I've had several friends ask me about cloth diapering, so here is your little tutorial for the day :) There are several categories of cloth diapers. The ones I use fall into the category of "pocket diapers" meaning, they have a pocket you stuff with an insert.
We love them! I was nervous at first that they wouldn't fit very well with the snaps (disposable velcro is very adjustable obviously). Ryan is about 2 lbs smaller than Lyla, but they still fit him very well adjusted on a smaller snap setting. We haven't had any leaks yet, and we've been using our CBs for over 2 months!
Sometimes I'm tempted to not dress my babies for the day, because these cloth diapers are so dang cute.
Laundry was probably my biggest fear about cloth diapering.
I hate hate hate laundry, but (surprisingly to me) I don't mind doing diaper laundry... and I have twins, so double the baby laundry! I typically wash my diapers around dinner time and hang them to dry (you can put them in the dryer, but I like to hang mine) and they are ready to use again the next morning. They do take a few minutes to stuff in the inserts before they are ready to use, but with all the $$ it saves, I really can't complain.
Exclusively breastfed babies poo can go straight in the wash, and it washes out like magic! Ours still don't have any stains after over 2 months of use, and they don't have an odor at all (really- I promise).
Once baby starts eating solids, Charlie Banana makes these liners that you place on top of the fleece, then you simply shake the diaper over the toilet (the liner is flushable), and then throw the diaper in the washer. Don't these sound so easy compared to the cloth diapers our parents had to use...safety pins and scrubbing poop with your hands? No thanks. These are completely different! My mom told me I actually swallowed a safety pin when I was a baby- yikes!
These are seriously some pampered bums.
I love using these cloth diapers, and would definitely recommend them to my friends that are interested in cloth diapering or already cloth diaper. They do take a little more time and effort than disposables, but I think that Charlie Banana makes some great quality cloth diapers that are easy to use. Charlie Banana also promotes a couple of charities: Operation Smile (a medical charity that provides reconstructive surgeries for children with cleft lip and other facial deformities) and Project Child Save (dedicated to help prevent kidnapping through public awareness campaigns). I love a good company that does things like this!
Overall, we give Charlie Banana an A+!
If you have any questions, feel free to ask me!