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post #21 of 44
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Originally Posted by LionessMom View Post



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.

 



My flannel diapers are all Rita's Rump pocket diapers and mostly stuff with diaper service quality Gerber prefolds.  They are thin and definitely my favorite stuffer for the RRPs.  I got them when my first was born 4 years ago and I haven't been able to find any "good" Gerber prefolds since then though. 

 

I have one t-shirt prefold and I used Zorb as the soaker layer, I think 2 layers of Zorb (old kind) and 2 extra layers of t-shirt through the middle.  Then two t-shirt layers for the whole body.  That absorbed well.  My t-shirt fitted diaper two body layers of t-shirt and then 6 extra layers in the soaker region.  That one worked well too, but I used metal snaps on it because that's all they had at JoAnn's at the time and I ended up getting rid of the diaper.

 

I never got the hang of using prefolds as anything other than a trifold in a cover.  I tried to do folds to get them to look like fitteds, but I never got them snug enough.  I always get the RRPs snug enough though and they definitely contain the breastmilk poo well. 

 

I believe I read that 8 layers of flannel or t-shirt is good for the soaker part, but I'm not sure if that include the body layer or not.  Another suggestions would be to get old flannel receiving blankets and use those for soakers.  I've found them for really cheap before.  You also use the receiving blankets as a flat fold diaper.  If you haven't tried flats, I suggest giving it a try.  I used them occasionally with my daughter and they are really, really trim and snug.  They wash and dry so easy.  I do love them.  I don't use them much on my toddler because she won't stay still long enough for me to get a good fit.  Plus she is starting to use the potty and getting off a flat diaper quickly isn't the easiest.

post #22 of 44

Thanks everyone! EC won't work since I work, and I'm not sure we could get away with washing diapers in a laundromat. But that's a good suggestion - I might try getting a few and seeing how it goes! The laundromats are pretty firm about what they do and don't let in their washers but it's worth a try...

post #23 of 44
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Originally Posted by tri31 View Post
 I wish my mom could be here for me, she always loved taking care of these things. mecry.gif


Aww. Big hugs mama! I'm sure you'll find the right things for your family. I'm sorry your mom's not here to help with you though. hug.gif

post #24 of 44
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Originally Posted by Nicole730 View Post



My flannel diapers are all Rita's Rump pocket diapers and mostly stuff with diaper service quality Gerber prefolds.  They are thin and definitely my favorite stuffer for the RRPs.  I got them when my first was born 4 years ago and I haven't been able to find any "good" Gerber prefolds since then though. 

 

I have one t-shirt prefold and I used Zorb as the soaker layer, I think 2 layers of Zorb (old kind) and 2 extra layers of t-shirt through the middle.  Then two t-shirt layers for the whole body.  That absorbed well.  My t-shirt fitted diaper two body layers of t-shirt and then 6 extra layers in the soaker region.  That one worked well too, but I used metal snaps on it because that's all they had at JoAnn's at the time and I ended up getting rid of the diaper.

 

I never got the hang of using prefolds as anything other than a trifold in a cover.  I tried to do folds to get them to look like fitteds, but I never got them snug enough.  I always get the RRPs snug enough though and they definitely contain the breastmilk poo well. 

 

I believe I read that 8 layers of flannel or t-shirt is good for the soaker part, but I'm not sure if that include the body layer or not.  Another suggestions would be to get old flannel receiving blankets and use those for soakers.  I've found them for really cheap before.  You also use the receiving blankets as a flat fold diaper.  If you haven't tried flats, I suggest giving it a try.  I used them occasionally with my daughter and they are really, really trim and snug.  They wash and dry so easy.  I do love them.  I don't use them much on my toddler because she won't stay still long enough for me to get a good fit.  Plus she is starting to use the potty and getting off a flat diaper quickly isn't the easiest.



 

thanks. i think then i will make my diapers with 4 layers with 8 in the middle. it sounds like it would still be trim enough and absorbent enough at the same time. i am going to see how many flannel receiving blankets i can find at thrift stores. either to use as flats or to use as extra layer in the prefolds. i plan on only using snappis bc i dont want to buy a snap press. the wraps i will use velcro or aplix. i have had good luck with that and have replaced it in dipes before and it wasnt too hard. i think the hard part will be making wraps. lol. it sounds like prefolds are pretty easy to make. i just need to use the right needle to not snag the fabric. they will only be worn till babe is big enough for the next size up that i have. which are also prefolds. 98% of my stash are prefolds. 

post #25 of 44

How is your diaper-making project going?  I've been doing something similar -- using old t-shirts and scraps from around the house, plus flannel receiving blankets from Goodwill.  The blankets cost me about $1 each, and I can get one 4x8x4 prefold out of each.  Not sure if that's really a good deal or not -- but the prints are cute. 

