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Well I guess I should start thinking about this since I am half way through this pregnancy. I have been debating on getting the service for 4-6 wks, especially since I will have two in diapers. My laundry room is in the basement and stairs can be tough post partum. I also wonder if I should bother with newborn fitteds. I am considering kissaluvs or just plain old CPF's.
 

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Congratulations oon your pregnancy! If you have a diaper service in your area and can afford it, it is a nice way to start. You an cancel and start washing your own after a few weeks if you want!<br><br>
The key is to have good wraps or covers to contain the bf poop and also to use a snappi if you don't want to wash covers so much...
 

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I used a diaper service for my daughter when she was a newborn and it worked so great! I also had a toddler who was in diapers at the time. It just so happened that 2 days after we got home from the hospital we had a huge ice storm and lost power for a WEEK! So, had I not had that diaper service (who even showed up in the snow!) I would have had to go with sposies and a hamper full of dirty diapers for a week!<br><br>
That being said....I'm not a big prefold person. And of course, that's what diaper services use. So, as soon as my life settled down a bit (about 2 months) I canceled and got my own fitteds for her. The kissaluvs are so awesome and soft! Had I seen them before she was born, I may have gone with all kissaluvs instead...but then again my laundry is on the main floor.<br><br>
With the diaper service, my daughter went through 60 diapers a week (and this counts using some for burp cloths). So, if you got 30 kissaluvs, you'd only have to do laundry twice a week. And the resale value on Kissaluvs is pretty good.<br><br>
My favorite newborn cover was the Lite Wrap. I think I got it at <a href="http://www.naturalbabies.com." target="_blank">www.naturalbabies.com.</a> It contained messes nicely, and the PUL was so soft!<br><br>
Good luck and congrats on the new one who will be here before you know it! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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When Bret was born, Parker was in diapers too and our washer/ dryer was in the basement. It was no big deal for me, but Bret's birth was not particularly hard for me and I did not have any complications post-partum. I would just go ahead and wash my own, since you will still be washing them anyway from your older child, kwim? You can always call the service later if it seems to be too much for you or if you have complications after the birth.
 

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I've used a nappy service before, it was given as a gift with my firstborn, and of course, I used nappy service nappies all three times in the hospital, as that's what a lot of maternity hospitals do here.<br><br>
It worked well for us, but the only downside I found was the nappies were hopelessly threadbare and worn. Not really a problem if you have an unlimited supply but still, it did put me off a bit.<br><br>
To be honest, I dont find the washing that much of a chore, its just part of my routine. And I never found that I took weeks and weeks to get back into normal routine. It was just straight back home after a lovely five day holiday in hospital, and back into the daily grind, even after my caesar. With other kids and one very lazy husband, I didnt have much choice!
 

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I think a diaper service would be really nice for the first few weeks that you get adjusted to having a newborn in the house. Not that washing takes a long time but it is one less thing to do. Are you having a baby shower? If so, you could let the host of your shower know that you are interested in a diaper service for a little while and maybe some of your guests will purchase the service for you.
 

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OK I'll give my $.10<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"><br><br>
First, Are you sure there is a diaper service that delivers here anymore? I used DyDee when Rach was a baby but they stopped delivery here a couple of years ago.<br><br>
2nd how often do you wash Jacob's diapers? If it is every 2-3 days, I would recommend having enough for the baby as well. I have to strongly disagree with the poster that said 30 Kissaluvs would get you through 1/2 a week. I am washing diapers for Becca every day to day and a half. We probably go through an average of 18 a day but have had as many as probably 24 in a day. Sometimes, 3 in an hour.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!"><br><br>
3rd How big were your other babies? If your babies are fairly large, I would say to skip the KL. Becca was 8#2oz and could soak through the KL very quickly after a few days and they seemed too small by 2 weeks. We just use them here and there if her belly button gets icky (it's all clear now). I love the 4x8x4 Infant CPFs They fit excellent with a snappi and are not bulky. I prefer them to the Sugarpeas, believe it or not.
 

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Thanks Steph, I hadn't even thought about whether or not dydee delivered to our area, I just assumed. I know lots of people who have used them in the past. I will look into it.<br>
I have been wondering how many dipes I will need for the new babe. I am leaning towards cpf's since that is what I mostly use on Jacob. I just wonder about the whole cord thing, kwim? I love that the KL's snap down, but they are so expensive for only being used a few weeks.<br>
Love the input everyone!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Hey, where in Michigan do you guys live? We used to live in the Kalamazoo area. My parents still live there. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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pb&j, were in Metro Detroit, I would rather be from Kalamazoo. That side of the state is much nicer, LOL<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">
 

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Well, I cant find a diaper service that does home delivery, bummer. That takes care of that. So I will be washing my own. So I guessed I would use about 12 dipes a day on a newborn. I really liked the idea of the service because I wouldn't have to worry about how many to buy. Should I expect to use more covers? I can get away with two with Jacob. But I know I used more than that with bf poop. Hmmm, so much to plan for.....
 

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Great thread - I was about to post this exact question myself in a day or two (baby is due VERY soon)! I think we have decided to try the diaper service for the first few weeks to ease the transition ...<br><br>
Does anyone know anything about the <b>washing process</b> that diaper services use? Is it safe to assume that the diapers will be relatively <b>free of chemicals</b>? We are using DyDee -<br><br>
As far as services in your area, here was my experience: I was told there was no longer a diaper service in our area of New Hampshire. I found a DyDee service in another part of the state and that it was the ONLY service in the state. I gave them a call, and it turns out they have a weekly drop-off in the town where my husband works. So you just never know!<br><br>
There is a web page which lists diaper services in the US: <a href="http://www.diapernet.com/locate.htm" target="_blank">http://www.diapernet.com/locate.htm</a> .<br><br>
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I really love Kissaluvs for a newborn. The ease of application is INVALUABLE, in my opinion, and the consistant breastfed poop absorption is excellent.<br><br>
I was not able to Snappi an infant 4x8x4 to hold bf poop to my satisfaction (and a Snappi'd premium was my fave <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> diaper w/ my toddler.)<br><br>
No matter what cover you have, a Kissaluv will keep the poop in. I found myself using the same ProRap all day with my pooping maniac newborn son, and even now, when he saves his poopies for Special Appearances every few days, a Kissaluv will do the trick and spare the cover.<br><br>
THE DRAWBACK, of course, is the extra cost per dipe, and the fact you have to launder them.<br><br>
I think an AWESOME solution would be to hire a neighborhood person/child to wash your dipes every day for the first 6 weeks or whatever.<br><br>
There has to be some 10 year old boy or girl that would love a little pocket money and would come over, toss your dipes in the wash and then in the dryer and fold them up for you. It's not that gross--these are newborn dipes, just toss the bucket's contents into the washer, hot wash/cold rinse, no fooling around with soaks or pretreating or anything, right?<br><br>
I think that would be a great way to have BOTH the convieince of a service (not having to wash) and the exceptinonal luxury of the Kissaluvs in the early days.<br><br>
BTW, I have 24 Kissaluvs and washed EVERY day during the super newborn period, and at about 3 or 4 weeks, diaper use decreased to approx. 15 dipes a day, despite the increase in baby's peeing.<br><br>
My son was 8 lbs 8 oz at birth, is 10 weeks old now (for certain over 12 lbs) and STILL fits into the KLs, though I wish they were more absorbant, but they do still work.
 
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