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I'm really interested in hearing everyone's plans for CDing... I didn't CD my DD until she was 3-4 mo, so all I have are Meds and Lgs. I will have to start over with a n/b stash... I am no hyena- can't afford the money or the time to stalk. But I am interested in having an easy, affordable, consistent system for the early months...

So what are you thinking or what have you done with previous babes?

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Ds was 6 months before we used Cds so we have newborn fluff to buy too and I am so excited

I have got a few second hand bits already, we are planning to use a combination of fitteds (Kissaluvs, FCBs, Fireflys) and prefolds with bummis and wool covers. I will probably get a few small fuzzi bunz for night times too ( and because Dh finds them easier )
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any opinions about Fuzzi Bunz for newborns? my best friend had trouble with the fit and liked kissaluvs better for her DD when she was tiny.

I wanna get my dipes ahead of time and was just gonna go straight Fuzzi Bunz, now i'm confused?!

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We started CDing when our youngest was 8 months, so we've only done FB too. I need recommendations on good dipes for tiny bums. My kids were all right around 5 lb, so I'm thinking FB preemie dipes?

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I used a diaper service with my first so that was just prefolds. I didn't cd my 2nd until she was 7 months so I'll have to build a newborn stash. I think I'll probably sew a lot of them myself and then fill in the rest with Kissaluvs (I these dipes!). Then a few new wool covers & soakers and I'm set.

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I cloth diaper my DD now, and plan to CD the next one too. I am actually in the process of starting my diaper business. I have everything done (I did testers, I now LOVE my pattern etc) but I am still building my website. I've actually opened for pre-opening customs, and have been having SO much fun with it! If anyone is interested, LMK! I'd LOVE to make cloth for some of my fellow Due in April Mamas!

So... my opinion on Fuzzibunz. They are SO bulky. The only thing they are good for (and this is debatable) is nights. I honestly would go another route with the cloth. FBs are overrated.
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Hmmmm... this is making me think differently... I was thinking VB AIOs and FBs. But now I'm thinking more fitteds. I'm afraid to do wool because it is so expensive and complicated to clean... and with those explosive breastmilk poos, I'm afraid of ruining it!

So Kissaluvs are nice? Do they work with really tiny babies? My DD was 6,6 and was only 5,10 when we brought her home and small babies run in our families. I definately cannot do prefolds, I am not good at folding them.

Maybe for covers, I could do a combo of whisper wraps and some cheap wool... is BJ Marketplace still around?

I'm not too worried about finding the "ideal" nighttime system because they wake sooooo often to nurse. I always ended up changing my DD after feedings. I'm thinking FBs with microfiber inserts around a wool insert.

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I bought a few Sugar Plum Baby fitteds before I got pregnant on the TP :LOL I also have a ton of infant prefolds (that is what we used on our dd starting when she was about a month old- used sposies before that) and I recently purchased a dozen preemie prefolds and one small FB. I'll use the prefolds and fitteds with either a newborn knitted soaker (I have a friend that is a WAHM) or the 2 kiwipie wool covers I have or possibly some really tiny fleece pull on covers I made.

I'm also going to make some VB AIO's (already have lots of nice materials, just waiting for my pattern to get here!) in newborn and small sizes. AIO's are so nice in that newborn stage when you are so exhausted and they are great for getting my DH to change all the diapers. I may buy or make a few other fitteds...I was thinking possibly of getting Kissaluvs size 0 since they fit little babies well and have the snap down part. I have loads of nice fabric like hemp, cotton velour, PUL, malden mills fleece, etc so I really should make the rest of my stash instead of buying it.

My dd was really tiny when she was born (she was 1 week late but wore preemie clothes for 3 weeks!) so I want to make sure I have some nice really tiny newborn stuff on hand. Of course I also want to have my small stuff lined up too, because I doubt that I will have the time or the energy to be doing any sewing then! Listing all that out makes me think I have tons of stuff, but I remember how much those newborns poop! Wow I really like to about diapers!

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I'm afraid to do wool because it is so expensive and complicated to clean... and with those explosive breastmilk poos, I'm afraid of ruining it!

