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post #41 of 393
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Beautiful, MC!!  I'll admit that I am a tiny bit tempted by the fitteds made from PFs.  The GMD ones look nice.  But, as good as the advice is to just try a few styles, I think I'm more of a pick a tried and true method and just sticking with it.  For me, that's going to be PFs (unless convinced othewise) a few PUL and some wool.  

 

I stuffed the Bumgenius pockets tonight and the front loaded nature of the work of pocket diapers isn't for me.  I can already tell.  I HATE laundry and don't remember minding pinning or snappying and then covering for changing.  Maybe that's the difference in preference...whether you are the type to get the work out of the way upfront or not?  

 

Anyway, I really like to hear all of the different preferences and ideas!  

 

I do have wool question!  You know the recycled wool covers?  How does one know that the person has chosen nice soft wool?  Is the diapering world so honest that a consumer can just assume it's all super nice?  Or do you just take your chances?  

 

Does anyone have a favorite among the "big" wool pull-up psoaker companies?  Disana($25/soaker), Ruskovilla($37/longies), Aristocrats($28/soaker), Kissaluvs($36/soaker), Lana($46/soaker)?  Right now I have 1 Small Aristocrats, a large looking Lana (bought used/felted/no tag) and a cute knitted soaker (bought second hand).  On my registry I have a NB Disana soaker and a pair of Ruskovilla longies.  Thoughts?  What about interlock?  Those Sbish pants look SO nice -- but I have a hard time believing they're worth the $$.  What about the snap/velcro wool covers?  

 

Oh, (I guess I have a bunch of questions about wool...) what's the DEAL with the Hyena Cart?  It seems super UN-user friendly.  

 

One more...do those knitted soakers, shorties and longies really work as a diaper cover?  That is the last thing I'm struggling with believing when it comes to the world of wool.  

post #42 of 393

IdentityCrisisMama:

 

I know very little about wool, but I think I'd be more willing to look on etsy than to use hyena cart. I've done both in the past and etsy is so much easier to understand for me.

post #43 of 393
I forgot to mention, other than newborn/small flats or prefolds, I wouldn't spend money on newborn size diapers. I may have larger babies, my smallest was 7 lbs. 11 oz., but the newborn dipes did not last long at all.

I knit so I only have knitted soaker patterns. Here are a couple of free ones:

Curly Purly Soaker http://www.curlypurly.com/pdf/soaker.pdf. This is a very easy, basic soaker. It works fine but I don't like the style very much. Lots of other people love it, especially since it's free.

Snapdragon Soaker, http://blossomsandbits.blogspot.com/2009/02/snapdragon-soaker-now-free.html. I haven't tried this one yet but I like the look of it a lot better than the Curly Purly.

I'm sure you could find some to crochet. If you are on Ravelry, you could probably find tons.
post #44 of 393

I'm not decided about what to do during the newborn phase. I have a huge stash of wonderoos pockets that the baby will go into when they fit. Not sure what to do until then. I can't justify anything other than prefolds and covers for a just a few months so I'm not sure yet what we'll do.

post #45 of 393

Yup. Sounds crazy, but it's true. They will get damp if baby isn't changed right away and has a really really soaked diaper, but it takes a LOT of pee to make them leak through to clothes (or you, or the car seat).
 

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One more...do those knitted soakers, shorties and longies really work as a diaper cover?  That is the last thing I'm struggling with believing when it comes to the world of wool.  
post #46 of 393

i cloth diapered ds starting around 10 month until about 2 1/2 or so then went back to sposies until he trained at 3 years. I will be doing mostly cloth diapers with this one starting probably after a couple weeks. I don't want to overwhelm myself so I have decided to do disposables definitely the first couple weeks or more if i need to. I will be doing mostly OS pockets, but have prefolds and covers as well. I did a lot of research as well and I am finally rounding out my diaper stash, which seems way more elaborate than what i had for ds, but i find that it is more affordable these days as cloth diapering as really started to become almost mainstream.

 

covers i plan to use: tweedebugs, econobum, some swaddlebees left from ds, I also have a mish mash of small/newborn covers i got thriftstore shopping back in the day that will be back up.

I got 1 dozen chinese prefolds, infant size, 1 dozen regular unbleached indian prefolds, and 9 newborn/small contours i made. I have hemp/cotton thirsties duo inserts to use as well. I have almost 2 1/2 dozen os pockets of various brands, bumgenius, kawaii, sunbaby etc. I plan to use regular washcloths as baby wipes.

post #47 of 393
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Originally Posted by IdentityCrisisMama View Post

Beautiful, MC!!  I'll admit that I am a tiny bit tempted by the fitteds made from PFs.  The GMD ones look nice.  But, as good as the advice is to just try a few styles, I think I'm more of a pick a tried and true method and just sticking with it.  For me, that's going to be PFs (unless convinced othewise) a few PUL and some wool.  

