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ME! I'm with the rest of you, I feel totally overwhelmed by all the information out there.

So far, prefolds/covers and pockets (Flips are pockets, right?) seem to make the most sense. I have registered for an Econobum starter pack and a Flip starter pack. Each is $50. The Econobum pack is 12 prefolds and 3 covers and a wet bag. The Flip pack is two covers and 6 stay-dry inserts.

 

What else should I register for, do you experts think? More prefolds? More inserts/covers?


Are the starter packs you've registered for newborn/small size? If they are, you might want another dozen prefolds (or fitteds.. kissaluvs are nice) and maybe one more cover in that size. that will be perfect to get you through the first few weeks. If your baby is larger (8 lbs or bigger) or grows quickly, you won't be using this size longer than that. You might want to register for a dozen or so medium sized prefolds and a few medium covers, so you have something to move into. But beyond that, to be honest, I would wait and see how you like the ones you start with, and order more after baby is here.

 

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What about supplies--I'm assuming the wetbag that comes w/the Econobum is one of the small travel-type ones. My friend showed me the large wet bag she has that is basically like a reusable/washable trash can liner (kitchen size)--do you know where I would find one of those to register for?

 

Also--I'm wondering--do you think a generic diaper genie type thing (generic so it would fit the reusable liner rather than requiring the special diaper genie liner) would work for cloth, in terms of odor control and compacting the diapers?

 

Finally, those of you who have CD'd before--what storage method did you use, dry or wet? How was it for odor control? I'm thinking dry is what I should do because I have to carry the diapers down three floors to wash them, and wet will get heavy. For dry storage, what do you do--layer them w/baking soda or something?

 

Wet bags -- I have bummis diaper totes and love them. I have 3 or 4 of the small ones, 1 medium, and 2 x-large. the X-large I use in my diaper pail.

 

For a diaper pail, I use a flip-lidded garbage can like this one, which fits the XLG bummis tote perfectly (I'm not positive on the size of the can I have, I would have to check). The lid keeps the smell contained pretty well, as long as I wash every 2-3 days (1-2 in summer when the AC is not on). I've never used a diaper genie type thing so I don't know how that would work. To help control the stink, you could make a spray bottle with some dissolved baking soda, water, and an essential oil like lavender or tea tree, and spray that in every time or so you add a new diaper. Or just sprinkle in some baking soda. I've never done that, but it would help.

 

I would highly recommend a dry pail method. My mom used a wet pail with my youngest sister and it was so nasty, she would have to squeeze the water out before washing. Ugh... never mind you have a danger zone in the bathroom with the pail of water sitting there waiting for a toddler to fall in and drown :P  I have never had a problem with drying out and poo sticking or anything, as long as I washed often enough and kept the lid on.
 

 


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I want to point out that although the newborn/small prefolds don't get used for very long, they are useful later on, as doublers or to stuff medium or large size pockets with.

 

IdentityCrisis--I think that sounds like a great starting point. Having hte BGs will be awesome as backup and I LOVE having AIO or pockets to keep in the diaper bag. Sometimes when you're out, you want diaper changes to be zippy quick, and prefolds don't always fit that description :) Is the big wet bag for home you listed to keep the dirties in at home? I would recommend two large wetbags for that purpose, so you have one in the wash and one to hold all the dirties that are generated while the other is in the wash :) I would also suggest another 1-2 medium ones for on the go. I found I sometimes was stuck with no wetbag because of the timing of going out vs diaper laundry.


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I would love to knit or crochet some woolies for the baby.  Does anyone have a pdf (or a link) of a favorite pattern they'd like to share?  I am better at crocheting than knitting.

 

We used a dry system for dirty diaps.  Spilling nasty diaper water while trying to carry that heavy pail got old fast.  I would just spray the solids off and put the prefolds in the pail.  We had mostly PLU covers, so I would just hand wash those and let them air dry, unless they were really really gross.  I followed the same washing instructions as Allical, and used Bioclean detergent.

 

AIOs seem like a pain to me.  Someone tried to give me some for DD2 but they seemed like they would be harder to dry and keep smelling fresh.  So I stuck with the prefolds. 

 

Another thing I wanted to mention is that while a diaper service is nice, you pay all that money and you don't even own your diapers!  You could buy a decent stash with a just a few months worth of diaper service payments and be set through multiple babies.  We had a service for a couple months when DD1 was born, but when we couldn't afford it anymore there went all our diapers.  MIL offered us a few months of diaper service as a shower gift for this LO but I told her I didn't want it and would prefer some covers and prefolds instead.

