Can you mamas give me some input.
So, I was looking at the pattern that Lynann posted to make NB size fitted diapers.
I found bamboo flannel online for $7.92/yard. Based on the "Materials" section of the pattern, I need 1.3 yards per diaper. This works out to $10.29 worth of fabric per diaper, plus the cost of thread and elastic, plus shipping. (I won't count my time, as it's fun to sew and I like these little projects).
I found these MotherEase Sandy's Newborn Cloth Diapers for $11.98 plus shipping.
Do you really think I need the full 1.3 yards per diaper for NB diapers? You end up changing them so frequently anyway, and at every feeding overnight, I just can't imagine using the 8 layers of flannel that the pattern calls for for the soaker. I used 4 layers in the training pants I made for DS, and he was 7 mos old at the time so his bladder had to have been much larger than that, and they were good to hold 1 pee, that's what I'm hoping for out of these. It was also just regular flannel, not bamboo flannel which I understand is more absorbant.
I may have some remenants of bamboo velour to use for a few diaper bodies, but nothing to use for the soakers and some of the diaper bodies, so I do need to buy terry or flannel or something. I like how flat the flannel lays but input on terry is appreciated too.
Anyway, do you think I really need the 1.3 yards? If so, any reviews on Sandy's? I am wondering why they are $11.98 when all the other fitteds are in the $20 range...I can't see buying around $11 worth of materials per diaper and taking the time to make them when I can buy fitteds for $11.98 per diaper (even though I was kind of looking forward to the project!)
I can't really comment on if you would need the full 1.3 yds per diaper, but that does seem to work out to be a high cost per diaper. I recently bought some diaper flannel for burp cloths and it was super thin, so 8 layers doesn't seem unreasonable for a soaker.
That said...green mountain also has a fitted, made from their prefolds with a sewn in soaker that is 6 layers. AND it is only $5.50 for the newborn size. http://www.greenmountaindiapers.com/workhorse.htm
That seems like an incredible deal to me (though we are set on NB size from previous kids). They are also the 2nd highest rated, sized fitted on Diaper Pin. I got 6 of their mediums for this babe and they seem really well made. http://www.diaperpin.com/diapers/cloth_diaper_review.asp?ID=2402