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Hello! I don't think I've posted in this forum before (except to ooh and ahh over some fluff :LOL) so here's my little intro before I ask all my questions:<br>
I'm Kimberly, and I <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> cloth diapers. I've already sewn a few, back even before TTC. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> They're just so cute I couldn't help myself. (I wonder if that somehow jinxed the TTC...)<br>
Anyway, DH and I are in the process of adopting from South Korea and hope to become parents to a little boy (likely six to 12 months old) within the next nine months or so.<br>
So of course I'm already thinking about diapers for the little guy! I want to start my stash early. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br>
We won't know his exact size or weight when we fly over to Seoul (or know what washing facilities will be like where we'll be staying), so I'm assuming we'll do sposies until we get home. Of course, if anyone has thoughts on making cloth diapering work while we're over there, I'm all ears.<br>
Since I don't want to either sew/purchase a bunch of diapers in advance that may not fit him, I was thinking of using prefolds to begin with. Does that sound reasonable? (What size would I buy?) And snappis or pins, I guess. Since I knit, I plan to use mostly wool for covers (I've already made him shorts and soakers), is it okay to use snappis underneath? Or will I muck up the wool?<br>
Is it possible to use only wool or will I need PUL covers as well?<br>
Sorry for so many questions; it's been a long road to get to a point where I really feel like I <b>will</b> be a mama, so I'm excited to start getting stuff/fluff for the <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/baby.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="baby">boy:<br>
Thanks in advance, and I'm looking forward to learning a lot from all you diapering mamas. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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welcome to the forum mama!! I think prefolds are a great start. I honestly cant tell you which would be best (I always forget which sizes are which). I'm pretty sure there are lots of mamas who use snappi's under wool... and yes you can get buy with just wool! You can also check out "one size" diapers like SOS if you have an urge for a fitted diaper lol.
 

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Kimberly! COngrats on your soon-to-be new addition! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> Wishing you an easy, peaceful adoption process! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br><br>
So, first off Marimami JUST adopted a babe from South America. She was building her stash long before Mari came home. She might have some good advice for you or at least tell you how she handled it.<br><br>
I TOTALLY love PFs! They fit different shaped babies perfectly!!! At 6-12 mos old, you're looking at regular or premium PFs. Truly, I jumped right to premiums, because I didn't want a bunch of different sizes in PFs. And, I'm glad I did. While it was a little bulkier in the beginning, the premiums were a lot more absorbant. My daughter is a heavy wetter, so I really needed them to absorb. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
Things to make PFs fun... some sell dyed PFs, embroidered PFs or you can dye the PFs yourself. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
A snappi with wool is a good idea. I'd cut the 3rd leg off though. That 3rd leg is always insubordanant with me and I punish it! I don't want it to get my wool!<br><br>
Knit wool is a great idea for adoption. I know Marimami said that it was the most versitile as far as sizing goes, because it stretches and clings so well.<br><br>
SO cool that you've begun your diaper stash! I'm always so impressed whenI hear of someone sewing their own dipes!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/bow.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bow"> Wow! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Maybe we can be in a swap sometime and trade PFs for newborn dipes. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Best of luck! I'm so glad you'll be a mama soon! COngrats!
 

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Oh, I should note,the regulars and the premiums are the same size, it's just that the premiums are thicker.
 

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My ds is almost 5 months and in premiums. I've been told they should last him past a year. I would guess you would be fine using premiums and that way you could have them all prewashed and waiting when you get your dc home. What cover size to get may be another issue!
 

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I think premiums last a lot longer depending on the shape of your babe. My son was in premiums from about 3 months until he PT'd around 3.
 

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another thought - if you want a few non wool covers, what about a cuddlewrap - it's a one size pul cover - <a href="http://www.littlefishy.com" target="_blank">www.littlefishy.com</a> makes them i think.<br><br>
also, if you want some fitted diapers, sos, motherease (not as absorbant), and cuddlebuns are all one size dipes.
 

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congratulations!!!!<br><br>
i started diapering my son at 5 months and did mostly cpfs during the day with a snappi and nylon pants. we did add some fitteds too but i would think cpfs and wool would be a great start.<br><br>
as for washing, i'm a whimp and tend to use disposables unless i know i will have easy access to a washer and dryer.<br><br>
again, congrats!!!!!
 

