Here's one-month old Cormac and 2.5 year old Finn in their matching BumGenius 4.0s.
Finn rocked these diapers from about 10 days of age until 27 months when we potty-trained. He now still wears one overnight, which we refer to as a "cover", because big boys don't wear diapers, don'tcha know? But babies do, and the big question is, after all of that use, how well do our diapers fit an itty bitty baby?
Although our diapers are miraculously absolutely stain-free and without a single hole, tear, or damaged snap, the elastic responsible for a tight fit around the legs and back (responsible for that "no-blowouts" promise that cloth diapers come with), was a bit stretched out. This is partially due to general wear, but probably also due to the bleach that I use in every other wash (details on how we wash our diapers here and here).
Left: One of Finn's diapers after 2.5 years of use. Right: Brand new diaper. Both unsnapped to largest settings. Notice how the three elastics (two sides and back) on the left diaper are pretty shot.
Luckily, there is an easy fix. There are lots of tutorials online for replacing your own elastic, but I'm just not a seamstress and so I sent them off to be repaired. The shop I used, Tinkle Traps, did a fantastic job. For about $3 a diaper I had brand new elastic put in. Tammy even sent me a photo of my repaired diapers before she mailed them back to me... and they were in rainbow order, be still my heart.
Left: Used diaper with shot elastic. Right: Used diaper with repaired elastic (you'll notice it looks a whole lot like the brand new one above).
And just like that they were like new again, just in time for Cormac's arrival.
Here he is in his first cloth diaper at three weeks old.
We skipped the newborn BumGenius diapers and used Honest disposable diapers until the one-size 4.0 diapers fit. Because my boys are pretty big (born at 8.5+ lbs) and fit into the one-size diapers so soon, the newborn diapers just aren't worth it for us. There is also just SO much going on in those first few weeks, and so many helping hands changing diapers, that I think it makes a lot of sense to wait on using cloth until the dust settles a bit. Plus the Honest diapers are pretty darn cute.
The only other diaper purchase that I made for baby #2 was a new set of cloth wipes. Our first set (handmade by a friend out of flannel receiving blankets) is still usable, but they're not as nice and soft as they used to be. I bought 32 new handmade flannel wipes from Etsy seller Lover of Life Designs.
They are thick and soft and way too pretty to be wiping bums, but that's what I'm using them for. They are really amazing quality and I highly recommend this seller.
Here's a quick rundown of the supplies we're still using from our first go round:
*bumGenius One-Size Snap Closure Cloth Diaper 4.0 We have 28, 4 of which are left at the largest setting for Finn, 24 at a smaller setting for Cormac. This allows us to wash diapers every third day.
*Trash can for a diaper pail.
*Hemp Inserts used underneath the microfiber insert for overnight.
*Pail liners to line the trash can (diaper pail). We have two so one is always clean.
*Rockin' Green Detergent I am partial to the Motley Clean scent.
*Bac-Out sprayed on every dirty diaper.
*Wipe spray: water, witch hazel, and California Baby Diaper Area Wash mixed into a spray bottle.
When I was new to the world of cloth diapering, I thought the idea of reusing diapers on even one child was kind of icky, let alone using the same set for two kids. But now I think it's pretty awesome, good both economically and for the environment.
And Cormac doesn't mind.