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post #21 of 45
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Small, 14" x 10", $5.50 each
Medium, 14" x 17", $6.50 each
Large, 14" x 22", $7.50 each
Hmm...yeah...maybe I'll sew some of my own up . I bet a birdseye/OBV flat would be a nice diaper and I have the OBV. The birdseye would be snappi-able, too, which is uber important .
post #22 of 45
Yeah, Firefly ain't cheap. Making your own sounds like a great idea!
post #23 of 45
I am sooooo confussed that despite the fact i really want to CD this baby, it is all soooo overwhelming and makes me want to go with disposables !

First, I cant decide on the size i need... a few people have told me the best thing to do is go with prefolds and diaper covers... but with those do i need the newborn or infant size?? are they as good as the fitted diapers? will they work for night time??

i was thinking that I would do prefolds and covers until about 10-15 lbs (which btw i have NO CLUE how old a baby is at that weight) and then switch to pocket diapers

i would love it if someone could just break it down for me... gimme a shopping list and tell me at what age i will need to get bigger sizes etc...

i dont mind making a large diaper purchase, but i dont want to have to do that if the baby will outgrow them in 1 or 2 months.... thats why i was thinking prefolds at first so when i purchase fitted or pocket diapers they can use them for a while.

and one more thing... what about the diaper pail?? do i need to rinse first? can i just throw them into a machine and soak in water??
post #24 of 45
MuslimMama-Here's my breakdown:

Diapers are a personal thing. Every baby and every mama has their personal preference. Well babies don't have a preference, they just fit better in different brands. I started CD DS at about 7 months. I used mostly pockets, and love them, but I feel that the fitteds and covers work best. My suggestion would be to get a trial pack like they have at Jillians Drawers or the one at Thanks Mama. It has a little bit of everything so you can try different methods. In the end many people use a variety of methods. I have everything from prefolds to fitteds/covers to pockets for this new baby.

As for sizes, most of this baby's diapers are a small, with a few (depending on the brand) being Newborn. My prefolds are infant size (or the smallest size above premie). I figured I can just fold down the excess.

What age you need bigger diapers depends on how fast your baby grows. Some babies are 15 lbs at 4 months, some at 2 months. It just depends. No way to determine that until baby gets here.

If you don't want to have to buy as many diapers for different sizes, try one-size diapers. You can buy both fitteds and pockets in one-size. Goodmama, and I believe Mutts are 2 fitteds that are one-size. Bum Genius, Happy Heiny, and I think Haute Pockets make one-size pockets.

I never bought smalls for DS since he was already 7 months when I started. He still wears mostly mediums with a large in certain brands. He's 32 months now. So when your baby gets here, once he fits in the mediums, he'll probably be in them for a while.

As for the diaper pail, BF poop does not need to be rinsed. Just toss it in the pail. I got a large flip top trash barrel from Target and put a WAHMies barnd pail liner in. Then I dump it all out in the washing machine and throw the liner in as well. They won't need to be rinsed until baby is eating solids. At that point, you can get a little hose that attaches to the toilet to rinse off the poo.

I hope that helps to answer your questions somewhat. Diaper Swappers is a great place to buy diapers and not have to spend as much. This way you can try different brands without such a big investment.
post #25 of 45
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Originally Posted by Charmie981 View Post
Shane, since I'm NOT a CD novice, I'm interested in trying flats. As a novice, I wanted it to be as much like "normal" diapers as possible, but I can totally see the appeal of flats now. Where do you get yours? I haven't seen the Gerber birdseye flats in ages and I'm not sure if that's what I'd want anyway (although at least they are all cotton!). And do you Snappi them? Because after sticking Samuel once when he was about 3 weeks old, I just DON'T do pins.
Hey Charmie!!
I bought mine at Green Mountain diapers.
http://www.greenmountaindiapers.com/diapers.htm#flat
I just checked and they are out of stock till September.
I have heard wonderful things about Little Lions flat diapers, and I am pretty sure they come in an unbleached version- http://little-lions.com/page47a.html

I have not tried the Little lions, but I am very interested in doing so! Unbleached material tends to be softer than "bleached" (I do not think that Green Mountains are actually made white by bleaching, I think they are made white by another process, but someone can correct me if I am wrong)

Anyway- the downside to unbleached diapers is they take a lot longer to break in- meaning you need to wash them in HOT water and dry them on HOT say 8 times, where to break in "bleached" diapers, you need to wash/dry 3 or 4 times. But, once the unbleached are broken in, they are wonderful.

