I plan to make at least 30 of the is fitteds, but would LOVE to have 40 or 50.
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If you're new to cloth diapering- its hard not to get overwhelmed! But, please, try not to go out there and buy all the hyped up, super expensive diapers. Like previous posters have said, the basics have been around for a LONG time for a reason. They work just fine. :)
My oldest is 9, and my youngest is 4- so it's been awhile since I've bought any cloth diapers and whoa!!! I am surprised by how much everything has changed, lol. Everything is one-size now, and I have no idea what an AI2 is. ;P
I can't find any Righteous Baby FLAMs or FLAGs, or Kindhearted Woman diaps. ;*( They've gone extinct, lol...
It's an awesome idea to start out with a diaper service (if its available to you, and if you can afford it- our local one is about $80 a month.) That way you can get into cloth smoothly because you won't have to do any of the laundry while you're bonding with your newborn! Then, if you like it, and if you want to, you can browse around and buy some. You don't have to try a bazillion brands- just one of each type til you know what works for you (fitteds, prefolds, pockets, AIOs, etc.) One of the great things about cloth is you can always buy used so you get a better deal, and you can usually resell the stuff that didn't work out so you're not out much ca$h. It does help if you can find a local AP group that has cloth diapering families so you can see/feel/ask questions in person before you buy!
That being said... I already went on a cloth shopping spree!!! My kid is only the size of a lemon right now, but I'm preparing to have his/her butt covered in fluff when he/she arrives. :)
I like prefolds w/ Prowraps covers, fitteds with wool, and pockets. So I'm starting out with mostly newborn prefolds, Kissaluvs 0s, and newborn Mutts. I only have about 20 fitteds so I definitely need some more nb prefolds to round out my stash. I REALLY wanted to try out those prefitted "Workhorse" diapers, but I can't find any used :( At about 3 months he newborn size is too small, so then we'll go into Fuzzi Bunz and Sunbabies pockets, and some various fitteds. Mostly I hope to be catching only pees by that time since we'll use EC for poopoos. :)
I totally could have gotten away with not buying a single diap and just using a diaper service in the beginning, and then using the small stash I already had with EC... but what fun is that? :P
Here are some great places to buy diapers:
And of course e-bay and craigslist. :)
Last pregnancy I waited till 36 weeks to start diaper crafting. I was so scared of messing them up. Diapers are the easiest sewing project I've ever done. Of course I don't make complicated diapers.
Of course, cloth diapering in general is easier if you keep it simply. My OS fitteds won't fit in the newborn, possibly the smalls. I'll use flats my grandma made me for that stage.
I have a bunch of their stuff but I haven't used it yet! I stocked up when I had all those 50% off coupons awhile back. I'm hoping to make a few wetbags and some cloth trainers for my almost 2 year old. If I can manage both of those, then I'll probably do a few diapers for the baby too. That Babyville stuff is too cute! I love it all, so I'm really hoping it works.
JoAnn's sells plastic snaps now...do you have one of those near you? I have no idea on the organic bamboo fabric.
Has anyone tried the PUL from Joanns? http://www.joann.com/sewing-quilt/babyville/?_requestid=1488629 They have some really cute prints but the reviews are pretty mixed.
I don't use PUL, so I'm no help there. However, I do know that PUL quality has a huge affect on diaper life.
I'm due in July with #4, but it's been several years since I finished cloth diapering my first three, and I gave everything away! So, I'm starting from scratch, and I know what I'd like, but not sure which brand makes it.
Do you know where to find an organic cotton or bamboo fitted with a double sewn-on flap (not hidden, not snapped in) soaker, with a microfleece layer on top of the soaker? Turned and top-stitched optional. One-size optional.
I had all kinds of fitteds I bought used on Diaper Swappers with my last baby, and wished I had all those elements combined on every diaper! Hated sorting through matching up soakers, but loved the quick drying time. And my babies all had sensitive skin, so the microfleece layer was really helpful.
If not, maybe a sewing pattern?? I'm not the fastest sewer, and I don't have a serger, but I could figure it out.
Also, best price and shop for organic cotton prefolds and Snappis? I'll knit or sew my own wool covers. And best price and shop for Fuzzi Bunz or similar pocket diapers? I loved those for being away from home, and especially for toddlers who don't want to sit still for a fitted and a cover.
Thanks for your help!
We used fleece covers last time (baby 1 in disposables, baby 2 CDs I made). They are breathable, but are prone to compression leaks. We also used folded lay-in soakers (microfiber or cotton) with a rectangular piece of fleece.for a.stay dry layer.
This baby I'm making wool covers, also breathable but they will take on moisture without transferring it to other fabrics, when lanolized they are naturally antibacterial, and need washed about once a month (5 make a set). For the absorbent layers, we'll have a OS (one-size) fitted pocket diapers (Little Bean Bum pattern, made from cotton terry, stuffed with cotton and/or bamboo) with a raw slip stay dry layer (naturally antimicrobial, gentle on skin).
Sorry, that's a lot...
I just bought the DDU pattern and you could definitely use it to make what you are looking for.
Oh - I checked all of the JoAnn's within an hour of me... no plastic snaps or bamboo. It looks like online it's going to be! Anyone have any suggestions on where to find used snap-pliers?
So, they're not sold everywhere... but I bought a little beetle, organic bamboo, fitted diaper with snaps and a sewn in doubler on the inside for DS when he was little. It's a WAHM that sells cloth diapers out of Arizona and she actually let me into her house when I was visiting my Grandma last year. Here is a link to her store and to the Little Beetle diaper. I may just have to buy a couple myself now. :)
Check out the cloth diaper sewing groups. That is how I got my used pliers. The mom was upgrading from the pliers to a snap press.