 

The last little person I diapered is now 14 years old, and the diaper scene seems to have gotten more complex since then.  I'm trying a variety of things -- making fitteds/AIO/AI2 from the Cloth Revolution pattern, plus prefolds using a guide on recycled diapers.  (This is the first time I've ever worked with elastic or PUL, so sometimes I feel a little challenged.)  When in doubt, I'm making inserts from the Cloth Revolution pattern.  I figure I can cram those in most purchased pocket diapers, too. 

 

When it comes to purchasing, I've ordered a variety from sweetbottomsbaby.com (they offer free shipping).  I'm also ordering a few Alva Baby, Sunbaby, and Kawaii diapers to examine.  It's hard to beat those prices, even making diapers myself (even if I use t-shirts for the inner layer, I'm either shelling out for a cover or for purchased material to make a cover). They're made in China, but so are most of the expensive diapers.  They all have major fan followings (plus some dissatisfied users).  I may not ultimately make a decision about which kind to stock up on until the baby's here, because it's hard to tell how they'll fit otherwise!

post #26 of 44
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How is your diaper-making project going?  I've been doing something similar -- using old t-shirts and scraps from around the house, plus flannel receiving blankets from Goodwill.  The blankets cost me about $1 each, and I can get one 4x8x4 prefold out of each.  Not sure if that's really a good deal or not -- but the prints are cute. 

 

The last little person I diapered is now 14 years old, and the diaper scene seems to have gotten more complex since then.  I'm trying a variety of things -- making fitteds/AIO/AI2 from the Cloth Revolution pattern, plus prefolds using a guide on recycled diapers.  (This is the first time I've ever worked with elastic or PUL, so sometimes I feel a little challenged.)  When in doubt, I'm making inserts from the Cloth Revolution pattern.  I figure I can cram those in most purchased pocket diapers, too. 

 

When it comes to purchasing, I've ordered a variety from sweetbottomsbaby.com (they offer free shipping).  I'm also ordering a few Alva Baby, Sunbaby, and Kawaii diapers to examine.  It's hard to beat those prices, even making diapers myself (even if I use t-shirts for the inner layer, I'm either shelling out for a cover or for purchased material to make a cover). They're made in China, but so are most of the expensive diapers.  They all have major fan followings (plus some dissatisfied users).  I may not ultimately make a decision about which kind to stock up on until the baby's here, because it's hard to tell how they'll fit otherwise!

 

I've heard good things about the Kawaii diapers, I don't have any, but at that price it's probably way more worth it to buy them than to make them.    I have a few Cloth Revolution pocket diapers, with a PUL outer and a suedecloth inner and I love them.  They are super trim and work great. 
 

 

post #27 of 44
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Originally Posted by praha View Post

How is your diaper-making project going?  I've been doing something similar -- using old t-shirts and scraps from around the house, plus flannel receiving blankets from Goodwill.  The blankets cost me about $1 each, and I can get one 4x8x4 prefold out of each.  Not sure if that's really a good deal or not -- but the prints are cute. 

 

The last little person I diapered is now 14 years old, and the diaper scene seems to have gotten more complex since then.  I'm trying a variety of things -- making fitteds/AIO/AI2 from the Cloth Revolution pattern, plus prefolds using a guide on recycled diapers.  (This is the first time I've ever worked with elastic or PUL, so sometimes I feel a little challenged.)  When in doubt, I'm making inserts from the Cloth Revolution pattern.  I figure I can cram those in most purchased pocket diapers, too. 

 

When it comes to purchasing, I've ordered a variety from sweetbottomsbaby.com (they offer free shipping).  I'm also ordering a few Alva Baby, Sunbaby, and Kawaii diapers to examine.  It's hard to beat those prices, even making diapers myself (even if I use t-shirts for the inner layer, I'm either shelling out for a cover or for purchased material to make a cover). They're made in China, but so are most of the expensive diapers.  They all have major fan followings (plus some dissatisfied users).  I may not ultimately make a decision about which kind to stock up on until the baby's here, because it's hard to tell how they'll fit otherwise!



 

i am just making prefolds out of old tshirts. i might add a layer of flannel blanket if i can find enough at goodwill. i am going to make my own wraps. i dont have any newborn size and my other ones are starting to wear out. they are almost 5 years old. lol. and i am rough on them. i have never worked with pul or elastic before either. i am slightly nervous. but excited as well. i cant wait to go pick out material for them. 

 

i do have some dipes i got for free. i was a tester for bummis and they gave me some out of cotton that were different. they are all cotton but they are different. i will have to put up a pic. maybe you all can give me some ideas on what to do with them. i did not like them for what they were. they were a med size dipe that used velcro to attach to the inside of the wraps. i hated them. but i can prob use the material as maybe extra absorbency layer or something. i will post a pic tomorrow. 

post #28 of 44
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Originally Posted by Nicole730 View Post

 

I've heard good things about the Kawaii diapers, I don't have any, but at that price it's probably way more worth it to buy them than to make them.  
 