 

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Hmm... well, I wouldn't personally choose gdiapers. Maybe you'd like grovias  I think there is another hybrid out besides those two as well but can't think of it. 

 

Personally though, I think you could totally handle usual cloth diapers even with two. I had 2 kids in diapers with the last birth and will have 2 kids in diapers again (most likely) with this one too. It's not biggy. You just need to wash cloth diapers probably every day. And it saves you lots of money. 

 

 

Diapers I've liked...

I like the dream-eze aios and fitteds but they don't make them anymore. I think some of the grovia stuff is like the old dream-eze stuff so you could look at those.(Grovia OS AIO looks like a dream-eze but OS instead of sized.) The nice thing with the dream-eze fitteds and AIOs is they had a sewn on one size insert that was split in two layers so it is very quick drying.

 

I like contour diapers a lot. I have some imse vimse ones but they aren't as absorbent as I'd like. Once baby gets to be like 5 or 6 months they need a nice thick doubler with the imse vimse OS contours. The imse vimse flannelette OS contours fold down very well for a newborn, but the terry ones are a bit bulky. 

 

I like double gusset covers. My favorite for now are the Thirsties sized covers. I have also done alright with the bummis super brites.

 

trifold hemp inserts - used as doublers - LOVE! Would totally work as a newborn diaper as well. I got mine on clearance for $2 a piece. Big score!

 

I'm OK with the old thirsties AIO/pockets. They make Thirsties duo diapers instead now. They may be worth a try though I haven't tried those specifically. 

 

Sandy's fitted diapers - they work fine, but I like other ones better.

 

I've done prefolds with covers successfully but I'm a bit lazy and like other types of diapers better for that reason. Also prefolds seem to always bunch up for me, it doesn't effect performance but it is a bit annoying. If I couldn't afford anything else. I'd get double gusset covers and prefolds. I liked using a snappi with my prefolds. It's a good idea to get some doublers or larger sized prefolds

that you can fold down for extra absorbency for night time and naps - especially when your baby is older. 

 

I like the large PUL wet bags in a 13 gal kitchen garbage can for my diaper bin. I also use a 5 gallon bucket for putting diapers I've sprayed off with a the very handy diaper sprayer. 

 

I really like the small zip wet bags for going out of the house. 

 

Diapers I've hated:

 

Kushies AIOs - first diapers recommended to me and they sucked. Never kept in a single blowout.

 

Knickernappies - I don't like the gussets and I had some leaking issues

 

Smartipants - horrible fit!

 

Fuzzibunz OS - they work alright but the biggest problem I ran into was pee wicking onto clothes with those and I almost never had that problem with other systems.

 

Proraps AIO - it's OK, but it's size is off. Order a size larger if you are close to the next size and the velcro isn't very good.

 

MEOS (mother-ease one size) - way to thick in the middle. Will leave your kid waddling around and may be too bulky for a small baby.

 

booroi covers - they work alright, but I wouldn't trust them with blowouts. - best on older kids - and the covers bleed for a little while, so you have to prep them. 

 

kissaluvs cheaper doublers - might as well not even bother

 

Small drawstring wet bags - they work but not as well as the zipper kind.

 

My favorite diaper review site:

 

Diaper Pin

 

A mistake I'll try to save you all from - Do not invest a ton of money into one system until you are sure you will love it. I learned multiple times the hard way. 

With the one exception being if you are seriously poor - in that case, go with good old prefolds, snappis (if you want) and for me double gusset covers but for others it'd be fleece or wool cuz they don't like PUL.
 

 

That's all I remember for now. I hope that is helpful to some of you. :)

 

 

 

 


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I want to point out that although the newborn/small prefolds don't get used for very long, they are useful later on, as doublers or to stuff medium or large size pockets with.

 

IdentityCrisis--I think that sounds like a great starting point. Having hte BGs will be awesome as backup and I LOVE having AIO or pockets to keep in the diaper bag. Sometimes when you're out, you want diaper changes to be zippy quick, and prefolds don't always fit that description :) Is the big wet bag for home you listed to keep the dirties in at home? I would recommend two large wetbags for that purpose, so you have one in the wash and one to hold all the dirties that are generated while the other is in the wash :) I would also suggest another 1-2 medium ones for on the go. I found I sometimes was stuck with no wetbag because of the timing of going out vs diaper laundry.


The medium wet bags were handed down and the large I have listed is for home.  I'll keep the mediums for out and about and I updated my list (and my registry!) to get two of the large bags per your advice.  Thanks!  


