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We plan on ECing this babe from very nearly the beginning (starting as soon as BFing is well-established as that is our first priority). I am reading a lot of conflicting info about how many diapers I should have, so I wanted opinions from others who have EC'd. We don't have our own washer dryer, but there are coin operated machines in our building and I have access to a washer and dryer at my mom's house 5 minutes away. I would like to wash every other day in the beginning and less as baby gets older.<br><br>
My stash:<br>
6 one-size bumgenius 2.0 with inserts (for outings)<br>
4 dozen infant indian prefolds<br>
2 newborn bumpy wool covers<br>
1 newborn bumpy cotton cover<br>
thinking of getting a small Aristocrat wool soaker<br><br>
I am waiting to get larger sizes until we need them and know what works for us, but do have one medium bumpy wool cover.<br><br>
Do we need more covers? Preemie prefolds (I got a dozen, but was planning on using them for pp flow, not for the baby)? Anything else? TIA!<br><br>
ETA: We also have 2 dozen cloth wipes and plan on getting a BBLP and a potty bowl soon.
 

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FOUR DOZEN PREFOLDS? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I think you have enough! On the other hand I had three covers and because sometimes the poop would leak just a tiny bit, I'd end up with all of them in the wash, so I would have liked more. They can poop really frequently and even if the poop doesn't leak out of the diaper, it can still leak onto the diaper.<br><br>
I had 20 prefolds and three covers and washed every other day for the first few months.<br><br>
It really depends on your kid, I guess, how often they poop and how they respond to cues. My DD did pretty well from the start, but she also was a frequent pooper up until, oh, seven or eight months.<br><br>
One thing I don't see is a potty or bowl. I don't know if you want one but it has one distinct advantage over the sink, which is that you can keep it next to your bed and pee the baby over it when the baby stirs during a nap or whatever.<br><br>
P.S. will your husband be staying home for the first few weeks to help you do the laundy? I was doing it myself after three or four days but everyone's different and I didn't have to climb stairs, either.
 

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Sounds like you have about what we had, and it worked out well. I don't think I would bother with preemie prefolds...DS was a preemie and they were only useful for the first month or so. Since I have like, 5 dozen of them, I'll use them next time, but they're not necessary. We don't have a washer or dryer and just did laundry at my parents every 2-3 days.<br><br>
The only other thing diaper-wise I could think of are some cloth wipes *or you could just cut up a t-shirt or other spare cloth* because they're useful when EC starts to go well and your dc is still a poop leaker which happens a lot at the beginning. That way you can change the wipe and not the whole diaper. I found that very useful.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/headscratch.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="headscratch"> Looks like my notification didn't work. Thanks for you replies!<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">FOUR DOZEN PREFOLDS? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I think you have enough!</div>
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I've read in several places that you need <i>more</i> dipes in the beginning with EC because they pee so often and you change every time they wet. So, I played it safe and got a ton. I figure it's not like you can have too many - they're so useful for so many things besides just as diapers.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">One thing I don't see is a potty or bowl. I don't know if you want one but it has one distinct advantage over the sink, which is that you can keep it next to your bed and pee the baby over it when the baby stirs during a nap or whatever.</div>
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I wanted to get a BBLP, a bowl, and a prefold belt, but haven't yet. I should probably get on that pretty soon here, huh?<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">P.S. will your husband be staying home for the first few weeks to help you do the laundy? I was doing it myself after three or four days but everyone's different and I didn't have to climb stairs, either.</div>
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He will be home, but he won't be doing laundry if we can help it. We have a pp doula and my mom is willing to come and pick it up to do if the doula can't.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">We don't have a washer or dryer and just did laundry at my parents every 2-3 days.</div>
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This is good to hear. I'm glad it's possible. I'm worried we're going to be at my mom's house doing laundry more than we're at home!<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">The only other thing diaper-wise I could think of are some cloth wipes *or you could just cut up a t-shirt or other spare cloth* because they're useful when EC starts to go well and your dc is still a poop leaker which happens a lot at the beginning. That way you can change the wipe and not the whole diaper. I found that very useful.</div>
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Oops, I knew I forgot to include something. I have two dozen wipes - half thick washcloth-type ones and the other half flannel. I'm a little worried that it won't be enough because one of my friends who CDs has 48 (!) and washes every other day or so.
 