So Kissaluvs are nice? Do they work with really tiny babies? My DD was 6,6 and was only 5,10 when we brought her home and small babies run in our families.
Wool is not hard to clean at all! I thought that too until I tried it. You just rinse out any poop (if there is any), put it in the bathroom sink with a little baby shampoo or wool wash and gently handwash if there was any poop. If there wasn't any poop just let soak for a little bit. I personally like to lanolize every time I wash (since I use baby shampoo instead of wool wash) which is super easy too. All I do is dissolve some lanolin (like the Lansinoh nipple stuff) in some really hot water, add a drop of baby shampoo, then some cooler water and let soak. Then I squeeze out and let dry. It takes probably about 2 minutes total of my time. I love wool since it is so breathable and soft. I prefer felted wool but knitted is cute looking too.

Kissaluvs are great for newborns, but I think they would probably big on a baby that size, as would alot of things. You might ask on the diapering board what they recommend for really tiny newborns. HTH!

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Current version is in my sig. 18 of those infant prefolds are heading to a friends house today (among a handful of other fun things) so she can try using cloth on her teeny new babe. I also have 4 XS VB AIO's that should've arrived by now, and am planning on getting a bunch of Small VB AIO's in the coming months. I've got prefolds galore and a whole bunch of medium/medium-long stuff that ds is using that the babe'll be able to use as well. I'm still working on newborn/small wool though. I just have to wait until I get into one of my crocheting moods and I'll just whip 'em out.

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We have CDed our DS from two days after he was born. We used trifolds (never got newborns, which seemed fine as he was 9# 1oz!), with really basic covers (I recommend snaps, velcro doesnt last nearly long enough). Occasionally we used bumkins AIO at night with a liner, but they didn't seal up that 'loves to get everywhere BF runny poops!'

We just couldnt afford too many AIOs, and found the trifolds and waterproof nylon covers (NOT the pull up, elastic waist, plastic, nasty ones) work pretty well. We do have some velcro ones and just pin it when needed.

THere are so many options, and within all budgets! Don't forget to hang your CDs in the sun to bleach them out! It's one of natures miracles.

Oh, and I knit, so we do use wool covers - they are great, easy to care for and super-durable.

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Prefolds and covers here. Nothing fancy as I honestly can't afford it. Hoping to be able to do FB for nighttime.

I would love some kissaluvs, but no way can I afford that.

I may knit up some wool soakers eventually, but otherwise, sticking with prefolds.

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totally just jumping in here for the first time

DD has always been a prefolds girl, but this new one will have a full stash of AIOs (I will NOT be the only one changing diaper 'round here ANYMORE! :LOL ) and I'm thinking fitteds with wool covers for nighttime. I'm planning on making all of these, we'll see if that will come to pass... I haven't finalized a pattern yet, and haven't made a final decision on the materials so I've got plenty of work to do!

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Oh you sew-kitting mamas are soooo lucky to have that skill! I am miserable with the sewing machine and not a good knitter at all.

I'm afraid that my wool would get totally ruined by BF baby poo... my DD ruined the two KP covers that I splurged on and I was never able to get them to look quite right again... I think wool is easy in that you don't have to do very much... as long as the poo stays in the dipe and you don't care if it stains the wool.

More and more I'm thinking AIOs, but does anyone make VBs with snaps? I know there is a pattern out there, but like I said, I am a miserable seamstress. I think this baby would be safer in no diaper than in one that I made :LOL

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Before BooBah was born, I was sure that I would use regular infant prefolds and random covers on her. I had two x-small Fuzzi Bunz, one nb Happy Hieney, and some nb proraps. Everything except for the Happy Hieney (which had overlapping velcro tabs) was too big for her for the first few weeks; as in, so big that when she peed it would run down her legs, and poop was *everywhere*. We ended up using nb sposies until I got some nb proraps colors (the colors run smaller than the regular white ones) and ended up using those and the HH with (get this!) Gerber Flatfolds for a while. When she got a bit bigger, I was able to use the x-small Fuzzi Bunz and eventually she grew into the mediums we had a ton of (because I started cding BeanBean when he was nearly seven months old, and he was trained when BooBah was born-- out of a medium). I actually had to get a few large covers because her thighs got nice and round for about ten minutes-- then she started to walk and was right back into a medium. :LOL