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Great post, Daisy!  


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I'm currently CDing my 23 mo DD.  My Dh fought me tooth and nail but "we are having twins" finally convinced him!  3 kids in diapers - even buying expensive diapers pays for itself in 4 or 5 months with $150 per month for sposies.

 

We have 20 Fuzzi Bunz.  I LOVE THEM!  We haven't had any leaking problems with the OS, they are cute as heck.  I do have to strip from time to time but that isn't very hard.  I definitely did not want velcro/aplix because I want them to last through 3 kids and I love that FB sizing with elastic - it is very  customizable.  I don't think they will fit newborns well (especially small twins) so we might do sposies at first.  It depends on if we get some FB at the baby shower in Feb.  We registered at Fuzzibunzstore.com.  I love it because you earn rewards points for future purchases.  Just buying 20 diapers I have credit to get 3 free and that's the best discount program I've seen.  I feel like we need at least 36 more diapers to comfortably CD all three.

 

Cost:  Fuzzi Bunz are one of the expensive diaper choices but this is why I went with them:  20 diapers cost us $359 (not including the rewards points).  If you estimate sposies for 1 child at $50 per month then they pay for themselves in a little over 7 months.  Not to mention the environmental savings.


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We cloth diapered from birth with DD and plan to do the same with this one.  Im a big fan of wool, but I do get some thirsties covers for the newborn explosive pooping stage.  I like prefolds alot and have some I really liked from Little Lions.  I also got my dry bag there.  I made some prefolds too out of OBV and HF.

 

I make my own fitteds out of organic bamboo velour, bamboo fleece and hemp fleece.  I like black or brown OBV inside, white on the outside, and a layer of HF on the inside.

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I made all of those except the purple one, that is for the new baby, for a friend's shower.  I really like the fattycakes pattern and I also make not so flat wraps.  Ive tried a bazillion patterns now and those are my faves.  I use doublers with one layer of OBV and 1 or 2 of Hemp fleece too.

 

I like the disana wool covers, lana for nights and Ive got some luxe baby and wild child woolies wool interlock covers I love.  I ended up copying the pattern of the WCWs and I make my own now.  I love dying them with koolaid.

 

Just got all my fluff out the other day and have been cutting layers to make more

 

Diapers I didnt like

AIOs

AI2s

Pockets

Anything with polyfleece or microfleece, suedcloth, etc

One size diapers!  I bought a bunch when I was prego and they fit horribly through 9 months, ended up selling them.

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I made my own diapers from the Jalie diaper pattern.  http://www.jalie.com/jalie2907-cloth-diaper-sewing-pattern.html  Just to clarify, I do normally remove the inserts before washing.  Occasionally, I miss one and they do stay in the diaper. :)  The opening at the top is snug enough that they can't get out.

 

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I used pocket diapers with my first two (still using them with #2!), and love them.  They're easy to put on because it's so similar to a disposable diaper.  You do have to remove the inserts before you wash and re-stuff them afterwards, but for the ease and convenience, it's a small price to pay for me.  I tried using fitted diapers when #2 was born, but I had issues with them leaking and not wicking, so I gave that up pretty quickly.  I think some of it had to do with the material used and the sizing was a little off, but I couldn't afford to get more at the time so I went back to pockets.  I'm planning on using pockets again this time and maybe trying EC...


Which brand do you use? I found that with the pocket diapers I have the inserts spin right out in the initial rinse.




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Someone asked if a Diaper Genie type thing would work well for cloth.  I can answer that--NO!  I received one as a gift and gave it a shot because it said it would work for cloth or disposable.  It lied.  The space for the diapers to occupy is really small, since disposables don't take up as much room.  And things like the washcloths I used for babywipes were always getting caught up in the little ball thing you're supposed to spin, and the ball thing was constantly getting dirty and nasty and it wouldn't hold anything but plastic disposable bags or else it wouldn't close all the way.  I hated it and ended up switching to a lidded garbage pail, lined with a washable PUL bag, and it worked perfectly.  I'd recommend getting two bag liners so you'll still have one to put in there when you're washing the other one.

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Beautiful, MC!!  I'll admit that I am a tiny bit tempted by the fitteds made from PFs.  The GMD ones look nice.  But, as good as the advice is to just try a few styles, I think I'm more of a pick a tried and true method and just sticking with it.  For me, that's going to be PFs (unless convinced othewise) a few PUL and some wool.  

