and Full Moon Baby Gear dipes, (FMBG)
Both are very well made dipes and quite absorbent. I used a lot of other dipes before and I like these best. The SOS dipes are a one-size dipe and fit from around 8-35 pounds which can be very helpful as you don't have to keep buying bigger dipes.
If you are interested in trying out the SOS, I would suggest that you buy one or more of them used on eBay first. They can be hard to get new from Suzie. You will definately want to subscribe to her email list too, as she posts to that list when she is putting new dipes up on her website. The last several weeks she has been posting at random times and days or the week - instead on Fridays like she usually does - and that has worked well for me. I snagged 2 of her dipes a couple of weeks ago. :-D
I haven't decided yet what I am going to do for newborn dipes. I may use Kissaluvs for newborn dipes because they are considerably cheaper than the SOS or FMBGs. We may also use the diaper service for a little while after babe comes too, but I"m not sure about that. It can be nice to have one less thing to deal with after the baby is born, you know? But I wasn't that thrilled with the diaper service and prefolds in general when we used the diaper service when dd was a newborn. Newborn poop is so runny that it will leak out of prefold dipes and get on the cover almost every time. So then you have to wash the poop off the diaper cover. It doesn't seem like there is much of a time savings in not having to wash diapers if I am washing several diaper covers by hand every day. When we switched to fitted diapers when dd was around 3 months old I was so much happier not having to wash the covers every time she pooped. A good fitted dipe will usually contain the poop so it doesn't get on the diaper cover.
Good luck on deciding what type of dipes you want to use. There certainly are a million different choices out there now!
Of the commercial ones, I've used Fuzzi Bunz (good but just don't fit my son's weird body shape well), tried on a Happy Heiny (*really* didn't fit my son's weird body shape), Luke's Drawers (fit), LHC (fit)... and I've used Bummis SWW covers and Prorap covers when he was an itty bitty thing, combined with prefolds. I still have the prefolds, but hope to have enough fitteds that I won't have to use them! Prefolds are super cheap and versatile, but I go through love and hate cycles with them.
I haven't tried any of the other popular WAHM diapers, since I learned to make my own and couldn't see spending the money on something that may or may not fit my son, when my own pattern fits him perfectly. But he's just a weird shape - big waist and itty bitty thighs.
You can get some really great diapers used - check out the TP and Diaper Swappers. I'd purchase through those before I'd go through Ebay personally (good places to sell too, since you don't have to pay fees!).
Check Diaper Pin for reviews of various brands. There are some cheap brands that are cheap for a reason (ie, poor quality). So don't let cost of a diaper completely drive your decision. I won't pay $40 for a diaper, personally, but a $10 AIO new just might be too good to be true.
Mama to Tornado Boy (6/04), The Brute (11/06), and Mischief (05/09)... expecting in February '15
Originally Posted by BabyBumblebee
I think we may have to end up using a diaper service
On services, I've avoided a service because I think that environmentally it is not much better than other options?? and is certainly as expensive here as disposables. But I admit that I haven't fully investigated all this.
Any other city moms out there who've done CD and can offer some insights?
I want to put in another "yes" for Full Moon Baby Gear. Terri is a friend of mine from way back, before kids and she makes wonderful dipes. They work well and look so cute!
For me, using cloth is less about cost and environmental reasons and more about the health of my child. The gel they use in most disposables is full of awful and toxic chemicals. There has even been a link made between male factor infertility later in life and the use of disposable dipes since they don't allow any air circulation and make the testes way too hot.
For me, using cloth is just one extra step after the baby dirties the dipe (washing) as opposed to an extra step before (having to go out an buy). It depends on what kind of dipes you use whether or not you need to wash twice, use anything with poly in it (pockets for example) and you really do need that extra wash, but if use cotton with a PUL cover, one wash will work. You won't be storing them for long either unless you get a service. I wash dipes every other day and when babe isn't eating solids and breastfeeding only, you don't even rinse, just wash them as is.
I also found 80% of my dipes second hand and they have lasted over two years and should last through this babe as well...
Check this link out for making an entire stash for $30 http://fernandfaerie.com/frugaldiapering.html
I feel an unnatural pride at seeing rows of CDs drying in the breeze on my clothesline too. Like I'm going to convert someone just by the beauty of drying cotton and hemp
Happy mama to three DD's age 13, age 10.5 , age 8and DS, born January 6
Anyway, I bought all mine used, mainly from friends (on-line and IRL) who had finished with them. My newborn stash consists of a dozen preemie and a dozen infant prefolds, a dozen Kissaluvs size 0's and a few other random diapers I bought from another mama. My covers are an eclectic collection of used things.
