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post #41 of 89
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I've been a TP fiend! So far I'm even-steven on spending and selling!

What I have so far:
- 6 ME Sandies XS
- 7 ME Sandies S
- 7 Kissaluvs Size 0
- 4 Kissaluv Size 1 fitteds
- 6 Sugar Plum Baby Organic Velour NB fitteds
- 6 Sugar Plum Baby Organic Cotton NB fitteds
- 4 LC Size 1 fitted
- 5 FCB Size 1 fitted
- 4 FM Nightlights Size 1
- 1 DD Eagles fitted
- 1 Kiwi Pie Oatmeal Cashmere Wool Cover
- 1 LTK Wool Soaker NB
- 2 Lana wool soakers NB
- 1 BWW NB


What I need:
- 12 XS VB AIOs
- 12 Small VB AIOs
- 2 more Kissaluv Size 1 fitteds
- 6 Sugar Plum Baby Organic Velour Small fitteds
- 6 Sugar Plum Baby Organic Cotton Small fitteds
- 6 Little Beetle Organic Cotton Small snapping fitteds
- 5 FCB Size 0 fitteds
- 5 LC Size 0 fitteds
- Little Beetle Wool Cover size small
- Little Beetle Wool Soaker Cover Size Small and Medium

I'm busy knitting my second NB soaker from the Free F&F pattern. I think I'm going to make these into longies so I have at least one pair. And then I plan to knit a small size soaker and longies. I'm soooo excited! I can't wait to share pics!
post #42 of 89
I am having a really hard time deciding whether to use cloth or not. With my ds (he'll be four in January) I used cloth part-time and loved it. But my hubby never changed a diaper, this time I was really hoping to get him to help out in that area! LOL So I'm still not sure, I guess I could do cloth while I'm home during the day and use the others at night when he's home or when I go out...Guess we'll see.

With my ds I used a mix of everything from self-made to Fuzzi Bunz (I had one! LOL) to pre-folds with wraps...goodness I have quite the stash of them. No really small ones though, I think I'd use disp. for the first month anyway
I'm sure I'll end up using cloth if I hang around this forum! LOL
post #43 of 89
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Originally Posted by thirdchild
I am having a really hard time deciding whether to use cloth or not.
Welp, if your dh isn't going to change diapers, you can choose whatever you darn well please. And, if you decide on cloth, you've got 6 months to work on your stash.
post #44 of 89
When I put it to Mike in terms of saving money, he was all in favor of cloth... but I never had a problem getting him to change diapers, really. He was afraid at first, because he was sure it would be difficult or stinky but when it was neither, he got over it in a hurry. :LOL
post #45 of 89
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Originally Posted by eilonwy
When I put it to Mike in terms of saving money, he was all in favor of cloth... but I never had a problem getting him to change diapers, really. He was afraid at first, because he was sure it would be difficult or stinky but when it was neither, he got over it in a hurry. :LOL
That was what happened here, too. My DH actually misses it because he LOVED when people would ask him about DD's cute dipes and he could explain how we used cloth and how they worked. It was really sweet! He loves watching out stash grow for Beluga.
post #46 of 89

question about wool...

I'm alergic to wool... well, I itch like mad anytime I come in contact with it. I know I was this way as a baby.... does no one worry that babe would have this problem too?

We're probably going with FuzBuns, cause my cousin used them and loved them, and I'm hoping to inherit! :LOL
post #47 of 89
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Originally Posted by moosemommy
I'm alergic to wool... well, I itch like mad anytime I come in contact with it. I know I was this way as a baby.... does no one worry that babe would have this problem too?

We're probably going with FuzBuns, cause my cousin used them and loved them, and I'm hoping to inherit! :LOL
I was told this weekend that people aren't allergic to the wool, but the lanolin that is in the wool...

FBs are great, that was what we started with for my DD. You might also like fleece, which allows air to circulate, but also prives outstanding protection. Then you can use all the cute fitteds that are out there!
post #48 of 89
We started out with prefolds and Dappi covers for DD. :Puke Needless to say I know better now and will NOT be doing that again. :LOL

We are planning on a stash of Snapdragons for this babe. They are made by a local mom. I have one for DD and when she has been sick with really bad diarrhea it is the only diaper we have that has not leaked, not even to the cover! I figure they will work great for NB poo. I am not worried about sizing either since DD was 10 lbs.
post #49 of 89
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Originally Posted by moosemommy
I'm alergic to wool... well, I itch like mad anytime I come in contact with it. I know I was this way as a baby.... does no one worry that babe would have this problem too?
People who are allergic to wool are really allergic to the superwash treatment that 99.9% of all wool and wool products go through to remove the lanolin content. Superwash or Hyperwash treatment is a combination of strong chemicals that strip the wool of all it's natural moisture (lanolin).