 



My dh and I quickly came to this conclusion. Besides, no one would argue that I am one in demand mama! I can hardly take a freaking shower, let alone embark on a sewing project. I am thinking I will just pick up some flats and snappies and gently used newborn covers for now. I am carrying small, and my daughter and I are petite, so I think our little one will be peanut sized. Still,I think it is the most prudent thing to wait, and spend money on supplies I know will get used.

post #29 of 44

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

 

What is EC?

post #30 of 44

Someone else who knows more can chime in. . . .   EC stands for Elimination Communication, which involves following your baby's cues about pooping/peeing so that you can potty them from the very beginning.  I didn't attempt it with my first daughter but have a book and will give it a try part-time with this one.  Worldwide, many cultures don't rely on diapers the way we do -- mothers get to know when the baby's about to poop and catch it in a potty/toilet/container/special spot.  I think that part of the idea behind EC is that babies actually have to be taught to go in a diaper; it doesn't feel natural for them to soil their clothing.  EC builds on that natural instinct to keep clean, rather than first training a baby to use a diaper, then suddenly reversing and training the toddler to use a potty. 

 

As I said, I'm not experienced, and I'm only committing to trying EC "part-time" -- I'm not sure if I can stay eagle-eyed enough to catch every poop and pee.  Maybe an experienced mama can speak up about it?

post #31 of 44

they have a section in the diaper forum on ec. i didnt ec but i used the info to start teaching dd2 at 12 months. she is 2 now and does great.

post #32 of 44
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"You can always look into EC too....less waste ends up in a diaper to begin with."

 

What is EC?


This will be my 3rd EC'd baby. I like the term natural infant hygiene better, because it sets you up in the right mindset, from the start. The "catching" can't be the focus. It is the offering that is the gift. The cavet is that just like breast feeding, you have to trust the process and you can't be stressed over it, otherwise your LO will pick up on that. It doesn't have to be hard, it can be really laid back and lovely.
 

 

post #33 of 44

we did a fair bit of EC with DD but after 12 months she refused

post #34 of 44
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So did mine. Refused! They had to take control of  everything. Wouldn't just let me feed them or simply allow me dress them or bath them. And yes for weeks they did not want to potty. So they didn't I put a diaper on their butt and dropped the whole affair. But they don't forget. They are still practicing.

post #35 of 44

Interesting, I'll have to read more about that. 

post #36 of 44

anybody know what i can do with these? i hate them the way they are. i want to use them bc they were free, but i am not sure what to do with them. they are a size med. and in 3 different styles. some have the absorbent flap attached and some go in the pocket on the back. i would prefer to make them into a newborn something that can be snappied shut or made into absorbent middles for my tshirt dipes. but i dont need them for that, i have flannel receiving blankets to use for that. 

 

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post #37 of 44
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Originally Posted by LionessMom View Post

anybody know what i can do with these? i hate them the way they are. i want to use them bc they were free, but i am not sure what to do with them. they are a size med. and in 3 different styles. some have the absorbent flap attached and some go in the pocket on the back. i would prefer to make them into a newborn something that can be snappied shut or made into absorbent middles for my tshirt dipes. but i dont need them for that, i have flannel receiving blankets to use for that. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They look really soft and absorbent.  Could you cut off/fold down the velcro and just use them as inserts for nighttime?  I use a pre fold coupled with a very absorbent fitted for dd, who is a very heavy wetter.  The fitted doesn't close because it is way too small, so I just lay it down flat like an insert and put the pre fold over it.  This works great for us, and I have tried lots of different things to keep her dry at night!  
 

 

post #38 of 44
Do you have a serger? I would do what calapitters said and trim them down for inserts or lay in soakers. What size are they supposed to be? Could you remove the velcro and extend the tabs with tshirt? If you sew tshirt or other snappiable fabric over the outside in a strip then you should be able to snappi them shut. If how i tried to explain it made sense.
post #39 of 44
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Originally Posted by Nicole730 View Post

Do you have a serger? I would do what calapitters said and trim them down for inserts or lay in soakers. What size are they supposed to be? Could you remove the velcro and extend the tabs with tshirt? If you sew tshirt or other snappiable fabric over the outside in a strip then you should be able to snappi them shut. If how i tried to explain it made sense.


 

they are a bummis size med. bummis actually gave them to me to trial. i think they actually made bamboozles or something like that from them. 

post #40 of 44

I have never cd'd so this is a fun new thing for me too. I'm trying a variety of different styles and brands so I can see what works best for us. 

 

One thing I do have to add is that daily deal sites have been having diapers on a lot lately! Ecobabybuys is one that has them frequently and at good prices. I always check the diaper pin for reviews first though. 

 

Nicole

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