 

I stuffed the Bumgenius pockets tonight and the front loaded nature of the work of pocket diapers isn't for me.  I can already tell.  I HATE laundry and don't remember minding pinning or snappying and then covering for changing.  Maybe that's the difference in preference...whether you are the type to get the work out of the way upfront or not?  

 

Anyway, I really like to hear all of the different preferences and ideas!  

 

I do have wool question!  You know the recycled wool covers?  How does one know that the person has chosen nice soft wool?  Is the diapering world so honest that a consumer can just assume it's all super nice?  Or do you just take your chances?  

 

Does anyone have a favorite among the "big" wool pull-up psoaker companies?  Disana($25/soaker), Ruskovilla($37/longies), Aristocrats($28/soaker), Kissaluvs($36/soaker), Lana($46/soaker)?  Right now I have 1 Small Aristocrats, a large looking Lana (bought used/felted/no tag) and a cute knitted soaker (bought second hand).  On my registry I have a NB Disana soaker and a pair of Ruskovilla longies.  Thoughts?  What about interlock?  Those Sbish pants look SO nice -- but I have a hard time believing they're worth the $$.  What about the snap/velcro wool covers?  

 

Oh, (I guess I have a bunch of questions about wool...) what's the DEAL with the Hyena Cart?  It seems super UN-user friendly.  

 

One more...do those knitted soakers, shorties and longies really work as a diaper cover?  That is the last thing I'm struggling with believing when it comes to the world of wool.  


I did some research on wool and ultimately decided it just wasn't for me. There is a ton of good info (and a lot of enthusiasts) over at diaperswappers.com. I did decide that for the cost of the "big" wool brands, I'd rather pay a WAHM a little more to make a nice one.

post #48 of 393

I use mostly Heartland Dream cloth diapers. Tina does an amazing job and there are lots of options when it comes to material.

post #49 of 393
I missed the question about the wool soakers. Surprisingly, they really do work. I found they worked better than PUL. Like a PP said, the wool will get damp but it won't leak through. The PUL I used was more likely to soak through clothing. Even mas produced felted wool covers were more likely to soak through than my hand-knitted items. They are a bit more work because they have to be hand washed and line dried and lanolized periodically. It's not as much added work as it sounds, though.
post #50 of 393

I'm CDing too. I started CDing after I had DS and DD was still in dipes so I CDed both of them. When I started I was overwhelmed too with all the choices and the prices of some! I couldn't imagine paying over $20 for one dipe and I needed how many?! Nope sorry I couldn't do it. Honestly I cheated out. I found a free pattern online and made a couple fitteds, pockets and AIOs myself. I bought a couple of covers online, mostly used at diaperswappers.com and picked up a pack of pfs from Walmart. My favorite system is pfs and covers by far! The AIOs where what I was attracted to at first (b/c it was so much like a sposie) but I found I didn't like how long they took to dry. I still liked them for the quick change when we were out though but didn't use them at home except as a backup. I'd rather lay a pf in a cover than stuff a pocket (less time consuming to me) but that's just me being weird. And fitteds I didn't get. They were cute but if I had to put a cover over it anyways why bother? I liked that the covers could be wiped off in a pinch between loads and the pfs and covers were quick and easy to wash and dry. They were also cheap which was great! I really like frugal if I can get it. Another thing I like about the pf/cover is that I just buy the different cover sizes and only get the pfs in a couple sizes. The 'too small' ones get used as burp cloths, clean up rags, or doublers and are still useful instead of size small fitteds pockets or whatever that have been outgrown and are now useless to me.

 

My plan this time is the same pfs and covers. I'm making some wool covers and soakers too for nighttime. I do have a couple of fitteds, pockets, and AIOs I'm holding onto right now for back up but I'm not sure how much I'll really use them. I'm also picking up some flats this time. I was intimidated by the folding before but after using cloth I doubt it'll be that bad and I really want to try them. I like that they would wash & dry even quicker than the pfs.

post #51 of 393
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Originally Posted by Oregonicmama View Post

I would love to knit or crochet some woolies for the baby.  Does anyone have a pdf (or a link) of a favorite pattern they'd like to share?  I am better at crocheting than knitting.

 



I have crocheted about 5 different soakers, longies, and shorties (and 1 skirty) in all different sizes using these patterns:

 

longies and shorties:

http://withatangledskein.blogspot.com/2008/10/little-fire-crochet-pants.html

 

soaker and/or skirty:

http://withatangledskein.blogspot.com/2008/02/little-fire-crochet-soaker-pattern.html

 

They work up so easily and they fit my DD beautifully.  I have made a few pair of longies and shorties for the new babe, and they look like they will be perfect for a newborn.  

post #52 of 393
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post #53 of 393
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Originally Posted by allical1284 View Post

I have crocheted about 5 different soakers, longies, and shorties (and 1 skirty) in all different sizes using these patterns:

 

longies and shorties:

http://withatangledskein.blogspot.com/2008/10/little-fire-crochet-pants.html

 

soaker and/or skirty:

http://withatangledskein.blogspot.com/2008/02/little-fire-crochet-soaker-pattern.html

 

They work up so easily and they fit my DD beautifully.  I have made a few pair of longies and shorties for the new babe, and they look like they will be perfect for a newborn.  


