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post #41 of 88
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Originally Posted by smilingmama23 View Post

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

I will agree on the basics and using cotton. I love just using prefolds or flats and a cover! Although the pocket diapers do serve a purpose too, but I received most as gifts or for a great rate used from a friend.
post #42 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.

 

 


Mentioning a diaper service makes me a little uneasy - and here's my opinion on it when other people ask why we don't use a diaper service. I do not work outside of the house, so for me, washing diapers ever 2-3 days isn't a big deal.

 

I guess this goes back to the whole reason people even choose to cloth diaper:

1) It's cheaper. - I've read studies that show people that use a diaper service actually end up spending more than people who use disposables... and you don't have anything at the end of the day to diaper your next baby with after spending all that money.

2) It's better for the environment and there aren't any toxic chemicals coming close to your baby's skin. Not true with using a diaper service. They use major chemicals to clean (in everything I've read and the diaper services I've spoken with). Plus, the output of water and chemicals back into the environment = not so great.

3) You can customize your stash based on your baby's height/weight/stature and your diapering personality. Maybe there are fancier diaper services out there, but the ones my friends have used have ONE kind of diapers to use. If your baby is too skinny or you don't like the fit... there isn't much to do about that.

 

Choaners - not trying to totally disagree with you... just more something that new CDing mothers should think about too. cd.gif
 

 

post #43 of 88

Hi mamas - I read a bit more and have a few more additions!

 

I've only CD'd one tall and skinny boy - so keep that in mind too. I personally LOVE bamboo over cotton. It seems as though cotton is really bulky and scratchy the more it gets washed. I don't have anything against it - I have my cotton prefolds and they're ok, but with my fitteds... if I had to choose for my little man, I would 100% choose bamboo (we have both cotton and bamboo Motherease fitteds). On a side note, all of my AIO's are cotton and we're completely happy with them. They don't seem to get as scratchy as the prefolds and fitteds.

 

I totally agree about not buying every type of diaper out there... or maybe buy just one. I thought I was going to love pockets, as so many mama's do... and they just don't work for us with our water situation! I didn't buy ANY newborn dipes for my little guy, and I do regret that a bit, as it's the only time he's been in disposables. I bought small prefolds, and even though my guy was 23" and 9 lbs, they kept hitting his umbilical cord and making him bleed. I will definitely be buying newborn dipes for this little one to get us through the first month. Otherwise I have all one-sized diapers - mostly fitteds and AIO's. That's another recommendation - don't buy any sized diapers. I have all one-sized diapers and my LO was in them from 2-3 weeks to now and I expect them to fit through another year at least.

 

I also use a locally made soap bought from my diaper store. The more I read about commercially made laundry detergents, the less I want to use them... mostly for the additives and brighteners that they put in them. We're happy with ours - it's called Sunday's Laundry. I also use Blue Dawn to strip - usually every other week in the winter and not at all in the summer (the sun is amazing, isn't it)!?

post #44 of 88

Our area has a diaper service that washes your personal cloth diapers, so you can have your own stash.  They don't use bleach either, I don't think.  Basically it's a laundry service, I'm not sure of the price though.  I'd definitely be VERY tempted if I didn't have my own washer and drier.

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Originally Posted by WendyJo410 View Post

 

 

Choaners - not trying to totally disagree with you... just more something that new CDing mothers should think about too. cd.gif
 

 



   Not offended.  I agree with everything you said above.  

 

Just saying that for our family (two working parents w/ washer and dryer in home) I would have been overwhelmed w/ cloth in the beginning if we had to wash.  We really wanted to CD, had NO idea how to choose between all the options out there since every mother LOVES what she uses, but they are all different.  The service allowed us to get our cloth routine down: (how many baby uses, we could try different covers w/o committing to the specialized inserts, we could let our baby grow out of newborn stage, etc) without having to deal w/ washing and drying and putting the big money forward all at once.  it probably cost more in the beginning ($17 a week for service), but w/in three months found what we liked, realized that washing wasn't that hard to do and we figured out how to work it into our schedule and could cancel the service.  

 

If we'd decided cloth wasn't for us, we could do the same w/o the burden of a bunch of beautiful expensive diapers we didn't need.  Now, I have a very close friend who delivered when I did.  She did the exact opposite.  she made some diapers, bought one of every kind out there, borrowed from friends and bought off craig's list and did all of her own washing (they bought a new washer and dryer before baby was born, i was jealous).  and truly, at 3 months had found their groove and were committed to the fuzzi bun system.  I didn't do a cost analysis.   but i guess the point is to know yourself and what your family can handle (price-wise and labor-wise) in the beginning realizing that it will all change in a matter of months!

