Are you all getting together a cloth dipe stash yet? Are you worrying about just the tiny sizes, or trying to get set for bigger bums to come? The newborn size dipes look *so* tiny, and the next size up don't look that big either--would the next size up just fall off a newborn? And for you experienced mamas, how many different sizes of diaper covers did you end up needing? I have some small/medium wraps, and some very large ones (bless my CDing friends and hand-me-downs!) and there seems to be a huge difference between the sizes of the little ones and the big ones. Do I need stair-step wraps, or are they just pretty flexible and one-size-fits-many-ish because of the velcro?
I made a few this weekend by copying off ones I already have and they are so cute (can't wait to use them!!!), but I want to be smart about accumulating what I need, and not tons in sizes I don't.
You'll want the first couple of sizes...newborns & smalls. They grow out of nb quickly but smalls will be too big at first. I needed fives sizes ultimately - lots of mediums, lots of larges, & a few x-larges.
Prefolds last a lot longer. The infant-sized lasted for a few months, and the regular size should work until potty-training. The infant-sized also make great burp cloths, bibs, doublers, and stuffers! I use prefolds for the bulk of my stash. They're really absorbent and cheap.
As for covers, you need all the sizes, because a good fit is important. I found I needed more of the newborn and small sizes (about 4-6 in each size), because that newborn poo really explodes!
Have fun collecting your stash!
We CD'ed Meg from about 4 mos. At first I used FBs and HHs, but then really liked Elbee Baby and Fireflies with wool covers. Those are nice for later, when they use a single size for many months, but the newborn period is too short for expensive diapers, I think. So...what to get?
By the end, I remember really wishing we just had two or three types, so I think we'll start with half PFs and half fitteds. I'm thinking now that we'll get Kissaluvs 0s (1 or 2 doz) and a couple dozen prefolds, plus some Nikky cotton and light poly wraps for daytime and some Alexis Featherlights for naps. We already have some hand-me-down wool covers for nighttime.
There's also that neat wool sack! Has anybody seen that? I'm thinking maybe I'll ask my knitting SIL whether she could make one for me. They look so warm, easy, and comfortable.
Sigh. I love soft, tiny cloth diapers. What is up with that?
With this baby, I am filling out my stash with infant prefolds (thirsties or some indian prefolds) and a couple snappis or else I will make a fleece covered elastic band to go around the waist and help hold them in place (need something fast I can whip off when baby needs to pee or poo so I can help them go in the potty).
My son was 100% diaper-free at 16 months and now at 26 months he is around the 4th stage of potty training (bringing potty to me instead of me having to ask if he needs to go, he can also pull up his pants, but down doesn't work so well cuz of his cute bubble butt).
Mum to DS (8yrs), DD (6yrs), and DS(3.5yrs).
I have no idea what to get, how many to be thinking about, what sizes, as this is my first.
I'm also curious. Someone brought up to me that CDing takes a lot of water to wash and wash and wash them all the time, and that you may be impacting the environment more with that than disposables. True or False?
What are the other benefits to cloth vs disposable? Is it more economical to go cloth? (How to find that out?)
sorry to sorta question-ola...
Kelly, mama to DD
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Also, I don't have hard and fast data about the economics of CDing (although I've seen it worked out before on WAHM diaper sites), but we'd pretty much have to run our washer 24/7 to get a water bill close to the price of good-quality sposies--just go look at the shelf of them at the store. $$$! In any case, although the cost is an issue for us, I think I'd CD even if it weren't cheaper. I just hate to wear non-breathable fibers and can't stand any plastic up against my skin, or even the idea that part of my whole body might be contained in plastic. Bleah! So I'm basically assuming my kid may feel the same way. (And I'm making my dipes waterproof with 100% cotton canvas, not plastic.)
Thanks to everyone for the great advice! And Kam, I'm totally there with you. I know I'm turning sappy when I'm getting all ahhhh...and oooooh...about DIAPERS!
