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Ok, I admit it, I know absolutely NOTHING about about CD'ing. BUT..... I am willing to learn. Can someone give me some basics.<br>
Where do I buy them?<br>
Am I thinking of the old fashion kind with the folding like a triangle and pinning?<br>
Is it possible to just throw them in the washer and dryer?<br>
Do they really absorb good?<br>
Please give me some pros and cons.....<br>
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Ditto, I'm in the same boat. The only thing I know is my Sister in law uses Fuzzi bunz. She like them but she did mention they leaked a little at night.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Ok, I admit it, I know absolutely NOTHING about about CD'ing. BUT..... I am willing to learn. Can someone give me some basics.<br>
Where do I buy them?<br>
Am I thinking of the old fashion kind with the folding like a triangle and pinning?<br>
Is it possible to just throw them in the washer and dryer?<br>
Do they really absorb good?<br>
Please give me some pros and cons.....<br>
Thanks! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"></div>
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ok, you can buy them online or make them. i noticed you live in orlando - i can put you in touch with a mama who sells dipes and you can save on shipping, if you like.<br><br><br>
the triangle + pins type ar awful for leaks, etc, but nice and simple. prefolds are just as simple but leak less. why not start with those? you can find instructions on making them online really easily. and i'd recommend snappis instead of pins, they don't poke baby at all. you'll need covers for the dipes, though... anywhere that sells dipes will sell covers. you really only need 3, you only wash them every now and then.<br><br>
i throw mine in the washer & dryer. unless they're made of some fancy material, the washer & dryer work fine. covers generally can't go int he dryer, but they're non-absorbent and so dry really quickly.<br><br>
absorbency depends on type of fabric and thickness. some absorb terribly, but they're usually thin, crappy dipes. prefolds absorb as much or as little as you like, since you can stack them in a cover to customize how much you want them to hold. at night you probably want a thicker dipe, during the day you don't need so much absorbency.<br><br>
imo there are almost no cons to cloth. they're a little more work but a lot less money, plus you save the environment in a fairly signifigant way. i'm used to the routine of extra laundry so i don't even notice it. i wouldn't use sposies unless i had to...<br>
that said, i use sposies every now & then. they're much easier when we go out and i don't want to carry a dirty dipe home with me. also when i'm travelling and that time that the washing machine broke down... sposies have a time & place, but they aren't for all the time.<br><br>
there are tricks to making cd'ing easier, like using polar fleece liners to keep moisture away from baby's bum and having a good, airtight bucket to store the dirties in. for the liner, chop up a thrift store sweater or whatever. for the bucket, a gallon pail with a tight lid should work.<br><br>
if there's anything i missed, ask! i love cloth and rarely get the chance to go on and on about it...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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<span style="font-family:'Book Antiqua';"><span>I would definitely suggest that you visit the CDing forum on here--it's fabulous! I didn't starting CDing until my 2nd was over a year old. I like to think that I am still able to grow and learn as an adult, and switching to CDing was just an example of that.<br><br>
We prefered the convenience of pocket style diapers, and DP really liked the colours and snaps and trimness of Fuzzi Bunz. I am familiar with other types of diapers, like prefolds/fitteds/covers, etc, but have chosen to stick with what we love.<br><br>
With the pockets, you use a stuffing that goes *inside* the diaper. If you keep the stuffings inside the diaper after washing and drying, then it really is just like using a disposable when it comes time to put the diaper on. You can also get velcro-closure brands that are even more like disposables in that regard.<br><br>
When dd had a BM, we would shake into the toilet, but not dunk. We used a dry bucket, and washed every other day. It was one cycle rinse, one wash and one rinse that worked for us, keeping in mind we rent and we don't have a very good machine, and our dd has very sensitive skin. You wash with just a small amount of detergent, and mamas in CDing could recommend brands. There seem to be a lot of brands that you have down in the US that aren't available in Canada, and vice versa, so I won't recommend.<br><br>
We hung our FB (FuzziBunz) to dry, and dried the inserts (stuffings) because otherwise they take a while.<br><br>
One last piece of advice I have is to purchase your diapers second hand if possible. They can be expensive to start. Pocket diapers is probably one of the more expensive choices as far as CDing goes, and prefolds with covers seems to be the cheapest as far as I've seen or heard. We went with the more expensive option because we purchase our diapers second-hand for the most part, and know we can sell them for close to what we paid when we are finished.<br><br>
Cloth diapering seemed overwhelming to us in the beginning, but we were lucky enough to have a local lending program where we could try out all different kinds of diapers. Maybe you could see if there is something like that you could do? The one here is nation-wide even though it's a small business locally, so maybe there is one in the US that could mail to you if you can't find one locally.<br><br>
Good luck!</span></span>
 

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i started a thread on our DDC a few weeks ago and there was some good advice as to types of diapers and different ones to try out. i also lurked on the CD forum for a few days, and it is really good like the PP said!
 

