Cloth diapering has several benefits. It’s better for the environment by keeping landfills from being so full of disposables. It’s cheaper (especially after you reuse the diapers with subsequent children). It helps against diaper rash. They’re cute. Toddlers who wear cloth diapers learn to potty train faster. The list goes on.
Here’s a picture of two of the wraps I now have. These are Thirsties Duo Wrap diaper covers. Thirsties sells them with aplix (that’s the velcro) and with snaps. The aplix are somewhat easier to use, but I prefer the snaps because they last longer than aplix and should last better from child to child. Thirsties has retailers who sell these covers for about $12.75 each (my retailer sometimes also has sales). To find a retailer and to view Thirsties products, click here.
Here’s a Gerber pre-fold diaper. My mom bought these for me at Wal-Mart. They sell them in 12 packs for about $10.98 (about 92 cents each).
Here are some Thirsties duo inserts. You insert them with the pre-fold at times like night to absorb more. They cost $7.00 for a two pack.
However, to be savvy and save money, I make my own inserts. I take one of the pre-fold diapers and, using pinking shears, cut the thicker, more absorbent center out. This is now my insert. And so that I don’t waste the flaps from the diaper, I cut each of them in half and use them as cloth wipes (click here for a healthful, homemade cloth baby wipe solution).
Pins? No, no, no. No pins. I love Snappis. They have little teeth that securely hold the pre-fold diaper in place.