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For those mommas that had questions about CD, I just found a GREAT resource with all kinds of extra information about CD and the various products, definitions and more. http://www.naturallytrendy.com/category_60/cloth-diapers.htm  The website also sells tons of different products for CD as well as other baby-momma-earth friendly products. There's a pretty cool looking diaper bag in there too!


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I'm really excited that we're having a cloth dipe discussion. I am loving talking about cloth these days as I accumulate my stash for a tiny guy.


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There really are so many options with cloth.  We started out with just prefolds and some Thirsties covers (still our fav. cover).  When she hit about 6mo. old and outgrew the infant prefolds, I switched over to fitteds because she's so petite, they just fit better with less bulk.  Now we use some fitteds some pockets and it works great.

I think they're easier that disposables just because there's no explosions to clean up!   We have a couple of babysitters and they have no issue with pocket diapers.  One of them even told me that she feels funny using disposables at others peoples house because even she likes cloth better :)  hehe.  

Also, like others have said, don't stress too much about getting a fancy diaper pail etc.  We just use a wet bag and have it on the floor next to our toilet (no space for an actual bin).  

Good luck!  there are lots of resources around here.  


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24 prefolds seems like a lot to me too. 



In the newborn/infant stage 24 prefolds is not a lot.  For a while in the newborn stage we were washing diapers every day and decided to actually count to see how many we had gone through in a 24 hour period--and the count was 24!  Granted, some of this was due to our colicky baby who cried at the slightest touch of wetness and also to our newness as parents.  If DS was crying all we knew to do was either feed or change him--so we did a lot of both for a while there!  We had 36 prefolds in the infant size and that was probably a good number for us.  Once the kiddo got a bit older 24 would have been more than enough.  24 may be more than enough for you from the get-go, just depends on you and your child.

 

If there is any chance of seeing/feeling different diaper options in person I'd recommend it.  


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I also will admit that I like having extra prefolds not just for diapers :P I used them post partum as pads (LOVED THEM) and I like keeping some for drying up spills in the kitchen (super absorbant and washable!) and occasionally have used two to dry after a shower when the towels were in the wash :P They are so versatile.


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I went to the CD workshop I had posted about yesterday and I have to say I learned a lot. It was a great chance to really learn about the different products. Also, there were a lot of people there that had great questions I would have never thought to ask. I really recommend going to one of these for 1st time CDing.

 

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I went to the CD workshop I had posted about yesterday and I have to say I learned a lot. It was a great chance to really learn about the different products. Also, there were a lot of people there that had great questions I would have never thought to ask. I really recommend going to one of these for 1st time CDing.

 

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I'm still trying to find one of these in my area and so far I have been completely unsuccessful.

 

I did talk to my mom about CDing because she had both my younger sister and me in CD. She said that she had about 70 dipes and anything less wouldn't have been enough. However, this was also in 1979 - 1983ish so she didn't have a washer and dryer in the house and she line dried the dipes, which takes longer so you need more. Since we have a high efficiency front-loading washer and dryer that are across the hall from my room I'm thinking that I'll go with the Bummis infant starter kit and buy an extra dozen or so prefolds and start with that.


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I was just googling around and I found this deal;  http://www.thanksmama.com/Econobum_cloth_diapers_p/bmg-036.htm

 

It's $50 for 12 one-size prefolds and 3 one-size covers. It seems like this is a better deal than getting a kit that only has the newborn size prefolds and covers, and spending $150 or more and then having to buy a whole new supply a few months later when the baby outgrows them. I'm thinking about buying 2 or 3 of these kits and that should do it for me.

 

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That's a decent deal, the econobum covers are some of my favorite.  But something to keep in mind: the one size prefolds will seem HUGE on a newborn, and once the child hits about 22-25 lbs, they'll get difficult again.  But that 1 year in between those to stages and they'll be great :)  


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What is the difference between the birdseye cotton prefolds and the cotton twill prefolds? Gerber has the birdseye fabric. Is is less durable? Less absorbent? I'm having a heck of a time finding prefolds that aren't totally expensive for a dozen.


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Also, any thoughts on these?  http://cgi.ebay.com/Lot-60-New-White-Brushed-Cotton-Cloth-Diapers-Burp-/230430750810?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item35a6be385a


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I'm expecting my first, but my sister is using cloth diapers for both of her kids, and she recommended this site:

 

http://www.jilliansdrawers.com/

 

They do a 21 day trial with a variety of new cloth diapers for $10! We are planning on trying this out because there are so many different options available, it's hard to know where to start.

 

They also have a great FAQ section for those of us who are new to cloth diapering!

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I cloth diapered because (a) cost less (b) more environmentally sustainable and (c) healthier for baby. Decided to cloth diaper at about 25 weeks pregnant so I did have some time to research options and come up with a plan. I found www.Mothering.com and www.diaperswappers.comvery helpful along with a local ap parenting forum very helpful. Also once I decided to use MotherEase diapers I found their forum helpful as well. 

