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So baby just has a boney butt.

She is very much head down according to the ultrasound and everything looks perfect. No crazy cords wrapped around or anything.

I'm much relieved and happy now.
So glad for you!!

I also just got back from an appointment. No ultrasound, but she says my little guy's head down and LOA (which I already knew, because I can tell he's in the same position my DD was for the last few weeks of that pregnancy), and low down. I'm 50% effaced, 1 cm dilated and everything looks good. Good low blood pressure, weight is good, etc. I love being a good pregnant woman on paper since I'm such a grumpy, uncomfortable, complainy one in the read world. (I'm actually not like this about most things, I swear, just pregnancy, which I just really don't like! But at least I can be proud of my charts. Ha!)

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Tamara. Thinking about you.

So glad to hear about your boney butt baby, Sarah Lynn!!!

Had our midwife home visit today! Went totally smooth. Just for the record, they didn't tour my house or anything, just wanted to see that all our gear was reasonably together and in one spot (we have it all in the pack n' play in the living room, where the tub will be.) Got some good ideas - like having an extra plastic protector for one of the couches in case I want to get in and out of the tub. Had one for the mattress, but it didn't occur to me to cover the couch, too, but it makes sense. Blood pressure was nice and normal, measuring right on schedule and baby is LOA. Oh, and GBS negative, woo-hoo! One less thing to worry about.

Now just waiting for the people ahead of us to hurry up and have their baby so we can get the dang birth pool from the midwives! I want that sucker inflated and ready to roll, like yesterday. Not that I feel like I'm gonna go anyday, but it's just one more thing on the to-do list (that's really out of my control) that I'd like to be set.

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Oh! Oh! In baby care tips, I forgot to mention swaddling! We swaddled my 2nd daughter until the blankets were too small, and then we wrapped her in bath towels...until she was about a year old, I think. Even though she could get her arms out easily, swaddling put her to sleep so quickly, we never wanted to stop! They didn't swaddle at the hospital, so when we brought Juju home at 16 days old, I thought she'd hate being wrapped-up. She adjusted very quickly and sleeps much better as a burrito. Actually, same with the [homemade] Moby Wrap -- had to keep trying it until she got used to it, and now it's cool.

PS. Sarah Lynn - Yay!

PPS. NO, I'm not hiding out in the girls' room to avoid finding out what kind of mood my husband is in! Haha, ha, haha, what a silly notion!

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My ankles are so swollen that I can't zip up my boots! And those were the last pair of shoes I have that fit, since I bought them big at the beginning of pregnancy. I had to run out to Walmart to buy a cheap pair of men's indoor/outdoor shoes (the only thing I could get on my feet).

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I still need to catch up on all of these posts...

Hugs to Aramat... thinking of you!

Yey for non-breech babies!

I just got back from my 36 week appointment. The took my GBS swab. My cervix is "soft" but not yet dilated. She could still feel baby's head there, so he hasn't gone back to transverse. His hb was 150, which is normal for him. He is always so active! Kicked the dr for pressing on my belly. I am measuring right on time.

Tomorrow is my last day of driving an hour in to work. That will be a huge relief. That commute is tough on my bladder! I'll still be working (from home) up until a week before my due date or until I go into labor.

It's been suggested I put a shower curtain or vinyl table cloth under my fitted sheet. Is that a worthwhile purchase?

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It's been suggested I put a shower curtain or vinyl table cloth under my fitted sheet. Is that a worthwhile purchase?
You can probably find one at the dollar store...I think only something like 1 in 10 women have their water break before they are in labor...but I was one of those 1 in 10! LOL. I have a large towel folded in half and one of those waterproof changing pads under mine "just in case"...

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It's been suggested I put a shower curtain or vinyl table cloth under my fitted sheet. Is that a worthwhile purchase?
I'd just invest in a waterproof mattress pad now. We got one at Target that isn't at all crinkly, and with it under our regular mattress pad I never know it's there. I can't tell you how many times ours has saved our mattress--through leaking breasts, spitty baby, leaking diapers, puking baby...

