When Maddox was born we used disposable diapers until his umbilical cord fell off. Then we started using G Diapers. I had read a lot online about the all in ones being so big and bulky on newborns so I thought we would just start out with one kind and get more later, which worked out wonderfully.
We really like the G diapers. We had some problems with leaking, but they hardly ever leaked enough that anything got on his clothes. He might have a little wet spot on the leg and that was about it. So we had to change the G pants but not his entire outfit. They are a little more involved with getting them ready to go. There is a plastic liner you have to snap into the pants and then you put the cloth insert into that liner. It's nice because if nothing got on the pants you can reuse them by snapping in a new plastic liner and cloth insert. They are also really convenient because you can not only use cloth inserts but they have disposable as well so those are great to use at night. And they are SUPER cute and a lot more slim cut than normal cloth diapers.
He was in the small size so he eventually grew out of those, like one day they fit and the next they didn't! I wanted to try a few different brands so I ordered FuzziBunz, bumGenius, Charlie Banana, Cutey Baby and Trend Lab. All of these diapers are available at Target or Babie R Us (thank you to ALL who gave us gift cards!!) We also still have a few G diapers that we got as a gift and he still wears those at night.
FuzziBunz. These were the ones I was most excited about! When I was pregnant these are the ones that I thought sounded the best and they are so adorable. I ordered two, one brown and one green. These are nice because you can adjust the legs and there are snaps to adjust the waist size, there is even a sizing chart included letting you know what adjustments to make for how big your baby is. They also come with one newborn insert and one regular. I put the newborn in first thinking that Maddox was still pretty little and the regular is supposed to work for up to 35 pounds. The newborn insert leaked pretty much immediately...bummer. But once I put the other insert in we haven't had a leak since. Unfortunately I've already had 4 snaps come off of one of the diapers and the snaps are pretty much a pain in the butt to deal with.
bumGenius. These are very similar to the FuzziBunz being an all in one, one size. I ordered two of these as well, both white (BORING! But that's all that was in stock!) For these I ordered the velcro closure. I made the same mistake with these by putting the newborn insert in first, but since switching to the regular insert I haven't had a leak since. I LOVE the velcro closure, its so easy and I feel like with the velcro the waist fits better. Also they have a little tab where you can fold over the velcro when you wash them so that diaper doesn't get connected to anything else.
Charlie Banana. These are also all in one diapers but not one size. They do come in one size and I would have ordered that had it been available. Maddox is still at the bottom of the weight recommendations for the Medium so these should last awhile. These diapers are ok, not anything to rave about in my opinion but they get the job done! These also close with snaps and you can make them a little snugger fit or a little looser. We have had a couple leaks (including a poopy leak, which was a first for us) but I think its mainly due to the fact that they are still a little bit big. The one size has adjustable leg closures which would solve that problem. I had to order this one in white also because it was my only option without ordering a whole pack of them. They have some super cute ones available though. Another good thing about these is that they have disposable inserts too, and you can actually use them with any diaper. I ran out of disposable inserts for my G diapers last week on our trip to Indiana so I put in a cloth insert and then the Charlie Banana disposable on top of that and just had to change the disposable at the airport. Very nice option to have.
Cutey Baby. Not a fan of these. The diaper I ordered is adorable and I do like the fact that the insert is attached to the diaper. Instead of putting the insert into the back or the front of the diaper this one has a hole cut out in the middle of the diaper and the insert is permanently attached to the back which means you don't have to mess with a dirty insert, it just works itself out in the washer. These are a velcro closure which is nice and maybe its just because Maddox is still a little small for this size but I just can't even get the waist to go on tight enough for him. Instead of having tabs to connect the velcro to when you wash them these diapers have you take the velcro tabs off to wash them, which is fine, but I never remember to do it until I'm in the laundry room and then I forget to take the tabs back to Maddox's room and then I can't ever seem to actually use the diaper because I have no tabs for it. I can also see where it would be very easy to lose the tabs (they do give you an extra set)
Trend Lab. These are from Target, I'm not too sure of the brand, if its Target brand or what. I decided to give these a try because they are very inexpensive, at $12.99 I thought they were worth a shot! One thing I like about these before getting them was that they are made specifically for boys or girls. They are more absorbent in the front for boys and more absorbent in the middle for girls, awesome! Only when I got them though did I realize that more absorbent just meant thicker!! These things are BULKY! The insert just snaps onto the diaper which is nice, no stuffing required, they are also a snap closure. To be honest we have not had one leak with this diaper (I do use it a little less than my favorites though!) but with that being said this is for sure a hanging at home diaper, its just so bulky. It works, its just not cute :)
So to wrap it up (I'm sure you're ready for that!) Here is my list of favorite to least favorite
1. bumGenius - no leaks, easy to use
2. G Diapers - a little more involved in prep than the all in ones, easy to clean
3. FuzziBunz - no leaks, do not like the snaps
4. Charlie Banana - not too many leaks, easy to use
5. Trend Lab - no leaks, too bulky
6. Cutey Baby - can't get tight enough, velcro closure a hassle
In general the all in ones are more bulky, although I feel like the bumGenius and FuzziBunz do a great job of getting the slimmest fit possible. Also, in general, the all in ones are more difficult to clean the poopy off. With the G diapers you just had an insert to clean off and then you had a plastic liner you could wrap the wet insert in to avoid getting dirty water all over the bathroom. The all in ones are more difficult to clean off just because you are cleaning a bigger area and they get full of water, and poopy water + dripping = YUCK. Oh, and we also have a toilet sprayer I don't know what we do without it! If you're thinking of cloth diapering I command you to get one. I was going to say highly suggest, but I feel more strongly about it than that!
So thats my experience and two cents about these brands. Cloth diapering is really not to difficult, I suggest that if you can, you at least give it a try. People think we're nuts for using cloth diapers, but I really think its all about what you're used to, if you've only ever used disposables then it might be a little hard to switch, but if you start out with cloth you won't even think about the difference. For me its just now part of my routine everyday to wash diapers and get them ready for the day and it saves me the time and money it takes to run out and get diapers every time we need them. Just something to think about :-)