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post #21 of 41
Mattie, that's exactly why I haven't made covers, just fitteds and prefolds. The cover is what contains the explosions in those systems. I don't trust the free patterns or my sewing of pul, especially without a baby to try them on. Fitteds and prefolds are pretty flexible through.
post #22 of 41
I think OceanSolitude hit it on the head. The margin of error with the inner part of a diaper much larger than a cover. Basically as log as its sufficiently absorbent, and covers enough area, you're good. With covers, the fit needs to be better for leaks and blowouts. Also, when I did price them out, by the time you buy the supplies for a cover and put in the effort, you're not saving much if any compared to Bummis or Thirsties covers.
post #23 of 41
I keep it very simple until they start crawling and refusing to sit still while I change them lol. I use thirsties and bummis covers with prefolds and some hemp doublers for night. Then I switch to a side snap pocket diaper or a side snap cover with changeable snap in absorption layer. They both become something that you can easily put on a toddler while they are moving/standing. Also I have found that my kids can stay in this size diaper through potty training so I never have to buy diapers again after that point.

The newborn-8 months I like to spend as little as possible but for the next stage say about 8 months - 2 years the diapers are a bit more money but I find you need less of then so it works out in the end. Also you can sell your old diapers to partially fund the new ones.
post #24 of 41

Thanks mattie426, OceanSolitude, thefreckledmama and thanks again letniaLynne:) Really appreciate all of your responses, very helpful:)

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post #25 of 41
Thread Starter 

i second suziesmiles! thanks for all the awesome diaper feeback ladies!!

post #26 of 41

How many cloth diapers are needed for a newborn? Do the one size diapers really fit newborns? I'm hesitant to buy too many newborn specific size diapers as who knows how big (or small) my baby will be when he/she comes into this world... But, I guess a general range would be good to know so I'm at least prepared...

 

Also, what's easiest for a newborn, the AIO's or pockets or prefolds w/cover? I've heard that some AIO's take a long time to dry, which would probably mean I need to buy more of them, right? On the other hand, I've read that some pocket diapers are hard to stuff the inserts/doublers into and so might not be ideal either. Snaps vs velcro (snaps last longer, right but velcro is easier to use)?

 

I definitely want the most natural. healthiest/safest option for my baby: organic, cotton, hemp, wool, etc... I'm kind of against the polyester/synthetic vibe but maybe I'm just being a freak...? I had a co-worker a few years ago who started a cloth diaper business and she is the one who turned me onto all of this stuff and the awful things about what fabrics/products are unsafe for babe, especially when exposing their sensitive reproductive areas to these things... She was a real stickler and pretty much convinced me with all of the data I read at the time to be the same way when the time came.

 

I don't want to use diapers or covers that are not breathable but at the same time want to make sure they don't leak. Maybe getting mostly breathable diapers/covers for home use (I will be staying at home with baby) and getting a few that are more leakproof for the occasional outings?? Suggestions on this??

 

Stupid question: when do I need to use a cover? Are they just for covering prefolds? Do I not need a cover when using an AIO or pocket diaper? (Totally green here as you can tell, I am in research overload and I think my preggo brain is not able to fully grasp or make sense of everything right now.)

 

Thanks to those of you who took the time to read my rambling! I hope I am using the correct terminology here, please excuse and/or correct me if necessary - I won't be offended, any help is GREATLY appreciated!!

post #27 of 41

I'm going to weigh in on your questions Suzie...I'm no expert, but used CDs with my kid for 3 years, trying a lot of things (mostly used, from diaperswappers.com). 

I'll type in bold within your quote. 

Good luck on your CD journey! It's quite it's own world, I found.  Easy to get obsessed with, for sure. ;)

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Originally Posted by SuzieSmiles View Post

How many cloth diapers are needed for a newborn? Do the one size diapers really fit newborns? I'm hesitant to buy too many newborn specific size diapers as who knows how big (or small) my baby will be when he/she comes into this world... But, I guess a general range would be good to know so I'm at least prepared...  

