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Fourteen and a half months ago, I gulped hard and spent a small fortune on 15 medium-sized Fuzzi Bunz, a diaper sprayer, and 15 micro-terry diaper inserts. These replaced the previous lot of 15 size small Fuzzi Bunz Simon had just outgrown–diapers that never had to accommodate the digestive tract of a baby eating solid food (Ah, how I long for those halcyon days of odor-free poo.) I was a bit nervous about placing this second order, as I had just made a significant financial commitment to a form of diapering that I hadn’t yet thoroughly tested.

Now, a little over a year later, I’m about to retire this lot, too. Like their predecessors, Simon has outgrown these diapers in the rise. Having used them so long, they are also looking a bit tired. From pilled fleece, to wear around the snaps, to a few snags in the outer fabric, you can tell that these diapers have been around the block a few times. And if that weren’t enough, the escalating arms war Simon and I are engaged in over diaper changes has made snapping him into Fuzzi Bunz excruciatingly difficult.

I’m ready to lay down my arms. Au revoir, Fuzzi Bunz.

Bienvenue Thirsties and Happy Heiny’s!

The key to our third go-round with cloth diapering was to find a bigger size, which I could do with Fuzzi Bunz, and to substitute velcro for snaps, which I could not. The bigger size was a no-brainer; as I’ve said before, hip-hop style diapers fail at their primary function apart from any aesthetic preferences I might have. I’m less psyched about the velcro–excuse me, hook and loop closure–as I’ve read that babies can pull these off easier and that velcro provides laundry challenges. Then again, I’d rather deal with laundry issues and have to keep Simon in a diaper and pants or shorts than deal with wrestling 25+ pounds of pure fury at every change while I mess with snaps.

What I could not decide on was whether to continue with pocket diapers and inserts or try out an all-in-one where the inserts are stitched in. Happy Heiny’s are examples of the former, Thirsties the latter. Right now I’ve got 6 of each, and I’ll fill in the balance with whichever I end up preferring.

The all-in-ones are less flexible and take much longer to dry, but I have to say there’s something really nice about not having to stuff the suckers every time you do laundry-to say nothing of the sometimes disgusting process of unstuffing soiled diapers before you put in a load of laundry. Plus, the Thirsties have nifty leg gussets that inspire confidence in the product. On the minus side, the laundry tabs on my trial Thirstie has already given out, so I fear I’m going to end up with a very long diaper chain after each wash load.

The Happy Heiny’s win points for using a very sturdy hook and loop closure and for a design that places much elasticity through the rise. Putting on Happy Heiny’s is a treat, and the fit is superb. Plus, the pocket aspect means that I can dry them much faster. Right now, I’m leaning towards ordering more of these.

One other change in our routine: I didn’t order any yellow diapers this time around, so my rainbow stack has been interrupted. I struggled with this decision more than I should admit. But the thing is that I don’t really like the way the yellow diapers look against Simon’s skin (he’s olive like me; it does him NO favors), so I can either make the stack look better at the expense of the child or vice versa. You can see the dilemma.

One Response to “Au Revoire, Les Fuzzi Bunz”

  1. goldsteinrita says:

    You really might as well make the stack look better as he always has on pants and so the diaper is never seen. I wish you would not post these comments where everyone can see the way your mind works. As your mother I fear the way this craziness reflects on me.

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