I would also try posting on Diaperswappers- their ISO list. I have had wonderful luck getting GMD flats and prefolds there really cheap! The only downfall is you really have to keep up with bumping your post because the boards there move supre quick. But, you may be able to find some LL unbleached flats already broken in, and some GMD flats- that way you can have a few to try and make a decision from there.



PM me if you have any other questions-
xoxo

Oh- and yes! I do snappi's! I could not live without them!!
post #26 of 45
Clue me in please

Are flats and prefolds the same thing? If not, what's the difference?

Muslimmama - The reason I've heard to do prefolds and covers over AIOs (all in ones, the ones that look and act like disposables) are that prefolds and covers last a lot longer and are a lot easier to maintain than AIOs. I plan on line drying (gotta use that Texas heat somehow!) and prefolds just seem to be a better idea, for our family as well.

Here's a good thread on that...
http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=938464
post #27 of 45
THANKS! emmski & joshs_girl!

joshs_girl... what type of prefolds are you buying? bleached? unbleached? indian or chinese? are you starting out with infant size?
post #28 of 45
Honey, I have no idea!

The two I bought from a neighbor, I have no idea what they are. The ones that came in my sampler pack are CPs and are the infant size. I'm waiting to hear back from a friend of mine who has a bunch I'm trying to get her to sell to me and see what all she has.

I'm probably going to skip the newborn sizes though and just try to get away with infant and up - since I have no idea how big she'll be or how long she'll stay that way. If I can get some used, I most definitely will buy them, but if I'm trying to limit what I buy in tiny sizes new.
post #29 of 45
Here's a good thread on prefolds and how many and what sizes

http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=938325
post #30 of 45
I am planning on CD and this is my first. I have been trying to talk with others who are CD. My cousin has been CD for a while and she really likes FB. My plan is to wait for him to get here and then try both FB and I have been interested in trying Bum Genius. I am going to do disposables for the first few weeks and try the few diapers I have and then stock up. I am registared for CD but so far no one has gotten me any. I think that is because most people who find out we are cloth diapering act like I am crazy and that I will never keep up with it. The website that I registared at has free shipping www.momsmilkboutique.com and I have found so good info on www.cottonbabies.com
post #31 of 45
I definitely prefer UNbleached CHINESE prefolds over any other kind of prefold. RE: infant or newborn, I'd buy the newborn or possibly preemie. I've had two big babies and the green-stitched infant prefolds were still too long in the rise for them at the *very* beginning (they grow fast, but it was still nearly a month before my 9 pound 4oz DS1 fit well into the infant sized prefolds).
post #32 of 45
The difference between prefolds and flats:
Prefolds are a rectangular shaped diaper that has layers of material down the center panel already- you can buy them in say 2x4x2, or 4x8x4- this tells you how many layers of fabric are in the prefold- let's take 2x4x2- there are 2 layers in the left side, 4 layers down the "sewn" middle, and another 2 layers down the right side. Normally infant and newborn diapers are made with these thicknesses because newborns and infants do not pee as much as older babies.

Flats are just that- one big flat piece of fabric- one layer- the original flats were made out of birdseye- which you can still get at GMD or Little Lions- they are really big- 32x32 (?) and you can fold them in tons of different ways. When baby gets older and is peeing more, you can use two at a time, or fold one up and use a newborn prefold down the middle for some extra protection in the wet zone.