Generally, have 24-36 NB diapers on hand.  They poop and pee a lot (count on 8-12 diapers daily), and you want to have enough to be able to avoid washing every day. I did not find that one size diapers worked for my baby.  I never liked them, at all, at any age.  I liked NB prefolds and wool or Thirsties XS covers for newborn days. They didn't work beyond 9-10 lbs, but they fit great for that time period before moving to small PFs.  If you go with PFs/covers, plan to have at least 5-6 covers on hand for NB time.  They can be reused after a wet change; I'd usually change a wet dipe, hang the cover on the shower curtain rod and use it again with the next change.  Poopy covers just got tossed in the pail.  Wool can be hung to dry/air out too; only needing infrequent washes unless poopy.  pinstripesandpolksdots.com has a good section about diaper care, btw. 

 

Also, what's easiest for a newborn, the AIO's or pockets or prefolds w/cover? I've heard that some AIO's take a long time to dry, which would probably mean I need to buy more of them, right? On the other hand, I've read that some pocket diapers are hard to stuff the inserts/doublers into and so might not be ideal either. Snaps vs velcro (snaps last longer, right but velcro is easier to use)?

I tried Fuzzi Bunz on my newborn, but the smalls were too big, and leaked around the legs, no matter what. He didn't really grow into them until he was around 12 lbs. Skinny legs, I guess? I do not like AIOs, because they're hard to dry, and hard to keep cleanly rinsed depending on your water source. They get stinky more easily, in my opinion because of those factors (more easily leading to rashy buns, too, because of leftover residues). Pockets like Fuzzi Bunz were a little better, because you can take the inserts out...they dry better and you can strip the inserts if needed.  However, I'm a big fan of prefolds and covers, hands down. I have friends who like AIOs a lot, though.  And folks who feel CDing is "too much bother" warm up easily to AIO's/pockets vs. prefolds and covers. 

 

I definitely want the most natural. healthiest/safest option for my baby: organic, cotton, hemp, wool, etc... I'm kind of against the polyester/synthetic vibe but maybe I'm just being a freak...? I had a co-worker a few years ago who started a cloth diaper business and she is the one who turned me onto all of this stuff and the awful things about what fabrics/products are unsafe for babe, especially when exposing their sensitive reproductive areas to these things... She was a real stickler and pretty much convinced me with all of the data I read at the time to be the same way when the time came.

I agree...I definitely found myself transitioning away from synthetics for various reasons...mostly because I found the synthetics much less durable (Fuzzi Bunz with leaky PUL, bad elastics, etc), and because of concerns about putting polyester next to my baby's skin 24/7.  I moved to cotton and hemp and bamboo fitteds and PFs with mostly wool covers; I used Green Mountain prefolds, and Motherease fitteds with snaps.  I tried Goodmamas, but they were too expensive to stash up on.  I adore wool interlock covers, like Sustainable Babyish (have some soakers, shorts and pants).  I also really liked wool wrap covers from Imse Vimse (they were our workhorse!). I used Thirsties PUL covers occasionally, mostly if we were planning a long car ride, to avoid wicking with pressure. 

 

I don't want to use diapers or covers that are not breathable but at the same time want to make sure they don't leak. Maybe getting mostly breathable diapers/covers for home use (I will be staying at home with baby) and getting a few that are more leakproof for the occasional outings?? Suggestions on this??

Wool is awesome...not leaky, but can wick and feel dampish if things get reeeaaaallllly wet underneath, or if baby is sitting on a wet diaper for a long time. See above for what I liked to use. We found wool to be the best, for day/night/home/away, just using waterproof PUL when planning a long car ride. 

 

Stupid question: when do I need to use a cover? Are they just for covering prefolds? Do I not need a cover when using an AIO or pocket diaper? (Totally green here as you can tell, I am in research overload and I think my preggo brain is not able to fully grasp or make sense of everything right now.)

Covers are just for over prefolds or fitteds.  AIOs and pockets do not need any sort of cover. You could use the shell of a pocket diaper as a cover in a pinch, over a prefold or fitted diaper. 

