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Hi everyone,<br><br>
Haven't posted in a while but have been lurking regularily...as usual I continue to learn more each day. Here's my question. My baby is due July 3 and I am now feeling like I really need to get down to preparing my dipes. I have read so much about what to do and how to do it but am still confused. Some advice contradicts each other so am not sure where to start. The following is a list of my stash. Any recommendations of what to do to get these "baby ready" is greatly appreciated....<br><br>
24 infant cpf (unbleached)<br>
24 premium cpf (unbleached)<br>
12 size 0 kissaluvs<br>
2 fuzzibunz<br>
2 wonderoos<br>
2 happy heinys<br>
4 bummi sww<br>
3 green earth covers<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/headscratch.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="headscratch"> I think that's it....<br><br>
I have cloth washclothes for wipes but would love to hear more recommendations of wipe solutions... Can cloth wipes be soaked in a solution and kept in a container for use or do they get funky this way? Better to use a spray on solution from a bottle?<br><br>
I currently use whatever detergent is on sale at BJ's (usually ERA or Gain liquid) Any experience with these?<br><br>
Diaper pail...how big? Lid or no lid?<br><br>
I know that these questions are redundant, but I have been lurking and have searched but am still confused. Probably my tired pg brain... I am dying to get the diapers ready for baby and need to do so soon as I can not imagine wanting to do this in another couple of weeks. Thanks for your help in advance<br><br>
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Your stash looks good to me. A snappi or two might be a good idea. As far as wipes I get them wet as I need them. I use a dry pail, it's large because I have 2 in cloth.
 

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Do I need to boil the pf or just wash many times? If wash, do I also dry between washings, use detergent each time? I don't think I need to do this with any of the others, may just wash all the others once... not sure though. BTW, I do have snappis and joeybunz inserts, forgot that last night... thanks for your input<br><br>
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I'm pretty new, but I think your stash looks great! I just prepped a dozen ub prefolds, and I washed them about six times in hot. I combined them with loads of other stuff, so they did get a little detergent every time. I dried them between each wash, and so far, they seem to be performing quite well for me!<br><br>
The other things, I'd think you'd only need to wash once before use -- at least, that's what I did. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
For wipes, there are so many different solutions. I use a little squirt bottle to apply it, but I know I've read here about people just soaking their wipes in the solution. My solution is water with a bit of Burt's Bees Apricot oil, some GSE, and a squirt of baby soap. Seems to work for us.<br><br>
I think a big kitchen trash can with a lid is best for the dirties.<br><br>
Good luck!
 

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Hi. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wave.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wave"><br><br>
To prepare the prefolds you should wash on hot with detergent several times. I think you should throw the joeybunz in with them too so they will be at their top absorbancy for baby.<br>
Since you are using pockets you may want to get some powder detergent. I have heard things about liquid detergent causing build up on fleece. Maybe some powder just for diapers if you like the liquid for your other clothes. The generic brands will work just fine for you though.<br>
For wipe solution, if you use distilled water or boil the water it will last a long time without getting funky. My solution is boiled water with a squirt of Dr Bronners aloe vera castille soap, a few drops of tea tree oil, a few drops of lavender rose oil and a dab of almond oil. I like the soap and scents but lots of people prefer just plain ol water. It really is up to you. I keep my solution and wipes in a wipe warmer. You will probably have to experiment a bit before you get a wipe system that you like. There are so many different ways to do it.<br>
I use a big trash can from walmart with a swivel lid. I put a big dirty laundry bag in it. It works really well for us. When she starts solids and i start needing to spray her poop off I will have a small wet pail in the bathroom to drop the poopy ones in and keep this one for wet ones.<br>
That looks like a good starter set, btw. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Welcome! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
I boiled my unbleached cpf's when ds moved up to premiums. My infants I washed 5 million times before they reached a good absorbancy level. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> Boiling was much faster. I boiled them for about 10 min. and then washed and dried 3 times. Easy peasy! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Your stash looks good. What size are your SWW's and Green Earth covers? With your 24 infant cpf's and 12 Kissaluvs 0 you have 36 diapers for when babe is first born. How big do you think baby will be? My little guy was 6 lbs 5 oz. and I was really glad I had some preemie cpf's for the first few weeks. The infants would have worked, they were just bulky. No big deal. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I don't use a wipe solution on ds. Just water, he has really sensitive skin. I use a dry pail and actually just have a zippered pail liner set in a laundry basket. I keep it closed and unzip it when I need to put something in it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/diaper.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="diaper"><br><br>
Good luck and have fun! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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I'd wash and dry the ubcpfs a few times, even if you're going to boil them. Mine got pilly during the first few washes, but then it went away. I was told that was normal for them. I'd also 2nd the getting a snappi or two. As for detergent, I've read that powdered is better for cloth as liquid can leave a film. Our wipe solution is distilled water, squirt of Aveeno baby wash, splash of BB apricot oil and sometimes a drop of GSE or teatree oil. Congrats on your upcoming arrival!
 

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Thanks for the input<br><br>
I think baby is going to be big...dd was 8lb9oz....<br><br>
The covers I have are mostly newborn but I think I have 1 small. I will probably try to buy some more small covers shortly after the baby arrives especially if he/she is as big as I think!<br><br>
I'm off to start washing....I've been waiting FOREVER to do this!!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br><br>
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I would just wash the infant PFs, joey bunz, and kissaluvs 3-4 times. For newborns I don't think they need to be at their full absorbancy since they pee a little all the time. They will absorb the little bit before you change them and with all the washing from being dirty they will get to their full absorbancy while the baby increases its output. For those initial washes you need to use detergent and dry inbetween washes. Boiling will get it done faster and use less water and energy but I felt like it took more of my time since I felt the need to watch them on the stove and didn't have a pot big enough for more then 4 PFs.<br><br>
For wipes, I left the wipes in plain water. That worked until I went back to work and didn't use as many wipes. They sat in the wipe warmer too long and started to get musty smelling. So now I just leave plain water in the wipes warmer and dip the wipe in that and wring it out. No more musty wipes.<br><br>
For the pail I find it easier to not have a lid, but when DD starts moving around I think I will want a tightly sealed lid so she can't get in the pail.
 
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