 

I stuffed the Bumgenius pockets tonight and the front loaded nature of the work of pocket diapers isn't for me.  I can already tell.  I HATE laundry and don't remember minding pinning or snappying and then covering for changing.  Maybe that's the difference in preference...whether you are the type to get the work out of the way upfront or not?  

 

Anyway, I really like to hear all of the different preferences and ideas!  

 

I do have wool question!  You know the recycled wool covers?  How does one know that the person has chosen nice soft wool?  Is the diapering world so honest that a consumer can just assume it's all super nice?  Or do you just take your chances?  

 

Does anyone have a favorite among the "big" wool pull-up psoaker companies?  Disana($25/soaker), Ruskovilla($37/longies), Aristocrats($28/soaker), Kissaluvs($36/soaker), Lana($46/soaker)?  Right now I have 1 Small Aristocrats, a large looking Lana (bought used/felted/no tag) and a cute knitted soaker (bought second hand).  On my registry I have a NB Disana soaker and a pair of Ruskovilla longies.  Thoughts?  What about interlock?  Those Sbish pants look SO nice -- but I have a hard time believing they're worth the $$.  What about the snap/velcro wool covers?  

 

Oh, (I guess I have a bunch of questions about wool...) what's the DEAL with the Hyena Cart?  It seems super UN-user friendly.  

 

One more...do those knitted soakers, shorties and longies really work as a diaper cover?  That is the last thing I'm struggling with believing when it comes to the world of wool.  


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I know very little about wool, but I think I'd be more willing to look on etsy than to use hyena cart. I've done both in the past and etsy is so much easier to understand for me.


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I forgot to mention, other than newborn/small flats or prefolds, I wouldn't spend money on newborn size diapers. I may have larger babies, my smallest was 7 lbs. 11 oz., but the newborn dipes did not last long at all.

I knit so I only have knitted soaker patterns. Here are a couple of free ones:

Curly Purly Soaker http://www.curlypurly.com/pdf/soaker.pdf. This is a very easy, basic soaker. It works fine but I don't like the style very much. Lots of other people love it, especially since it's free.

Snapdragon Soaker, http://blossomsandbits.blogspot.com/2009/02/snapdragon-soaker-now-free.html. I haven't tried this one yet but I like the look of it a lot better than the Curly Purly.

I'm sure you could find some to crochet. If you are on Ravelry, you could probably find tons.

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I'm not decided about what to do during the newborn phase. I have a huge stash of wonderoos pockets that the baby will go into when they fit. Not sure what to do until then. I can't justify anything other than prefolds and covers for a just a few months so I'm not sure yet what we'll do.


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Yup. Sounds crazy, but it's true. They will get damp if baby isn't changed right away and has a really really soaked diaper, but it takes a LOT of pee to make them leak through to clothes (or you, or the car seat).
 

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i cloth diapered ds starting around 10 month until about 2 1/2 or so then went back to sposies until he trained at 3 years. I will be doing mostly cloth diapers with this one starting probably after a couple weeks. I don't want to overwhelm myself so I have decided to do disposables definitely the first couple weeks or more if i need to. I will be doing mostly OS pockets, but have prefolds and covers as well. I did a lot of research as well and I am finally rounding out my diaper stash, which seems way more elaborate than what i had for ds, but i find that it is more affordable these days as cloth diapering as really started to become almost mainstream.

 

covers i plan to use: tweedebugs, econobum, some swaddlebees left from ds, I also have a mish mash of small/newborn covers i got thriftstore shopping back in the day that will be back up.

I got 1 dozen chinese prefolds, infant size, 1 dozen regular unbleached indian prefolds, and 9 newborn/small contours i made. I have hemp/cotton thirsties duo inserts to use as well. I have almost 2 1/2 dozen os pockets of various brands, bumgenius, kawaii, sunbaby etc. I plan to use regular washcloths as baby wipes.


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Beautiful, MC!!  I'll admit that I am a tiny bit tempted by the fitteds made from PFs.  The GMD ones look nice.  But, as good as the advice is to just try a few styles, I think I'm more of a pick a tried and true method and just sticking with it.  For me, that's going to be PFs (unless convinced othewise) a few PUL and some wool.  

 

I stuffed the Bumgenius pockets tonight and the front loaded nature of the work of pocket diapers isn't for me.  I can already tell.  I HATE laundry and don't remember minding pinning or snappying and then covering for changing.  Maybe that's the difference in preference...whether you are the type to get the work out of the way upfront or not?  

