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post #21 of 44
We're using a combination of mainly prefolds and covers, along with sized fitteds made by me, OS fitteds to grow with her, sized covers and some OS covers and wool longies knit by me. I might get a couple of pockets for nighttime but if she's anything like my DS she'll poop ALL the time in the beginning and I'm not going to spend the money on a bunch of pockets you can't pull out the insert and reuse the pocket because its been pooped on. I'll add more pockets as her poops get more infrequent and more OS fitteds as she grows but I really like prefolds and fitteds with wool and that will be our main stash.
post #22 of 44
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Originally Posted by crunchy_mama View Post
I would hold off on that personally- I only have green stitched and blue stitched- no newborn size size no problems w/ either kid.
Thanks for that input. The ones I bought are the green stitched ones. I guess if there's a problem, I'll order some of the smaller sizes. However, I received free samples of Huggies Pure and Natural NB dipes in the mail, and I can't believe how tiny they are! I guess I forgot - even my "big" baby was tiny at one time.

I know there's a diapering forum, but here's an aside question: To prep the prefolds, I wash them several times in hot water and I dry them between each wash - right? Do I dry on high, medium, delicate? I think I'll usually try to line dry, but I think for the prep, I need to use a dryer + it would take days, and I'm just not that patient at this point!
post #23 of 44
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Originally Posted by november View Post
Thank you for your input. What one size pocket diapers would you suggest, if you don't mind me asking?

I was wondering if any newborn diapers would fit the baby continuously. I wonder if I should just do sposies for the newborn stage and then have my stock of cloth ready for when s/he grows into it. Well, I guess that would depend on how much the newborn diapers would end up costing me as well. Decisions, decisions.
I am going to make maybe 5 or 6 PUL NB or Small covers and invest in some infant sized prefolds (the covers can be wiped down and reused as long as they weren't all nastified). That should be enough until this baby gets big enough to fit into pockets. I think I'm also going to bring a few size 1 dipes just incase nothing fits. I've never cloth diapered a new born (DD was 8 months old when we started) so I just can't help you very much with this! LOL

I have some BG 3.0's and although they still fit really well and the soakers also work very well, I will caution on getting their snap style. The Aplix tends to get shot quickly. I have 3 and I can't use them for the new baby until I switch them to snaps.

Here are some links to some good pocket diapers. And you can always check out craigslist, diaperswappers, or ebay for some used ones for cheaper than buying a new one:

Happy Heinys http://www.happyheinys.com/
Fuzzy Bunz http://www.fuzzibunz.com/
Thirsties OS pockets http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002CQUMFS
And you can always check out www.hyenacart.com and www.etsy.com for some WAHM diapers (and sometimes you can find some nice cheap ones).

Has anyone ever heard of this kind of diaper? I think I need to try one to see how they system works. It looks awesome though! http://hineylineys.com/care.htm
post #24 of 44
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Originally Posted by sebarnes View Post
We used prefolds and covers with dd. They worked just fine and did the job. When she was older we got a couple of fuzibunz, and I absolutely hated them. They leaked like mad. With ds we started out with prefolds and then got a couple of used bumGenius, and we were ruined for life They are so easy to use, we never had leaks, and I liked I didn't have to switch diapers and covers for each size. And he was a little over eight pounds at birth, so the bumGenius would have worked fine for him from birth on up. We used them until he potty trained and are going to buy 24 new ones to use with the new baby. That will be about $450 for the person who was looking for a stash under $500.00
So glad to hear this! We're using OS bumgenius but I was a little nervous about the velcro instead of snap thing, like maybe it would wear out? I think a PP said that was her experience, so I'm glad to hear the worked for you for the long term. We'll have two in diapers, which was our huge motivator for making the switch, so they'll get lots of use!
post #25 of 44
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Originally Posted by sebarnes View Post
We used them until he potty trained and are going to buy 24 new ones to use with the new baby. That will be about $450 for the person who was looking for a stash under $500.00
Just a note: we got 20 brand new BumGenius 3.0 on Ebay for $340 (including shipping). So whoever was looking at getting easy to use, less than $500 dipes. Try Ebay you may be able to get what you want and save a few $$!
post #26 of 44
For DS #1, we used Bum Genius 2.0 (started out when he was 10 months). We were really happy with them, (super easy, great fit) but found that the velcro and PUL cover did wear out after awhile (about 16 months of heavy use, so I'm not complaining). So we switched to a bare minimum stash of toddler prefolds and Bummis Super Snap covers. I'm shocked by how happy I am with them. They are pretty much just as easy to use as pockets and I think they work even better...the only downfall is that they're MUCH bulkier. I'm almost bummed that we got so many OS FuzziBunz for baby #2 (we've tested them out on DS #1 and I'm happy with the fit, but I don't think the FB insert is as absorbent as BG's, but I do love the snaps and colors).

