Is it okay to wash cotton prefolds with stuff like microfiber? Or do the different fabrics need to be washed separately?
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I wash everything together, but with hemp and unbleached cotton - you should prep them the designated amount of times before mixing everything together or the natural oils from them will attach to the microfleece and other synthetics and cause those to repel.
LOL, as long as you have done all the needed prep for the unbleached stuff like hemp and cotton that I mentioned before, you can wash everything all together.
- I believe it's recommended to wash and dry unbleached hemp and cotton 6 times.
try myuseddiapers.com. You only pay an auction fee if your things sell and it's reasonable (.60 maybe?)
Haha! That's an idea. Last I heard (several years ago) ebay banned the sale of used undergarments (diapers). Something about it being unsanitary. I used to buy and sell on the TP here all the time but now they charge a fee. I tried Diaperswappers once but had difficulty with that site for some reason. I can't remember why now. Maybe it was because I was new and they'd had so much trouble in the past no one wanted to risk buying from me. I think they may have some sort of minimum post restriction now and I really don't feel like getting involved in another message board website just so I can sell a few diapers, especially with all the drama I read goes on at Diaperswappers. I've read such horrible things about that site that I really don't want to go on it at all. I may try Hyena Cart. The problem with that site is that you can't get email notifications of posts so you have to remember to check your posts and threads regularly. I have a hard time remembering to do that.
I agree with the PP that, if you are overwhelmed and don't know what to get, make your own sampler pack. I'd get a dozen infant PFs, a couple different fitted brands (I like Swaddlebees the best of all I've tried that aren't Hyena stalking), a couple different pockets (Fuzzibunz seem to be the fave), one sizes and AIOs. Swaddlebees sells AIOs, too. What's nice about them is that they are pocket AIOs. They already have a sewn in microfiber liner but they also have a pocket opening so you can add extra absorbency if you need it. Of all the diapers I've tried, I'd say those are the most absorbent and trim fitting. You can find all of those types in several different brands along with covers and wipes and everything else you'd need at Diaperware: http://www.diaperware.com/productpage/swaddlebeesfitteds.htm.
I also prefer the wet bag liners to a cotton bag that would get wet and soak through. I use a dry pail system but do spray poo off diapers before putting them in the pail so some of them can be pretty wet. And, like was said, once everything's been prepped, you can wash it all together. Some people wash (and/or dry) their PUL separately from their cloth because it can't take as much heat but I never worried about that.
Oh, and yes, you can absolutely stuff pockets with PFs. That's what I mostly ended up using my PFs for.
Liora, I'd be excited too but I must say that I have lots more patience this time around! I fine at least once/week that I'm thinking to myself, "Wow, this would be way harder with a little baby." I hope I stop thinking that way closer to April.
What about fleece as a cover? Who has used just a pair of fleece pants as a diaper cover? I feel like I've read that this can work but it seems a bit strange to me.
It works fine as long as the entire pants are fleece. If they have a cotton waistband or drawstring, the cotton part will wick moisture. I've used fleece pants as a cover before, though.
Me too! I took the infant prefolds out of my toddler's stash and moved them to the pile of newborn stuff we've gotten out of storage.
Diapering my energetic toddler does take some of the edge off, though.
These are so cute (and excellent quality):
Just wanted to mention that Wild Child Woolies is doing a pre-order on facebook. I think a couple of people mentioned liking this brand, and I just ordered some, so thought I would post http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/WildChildWoolies
1 newborn Muttaqin fitted
12 infant prefolds
11 small: 8 Righteous Baby fitteds, 3 Fuzzinbunz pockets
17 medium: 1 Sassycloth fitted, 7 Swaddlebess AIOs, 1 unknown AIO, 6 Fuzzibunz pockets, 2 unknown pockets
11 large: 2 Righteous Baby fitteds, 2 unknown fitteds, 1 Mudpie Babies fitted, 6 Swaddlebees fitteds,
8 one size: 1 Swaddlebees fitted, 6 Wonderoos pockets (mostly worn out), 1 unknown AIO, plus 2 Sun Baby pockets on the way
1 medium and 1 large night time fitted
7 trainers plus 6 more on the way
I also have 6-10 smalls that I sold to a friend that are being sold back to me. That will give me a total of 17-21 smalls and 12 prefolds. I think I need at least a dozen more diapers. The question is, do I get smalls and have to get more mediums later or do I get one-size? My babies have been 7 lbs, 11 oz, 8 lbs. 9 oz., and 9 lbs. 8 oz., respectively. Most smalls and one size start at about 8 lbs so I'm thinking either will work for me and I won't need any newborns.
I have never used one-size dipes with newborns, though. Anyone else with larger babies have experience with that? Do they work or are they really too big regardless of the sizing advertised?
My two older ones were around 9 lbs at birth, but the one-size diaper we had (Mother-Ease OS fitted) did not fit them immediately; they started to fit around 12 pounds, which was at about a month old for them. For the first few weeks, we mostly use infant prefolds. I also have 2 Wonderoos pockets which I used briefly with my son as an older baby... they definitely would not have fit either in at least the first month.
I've been googling a lot about fitteds. Part of me thinks that may be a good choice for us if the baby is going to be in the same size diaper for a while. In my research looking up things like "best fitteds for skinny legs" and things like that I'm getting mostly hits for diapers that are no longer being made (Clover and Diaper-eze) but I have seen a lot of suggestions for Kissaluvs. I'm toying with getting 12 mediums (10-25 lbs).
There are some newborn sizes that go up pretty hight in weight but after reading I'm worried that NB diapers aren't a good choice for a small kid. Even if the child can wear them for many, many months, I've been reading that NB diapers aren't always as absorbent (because NB get changed so often). Because of that I decided against the NB diapers with a high weight limit.
I've also read that side snapping diapers may work best for the size baby I think I'm going to get but I'm afraid of venturing outside of the world of cotton. Because I hate laundry I think we'll have to deal with stink regardless and I'm not up for the challenge of hemp, bamboo and etc. If you're not afraid of hemp there's a beautiful (and pricy!) hemp diaper on Etsy (look up hemp diaper starter set).
MW, have you tried Kissaluvs? I also understand that GMD workhorse fitteds work well for some but I hear they're not great for skinny thighs. Those Goodmamas seem to be all the rage but I just am not going there price wise.
Also, for both buying and selling I've got to say that I find diaperswappers and MDC annoying to deal with for the marketplace/tradingpost. I don't like that you have to PM for availability and the whole thing is just not for me. I also don't really like auctions so Ebay is kind of out. I've been very happy with Etsy and Spots Corner for used diapers.
My imse vimse contour diapers would fit a newborn - especially the flannel ones but I think I could use the terry ones as well. They fold down really small easily. I've got a total of 20 flannel and 6 terry that I will use. I've folded them down and put them in the thirsties xs covers easily. They need a good doubler once the baby wets heavier. They fit well up through the medium thirsties covers but they're a bit small in the large covers. I was able to make it work up to the age of 2. That's not too bad, but not newborn to potty. I don't know if any OS can really do NB-potty - unless there's an early learner. I also hated the MEOS. - they will function on an older kid around 8+ months but they are so bulky. I don't know why they couldn't make them trimmer?
I was just looking around and found that most diapers are hard to find in large quantities. I can't find more than 1 or 2 Swaddlebees sized fitteds anywhere and it seems the OSes are out of stock. I hope that doesn't mean they've stopped being made.
There are several cute print diapers on Hyena Cart but I can't make up my mind. I think I need to wait until I know the gender of this baby. I'm tired of boy and gender neutral stuff. If this baby is a girl, I really want some pretty, girly stuff.