Mom to DD born Jan. 08 and DS born Oct. 09, and "baby sister" due Oct 2013!
House mom to ten boys, ages 8-11 at a group home! Yes, I must be nuts!
I use kissaluvs size 0 in the beginning then use Mother Ease one size dipes for the rest of the time. DS is a huge boy so I did have to switch to the toddler ease dipes for him since he outgrew the one size but I think that is because he is so big. For night time I just add a fleece liner, a doubler, and I use an Aristocrat cover. Covers for daytime are the Mother ease airflow covers. I have also used loveybums wool covers and stacinator wool covers. But I keep going to back to the ME covers.
30 velour/flannel wipes
2 wetbags for hte diaper bag
matching changing pad
2 large diaper pail liners (easily made w/ some PUL, even if you don't sew much, 2 straight seems and a hem!)
That would be my ideal stash, plus a dozen or so prefolds and a snappi for emergencies, and maybe one cover? I like the BSWW over prefolds in the newborn size.
I did pretty much exclusive prefolds until about 4 months when he was big enough for the size M All Together Diaper AIOs I got in a co-op. When he moved into the L size I invested in a few pocket diapers (which are my favorites for the can't-hold-still toddler stage.)
I love the simplicity of a prefold and a wool cover though, so that's what we use most of the time. I try and save the pockets for nighttime, since I only have about 4 or 5 and they work best for overnight.
So, anyone have a link to a good, free pattern for newborn fitted diapers?
I plan on having 3 dozen infant prefolds ( I can use them as pocket stuffers later) and 4 gdiaper covers and more wool than I can count.
I may use gdiaper flushables overnight or 'sposies. I didn't with my daughter, but recently have had to start as we couldn't keep her from breaking out in a rash overnight. She was a very heavy wetter and I don't want to have the what will work to keep her dry battle this time around.
I have 20 pockets, most bumGenius, then Mommy's Touch, then FB. I prefer the Mommy's touch right now. I like one size, makes me feel like I'm saving more money.
I plan on getting a few more as ds won't be out of them yet most likely. I may try some prefolds, but I won't lie, I'm rather lazy.
We currently use prefolds which I trimmed down to contour diapers, with several different covers (mostly BSWW). I just recently bought a couple of used Rumpster's AIOs to test out. I wasn't incredibly impressed with the bindings, but I've kind of used the pattern to create my own AIO. The plan is for me to make my own stash of AIOs before the next baby comes.
I do laundry every other day, so I've been totally fine with 24 infant prefolds for my baby and 18 premium prefolds for my toddler (but I've never CD'd a newborn before). Both my girls fit in the same size cover, so I've got about a dozen of those.
I must admit though, if we could afford it, I'd stick with the disposables. I hate doing laundry in general, and I especially hate scraping poop off my girls diapers, and removing stains. It's just so much easier to throw the diaper away... I'm also planning on using disposables on the baby until the meconium is gone... I just know I won't have the energy to deal with staining, or laundry in general for a couple of weeks. Also, DH still refuses to change cloth diapers... : so as long as they're in cloth, I'm changing at least a dozen diapers a day. When this new baby comes, that'll jump to more than 18 diapers a day.
For this baby I want to use only cloth from the beginning. To make that work, I have decided to be honest with myself. I need a LOT of diapers. If I only have a day's worth of diapers, I am not going to stick to it. Not if we are still in a place with no washer/dryer hookup. So, I am going to make at least two days' worth of diapers. I used mainly fitteds with covers for my boys but I'm going to switch to mainly AIOs and pockets for this baby. I'll still make fitteds too, but I need ease Plus, my fitteds and covers never fit right under clothing, if at all. I have small babies too so I'm going to make some preemie diapers if I can find a pattern. My goals:
24 preemie dipes
36 infant dipes
36 medium dipes
Wipes (haven't figured out how many yet)
3 wetbags (one for home, one for diaper bag, one extra)
Some doublers (haven't figured that number out either)
My dh was skeptical at first, too but he's a total convert now. Especially b/c we won't have to buy any diapers for this new lil one! (although I might anyway, just 'cuz )
|I'm also planning on using disposables on the baby until the meconium is gone|
Mama to Boy (10) Other Boy (7) and Girl (4) in my profile!
Aimee Blessed Momma to 4 amazing boys, P ~ 9 H ~ 7 J ~ 4 and B ~ 1. Happily married to D Living my almost dream life on an urban homestead, hoping for our forever land to find us soon!
With babies who have not started solids, you just put the diaper in the washer. With toddlers/babies on solids, I use the Imse Vimse rice-paper liner insert thingies that go between baby's bottom and the diaper. When they poo, you just pull the paper off and flush it! Simple!
My wash usually goes like this:
Cold soak/wash/rinse/spin cycle (no detergent). Add detergent (only 1/2 recommended amount of Nellies Laundry Soda for a large load. Less if smaller load) HOT wash/cold rinse/spin. Dry on low.
Basically my first cycle rinses the poo/stuff out of the diapers and washer. Then the second cycle does the cleaning. I have never had a problem with poo!!
