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I am seriously considering CDing both kids. DS is 2.5 and the disposables are hot in the summer and he needs a nudge to potty training. He is also 37 pounds and the Disposables are getting tight. DD is 5 months and would look cute with a little bubble butt <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">. She also gets nasty rashes and the disposables do not breathe.<br><br>
Once my 'new baby in the house' fog lifted, I realized how much moola I spend on disposables for both kids. So I have been looking into cloth. I am overwhelmed. Last night I dreamt I was drowning in cute pink AOIs.<br><br>
How do I start? I live in Canada so the exchange rate sucks for buying stuff from the US and there are not many stores that sell cloth diapers here (smallish towns) I can get Kooshies at Sears and that is it. Do I just jump in and order a bunch from one place? Or order a few different styles from different places? I am looking towards fitted and AIO (I have a DH who will NOT fiddle with diapers...it has to be easy). What about soakers? Both DS and DD are rash prone so is fleece better than flannel? I cannot sew well, but what about just adding fleece liner thingy to diapers? Do I need a doubler? I am VERY close to calling one of the online stores up and telling them to send me what they think I'll need and to just charge my Visa <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/nut.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="nut"><br><br>
You help is appreciated. You can also laugh at me....I don't mind <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> I probably am using the wrong terminology too....it is all very confusing.
 

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There are quite a few WAHMs in Canada -- I am not sure of links though I know others can provide more info there. I would start with a few different things and see what works for you and what you like/dont like. I hesitate to say buy a bunch of one thing because not all diapers work on all babies and it really depends on a lot of factors. How much they wet, what you like, how you want to wash, etc.<br><br>
I love fitted diapers with wool or fleece covers and wool soakers for when we are at home or outings or whatever. For pre-school I like to make it simple for them so we use Wonderoos pocket diapers which basically go on like sposies. I also love one sized diapers (SOS fitteds, Wonderoos) since that way you dont have to keep buying more as baby grows. Check out <a href="http://www.motherease.com" target="_blank">www.motherease.com</a> they are in Canada and a lot of peopl love their one sized fitted diaper. I ordered two buy they are not for us so I am returning them (see what I mean about everyone is different!).<br><br>
Good luck!
 

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I too, would encourage you to try a couple of different things before you decide what to stock up on. Different dipes do not seem to work the same for everyone. Then once you have decided what you like and don't like, you can always sell the extra stuff off-very good resale in cd's. I don't have a lot of exerience with AIO's or fitted's, I always preferred cpf's and wraps. We did have to find a Daddy diaper eventually-would you believe my hubby made it a whole year only changing two diapers, because it was "too hard" for him? We found some nice pocket diapers (Happy Heiny's) that work for him, so now he has no excuse. There is so much out there to choose from-and there are even more mamas here who are cd experts! I'm sure they can give you wonderful advice! Good Luck and a big <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> for deciding to make the switch.<br><br>
Also, if you go to this site, there are listings for different diaper sites that are in Cananda.....<br><a href="http://borntolove.com/resources" target="_blank">http://borntolove.com/resources</a>
 

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thanks for the help <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
I am setting up a list of the diapers I want to try, then will do some ordering over the weekend.<br><br>
DH is pretty good about changing diapers, but you never want to confuse the poor guy.
 

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Have you considered getting some onesize diapers that will fit both kids (your DS is kinda big for many onesize diapers so I'm not sure if that's a good idea or not, maybe worth a try though)?<br><br>
The motherease pkg is a good place to start but plan on washing the diaper 8-10 times before it reaches full absorbancy. If your ds is tall rather than chubby I think meos might be a good fit?<br><br>
Growing greens onesize diaper also has a nice generous cut w/ a nice long rise.<br><br>
If your dd is kinda chubby Sugar peas size 2 might also be a good diaper for both.<br><br>
Also wonderoos pocket diapers might be a good AIO for both.<br><br>
I think <a href="http://www.naturalbabies.com" target="_blank">www.naturalbabies.com</a> carries all the diapers I've listed except the motherease. I'm not sure about her shippng to canada though.
 

