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<span style="font-family:'Comic Sans MS';">Okay, I don't know if it's just because I am a nervous wreck right now or what. But I have read, re-read and re-read again all the info on CDs and I can't figure out what would be the easiest way to diaper our newborn boy. I've only got about 4 -7 weeks before he will arrive and I haven't a clue about what style, brand or number of cloth diapers I should order! I'm not a complete idiot normally....but I find this so confusing. Can someone make it simple for me?<br><br>
So here are my questions:<br>
What is the easiest way to get started with cloth?<br>
Is there any kind of registry where I could put in a wish list for cloth and our families and friends could purchase cloth diapers instead of silly "baby junk"?<br>
How many and what kind should I have on hand for the first month, so that I can determine if I really want to continue with CDing?<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/blush.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="blush"> It's the truth, I'm afraid it might not be for me, but I want to give it a try.</span>
 

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Alot of cloth diapering websites offer starter packages. They basically send you 1 or 2 of the different types of diapers so you can see which works best for you. I wanted to go with something relatively cheap and easy. I bought 2doz bleached Chinese PreFolds with 6 Bummi Super Whisper Wrap velcro covers. This system works out great. Easy to clean and use. Using pins or a snappi helps the diaper fit, especially on the little newborns. I have snappis and they are WAY easy.<br>
Also, what I did was use sposies for the first 4 weeks until DD grew into her stash- she was born 4 weeks early and was pretty small. Then I eased into CD and used them in the daytime and finally when she was big enough to fit her sm FB that is what we used at night.<br>
Good Luck!
 

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I ordered fitteds for us. Prefolds are very economical but I am new to the whole baby thing and figured I wanted it as easy as possible. Plus the size ) Kissaluvs are just so cute. You'll have yours before I have mine so it will be too late for me to update you on how well it went. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br>
I am starting out with 24...
 

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I have absolutely no CDing experience because my babe isn't born yet, but I'll tell you how I got over the indecision hump.<br><br>
Take a look at the sampler packages over at NaturalBabies.com. They have a registry system there too. For $50 you can get a package with a few prefolds in different sizes, a couple fitteds, some covers and a Fuzzi Bunz to try. I expanded a little on that and got additional prefolds, a few more covers, a couple more Kissaluvs and Fuzzi Bunz and a cute little AIO from a WAHM. By "addict" standards my stash is small and I'm going to have to supplement with sposies for the first couple weeks, but that's OK. The idea is not to start off with the perfect diapering system from day one because there is no "easiest" way. Every baby is different, every mama is different, but this gives me enough of each "category" of diaper to try and find out what I like fairly quickly. I can always resell what doesn't work for me, and if I decide to give it up completely it hasn't broken the bank.<br><br>
Good luck!
 

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Marisol has some excellent advice. There isn't an easiest system because each baby is different and each person finds different things easier. I'm not a prefold kind of person, I've tried to feel the prefold love with three babies and it just doesn't happen for me <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> thankfully I can afford to go with fitteds and wool covers and I know some people that will only use prefolds and don't like fitteds. My DH loves to use AIOs because they are easy and he doesn't have to *think* about what goes with what... though he does get into the fitteds and wool covers pretty often too. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Some people are deathly afraid to use wool and others find it simple. It's all about what you want to accomplish with your diapering. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Colleen at NaturalBabies is wonderful to work with, has some great starter packages (and a registery!) and can really help answer any questions you might have. <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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<a href="http://www.naturalbabies.com" target="_blank">www.naturalbabies.com</a> has a trial pack and lots of things to choose from. Try alot of different things. And get some cute fitteds cuz that will inspire you to stick with it!
 

