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post #41 of 87

I'm another one to proclaim the flats love! So economical, easy to wash, and they look precious on. Last time my favorite combo was a flat with a Mother-Ease doubler inside. I preferred to snappi them closed. I tried many types of covers - imse vimse, lite wrap, thirsties, bummis, mother-ease, hand-knit soakers - but in the end I much preferred the Bummis Whisper Pant, which is the cheapest pull on nylon cover you can buy ;) It looks like they've discontinued the style and replaced it with a similar pant made from PUL. Not sure how I feel about that change. At any rate, I have plenty of covers left over from last time so I don't think I need to buy any.

 

DH has requested that we get some "easier" diapers this time around, especially for night time changes. Last time we had a few fitteds, and I'm tempted to get more since I already have all those covers. But I really think he'd love a pocket diaper or all-in-one. I don't know... Maybe I'll get a few of the GMD workhorse fitteds and a couple of Bum Genius or some such for night time. I loaned about 10 of my NB size prefolds to someone and I don't expect to get them back, so as far as tiny diapers go I'm left with 2 fitteds, maybe 2 prefolds, and at most 24 flats. I think it would be nice to get a few more small dipes. I have more prefolds in larger sizes, as well as 8 Mother-Ease one size dipes, (and the previously mentioned flats,) so I don't really need anything in larger sizes. The only bigger ones that I'd buy would be a few more fitteds, for the convenience.

 

I'm honestly torn over whether to buy NB sized diapers because they are used for such a short period of time. And honestly, it is not the end of the world to fold down an infant size prefold or a one size diaper. As long as you can get the legs tight enough to prevent leaks! The main draw for me is really the cuteness factor :)

post #42 of 87

I ended up dreaming about CDs for the short time I slept last night.  I dreamed that I bought some "snappies" (which I have never seen in real life).  It's nice to hear that flats are still common and well liked.  I'm excited to try them, if for nothing else, the nostalgic feelings I will get.

 

I replied to an ad on Kijiji for cloth diapers that claims to including everything I will need for the first year.  I'm eagerly awaiting a reply!!

post #43 of 87

Scruffy my sister lives near you - I don't know if her diapers are destined for anyone.  She has a 16 month old, I think she still has some small size cloth diapers.  I will ask her.  She uses mostly fuzzibunz.

post #44 of 87
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Originally Posted by spughy View Post

Scruffy my sister lives near you - I don't know if her diapers are destined for anyone.  She has a 16 month old, I think she still has some small size cloth diapers.  I will ask her.  She uses mostly fuzzibunz.

Thanks so much.  Very kind of you! joy.gif

post #45 of 87

I have kissaluvs size 0 and 1 with a combo of covers for the first bit ( all form DD1, they don't get used very long and are in great condition still) and I am currently restocking my pockets. I used pockets with DD1 (Bum Genius and fuzzi bunz), but they were shot fast. I am trying the Kawaii pockets, because they are so super economical. So far I like them, I have had three for a week though so I am going to give it more time. I need a couple new covers too though, I have tons of prefold, which is what I used with DD2 and DD3 up till now, but all my covers are shot. I think i will try the Kawaii covers too.

post #46 of 87
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Originally Posted by LightForest View Post

I'm another one to proclaim the flats love! So economical, easy to wash, and they look precious on. 

Agreed! And I find them to be really fun to fold! 

post #47 of 87

What is the difference between flats and prefolds and how they are used?

post #48 of 87
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Originally Posted by cabbitdancer View Post

What is the difference between flats and prefolds and how they are used?


Flats are a single square-shaped thin layer of woven fabric. You have to fold them up to fit the baby. There are lots of ways to fold them, so the same flat diaper will work from newborn till potty training. It's easy to add in a second flat diaper, or an absorbent strip of fabric right in the "wet zone" area, once the baby is peeing enough to need that.

 

Prefolds come in many different sizes. You could theoretically get away with just "infant" and "standard" sized prefolds, but these days the options have expanded to about 7 different size options that you can go through, from preemie up to potty training. Prefolds are rectangular pieces of woven fabric, sewn together in layers, with more layers of fabric in the center of the diaper and fewer on the sides. You still have to fold the prefold to wrap it around the baby and get the diaper tight around the legs, but you don't have to fold it as much as you do a flat.

 

Both flats and prefolds are usually held closed with a snappi or diaper pins, but some people have luck just laying the diaper into a snug fitting diaper cover.

 

Both types are *usually* made of cotton, and these days it's pretty easy to find them organically grown. But you can sometimes also find bamboo or hemp options.

 

Both flats and prefolds do require a diaper cover.

