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Hi mamas!<br><br>
Happy to report that Sophia Rose was born naturally (in the hospital, even with pitocin induction due to spiked blood pressure 6 days postdue) on August 13 and is healthy and growing fat on breastmilk! Her big sister Gabriella is loving toward her but pretty aggravated with me. ha ha.<br><br>
However I have totally fallen off the cd wagon. I just can't seem to get it together. We live in a small 2 br apt, pay $1.50 per cycle of laundry, and have no access to drying outside or even in direct sunlight. I just cannot figure out how to shlep the wash, a newborn, and a 3 year old to the basement 3 times a week to deal with the diapers, and dh does have to work! By the time dd1 falls asleep at night all I weant to do is sack on the sofa with dh and the baby. I hate the chemicals and trash with the sposies but i can get groceries delivered free but noone to do wash. help!
 

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i know what you mean - i have a 2 1/2 year old and a newborn and pay laundry downstairs - it's a real pain sometimes, especially now that i'm back at work. but i've been managing it somehow - i get dh to help a lot - i'll have him throw them in on the way to work and i'll go down and put them in the drier with the baby in the sling.<br><br>
i also don't have access to much sun to dry, so most of my dipes are stained - but i figure they are going to get poop on them, so i'll live with them!
 

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Heres an idea you could also get a drying rack and hang your diapers in your apartment. at least you wouldnt have to worry about drying them only washing them.<br><br>
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Unfortunately there is no diaper service anywhere on Long Island! I would have signed up for that in a New York minute (heh heh). The closest ones are in NJ or Rockland County and they won't come out here.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/mecry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="crying"><br><br>
I will have to just give it a shot and see how it goes I guess. The other thing is keeping us in quarters! I feel like I go to the bank for rolls of quarters constantly...what a colossal pain in the neck. At least in our old building you could use a credit card for the pay laundry (in Maryland...we just moved to Long Island at the beginning of July).<br><br>
My other dilemma is a system. I can't seem to get the prefolds to fit the baby right...didn't start with dd1 until she was 4 months and by then it wasn't quite so bulky. And fitteds take forever to dry so that isn't as good an option. Was thinking fuzzibunz, but with such a little one who poops constantly, maybe not so practical?<br><br>
Jeez, I sound pathetic. Sorry. Newborn fatigue (or is it toddler fatigue?).<br><br>
Any and all suggestions are more than welcome!
 

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But there is a diaper service in NY, Park ave to be exact, I don't know what their delivery area is, but it might be worth checking into? here is the info:<br><br>
Diapers at Your Door<br>
1245 Park Avenue<br>
New York, NY 10128<br>
212-722-8731<br><br>
Anyway I don't know what their service is like, I know nothing about them, all I know is that they are listed under diaper services in the directory and they are in NY. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> I hope this helps, I know I couldn't do CD the way you do with a newborn and a 3 yr old! GOOD LUCK! ~
 

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That is a huge bummer about there being no diaper service. That would be a real life-saver. I am upset about the demise of diaper services. I hear you- I could hardly get my laundry to the basement in my house in the early weeks.
 

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Believe it or not, Diapers At Your Door is a disposable diaper service. Yes, that's right folks, you can get them delivered too on an as-needed basis.<br><br>
In NY everything can be delivered except cloth diapers (well, washed etc.). There is an adult diaper service (for nursing homes I guess) but not for babies. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes">: Ugh.<br><br>
Uh oh, newborn starting to fuss. Back soon.
 

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As far as the dipes not fitting your NB and the fitted take to long to dry- have your tired quick dry fitted? I know taht some people make quick dry fitted that have inserts like a doubler in them that either sit in them or snap in. I have started making my own fitted and I am going to start making some quick dry ones too- My dd is 5 months and I am having a hard time getting PF'ds to go high enough on the rise. I know that darling diapers has quick dry but amber is selling her buz and she is only doing orders on auction right now- maybe some other mama will know who else has quick dry dipes- they dry faster than my CPF'ds.
 