 

 

post #28 of 41
I love prefolds and covers until the babe gets moble to the point where having them stay still to change a multi layer diaper is impossible! Both my girls once they started crawling (first one at 5-6 months old and the second at 8 months) you could not get them to sit still for a change. I would end up chasing around a fast moving naked baby with a prefold in one hand and a cover in the other. I switch to pockets or AI2s ( a cover with a snap in insert I can take out for washings and reuse the cover a few times) Both of these systems let you keep the whole diaper together when your trying to change a super fast baby either while their standing up say leaning on the coffee table or even crawling from room to room.

I think that will be the plan once I get my act in gear for this little one smile.gif prefolds and covers for the first 6 or so months then pockets and AI2s until its potty time at 12-18 months. Goal is to be truly diaper free with little to no accidents by age 2yrs.
post #29 of 41

Thanks haurelia - you are so sweet to take the time to comment on all of my silly (and probably redundant) questions! I really appreciate your input on everything!! I have been to a few more baby resale shops and checking out the diapers IRL which has been helpful, talking to employees and other shoppers, etc. And, something else that has been extremely helpful are some youtube videos I've watched about different cloth diapers. I watched one series where a mom tested about 25 or so different diapers with a tablespoon of water (with help from her DD, it was so cute) and it was amazing to show how 100% of the micro fiber inserts just pooled up and did not absorb without some major poking/prodding and even then, lots of them just kept the water pooled up in a puddle without absorbing. Then, to see the natural inserts like cotton or hemp and how they soaked the water up immediately, it was awesome and a great testimony to natural fibers vs synthetics.

 

Thanks to you too letniaLynne for your feedback, so very helpful! You both have helped to me convince me that pre-folds are the way to go in the beginning!

 

I am definitely feeling better about the whole thing and now that I've ruled out so many (mainly due to the synthetic fiber thing), it makes the searching a lot easier. I am reading reviews on every diaper that I like and they've been a great resource as well.

Has anyone tried kawaii diapers? 

post #30 of 41

I can't think of much to add, because everyone else has covered it for the most part.  I would stress, like what others have said already, that AIO's, especially the one sized kind, don't work that well in the newborn period. My bff has been using bumGenius 4.0s on her 5 month old son for the last 3 months or so, and while she LOVED them at first, she's become disenchanted lately because she's had issues with stinky diapers that won't go away no matter what she tries-and at this point she's literally tried everything. She started rotating in some of my old GMD prefitteds, first with thirsties and bummis covers, but has recently started using wool, and is buying more of her own to increase her stash of them...on a daily basis she says how much she loves the cotton diapers with the wool covers. 

 

I have been driving myself crazy trying to decide what to do for diapers, and I've finally (for now, subjected to change along with my hormones) decided to just use my old newborn prefolds, and buy some wool covers and longies for the newborn period, and then go from there.  I have babies on the smallish side, 6-7lbs, so that will get me through to when she's bigger and any diapers I get will have a longer size life, then I can also play around with all the diapers my friend and I have between us to see what I want to do longer term.  I will say, the Mother-Ease Sandy's two size diapers seem really great, but I'm a little leary of the little bit of polyester they have sewn in, because I think that would still breed stink.  I'll probably go with the GMD prefitteds again, but Diaper Rite makes prefitteds now too...although GMD has organic ones, and she came up with them first, so I kind of want to stick with what I've used and loved.

post #31 of 41

SuzieSmiles - just to piggy back on your research: do you by any chance have a shortlist of brand names that don't have synthethic fibers? orngbiggrin.gif I think we're going to go with a diaper service for the first month (so that we don't actually have to buy newborn sizes or deal with meconium), and buy our own diaper stash meanwhile.

post #32 of 41
Susiesmiles the one thing I wanted to note about microfiber is that it does absorb a ton of liquid but not quickly. Also it cannot be put against a babies skin else it will wick away the natural moisture. I found a great way to use a microfiber insert is in conjunction with a natural insert as well. They work great together especially for longer car trips or outings where you need a bit more longevity in your diaper. Once the natural insert gets full the microfiber one is still there to hold more than its weight in comparison to say a cotton prefold or 2. They also need to break in a bit for them to work properly. I used them as doublers in many of my diapers once my little one started holding herself a bit longer between pees. Once she did go in her diaper it was like a flood!!! I would need the extra absorption else the diaper would leak but I did not want the extra bulk that a few natural inserts or prefolds would create. The microfiber as the outer layer worked perfectly.
post #33 of 41

Thanks so much freckledmama and once again letniaLynne for your comments, so very helpful. Really appreciate it, thanks:)

And, haurelia - diaperswappers.com seems like an awesome source, I'm sure I'll get some from there as well, thanks!

