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post #101 of 393

We're doing cloth again this time.  Most of our stash from DS is still fine (a few have shot elastic, so we'll replace those as needed).  For the newborn stage, we have Kissaluvs, NB Mutts & Loveybums.  Once he's out of those, we have prefolds, Goodmamas, SBish, Peanut Butter & Ellie, and a few assorted pockets awaiting.  For covers, we use wool almost exclusively...longies, shorties & soakers...mostly Wild Child Woolies.  LOVE her stuff!

post #102 of 393

I would love to try wool but I haven't found an "on a budget" option.  Am I missing something?  (especially with twins on the way I'm trying to do it on the cheap).

 

Good point about the gussets in proraps v. bummis. 

 

Anyone have experience with Litewraps?  According to GMD they are the smallest preemie diapers available.

 

Also, why doesn't GMD sell proraps?  Seems weird.

post #103 of 393

 

 

What's the budget?  The nice thing about wool is that unless it gets poop on it, it doesn't really need to be washed often (once every couple weeks is fine) so you don't really need a lot of covers (3 or 4 is plenty for a singleton, IME).  

 

 

 

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I would love to try wool but I haven't found an "on a budget" option.  Am I missing something?  (especially with twins on the way I'm trying to do it on the cheap).

 

Good point about the gussets in proraps v. bummis. 

 

Anyone have experience with Litewraps?  According to GMD they are the smallest preemie diapers available.

 

Also, why doesn't GMD sell proraps?  Seems weird

post #104 of 393

nerdymom: hahaha! yes, my husband is an engineer. The idea of homebirth hit him hard when I first mentioned it, but now he's completely on board with a HB. The CD discussion has only come up twice so far, so I should have expected some resistance to this as well :-) I have enough ammo about this now and will gently speak to him about it tonight. Thanks!!

post #105 of 393

Thx ladies! I've been devouring all this information.

 

What do you think of this newborn package. Here is the link to the site http://www.thanksmama.com/Basic_Newborn_Package_p/dpk-705.htm

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is it enough?

Is too much of the same sizes?

Is it too expensive?

Are they good brands?

 

Any other ideas would be appreciated.

 

Also, do you put your prefolds in the dryer?

post #106 of 393

I love newborn prowraps!  They are the cheapest and fit so well on scrunchy babies!  I would do whatever I could to have as many newborn covers as possible -- just to keep it easy during the first few weeks.

 

Just pulled out my newborn/small stash and am trying to figure out what I need.  I've cloth diapered 3 kiddos, but I always feel overwhelmed trying to make decisions.  Balancing cost vs ease of use gets to me!

 

Most of my small dipes are homemade fitteds with PUL covers.  I definitely need some more to round out my stash, so I'm trying to decide on which free pattern to use (I make big babies, so I want to have something that's usable for a newborn, but won't get outgrown in a week...).  Or I may just go with some prefolds -- cheap and easy to wash.

 

If you're new to CD'ing, I'd suggest spending more of your budget on the medium size (usually from about 13lbs to 25lbs), just because kiddos seem to stay in that stage the longest (even my very chunky baby was in med. until she was potty-trained). 

 

I have some pockets, and prefer the Fuzzibunz in that category (because of the fit, snaps, holds up well), it's nice to have a few that any babysitter can handle, and I usually keep them in my diaper bag for quick changes when we're out an about.

post #107 of 393
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Thx ladies! I've been devouring all this information.

 

What do you think of this newborn package. Here is the link to the site http://www.thanksmama.com/Basic_Newborn_Package_p/dpk-705.htm

 

 

 

 

 

This seems like a nice variety, esp in the covers, except I wouldn't want premie sized prefolds. They'd hardly last a couple of weeks on most babies, I would think. Maybe someone knows of another package that would give the same variety of covers?

 

Yes, I dry prefolds all the time. If they are stained and we have enough sun, a couple hours in direct sunlight is perfect for getting that stain out.  But, I use stained prefolds too, they are clean.

post #108 of 393

Donutmolly - I would like to try to make some covers.  I'm pretty novice in the sewing arena though.  It seems like a big responsibility to make something that has to keep poo in (as opposed to a pillow or felt play food, lol).  How hard do you think it is to sew?  What patterns do you like?

 

Can I just say Greatest Thread EVER!  :)

post #109 of 393
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Not sure if this has been covered in this thread yet (can't remember seeing it but I don't think I've caught every post). One thing to be careful of is what detergent you use with CDs. Scent and softeners are really bad for the diapers. Before I started using Charlie's I used a free and clear (forget which brand though).

