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#61 of 80 Old 03-22-2011, 06:49 AM
 
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That is likely how DH will use them as well.  I'm excited about trying some fancy folds!  I wonder if my parents will remember how to use them?  (I'm positive these are the diapers they used with us when we were babies, I've seen the pictures.) 
 

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My dh could do prefolds (albeit not crazy well) and so if I fold the flat into a "prefold" he can use it.  On the newborn we tried the fancy folds...but now it's mostly just fold it into the same shape as a prefold, then snappi or pin on.

 



 


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Okay - I've been reading this tread and i am totally overwhelmed.  We were originally thinking about going with a diaper service but now i am thinking we should just wash them ourselves.  I have no idea where to start and what I will need to the beginning.  It sounds like cloth is harder with newborns because of the size - or at least finding the right type of diaper is trickier.

 

so - one concern I have maybe someone can help me - I have a front load washer that does not wash well with undersized loads - is this going to be an issue?  Do you wash other items with the diapers or is that gross?  I could use a large towel just to fill up space but that seems wasteful too. 

The prefolds seem like they will be quite useful as rags so i am sure have an excess would not be an issue...how many is a good number to have?

 

I've read great Bumgenious reviews but it seems like very few people here seem to like them.  Can you use the prefolds in the bumgenious type diapers for extra absorbency? 

 

I live in the town with Jillian's drawers (someone mentioned them) - and they have a trial plan where you get a sample of various brands and only keep what you like - so that might be an option...but it would be nice to include some diapering goods in the gift registry.

 



 


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You can try two things with frontloaders:  One, you can manually increase the water level (you may have to call the manufacturer to see if it's an option on your machine); Two, you can try the wet bath towel trick.  Add a soaking wet bath towel with your diapers to trick the machine into adding more water. 

 

As for the number of prefolds---for a newborn, I wouldn't try to do full-time diapering with less than two dozen.  Three dozen is nice as it gives you more wiggle room on laundry day.  love.gif
 

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so - one concern I have maybe someone can help me - I have a side load washer that does not wash well with undersized loads - is this going to be an issue?  Do you wash other items with the diapers or is that gross?  I could use a large towel just to fill up space but that seems wasteful too. 

The prefolds seem like they will be quite useful as rags so i am sure have an excess would not be an issue...how many is a good number to have?

 



 



 


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Used and LOVES Mother-Ease One Size System also had a few FuzziBunz and loved them as well. Mother-Ease are bulky and gave a cloth diaper bottom to my little one. We used the FuzziBunz when wearing trimmer clothes. Never had leaking problems with either.

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I use prefolds with covers (dappi and bummis). I also use rice paper liners now that my youngest has big girl poops from eating solids. They are cheap, easy to wash and fit for a long time. I have a 6mo old and a 13 year old and they both used these diapers.

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I was told right from the beginning that diaper laundry should always, always be done separately. I'm not sure if it's a sanitation issue, or just the fact that the diapers have to washed differently than regular clothes, but that seems to be the only hard and fast rule for cloth diapering, that the dipes have to be done on their own. 


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My sister tossed a pail of water in with her dipes in her HE front loader, and that seemed to make all the difference in getting them clean. I'm not sure if that will work in mine, but the box of rags for cleaning lives right next to the washer & dryer, and if needed, I'll toss one in with diapers. When the babies get bigger ... their diapers will too, and it won't be as challenging to get a full load to the washer! I had a regular old top loader last time.

 

I wash all my diapers on one load, and covers & wetbags separately. Usually covers/wetbags every 10 days or so, b/c I make them, so I have lots, and diapers every 3 days.


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You might be interested in weebunz.com it's the local diaper shop where i am. they are great and will answer any questions. They have a pretty huge selection and sell online.

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I like it!  I want to try this. . . I suppose the cycle would already have to have started, though, in order for the water to not drain out? 
 

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I am intrigued by the DIY laundry detergent recipes...but a little freaked out that they contain Borax.  Isn't that toxic?  I know people use it for rat/roach poison...

 

http://www.ehow.com/way_5558067_borax-safe-skin.html


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They have a great section on what you need!!  It was the first place i have found where it explained quite a bit about cloth!  Excellent website.  THANKS.

 

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You might be interested in weebunz.com it's the local diaper shop where i am. they are great and will answer any questions. They have a pretty huge selection and sell online.


 


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I've only had an issue once with the front loader.  We washed a throw and it would not spin the water out.  The blanket was soaked at the endof the cycle.  I had to wash it with a bunch of other things to get it wrung out enough to dry. 

 

Do others wash the liners and wet bags with the diapers or separately? 

 

SynEpona  - I'm also curious - what material do you use to make the wet bags?  I think that is something I can actually handle sewing!!

 

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You can try two things with frontloaders:  One, you can manually increase the water level (you may have to call the manufacturer to see if it's an option on your machine); Two, you can try the wet bath towel trick.  Add a soaking wet bath towel with your diapers to trick the machine into adding more water. 

 

As for the number of prefolds---for a newborn, I wouldn't try to do full-time diapering with less than two dozen.  Three dozen is nice as it gives you more wiggle room on laundry day.  love.gif
 



 



 


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Do others wash the liners and wet bags with the diapers or separately? 

