Now that we are getting up on our feet and feeling a bit more confident in caring for Holly I have tried a few cloth diapers the past few days. The past 2 days I have put Holly in cloth diapers 3 times total. Tell me, what are the odds!? 2 of the 3 diapers were filled with huge massive poos!! Really!? She poos once or twice a day and I just happened to put her in cloth for the big whammies?! Man. I was hoping for a nice easy introduction to cloth diapering w/ easy pee diapers. Nope.
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cloth diaperingpost #1 of 138/27/13 at 4:00pmThread Starterpost #2 of 138/27/13 at 6:56pmI was just thinking of starting this thread! Great minds think alike, I guess. We also started cloth this past weekend. We are using prefolds with thirsties covers. Funny enough, we have had some massive explosions, too....but Ethan happened to be in regular diapers for those! So far nothing has leaked from the cloth diapers, in spite of his best efforts. I'm I impressed.
What kinda diapers are you using spotty?post #3 of 138/27/13 at 9:40pm
I have not been active on here in quite a while...but baby L is sound asleep in her bassinet and I have two hands free to type tonight! I actually was hoping that someone would have posted about this as well.
L is 8 weeks now, and we have been slowly transitioning into cloth over the past 2-3 weeks. We had a dozen newborn fitteds with covers that we unfortunately got little use of because L outgrew them too quickly. Now we're working with a small assortment and trying to figure out what to fill out our stash with. We have 6 prefolds with a couple thirsties covers, which I like the simplicity of, but don't like the wet against baby's skin so much. We have a few bumgenius 4.0s and one each of the freetime and aio organic. The organic is definitely out as it takes waaaaaay to long to dry. I like the ease of the freetime (vs. stuffing the pockets) but with the two flaps it is quite bulky, especially on the smallest setting. I guess I am leaning towards buying a dozen or so of the 4.0's and I'll just get over the pain of stuffing the pockets.
All in all, I love using cloth. L had developed a lot of redness from the inside of the pampers sticking to her skin when they were wet. We have kept her in the cloth almost exclusively the past few days and the redness is almost gone. Also, we have had minimal leaking due to user error with the prefolds, but no blowouts yet (knock on wood!).
Does anyone have any tips or feelings about 4.0's vs. freetimes before I go out and buy more of either? Also, I'd love to hear advice on detergent and washing routines from the veteran mamas.post #4 of 138/28/13 at 11:41amI was also going tocstart a dipes thread, lol! We have been using cloth since we came home from the hospital, with a couple of exceptions when it was just too much to do laundry every day. I've since ordered more prefolds so that my wash routine isn't as demanding. As a neworn we tried out bum genius aio dipes, prefolds, fitteds, and some bumpkins pocket dipes. I like the fitteds, but prefolds are cheaper so we went with those. DH actually likes the prefolds the best. I have to find a link with the different ways to fold them. Right now we do a twist type fold, I think its called an angel fold, and while poop gets on the cover sometimes, we rarely if ever have a blow out. I also have some fuzibuns left over from DS, business these are my least favorite. Overall I like the natural materials best, even though they tend to feel wetter, they are the easiest to use and to clean.post #5 of 138/28/13 at 11:49amAuto correct, lol! My phone was acting funny so I posted before I lost the whole thing. I tend to like fitteds/prefolds the best. AIOs are nice, but they can be tricky to wash since te PUL covers don't do so well on high temps...in terms of a wash routine, I find my biggest problem is getting enough water and agitation with my HE washer...also why I like the ease of prefolds. Right now I use the "kids wear" cycle, doing a rinse and spin first with a towel, that way the wet towels makes the load heavier so that more water is added. Then I occasionally do a sanitize cycle, which shouldnt be used with the PUL covers. HTH!post #6 of 138/28/13 at 6:57pmThread Starter
So far I have only tried ALVAbaby pocket PLU diapers. The pocket insert is a bamboo fiber.
They were freebie hand-me-downs from freecycle. The ones we have are quite small, but they were too big to use on Holly until recently. We also have 3 bum genius diapers but they are still humongous on her.post #7 of 138/29/13 at 6:56pm
We've been CD'ing since her cord fell off & I had a moment of personal triumph when I realized she had outgrown the only package of size 1 disposables before we used them all. I use the super cheapie Gerber prefolds from Wal-Mart & the slightly higher quality one from Babies R' Us. When they get too ripped up I tear off the sides & use the extra absorbable middle as a doubler. When I've used them all up I double up w/ a flat fold. I had an excess of receiving blankets after baby #2 & sewed alot of them into flannel prefolds & those get used in the night diapers for extra absorbancy. They don't work well w/ a Snappi at all though. I have quite a few Dappi covers that are seeing duty on their 4th bum...not the best but they were the cheapest starting out. I've had to sew on new elastic in the back & new velcro over the years but they still pull their weight for daytime. My favorite wraps are some sort of PUL...It was some sort of WAHM company, I don't think they were monkey buns, but monkey was somewhere in the name. I put her in a larger size w/ the extra padding in one of those wraps for night & change her maybe twice.
I wash every other day before breakfast in cold water,regular home made detergeant. Pees get separated from poos; pees get dunked & wrung first. I scrub the poos & wipes enough to get any solids off, then plunge & send them through the wringer, but the sun will take care of the stains. I hate winter diapers. 2 rinses & they get hung.
My mom did send me some one size fits all w/ a million snaps & a pocket that are very cute, but they're so nice, I don't like to use them much. I thought they'd be easier for the last night change about an hour before I'm out of bed, but there was leakage & so many snaps I couldn't see/ feel them all. I save them for husband who hates my cloth routine but will change a diaper if it resembles a disposable.post #8 of 139/3/13 at 10:22pmI haven't read through this whole thread but just wanted to quickly add my input. I am using almost exclusively wool wraps this time around and really love them. I have 2 wool Nikky wraps, 1 wool Little Bug, 2 Thirsties wraps that I use when we go out on longer errands, and then 1 wool soaker and 1 wool longies which I use the most. So all together I have 7 wraps/covers.
The wool soaker is a Lambie Love http://www.etsy.com/shop/LambieLove
That I bought from a consignment store and really like. It's so great not to have to change diapers in the middle of the night!! I just stick a doubler in and he's good till morning.
And the longies I also got from a consignment and really like. They are homemadepost #9 of 139/8/13 at 11:14ampost #10 of 139/9/13 at 12:04pmpost #11 of 139/9/13 at 12:06pmpost #12 of 139/11/13 at 6:18ampost #13 of 139/11/13 at 11:26amI preferred prefolds with a PUL cover (I do not use cloth anymore). I had Green Mountain unbleaced Indian prefolds and a lady on Etsy made me girl colored covers. I picked all the colors and she mixed/matched the elastic around the legs/waist. I only paid $90 for 15 covers. Also the GMD prefolds we're on sale for $1 each!!
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