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Originally Posted by chispita View Post

SuzieSmiles - just to piggy back on your research: do you by any chance have a shortlist of brand names that don't have synthethic fibers? orngbiggrin.gif I think we're going to go with a diaper service for the first month (so that we don't actually have to buy newborn sizes or deal with meconium), and buy our own diaper stash meanwhile.

chispita - most of the companies/sites I've found so far seem to have both options... So, it's just been a matter of sifting through to find the natural products that they offer. I think a diaper service would be a great idea in the beginning, less work, etc... but I think we're going to tough it out and do it all ourselves, talk to me about this decision when the baby is here... I know that we have no idea what we're getting into! Just the initial having to wash everything a billion times before using (slight exaggeration here), then when in use, the rinsing, soaking, using the right/safe cleaning products, some things you can dry in the dryer others need to be line dried it's all a little overwhelming. But, I know it will be worth it as I fully believe it's the safest/healthiest option for babies. 

 

I have been reading reviews on any diaper I've been considering on diaperpin.com and elsewhere. So many mamas have suggested Green Mountain Diapers (they have lots of helpful info on their site as well), here's the diaperpin link with their company review and it lists the diapers they carry along with links reviewing all of them, very helpful:)

http://www.diaperpin.com/directory/dir_detail.asp?id=79

 

We are slowly starting to work on our stash:) Been visiting resale shops and whenever we find a supply of good looking pre-folds, we buy a few. And, we're scouring the used cloth diapers as well, bought a couple that either don't have names/labels or are names I haven't come across as the popular/trendy companies. But, they seemed good to try and even got a couple of wool and organic varieties as well, so that's been cool. Still pretty hesitant to get too many newborn sizes as we've heard that they can grow out of them so quickly or might even be too big for them to begin with (which I hope won't be the case with our little one - yikes). But, want to be prepared at the same time for anything, so, it's a process...

post #34 of 41
I used pre folds and Super Whisper Wrap covers but they were so bulky on my already chunky baby. I found a pattern to cut down my prefolds into gDiaper liners. I like how streamline gdiapers can be.

Anyone have experience with gdiapers?
post #35 of 41
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Originally Posted by swissmiss2584 View Post

I used pre folds and Super Whisper Wrap covers but they were so bulky on my already chunky baby. I found a pattern to cut down my prefolds into gDiaper liners. I like how streamline gdiapers can be.

Anyone have experience with gdiapers?

I tried gDiapers and HATED THEM. They seem to be a diaper that you either love or hate. They left nasty red marks on my girl and the cover I had was well within her weight range. I did keep it because I used the inserts for extra nighttime absorbency. I will give the gDiaper another try with my next one. As far as a hybrid diaper or AI2 I have heard better things about Flips or Grovias, neither of which I have tried. 

 

If you want to try gDiapers, just buy one cover and one set of inserts and go from there. 

 

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Our cloth diaper experience has been mostly prefolds and covers. We used Thirsties covers and Kawaii covers. I liked the Thirsties, they were durable but after my DD grew out of them I didn't want to spend almost 80$ on 4 more covers so we switched Kawaiis which are about $5 a cover. They're...decent enough. I mean they are doing the job and I've used them for over a year. A couple need repairs though. I just found out that Target sells Thirsties covers for a REALLY good price, about 12$ a cover instead of $20 so I put some Size2 on my registry. hehehe

Honestly, I really recommend prefolds. They are so easy and versatile. I did have trouble learning folds at first but I came across a website that was useful...of course I lost the link. Try Youtube for how to fold them I guess if you go with flats or prefolds. 

 

I refuse to use AIOs, I hear they are really more hassle than they are worth plus they are pricey. Instead I say go with a pocket diaper, much more versatile and easier to keep clean and strip. I know some people love em and all that but for us I just don't see the appeal, even when DD was in daycare or with the grandparents, I would just stuff the diapers before she went and it was easy peasy for the care providers. Brands we use are Fuzzibunz and BumGenius. I prefer the BG, they are much easier to stuff, the lining of the FB is really sticky so I would fight with them whenever I stuffed em. 

