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post #1 of 17
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I'm due in 2 weeks and I have no diapers, only a few sample disposables. I was hoping to cloth diaper but I've procrastinated and so I am just now researching. I'd like to buy some used on craigslist since I'm not sure it's something I'll really stick with. What is a good set up for a newbie? I stay home and don't mind laundry, but would prefer to not do it every single day. I just checked cl and I'm finding fuzzibuns, bummis covers, sets of prefolds. I'm so dizzy.gif

post #2 of 17

i love flats for nb since they can be folded smaller and fit better but thats just me. prefolds would be nice but i didnt have infant size so no experence but loved them once ds was able to fit the ones i had. i liked aio's for outings since it made changes quick and i didnt forget something. since you are so close to being do i would look for someone selling a complete lot of nb diapers. if you are buying used just make sure the snaps/velcro/elastic are in working order. i learned this the hard way.

post #3 of 17

whoami - I am also planning on using cloth diapers. I've done quite a bit of reading, and so far I gather that prefold diapers are best for newborns because you can fold down the tops near their belly buttons, to allow better healing for the umbilical. I'm planning on buying a mixture of new and used prefolds/diaper covers.  I'm going to buy the newborn set from this company: http://astore.amazon.com/grmohamo-20/detail/B00104FY6A

And also buy a few used diaper covers and prefolds off of my local yard sales site. Prefolds and diaper covers seems to be the most economical (we are on a tight budget). But I've heard the All In Ones are good to buy because most of them "grow with your baby"! But they will cost more upfront. So it just depends on whether you want to spend more in the beginning, or space it out.

 

littlemizflava - What are flats?

post #4 of 17
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Think 3 dozen small unbleached Osocozy Indian prefolds and 2 dozen medium be good to start? Comes with 4 small and 4 medium Bummis covers and a Prowrap Classic cover. is $100 too much for something like this used?

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Think 3 dozen small unbleached Osocozy Indian prefolds and 2 dozen medium be good to start? Comes with 4 small and 4 medium Bummis covers and a Prowrap Classic cover. is $100 too much for something like this used?


That sounds like a great price to me...where are you shopping - Craiglist?

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Think 3 dozen small unbleached Osocozy Indian prefolds and 2 dozen medium be good to start? Comes with 4 small and 4 medium Bummis covers and a Prowrap Classic cover. is $100 too much for something like this used?


That sounds like a great price to me...where are you shopping - Craiglist?



For now yeah. I'm open though, just want to get a good amount and decent quality. My honey is not completely sold on the idea and thinks it's going to cost a ton. I need something he can handle too. I can use any cover over a prefold right? And an aio is basically like a normal diaper and you don't have to deal with inserts?

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For now yeah. I'm open though, just want to get a good amount and decent quality. My honey is not completely sold on the idea and thinks it's going to cost a ton. I need something he can handle too. I can use any cover over a prefold right? And an aio is basically like a normal diaper and you don't have to deal with inserts?



You can use any cover over a prefold. AIO is just like a normal diaper...unless you want to put inserts in there overnights just in case, or when traveling,etc... for extra absorbency!

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littlemizflava - What are flats?



think reciving blanket one layer of flannel that can be folded to fit a baby better. i didnt pin and didnt know what a snappi was at that time. just held it in place with the cover. all i did was fold they also wash and dry quicker. peed ones just got rinced in tap water, rung and hung up to dry.

i did the icecream fold. didnt know that was the name of it that is what i called it to my dd who at the time was 4.5 and could do the fold on her own.  http://www.momaroo.com/693133348/how-do-you-fold-flat-diapers-check-this-out/

post #9 of 17
I started off with bumGenius but started using prefolds earlier this summer (after finally figuring out how to use them! I got them first but ddidn't know how to use them so I got lots of leaks at first then switched to bumGenius) and I really love prefolds now. AThey're easy and cheap!
post #10 of 17
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So many decisions... I found some kissaluvs, 11 with 2 thirstie covers, asking $100 which seems high considering each diaper is like 12? If I bought that would that even be enough?

