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I have a crazy battery that dies everytime i try to write this, so its a race agsinst time. I have been researching Motherease& finding many reviews that they last. People sound like even if they used the onesize it lasted for more than one child, in some cases double. This sounds great, I would love to believe it. I cant find any thing else that sounds like this. Is it only the "cotton terry" with the polyester base helping to hold the shape, or the organic cotton also? I am very sensitive to polyester so I want all cotton.
I found babeegreens one size but hardly any reviews and definitely not testimonials like motherease.
please tell me there's someone out there who has both?????
before this darn phone dies again
it would be great if I could count on reselling reusing the diaper, and babee greens even looks ..
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I thought motherease made an an organic, all cotton version, didn't it? If so I'd go with that even though I have the standard ones. I bought them used (2 kids I believe), diapered DD in them and they're ready to go for baby number two without any seams letting go, snaps missing or fabric wearing out. I would trust the company to maintain their reputation and to choose strong organic cotton materials rather than experiment with a little-known brand. Hth
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Hi Skythetaffic,
I am so glad to hear from you. I tried posting in our DDC, my long version of this but this crazt phone tries to stop me. Youre right though, I cant afford a risk. It would make things so simple if i just go with Motherease. GMD got me thinking that no "one size "would last , but buying their fitteds every size every time with unpredictable growth rate adds up to sooo much more, & just thinking of how to figure out skipping a size is stressful. I just want this done already & not to have to re-do it too much later.
Do u have the MEOS? Yes,i would get organic b/c i want only cotton, but wasnt sure if that would affect their durability or how long they last without that inner polyester grid. I wish I wasnt so afraid of polyester but I am.
Do u have other Motherease besides OneSize? I research it, but it drives me crazy how some people dont like the OneSize. I figure how bad could it be? Is it really so bulky, restricting mobility,making clothes hard to fit ect? Is it just like a little "pillow" on babys belly?
If I go with the Sandys, I would likely resell to buy larger Sandys down the road, & it sounds complicated. Its just Sandys sounds more absorbant at certain stages, and fits differently....geez!...
I am interested in what youve used. I also remember your threads about your super wetter?Was that after she outgrew Motherease? Did u use Motherease exclusively?

Yeahe, I made it without my battery going crazy smile.gif
Oh, do u know how to "crosspost"?
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Yeah I have the MEOS and loved them. My toddler just drinks ludicrous amounts of water and pees a ton so I have her in sposies when she's asleep or when we leave the house. I actually found MEOS plus cover to be pretty trim on an older baby but I didn't have them for a newborn. My stash is all over the place: some MEOS, some flats and some pockets. I basically tried a bunch out. Most are fleece/microfiber except the flats. Flats can be a great way to round out a stash but may not be ideal for poop containment. I used them primarily when DD was pooping less often while EBF. Must run, need sleep but I'd buy MEOS again in a heartbeat!
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I have MEOS too. The regular ones, not organic, but you know MotherEase has a forum on their website so you could search on there and even post a question if you haven't tried that yet.

 

I did not find the MEOS to be too bulky. I had the newborn Sandys and loved them, then we went straight into MEOS. I got some size small Sandys at the same time as MEOS (both used btw) and planned to get large Sandys later (still to use with MEOS). But frankly I found the small Sandys to be more "fluffy" because of their design so I preferred using the MEOS. Never bothered to get any large Sandys because of that.

 

The durability is definitely there. Like I said I got them used, DD is 26 months old right now, and there are no issues with them. I'm totally keeping them for the next kiddo.

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Yeah I have the MEOS and loved them. My toddler just drinks ludicrous amounts of water and pees a ton so I have her in sposies when she's asleep or when we leave the house. I actually found MEOS plus cover to be pretty trim on an older baby but I didn't have them for a newborn. My stash is all over the place: some MEOS, some flats and some pockets. I basically tried a bunch out. Most are fleece/microfiber except the flats. Flats can be a great way to round out a stash but may not be ideal for poop containment. I used them primarily when DD was pooping less often while EBF. Must run, need sleep but I'd buy MEOS again in a heartbeat!
Are u planning to use MEOS for the new baby too? R u not worried they will be too big (like me smile.gif ? What is EBF-breastfeeding? Like a certain kind of poop?

Why did I not hear about these wonderful diapers after all my 7 months ot reasearch!? I wasted soo much time worrying about leaks & I am so happy to think leakless is possible. I must start my new thread in our DDC for more leak prevention since I am so paranoid but it feels so good to get something figured out.
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I have MEOS too. The regular ones, not organic, but you know MotherEase has a forum on their website so you could search on there and even post a question if you haven't tried that yet.

