Now only Bitty A is in cloth diaper, since Little a decided to potty train herself. Gotta love an ambitious chica! Regardless, my diaper stash is about the same, with a few extra prefolds and covers added in.
Big A is officially out of night time diapering, WOOT! I didn’t think we’d ever get that bedtime routine down, but it finally clicked for him. Hang in there potty-training parents! It eventually happens!
I don’t normally post stuff like this, but I’ve become rather fond of my little stash that I have accumulated over the nearly 4 years that I’ve been cloth diapering.
When I first began cloth diapering, I had no idea what I was doing. Big A was only a month old and his father and I quickly discovered that disposable diapers were eating away at our already tight budget.
So I sought out the kind of cloth diapers we could quickly afford on our limited budget. These are often referred to as “China cheapies”, because they’re inexpensive diapers manufactured in China. The brands I chose were KerrBear Kids (KBK) and Kawaii. Both brands were very inexpensive compared to other cloth diaper brands (roughly $8 per diaper) and they came in some pretty adorable prints. When I ordered my Kawaii diapers, I opted for one of their company’s ‘bundle packages‘, which provided me with about 12 pocket one size pocket diapers at a much cheaper rate. I spent roughly $90 on the bundle, but they offer other package deals that you can choose from.
While I wasn’t exactly thrilled with these two brands, for various reasons, they have served my family and I well for the time that we have used them. I still have quite a few of the ones I originally started off with, over 3 1/2 years ago, and they’re only now beginning to show wear, despite being on a very steady rotation. Now that they’re old and have seen some wear, I use them as overnight diapers for Big A and Little a, who are both mostly potty trained, but still have some issues at night.
The picture above shows a KBK pocket one size on the left and a Kawaii pocket one size on the right.
In comparing Kawaii cloth diapers and KBK cloth diapers, I would have to say that Kawaii are my favorites. Both brands offer positives, which makes it a hard choice, but after 3 1/2 years of using both, the Kawaii’s have held up the best and have provided the best absorbency, which are both huge pluses in my book. If all you’re looking for is a cloth diaper to get you through one child, then KBK’s will serve you nicely. For me, though, I was looking for a brand that would last me beyond my first child and Kawaii’s have proven to do just that.
Now on to the negatives…
One of the biggest negatives I have with both Kawaii and KBK is that their diapers are manufactured in China. While I have no qualms with ordering items from overseas, I do worry about the work conditions the factory workers dealt with while creating my diapers.
The next biggest issues, and this deals mostly with KBK diapers, is that they’re not made from natural fibers. When I first started cloth diapering, I wasn’t too concerned about the make or fiber quality of the diapers. I just wanted something that would last my child until he/she were potty trained and something that would help save me some money. Both KBK and Kawaii fulfilled those needs. However, as I began researching the different fibers that are used to make cloth diapers, I became more picky about the diapers I purchased in the future.
My concern about fiber came full force when I discovered that Big A had what appeared to be a sensitivity to synthetic fibers. He would get hives along his “manly bits” anytime he wore the KBK diapers, which are made of PUL and microfiber. I eventually figured out that his allergy seemed to be to microfiber. Thankfully, when I had ordered the Kawaii diapers, I ordered them in cotton, so he was able to wear Kawaii diapers for the rest of his diapering days.
If you’re looking for an inexpensive diaper that will last you roughly 2 children and is of decent quality, then Kawaii’s are my recommendation. They even come in cotton and bamboo, if you’re concerned about synthetic fibers like I am.
Now on to the rest of my stash…
Here’s a shot of a good portion of the diapers and covers that I use. I use a variety of diapering styles and methods. In the picture, the top arching row of diapers are the majority of the Kawaii’s and KBK diapers I own. I had more, but over time, I’ve sold or traded some.
The little pink one below all of my KBK’s and Kawaii’s is a Kissaluv countour fitted. It’s made out of 10% polyester and 90% cotton, so not a completely natural fibered diaper like I want, but it works great for my chunky thighed toddlers. You can find other really cute diapers and fitteds on Kissaluv’s website.
If you thought the little diaper on the left was a TARDIS, you were correct! I don’t normally delve into my nerdiness on this blog, but I’m a huge Whovian and have been for years! When I saw this diaper, I just knew I had to have it.
It’s a hemp AIO (all-in-one) one size made by a Tulsa, Oklahoma (semi-local for me) WAHM. Her company is called Pitter Patter Stitches. Isn’t that business tag just adorable? Anyway, I am really in love with this diaper. I’m a huge fan of hemp and I’m already sold on it being a wonderful diaper fiber. You can also follow Pitter Patter Stitches on Facebook.
The white cloths on the sides are flour sack towels. I use these like you would use flats. However, I have found them to be far more superior to the cheapo Gerber brand flats you can buy at WalMart. You can purchase flour sack towels at Amazon, Target, and WalMart. Amazon even offers unbleached flour sack towels. Most of mine I purchased used from a local lady, but you can get them for less than $1 a piece. They fit newborn all the way up to my very chunky thighed 2 and 3 year olds. These are super convenient because I can just throw them in my regular wash and not have to worry about any fancy wash routines.
The blues and browns are all wool diaper covers that I made myself from upcycled sweaters. I’ve also made wool menstrual pads and wool nursing pads, as seen in the picture above, but I’ll talk about those another time. By the way, my upcycled nursing pads will be listed on my Etsy shop very soon.
These woolies are for Bitty A. Some are roughly newborn to 3 months old, while others are more medium sized.
These little wool longies are probably my favorite. They’re made from the sleeves of an angora and cashmere sweater. Sooooo soft!
The cute little diaper with the airplane applique is actually a fleece soaker/diaper cover. You would use this over a fitted, flat, or prefold, like you would with the wool covers. This one was made by a local WAHM and I really like it. I still think wool trumps fleece any day, but it’s nice to have because it can just go in with my regular laundry and doesn’t require special washing like wool does.
I have a few other diapers in my stash, like this adorable bamboo fitted. Overall, I have just barely enough to get me through with a newborn and two mostly potty trained toddlers.
When I had Little a, all I had was 18 diapers that I had to use between two kids. Somehow I managed. I did do part-time elimination communication with Little a, which helped save me on washes.
If someone were to ask me what’s my favorite diapering style out of all of my diapers, I would have to say it’s the flour sack towels and wool covers. Very simple. Very old school. But it’s my favorite!
What’s you’re stash look like and what’s your favorite diapering method?