 

 

Just wanted to add, ecover fabric softener is safe for CDs.. if you search diaperswappers youll find a bunch of info on it.  Some people say the 7th gen is okay too.. basically, plant based softeners.  It's really nice not to have crunchy diapers ;)
 

post #110 of 393

Liora:

 

The smallest covers I know about are proraps newborn and bummis super brite newborn. Both have double gusset covers and I think they should hold in the newborn poo well. I have thirsties newborn covers - which run larger. I got those because my babies tend to come out bigger - (7 lb 14 oz and 8 lb 8 oz.)

 

I have used the bummis super brites without leaks. They work very similarly to the thirsties. I'd never get original bummis or any other cover without double gussets for EBF babies. 

Proraps would be good on a newborn I think. I would not want them in the larger sizes though as they aren't as durable in my experience as the other covers. (I gave my limited experience with them in a previous post.) 

 

I think these pics would be really helpful to you. Some of the pics show preemies and small newborns in covers...

http://greenmountaindiapers.com/newborn_baby_diapers.htm

 

 

More pics...

http://greenmountaindiapers.com/superbrite.htm'

http://greenmountaindiapers.com/thirsties.htm

http://greenmountaindiapers.com/thirsties_duo.htm

 

If you click on the different cover types it will give a link to more pics for all the covers.

post #111 of 393


I personally don't like that package. Because I don't like...

 

bumgenius (base on reviews)

Kushies ultra - (based on awful personal experience)

Any cover without a double gusset. The only bummis cover with a double gusset is the super brite which is not listed in that package

15 wipes is not very many. Technically wipes are only needed during poo diapers but there are a lot of those in the early stages. I'd probably want 30 wipes.

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Those kissaluvs hybrid contours look very interesting to me. I'd also get some newborn double gusset covers like - proraps(not recommended in sizes above newborn IMO), thirsties xs, Bummis super brite newborn, imse vimse covers, etc. I also like the prefolds. Prefolds are an excellent option for a budget. 

 

I'd recommend 30 diapers for a newborn. They go through up to 12 a day and you need a bit of time to wash them. I prefer to wash every other day. If you think you would like to wash every day, I suppose you could get by with less.

The amount of covers you should have on hand should be between 4 and 6 (some people like to have 7 or 8 if they use unfastened prefolds but 6 should be enough.) If you only have 4 - may have to hand wash the covers in between. I don't want to bother with that so that's why I have 7 (though I'd be fine with 6.) 

Doublers can be useful depending on which diapers you get. Doublers could help with prefolds but you could also just double up prefolds for overnight whatever. Just so there is a bit of extra absorbency for longer sleeping stretches.

You'll want a diaper pale liner or hanging diaper pale (made of PUL) and a couple of small wet bags for when you go out of the house. You may want a snappi for use with prefolds.

 

Yes, I would recommend putting prefolds in the dryer at least for a few times til they soften up. You can line dry after that if you want.

HTH

 

 

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Originally Posted by preggers5 View Post

Thx ladies! I've been devouring all this information.

 

What do you think of this newborn package. Here is the link to the site http://www.thanksmama.com/Basic_Newborn_Package_p/dpk-705.htm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

post #112 of 393

Thought Id share some of my fav links

http://goodmama.typepad.com/goodmama/2008/05/make-your-own-wool-dryer-balls.html

I made a zillion of these.  Id put a little satchet of flax in the center and then I actually inject the balls with eos when the scent wears off.  That's how I sent my diapers ;)

 

Longies patterns

http://www.fullvid.com/wool/WSLinks.html

http://www.aubreydoodlepants.com/

 

Bellbottom longies (soo cute)

http://alison.knitsmiths.us/pattern_baby_bell_bottoms.html

 

Another longies pattern

http://www.tinybirdsorganics.com/organicwool/newbornpantspattern/Tiny%20Birds%20Newborn.pdf

 

curlypurly soaker

http://www.curlypurly.com/pdf/soaker.pdf

 

Cheaper shorties/longies providers (no stalking)

http://www.cottontailbaby.com/item_121/Kozy-Designs-Wool-Shorties.htm

http://www.llamajama.com/products/item_100/pink-green-wool-multi-wool-shorties.htm

 

Favorite board for advice on making your own and patterns

http://diaperdivas.proboards.com/index.cgi?

