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post #21 of 43

Alright! Here are my n00b-mommy questions!

We're going with prefolds because of the money factor mostly. How many "newborn" sized ones do I want? Most of the newborn size ones that I find say they fit up to 9lbs but if I have a big baby that could be fitting them for only a month and I wouldn't want to buy that many. But if I have a smaller baby I'm gonna want more because they'll be small longer. I don't want to buy too many and then not use them but I don't want to buy not enough and then have to go diaper shopping while dealing with my first ever newborn. Ack!

 

I am the worst decision maker ever, I can mull over the options endlessly if I let myself and then usually end up making an impulsive poorly thought out decision just to make the decision go away.

post #22 of 43
I had 36 NB prefolds...it was more than enough, but 24 might have been too close for comfort in terms of having a day's worth of dipes clean and ready while dirties were laundered and dried. Some days we'd use 8 dipes, some days 10 or 12. I washed every 2 days.
Keep in mind that its pretty easy to sell good quality prefolds, especially GMDs, in my experience. If you have too many you can always unload some, or just wait until you're in the next size and sell then all to fund new fluffy discoveries. wink1.gif
post #23 of 43

I've always had about 36, too, but this time around I have 20 newborn and then 24 smalls.  That way, if baby is really small, I'll have the newborn to use, and then if baby is not so tiny, I'll have the smalls for back-up, really either way. 

 

I might go with at least 24 newborn, and then a dozen smalls.  That way, you are covered on both ends...no pun intended. LOL
 

post #24 of 43
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Originally Posted by katalopolis View Post

Alright! Here are my n00b-mommy questions!
We're going with prefolds because of the money factor mostly. How many "newborn" sized ones do I want? Most of the newborn size ones that I find say they fit up to 9lbs but if I have a big baby that could be fitting them for only a month and I wouldn't want to buy that many. But if I have a smaller baby I'm gonna want more because they'll be small longer. I don't want to buy too many and then not use them but I don't want to buy not enough and then have to go diaper shopping while dealing with my first ever newborn. Ack!

 

I am the worst decision maker ever, I can mull over the options endlessly if I let myself and then usually end up making an impulsive poorly thought out decision just to make the decision go away.

katalopolis - this is totally me! I've been researching the cloth diaper thing for months and am still not prepared. We've decided to go with prefolds (especially in the beginning) and are hoping to use mostly wool covers with them. I still am trying to figure out if I should go with one of the package deals offered online (and if so, which one is best, there are so many)?? Or... to buy them individually here and there (like on diaperswappers, etsy, craigslist, local resale shops, etc...). 

 

We made our way to a resale baby store again on Friday and I couldn't resist buying a few things... one was a Thirsty Wrap (xs), an organic cotton all in one and another cover (but not wool, they didn't have any). Also, got a new (to me) pair of maternity capris and they are so comfy:D

 

I really need to kick this into gear and figure out what we're doing (where we're buying from) as I don't want to leave it to last minute! And, I also want to be prepared for after we're done with the newborn or small sizes and maybe get some good one size diapers or something as I too don't want to be diaper shopping with a new baby!

 

It is so nice to hear from all of you experienced mamas out there, so very helpful, thanks for all of your input:)

post #25 of 43

I used prefolds from the start with my first baby, and I just went with small/infant size. Of course, I think only GMD makes the newborn size? Maybe not, but they weren't readily available as an option here (Canada) anyway. They were fine. We just folded the edge down about an inch or so in the back for a while, then folded it up jellyroll style and snappied it shut. I splurged on some (used) Kissaluvs 0's for my second and they were awesome! We used prefolds, too, some, but mostly the KL0's. I gave them away, though, so going back to mostly prefolds for this one's newborn stage before we move into my Motherease one-size fitteds later on. I have a couple of other pockets and fitteds to supplement, so I'll likely only be buying 24 and they will be the infant/small size again.

post #26 of 43

I ordered Alva baby pocket/AIO diapers from ebay last night, they were like 6 dollars each including shipping.  Let's see how well made they end up being!  Have any of you all ordered from Alva Baby?

post #27 of 43

I use Alva diapers on my 2nd child.  I got them super cheap from a co-op (less than $4 a diaper with insert!).  We've been happy with them :)

post #28 of 43
Thread Starter 

I know you guys will share in my joy in this - I put a pin on pinterest about the GMD workhorse diapers and wanting to get a few. A friend on there who is a dear woman surprised me with a gift order of NINE of the workhorse diapers (three each in newborn, yellow and red). I was so touched, I cried when they came in the mail today.

post #29 of 43

That is so sweet!!!!

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Nice to hear positive rec for the Alvas!

post #30 of 43
That's awesome Alicia! I would love to try those, but we have so many diapers I can't justify buying more. I was going to get some new alvas in another co-op buy, but decided to just get a couple wetbags.
post #31 of 43
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by splath View Post

That's awesome Alicia! I would love to try those, but we have so many diapers I can't justify buying more. I was going to get some new alvas in another co-op buy, but decided to just get a couple wetbags.

