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post #21 of 77
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Originally Posted by quest4quiet
Does it drive anyone else nuts that you can't get the pins to face opposite directions? ( so when you look at it from the front, both pin clasps(?) are on either the outside or inside) It grates my nerves....maybe I'm obsessive, though, lol :
TOTALLY!! This is the one thing that always bugs me!! And I'm always trying to turn that second pin over, convinced that, for some reason, this time it will work!! Yeah, I do know how stupid that is....and can I possibly be any more OCD??? My dad says that a sign of insanity is someone doing the same thing over and over again, expecting a different result....

Ah well...

SheBear, searching desperately for Pin Symmetry...
post #22 of 77
I love pins too!! I was so afriad of them at first but now I really enjoy using them. I have sold most all my fitteds for prefolds because I really like the old fashioned, comfy pinned look!
post #23 of 77
Will the pins from Walmart work fine? If not, where could I buy pins?
post #24 of 77
Aaaack!! Whodunnit??

<======= heeheehee....

Thanks--you totally made my day!

ETA: Steph, I've never seen diaper pins at my walmart, but maybe yours has them....the best brand (IMO) is Dritz. Just make sure they have locking heads. You can definitely find them at practically any diaper site that sells prefolds (check the sig lines of some of the moms here, or click on a banner ad), and you should be able to find them at craft/fabric stores, like JoAnn. Also probably at BRU. HTH!
post #25 of 77
:LOL that is just too funny SheBear. Love the DDDDC.

Thank you feebee! I'm attempting to pin today. I'll let you all know how it goes. Who knew you could get excited over pinning a prefold?!
post #26 of 77
Thanks feebee!!! I LOVE the look of pins but I have such a hard time getting them to hold well. : You have all excited me about them again.

Jenn-I like your idea. :LOL I am going to try that today! :boypin :boypin
post #27 of 77
I them too. I always pin with both pins pointing out, is that what you guys are trying to do? It isn't difficult. Just...um...point them both out. lol
post #28 of 77
I've used pins like twice in emergencies when I had to put DD in a contour dipe (Snappi won't catch it) w/ a pull-on cover. I keep a set on my keychain.

I easily stab myself and DD is very squirmy so I only use them as last resort. But they do have the advantage of being readily available at mainstream stores, unlike the snappis. I'm down to just one snappi, if I lose it I'll prolly buy some more pins to hold me over until I get home in August.
post #29 of 77
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Originally Posted by 2much2luv
I them too. I always pin with both pins pointing out, is that what you guys are trying to do? It isn't difficult. Just...um...point them both out. lol
I tried that as soon as I read your post. Because as we've already established, I'm neurotic, and I thought "hey, maybe she's on to something!!"

But nope, it still doesn't work! : Here's the thing--we're not talking about the plain, locking head pins--those are fine. But the pins with "fancy" heads don't work, because they aren't designed with specific "right" and "left". Thus, one will always be upside down, so that you can't see the design. Does that make sense? I wish I could post a picture....







I am such a dork! :
post #30 of 77
Oh Sarah that DDDDC is hilarious! I guess you better watch what you say, huh! :LOL

So I pinned first thing this morning by snappi'ing first and then pinning beside the snappi. I snappi'd him so tightly that he whined and then when I was done pinning it was too loose. So I took off the snappi and re-pinned each side and it was better.

I ran to the bathroom and two seconds later he was wet again (so much for taking pictures)! So this time I did the jellyroll fold without using the snappi and went straight for the pins. I only re-did one side (not both like the first time) and that was better.

20 minutes later he was wet again so I pinned again (each time using the scalp method) and only re-did one side again.. this one was much tighter though it could still use some work.

The best part? He's been coverless all day and his diaper hasn't fallen off once! That darn snappi was forever coming off or the diaper was falling off but the snappi staying on! Not pretty or fun!

