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I really want to order my cloth! I've read a ton and know exactly what I want. I figured that everything I want is going to be close to $300. For everything I want, we'll have to wait until I go back to work in July. I was going to tell dh that I'll spend what we'd spend on disposables for the next five weeks, but that's only going to be $40-$50. I'm on unpaid leave right now so we don't have the whole $300 sitting around. We'll be cloth diapering our baby boy, who is 3 1/2 weeks old and 8 lbs right now. We briefly cd'ed our twins, so we have TONS of regular size prefolds and four prorap covers in medium for when he's around 15 lbs.<br><br>
Here's what I want:<br><br>
Infant prefolds- 2 dozen ($23/dozen)<br>
bummi original covers- 2 ($8.95 each)<br>
prorap covers- 2 ($7.95 each)<br>
bummis pull on covers- 2 ($5.50 each)<br>
loveybums wool covers- 2 ($21 each)<br><br>
pins- 2 packages (8 pins) ($2.25 each pkg)<br>
snappis- 2 ($2.50 each)<br>
wipes- 4 packages (40 wipes) ($15.95 each pkg)<br><br>
night stay dry doubler- 2 ($5.95 each)<br>
stay dry hemp doubler -6 ($3.50 each)<br><br>
mother of eden hanging diaper pail- 2 ($17 each)<br><br>
What ways can I cut down so I can at least get started right away? I was thinking I could order only one dozen prefolds and plan to wash daily until we can order more. Or hold off on wool covers (although that's what I wanted to use for night). If I only get one dozen prefolds and wash daily, I could get by with only one hanging diaper pail. I want two for when I'm washing so I can have another hanging. I could buy baby washcloths for now instead of wipes. Do you see any other ways that I can cut back for now to have what I need to get started? Also, do I have too many of anything listed up there that I can cut back on altogther, not just for now? I'm not sure about pins and the hemp doublers. My thought on those is I want the night stay dry doubler for night, but the size comparison showed it is huge compared to the stay dry hemp. So in case the night one is too big for now, I could use the hemp doubler. And I planned on ordering more of those in case we need them during the day sometime if we're out or something.<br><br>
Also, what do you use when you're out? I've seen the wetbags that are for the diaper bag, but what's recommended? There are so many kinds. Can I hold off on one of those for now and use a gallon ziplock bag?
 

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I did exactly what you want to do... spend what I would spend on diapers, on cloth, until my stash was built up. I'm still building (although now I think it will never ever be enough because I love buying cloth diapers and making them so much now)<br><br>
What worked for me, was haunting the FFS (free for shipping) forum on diaperswappers.com and posting a "wtb cheap diaps" thread there. Also you could post in the diaper fairy area here.<br><br>
If you can be ok with buying used stuff, you will very likely be able to do what you are trying to accomplish. Then you can build up till you get the stash you want, as time goes by.
 

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sorry nak..<br>
there was a special on infant prefolds at clothdiaper.com and you can get seconds of prowraps if you call them direct... you can do a search for the 800 #.
 

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You might want to shop around a bit.<br><br><a href="http://www.clothdiaper.com" target="_blank">www.clothdiaper.com</a> has prefold seconds really cheap even with shipping. On either this board or diaperpin I've heard others say they are really minor flaws. It's something you might consider.<br><br><a href="http://www.little-lions.com" target="_blank">www.little-lions.com</a> has less expensive prefolds than what you have listed and free shipping with orders over $60 Also look at their packages too.<br><br><a href="http://www.nickisdiapers.com" target="_blank">www.nickisdiapers.com</a> has free shipping on covers so you can get covers there one at a time if necessary<br><br>
I would say the wipes would definitely be an area to cut. Get some cheap baby or regular washcloths from walmart target etc.<br><br>
I would also say that the doublers are not as important with a newborn since they are unlikely to be sleeping through the night and if breastfed need changed so much.<br><br>
Also a laundry bag or trash can from a local discount store can be used instead of the hanging diaper bags.<br><br>
I would say get the prefolds and non wool covers some pins and snappis first.<br><br>
I would save the money for wool covers in bigger sizes since at least my girls grew really fast the first few months.<br><br>
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I think easy ways to cut the budget drastically would be to nix the wool covers (for now). Eight covers is plenty. The wipes you're choosing are also on the expensive side. I think you can get less expensive wipes from a lot of sources, even OV ones. You can double up infant prefolds (or trifold one inside the other) instead of getting doublers right now. Do you sew or does anyone in your family sew? When my daugher was born, my mom made a dozen turned and topstitched (two-layer) flannel wipes that were pretty big (maybe 10x10)...they worked great as wipes and trifolded as doublers. Sort of a dual purpose diapering accessory!
 