CDing does NOT have to be expensive, you just can't get caught up in the excitement of getting the latest and greatest thing. If you're willing to use prefolds, it can be VERY cheap.
I also knit, and have made several wool soakers. They are very fun to make.
BathrobeGoddess, that is scary about the link between disposables and infertility! It makes sense though.
I was considering using one of these "test drive packages":
but I'm not sure...would it be cheaper to just buy a variety of diapers from ebay or something to experiment with rather than this test drive set?
We love prefolds with a "Bummis" cover... I started off with 4 covers and 2 dozen small prefolds and that cost about 70-80$ and then I paid the same when ds hit 6 months and grew out of the small prefolds and small covers...
After that when I was near the Bummis store I would go get a cover or two in the next size (11$ each)...
With EC we don't use many diapers anyways so all of the newborn stuff is still like new... and I might just buy a few more covers for older babes...
I have tried AIO's but I don't like them as much as the prefolds...the y take too long to dry IMO and I find them a lot bulkier....
Mama to Xavier (July 02) , Colin (Sept 04), Khéna(Nov 06) & Wilhelmina (Jan 10)
there are soooo many cute CDs out there, but i've tried to keep things practical and simple for us so i wouldn't spend a lot of money.
There are lots of options and as you go you'll experiment with more of them. The standard inexpensive way to start is prefolds and prowraps. Thanksmama is a good site for ordering, our local shop is Peapods and they are very helpful also.
When dd got older I branched out in the cover department a little bit, but stuck with the prefolds. I also added a snappi at some point and a hemp doubler at night.
All you need for an infant- IMHO is prefolds and prowraps. As your sweet little baby grows you can change things....
Good luck and keep asking questions!! I think cloth is great- I can't stand using sposies, I feel so guilty pitching poop in the trash- except for that one time on the airplane.....
What we really need is a fairy godmother :
Last time, we used a service for the first few months (not all diaper services use bleach, ours didn't (the diapers just got stained instead), and even if they DID use bleach, they still don't have the gel in them, so I think better for babe than mainstream sposies. In the book "Diaper Changes," the author argues that a diaper service is the MOST environmentally friendly option since their washers are more efficient and use less water. . . Not sure about that, but I definitely would pick a service over sposies), but that's not an option now (we moved), and I wouldn't choose it anyway. I am DONE with prefolds!
We ended up using all the different types of diapers last time, prefolds, fitteds, all-in-two's, pul wraps, wool wraps, wool soakers, pocket diapers. . . and ended up trying out fuzzi bunz (pocket diapers) at 18 months and selling off all the rest of my stash to use fuzzi bunz exclusively.
I think I will probably use fitteds and wool wraps for the first 2-3 months with this baby, and then switch over to fuzzi bunz, but dw really wants us to go with fuzzi bunz from the start. We already have 12 preemie and 6 small fuzzi bunz from our foster baby, but I don't think I want to rely on using fuzzi bunz exclusively in the beginning since I'm not sure how good they'd be with breastfed poop (our foster baby was formula fed, and his poops weren't that runny).
Decisions, decisions. . .
Mindfully mothering SIX kids (ages 5, 6, 8, 9, 11 & 11) in a small house with a lot of love.
Originally Posted by redhotmama
You have a Bummis store? Why aren't I Canadian?
They sell all of their diapers of course (in all of the cutest prints)... wraps, slings,"the Kokoon", robeez, organic nursing/maternity wear and kids clothes, nusing teas and a whole array of other NFL products...
It was also one of the only places that I could find a Mothering Mag....
Mama to Xavier (July 02) , Colin (Sept 04), Khéna(Nov 06) & Wilhelmina (Jan 10)
When he was solely breastfed (8-9 months), we would just take the diaper pail along with us and do a load of dipes if we had to. But once he started solids, I had a hard time being away from my diaper sprayer to get the thicker poop off the dipes. So now, when we're going to be away overnight (which is rare), I get the Seventh Generation disposables. It doesn't do anything for the landfil - they still sit there forever... and they're pricey. But they're not bleached, which was my biggest concern... I didn't want the chemicals against his tiny bits all the time I can't get them locally, so we got them at Whole Foods when we visited my mom (Chicago) or I'll order them from 1800diapers.com.
Homeschooling Mama of 6 wonderful kids (14, 12, 10, 9, 7, and 5)
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I use mostly prefolds and BSWW covers. but have an assortment of wahm made pokets and AIOs and fitteds
Rachel , wifey to best friend Karl ,
SAHM to Kaelan (11) Chandra (9) Liam (7) Lachlan (5) Killian (4),Riordan (1), Baby Boy EDD 11/14. All born at home!