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post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 

Hey guys... I guess I'm in nesting mode today-- asking about baby gear!

 

We have used Bum Genius 3.0 pocket diapers for our two kids since 2008 and I am SO READY TO BE DONE with them.  They are a pain in the butt to wash and they STINK no matter how many times I've stripped.

 

Wanting to switch to a prefold with snappi and diaper cover system.  We have 3 Flip diapers and like them, but they are on the pricey side.  Was thinking of going with Econobum covers and prefolds. 

 

Any input or suggestions?  

 

 

I was thinking of just ripping out the pocket in my old bum genius diapers and using them as pockets (they are essentially a flip diaper then) but there would still be a little bit of suede still around the legs and so I'd have to change covers with every change anyway and I'm afraid that suede will get stinky... This would be the cheapest option though.  I guess I could try it.  Do you think this would work?  

 

Haha... thanks for being a sounding board.  I really hate reading so many reviews.  My brain hurts.  haha.  

post #2 of 14

Hmmm...  Well, I don't have "actual" experience, but I have been hanging out at diaperswappers.com and I do own, er... over 200 diapers and covers total (including each individual prefold, etc.)  Sheepish.gif

 

Cottonbabies just had a huge seconds sale and all of my seconds but one had like the most minor of cosmetic "flaws."  Unfortunately, I think they're out of Flips, but Econobums are only like $4.95 right now:

 

http://www.cottonbabies.com/index.php?cPath=51

 

Also, this store is going out of business and you can get 20% off everything:

 

http://shop.thegreenbabystore.com/

 

And there's always the FSOT on DS, from which I've successfully purchased quite a bit (Bummis and Thirsties covers around $5-7 including shipping):

 

http://www.diaperswappers.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=18

 

Also hear great things about these covers:

 

http://www.diapersafari.com/diaper-safari-one-size-diaper-cover.html

 

HTH!

post #3 of 14
Thread Starter 

ooh, thanks, Buko!

post #4 of 14

Especially for newborn, breastfed poo - look for covers with double gussets. Some Bummis have them (and they are also having a clearance! on cottonbabies.com) and Thirsties duo wraps.

 

IME: prefolds hold value extremely well due to being so expensive to ship, so you will not save a whole bunch by buying them used. You may be able to get a deal if you are willing to purchase stained diapers (I honestly don't care if there are stains on interiors, so long as function is not affected.)

 

there are also cloth diaper swap groups and tons of co-ops on facebook, if you are so inclined.

post #5 of 14
Thread Starter 
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Also, this store is going out of business and you can get 20% off everything:

 

http://shop.thegreenbabystore.com/

 

 

coupon code 35OFF actually got me 35% off!  

post #6 of 14

After trying a little bit of everything with DS1, my favorite are the prefolds from green mountain diapers (http://www.greenmountaindiapers.com/diapers.htm) with thristies covers. They are definitely a little but more pricey than other prefolds, but totally worth it IMO because they hold up better than any other prefolds I've tried. 

post #7 of 14

Buko Thanks for all the great links to deals! Our stash is still too small, we only have 7 AIO or OS's, 3 covers and 6 prefolds. I need to get at least 10 more to make me feel ready for baby. Can we all try to update this thread as new deals appear? I think it will be really helpful to everyone, since I don't think any of us are rolling in the cash. 

post #8 of 14

I need to follow this link. Hubby has not brought in the bin of cloth diapers so I can go through my stash. I got rid of a lot and if my rag pile is any indication, I'm using some to clean windows. I need to figure out what we have. :)

post #9 of 14

If you are going to buy new or want to get a few different things, kellyscloset.com is great because they always have a "spend this much and get a free one-size diaper" coupon. You don't know what diaper you are getting, but it is nice to get something for free.
They have a big selection, but don't carry some of my favorites.

 

post #10 of 14

Sami (and anyone else who may have tried them) -- have you tried the shorter GMD prefolds? I'm intrigued by the idea of something that is shorter so it "fits better" in the diaper, but I'd hate for them to be too short.

post #11 of 14
We used OsoCozy infant prefolds with Prorap classic covers (double gusset) until DD outgrew them around 3-4 months. They held up incredibly well to leaks and we were very pleased. Once she outgrew those, we switched to mostly Fuzzibunz one size which DH prefers because they are easier (though he did fine with the prefolds once he got the hang of them!) I honestly think the prefolds were better though, in spite of being "more complicated".
post #12 of 14
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Originally Posted by cabbitdancer View Post

Sami (and anyone else who may have tried them) -- have you tried the shorter GMD prefolds? I'm intrigued by the idea of something that is shorter so it "fits better" in the diaper, but I'd hate for them to be too short.

I haven't tried the GMD prefolds, but mine are almost the exact same size as GMD's (I got mind from Diaper Junction). I was very very happy with the fit. Would have been folding them down a ton to get them short enough in the rise had I bought the more rectangular (old-school) sizing of prefolds. She NEVER outgrew them in length before outgrowing them in width.

 

BUT, it seemed much harder to get away with skipping sizes. And DD blew through the first 3 sizes by the time she was 6 or 8 months old (granted, she was a chunker). I honestly think it's ridiculous that GMD sells, what, five different sized of prefolds now? Does anybody remember when prefolds came in "infant" and "standard" size, and to get "preemie" sized ones was considered a big luxury? (Is it sacrilege for me to admit this? I know there's so much love for GMD prefolds out there...)

post #13 of 14

Thank you, LightForest. That actually helps. I do remember having to fold down my daughter's prefolds when I had her in cloth and it make them rather bulky around the top, so the shorter prefolds were something I'd been considering, but I didn't want this baby to wind up leaking or growing out of them or whatever before she ought to.

post #14 of 14
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Originally Posted by cabbitdancer View Post

Thank you, LightForest. That actually helps. I do remember having to fold down my daughter's prefolds when I had her in cloth and it make them rather bulky around the top, so the shorter prefolds were something I'd been considering, but I didn't want this baby to wind up leaking or growing out of them or whatever before she ought to.

No problem :)

 

I also have a memory of seeing videos where people turned their prefolds (with original, more rectangular/less square sizing) sideways to get more absorbency and to avoid all of the bulk from folding them down when placing them the regular way (with the stitching at the top/bottom). I do imagine that all that bulk from folding down at the top would be annoying, whether it's at the front or back of the diaper.

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