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Old 08-30-2012, 06:56 PM   #1
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Red face I just realized there are way too many cloth diaper choices...

I can't handle the prefolds and covers anymore. I wanted to make it work, I love how easily everything washes up, but I just need something easier now that DS goes to a sitter and I'm in school (and trying to get homework done around him as well). My mom bought me some disposables for right now, but I need a new diaper system. I'd prefer to stay away from pockets, because I just get piles of diapers that need to be stuffed and that's totally defeating the purpose of what I'm looking for. I'm looking for an AIO or AI2 system. What I've seen online and been trying to wrap my head around are:

-Best Bottoms
-GroVia hybrids
-GroVia AIOs
-BG Freetimes
-Swaddlebees Simplex (leaning towards the OS so I can leave the tongue out if I don't get to stuffing them)

It's also a possibility for me to return to fitteds and wool, but I'm not 100% that I want to go back that route again.

The Freetimes I'm unsure about just because of the microfiber. I need to know that I'll be able to get them clean if I get wrapped up in homework and can't get to the laundromat for 4 or 5 days.

Anyone with experience with these, I'm also hoping whichever system I buy, will last until DS potty-trains

Input? Thoughts? Please help...
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Old 08-30-2012, 06:58 PM   #2
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FWIW... I also only hang dry. Clothes, diapers, it doesn't matter. It all goes on the drying rack.
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Because of your laundry requirements, I would recommend natural fibers. I really like the swaddlebees os simplex. They dry pretty quick when hung to dry. I haven't used any other diapers on your list though so I can't compare them.

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Because of your laundry requirements, I would recommend natural fibers. I really like the swaddlebees os simplex. They dry pretty quick when hung to dry. I haven't used any other diapers on your list though so I can't compare them.

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OP: Your options are kind of limited if you want AIO's with natural fibers and you only line dry. I feel you will have to have a really large stash if you want to cloth diaper your baby 100% of the time due to long try times. My guess is a Grovia AIO to get it fully dry whould take a full day out side or a good 1.5 - 2 days inside.
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OP: Your options are kind of limited if you want AIO's with natural fibers and you only line dry. I feel you will have to have a really large stash if you want to cloth diaper your baby 100% of the time due to long try times. My guess is a Grovia AIO to get it fully dry whould take a full day out side or a good 1.5 - 2 days inside.
I'm not too worried about the dry times. I used to have a full BGE stash and hang-dried in our tiny apartment. Maybe it's just how dry the air is usually here, or our home, but a BGE is usually dry in 24 hours. Sometimes a little longer, but I have a fan blowing on them so it's usually fine. I was really interested in BG Freetimes, but I keep hearing about how small they are and that worries me, as well as suddenly having microfiber issues. I never used to, but I haven't used microfiber in over a year. When we started with cloth, I had 4.0's with the microfiber inserts, but we were renting a house with a washer and dryer, so I washed every day and never had trouble. If I knew I could stick to a strict laundry schedule, I'd love to try the Freetimes!
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Re: I just realized there are way too many cloth diaper choices...

any chance you could just tri-fold your prefolds into covers? it doesn't get much simpler than that unless you use aio's. you could even prefill some covers and the person changing the LO can just lay it open, lay baby down, and close. easy, peasy. kwim?
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Re: I just realized there are way too many cloth diaper choices...

I have used grovia AIOs & hybrids, and freetimes. Both kinds of Grovias take forever to dry here. The freetimes did airdry for us in about the same amount of time pockets take.

As far as simplicity and convenience goes, I definitely like the grovia AIOs. They stay put, they're absorbant and fit great. I didn't like the hybrids because I didn't like the extra steps of a 2 part system and I couldn't get the inserts tucked inside very easily. The freetime isn't too bad but it still takes an extra step to fold it out of the wash, and would easily come unfolded when being handled. It's also kinda confusing to explain to others.
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any chance you could just tri-fold your prefolds into covers? it doesn't get much simpler than that unless you use aio's. you could even prefill some covers and the person changing the LO can just lay it open, lay baby down, and close. easy, peasy. kwim?
That's what I've been doing for the past year.... It's not easy at all trying to keep an insert in a cover with a squirmy toddler and trying to study. And my dad has a fused thumb and fingers, so he can't be adjusting inserts either. That's exactly why I'm looking at aio's. Sorry, I tried to be specific about what I was looking at...
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And my dad has a fused thumb and fingers, so he can't be adjusting inserts either. .
My MIL only has one hand, and she can do velcro BG Freetimes no problem. They are her and my DH's favorite diapers. I find them a little bulky, but I have them cinched down as small as they go.
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I have used grovia AIOs & hybrids, and freetimes. Both kinds of Grovias take forever to dry here. The freetimes did airdry for us in about the same amount of time pockets take.

As far as simplicity and convenience goes, I definitely like the grovia AIOs. They stay put, they're absorbant and fit great. I didn't like the hybrids because I didn't like the extra steps of a 2 part system and I couldn't get the inserts tucked inside very easily. The freetime isn't too bad but it still takes an extra step to fold it out of the wash, and would easily come unfolded when being handled. It's also kinda confusing to explain to others.
That might be alright anyway. I've got a dehumidifier and a fan that blows directly on the drying rack. Thanks mama!
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