I was pretty excited, because I really haven't been having super success with disposable diapers. Baby boog is a monster when it comes to, well, pooping. I know we all want poop "out rather than in!", but good GOD -- I also like not having to figure out how to get bright orange poop stains out of all of his clothes, too! So, you can imagine my excitement when I finally received an alternative to give a go!
Cloth diapers are not only reusable, thus cutting cost, but they are also far more environmentally friendly: you don't toss any part of the cloth diaper into the trash to fill up landfills. Disposable diapers take over a century to finally decompose!
The Good: The outer part of the diaper, called the diaper cover or shell, is fantastic! Green Line Diaper offers a whole slew of shells, many of which are colorful and fancy, which, if the baby were older, I know he would appreciate. The cover consists of two parts, one is waterproof and the other is a breathable cotton. The liner, or the absorbent inside of the diaper, is made of 70% bamboo fiber and 30% cotton, and goodness -- when I opened the package and pulled the liner out, I basically cuddled with it to my face for 20 minutes. It was supremely soft and snuggly. The diaper's velcro fastener sticks tight, and the drawstrings at the legholes are a good application for keeping 'things' kept in.
The Bad: That being said ... the baby made an absolute mess out of this diaper: liner, shell and all. Apparently, even though the outer shell stayed put with how tight I tucked it around the baby, the liner inside fell prey to his constant, and I mean CONSTANT, wriggling. He creamed everything with a load of pee and poop; so much, in fact, it leaked through the waterproof core of the diaper and out onto the orange outside.
The Verdict: While stylish in design and cost effective, I think I will be trying cloth diapers out a little later; maybe after the baby starts solids. I do not have a washer and dryer available all day to me, as we live in a townhouse complex and have to share the pay-to-use laundromat. The design seems like, in construction, it would work well, but with how liquidy this breast milk poop is, I'm not sure that it is a good option for us at this moment.
I would probably recommend this option to older infants and toddlers, as after they have introduced solids or cereal to their diet, they are far more likely to have solid waste, that isn't so viscous that it runs through porous material. I hope to give these another fair shot in the coming months to see if my opinion has changed at all. :)