very quickly and then invest in something more expensive when they'll be able to wear them longer? When my son was about 9 months I started using my size large Airflows and he's still wearing them now at a couple of months shy of 3 years. Granted he could have fit in a smaller size at first, I already had the large, tried them and they worked just fine (never leaked!). So I've gotten (so far) over 2 years worth of wear from these covers and that's just on my son (they were already used fairly regularly on my daughter for about a year before that!).
: You could also maybe use the cheaper covers during the day but buy one (or two) good ones to use during the night when being leak-proof is very important.
: Just my 2 cents,