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post #341 of 393
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Originally Posted by Blanca78 View Post

Hey all, what kind of pail/bag set up would you recommend? I don't even know where to start. Here are some questions.

Do I need a just-for-cloth trash-can type pail that lets me use deodorizing inserts, or will just a trash can work? What kind of lid is best?

How big a pail do I need?

 

What's the deal with wet bags--is there a difference between those and the washable pail liners? Do I need both? What size wet bag?

 

What set up has worked best for you, and how do you control odors?

 

Thanks!



My baby's dipes don't usually smell until they're on solid food.  My diaper pail has been a pretty blue metal trash can with a lid but we left the lid off for at least the first seven months.  If we put the lid on, it would smell when we opened it, but if we left it open, it never smelled--and it was in the living room right by the doorway to the kitchen (high traffic area).  Once the smelling starts, we didn't use anything for odor, just the lid.  For first daughter, we lined it with a garbage bag, but by second daughter we were greener, and used a nylon laundry bag (purchased at the grocery store, I think) which we threw in the wash whenever washing diapers.  Easy peasy.

 

You can use a big wet bag instead of a diaper pail as pp was saying.  Or as a second diaper pail in the bathroom, or something.  And smaller wet bags are what you want to keep in your diaper bag so you can put the dirty dipes in it while you're at the grocery store, zoo, etc, to transport back home.  Again, for first daughter we went the ghetto route and just used plastic grocery bags which we tied closed.  Worked fine.  A well-made zippered wet bag is nicer though, and not disposable, and probably contains smells better.  That's what we've got now.

post #342 of 393

Hello everyone, 

 

I'm a bit late on this thread because I've been extremely busy.  I starting using CD on my 2nd son when he was 9 months old, so using cloth with a newborn is totally new to me.  My son just turned 2 and has apparently potty trained himself overnight, like magic.  SO, it looks like I'll only be diapering 1 child this time which is super.  Anyway, for the newborn stage I was thinking of going with prefolds (should 24 do it? I don't want to go nuts buying a million newborn diapers... especially since this is likely going to be my last baby) and prowraps because they have the umbilical notch and I've heard they contain blowouts well.  Then I'll buy just a few more of the regular sized prefolds and a few new covers as he's getting older. I was also thinking a few fitteds for nighttime would make my life easier. 

 

With my older son, we always used prefolds in the house and bumgenius for naps, overnights, and excursions.  I was planning on doing the same for this baby (especially now that all of his big brothers bumgenius have become available). 

 

Any suggestions for things I've overlooked?

 

Oh, and just my tips for mommies new to cloth: a diaper sprayer is the best invention EVER! I used CD for 9 months without one, and I rejoice every time I don't have to stick my hand in the toilet with the poop, just saying lol.  Use a regular flip top garbage can with a a washable liner (buy 2 so one is always clean), and get one of those arm and hammer baking soda things for the refrigerator with the suction cup on it and stick it to the top of the diaper pail- it really helps with the stink!

 

Okay, one more thing... we recently moved and now have access to a top loading HE machine.  I haven't found a detergent that works well in here, it either stinks up quickly or had irritated my sons sensitive skin.  Anyone try that new rockin green detergent? Or have any other suggestions for a good HE detergent?

 

I better get on this FAST because I was sort of shocked yesterday when I realized I am 7 weeks from my due date.

post #343 of 393

Adasmommy and Lovemy2Joshs, thanks for the advice! I hadn't thought of one of those Arm & Hammer baking soda things--that's a good idea. So, I'll go with just a 13-gal. flip-top trash can w/a couple of washable liners. Plus a small wet bag for the diaper bag.

 

Another question (possibly dumb): I'm planning on using a combination of prefolds/covers and hybrid systems (plan to try both Grovia and Flip). Do you wash the covers with the diapers? I know you don't need to wash the covers every time, but when they are dirty, is it okay to run them through the same cycles as the diapers? I know they need to line dry.

post #344 of 393

Re: Costs of making your own diapers.

I can make diapers with new fabrics all organic hemp/cotton and bamboo for between 4-7 a diaper depending on what size including, wooly nylon for the serging, lastin and snaps.  Smalls and newborns 4.  7 for larges.  I use the fatty cakes pattern and usually order my fabrics from co-ops and stock up on threads when Joann's has their spring sale.  Since I can get multiple cuts from a yard and the fabrics I use are typically 60" wide it works well.  Ill usually be able to get a couple 3 layer soakers from the yard too.  Diaperswappers has some good layouts so you can see how to best use your yardage.  Ive tried every diaper fabric and those are the ones I like.  I dont dig flannels because my kiddo had sensitive skin and flannels get uber wet feeling so I had went through sooo many diapers when I tried to use flannel or cotton terry and was just changing so often.  Its nice that you can get flannel and terry really easy locally though.  I think flannel inners with a layer that stayed drier feeling to the touch on the top would work better maybe suedecloth.. some kids have allergies to suedecloth tho, So I wouldnt make a whole stash out of them without seeing how my kid did with it. Some people really like microfleece as the layer next to the skin but you have to have  a rock solid wash routine to make sure you dont get buildup issues.  It doesnt breath enough for me personally.  I do have some polar fleece covers I made for when DD was a newborn though that I love and will use again this time.  Breaths more then PUL and dries quickly.

post #345 of 393
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Do you wash the covers with the diapers? I know you don't need to wash the covers every time, but when they are dirty, is it okay to run them through the same cycles as the diapers? I know they need to line dry.