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Hi! I just wanted to add a couple of things that made CDing easier for us. We got these washable garment bags at K-mart that we line the diaper pail with. We use mainly fuzzy bunz now, but still have quite a few prefolds and covers. I don't dunk unless its absolutely necessary, so it's a dry pail.<br>
We have a front loading washer, and I can grab the bottom of the garment bag and pour the prefolds in. And then I wash the bag along with the diapers.<br>
They do say to wash the FBs separtately than the prefolds, because the heavy cotton will break down the soft fleece. Since I use a combination of both, I haven't bothered to seperate them. I wish I had though, because my fbs are certainly not as soft as they were after 18 months of use. Size medium has worked for my son from about 6 months on, and he should potty train in them. I wouldn't bother investing in a whole bunch of smalls.<br>
I collected the mediums gradually since they are so expensive, but now I'm all set for babe #2. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">:
 

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<span style="font-family:Impact;"><span style="font-size:xx-large;"><span style="color:#FF0000;">DANGER! WARNING!</span></span></span><br><br>
Cloth diapering is addictive <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Once you start, you will find yourself completely enamored of the process. I mean, seriously, who knew that one could *love* something as mundane, messy and yes, smelly as diapering. But cloth will do this to you!<br><br>
There are many sites that have helpful information about how to get started, including the Diapering forum here on mothering, and diaperpin.com for reviews and general info.<br><br>
For a first time CDer with a newborn, I would recommend getting a little bit of variety in your stash to find out what you like best and what fits your little one the best. When DD was born I was convinced that I would do all Fuzzi Bunz on her. Thankfully somebody talked me down from getting an all FB stash, because the fit on her was horrible and I hated them. These are pocket covers that you stuff with soakers. I found that the soaker always got bunched up in the middle and therefore we had leaks, and they just didn't fit skinny DD very well. Other mothers have great fits and great luck with FBs.<br><br>
It's very individual! I ended up using mostly prefolds and covers with DD (my Sugar Peas fleece cover was my absolute favorite for DD). When she needed the next size as a toddler, I got Daisy Doodles Bikini Bottoms, and she used them until potty learning. (they were WONDERFUL).<br><br>
This time around I'm going to try wool. I'm getting fitted dipes with Loveybums covers. I'm going to do about 24 fitteds and 12 prefolds, 1 sugar peas cover, 4 loveybums covers, and I have some AIOs (including Daisy Doodles) for outings.<br><br>
For washing, I would drop the dipes into a regular DRY dipe pail lined with a Bumkins wet bag. Shake off any poo that can be shaken off into the potty. Every second or third day, dipes go into the washer. If the weather is good they go on the line to dry. I would always give them 10 minutes in the dryer for fluffiness and softness. I'm told the wool covers only need to hang up to dry after changes, and washed only when they start to get aromatic.<br><br>
Hope this helps ... and don't say you weren't warned <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"><br>
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We use AIO's and some pockets. But with 2 in diapers now and one more coming, I just can't stand stuffing that many pockets.<br><br>
I love the VB AIO's for newborns and ended up getting them used for about $6 each on <a href="http://www.diaperswappers.com" target="_blank">www.diaperswappers.com</a>. I also have Harleyz pockets and SnapEZ pockets.<br><br>
I have a diaper sprayer on the toilet downstairs. I rinse off any solid poos and then throw it all into a large Rubbermaid tote with a lid. On diaper day we do one cold rinse with baking soda, one hot wash with 1/4 cup Sun detergent and 15 drops TTO, then one more cold rinse. They dry on high. Ours smell good and have held up great. I know some folks find that drying in the dryer makes the PUL break down faster, but ours is holding up. I've been using the same SEZ NapEZ stuffable trainers (which, by the way, are hands down the best trainers out there) for two years and they are still like new.<br><br>
I didn't like prefolds because dh didn't do well with them. I wouldn't mind, but I do like to share the diaper duty and he vastly prefers AIO's and pockets. Plus, they are grandparents and church nursery friendly.<br><br>
Right now Luke and Abby both wear the same size, so I have about 45 AIO's (Magicalls and Blessed Bottomz) in Large. Abby is potty learning, so maybe I'll only have two in diapers when this one comes. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Maybe.
 

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Oh, and the reason I don't like dry is the excessive amt of pollen here. I think the wind blows all the pollen in North America right to my backyard here in Texas.
 

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I'm loving this thread... thank you so much for starting it, and for the wonderful knowledge being shared!! I am planning to cloth diaper for the first time as well, and was wondering what you more experienced mamas think of <a href="http://baby-belle-bottoms.stores.yahoo.net/gestpa.html" target="_blank">this</a> starter package? I've been trying to find a nice little package with a little of everything. Any input?
 