I did not find the MEOS to be too bulky. I had the newborn Sandys and loved them, then we went straight into MEOS. I got some size small Sandys at the same time as MEOS (both used btw) and planned to get large Sandys later (still to use with MEOS). But frankly I found the small Sandys to be more "fluffy" because of their design so I preferred using the MEOS. Never bothered to get any large Sandys because of that.

The durability is definitely there. Like I said I got them used, DD is 26 months old right now, and there are no issues with them. I'm totally keeping them for the next kiddo.
I have come across the Motherease forums, reading but not sure about posting. I guess I am just insecure& a bit in shock b/c it took so long to find these for some crazy reason
Anyway, I am wondering if you tried the MEOS on your newborn, even though you had the XS Sandys too, just for comparison? I am trying to decide if i want to get some of those XS. I am measuring exactly on time so not sure if that means what size baby to expect& what difference it will make for the fit of either. Did u just do the XS for the custom fit of it, did it really fit under clothes better, did u think baby would be more comfortable? It's so hard to say how much these matter, but i just feel a little stuck. I think i only found a few stories of the MEOS leaking on a newborn,& most people thought it was fine. does it really depends on the cover, or how little or fat their legs are? Which covers did u use that fit? would different covers be needed for the Sandy's XS vs MEOS? & did u use any wool covers with them, at any point? I want to use Disana wool.covers at first so i wonder what size, maybe XS for Sandys but S for MEOS? I I have so many questions. & how long did the newborns Sandy's fit for you? I heard anywhere from 6wks to 4 months with legs unsnapped later on? so did you just wait until the extra smalls didn't fit to use the one size?
Thank you for the info, its so helpful. Cheers for durable diapers smile.gif
Oh, did u need more diapers during newborn stage? I am wondering if i can use both sizes& mix them to save from buying so many. If so, would one be better to use at night than the other, maybe the Sandys for ease of use?
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I've used MEOS for nearly 2.5 years now. They LAST! No sign of wear at all. I have organic cotton, colored ones, bamboo, and a stay dry one. They don't lose their shape. The tiny bit of polyester isn't that big a deal for me. Sometimes they get ammonia but they just need an extra rinse and a tiny dash of bleach. They also don't hold stains. My son is 32 lbs they have plenty of room left and he's worn them since he was 10lbs. I do like their air flow covers too. Great quality! Get the boosters that lay or snap in for night time or when baby gets larger. Love them for night time with a flat and wool cover. If I could only buy one diaper this would be it! The web site has a neat deal for people who have never tried them. Good luck!!!!
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Oh. They aren't the greatest for newborns. 10lbs and up is optimal. I would just get flats & prefolds for newborns or kissaluv 0 are great too!!!
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I have a dozen flats I plan to use in the newborn stage and a whole whack of old receiving blankets i can use as flats too. I make fairly big babies (my first was just under 8 lb) so my pockets and the MEOS should fit quickly.
By EBF I meant exclusively breastfed: before starting solids and not being supplemented with formula. DD's poop made it very obvious when she had a formula top up (I exclusively pumped for weeks until we successfully learned to latch).
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Also don't stress!! I have so many kinds of diapers it's silly. They all work. ME contains ebf poo! Most don't. That's where covers come in. Gussets or the air flow. You will be just fine and so will your baby. I do love wool covers but if that's all I had I would lose my mind. They take forever to dry, bulky, can't wipe off. Just FYI.
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I've used MEOS for nearly 2.5 years now. They LAST! No sign of wear at all. I have organic cotton, colored ones, bamboo, and a stay dry one. They don't lose their shape. The tiny bit of polyester isn't that big a deal for me. Sometimes they get ammonia but they just need an extra rinse and a tiny dash of bleach. They also don't hold stains. My son is 32 lbs they have plenty of room left and he's worn them since he was 10lbs. I do like their air flow covers too. Great quality! Get the boosters that lay or snap in for night time or when baby gets larger. Love them for night time with a flat and wool cover. If I could only buy one diaper this would be it! The web site has a neat deal for people who have never tried them. Good luck!!!!