If I could do it all over, I think I'd go with a mix...this would be my dream stash:

12 prefolds + 6 covers
6 fitteds + 2 wool covers + a pair of great wool longhies
(all of the above would probably be needed in 2 sizes)
6 or more OS pockets
post #27 of 44
I have some prefolds and wool and PUL wraps, but my one true love is Dream Eze fitteds and AIOs (www.thenaturalbabyco.com). I've been stocking up when they have sales on seconds/testers. I hope to be able to get some of the new AIOs with the lovely wider elastic.

I would love to have some natural fiber inner Cloth Thoughts AIOs but I don't think the WAHM is sewing anymore. Wah!

I have some OBB Marathon pockets for out and about but overall I don't want to deal with synthetics and the potential laundry complications.
post #28 of 44
We'll be doing flats/pre-folds and covers.
post #29 of 44
I wish I knew what I was doing!!

I find the multitude of systems and options overwhelming!

But I'm leaning towards some prefolds w/covers for newborn stage, then AIO's. I want DH to be able to do it easily so he does it often! I have heard good things about Dream-eeze and SposoEasy, so we might get some of those, and then maybe some BG's too. I've heard BG's aplix isn't so good long-term, but their snaps are, but then some say doing snaps in the middle of the night is a PITA. hmph.

So confused! And I have to register soon... eek!
post #30 of 44
I'm definitely starting out with just prefolds and covers, mostly because it is the cheapest system and simple enough to use. I do not wrap my diaper around the baby or snappi or pin. I fold the prefold and lay it in the cover. Super easy. Like a pocket only without the "pocket" to have to reach in and get my hand icky. Prefolds are cheap and easy to clean, and if I want to dress them up for cuteness factor, I can sew on decorative material. I can even make them into pre-fitteds if I want.

With my son, I scoured for bargains and tried just about every diaper out there. I liked fuzzibunz and wonderoos, but found that finding them bargain-priced was next to impossible. The used ones sell for like maybe $1 cheaper than new. Most AIO styles were way too bulky on my son, and besides they were a pain in the rear to clean. I fought diaper stench more often than I would care to admit with my AIOs. Sure, they were kind of "easy" but there are plenty of easy systems.

mariacm -- if you are overwhelmed with all the choices, I recommend getting a few different kinds and then trying them on your wee one. You can never really know what works well until you try it. The good thing is that you can sell whatever doesn't work to pay for what you know does work.
post #31 of 44
I'm using what I have leftover from my first, plus a few new ones.

BumGenius One Size mostly
BumGenius AIOs
Fuzzi Bunz
Swaddlebees
Bummis covers and prefolds
post #32 of 44
Cloth-eez Prefolds from Green Mountain Diapers (http://www.greenmountaindiapers.com and Dappi pull-on nylon pants. Sigh. So boring. So efficient! I have used absolutely every kind of diaper there is since I started cd'ing six and a half years ago...and cloth-eez pfs, not Chinese pfs or Indian pfs, under Dappi pull-ons are the only things that consistently work for us!

With ds, I had all the little cute newborn pfs that I hand-dyed myself....and he outgrew them in three weeks. So then I used flats until he was four months old and then he fit in the brown edges, same as dd #2! He was a chunker.

With this girl, I'm going to start her off in yellow-edge cloth-eez, folding down in front to make them fit, then move her up to the brown edge when she's big enough. Then I'll have ds and dd #3 in brown edge, different sized Dappi covers and the world will be bright and smiling :

I might get some one-size Fuzzi Bunz for going out...haven't decided yet. Keeping two kids in diapers is a challenge....
post #33 of 44
http://www.softclothbunz.com/ is having a sale on the older style bumGenius organic one size diapers -- they are $19.95, plus you can use a $2.00 off coupon code at check out. I went ahead and picked one up on an impulse splurge buy
post #34 of 44
OK, I am looking at either Happy Heiney or Fuzzi Bunz one-size pocket diapers at the moment (they are my top contenders). Anyone have opinions on which of these two are better?

Also, I don't "get" the pocket part. How much messier is a pocket diaper in comparison to an AIO? When you wash the pocket diapers, do you have to pull out the pocket before you wash (essentially touching the soiled part of the diaper?). I just dont get how this part works, LOL! Step by step instructions on how to wash a pocket all in one would be much appreciated !
post #35 of 44
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Originally Posted by november View Post
OK, I am looking at either Happy Heiney or Fuzzi Bunz one-size pocket diapers at the moment (they are my top contenders). Anyone have opinions on which of these two are better?