 

I know a lot of baby stores that sell CD's will have a newborn rental service or a trial period. If you are unsure of which kind of diaper you think you want I would definitely recommending finding a store that lets you test out different styles. 

I know SweetBottomsBaby has a newborn rental stage where they let you rent some fitted diapers for a few months. I really want to try fitteds, I hear nothing but good things about them especially for newborns. It looks like SweetBottomsBaby also has a cloth diaper trial program.

 

(btw I don't work for SBB, they are just really great with customer service and I love ordering with them! Not complaints!)

 

I also say go with Snaps over Velcro. I like the snaps because my DD can't get them undone and they don't collect lint or dirt or lose their stickiness. Too each their own :)

post #36 of 41

Our favorites for newborn were GMD prefolds (I started with oranges), KL0 with wool or mother ease covers.  We were also gifted quite a few kukee & mimi fitteds that we liked a lot, but I wouldn't go out of my way to buy them - kl0 are cheaper and worked well, too.  We switched from using various fitteds for my second into using mostly prefolds as she grew and now at 2 1/2 she wears sunbaby pockets, with a crickett hemp diaper at night.  Cricketts aren't made any more :(

post #37 of 41
My favorite diaper is made by a work at home mom. The brand is called Rainshine Designs. Just google them and you will find her website. They look and feel as if they were made by a machine, her sewing skills are impeccable! I love her AI2s. The snap in inserts are super absorbent and so soft. Also they are a side snap diaper which is SUPER hard to find today since everything is front Velcro or front snap. Honestly I think that either is a poor design.

The problem occurs especially as the baby grows and more snap positions are unused in the front of the diaper. When the babes sits up and the tummy fat rolls over the top of the diaper many times they get snap imprints in their skin from where the empty snaps have been digging in. Also some brand of Velcro covers have rough edges on the side Velcro tabs and again when the baby moves while sitting up their tummy fat rubs on the edge of the Velcro and they get chaffing marks on their tummy. Neither makes them very happy!!! So I am a side snap girl all the way!! Not to mention that the diaper looks a bit less bulky with a smooth soft front.smile.gif
post #38 of 41

 I have tried every single fabric you can think to ask about, every single type of diaper, closure, system, etc....  Except Fuzzibunz, I never did those.  Just didn't appeal.  Pockets in general are not my favorite thing but then again I was a huge wool and cashmere addict, on top of fitteds.  But this is probably the most expensive method possible, just FYI.

 

Now, I'm building up my stash again from scratch like I did ten years ago and finding that my favorite fabric is still bamboo (I've switched all my socks, underwear, and household linens to bamboo already for the softness, durability, microbial defenses, and eco-friendly factors so why would diapers be different?) , and cashmere is still my favorite material for covers.

 

I used to be a fitteds junkie but we are house poor and can't afford to spend 25-35 dollars each on a collection of 2-3 dozen fitteds.   I wish.  I'd get dozens of these:  http://www.etsy.com/listing/130767241/6-pack-rainbow-dyed-bamboo-velour-fitted?ref=usr_faveitems  if I could.

 

So, cheap option?   But, I hate prefolds!  They are just so bulky take forever to dry.

 

