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#91 of 112 Old 07-06-2011, 07:18 PM
 
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I only used wool sweater not fleece, but you can't go wrong by cutting up a thick old fleece jacket...


I have 3 fleece blankets I picked up inexpensively. I do also have a fleece jacket that is much thicker. I was planning to cut it up anyway as the print is very old and worn. Was going to use it as a pattern to make a new jacket. So I could use that. :) I also have some nice fleece I scored precut at the thrift store in a grab bag of fabric.
 

Thanks for the help everyone! I really appreciate it! This is a new and exciting world for me and I am looking forward to doing it frugally as well. :) 

 


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Check out free for shipping section on diaperswappers. You can also find really cheap diapers on their fsot section. All of my wool covers and hemp diapers came off the ffs board there. I originally bought four dozen prefolds for my dd when a local diaper service went out of business, they were about 50 cents per diaper! I recently gave to too small ones away on freecycle so maybe look there. In total I think I spend about $100 on diapers and covers for my daughter and then another $50 on my sons.

Just put time into looking around and you can find cloth for cheap it may take a little time but it is well worth the effort. Granted my kids buts don't look as cute as some rich kid in designer WAHM AIO's with embroidery or what not but they are just as clean and the diapers work just as well!

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I don't get it.  I never find good diaper deals on diapperswappers or craigslist or anywhere like that.  headscratch.gif  I spend hours and hours and get nowhere (or nothing).  I gave up and just buy diapers new and every other single baby item used.  I'm reading this thread for tons of tips and ideas though. 


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I don't get it.  I never find good diaper deals on diapperswappers or craigslist or anywhere like that.  headscratch.gif



I never find them there either! Sometimes I find good deals here http://hyenacart.com/Spots_corner/


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here is a picture tut for using sleeves from a fleece jacket

 

http://www.diaperswappers.com/forum/showthread.php?t=227639


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here is a picture tut for using sleeves from a fleece jacket

 

http://www.diaperswappers.com/forum/showthread.php?t=227639


AWesome! Bookmarking! Now to locate that jacket...

 


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Not to long ago I discovered the most startling and wonderful little thing....

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...despite all I'd been told about cloth diapering, Gerber cloth diapers, the super cheepie wm/kmart ones work just fine!!!!  You have to change them more frequently than super AIOs but it isn't too bad!  I had always heard they didn't work, weren't good, blah blah blah... but they DO work, and are SO low cost!  I wish I had known this before struggling to find the right system for us!  I spent so much on gdiapers, bG, goodmamas, everything!  You can find them barely used at most yard sales and consignment stores because most people use them for burp rags.  Also, I LOOOOVE our cheapie flour sack towels I got from the Christmas Tree Shops.  They were 4 for $1 and are my favorite flats so far!

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This isn't my brilliance, but a girl in our Bradley class kindely sent us all some links to different CD sites with deals and things mostly for sampling diapers before making a full purchase.  Of course I've already pretty much purchased sale diapers for trial and error without seeing these options!  But I thought it might help someone out!

 

 

Diaper Junction used to have this $160 package you could try for 30 days and return for $160-$30 refund. I don't think they have it any more, but they (and other diaper sites) have other good offers:

1. www.diaperjunction.com - you can buy 6 different brand diapers, try them, and if you don't like them, you can wash and return them for full refund within 30 days: http://www.diaperjunction.com/try-cloth-diapers.html

2. You can also buy a sample package of diapers - 5 brands, 6 diapers for $53: http://www.diaperjunction.com/cloth-diaper-sampler-package.html# (can't return after trying).

3. www.cottonbabies.com also has a similar sample package, 7 different diapers for $94: http://www.cottonbabies.com/product_info.php?products_id=769

4. www.babysabode.com, also similar one, 5 diapers, $70: http://www.babysabode.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=Cloth-Diaper-Sample-Package

Also, below is a list of one day deal sites with baby items that I seen having great offers of cloth diapering from time to time:
- http://www.ecobabybuys.com/ - Sage Diapers 40% off ($6.50) today!!
- http://babysteals.com/
- http://babyhalfoff.com/
- http://mamabargains.com/
- http://www.fairytaledeals.com/
- http://www.theminisocial.com/
- http://www.zulily.com/
- http://www.hopscout.com/


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Thanks for the sites, Inali. I knew about baby steals, but the other ones are good finds, too.


