March 21, 2010

FuzziBunz Diapers: The Cloth Saga Continues

A year ago today, if you would have told me that diapers would be the epitome of my excitement right now, I would've laughed in your face. BUT HERE WE ARE!

I went back to my new favorite baby store, Peapods, after purchasing my first round of cloth diapers because I just couldn't pass up the chance to use a few more coupons. YES, I HAVE PROBLEMS WITH COUPONS. I ADMIT IT. I planned to buy a few more BumGenius diapers since we'd had such success with them, but in the midst of my shopping spree I spied another stack of cloth- FuzziBunz diapers.

The FuzziBunz diapers caught my attention since they didn't have the velcro tabs like so many other cloth diapers; instead, they function with snaps which have a far greater lifespan than even the highest quality velcro.

As the saleslady was telling me about FuzziBunz, I realized that I had found a diaper that could endure the test of time and a very well-hydrated baby (I resisted the urge to do a little excited dance around the store, I'll have you know). The diapers themselves are equipped not only with snaps, but they have adjustable elastic around the legs which allows the parent to tailor the size of the leg holes to fit the baby perfectly. In addition to this, FuzziBunz also provides replacement elastic (sold with the diaper) to use once the first elastic bands are worn out.

We've already established that I'm a sucker for a good deal and it was hard to pass up the prospect of a diaper that could possibly outlive its usefulness. I picked up a few of the FuzziBunz One Size Diapers and tried one out as soon as we got home.

The adjustable elastic leg bands worked perfectly for us and I was able to tighten them to the proper numerical setting (based on Nathaniel's weight) in seconds. The snap closures also provided us with multiple options for tailoring the fit of the diaper to my little boy's body.

FuzziBunz One Size Cloth Diaper
Price $18.95
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After using the diapers for several weeks, we have experienced some serious leaks in the leg holes (I mentioned one of them here), despite the fact that we have the diapers adjusted to fit Nathaniel based on the company's weight specifications. And since leaky diapers and wet clothes are a PET PEEVE of mine, I am less than completely satisfied with our overall experience with FuzziBunz.

Leaks not withstanding, there are definite advantages to using the FuzziBunz One Size diapers, since it is possible to tailor the fit to your baby in a more custom manner than other one size diapers currently on the market. And who can say no to the bright, cheerful colors? All in all, the FuzziBunz diapers are made to be very high-quality products and will stand the test of time, but as our family learned, finding the perfect fit for your baby isn't as easy as 1, 2, 3.

Update: After adjusting our FuzziBunz diapers twice to try to find the right fit around the legs and continuing to experience leaks, we opted to sell our diapers and go with another brand.

3 comments:

  1. You're inspiring me to want to try out cloth diapers at home and on the weekends. I'm a working mom and don't think I would ask the sitter to use them, but I'm definately curious for myself. Couple ?s: Do you think baby would respond ok to the difference between business hours and home hours? What do you think about the cloth diapers when you are out and about - shopping, visiting other people, etc? Do you just bring a plastic bag to put the dirty ones in until you get home? any suggestions?

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  2. Glad you're considering using cloth! As for your questions, yes, I think the baby would respond okay to the difference between business and home hours. When we first started, we didn't have enough cloth diapers to last us a whole day so we used the cloth ones and then switched to disposables until the cloth ones were cleaned. Worked just fine!

    When we leave and go out, I have a couple plastic bags with me in the diaper bag and that's where the diapers go until we get home. Then I just rinse them out and store them in the diaper pail.

    And if you decide to go with cloth, you can always ask your sitter to use them for a "trial period" and see how that goes. People think cloth is a lot of work (and it's not as easy as disposables, that's true) but once you get used to it, it's really no big deal! Hope this helps!

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  3. I just passed Peapods this past Friday...didn't have time to stop in though...I'll have to check it soon!

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