 


I wash it all together.  Diapers, covers, liners, inserts, wet bags, cloth wipes, mama pads, etc.  Sometimes a few baby clothing items even get mixed in and it's never messed anything up.  I'm just careful about what (if anything) I put into the dryer.  I always at least hang dry any covers or anything with velcro. 

 


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I was told right from the beginning that diaper laundry should always, always be done separately. I'm not sure if it's a sanitation issue, or just the fact that the diapers have to washed differently than regular clothes, but that seems to be the only hard and fast rule for cloth diapering, that the dipes have to be done on their own. 


 

I have been known to throw in a bath towel in the uncommon event that I do not have enough to make a load (which, for me, with my top loader, is no more than 2/3 of the washer full, usually closer to half.  This applies to diapers only.)   Or some kiddo underwear that was the scene of an accident.   But I wouldn't wash anything else with the diapers, especially not cleaning rags due mainly to the chemical residues that could be one them (if you use any kind of cleaners other than vinegar, that is).  Also, I try to get my diapers really well-rinsed but not so much the other laundry, so there could be soap coming off the other laundry into teh diaper wash.
 

 

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I have been sooooo confused and overwhelmed about diapers and I had no clue where to start, but after a few months of research the world of CD is becoming less and less fuzzy. I think we are going to order some of the Coolababy OS from ebay. I know they're from China, and I really like to but USA stuff but price is really going to be an issue for us because I want to be sure we have plenty of them, and no one that we know is really CD savvy so I'm sure we won't get any as shower gifts. Also, I have read reviews on here and diaperswappers and a lot of people have bought them and been satisfied. Before we order a full set, I'm going to get just a couple and my SIL is going to test them out on my 3 month old nephew. Poor little guy has been the guinea pig for a lot of baby stuff we have bought, haha. I have one question for you guys though, if we get these, which are just the convertible one-size diapers, with a cloth liner insert, could we do a prefold inside and skip the liner for night time and stuff like that? I really still do not know much about this at all, but it seems like it would work.


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I am intrigued by the DIY laundry detergent recipes...but a little freaked out that they contain Borax.  Isn't that toxic?  I know people use it for rat/roach poison...

 

http://www.ehow.com/way_5558067_borax-safe-skin.html



I was cautious at first when I was using the detergent on DS's diapers and clothes, always double rinsing everything, but he has never reacted to it in any way. I read your linked article, and the danger with borax seems to be when it is used in concentration or ingested. Half a cup of borax in ten gallons of detergent is certainly not concentrated by any means, which is why I'm not worried about it any more. I've even been known to skip the double rinse on DS's clothes a few times, with no skin reactions even in the first few months.


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I have a boy he is 7 weeks old. I began with Kissaluvs 0 that I bought second hand. LOved those now that he is about 10 lbs (im guessing) I use Motherease one size. LOVE THEM!! Everything else has leaked, prefolds (unless i do the jelly roll), Flip leaks but I like the cover, BumGenious leaks poo every single time I have the Elemental ones, Fuzzibuns leak every time unless Im right there to know when he pooped. But Motherease one size wit the Air flow cover never ever leaks its great overnight washes and dry's great. 

Prefolds with Thirsties cover and Motherease One Size are where its at. Im already getting stink from my one Fuzzibuns. I dont have enough time or energy to deal with an entire stash of stink! Go with natural fibers. You can bleach them if needed. They are just better. :) Oh I also wash with Charlies Soap. 

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I am intrigued by the DIY laundry detergent recipes...but a little freaked out that they contain Borax.  Isn't that toxic?  I know people use it for rat/roach poison...

 

http://www.ehow.com/way_5558067_borax-safe-skin.html


Borax is a great way to kill Roaches with out scary chemicals. It works by making holes in their exoskeleton and they cannot breathe. They carry  it back to the nest and it will have the same effect. Works for fleas too. Will not kill rats or any other small mammal as far as I know. It also is a wonderful laundry booster. My mom has used it for decades in with the laundry detergent. Also you can clean nearly anything with it. Not smelly or scary like other cleaners. 20 Mule Team Borax it what we use. You can get it nearly anywhere, Target, Wal-Mart, Etc...

HTH. :)

 

 

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I was so overwhelmed with all the choices when I first began to CD! There are so many styles and options to choose from. My advice would be to try a few different brands and see what works best for you. Fuzzibunz seem to work for most people (myself included). I'm also a big fan of the bamboo Blueberry minkies. They are probably the first ones I reach for. I have some bamboo kawaii minkies as well, and I can't really recommend them. BG never worked for me either; the aplix always rubbed my dd's thighs.
I've recently discovered prefolds and have to admit I really like them. I use thirsties or bamboo fleece inserts from Ecofluff on Etsy (love them! She makes great cloth wipes too). I'm vegan so wool covers aren't an option. I have a thirsties and a bummis wrap which I alternate.

You may want to check out diaperswappers.com too. Great CD resource.

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I'm going to be doing a newborn rental. i registered for a bunch of one sized diapers but I didn't want to spend the $ to get little newborn diapers my baby won't be able to wear too long. it's very affordable.....hopefully it will work out :) This is where I've ordered from. The lady is really nice and helpful too

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