You fold the prefolds in thirds and place them just like a snap-in pad. Or you snappy the prefold and put on the cover as a cover.
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Do you guys have thoughts on pockets (FuzziBunz, most likely) versus Gro-Via? We used pockets with DD, but I'm intrigued by the Grovias. Looking for a system that's relatively economical (though doesn't need to be bargain basement cheap), that our daycare providers might be open to, and that will be easiest for us (two full-time WOHPs). Setting up the Grovias seems easier than stuffing all those pockets....
We barely had time to stuff all the pockets for daycare for ONE baby. It is not going to happen for three.
Additionally, the price point for one cover and one insert together is comprable to a pocket and insert. It seems wasteful to have SO many covers as we will end up having but our state dictates (grumble) that the entire diaper has to be changed upon soiling. Covers, even for wet diapers cannot be reused. For childcare without these rules, I would certainly go the gro-via route or fitteds. For our situation it is a no brainer. I am using the covers over prefolds currently and will be able to transition over inserts. This also helps with "diaper bag packing" as I just fill a tupperware box in the car with a few extra covers, inserts, emergency disposible inserts, and wipes. Lugging around a diaper bag for the triplets is too weighty but this system works.
SO, a couple of days ago I received a package in the mail of 200 newborn swaddlers that I'd ordered as part of an amazon order just since I had free shipping. I had this shocking moment of diaper changes when I realized that each of the smaller packages (it was 10 packs of 20 diapers) would about a day. So $45.00 worth of diapers a week. I am so glad we are doing cloth.
For a singleton, I had 6-8 covers (cannot remember now) and for triplets I had 15.
For a singleton, I used 3 dozen prefolds and 6 dozen for triplets. I usually have an extra dozen "in play" simply because I use them as burp cloths, accident pads for changing table, etc.
I understand my numbers do not exactly make sense being that if I were to triple what I had for one baby for my three, it would mean I ought have 9 dozen prefolds. However, while my family size and stash size can grow, my washing machine cannot (well actually, we did get a bigger one when we moved but reasonably, it seems that 4.3-4.6 cu ft is the current max)! With a singleton, I could wash diapers every other day but with triplets, I have to wash the diapers everyday. Sometimes it feels like I am pulling diapers out from one load just to start the next load.
For the next stage, I am not sure. My number have always been screwy because of daycare. In a few weeks, I will be able to give you a better idea because we will have started daycare with triplets. I would say if you are going the grovia route, just start replacing your stash bit by bit when the time is getting right for it.
For newborns, we went through 160 prefolds a week (so divide by how often you want to wash, plus some to wear while washing) and had 6-8 covers.
Now we have 14 covers and use about forty diapers (between prefolds and grovia inserts). (nighttime we double diaper, and nighttime covers *always* need to be washed).
On the newborn front, life got easier when our diaper company gave us a dozen more covers. We just stopped running out, and that was awesome. But the smaller number was doable. (remember that covers should air dry, which means you need more to cover drying time)
This is using the dryer. If we were trying to hang dry... we would need at least twice as many. (we do hang all the covers)