 

Anyway, I really like to hear all of the different preferences and ideas!  

 

I do have wool question!  You know the recycled wool covers?  How does one know that the person has chosen nice soft wool?  Is the diapering world so honest that a consumer can just assume it's all super nice?  Or do you just take your chances?  

 

Does anyone have a favorite among the "big" wool pull-up psoaker companies?  Disana($25/soaker), Ruskovilla($37/longies), Aristocrats($28/soaker), Kissaluvs($36/soaker), Lana($46/soaker)?  Right now I have 1 Small Aristocrats, a large looking Lana (bought used/felted/no tag) and a cute knitted soaker (bought second hand).  On my registry I have a NB Disana soaker and a pair of Ruskovilla longies.  Thoughts?  What about interlock?  Those Sbish pants look SO nice -- but I have a hard time believing they're worth the $$.  What about the snap/velcro wool covers?  

 

Oh, (I guess I have a bunch of questions about wool...) what's the DEAL with the Hyena Cart?  It seems super UN-user friendly.  

 

One more...do those knitted soakers, shorties and longies really work as a diaper cover?  That is the last thing I'm struggling with believing when it comes to the world of wool.  


I did some research on wool and ultimately decided it just wasn't for me. There is a ton of good info (and a lot of enthusiasts) over at diaperswappers.com. I did decide that for the cost of the "big" wool brands, I'd rather pay a WAHM a little more to make a nice one.


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I use mostly Heartland Dream cloth diapers. Tina does an amazing job and there are lots of options when it comes to material.

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I missed the question about the wool soakers. Surprisingly, they really do work. I found they worked better than PUL. Like a PP said, the wool will get damp but it won't leak through. The PUL I used was more likely to soak through clothing. Even mas produced felted wool covers were more likely to soak through than my hand-knitted items. They are a bit more work because they have to be hand washed and line dried and lanolized periodically. It's not as much added work as it sounds, though.

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I'm CDing too. I started CDing after I had DS and DD was still in dipes so I CDed both of them. When I started I was overwhelmed too with all the choices and the prices of some! I couldn't imagine paying over $20 for one dipe and I needed how many?! Nope sorry I couldn't do it. Honestly I cheated out. I found a free pattern online and made a couple fitteds, pockets and AIOs myself. I bought a couple of covers online, mostly used at diaperswappers.com and picked up a pack of pfs from Walmart. My favorite system is pfs and covers by far! The AIOs where what I was attracted to at first (b/c it was so much like a sposie) but I found I didn't like how long they took to dry. I still liked them for the quick change when we were out though but didn't use them at home except as a backup. I'd rather lay a pf in a cover than stuff a pocket (less time consuming to me) but that's just me being weird. And fitteds I didn't get. They were cute but if I had to put a cover over it anyways why bother? I liked that the covers could be wiped off in a pinch between loads and the pfs and covers were quick and easy to wash and dry. They were also cheap which was great! I really like frugal if I can get it. Another thing I like about the pf/cover is that I just buy the different cover sizes and only get the pfs in a couple sizes. The 'too small' ones get used as burp cloths, clean up rags, or doublers and are still useful instead of size small fitteds pockets or whatever that have been outgrown and are now useless to me.

 

My plan this time is the same pfs and covers. I'm making some wool covers and soakers too for nighttime. I do have a couple of fitteds, pockets, and AIOs I'm holding onto right now for back up but I'm not sure how much I'll really use them. I'm also picking up some flats this time. I was intimidated by the folding before but after using cloth I doubt it'll be that bad and I really want to try them. I like that they would wash & dry even quicker than the pfs.


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I would love to knit or crochet some woolies for the baby.  Does anyone have a pdf (or a link) of a favorite pattern they'd like to share?  I am better at crocheting than knitting.

 



I have crocheted about 5 different soakers, longies, and shorties (and 1 skirty) in all different sizes using these patterns:

 

longies and shorties:

http://withatangledskein.blogspot.com/2008/10/little-fire-crochet-pants.html

 

soaker and/or skirty:

http://withatangledskein.blogspot.com/2008/02/little-fire-crochet-soaker-pattern.html

 

They work up so easily and they fit my DD beautifully.  I have made a few pair of longies and shorties for the new babe, and they look like they will be perfect for a newborn.  


