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Please don't hate me for asking. I just wonder if it's better to just use sposies on a newborn and then switch. This is very likely our last child so I won't be re-using them. I can see the advantage it I planned to have more kids, but it seems so expensive to buy dipes that will fit only a couple of weeks. Am I missing something?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Please don't hate me for asking. I just wonder if it's better to just use sposies on a newborn and then switch. This is very likely our last child so I won't be re-using them. I can see the advantage it I planned to have more kids, but it seems so expensive to buy dipes that will fit only a couple of weeks. Am I missing something?</div>
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But they're so cute! But...yeah. If you do prefolds it's pretty cheap but if money's tight then investing in cute little fitteds is going to cost you more than just using sposies for the same time period. I couldn't believe it when I was packing away my son's tiny kissaluvs when he was only 3 months old. We're having more babies, so I don't mind too much, but I don't think I would have spent $250 on sposies in 3 months.<br><br>
The nice thing about using prefolds for the newborn period is down the road they can still be useful as stuffers for pocket diapers, if you decide to go that route, or doublers in other diapers.
 

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Newborn prefolds and snappis work pretty good. Abi outgrew her nb prefolds at 5 mos. old old so yeah it was worth it. I think we paid around $60 for her nb diapers and another $30 for some cheap covers. So $90 for 5 mos. of diapering was definately worth it.
 

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Natural is always better, IMO<br>
Besides, you can always get prefolds, one size diapers, etc.Much better than sposies.ds had the most horrific rash, as a newborn,before i switched to cloth.If you ask me, babies skin is too tender at that age to handle all those chemicals.Plus, you always waste money on disposables, never with cloth<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Also, some of the diapers fit for longer.<br><br>
For example, my DD has been wearing the Fuzzi Bunz size Small (which I LOVE LOVE LOVE) at night-time since birth and likely will be able to wear them for quite a while longer.<br><br>
If cost is a factor, I would get mostly pre-folds and covers.<br><br>
Perhaps someone on the trading post would give you a good deal on a newborn stash that they have outgrown?
 

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You will save money if you go straight to small size covers and infant pfs. DS was 8 lbs 1 oz at birth and these sizes fit him (though very bulky) when we started cding at 11 days. We were already having frustrating leaks with sposies at that point so cloth made life easier as well. Most babies are in smalls until 3-5 months too. It's also easy to find either small or newborn sizes almost new for sale at reduced cost, and you can sell them again when you're done. I personally wouldn't buy nb sizes, but I'm pretty tight with money.
 

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I definetly wouldn't recommend spending a lot on fitteds and wool like I did <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> Yes they were adorable and I loved them but money wise it was such a waste. I had even bought outlet Kissaluvs and resold them - but I know I still spent way more then I would have on sposies. My son outgrew his newborn dipes by a month old, some sooner then that.<br><br>
All that said though - I LOVED using cloth on a newborn so... if I were to do it again I would go for prefolds and snappis. You can get prefolds real cheap on the TP, they will last you longer and plus you can use them for burp rags, dusting cloths, etc. etc.<br><br>
And of course cloth wipes will last the whole time and I couldn't imagine using yucky disposable wipes on a lovely newborn butt ever 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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I just struggled with this decision myself. I decided to start CD from the beginning because I think it would be hard for me to switch once I started with sposies, and harder for my partner. But I'm going the cheap route... I bought newborn and infant CPFs and newborn and small Proraps covers, seconds from the manufacturer. Then, I got just a few small fuzzi bunz and then a supply of mediums. The CPFs and covers were less expensive then buying sposies for 3 months. I also looked around for the best deal...I got my CPFs at Natural Babies, which had a good price, or you could buy them used on e-bay or the trading post. Good luck!!
 

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IMO it's even more worth it. I can't imagine exposing that brand new skin to the chemicals in sposies. Shudder. Even if I gave birth in a hospital (double shudder) I would insist on cloth.<br><br>
Plus, the resale value is great.
 

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Thanks for the input. So much of what I've read has made CPFs out to be worse than the plague, so I wasn't even considering that as an option. I also realize you can re-sell, but not sure how much you can get back on things. I haven't been able eto see the trading post yet because post-wise I wasn't there. Maybe that will help when I am able to see it. Keep the thoughts coming! Thanks!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Thanks for the input. So much of what I've read has made CPFs out to be worse than the plague, so I wasn't even considering that as an option. I also realize you can re-sell, but not sure how much you can get back on things. I haven't been able eto see the trading post yet because post-wise I wasn't there. Maybe that will help when I am able to see it. Keep the thoughts coming! Thanks!</div>
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CPF's rock!They are cheap, you can get then dyed, tyedyed, and they are SO absorbant.Easy to use with a snappi. A three legged plastic stetchy thing with claws that holds the diaper on. So easy!You don't ever have to do pins.<br>
Best for newborns IMO because newborns don't squirm as much so they are easy to put on.<br>
As far as reselling, the more you spend the more you get back.Buy brands that people generally go for and you are almost garunteed to be able to resell.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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You can always resale them on the TP <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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I tried using sposies on Dominic long enough to get rid of the ones people had given us. Well, every time I turned around we had leaks! It was terrible, changing jammies and sheets every 2 hours at night. So the infant prefolds came out and the leaks miraculously went away <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I just wanted to echo what other people have said about disposables being <span style="text-decoration:underline;">filled with chemicals</span> ... My older daughter had pretty much never been in a sposie.. I bought a package while out of town for her to not wet the bed and I used them for a month and a half every night... long story short, I realized recently that the disposables were causing a rash all over my DD's body<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!"> I'm never putting those toxic things on my babies again. Sorry for the strong words, but it's true.<br><br>
PF's have a very large following here on MDC. Check out the "show off your PF's" thread. I used them for my NB and they are really easy at that time, cause as a PP said, they aren't as wiggley. I would be using PF's full time right now if my DD wasn't such a squirmy little thing.<br><br>
And you can always resell things for I'd say, up to 80% of the new price.
 

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my reason for using cloth on a nb isnt about being cute or trendy its about the first things touching my baby being natural and disposables are not natural they are full of chemicals and bleach and other gross stuff.. plus hand made diapers are full of love and good energy. there are a million reasons why cloth is better...
 

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I would say in my experience it is definately worth it. Lauren is a month old <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/blush.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="blush"> and she wears the nb size on the tightest snaps and some nb sizes still look like they go up to her armpits lol. but she is little maybe 6 and a half pounds so I figure she is the exception. but I second the prefolds, I bought preemie and infant prefolds and they work really well, with a snappi. I don't use them because I have 40 fitteds (okay, its a bit much) but if that was all I had I would be really happy with them.<br>
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I used kissaluvs for the newborn period and you could re-sell those at a pretty good rate. Just me, but no way I'd put a sweet newborn bottom in icky sposies.... They've always grossed me out (even before I knew there was a cute cloth alternative) They just seem icky, especially on a newborn somehow...<br><br>
good luck!<br><br>
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Prefolds worked great for us, too! I never preferred a fitted diaper until we were into the medium size range. My husband still prefers prefolds and a Bummi wrap. From birth to about 6 months my DD was is infant prefolds snappied under a Prowrap cover. They worked like a dream!
 
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