I personally like natural fibers that breathe. If I had tons of money to spend on diapers I'd have all WAHM made fitteds (Elbees are our fav). Mostly I use good old fashioned cotton flats (from Green Mountain Diapers) with WAHM made cotton doublers. I use wool longies and shorties that double as diaper cover and pants/bottoms.
I personally don't need a system that has the disposable and cloth option. But we don't travel much and I'm a WAHM so I am the main diaper changer and can keep up with laundry.
good luck figuring it out - you'll get there! It just takes some education and a little trial and error.
We also have 1/2 dozen prefolds and 1/2 dozen little G-pants (They were a gift) that work well too.
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I wouldn't use a disposable option because we cloth diaper for health reasons- so that would seem ridiculous to me..
I like velour... I prefer fitteds and pockets, but I don't have any one system that I like above all others. I love the look of wool and the feel of wool, but not the work that wool requires... so PUL pockets or cotton or velour fitteds with PUL covers.
I'll have 5 kids- who has time to handwash?!
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ETA-the fitteds with the covers have proven to be leak proof for us!
I will add that during her runny poop phase I was more inclined to use PUL covers since they could just be tossed in the wash. Now that things are a bit more solid we barely every get poop on the cover so I use my wool more and more.
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Im also starting to love fitteds recently but usually only use them when we can go coverless at home, otherwise when you add the cover they are a bit of a pain and too bullky.
Wool is my favourite for covers hands down. I like the lovey-bums pull on ones as they are so trim and leak-proof. They're the only wool I have tried which can be worn under regular pants when going out. But I love doing laundry and find hand-washing therapeutic
I used to used mostly one-size pockets, but now I hate anything sized. Last time when we first switched to cloth DS was big enough (5 month) to go straight to the largest setting. But with DD I realized its way to much of a pain to be constantly adjusting and keeping track of what size she needs them set to. I also hate the synthetics! So my one-size stash has become my large size stash instead now.
Prefolds and flats are just way too much work to get on a wriggly baby. They would be my last choice when it comes to cloth.
For going out, babysitters or travel I usually use AIOs. I've been out of touch with the diapering world for a few years so i can't recommend any brands really.
You just have to find the system that works for you. For me, laundry is my favorite chore and I love handwashing my wool.
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