About four months ago I made the decision to put Lia on CDs full-time. More than the economy side of it, what made me choose CDs was the desire to help reduce the world’s carbon footprint. Of course, there’s aesthetics, but I
cannot assure you it comes last.
|Moo!: Alva CD cow prints|
Our first dozen CDs were Alva, which I bought on sale from Chloe of Baba’s House. These are still being used religiously till now, although I’ve recently began using disposables again during bedtime as Lia keeps having recurrent rashes while on cloth diapers for long stretches of time despite use of disposable liners, varying inserts, midnight changes, and barrier creams.
|Alva CDs (except for the paw print design and white one beside it): Super cute prints!|
I’m happy about having chosen Alva CDs. Not only are they one of the cheapest, if not the cheapest ones around, they are also sturdy (used to wash every other day till two months ago). Other reasons why Alva CDs rock are:
– The bamboo-MF inserts that come with the package are very absorbent and does well for overnights when doubled.
|Alva bamboo-MF inserts|
– Compared to most of Baby Wizard’s CDs, the sizing is generous, and can fit small to large babies, especially those who have big thighs like mine (more on the Baby Wizard CDs on a separate post).
– They have unique and ultra sassy prints(especially cute animal prints!) that are great for both boys and girls.
– The pocket is wide, making insert stuffing easy.
– It holds the insert perfectly in place, be it bamboo, hemp, MF, or bamboo-MF.
|Alva CD (ladybug design): small/ NB, medium, and large sizing|
Meanwhile, the cons are:
– Compared to other snap-on CDs, theirs just have too many buttons (two rows; the upper row has 2 buttons which makes 3 buttons for snap-on, apart from the buttons for length)
– Compared to Baby Wizard’s, it’s harder to remove stains on Alva’s inner microfleece, and they wear out more easily too.
– The outer shell of the plain ones are not exactly high-end looking.
|Closer look at Alva plain-colored CD|
However, for its price (P250-P280 per piece; P200-P220 if you’re buying in bulk from Multiply resellers), these diapers are great value for money. We’ve used these for daytime, night time, and travels, and they do a great job in holding in pee and poop.
How about you, cloth diapering patron? What CDs do you use?