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post #21 of 62

With DS #1, I didn't start CDs until he was 8 months, with DS #2, I did newborn sposies with the plan that I'd get him into OS Cloth as soon as he was big enough (with DS #1, that would have been less than 1 month, he grew so fast!). But he wasn't big enough until 3 months.

 

With this kiddo, I'm torn. I love using cloth, but I don't know if it's worth it to buy newborn sizes, especially since this is definitely my last child. I do have a bunch of enormous GMD green edge toddler prefolds (which will never fit my peanut DS#2) which I'm considering using to sew newborn contours and fitteds. I'd get at least 2 dozen from them. Then maybe I could knit a few wool soakers.

 

I will definitely buy some yellow edge prefolds, covers, and OS pockets.

 

This makes me sound like I'm much more crafty and ambitious than I really am wink1.gif

post #22 of 62
DD is still in her cloth diapers, and will likely still be wearing at least some of them when new baby is born.

We clothed her from 6 weeks on, and used sposies for the first 6 weeks. She was tiny, and I was really wanting to focus on nursing. We'll probably use sposies for the first 6 weeks again, so I can focus on nursing instead of washing diapers.

When we started last time, I had three thirsties covers and 20 3 ply gerber organic prefolds (they are really thin, but perfect for the amount of pee she had)

We will have to see how big this baby is, but for now I will be purchasing 10 BG Flip diapers. I love them because you can put the insert in or just use them as prefolds and covers.

I already have 10 BG's, and Im buying 10 more. I have 30 prefolds and Ill buy 20 more. I think it will be plenty.
post #23 of 62
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I already have 10 BG's, and Im buying 10 more. I have 30 prefolds and Ill buy 20 more. I think it will be plenty.


Not sure which BG you are planning on buying, but Cottonbabies has some good sales right now on their factory rejects. When I got mine, I couldn't even tell what the particular problems were. Usually off stitching or something minor. Oh, and some Flip covers, too.

http://www.cottonbabies.com/index.php?cPath=51

 

post #24 of 62

For all of you mamas experienced with prefolds - what kind of fold do you tend to use the most with newborns?  We've used the bikini twist fold (http://diaperpages.com/bikini_twist.php) and the angel wing fold (http://diaperpages.com/angel_fold.php) with varying success.  Both DS1 and DS2 have skinny legs, so it seems that poop escapes no matter what.  Luckily we have great covers that contain any blowouts.

 

I love cloth diapering the older babies, but feel a bit tentative when it comes to cloth diapering newborns.  It seems like all I'd be doing is diapering or washing/drying/folding diapers.  The expense is also a consideration.  Any thoughts?

post #25 of 62
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What color were the edges of these?  They sound PERFECT for what I need.  Will keep an eye on DS for them.  


They were periwinkle edge. I bought the from GMD almost three years ago and she stopped carrying them soon after, but maybe someone else sells them?

 

I also wanted to add for those of you who are hesitant to invest in too many orange-edge prefolds that my DD was 9.4 at birth, so we only used them for about 4-6 weeks (??? my memory is really shady here...) but once she grew out of them, I used them for burp cloths. Since DD was a major spitter-upper, I went through just about as many burp cloths as I did diapers, so I was so happy to have those ones around when she was in the yellow-edge diapers!

 

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Not sure which BG you are planning on buying, but Cottonbabies has some good sales right now on their factory rejects. When I got mine, I couldn't even tell what the particular problems were. Usually off stitching or something minor. Oh, and some Flip covers, too.

http://www.cottonbabies.com/index.php?cPath=51

 

 

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My best friend just bought a ton for her new babe, and couldn't even tell what was wrong with them! I'm thinking about getting a few for DH because he is not a prefold fan, but wants to change diapers in those early weeks. 
 

 

post #27 of 62
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For all of you mamas experienced with prefolds - what kind of fold do you tend to use the most with newborns?  We've used the bikini twist fold (http://diaperpages.com/bikini_twist.php) and the angel wing fold (http://diaperpages.com/angel_fold.php) with varying success.  Both DS1 and DS2 have skinny legs, so it seems that poop escapes no matter what.  Luckily we have great covers that contain any blowouts.

 

I love cloth diapering the older babies, but feel a bit tentative when it comes to cloth diapering newborns.  It seems like all I'd be doing is diapering or washing/drying/folding diapers.  The expense is also a consideration.  Any thoughts?



I see a lot of mamas on diaper swappers talking about the "jelly roll" being good for newbs. I looked it up on youtube and it looks really easy. I mostly used the angel wing when we did PF's, but it wasn't when he was a brand new newbie. Probably 3-4 months. And we didn't use them as our main stash. 

 

I also ended up snagging some of those discontinued "in-between" sizes on diaper swappers FSOT the other night. They are a green or periwinkle edge. I asked the mama to confirm the dimensions, and got a dozen for a great price.. so I *THINK* we are done buying newbie prefold stash now.

 

I have:

12 orange edge GMDs

12 green edge "in between" GMDs

30 yellow edge GMDs

 

in the process of making tons of soakers from wool interlock & fleece. 

