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#1 of 11 Old 07-12-2010, 05:49 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Hi all,

I'm going away for vacation with my 4 month old who's normally in mostly cloth. I'm going to use all disposable for the trip, and I'm trying to pack enough diapers to get me through. I never pay attention to how many diapers I use in a day, plus I assume it's different for cloth than it is for disposable anyway. Any rules of thumb for estimating this? We'll be gone 8 days, and I just bought a pack of 44 7th generation diapers, but I'm wondering if I need a second pack.

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I would keep a tally for a few days to get an estimate. at that age ds was still going through 16 diapers in a 24hr period, but some babies only use half that. your cloth estimate might be a little high, but I'd rather have too many diapers than too few.
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I think the rule with disposable is every 2-3 hours, but it really depends on the baby. I know ds was a very heavy wetter and often filled a sposie in an hour or so.

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I'd count your cloth dipe use and get a better feel for your own kiddo but... at four months I would probably say a diaper change every other hour during the day and every 4 hours at night? So around ten diapers in a 24 hour period? Better to have too many than too few!

However... I'd strongly suggest trying the sposies for a day. My kiddos absolutely destroyed 7th gen diapers. Kind of like with cloth, different brands of sposies fit differently and absorb differently. The weight/size guidelines are just guesstimates... for example, my 3yo dd2 wears the same size sposie as my 10mo ds! We ended up using huggies (the plain old huggies, not the fancy stretchy huggies ) as our go-to sposie since they have the least scent and were the only sposies that didn't aggravate dd1's eczema or dd2's sensory issues and ds didn't blow out. But other babes pee right through huggies or blow out the back.

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I agree that you should try disposables for a day. Seventh Generation are awesome for us, but I know two families who say their kids leak like crazy in them.

We can't use Huggies or Luvs because of leaks, but others have them as their faves.

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I agree that you should try disposables for a day. Seventh Generation are awesome for us, but I know two families who say their kids leak like crazy in them.

We can't use Huggies or Luvs because of leaks, but others have them as their faves.

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We tried the SG's, Target brand, Huggies and have found that the Pampers Baby Dry work best for DS. Plus, they are the softest diaper that I've found as well.

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We actually already use 7th Gen as backup diapers, and they've worked fine for us. And, we don't change during the night (for either cloth or disposable... guess she's not a heavy wetter, huh?).

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Diapering is for all diapering questions, so I am moving this there.

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Hey, here's what we use daily for my 3 month old...

I put a diaper on her when we get up, daycare changes her diaper 3-4 times, I come home and put a diaper on her, usually change it one more time, then change it right before bed. We don't change overnight unless there is poop.

So that's 7-8 diapers per day. My kid isn't a heavy wetter. Some days we may use more like 10 diapers, if she times her poops poorly (or I suppose you could say, if we time the diaper changes poorly).

Usually the two diapers after we get home are cloth, but I would still probably change a 'sposie twice, too.

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i normally just use dispossie for night, but have been traveling alot. my dd is 5m. she goes through about 7 a day. upon waking 5am, before morning nap 8am, after morning nap 11am, before afternoon nap 2pm, after nap 5pm, and before bed 8pm. add in an extra as dd always seems to poop right after i change her.

my dd is not a heavy wetter. she never soaks a yellow gmd prefold, and we change her cloth diapers just a couple times more than i do for dispossie.

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I say between 8-10 disposables a day, possibly less, depending on how frequently you can/do stop to change the baby. We used 'sposies until DS turned 7 months and I convinced DH to switch to cloth. we still do use 'sposies when traveling, and sometimes at night. I do always use a disposable insert as added insurance to our night-time diaper. the only times he leaked is when I didn't use it.

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