We use FB's exclusively on DD (4 mo old) and for night diapering with DS#2 (2.5 yrs old). During the day, DS#2 uses Bumkins which we love for him, but don't fit DD quite right.
Basically, the best advice I got was to try the trial packs that cloth diaper stores offer or only purchase one/two of each kind/type at a time so you can try them out and see which ones you like. Of course, when you have a new baby, it's pretty difficult to do. IME, the easiest to get accustomed to and use have been the FB's.
The more research/reading you do the more you'll get to know the different brands and what will work for you as well as little tips! For example, Happy Hieny prints are well-known for leaking through and are best for day use, but the solids have a pretty good reputation. If your FB's begin to leak, dry them on hot to reseal the waterproofing (FYI, I've never had to do this.). If you put lemon juice on your dipes and put them in the sun it will bleach your stains out. You can strip your dipes in the dishwasher if they begin to repel. Allen's Naturally and Charlie's detergent are supposed to be the best for cloth diapering, but some kids have reactions to Charlie's. If your child is a heavy wetter, they may need different inserts.
I suggest joining diaperswappers.com as well...GREAT info and GREAT used dipes for good prices as well if you're on a budget! (Just treat the transaction as if you were on Ebay and make sure you see pictures and get all the info, etc!)
HTH! Good luck! I love my CD's!
Christina, loving being a Mama to three and serving as a Co-Leader of the Holistic Moms Network, Tri-City Area, CA Chapter.
Thank you for the tips! Really, I am so new to this that I need all the help I can get...off to check the website you mentioned...
Nico deMouse,Seriously, coming from a mom who has made many, many diapers herself, don't think that you can give cloth diapers a fair shot when you are making the first set you ever use yourself -- especially out of random fabrics. I totally understand the desire to be frugal when experimenting and most certainly the need to recycle, but getting the right fit/absorbancy is a little tricky. I would recommend just getting a few from the trading post to sample. Some people love fitteds (like your husband). I personally find them to be great for newborns but really like the simplicity and washability of prefolds with wool covers. You really need to experiment with the "real" stuff before you can sucessfully design your own for home sewing. Otherwise, you may end up with a diaper that leaks or has a wonky fit. You won't be sold on cloth with that as an initial experience. I think that cottonbabies.com has a newbie sampler pack. If you find that cloth is not for you, these diapers actually have an amazing resale value. We cloth loving ladies are rather obsessive and stalk for good fluff. Check them out. By the way, a set of 2 dozen prefolds will only set you back about $30. Not bad at all.
One cycle with no detergent, cold water and bac-out
One long hot cycle with detergent
And that's it!
I'm definitely devoted to cloth.
Nirvana is . . . the living happiness of a soul which is conscious of itself and conscious of having found its own abode in the heart of the Eternal. --Gandhi
So how many are planning to use cloth diapers? Those of you that are mommas already, how many of you use CD and what kinds? Any advice for us newbies?
this is a great site -----> http://www.newtoclothdiapers.com/
Mama to Kayleigh (6), Ethan (4), Norah (1), & Charlotte coming 11.09
I hear that with newborns, if you don't want to be using stained diaps, you should use sposies for the first few days because of the meconium. Haven't been there yet. I personally do'nt care about stains -- all my daughter's diapers are stained anyway because she's addicted to blueberries. So I'll probably use cloth right away, and just have stains. It's up to you.
Mama to Kayleigh (6), Ethan (4), Norah (1), & Charlotte coming 11.09
We are planning on cloth diapering, although DH is feeling unsure...He asked if I could make the ones that are shaped like disposables and have velcro. He's super scared about using diaper pins. I feel really sure about CDs, but am keeping an open mind about it for his sake. I don't want our decisions to be made by one of us, but both of us together.
I'm expecting our 7th and at one point had three in cloth diapers. IME prefolds are by far the easiest diapering method. They dry really fast on the line or in the dryer. Beyond this they don't have velcro that sticks to everything in the dryer, makes noise that can wake a baby during middle of the night diaper changes, and gets crudded up so you have to spend time picking the lint out of the hook tape.
I think wrap covers are best for men and those new to cloth diapering as they go on like disposables.
To keep prices down call your local La Leche League groups and birth centers to see if they're having fundraising rummage sales.
You can see pics in my stash link in my siggy. Although the most recent ones are the ones I sold on hyenacart.
I never did use them for the meconium time. I'd rather not clean that sticky mess.
I started with 36 infant prefolds and 6 small Bummis covers; I now use 24 premium-sized prefolds, and 6 medium Bummis. At 30 lbs, DD is just about to need the large size Bummis. I also have about 10 doublers, a couple of wool covers, and a fleece cover which I love for nightime. I have 4 organic cotton fitted diapers for overnights, too. Oh, and I made about 30 microfleece liners to help keep poops off my dipes.
One sanity-saving tool: a diaper sprayer, like a small showerhead that hooks onto your toilet. I got mine for about 40 bucks canadian, and it has been a godsend.
I got all my stuff at www.jamtots.com, a neat local WAHM site. They ship lots to the US, and their website has everything in both currencies.
Andrea, DD 03/24/06, EDD 13-15th Jan 08