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With your older child being 37lbs., I don't think a MotherEase one size diaper would fit your needs, if you want something that works for both kids.<br><br>
If I were starting from scratch, and buying everything, I think I would go with pocket diapers.<br>
I also think that even with the exchange rates being what they are, most Canadian diaper-makers price in US funds. It costs less for them to ship to the US than to somewhere else in Canada, so you would probably get better ship prices from a US diaper-maker. That's not to say don't buy Canadian - some of my favorite diaper-makers are in Canada! I'm just saying that you can't assume you'll get better prices from Canada. I'd just look for what works best, and buy accordingly.<br><br>
That said, you might want to check out Valor Kids (is it <a href="http://www.valorkids.com" target="_blank">www.valorkids.com</a> ? I'm not sure.) Anyway, I know she has stock, and a lot of folks really like her diapers, and Kathleen is Canadian. Kendell from Freshies! <a href="http://www.freshies.ca" target="_blank">www.freshies.ca</a> is also Canadian, and you'd be hard pressed to find someone who didn't like their Freshies!
 

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<a href="http://www.valor-kids.com" target="_blank">www.valor-kids.com</a> Kathleen is taking custom orders on the 9th I believe. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><a href="http://www.freshies.ca" target="_blank">www.freshies.ca</a> is in canada, <a href="http://www.borntolove.com" target="_blank">www.borntolove.com</a> is in canada.....search this forum for the word Canada and you should find a thread where someone else asked about Canadian diaper making WAHMs <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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Thanks again <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br><br>
I did a search here at the diapering forums and found the Canadian Diaper thread. I also did a search throught Diaperpin.<br><br>
There is no way that DS will fit the one size. He is a big boy, and the biggest diposables are just fitting. I found some sites that carry xl diapers (35-45 pounds or 40+), so I am going to be getting different diapers for both kids.<br><br>
I like the one size diapers, especially because DD is a lot smaller than DS was at 5 months, but one can never tell how fast they will grow. DS was 25 pounds at 6 months, but then started to slow down.<br><br>
You guys are a great help <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> I don't feel so lost.
 

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What she said.<br><br>
Also, for your bigger boy, Bearbums AIO's run pretty big, and she's a WAHM in Niagara Falls. Look for mommyhenderson on eBay, she's also VERY NICE to work with.
 

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Hey Chelsea <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
We do cloth diapers, prefolds to be exact. Dh isn't too badly with them. I have some fitteds and I have done the whole ordering and hyena thing :p Maybe we should go for coffee and I'll show ya what I got. Eh, maybe I'll just PM you <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Isn't Luke's Drawers in Canada, too? They have wonderful AIO's and fitteds in super cute prints plus you can buy covers (like Bummis) there as well. She also has a one sized diaper if that is something that appeals to you, though I've never used one so I can't comment on the size range or anything.<br><br><a href="http://www.lukesdrawers.com" target="_blank">www.lukesdrawers.com</a>
 

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for a one sized fitted dipe I would check out <a href="http://www.muttaqinbaby.com/" target="_blank">Muttaqin Baby</a> - the 3 step rise fits like the smaller size 1 sugar peas to the larger range of the size2 SP. I do love my sugar peas, but these are nice, especially with 2 in dipes - I think a mix of internal soakers & quick dry would be good.<br><br>
It doesn't help with the Canada issue, though <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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OK, well... If you're looking for a way to try some different diapers without spending much money, I would suggest a visit over to the swap boards... Obviously, what you save in money, you commit in time and your unused items from your house or other purchases, but for me it's been great. I have all sorts of new fluff, a new found love for AIOs, and DH is thrilled that I've stopped paypalling every day. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> (I'm down to about twice / week)<br><br>
You could fill your ISO (in search of) list with your kids' sizes, and mention that you're learning... People will sign up to send you possible solutions, and the nice part is that if a particular brand runs small, you'll probably get the appropriate size!<br><br>
Anyway, then you avoid the exchange rate issue, as we all just pay shipping...
 

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I'm in Canada too, and one of my favourite WAHMs is Michelle at Tinytushies.com. She makes really cute AIOs, fitteds and pocket dipes at what I think are good prices.<br><br>
I agree that you should try one or two things here and there, and see what you like. Just because someone else thinks a dipe is great doesn't mean it will work for you.<br><br>
Good luck, and have fun!
 

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If it were me, i'd probably go with some toddler prefolds for the big-boy, and buy some premium prefolds for your lil one, and then work from there.<br><br>
Since it'll be warm and the boy will be PTing soon, prefolds are cheap, and are much more flexible. And you can pin them on and let him run around. then he can tell you when he needs to pee (perhaps even pull them down?)<br>
and just slap a cover on when you need to clothe the kid <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Then you can purchase diapers one at a time and try and figure out what you like <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
And tell your DH that the ammt you were spending on sposies goes into the diaper budget NOW <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br>
You'll thank me later. hehe.
 
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