Right now, we don't have a washing machine. Assuming that we manage to get one, or that real diapers will be more economical at the laundromat (a likely case, as new babies go through a ton of diapers and BooBah is unlikely to be entirely out of diapers when #3 arrives), I will probably start out with the nb and x-small covers that I have, along with Gerber flatfolds, and then move into infant cpfs. I'm also planning to do some knitting for this Bean, as I am an excellent knitter/crocheter and I love making things that I actually use regularly. I'm actually hoping to do elimination communication with this one (wanted to do it with BooBah, but couldn't for medical reasons ) so that will hopefully cut down on diaper usage, too. I may try to sew some night diapers, but I may not... We'll see! :LOL

BTW-- I am *more than willing* to swap knitting/crochet for other baby/toddler/preschooler items; in particular, little boy's jeans and overalls in sizes 4 & 5 slim, twirly skirts in 12-24 months, and just about anything with an adjustable waist (sense a theme here? I've got skinny kids! :LOL) in those sizes, but do try me! I absolutely love to knit, crochet and embroider, I do these things to relax while I'm nursing/tandeming. They help my mind to unwind and I feel like I'm accomplishing something at the same time, it's brilliant! :LOL Besides, I don't think it's quite fair that wool should be so expensive when it's so simple to use and can make a mediocre, hodge-podge stash like mine feel somewhat exotic and cool.

I've never had a problem with staining and wool, though. As long as I wash them as soon as I notice the poop, they've been okay. Of course, I tend to prefer dark colors. :LOL

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I cloth diaper my DD now, and plan to CD the next one too. I am actually in the process of starting my diaper business. I have everything done (I did testers, I now LOVE my pattern etc) but I am still building my website. I've actually opened for pre-opening customs, and have been having SO much fun with it! If anyone is interested, LMK! I'd LOVE to make cloth for some of my fellow Due in April Mamas!
I'd love to see the dipes you make, always like to support a WAHM friend

Ditto everyone on the wool being so much easier to care for than I imagined, I quite like fleece covers for night time too and so much cheaper than wool
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My 2 boys were both late and large (and I expected that). I started with the "regular" size prefolds--no newborn or premie or whatever size here. I think we have either 24 or 30. We use snappi clips, and we use the Bummis snap wraps (IIRC). Velcro isn't the best thing for the long haul (or more than 1 kid). Then we move up to the next size at some point (same #, 24-30), and then eventually, toddler size (with this kid, that will be at age 2 or later, I guess). I get my stuff at weebees.com... I really find Rhonda to be pretty sensible about everything.

You can't beat prefolds for their flexibility (can use for wide range of ages) and economy.
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I'd love to see the dipes you make, always like to support a WAHM friend
Let me load some new photos of my latest onto photobucket and I'll email (or PM) you!
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If I had $$$, I'd for sure use Wonderoos. I don't, so I use the Gerber diaper service quality cloth diapers, nylon covers, and Dritz pins. I would at least like to splurge and get some covers that snap. I HATE having to take off socks, shoes, pants, and undergarments to change a diaper! Lazy, I know. I'm glad we're having an April baby, because I hate doing it more when it's cold. (((((HUGS))))) sandi
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CDer here too! I didn't start with dd until she was 10 mos., so I haven't done the newborn thing. I think we will do prefolds and wool, with some fitteds for helpers. I also have several VB xs AIO's, my dd was really little, didn't hit 10lbs. till 4 mos., so those will be helpful also.

I relearned to knit and have found the Fern & Faerie pattern that you can get for free online to be very easy. I can finish one in a couple days. I haven't made any tiny ones, yet, but I'm looking forward to it!
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Oooh, email or pm me too! If nothing else, so I can drool.

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I emailed the two that requested pictures.
Here's one to show off my cute kiddo!
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You'll have to turn your head to the side to see it because I was having issues with photobuckets rotate feature.

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Well for FUN I just registered at cottonbabies.com . I have found since my 7os was born that you can't locally get good diapering supplies anymore~even Babies R Us doesn't have the selection they did then~and kinda have to shop online for some things. (((((HUGS))))) sandi
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Well, just because I love to about cloth, I'll add my 2 cents.

We used mostly pro rap nb covers with ... washcloths... and other small cloths for the nb stage. I had 1 kissaluvs sz 0 & fell in love with it. We couldn't afford more last time but this time I got 15 of them gently used from the tp here at mothering for I think $6 a piece incl. shipping. Since I plan on being able to use these down the road or at the very least re sell for $4 or $5 I don't think it's a bad investment.