This time, I decided to spend 150 bucks (including shipping to anywhere on the planet) on 50 flat diapers in a 100% bamboo muslin material, 28" squares:  http://www.justkiddingonline.co.uk/detail.jsp?pid=9003093&id=20696&tlid=93329  because I actually like doing the origami fold, muslin weave works great with a snappi and I can get an awesome, customized/trim fit with flats (and could after just a few tries, it's not hard to get the hang of it), as opposed to bulky prefolds which always seemed huge in the crotch.  In addition to being trim-fitting, they will line dry in just minutes, and these days my partner is so not happy about using energy to dry laundry (costs as well as environmental impact).  Anyway now that I have more kids and our laundry amount in general feels overwhelming--- even now with no baby here yet---, I know I will have no patience to deal with still-damp, still-kinda-damp, almost-dry diapers, constantly checking on them to see if they've finished drying and figuring out how much longer to put the machine on until they're likely to finally be DRY.  Bah!  The wash cycle needs to be straight forward and to the point.  Hot hot wash, no buildup concerns with just one layer material, and dries in a snap, just hanging.  Plus, 100% bamboo stays silky soft (whereas cotton dries stiff and scratchy if you don't use a dryer) and absorbs 60% more than cotton, and won't go funky waiting in the pail to be washed because it's naturally antibacterial.  I LOVE organic bamboo velour which is a cotton blend, BUT the velour will eventually harden after a ton of hot washes/dries, at least if you have even slightly hard water.  The only thing I've found (living in this area for years) that doesn't eventually feel hard and icky after many many washes, with our water (which isn't hard but also isn't soft), is a smooth bamboo weave.  Our bed linens are this type of woven 100% bamboo and feels so satiny smooth soft even though it hangs to dry and gets washed constantly.  Also other household items have been switched to bamboo and I plan to phase out cotton completely, eventually, and use just bamboo for this reason.

 

I bought 50 because they really are one-size-fits-all-babies/toddlers and they make great burp cloths, small baby blankets, nursing covers, sun shields draped over a baby carriage, great to protect clothing whenever you suspect a baby may spit up, and awesome cleaning-up-messes cloths for any purpose.  I plan on using them later on as dish cloths, hand towels, napkins, cleaning rags, etc, as well.   


They're boring white squares, yes, but I'm thinking of dyeing them myself, I just have to learn how first.  These on etsy are just cotton ones but dyed pretty:  http://www.etsy.com/listing/150469639/3-flat-cotton-diapers-pink?ref=usr_faveitems  Then the stains won't show as much.

 

As for covers I really don't like using a separate cover because it adds bulk under clothes, so I prefer letting the clothes (after lanolization) be the cover --and cashmere can be cheap when upcyled:  https://www.etsy.com/transaction/128399489  I asked that seller to make up a bunch of 0-6 month size overalls for me, 25 bucks each.  Any type of cotton shirt underneath will work fine as long as it's not so long (like a onesie) that it touches the diaper). Middle of the night diaper changes can be completed with a sleep sack:  http://www.etsy.com/listing/106844109/sale-upcycled-wool-sleep-sack-black-and?ref=sr_gallery_1&ga_search_query=cashmere+sack&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=US&ga_search_type=handmade

Of course, some of your baby's clothes will not be water repellent cashmere or wool, so you'll need diaper covers, but still I like cashmere (wool is often too scratchy for my taste, I'm such a snob on softness!!!):  http://www.etsy.com/listing/127401050/cashmere-soaker-cloth-diaper-cover-pure?ref=shop_home_active&ga_search_query=cashmere  -- I asked her to make some newborn and small sized covers and they were on average ten bucks each.  You only need about 4 per size.   You crafty mamas with sewing machines can make pants/overalls/soakers at home with upcycled materials you find at thrift stores (just prowl and look for really soft wool or even cashmere sweaters).

 

 

For those of you who do NOT want to go back to the old days of folding diapers and don't mind longer drying time for an easy-to-snap-on-baby option, BUT are on a budget:  http://www.etsy.com/listing/119306884/custom-newborn-converted-prefold?ref=shop_home_active   or http://www.etsy.com/listing/119309757/custom-one-size-fits-most-converted?ref=shop_home_active  will get you some fitteds on the cheap!

 