Yup!  I throw diapers, wipes, and covers into the washer together, then fish out the covers before I throw everything else in the dryer.  Just be sure you leave the covers out if you're ever going to put bleach in the load -- bleach will damage the elastic (and the PUL, too, I'd imagine) in the covers.  (I almost never use bleach, but I'll put a bit in on occasion if I've got bad stink issues, or if DD is fighting a yeast infection or something like that). 

 

post #346 of 393

I wash everything together and I only put prefolds and inserts in the dryer.  Everything else gets hung up to dry. Not sure I can do this with our AIOs for the newborn because they might take too long to dry. I might partially dry them, then hang them up.

 

Does anyone use wool covers? I just knit two pairs of longies (one boy and one girl) and I'm not sure what to do next. I've heard of using lanolin. Does it matter what kind. I have a sample packet of lansinoh if that would work.

post #347 of 393

 

The lansinoh works fine.  I think the routine is to melt a pea sized dollop in hot water, then mix that into the wash water with your wool.  I haven't done this in years as I am now loving lanolin balm from  Sudz 'n Dudz which you can just pat on the wool when wet or dry, without melting or adding to water or anything (good for your skin, too)!

 

post #348 of 393
Thread Starter 

Hey, Mamas!   

 

I wanted to let you know something I just found that I'm pretty excited about.  I'm not sure how many prefold users we've got but I just found out that Nicki's Diapers has prefolds that are sized to be wider - more square like than typical dimensions.  I also discovered that Little Lions also has a "capri" shape that is also more square than rectangle.  Until this week GMD was the only company I new about that did this.  GMD seems like SUCH a great company but their prices for prefolds aren't great and they charge a flat rate for shipping (great for one big order...not great for a baby registry!).  Nicki's Diapers is out of the smalls (the best size for me) but they said they will be back in stock in 2 weeks.  Smalls (12.5x13) are $18/dozen!!   Also, they seem to be getting great reviews!  

 

Also, I have managed to find 3 size small Aristocrats soakers in great condition for $10 each.  That seems like a good deal for such a well liked cover.  We'll see if I like them.  ;-)  I've been really happy with Spots Corner on the Hyena Cart.  

 

My SIL keeps asking me how she can help me get ready for the baby...I'm thinking of asking her to prep my prefolds for me!  Wouldn't that be nice?  

 

 

post #349 of 393
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The lansinoh works fine.  I think the routine is to melt a pea sized dollop in hot water, then mix that into the wash water with your wool.  I haven't done this in years as I am now loving lanolin balm from  Sudz 'n Dudz which you can just pat on the wool when wet or dry, without melting or adding to water or anything (good for your skin, too)!

 

That's it! It seems so simple. So the nipple lanolin will be fine?

post #350 of 393

Hi mommas, I just went on nickisdiapers to see if the imagine prefolds were in stock, they have size small now! I ordered 2 doz, hoping that should be enough for a newborn (especially since we already have several bumgenius available too).  And, the bumgenius 4.0 are on sale from the 17-20th... so I bought a couple more of those too. (My 2 year old who seemed totally ready for using the potty has sort of changed his mind, so we'll probably be back and forth for awhile.  Anyone ever use the osocozy fitteds? They're on sale for $7.75 and I want to buy a few to try them out.  I've never used fitteds before because I never saw the point when prefolds are so inexpensive, but it seems like they could be really handy for bm poop which runs all over the place (I didn't CD my older son until he was 9 months old)

post #351 of 393

We used a combination of pocket diapers (Fuzzibunz & BumGenius) that wree given as gifts, and unbleached prefolds with proraps, wool covers at night or longies/soakers. This time I am going to get some of the fitted diapers from Babybunz called Snugglebottoms, my girlfriend used them with her babes and loves them and they are very affordable. The only downside to the prefolds with a NB for me was they seemed so bulky. Like anything it takes some getting used to, but we love it.

post #352 of 393

Mamas, I just had to brag, and I don't think my Facebook audience would really "get it":

For a grand total of $53 spent so far, I have acquired:

2 brand new Econobum covers and 2 prefolds ($10 BOGO in Feb)

2 used small Thirsties wraps ($10, Facebook swap--they smell like dog but I hope it'll wash out)

1 Sassycloth s/m fleece fitted (SUPER CUTE) ($6, Facebook swap)

AND brand new Flip day pack: 2 OS covers and 6 stay-dry inserts, $27 from my local baby consignment store.

