I’ve been using Fuzzibunz for a month and a half now, and I know that some of you are waiting for my review, so…
First, there are several arguments for switching to cloth diapering. Cost is a huge, and obvious, reason to make the switch. Environmentalism is also a motivating factor. However, if you’re researching, and these are your reasons for considering switching, you’ll find that the cost doesn’t always work out, and people argue about the “greenness” of laundering diapers several times a week. While spending less money on diapers, and contributing less to landfills are nice ideas, for me the real motivator was simply my baby’s health. I don’t know about you, but when I would change Jameson’s diaper, I couldn’t help but be creeped out by the chemicals that turned his diaper into gel. What’s in that?, I would wonder, and what’s it doing to him?
Finally, I’d had enough creepy encounters with 10 lb., gelatinous diapers, and was ready to switch.
Having already done hours of research, I was pretty sold on Fuzzibunz. If you’re looking into the switch, you’ll find, like I did, that the options out there are endless. And they are overwhelming. I’ll admit, it was fun to spend a day perusing diaper sites, admiring colors and softness, reading about styles and aplix vs. snaps. But eventually (at my husband’s urging) I went with my initial instinct and dove headfirst into the world of Fuzzibunz.
Fuzzibunz are not the cheapest option. Nosirree, not by a mile. However, the convenience factor was huge for me, because I knew (knowing myself as I do) that if it wasn’t relatively easy, it wouldn’t happen. You know? So, for a few more bucks, I got myself a system that seemed fairly hard to fail at.
And turns out, I was right!
Fuzzibunz are easy. I mean, E-A-S-Y. As all of the blurbs on the internet say, even your babysitter — or, get this — even your husband, can use these. (More importantly, even me!) No pins. No folding. And really? No mess.
Just tuck in the inserts of your choice. (I do this before I put them away, so diaper changes are super fast.)
Adjust the snaps to fit the wiggly little body you’re attempting to diaper.
And when it’s time for a change, just pull out the insert, dump it all into a diaper pail, or diaper bag (which I have), and ta-da!
Things I love about them:
1. No gel. Need I say more?
2. Because it’s not recommended to use diaper creams with Fuzzibunz (due to build up on the diaper preventing absorbency), I’ve had to be more conscious about letting Jameson’s little bottom get air once in awhile, keeping him changed frequently, and just being more conscientious about diapering in general. Since his health was the reason I did this in the first place, I really appreciate all of that. For whatever reason, it was just too easy to slap another diaper on, smear some cream when needed, and barely ever let him “air out” when using disposables. [Disclaimer: Puddles to occur if you’re like me and forget your baby isn’t diapered.]
3. The cute colors!
4. Always having diapers. Twice, during this funky first trimester stuff, I’ve gotten behind in laundry and have had no clean cloth diapers. I do keep an emergency stash of paper diapers, just in case. But can I tell you that a package of 30 cheapo diapers will last forever? How awesome is that!
5. I get to use cloth wipes, and just as I was told, they’re almost the best part. They actually work! Once in awhile I’ve had to borrow the usual wipe, and they are just so, so wimpy after getting used to that thick square of cotton terrycloth!
6. Just feeling like I’ve made a good choice, and I’m doing right by my baby. (And no, I’m in no way saying if you don’t switch, you’re doing wrong. For me, this was a long time coming, it feels good to have finally done it. That’s all.)
Also, there are many ways to approach cloth diapering. If you’re interested, I can send you links to some sites that sell sample packages of many different styles, so you can discover what will work best for you.
(P.S. More diaper pics.)