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post #1 of 44
Thread Starter 

I probably mentioned before that I am in overwhelmed by finances, I really need to make a good decision about diapers. I had been gifted my entire stash of diapers in 2008, so the last few months I have had a crash course in the cloth diaper market. Just before we concieved our baby I donated all my diapering supplies, so I have to replace quite a lot. I am leaning tword buying a kit. I am excited about these http://www.abbysprouts.com/AMP-One-Size-Duo-Diaper-Starter-Kit-p/ampkit.htm

since they can be used as just diaper covers, too. And they say they fit from birth to potty. So, are kits a good way to spend the money? The lady at the local shop says thirsties duo's should be close to the same thing. What do you think? I really, really appreciate any help.

post #2 of 44

I've been really working out the cloth diaper decisions as well. Cloth is a totally new field for me, so I've been taking it kind of slow and doing a whole lot of research. I finally ordered my first 6 diapers yesterday, but you can read all of the things I've learned about on this thread here: http://www.mothering.com/community/t/1343734/totally-new-to-cloth Most of this is probably old hat to you since you've done cloth diapers before, but I got a lot of really good info. Check out especially post #5 from Glimmersnaps. Super helpful info there. Good luck!

post #3 of 44

I don't know about kits, but I'm planning on doing a combo of prefolds and EC. I'll only get the traditional infant size for $2.75 a pop (http://Likely from here). I'll probably get three dozen since we line-dry and will likely be up at the cottage for weeks at a time, etc. That means diapers will be $99 and I'll need a few covers for what....$40? DONE until potty!!

 

I prefer having a stream-lined system vs. getting a bunch of different stuff. I like prefolds because they're CHEAP, easy, and last for forever (with DS he was out of diapers by 15 months anyway so we only used the one size).

 

post #4 of 44

Just really looked at your link. That's $144 for FOUR DIAPERS!!!

 

Totally not your best deal. If finances are a big factor for you, forgo the fancy and focus on prefolds.

post #5 of 44

$5.99 per one size dipe and they come with 2 doublers!  i can vouch that these diapers are awesome.  http://www.theluvyourbaby.com/new-improved-os-heavy-duty-micro-fleece-inner/

post #6 of 44

One thing to keep in mind with kits are how many comes with them.  Is it going to be enough for the money to round out your supply?  Also, if you know what you want, another option is to look for bulk discounts.  It's going to be pricey, but if you know you're going to want at least 3, 6, 12, or even 18 (or more at some places) diapers of the same kind, it might be more worth it to buy a bulk package.

 

This is along the lines of what I want to get: http://www.fuzzibunzworld.com/107.html

 

Shop around.  See what's going to get you the number of diapers you want for the least price.  Sometimes going with a kit is a great idea, other times packages are much more worth it.

post #7 of 44
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Originally Posted by eirual View Post

Just really looked at your link. That's $144 for FOUR DIAPERS!!!

 

Totally not your best deal. If finances are a big factor for you, forgo the fancy and focus on prefolds.



Oooh! I did not see that when I first looked. So not a good deal from what I have seen. I got my 6 "fancy" diapers for under a hundred bucks, plus free shipping, earned points towards free diapers in the future, AND got a free trial of Rockin Green detergent. I went to www.sweetbottomsbaby.com as recommended by Glimmersnaps. If you click on perks, they've got neat things like diaper trials, a diaper rental program, and they even let you build your own diaper bundle where you can email them and ask for a discount on whichever diapers you want.

post #8 of 44

We started cd'ing for financial reasons when DS was about 8 months old (6 years ago).  The cheapest option is prefolds and covers.  There are lots of great brands of one size covers and regular size prefolds or flats will last you from about 10 lbs-potty training.  24 diapers and 6 covers should cover you if you wash every other day.  Newborns are a size of their own.  I think disposables are financially the best option for those 6-8 weeks before baby fits the bigger sizes.  You can buy a pack every time you go grocery shopping to stock up or tell people that's what you want when they ask what to get for the baby.  Don't get me wrong, I love newborns in cloth diapers, but they are so tiny and grow so quickly that it is like buying two complete sets of diapers just for a few weeks.  

 

Check out this forum.  I bought all of DS's dipes and covers used and spent about $60 his entire stash that got him all the way through potty training.  Some of those dipes are on baby #4 and they are ALL in great shape!  Prefolds rock!

 

ETA: This website has a list of internet diaper shops with sales going on.  Especially nice are the 'buy 3 get one free' or similar sales. These are just like buying a kit, but cheaper.  Diaper Pin is also a great CD resource in itself.  