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First, congratulations! I'm a mom to a little boy from South Korea, too! Andrew is in my sig (should you want to peek <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/innocent.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shy">). He's been home for 2 years (as of last Friday).<br><br>
As for the diapers - we fell into cloth diapering about 8 months ago, long after our son came home. It's a real challenge to purchase things in advance, given that you don't know the exact age your baby will come home, or what size he'll be. I'd definitely look at the two size systems for fitting a wide range of sizes. I'm one that likes to have prefolds and prefitteds on hand, since they fit such a wide variety of sizes and shapes. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Oh Kimberly, I have tears running down my face I'm so happy for you!! I remember you from the TTC forum <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br>
I too say probably go with premiums, they are still bulky on Molly but we've been using them night time since she was about 8 weeks.<br>
Also, since you're "sewingly inclined" you could try making some pre-fitteds, I've done that with a few of my premiums and now they aren't bulky on her and they work awesome under a wool cover!<br>
I'm only 30 minutes from Toronto, so if you want to get together and get a feel for some sizes and such just let me know!
 

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Wow! All you mamas rock -- thanks for the amazing support and thoughtful advice. It feels like it's taken such a long time to get to this point; now I just keep thinking to myself: <b>I will be a mama!</b> <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br><br>
Thanks for all the details on premiums vs. regular prefolds (I didn't know there was a difference <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent">) and I never even thought of one-size (or 2-size) dipes or covers -- which is kind of silly seeing as how I own the Cuddlebuns pattern. Hmmm... so much to think about.<br><br>
I think I might get a couple dozen prefolds and tie-dye them (or maybe just dye them to coordinate with the soakers and shorts?). I'll also investigate these "prefitteds".<br><br>
Shannon, thanks for the offer to let me see some dipes in action -- I may need to take you up on it this summer. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
And Tanya, your son is adorable! Thanks for sharing your pic.<br><br>
Ah, I can't wait to build my stash! Off to browse WAHM sites...
 

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I haven't read the other responses so forgive me if any of this is repeated, LOL!<br><br>
First, congratulations!! How exciting to be planning for you little guy <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Marimama here just adopted her daughter from Guatemala, and she's defintiely the one to go to for all advice on stashing for a soon-to-be-home baby <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
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Flats or prefolds would be my vote <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> They fit a range of sizes, and if you use flats, you can wash them in the hotel and they'll be dry the next morning. Since you knit, you can knit up several soakers in say a med or large size, and they're accomodating enough that they should fit him no matter what size he is. You can probably get away with only 3 soakers while you're there, and just rotate them each change so that one can be drying whilte the other is on, and one waiting in the wings in case of any accidents.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">Since I don't want to either sew/purchase a bunch of diapers in advance that may not fit him, I was thinking of using prefolds to begin with. Does that sound reasonable? (What size would I buy?)</td>
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Yep, sounds perfectly reasonable. You'll probably find that the vast majority of mamas here use prefolds day-to-day. I love nothing more than a simple prefold, pinned, with a soaker over top. Perfection <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">And snappis or pins, I guess. Since I knit, I plan to use mostly wool for covers (I've already made him shorts and soakers), is it okay to use snappis underneath? Or will I muck up the wool?</td>
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Nope, snappis wo't do a thing to your wool. I use it every day with mine, and have for almost 6 years now through all three kids and have never once have the snappi snag my wool <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">Is it possible to use only wool or will I need PUL covers as well?</td>
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THis is a personal preference thing. Perosnally, I love all wool and MacGregor (my only guy in diapers right now) is in wool 90% of the time (with fleece shorts the other 10%) I don't care for PUL much becuase I think it's not breathable like wool and to a lesser degree, fleece. But, that's just <i>me</i> and there ate tons of other mamas here who will rave over thier PUL stuff <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> The thing I like most about wool and fleece is that you can do them like shorts or pants, so they are clothing not just a diaper cover. Anythign that makes getting my guy dressed easier on me is going to be my first choice!
 

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I would agree, if you want to do cd when you pick him up, I would get the flats or fitteds, some wool soakers/shorts, and some snappies<br><br>
here is a link to turn your prefolds in to prefitted <a href="http://www.diapersewing.com/prefold_to_fitted.htm" target="_blank">http://www.diapersewing.com/prefold_to_fitted.htm</a>
 

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<div style="text-align:center;"><span><span style="font-size:xx-large;">Congratulations!!!!!</span></span></div>
I think you've already gotten such great suggestions here; just wanted to add my {{hugs}} from another adoptive mom <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br>
and Adoptmom; your son is beautiful! Where did you find the human tie dye shirt?
 
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