Glad your commute is almost over!

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ANyone else getting nervous that their baby is totally tiny!? All of these ladies are having 8 lb babys like two-three weeks early!!! My baby is only measuring about 6 lbs 4 oz at 37 weeks!! Is there something I am doing wrong???

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PPS. NO, I'm not hiding out in the girls' room to avoid finding out what kind of mood my husband is in! Haha, ha, haha, what a silly notion!
(((hugs))) glad you aren't doing THAT!

Just take it easy on yourself, okay? You are a big girl and you can handle your own weight around. xoxo

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My ankles are so swollen that I can't zip up my boots! And those were the last pair of shoes I have that fit, since I bought them big at the beginning of pregnancy. I had to run out to Walmart to buy a cheap pair of men's indoor/outdoor shoes (the only thing I could get on my feet).
heh. I've been wearing sandles since, well, summer. Granted, it's not Ohio snowy weather here, but it is awfully wet with hail and stuff. I just mostly stay inside the house or car. No other shoes.

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ANyone else getting nervous that their baby is totally tiny!? All of these ladies are having 8 lb babys like two-three weeks early!!! My baby is only measuring about 6 lbs 4 oz at 37 weeks!! Is there something I am doing wrong???
No Way!!! You still have 3 weeks left, which on average equals another 1.5 pounds! No worries!!! All babies are different!

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It's been suggested I put a shower curtain or vinyl table cloth under my fitted sheet. Is that a worthwhile purchase?
Yes, very much worth it! If not for your water breaking for afterward. After delivering my son I had two weeks worth of night sweats, losing all the water I retained---I'm talking drenched!!!

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My ankles are so swollen that I can't zip up my boots! And those were the last pair of shoes I have that fit, since I bought them big at the beginning of pregnancy. I had to run out to Walmart to buy a cheap pair of men's indoor/outdoor shoes (the only thing I could get on my feet).
I can pretty much only wear my winter boots unzipped or a pair of mary jane tennis shoes that I bought on clearance. Hopefully it doesn't snow much more or I will have snow all over my feet.

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ANyone else getting nervous that their baby is totally tiny!? All of these ladies are having 8 lb babys like two-three weeks early!!! My baby is only measuring about 6 lbs 4 oz at 37 weeks!! Is there something I am doing wrong???
My sister's kids were both just over 6# at birth at full term, nothing wrong with that. Sounds like your little one will be well within the normal range at birth.


I'm starting to feel exhausted all the time again. Had a major blowup with my mom Monday night, found out our insurance still hasn't made a decision about covering our midwife on Tuesday, so spent a lot of time crying and very emotional this week. Yesterday was much calmer, but then I had contractions all afternoon. Ick....I'm sure they were just BH, but I hope I don't sit around contracting for weeks before baby comes.

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ANyone else getting nervous that their baby is totally tiny!? All of these ladies are having 8 lb babys like two-three weeks early!!! My baby is only measuring about 6 lbs 4 oz at 37 weeks!! Is there something I am doing wrong???
Don't worry about it! If I remember correctly "average" birth weight is 7.5 pounds. I was a measly 5 lbs 11 oz born at 38 weeks. Didn't stunt my growth any! Remember, unless you have a medical condition that would affect baby's size (like GD or IUGR) a lot of it is genetics at this point. I get to be in the "lucky" club of big babies (estimating this "little" guy is probably around 9 pounds now that I am 38 weeks, as that is what his brother was and he measured similarly) - but then again neither DH nor I are "little" people - I'm 6 ft and he's 6'3". On the other hand, if you and your DH are smaller people, it would make sense you'd have a smaller baby.

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Lauren My husband was born at only 6 pounds and something ounces (according to his mom) and grew to be a strong strapping 6 ft 2 vital man.
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ANyone else getting nervous that their baby is totally tiny!? All of these ladies are having 8 lb babys like two-three weeks early!!! My baby is only measuring about 6 lbs 4 oz at 37 weeks!! Is there something I am doing wrong???
I obviously am (getting an u/s this morning to check baby's size). I don't think there's anything you can do about it, as long as you are gaining enough weight yourself.