 

How to turn and topstitch with a regular sewing machine

http://diaperdivas.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=sticky&action=display&thread=3641

This site has great tutes on how to sew blind elastic, how to use casings.. yadda yadda.. how to sew fold over elastic (like on covers like bummis, thirsties, etc)

 

Love that she has so many freebies up, great pics and instructions.  I really adore the not so flat wrap and have made many of the others

http://makingitlittlebylittle.wordpress.com/category/freebies/

 

Fave fabric sites

http://www.girlcharlee.com/index.php/cPath/131

http://www.celticclothswholesale.com/

http://www.sewzannes.com

http://www.thefabricfairy.com/

http://kidsinthegarden.com/shop/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=4

Yahoo coops : search diaper fabric

 

Use a wipes container or warmer with cloth wipes :)

http://www.onetruemedia.com/otm_site/view_shared?p=53e6514e56c4019c21ff10&skin_id=701&utm_source=otm&utm_medium=text_url

 

Cutest longies ever

http://knitty.com/ISSUEwinter05/PATTblu.html

 

folds.. love the bikini twist and the angelwing.. bikini twist is great for heavy wetters.  You can kind of adjust where the twist is to where they wet.. so you can get away without doing doublers for a bit.

http://www.dy-dee.com/html/bikini_twist.html

 

Fave fold ever.. the jellyroll

http://www.littleturtleknits.com/sidewallpf.htm

 

dye your prefolds

http://lookwhaterinmade.blogspot.com/2007/06/ive-been-dyeing-to-do-this.html

 

Good reference if you want to try drafting your own patterns

http://www.diapersewing.com/measurements.htm

 

Fave diaper salve, better butt(er) cream - all natural and CD friendly.. love the vapor rub too.

http://www.northernessence.com/catalog.php?category=5

 

 

How to make a fitted from a prefold

http://www.diapersewing.com/prefold_to_fitted.htm

 

Soaker pattern

http://community.livejournal.com/punk_knitters/110889.html

 

Love love love tie nappies..  you can use any fabric, put a folded prefold, flat or a couple doublers inside.  They work best on nonmobile babies.

http://barelyknittogether.com/make-and-do/how-to-make-a-tee-shirt-tie-diaper/

http://wearyourbaby.com/Portals/0/TieDiapers/images/IMG_4380.jpg

post #113 of 393

Mamachef - THANK YOU for all those links, that's amazing! You should think about turning that into a wiki, I think that is such a helpful post!

 

I just popped in to share a picture of my Sunbaby diapers, they came today! So I'm going to make some extra inserts out of microfiber towels, fleece longies, soakers, tshirt prefolds and a healthy stack of wipes and consider myself done!

 

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post #114 of 393

I have a question for experienced CD moms. Do you prefer pre-folds or pockets?

 

I have never cloth diapered but so far I'm leaning towards prefolds. The pocket diapers seem like more wash to me. But that's only based on observation. What do you think?

post #115 of 393
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I have a question for experienced CD moms. Do you prefer pre-folds or pockets?



 



I have never cloth diapered but so far I'm leaning towards prefolds. The pocket diapers seem like more wash to me. But that's only based on observation. What do you think?




 



It's really such a personal preference. I would have to say that I'd probably choose pockets (Fuzzibunz, specifically) over prefolds. I do not like fiddling with pins and snappis don't work well with knit covers. The edges of the snappi gets snagged in the wool. Also, I could never get those snappis to stay put. They were forever coming off and/or one corner of the prefold would slip down.

Prefolds would be less set up, take down and laundry, though. With pockets, you have the pocket shell and whatever you stuff them with, prefolds, flats, special liners (stuffers) made for pockets. You have to stuff them before use and unstuff them before washing. With prefolds, you just have the dipes and covers and the covers don't need to be washed every time.

On another note, I wanted to 2nd whoever suggested investing mostly in medium sized whatever you get. My babes stayed almost exclusively in the medium or size 2 diapers and covers. They were in smalls for only a few months in the beginning (never small enough for newborn size) and potty trained or using trainers way before they would have ever fit into larges.
post #116 of 393
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Originally Posted by preggers5 View Post

I have a question for experienced CD moms. Do you prefer pre-folds or pockets?

 

I have never cloth diapered but so far I'm leaning towards prefolds. The pocket diapers seem like more wash to me. But that's only based on observation. What do you think?



Pockets. I like prefolds and would choose prefolds on a budget, but I like that pockets can be prestuffed so that when it comes to the diaper change you just quickly wrap it around baby. I have contours, fitteds and a few pockets and AIO's. Contours are my favorite overall because they are cheap and easy to quickly wrap on baby. Though if you would trifold prefolds, I suppose they could be just as easy. I always had issues with bunching with prefolds though. They still worked but yeah. I never had a problem using a snappi. I wouldn't use pins because I'm clumsy and could easily stab myself or the baby and that would suck.