Edited by calapitters - 2/15/12 at 7:35pm
post #9 of 44

yep Diaperswappers is where i get my used cloth, great site

post #10 of 44

I mostly rely on prefolds and thirsties wraps, but I really like pockets/AIOs for diaper bag/travel (a bag full of prefolds weighs a ton!). Sunbaby (sunbabydiapers.com) and Kawaii diapers (theluvyourbaby.com) are both really good, inexpensive options for pockets. Pockets are also what my DH prefers, but he can (and does!) do prefolds. We have a half-dozen pockets in our regular rotation and a dozen-and-a-half prefolds with 4 thirsties wraps.

post #11 of 44
Thread Starter 

Oh man, I am so thrilled to hear you all think this is to much. At the local store (which is 50 miles from my home) $20. each is an average price.

They have used stuff for less ($10.) but I am concerned about broken buttons and worn out elastic ect..

Eirual we practice EC, too. For this baby I am really concerned my attention is spread to thin, maybe she will surprise me and have cues that are obvious. I'm not counting on it, CD's and EC make a great pair. My 22 month old is largely pottying himself, but he needs frequent reminders from everyone, that it is time to go.

 

post #12 of 44

i have tried the other kinds and i still prefer prefolds. i diont have nay newborn dipes but have decided to make prefolds out of old tshirts. i am going to go to goodwill or somewhere and buy some flannel to p ut on the outside of it as well. i have some small infant wraps that will work if i cant find the time to make some or buy some. i didnt like putting my last newborn in sposies for the first 2 months. i have lots of old tshirts to use. Dh gets them as presents all the time and he wears them until they are very soft. 

 

i also have some babylove aio that will be great for summer as they are very breathable. then only problem with all the stuff i already have is most of it is pink. lol. i was not expecting to have another baby, let alone a boy. good thing he wont care what color his dipes are. i have lots of neutral colors too though. i have definitely slowly built up my stash over time. 

 

i am figuring that since it will be summer that he wont really need covers until the poop starts to explode. however, if i make the prefolds big but thin enough, i should be able to fold it down in back and front in order to contain it. then i use snappis. i am much better at getting a snug fit with snappis. which is why the outside shall be flannel. they let the snappi grab better. i will be getting all my material from goodwill or salvation army. so cheap. sometimes i even find diapers there. i found 2 swim diapers there last year. too bad they are girly. lol. the local cloth diaper store does a resale sometimes. hopefully that will happen before babe is due. then i can turn in some of my girl stuff for boy stuff. 

post #13 of 44

We're trying to figure out what to do - we live in an apartment and don't have a washer or dryer, so our only option is a diaper service, but that's $35 a week! Not really in our price range... Have any of you used Flip diapers or other options that have reusable pants but biodegradable inserts? I think that would be less waste (and I've heard Seventh Generation diapers aren't biodegradable), but are they really expensive? Do they work well? I would be OK with washing the pants part at the laundromat but not the actual diaper piece.

post #14 of 44

I've never used a flip diaper, but I would do cloth just take them to a laundry mat if there's one near by. Is there a reason you don't want to?

 

You can always look into EC too....less waste ends up in a diaper to begin with.

post #15 of 44
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Originally Posted by LionessMom View Post

i have tried the other kinds and i still prefer prefolds. i diont have nay newborn dipes but have decided to make prefolds out of old tshirts. i am going to go to goodwill or somewhere and buy some flannel to p ut on the outside of it as well. i have some small infant wraps that will work if i cant find the time to make some or buy some. i didnt like putting my last newborn in sposies for the first 2 months. i have lots of old tshirts to use. Dh gets them as presents all the time and he wears them until they are very soft. 

 

i also have some babylove aio that will be great for summer as they are very breathable. then only problem with all the stuff i already have is most of it is pink. lol. i was not expecting to have another baby, let alone a boy. good thing he wont care what color his dipes are. i have lots of neutral colors too though. i have definitely slowly built up my stash over time. 

 

i am figuring that since it will be summer that he wont really need covers until the poop starts to explode. however, if i make the prefolds big but thin enough, i should be able to fold it down in back and front in order to contain it. then i use snappis. i am much better at getting a snug fit with snappis. which is why the outside shall be flannel. they let the snappi grab better. i will be getting all my material from goodwill or salvation army. so cheap. sometimes i even find diapers there. i found 2 swim diapers there last year. too bad they are girly. lol. the local cloth diaper store does a resale sometimes. hopefully that will happen before babe is due. then i can turn in some of my girl stuff for boy stuff. 