But, environmental concerns aside, the primary reason I chose to use cds is the health impact. I do NOT trust that gel stuff they put in the disposable diapers. Pets can die if they get into that stuff and eat it (because of the chemical, not the plastic/choking aspect). Also, dioxyn is created as a biproduct of the disposable-diaper making process. This is a known cancerous substance. And I'm supposed to put this on my baby's genitals every day for 2-3 years? There was also a German study that found a correlation between disposable diaper use and later fertility problems among men. The theory is that disposable diapers keep the testes too warm, inhibiting later sperm production capablilty.
Cost depends on what you buy. Stick to prefolds and covers, and cding is MUCH cheaper than sposies. But, you can get carried away and end up spending as much on cloth as you would on sposies.
Mum to DS (8yrs), DD (6yrs), and DS(3.5yrs).
The economic, but still fun, approach is to get infant prefolds, then fitteds or AIO's for medium and large sizes. I adore the tiny fitteds but I can't claim that I'll get my money's worth in the slightest. My first outgrew newborns in 3-5 weeks and smalls by 4 months. He has been in the same medium and large diapers (Fireflies and First Class Baby/Little Caboose are my favorites) from 3-19 months with space to grow, still. I know people who dye their prefolds if they don't want to stick with white--you can buy them pre-dyed, too.
I'd get 6-8 newborn covers and 6 smalls. After that, 4 will do but 6 is easier. I like MotherEase AirFlow covers once you hit medium, but Bummis for newborns and smalls.
If you can learn to fold a tight prefold and love them, you'll save a ton of money over those of us who feel the need to get fitteds instead (and you won't have to worry about missing the next hyena stocking).
I made out my online registry with tons of different kinds of diapers -- prefolds, Bummis covers, Fuzzi Bunz, Kissaluv's, etc. but I will probably end up with prefolds and covers unless someone takes pity on me and buys them for me. I am too cheap. Oh, and my four neighbors are ALSO pregnant... so there goes borrowing their stash!! =)
My Bradley teacher did a demo of the bikini twist last night at class and I just thought, "Who could think this was harder than disposables??" It took about five seconds.
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Awww, BJ, you can still get cute covers for your service prefolds! =)
NOW I'm excited . . . I'm already about set with a maternity wardrobe, and a decent start to baby clothes. The changing table is set up, the dresser installed in our bedroom, and the registry done (with occasional tweaking). Finally, another aspect of baby preparation that I can dive into!
So I researched for awhile, and discovered that I really should get some basic prefolds (which I want to dye) and covers, and then spend extra on other dipes if they sound good. I ordered a package from Stork Wearhouse with nb/infant prefolds, some premium cpfs for later, small covers, a diaper pail, soakers, odor discs, etc. Then I realized I really will need some NB size covers, and I wanted those cute little Bummis SWW that are printed with frogs and babies. So I ordered those at another place, and also ordered the SWEETEST little wool longies with gragonflies and bees embroidered on them! Everybody I show my stash to just thinks it's adorable; even the naysayers who didn't realize how far cloth diapering has come.
And speaking of that, don't you all get tired of people telling you that you don't know what you're in for with cd'ing? Especially because none of them have even tried it?? : My Bradley teacher kind of had me scared because she was like, "disposable diapers leak so much, that I just don't see how you keep poop from running down their legs in cloth diapers." So I ran to the cd forum, and they all reassured me that there are WAY more blow-outs and poop explosions with disposables than with cloth. I just need to not listen to people who have never even tried it, I guess.
After researching cd, I have to say that when AF returns, I am definitely going to do something different. I use tampons, but have always wanted to try a Keeper cup or cloth pads. I don't see how I can justify the waste and concerns of the chemicals in disposable products on myself, in my most sensitive area, when I wouldn't consider it for my children.
Mum to DS (8yrs), DD (6yrs), and DS(3.5yrs).
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