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sounds like a perfect stash!<br><br>
we have four doz. prefolds as well, and it seems to be the perfect amount. i'm only washing every three days now, but it was every other or every day @ the beginning. actually i have to wash them now, but i'm on the computer.<br><br>
we only have two covers, a wool snap on one for when we go out, and some sweet little wool overalls that are good if its cold in the house. we don't usually use a cover at home though.<br><br>
diaper belts are totally awesome! i just used some fabric and made them like a scrunchy. i made two, which is good because they get wet and i can switch them.<br><br>
-ooh! i bet you could make some sweet ones by crocheting some wool around elastic! ooh i'm going to make some.<br><br>
in case you get your babe before you get your potty... maybe you think it's gross but, before we got the potty, we just peed him on a diaper on the floor... in fact i had a hard time using the little potty until about a month ago when he could hold himself up better. it's nice to have somewhere to potty him on each floor of the house.<br><br>
good luck! :]
 

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you might want more covers but then again you may be going coverless a lot of the time too (makes it easier to change when wet)<br><br>
i'd get on that potty asap too. we had a time between ds being little enought to just hold over the potty wich is what we did in the beginning and the time when he was too heavy for that but we didn't have a little potty yet and it slowed our ec progress abit not to have a good place to pee him
 

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we started out with a doz infant pfs, and about 14 kl0s, plus 3-4 pul covers (bsww and some other brand), and a few wool soakers. also had 7 hh pockets which i stuffed w/ preemie pfs. (well we had a lot more but he was much bigger than we expected and this is what fit.) oh and about 1 doz wipes.<br><br>
for the first week i had to do as many as 2 loads of dipes per day to keep up. of course i was chasing a 2yo, and still had a lot of spd pain so moving around was difficult. we caught very little but changed each pee or poo immediately. we went coverless at home, and used the pockets and covers only when we went out.<br><br>
we've added a doz pfs, and 6 or so fitteds, and retired the kls and pockets, plus all the pul covers (added more wool.) also another dozen wipes. now we catch a lot more and he pees a little less frequently, and i can go a full 2 days between dipe loads.<br><br>
i wish i'd started out with about 2x as many dipes. covers were fine.
 

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dh doing laundry is also a great way to help dh get in sync with ec <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
ANYWAY back to topic ... i also used various pieces of cloth as extra layer between baby and surface - like the little baby blankets, old towels, old tshirts, or "lap pads" which they sell - good to keep one in the carseat, for example. basically try to waterproof areas baby visits regularly.
 

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Sorry for the delay in replying.<br><br>
Yes, diapers make good other things. I use the nattiest ones for mops and they work so well!<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;">I wanted to get a BBLP, a bowl, and a prefold belt, but haven't yet. I should probably get on that pretty soon here, huh?</td>
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If you get the BBLP, you can hold the baby over it as if it were a bowl, and it's less likely to tip. That's my experience anyway. Even before my daughter could sit we held her over the potty and then we slowly transitioned to her sitting supported and then by herself and then having to sit with her again so that she didn't get off mid-poop and walk away. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Plus, it's just less STUFF, you know?<br><br>
We also used lap pads for when she slept, before she could roll. After the rolling started it was no use but up until then they were great. We also did not diaper for the first week. She looked so fragile and the diapers were so big... and the pees are so small and innocent. The meconium came right out of the clothes, too (anyway it was gone in a day). We just changed her clothes often. After about seven days my mom was like- people aren't going to like it if she pees on them. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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with my dd we went through a ton of prefolds when first starting EC, because I had no idea what her cues were so she just peed everywhere. I don't think 4 dozen is too many - better too many than not enough and prefolds are inexpensive enough to stock up on.
 
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