I was introduced to cloth diapering last year by Vikki Ahmed of Sonrise Diaper Service & Retail Store. Sonrise has a retail location near Albany, NY but the diaper service area reaches up to Saratoga NY and beyond! Vikki is truly an expert and I soon learned that the modern world of cloth diapering offers some very impressive options.
There are many different types of cloth diapers and each have their own benefits.
- All-in-ones (AIO’s),
- Pocket diapers
- All-in-twos (AI2’s)
- Prefolds with covers
The AIO’s are the most like disposables in their shape. They are all one piece and there’s no stuffing them. One of the most popular brands that makes AIO’s is bumGenius.
The pocket diapers are just what they sound like; a cloth diaper with a pocket that you stuff with an absorbent cloth. Fuzzibunz makes a popular pocket diaper.
AI2’s contain an outer shell and the absorbent pads snap into the diaper, so there’s no stuffing a pocket.
Hybrids have become a popular option also. They have both a disposable liner that you can toss, or you can use reusable cloth pads. G-diapers are a popular brand for hybrids.
The other option is the prefolds with covers. This is what you’ll use when going through a diaper service such as Sonrise. It has on outer cover with a pre-folded cloth insert. The cloth insert is what the service washes for you.
Sonrise Diaper Service & Retail Store is a great local stop to get started with cloth diapering. There’s a ton of diapers available, and really great diapering accessories including wetbags, creams, inserts, sprayers, laundry soaps, and cloth wipes. Vikki is a wealth of knowledge on cloth diapering and will gladly answer any questions you have & will help you troubleshoot if you have a problem. She hosts a monthly Cloth Diapering 101 class at her store (inside of Polkadots Consignment) in Guilderland. The next class date is January 27th @6:30 pm.
Speaking of the service… Sonrise Diaper Service delivers from Catskill NY all the way to Queensbury NY, and everywhere in between including Malta, Clifton Park and Saratoga. You pre-select the number of pre-folds and the size you’ll need. They get delivered/picked up once a week. The delivery service can also deliver cloth wipes. My opinion is, if you’re going to cloth diaper you might as well use the wipes.
At Sonrise you can pick up this fantastic book called “Changing Diapers: The hip mom’s guide to modern cloth diapering” by Kelly Wels. It is the most up-to-date comprehensive guide I have ever read and I highly recommend it if you’re even thinking about cloth diapering. (Psst… you can win a copy below!)
For those of you that use daycare you might be wondering does daycare accept cloth diapers? Most day care centers will. “Changing Diapers” recommends that a good intro might be to approach the director and say, “We cloth diaper, what can we do to make this work here?” This way it will set the tone as positive and not as a hurdle to jump over.
After meeting with Vikki I will definitely be trying cloth once the time comes! It seems like the most economical way to go and it seems really easy. Not to mention how cute all those fluffy bums look 🙂
And now you have a chance to win a copy of Kelly Wels’ book and One Week Free diaper service from Sonrise!
Here’s how to enter (3 chances to win)!
1 Entry – Comment with your cloth diaper experience! Have you tried cloth diapering before? Would you try it out?
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Giveaway ends on Tuesday, January 24th at 10PM EST. Winner will be selected using Random.org and notified via email. Diaper Service will be arranged through Vikki Ahmed at Sonrise.
Some other great resources for cloth diapering are: