Hi. I'm so happy to have somewhere to ask questions and receive support. :)
I cloth diapered my 3 year old when she was a baby and I had planned to do the same with my new baby due in March.
I came across some information on elimination communication. I borrowed The Diaper Free Baby by Christine Gross-Loh from the library and I've decided I'd like to ec my baby. I can't unknow what I know lol and now it bugs me to not ec.
I've been researching TONS what diaper system is best for back ups and I've decided on a combination of prefolds (especially for the early days), fitteds (which I've never used before) and wool.
I used prefolds and wool for my daughter. I became frustrated with little bits of ebf poop (sometimes a lot!) getting on my wool covers.
I've decided to buy some fitteds this time around, because the elastic in the legs will hopefully keep poop off my covers. I've also heard that prefold belts don't work so great once the baby becomes mobile and that it doesn't hold poo in very well. I really don't want it all over my couch!
I recieved today, 12 xsmall (newborn) and 24 small Mother-ease Organic Sandy's fitteds for use out of the house and for when my baby slows down on peeing. I especially like these diapers, because they can be pulled up and down for older babies.
I'm feeling overwhemed with how much I spent on the Motherease (compared to prefolds), because I'm afraid I ordered too many and that they won't get used. I can afford the diapers just fine, but I hate to see money spent on something I didn't need/use.
I thought they would be great for times when I really didn't want to take a chance with getting poop on my wool cover (like when I can't get baby to potty in time- perhaps grocery shopping, car rides, etc.) and for when the pees slow down.
It seems a little silly to change a fitted diaper every 20 minutes. But sliding a prefold under the bum doesn't seem as silly, especially since they are so affordable and I will have LOTS of them.
Mother-ease has a great return policy and I am strongly considering returning atleast 12 of the small size Sandy's.
I really have my heart set on ec'ing and if I returned some fitteds, I could use that money to buy extra wool covers. Then it wouldn't matter so much if poop got on them, although cleaning them would still be a pain. However, I plan on being coverless at home 99 % of the time, so maybe I wouldn't need the extra covers anyways.
Oh my Goodness! Can you tell I am a tad stressed? I know this is about communication and to have fun and stay relaxed about it and I'll make sure to remind myself of that. :) But I have a lot of money invested in the fitteds and if you guys tell me that they are not going to be very useful, I would considering returning them all even!
Please help! Tell me your experiences with fitteds versus prefolds for backup and please keep in mind that I will be using wool outside the house. Thank you SOOOOO much for any responses. :)