Planning on buying:

5 or so PUL covers. Hopefully I can find some good FSOT deals. 

post #28 of 62

this is probably not the best advice, but we found just folding the prefold in a good cover like a thirsties or a wool cover (not shorties) worked pretty well.  sometimes i'd use a snappi and just do a newspaper fold ( i think that's what it's called) but it was about the same to just stick the prefold in the cover.  (dd was a bit larger though)

post #29 of 62

This thread has got me wanting to shop!  We used cloth diapers with DD starting about 1 week after birth.  We used the hospitals and gift disposables for that first week as we didn't want to waste them and were so tired and overwhelmed that we weren't up to figuring out how to cloth diaper or do more laundry!

 

After the first week, we used prefolds and covers.  BUT, we only bought infant size ones and her growth was slow so she barely fit into newborn clothes at her butt but was swimming in older baby clothes on the rest of her.  I think this also led to more leaks as we just folded the prefold into the cover rather than secured it with a snappi.  And this went on for 3 months!

 

All this is to say that I'm dying to buy some newborn prefolds and covers. Anyone have particular advice for good newborn covers?  Also any thoughts on indian v. chinese cotton prefolds?  Newborn skin is so sensitive that I want the softest possible...  seems like indian prefolds on cotton babies might be a good choice.  But they also seem to fall apart...  As for covers, I keep reading about whether or not they will irritate the umbilical stump...  anyone with experience or ideas about this? 

post #30 of 62
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As for covers, I keep reading about whether or not they will irritate the umbilical stump...  anyone with experience or ideas about this? 

 

I am wondering this too.  I purchased a Bummies super lite wrap in the newborn size because it has a slight dip to accommodate the cord, but it looks so tiny I don't know if it will even fit a newborn.  I also bought a thirsties cover but it looks like it fits really high up. 
 

 

post #31 of 62
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I also wanted to add for those of you who are hesitant to invest in too many orange-edge prefolds that my DD was 9.4 at birth, so we only used them for about 4-6 weeks (??? my memory is really shady here...) but once she grew out of them, I used them for burp cloths. Since DD was a major spitter-upper, I went through just about as many burp cloths as I did diapers, so I was so happy to have those ones around when she was in the yellow-edge diapers!

 

 

Ditto! Once we retire a size of PF, they work great as burp cloths and changing pad covers! thumb.gif

 

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For all of you mamas experienced with prefolds - what kind of fold do you tend to use the most with newborns?  We've used the bikini twist fold (http://diaperpages.com/bikini_twist.php) and the angel wing fold (http://diaperpages.com/angel_fold.php) with varying success.  Both DS1 and DS2 have skinny legs, so it seems that poop escapes no matter what.  Luckily we have great covers that contain any blowouts.

 

I love cloth diapering the older babies, but feel a bit tentative when it comes to cloth diapering newborns.  It seems like all I'd be doing is diapering or washing/drying/folding diapers.  The expense is also a consideration.  Any thoughts?


We've always had the most success with the jelly roll fold, as someone else mentioned - it keeps the explosive poo in much better than the other folds, and it just seemed a whole lot easier to me. Also, folding down the back a tiny bit adds some extra "poo protection." ;)  As for CDing newborns, we started with DS when he was a week old and discovered that PFs really were the easiest way to do it (for us) because his legs were too skinny for the pockets and AIOs we had at the time. I had a few fitteds that were handy for middle-of-the-night changes, too. Honestly, the laundry wasn't that big of a deal, maybe because the diapers are so much smaller at that stage so I could fit more in one load(?). Good luck! :)

 

post #32 of 62

the cord-- how can i not really remember this?  the fitteds we had could fold down to accomodate but the xs thirsties covers we used never seemed to be an issue there.  maybe they are low rise in that size, or maybe just dd was really that huge.  at any rate, for us the thirsties and the wool baby beehinds weren't problematic around the belly.

post #33 of 62

I don't remember dealing with the cord last time either... that's why I'm wondering now!

 

I'll have to check out the thirsties covers.  I have lots of bummi and bummi like covers in infant size but I don't remember exactly what we have.  At some point, I'll have to unpack it all...  

 

In the meantime, I can't stop browsing in newborn size!

post #34 of 62

Second time cloth diapering a newborn! Well, it was more of an attempt and I'm counting on this time being more successful. DS2 has a Mongolian Spot right above his booty that I mistook for a bruise up to 3 weeks. I had never even heard of them and supposedly they're rare among Caucasians/ although if you have Ukranian or Russian heritage it's nothing to be surprised about! I was so sure the snap-in soakers on (the majority of) his fitteds was causing it... shake.gif so there went most of our newborn experience. I really do try to laugh about it now!

 

I steer clear of prefolds and have a stockpile of fitteds and AIOs. We'll be having more babies so I've felt comfy spending the $$$ on what I want for the somewhat brief period. Depending on the size of your baby, you may have months or only weeks to use your stash. Loki was born 7lbs 11oz and xs Thirsties were too big on him for awhile.... whereas Joseph was nearly 9 lbs and grew so fast he would've been out of certain brands super quick I'm sure, we didn't get into cloth until his 1st Birthday though.

