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February 1, 2011

Cloth diapering – 11+ months in

I thought I’d do a quick update on the diapering front. I get questions all the time that I answer individually, but I’m thinking there are probably plenty of people who don’t get around to emailing, even though they’re still curious.

Most importantly, it’s still super easy. Actually, it’s even easier now. Because, you know, 11 month olds don’t poop like 6 times a day.

Around 5 or 6 months Dashiell grew out of our size small Fuzzi Bunz and prefolds, so I bought a new set of One Size Fuzzis. We’ve used them exclusively since then and I love them. I know there are TONS of options out there for modern cloth diapers, but I really don’t feel the need to try any of them. What we have is working great and I have plenty of other things to obsess about.

Here’s the scoop on the One Size system. The leg elastic is adjustable so as your baby grows you let it out little by little, and each ‘Bunz comes with a second, larger liner for older babies. As I said we started using them at about 5 1/2 months so I can’t say for certain that they would be as excellent for the littlest ones, but it sure seems like they would. I think I probably ruined our size smalls with diaper cream (ack), so for the next babe we’ll probably just go for one size the whole way through.

We have 16 Fuzzi Bunz and it’s a fine number, though I think 20 would be ideal. Or 24. The more you have the less you wash and (conceivably) the longer each diaper lasts. It’s a significant investment to start, but totally worth it if they last you 2 years.

You can buy them 100 places online, including BabyEarth,, and the Fuzzi Bunz Store. Or any of these places listed on the FB site.

Other “accessories” of note:

We still use the toilet sprayer on and off. There are times I don’t touch it for weeks and other times I use it every day. I would probably suggest getting one if you’re in this for the long haul.

We have two diaper pail liners and the Thirsties is definitely better, but only because it doesn’t seem to retain the ammonia smell after washing.

And about the diaper cream. I tried using rice paper liners when I had to use cream when Dashiell was a tiny baby, but it managed to sneak it’s way onto the diaper anyway. At a certain point (can’t remember when) Dashiell just stopped getting diaper rash. Occasionally he still does and then I load him up with cream at night (in a disposable) and give him as much diaper free time as I can for a few days and he’s good to go. The best thing with Fuzzi Bunz is to avoid diaper cream altogether, but I know that’s not always an option.

Hope this helps!


  1. nicole b. said on February 1, 2011

    “the next babe” – I totally caught that! *squeal* Please make more blonde babies immediately; this one is growing up too fast. xo.

  2. Jamie Z said on February 1, 2011

    I put our little guy in the os fb at just under 9lbs. They fit great-a bit of a bubble butt but they fit!

  3. Grace said on February 2, 2011

    Thanks for writing about this, very helpful! About to be a first-time mom and we’re planning to give fuzzi bunz a try. I currently have 15 of the size 1′s, and planning to get more. I wanted to ask how many of the size 1′s you had, since changing is much more frequent in those first 5-6 months?

    Thanks much! Love your blog.

  4. Kelsey said on February 2, 2011

    Oh dear, those chubby baby legs make my biological clock go from tick….tock to TICK TOCK. I can’t wait to cloth diaper one day! For anyone else interested, Young House Love also has some posts on cloth diaper usage that you might find helpful!

  5. Amanda said on February 2, 2011


  6. Kristina said on February 3, 2011

    @Nicole B. Don’t hold yer breath.

    @Jamie Z – great to know!

    @ Grace – if you’re going all FB to start, I would have at least 2 dozen because your little one can go through 10 a day, easy. But the other option, and one I always suggest, is to get a few dozen prefolds as well because they’re sooo much less expensive. And then you don’t have to wash as often.

    @ Kelsey – Thanks for sharing!

    @Amanda – just for you.

  7. janine said on June 29, 2011

    Hi Kristina! I’m currently 4 mos prego and really considering cloth diapers. But I’ve read that it doesn’t work well when you have high efficiency washers, b/c the lower amount of water doesn’t properly get the diapers clean. Have you heard anything about this?

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