To start off I will tell you that there are several types of Cloth diapers (CD). Personally, I only use pockets and an AIO diaper. I tried prefolds for all of 2 seconds. My DD (dear daughter) won't stay still long enough for me to get them on so I decided to do pockets instead. Pocket diapers look and go on like regular diapers. There are no safety pins in pocket diapers. Here is what is in a pocket diaper and what one looks like.
These are 2 microterry inserts. I use two now because my DS (dear son) is peeing a lot. The inserts are what goes into the pocket of the diaper. You can use other materials such as hemp and bamboo but I like my microterry.
You can see the "pocket" where the inserts go.
Here is a picture of the inserts inside the pocket of the diaper.
The finished product!! Now, isn't that diaper cute? Its an one-size Happy Heinys diaper.
Now, I own both hook and loop (velcro) and snap diapers. I personally like the snaps because its harder for my kids to take off the diaper. My husband likes the velcro because its easier to get on. I have found that the velcro tends to curl on the tabs making it easier for kids to take them off. My 3 year old still struggles with getting off the snaps (she likes to try the new ones on).
I also own one-size diapers meaning they fit kids from 7lbs to 35 lbs and sized diapers meaning they fit kids from 15lbs to 25lbs. The Happy Heinys owl print diaper is a one-size diaper. If you look you will see snaps that run down the sides and middle of the diaper, when you snap the diaper down you make it smaller. Here is a picture of the smallest setting on the owl print diaper.
I like both types but for different reasons. I like the one-size because you can use them longer but I really don't care for how big they make my kids butts. I dislike one-sizes because they tend to be pretty bulky in the front where you snapped the diaper together. I like sized diapers because they fit better and don't have the bulk in the front but they don't last as long as the one-size. I say last as long but really its more on how long I can use them because they are bigger.
So here is the fun part....I know you are wondering exactly how many diapers does one need!!! As of right now I don't have an exact count but I will break it down for you using pictures because come on CDs are so cute!!!
Right now my Favorite diapers are my Fuzzi Bunz diapers. I don't have a complete picture of all of them but I will added them in later. For now here is an old picture.
Stash Dec '10
Next are my Happy Heinys diapers.
Stash as of Dec '10
Next are my Blueberry diapers.
Stash as of Dec'10
Finally, I have Bum Genius 3.0s.
And the Grand total is...........about 83 diapers!!
Here is a photo of my stash minus the ones out on loan, the one being fixed, the 2 that are dirty, and the spare that are at my mom and dad's house. Yep, I'm nuts!!
*As for how much money I have spent on diapers...I really don't know but I can find some great deals if I'm patient enough. Good thing about CDs is that once you are done with them you can sell them to other people.