It looks like the snap in boosters only work on the large setting not small or medium.. are they not needed untill then anyway or do you just lay them in without snapping? could an infant prefold do the same or maybe it would just not be as absorbent, at least that the small stage where doesn't snap ? or is there something about the boosters length that makes it stay in place better? Or maybe less bulky than a prefold?
Why do you prefer flats with them, instead of or in addition to the snap in booster?
I want this to be the only diaper I buy and use but I want to start using it for a newborn. so many people sound like they only use it for the 10 or 12lb mark.....Does it REALLY matter? Tell me this can be my only diaper! I am going crazy worrying it will be too "bulky" but I have seen pictures of it looking just fine. it sounds like the leg gap only looks like it may leak but may not for tiny baby, that it is just the design of the diaper and somehow works despite the bulk? Would a cover solve that problem too (Airflow cover)? what I just expect more leaking because of the bulkiness & expect the cover to contain it? in that case maybe wool would not be ideal? More wool questions to come.
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Oh. They aren't the greatest for newborns. 10lbs and up is optimal. I would just get flats & prefolds for newborns or kissaluv 0 are great too!!!

WHY not ideal for newborns greensad.gif ? I want them b/c i think its easier than folding flats/prefolds, maybe i will learn but i am not very confident. & they both would leak onto cover anyway, just in different ways? & what if my baby reacts to the Airflows b/c of the PUL & I have to use wool even if the MEOS leak on little newborn? Is the breathability issue of PUL covers really hard for some babies..?
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I have a dozen flats I plan to use in the newborn stage and a whole whack of old receiving blankets i can use as flats too. I make fairly big babies (my first was just under 8 lb) so my pockets and the MEOS should fit quickly.
By EBF I meant exclusively breastfed: before starting solids and not being supplemented with formula. DD's poop made it very obvious when she had a formula top up (I exclusively pumped for weeks until we successfully learned to latch).
Do u not think MEOS can be used at all for newborn? I am getting paranoid about this. But I think you have the experience to know.. what will happen if I just use them and nothing else? Leaks? Wiping more off covers? Is that what happens with your flats and receiving blankets or are you just better at folding?
I cant do this alone, I outthink myself. I just want to order my MEOS & be all set, will it be ok? I think so..right?
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Also don't stress!! I have so many kinds of diapers it's silly. They all work. ME contains ebf poo! Most don't. That's where covers come in. Gussets or the air flow. You will be just fine and so will your baby. I do love wool covers but if that's all I had I would lose my mind. They take forever to dry, bulky, can't wipe off. Just FYI.

So if the MEOS contains EBF, why the leaking on the wool? it just happens sometimes, or the nature of how the wool is just makes it more wet? I want these diapers because I want the baby to sleep in my bed and not be leaking (obviously). I am thinking if i spend$ to get a whole set of MEOS, I wont have to worry about leaking in my bed. Its my bold move away from a crib, but can i count on it? how can I make this work?
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Do u not think MEOS can be used at all for newborn? I am getting paranoid about this. But I think you have the experience to know.. what will happen if I just use them and nothing else? Leaks? Wiping more off covers? Is that what happens with your flats and receiving blankets or are you just better at folding?
I cant do this alone, I outthink myself. I just want to order my MEOS & be all set, will it be ok? I think so..right?

Actually I don't have the experience. I used sposies when DD was small.
Here's what I'd do in your shoes: get the MEOS and some OS covers. Then try them on baby. Also get a small pack of sposies. If the MEOS with OS covers really doesn't work yet then use the sposies and you can very quickly get some newborn prefolds to get you through the first few weeks or stick to the sposies. My 7lb 15 oz baby was almost 11 lb by 4 weeks, plenty big enough for OS. If needed, you can use sposies so you don't end up sinking a bunch of money into a newborn stash. Even if you spend $100 on sposies in the newborn weeks, you will still save a HUGE amount on diapering in the long run. The issue is if the leg holes are too big on baby, the diaper will leak pretty much every time. If the leg holes on the covers fit then it's not a big deal with pee, only poop. In the early days though babies poop a LOT though and you probably won't have enough to last. I already have the flats and that's why I plan to use them but old receiving blankets will work great too if you grab a bunch at goodwill or wherever. Relax. It's impossible to know exactly what will work for the baby and you until you try. All I have is an idea, I totally expect to improvise. Btw the same diaper will fit two kids of the same weight differently: some kids have fat legs and some skinny. We can't predict this sort of stuff.
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Much as I love ME airflow covers (btw, the PUL doesn't really touch the skin). I never liked the os diapers. They didnt give a tight fight at the legs with my kids.

It's a down fall of os diapers and covers (blueberry covers are like this, too). They pull up at the waist but nothing to keep the leg band tight.