 

Dealing with diaper when away from home was pretty much the same as when at home. Newborn breastfeed poop is simple to deal with so whether home or away I just tossed them into the storage container. At home that was a sealing bucket when away from home I threw them in the "wet bag" which was an inexpensive dry bag I purchased at a local outdoor gear store. No rinse. Once home I dumped the wet bag into the bucket and air dried it for the next time it was needed.     ff 

 

All childcare I used was cloth diaper friendly. There really is no difference in how they diaper. Disposable gets tossed in the garbage. Cloth gets tossed in the wet bag for Mum to deal with at the end of the day. You might need to spend a few minutes showing care providers how to use diapers if they are a little different then disposables but there shouldn’t be any problems from there. For example the system I chose worked from newborn to potty training using folding and snaps. So I had to show care providers how to snap for DDs current size when we need to adjust the size as she grew.

 

My DDs diapering cost from birth to potty trained ~$ 800 including water, electricity and detergent (a lot of our diaper stash was gifted to us when we asked for it in lieu of other baby gifts)   cost had I used disposables ~$3000   

 

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A bunch of friends have recommended the BumGenius, so I'm looking at Cotton Babies and also seeing FuzziBunz--does anyone know the difference between these two kinds, or am I missing something in the descriptions? Is FuzziBunz AIO?


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I think they are probably pretty thin and you might need to use a couple at a time once the baby is peeing more - but given the price, not a bad deal!

I just wanted to add that when I started cd-ing 3 years ago, I tried a ton of different diapers - both Babyworks and Niki's Diapers have great return policies and will take back anything you don't like even if it has been washed. I have to say that of all the diapers I have, the Bum Genius ones have definitely outlasted the rest. They have held up so well (through 2 kids so far) and basically look brand new. I also like the Thirsties AIOs but they take forever to dry (if you hang them to dry).

When DD was born, DS was still nowhere near being out of diapers yet, so I made a whole bunch of prefolds and bought some of the most plain, cheap, newborn and small covers I could find (I don't remember the brand, but they were around $5 each) and that worked wonderfully for several months. So if you can't decide or don't know what will work, pick something basic to start with and go from there. With all of the choices out there, cd-ing can be a confusing project!

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I'm expecting my first, but my sister is using cloth diapers for both of her kids, and she recommended this site:

 

http://www.jilliansdrawers.com/

 

They do a 21 day trial with a variety of new cloth diapers for $10! We are planning on trying this out because there are so many different options available, it's hard to know where to start.

 

They also have a great FAQ section for those of us who are new to cloth diapering!


We did, too, and really liked it. There was a recent thread on diaper swappers listing all of the places that do trial programs. There are a lot! There are also a few who rent newborn packages. I think that's a brilliant idea.

 


 

 



 

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A bunch of friends have recommended the BumGenius, so I'm looking at Cotton Babies and also seeing FuzziBunz--does anyone know the difference between these two kinds, or am I missing something in the descriptions? Is FuzziBunz AIO?



Bum Genius makes an AIO and pockets. Fuzzi Bunz are just pockets. Does that help?


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that does help-thanks! so i don't need a cover with the bumgenius pockets then?


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No cover needed with BGs or any pocket dipe. They have a cover and a lining that are sewed together with an opening at the top to put inserts in. I think BGs come eith 2-a smaller one and longer one. I also use a strip of flannel or fleece between the diaper and the baby to make it easier to catch and plop the poops in the toilet.

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I plan on buying from clothdiaper.com one of their prefold packages. They have this package which fits from 7-30 lbs and has you washing every 2-4 days. Its economical if you are on a budget. I want to get the supreme package because I'll have two in diapers with different sizes.


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I plan on buying from clothdiaper.com one of their prefold packages. They have this package which fits from 7-30 lbs and has you washing every 2-4 days. Its economical if you are on a budget. I want to get the supreme package because I'll have two in diapers with different sizes.


I saw that yesterday while I was shopping around. I ended up getting 4 small covers for $5 each (on sale!) and 2 wet bags for $6.75 each from Tiny Tush. Then I started in on eBay and I found 36 Chinese prefolds in the infant size for $32.99. I do like that package, and based on the insane amount of diaper shopping I did online yesterday, it's a really good deal! I may end up getting it anyway.


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Would you experienced Cloth Mamas recommend trying a couple different kinds before fully committing to a stash? I'd love to try prefolds, but don't want to buy a whole supply of them if I end up preferring a pocket dipe...I'm thinking of getting the Econobum kit http://www.cottonbabies.com/product_info.php?cPath=22&products_id=2533 and then a handful of BumGenius and seeing which one works for us, or maybe eventually just using a combination of the two...


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Would you experienced Cloth Mamas recommend trying a couple different kinds before fully committing to a stash? I'd love to try prefolds, but don't want to buy a whole supply of them if I end up preferring a pocket dipe...I'm thinking of getting the Econobum kit http://www.cottonbabies.com/product_info.php?cPath=22&products_id=2533 and then a handful of BumGenius and seeing which one works for us, or maybe eventually just using a combination of the two...