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I posted about this in the "feel good" thread, but a friend of mine bought me 2 large sized fitteds that fit DS for 50 cents each at Goodwill! Before he was born, she bought multiple sized fitteds and diaper covers there for 50 cents to a dollar. Crazy cheap! Just someplace else to check out. thumb.gif

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I was folding DS's diapers and among them was an infant bath towel that I sometimes use to lay beneath DS on the carpet when I change his diaper. We must have about 12 infant bath towels and there's no way we could use them all, even with the new baby. Suddenly a light bulb went off and I thought: I could use some of these as flat diapers. Another thing I love to use as flats is receiving blankets.  They're very absorbent. 

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And they are usually too small to be blankets after the first few weeks :) When I took my 'babysitting course' 20 years ago (gosh, that made me feel sort of old to type!) ... one of the skills we learned was how to fashion an emergency diaper from a tea towel. Also very absorbant, and sort of a cross between using a flat & a prefold, they aren't as square as flats, and aren't pre-folded.

 

Another thing that works really well for small babies is a face cloth -- a regular adult terry cloth one. They fold in thirds nicely and lay flat in a cover.


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And they are usually too small to be blankets after the first few weeks :) When I took my 'babysitting course' 20 years ago (gosh, that made me feel sort of old to type!) ... one of the skills we learned was how to fashion an emergency diaper from a tea towel. Also very absorbant, and sort of a cross between using a flat & a prefold, they aren't as square as flats, and aren't pre-folded.

 

Another thing that works really well for small babies is a face cloth -- a regular adult terry cloth one. They fold in thirds nicely and lay flat in a cover.



I never would have thought of using a face cloth on a small baby, but it makes sense.

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I have a few that I used as backups when out and about.  there's just not enough room in the diaper bag to put extra soakers or PUL covers, so we tuck two of the Gerber plastic covers in the bottom in case of a blowout.

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Can anyone explain the prefold sizing?  I want to have some on hand... Eventhough a lot of the diapers I just bought have the "special inserts"  I did get some plain covers too but idk what sizes to get?  Esp since there seem to be sizes that are almost the same as other sizes but with different names... Like, "premium" what's the difference really? 

 

http://clothdiaperclearance.com/catalog.php?category=458

This is the sizing chart I was looking at

 

http://www.clothdiaper.com/PRODUCTS/SPECIAL-OFFERS/Indian-Cotton-Prefolds-Factory-Seconds-Bleached_2

And this is where I was thinking about purchasing the diapers because it looks like the have the best prices...

 

 

 

Also, can any mom's tell me if I am going completely overboard?  Bc I really might be...

 

I have mostly bio paper diapers for NB and some in size 1. 

2 gDiapers in size small.

2 GroVia with Cloth soakers (One Size)

3 Diaper covers (one size), can't remember what kind...

2 Small AIOs (at least one is DreamEz)

6 Bluberry Pocket Diapers (One Size) I ordered today at www.babysteals.com (There are still some left if you hurry!!!!)

 

Thanks!!!!

 


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Also can  you use a prefold as an insert?  Of do you really have to buy each diapers actual product insert?


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For a young baby (say under six months or a year, depending on how big your baby is) you would want the infant-sized.  We used them for the first year.   Premium-sized, IME, works best from about one year on, but again it depends on how tall/chunky the baby is.  I personally wouldn't spend money on the newborn size because most babies outgrow them extremely fast, but they always make great rags/burp cloths/puddle pads.  Keeping a few in the diaper bag is great for outings because it seems like there is always something that needs wiping up!

It looks like the difference between "standard regular" and "premium" is about 1/2 an inch so that doesn't seem to matter too much.  However, I would recommend springing for the 4x8x4---that extra quilting in the middle will help a lot with the absorbency.  HTH!

As to your diaper stash, I don't think you can have too many diapers, but that's coming from fluff addict, so. . . whistling.gif
 

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Can anyone explain the prefold sizing?  I want to have some on hand... Eventhough a lot of the diapers I just bought have the "special inserts"  I did get some plain covers too but idk what sizes to get?  Esp since there seem to be sizes that are almost the same as other sizes but with different names... Like, "premium" what's the difference really? 

 

http://clothdiaperclearance.com/catalog.php?category=458

This is the sizing chart I was looking at

 

http://www.clothdiaper.com/PRODUCTS/SPECIAL-OFFERS/Indian-Cotton-Prefolds-Factory-Seconds-Bleached_2

And this is where I was thinking about purchasing the diapers because it looks like the have the best prices...

