What do you like about pocket diapers compared to AI1's? I haven't had the opportunity to try everything out yet, just wondering if it is better to just buy AI1 over pockets? (aside from price, pockets seem to be much more affordable).
I like that I can customize the absorbency -add more layers for overnight and so on. I guess you could add a bamboo or hemp insert to an AI1 if you needed to but it is just what we got and I love them -oh, and I like that I throw the inserts into the dryer and the shells dry very fast when they hang so I don't have to wait around for a thicker diaper to dry. They are the diapers we leave for the sitter, very user friendly, although Ai1s are as well. I don't have experience with AI1s but I can ask my friends -I do know Ai1s can be trimmer on the baby. You might want to get a few different kinds to see what you like. -or if you have a heavy wetter, you may prefer certain diapers.
-oops, sorry, I just saw you suggested trying different diapers on the previous page. anyways, good idea!
They come every week. For my neighborhood it's every Wednesday. I put the diaper bag outside (it's sealed tight) and they bring me a new bag with the fresh ones. It's set up so you get the same number that you put out. And you can just adjust the number by calling them like if you're going to be out of town and need an extra week's worth. And no extra cost!
The diaper bag can get REALLY smelly by the end of the week, but I found some deodorizing disks on Amazon and they really help a lot. And it really only smells when you open it to throw another dirty one in.
I use a plastic fastener as opposed to safety pins. SUPER EASY! And you can buy your own covers in whatever color or style you like.
And as for the heavy wetters and overnight, I usually just double up and that is efficient enough.
My daughter is the 4th generation to use this particular diaper service. My family has sworn by it and i'm really happy to carry on the tradition. :)
Tuck n Go and Econobum got great reviews.
Thanks for the shopping options, too!
Thanks @cygnus and @flick. I may private message you with specific questions. I am definitely interested in first hand experience and reviews, particularly on issues of absorbency and ease of use. RE: the AI one's. Have you heard of or tried Motherease or Softbum Omni's? They got fantastic reviews and seem very easy to use.
Thanks @stephanie413. I am going to look into services right now to see what they charge. Thanks for the deodorizing tips :)
@ottillie I imagine I'll skip using cloth during the itsy bitsy NB stage too. Seems like I can wait a little while before jumping into it. I'll check out the link. Thanks.
Thanks so much for the info, everyone. It seems like moms who use cloth diapers really, really like it. It's looking more and more like the direction I'd like to go.
Sorry for all of the quoted responses above, but I wanted to address everyone that gave me suggestions.
I'm going to look through the October cloth diapering thread now and see what pearls I can glean....