I tried several brands and styles before settling on one. I would say go with some prefolds and cheap covers for the newborn time (which you can get pretty inexpensively) and then at least 1 each of the different styles (AIOs, pockets, fitteds with covers) and see which one you like the best and outfit your stash with those. It is really hard to decide until you have the little one - I thought for sure I would use prefolds and covers and as it turns out I LOVE pocket diapers. I love the versatility of being able to control absorbency with the various sized inserts and they aren't as bulky as some AIOs.

I have enough diapers to wash every other day right now. I line dry in the house and it takes about 24 hours until they are fully dry so they are in constant rotation. As a newborn, they go through sooooooo many more dipes a day, which is why the prefolds and covers work really well for that time. But since DD was about 8 or so months, we only go through about 6-8 diapers a day (she has never been a very heavy wetter, though).

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Great thanks! I'm borrowing some newborn size Kissaluvs from a friend, as well as getting prefolds & covers, so I figure that will get us started for newborn times and then ordered a few BumGenius, and have a bunch of fitteds another friend gave me, and a few goodmamas I bought on eBay after another friend's glowing review of them...I'm so excited to do cloth this time! 


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YAY!! I got my 3 dozen prefolds in the mail today! I showed my kids how they work with the covers and both of them said, "That is so cute!" I'm running them all through the washer a few times in a row before I dry them, fold them all, and put them away in Sam's dresser. So with my 36 prefolds and my 4 covers I think I'm good for a while. :)


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I have used FuzziBunz for 18 months now and I still love them. They were a little pricey, and I have purchased some additional inserts for overnight and long car rides. I have been thinking about getting some Grovia AI2. Anybody like these?? DO you actually ever switch out just the inserts?


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I used AIO last time but am using prefolds with diaper wraps this time.  I just bought 8 unused newborn G-diapers, 6 size small G-diapers barely used and an unopen bag of the disposable liners for $25.00 off craigslist.  I plan on using the disposable only when we are camping, otherwise I am just using prefolds in them.  I also have some snappiwrap diaper wraps and some Bumgenius along with 40 prefolds all of which were given to me me on free cycle.  I did buy the newborn prefolds (6 brand new ones) for 5.50 plus shipping on ebay and will get more too.


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MaryElizabeth: I started using GroBaby AI2's when my LO was about 18 months old and wriggled around way too much for our tried and true prefold system.  I got some really great deals because this was the time that they released the updated version and changed the name to GroVia.  I really like how trimly they fit and how easy they are to use.  I have an equal number of snabbable inserts and covers, so I just use them as an all-in-one. 

 

I don't have any GroVia's (just GroBaby's) but since they've updated the snappable insert with gussets and a waterproof lining I think that you could definitely just change out the inserts for pee only dipes.  The inserts are pretty narrow (which helps make the dipes so trim!) and I would be surprised if you could reuse a cover after a poopy diaper.  I guess my reply doesn't really answer your question, but I do like the GroBaby and I think I'd like the GroVia even more--just have to find an excuse to splurge on some!

 

I'm curious as to how the GroVia's fit a newborn and how they handle newborn poo. Anyone know?


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MaryElizabeth: I started using GroBaby AI2's when my LO was about 18 months old and wriggled around way too much for our tried and true prefold system.  I got some really great deals because this was the time that they released the updated version and changed the name to GroVia.  I really like how trimly they fit and how easy they are to use.  I have an equal number of snabbable inserts and covers, so I just use them as an all-in-one. 

 

I don't have any GroVia's (just GroBaby's) but since they've updated the snappable insert with gussets and a waterproof lining I think that you could definitely just change out the inserts for pee only dipes.  The inserts are pretty narrow (which helps make the dipes so trim!) and I would be surprised if you could reuse a cover after a poopy diaper.  I guess my reply doesn't really answer your question, but I do like the GroBaby and I think I'd like the GroVia even more--just have to find an excuse to splurge on some!

 

I'm curious as to how the GroVia's fit a newborn and how they handle newborn poo. Anyone know?



 I just received some of the GroVia AI2's in the mail and I have to say that they look great! Different definitely than my FuzziBunz, but the inserts look super absorbent. The only thing that I don't like is that they are a "one size" diaper. It seems like it will be really bulky for a baby under 15 lbs especially with the snaps in the "smaller" position. I normally buy sized diapers and think that I will try and find some of the sized Grovia diapers... if they still make them. I also can see that there is no way that you would be able to use the cover unless cleaned with a poopy diaper, but will a pee pee.. sure! Just have to order some extra inserts I suppose :) I also received my BumGenius size smalls and I think they are going to be perfect!!! I want more already :) Anybody know how the absorbency is on these? And what do you use for extra inserts?? Thanks!!


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