I'm currently pregnant with my first and will definitely be cloth diapering. I'm a knitter, and have been stockpiling soakers, longies, and shorties over the past couple of months. My plan is to use the wool covers in combination with GMD's fitteds.
I was just wondering - I understand newborns can go through 12+ diapers in one day, but how many fitteds/covers would I need in subsequent sizes (small, med, large)? Big-ish babies tend to run in the family (My brothers and I were all well over 9lbs.) so I don't really expect them to stay in newborn sizes for long.
Any tips/advice greatly appreciated!
Pees all at once or small bits. My kids easily poos 2-3x a day.
I've always had 24 diapers(12 prefolds,12 fitted), 4-6 covers(PUL that could be reused), at a time.
At times wish I would have had more, but managed to wash diapers every 3 days. Covers were tossed in with the daily household wash.
Never thought I could get by with less.
I really like having 36. I don't always get around to washing like I should- and so I like to have a lot. In fact for our new baby I have 48 :) I would not go less than 30 though. Mamas with like 18 diapers amaze me! I really like the diaperkit.com pattern and that is what I have basically switched my entire stash to. They are super easy to make- and fairly cheap too especially if you use flannel or jersey sheets and whatnot for the inner layers.
As far as covers- I have 7 small bummis that will be going on their 5th tush and that has worked well for me- in fact it is really about 2-3 too many since I really prefer wool. Depending on humidity- I like about 4 woolies minimum. I don't do clothes over the wool though. I knit my wool stash all in super cute picky pants in pretty yarns- so they are really lovely on the outside :) I do like having some random AIOs for the diaper bag though- much easier for church or grandma (in theory- cause neither grandma seems to understand what cloth is... weird since that is all they used... but I toss them one and they are like wth? this isn't pampers- but I digress). So that is my vote- 4+ woolies and a few PUL in case you need them.
Iowaorganic- mama to DD (1/5/06), DS1 (4/9/07), DS2 (1/22/09), DS3 (12/10/10), DD2 (7/6/12) and a new kid due in early 2014
Not sure which gmd fitted you are using, but I was able to use the brown workhorse fitted from 10m 24m when dd was out of diapers. Only needed yellow and brown prefolds.
Thanks everyone! This is all great to know.
I think what I'll do is get a bunch of the small (GMD yellow) and a few of each of the reds and browns and see what works best when we get to that point, then stock up some more. I definitely don't do laundry as frequently as I'd like () and I only imagine it will get worse once the babe is here lol, so will plan on at least 30-36 initially and then work up from there with different sizes.