Did you all buy your diaper stash new, from scratch? I know we've got some crafty mamas who made theirs (), 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! 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) :)