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6 lbs at birth is well within normal and healthy, especially for girls. Lauren, you get the worry-wort award. Plus they gain right at the end. My daughter was born exactly average, at 7 lbs 4 oz, and I'm not anticipating a large baby this time either.

Rodeomama, hope you get everything worked out with the midwife. I spent all yesterday afternoon sitting to avoid contractions, too, although I'm pretty sure it was because I'd had an internal exam at the OB's office. Can't wait to reach the place where we'll welcome these silly things!

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36 weeks... which means I'm officially eligible for homebirth! Not that I want to have the baby right this second... but it sure is a nice feeling to know that if I happen to go into labor tomorrow I can stay at home.

I started taking about 6,000 IU of vitamin D3 every day about a week ago (my levels are REALLY low)... and I'm just starting to feel a huge difference in my energy level. It's kind of amazing.

Nothing else super exciting to update about; aside from horrible sciatica pain and my hips breaking in half everything is "normal". Just kind of sitting around waiting now.

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38 weeks tomorrow. Just a little freaking out. We moved pretty easily for how much I left undone. The men and women from our church knocked everything out pretty quickly last Saturday.

Rodeomama, stress totally brings on the contractions for me too. BH or otherwise these are pretty strong.
All day Saturday I was contracting super strongly if I got going to much or too fast and it wasn't a day I wanted to give birth. The night before we thought I was leaking Amniotic fluid, it was just a tiny bit and it stopped once I ate dinner and put my feet up. But it was pretty nerve wracking. I had a friend come over for moral support and she was awesome about asking how I was doing and playing with my kid. She is about 18 weeks herself.
Now for the unpacking... hahaha, it feels like that is getting in the way of nesting.


Although! I found a woman who's son is 4 months old and she gave me her newborn-3 months clothes and said that I should call her in another 3 months for another batch of clothes. Awesome. Plus all the stuff she has is nice. Woo hoo. Talk about cutting out work.

I am not getting a lot of un-packing done because of hips and pubic pain.
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ANyone else getting nervous that their baby is totally tiny!? All of these ladies are having 8 lb babys like two-three weeks early!!! My baby is only measuring about 6 lbs 4 oz at 37 weeks!! Is there something I am doing wrong???
I wouldn't worry about the weight per ultrasound. The one that cracked me up was my DD was over 10lbs according to the ultrasound but she came out 7#9oz.

Maybe I have said it before maybe I didn't, but I really like ya'll and hearing about your experiences.

Good luck and good wishes.
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quick question re: GBS swab.

I see in some other posts (on this board and elsewhere) that MW/OBs do this test for you and since they are there already many people end up getting an internal too. I thought they told me at my last appointment that I swab myself? Could I be mistaken?

Has anyone done it this way? My MW don't don't do internals (I guess they might if you ask, but I'm not interested so I haven't asked) and said I won't have any "pants off" appointments until 40+ weeks when they kind of want to check in with my body to see what (if anything) is going on. So I am pretty sure I swab myself if they told me they won't be doing anything internally....
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OlyR - I recall someone else in this DDC who did their own swab, but I can't remember who now.
I'm pretty sure it's normal for some midwives to have their patients do it themselves.

I do all of my own testing and weight for my midwife (besides blood draw, obviously), but since I declined the GBS test I'm not sure if that's one I would have done myself or not. I highly doubt she would have done a cervix check if I had agreed to the test.

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quick question re: GBS swab.

I see in some other posts (on this board and elsewhere) that MW/OBs do this test for you and since they are there already many people end up getting an internal too. I thought they told me at my last appointment that I swab myself? Could I be mistaken?

