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I am going back and forth on this one so much. I do want to cd, but am just a tad concerned that I might be taking on too much since I am returning to work part time next week. Dh is ok with switching to cloth but will NOT be washing them. He'll help out in other ways, but not with that.<br><br>
Plus I really don't know how daycare will do with dipes. I know that HH's would be no problem, but cpfs with covers might be. The only affordable way to do HH's all the time is to wash EVERY night. That and the fact that a size med. should fit her for about a year. If I am using HH's that much, will the mediums even last until DD outgrows them?? She is almost 4 mo. and 14 lbs now. We have plenty of sposies to use up in case the cd med. doesn't fit yet.<br><br>
I think i am just going to order 1 HH, maybe 12 cpfs, and one wrap to try it all out sometime on the weekend. That way minimal $ is invested, and I can always sell it on ebay if it doesn't work out.<br><br>
And another question - will infant or regular cpf's fit in a med. HH?? argh - I can't handle much more indecision! Any and all help is appreciated.
 

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Give it a try. Have you considered a diaper service if you don't want to wash? I started with a service and if you are using cpfs you can try out various sizes from the service and see what fits with no purchase cost.
 

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It took me a long time to decide to switch to CDs, in part because I work outside the home and didn't want the extra work. Once I made the switch, I never looked back. Because I do AIOs/pockets at daycare, I do have to wash almost every day. And truthfully, it is NOT a big deal. To dump things in your washer, turn it on, and then move them to the dryer takes less than 5 mn of your time. Diapers don't need to be folded. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
You will love how soft the diapers are, the good feeling you'll have from doing what's best for your baby and for the planet, and for the money you'll save in the long run.<br><br>
Everyone has to find the stash that's right for them -- I would suggest easing into it, getting a few things here and there, and then making a bigger investment when you see what works. You can also check the Trading Post here for great deals on used diapers in good condition.
 

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Thanks <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Lo came to the rescue and posted on another board. I think I'm going to order a few HH's and cd a little on the weekend to ease into it. glad to hear from another working mama <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> You guys made me feel better about my wishy washiness over this. the laundry doesn't bother me per se.<br><br>
I checked out the trading post, but I need to be an "active" member for a while, so oh well. I'll just try that in the future sometime.
 

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I have worked 3 days per week since Sept. 1999, with a year off for Ariel. I cloth diaper at home and the daycare uses cloth too! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
The daycare uses trifolded 4x6x4 cpf's in prowraps. Everyone there has to learn to do it!<br><br>
As long as you provide a good ditty bag and they can throw the whole mess in it, I don't see how they could object to cloth.<br><br>
I don't think a big investment in HH is absolutley necessary.<br><br>
Washing diapers 2-3 X per week is not a big deal for us, and I line dry.<br><br>
HTH!
 

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Ya know what, Carrie?? I am so sure you will LOVE cd'ing that I will LEND YOU some of my HH's (mediums) to try out for a couple of weeks <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> That way you don't have to outlay the $$ up front. HH's ROCK (but no diaper fits EVERY baby, kwim?) so I'll send mine to you (I have a feeling I'm gonna be getting some new ones soon what with Halloween and Xmas coming LOLOL).... heck, I'll even send you some inserts and some infant and premium prefolds so you can see what you like (I like hemp inserts best, but at night I will use hemp AND an infant cpf trifolded along the seams. For a girl, you might prefer a premium cpf folded the "wrong" way to get the major absorption in the stride rather than up front, kwim?).<br><br>
Let me know... my email is [email protected] cox.net (no space).....<br><br>
Lo
 

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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;"><i>Originally posted by lolov</i><br><b>Ya know what, Carrie?? I am so sure you will LOVE cd'ing that I will LEND YOU some of my HH's (mediums) to try out for a couple of weeks <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> That way you don't have to outlay the $$ up front. HH's ROCK (but no diaper fits EVERY baby, kwim?) so I'll send mine to you (I have a feeling I'm gonna be getting some new ones soon what with Halloween and Xmas coming LOLOL).... heck, I'll even send you some inserts and some infant and premium prefolds so you can see what you like (I like hemp inserts best, but at night I will use hemp AND an infant cpf trifolded along the seams. For a girl, you might prefer a premium cpf folded the "wrong" way to get the major absorption in the stride rather than up front, kwim?).<br><br>
Let me know... my email is [email protected] cox.net (no space).....<br><br>
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WOW that is SUPER nice!!!!<br><br>
You wouldn't happen to have a LTK soaker in size L or toddler I could try would you?<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/banana.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="banana"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/luxlove.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="throb"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/ROTFLMAO.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rotflmao">
 

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You will love it!!! I was working full time (until 2 weeks ago I went part time) and my daycare uses them with no problems. I have about 10 HH and 3 Little Lambs that I send her. When we first started I told her to just throw it in the bag and I'll deal with it, well you know what??! She dumps the poop! She gets them cleaner then I do! LOL.<br><br>
When we started cd at daycare i had about 4 HH and I was washing every night and hated it, but I was working 5 days a week too. Now I think I could have done without the extra purchases since I only work 3 days now, but oh well, we have extra.<br><br>
When I started I did the same thing, bought very little and just worked with it on the weekend till I got use to it and figured out what I liked, then I just bought more of that.
 

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Aw Lo, you are such a sweetheart! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> I'll take you up on it if Dh is difficult, but I had a major revelation - since I am returning to work I can spend the $$ on cloth, dammit! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
Plus, after lookng at ebay, I really can sell and recoup most of my costs *if* it doesn't work out. I am so excited about this now!<br><br>
I am a bit confused about all the inserts - sounds like it is def. worth hemp w/ a prefold at night. but during the day, do I use a cpf, joeybunz, or the hh stuffin? oh, and do I order infant or regular cpf's for size????? just when I think I have this figured out <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/confused.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Confused">: she could probably fit in regular cpf's if I was using wraps, but sounds like those might be too big to put in the hh's.
 

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Even if you end up not using cloth (like a friend of mine did because her DH stays home and said NO) here is a great perk.... When ever she is low on disposables and doesn't have extra cash to go buy them, or is to tired to go get them, she whips out her cloth!!! Having cloth on hand, espeically if you work, is great when you dont have time to run to the store. I CD full time, and she CDs maybe 1/4 of the time? But it is nice to have a IRL friend that usues cloth too.
 

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If you're going to go the HH route at daycare (which I think is an excellent idea, especially if washing every day, because they are quick dry), I'd spring for either the heiny stuffins hemp inserts (that are gender specific) or the inserts from <a href="http://www.duckybunz.com" target="_blank">www.duckybunz.com</a> (also gender specific). Hemp is antimicrobic and will help prevent diaper rashes, and the inserts will be SO much more trim than prefolds, and be more absorbent. They will also dry more quickly in the dryer than prefolds. Again, if these don't work out for you, you can easily sell the inserts. Joeybunz are also a good option, but they are hemp jersey (not hemp fleece) and are not as absorbent.<br><br>
Also, I like to do math that is unique to cloth diapering, which is that I calculate the cost of CDing as the price I pay for diapering things minus their resale value minus the cost of disposables. That is to say that you can give yourself permission to buy some more dipes so you don't have to wash every day, after you've gone a few months (or, heck, a few days) and are therefore entitled to spend what you've saved by not using disposables. Cloth Diaper Geek math is fun.<br><br>
Edited to say that I also send cloth dipes (currently, Cuddle-in-Ones) and cloth wipes (and Happy Tushies bags) to daycare. They've coped with it really well, and I also think they'd be fine with diapers and covers, but I think it's important that they get the hang of the front snapping dipes at first.<br><br>
Karla
 
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