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Old 08-01-2009, 05:47 PM - Thread Starter
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The good kind, not the kind from a local mass merchandiser that has poly stuffing in the middle. Anyone done this? How did it work out?

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I think it would work out fine, if you don't mind the bulk.
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I've done it, it worked well. I used the infant size, I think regular would be too bulky. Folded up flats work too.
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I had a friend who did this and swears by them. The only issue I can imagine is that there is no waterproof layer so if they get too saturated in the early days they can leak right through. Maybe toss a newborn cover underneath

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Worked great for me! I started off using sposies but felt like I was literally leaving a trail of blood every where I went. I had to sit on chux (and I was running low!) I finally switched to infant prefolds and was much more comfortable and NO MORE LEAKS! When trifolded, there's so many layers that I never had a problem with it seeping through, even when the bleeding was pretty heavy.

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I used the premie size...and continued using them for my periods after that. Soft, nice, easy to clean. I think they're great!

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I used them in early labor, when my water broke and I was leaking all over. Went through four pads in 30 minutes before a lightbulb went on.
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i used them for the first 2 days, but after that I found them too bulky.

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I used them during labor and then I made up a lot of diaper doublers to use as PP pads. I would wear 3 at a time (not that bulky, really) and rotate them out at the top got soaked. I'd still sit on some prefolds in bed because occasionally there would be a random gush or my underwear would shift and I'd end up leaking. I just ordered some premie prefolds and I think they'll be great for PP pads. they actually look too small to use as a diaper, but then dd was 10lbs+ at birth, so maybe they're just small for her.

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Preemie prefolds here and they worked great. Next time I think I'll use them instead of frozen pads too.
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Yes I have done this and they work very well. As PP said, they are not waterproof so probably not for going out in but for those first days when you are just laying in bed they are much better than the disposable pads (and cheaper than cloth ones).
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