Has anyone done it this way? My MW don't don't do internals (I guess they might if you ask, but I'm not interested so I haven't asked) and said I won't have any "pants off" appointments until 40+ weeks when they kind of want to check in with my body to see what (if anything) is going on. So I am pretty sure I swab myself if they told me they won't be doing anything internally....
Yep, I did it myself. My midwives are VERY DIY. I test my own urine every appointment, weigh myself (with no one watching), etc and they don't do any internals unless you request them. The swabbing is easy - you just have to insert it into your vagina about 1 inch, drag it across your perineum, and then insert it into your anus about 1 inch, and then put the swab back in its little handy dandy plastic case. Easy peasy. I figure it's easier to do it myself than have someone else shoving something up my rear!

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I like that they'll let you do the GBS swab yourself! I declined the test w/my midwife births, but I'm pretty sure a nurse swabbed me 9 years ago w/my OB birth.

Which reminds me...

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Dilation/effacement can be fun to know, but not necessary and not always helpful! You can be dilated/effaced for weeks before giving birth.

You do not HAVE to consent to a vaginal exam. But if you do, you might want to announce that you do not consent to having your membranes stripped (unless you do!). Especially with OBs, it's not uncommon for them to decide to strip your membranes 'since we're in there anyway' and then tell you about it afterward like they just did you a favor!

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About me! -- My husband is going away for the weekend. So that's something to be thankful for. I need some MOMMY time, where *I* am the boss of myself and my kids -- ME, BY MYSELF. (We will have bedtimes! And healthy foods! And no tv! Wheeee!) Plus it'll be three lovely days without a dramatic spat about whether or not I am "crazy" for not wanting to vax our preemie yet. And by "yet", I simply mean before my husband has read ANY kind of literature on the subject! (How is that not reasonable?!) But I digress... Yay, weekend!

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I like that they'll let you do the GBS swab yourself! I declined the test w/my midwife births, but I'm pretty sure a nurse swabbed me 9 years ago w/my OB birth.

Which reminds me...

***Public Service Announcement: Keep your panties on at the doc's office!***
Dilation/effacement can be fun to know, but not necessary and not always helpful! You can be dilated/effaced for weeks before giving birth.

You do not HAVE to consent to a vaginal exam. But if you do, you might want to announce that you do not consent to having your membranes stripped (unless you do!). Especially with OBs, it's not uncommon for them to decide to strip your membranes 'since we're in there anyway' and then tell you about it afterward like they just did you a favor!

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About me! -- My husband is going away for the weekend. So that's something to be thankful for. I need some MOMMY time, where *I* am the boss of myself and my kids -- ME, BY MYSELF. (We will have bedtimes! And healthy foods! And no tv! Wheeee!) Plus it'll be three lovely days without a dramatic spat about whether or not I am "crazy" for not wanting to vax our preemie yet. And by "yet", I simply mean before my husband has read ANY kind of literature on the subject! (How is that not reasonable?!) But I digress... Yay, weekend!
Have a fun by yourself weekend

So I posted on another thread that I just went potty and felt baby slide into home She's moved directly center instead of off to my right side like she is prone to do. Maybe this will get things flowing!!

Here's a funny story to pass the time:

So this morning ODS (he's 3.5 yrs) is sitting on my lap just chattering away and he asked me "Mommy when is Tristyn coming out of your belly?" So I told him "Maybe soon or maybe a little longer, we have to see when she is ready." He accepted that answer and then started looking me up and down and said "Mommy how will Tristyn come out?" So I decided to be diplomatic and tell him "You know how mommy's pee pee (his word for it) is different from yours? That's where Tristyn will come out of mommy's belly." He said "Oh that makes sense. I have a pointy penis like daddy and bubba (my YDS) and you have a line penis, like Lily (my 2yo niece who stays with us often.)"

Ahh from the mouths of babes.

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My OB does the swab. They don't necessarily check you that appointment, but I asked him to because I wanted to know. He'll only strip your membranes if you ask, after 38 weeks...