 

 

 

Also, can any mom's tell me if I am going completely overboard?  Bc I really might be...

 

I have mostly bio paper diapers for NB and some in size 1. 

2 gDiapers in size small.

2 GroVia with Cloth soakers (One Size)

3 Diaper covers (one size), can't remember what kind...

2 Small AIOs (at least one is DreamEz)

6 Bluberry Pocket Diapers (One Size) I ordered today at www.babysteals.com (There are still some left if you hurry!!!!)

 

Thanks!!!!

 



 


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Also, can any mom's tell me if I am going completely overboard?  Bc I really might be...

 

I have mostly bio paper diapers for NB and some in size 1. 

2 gDiapers in size small.

2 GroVia with Cloth soakers (One Size)

3 Diaper covers (one size), can't remember what kind...

2 Small AIOs (at least one is DreamEz)

6 Bluberry Pocket Diapers (One Size) I ordered today at www.babysteals.com (There are still some left if you hurry!!!!)

 

Thanks!!!!

 

12 diapers  + 3 covers is totally not going overboard ... that's barely a days worth of diapers :) Newborns go through a lot of diapers -- I like to have at least 12 per day, and 3 days worth at a minimum! :) You've got a long way to go before you hit 'overboard'!
 

 


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Thanks!  That helps :-)


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I used Seventh gen disposables with DS, and want to try CDing this time around, but I'm a bit clueless on what I need.  Does this seem like a good deal or a lot of unnecessary items?

 

 

http://www.snootybootydiapers.com/catalog/bummis-packages-and-volume-discounts/bummis-cloth-diapering-kit-177.html 

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I used Seventh gen disposables with DS, and want to try CDing this time around, but I'm a bit clueless on what I need.  Does this seem like a good deal or a lot of unnecessary items?

 

 

http://www.snootybootydiapers.com/catalog/bummis-packages-and-volume-discounts/bummis-cloth-diapering-kit-177.html 



It seems pretty well rounded, the disposable liners might be 'overkill' at first, as BF baby poop washes off really well, but if you save those for when you start solids -- that's when you'll really want them!

 

That would be enough to get through about 2 days before having to wash with most newborns, if it were me, I'd probably 'top up' the kit with a few other styles of diapers just to have on hand for those who are scared of prefolds (dad, grandmas, friends etc.), and to take the total closer to 36 for 3 days between laundry! Other than that, a small wetbag or two for the diaper bag, and you should be set.

 

OH! I didn't see snappis on there ... or pins. You'll likely want something to secure the diapers. You can just lay them in the covers, but I found we got much better poop-explosion-containment if we used both a Snappi & the cover to keep that diaper in place!


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Check out Green Mountain Diapers' website... it explains a lot :) http://www.greenmountaindiapers.com/newmom.htm

 They have many different prefold sizes that fit better in the covers.  And no, you don't have to use each diaper company's insert. Heck, you can throw a receiving blanket or a dishrag in a cover and call it a diaper! Anything that absorbs! 

 

There are so many options with cloth, the hardest part is figuring out what you prefer and what to buy in the beginning.  I would say 3 or 4 dozen diapers and 12 covers would be more like what you'd want with a new baby.  Oh, and a wool cover and hemp doublers for overnight!

 

 

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Can anyone explain the prefold sizing?  I want to have some on hand... Eventhough a lot of the diapers I just bought have the "special inserts"  I did get some plain covers too but idk what sizes to get?  Esp since there seem to be sizes that are almost the same as other sizes but with different names... Like, "premium" what's the difference really? 

 

http://clothdiaperclearance.com/catalog.php?category=458

This is the sizing chart I was looking at

 

http://www.clothdiaper.com/PRODUCTS/SPECIAL-OFFERS/Indian-Cotton-Prefolds-Factory-Seconds-Bleached_2

And this is where I was thinking about purchasing the diapers because it looks like the have the best prices...

 

 

 

Also, can any mom's tell me if I am going completely overboard?  Bc I really might be...

 

I have mostly bio paper diapers for NB and some in size 1. 

2 gDiapers in size small.

2 GroVia with Cloth soakers (One Size)

3 Diaper covers (one size), can't remember what kind...

2 Small AIOs (at least one is DreamEz)

6 Bluberry Pocket Diapers (One Size) I ordered today at www.babysteals.com (There are still some left if you hurry!!!!)

 

Thanks!!!!

 



 

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