 

There are lots of good photos of babies wearing flats and prefolds on the Green Mountain Diapers site.

http://greenmountaindiapers.com/flat.htm

http://greenmountaindiapers.com/prefolds.htm

post #49 of 87

I've actually used prefolds before, discovering pretty quickly that I could fold a prefold into a Thirsties cover without a snappi and no leakage, but my daughter was also 18 months by the time we started CD. I suppose my question should have been... I don't know if I can phrase it into a simple question. I notice a number of folks love flats and I guess I was hoping for a comparison that might convince me to love them, too. ;)

post #50 of 87

I bought a bunch of factory second Chinese (or was it Indian?) prefolds when I was pregnant with DD.  She wore the infant size for about 6 months and then switched to the standard size, which she wore up until a month ago (she's potty trained now).  I'm always looking out for good deals and buying a few dozen of each size was very economical since prefolds are fairly cheap as it is, then you add on top of that the fact that they're "factory seconds", which means they're not *perfect* (the stitching might be a little off, the cut might be a little jagged, but never anything that makes it a bad diaper).  I can't remember where I found them, but doing a google search will do the trick.  There's also a simple, fool-proof way to fold it and then put a diaper cover over it that is not only easy to do, but also awesome for minimizing leaks (I can't remember there ever being any leaking, actually).  I like the diaper covers that have snaps instead of the velcro since the velcro has a tendency of getting jacked up from dryer use and once the babies are 6 months+ they often enjoying playing with the velcro, which doesn't help with actually using the diaper as it was intended lol.gif

post #51 of 87

Yeah. We wound up loving our snaps far more than aplix, because my daughter quickly hit the stage of "teehee, let's see how quickly I can get this thing off!" I'm really starting to think that prefolds with covers is what I really want, with a handful of pockets for outings and family visits.

post #52 of 87

I forgot to mention that I also bought a dozen Fuzzi Bunz All-in-One diapers which are friggin AWESOME!!  I was afraid the prefolds might leak at night or if we were out of the house all afternoon or something, so the fuzzi bunz really came in handy.  They're very good quality diapers, too, and they're easy to use.

post #53 of 87

http://www.youtube.com/user/JaimeeGleisner?feature=mhum

I found this on the main MDC CD section - just watched it this afternoon - lots of good info for anyone who's like me and still a bit lost in this new journey.

post #54 of 87

I used velcro-closure covers with DD and flats without any fasteners and they worked fine.  The velcro was pretty hard-core - I forget what brand the covers were (I still have at least one of the covers, but I know they're discontinued now.) but DD was never able (or inclined) to open them herself. 
 

post #55 of 87
Thread Starter 

DS was never into ripping off his own diapers, but the aplix closures eventually wear down and need to be replaced. I haven't had anything happen with our snaps. 
 

post #56 of 87
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Originally Posted by withlittlelungs View Post

DS was never into ripping off his own diapers, but the aplix closures eventually wear down and need to be replaced. I haven't had anything happen with our snaps. 
 


Good points about aplix. Maybe it's best used during the first, say, 6 months, when the baby is growing quickly through those smaller sizes. Once the baby is "settled" into a size (i.e. their growth tapers off), snaps or a pull-on style cover might make more sense. I do like the convenience of velcro/aplix on a small, wiggly but floppy baby. But I liked pull on or snap covers once DD became more mobile.

 

The other issue with aplix that I haven't seen mentioned here is the noisiness...

 

One last thought - I remember that different covers had totally different types/strengths of aplix (even when new with no wash wear). Bummis was super strong but also stiff and scratchy. Lite Wraps had softer aplix, but it wasn't as "sticky".

post #57 of 87

I'm picking up 30 motherease diapers and 12 covers for $50 today.  I'm excited.  I also have a box of diapers from our local free store, but I haven't gone through it to see what all it contains.  (It's still a little overwhelming...)

post #58 of 87
Wow that's amazing!!
post #59 of 87
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Originally Posted by LightForest View Post

One last thought - I remember that different covers had totally different types/strengths of aplix (even when new with no wash wear). Bummis was super strong but also stiff and scratchy. Lite Wraps had softer aplix, but it wasn't as "sticky".

So true! I wish that aplix wouldn't wear down. I feel like you get a more customized fit with it. I love Bummis covers. I haven't tried the lite wraps, but I can tell that the velcro isn't as intense.

Scruffy, that is an amazing deal!!

post #60 of 87
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Originally Posted by withlittlelungs View Post

 

So true! I wish that aplix wouldn't wear down. I feel like you get a more customized fit with it. I love Bummis covers. I haven't tried the lite wraps, but I can tell that the velcro isn't as intense.


Scruffy, that is an amazing deal!!

 

I agree about the customizeability of aplix... Though I remember being surprised by the effectiveness of the MotherEase AirFlow that I had (with snaps) - even though the legs were gapey at times it was never an issue. While the Lite Wrap aplix isn't as sticky, it never was a problem... But I only had then in size nb and S and DD outgrew them quickly (by 3 months?). I remember the Imse Vimse aplix being a little more sticky than the Lite Wraps... Thirsties were sticky but stiffer, like Bummis... Trying to remember others that I tried - this thread is making me want to get out my stash of NB and S size covers!!

 

I never settled on a single favorite type of cover for DD when she was tiny. In retrospect I think it would have been nice to try a MotherEase Rikki Wrap. Aplix fasteners with gussets (if I remember correctly), but the MotherEase covers are made from a deliciously soft/thin material with exposed plastic on the inside that can be "wiped down" between uses. Thirsties and LiteWraps had this wipeable feature but I found them quite plasticy feeling.

 

I'm a HUGE MotherEase fan - Scruffy, I envy your good deal!!! Did you get one size dipes or Sandies? Air Flow covers or Rikkis?? I saw that MotherEase recently introduced some new (more modern, I guess) diaper/cover styles but I like the old ones so much that I don't have much excuse to experiment with their new ones! If money grew on trees I would LOVE to have about 24 XS sandies for the new baby!

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