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03-25-2011 02:31 AM
Siouxsie

I'm going to be doing a newborn rental. i registered for a bunch of one sized diapers but I didn't want to spend the $ to get little newborn diapers my baby won't be able to wear too long. it's very affordable.....hopefully it will work out :) This is where I've ordered from. The lady is really nice and helpful too

http://itsybitsybums.blogspot.com/2010/04/newborn-diaper-rental.html

03-24-2011 08:04 PM
CrunchyMama74 I was so overwhelmed with all the choices when I first began to CD! There are so many styles and options to choose from. My advice would be to try a few different brands and see what works best for you. Fuzzibunz seem to work for most people (myself included). I'm also a big fan of the bamboo Blueberry minkies. They are probably the first ones I reach for. I have some bamboo kawaii minkies as well, and I can't really recommend them. BG never worked for me either; the aplix always rubbed my dd's thighs.
I've recently discovered prefolds and have to admit I really like them. I use thirsties or bamboo fleece inserts from Ecofluff on Etsy (love them! She makes great cloth wipes too). I'm vegan so wool covers aren't an option. I have a thirsties and a bummis wrap which I alternate.

You may want to check out diaperswappers.com too. Great CD resource.

Good luck!
03-24-2011 10:18 AM
Monkey pants

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Originally Posted by Chaika View Post

I am intrigued by the DIY laundry detergent recipes...but a little freaked out that they contain Borax.  Isn't that toxic?  I know people use it for rat/roach poison...

 

http://www.ehow.com/way_5558067_borax-safe-skin.html


Borax is a great way to kill Roaches with out scary chemicals. It works by making holes in their exoskeleton and they cannot breathe. They carry  it back to the nest and it will have the same effect. Works for fleas too. Will not kill rats or any other small mammal as far as I know. It also is a wonderful laundry booster. My mom has used it for decades in with the laundry detergent. Also you can clean nearly anything with it. Not smelly or scary like other cleaners. 20 Mule Team Borax it what we use. You can get it nearly anywhere, Target, Wal-Mart, Etc...

HTH. :)

 

 

03-24-2011 10:13 AM
Monkey pants

I have a boy he is 7 weeks old. I began with Kissaluvs 0 that I bought second hand. LOved those now that he is about 10 lbs (im guessing) I use Motherease one size. LOVE THEM!! Everything else has leaked, prefolds (unless i do the jelly roll), Flip leaks but I like the cover, BumGenious leaks poo every single time I have the Elemental ones, Fuzzibuns leak every time unless Im right there to know when he pooped. But Motherease one size wit the Air flow cover never ever leaks its great overnight washes and dry's great. 

Prefolds with Thirsties cover and Motherease One Size are where its at. Im already getting stink from my one Fuzzibuns. I dont have enough time or energy to deal with an entire stash of stink! Go with natural fibers. You can bleach them if needed. They are just better. :) Oh I also wash with Charlies Soap. 

03-24-2011 06:32 AM
Lynann

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Originally Posted by Chaika View Post

I am intrigued by the DIY laundry detergent recipes...but a little freaked out that they contain Borax.  Isn't that toxic?  I know people use it for rat/roach poison...

 

http://www.ehow.com/way_5558067_borax-safe-skin.html



I was cautious at first when I was using the detergent on DS's diapers and clothes, always double rinsing everything, but he has never reacted to it in any way. I read your linked article, and the danger with borax seems to be when it is used in concentration or ingested. Half a cup of borax in ten gallons of detergent is certainly not concentrated by any means, which is why I'm not worried about it any more. I've even been known to skip the double rinse on DS's clothes a few times, with no skin reactions even in the first few months.

03-23-2011 06:32 PM
frankenstella

I have been sooooo confused and overwhelmed about diapers and I had no clue where to start, but after a few months of research the world of CD is becoming less and less fuzzy. I think we are going to order some of the Coolababy OS from ebay. I know they're from China, and I really like to but USA stuff but price is really going to be an issue for us because I want to be sure we have plenty of them, and no one that we know is really CD savvy so I'm sure we won't get any as shower gifts. Also, I have read reviews on here and diaperswappers and a lot of people have bought them and been satisfied. Before we order a full set, I'm going to get just a couple and my SIL is going to test them out on my 3 month old nephew. Poor little guy has been the guinea pig for a lot of baby stuff we have bought, haha. I have one question for you guys though, if we get these, which are just the convertible one-size diapers, with a cloth liner insert, could we do a prefold inside and skip the liner for night time and stuff like that? I really still do not know much about this at all, but it seems like it would work.

