Guest post by Kelly Campbell
Prior to the arrival of our little one Evie, my husband and I had several discussions about diapering. In the end we decided to go with cloth diapering. If we could reduce even a little bit of the waste created by babies-we thought why not? So with that, here’s my Apple Cheeks Cloth diaper review!
A little research revealed lots of options! I knew I wouldn’t be able to decide on a brand until I could try some so I headed to a baby-themed expo, had a lengthy discussion with a rep from AppleCheeks, and I was sold.
Most cloth diapers are merely cloth diapers where you need to wash the diapers every time there’s a mess. But with that, you need to purchase more of them to make sure you’e covered when you’re changing often! AppleCheeks has a hybrid approach that can be used in a couple of ways. Instead of being just a cloth diaper, Apple Cheeks has an envelope system where you can put an absorbent liner into the diaper to absorb mess. The liner can then be disposed of meaning less waste! The fact that AppleCheeks are designed and manufactured in Canada is just a cherry on top!
The advantage of hybrid options is budget-friendly. Not only does it reduce waste, but seeing as I want to maximize our budget while I’m on mat leave for a year- the insert system allows the diaper cover to be reused, while the liners are replaced with each change.
We followed AppleCheeks recommendation of acquiring enough of a stash to last 36 changes, which is approximately three days worth of changes. By opting for the insert-system, we only needed to buy 16 covers and 36 liners. The alternative of buying 36 covers would have been about an extra $400!
It took me a while to build up the courage to use the cloth diapers (it’s an intimidating prospect) but now that we are almost a week in, I am happy to say we’ve made the leap! They’re easy to use, way more durable than disposables (we may have over stretched the velcro a few times), and ridiculously cute!
So far: Leaks: 0, stains: 0, happy baby: 1, excited parents: 2