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Congrats on your new baby!!<br><br>
What size prefolds are you using? I know a lot of people who used preemie size for the first 6 weeks or so. You can use them as doublers when your baby outgrows them. Are you using 4x6x4 prefolds? They aren't as bulky as 4x8x4's. I think prefolds would be your best bet for now, then when your little girl gets bigger (and isn't pooping so often) you can switch to fitteds if you want. But some fitteds do take forever to dry.<br><br>
I also agree with the mama who mentioned getting a drying rack to dry your diapes on. Then if you want to soften them up, you can toss them in the dryer for 10 mins after they are dry.<br><br>
Good luck!
 

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I am sorry! Like I said I had no clue, you would think with a HUGE city like NYC you would have ONE diaper service that did cloth.<br><br>
Ick a disposable diaper service? how terribly sad.....
 

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ok, nak so nocaps, sorry.<br><br>
i think i'll order/trade (anyone?) some preemie pf's & infant 4-6-4's. and sm covers.<br><br>
how do you handle washing in coin-op? i.e. no extra rinses, etc. can i get away with 1 hot wash-machines are front loaders? no clue if water is hard,etc. how much detergent? thanks!
 

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How about flatfolds for a quick dry option? Granitesmith on ebay sells them.<br><br>
I've never used them myself, but just recently met a mom who swears by them. Won't even consider prefolds b/c they take too long to dry!
 

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Are you very far out on LI? We used a service from CT (we're in Blyn) -- maybe they also come to where you are? Maybe you have already checked all your resources, but thought it was worth a shot.<br><br>
Tidy Diapers<br>
(800) 732-2443<br>
Norwalk, CT 06850<br><br>
And I guess you tried this other one, since you mentioned the one in NJ:<br><br>
Nature Baby Diaper Service<br>
48 Harold Street<br>
Tenafly, NJ 07670<br>
(800) 344-3427<br><br>
Like I said, we used Tidy Diapers for about 18 months and I do them at home now. We just used their newborn size, prefolds, and really didn't have a problem with fit. I was only intending on using the service until we got out of the newborn size, but inlaws gave us a year service paid as a gift. Be rather silly to turn that down, right??
 

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Have you considered a portable washer that hooks up to the sink? Somebody posted here a few days ago about a small one for cheap. I have a large one and I don't know how I ever got by without it. I saved so much on coin-op laundry it paid for itself in less than a year, too. You might be able to find one cheap in the classefieds but even if you have to make payments on it I bet you'll break even or even save a bit over coin-op.<br><br>
I had a drying rack but DS tore it apart in a week or two. Try throwing the PFs onto plastic hangers and hanging them up on the shower curtain rod. It works pretty well.
 

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Is there a teenager who needs some extra $ in your building, or maybe a grandma? You could use the money you would spend on a diaper service and have someone do the laundry for you?<br><br>
Just a thought <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
Congrats on the new baby! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br><br>
XOXO
 

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moonshine, I was going to suggest Tidy Diapers too, we used them also but only for a month (just wanted to make sure we were going to like cloth before buying)! There Customer service was great!<br><br><br>
OT: I live in Brooklyn too!! HI!!
 

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Someone posted about a washing machine that hooks up to the sink- if I remeber right it was around $150 and sits on a counter top. It might help in this situation.<br><br>
I will look to see if I can find the link.
 

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Here is the link to the portable washing machine info <a href="http://mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?s=&threadid=82953&highlight=washing+machine" target="_blank">Shopco/Walmart $159/ 4.9 pounds</a>
 

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Haier website:<br><br><a href="http://www.haieramerica.com/categories.php?cat_id=8" target="_blank">http://www.haieramerica.com/categories.php?cat_id=8</a><br><br>
ABC Warehouse sells Haier washers, at least that brand is listed in their ads.<br><br>
HTH!
 
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