Deciding to cloth diaper Betsy is one of the greatest parenting decisions we've made. I was intrigued by the idea long before Nate and I were even married - doesn't everyone daydream about diapering their child in soft organic cotton? While there are a million reasons that cloth diapering is great (fewer rashes, cheaper than disposables, better for both Betsy and the earth) - the biggest reason I liked them is because they are cute. I mean, really stinking cute.
Nate had never changed a diaper before Betsy came along. I floated the idea of cloth while I was pregnant and was met with resistance -- err, some really good questions. Like washing. And stinking. And is-that-seriously-going-in-the-same-washing-machine-as-my-shirts!? But on Betsy's fourth day of life, when he changed five leaky diapers and their correspondingly soaked pajamas within a two hour span, he asked me to teach him how the cloth thing worked -- and we've never looked back.
Nate will tell you that I'm great at looking at alllll the options - and he's great at narrowing them down and making the best choice. Of all the newborn diapers we tried, he had a far and away favorite - Tots Bots TiniFits. Now that Betsy is squarely in one-size diaper territory, that same company has been declared the favorite again, with their EasyFit all-in-one.
The velcro is the best in it's class - they've been washed and dried every other day for months and still look brand new, unlike other brands we've tried. (I'm looking at you, old-style Thirsties). It goes on exactly like a disposable diaper, making it easy for anyone to change her - it's a favorite of our nanny and the grandparents. Lately, it's made things easier for us, too. Diaper changes have never been Betsy's favorite activity but now that she's mobile, we look less like a Pamper's commercial and more like wrestling an octopus. It's a true all-in-one diaper -- there are no pieces to lose in the wash or reassemble once the drying is done. (Ain't nobody got time for that, Bottom Bumpers). And - the highlight for me - they are ridiculously, absurdly cute. They partner with Frugi once or twice a year for some really fashion-forward prints, and their new collection of nursery rhymes is to die for. I'm in the process of selling off our other diapers and switching almost entirely to these. Easy, cute, fun - what's not to love?