First off-- I still LOVE bumGenius diapers! Honestly, I think we started with the wrong brand and are now spoiled for forever... lol! My favorites used to be the Freetime diapers but I now love the 4.0s much better as a daytime diaper. I thought I would hate stuffing inserts but I actually love the fit and all so much better that it makes it worth it. The Freetimes (especially the ones with velcro) work great as our nighttime diaper since they have so many layers (and the velcro makes it easy to put on a baby in the dark).
Secondly-- I have found that I really do LOVE cloth wipes! However, Jon does not! So, we are keeping a supply of both regular wipes for him and I am using the Thirsties Fab Wipes.
Thirdly-- we love our grey chevron Planet Wise wet bag for keeping dirty diapers until washing them.
In regards to how we wash them-- I had a lot of different input from friends that cloth diaper about how they do their diaper laundry. I have tried every method I can think of from the size of the load, type of detergent, and the amount of rinse/wash cycles.
As of right now this is how we do it:
1. MEDIUM load for 6-8 diapers (any more water and I have found that they do not agitate enough... they just kinda float around). Apparently, every make and model washer is different in the amount of water that it fills with and this is just what works for us.
2. I run a COLD short cycle wash instead of the initial rinse that we used to run... It saves me from having to wash the diapers multiple times.
3. Then I run a HOT regular cycle wash with detergent.
4. I run an additional rinse cycle of cold water to make sure that all the detergent is out. After the rinse cycle I smell all the diapers to make sure they both do not smell like pee or detergent. If they smell like pee then I rewash in HOT and then rinse again but if they are only smelling of detergent then I simply rinse again (I have only done this once or twice).
I am washing diapers pretty much every day. I have tried waiting and washing every other day or every third day.... but I am an "empty laundry basket" type of person (I am always working on a load or two of laundry to keep my laundry basket empty of clothes too). We now have 12 bumGenius and 4 "other brand" diapers (obviously a total of 16 diapers) and if we go out of the house at least once a day (and for those occasions I use disposable diapers) this amount will last us approximately 2-2.5 days. So in theory, I could wait and wash them then... but I don't... I wash a load every day! Because of that, I feel like 16 diapers is plenty for us; however, I am interested in expanding my collection and trying new things so I am sure that I will buy at least a few more every month for a little while longer.
All in all, I am still so glad that we switched to cloth diapers and wipes!!! I have found the best support in other moms who have been cloth diapering for much longer than I have been. I had NO CLUE how many people were already cloth diapering! It is so good to hear stories, advice, and just basic encouragement from other moms who have "been there, done that"!
Fun fact of the day-- Jon was cloth diapered as an infant! Who knew!? :)