 

 

post #46 of 88

OK... I've done some research (just enough to panic that I don't know anything) and am considering the Flips with microfiber so that we have the option of using the disposable inserts when out and about. Bear in mind this will be our first baby, and I have absolutely no idea what I'm in for, but that is looking like a reasonable plan right now. They seem better reviewed than the gDiapers, and I think all-in-ones could be tough for us to swing as we don't have a lot of space to hang clothes to dry, especially in the winter. I do think we have a couple of local diaper stores, so I'm going to go to one and see what kind of knowledge I can glean from the folks there. Maybe once I see how these things actually look and work, I will have a better understanding of what is a good feature and what doesn't matter.

 

I'm definitely more of a convenience over price kind of person, unfortunately. I don't really see myself going the DIY route inasmuch as I have been working on one crocheting project for about 10 years now, and another knitting project for about 5, and I don't even have kids to keep my hands full! Sheepish.gif

 

I'm worried about our water as regards washing diapers (we have a softener, but white hand towels seem to become dingy and ruined within just a couple of washes... the water comes in very hard and iron-rich, and just doesn't seem to clean very well even once it's softened). But I have seen some good things about Rockin' Green Hard Rock detergent. I may just give that a try now so I can see how I like it. I'm tired of stuff looking dingy.

post #47 of 88
Scowgirl - you might want to look into Best Bottoms too.
post #48 of 88
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Originally Posted by Nicole730 View Post

Scowgirl - you might want to look into Best Bottoms too.

Oh man...those look awesome!! @Nicole, have you actually used these? Would love to hear how they do.

So like I think I've said, we were pretty happy with our prefolds-and-covers system last time. I'm a cheapskate, so the price was right, laundering was easy (I'm really bad at keeping up w laundry), and they seemed to work fine. Talk me into (or out of) spending the $$ on something new! Is the bulkiness the biggest issue here?
post #49 of 88

Hi! This is our first baby, and my DH and I are excited to try CD! What type of green laundry detergent do you recommend and what is your favorite AIO? I just ordered some samples of Rockin Green laundry detergent to try out on our clothes...thoughts??

post #50 of 88
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Originally Posted by XanaduMama View Post


Oh man...those look awesome!! @Nicole, have you actually used these? Would love to hear how they do.
So like I think I've said, we were pretty happy with our prefolds-and-covers system last time. I'm a cheapskate, so the price was right, laundering was easy (I'm really bad at keeping up w laundry), and they seemed to work fine. Talk me into (or out of) spending the $$ on something new! Is the bulkiness the biggest issue here?


No, I haven't used Best Bottoms.  I love Nicki's Diapers though and Best Bottoms are their own creation.  I am trying to justify spending money on a few, but we have SO many diapers already.  And I haven't seen any used, which is how I usually buy diapers.  I'm always up for encouraging someone else to buy more though! :)  So, I say go for it and then let me know how you like them! 

post #51 of 88

I need to look into what kinds of diaper services we have in Vancouver. This is a pretty green city and sometimes I'm surprised at the awesome services available here. Even if it is just for the first little while, it might be helpful. If we had our own washer/dryer, it would be a no-brainer, but having to pay for each load and having to haul myself, the baby and the laundry up and down stairs and outside to do the wash is a bit intimidating. I am lucky that I live in Canada, so I get 1 year maternity leave through the government so it's not like I won't be home to do it. I don't use any chemicals of any kind in our house now and I would definitely not want that kind of thing touching my baby's skin. I'm still trying to get it all figured out, I guess. We only have one washer/dryer for the building and it barely works so I'm not so sure just how clean everything will get. Not to mention, I don't have the option of line drying and with having to pay per load, I won't really be able to afford to strip very often, if at all. That being said, I did find a cloth diaper class locally that's put on by one of the baby stores here and I'm looking forward to checking it out. I definitely don't want to use disposables, just trying to figure out the easiest way to use cloth. And holy cow, the vast variety of diaper brands is starting to make my head spin!

post #52 of 88
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Originally Posted by sjdragonfly View Post

I need to look into what kinds of diaper services we have in Vancouver. This is a pretty green city and sometimes I'm surprised at the awesome services available here. Even if it is just for the first little while, it might be helpful. If we had our own washer/dryer, it would be a no-brainer, but having to pay for each load and having to haul myself, the baby and the laundry up and down stairs and outside to do the wash is a bit intimidating. I am lucky that I live in Canada, so I get 1 year maternity leave through the government so it's not like I won't be home to do it. I don't use any chemicals of any kind in our house now and I would definitely not want that kind of thing touching my baby's skin. I'm still trying to get it all figured out, I guess. We only have one washer/dryer for the building and it barely works so I'm not so sure just how clean everything will get. Not to mention, I don't have the option of line drying and with having to pay per load, I won't really be able to afford to strip very often, if at all. That being said, I did find a cloth diaper class locally that's put on by one of the baby stores here and I'm looking forward to checking it out. I definitely don't want to use disposables, just trying to figure out the easiest way to use cloth. And holy cow, the vast variety of diaper brands is starting to make my head spin!