03-23-2011 02:04 PM
ambivamom

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Originally Posted by 4midablemama View Post

I was told right from the beginning that diaper laundry should always, always be done separately. I'm not sure if it's a sanitation issue, or just the fact that the diapers have to washed differently than regular clothes, but that seems to be the only hard and fast rule for cloth diapering, that the dipes have to be done on their own. 


 

I have been known to throw in a bath towel in the uncommon event that I do not have enough to make a load (which, for me, with my top loader, is no more than 2/3 of the washer full, usually closer to half.  This applies to diapers only.)   Or some kiddo underwear that was the scene of an accident.   But I wouldn't wash anything else with the diapers, especially not cleaning rags due mainly to the chemical residues that could be one them (if you use any kind of cleaners other than vinegar, that is).  Also, I try to get my diapers really well-rinsed but not so much the other laundry, so there could be soap coming off the other laundry into teh diaper wash.
 

 

03-23-2011 10:11 AM
CrazyCatLady

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Originally Posted by Laura575 View Post

 

Do others wash the liners and wet bags with the diapers or separately? 

 


I wash it all together.  Diapers, covers, liners, inserts, wet bags, cloth wipes, mama pads, etc.  Sometimes a few baby clothing items even get mixed in and it's never messed anything up.  I'm just careful about what (if anything) I put into the dryer.  I always at least hang dry any covers or anything with velcro. 

 

03-23-2011 07:34 AM
Laura575

I've only had an issue once with the front loader.  We washed a throw and it would not spin the water out.  The blanket was soaked at the endof the cycle.  I had to wash it with a bunch of other things to get it wrung out enough to dry. 

 

Do others wash the liners and wet bags with the diapers or separately? 

 

SynEpona  - I'm also curious - what material do you use to make the wet bags?  I think that is something I can actually handle sewing!!

 

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Originally Posted by jennyfah View Post

You can try two things with frontloaders:  One, you can manually increase the water level (you may have to call the manufacturer to see if it's an option on your machine); Two, you can try the wet bath towel trick.  Add a soaking wet bath towel with your diapers to trick the machine into adding more water. 

 

As for the number of prefolds---for a newborn, I wouldn't try to do full-time diapering with less than two dozen.  Three dozen is nice as it gives you more wiggle room on laundry day.  love.gif
 



 



 

03-23-2011 06:59 AM
Laura575

They have a great section on what you need!!  It was the first place i have found where it explained quite a bit about cloth!  Excellent website.  THANKS.

 

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Originally Posted by RRMum View Post

You might be interested in weebunz.com it's the local diaper shop where i am. they are great and will answer any questions. They have a pretty huge selection and sell online.


 

03-23-2011 06:44 AM
Chaika

I am intrigued by the DIY laundry detergent recipes...but a little freaked out that they contain Borax.  Isn't that toxic?  I know people use it for rat/roach poison...

 

http://www.ehow.com/way_5558067_borax-safe-skin.html

03-23-2011 05:47 AM
jennyfah

I like it!  I want to try this. . . I suppose the cycle would already have to have started, though, in order for the water to not drain out? 
 

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Originally Posted by SynEpona View Post

My sister tossed a pail of water in with her dipes in her HE front loader, and that seemed to make all the difference in getting them clean.



 

03-22-2011 08:35 PM
RRMum You might be interested in weebunz.com it's the local diaper shop where i am. they are great and will answer any questions. They have a pretty huge selection and sell online.
03-22-2011 01:49 PM
synepona

My sister tossed a pail of water in with her dipes in her HE front loader, and that seemed to make all the difference in getting them clean. I'm not sure if that will work in mine, but the box of rags for cleaning lives right next to the washer & dryer, and if needed, I'll toss one in with diapers. When the babies get bigger ... their diapers will too, and it won't be as challenging to get a full load to the washer! I had a regular old top loader last time.

 

I wash all my diapers on one load, and covers & wetbags separately. Usually covers/wetbags every 10 days or so, b/c I make them, so I have lots, and diapers every 3 days.

03-22-2011 12:52 PM
4midablemama

I was told right from the beginning that diaper laundry should always, always be done separately. I'm not sure if it's a sanitation issue, or just the fact that the diapers have to washed differently than regular clothes, but that seems to be the only hard and fast rule for cloth diapering, that the dipes have to be done on their own. 

