Originally Posted by punquin
For you CDing mamas - I need some advice!
My DH is not on board with CDing, so we'll be using disposables for our newborn. I'll already be the only source of food, and I don't want to be the only one doing diapers as well (he does not want to change any clothe diapers). Once he goes back to work, I will still be home with baby, working full time as a contractor for my current company. Since I'll be the one diapering during the work day, I though part-time cding might be nice.
Can you recommend what I'd need for part-time cding a 1 mo+ - preferably the easiest to wash/maintain and with the least start-up cost?
The cheapest would be prefolds and covers.
You can get prefolds for around $1.50 each (give or take a little depending on size).
For example, from this website
Sizes available and price chart:
$1.00 - Preemie 2x6x2 ply 9.5" x 13" (4-8 lbs).
$1.50 - Infant 4x8x4 ply 12" x 16" (7 to 15 lbs.)
$1.75 - Regular 4x6x4 ply 14.5" x 21" (15-30 lbs.)
$2.00 - Premium 4x8x4 ply 14.5" x 22" (15-30 lbs.)
And covers from the same site
are around $13.00/each.
How many you need kind of depends on how often you intend to wash them.
If you're doing part time, I'd say 10-15 prefolds a day and 2-3 covers (they can be reused after diaper changes unless they get totally gross). You would probably have to wash them almost every day, thought you may be able to get away with every other day depending on the number of hours your LO is in cloth compared to disposable.
However, let me say that if you want to try to convince your DH that cloth diapers aren't all that bad (not saying you should, but there is a chance you could change his mind if he sees that they really are not that much of a pain), prefolds are probably not the way you want to go. My DH does not touch prefolds with a ten foot pole, but he has no problem using other types of cloth diapers.
When DS was a baby, my DH was really against cloth because of the "work required" and the "gross factor".
We made an agreement that I would do all of the washing, and all he had to do when he changed DS was throw the diaper in the diaper pail which isn't any different than tossing a disposable in the garbage.
If you were to get all in one
diapers (no stuffing, no diaper cover and no folding), they are just as easy to use as disposable, aside from having to wash them.
I used pockets (fuzzi-bunz), which did require stuffing but I prepared all of the diapers right after they were finished washing/drying so DH didn't have to do any extra work.