All along, or at least since day four, we’ve been a cloth diaper family: Thirsties covers with Cloth-eze prefolds and, for nights, GMD workhorses. We have a solid wash routine, and they work great! However, when we were recently traveling to Vermont, my mom asked that we bring disposables. She has a front load washer that doesn’t work great, and, honestly, I didn’t want to deal with the hassle of traveling with cloth. It works great for home, daycare and errands, but sometimes you just want a vacation from all the laundry.
I ordered a bundle from Honest Co. using a great coupon, and scoring a month’s worth of diapers at 40% off (about $60 total). I found that canceling the bundle (since we really don’t need a monthly diaper delivery) was easy as can be after the twenty-six minute wait on hold. So what did we order? A month’s supply of size three, which A had just started wearing in six different patterns; this came with four packets of wipes, and I also ordered the Honest Co. bug spray to try.
So how did the diapers work out? We were so impressed! Most importantly, they caused no rash, and A seemed very comfortable in them. The biggest problem we had is that she’s a heavy wetter overnight (she usually nurses once or twice but doesn’t want a change) and she woke up a little damp 2/14 times, but that’s looking at nearly 12 hours in a diaper. We’ve never had leak problems with our workhorses, but they are always VERY wet first thing in the morning.
In terms of blowouts… well, there were blowouts. A usually only poops once or twice a week (which falls into the realm of normal for breastfed babies), and every time it escaped to some degree, but I attribute most of that to quantity, and though her Thirsties have almost always contained her poop, they are a huge, contained mess. I must admit, tossing rather than using the diaper sprayer was a nice little treat, though our Potty Pail is officially back in action.
We found the wipes to be thick enough to handle her messes and very sensitive on our skin.
So in short: we liked the Honest Co. diapers. They didn’t smell like plastic, didn’t cause any rash problems, and neither A nor I had any kind of allergic reaction to them. The velcro-like tabs worked great and were easy to reapply during the first days when Jason and I were still getting used to velcro instead of snaps. The prints are cute, and the service (though we spent a long time on the phone on hold) was great.
After a fourteen day vacation and a few days in them at home during a cloth diaper strip, we still have 2.5 bags of diapers left. Given that she’s on the small end of size three, we are hoping they’ll get us through the remainder of our summer, and we’ll likely purchase size four for our trip home at Christmas.
Note: We purchased our diapers. This was not a solicited review. We are in no way affiliated with Honest Co., but we really liked their product and think it provides a great alternative for cloth diapering, earth conscious parents when cloth isn’t as convenient.