The sized or one-size diaper debate:
Pros: Sized diapers, as in you buy the exact size your baby needs (S,M,L,XL), are great when you want the perfect fit. Like different brands of clothes, different brands of diapers fit babies differently. I especially like sized diapers for newborns when cloth is especially bulky on a tiny baby.
Cons: Babies outgrow diapers and need new diapers. But, is this such a con? Buying new diapers is fun!
Pros: One-size diapers are typically designed to fit babies 8lbs to 30lbs, i.e. newborn to toddler. Definitely good for the budget, one-size diapers are available in every style from covers for prefolds to all-in-ones (AIOs). These diapers have rows of snaps on the front of the diaper that are snapped up for little babies with more rows left unsnapped as your baby grows.
Cons: One-size diapers tend to be a bit bulkier on smaller babies. I mentioned that different babies fit different diapers in different ways (like that repetition?) so the concept of a diaper fitting perfectly from the newborn stage to the potty-training years might be a bit misleading as the fit might not be right for your child's changing shape.
My opinion: I like cloth diapers. I like one-size diapers. I like sized diapers. We have a little bit of everything and they all get used! Although, with two in diapers, I like the ease of grabbing one-size diapers for my purse so I know both kids are covered with fewer diapers in my purse.
The velcro or snaps debate:
Pros: According to Taylor, velcro is easier. You just "dhzjou dhzjou" the diaper and it is done. I have to agree that it is easier to get the perfect tightness level with velcro which is important in order to prevent leaks around the legs.
Cons: Velcro is a beeotch to wash. Although most velcro diapers have 'laundry tabs' to close the velcro before it goes in the wash, the tabs rarely stay closed. Meaning you end up with a big bunch of tangled velcroed together diapers. While it is a pain to unvelcro the tangle of clean diapers, velcro tabs can also come unsewed from the diapers and look ratty after a thousand repeated washings.
Pros: Snap diapers are fantastic to wash. No velcro to untangle and no 'laundry tabs' to worry about. I also feel that snap diapers look better in the long run with no velcro sticking to the fleece inside of pockets and AIOs.
To me, it's a pain to snap up a diaper on a wiggly baby. I also tend to grab a velcro diaper when Liza is wearing jammies with a million snaps because really, who wants 4 more snaps to snap? I'm not sure if this is a common issue but Liza's snap diapers tend to leak more often around her legs because I don't choose the appropriate snap to get it tight enough.
My opinion: I am planning on sending all of our velcro diapers to have them converted to snaps. Taylor isn't thrilled with this plan but snap diapers look better over the long run and are so much easier to wash.
Sized or one-size, velcro or snaps?
Which do you prefer?
Which do you own?
Thank you in advance for your wonderful, thoughtful comments!