That has not been my experience with flannel and snappis.  Almost all of my diaper stash are rita's rump flannel diapers and the snappi's do no work very well at all.  We use diaper pins (stored in a bar of soap, they slide in quite easily).  Also, I have found snappi's to work on our t-shirt diapers very well.  They grab into the cotton knit much, much better than flannel. 

post #16 of 44
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Originally Posted by tri31 View Post

I probably mentioned before that I am in overwhelmed by finances, I really need to make a good decision about diapers. I had been gifted my entire stash of diapers in 2008, so the last few months I have had a crash course in the cloth diaper market. Just before we concieved our baby I donated all my diapering supplies, so I have to replace quite a lot. I am leaning tword buying a kit. I am excited about these http://www.abbysprouts.com/AMP-One-Size-Duo-Diaper-Starter-Kit-p/ampkit.htm

since they can be used as just diaper covers, too. And they say they fit from birth to potty. So, are kits a good way to spend the money? The lady at the local shop says thirsties duo's should be close to the same thing. What do you think? I really, really appreciate any help.



Others have said this, and I'll agree.  Not a good deal at all.  And they don't look like Thirsties Duo's in my opinion.

 

Again, like PP said, prefolds or flats and covers are going to be the cheapest and simplest way to rebuild your stash.  I love Thirsties covers and if you get the Duo Wrap covers you should be able to get away with two sizes.  The size 1's will fit a newborn.  http://www.nickisdiapers.com/thirsties-duo-wrap-diaper-covers.html They aren't too pricey, but I've found them on my local Craigslist for cheaper.

post #17 of 44

I went to the sale/clearance section of Nicki's diapers and they have a few different one size covers on sale right now.  Also Flip items AliceLand.  I've never used Flip, but I've heard that poo gets on the covers easily.  So you'd be doing a lot of clean up by hand at home...which isn't that big of a deal with just breastmilk poo.  If I had to wash in a laundromat, I'd have flats be the majority of my stash.  They are easy to clean and dry.

 

http://www.nickisdiapers.com/sale.html

post #18 of 44
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Originally Posted by AliceLand View Post

We're trying to figure out what to do - we live in an apartment and don't have a washer or dryer, so our only option is a diaper service, but that's $35 a week! Not really in our price range... Have any of you used Flip diapers or other options that have reusable pants but biodegradable inserts? I think that would be less waste (and I've heard Seventh Generation diapers aren't biodegradable), but are they really expensive? Do they work well? I would be OK with washing the pants part at the laundromat but not the actual diaper piece.



We CD'd DS in an apartment with coin operated laundry and it worked out fine.  If you really want to use cloth, you can definitely wash in a laundry mat!  I would stick with fitteds or prefolds that use natural fibers, though, since they are less likely to retain build up from detergent/fabric softener residue and easier to strip if they do.  And you may want to purchase enough diapers to last 3-4 days if your laundry place isn't nearby.  My closing argument for getting DH to try cloth was a financial one, and even with buying all the diapers and paying for soap and washing it saved us about $1000 over the course of 3 years!

post #19 of 44
Thread Starter 

Sharlla~ you said you've used the kawaii diapers. I think we are leaning twords buying some of these. They have good reviews, overall, but some say they are bulky. I guess that's not that big a deal, I plan on using them when we are out of the house and at night. What did you think? 

Otherwise, I love using hemp best. Which is why that kit cost so much. If I am looking at these prices right Thirsties hemp prefolds average $8 each? Hemp flats are double the price of birdseye cotton. At the store or on line.

Which flats do you ladies recommend?

It's true we have to make the best with what we can afford, but performance is more important than finding the lowest price. If the diapers suck they won't get used, and that is what I can't afford to do. I wish my mom could be here for me, she always loved taking care of these things. mecry.gif

post #20 of 44
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That has not been my experience with flannel and snappis.  Almost all of my diaper stash are rita's rump flannel diapers and the snappi's do no work very well at all.  We use diaper pins (stored in a bar of soap, they slide in quite easily).  Also, I have found snappi's to work on our t-shirt diapers very well.  They grab into the cotton knit much, much better than flannel. 



well at least i wont have to buy flannel then. did you have problems with absorbency? did you make pfs or fitteds? i think i like the idea of folding pfs to catch the poosplosion better than fitteds. how many layers were they etc? i am still looking for more info before i actually make these.

 

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