 

I should probably get a count together - mostly - I would simply recommend..... a lot. Even if you wash often. My personal philosophy is the more you have the better it wears, which is important to me since my cloth diapers will be hand me downs. I realize not everyone needs to see it that way! :)

post #35 of 62

Prefolds make me nervous! All the different folds seem so complicated. I'm dyslexic so eye hand coordination is not my forte and I'm happy I mastered tying my shoes by jr. high. I'm planning on using pocket diapers one sized and fitteds. I'm nervous about stinky issues with fleece but I have a high efficiency sanitize washer and dryer, and of all the washing instructions I've read, I can sanitize them once a month (water temp gets to 150 degrees) instead of bowling them to strip them. I like the Fuzzibunz the best but not investing all the diaper budget on one brand. On the site Kelly's Closest, you can customize a one size sample package where you can order one of each size. http://www.kellyscloset.com/Create-Your-Own-One-Size-Sample-Package_p_3738.html I'll order that soon. I also might take a cloth diaper class at the birth center we're going to...

 

My brother in-law and sister in-law had a baby 2 years ago and they're giving us ALL their baby stuff! Which is amazing! They have a ton! Way more than we need. So I'm hoping to only put a bunch of cloth diapers on the registry. Cloth diapers are available everywhere these days - target, Amazon, baby r us, etc - so hopefully people will actually get me those. Even if they don't, we have such few things to buy that it won't be as big a deal for us.

post #36 of 62
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Second time cloth diapering a newborn! Well, it was more of an attempt and I'm counting on this time being more successful. DS2 has a Mongolian Spot right above his booty that I mistook for a bruise up to 3 weeks. I had never even heard of them and supposedly they're rare among Caucasians/ although if you have Ukranian or Russian heritage it's nothing to be surprised about! I was so sure the snap-in soakers on (the majority of) his fitteds was causing it... shake.gif so there went most of our newborn experience. I really do try to laugh about it now!

 


DS also has a big gray Mongolian spot right above his butt crack - and I used to forget and think it was a bruise sometimes, too (especially in the middle of the night). DH is Italian and we were told that it's common in people of Mediterranean descent. It scared one of the nurses in the delivery room who thought it was a big bruise until my MW calmly told her to stop freaking out and that it was a Mon. spot.

 

post #37 of 62

I cloth diapered DS from about a week in (after we used all the sposies from the hospital). I should preface this by saying that the bulk of my diaper stash came from my MIL. She saved all her diapers from when she diapered DH and they were still in great shape. While I was pregnant I collected a little bit of every type of diaper. These were my favorites: In the beginning I found that flat folds were easiest. We used the oragami fold and Dappi covers. As he got older I began using fitteds (a brand no longer available) and prefolds with Crystal's Cloth covers. I used the basic fold that creates a little place for poopies to go down into the diaper instead of out the sides (http://www.angelfire.com/id/megnkatesplace/folds.html). We then transitioned into only fitteds and once DS could walk I started using Mile High Monkeys covers so he couldn't take them off. As he began to outgrow the fitteds I had I transitioned into Rita's Rump Pockets with MHM covers. 

 

When I was using flats and prefolds I only pinned them if we were at home and DS was going without a cover (I did that a lot. It helped his buns get more air and I could tell easier if he was wet or poopy).  This time around I would like to try Snappys, but that is all I will be doing differently. A lot of my fitteds wore out, so we will be relying more heavily on the prefolds as the new baby gets older. I may try to whip up some one size covers just to bulk up my stash of covers. If memory serves, I had several leaking by the time they were grown out of. 

 

Great. Now I have to go get my diapers out and look through them all! They're so addictive and I just love using cloth diapers! I'm glad to see I'm not alone in this!

post #38 of 62
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DS also has a big gray Mongolian spot right above his butt crack - and I used to forget and think it was a bruise sometimes, too (especially in the middle of the night). DH is Italian and we were told that it's common in people of Mediterranean descent. It scared one of the nurses in the delivery room who thought it was a big bruise until my MW calmly told her to stop freaking out and that it was a Mon. spot.

 



Interesting! So it sounds like olive-y skins all over the Eastern Hemisphere are prone..

I'll be much better prepared if another baby shows up with one, it won't be a consuming mystery this time.

Shoulda Googled sooner last time anyway, who knew bruise above butt crack would render so many results? lol

post #39 of 62

Mongolian spots are also common in Native Americans. My DH is half native so our baby might have one as well. :)

post #40 of 62

I was obsessing a little yesterday about diapers and getting things organized for the baby.   So, I got DH and DD to spend 5 hours yesterday rearranging and cleaning DD's closet and bringing up all the boxes of stored baby clothes and storing them in the cabinets of her room. 

 

The whole time I was looking for the small -- green edge, I think-- diapers so I can see what I have for the baby and make some plans for buying newborn stuff. 

 

5 hours later and 11 boxes, I CAN NOT find the small diaper stuff!  I'm going crazy.  I don't know where they are and I don't know where else to look.  The one thing I was looking for, I can't find! 

 

Ugh.  At least we still have time to keep looking and replace if necessary...  but I am so frustrated!

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