As many people start into cloth diapering, the choices are endless and completely overwhelming at times. At least, I know it was for me. I started with pockets b/c from what I read online it seemed like the best choice. I quickly realized they weren’t a great fit for my super skinny son. I found Diaper Pin shortly after and the world of CDs had opened up! I dabbled with lots of different things – AIOs of various brands, fitteds, other pockets, PFs, snaps, aplix, PUL, fleece, and the list goes on and on. This is about the time we started having issues with our wash routine (crummy well water paired with an even crummier washer) and the thick, multi layered diapers just wouldn’t get clean enough!
One thing I never thought to try, and honestly didn’t really know existed was a flat diaper. Looking at them they are pretty ‘Plain Jane’ and many people thought I was crazy to give up all the new fangled ones and replace them with flats. It made washing so much easier though so I made a point to try and make it work (I still had my doubts). I started with pinning them which worked well, but a bit time consuming with two in diapers. That’s when I discovered pad folding! It was so easy to change a diaper – even more so than some of the pockets and fitteds!
I still had a pretty good mix of other things and my husband asked me if I could just stick with one or two systems since he was getting a bit confused and was scared he was going to mess something up. I decided to stick with flats because they were the only thing I could get stink free at the time. I stocked up on PUL covers from FSOT and off we went! (Wool and fleece are also options, just not in our main rotation).
Two and a half years later with baby #3 using the same covers and diapers we are still going strong. We use them full time – day and night, home and away. There are so many benefits that I don’t think I could ever list them all but here are some of the reasons why they are the only diaper in our system now:
- Inexpensive (mine paid for themselves within a couple weeks of use – that was over 2 years ago!)
- Durable -Fit a wide range of shapes and sizes
- Very absorbent
- Easy to wash
- Dry fast (either on the line or in the dryer being both time and energy saving)
- Can abuse them with little worry – super hot water, bleach, ironing if major disinfecting is needed, etc. You can even tie-dye them for fun!
- Can be used with pins, a snappi, or just laid in a cover as a form of an all-in-two
- Multi purpose – what other diaper is there that can double as: snot rags (as my husband calls them), post partum mama cloth, towels, blankets, nursing covers, aprons/smocks, sun shades, dust rags, blindfolds, use them for peek-a-boo, forts, super hero capes, and the list goes on and on! You are only limited by your imagination
Truly, they are an awesome diaper to try, even if they are “old fashioned.” When placing your order consider throwing a few in… you can’t go wrong! If they don’t work as diapers there are so many other things you can use them for you are bound to get your money’s worth no problem. They even have a good resale value! If your child doesn’t do well with wetness against their skin you can always add a fleece liner to help keep them dry (an easy and inexpensive way to do it is to buy your own from the craft store and cut it into whatever size and shape works best for you).
Also note that there are different sizes – usually small or large. Smalls are great for itty bitty babies and as doublers later on. The larges work for any size really, but best for around 15 lbs and up. There are also better quality ones which make a big difference. The Gerber ones you can find at most big box stores just don’t compare. Online stores like Little Lions, Green Mountain Diapers, and Diaper Rite are good places to start. Check out the product reviews for flats at Diaper Pin.
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