My second baby is due in January, and I really want to cloth diaper this baby. I tried with my first but due to a lot of factors it did not work out. I estimate we spent close to $3,000 on disposable diapers with the first and I just do not want to do it again. I have lots of questions.
1. would it be better to get all in ones? or should I start with something like the bumGenius Econobum kit? I was thinking the kit would be better, but as my husband has only ever used the disposables, i was thinking that the AIO's would be the best option. I am looking at the one size fits all ones.
2. has anyone here successfully made their own AIO's? Joann's had the babyville (I think that's what its called) pattern book, I am good at sewing and as long as I have a good pattern I think I would be able to make my own diapers, or is there a better pattern on the Internet, even if I have to buy it that's fine. I tried last time to use some free patterns and they failed, none of the diapers really fit well, and the covers I made did not fit at all. It was very disappointing.
3. has anyone ever bought diapers from e-bay from the Chinese sellers? they have some really cute ones and are really cheap but I don't know if I trust them.
4. does anyone on here haul their own water? this was one of the biggest challenges last time other than nothing fitting the baby right was we haul our own water and because of this we do our very best to restrict water usage. Our last washer used almost 75 gallons of water per load, now we have a HE machine but I am reading where people say this isn't the best either because there is not enough water in them to get diapers clean sometimes.
Lastly I need to do this as cheap as possible, I plan to need about 30 diapers total (from what I have read online) and I get lots of coupons in the mail from Joann's for 40-50 percent off, plus we have a hobby lobby i get coupons for, and there are lots of very affordable wahm supply stores online. I am just looking for a direction to go in, because I do not want to fail this time!
Thanks for any and all replies!