So here are my pictures from my second and third time: http://www.PictureTrail.com/gid4568851
post #31 of 77
I just pinned Caleb into a prefold and the sucker is sooo loose!!! I have no clue what I am doing wrong. I just cannot get a prefold as snug around the legs with pins as I can with a Snappi. Does anyone have any words of wisdom on this situation? Any ideas what I may be doing wrong?
post #32 of 77
One more thought . . could it depend on the fold you are using? I use the fold where you fold in the sides first and then fold down the rise in front. Would this have anything to do with it?
post #33 of 77
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by intensity_too
I just pinned Caleb into a prefold and the sucker is sooo loose!!! I have no clue what I am doing wrong. I just cannot get a prefold as snug around the legs with pins as I can with a Snappi. Does anyone have any words of wisdom on this situation? Any ideas what I may be doing wrong?
What size of prefold are you using?

I use regulars and can get a fairly decent fit, but still some looseness around the legs (which doesn't bother me since it still seems to contain poo, and we mostly only use prefolds coverless around the house). I also have some regulars that I have shortened by cutting off a few inches from the length, and I can get a really snug fit with those. I don't like to fold prefolds in the rise because it's just a funny kind of bulk, IMO. I can imagine that it could also be tricky to pin. . . perhaps that's where you're having a hard time?

So, I suppose my advice is to try cutting off a few inches from the length of the diaper. . . just try one at a time, of course!

Happy pinning!

lex
post #34 of 77
Okay- here's my attempts at pinning:
http://share.shutterfly.com/osi.jsp?i=EekNnLds5asuo

I am using a premium prefold for the absorbancy since Caleb tends to be a heavy wetter. This is prefold number 3 in my efforts to pin. I do love the way the pins look but i fear that something may end up dribbling out of the leg holes :LOL
post #35 of 77
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Does it drive anyone else nuts that you can't get the pins to face opposite directions? ( so when you look at it from the front, both pin clasps(?) are on either the outside or inside) It grates my nerves....maybe I'm obsessive, though, lol
Okay, I will admit that I didn't know that this is why I could never get pinning down - I was always trying to do them symmetrical, and it never worked!

Well, that and I didn't start cloth until ds was around 1yo, and by then he was so squirmy that I couldn't get any good practice in. I have used snappis, but they have a mental patient look to me (no offense!), so I really haven't felt the prefold love at all.

I am hoping to get better with pinning with the new baby, because I would really like to love prefolds!
post #36 of 77
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But the pins with "fancy" heads don't work, because they aren't designed with specific "right" and "left".
Ah I see. That bugs me too, but I mostly use dritz because they work better.
To get a tight fit you have to really pull it extra tight and then pin because it loosens up a bit. I love pinning prefolds.
post #37 of 77
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Originally Posted by intensity_too
One more thought . . could it depend on the fold you are using? I use the fold where you fold in the sides first and then fold down the rise in front. Would this have anything to do with it?
You could try folding down the excess in the back before putting it on him so you don't have to fold down the rise.
post #38 of 77
I have only tried pinning one time, and it was horrible. We were going camping, so I brought a bunch of prefolds and wool covers. Got out to the mountains of WV and realized I had forgotten the Snappi. And of course, couldn't snap the wool covers tight enough to go without one. So we drove to the store and bought pins... and all weekend we had poopy blowouts. Those poor covers got handwashed more than they ever have, and looked so sad sitting on the dash of our car to dry.
post #39 of 77
I was actually coming to post to this thread. I wanted to say a great big THANK-YOU! to the Mama who posted pictures, and to Lex for the tip about making sure the pin enters and exits through the "wings"--something I never knew before. You learn something new everyday!

I have been prefold-impaired for over a year now, and my fluffy prefolds have been sitting in a box in the closet taunting me. The biggest problem was that I couldn't get them to stay on because my DS waist is too big for a Snappi (nearly 20"). Even when I would get it fastened, it was really digging into his chubby belly--poor baby So, of course I would always take it right off.

This morning I remembered about using pins, and give it a whirl. What do you know? It's easy! And I didn't even poke DS or myself (the fear that has kept me from ever trying pins in the first place.) He looked so cute and classic in his pinned prefold. I was so pleased with the result that I ordered a dozen more preolds and some dritz pins today! Hooray! A new obsession
post #40 of 77
Sarah,
Where did you get your fancy pins? I remember my mother using them on my borther when he was a baby! Flashbacks!
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