03-22-2011 10:47 AM
My-Opinion

I use prefolds with covers (dappi and bummis). I also use rice paper liners now that my youngest has big girl poops from eating solids. They are cheap, easy to wash and fit for a long time. I have a 6mo old and a 13 year old and they both used these diapers.

03-22-2011 10:40 AM
BabyBearsMummy

 

Used and LOVES Mother-Ease One Size System also had a few FuzziBunz and loved them as well. Mother-Ease are bulky and gave a cloth diaper bottom to my little one. We used the FuzziBunz when wearing trimmer clothes. Never had leaking problems with either.

03-22-2011 10:30 AM
jennyfah

You can try two things with frontloaders:  One, you can manually increase the water level (you may have to call the manufacturer to see if it's an option on your machine); Two, you can try the wet bath towel trick.  Add a soaking wet bath towel with your diapers to trick the machine into adding more water. 

 

As for the number of prefolds---for a newborn, I wouldn't try to do full-time diapering with less than two dozen.  Three dozen is nice as it gives you more wiggle room on laundry day.  love.gif
 

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so - one concern I have maybe someone can help me - I have a side load washer that does not wash well with undersized loads - is this going to be an issue?  Do you wash other items with the diapers or is that gross?  I could use a large towel just to fill up space but that seems wasteful too. 

The prefolds seem like they will be quite useful as rags so i am sure have an excess would not be an issue...how many is a good number to have?

 



 



 

03-22-2011 10:11 AM
Laura575

Okay - I've been reading this tread and i am totally overwhelmed.  We were originally thinking about going with a diaper service but now i am thinking we should just wash them ourselves.  I have no idea where to start and what I will need to the beginning.  It sounds like cloth is harder with newborns because of the size - or at least finding the right type of diaper is trickier.

 

so - one concern I have maybe someone can help me - I have a front load washer that does not wash well with undersized loads - is this going to be an issue?  Do you wash other items with the diapers or is that gross?  I could use a large towel just to fill up space but that seems wasteful too. 

The prefolds seem like they will be quite useful as rags so i am sure have an excess would not be an issue...how many is a good number to have?

 

I've read great Bumgenious reviews but it seems like very few people here seem to like them.  Can you use the prefolds in the bumgenious type diapers for extra absorbency? 

 

I live in the town with Jillian's drawers (someone mentioned them) - and they have a trial plan where you get a sample of various brands and only keep what you like - so that might be an option...but it would be nice to include some diapering goods in the gift registry.

 



 

03-22-2011 06:49 AM
jennyfah

That is likely how DH will use them as well.  I'm excited about trying some fancy folds!  I wonder if my parents will remember how to use them?  (I'm positive these are the diapers they used with us when we were babies, I've seen the pictures.) 
 

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My dh could do prefolds (albeit not crazy well) and so if I fold the flat into a "prefold" he can use it.  On the newborn we tried the fancy folds...but now it's mostly just fold it into the same shape as a prefold, then snappi or pin on.

 



 

03-22-2011 05:26 AM
mamatwig

love love love fuzzibuns!  i find they hold very well, at night they are starting to leak now that ds is getting a little older . i caved in and i use a disposable at night and then all day long i use cloth. i find they wash very well and i think the fact that they are not organic cotton they actually dont hold the moisture so the baby doesnt feel soaked or get a rash. fuzzibuns all the way!

03-21-2011 10:13 PM
RRMum

I've got a huge variety and here's what I think.Fuzzy bunz pockets, love them now, never worked until DS was at least 15 lbs or so. Happy Heiny pockets, same story as fuzzy buns, but now they are by far the easiest to put on. Bum genius pockets have survived some serious poop events, never leaked, some moms have reported diaper rash with the stay dry material - we have experienced this too, but it seems to get better after a while.  Thirsties with prefolds, were the best when he was small, now I find them a little stiff and annoying to get on properly. Knicker nappies out of Eugene are pretty great, I don't love the snap system but the hemp/cotton inserts are super absorbent. 

Right now I am loving the flip diapers (by bum genius), you can use them with prefolds, micro fibers with stay dry lining, or both if you have a heavy wetter.  We got these instead of replacing our thirsties (and the like) and I wish I had them all along.  They are low profile, softer, and the elastic seems kinder to DS's legs. Not a leak yet and we have been using them for 2 months.