Yay!  Thank you so much! 

post #54 of 393

And thanks for the knitted patterns, too, MarineWife!  I can't crochet to save my life, but I've been meaning to start a new knitting project for the baby, and a wool soaker would be a great way to use up some of the bits of wool in my yarn stash. 

post #55 of 393
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Originally Posted by Oregonicmama View Post

Another thing I wanted to mention is that while a diaper service is nice, you pay all that money and you don't even own your diapers!  You could buy a decent stash with a just a few months worth of diaper service payments and be set through multiple babies.  We had a service for a couple months when DD1 was born, but when we couldn't afford it anymore there went all our diapers.  MIL offered us a few months of diaper service as a shower gift for this LO but I told her I didn't want it and would prefer some covers and prefolds instead.


Good point, but the reason I want the service is because I don't do laundry.  I've had enough years of going to the laundromat (no washer/dryer in our apartment or building) and I send our laundry out.  If we decide we can't afford the service anymore I'm willing to buy diapers at that point.  I'm also not sure we're going to have more kids, so I'm not looking at them as a multi-baby investment.

post #56 of 393

Hi-

I have a 5month old and we've been cloth diapering since he was two weeks. I was also at a loss when we were getting started but I found these great articles/reviews/video tutorial on my favorite parenting blog Simple Mom. (simplemom.net)

 

http://simplemom.net/tools/cloth-diapering/

http://simplemom.net/visual-demonstration-how-to-put-on-a-cloth-diaper-and-how-to-get-one-clean/

 

And a great resource (besides Amazon) for cloth diapering supplies is Green Mountain Diapers http://greenmountaindiaper.com/.

 

I use Gerber prefolds with Bummis and Thirsties diaper covers but if I had it to do over again, I'd have purchased these: http://www.amazon.com/OsoCozy-Eco-Friendly-Prefolds-Unbleached-Diapers/dp/B003AJHDQW/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1296140051&sr=8-3 to use with just the Bummis Super Brite diaper covers.

These prefolds are the same price as the Gerbers but they are unbleached, softer, and they come in two sizes so your newborn doesn't look like they are wearing a bath towel around their bum.

 

I prefer using the prefolds over all the other styles (all-in-ones, pocket, etc.) because the diapers double as burp cloths, pee-catchers for when my boy uses his potty and has some overspray (I'm experimenting with Elimination Communication), and spit-up/drool catchers for putting under his head while nursing in a side-lying position on the bed.

 

Hope this helps.

post #57 of 393

I used cloth with my daughter... Bum Genius and I'll never use them again!  I followed all care instructions, and the waterproof lining started failing at 19 months.  So, now we have her in disposables, because each one of her 24 bum genius diapers leaks when she pees.

 

I'd love to use cloth again with this one, but am considering just going with pre-folds and thirsties covers...

 

(but I'll read the above posts for other advice!)

post #58 of 393

crystalyn:

 

I've heard all kinds of bad things about bumgenius. There are definitely better and less expensive diapers out there. If you want to avoid wasting money again - then go with the thirsties covers and prefolds like you were thinking. I have done those with good success. I like using snappies with my prefolds personally though trifolding works alright. It may be nice to have a few decent AIO's for out of the house too. You can look through the previous posts and check out diaperpin.com reviews to see what you might want to try. I gave my recommendations in a previous post. 

post #59 of 393

We're CDing.  Started with #1 at 9 mos.  #2 was CD from birth through PTing at 21mos with a few occasional night time sposie since she slept better after a certain point with a night sposie.  Hoping to CD this one from birth but having 3 and having had 5 years span between #2 and this one I'm considering the possibility of intermittent sposie use for practicality!  For example, depending on size of this one at birth we may start out with sposies because I lent half my NB stash to a former co-worker and she moved to CA and took them with her, no contact info!  I was so upset!  Luckily I kept most of my good stuff but having been in storage for 5 years the elastic is shot.  :(  I am NOT a PF girl so if I can't find the time to repair the elastic on these I may use NB sposies since it makes little sense to invest in NB dipes when this is 99% our last kiddo.  My sm/med stash seems to have fared better elastic wise so will definitely be using cloth for those sizes.  I prefer to use fitted with covers until they are older - offers double protection from blow outs.

 

For more active discussion and question answering try diaperswappers forum.  MDC slowed down a lot in dipe discussion after that place really got going. 

post #60 of 393

Please, what does PUL stand for?!

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