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What is the easiest way to get started with cloth?<br><br>
Order a sampler pack and try it out.<br><br>
Is there any kind of registry where I could put in a wish list for cloth and our families and friends could purchase cloth diapers instead of silly "baby junk"?<br><br>
Naturalbabies.com is wonderful.<br><br>
How many and what kind should I have on hand for the first month-<br><br><br>
I like prefolds. You may like fitteds. Or you could like all in ones- they are most like a disposible. Or you could pockets, like Fuzzibuns. Buy 1 of something that sounds interesting.<br><br>
Newborns pee alot. Seriosly, I changed my kids like every 45 mins. for a bit there.lol Fitteds and prefolds worked great and didn't cost a ton. Even now prefolds are the workhorse diaper here. my son loves his diapers and woolies.
 

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I agree with pp--whatever you do, order plenty of prefolds to round out your stash...they dry quickly and are the best backup for days when ever diaper change seems to use 2-3 of your favorite diapers! <a href="http://www.greenmountaindiapers.com" target="_blank">www.greenmountaindiapers.com</a> has a couple of different newborn packages and is the most informative site I've come across...good luck!
 

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Oh it's SO confusing before you're actually doing it! I remember that feeling very very well. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
So...naturalbabies.com...man I hate that site. I WANT to buy from her, but can't stand the website itself, and always end up closing the window and moving on. Plus she ididn't have a registry when I was in the market.<br><br>
So I decided that katieskisses.com was best at the time, then found <a href="http://www.felicite.com" target="_blank">www.felicite.com</a>. It's a registry site where you can put all sorts of stuff from all sorts of places on it, and have one cohesive registry. Yay!<br><br>
I put on there the infant cpf package, I think. Not the tiny CPFs, but the next little size up. 36 CPFs. Had four bummis super snap covers and some snappis. Diaper pail and liner.<br><br>
And that's what we had for awhile. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Once we got used to those, once I could decipher the sites and discussions a tiny bit more, we expanded. Found fuzzibunz, found kissaluvs, ordered one of various things...played around. Had fun!<br><br>
But I don't think you can really go wrong with a solid supply of CPFs and some covers. I'd get more than just four (or was it three? it was too few, that's all I remember) for a future baby. And I'd play around with wool covers (some call them soakers, which boggles my wee little mind) a bit more. That's a nice, basic way to start. And some love it so much they never go beyond the simplicity; we didn't love it enough to stay with CPFs, but it would have been cheaper if we had! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br><br>
36 allowed me to wash on the third day, by the way.
 

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I too recommend trying a bit of everything. That's the mistake I made. I went with just prefolds and covers, and when my 3 month old was peeing like a 3 month old but only weighed 8-9 lbs (29 weeker preemie) and didn't fit into the prefolds that held the pee, I gave up and switched to sposies. Then I dealt with the poop leaks you get with sposies... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:<br><br>
At 14 months, I decided to try again, and this time got a stash of Fuzzi Bunz. Probably not the best for holding in poo in a newborn (but not bad either), but they were quick and easy to use, and they work really well. Then I was happy with cloth diapering and learned to make my own. Now I've tried all sorts of things - fitteds, AIOs, AI2s, etc. For next baby, I'll be making a stash, and I know about using doublers and such if baby is out-peeing a particular diaper. I still plan to make a little bit of everything... using prefolds, fitteds, and even some AIOs, and using different patterns as well (like Very Baby, Darling Diapers, some free patterns online, plus my own pattern). Just like some sposie brands don't fit some kids well, some cloth diaper patterns don't fit some kids well. VB AIO fits my DS now, but who knows if it will fit my next child? Could be built differently!<br><br>
I think fitteds with a cover would be best for the explosive bf poo stage, but they can be pricey for a newborn who may only wear them a few weeks, depending on their size. So plan to invest most in the size small stash, and have the newborn stash be mostly prefolds and some other stuff to try to see what you like.<br><br>
Also, even if you don't like prefolds as diapers, it's totally worth it having *real* prefolds for burp cloths - not the "diapers" sold in most stores that you'll get at showers. I had a reflux spitter upper, and those flimsy store bought "prefolds" didn't cut it. So even when I stopped CD'ing, I still used my prefold stash everyday for burp cloths! My clothes were dry, and friends on my due date list that also had spitter uppers were complaining about wet clothes all the time - they were using the flimsy so-called prefolds from the stores. No wonder! They have like no absorbency! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
As for number of diapers needed... Newborns go through about 10-12 diapers a day on average... sometimes more! I wouldn't have less than 2 dozen on hand, and even with that, you might have to wash every day to day and a half. 3 dozen is even better... just get like 2 dozen prefolds and then make the other dozen a mixture of fitteds/AIOs/pockets to try them out? I also recommend AT LEAST 6 covers. I had 6, and I really needed more like 8. If your baby poops at every change, you might go through alot of covers! That's where fitteds help - not as much poop gets out of a fitted and onto a diaper. Prefolds fastened with pins or a Snappi may help too - I didn't fasten mine. I just did the newspaper fold and let the cover hold it on. Next time I'll have some snappis though. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> I've used one on occasion with DS, but he's got such a big waist now that the Snappi really doesn't fit him anymore.
 