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Totally visit the cloth diapering forums here. A wealth of info, and they will answer any questions you have.<br><br>
The kind of dipes you should get depend on how much you are wanting to spend, and what kind of work you are wanting to do...
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I'm loving this thread... thank you so much for starting it, and for the wonderful knowledge being shared!! I am planning to cloth diaper for the first time as well, and was wondering what you more experienced mamas think of <a href="http://baby-belle-bottoms.stores.yahoo.net/gestpa.html" target="_blank">this</a> starter package? I've been trying to find a nice little package with a little of everything. Any input?</div>
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those are all excellent dipes in that package. i'm impressed.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I'm loving this thread... thank you so much for starting it, and for the wonderful knowledge being shared!! I am planning to cloth diaper for the first time as well, and was wondering what you more experienced mamas think of <a href="http://baby-belle-bottoms.stores.yahoo.net/gestpa.html" target="_blank">this</a> starter package? I've been trying to find a nice little package with a little of everything. Any input?</div>
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It looks nice, but I have not had good luck with Kissaluvs. I know some people love them, but my kids wet right through them immediately. I had leaks all the time.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I'm loving this thread... thank you so much for starting it, and for the wonderful knowledge being shared!! I am planning to cloth diaper for the first time as well, and was wondering what you more experienced mamas think of <a href="http://baby-belle-bottoms.stores.yahoo.net/gestpa.html" target="_blank">this</a> starter package? I've been trying to find a nice little package with a little of everything. Any input?</div>
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It's a nice package, but pretty expensive. I have found really good prices on the Trading Post here for used diapers, especially if you don't mind a few stains. I would check there and eBay and maybe clearance sales at online diapers stores, and create your own package. I'd recommend:<br><br>
2 dozen infant prefolds (cheap and versatile - even if you don't use covers, these work well to stuff pockets too). Get genuine Chinese prefolds.<br>
6 Small covers: Bumkins, Bummis Super Whisper Wrap, or Imse Vimse Bumpy covers<br>
6 Small Fuzzi Bunz, Swaddlebees, or other pocket diapers<br>
6 inserts for the pocket diapers (I like Little Lambs hemp, but there are lots of options. Hemp is good, though)<br>
6 (or more if you can get them cheap) Small fitted diapers. Kissaluvs are good, but there are lots of good brands. I have several that are WAHM-made (no brand) and are fine.<br><br>
At typical used prices, you should be able to get all this for under $150.<br><br>
Oh, and by the way, I never used pins or snappis with the prefolds - just set them in the cover and put the cover on. Never had a problem.<br><br>
I don't recommend AIO's, because they take so long to dry and it's easy to screw up the elastic if you put them in the dryer (at least our dryer), but you could buy 1 or 2 just to give them a try, too.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/bow2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bow2"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/notes2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="notes right-handed">: Thank you all for the replies!! Good thing I still have a little while to keep looking around. Even the research is fun!! Pookel mention WAHM dipes... does anyone have a site they recommend? I really like the idea of supporting a WAHM over some big company. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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Go to <a href="http://www.hyenacart.com" target="_blank">www.hyenacart.com</a> you will find a TON of wahm's and dads. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Lots of stores with lots of different stuff, including dipes, and wool(my favorite!!). <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I prefer prefolds with pins (get dritz pins, they lock). I bought mine at zannadu.com and am very happy with them. They're indian pf's instead of chinese that most people sell. I find them to be super absorbant. I've been using them for 16mo now and they still look practically new. Before ds was born I thought I wanted fb's. Someone gave me the gift of 3 months of diaper service, so I only bought a couple small fb's to try. Good thing too, becase I find stuffing pockets to be a pain. My dh thought pfs easier too, which surprised me. The colors of kissaluvs tempt me, but at $12 vs. $2 a piece I'm sticking with pf's. Though I think I'm going to try dyeing some to get the color I crave. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Covers, I've used pul snaps, velcro (which i don't like) and pull ons, fleece and wool. the colors of fleece and wool are fun, but they do add alot of bulk. though i want to try pea pods covers, they look a bit more trim. bummi's pull on whisper pant is cheap, easy and good quality. don't forget to buy some cloth wipes too. and a couple wet bags for dirty diapers while you're out.<br><br>
Washing is easy. I dump any poo in the toilet (not neccessary while they're ebf, but once they start solids) and then throw all wet and soiled diapers into a diaper pail (some baking soda and a couple drops of tea tree oil on a wipe in the bottom helps with odor). to wash, i dump them in the washer on cold with a cup of baking soda and a couple drops tto. i then take out any covers or wet bags and run the washer again this time on hot with another cup of baking soda and a bit of vinegar in a downey ball. then i toss them in the dryer. i have at times only washed them once or just done a cold rinse before the hot wash, and this works ok occasionally. but done on an ongoing basis leads to slightly funky diapers. if you get any poop stains, just dry them in the sun and they'll fade away nicely. if not the first time, wet them and put back in the sun.
 

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for those of y'all that use tea tree oil...<br><br>
could i use lavender EO instead? my dh really dislikes the smell of TTO...<br><br>
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I found this site very helpful. <a href="http://diaperpages.com/index.php" target="_blank">http://diaperpages.com/index.php</a><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">for those of y'all that use tea tree oil...<br><br>
could i use lavender EO instead? my dh really dislikes the smell of TTO...<br><br>
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The TTO is antibacterial, so it helps with any stinkies in the dipes by killing bacteria. I can't even smell the TTO on the diapers, so it probably wouldn't bother him.
 
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