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My baby is 2 months old, and I am getting REALLY tired of running to the store ever few days for diapers and even more tired of taking out bags and bags of diapers each week. I am considering cloth, but the initial expense seems a bit much for my budget, and there are so many options. I know I want a system with velcro or snaps, no pins, but I have no idea what would be easiest. Also, how many extra loads of laundry per week would I have and how often? Any advice is welcome.
 

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Hello!!! Good for you!! As you'll see if you decide to stick around here, cloth is quite addicting!! You'll love it!<br><br>
The cheapest route is cpf's (chinese prefolds) and a snappi with covers. It depends on how may you buy as to how often you have to do laundry. I have thought that cd a newborn I would use cpf's because they are the cheapest and at that age, they grow so fast it's really not worth spending a ton of money. Now for the medium sizes (which is what my son is in now) they usually range from 15-25lbs which in my estimate would last at least a yr, maybe 1.5yrs. So I don't feel so bad purchasing some higher priced dipes.<br><br>
You could cd a 2 month old in cpf's and covers for $100 and wash every 2-3 days. Now if you wanted to add in some fitteds (the hold bf poop pretty well I hear), then probably up to $150-200.<br><br>
I'll list some sites for you to check out and I'm sure some other ladies will have some advice for ya! GOOD LUCK!!<br><br><a href="http://www.mamaessentials.com" target="_blank">www.mamaessentials.com</a><br><a href="http://www.naturalbabies.com" target="_blank">www.naturalbabies.com</a><br><a href="http://www.happyheinys.com" target="_blank">www.happyheinys.com</a><br><a href="http://www.sugarpeas.com" target="_blank">www.sugarpeas.com</a><br><a href="http://lilpaddedseats.com" target="_blank">http://lilpaddedseats.com</a><br><br>
One other thing, I wouldn't get a big package of one thing till you've tried out a few different styles, but once you find what you like, the I highly recommend getting a package.
 

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I started out spending less than $100. I bought 2 dozen baby love flannel fitted diapers, 1 dozen of their doublers, and covers from a local store that velcro on (diaperaps), and a pail liner. I continued to use sposies at night until I bought 3 used fuzzibunz and inserts. It was a very easy system. I change at every pee so needing super absorbant diapers wasn't an issue for me. They are also one size diapers so you don't need to buy new sizes later.<br>
This is usually the system I recommend when people need to save money. The diapers are just about $4 and the covers $5 each. I got them from kidalog.com
 

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Just for another spin... I started out buying CuddleBuns from ebay. Not a very inexpensive option, but I wanted something easy to use, functional and CUTE! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> The way I did it without spending a ton all at once was to just slowly wean myself off of disposables. (And you'll still save money in the long run vs. disposables...) Every week or so I'd buy one or two diapers (or more if I could find cute used ones for cheap!). Right away I was able to use *less* disposables and after a couple months of this I was done all together. The diapers are selling for about $15 each brand new on ebay and if you can spring for an inital outlay of $45 for three dipes and $18 or so for a cover then you can just add another $15 each week. (sometimes you can get them cheaper too!) Anyway... that's what I did!<br><br>
Good luck and welcome to the world of cloth diapering. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br>
~Kira
 

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I started out using a diaper service. This was a great option because 1) newborns grow SO FAST that I didn't want to spend a lot of money on diapers that would only fit a few months. and 2) with no initial investment (excpet to buy the pail, which I could keep and was about $12) if I didn't like it, I wasn't out anything.<br><br>
The cost of a diaper service is very comparable to the cost of disposable diapers. You will have to buy (or rent) covers, but the diapers are all delivered to your door once a week, and the old ones taken away. Once your baby outgrows a size, the service will substitute a bigger size.<br><br>
We use Motherease (they are one-size fits most...probably about 10 pounds and up) and Kissaluvs mostly. I really like both diapers a lot. Go to:<br><br><a href="http://www.motherease.com" target="_blank">www.motherease.com</a><br><a href="http://www.kissaluvs.com/outlet.htm" target="_blank">www.kissaluvs.com/outlet.htm</a><br><br>
Both are fitteds with snaps, which make them so easy to use. Both need a cover, and I like the Motherease Airflow Covers best, myself. The Kissaluvs link I left is for their outlet store, where they sell 2nd's. A cheaper way to get a great diaper!<br><br>
Good luck to you! You'll find lots of great advice on here. I would just buy a few prefolds along with a few different fitteds and see what you like best. Most cloth diapers have great resale value!
 

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Thanks, I ordered a sample pack to try different types. I'm excited now!!! I'm sure I'll have lots of questions soon.
 

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Hi Catherine-<br><br>
I too have JUST started the cd'ing route. So far I am really enjoying it. My DS was born one day before your lil one, so we are right in there together!<br><br>
I got a sample pack as well and got some unbleached prefolds that I washed over the weekend. So far so good. I also got a couple of bummis SIWW and was using the wal-mart towels with them before my diapers arrived. Thats a REALLY cheap way to go. They are about a dollar a piece.<br><br>
I have found that the prefolds leak poop , but I think I just need to figure out how to fold them properly, or use a snappi (I have just been sticking them in a velcro cover). The fitted diapers hold the poop, but oh my...DIAPER BUTT! LOL! They seem SO huge after using DD. My DH hates that, so I am trying to find something trim for him to use (I have one Bummy AIO I am going to try today when I go out).<br><br>
Anyway, sorry this turned into a book.. Please feel free to PM me, we can bounce ideas off each other if you'd like.<br><br>
Welcome!<br><br>
Michelle, momma to Madison (3) and Tye (7-6-03)
 

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You are right - all you need to do is learn how to fold. After I learned how to pin my baby never had leaky poops again (I love the angel fold, but even the bikini fold works great)<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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:LOL I know what you mean!! DH could not stand the bubble-butt look and I thought it look kind of strange myself. Now our eyes have adjusted and we absolutely LOVE this look.
 

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<i>Originally posted by MojoMomma</i><br>
Hi Catherine-<br><br>
I have found that the prefolds leak poop , but I think I just need to figure out how to fold them properly, or use a snappi (I have just been sticking them in a velcro cover). The fitted diapers hold the poop, but oh my...DIAPER BUTT! LOL! They seem SO huge after using DD. My DH hates that, so I am trying to find something trim for him to use (I have one Bummy AIO I am going to try today when I go out).<br><br>
I started CDing about 2 months ago. I found that using a snappi DID help to prevent blowout! Make sure it's snuggle. Also, snappi helps somehow make the CD trimmer, IMO.
 

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You really will enjoy it...hard as it may be to believe that <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Just wanted to say that when I was preparing for baby I bought a ton of really nice "easy" diapers with snaps, velcro, etc... After two months of CD's I have found that the easiest diapers are prefolds with a snappi and a nice cover (mostly wool). I still really love my "easy" diapers, but there are some days that I miss my super soft prefolds! I am absolutely an anxious wreck right now because I am waiting on an order of tye dyed prefolds from <a href="http://www.tyedyedreams.com" target="_blank">www.tyedyedreams.com</a> Anyway...good luck and happy diapering!
 
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