Prefolds are great for burp cloths, changing pads, doublers, etc. I highly suggest you get a dozen. I would only get newborn size if you think your baby will be under 8lb


Be sure to search out a local ap type parenting group that might have members selling diapers.

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I use GMD Workhorses with wool. Love the combo!
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I would like to emphasize the concept that you will not be able to make all your diapering decisions before you actually meet your babe and start diapering.  

 

Flats and prefolds (not the gerber pre-folds from local big box stores) are so versatile and affordable and have so many uses outside of diapering that they are worth investing in a couple dozen.  I love my flats with wool covers.  I'm getting more flats and a couple more wool covers for new baby - flats went from newborn to potty training with my last chubby one.

 

I also love my mother ease - handed down after a friend used them through 2 boys.  I use them without a cover most of the time, or under wool longies in the cooler months.  Mostly, though, I keep them around for grandparents and others who are intimidated by my flats.

 

I would say it's best to get a few each of the diapers you are interested in to try out before you invest in a whole set.  Get a couple packs of disposables, and a dozen each of good cotton flats and pre-folds.  You will learn quickly what you like, what is easiest to clean, and what fits your LO best.

 

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Actually I don't have the experience. I used sposies when DD was small.
Here's what I'd do in your shoes: get the MEOS and some OS covers. Then try them on baby. Also get a small pack of sposies. If the MEOS with OS covers really doesn't work yet then use the sposies and you can very quickly get some newborn prefolds to get you through the first few weeks or stick to the sposies. My 7lb 15 oz baby was almost 11 lb by 4 weeks, plenty big enough for OS. If needed, you can use sposies so you don't end up sinking a bunch of money into a newborn stash. Even if you spend $100 on sposies in the newborn weeks, you will still save a HUGE amount on diapering in the long run. The issue is if the leg holes are too big on baby, the diaper will leak pretty much every time. If the leg holes on the covers fit then it's not a big deal with pee, only poop. In the early days though babies poop a LOT though and you probably won't have enough to last. I already have the flats and that's why I plan to use them but old receiving blankets will work great too if you grab a bunch at goodwill or wherever. Relax. It's impossible to know exactly what will work for the baby and you until you try. All I have is an idea, I totally expect to improvise. Btw the same diaper will fit two kids of the same weight differently: some kids have fat legs and some skinny. We can't predict this sort of stuff.

Skythetraffic, what am i supposed to think of when people say the fit around legs isnt good for MEOS? Oh well? It will just be ok? I am trying to figure out "why" for each person but i cant keep up.
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Much as I love ME airflow covers (btw, the PUL doesn't really touch the skin). I never liked the os diapers. They didnt give a tight fight at the legs with my kids.

It's a down fall of os diapers and covers (blueberry covers are like this, too). They pull up at the waist but nothing to keep the leg band tight.

Prefolds are great for burp cloths, changing pads, doublers, etc. I highly suggest you get a dozen. I would only get newborn size if you think your baby will be under 8lb


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Much as I love ME airflow covers (btw, the PUL doesn't really touch the skin). I never liked the os diapers. They didnt give a tight fight at the legs with my kids.

It's a down fall of os diapers and covers (blueberry covers are like this, too). They pull up at the waist but nothing to keep the leg band tight.

Prefolds are great for burp cloths, changing pads, doublers, etc. I highly suggest you get a dozen. I would only get newborn size if you think your baby will be under 8lb


Be sure to search out a local ap type parenting group that might have members selling diapers.

When did u try MEOS &it didnt fit around legs? A certain age? So did that just mean they leaked onto cover, similar to what prefolds may do?
And, when people say skinny legs vs chubby legs, is this really something that is obvious right away &it stays that way?
It sounds like some wont fit MEOS but then the baby thins out somewhere &it works again?
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I would like to emphasize the concept that you will not be able to make all your diapering decisions before you actually meet your babe and start diapering.  

Flats and prefolds (not the gerber pre-folds from local big box stores) are so versatile and affordable and have so many uses outside of diapering that they are worth investing in a couple dozen.  I love my flats with wool covers.  I'm getting more flats and a couple more wool covers for new baby - flats went from newborn to potty training with my last chubby one.

I also love my mother ease - handed down after a friend used them through 2 boys.  I use them without a cover most of the time, or under wool longies in the cooler months.  Mostly, though, I keep them around for grandparents and others who are intimidated by my flats.

I would say it's best to get a few each of the diapers you are interested in to try out before you invest in a whole set.  Get a couple packs of disposables, and a dozen each of good cotton flats and pre-folds.  You will learn quickly what you like, what is easiest to clean, and what fits your LO best.