Now for the big splurge I want to make!!! After trying lots of things with dd1, we eventually setteled on Wonderoos as our main diapering system. We do supplement with pre folds & proraps but I have about 15 wonderoos & I love them . I was looking around wondering if we should buy a few more and I came across miniroos... I have to have some. They were on sale a couple weeks ago, but that seems to be over & I'm trying to justify to myself how I can spend $100+ on nb diapers... I just want them.

I am planning on learning how to knit this winter, I was wondering if anyone can honestly tell me how hard it is to make your own wool covers. They are so darn cute & I would love soething I made to cover my sweet one's bum!

Btw, PhoebNFam. Iwould love the link to your photos. Are they fitteds or AIO's?
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Okay... I think this is my plan...

I'm going to get a bakers doz of the ME Sandies and Kissaluvs. I'm going to try to knit 3-4 soakers before April. (My MIL has promised to help!) and I'm going to get a doz of the snapping VB AIOs as soon as I'm able to sell DD's castoffs on the TP. I'm going to try to fund this stash by selling off the dipes from my DD that I didn't care for...

I really, really wish I was a better sewer! Any reco's on learning to sew programs? I know the basics, I'm just not very good. I'd love to make some of the stuff (mostly covers) myself.

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I started knitting a totally rockin' soaker last night. It's an experimental pattern, and I think I'm going end up selling it on eBay or the TP, but it's so freaking cool! I wish I had a working digital camera. Anyway, it's cool because it's one you can pull on and it will have buttons on the sides so that you can just open it up to change diapers. I love knitting experiments. I'm going to make an attached skirt for it, too, because I want to make stripy legs. It's difficult to describe, it'll be so much easier when I finish it and can take a picture. I got the waist and most of the behind finished last night, and tonight I'll probably do the front & buttonholes. I'm hoping to get it finished by the end of the week (I'm a very fast knitter) but with two kids running everywhere, who knows?

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Can someone teach me how to knit? I really want to learn!!!

I'm working on my stash. I just bought a newborn start up set of cd for my aunt who is pregnant. Her baby will be 6 mo old when mine is born so I should be getting those back. I would love to make some of my own!!
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Question-- I'm thinking about cloth this time but I'll have to convince DH since he's the SAHP. Has someone done the math-- assuming you use a diaper service, how much cheaper is it (using average priced cloth diapers)than disposable for 2 years? Thanks!
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Question-- I'm thinking about cloth this time but I'll have to convince DH since he's the SAHP. Has someone done the math-- assuming you use a diaper service, how much cheaper is it (using average priced cloth diapers)than disposable for 2 years? Thanks!
Here's a page with numbers. Around here a diaper service costs around $60-$70/month, and you still need to buy your own covers. We spend maybe $2-$4/month to wash and dry our own diapers.

Would you be able to convince your dh to get online and look at a few different kinds of diapers to see what he might prefer? I.e. whether he'd be okay with prefolds (you can tri-fold in a wrap, no pins needed) or whether he'd like an AIO or pocket like Very Baby AIO's or Fuzzi Bunz.

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Aprilushka-

As a newborn, my DD went through about 1 dipe an hour... and then 1 per 2 hours for the next 4 months. We were buying big boxes of sposies at least once a month. Those things cost between $40-$60 dollars each. So I figure I was spending about $80 per month on sposies for 4 months... $480.

I am planning to spend about $200-$400 on n/b small diapers (which last 0-2/3 mo). And my DD's med/lg stash will suffice for the new babe. Or I will sell what I currently have to fund different ones. I've already funded the majority of my n/b stash by selling my DD's odd dipes that I didn't use/like on the TP. I figure this babe's stash won't cost me more than $100 out of pocket.

I second the FB/VB AIO idea... my DH is a SAHD and I didn't start my DD on cloth until 2-3 months before I went back to work. My DH CD'ed her for a year. He LOVED using cloth! He liked picking out her dipes and he was in heaven when people asked him about them. He even got to like using fitteds and wool and is better with prefolds than me! The laundry isn't too bad once they are 4-6 months... it was only one extra load a day for us!

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