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I would skip the wipes (that sounds really expensive) and just buy a few yards of flannel from Walmart and cut out wipes. If they fray a bit, who cares! Baby washclothes work great too, and for the little guys you can cut them in half.<br><br>
I never use doublers. You could buy 6 preemie PFs and use those. Much cheaper. Also I never use a wet bag. I have a cheap plastic garbage can with a pop-up top and I use kingsized pillowcases for bags. They are cotton and breathable and can be washed with every diaper load.<br><br>
You can also get super cheap covers. I LOVE dappi pull-up nylon covers (2 for $4.50 from <a href="http://www.little-lions.com" target="_blank">www.little-lions.com</a>) and only $1 shipping. You could buy 2 packs and also all of your PFs from them. They are super great to buy from and have wonderful prices.<br><br>
This is what I would use for a newborn (just had one!):<br><br>
2 dozen infant PFs<br>
6 preemie PFs for burpclothes and doublers<br>
4 dappi nylon covers<br>
3 sets of pins<br>
1-2 wool or fleece covers for night (the dappis work great otherwise)<br>
2-6 pockets or AIOs (like FBs small) for when you go out and about or if your dh likes easy diaper changes<br>
3-4 dozen wipes (wash clothes, cut up flannel, receiving blankets, or old towels, etc.)<br>
2 king sized pillowcases<br>
cheap trash can with top<br><br>
This is cheap and easy. I would not get too much small/newborn stuff since they grow out of it so quickly. I
 

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Like the others mentioned, I would cut out the wipes, doublers and the wool. I use baby washclothes that were 16pkg/$5. They aren't too thin (some baby washcloths I've had have been terrible) or too bulky/rough.<br><br>
I'd put off on the wool for a bit. Newborns are changed so often and their output isn't as heavy as older babies, so I would also hold off on the doublers. A few inexpensive adult washcloths could be trifolded if you really need some extra absorbency those first few months. Save the wool and doublers for when they're sleeping longer periods at night.<br><br>
Also I dont have a wet bag at all. I just use a plastic garbage can and give it a scrub when I do a load of laundry.<br><br>
Good luck!
 

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I'm diapering a newborn right now and I could get away with 2 dozen infant prefolds, 3-4 bummis, and 2 snappis. For wipes, use found materials. I don't do anything special for night diapering because my little guy has to be changed every 3 hours (that's how often he wakes at night, during the day we change more frequently). He's such a super-soaker and I hate letting him sit in a wet diaper.<br><br>
With the bummis, if they get soiled just hand wash and hang to dry. They dry really fast.
 

