I second everything you said!
I have used pockets, aios, ai2s, Prefolds, fitteds, wool, you name it I have tried it.
I would recommend a variety of the different types of diapers. I personally am leaning towards fitteds and wool this time, but with dd1 each different diaper served a different purpose. When she was a super soaker from the beginning I did Prefolds with a cover round the house.
Velco pockets for dp when he or extended family changed a diaper or middle of the night diapers when it was dark and we were too tired to try to figure out where snaps were.Every other time I prefer snaps though.
Pockets with fleece touching baby's skin when out fo the house for amounts of time that I wouldn't necessarily be able to change her diaper as often as she needed.
Organic cotton or bamboo velour pockets when I was going to someone's house and could change her as often as I needed to.
Fitteds: in my opinion are always good. I love them they fit better and the kinds with snap out Soakers are awesome. Of all the aio fitters dream eze organic bamboo fitters are incredible once you finish prepping them they dry so quickly. They are trim and fit my dd large top of upper thigh and small bottom of her upper thigh*.
I love bamboo velour Prefolds trim enough super absorbent and don't stink like hemp.
Hemp is nice but I find it has a certain smell sometimes when wet different than the normal wet diaper smell I am not fond of I also don't find it to be as absorbent as bamboo.
I prefer Birdseye Prefolds 4x8x4 (layers thick) over Indian or Chinese Prefolds. I do so because my daughter would pee right through those but the Birdseye Prefold provided better spray force blockage.
Felted "bulletproof" wool covers are what you are looking for. My original aversion to wool was that I had to hand wash and this would be solo much work. This is what I thought. Actually I love wool bc it is easier to wash. You fill up your washing machine with warm water with a little wool wash and a little lanolin swish it around so it is equally mixed with water and put your wool in squeeze each wool a little to saturate with water and push under water. Set timer for 30 mins and let soak leaving washer top open. It's okay if you forget about it and get it in 40 instead of 30 minutes. Super important you skip rinse and that you do go straight to spin. After spin take out of washer and lay flat to dry. That's it
About natural fibers:
Organic cotton is great but I find bamboo to be most absorbent. I would rank: organic bamboo velour, fleece, interlock, flannel, then organic cotton and then hemp.
I would at all costs avoid microfiber. While this is soo absorbent it is the biggest pain in the butt to clean. Those I know in many states who use it have to stripe diapers and occasionally(once a month or so) use bleach to stripe when nothing else seems to work. This is even more of a problem if you have hard water. And results in the use of tide as your only option for detergent.
I live in a place with hard water and my diapers that are made of natural fibers have never been bleached and I use planet. I am certain I couldn't do this if I used microfiber. I do have a couple diaper inserts made of microfiber but don't use them in diapers. (bc they are a pain to get clean) I use the microfiber inserts to clean water dd dumps on floor with water bottle. Lol
*Speaking of size and shape of thighs and let's add tummies. All babies just like all people have different body types. Equally beautiful in every way but different as night and day. Certain brands of diaper companies are made for each type or tend to be loved by mamas with babies if a certain type.
If you want my personal brand recs I would say:
Apple cheeks pockets(great for overnight even with a super duper super soaker)
Good mama fitteds
Dream eze fitteds
Osocozy Birdseye Prefolds( I would rank Birdseye, a 4x8x4 Prefold made of Birdseye as least likely to. Get sprayed through as apposed to Indian and Chinese Prefolds though they are soft and nice(especially on tender new to nursing breasts) my daughter was a super soaker and her pee would go sorry right through the others until she got to be about 1)
Swaddle bees bamboo velour Prefolds(don't make anymore if you find them snatch them up)
Hempbabies hemp Prefolds is pretty good too
Thirties duo wrap(if you were only getting one cover this is what I would suggest)
Sustainable babyish Soakers or longies(these aren't felted but I love them and they're buttery soft and I can still wash it on hand wash and then spin in washing machine and lay flat to dry)
Clover wool covers
Really my criteria is any felted cover labeled bulletproof on diaper swappers made of 100% woolor something pretty close (preferably organic wool but I am happy with 100% or close to it if it is used)
What to do with dirty diapers before washing:
I would get four fuzz buns hanging diaper pail wet bags they stay open at the top and zip at the bottom. I have two blue and two purple. purple is for inserts, Prefolds, fitteds, and natural fibers. Blue is for pul and pockets. I wash what is inside of my purple bag full of diapers first. And then put it in my blue bag and hang up the next purple bag for the while the other is in the wash. And same with the blue. I love the fuzzibunz hanging diaper pail made of pul bc you don't have to reach your hand in ever you just unzip and it dumps into the washer.
Also I would purchase a diaper sprayer. They are incredible! We use the bum genius diaper sprayers.
(forum fsot In other words for sale or trade) is a great place to get diapers and I also bought most of my diapers I bought new from Inge at www.diaperware.com
. If you have any questions she is so helpful and not just pushing an agenda she spent multiple hours with me multiple times helping me figure out what diapers were best for us.
Edited bc I put wrong website.Edited by Liss86 - 9/9/11 at 1:05pm