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Time to find a brand…

After all of my research and bouncing from site to site I narrowed my search to  G Diapers or Best Bottoms. After talking to other mothers and Abby from Abby’s Lane I decided on Best Bottoms.

Best Bottoms’ shells can be wiped clean and their inserts snap in. They also tend to run big (from what I heard) and my daughter has a dunk. I decided not to go with G diapers because they have so many parts. You not only have the outside shell, which is all cloth, but a snap in water proof pouch and inserts. G diapers are not cheap and the accessories are not either. I rather just deal with a water proof shell and and insert and keep it moving. 

Since Abby’s Lane does not carry best bottoms I placed my order with Kelly’s Closet and received free shipping and 10% off my first order! However I did not stock up because I only wanted to give them a try. I simply ordered two shells and 6 inserts. Now to wait for my order to arrive…

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I decided not to give up…

A few mothers suggested that I contact Abby’s Lane of Alexandria or Fluff-N-Stuff Baby of Waldorf for advice and to even take a cloth diapering class. So I did just that!

I visited Abby’s Lane website and read all the information on the Cloth 101 page. I had no clue there were soooo many various types of cloth diapering options after reading over all of the options I decided on All in Two’s (AL2) for a few reasons:

  1. The outer shells are relatively cheap compared to a pocket or AL1 diaper.
  2. The inside of the shell can be water proof and wiped clean. (meaning I will not have to change the whole diaper with every change just the soiled insert)
  3. Inserts can snap in and out. (so I won’t have to fumble around with pockets)
  4. Inserts cost about 4 dollars each!
  5. Manufacturers suggest about 3 inserts per shell and having about 6-8 shells.(that is not per day that is for full time use!!!!)

I am thinking that if I only go through about 2 shells a day per child with 6-8 shells each and 3 inserts each I would only have to wash every 3-4 days! This is a hell of a lot better then every single night. Now to find a brand that works best for the twins and I…

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The search began and then ENDED!

I reached out to members of a mothers group I am part of here in Southern Maryland called Moms at Play for advice and any brand suggestions. Many suggested Fuzzibunz one size pockets, Thirsties duo wraps and Alvababy. I researched the brands they suggest and the prices and reviews on each. By the looks of it it looked like I was going to have to spend about $22 per diaper! Are you serious!!!!!! for twins that go through about 6-7 diapers each during the day that would be about $308 for a days worth of diapers. That’s just ONE day!!! That means I would have to wash diapers and have they dried EVERY SINGLE NIGHT! “That ain’t happenin!” I would have to spend almost $1,000 to be able to only have to wash every 3 days.

After seeing this I decide cloth diapering was not for me.

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So I decided to go cloth diaper… seems pretty easy

So 6 months later I finally ran out of diapers from my baby shower. After seeing the ridiculous price of a case of Huggies I decided to cloth diaper. Hey, why not? After all cloth diapers will save me 1,000s of dollars a year and are better for the environment. As a environmental science teacher it is my duty to help the environment, Right?! Plus, how hard could it really be? I just need a few cloth diapers for the day and I can still use disposables at night. So the search began…