post #11 of 17
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Okay, so I bought some diapers today. six gdiapers with a dozen prefolds to place inside, and five mother ease one size with snap in liners (brand new) and 3 covers. The gdiapers and covers are medium so I can't use them yet but I thought $50 so i bought them. I hope the mother ease will be fine for the nb stage, but not sure how many covers to buy. Still trying to decide on the kissaluvs and prefolds. Any advice?

post #12 of 17

Go with prefolds, they can be trifolded into a cover long after they are tight with a snappi.  Kissaluvs are not terribly absorbant, and not very soft.

 

Motherease One-Size (MEOS) will fit great from about 10 or 15 lbs to 35, pretty bulky before that.

post #13 of 17

I would go with prefolds because they are easy and cheap and versatile, especially as far as different sized babies.  You can fold them bigger or smaller.

Then if you decide on a different kind that you want to try, you can try a couple at a time to see what you like.

I do have a few kissaluvs fitted diapers and love them.  They have stayed very soft for us.

post #14 of 17

 

For both of my children I was happiest  with prefolds and wool diaper covers. I had Kissaluvs and sherpa diapers (both requiring the wool covers I had on hand) but did not like them for their bulk and the Kissaluvs eventually felt scratchy. For the price of the Kissaluvs, I felt this was a bum deal (no pun intended). For added comfort, I cut rectangles of fleece fabric and placed these inside the prefold. I used snappis vs. pins. For covers I knit my own longies (LittleTurtleKnits.com Original Longies Pattern) and made some short for summertime. I loved the original Fuzbaby wool covers (over the Fuzbomb, which fit weird on my babies and felted all wrong) but these are really hard to come by these days. But basically any wool cover that snaps I tried and was happy with--I can't remember the names of all of them. Imse Vimsy wool covers were effective but institutional-looking, which creeped me out. Still, loved wool over any of hte Dappi, Pro-Raps, and other PUL-types because they made my kids rashy. I never went wrong with wool, washed periodically in Eucalan, with a prefold inside. Washing the prefolds was easy, too. Prewashing with a little oxyclean helped. Line dry when summertime comes and fluff in the dryer for a few minutes to soften them up, if you like. Don't forget the wet bag for your diaper bag ;)ENJOY!! 

 

 

++Forgot to mention that I just bought today a set of Natural Baby Co GroVia covers, which are new to me since my last babies, and are reportedly great covers for prefolds. I've read a ton of positive reviews and they are trim fitting--which will be nice in winter when the longies are dirty and we need to wear pants over the normally-bulky cloth diapers ;)

ALL CLOTH DIAPERING SYSTEMS are bulky and hard to fit clothes over. You just have to learn how to work with the bulk, or wear longies as pants. You'll figure it out. Just don't expect all onesies to fit nicely over cloth diapers--not all clothes are cut for CDing. ;)

post #15 of 17
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Okay so I was just given a bunch of prefolds and thirstie covers, pail, liner and even some cloth wipes. So thanksful! Plus getting a free diaper sprayer, which had no idea I would need. I have no idea what I am getting myself into but I'm so excited to at least try this out. I did also end up buying a set of 11 kissaluvs. I was impulsive and thought it would be helpful for the hubby, mom and mil who will be helping out too. Now I just need to buy some new detergent, wash and get it all ready.  

post #16 of 17

Exciting!  Prefolds and thirsties will do you well!  Hope that baby holds out just a bit to let you get it all ready! :)

post #17 of 17

Sounds like you are all set, but here is my advice. The first newborn stage of diapering is a great trial period for deciding what works best for your family. Don't buy anything in bigger sizes (or keep the tags on) until your little one is about to grow out of her newborn diapers. For us, we just bought the size 2 diaper covers and the bigger prefolds now that we know we are happy with that system. My friend spent a fortune on AIOs and pre-washed them all, only to find out that they didn't work for her family.

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