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post #21 of 88
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Originally Posted by XanaduMama View Post

Did you all buy your diaper stash new, from scratch? I know we've got some crafty mamas who made theirs (bow.gif), but realistically, this isn't going to happen for me! I'm interested to hear how much $$ you shelled out up front for yours.

 

Thanks for all that awesome info, WendyJo! I'm really intrigued by this whole wool thing. We used Thirsties, I think it was, and I liked them a lot, but wool sounds very promising. Does it keep the moisture in as well as PUL?



So, I did get all of my diapers new - 2 reasons. 1) I registered for them at the local(ish) diaper store and didn't register anywhere else. Some people were NOT happy that they couldn't go to Babies R Us to buy us plastic toys, but I really wanted to cloth diaper and knew it was going to be around $400-$500. I didn't know anyone else that cloth diapered and because I was such a newbie, I didn't want to make my own diapers, on my own, and then have it be a big fail. I'm still a bit insecure about my constructing/finding good raw materials. I didn't know until after DS was born, for example, how much we love bamboo and wool! redface.gif 2) DH is surprisingly weird about buying used diapers. He says it's ok to pass down from brother to sister, etc., but he's weirded out by getting used diapers from someone he doesn't know. He said he would never buy underwear for himself at the thrift store, so we shouldn't do the same for our son. Honestly, I think he's being funny about it, because I think it's a great resource... but, to each their own.

 

Wool - I have never had a single leaking issue with wool. EVER. Plus, it's all natural fiber. I personally think it works just as well if not better than PUL. Plus, at night in the summer, putting PUL covers on made me feel bad (I wouldn't want to sleep in plasticy pants). Another thing I love with the shorties (these are one of our favorites - tiny tush/disana http://www.amazon.com/Green-Tiny-Tush-Knitted-Soaker/dp/B004HJR6NE/ref=sr_1_1?s=baby-products&ie=UTF8&qid=1326481786&sr=1-1) is that there's no elastic to cut into their little thighs/belly. Typically the shorty soakers come up high - which supposedly keeps the essential organs the "correct" body temperature so the rest of the body can function better (read from some Waldorfy website) :)

 

post #22 of 88

I am planning to do cloth diapering and this thread has been illuminating.  I will stay tuned!

post #23 of 88

We've added to our collection from Craigslist and I've always been really happy with my purchases there.  I was weirded  by putting used cloth diapers on my babies at first, but I'm glad I got over it because it's so much cheaper and easier to get a stash with variety in it, which is what I like. 

 

I've tried to love wool and I just can't get into it.  We've had a few pairs of longies and shorties and I think they are scratchy and uncomfortable. 

post #24 of 88
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Originally Posted by emergencegrrl View Post

Okay, I'm a total newbie to this idea of cloth diapers, but very interested.  Does anyone have a link to resources in this stripping thing folks are mentioning?  Totally don't understand.  :-P  

 

Also, I'm pretty sure I wont be up for making my diapers, so are there links to places that one can buy ones that folks recommend?  



I'm making mine this time around, but bought in the past.  I like Nicki's Diapers, Green Mountain Diapers, and Cottonbabies.  There  are a TON of places online to get them though, depending on what style you go for.  

 

 

post #25 of 88

I will be stalking this because I haven't CD before but am planning to with #3. I want to start crocheting wool covers but have no idea where to start beyond that...

post #26 of 88
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We've added to our collection from Craigslist and I've always been really happy with my purchases there.  I was weirded  by putting used cloth diapers on my babies at first, but I'm glad I got over it because it's so much cheaper and easier to get a stash with variety in it, which is what I like. 

 

I've tried to love wool and I just can't get into it.  We've had a few pairs of longies and shorties and I think they are scratchy and uncomfortable. 