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Whatever you choose, I think you need *at least* 36 diapers to diaper a newborn - and that's with washing every day. My newborn went through about 30 diapers a day, literally! I used prefolds and Bummis ISWWs for the first month. I only had a couple newborn fitteds, which I LOVED, but they only fit for about 6 weeks. I also had a few small Fuzzi Bunz for nights. If I was going to do it again I would probably do whatever I could to get 36 newborn fitteds and wool covers (which I can knit myself now <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">).
 

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when I was pregnant I just about gave myself a nervous breakdown trying to figure it all out.<br>
I recomend starting with a mix of items so you can figure out what works best for you, your baby will wear medium diapers the longest, so experiment a bit with smalls so you know what you like when it comes time for mediums.
 

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WOW! Thank you!<br>
I can't believe how much info you ladies gave me. I feel so much better about what to order now. I went to naturalbabies.com but I had a hard time with that site like someone had mentioned. It has great stuff, but not user friendly and I couldn't get the registry thing started. I'm not giving up on it though... I'll try again later today.<br><br>
The birth mom has warned me many times that her babies are very small (this is her 3rd) and she thinks she's going to go early again so I need to order newborn stuff and even a few preemie items if they make them...or I'll go with sposies for the first few weeks if I have to.<br><br>
I'm getting nervious and like many pregnant women in there 33rd week... I'm nesting like crazy right now. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/blush.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="blush"> Poor dh, there are so many things I need him to do right now!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I'll keep ya'll posted on what I order! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br>
Thanks Again! <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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Oh my gosh, you're adopting....how amazing! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
If you start with CPFs, and if she really thinks the babe will be small, you might as well get the teensy ones. When DS grows out of them they work as burp cloths (so I heard), and they won't be money wasted.<br><br>
My guy was small in my eyes, under 8 lbs but 22 inches long, so skinnyskinny! And we did have to fold down the CPFs in front and/or back to make them fit...but then they lasted as long as we liked using them. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I wish you'd liked the nb site, but am also sort of glad that someone else was unhappy with the way it works. I'm very particular about websites (I had some specific criteria about wedding vendor websites while planning our wedding, and refused to even THINK about using a vendor with a junky site) and IMO there's just no excuse for an unfriendly setup! <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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You might pick up some preemie sized prefolds then, if you think the baby will be small. They're pretty cheap. I used newborn size Proraps over them, and that worked for my boy. He was 4 lbs 12 oz when he came home, and I ordered the preemie size cpfs that week, but he was sick (picked up a virus in the hospital <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> and was only back up to 4 lbs 13 oz the next week when they arrived. They were a GREAT fit. Infant size is good once they get a little more weight on them, and if you need a doubler, the preemie size makes a great doubler! I just didn't think of it (I wasn't on MDC at the time).<br><br>
And if you have to use sposies for a preemie... The preemie size sposies SUCK. They aren't worth using. I ended up using Pampers Swaddlers size 1-2 on him, and they actually held stuff in, even though they went up to his armpits! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I recommend covers and prefolds as well. With my first son, I used Kushies AIO's during the day and fitteds at night. They worked great so I never really thought about it. I had to replace them for this child (3.5 months old now) and decided to try Little Lambs. These really did not work for us. The Kushies we had also did not work since my ds is a fast and furious wetter. I finally gave in and bought 2 dozen prefolds and a few covers and have never had a leak. I do not pin or snappy (except on my night time eezi-fold fitteds). When my diapers come out of the wash I fold them in thirds and then in half so the fit in the diaper stacker. When it is time to change, I just pull out the dirty one and slide a new one in and fasten the cover. I read on a site about someone doing this and it really made it much easier in my mind to try prefolds. I also discovered I am not a pocket girl and I re3ally do not like snaps! Anyways, the moral of my rambling is that I would recommend some prefolds and covers and then a little of a few different things so that you can see what you really like. I wouldn't pick too many though as that can get expensive fast. Pick 2 or 3 to try. Best of luck. It really is fun when you find something you like.
 