 

My favorite pockets that I've tried are Thirsties. I have the old pocket AIO hybrid thirsties. I've used them through 2 kids so far. I expect they will last through my 3rd just fine. I don't know about hte new version known as the Thirsties duo diaper. I've heard mixed reviews but I'd think they'd be worth a try. Love the double gussets.

post #117 of 393
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I have a size question.  I am expecting that this new baby will have a similar growth pattern as my DC, which means she/he will be born on the larger size (8-9lbs) and then basically not grow much. My DC went from like 90th percentile to off the charts small in that first year.  She was well into her 3rd/4th year and I was still buying clothing in the baby section.  

 

For me, with something like the Kissaluvs size small, which goes until 15 lbs, I would assume that would fit this new baby through potty learning.  

 

What is my point?  I guess I'm looking for a little reassurance with buying mainly smalls with our particular family growth patterns because I hate to ignore all this good advice to bulk up on mediums (I've seen this advice all over the place so no doubt it's good advice!).  

 

ETA: Also, because my DC grew so slowly, I tended to not like to "buy big" for her and just in general don't like my babies to have to wear over sized clothing.  I think DC didn't really like it so I never much bothered with sizing up.  Now if I had a kid that grew like a weed you can better believe she/he would have to do that but for a kid who wears the same stuff for like 3 years in a row, it isn't worth the trouble.  

post #118 of 393

My babies grow small and slow too--we never buy bigger clothing ahead of time. dd2 is 3.5 years old and only 25 pounds. I got mostly XS/Newborn diapers for now but anticipate being in Smalls for a long time. Mediums look HUGE. One size look huge too.
 

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I have a size question.  I am expecting that this new baby will have a similar growth pattern as my DC, which means she/he will be born on the larger size (8-9lbs) and then basically not grow much. My DC went from like 90th percentile to off the charts small in that first year.  She was well into her 3rd/4th year and I was still buying clothing in the baby section.  

 

For me, with something like the Kissaluvs size small, which goes until 15 lbs, I would assume that would fit this new baby through potty learning.  

 

What is my point?  I guess I'm looking for a little reassurance with buying mainly smalls with our particular family growth patterns because I hate to ignore all this good advice to bulk up on mediums (I've seen this advice all over the place so no doubt it's good advice!).  

 

ETA: Also, because my DC grew so slowly, I tended to not like to "buy big" for her and just in general don't like my babies to have to wear over sized clothing.  I think DC didn't really like it so I never much bothered with sizing up.  Now if I had a kid that grew like a weed you can better believe she/he would have to do that but for a kid who wears the same stuff for like 3 years in a row, it isn't worth the trouble.  

post #119 of 393

I'm going to say that each kid is different so I would not base my purchase strictly on your first DC's growth. Probably, your baby will be born at around the same weight but that's no guarantee either. So, I wouldn't go crazy buying diapers until you see what you are dealing with. If you have diapers already in the small size then you can wait and see if your next child starts growing out of them, when/if you'll need the next size up.
 

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Originally Posted by IdentityCrisisMama View Post

I have a size question.  I am expecting that this new baby will have a similar growth pattern as my DC, which means she/he will be born on the larger size (8-9lbs) and then basically not grow much. My DC went from like 90th percentile to off the charts small in that first year.  She was well into her 3rd/4th year and I was still buying clothing in the baby section.  

 

For me, with something like the Kissaluvs size small, which goes until 15 lbs, I would assume that would fit this new baby through potty learning.  

 

What is my point?  I guess I'm looking for a little reassurance with buying mainly smalls with our particular family growth patterns because I hate to ignore all this good advice to bulk up on mediums (I've seen this advice all over the place so no doubt it's good advice!).  

 

ETA: Also, because my DC grew so slowly, I tended to not like to "buy big" for her and just in general don't like my babies to have to wear over sized clothing.  I think DC didn't really like it so I never much bothered with sizing up.  Now if I had a kid that grew like a weed you can better believe she/he would have to do that but for a kid who wears the same stuff for like 3 years in a row, it isn't worth the trouble.  

post #120 of 393

On the pockets v. prefolds question.  I really love my Fuzzi Bunz OS pockets.  However they are expensive - so for the time between newborn and when FB fit (they say 7 lbs and up but I've heard 9-10 lbs is more realistic) I'm going with prefolds just because they are cheaper and will be used for less time.  I don't want to spend the money to have the xs FB that they'll only be in for a while.  I'm hoping my FB one size will fit through potty learning for all 3 kids!

 

The stuffing and unstuffing isn't that big a deal and it makes diaper changes easier.  So I guess you're either stuffing after washing or folding/pinning/snappi-ing during changes. 

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