That's interesting Nicole! We only have bought wool that's made from Merino Wool - the wool from the underside of the lamb - the softest stuff... and it's all I usually see sold (at least around here). Most people say the same as you, "No way, wool is scratchy!" Then, then feel all of my sons wool onesies, outfits and diaper covers and it's softer than cotton or fleece. I've never met someone that thinks it's scratchy! Sorry it hasn't worked out for you - life changer and bullet proof cover over in this family! thumb.gif

 

post #27 of 88
Hard water here. Once the baby was eating solids, we had to strip EVERY LOAD. Long wash cycles that way.

I used prefolds, snappis, and plastic pants. At night, FB or bum genius with 2 prefolds stuffed inside. Always found the microfiber inserts useless.. didn't soak up enough to keep my boy dry. He drank every 90 minutes all day, so it's not surprising he was a pee machine.

Completely agree with those who say cloth holds in explosions 1000% better than disposables. I always heard about "blowouts" from other moms, but had very few. Those plastic pants especially can contain A LOT.

This time.. I need new prefolds, I wore all the old ones out with my stripping-every-load behaviour. I do not in any way enjoy sewing. I have FB in the smaller sizes still and can probably get BGs or some other pocket locally. Old prefolds have many household uses, too.
post #28 of 88
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That's interesting Nicole! We only have bought wool that's made from Merino Wool - the wool from the underside of the lamb - the softest stuff... and it's all I usually see sold (at least around here). Most people say the same as you, "No way, wool is scratchy!" Then, then feel all of my sons wool onesies, outfits and diaper covers and it's softer than cotton or fleece. I've never met someone that thinks it's scratchy! Sorry it hasn't worked out for you - life changer and bullet proof cover over in this family! thumb.gif

 

I'm sure it's because I've everything I've gotten has been free or really, really inexpensive.  I'm sure there is a reason they are just handing if off for practically nothing.  :)  I'm not cheap to spend the big bucks.  I do knit and I do have some wool (I mostly use the cheapy yarn too!), but even that wool doesn't feel so great and I haven't made anything with it yet.  I'm sure I just need to go to a yarn shop and buy some good quality yarn.
 

 

post #29 of 88
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Originally Posted by triple07 View Post

I will be stalking this because I haven't CD before but am planning to with #3. I want to start crocheting wool covers but have no idea where to start beyond that...


Finding good wool yarn and the pattern you want is definitely step 1. Make sure you check the pattern reviews.
post #30 of 88
What soap do y'all use for laundering diapers? Any special techniques? (I guess it would also be good to know what kind of dipes you're using!)
post #31 of 88

I have a little bit of everything as far as diapers and covers and pocket diapers.  I use basic powder Tide.  I have used Country Save, but I didn't think it was any better than the Tide.  I use way less than they call for though, probably about a tablespoon.

post #32 of 88

I've started my NB stash, too! Since I last CD'd a baby, things have changed! There are so many more big name diaper makers out there (BumGenius, Flip, Blueberry, etc) that I've never tried. So I've been buying one or two of a bunch of different kinds to see what I like best, which can then inform my larger baby stash.

 

Also, since I last CD'd, one size diapers seem to have become the norm. Which is great, because once a baby is out of that tiny NB phase, we'll only need to buy one set of dipes, which should take us through potty training.

 

If I have some time, I'll take some stash shots and do some comparison shots for y'all!

 

Here are some places I've ordered from and been happy with recently:

Jillian's Drawers

Jack Be Natural

Little Neetchers (this site also has a good "getting started with cloth" article)

Kelly's Closet

Cotton Babies

Blueberry Diapers/Swaddlebees

post #33 of 88
Thread Starter 
Ya! I can't wait to see your stash shots!

I'm hoping next pay check I can order the wool yarn for the soakers.
post #34 of 88

Here's a blurry picture of some of our newborn stash.  It was before baby #2 was born and they are all packed up waiting for baby #3. :)

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And a close up:

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post #35 of 88
Thread Starter 

Lots of fun colors and patterns! 

post #36 of 88
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What soap do y'all use for laundering diapers? Any special techniques? (I guess it would also be good to know what kind of dipes you're using!)