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If you really want to cut down why not just use the regular prefolds on the infant? Maybe I am way off base since I had big babies, but I always mixed up the sizes and grabbed whatever was clean.<br><br>
Then you could buy just a few small covers and your on your way. Also have you tried the bigger covers on your little one? DD started with medium right away cause that was what we had and it worked fine.<br><br>
If you plan to do cloth overnight I would splurge on a few good AIOs for overnight once baby is sleeping longer.<br><br>
Snappis always just seemed like an extra step to me. Sounded cool, but then were too much work. I needed to keep it simple & cheap to get dh on board though...<br><br>
Wetbag is a luxury - could use plastic when you are out. Even if you don't use them when you shop we can usually pick up at store recycle bin or library bag exchange.<br><br>
Also from your list:<br>
instead of wipes try cutting up an old t-shirt or flannel pants - no need to hem<br>
instead of a $17 hanging bin try a $5 plastic bin from local chain store<br><br>
And keep in mind - infant sized covers are a good size to buy used since they are often outgrown quickly and get very little use<br><br>
In retrospect I have been really cheap in my cloth diapering... !
 

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yeah, clothdiaper.com has infants for like 8 or 9 a dozen right now. they have chinese ones as seconds, but they also had indians that were overstocks- and their pins are 2 a pack, lol... the shipping is kind of expensive at first, but if you add on, its not so bad. i was just going to buy a dozen infant prefolds a month or so ago, and shipping was almost $10. i ended up getting 2 dz infant and 1dz premium prefolds and some pins, and shipping was under $11 still
 

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My son outgrew infant stuff wayyyyyy to fast so really I wouldn't spend much at all on small sizes<br><br>
I would look on FSOT at <a href="http://www.diaperswappers.com" target="_blank">www.diaperswappers.com</a> and get just enough to get me by or see if you can't get what you have to work if you buy a few smaller covers/wraps.I personally found that when my son was small fuzzi bunz worked very well and were easy to come by and held their re-sell value very well.Prefolds/flats ARE MUCH cheaper to buy new though <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
also, I love my cloth wipes made by a momma on diaperswappers they are 80cents each and I pick prints and velour or sherpa on one side.I really like them alot so when you do decide to buy wipes hers are cheap compared to what you are looking at.<br><br>
I have only one large wet bag and while it is washing if I have to change a diaper I just set it aside ready to go in the bag when it gets done.
 

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Here's what I would cut it down to:<br>
2 dozen infant prefolds (find cheaper, seconds or coop) the seconds posted on here already are $8.95/dozen, so that's $18<br>
4 covers (whichever you prefer-- the Bummis are $8.50 at clothdiaper.com so if you buy 4 that puts you at $34 for covers, $52 total so far<br>
1 snappi $2.89 total=$54.89<br>
no wipes (take a cheap receiving blanket, cut into squares, and use as wipes-- this is what I've been using for years, and they still haven't unravelled much)-- if you really want to buy the fancy wipes, 1 pack should be enough!)<br>
No doublers-- if you want stay dry liners, buy a yard of fleece and cut it up.<br><br>
For a pail, I bought mine at Walmart for $5-- it's just a plastic trash can with a lid. They also sell nylon camping bags for very cheap, I use one as a pail liner (but I did fine without a pail liner for well over a year). Any large tupperware container would work, too. You just need a big bag or a big container with a lid. Even a garbage bag would do okay!<br>
When out, I used to use a plastic grocery bag to hold dirty diapers, and tie it at the top. I have wetbag now, but since I only have one, when it gets dirty or I forget it, I grab a grocery bag.<br><br>
So for $54.89 you could have everything you need to get through the small size (which won't be long!) You might be able to find cheaper than that used-- I sold a lot of 24 infant prefolds (dyed!), a snappi, and 3 Bummis covers for $40 on Ebay when my son outgrew them.
 

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I am also new to cding although my son is nearly 11 months. I would suggest just using washcloths rather than wipes. Ds got dozens of them for baby showers, which he would never use for bathing, why spend more on something like that when you already have things to use in the house? Also, use microfiber towels for doublers they hold alot of moisture, and I found microfiber face cloths at deals for a buck a piece, and they work fine. Also I would suggest getting fleece liners, they pull away moisture especially at night, I didn't buy mine, I made them, I just bought a yard of fabric and cut them out myself, no need to hem b/c the fleece doesn't fray. For night time, I either use 2 pf's and a fleece liner w/a cover or one of the pockets/aio's with the microfiber towels/liner.<br><br>
Also, check ebay and diaper swappers for good deals on cloth diapering supplies. Most important: Make sure you are commited to actually sticking with cding. I at first just bought the least expensive wraps/prefolds, before I splurged on more expensive items to make sure I would actually stick to the cding.
 