I did buy 3 dozen infant (orange edge) prefolds for this little one, and i plan on using them as "doublers" with flat diapers as baby grows. Hope it is not too much work!!
LOL!
post #33 of 45
Just thought I'd chime in! We're due with our first in early October, and we're going to CD. I pawed my way through all the info here in the diapering section of MDC and asked a few questions and feel pretty confident in my NB stash. Hopefully our LO can wear them for at least a few months b/c I decided to get all NB sizes!

I bought :
24 unbleached chinese prefolds
2 snappis
6 kissaluvs fitteds
5 xs Thirsties covers
1 BG egyptian cotton fitted
1 BSWW
2 BG 2.0 AIO's

I still have to get a diaper pail and detergent to wash everything first. But I'm really feeling good about the decision to CD. It may seem like a bit of work at first but totally think it's worth it.
post #34 of 45
I have a love for our BumGenius one-size diapers. They are all that we use.
post #35 of 45
This is our first baby and we'll be CDing. I'm pretty happy with my newborn/small stash now but still need a lot more medium/large or one-size dipes for when he gets a bigger. For my n/s stash, I have a big variety of dipes, mostly bought second-hand. I figure I'll take whatever I like best to build the rest of my stash.

My biggest diaper worry right now is prepping them properly and deciding on a detergent. I'm having trouble finding any of the recommended detergents around here, so I'm not sure what to do about that. Any CDers here from Atlantic Canada?
post #36 of 45
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I went to a CD demonstration/meeting today and bought a starter kit that has three waterproof wraps, three fitted diapers, a few prefolds, two boosters and a couple fleece liners as well as paper liners. I'm thinking that I might do prefolds in a wrap with a liner at first and see how that goes since it's the cheapest option and dries the fastest. I'll probably use the fitted diapers with a wrap at night until I see what kind of soaker my babe is. I had initially thought I would go for the all-in-ones like Bum Genius but after seeing how expensive they are and how long they take to dry, I think I'll give those a miss for right now. Pocket diapers look like they might be a decent option as well, though it means washing the whole thing every time.

Now my only two questions are whether to go ahead and buy more supplies now or just wait and see how we get on with the couple we've got in the starter pack, and whether to wet pail or dry pail. I had planned to dry pail but after hearing how many extra rinses and washes you have to do to get them clean it seems a bit of a waste of water so I'm considering trying the wet pail first. Any thougths on that?
post #37 of 45
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Crashing your DDC ..
We just receive an order today that my mother had purchase for us off our registry. This little diapers are so cute. ( can I say that and still be man LOL). I told the wife she will have to find me a teddy bear so I can get a little practice changing diapers before the baby arives.
yes.....we just got bamboo velour fitteds from fussy but and my Dh said they were so yummy soft he could just eat them
post #38 of 45
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Originally Posted by amitymama View Post
Now my only two questions are whether to go ahead and buy more supplies now or just wait and see how we get on with the couple we've got in the starter pack, and whether to wet pail or dry pail. I had planned to dry pail but after hearing how many extra rinses and washes you have to do to get them clean it seems a bit of a waste of water so I'm considering trying the wet pail first. Any thougths on that?
I'm a novice too, but I would say that you should start with a dry pail and see how it works--unless you already have doubts about your washing machine. I have an HE front loader which I love, but which will probably require some detective work to get the best wash routine for CDs. A wet pail is a bit more hassle, from what I understand.
post #39 of 45
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Originally Posted by VeganCupcake View Post
I'm a novice too, but I would say that you should start with a dry pail and see how it works--unless you already have doubts about your washing machine. I have an HE front loader which I love, but which will probably require some detective work to get the best wash routine for CDs. A wet pail is a bit more hassle, from what I understand.
But don't you have to do all these extra hot washes and rinses if you dry pail? I'm concerned about wasting more water than necessary.
post #40 of 45
We're not newbies but I had to chime in that Allen's Naturally detergent works beautifully in a front loader. It's expensive but we're on our second bottle and barely into it. Our first lasted 6-7 months.

LOL! I already had responded... oops. Sorry!
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