I use: http://www.ecos.com/ecosliquid.html

post #37 of 88
Thread Starter 

So originally I was planning to knit the organic cotton contour and raw silk layers for my new diapers. However I think I will just sew them, making a fitted, and combine the two sections... 

post #38 of 88

We CD with #1 starting as a newborn until age 1 when daycare and nighttime necessitated moving to disposables.  Also at the older age it seemed the 'sposies did better over night, the doubler/tripler we were having to use to contain the pee was insanely huge and she was still waking up wet.

ANYWAY.  for NB we used trifolds, snappy and Thursties covers.  These were all really affordable and so easy, especially since they're in them for such a short time, this combo worked really well.

Quite by accident we ended up going to Gdiapers at about 2 months and loved them for the rest of the year.  Still use them when DD is not at daycare.

First we used the trifolds and just folded them as inserts, then broke down and bought the cloth inserts which are hemp w/ a fleece liner.  I find them super easy, cute and they contain so well.  We have about 8 covers, the plastic liners which snap in and out are cheap and we bought about 25 of those and switch them out w/ each diaper change, but you don't have to.  The covers go all day if they don't get wet.  The initial investment was probably about $300, but we've been using them for over a year now and they've held up well.  The velcro closures are adjustable so one size goes a long way!

I don't recommend the "flushable" "green" inserts they sell.  They are neither flushable or green.  it's a nice idea that doesn't translate to reality.

 

for sjdragonfly, I'd suggest looking into a diaper service in the beginning.  As a FTM, the thought of washing diapers daily or every other in an apartment building where you share a machine seems quite overwhelming.  The services are usually pretty affordable, let you get used to using cloth trifolds, they do all the wash and once you get used to it all, buy your own and cancel the service.  just a thought. it worked well for us.

 

 

post #39 of 88
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Originally Posted by Choaners View Post

for sjdragonfly, I'd suggest looking into a diaper service in the beginning.  As a FTM, the thought of washing diapers daily or every other in an apartment building where you share a machine seems quite overwhelming.  The services are usually pretty affordable, let you get used to using cloth trifolds, they do all the wash and once you get used to it all, buy your own and cancel the service.  just a thought. it worked well for us.

 

 


My mother actually suggested a diaper service, but I wasn't sure how that worked these days with all of the fancy diaper options out there. My mother said that my grandmother bought her stint with a diaper service as a baby gift and it was the best gift she got. I'll have to look into that. That would for sure save some sanity!

 

post #40 of 88
Oh yay! Fluffy talk! My favorite! We've used cloth from day 1 with my little guy and we love it! I've even done multiple cross country flights/trips with cloth!

My one piece of advice for first time cloth users is: DON'T spend a lot of money on your newborn stash! They are so cute and itty bitty you can get sucked into buying lots of cute things! They grow out of those diapers sooooo fast! Even my failure-to-thrive little guy only wore newborn sizes for about 8 weeks. If you can snag some used diapers, this is a great size to do it with usually because the diapers are used for such a short amount of time.

I've moved to an all cotton stash and I Looooove it! So easy to care for cotton. Most of my friends who have cloth diapered more than one child have moved to all cotton too.

We love Green Mountain Diaper Workhorse fitteds. It is a basic, inexpensive fitted and it really is a workhorse. I never thought I would say it but I love flats too! So versatile and crazy easy to wash!

I use a lot of wool... Mostly mama knit soakers and longies with a few interlock pieces thrown in. I would love to use more interlock but I am too frugal to splurge on more! I am doing this in part to save money! I also have some Flip and Thirstie covers in my stash.

I wash with Country Save. It is local to me and I like that it doesn't have the brightners and other junk that regular detergents have. I do have to strip with blue Dawn every once in a while or else we get ammonia in our nighttime dipes.

One more piece of advice I have is: don't try every diaper out there if you are doing this to save money. I watched my good friend try every new diaper, buy and sell a ton searching for the next best thing. She will be the first to tell you that she spent a ton of money doing it. Now she has finally settled on cotton fitteds and flats. It seems most everyone goes back to basics at some point! smile.gif
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