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Thanks everyone! I LOVE the Little Lions website. I'm going to order from them. Here's my new plan.<br><br>
Prefolds (2 dozen) - $29.90<br>
Prorap covers (2) - $13.50<br>
Dappi covers (2 pkgs, 4 covers total) - $9.00<br>
Dritz pins (2 pair) - $2.00<br>
Snappi (1) - $1.95<br>
Preemie prefolds for doublers (6) - $6.90<br><br>
The total cost there is $63.25, so it will even qualify for free shipping! I'll buy either regular or baby washcloths to use as wipes.<br><br>
One other question is about wipes. Can I just mix something up in a spray bottle and use water on the washcloth, wipe the bottom, spray with whatever I have and then wipe with another wet washcloth? I doubt I'll mix up and leave wipes in a box. Is there a better solution?<br><br>
ETA: Regarding fleece liners, I've been scared of them because I have a front loader washing machine and have had a lot of people mention stink with fleece. If I do get fleece liners to use at night so he feels dry, and I end up with a stink problem, will they cause my prefolds to stink too? If I don't have a liner at night and just use an infant prefold with a preemie as a doubler, will he be likely to have a rash?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Thanks everyone! I LOVE the Little Lions website. I'm going to order from them. Here's my new plan.<br><br>
Prefolds (2 dozen) - $29.90<br>
Prorap covers (2) - $13.50<br>
Dappi covers (2 pkgs, 4 covers total) - $9.00<br>
Dritz pins (2 pair) - $2.00<br>
Snappi (1) - $1.95<br>
Preemie prefolds for doublers (6) - $6.90<br><br>
The total cost there is $63.25, so it will even qualify for free shipping! I'll buy either regular or baby washcloths to use as wipes.<br><br>
One other question is about wipes. Can I just mix something up in a spray bottle and use water on the washcloth, wipe the bottom, spray with whatever I have and then wipe with another wet washcloth? I doubt I'll mix up and leave wipes in a box. Is there a better solution?<br><br>
ETA: Regarding fleece liners, I've been scared of them because I have a front loader washing machine and have had a lot of people mention stink with fleece. If I do get fleece liners to use at night so he feels dry, and I end up with a stink problem, will they cause my prefolds to stink too? If I don't have a liner at night and just use an infant prefold with a preemie as a doubler, will he be likely to have a rash?</div>
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You are going to love Little Lions. Super fast shipping and they have great IPFs. I have ordered from them several times.<br><br>
I never use fleece liners. In my experience I would rather see wet cotton against my little guy rather than hot and sweaty poly. Poly is fine in winter and for car trips and such, but it is not necessary in newborns when you change them all of the time! I have FBs and thought the stay dry was necessary, but then I started putting my older ds in cotton inners overnight (12 plus hours) and no rash at all. Fleece can get so hot against the skin and it does get buildup.<br><br>
I never use wipe solutions since they can irritate sensitive skin. I just wet a days worth of wipes and keep them in a wipes container. I don't let them go overnight because then they can grow stuff and stink in my well water. Plain water works great. I use Aquaphor for diaper cream since it does not hurt my diapers and washes out great. I hate the zinc white stuff, it is hard to wash off.<br><br>
Sounds like you have a great cheap system worked out!
 

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Yep!<br><br>
I keep my water in a peri bottle (leftover from PP recovery) and just squirt each wipe individually as I use it. I only wet in advance for going out of the house.<br><br>
Your system sounds great and will get you through the small sizes for sure!
 
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