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So this morning ODS (he's 3.5 yrs) is sitting on my lap just chattering away and he asked me "Mommy when is Tristyn coming out of your belly?" So I told him "Maybe soon or maybe a little longer, we have to see when she is ready." He accepted that answer and then started looking me up and down and said "Mommy how will Tristyn come out?" So I decided to be diplomatic and tell him "You know how mommy's pee pee (his word for it) is different from yours? That's where Tristyn will come out of mommy's belly." He said "Oh that makes sense. I have a pointy penis like daddy and bubba (my YDS) and you have a line penis, like Lily (my 2yo niece who stays with us often.)"

Ahh from the mouths of babes.
Line penis!!!! I love it!

Tamara, glad you are looking forward to your weekend! Sometimes you just need some SPACE! And a total lack of bickering. I could use a dose of that myself.

Ugh, I'm sorry you're having to deal with the vaccination issue already. How incredibly frustrating.

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I like that they'll let you do the GBS swab yourself! I declined the test w/my midwife births, but I'm pretty sure a nurse swabbed me 9 years ago w/my OB birth.

Which reminds me...

***Public Service Announcement: Keep your panties on at the doc's office!***
Dilation/effacement can be fun to know, but not necessary and not always helpful! You can be dilated/effaced for weeks before giving birth.

You do not HAVE to consent to a vaginal exam. But if you do, you might want to announce that you do not consent to having your membranes stripped (unless you do!). Especially with OBs, it's not uncommon for them to decide to strip your membranes 'since we're in there anyway' and then tell you about it afterward like they just did you a favor!

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About me! -- My husband is going away for the weekend. So that's something to be thankful for. I need some MOMMY time, where *I* am the boss of myself and my kids -- ME, BY MYSELF. (We will have bedtimes! And healthy foods! And no tv! Wheeee!) Plus it'll be three lovely days without a dramatic spat about whether or not I am "crazy" for not wanting to vax our preemie yet. And by "yet", I simply mean before my husband has read ANY kind of literature on the subject! (How is that not reasonable?!) But I digress... Yay, weekend!
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1. Thank you for your public service announcement. I TOTALLY agree.
2. I also did my own GBS swab with my first. I've declined it ever since because I did test positive the first time around and declined the IV antibiotics and it was like the attack of every doctor and nurse on the ward when I was in the hospital. I learned that I will never NEVER take that test again. I think it was Midwifery Today (but I could be wrong) that had an article in their archives about it. Basically almost the same amount of mothers die from the IV antibiotics as babies die from the GBS....and both are pretty damn low unless the mother presents with a liteneny of risk factors, many of which can only be determined during the time of the birth (bag of waters "broken" for more than 48-72 hours with no birth, fever in labor, etc...) as it turned out, dd was born in the bag of waters and so no one even CARED about GBS because there was no risk to her whatsoever. But I went through lots of scaremongering and agony because of taking that one test. Also, I've been told time and time again that having a mother swab her anus or perineum is ridiculous because she doesn't birth from her anus...even if it feels like it. The ONLY issue of concern is whether or not she is "colonized" in her vaginal canal, and even then, if she WERE "conlonized" even a week or two prior to the birth, it doesn't mean that she would be during the birth.

I've also read all about tricking the test...and alternatives to "treating" it (inserting garlic into the vagina to get rid of infection, etc...) and it just seems totally ridiculous to me, espically since a good segment of the population has this at one time or another and the majority of the population is thought to harbor this in their digestive tract at one time or the other.

Also, here in Israel, they found that they weren't saving enough babies compared to the amount of mothers they were loosing by having reactions to the iv antibiotics (even a woman with no prior history of reaction to antibiotics can have a reaction during labor/delivery because the immune system is just totally different during this time, or could possibly be allergic to the antibiotic used...or could be given the wrong dosage or medication in the IV, etc...) and so they totally stopped testing for GBS, unless a woman specifically requests it, or she has tested positive in a prior pregnancy. Because I refuse everything and birth at home, this is a non issue for me. But it was a major hot button issue for me for many years.