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I think Diaperco has the best newborn package out there and I researched my booty off I looked at every site while pregnant. She also has layaway so thats very helpfull. <a href="http://www.diaperco.com" target="_blank">www.diaperco.com</a>
 

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Yeah, that. Since you don't have a lot of money to spend on dipes, I would recommend purchasing some used ones to try instead of buying the new sample packages. Make your own 'sampler' off of the different dipes for sale boards...I recommend The Pin and Diaper Swappers--I've had great success on both of those boards. You can post what you are ISO (in search of) on both those boards, and people will e-mail you if they have what you're looking for. The only thing I always buy new is covers...no telling how the used covers have been cared for, although most sellers are honest in describing, I figure that's not a chance I'm willing to take. It's only a few extra bucks for the new ones, and they'll last that much longer.<br><br>
I would also recommend having a relative be in charge of 'pushing' your cloth registry. Otherwise people will buy you baby stuff you don't NEED. I'd pick either the relative most likely to buy you cloth, the richest relative, or the most forward-say-it-like-it-is relative <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Do you sew, or know someone who does? That might be another option for a cheap stash. Google Fern & Farie (sp?) and check out their sewing a stash on the cheap page--very helpful info!<br>
Co-ops are a great choice for cheap prefolds...comfycreations is a group on yahoo that co-ops them, I believe they are Indians, or were when I bought mine. Cheapest prices I could find for prefolds.
 

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I registered at <a href="http://www.nickisdiapers.com" target="_blank">www.nickisdiapers.com</a>. I looked at a TON of different websites with registries, and chose Nickis Diapers because a)the registry was easy to find and use b) she had free shipping on many items c) she had a wide selection and d) the prices are good.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> Okay I love, love, love the greenmountain.com web site. It really helped to show DH photos and show how to use cloth diapers. He is way more into it now! Being the comic that he can be, he told me he was going to "be the best cloth diapering dad he knows".... he will be the only cloth diapering dad he knows! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br><br>
While I like to be frugal, I am able to buy what we need, so cost isn't priority #1. Quality and ease of use is priority#1. I need to make a "not too messy" process for dh (as much as that is possible with changing diapers <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> . So I think I might buy a few AIOs for when he has a long stretch of one-on-one time with the baby. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
One question though, to prove how ignorant I am even after I've read all this info. Do you use CPFs with a product like Kissaluvs? Or would you only use a cover with the Kissaluvs? (See I told you I'm feeling stupid about this).<br><br>
Thank you all so much for your advice... this is making my waiting for baby process more bearable! This is the third time we have had this wait, the first two times it failed, no baby for us, this time it looks very promising and we have a wonderful relationship with the birth family. I told the birth mom last night we are going to cloth diaper and she was extra excited!
 
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