Plain colors are steadfast after many hot water washes. Snaps are super easy and do not stick to everything in the wash like velcro when you forget to "close" the velcro. With snaps, there is no remembering to do anything pre-wash. Snaps are also adjustable to baby's growing and changing sizes. Outer cover is completely leak proof, but if the diaper is left on too long (4+ hours with one insert or 8+ hours with two inserts) then it will most definitely leak. Also, if baby is in a carseat for a prolonged period, it will leak...something about that position I think. Other than that...if in swing, jumper, vibrating chair, on floor...no leaks.
We use 2 inserts at night and like stated above it can last us from 10pm to 6am. By that time it is super soaked and near ready to leak. The elastic band button area is where the leak first occurs. The elastic band thing is a good feature but it takes SEVERAL tries to find the right combo for your baby and by that time s/he has surely grown so you have to readjust!
You do have to wash it on hot the 3 or 6 times prior to first use or IT WILL LEAK. I would recommend going to pinstripesandpolkadots.com to see which detergents are best for use on cloth diapers. This will alleviate having too much build up and stripping later on. We use Country Save or Planet and that works great! We use Imse Vmse soap as a sort of stain stick and ALL POOP STAINS ARE GONE IN ONE WASHING without any pre-soaking! But we do wash according to the directions - hot wash, cold rinse, dry on low for 60 min. So no buckets for our house soaking things...but then again we are still on breastmilk only ...so we shall see when baby gets to solids.
I own about 6 fuzzibunz that I have bought through Amazon before. This time what I received was nothing like the ones we own. They are cheaply made, and not even close to what my other fuzzibunz look like. Im convinced that they are knock offs but after researching some more it looks like fuzzibunz has their diapers made in China, Turkey and the US. Really? So there are three different versions of the same diaper? I feel ripped off. These diapers felt cheap. I can see fabric fraying when I took it out of the box. I can only imagine how it would look after a few uses. I will be returning the 6 that I ordered from danity baby and really don't know if fuzzibunz will be getting my business anymore. I needed 6 more diapers and think I would rather go with rumparooz or bumgenius. As annoyed as I am with the seller Im also annoyed that amazon would have a seller on here with potential knock offs.
I have tried a number of brands of diaper covers over the past two years, and I have come to believe that no one brand is perfect. They all leak from time to time, but so do regular diapers. I think FuzziBunz is a good value - the snaps create a tight fit to prevent most leaking, and they hold up extremely well to repeated washing. My Thirsties diaper covers did not do as well and will not survive for our second child, but our Fuzzi Bunz will.
These one-size covers are easy to adjust. They have elastic and buttons tucked inside the seams that allow for adjustment at the waist and leg. We used Thirsties and Bummies when our daughter was an infant and only started her on these when she was about 18 pounds. I found they worked up until she was just under 25 pounds. Then I purchased the size medium Fuzzi Bunz, which she still wears.
I have heard good things about Bum Genius, so I am going to give that brand a try with kid #2 because their patterns are cuter, but I have been happy with Fuzzi Bunz.
As the time for the arrival of our twins approached, I wasn't sure that the idea of cloth diapers would actually be worth it. They seemed so expensive and just gross. Who wants to wash off dirty diapers when you can just throw them away? Other than the obvious "green" factors, the idea of cloth diapers just seemed like overkill.
Now, 14 months later, I will admit that I was wrong. These are just SO easy, really! With the addition of the Fuzzi Bunz diaper bag, we simply remove the inserts from the diaper and put them in the bag after each changing. then, in the morning, we unzip the bottom of the bag and drop them in the washer, run a couple of cycles, and they come out ready to hang and dry. The exposure to poop is hardly any more than disposable diapers.
And being the pragmatic dad, the best feature of these diapers is the cost savings. With these one size diapers, we have used them from when our twins for just a couple weeks old up til now, at 14 months, with plenty of room to grow. I would recommend these diapers for this reason alone. The cost of disposable diapers is enormous when you add up the cost from birth to potty training. Although cloth diapers have a high upfront cost, it is well worth it in the end.
Also, we've had almost zero problems with diaper rash. We wash the diapers with Charlie's Soap and the kids haven't been irritated at all. After hearing horror stories from friends, the absence of diaper rash issues has been very welcome in our house.
One final piece of advice: don't think of it as an either/or proposition. We still use disposables at night and on longer trips out of the house. When it comes to diapers, practicality is more important than making a moral stand against disposable diapers. By using the cloth diapers at home and disposables when out and at night, we do our part for the environment (and our wallet) while still staying sane.