3. Back to Tamara, I'm really really REALLY sorry that you are dealing with the vax issue. Have you been to www.beyondvaccination.com? Might be a helpful resource for you. I'm glad your husband is hightailing it on outta there for the weekend. I think that is a wonderful idea and hopefully each of you can get the clarity you both need to move forward with the situation in a healthy and productive way. I know it's not what you wanted, dreamed about or hoped for...but it sounds like you are playing the hand you have been dealt with style and grace and lots of smarts and good intuition. You are going to be Just. Fine. xoxo (((hugs)))

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Tamara, hope you have a good weekend. You totally deserve it.

ObliviousAnnette, glad you got your move behind you! Our house is on the market, but I don't think there is any way we'll sell before the baby is born.

I'm all happy with an internet purchase I just made. Old Navy has nursing tank-tops that don't have a built-in shelf bra (those built-in ones totally don't work for me), so three days ago I logged in and put a couple in my shopping cart, but then walked away and didn't complete the purchase, on purpose, hoping they'd send me a discount code as an incentive since they know I want something. Then today they did! So I got my tanks and saved an extra 20% for playing games and being patient.

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For you CDing mamas - I need some advice!

My DH is not on board with CDing, so we'll be using disposables for our newborn. I'll already be the only source of food, and I don't want to be the only one doing diapers as well (he does not want to change any clothe diapers). Once he goes back to work, I will still be home with baby, working full time as a contractor for my current company. Since I'll be the one diapering during the work day, I though part-time cding might be nice.

Can you recommend what I'd need for part-time cding a 1 mo+ - preferably the easiest to wash/maintain and with the least start-up cost?

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Re: internal exams. My OB doesn't normally do them at the 36w when she takes the GBS swab, but she did for me as I was having cramps all day. Turned out to be wicked diarrhea on the way. Fun!

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For you CDing mamas - I need some advice!

My DH is not on board with CDing, so we'll be using disposables for our newborn. I'll already be the only source of food, and I don't want to be the only one doing diapers as well (he does not want to change any clothe diapers). Once he goes back to work, I will still be home with baby, working full time as a contractor for my current company. Since I'll be the one diapering during the work day, I though part-time cding might be nice.

Can you recommend what I'd need for part-time cding a 1 mo+ - preferably the easiest to wash/maintain and with the least start-up cost?
The cheapest would be prefolds and covers.
You can get prefolds for around $1.50 each (give or take a little depending on size).
For example, from this website

Sizes available and price chart:
$1.00 - Preemie 2x6x2 ply 9.5" x 13" (4-8 lbs).
$1.50 - Infant 4x8x4 ply 12" x 16" (7 to 15 lbs.)
$1.75 - Regular 4x6x4 ply 14.5" x 21" (15-30 lbs.)
$2.00 - Premium 4x8x4 ply 14.5" x 22" (15-30 lbs.)

And covers from the same site are around $13.00/each.

How many you need kind of depends on how often you intend to wash them.
If you're doing part time, I'd say 10-15 prefolds a day and 2-3 covers (they can be reused after diaper changes unless they get totally gross). You would probably have to wash them almost every day, thought you may be able to get away with every other day depending on the number of hours your LO is in cloth compared to disposable.


However, let me say that if you want to try to convince your DH that cloth diapers aren't all that bad (not saying you should, but there is a chance you could change his mind if he sees that they really are not that much of a pain), prefolds are probably not the way you want to go. My DH does not touch prefolds with a ten foot pole, but he has no problem using other types of cloth diapers.

When DS was a baby, my DH was really against cloth because of the "work required" and the "gross factor".
We made an agreement that I would do all of the washing, and all he had to do when he changed DS was throw the diaper in the diaper pail which isn't any different than tossing a disposable in the garbage.

If you were to get all in one diapers (no stuffing, no diaper cover and no folding), they are just as easy to use as disposable, aside from having to wash them.

I used pockets (fuzzi-bunz), which did require stuffing but I prepared all of the diapers right after they were finished washing/drying so DH didn't have to do any extra work.

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