When I first started researching cloth diapers, I was overwhelmed with all of the options, but ultimately I settled with pocket diapers because of the adjustable absorbency, the birth to potty training fit and the cute prints and colors. My dad bought me a stash of Bum Genius and I had a couple other pocket diapers as well (Kawaii, Rumparooz, WAHM).
I used fitteds, prefolds, flats and covers until Kerrigan was bigger so the one size diapers fit her. It wasn’t too bad, but since I had pockets I didn’t think much about sticking with that system. Until now!
I participated in the Flats and Handwashing challenge and I learned that I actually like flats and covers better. And the dry time is lower which saves more money. And hang drying takes no time at all. Plus the fit of the diaper is great, the option is cheap… I just love everything about flat diapers.
So it’s hard to do, but I am selling my cloth diaper stash or pockets and AIO’s and going for flats/prefolds and covers. Of course I saved a couple really cute pockets and AIO’s to show off to people and the carry in my diaper bag just in case someone asks about cloth!
Good bye BG’s!
But now I am facing another dilema–the covers. The PUL just aren’t holding up only after 5 months of NOT that much use. I have some Flips that are wearing at the elastic already, pilling and looking pretty drab. I don’t know how these will last to potty training, honestly. I machine wash, hang dry, use the right detergent…and still they look sad.
See? Pilling, threads coming out, the elastic encasement looks awful in person. And this is only worn about 20 times in 5 months.
This is making me consider wool. It is EXPENSIVE. but I can make my own wool soakers and buy used. And the wool seem to hold up much longer than the PUL covers. And it’s more sustainable and lets face it, cute. Especially the custom wool skirties, shorties and longies.
See how cute?! This one is from Etsy shop lilysdreams. I don’t think I will be getting nice wool covers any time soon (maybe used…), but I do think I will be making my own soakers in the near future.
What do you think about Wool vs PUL covers?