 

I hear you! I just sold 12 of our yellow prefolds, and just listed a dozen of our XL prefolds on ebay to make up for the few used WH I bought last week. I have to get rid of some of my stash to add more :)

post #32 of 43

It's an ongoing addiction!  If you don't preen your stash, or 'de-stash', as it were, then the cloth diapers will take over your home.  Sheepish.gif

post #33 of 43

I am so excited! I just placed my first big order with GMD!! Think I made some great/smart selections: 24 organic prefolds (12nb, 12sm), 6 organic fitteds, 2 wool covers, wool changing mat, 24 cloth wipes, diaper lotion potion and some wool-silk nursing pads:)

 

Oh, for anyone interested... Kissaluvs is offering a $10 rebate on purchases over $100 through today (July 2)...

 

I also have a few things I picked up used: a couple of Thirsties covers, one wool cover, one Little Beetle diaper & cover. And, I will probably get a couple of wool covers from etsy sellers I've had my eye on... Hopefully this will get us started and last until we see what works for us:D

 

Question to anyone who has used wool covers... what type of lanolin do you use to lanolize your covers? This is one thing I forgot to buy and GMD recommends and sells Lansinoh lanolin... I found it on Amazon but also found a cheaper option by NOW Foods... Does it make a difference which type you use to do the (monthly?) maintenance?

 

I'm also planning on getting the Eucalan wool wash unless there are other recommendations??

post #34 of 43

I wanna see stash pics!

 

Speaking of caring for your woolies, I bought my lanolin wash yesterday at the health foods store.  It's a high concentration of lanolin, that you're meant to soak the wooly in.  If you soak in overnight, it's good.  It's a brand that isn't sold in the US so I can't help you with specific product recommendations.  I recommend just buying lanolin and mixing it with very hot water to melt it, and then in the basin or whatever you are using, when the temp goes to just warm, swish the wool in there and leave it to soak as long as possible.  Eventually, roll the woolies in a towel to get excess water out, and lay flat (shape) to dry.  Will take awhile.  But in a couple days you are good to go!

post #35 of 43

Thanks for your input on wool care Serafina33:) I think I'll try to contact the manufacturer or at least seller of the NOW Foods Lanolin on Amazon and see if I can get more info about their product, it just seems like such a screaming deal - almost too good to be true...

 

For anyone interested, here's a link with details of caring for your wool, courtesy of Green Mountain Diapers, there's also a little 2 minute video showing the lanolization process:

 

http://www.greenmountaindiapers.com/lanolize.html

 

And, I too would love to see more stash pics! I'll try to remember to take some of mine when they arrive:) I'm still so excited and very happy that I finally came to a decision and placed the order, such a relief! Now I can check that off my list!!

post #36 of 43

I'm getting more excited about trying cloth diapering. I just ordered 6 PUL covers from a local lady. $7 a piece, buy 5 get 1 free... I put some flats on my registry and I figured we can get started that way (cheap) and I can always spend more money later if I find that the cheap solution doesn't work out. I have the two wool covers I made and I figure I can make another one once the kid's here and I know what size I need. I bought two skeins of yarn for $6-7 a piece, again, cheap, since those wool covers online tend to go for $30-40!

post #37 of 43


My super simple diaper stash... Am I being too naive here? I've got 12 (I know) Flip one-size covers that I got as seconds (but nearly all of them are flawless) for super cheap, 36 unbleached Indian prefolds infant size, and a couple Snappis. I'm thinking we'll snappy at first and then later just trifold the prefolds in the Flip covers. The only additional needs I foresee would be bigger prefolds for trifolding later and maybe some doublers. Again, am I being naive? I'm trying to keep it super simple. I can see how people get addicted to diapers! smile.gif
post #38 of 43
Madelyn, I've never used flip covers, but your set up looks good to me. We exclusively used prefolds (with snappis) for DS when he was under about 6mo, until I started getting adventurous and bought a couple of AIOs. It worked out great! Caveat: we used a diaper service, so laundry wasn't my problem. But I think 36 should be fine if you're washing every other day or so.
post #39 of 43
MadelynMc-I think your starter stash is perfect. When I started out I did 4 prowraps and 24 pre folds. I wish id had the numbers of covers and prefolds.
post #40 of 43

I like the simplicity of your system Madelyn! So ladies - I have some prepping questions... my GMD order arrived and I was so excited! Then, I read through the prepping instructions and was like whoah! Can't wash natural fabrics (prefolds, etc.) with microfibers (only have 2 inserts that came with a cover I ordered so not a big deal) nor can you wash covers, etc. together... It's going to make for lots of different loads of laundry, ugh!

Anyway... I have another order coming from Cotton Babies that includes the Allens detergent I'd planned to use to prep them but wondering if I can get started with a couple washes with the detergents I already have, Biokleen Free & Clear Liquid or Ecos Liquid but it is scented - lemongrass, so thinking that the Biokleen would be the best... Would it be alright to do the first couple of washes for the prepping stage with the Biokleen and do the final washes with the Allens when it arrives? Or, should I wait and strictly use the Allens? 

 

And, how strict are you guys with stripping/cleaning your washing machine before laundering diapers? I use Ecover fabric softener with some of my laundry and am worried it will pollute my new diapers if I don't 'clean' my washing machine before washing the diapers... I've also read that some mamas use this Ecos fabric softener on their cloth diapers but am afraid to as most things I've read said to not use ANY fabric softener at all, doesn't matter which kind... I am planning to order some wool dryer balls from Etsy, anyone have experience with them? 

 

Any input on the above would be greatly appreciated:)

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