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Mom to Mom: Cloth Diapering Brands that have lasted me the longest!

Posted by Becca on 6/29/2015 to Cloth Diaper How-To

My longest lasting cloth diapers

Of the brands of cloth diapers I’ve used over the clothdiapers,longlastingyears, you might be surprised at those that have held up the longest because they may or may not be the most popular. In fact, my longest lasting pockets aren’t my favorite. That could be because my least favorite brands didn’t get used as often so they didn’t wear out as quickly. It could also be because they were just constructed better. I guess I’ll never know for sure. What I do know is that I completely trust the following brands because with proper care, they’re going on six years old and they’re still in good enough condition to use for my third child. That adds up to a lot of money saved over all that time!

My all time, longest lasting diapers are my bumGenius diapers, hands down. My bumGenius 3.0 pocket diapers still have stretchy elastics and perfect PUL. However, the hook and loop closures had to be replaced, but I didn’t mind replacing them. I do have one BG 4.0 that is only four years old and again, the PUL and elastics are wonderful and the snaps are as good as new.

My husband’s favorite brand of cloth diaper is Smartipants. These pocket diapers have also lasted a very long time for us. The PUL is in great shape and the snaps are the strongest diaper snaps I’ve encountered. I feel that after five years the elastics have started to stretch out a tiny bit, though they they always left more leg room than my bumGenius elastics to begin with. We still use our Smartipants with great success and I would use them in a re-stash without reservation. Our final long lasting diaper is the Happy Heiny’s pocket diaper. I have one that is nearly six years old and one that is about five years old and they both have great PUL and great leg elastics. I replaced the Velcro on the older diaper, but not on the five year old one. The fit of them is still very snug and the Velcro of both is extremely grabby. I heard mixed reviews for the Happy Heinys after I first bought them, but their longevity speaks for itself. Though I’m no longer the hook and loop fan I once was, I wouldn’t mind a couple more HH in my stash if I ever need to restash. Another long lasting brand is Thirsties. I only have their covers and they are still in great shape, but they didn’t necessarily get as much use as my pockets until my son was born. Now, I use them constantly, and I’m still pleased with their performance.

Again, though, the snap closures have been more reliable than the aplix closures. However, I haven’t had to replace any hooks and loops on my covers.

When my son was born, I added a Diaper Rite pocket diaper and a Kawaii nighttime diaper to the stash. He is nearly two years old and both of those brands are also doing very well. Since they’re so much less expensive than many other popular brands, that’s encouraging. I look forward to seeing if they’re still as useful a couple years down the road when my third child has gotten another couple of years out of them. So far, though, I’m hopeful that they’ll stand the test of time. If they do, that would be great since they’re far more affordable than most brands.

Surprisingly, some of my favorite brands didn’t make the cut when it came to longevity, either losing elasticity or de-laminating. It was very disappointing the first couple of times I had to throw diapers away that had become useless after so much wear and tear. Still more surprising was that my oldest diapers stood the test of time better than their slightly newer counterparts. What’s important to keep in mind when this happens is that no diaper can last forever. Even after just two years of solid use out of a certain brand of diaper, you will be getting your moneys worth. Granted, three or more years is better because it will save you more money in the long run, but eventually they will all wear out. Such well used clothing (whether diapers, jeans, or t-shirts) rarely has that long a lifespan.



