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I'm hoping you ladies can help me out with some advice. I am currently 8 months pregnant, I also have an almost 20 month old ds. I was looking at our expenses and am pretty sure that we can't afford to keep two babies in disposable diapers. DS had been slightly interested in potty training for awhile so I bought him some cloth pull up pants (the kind that are the rubber outer w/ the cloth inner). I can use those, but for some reason he seems not to be interested in going potty if he has those on, and the way they are made keeps his skin really WET. So, I am wanting to get cloth diapers for him and coming baby, but don't really know what to buy....I have looked on-line some, but all of the diapers I have seen seem so expensive! Can I get by with the gauze diapers they have at K-Mart and those kind of places? Have any better ideas? Any and all suggestions would be so appreciated!
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The ones at k-Mart or Walmart can work for you but, they wont hold as much as the others, if you wanted to go cheep there are 2 ways I can think of

1) get the ones at k-mart and order some doublers (I know there are many places online that sell them and someone may point you inthe direction to them, I lost my pc so I don't have any saved links anymore here is 1 place http://www.diaperware.com/accessories.html

2) If you can spend a little more on them go with the CPF http://www.diaperware.com/prefolds.html
You will have more absorbancy and less work to do adding a doubler.

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You'd be a lot happier with some chinese prefold diapers- look for a WAHM that is offering free shipping, these these are heavy to ship. These hold up and absorb well- and are not that expensive.

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If you want, and if you have around $250 to spend, you can buy a full set of 24 Onesize fitted diapers. I would recommend buying the liners for your oldest as well. I was on a tight budget but wanted a full set of fitted dipes (they go on and off with snaps) because they are easier than prefold diapers. The Onesize dipes go from 8-35 pounds. I tried one on my friend's 7 pound baby and it was bulky but fit, and my 2.5 year old is wearing the same dipes right now as training pants! It's a very affordable alternative to disposables, esp. if you have two in diapers. I am due in February and plan on using the same set of dipes for the newborn. The Onesize dipes are $8.95 each and the liners are $2 each. If you buy 12 you get one free. I use MotherEase brand but there are other Oneize dipes out there by WAHM's. It just depends how much $$ you have to spend.

Good Chinese prefolds are another option that will cost you even less. With those you will need to be skilled at folding them and securing them with either pins or a snappi. Some don't secure them at all but then there's the risk of poop getting all over the covers. Chinese prefolds, once you get the hang of them, are a very inexpensive but effective diapering system. You will need newborn sized ones for your little one, and standard sized for the 20 month old. They run about $2 each.

Of course you will also need covers, but that's for a different thread. I spent the first 18 mos. of dd's life using prefolds and Gerber covers with no problems. I only went to different covers after the local store didn't carry the next sized Gerber ones that I needed.

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My recommendation for chea diapering is this.

3 dozen infant chinese prefolds(baby) $54.00

2 dozen premium prefolds(older son) $48.00

I would buy these at Naturalbabies.com she has a flat rate of 3.95 for shipping plus layaway so that would be $106.00

I would buy 2 packages of 24 cheapo facecloths from Wal-mart $10 so you are up to $116

A rubbermaid container from walmart to use as diaper pail another $5-7.00 up to $120

I would get prowrap seconds the ladies here have the 800# they are $3 each you would need at least 6 for the baby and at least 3 for the older child.
So that is $27 plus say $10 shipping a grand total of $157 not too bad considering you could easily do this in a month with sposie dipes and wipes.


You will have to spend probably another $30 on in between covers in the meantime and if the older one doesn't potty learn young you may have to invest in another dozen Premium Chinese Prefolds at $24 a dozen.

That is my best shot at cheap diapering.
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www.kidsurplus.com has some covers for $2-$3 each
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Thank you so much for all of your advice and links! That gives me alot to think about and check into. It is really surprising to me just how expensive diapering can be to start...but right now we only spend $20 on diapers every couple months....doubled for 2 kiddos that would be about $40 every 2 months or so. I guess that in 6-8 months I would be breaking even anyway
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Definitely go with CPF's and covers, that's cheapest and they work great.

I would order the CPF's either a little at a time or use a retailer with layaway. If you're going to order a little at a time, go with someone that has Free or cheap shipping.

Also, for your newborn, you'll want some snappi diaper fasteners or pins to cut back on poopy blowouts.
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I *think* I might have a few covers/wraps in small from Adriana.