 

Good luck!

 

 

 

 

03-21-2011 02:42 PM
ambivamom

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I like flats :) But, no one else can change them. I had about 6 last time, and once my new bamboo fabric arrives & I can test it's 'snappi-ability', I may make some fresh flats for new baby. I cut up all the others eventually to make doublers for PFs. DH could handle putting on PFs, but flats just overwhelmed him.



My dh could do prefolds (albeit not crazy well) and so if I fold the flat into a "prefold" he can use it.  On the newborn we tried the fancy folds...but now it's mostly just fold it into the same shape as a prefold, then snappi or pin on.

 

03-21-2011 02:12 PM
greencarnation

This place is brand new, and has a very good selection.  I live in Manassas, BTW.

 

I only know how to do the old prefold, pin, plastic pants (ew) thing.  The last time was 1996, with my sister who is 15 now!

03-21-2011 01:04 PM
mamatwoabunch

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Originally Posted by greencarnation View Post

I just found a cloth diapering store right down the street from me!!!!

 

They have a big selection, and even a free 'cloth 101' class.  My hubby has never changed a diaper, and I have not used cloth since the '90s, so I think we will be going to that!


Greencarnation, I see your in VA, I hope the diapering place is NOT Franklin Goose... UGH. horrible. If Id be closer to you mama Id come and do a cloth diaper workshop for you ( thats my business) LOL. very cool for you doing cloth again.

 

 

 

I am another intense cloth diaper nazi! but then again I own a cd business and teach the community on using cloth:) I loved Kissaluvs o's on our newbies, then onto prefolds and covers. its all in the fold! do some reasearch as to what works best for you. if somethings not working its most likely the fold. I also use fuzzi Bunz a LOT. I love them for travel and overnight. Bumgenius always got "stinkies" in them to the point stripping them didnt work and the aplix was soooo done. snaps are really healpful even into when they take off diapers themselves. :)

good luck mama!

 

03-21-2011 12:26 PM
greencarnation

I just found a cloth diapering store right down the street from me!!!!

 

They have a big selection, and even a free 'cloth 101' class.  My hubby has never changed a diaper, and I have not used cloth since the '90s, so I think we will be going to that!

03-21-2011 09:52 AM
Baby2inAugust

We use FuzziBunz and I absolutely love them. My DS has always had a huge bladder and used to leak out of the normal disposable diapers, but we have had very few leaks with the FuzziBunz, and those were only because we didn't change him soon enough. We still use an overnight diaper at night, but we love the cloth diapers during the day. We buy the all-in-one diapers because it's easier to use.

03-21-2011 07:20 AM
synepona

I like flats :) But, no one else can change them. I had about 6 last time, and once my new bamboo fabric arrives & I can test it's 'snappi-ability', I may make some fresh flats for new baby. I cut up all the others eventually to make doublers for PFs. DH could handle putting on PFs, but flats just overwhelmed him.

03-21-2011 06:48 AM
jennyfah


I'm looking at flats this time----wondering if they will get cleaner faster (and more efficiently) in our front-loader?  I'm also psyched about the quick drying time!  Do you pin?

 

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Originally Posted by LaydieBugs View Post

We like flat diapers, having tried a lot that are fancier.

 

 

 

03-20-2011 10:05 PM
ambivamom

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http://www.greenmountaindiapers.com/newmom.htm

 

A thing! A thing that tells me what to do! I love things that tell me what to do! (I was minding the CrazyCatLady and found this)



I totally, totally recommend this website.  I have gotten most of my cloth diapers from here and the service is fantastic.  There are detailed reviews of everything, with lots of pictures and details. 

 

I am a cotton person, all the way.  I have too much to deal with, without having to strip the buildup from polyester and all that mess.     In fact, after using the prefolds from here I just finally switched to flats because they are just cheaper and wash so easily.  You can even wash them in the tub by hand, if your washer breaks or something.  Plus I can fold them to whatever size I want, so I have the same set of diapers for my 18 mo and my 4 yo who still wears them at night.  I recommend flats for an experienced prefolder, or a mama who is just a self-starter and likes to fold laundry, or do origami lol.gif !

 

 

So anyway, it's 100% cotton for us, GMD prefolds.  Plus a variety of covers, I like thirsties pretty well, and I have a few wool pieces that are so wonderful: lana and ...another one the name escapes me.  It's from Green Mountain Diaperes, too!

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