Date: 6/29/2015
I've used Bumgenius almost exclusively and they have lasted 12-18 months. I know for some people they say they last longer but overall my 3.0 and 4.0s don't make it to actually getting their velcro replaced since the PUL cracks before I get to that point. General practice I've used is hanging dry and with CD safe detergent. So I agree that perhaps more use can just wear them out significantly more. I have three children (and one on the way) and have been cloth diapering steadily for about three years.
Date: 6/29/2015
Our Flips have lasted almost 4 years, through 3 babies, although the elastic has relaxed to the point that I've had to replace it. My Thirsties covers (prefer for newborns), look pretty rough, the trim gets dingy/pilly and the velcro gets fuzzy. Bummis covers performed the worst, rhe PUL separated and the Velcro gets gnarly. I have some Diaper Rite pockets that are almost as old, and still going strong. I was really disappointed in our Rumparooz and Tots Bots, I wash hot and air dry and they seem to shrink over time, and the Rumparooz fleece gets pilly. I've got some three year old BumGenius pockets that are holding up pretty well, the third time round.
Mary Schuh
Date: 6/29/2015
I'm guessing the elastics are different in the older BGs than in the new ones because my elastics in the BGs aren't doing the best as compared to my other diapers that I've been using just as long.
Dandi D
Date: 6/29/2015
This is so good to know because I want make sure I purchase good quality diapers!
Laura F.
Date: 6/29/2015
This was so interesting - glad to know bumgenius has held up so well. I use Flip covers with snaps so I'm hoping they will last as long as your 4.0s have!
Theresa Hover
Date: 6/30/2015
It is always nice to hear other mom's experience with diaper brands in the long run, especially since we're in the process of buying our first stash, and I hope it will last through multiple babies. Thanks for your input!
Marita Ankobiah
Date: 6/30/2015
Thanks! I was gifted Kawii pocket diapers in OS. And got a free diaper rite newborn pocket diaper with my DJ purchase. Hoping these will do the trick :)
Erica P.
Date: 7/3/2015
We used a Happy Heiny AIO snap with our newborn and loved them. They fit well, held up well, and absorbed far better than the average newborn AIO. Definitely worth keeping for other children. But seriously, quality matters. It's harder, but in the long run (really if you plan on multiple kids) its more worth your while to save and invest in a good quality stash. Cloth diapers are expensive enough without throwing money away on a China-cheepie that doesn't hold up as long as you wanted it to.
Jessica Pluim
Date: 7/3/2015
This is so helpful since a big reason we cloth diaper is for the savings. Knowing which brands will be worth it in the long run is really great.
Kaitlin K.
Date: 7/4/2015
I cannot wait to add some of these to our stash!
Jilliann M
Date: 7/5/2015
BG are one of my favorite brands. Glad to hear they hold up.
Kelsey Brands
Date: 7/6/2015
Thanks for sharing! There probably aren't too many people who've cloth diapered for THAT long, so it's great to hear from you and other commenters what's worked and what hasn't!
Jennifer V
Date: 7/9/2015
Informative post! I hope my diapers hold up just as well!
Jeremiah and Anne Sweden
Date: 7/13/2015
I'm happy our Kawaii night time pockets have lasted a long time, too. They've kept two different toddlers dry!
Date: 7/17/2015
I've had some trouble with really bad water. It smells at times and is horribly hard. We have to frequently remove our shower head and actual rocks fall out. I've had to try so many different things and it's been really hard on my diaper covers and even some of my old microfiber inserts. I've recently removed my microfiber inserts because everything had just gotten too smelly. So far that seems to be helping with keeping the stink to a minimum. Anyway, even with all the harsh washing, the two covers that have held up the best have been my favorite Flips. The strange thing is my two Bum Genius pockets actually lost their spring in the leg elastic a long time ago. So did my two Rumparooz pockets. Even before we moved here where the horrible water is. My pockets that have held up the absolute best are the ones the leaders in the cloth diaper community hate the most. I didn't want to buy or like them but my husband insisted and since he was paying, I went with it. Now I'm glad I did or I'm afraid I wouldn't have any stash left at all. We're getting toward the end of our cloth diapering journey :( and I've actually had to buy more covers because all my covers are going out at once, even my beloved Flips.
Amanda B
Date: 7/17/2015
This post is interesting to me. In all the recommendations I've seen online for longevity I haven't seen any of these brands mentioned by other mommas!
Christina H
Date: 7/17/2015
I have some bumgenius that have been around for several years too! I just switched to using a lot of Grovia and I'm curious how well these are going to last in the long run too! I hope they last as long as my Bg!
Melissa K
Date: 7/18/2015
I'm glad to hear the Kawaii brand has had good mileage for you. I've been thinking about trying them out to round out my stash cheaply.
Date: 7/18/2015
We have alvas that seem to be holding up pretty well.
Arielle M
Date: 7/25/2015
Thanks for the info. We are just starting our stash for our first child (and hopefully more in the future). It's nice to know where I should put the money for the best long-term use.
Date: 7/25/2015
My China cheapies have always done really well. We're 3.5 years in of constant use and #3 will be here not long after #2 potty trains. My best bottoms are the really impressive ones though!
Jen M
Date: 7/26/2015
Definitely interesting to see what stands up. However, I think the more you use/wash the more the diaper will wear. It makes sense the ones you don't use as often will last longer.
Sarah M
Date: 7/26/2015
We used Diaper Rite Pocket Diapers for 2 years on my first and had a great experience. We look forward to using the same ones for #2 this coming fall!

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