If I were in your situation, I'd definitely check out a diaper service or else use flats.  You might even be able to hand wash the pee-only ones.  Although those will be infrequent in the beginning.  Using anything thick or bulky or not cotton would have a hard time getting clean in a crappy washing machine. 

 

post #53 of 88
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Originally Posted by Nicole730 View Post

Scowgirl - you might want to look into Best Bottoms too.


Wow, those look great! I love all the insert options. That may end up being a really good way to go. Thanks!

post #54 of 88

We used a diaper service for a year with ds2. It worked pretty well - they picked up and dropped off once a week. If we found we needed more ddiapers every week, a quick email to them was all I needed to do. However, it was pricey. It initially started off at about $80 (Canadian) a month. When we cancelled, it was up to $93. We just couldn't afford it at that price. 

This time, we are going to do it ourselves. Because of our very tight budget, hardish water (we have a water softener so the hot water is softened) and the fact that we have a front loader, I think we will be mostly going with flats and prefolds. 

 

post #55 of 88
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I fought with my knit wool soaker pattern for a few.days as got very frustrated. So I decided to just sew them (I can get the fabric for much cheaper then the yarn anyway) and the fitteds. I'm using the Darling Diapers Unlimited pattern to make the side snap wool soakers and Little Bean Bum OS fitted pocket (http://littlebeanbum.blogspot.com/2009/09/how-to-make-one-size-fitted-pocket.html).

Here are "action shots of my current progress. Note more wool and my elastic have been ordered.

4a51162b-de3d-aec7.jpg Drawing out the wool soaker pattern. I had enough felted wool fabric for 4 newborn size.

4a51162b-de88-61fd.jpg Some of the snaps are added and right side are sewn together.

When my elastic comes I'll tack it in, then turn and top stitch. Add the last few snaps, lanolize then they will be ready for use. I want 6, so I have 2 more to make in that size. I hope to have newborn, small and medium done before babies arrival.
Edited by lactomom - 1/23/12 at 2:42pm
post #56 of 88

OK... so, let me know what your suggestions are mamas! I am going to TRY to be crafty and make some of my own 'fitteds' with bamboo. I'm also going to buy some newborn AIO's by Bummis called TinyFit (they're bamboo), some Kissaluvs Size 0 bamboo and Motherease Sandy's. I have a 15% off coupon at my diaper store, so I'll get a good deal. They also have this great situation where you can return any diapers up to 30 days after your baby is born. So, if my DIY does turn out, I can always return the other diapers!

 

1) How many newborn dipes do you plan to have? 18-20?

2) How many dipes do you want to have once your LO and his/her big sib are both in dipes at the same time? I was told 36 diapers.

 

By the way - I am SO THANKFUL for all the DIY pictures, websites, suggestions... it's awesome and giving me the motivation to make some things myself!


Thanks!

post #57 of 88
Thread Starter 
A minimum of 30 for a newborn. I did 25 with my son and it was a diaper washing rush!
post #58 of 88
I am only a teeny bit ashamed to say that I have about 50 newborn diapers. Some modified RRPs, some fitteds traced from disposables, and some flats and prefolds. I think it is a good idea to have enough for every 2 hours between washing, plus three extra. I wash every 2-3 days.

I didn't really use the same diapers for both my toddlerand baby at the same time. 36 for two kids would for sure have you washing every other day, I would think.
post #59 of 88
Yes, definitely more like 30-36 diapers for a newborn! (Unless you want to be washing every day.). In the beginning we were changing upwards of 16 times a day. I just couldn't stand the thought of my newbie sitting in a wet dipe and in the beginning they pee (and poop) all.the.time!
post #60 of 88

OK - more dipes for the newborn. I like to change every 1-2 hours too... and do wash every other day. That's at least 24 (at a minimum). So, Maybe buying 18-20 and making the rest (and then returning the bought ones if I can)! Once the umbilical stump is out I have small prefolds that I'm happy to use (we used for DS), but we just had such an issue with the prefolds hitting his umbilical stump and making it bleed (the only time we've ever used disposables).

 

I have all One-Sized diapers for once the baby gets over 10 pounds (more like 15 pounds if I have enough newborn dipes) - so they'll fit both of my kids at the same time. Yet another reason that I bought OS - could save more $$!

 

Thanks for the advice... I changed constantly in the beginning... I guess I just didn't do my math that well... 2whistle.gif

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