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Do you like them? I hear they're good because you can fold them different ways so they're one size fits all.
My mother swears they're the best (she used 'em), but I'm afraid I'll just wish I'd bought the prefolds.
Anyone with experience:
Is it complicated (the folding)?
Do they hold up well after repeated washing?
Are they soft/absorbent?
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im new at CD but i love my flats and hate my PF. its not hard at all to fold them and you can get a good trim fit. my DS has so big legs that the PF is so bulky and it doesnt stay put. I have had my flats for 4 years now, used them to dry my boys butts after a diaper change and some i used for burp rags, they are still brite white (at least the ones i didnt try to dye) and look great. i have a super soaker baby so i sometimes double up or i add a doubler they are really nice, my mom used them too. they wash great and dry super fast. i need to get more, i just love them. not more then a fitted but they are next on my list.
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Can you snappi a flat or do you have to use pins?
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you dont need to do either if you have a snug cover!! i fold mine so that the sides come around to the front and they stay put under a snug cover, you could you a snappy but it will make little holes in the flats and then it get older looking fast, pins would be better if you want to go coverless, im to scared to pin.
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I have some flats and I love them. It is slightly more time-consuming to fold them, but it is worth it. They fit trimmer than a prefold, too.

The origami fold took some practice, but once you get the hang of it, it's easy. That was the most complicated fold for me. I fold them straight out of the dryer, so when I go to change a diaper, i just grab one already folded.

I have gauze flats and flannel flats. Flannel is softer, but gauze is more absorbant.

You can use a snappi on indian flats and gauze flats. You definitely can't use a snappi on flannel. I use pins though.
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heres some links for flat folds...
http://www.thenappylady.co.uk/Advice...nstructionID=2

Ps. Terry/terries are British/Oz flats and a nappi nippa is a snappi!
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So where do you buy them? I looked at a few sites, but they are pretty pricey.
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i do the kite fold. trimfit cross over tabs!

i live in finland and they come for free with every baby you have. 5flats Per baby.
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http://www.pollywogbabies.com/ has terry flats, so cute
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butterflymom gave me the link of a good place to buy i dont rememer what it was, she had 2 links. darn i need those. but i have 30 fiited ov coming so i guess i can hold off, at least until the cc is paid
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Maybe I'll send Butterflymom a pm.

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i live in finland and they come for free with every baby you have. 5flats Per baby.
How wonderful is that? That's so great.

fayking, thanks for the link. I put it on my list of favorites.
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I use them as stuffers and wish I only had maybe 1/2 dozen prefolds and more flats! I only occasionally pin or snappi them on DS since I'm a fitted gal

I do think they're much more versatile and trim than prefolds.

I got mine at www.kellyscloset.com

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I got my flats (and everything else) at www.greenmountaindiapers.com
They're only $8 for 6 there.
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So where do you buy them? I looked at a few sites, but they are pretty pricey.
www.greenmountaindiapers.com is where I got mine.
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great price at GMD. i like the edging because you can get a nice cleanfold that doesnt roll, if you put them in a dryer then sometimes the edges will roll a little if the edges are real thin, those look thick!!
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great price at GMD. i like the edging because you can get a nice cleanfold that doesnt roll, if you put them in a dryer then sometimes the edges will roll a little if the edges are real thin, those look thick!!
Cool. I feel a bit relieved then.
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Do you need to use more than one flat with an older baby/toddler?
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I just ordered six flats, some pins and a bummi wrap (just in case I want to lay it in the cover without pinning. I'm hoping the cover will fit ds. I ordered a large and he's about 25-27lbs with a budda belly and chubby legs. His m/l airflow is on the last set of snaps.
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here's another link about folding and where to buy etc...

www.gumbush.com

I love all my flats. Could never cloth diaper while vacationing without them!
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I love all my flats. Could never cloth diaper while vacationing without them![/QUOTE]
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So GMD won't send them to me. Does anyone else know where I could get those particular type of flats? It's so rare that a US diaper store won't ship to Canada that I didn't even think to ask. Now I have to wait almost 2 weeks for my paypal refund to come through, which means I can't order anymore for 2 weeks. I'm very sad and here I was all excited and dreaming about the flats and the bummis cover.
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ask butterflymom she knows.
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good thing i didnt order from them!! i live in finland!!

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I went to diaperware to order some, but they're out of bummis covers. I prefer airflows with the pf's, but I figured I would give laying the flats into a bummis cover a try. I hate to buy from more than one place because the shipping is then doubled.
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ask butterflymom she knows.
Theresa will ship internationally.
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Thank you so much. As soon as my refund gets deposited back into my account I will order from her.
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We flats! I use them exclusively with my ds ... most the time I double up - usualy just folding two together. It's still nice and trim and absorbs well. We have birdseye flats (the indian ones that granitesmith sells at ebay), hemp and organic cotton jersey (just bought yardage and serged the edges), flour sack ones (actually sold as dish cloths at walmart), flannel ones (I can actually get a snappi to hold with the flannel, but tend to put a cover over snappi'd flannel just incase something comes loose ), and terry ones (Australian and German from WeeBees, and organic stretch terry that I made for ds). I love them all! The folds, after a few times, are really pretty easy. Plus, if all else fails, you can always fold the flat down to the approximate size of a prefold and snappi/pin that on or fold it up and lay it in a cover.

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I figured I would give laying the flats into a bummis cover a try
This is our main system with DS now. I love how thoroughly flats wash and how quickly they dry. And I can fold them so they're less bulky than a prefold in a wrap. I just hold two flats together, fold them over 4 times (so they're 1/5 the original width), fold that long thing almost in half, and lay in a Bummis wrap. Like a pp said, I fold them right out of the dryer so they're ready to lay in a wrap and go. Easy peasy!! We also sometimes do a kite fold (see www.gumbush.com) and let DS go coverless around the house. Plus, when our new babe arrives, s/he can use the same dipes.

My favorite flats so far are the birdseye flats from www.zannadu.com (some also came from a coop, but they're the same). I prefer these over gauze flats, because the birdseye lints less and is less bulky, and over terry flats (we have one each of the Australian and German ones from Weebees.com) because the birdseye is softer. It also holds a snappi perfectly
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