You will need some kind of diaper covers on top, PUL material ones are 5-10 dollars each usually, max 15.  Nylon pull on pants like from Dappi, are also really effective, cheap and THIN under clothes-- whisper thin.  I just kinda don't like synthetics in general, but for travel and such, works well because you can throw soiled items into a plastic bag and not worry about them, unlike a cashmere or wool diaper cover, which needs to be aired out between uses and if soiled, hand-washed asap and then blocked and laid to dry on a towel somewhere.  Of course you could wash it in a public toilet sink right away and squeeze excess water and put it in a separate plastic bag until you get home, but it's just a tiny bit more work so for outings where you may be handling diaper changes in public changing stations, plastic has it's place for sheer toss-everything-poopy-into-one-big-zip-lock-bag easability!   I've heard others say they also like to let their kids run around without a cover in warm weather at home, and just in general stick to natural fibers around the house, but then when getting fully dressed for outings/errands, they stuff a pocket and put it on the baby (the inner fleece keeps the kid feeling dry for longer, in case you would really prefer to avoid changing a diaper in public during the errand and want it to last until you get home) and have a couple of prestuffed pockets or AIOs in their diaper bag in case a sudden poop-in-the-store happens and you gotta change in a public restroom and of course want to try to get in and out of the public restroom as quick as possible.

 

I've heard people on diaperswappers rave about fitteds made out of prefolds from Baby Coon Designs on etsy:  http://www.etsy.com/shop/babycoondesigns  AND she will buy back your newborn diapers from you when you are done with them!  They look about the same as the ones I linked above from the other, slightly cheaper, seller.

 

Details on the buyback:

BUYBACK OFFER for MY NEWBORN PREFITTEDs: I will buy back my Newborn Prefitted diapers (made with Cotton Prefolds) from you, after your are done using them. If you feel you can sell them somewhere for more, please do so. If you don't want to bother, I will buy them from you! Diapers should be in reasonable condition: no diaper cream stains, holes and other irreparable surface damage.

 

when I contacted her and asked about pricing she said:     

 Prefiteds are NB $6, Small/Medium $8 and OneSize $10.

Just request them, I have tons of prefolds (bleached and unbleached) :). I also have organics for NB size, these cost extra."

 
Oh and a diaper sprayer.  Mini showers next to the toilet are a godsend.  You carefully place it on the rim of your toilet (hopefully your water doesn't come up very high in the toilet bowl, but that's maybe adjustable), spray the diaper so all the solid stuff drops into the water, then throw the wet/sprayed, poop-free diaper in the pail conveniently located nearby.  You don't have to feel like just one hot wash cycle isn't enough if you aren't tossing fecal matter (well, not any large enough to see with the naked eye anyways) in with the diapers.  However, I never did that with an exclusively breastfed young baby, that stuff dissolves in hot water no problem.  After solids, definitely the mini shower to spray the diaper is a godsend because sometimes a shake isn't enough, and no way will I swish.  NO WAY.  Just. so. gross.
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My favorite diaper is made by a work at home mom. The brand is called Rainshine Designs. Just google them and you will find her website. They look and feel as if they were made by a machine, her sewing skills are impeccable! I love her AI2s. The snap in inserts are super absorbent and so soft. Also they are a side snap diaper which is SUPER hard to find today since everything is front Velcro or front snap. Honestly I think that either is a poor design.
 

I love side snap too and I checked out rainshine diapers and I'm totally drooling.  I wish I could afford a dozen of those in each size, I really do. But, thinking 2 dollars vs. 25 dollars..... it's kinda just a no-brainer, since we are not flush with cash these days.  I wish I was! 

Flats and wool soakers/longies for me!  :)   I'm going to do berry/plant dyes for my flats so they don't totally bore me.  Can I post pictures and show off what I've dyed?  

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I stumbled upon an etsy seller who sells AIOs that look trim-fitting and are super easy to use (the front aplix style mimics disposable diapers, so that other people can avoid mental meltdown about cloth and slap it on baby exactly like the throwaways everyone knows so well) and have a pocket to add extra absorbency when needed (if you want), and the price is amazing, just over 8 dollars each.  A dozen for 100 dollars!  http://www.etsy.com/listing/106208648/all-in-one-cloth-diapers-set-of-3-solid?ref=usr_faveitems    And just over 9 dollars for cute prints:http://www.etsy.com/listing/122849318/all-in-one-cloth-diapers-set-of-3?ref=usr_faveitems  which is probably worth paying for since they will undoubtedly help you re-sell them.   Mind you guys, I haven't tried these, but they seem like an amazing deal and she has 56 positive feedbacks on etsy so she can't be awful.  In general, I like side snapping better, but for dads, grandparents, care providers, whatever, I think that it would be handy to have some of these on hand, and the price is unbelievable.

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