Lanolin is the natural oil produced by the sheep that gives it it's water repellent and natural anti-bacterial properties. Lanolin is bening and a fabulous moisturizer which makes the best nipple creams for breastfeeding moms. (ie:lansinoh)

I have had problems with lots of wool clothing (because of the chemical treatment). But no problems at all with LANA merino wool breastpads (they are actually my favorite and softess ones). My softest wool diaper covers for dd are from LANA.

I know my answer is but I hope the info helps
post #50 of 89
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Originally Posted by moosemommy
I'm alergic to wool... well, I itch like mad anytime I come in contact with it. I know I was this way as a baby.... does no one worry that babe would have this problem too?

We're probably going with FuzBuns, cause my cousin used them and loved them, and I'm hoping to inherit!

I was told this weekend that people aren't allergic to the wool, but the lanolin that is in the wool...
I stay away from wool anything for my kids for the same reason... I can't have any kind of wool in direct contact with my skin, or I go nuts. (My older ds has eczema, and I've always tried to stick mainly to cotton with him... an interesting aside is that he had a bad reaction to the 7th Generation disposable dipes...) I have no problem with lanolin, though. I realize that some people *are* allergic to lanolin, but some people just have sensitive skin. I think a sensitivity to wool can also have to do with the structure of the wool fiber itself.
post #51 of 89
I've had major problems with wool and sensitive skin all my life. When I knit, I use the *softest* freaking wool that I can find and I use lots of Lansinoh as I'm knitting. I've never had a problem with it. I've had lots and lots of people who thought that they were totally allergic to wool touch the soakers and longies that I've knitted and be shocked at how soft they are.
post #52 of 89
I did a google search (of course, YMMV) on the wool thing (not lanolin allergy, but wool sensitivity, because I was curious), and I found an interesting report from an Australian textile research organization. (The org's url is www.tft.csiro.au, and the title of the report is "Understanding the Causes of Prickle and Itch from Skin Contact of Fabrics"... sorry, I couldn't quite figure out a direct link to the piece.)

Anyway, from the intro, just some food for thought:

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The sensations perceived from the contact of clothing with the skin can greatly influence our overall state of comfort. Of those sensations which cause discomfort and result from interactions between fabrics and the skin, prickle and itch are probably the most commonly encountered and disliked. Prickle from fabrics is often described as having the quality of a sensation like "many very gentle pin pricks" Itch is usually a component or after sensation of prickle and initiates a desire to scratch the skin for relief. Scratching may further irritate the skin and in time exacerbate prickle. A few people obtain skin reactions (inflammation) from prickly fabrics, particularly after a long period of contact. Sensitivity to fabric evoked prickle appears to differ widely within a
population and between populations in different countries.

Prickle and itch are sometimes associated with the wearing of wool garments next to the skin. The current understanding at consumer level is that wool-evoked prickle and skin irritation stem from an intolerance or allergy to wool. This is exemplified in a recent survey of consumer preferences in the USA [1] in which 30% of participants reported a concern about wool allergy.
Some earlier clinical studies have also connected skin irritation from wool with allergy [2,3]. However, the current view of many clinical dermatologists is that skin irritation from wool even in a topic individuals (those predisposed to allergies) is due to mechanical irritation of the skin.

There have been few past attempts to explain and prevent fabric-evoked prickle. Uncertainties about the causes of prickle have arisen through a lack of understanding of the underlying sensory mechanisms and fabric characteristics responsible. This report describes the findings from a study of skin irritation from fabrics. Its aim is to explain in general terms the causes of prickle and
skin reactions from fabrics and to dispel the considerable misunderstandings, particularly amongst prickle sensitive individuals, regarding skin intolerance to wool.
The way they describe it really captures the way it feels for me. And logically enough, other "pokey" fabrics can cause the same sensation.

It's funny, because I knit too, and I don't have any problem with any kind of wool in contact with my hands (my hands are pretty tough, though). Sadly enough, I've never found any wool soft enough for my skin--not even merino, not even knitting it myself. I go for cardigans and socks I can wear with a liner... I had eczema when I was little, too, and I've wondered if this is just my end point. My son who has eczema is also pretty nutty about tags, labels in the back of shirts, etc. Comes by it honestly...

