Choosing Cloth Diapers: My Cloth Diapering Plan


Introduction: Choosing Cloth Diapers

Choosing Cloth Diapers: Econobum

Choosing Cloth Diapers: Bum Genius 3.0 One Size

Choosing Cloth Diapers: Flip One Size Diaper System

Bum Genius
After testing these 3 diapers, the Econobum, Bum Genius and Flip, I feel like I’m educated myself on some of the cloth diapering options as well as boosted my confidence in my ability to successfully cloth diaper!
I’ve come to a few conclusions:

1. I really like cloth diapers and I don’t think they’ll be difficult to use!

2. The Flip Diaper is great! I love the the cover can be reused several times by placing in clean inserts! My plan is to get another 2 Flip covers and about 7 more inserts. (That would make my total 3 covers and  12 inserts with the inserts essentially giving me 12 changes!)

3. I really like the convenience factor of the Bum Genius diaper! It is so easy to use, I don’t think it would be hard to ask our parents or babysitters to change these diapers when we are not with our baby (all they have to do is fold them up like a disposable…we would worry about cleaning up the solid waste later!) The downside of this diaper is the fact that the cover is not reusable so 1 diaper and insert equals 1 change. My plan is to purchase about 3 of these one size diapers! (That would make my total of the Bum Genius One Size 4 diapers!)

4. At this point I don’t  plan on purchasing another Econobum diaper or insert but I definitely will use the one I have. I also plan on trying out the Flip inserts in the Econobum cover!

5. I’ve heard great things about the Fuzzi Bunz OneSize Cloth diaper and I plan to test it one out and then I’ll decide if I want to purchase more.

6. I am going to try some Gerber prefolds with the Econobum and Flip cover! I already have several and I plan on giving them a try, I’ll probably double them since the ones I have are thin!

So with the 3 Flip covers and 12 inserts, the 4 Bum Genius diapers, the Econobum cover and insert, and the Fuzzi Bunz One-Size diaper I will have 18 changes for our little guy. (I’ve been told having about 18-20 is a good number.) I figure this is a good starting point!

The total cost for me to purchase all of these diapers (minus shipping…which was free when I ordered the diapers I tested):

3-Flip Diaper Systems (with 1 cover/insert) @ $16.95 =$50.85
9-Flip Inserts @$4.95 =$44.55
4-Bum Genius 3.0 All-in-One @ $17.95 = $71.80
1-Econobum @ $8.95
Total: $195.10

I think $195.10 is amazing considering that all of these diapers are one-size diapers and should be able to be worn through potty training! It gets even better when you take into account that we will use them with any future children we are blessed with!

**Depending on my review and opinion of the Fuzzi Bunz One-Size diaper, my diapering plan is subject to change!

I do realize that for the first couple of weeks I’ll probably need to use disposables or purchase a couple small fitted diapers because even on the smallest setting these will be very large on a newborn. I also plan to use disposables when I leave him in the nursery at church so I will have diapering costs that are greater than $195.10 but I am confident I’ll be saving a ton of money over the next 2-3 years!

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9 Replies to “Choosing Cloth Diapers: My Cloth Diapering Plan”

    1. I’m glad you enjoyed reading about the cloth diapers!! I am excited about cloth diapering…at least for now, we’ll see what my opinion is in a few months!!

      I will be praying for you and Keith!!

  1. I’ve been pretty happy with bumGenius so far, I have 11 and a couple other brands that I borrowed. I really need to get a few more because I end up using about 2-3 disposables every day, but I’m using the seventh generation diapers so I don’t feel too bad. It’s true though about bumGenius that it’s a tad inconvenient that when it gets soiled you have to wash the whole thing. But the fit is great and I don’t have any leak issues. I haven’t heard of the Flip diaper before, but I think I will have to look into it because I want something where I can change out inserts.

    1. I’m happy to hear that you haven’t had any leaking issues with the Bum Genius…that makes me feel even better! I think you’d like the Flip…it is basically the Bum Genius with a reusable cover (in my opinion!)

  2. Rachel,
    Have you considered contacting some of the companies whose diapers you are interested in and asking if they’d like you to do a review? The worst they could do is say no, and the best would be giving you extras for a blog giveaway. Your faithful readers sure would appreciate it! There are probably many companies with goods you could easier review, like baby toiletries manufacturers or sellers, etc. Etsy companies might also be interested.

    1. I honestly had not thought about that but it’s a really good idea! You’re right, it doesn’t hurt to ask! Thanks for the suggestion and motivation…we’ll see if it pays off! 🙂

  3. Rachel,

    I would consider buying a set of the econobum. We have three in diapers right now a newborn, 1 year old and 2 yr old. I just bought an econobum set a couple weeks ago and wish they had that when we first started. They aren’t so great for the newborn stage (lots of bulk) but I love them for my other kids. I hate the flip system I order 4 of them and really disappionted. I LOVE the bumGenius one size pocket diapers though. All in ones are great too. Fuzzi bunz are wonderful although I haven’t tried their one size dipe yet.
    Congrats on your new baby.

  4. Hi Rachel! I am stopping over from the Relevant Conference page. I am going to Relevant too and thought your blog sounded interesting since I am into a lot of the same things myself! (Alas, I do not sew, as much as I hope I will have the time and patience to learn one day). I cloth diaper as well and just wanted to share a tip to help them last longer: unsnap all the snaps before washing so they don't "pull and tug" in the machine. This has caused my snap diapers to wear out (and get holes in many cases) far before I felt they should have. Maybe you already heard this before I don't know. If so then good for you! Anyway, stop by and check out my blog when you have time. I'm not on the attendee page yet…one of these days! Have a great week. Leah

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