 

Plus 1 BumGenius AIO has been purchased off my registry, as well as a pail liner and wet bag.

 

This puts me at 4 OS covers, 2 prefolds and 6 inserts, plus 1 fitted and 2 small covers, plus the AIO gift. I LOVE BARGAIN SHOPPING! I figure if I can stock up on more prefolds, I should be set, at least to start!

 

Plus for $87 from the same consignment store we got a Child Craft solid wood, compact 3-drawer dresser with fold out changing table top (this after an unsavory Craigslist seller sold another one out from under me when someone else was able to pick it up first, even though I made the first offer).

 

Things are shaping up!

 

p.s. Has anyone used Sassycloth before? I think it's a WAHM but her diapers get good reviews and they are adorable and super affordable: http://www.sassycloth.com/

post #353 of 393

I started using CD with my youngest one after I found out I was pregnant this time. I order mine through Green Mountain and have loved the products and service. I opted for the inexpensive flats/prefolds and mostly thirsties and bummis covers. I have about $350 invested and have 2 dozen prefolds and 4 covers in Newborn, 2 dozen and 5 covers in small, 1 dozen each med. and large sz diapers and 5 medium covers. I took advantage of a couple sales.

 

I was pretty intimidated with all the different types and styles, colors, fabrics and brands. It all came down to educating myself and being honest about our budget and needs. I feel like the prefolds and flats were the best as far as price, ease of home washing, line drying outside in nice weather, and they are so simple to use. (can use prefolds without pinning)

 

I didn't invest in any wool covers and leggings, but I like that the thirsties and bummis covers have a smooth inside that can be wiped clean and hung up which saves in washing them and lenghtens the life span of the velcro.

 

The only setback I have seen with the covers is my daughter loves taking apart the velcro and pulling them off.

 

I also like that once the new baby outgrows the newborn size, I can even use the prefolds as doublers overnight for my daughter, or burp rags exc...

 

I wish I had started a long time ago.

 

Christi

post #354 of 393
Thread Starter 

I had a baby shower and didn't really need/want much other than diapers so...I have quite the lush stash going right now!!  

 

I have:

 

3 dozen Nicki's Diapers size small (my DC grew really slowly so I'm hoping to get a lot of time out of these)  

2 dozen GMD flats size small 

2 Loveybums wool wrap covers size small 

1 Loveybums wool wrap cover size medium 

3 Aristocrats soakers size small 

1 Kissaluvs soaker size small 

1 Thirsties PUL cover size nb

1 Bummis PUL cover size nb

12 Bumgenius 3.0 - os

Various second hand fitteds, covers and doublers 

 

36 Cotton Babies Wipes 

Wipe solution 

 

1 snappy 

1 pins 

 

2 Planetwise pail liners / swing top pail   

1 Planetwise wet/dry bags in medium  

 

Country Save detergent 

Lanolin 

Baby shampoo 

 

I'm going over to SIL's house sometime next week to prep prefolds in her fancy washer.  

 

 

 

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I had a baby shower and didn't really need/want much other than diapers so...I have quite the lush stash going right now!!  

 


 


Nice!

post #356 of 393
Thread Starter 

I started prepping my diapers today - I've got the wool in a lanolin bath right now.  Kinda fun and not at all as difficult as it first seemed.  

post #357 of 393
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I started prepping my diapers today - I've got the wool in a lanolin bath right now.  Kinda fun and not at all as difficult as it first seemed.  



LIKE!! Today was my wool wash/lanolize day as well! I can't wait to see all this cute fresh wool on a little baby!!

post #358 of 393

I'm finishing a pair of longies I'm making for DD before I can start my wool. Good to know it's not as hard as it seems.

 

post #359 of 393

So I did end up doing a spreadsheet for my new/used cloth diaper stash. It's rather detailed and works for me. I even took the time to find market values for the items I got for free or at swaps to help me know what I spent vs. what I saved going the free/swap route. I'd be happy to share it. Are we allowed to attach documents here? I tried attaching it once and nothing happened. If anyone wants to see the spreadsheet, let me know what I should do!

 

 

post #360 of 393

I'm about 2 weeks into my first time cloth diapering.  We're using a service with prefolds and covers.  We went through all 80 sent to us easily the first week, and about 60 this week.  I like the Thirsties covers best so far (also have Bummis and Imse Vimse -- and 2 homemade wool I haven't tried yet).  Still nervously awaiting the first blowout!  ;)

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