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Which Motherease fabric do u have? Most passmedowns sound like the super durable cotton terry. Since.u use with wool&know about that breathability, can u comment on the polyester grid inside? I am obsessing with it right now. Is it not noticable to you? Causing irritation ect..? Which wool do u use over motherease? I am thinking of disana for its bulkyness.
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Here we are, breathe... Babies are shaped differently and it's very obvious. My DD had rolls of fat and thick thighs at birth. My nephew's legs were like sticks: bone and muscle with loose, baggy skin. In a few weeks he chubbed out too but at birth a diaper that would have fit my DD perfectly would have been gaping around his legs, leaking everywhere. You simply can't predict it but the motherease should fit most babies who are gaining well in a few weeks.
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I got the sample kit before my oldest was born. Got a couple extra as hand me down from a friend.
I was never impressed with the leg fit. My dd has a small-normal waist/leg.
They were never my favorite for my oldest. I had a diverse stash and it was always at the bottom of the pile. The fit did get better at the end when I no longer had to fold it down.
With my second I never considered it. The cover on the other had was my favorite with both kids.

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I have come across the Motherease forums, reading but not sure about posting. I guess I am just insecure& a bit in shock b/c it took so long to find these for some crazy reason
Anyway, I am wondering if you tried the MEOS on your newborn, even though you had the XS Sandys too, just for comparison? I am trying to decide if i want to get some of those XS. I am measuring exactly on time so not sure if that means what size baby to expect& what difference it will make for the fit of either. Did u just do the XS for the custom fit of it, did it really fit under clothes better, did u think baby would be more comfortable? It's so hard to say how much these matter, but i just feel a little stuck. I think i only found a few stories of the MEOS leaking on a newborn,& most people thought it was fine. does it really depends on the cover, or how little or fat their legs are? Which covers did u use that fit? would different covers be needed for the Sandy's XS vs MEOS? & did u use any wool covers with them, at any point? I want to use Disana wool.covers at first so i wonder what size, maybe XS for Sandys but S for MEOS? I I have so many questions. & how long did the newborns Sandy's fit for you? I heard anywhere from 6wks to 4 months with legs unsnapped later on? so did you just wait until the extra smalls didn't fit to use the one size?
Thank you for the info, its so helpful. Cheers for durable diapers smile.gif
Oh, did u need more diapers during newborn stage? I am wondering if i can use both sizes& mix them to save from buying so many. If so, would one be better to use at night than the other, maybe the Sandys for ease of use?

We only bought the MEOS once DD was here so I didn't try them till she was around 10 lbs or so. DD was average size but we had a lot of breastfeeding difficulties so she ended up losing a lot of weight and not gaining it back. I mean, in the early days she didn't really wear many "outfits" as we were relaxing at home most of the time, bonding, napping, etc. If you're the sort of a person who would worry about clothes not fitting perfectly, I'd get some XS diapers. If you're relaxed about that sort of thing, you can probably skip them. Also depends on how much you have to spend. I will say that I had a really difficult time finding used XS Sandys for sale (both online and locally) so they seem easy to resell if you do decide to get them and want to make some of the money back. Because they don't get used for long they stay in great shape and you will get a good return. Also, the lady who I bought mine from on our local craigslist said she got lots of replies, I just got lucky and emailed her as soon as the ad went up.

 

I used the XS till 2-3 months, I didn't worry about making them "stretch" because I plan on keeping them for future kiddos (so it's not like they're "wasted") and we had size S Sandys and the MEOS on hand. Plus once DD started putting on weight she got nice chubby thighs so I didn't want anything cutting in. I just didn't have a need to make them last as long as possible I guess.

 

If you do want just a few XS diapers to mix in with one size ones, you can use them for going out and whenever it seems important to have a trimmer fitting diaper. I didn't find the MEOS hard to use in any way, you just fold the front down and do the snaps, very easy either way. The MEOS will absorb more (since there's just more fabric there, makes sense) so if your kiddo ends up sleeping longer stretches that would probably work well for you.

 

And really, don't stress over this. It seems like such a big deal when you're getting ready for baby and of course you want to make the best possible choice, but it will most likely be fine no matter what you choose. MotherEase diapers tend to work well for most people and with diapers, you have to just try them to see if they're for you or if you need something different. So go ahead and get what you think is the best choice, buy used if you can/want to, and keep in mind that you can always resell them if you need to.  Good luck!

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