Back to your regularly scheduled diaper program.

I wanted to throw out (a very on topic) discussion question: would people who are strongly pro-prefold or pro-"all in one" care to extemporize for those new to cloth dipes? I'm in the prefold camp myself... I like the economy and the flexibility (eg, range of ages, ease in "doubling, etc.). All-in-ones look very appealing, though (especially for the squirmy toddler age).
post #53 of 89
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KKmama- That is really interesting! I am sensitive to scratchy fabrics and get irritations from them... sometimes even wool! I tend to use coated wool blends when I'm knitting to avoid discomfort.

I am not anti-prefold, I think they work wonderfully! But I am really, really bad a using them. I tried with my DD and failed miserably. My DH is a pro, though! I like AIOs for flexibility when out and about and traveling and usually save them for those occasions (or when someone is watching the baby and can't figure out fitteds and covers). I prefer fitteds because they are so easy to use and allow breathability. We really don't use PUL covers at all... we stick with wool and fleece. Fitteds/prefold and covers tend to be bulkier. I like AIOs for wearing under clothes because they are trimmer.
post #54 of 89
HA! I cant stand tags either.... and I used to wear my socks inside out. :LOL

I think I'll stick with fleece. Me likey. Soft and schnuggly.
post #55 of 89
The only thing I've actually used is prefolds and dappis. It is probably the absolute cheapest way to cloth diaper. (((((HUGS))))) sandi
post #56 of 89
We've never had a wool allergy, but Sean couldnt wear fleece or any polyester mixed diapers. As soon as he peed, it would literally react and burn his baby skin. I felt so bad that it took me so long to figure out the problem. I was buying fleece lined dipes and fuzzi bunz, etc to help his rash by keeping him dry and he had an allergy to it. I cant use tea tree oil in his diapers either, I have to remove tags since they are never cotton and we have to be really careful with elastic or anything with poly in it. He does fine with the wool and lanolin though. I cant use lanilosh when nursing or I break out but it doesnt bother me to lanolize his covers with liquid lanolin.
post #57 of 89
Well to further my quest to cloth diaper...I got a five gallon container of Bi-o-kleen Bac-Out at work today for free. It got damaged in shipping to another customer, and the owner couldn't re-ship it or resell it....so she sent it home with me. Should last for a while.
post #58 of 89
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Originally Posted by AdinaL
Well to further my quest to cloth diaper...I got a five gallon container of Bi-o-kleen Bac-Out at work today for free. It got damaged in shipping to another customer, and the owner couldn't re-ship it or resell it....so she sent it home with me. Should last for a while.
Woohoo! That stuff is awesome! I use it for diapers, yucky pet messes and my DH's greasy clothes from working on cars. Oh and on bath towels too. I am a biokleen premium plus detergent nut too, but that bac-out stuff is amazing! What a great freebie!
post #59 of 89
That is awesome! Your going to diaper that babe for next to nothing $ wise
post #60 of 89
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Originally Posted by KKmama
I wanted to throw out (a very on topic) discussion question: would people who are strongly pro-prefold or pro-"all in one" care to extemporize for those new to cloth dipes? I'm in the prefold camp myself... I like the economy and the flexibility (eg, range of ages, ease in "doubling, etc.). All-in-ones look very appealing, though (especially for the squirmy toddler age).
I like prefolds because they're cheap, versatile, and *always* fit ds, no matter his shape. But snappi'ing them so much does get old. Well, or I just get bored easily. I don't have any velcro wraps to put on ds (because they never fit right on him) so we don't do the lay-the-prefold-in-the-wrap thing.

I AIO's because they're *so* easy. We have 13 AIO's for 2yo ds, and they're almost always the first diapers in the diaper pail. Much easier and quicker to get on ds, especially when he's trying to crawl off the changing table, kick the wall (by twisting himself sideways on the changing pad) and just being a toddler. He seems to prefer them too - yesterday I was folding diapers, he pointed to the AIO's and said his little word/sound for pee/wet, and grabbed the green AIO. It was too cute.
We've also been using these AIO's overnight part of the time because I don't turn the light on at night when ds wakes up. There's just a nightlight in his room, and getting the velcro in the right place is usually easier than snappi'ing.

Lanna
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