Choosing a diaper system that is best suited for you can be subjective as much as it is objective. If you were to ask five different people which one you should choose you are likely get five different answers. No one can tell you what's best for you because it solely depends on you and your baby's needs and/or preferences. We feel that a balanced approach utilizing a little bit of all that is available will give you a good sense of what works best for you. From there, you will likely be more resolute and decisive when it comes to what you want.
1) How many diapers will I need to get started?
There is no definitive answer to this question because it can depend on several factors; however, we feel like the breakdown provided below will work for most, especially if you plan to wash every other day. Of course if you wash daily you can get by with less but in our opinion it's not very practical. Don't forget that you start out with a smaller quantity at first to gauge what works best for you and your child and then scale up as needed.
· Newborn - 4 months: 12 to 18 diapers
· 4 - 10 months: 8 to 14 diapers
· 10 months - Potty Training: 6 to 10 diapers
2) Which diapering system is the most economical?
The prefold and diaper cover combination is by far the most economical. The "one-size" diapering system is second in line. One key distinction between the two is that even though one-size diapers last through potty training they are not great for newborns. Once your baby reaches 12 lbs (2-3 months old) you can then make a successful transition.
3) Which cloth diaper system is as easy as disposables?
The quick answer is the All-In-Ones, Pocket Diapers or even a combination with the Hybrid disposables. However, don't let convenience, or perceived convenience, be the driving factor unless money is no object. With a little practice and patience you will find that any system you use will be as easy to use as disposables.
4) Which system works best for newborns?
All-In-Ones (AIO) or pocket diapers work great, but a contour, fitted or standard prefold with a diaper cover yields similar results.
5) Which system works best for containing a mess!?
Fitted diapers are great for containing messy poops (i.e. ones from breastfed babies). The stretchy snug fit around the thighs and back keeps the messes well contained. Paired with a cover with double gussets gives you triple protection against messes!
6) Which system works best for night time?
We found that a pocket diaper works very well. All you have to do is add two inserts for night time. For very heavy wetters maybe a third insert (doubler) is necessary. We found that two inserts held up well through the night especially since our little guy wanted all he can eat buffet and nursed all through the night.
7) Which system is the most durable?
All the diapers we carry are of top quality and the most respected brands available. They are all very well made and durable. The rest will depend on how they are cared for. The prefolds can last for 5 years! Pocket diapers and all-in ones tend to last 3 years. Diaper covers can range anywhere from 6-8 months.
8) Which system is best? Snaps or Velcro/Aplix
This is more personal preference than anything else. Both are effective and work very well; however, snaps will likely last longer than velcro. We only say this from experience in using velcro on other products unrelated to cloth diapers. Velcro on diapers is definitely easier to use.
9) Which brand of cloth diapers has a better chance to resale? Which one would fetch the most money?
We don't have first-hand experience in this since we're fairly new. We've asked the same question and we've been told that bumGenius and FuzziBunz can be sold for up to 60% of their retail price if cared for properly. Jack Be Natural is working on a consignment page where we can facilitate these transactions and get some hard data.