Also, I don't "get" the pocket part. How much messier is a pocket diaper in comparison to an AIO? When you wash the pocket diapers, do you have to pull out the pocket before you wash (essentially touching the soiled part of the diaper?). I just dont get how this part works, LOL! Step by step instructions on how to wash a pocket all in one would be much appreciated !
I really hated FBs...We bought a ton of them initially because dh wanted something "easy" and we both despised them. (they leaked horribly and trapped smell). We had a few HH and I always liked them, however as ds got bigger he could easily take them off because they velcro but he couldn't unsnap the FBs. The FBs were also a better value as they fit for a long time. However, I never had issues with the HH stinking or leaking. They both dried quickly (we lined dried).

If I had to choose between the two now I would buy HHs. (The FBs leaking drove me crazy!)

AIOs take much longer to dry and really weren't much easier than the pockets. We just held the pockets over the laundry and shook the inserts loose and then re stuffed them when they were all clean.

Hope that helps!
post #36 of 44
Happy Heineys leasked for me and FB didn't I loved the FB's but am going the tried and true prefold route as I said before my firend will be giving me some BG one size and I will thow those in for outings and maybe for the middle of the night just for convience.
post #37 of 44
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Originally Posted by SunShineSally View Post
Happy Heineys leasked for me and FB didn't I loved the FB's but am going the tried and true prefold route as I said before my firend will be giving me some BG one size and I will thow those in for outings and maybe for the middle of the night just for convience.
I think the way children are built affects the results with these diapers!

We're also sticking with prefolds and fitteds this time, both because they are more affordable and because I never had leaking problems with quality prefolds and good covers!

If I end up working out of home this time then I would like to have a few pockets (or AIOs) for whoever helps while I'm at work.

IMO you can't beat prefolds and covers!
post #38 of 44
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Originally Posted by november View Post

Also, I don't "get" the pocket part. How much messier is a pocket diaper in comparison to an AIO? When you wash the pocket diapers, do you have to pull out the pocket before you wash (essentially touching the soiled part of the diaper?). I just dont get how this part works, LOL! Step by step instructions on how to wash a pocket all in one would be much appreciated !
A pocket dipe is just like a diaper cover, only with some kind of material outside of the waterproof part (if that makes sense). You stuff absorbent material into the pocket between the laminate and the material. Some people say they just toss the whole pocket dipe (with the stuffing still in it) into the wash. I personally preferred to "unstuff" the pocket before laundering, so yes, I had to touch the soiled part. Ew. What I found was that it is much easier just to lay absorbent material into a cover (i.e. a folded prefold into a wrap-style cover) and put on baby. After unvelcroing or unsnapping the cover, the soiled prefold can be tossed into a wet bag, bucket, or straight into the washing machine with very little, if any, contact with the soiled part.

That said, I did like my fuzzibunz. They fit my son well and washed up pretty well, too. If I prestuffed them, other cloth-diaper-nervous people seemed ok with putting them on my son. I had Happy Heinies too, but they wicked something fierce for me. I don't know if it is because I bought them used (almost all my diapers were used, anyway) or what, but though they were the trimmest, they just didn't work for us.
post #39 of 44
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Originally Posted by mariacm View Post
I wish I knew what I was doing!!

I find the multitude of systems and options overwhelming!

So confused! And I have to register soon... eek!
There are websites that do sample/trial packs. Jillian's Drawers is one that comes to mind, although there are other sites that do this. You pay a deposit, they send you 8 or 10 different brands (all new) you try them out, then can return them or buy them out for some kind of a deal. I think it's such a great idea, although I never did try it. I went a little crazy on Diaper Swappers, buying one of this and one of that. That works too, I certainly don't regret any money I spent on there, and got a really great variety.

Don't be overwhelmed! It's fun!

As for us, I've got some embellished prefolds with covers, a dozen adorable itty bitty AIO's, can't remember what kind, and that's it. All of the diapers from DS have had their day in the sun, so I'm excited to buy some new (used) ones.
post #40 of 44
I second the packages! It is nice to be able to sample some, fiddle around with them and see which ones you like... also if you check out diaperswappers.com, you can get cheapie ones. If you go to Diaper Lots, sometimes people post packages that are good for starting out...

I personally love pockets. I find CDing to be fun, and even addictive! We are temporarily using sposies while living with family and every time I throw a diaper away, I die a little inside. And every time I have to go buy diapers, I cringe because I have several dozen CD's sitting in a basket, waiting till we get our own place. 3 more days of sposies till we are in our own apartment and CDing again!
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