I am cleaning out her dresser this week and I would be more than happy to send you a few to help get you started

Email me your address: jodi@blessubaby.com

And I will pop them in the mail to you.
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Also, check out the Trading Post for used diapers. YOu can find some in great condition that just didn't work out for the owner. Check the Daily Diaper for sales on new diapers too.

Prefolds and covers will be cheapest in the long run, and you can use them for more than one child, should you have more. (You can do this with most well made cloth dipes, though. )

Good luck, and congrats on #2!

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When my DS was a newborn he wore pamper premiums and they were 14$ a bag for less then 30 we went through one bag every 2-3 days so i was buying pampers about 3 times a week so that was a bout $45 a week on those and 6 on a bag of huggies wipes so in one month i was spending over 200 a month on sposies...... how do you get away so cheap with 20 every few months? as a newborn i changed ryan every 1-2 hours every time he nursed he pooped so i was going through like 10-15 dipes a day... now he is 16 months and i change him every 2hours so about 6-8 times a day........ so i would use one bag of pampers size 4 with 32 dipes in it in 3-4 days....... so definitly cheaper for me to use cloth........ but i would go with naturalbabies.com she has great shipping or heather at punkinbutt.com........ good luck
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Jennifer, what is the Daily Diaper?

Thanks for all of the advice. I will check out the Trading Post too.

Christi (ryansmom02), We buy the generic diapers from Sam's club. They come by the case (not sure how many diapers) but it is a little more than we use in two months and costs approximately $20-$25 depending on when you buy them. We also buy the generic wipes at Wal-Mart, which are $1.50 to $2 a tub and last about a month or so. I can't even imaginine spending $45 a week on diapers! Yikes!

I think that it helps that ds is very regular....ie he poops once a day, pees at regular intervals, but not until his bladder is really full. He doesn't pee at night (and when we can get him to the potty chair in the morning I am always amazed at how much he does go at once)....he is very predictable. It irked my mil to no end that I knew exactly down to the last diaper how many to pack for a week's vacation with them (I used the last one an hour away from home coming home) Anyway, more than you ever needed to know about how my son pees
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I'd definitely get prefolds (Chinese prefolds/CPFs if you can afford it), but as far as covers, you might want to sample just a bit before buying all the same brand.

I recommend Bummis pull on pants (about $5 each) or Bummis Super Whisper Wraps (about $9 new, but you can get these used fairly easily). I've also heard good things about Babies R Us pull on pants.

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Check ebay too Prefolds laid in a cover are cheap and not hard at all. Good luck!
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Jennifer, what is the Daily Diaper?
Here ya go. http://216.92.20.151/discussions/for...s=&forumid=163

Edited to add: You can click on the different shops to see if there are specials, discounts, etc.

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If you want, and if you have around $250 to spend, you can buy a full set of 24 Onesize fitted diapers. I would recommend buying the liners for your oldest as well. I was on a tight budget but wanted a full set of fitted dipes (they go on and off with snaps) because they are easier than prefold diapers. The Onesize dipes go from 8-35 pounds. I tried one on my friend's 7 pound baby and it was bulky but fit, and my 2.5 year old is wearing the same dipes right now as training pants! It's a very affordable alternative to disposables, esp. if you have two in diapers. I am due in February and plan on using the same set of dipes for the newborn. The Onesize dipes are $8.95 each and the liners are $2 each. If you buy 12 you get one free. I use MotherEase brand but there are other Oneize dipes out there by WAHM's. It just depends how much $$ you have to spend.
I second this - onesize diapers can be an expensive upfront investment, but you don't have to buy different sizes of prefolds when your child grows and they're very easy to use. I'm a big fan of motherease diapers and covers. You can try to buy used on the tp or e-bay, or they have some good package deals with diapers, liners and covers.

(fyi, I've heard they are big on newborns, but ds was 10 lbs 4 oz at birth so I never had that problem ;-) )
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I might get slammed for this suggestion because I don't wash my own dipes, but, it also might be worth investigating local diaper services in your area.

We use one (we have for the past 5 years), I have a 2 year old and baby#3 is due today. Our service offers a discount for more than one child, and most services also carry covers which they will offer to you at a deep discount. (I think that ours offers Gerbers and proraps.....but check around) Also, since most diaper services (at least in our area) tend to be smallish businesses, they may be willing to work out some sort of payment deal with you as well.

Other benefits: you can start immediately, just call and get your dipes and covers right away, no washing, weekly delivery (I have never run out), you can choose the size and weight of the diapers you get, free pail, liners, deodisks.

I don't know whether or not it is in line with your budget, but it might be worth a call. Our service was and is great fantastic with 2 in dipes!

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