Hope you all can help. Sorry for the length.
DS is almost 9 weeks old and will be starting daycare at 12 weeks. We love prefolds and were prepared to buy the next size up, but daycare won't accept them.
We've been doing an experiment-to-own program and I'm trying to decide which one to make the investment on. Because we only have a short time before we need to buy a whole set, I'm trying to foresee what issues I'll have with them. And because I'll be buying around 16 at once (8 per day), I want to make sure I'm making the right move. I know folks say not to build your stash on one type of diaper, but with this daycare, the last thing I want to do is change it up on them. I want to show them one diaper, so they know what to expect. As it is, they will have a bunch of other little ones to chase after.
These are the ones we are deciding between:
BumGenius Elemental Organic All-in-One ($25 each) Investment $400
Pros: Love the snaps. These snaps have elastic, so it's easy enough to find a good fit - tabs are similar to disposables. No liners or inserts to remove prior to washing. No velcro laundry tabs to worry about. Plus, it's organic. I like natural fibers against DS's skin. I figure we could probably use these for our next child, as they seem to be pretty durable.
Cons: There's nothing I really haven't liked about these, other than perhaps the drying time. Oh, there is one thing - the COST! So expensive!!
Babykicks Velcro Basic Pocket Diaper ($16 each) Investment: $250
Pros:These are definitely the most cost-effective. They are wicked easy to put on, and would hold DS over for about the 2 hours it would take between changes.
Cons: Velcro seems like it would wear pretty fast. I also always forget to fold in the laundry tabs, so that would be an issue for me. These come in snaps, I believe, but the side snaps are too confusing for ME, let alone daycare. Also, I hate separating the inserts before washing. And I don't like the microfiber. I really prefer natural fibers. I feel like these would be a one-child diaper and would not last for our second child. I also don't think I'd want to use them at home, so I'd still need a different diaper stash for at-home use. These would definitely be the most work for ME, with laundry (unstuffing, stuffing, velcro tabs, etc.) but probably easiest for daycare.
What would you do? Spend the extra money and go with the BG, which I'm liable to use full-time and with a second child? Or use a lesser quality for the daycare-only environment, to save on cost? I don't want to buy the wrong kind and find out in 2 months there's an issue I hadn't considered.
Edited by Willovia - 10/11/12 at 5:46am