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Good wool intro site: http://www.cookiepants.com/clothdiaperreview.htm


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I have crocheted about 5 different soakers, longies, and shorties (and 1 skirty) in all different sizes using these patterns:

 

longies and shorties:

http://withatangledskein.blogspot.com/2008/10/little-fire-crochet-pants.html

 

soaker and/or skirty:

http://withatangledskein.blogspot.com/2008/02/little-fire-crochet-soaker-pattern.html

 

They work up so easily and they fit my DD beautifully.  I have made a few pair of longies and shorties for the new babe, and they look like they will be perfect for a newborn.  


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And thanks for the knitted patterns, too, MarineWife!  I can't crochet to save my life, but I've been meaning to start a new knitting project for the baby, and a wool soaker would be a great way to use up some of the bits of wool in my yarn stash. 


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Another thing I wanted to mention is that while a diaper service is nice, you pay all that money and you don't even own your diapers!  You could buy a decent stash with a just a few months worth of diaper service payments and be set through multiple babies.  We had a service for a couple months when DD1 was born, but when we couldn't afford it anymore there went all our diapers.  MIL offered us a few months of diaper service as a shower gift for this LO but I told her I didn't want it and would prefer some covers and prefolds instead.


Good point, but the reason I want the service is because I don't do laundry.  I've had enough years of going to the laundromat (no washer/dryer in our apartment or building) and I send our laundry out.  If we decide we can't afford the service anymore I'm willing to buy diapers at that point.  I'm also not sure we're going to have more kids, so I'm not looking at them as a multi-baby investment.


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Hi-

I have a 5month old and we've been cloth diapering since he was two weeks. I was also at a loss when we were getting started but I found these great articles/reviews/video tutorial on my favorite parenting blog Simple Mom. (simplemom.net)

 

http://simplemom.net/tools/cloth-diapering/

http://simplemom.net/visual-demonstration-how-to-put-on-a-cloth-diaper-and-how-to-get-one-clean/

 

And a great resource (besides Amazon) for cloth diapering supplies is Green Mountain Diapers http://greenmountaindiaper.com/.

 

I use Gerber prefolds with Bummis and Thirsties diaper covers but if I had it to do over again, I'd have purchased these: http://www.amazon.com/OsoCozy-Eco-Friendly-Prefolds-Unbleached-Diapers/dp/B003AJHDQW/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1296140051&sr=8-3 to use with just the Bummis Super Brite diaper covers.

These prefolds are the same price as the Gerbers but they are unbleached, softer, and they come in two sizes so your newborn doesn't look like they are wearing a bath towel around their bum.

 

I prefer using the prefolds over all the other styles (all-in-ones, pocket, etc.) because the diapers double as burp cloths, pee-catchers for when my boy uses his potty and has some overspray (I'm experimenting with Elimination Communication), and spit-up/drool catchers for putting under his head while nursing in a side-lying position on the bed.

 

Hope this helps.

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I used cloth with my daughter... Bum Genius and I'll never use them again!  I followed all care instructions, and the waterproof lining started failing at 19 months.  So, now we have her in disposables, because each one of her 24 bum genius diapers leaks when she pees.

 

I'd love to use cloth again with this one, but am considering just going with pre-folds and thirsties covers...

 

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I've heard all kinds of bad things about bumgenius. There are definitely better and less expensive diapers out there. If you want to avoid wasting money again - then go with the thirsties covers and prefolds like you were thinking. I have done those with good success. I like using snappies with my prefolds personally though trifolding works alright. It may be nice to have a few decent AIO's for out of the house too. You can look through the previous posts and check out diaperpin.com reviews to see what you might want to try. I gave my recommendations in a previous post. 


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We're CDing.  Started with #1 at 9 mos.  #2 was CD from birth through PTing at 21mos with a few occasional night time sposie since she slept better after a certain point with a night sposie.  Hoping to CD this one from birth but having 3 and having had 5 years span between #2 and this one I'm considering the possibility of intermittent sposie use for practicality!  For example, depending on size of this one at birth we may start out with sposies because I lent half my NB stash to a former co-worker and she moved to CA and took them with her, no contact info!  I was so upset!  Luckily I kept most of my good stuff but having been in storage for 5 years the elastic is shot.  :(  I am NOT a PF girl so if I can't find the time to repair the elastic on these I may use NB sposies since it makes little sense to invest in NB dipes when this is 99% our last kiddo.  My sm/med stash seems to have fared better elastic wise so will definitely be using cloth for those sizes.  I prefer to use fitted with covers until they are older - offers double protection from blow outs.

 

For more active discussion and question answering try diaperswappers forum.  MDC slowed down a lot in dipe discussion after that place really got going. 

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Please, what does PUL stand for?!


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